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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
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742 Ratings
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Ratings: 742
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 819
Gots: 193 | FT: 20
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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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%

Appearance: pours a super black and super viscous liquid. barely any foam and what forms is almost brown. leaves a thick syrupy lacing on the sides. completely opaque. a good start to a beer of this size and style

Smell: chocolate and dried plums. booze and bourbon. some maple. coffee and char.

Taste: opens with a little bit of maple and dark fruits. quickly cut by bourbon. backend comes quickly bring notes of oak, chocolate, coffee and last but not least char. lots of flavors but I'm not so sure about the balance:

Mouthfeel: super thick and sticky. small amount of warmth. lots of alcohol and acrid bitterness.

Overall: this wasn't all that I wanted it to be. I think it would have been better off without the bourbon, being a bigger thick charred stout with syrup. but overall a good and tasty big beer.

05-30-2014 01:28:01 | More by SportsandJorts
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-28-2014 13:33:05 | More by jaasen64
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kevanb

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%

650ml bottle, assumed to be the most recent vintage, poured into a Midnight Sun snifter.

The beer pours a super slick, jet black color, extremely opaque with a fizzy, loud, crackling head, dark bark in color with no retention or lace. The aroma is powerful, lots of rich dark grain, licorice, charred oak, bourbon with some molasses character, lightly roasted with a pop of alcohol heat. The flavors are nice, very earthy, strong licorice root, molasses, chewy wood that brings out some char and bourbon character, lightly roasty with some nice stone fruit flavors and just a touch of alcohol warming at the finish. The body is a bit thin and fizzy, higher carbonation than anticipated that coats the mouth decently well with a bit of an oily finish.

Verdict: A very nice barrel aged stout from Midnight Sun, but I didn't find myself noting any maple qualities to the beer. It's definitely on the earthy side, plenty of barrel character, but the actual bourbon flavor is moderate and balanced well, just plenty of oak and char.

05-24-2014 02:05:30 | More by kevanb
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RWNay

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-24-2014 01:23:11 | More by RWNay
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yeaprolly

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-22-2014 18:21:08 | More by yeaprolly
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-18-2014 20:41:32 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-17-2014 14:57:06 | More by kbrown
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Nunya

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-17-2014 13:09:10 | More by Nunya
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yummybeer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-12-2014 02:08:28 | More by yummybeer
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ChicagoNick

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

05-09-2014 23:16:41 | More by ChicagoNick
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Lfty357

Florida

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-05-2014 04:05:25 | More by Lfty357
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metsfan1

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

05-03-2014 23:43:34 | More by metsfan1
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PhatAtUT

Texas

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-03-2014 04:00:56 | More by PhatAtUT
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ari32

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-02-2014 19:46:26 | More by ari32
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gr8zehaman

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-01-2014 17:30:29 | More by gr8zehaman
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

04-29-2014 17:39:24 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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kaseydad

California

4.81/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

04-26-2014 16:06:47 | More by kaseydad
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bigcountry81

Florida

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-26-2014 06:20:57 | More by bigcountry81
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opwog

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.2%

04-26-2014 03:33:15 | More by opwog
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ezperkins2

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-24-2014 17:19:56 | More by ezperkins2
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Sanchezrox23

Virginia

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-23-2014 09:03:31 | More by Sanchezrox23
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IrishColonial

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

04-22-2014 22:52:56 | More by IrishColonial
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-19-2014 02:01:37 | More by DrinkSlurm
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mythaeus

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-19-2014 00:17:27 | More by mythaeus
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jsunj

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

04-18-2014 05:25:32 | More by jsunj
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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