Berserker Imperial Stout | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 12.70%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-13-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#482
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
1,201
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
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Photo of stevoj
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

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of silverblaze540
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.

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Photo of tbone1384
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Avatar113
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Richter525
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of 1971bernat
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kitch
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
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.

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Photo of Muss42
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of A_Rad
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wordemupg
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml 2016 bomber poured into tulip 30/10/17 A big brew for a big milestone #3000

A black right out of the bottle, some of the darkest liquid I've seen followed by some of the noisiest and darkest foam I've seen, fizzled out leaving no lace but to be expected when wide legs are forming, swirls stick a fair bit of color to the glass....nice looking liquid

S maple, brown sugar, molasses, bourbon barrel, lots of dark fruit, chocolate syrup and fudge, faint smoke, charred wood, red berries, port wine, and a little coffee there's lots going on

T some booze but they did a great job hiding the 12.7%, everything I could smell is still there in one form or another, molasses comes out a little heavy, has a burnt port barrel thing going on, tastes great but I preferred the nose

M shes got some weight that's for sure, sticky as can be, enough carbonation to give it some life, slick inside the mouth, some heat going down but hits your chest and head pretty hard

O fantastic stuff, so much going on its hard to keep track of, so rich, so thick, this stuffs a meal in a glass, even this fairly young bottle has mellowed nicely, a world class brew

One of the better stouts I've had in a long time and a great choice for #3000, I should've grabbed more of these to age when I had the chance as I could see it being crazy good with another couple years on it

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Photo of Rifugium
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of festizio
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dankacheese
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2015 Vintage

Pour is viscous, this looks to be a beast. Aroma is pretty amazing as well, dark berries, chocolate, oak, bourbon and you can feel the heat of this beast in the nose. Taste is alot first sip, the barrel dominates and there is forsure a ton of heat on this for a 12.7%. There is a dark red wine bitterness towards the finish that takes over and disrupts all other good flavors. Hard to describe the flavor beyond too hot and wine barrel. It looks and smells alot better than it tastes.

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Photo of Phoodcritic
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutBoi
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Agentveba
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.06/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bomber to tulip, the appearance pours like motor oil (i.e. jet black pour has that "glub glub" sound to it), about a finger’s worth of foamy slightly tan/almost off white head that dies within about a minute. Barely any lace.
The smell - well, its mostly bourbon, woo-wee, holy crap, boy is that over over powering or what, woo-wee...as it warms, there is some maple and molasses; lil’ bit of oakiness coming through, unsure how well it combines, though its not really combining to me, I do get some roastiness and some major vinousness/wine-ness to it.
The mouthfeel had the overly vinous harsh to sour quality invading not as I had hoped it would.
Overall, would I have this again? Well, not fresh at least, I'll age a bottle of this if I ever get it again.

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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ScottP
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,201 ratings