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Berserker Imperial Stout | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005

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Reviews: 286 | Ratings: 1,135
Photo of everetends
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that I can only thank Frank's generousity for, a random package full MS goodness is always an O face moment. I have been sitting on this beer for such a long a time and I wanted to save it. Well, I needed some cheering up and my birthday was last week so its Berserker time. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours a thick very dark black in color. Held to the light, this is nothing but darkness. No light is getting through this one at all, just pitch black. The pour got about a 3/4 finger of head that is just a really nice dark brown, cocoa color. Sadly it falls a good bit to thick ring with some wispy amoeba like formations. You get some light lace on the glass, but most of it slips back into the cap ring due to the slickness of this brew. My only bitch is that I only wish there the head was a bit bigger, more frothy and longer lasting. Otherwise, we are off to an amazing start.

S: As soon as I popped the cap on the bomber, I could smell this thing. Just a huge aroma that fills the area effortlessly. First thing that hits me is a nice and boozy whiskey aroma. its just enough to let you know its there but it doesn't over power like whiskey tends to do. Behind that comes some nice molasses and chocolates. Heavily roasted malt brings a touch of bitterness to the nose but very light. Really good oak and vanilla starts contributing to this nose. There is a touch of a boozy fruit presence that cuts the heavy sugar sweetness a bit. Other notable scents are a touch of leather and a bit of a light nuttiness (pecans maybe).

T: Oh this is quite fuckin fantastic. Lots of nice, heavily and dark roasted malts coming out. Has a nice sweetness to it but also a light smokiness that plays well of the next flavor. That flavor is the whiskey. Light and sweet, but still good and boozy. After that getting some good chocolate, molasses, and just a touch of espresso. Some plum starts to peak through a bit, which compliments so well. There is also a touch of a grape like quality (deep red wine almost), the bottle says nothing about wine barrels but it seems like that might be going down in here. Good amounts of vanilla and oak poke through toward the end. This is great but I think it is slightly lacking in comparison to the nose.

M: Good and full in body, nice and heavy but still easy drinking for the size. Nice and viscous, I mean good and thick. Still slick and smooth, almost pillowy at times. Carbonation is light, allowing this brew to have some good weight. ABV is big in the flavor but not huge in the feel. Just a wonderful, slow building heat in the belly. The ABV doesn't wreck the palate at all. Aftertaste is a touch of grape and some roasted malty goodness.

D: For being a fuggin HUGE beer, this is easy drinking. The snifter emptied much faster than I ever wanted but its still a great thing. Sure I don't have another bottle, but the enjoyment factor of this experience is top notch. I might have found my new favorite RIS. Its just so damned good and well crafted. Just so well put together and everything sits just where it should be. The aroma is the show stopper for me, just amazing. Frank, you are a great man and a lucky bastard for having this around you each year. Stellar beer that derserves some more recognition.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by myself tonight, bought at Half Time in Poughkeepsie, NY.

Pours a dark oily black, with a very small quarter inch mocha head, and no lacing.

Smells great, a good amount of bourbon, dark fruit, red wine, tobacco, and chocolate. No maple or molasses.

This tastes amazing, really complex and different from the typical barrel-aged stout. This has a really large amount of tobacco, some bitter dark Belgian chocolate, nuts, bourbon, vinous red wine, plums, other dark fruits, and the slightest hint of earthy, not sweet, maple. It's got a sticky flavor that could very well be the molasses. There's a lot going on here, and I like all of it.

This is fairly thick bodied, very stick and full in the mouthfeel, with a lower level of carbonation. Drinkable despite the size and ABV- which appears to be almost 13%.

This is excellent. First beer from Midnight Sun, and clearly one of their best.

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Photo of DrSpaceman
4.61/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bomber into tulip, 2015 12.7% ABV. Pours jet black, thick as oil. Thin brown head which dissipates quickly. Smell is black licorice, molasses, and bourbon. Taste is black roasted malt, molasses, oak, and campfire smoke. End note of maple and vanilla with aftertaste of black coffee. Slight heat from alcohol. Body is thicker than hell and can certainly stand up to the alcohol. I have been wanting to try this for some time and was not disappointed. I would love to taste this after a year or two in the cellar.

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 release. 12.7% abv. Aged in whiskey and Cabernet barrels and blended. Released 10/3/08

Pours a deep dark thick black with a huge two layer dark tan head that lingers awhile and leaves very nice lace.

Nose is all roasted malt, slight coffee and some chocolate, alcohol, more roasted malt. A slight bit of smoke.

Taste follows. Big big sweet malt profile, with slight coffee, chocolate, molasses, alcohol. Smoke is present, but very slight, roasty sweetness dominates here. The barrel aging is done very very well here, as it often is at Midnight Sun. The Cabernet barrel taste comes through very noticeably towards the end, but whiskey is dominant throughout most of the taste. Very complex, and very interesting. Very smooth. Good but not overwhelming bitterness rides on the finish.

Mouthfeel is nice, thick, and viscous. Would like to see just a touch more viscosity actually, but quite good here. Carbonation is just right. Silky. Smooth.

Drinkability is very very good, especially for this years gigantic abv. Goes down way too easily, quite dangerous.

Overall a very enticing RIS. A great blending of flavors, and an incredible drinkability. I cant wait to see what a couple years will do to this batch. The alcohol heat is already so tame for the abv. A great job of barrel aging here, not too strong, but right where it should be. Certainly one worth seeking out, priveleged to have this one on hand.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter. This beer is on the top 5 of darkest imperial stouts I've had... Pitch black with dark reddish brown head that quickly dissipates. The smell is layered with tons of notes. Huge chocolate and roast character comes first and is followed up by some mild coffee notes. Then we get some earthy tobacco like notes intertwined with dark fruit and leather. Notes of bourbon and oak come to the surface next to smooth out the edges. The finish has some maple and molasses. The taste starts with dark fruit and molasses with a bit of malty sweetness. The roast comes through huge in the middle and the bourbon and oak take center stage towards the finish. Not getting as much maple on the flavor like I did on the aroma. Body is thick and chewy with a velvety texture. This is a great imperial stout. Tons of flavor and an absolutely huge body. Worth a try for the stout lovers out there.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try one of my first ever wants, and two completely different vintages at that. A big thanks goes out to pixieskid for the newer vintage, and a unfathomable thank you goes out to akbeerfiend for the 2005. Thanks a lot gents!

Vintage: 2010 ABV: 12.7% Aged in Oak Barrels
Vintage: 2005 ABV: 10.4% Aged in Oak Whisky Barrels

From a bomber into a snifter
Review for the 2010 with the 2005 as a comparison.

APPEARANCE: Pours out absolutely pitch black and menacing looking. Thick and sludgy tar. Wicked. Pour yields a small, medium-thick looking mocha colored head with good retention. Thick, viscous, jet black body with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains and leaves a couple dots of lacing down the glass. The head could be a little more persistent, but like the label says, this is vicious, viscous, and menacing. The ’05, however, was slightly lighter and more transparent with a tan colored head. Still blacker and thicker than many others in the style, but not as evil as the ’10.

SMELL: Big nose on this. Roasted malts are there and the barrel comes out nicely. Bourbon, vanilla and oak notes, with some definite sweet molasses, port qualities, and maybe even a hint of sour cherries. Very potent and enjoyable, and the barrel meshes well with the base beer. By comparison, the ’05 was slightly milder and the whisky barrel was a little more dominant. The whisky barrel had left a more piercing boozy, paint thinner aroma. Still wonderful, just different.

TASTE: Just insane. There’s so much flavor it’s falling out of my pockets and shit. Roasted flavors up front with plenty of sweet molasses and barrel. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some nice bitter chocolate and sweet molasses accompany the barrel after the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste is full of bitter-sweetness, port and oak, a slight cherry sour touch, and wonderful barrel flavors. So much in here, and it tells a wonderful story, moving from a sweet, barrel beginning, to a more bitter-sweet, oaky, port finish. Just wonderful. The ’05 had many of the same qualities, but wasn’t quite the same. The flavor definitely lacked up front, but came out nicely after the swallow. All the nice molasses and roasted qualities were still there, but the whisky, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel took center stage a little more. This all made it less sweet and less complex. The barrel aging has held up great for 5+ years. I can only imagine what it was like fresh.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and slightly lighter on the palate. Very creamy and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating on the palate. Could use some more weight, but beautifully creamy and smooth. The ’05 was comparable, being slightly less sticky and the age had made it a little softer.

OVERALL: Absolutely phenomenal. The 2010 vintage was one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had to date. A purely evil pour, reminding me of De Molen’s List & Bedrog in that department, and more complex and flavorful than any beer has the right to be. Top of its class for sure, and well worth the hunt. I will always be on the lookout for another bottle of this fine liquid. A huge thanks again to pixieskid for hooking me on with this one.

The ’05 has held up better than I could have hoped. It was not as bold and complex as the newer vintage, and whisky barrel had imparted a different dimension to the beer, but it was still a world class brew in itself. The bottle had held up wonderfully as well, with absolutely no signs of any oxidization or deterioration at all, so if you’re sitting on a bottle, don’t be afraid to leave it a little longer. A massive, massive thanks to akbeerfiend for making this killer beer night happen. Cheers!

Note: 2012 is underwhelming, but the 2013 is unreal good.

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Photo of Donnie2112
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured into a red wine glass

Pours black and viscous with dark mocha colored head, with bits of lace on the glass. It's very pretty.

Chocolate and coffee dominate the nose, with a liquor tone in there as well that reminds me of Makers Mark... Makers Mark is one of my favorites so that bodes well for this beer. Excellent smells

Burnt sugar, huge amounts of chocolate with hints of coffee flavors roll across the tongue, just a bit of hop bitterness rounds this beer out well and makes it finish cleaner then many RIS beers.

This beer is viscous, just the right amount of carbonation, the after taste that lingers is delightful

Very drinkable, this beer does not impose itself but it isn't without pop. EXTREMELY drinkable for the style.

I've had the Darklord, I've had some other highly rated imperial stouts and this beer, with little age on it, stands up to all of them. This is just proof that folks that ignore their local brews in search of Whales are missing the point. Drink local and you'll find delicious gems like this... well you will if you live close to a brewery as good as midnight sun!

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Photo of bcerv-ca
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick & black like old motor oil. Little head that is dark brown & slightly purple.

Smells like dry red wine, oak, bourbon and black cherries.

This beer is oily smooth. The initial taste is red wine, bourbon & oak. Dark chocolate & molasses lingers on the pallet. The alcohol is well hidden by the complexity of the taste, but it still warms you up. As expected, the alcohol becomes more prominent as you taste & as the beer warms.

Satisfying beer. Well worth the $18 price tag if you like this style. Highly recommended.

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Photo of draheim
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On rumors of a possible infection I cracked my first of four bottles tonight before it potentially starts going downhill.

22oz bottle (2012) into a tulip. Pours a light-sucking obsidian black with a gorgeous reddish-brown head, about 1 finger, that settles to a thin film and ring.

Aroma is rich and enticing. Heavy bourbon and oak, roasty dark malt, earthy nuts, sticky molasses. An elusive hint of the wine barrels that grows stronger as it warms.

Taste follows nose. Deep and complex. Bourbon, roasted malt, molasses, dark fruit, oak, chocolate, smoky char. Nice balance between strong bitterness and high-gravity sweetness. Alcohol is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is heavy, sticky, slick. Just about right for a beer of this magnitude.

Overall, just an overpowering bourbon-soaked beast of a beer. Hopefully the infection rumors aren't true but if they are I'll enjoy drinking the remainder before they're too far gone.

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Photo of Boccu
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chickman. Pours dark and thick with a nice head. Molasses and light bourbon and light red wine aroma. Very light mouth feel with red wine, molasses to a bourbon, touch of smoke with a red wine finish. What was that? This stout is a roller coaster of flavors. Very smooth transitions and shuttle but damn hold on. Drink it slow and buckle in. Excellent stout. Very complex. Right in my wheel house as I'm a huge bourbon stout fan. The high Abv is well hidden not overpowering at all. I will look for more. Thanks again chickman!

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Photo of gford217
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2008 bottle courtesy of alaskajoe and NoonanDBarbarian poured into a snifter.

Pours about as beautiful as I've seen in a stout, with a pitch black body and big two-finger mocha head that hangs around as cap for ages and leaves great lacing. Gorgeous.

The aroma is a mixture of sweetness and dark roasted malts. The sweetness takes the form of chocolate, licorice, dark fruits and hints of vanilla. There is a bit of roasted coffee in the nose as well, but the sweetness is dominant.

The big dark roasted malts really come to play in the taste and underpin everything else. There is the sweetness of the dark fruits with vanilla, caramel and lots of chocolate. The finish has the roasted coffee bitterness with a very, very slight woody character.

The mouthfeel is decadent - thick and creamy like a rich chocolate dessert. Sticks all over the palate.

This is one fantastic stout and one of the best beers I've had in quite a while. For such a massive beer, it's very drinkable and the ABV was hardly noticeable. Highly recommended!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle opened on 9.10.12.
Thanks Wingshooter.

A - Pours a motor oil black with a one inch dark brown head with fine bubbles, good retention.

S - Sweet molasses, wood, bourbon.

T - Sweet, lots of bourbon, chocolate and oak.

D - Super thick, heavy body. Decent carbonation.

O - Sweet and boozy, thick and visious and lots of oak.

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Photo of Siggy125
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Midnight Sun Berserker poured from 22oz bottle to a Bruery tulip. Pours very thick and almost jet black with a small amount of caramel colored carbonation. Settles into the glass with a thin layer of foam. Very inviting appearance.

Very powerful and satisfying to the nose. Sweet molasses and burnt sugar aromas fill the glass. I can't wait to take the first sip. I don't detect big hints of bourbon yet.

Damn, there's a lot of complex flavors going on here. I get molasses, syrupy sweet toffee and wonderful roasted malts. The bourbon is noticeable but not overpowering. Nicely blended. A bit of tart dried fruits . As the temp comes up the tartness seems to subside to an even larger smack of molasses and sweet dark chocolaty espresso flavors. Very bold.

Mouthfeel is wonderful. Sweet and creamy, edging on cloying. The brew clings to the sides of the glass in sugary droplets which is something I have not experienced much of.

I wound up drinking the whole bomber myself and felt bad not sharing this experience with a friend. It was definitely a wow and I recommend you try it. If you like big "in your face" stouts, this one is for you!

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Photo of arvidkoval
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 release

L- An all consuming black hole. Dark tan head.

S- Roasty, boozey, bourbon, tobacco. Woody oak.

T- Roasted malts, slight oakiness, some bourbon, boozey, dark fruit. Has a sweetness to it. Some dark chocolate notes. Very tasty and balanced.

F- Very thick, velvety body.

O- Wicked stout! Much love to everyone at MSBC!

2014 release is a bit more chocolatey! Still freaking awesome.

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Photo of JohnnyP3
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle pours a pitch/tar black with a thin light-brown head. Some moderate carbonation and light lacing as it moves down the glass.

Smell is smoke, booze, burnt sugar/molasses, and maple. Hint of winter fruit.

Taste is dark fruit (raison/plum), maple syrup, charred wood, burnt sugar. Some tobacco flavor emerges as it rolls around the mouth. Cherry in the finish. Some booze flavor from the bourbon oak barrel aging. Very complex.

Mouthfeel is thick, chewy , and viscous. Velvety smooth with just a hint of carbonation. Not too sweet or syrupy. Just right.

Overall, a massive, complex, contemplative beer. Agree with comments below about letting it warm some. Really opens up further and provides additional nuances to explore. Take a deep breath, relax, and enjoy.

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Photo of MLaVioletteJr
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful dark caramel colored head.

I didn't get a lot of maple, which was a bit of a disappointment, the molasses was much more prominent for me. Big bourbon presence, approaching BCBS level. The big surprise was a slight tartness on the finish, felt wine barrel aged. A touch of Adam like tobacco. Very complex.

Body is heavy. No light shines through.

Overall, one of the best I've had. Kind of like Abyss with more bourbon barrel flavor. Highly recommended.

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Photo of bum732
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

S: Very rich chocolate, perceived sweetness, some maple, bready, touch of roasty coffee, bourbon medium low. Just a touch of smokiness. More maple as it warms.

L: Syrupy thick, dark black, dark tan head that dissipates to a dusting and ring of foam.

T: Rich chocolate sweetness up front with a prominent backbone. Low bitterness with some soft coffee notes and molasses. Hint of maple and medium bourbon oak into the finish. Slight ash and some tobacco left on the palate. Semi-sweet finish.

M: Medium full body, medium low carbonation. Some heat.

Fantastic, reminding me a lot of Abyss with lots of components working together without being overly sweet like many RIS's nowadays. Maple was fairly low throughout, but not a major complaint. Would definitely drink again.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2009 vintage, 12.7 abv. Poured from a bottle courtesy of screamforme into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a thick, viscous black, one of the blackest beers I have ever seen. There is a dark mocha head that reveals more carbonation than expected. As the head fades to a tight ring there is a slight amount of oily lacing on the glass.

The smell is rich dark chocolate, freshly roasted expresso, dark fruits (cherries and raisins), bourbon, tobacco and sharp tones of molasses. There is also a maple syrup sweetness that backs all the components nicely.

The flavor is full of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses and chewy dark fruits. The dark cherry qualities really shine as they pair with the maple syrup sweetness, they balance out the roasted and bitter flavors of chocolate and coffee. This is not the most complex imperial stout I have ever had, but it is one of the better tasting ones for sure.

The mouthfeel is as thick and viscous as the beer looks, but the beer is also more carbonated than most at this high an abv. The flavors are very well balanced, there is a nice dry finish and the alcohol adds a nice component to the flavors and provides a nice warmth in the belly. This is a great imperial stout.

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Photo of John_M
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Was lucky enough to pick up a bottle at Belmont Station last time out west.

The beer pours a viscuous, blackish brown color with pretty good head retention and lacing. The head on this beer is a rich coffee color, which is typically the sign of an intensely flavored RIS. Likewise, the beer smells pretty good, with an aroma profile consisting of coffee, chocolate, molasses and prunes. Good as this beer smells, the flavor profile is flatout amazing. I get chocolate, coffee, molasses, maple syrup, dark fruits and some light licorise. Nothing is overdone in this moderately sweet RIS, and the restrained carbonation is perfect for the style. Mouthfeel is rich and plush in this lovely beer, and there's a mouthfilling consistency that is just wonderful. The beer has a long, drawn out finish, and drinkability is amazing. You can tell this is a big beer of course, but it's not at all boozy, and I was startled when I saw the 12.7% abv. on the label. Talk about a beer that carries its alcohol very well.

This is an exceptionally well made and delicious RIS. Yummy stuff!

Just recently had the 2012 vintage on tap during Bier Stein's anniversary celebration. I have upped my score accordingly, as the 2012 was a much better beer aromatically (incredible nose of milk duds, whiskey, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits), with a superior mouthfeel and a flvor profile at least as good as what I experienced back in 2009. IMHO, this beer is among the RIS elite (Kate, KBS, CBS, Aybss, Dark Lord, etc.), and is among the best made impy stouts on the planet. Just an incredibly fine beer...

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer #1000!

A: Pours a monstrous deep black color the consistency of motor oil. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, the color of mud, forms and then gets sucked right back into the fluid. Looks amazing.

S: Deep and inviting notes of molasses, dark chocolate, wet earth, cola, dark chocolate covered cherry. Booze, charred oak and bourbon hang on the periphery.

T: Opens with a smooth wave of molasses, dark chocolate, fudge, charred oak and tobacco. Finish brings some wet earth, light bourbon and ash. Just a hint of booze on the finish, but otherwise incredibly smooth for the ABV. Mouthfeel is velvety, with just a hint of dryness from the alcohol. Definitely Abyss-like to me. A really incredible beer.

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Photo of CooperEllis
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bottle split two-way

Solid brown color, deep and unfeathered. Tan head sticks with the glass and moves nicely, not cloyed.

Rich aroma, chocolate, malt, slightly booze. This was poured in a couple of ~4 oz rounds for each of us and the second pour had considerably more booze in the nose. Plum or candied plum.

Exceptional flavor. Deep with raisin base. Chocolate notes with apropriate bitterness, oak and an alcohol bite. There is also a touch or anise or another spice I can't put my finger on that rounds everything together. Missing the dark fruit/plum that is a large component of the aroma.

Viscosity is perfect. Solid body which is well carbonated. It is noteworthy that the flavor ends with a crispness often absent from RIS. Perfect or damn near it.

There is a lot going on here and it is fair to say this is in the top handful of personal favorites. Easily able to drink it over the course of a sitting and would happily enjoy it as often as I could locate another bottle. For the style it meshes an uncommon lightness in consumption with a full mouthfeel and requisite abv.

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Photo of nataku00
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a small snifter. Beer pours pitch black with a finger of thick creamy light brown colored head. Head stuck around for a while, with a slick of lacing on the glass as it receded.

Nose is huge dark chocolate, sweet dark fruit, fruity coffee, and just a hint of roasted malt. A very light graham cracker sweetness as well.

Taste follows the nose, big dark chocolate, fruity and complex, a few coffee notes, dark roasted malt. As it sits on the tongue, lighter graham cracker, vanilla and a touch of oak peeks through. Long finish, sticky chocolate lingering for a while.

Full body, thick and creamy with very fine carbonation if any. Like drinking a chocolate milk shake, sweet but not cloying as it's balanced by good roasted notes. A very nice imperial stout.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in a great trade with Mike! Pitch black pour with a beautiful caramel-colored one finger head with decent retention and nice lacing. Big roasty nose with hints of bourbon, molasses, vanilla, oak, cocoa, and some interesting vinous notes and some subtle maple. The taste is just as bold and amazing with hints of dark chocolate, port wine, vanilla, bourbon, mocha, molasses, and some subtle black cherry and maple. The mouthfeel is thick, creamy, and mouth-coating with medium carbonation and a nice bitter dry finish. Overall, this was one surprising beer. Very complex, but not overdone. Will definitely seek it out again!

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Photo of glazeman
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to BrewsB4Shrews hooking me up with this beer. Poured from a bomber into a snifter and split with airohead2001. It's not too often I get to open up a beer with wants to gots ratio of 10+...really excited for this one! This is the 2009 bottle coming in at 12.7% ABV.

A: The first thing that struck me about this beer was how dark the head was. The beer is pitch black with a 1 finger dark brown head. The only beer with anywhere close to as dark of a head is Hunahpu's.

S: The nose on this one is not overly intense, but is very pleasant. I get nice notes of chocolate, cinnamon, molasses, and raisins. This beer is on the sweeter side as far as smell goes but is very complex and deep.

T: This is how barrel aging should be done. I feel that the bourbon is subtle and beautiful, not up front and aggressive like a BCS or Angel's Share. The barrel aging for Berserker enhances the beer, instead of defining the beer. The flavors of this beer come in many layers. The dark fruits in this beer (figs, raisins, plums) come out on the top layer, then in the middle there is some maple syrup and bourbon. Deeper down I get a little bit of alcohol hit and tobacco.

M: I feel that this had an excellent viscosity, but a tad bit too much carbonation. The aftertaste was great and it sits on the tongue very well.

D: For about 13% this beer is super smooth and the alcohol is barely noticeable. This is an example of truly superb drinkability. The only thing that hinders it slightly is the amount of sweetness. Not that it's over sweet, but after more than a glass or two, I feel the residual sugars may catch up with me.

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4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roughly 12 months old bottle.

A - Pours a liquid bowling ball black. Solid black body with essentially no highlights to speak of. Dark milk chocolate head pours a finger high with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, dark vanilla, raisins, prunes, edge of hazel nut, allspice, and a touch of dark maple syrup.

T - Absolutely loaded with molasses. Hazelnut, milk chocolate, gingerbread, warm scotch, and prunes round out the flavor profile.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A delicious, thick, molasses-heavy imperial stout.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 286 ratings.