Berserker Imperial Stout
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #462
Ranked #986
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Nov 01, 2022
Dec 13, 2005
Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
Notes: 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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Rated: 4.59 by doctorgary from New York

Nov 01, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Wisconsin_IPA_Lover from Wisconsin

Oct 14, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by brandoneast from Texas

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Midnight black body with a tan shallow head. Roasted malts fill the nose but have molasses, earth, smoke and dark bitter chocolate supporting. Frankly, I am in love with how rugged the flavor complexion is of this throw back stout: roasted and earthy malt with accents of smoky coffee, tobacco and earth, meet dark chocolate and black strap molasses on the second half that just glob onto the palate. Taste is just that tick more intense while still being drinkable. Which brings me to the feel, mirroring the taste, strong roast but refined by the finish with the bright sweetness of the molasses, robust yet smooth and quaffable.
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours deep black color. Aroma is intense dark chocolate, caramel, coffee and booziness. Taste is a balance of the nose - bittervdark chocolate, coffee and booze. Mouthfeel is perfectly full.

Overall an incredible stout.
Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4.29 by smithj4 from New York

Jun 21, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Hawkfish from Washington

Jun 05, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by SierraFlight from Virginia

Dec 09, 2021
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
On draft at the brewery. Poured out an opaque, jet-black color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass. It smelled of dark chocolate, dark dried fruit, tobacco, caramel and coffee. Big roasted malt taste with toffee, caramel and a sharp bitterness.
Aug 04, 2021
Rated: 4.41 by CAcker from California

Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Mar 19, 2021
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Reviewed by EricLamboBeerGod from Mississippi

5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Hi fellow beer bro's! I'm the great Eric Lambino and I just wanted to pop in and say WOOWZEE WOWSERS this beer is a flavor EXPLOSION. From the caramel notes when it first touches your lips, to the smooth cocoa middle, to the crescendo of coffee to follow this beauty is a symphony of satisfaction. A melody of malt, a diddy of delight! Please, for me, the great Eric Lambino, give this beer a chance.. your life will never be the same again. Lambino out.
Mar 05, 2021
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Reviewed by backblast from Alaska

4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2012 vintage enjoyed 2-2021. First sip tasted of dark umami plum and rich dark chocolate, deep dark fruit, roasted malt char and has a mild bitterness.
Feb 13, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 4.58 by JCB1711 from Alaska

Jan 10, 2021
Rated: 4.19 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania

Jan 05, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Dec 26, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Feb 25, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

Feb 20, 2020
Rated: 4.37 by mrcraft from California

Dec 25, 2019
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12.7% no bottle date seen.

Pitch black in the glass with a pinky worth of thick, caramel colored crown capping it off. Crown settles in to being a thick ring attached to the glass and a misty island covering the rest.
The nose brings dark, unsweetened chocolate mixing with hints of fruit. There is an almost peaty, smoky quality to it. That barrel really comes through with the charred oak.
The taste brings in that unsweetened chocolate again before turning into huge waves of dark fruit and charred wood. Sticky molasses and dry tobacco also show through. Maple isn’t too noticeable or overpowering anywhere in this thing, which is good for me.
The mouthfeel is sticky, medium bodied thickness with a smokey, charred quality of dry wood to it.
Overall, this is very well blended between all aspects.
Dec 07, 2019
Rated: 4.19 by vande from Illinois

Jun 23, 2019
Rated: 4.68 by khargro2 from Tennessee

Apr 28, 2019
Rated: 4.29 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee

Apr 25, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by dmk82 from California

Mar 14, 2019
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beee poured a tar black color with a mocha colored head.

Smell - The nose was decadent with notes of rich dark chocolate and booze.

Taste - At the front, there were notes of dark chocolate, light coffee, maple, and coconut. The bitter notes helped to balance the sweet. The booze was the bond that held it together in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - The viscosity was a touch below used motor oil with low carbonation.

Overall - Newer, trender beers may have taken this one’s place in the top 100, but it is still very solid and worth seeking.
Feb 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Feb 03, 2019
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Reviewed by TijuanaTovar from North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Poured 8/3/2018 from a 2017 bottle. Taste is identical to ten fiddy. Blind taste this to a little aged ten fiddy and it’ll be impossible to beat. A little deflated but still good. BA ten fiddy beat this for sure. Little to no maple or molasses come thru. Good stuff tho. Won’t seek out again
Aug 04, 2018
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle share. Dull pour, flat and oily, small ring of brown head. Aroma is harsh and wooden. Taste smooths out a little, Dirty, earthy, peaty, a bit of alcohol warmth, bitter at the tail. Salvages itself after a questionable start.Vintage pour, definitely gets better with she. Smooth, sweet and boozy
Jun 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by silverblaze540 from Virginia

4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
A - Midnight black, thick tan head with tiny bubbles that dissipates in about a minute.

S - Powerful, with prunes, molasses, bourbon, and other dark fruits.

T - Malt, prunes, molasses, bourbon, hints of oak. Not quite as strong as the smell.

M - Very thick, and a little flat. Not too syrupy.

O - Powerful smell and milder flavor. Easy to drink and very tasty.
May 02, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by tbone1384 from Wyoming

Apr 14, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Apr 09, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by Avatar113 from California

Feb 14, 2018
Rated: 4.12 by Richter525 from Michigan

Jan 12, 2018
Rated: 4.65 by bshefftz from California

Jan 11, 2018
Rated: 4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Jan 02, 2018
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A 22 fl. oz. bomber with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Black in colour with a one finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving some sparse lacing.

Aroma: Molasses, brown sugar, maple, chocolate, banana bread and bourbon with hints of coffee and oak.

Taste: Sweet molasses, milk chocolate, maple, dark fruit and bourbon with hints of oak, bitter char, smoke and coffee.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall: Nice aromas and taste but perhaps just slightly too sweet for me. The molasses were also a bit overpowering and I would have preferred more maple coming through.
Dec 29, 2017
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Reviewed by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle was cellared 2-3 years before consumption.

A: Motor oil black. Brown head settles out after a short time. Wispy lacing.

S: Blackstrap molasses, thick fudge sauce. Hints of roast and char. Smoke. Vinous in a pinot noir sort of way, with a lot of black cherry and blackberry. Oaky vanillins.

T: Thick fudge sauce up front. Acrid and burnt/roasty edge rides up. French roast coffee, smokey. Big wave of sweet and sticky molasses and maple syrup. Chocolate covered cherries. Black currant too. Vinous- Pinot Noir. Cedar. Warming bourbon, barrel char, and oak. Long finish as sticky sweet molasses tapers into a lingering smokey note.

M: Thick and heavy body. Sticky and coating- rife with residual sugars. Low carbonation further lets that texture set in.

O: A massive imperial stout. Big molasses and maple syrup additions sweeten things quite a bit, and actually to the point that they become somewhat cloying. Barrel aging and a good dose of roast and some acrid/smokey malt character struggle, and ultimately fail, to keep it enough in balance. Still enjoyable in smaller doses, as a slow sipper. Good as a digestive, or I'd pair it with a fruit-forward and hopefully tart/acidic dessert.
Dec 04, 2017
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