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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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842 Ratings
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Ratings: 842
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 834
Gots: 225 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  12.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a creamy maduro-colored head. Its aroma offers seductive whiskey, chewy red wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. Berserker Imperial Stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Weighing in at almost 13% alcohol by volume, Berserker is completely out-of-control. Give it a good fight. Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels.

Original release of Berserker was at 10.4%, subsequent vintages have gone upwards of 12.7%. When reviewing, please list beer vintage and that vintage's specific ABV.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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Photo of mdfb79
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 11/27/11 notes. HUGE thanks to the Chicago group for sending this one in the Group BIF; this has been a huge Want of mine for a couple years. 2009 vintage, unsure of the ABV. Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with light carbonation evident and one finger of dark tan head. Leaves some spotty lacing on the glass and head lasts for a few minutes.

s - Smells of molasses, roasted malts, sweet dark fruits, chocolate, raisins, wood, and very light cofee. Nose is a little sweet, but I really like it. Not getting much bourbon at all, but a reaqlly nice mix of molasses, fruit, and chocolate.

t - Tastes of chocolate, molasses and sweet dark fruits, roasted malts, some vanilla, light sweet syrup, light smokey malts, and light wood. A little sweet again but a bit of a step done from the nose.

m - Pretty light body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink, but would have liked a thicker body for a big stout and a tiny bit more carbonation. Someone at the tasting mentioned they found the 2011 version thicker, but it was pretty thin in the 09 vintage.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good stout. It looked great and I loved the nose. I would have liked more bourbon in the nose and taste, and would have liked a thicker body and more carbonation, but it was still a great beer. Would like to have this one again.

mdfb79, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another great BIF beer with the DC group, 2009 vintage. This is my review #400.

Pours a super thick looking jet black, with a great brown head that dies down to a dark ring, looks very nice. Leaves some lacing.

S: Smells great with lots of sweet and malty notes in the nose, plenty of chocolate, caramel, and more. It's not super roasty but it has some great complex sweet notes without having any heat. I get some nice nutty like sweet almond or maybe coconut notes too. Very nice complex aroma.

T: Nice taste, has quite a bit of roast compared to the smell, and not as much complexity in the sweet notes I got in the nose but there is some chocolate. Myself and others agreed that the malt is kind of not there as we thought it would be, a molasses-ness isn't there and i dont get a ton of barrel. Still has some nice flavors, even maybe a little acidity in the front too, and overall a nice coffee roast and some cherry too.

M: Nice feel, it's smooth but the roast is a little astringent and makes it thinner than desired..

O: This beer is great, but didn't wow me like I thought it might.

Dreadnaught33, Nov 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

GRG1313, Nov 25, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

JAHMUR, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

gueuzer, Nov 21, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

leschkie, Nov 20, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

imperialking, Nov 18, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

kevwcamp, Nov 17, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

urwithdave, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

jag21, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Satchboogie, Nov 16, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

alalvarez75, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

jh1982, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 15, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

thebouch01, Nov 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

KHM, Nov 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

djrn2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Sarlacc83
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, split 4 ways.

A: Color the same as the heart of its namesake. Thin lazy mocha head. Slides and oozes on the rim.

N: A blitz of bourbon and maple. Molasses is present as is chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. T: Bourbon, caramel, chocolate, and a twinge of metal. Cherry and...sourness? It’s more of a coffee like acidity or a vinous quality. Molasses might be a culprit, too. Can’t say I’m thoroughly enjoying it.

M: Thick but not perfectly so, filling, alcohol is well hidden.

O: I can see why people might think this is infected. It’s missing that the thick treacly element it should have. Well balanced but just off in a way I can’t quite put my finger on.

Sarlacc83, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of hu5om
5/5  rDev +15.2%

hu5om, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of orangesol
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review #350 for me! I brought this one to our Stout Day event. 2009 bottle shared with a whole bunch of people.

A - Pours midnight black with a nice pillow of one and a half finger tall tan head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells of coffee, licorice, tobacco, chocolate, and even some dark fruits. This one pretty much runs the gamut of dark aroma's with no one crowding out the others.

T - Starts off with quite a bit of dark roast quickly giving way to a mix of coffee, dark fruits, licorice, tobacco, and some very faint booze. The flavors work very well together with nearly perfect balance. The finish is mostly dark roast but it doesn't linger on the pallet for very long.

M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Smooth, rich, feel that rally compliments this ones flavors very well. Very nice feel throughout.

O - I have been wanting to try this one and when I got this bottle in the Easter Bunny BIF I couldn't have been happier. It has a ton of flavor and it really works well. Good stuff for sure.

orangesol, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Thanks to Orangesol for busting it out at a recent tasting. Poured into a sampler glass, this brew appears black in color with a dark tan head across the top. As it fades, spots of lace stick to the glass and a light swirl revives a finger of strength back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is all over the dark brew spectrum. Notes of dark fruity quality like raisins or plums bring out the focus on alcohol while some deeper earthy noted are also evident. Licorice and tobacco come out more as the brew warms up.

The taste is dark and fruity with more indications of raisins and plums or prunes focusing on the alcohol side of things. More sips reveal more flavoring that is dark and roast grain. A bit of licorice and earthy tobacco follow through into the aftertaste.

This is a medium to full bodies brew with a light level of carbonation that really exaggerates the feel. It is well balanced and enjoyable for it's strength and something I wouldn't mind having again. While I'm not the biggest fan of dark fruity character in RIS brews, this one packed enough depth another character to not let it get distracting. Thanks again Nate for sharing.

stakem, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to marine1975 for sharing this one during the ORF '11 release. 2010 Vintage! Served from bottle into a sampler snifter. Poured pitch black with a minimal tan head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, wood, and subtle dark chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The mouthfeel on this one was a bit of a letdown for me as it felt really thin for the style. I know this is nit-picking, but it definitely didn't make it more enjoyable for me. The aroma was pretty nice on this one, but the flavor was a little muted. Not sure what was going on, but I have a feeling they missed the mark on what they were ultimately shooting for. Still a nice brew that I would be happy to try again given the opportunity though.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of kayalla
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the 2009 vintage. Opened this with some friends next to some other great MS bottles. This was a thick black with a coffee head in the snifter. Aroma was really heavy with dark fudge, really sweet, vanilla, maple. Flavor was more of the same with that heavy fudge, roasted malts, cherry, raspberry, quite sweet, and a bit of a hop finish. Maybe too much going on here, with the roasted coffee kind of flavors and all the heavy malts and fudge, and the fruit also. Kind of enjoyed this less than all the other big MS stouts. Not really close to Bar Fly and Sloth right now. Still have like 4 bottles of this, hopefully time will mellow it out a bit?

kayalla, Aug 25, 2011
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
97 out of 100 based on 842 ratings.