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Berserker Imperial Stout - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 836
Gots: 213 | FT: 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005)
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5


One of the best looking imperial stouts out there - completely opaque, viscous, oily - forms a dark, burnt mocha head that dissolves into a small ring. Aroma of bourbon oak, dark bakers chocolate, espresso, dark caramel, roast, ash, vinous grape, vanilla and slight graham cracker. Taste is vibrant, full, intense. Bitter, rich, dark chocolate, heavily roasted espresso beans, oaky bourbon vanilla, booze, dark roast. Full, creamy, rich mouthfeel.

Fantastic stout - does not have an overly heavy barrel character. Well rounded, intense, and perfection in look and feel.

timc100, Feb 20, 2014
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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a nice dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of sweet roasted malt notes with some light black chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by quite a bit of residual sugars with some nice dry roasted malt notes. Notes of coffee and molasses are also very pleasant. Body is full with nice thick oily texture with good carbonation and alcohol is not overly apparent. Nice big IS which retains some good drinkability level.

Phyl21ca, Feb 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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4.89/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained in trade Vintage 2012, properly cellared

A- black with tiny cappuccino colored lacing

S-leathery dark fruits, plums, molasses bourbony.

T- a very well balanced sledgehammer of flavor. Smooth roasty malts, raisins, dark cocoa with heavy vanilla oaky bourbon. Still hot, but pleasantly so in harmony with the stated mission. Berserker = Enter Sandman & Creeping Death. Getting thrown to the floor in a front row mosh pit filled with assertive females working on lucrative post- graduate degrees while looking for companionship.

M- smooth lively carbonation with nary a single evident bubble. Black Magic, I suspect.

0- a heavy fist wrapped in dark velvet. Smell the Glove. The words " best ever.... " come to mind. The overlord of all. Lesser stouts seek the shelter of their bunkers only to be hit with this daisy cutter.

Jjski, Feb 15, 2014
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4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 22oz bottle. Started at about 60 degrees.

A - Deep, dark black with no light. A small tan head.

S - Molasses, dark chocolate, bourbon and brown sugar. Beautiful! Rich and complex.

T - A complex and smooth mix of molasses, bourbon, roastiness and dark chocolate. Light notes of maple syrup. The bourbon enhances it without dominating. A slight sweetness. The alcohol was hidden at first but increased as it warmed.

M - So think and creamy yet light and airy. A low, well balanced carbonation.

O - Big and strong yet soft and delicate. A great beer!

GJ40, Feb 14, 2014
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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.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.