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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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BA SCORE
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world-class

719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 222
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 809
Gots: 194 | 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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kaseydad

California

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A lucky find for me a little less than a year ago....the time is now.

Pours a beautiful thick black pour with a massive amount of brown....brown...foamy head. Not much lacing to speak of.

The aroma consists of [name your brand] syrup, fudge, nuts, Hershey chocolate, wood, caramel, marshmallows and light booze. Fantastic aromas.

The taste is nice maple syrup hints, char, wood, oak, chocolate, booze, and a touch of hops. The taste is incredible. The age may have tamed the booze cuz there is just a touch of heat on the back end of the swallow while keeping all the massive flavor up front. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side which is perfect for this monster.

Overall, my experience was above and beyond what I expected. I knew of the hype on this bad boy and it did not disappoint. Sadly it's my one and only bottle, had it at a barrel age fest (shout out to Vic and Cynthia), but I will be forever on the lookout for this mad man...er...Berserker. And you should too.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2014 16:06:47 | More by kaseydad
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Pours a really sexy, velvety, motor oil black. Vicious and thick per the appearance. Really gorgeous 1 finger head, dark khaki in color, that sits pleasantly on top of the luscious black body of this beer. Lacing drapes the sides of the glass rather nicely.

This beer smells nice, tons of cream and a pronounced Kentucky mash or reminiscent of Jameson Irish whiskey. There is also a nice slight oak scent, and some subtle sweetness that lies in the form of darker fruits.

The taste is near perfect. Tons of roasted bitter malts, predominately chocolate. some chewy raisins, cherry, very well done Kentucky mash, nice oak dryness that bites the tongue rather aggressively. A little bit of a molasses flavor creeps through all of the other flavors and adds to a nice touch of vanilla and some light toffee. Very rich and delectable, and the complexity is there. Awesome beer with a relatively light and creamy mouthfeel.

Rereview 3-28-09
The 'Most Epic F'in Tasting Ever'

Wow, this had to be rereviewed after trying the 09 vintage. Th taste and mouthfeel on this are superb. So silky smooth, without the slightest trace of alcohol. The wine barrel shows a little bit more in this vintage. The smell is remarkable, with the maple syrup adding very nicely. The roastiness in the taste is awesome. I. NEED. MORE.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 01:41:57 | More by CoolJosh
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bmanning

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks akbeerfiend for this 2009 bottle (12.7%, cool label too).
A: Pours a thick, oily black like motor oil with a thin, dark brown head that sticks around for a very long time.

S: Smell has huge bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, licorice, chocolate chip cookie dough, and a hint of a bold, napa cab with a hint of pepper. Simply divine and I can't wait for the first sip!

T: Wow! Wonderfully complex flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, and a hint of spice in the finish. Also, the flavors of the wine barrel (blackberry, blueberry, leather, pepper) really come through strong and match harmoniously with the bourbon barrel qualities.

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation, only knock is that it could be a bit thicker like Dark Lord.

D: I can't put this beer down it's so good. The 12.7% is very well hidden, as it's not hot at all. I want to warm it up a bit, but I find myself drinking so damn fast! Must....wait...a bit...longer....

Nice, it only gets better and better as it warms. This is a world class stout and definitely a top 5 barrel aged Imperial Stout in my opinion. I will be seeking more bottles of this in the future!

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 01:35:00 | More by bmanning
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dragonWhale

New York

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2010 on tap at Big Wood.

Waiting and waiting and waiting. Finally, after many a brusque "no, it's not on yet" from a harassed bartender, it appeared, black, cavernous, a hole to the center of the earth. Very low carbonation, swirled thickly, begrudgingly. I have been wanting to try this forever and failed in Alaska this summer (of course) but here it was, before me, spewing strong and volatile alcohols like spittle from my grandfathers mouth. The molasses and maple make themselves known, though I got a great deal more of the maple myself. Some roast and some chocolate. I didn't really get much of the wine barrel influence, but perhaps that just added to the well-roundedness of the beer. Exceptional with a very long tender finish when warm, warming the soul with a war story from the good old days.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2010 10:24:05 | More by dragonWhale
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ant880

New York

4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Knocking out this long-time want courtesy of huskermike12, who sent it along with a box of awesomeness in the Super Bowl XLVII Squares BIF...

A: Fairly aggresive pour into a CBS snifter produces a thick, 2-finger light brown head. Head retention is excellent, especially compared to most barrel-aged stouts that pour with little to no head to begin with. Body is deep black, which makes the pour look like a slice of chocolate cake with whipped chocolate mousse on top.

S: First sniff is HUGE chocolate with a wisp of bourbon on the tail end. Reminds me of a warm chocolate lava cake. Cant wait to dive into this.

T: With chocolate still assaulting my nose, the first sip is dominated by cocoa, followed by the slightest cameo appearance of maple and finishing with a restrained dose of bourbon. Taste definitely delivers on what the nose promised. The barrel adds the perfect amount of bourbon, complementing the chocolate without ever dominating the taste. This is like a bourbon spiked hot cocoa. Touches of coffee, molasses ad fudge throughout. The one drawback, the maple never made a reappearance after the first sip.

M: Thick as a brick. Coats the tongue, tastebuds and everything in between. Not sure if this is part of what the molasses adds, but if so, it should be a requirement for every imperial stout.

O: Loved it! The one disappointment was the absence of the maple, but I have yet to find a beer that fully delivers on the maple promise (going to have to find me some Lawsons next). Other than that, I would stockpile this if it was readily available. Going to have to steal some of my son's Nestle Quick, toss it in a coffee mug, microwave it and spike it with some bourbon to hold me over til the next time I can get my hands on some of this.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2013 03:17:55 | More by ant880
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mctizzz

California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Netherlands

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Florida

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Michigan

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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California

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Connecticut

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Georgia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.