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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: 929
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 8.99%
Wants: 839
Gots: 233 | FT: 28
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005

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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Ratings: 929 | Reviews: 245
Photo of mrebeka
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of homebrew311
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hilgart1
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of koopa
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bottle(12.7% abv) received in a trade with a very generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours pretty much the darkest I've ever seen with a dark brown crown that shows moderate retention and lace.

Smell: Really amazing deep roast malt with a slight wood barrel note, molasses, and maple syrup.

Taste: Same as nose but the bitterness from the roast almost takes on coffee like proportions. The interplay of the barrel and maple is really nice. Some fruity red wine notes make an appearance as well.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit lackluster but not offensive by any measure.

Drinkability: The abv and mouthfeel keep it held back slightly in this department, but the bomber goes down easily none the less.

Glad I got to try this one.

Photo of rlee1390
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass, two finger deep brown head.

S-Slight bourbon, oak, roasted malt, some chocolate and maple.

T-Slight oak, bourbon, maple, roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, nice balance.

M-Semi heavy, tad creamy not much carbonation.

O-A really good beer but the beer just can't seem to compare to the many other BA stouts out there.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of Morey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of notchucknorris
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer #1000!

A: Pours a monstrous deep black color the consistency of motor oil. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, the color of mud, forms and then gets sucked right back into the fluid. Looks amazing.

S: Deep and inviting notes of molasses, dark chocolate, wet earth, cola, dark chocolate covered cherry. Booze, charred oak and bourbon hang on the periphery.

T: Opens with a smooth wave of molasses, dark chocolate, fudge, charred oak and tobacco. Finish brings some wet earth, light bourbon and ash. Just a hint of booze on the finish, but otherwise incredibly smooth for the ABV. Mouthfeel is velvety, with just a hint of dryness from the alcohol. Definitely Abyss-like to me. A really incredible beer.

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Sparky44
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many, many thanks to paulys55 for this bottle!

A - Poured pitch black with about 1/4 of creamy, toffee colored head and no carbonation.

S - Charred/smoked oak tannins, tobacco peat, dark fruit, molasses, dark roasted chocolate, and mild alcohol presence (for such a big beer).

T - Smoke, oak, maple, bourbon, molasses, roasted bitter chocolate, dark cherries, and alcohol effervescence.

M - Thick, viscous, sticky, slightly syrupy, sticky.

O - Letting this beer sit in the glass for 30+ minutes and warming to room temperature really opened this up in an incredibly complex way. In fact, if I ever have the opportunity to enjoy another bottle of this I will most likely pop it at room temperature instead, far better.

Photo of Jspriest
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of Jeffo
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try one of my first ever wants, and two completely different vintages at that. A big thanks goes out to pixieskid for the newer vintage, and a unfathomable thank you goes out to akbeerfiend for the 2005. Thanks a lot gents!

Vintage: 2010 ABV: 12.7% Aged in Oak Barrels
Vintage: 2005 ABV: 10.4% Aged in Oak Whisky Barrels

From a bomber into a snifter
Review for the 2010 with the 2005 as a comparison.

APPEARANCE: Pours out absolutely pitch black and menacing looking. Thick and sludgy tar. Wicked. Pour yields a small, medium-thick looking mocha colored head with good retention. Thick, viscous, jet black body with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains and leaves a couple dots of lacing down the glass. The head could be a little more persistent, but like the label says, this is vicious, viscous, and menacing. The ’05, however, was slightly lighter and more transparent with a tan colored head. Still blacker and thicker than many others in the style, but not as evil as the ’10.

SMELL: Big nose on this. Roasted malts are there and the barrel comes out nicely. Bourbon, vanilla and oak notes, with some definite sweet molasses, port qualities, and maybe even a hint of sour cherries. Very potent and enjoyable, and the barrel meshes well with the base beer. By comparison, the ’05 was slightly milder and the whisky barrel was a little more dominant. The whisky barrel had left a more piercing boozy, paint thinner aroma. Still wonderful, just different.

TASTE: Just insane. There’s so much flavor it’s falling out of my pockets and shit. Roasted flavors up front with plenty of sweet molasses and barrel. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some nice bitter chocolate and sweet molasses accompany the barrel after the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste is full of bitter-sweetness, port and oak, a slight cherry sour touch, and wonderful barrel flavors. So much in here, and it tells a wonderful story, moving from a sweet, barrel beginning, to a more bitter-sweet, oaky, port finish. Just wonderful. The ’05 had many of the same qualities, but wasn’t quite the same. The flavor definitely lacked up front, but came out nicely after the swallow. All the nice molasses and roasted qualities were still there, but the whisky, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel took center stage a little more. This all made it less sweet and less complex. The barrel aging has held up great for 5+ years. I can only imagine what it was like fresh.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and slightly lighter on the palate. Very creamy and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating on the palate. Could use some more weight, but beautifully creamy and smooth. The ’05 was comparable, being slightly less sticky and the age had made it a little softer.

OVERALL: Absolutely phenomenal. The 2010 vintage was one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had to date. A purely evil pour, reminding me of De Molen’s List & Bedrog in that department, and more complex and flavorful than any beer has the right to be. Top of its class for sure, and well worth the hunt. I will always be on the lookout for another bottle of this fine liquid. A huge thanks again to pixieskid for hooking me on with this one.

The ’05 has held up better than I could have hoped. It was not as bold and complex as the newer vintage, and whisky barrel had imparted a different dimension to the beer, but it was still a world class brew in itself. The bottle had held up wonderfully as well, with absolutely no signs of any oxidization or deterioration at all, so if you’re sitting on a bottle, don’t be afraid to leave it a little longer. A massive, massive thanks to akbeerfiend for making this killer beer night happen. Cheers!

Note: 2012 is underwhelming, but the 2013 is unreal good.

Photo of jrenihan
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of vonnegut21
3/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of emmasdad
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours black, nearly opaque, oily with a good amount of medium brown head. Huge boozy aroma, with roasted malt, red wine, bourbon, maple and wood. Very interesting flavor, alcoholic and somewhat sour, with the competing red wine/bourbon flavors, along with the roasted malt and some brown sugar. A big complex, somewhat disjointed, beer. Good, but not one I would seek out often.

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Photo of Overlord
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.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours jet black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is a very potent maple sweetness with a touch of bourbon caramel. There is very little bitterness, but the nose isn't cloying. The taste is potent with a huge amount of oak, maple, bourbon, vanilla, and caramel. There is no detectable booze at all. The mouthfeel is velvety smooth and highly drinkable. It's one of the best double stouts I've had with very little to complain about it. Seek this out, it's worth it.

Photo of nickd717
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bomber from deliriumfest on BA. Shared at my 2nd annual birthday celebration beer fest.

Black with a small fading dark brown head. The head is damned dark on this one. Leaves a murky black liquid after it's gone. This one is thick and has some legs on it.

Aroma is molasses, roast, anise, and chocolate. Some oak barrel and bourbon poke through. This one lets you know from the get-go that it's not going to mess around.

Flavor is just crazy. Bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, red wine, lots of molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, tobacco, and anise all noticeable. So much going on here. A little sweet with a very mild tart note that I'm assuming came from the wine barrels. This is intense and very complex.

Full body with low carbonation. A little boozy and syrupy.

Overall, this is great, but it's hard to drink a lot of it. This one will really kill you. Make sure you open this with enough people to share it.

Photo of anteater
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bottle

A: Oily black with a really good looking dark brown head

S: Bourbon, bitter dark chocolate

T: Really rich flavors of bourbon and bitter dark chocolate dominate, hints of espresso and molasses more at the end. Well hidden 12.7% alcohol

M: So thick and so good

O: I think this is better than a lot of the most highly rated bourbon barrel stouts out there. Lots of really well balanced and strong flavors

Photo of KVNBGRY
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
96 out of 100 based on 929 ratings.