1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

759 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 759
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 8.97%
Wants: 825
Gots: 201 | FT: 21
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 759 | Reviews: 224 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of yummybeer
4/5  rDev -8%

yummybeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of ChicagoNick
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

ChicagoNick, May 09, 2014
Photo of Lfty357
4/5  rDev -8%

Lfty357, May 05, 2014
Photo of metsfan1
4/5  rDev -8%

metsfan1, May 03, 2014
Photo of PhatAtUT
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

PhatAtUT, May 03, 2014
Photo of ari32
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ari32, May 02, 2014
Photo of gr8zehaman
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

gr8zehaman, May 01, 2014
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

CHILLINDYLAN, Apr 29, 2014
Photo of kaseydad
4.81/5  rDev +10.6%

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.

kaseydad, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of bigcountry81
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

bigcountry81, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of opwog
5/5  rDev +14.9%

opwog, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of ezperkins2
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

ezperkins2, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Sanchezrox23
4/5  rDev -8%

Sanchezrox23, Apr 23, 2014
Photo of IrishColonial
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

IrishColonial, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

DrinkSlurm, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of mythaeus
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

mythaeus, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of jsunj
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

jsunj, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of funkyaudio
4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

funkyaudio, Apr 16, 2014
Photo of Mar02x
4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

Mar02x, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

Morey, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of BG24
4/5  rDev -8%

BG24, Apr 11, 2014
Photo of pest
3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

pest, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of hikeeba
3.5/5  rDev -19.5%

hikeeba, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of homebrew311
4.59/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

homebrew311, Apr 04, 2014
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

stereosforgeeks, Apr 01, 2014
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 759 ratings.