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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 669
Reviews: 220
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%


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

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paco1029384756

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black and thick with a small, short lived very dark tan head.

Scent of strong molasses, dark fruit, potent tobacco, bourbon, oak, chocolate, and a hint of alcohol. An extremely rich, robust scent, the alcohol thins it a bit.

Taste of strong molasses, dark fruit, earth, tobacco, anise, dense oak, caramel, and alcohol. Very rich and heavily flavorful, a must try for lovers of the style.

Mouthfeel is dense as hell and heavy with a very small, smooth bite of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2010 01:20:14 | More by paco1029384756
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently making it a priority to try more Midnight Sun beers has certainly paid off with this serious Stout. If sweet, roasty, and fruity are what you're after-- search over.

Berserker begins with a silky and viscous pour, not un-like motor oil. About as dark brown as it can get without becomming black. Completely opaque. The deep tan head is short-lived, probably because of the heavy sugars and alcohols inhibit such structure. Ink-stained legging clings to the glass while forgoing any lacing. The beer falls still half-way through the glass.

The typical aromas of espresso, heavy charred grains, and deep syrups attack the olfactories. What is surprising is the complex fruitiness of red wines, plumbs, and currants. These fruity aromas give this Russian Imperial Stout a healthy dose of English Olde Ales and red wine barrels.

Flavors once again favor the roast with the bold coffee, cocoa, and acrid charred grains. Heavy sweetness of molassas, maple syrups, and malt sugars make a dramatic impact on taste but surprisingly carry away in a well-attenuated fashion in the end. Deep flavors of ripe stone fruits (grapes, plubs, berries, and currants) give an unexpected variety to the stout, but is well received- keeping the beer from suffering a one-dimentional dullness. Bourbon and rum alcohols come to mind as the sweetness and roast fall, taking the beer into a bitter and alcoholic finish.

Very rich, full, and robust up front- this is one big beer! But the low carbonation helps the beer to go from full and chewy to fleeting and drinkable in the end. Perhaps a bit astringent and vinous in the finish but the complexity and roast character is more than enough to compensate for barrel-aged tannins.

Berserker is a wonderful beer for the finale of any session. It's balance of sweet, roast, fruit, and more sweet reminds me a lot of New Holland's Night Tripper. Many thanks go out to BrewsB4Shrews for sharing this beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 02:32:09 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at a recent tasting, alongside continuous streaming of the Berserker scene from Clerks. Thanks, Ben!

A: Poured near black with a very dark head. Appeared nice and viscous.

S: Very rich all around. Not getting too much of the maple and probably wouldn't know it was there if I wasn't told, but the there is definitely some molasses and a bit of dark fruit alongside roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Similar to the nose but with the addition of some black licorice and a bit of oak, adding in a touch of vanilla. Very nice taste and quite complex.

M: Nice and full without too much of an alcohol kick to it.

D: Very good. Midnight Sun always impresses, and this is no exception. Especially drinkable alongside the aforementioned Clerks scene, which will forever give me very fond memories of drinking this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 17:58:29 | More by Thorpe429
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airohead2001

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage, 12.7% ABV. HUGE thanks to glazeman for this one - I always love an opportunity to taste a true rarity that I may never see again.

A - Great looking stout. Black, black, black with a coffee brown 2 finger head that quickly fades to a ring that lines my snifter. Looks thick and syrupy, just as it should.

S - Almost perfect - chocolate, booze, coffee, vanilla nuttiness, and bourbon. Wow.

T - A big sweet stout without the overly harsh bitter finish. Different - I like it. The taste is very similar to the nose - chocolate up front with some dark fruits as well. Next comes just a tad of bourbon. This is followed by a slightly bitter finish that brings out some nice coffee undertones. Complex and delicious.

M - Good. Appropriate thickness, but for nearly 13%, I could always use it just a little bit thicker.

D - Outstanding. Not too bitter and not too boozy. No EtOH burn. I wish I had more of this. I really good drink it over and over. It is just awesome. So smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 02:00:20 | More by airohead2001
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Ryan (RIP Dunt) for sharing this a while back. Taken from notes.

Appearance – Pours an extremely dark black into a snifter. Zero light comes through, and about a finger and a half of dark mocha colored head can be seen that dissipates slowly.

Smell – Lots of oak, cocoa, molasses, earthy tobacco, licorice, dark fruits like prunes, and slight red wine.

Taste – Very similar to the aroma. A definite red wine flavor mixed with dark and bittersweet cocoa/chocolate. A nice roasted dry malt flavor midway which gets a bit sweeter from the dark fruits.

Overall – A very good beer that balances the red wine, bitterness, and sweetness perfectly. Not overly sweet, just enough dryness/char/roast, and the nice wine flavors imparted from the barrel aging. A stout right up my alley and one I was thankful to try and would trade for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 23:45:44 | More by SpdKilz
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UCLABrewN84

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MaxStout for sharing this one at NoSignsOfPain's birthday bottleshare hosted by mrbubbler.

Pours an opaque, thick black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, raisins/dark fruit, cocoa, wood, and alcohol. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick on the finish. There is a medium amount of roasty bitterness with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and sticky mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 06:26:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Greywulfken

New York

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: this beer came out of the bottle like liquid black - I mean, it was so dark and heavy-looking - like a Goose Island BCBS; and the head was a deep brown finger-thick cream; left doplets of lace all down the sides

S: espresso and cocoa; some vanilla and bourbon

T: a well-made stout, emphasizing the chocolatey-ness and creaminess; hints of vanilla, bourbon, and oak creep throughout; this starts with a solid roasted chocolate malt base and finishes with a bittersweet chocolate espresso flavor... there is some merlot-ish wininess to it...

M: chewy, yet slick, dense, creamy; smooth and mellow bitter; a fairly clean-finishing stout - very nice; tobacco after the fact

O: impulse buy, love stouts; can't say the molasses or maple syrup stood out too much for me, but maybe that's a good thing - maybe they were responsible for the smooth complexity of the beer overall; I would rebuy this beer... great pour and it delivered.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 19:04:37 | More by Greywulfken
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beerhan

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-black as night, completely opaque. Half-finger dark brown head that remains.

S-lots of toffee, maple, wood, bourbon,

T-dark chocolate and oak up front. more subtle bourbon tones follow with a dry finish.

M-little to no carbonation and very rich. Thick beer

O-Really nice offering here. Although they may be different styles, I prefer arctic devil to this one. The alcohol does catch up on this one and is pretty hard to have more than a small pour.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 18:51:34 | More by beerhan
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ngeunit1

California

4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark black with a finger of frothy dark chocolate colored head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Roasted chocolate malts, maple syrup, molasses, Bourbon, oak, vanilla, dark fruits, black licorice, tobacco, and booze.

T - Dark chocolate malts, maple syrup, molasses, coffee, oak, vanilla, Bourbon, dark fruits, black licorice, tobacco, and some booze.

M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth and a bit thick with a warming and sweet finish.

D - Great Bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. The maple syrup is a great touch.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 05:01:34 | More by ngeunit1
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Tiklmelmo

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz poured into a duck rabbit snifter.

Big thanks to gford217 for this secret santa want.

A - Pitch black. Viscous crude oil black. Tiny bit of some of the darkest head Ive ever seen on a beer that dissipates quickly.

S - Sweet molasses and maple with a hint of bourbon. Raisins, black cherries, and a little bit of chocolate. Doesn't explode out of the glass, but nicely complex.

T - Starts out feeling sweet with a lot of dark fruity maple. That gives way to bittersweet chocolate and some bourbon alcohol heat. Finishes surprisingly dryer and leaves a pretty bitter aftertaste. As this breathes a bit the bitterness gets more muted.

M - Nicely coating mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Pretty spot on for a RIS.

D - Definitely some booze heat here, but there's enough going on that I keep going back for another sip, then another, then another. Deceptively drinkable.

At first I was a little turned off by the bitterness in the aftertaste, but after half a snifter, and letting it breathe a bit, this was a really nice sipper. Definitely top notch.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 03:20:44 | More by Tiklmelmo
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'09 bottle that Buckeyeboy busted out recently... I also shared one with SAS too about the same time period... thanks homies.

Dark brown 2 finger head... viscous looking black brew... fantastic retention and lacing.

Nose is a long "sniffer"... takes a while to wrap my mind around the massive complex aromas.... nothing is overdone and everything including the barrels is well integrated. Deep dark malts with no char.. just dark chocolate and slight whaffs of vanilla and bourbon.. caramel/burnt sugar..

Flavor has a touch more actual "oak" than the nose and some dark cherry cordial plays well with the big stout notes.. bits of French Roast and something that I can only describe as brewers licorice .. plush body and a lite carbonation.

Very yummy... top shelf. Awesome that we've been getting these into Boise. Thanks to Jeremy, Steven, and Rick for helping me out.

4.5/5/4.5/4/4

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 05:57:29 | More by JohnGalt1
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage bomber shared by my brother, poured into a New Belgium Globe...

A: Viscous pour, dark dense and opaque body with a very dark mocha colored head and quite a bit of lacing.

S: Molasses and bourbon qualities right off the bat, oak is pretty prominent as well, dark chocolate and rich milk chocolate, some sweet boozy alcohol but hardly any for a young 2012 bottle thats this big. Roast character is buried, sweetness is upfront.

T: You're hit with nice rich bourbon qualities and molasses sweetness right away, with notes of light vanilla and oak, and the darkest caramel you can imagine, rich chocolate notes, and the maple sweetness mixes well with the sweet boozy notes and caramel and molasses. Faint hint of licorice, and again there are really only light roasted coffee notes.

MF: Creamy and viscous mouthfeel, not quite as full bodied as I'd hoped it would be, there is a dryness on the back end that may be the alcohol.

O: Pretty awesome. Not sure how it ages (I'm sure it would mellow out just fine) but right now its drinking exactly the way I think a BA stout should.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:38:36 | More by Scotchboy
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a goblet, the beer pours jet black, like oil, with a slow formation of a dark tan surface coating of head that quickly recedes into a sparse coating in the shape of a Rorschach inkblot. This one looks like a hummingbird. Anyway, there is some carbonation action throughout the body, and the tan coloring makes it very visible. Aromas of molasses, maple, char, smoke, and chocolate. This smells like an early winter camping trip. Flavors are rich and sweet forward, with chocolate and maple bursting forth like candy on the tongue. Cloyingly sweet, but a heavy coffee backbone provides the bitterness needed to balance everything out. Smoke and roast highlights round the edges throughout, and hints of cream and wood character provide some levity. The body is light, but still creamy and smooth, almost whipped. The aftertaste is more to the bitter side, with coffee, chocolate, and roast blending with some of the booze and wood characteristics. Slick, coating finish that leaves a subtle bitterness blend of coffee and chocolate. This is a great beer!

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 19:00:40 | More by GarthDanielson
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cestlavie

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting this to be infected, as it was a 2012. Lucky for me, I had put it in my fridge the day I got it, and apparently any infection was not able to develop in the bottle!

A: jet black, viscous, motor oil. little to no head.

S: Dark Chocolate, fudge, Maple Syrup, bourbon, burnt sugar

T: Cacao nibs, dark fudge, bakers chocolate, Maple syrup, burnt sugar, creme brulee

M: Full bodied, very viscous, motor oil. seriously thick, but not like Bourbon County...

O: Great beer, was not expecting to get to enjoy this... went in thinking it was going to be a drain pour. Good thing I gave it a pour before dumping it! Moral? If you hear somethings infected, just put it in the fridge for 2 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 04:56:46 | More by cestlavie
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cbros

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a snifter. Has 12.7% ABV, so I'm assuming this is a 2010(year it was bought) vintage.

Pours an oppressive deep black with a 1 finger dirty tan head. The notes I am picking up in the nose are of tobacco, whiskey, and a sweet oaky presence. The taste of this beerbrings forth the aforementioned tobacco and warmth of the whiskey. A very smooth drinking high gravity beer.

I've been sitting on this beer for over a year and I believe it was definitely worth the wait.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 00:10:52 | More by cbros
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into large snifter - thanks to brystmar - 2012 bottle

Viscous opaque blackness in the glass with a bubbled dark brownie colored head resting on top. Thick collar of tanned retention with spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smoky and sweet in the nose, driven by a combination of maple syrup, chocolate cake and bourbon. Oak, dark fruit, coffee and vanilla bean with toffee and roasted dark malts. Warm and boozy.

Slick and sweet up front with bourbon warmth, cocoa powder and dark chocolate bark. Vanilla beans with caramel and toffee, layered on a maple syrup base. Oaky and warm with a thick, robust malt backbone. Touches of tobacco and red wine with roasted coffee beans. Multiple layers of flavor and malt continue to evolve while drinking, leading into a boozy and sweet finish.

Full bodied, medium carbonation, creamy and sticky on the tongue. I've tasted this a couple times before, but this was my first time enjoying the better part of a bottle and I couldn't be happier with this. Wonderfully deep and warm with plenty of rich bourbon and chocolate, finished off with sticky maple syrup and vanilla. I'd seek this out again in a second.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 04:16:45 | More by xnicknj
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grumpy

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My tastebuds inform me that this stuff is up there with Dark Lord and The Abyss – the best of the best. It’s all there in large quantities. Nice dark, thick appearance. Wonderful aroma of sweet malt, coffee, chocolate, molasses, raisins. Flavors of the same. Nicely hopped and roasty, but with a definite sweetness in the finish. Full-bodied, and just enough carbonation. A reasonable alcohol bite at the end. No need to say more. Just fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2007 15:36:21 | More by grumpy
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HopHead84

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2008 Vintage.Pours black with a two finger, brown, thick head. Retention is good, as is the lacing. The aroma is of dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee. Some oak is noticeable and the alcohol is apparent.

Flavor is very rich bitter chocolate, roasted malt, and some coffee. Also, boozy molasses and oak with mild whisky notes. The long finish is bitter chocolate, coffee, and lingering alcohol.

Berserker is full bodied with great carbonation. Mouth feel is creamy.

2005 Vintage consumed on 7/25/2009. Thanks a lot Stephen!

I'm boosting the nose and drinkability on this one by .5. The whisky is very pronounced and some time has done wonders for this beer. The vanilla and oak are also more apparent in the nose. This beer is fantastic and I'd drink the hell out of it.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2008 17:32:03 | More by HopHead84
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Overlord

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a generous trader, who I owe an extra.

Pours a deadly looking shade of black. Liquid burnt charred-ness. Nice. Big tan head.

Smells like a touch of roasted malt, coffee, and wood, with some dark chocolate, and a huge dark fruit backing. Kind of surprising, actually.

Taste is surprisingly woodsy and earthy. Is this a -bal aged beer? Anyway, earthy, charred malt and coffee,, a big dark/roasted chocolate backing, a lip smacking assort of plums/dates/raisins/currantsrosomesortofdarkfruits, and a nice toasty toffee/caramel. Really a very good tasting beer.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick. Nice job midnight sun.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 11:13:23 | More by Overlord
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JoeySchlitz

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Have been looking forward to trying this one for little while now - have not been disappointed by a Midnight Sun beer yet. Based on the label notches, this was brewed and bottled the 1st week of August, 2009.

A: A strong pour results in a 1/2" dark chocolate sudsy head - picture a liquid hershey bar fresh from the espresso bar frother. That quickly dies down to a circle at the edge of the glass with some swirls in the middle. The beer is jet black with zero light even at the edges - it looks like used motor oil from a 92 Caprice that has never been changed.

S: After it warms up the strongest and initial dominant flavor is of the barrels. Following that is a good dose of bourbon mixed with a medley of molasses, burnt sugar, dark chocolate, some brownies and an earthy roasted malt.

T: Much more chocolate here than in the nose. It's mixed with a little bit of coconut sweetness as well as some bourbon alcohol notes. There is a slight bit of buttery diacetyl flavor which mellows out the alcohol, allowing it to play second fiddle to the flavors that were mentioned in the smell. It reminds me of a barrel-aged Expedition stout - very refined and smooth and well balanced. Also reminds me of Parabola but with much less heat and more drinkable.

M: I'm pretty sure that this is the thickest stout that I have had. It really is a mouthful. Swirling it around the glass leaves a yellow-ish brown coating. I imagine that my stomach is coated in this yellow-ish brown elixir. A low, but perfect amount of carbonation provides the finishing touch.

O: This definitely lives up to Midnight Sun's reputation. Although not as complex as Abyss or as sweet as Black Tuesday (which is a good thing allowing one to drink a whole bomber with no sugar overdose) it is a fantastic beer and incredibly balanced. There is really nothing that is out of place in this well refined beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 04:56:16 | More by JoeySchlitz
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corby112

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 vintage generously shared by shadowane.

Pours pitch black and completely opaque without a hint of lighter color when held to a light and a 1.5 finger frothy dark mocha head with good retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring. Sporadic splotches and chunks of lacing left behind.

Sweet, slightly roasted aroma with hints of roasted coffee bean, silky chocolate, honey, molasses, bittersweet dark chocolate, tobacco and cedar. Slightly leathery with some earthy oak tannis as well as some faint vanilla. The barrel character is evident but not over powering in the nose letting the other scents shine through.

Chewy medium body that's on the fuller end with a slightly dry, bitter hop presence and a very roasted malt character. Deep roasted flavor up front with silky bittersweet dark chocolate, coffee/espresso bean and oatmeal. This is countered by a nice creamy lactic presence, that along with the molasses and honey, adds complexity and fullness to the palate. This gives this beer it's viscosity and sweetness and compliments the earthy oak very nicely. The ABV is excellently masked with little to no heat making it incredibly quaffable. There is subtle heat and warmth in the finish but it's very faint. It's unbelievable that this beer is 12.7%. would have guessed under ten percent. Insanely drinkable at this strength.

Overall, I was very impressed with this beer and thought that it was much more complex, flavorful and drinkable than the 09 Kate the Great which was also opened tonight. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 05:46:32 | More by corby112
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joshuaseresse

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this nice bottle from black13 a month or two ago, thanks Michael! Been wanting to try this one for quite sometime. 2009 vintage. Split with some La Crosse BAs yesterday:

A - Pitch black with light mocha head. Solid foam ring around the edges. Bit of lacing with some thick legs. The liquid eventually stains the glass.

S - Really smooth bourbon and nice smell of oak barrels. Sweet caramel, chocolate, roast and molasses. Tiny bit of maple syrup.

T - Just a tiny bit smokey but mostly oak, roast, sweet bourbon, cream and boozy maple syrup. You can tell by the taste that it does have some age on it since I was expecting the heat to be quite sharp.

M - Way smooth and creamy. Creamy carbonation and slight sting from the ABV which leaves the mouth slightly tingly.

O - Really solid beer. Lives up to the hype. All the people that I shared this with had never had it and we all loved it. I'd really like another bottle to age for something like 5-6 more years to get it just completely mellowed out but the age this one did have on it worked really well, too. Thanks again Michael for this delicious brew!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2011 14:31:09 | More by joshuaseresse
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joe1510

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22oz Bomber

12.7%

This is yet another Alaskan gem from the gentlemanly scholar known as AKBelgianBeast, thanks Sir Francis! Berserker? Well, there's no other word to describe this stout than pure coal black. I think light is actually afraid of the oil like black body of this beast. Two fingers worth of one of the darkest heads on planet earth formed on the pour and eventually fell to a skimming. A quick swirl brings it back easily. You know how chocolate milk looks when it's poured with the bubbly top? Well, that's Berserker's head for you. There's a good amount of stick left behind as well .

The nose on this giant beer is insanely complex. Roasty malts on the verge of being charred start things off but licorice, cocoa powder, and blackstrap molasses (in that order) follow closely behind. The bourbon is there but sweetly mild (or is that mildly sweet?). Faint vanilla here and there with sweet earthy sweet hints of cabernet wafting through in the back. Oak is poking its head out with a soft mingling vanilla character. This beer is a complexity bomb, without a doubt.

The flavor actually manages to outshine the nose, I don't know how but it does. Where to begin? Roasty malts, cocoa powder, dark chocolate, licorice, molasses, yada, yada, yada...This beer is a never ending evolution of flavor. The bourbon comes up front, the cabernet on the swallow and both add a touch of sweetness that keeps the roastiness in check. Oak manages to refine it as a whole to make it an absolute pleasure to imbibe. It's tough for me to do this brew justice. I barely ever give away 5s (especially for flavor) but this stout deserves it. Wow!

The mouthfeel is insanely good. Somehow it's so incredibly smooth and airy yet creamy and slick. Again, I can't even bring myself how to get into the descriptors. The body leans toward the heavy, obviously and the alcohol is barely noticeable. How do they do that?

For a beer of this strength the drinkability is amazing. No noticeable alcohol and this bomber is disappearing like I'm a fish. Berserker is one dangerously drinkable beer (cliché? Yes).

Well, what can I say that hasn't already been said? Not a whole lot I guess. This beer isn't even gone yet and I'm already fantasizing about the next. Thanks for this gem Beast, you da man!

Reviewed: 1/17/09

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 00:23:14 | More by joe1510
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

2010 bottle.

A: Out the bottle like black crude. Dark brown head settles to the glass edges. High abv. shows.
S: Dense maltyness, licorice, tobacco, and a little fruitiness. A little earthy.
T: loads of black androasted malts. Shows more coffee than chocolate. Molasses is assertive. Easily discernible red-wine fruitiness melds nicely with the malt kind of like a dark chocolate-covered raisin. Light sweetness, with alcohol is barely discernible for 12+%.
M: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy. Good mouth-coat, although carbonation is a bit prickly.

Fantastic beer, though not your typical American imperial stout with the assertive fruit and wine attributes. Very interesting, yet very drinkable for the abv. Only weakness for me was the carbonation/mouthfeel, but this is a beer I’d grab at any opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 19:25:39 | More by GeezLynn
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largadeer

California

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber shared by dyan. Thanks!

Appearance: Completely pitch black with a beautiful reverse-cascading chocolate-colored head. Remarkable.

Smell: A melange of whiskey, cacao and oak. Earthy, rich, but almost subtle in aroma. Restrained sweetness.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bittersweet chocolate icecream with whiskey drizzle. Medium-full body, I'd never guess that this is over 12% ABV. Carbonation is firm, crisp, and sweetness is fairly reigned-in for the style - a very soft beer overall. Bitterness likewise is perfectly balanced. Semi-dry in the finish, with a lingering trace of chocolate. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 09:16:50 | More by largadeer
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.