Berserker Imperial Stout
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
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Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #132
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #519
Avg:
4.36 | pDev: 8.49%
Reviews:
305
Ratings:
1,210
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Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
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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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Photo of AyatollahGold
4.1/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of TijuanaTovar
4.22/5  rDev -3.2%
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

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Photo of stevoj
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
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 silverblaze540
4.79/5  rDev +9.9%
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 kitch
4.24/5  rDev -2.8%
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 -12.8%
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 wordemupg
4.58/5  rDev +5%
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 Dankacheese
4.2/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.06/5  rDev -29.8%
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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Photo of gshak
4/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 22oz at ISO beers, in San Jose. No bottled-on date noticed. Poured into a Glenmorangie whiskey glass at refrigerator temperature.
A - Poured flat with no head and very spotty lacing. The liquid itself is pitch black like an Alaskan wintry night, and mocha tints coating the glass where the liquid has been. Quite a hefty pour too, almost sludgy coming out of the bottle, more like in the Speedway category, than the Marshal Zhukov.
S - Very very subdued smell, likely due to the cold temperature. Should pick up some aromas as the liquid warms up...assuming it stays that long in the glass.
T - Definitely the highpoint of the beer. Very reminiscent of the Abyss, in that there are very prominent red wine characteristics coupled with roasty, chocolatey notes. Drinks much lighter than I anticipated, due to the supressed carbonation that explodes on the palate, bringing forth notes of roast, red wine, oak, bker's chocolate, and a very meaty umami flavor. The coating on the lips and teeth is excellent, and very, very drying. My teeth are almost going numb like I sucked on some sour candy, surprising and very delectable. Maple, and bourbon while boldly advertised on the bottle, are not noticed on the palate,
M - This is a heavy beer that has an amazing drinkability, thanks to the plentiful carbonation that can be felt but not seen. There is an element of subtle tinge of drying cherry-like tartness which aids the drinkability as well. Very well executed.
O - Overall a very well executed beer as an IRS. The lack of bourbon in the aromas or the taste, and the lack of the familiar notes of almonds, vanilla, or coconut leaves me unsatisfied given this was to be a BBA stout

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $19.99
Purchased: Jan. 6, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 20, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 24, 2016

Picked this up with basically a $50 gift certificate for my birthday. Had heard of Midnight Sun and saw on one of the emails that they had a few coming in, so I pounced on this and the Arctic Devil Barley Wine. $19.99 (Berserker) and $17.99 (AD) seems a bit much but I got them anyway. Show me I’m wrong.

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head. Calm, serene setting underneath the top. Average lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a big boozy mix of bourbon and maple syrup. Also some chewy molasses in there, probably making it seem boozier than it is. Getting that molasses after the bourbon and maple syrup, but that bourbon kind of dies off. Also earthy leather, port red wine barrels, dates, vanilla, toasted oak, hints of coconut and dark caramel. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still appetizing. (Smell - 4.00)

Initial taste had me thinking it wasn’t quite an imperial stout, but then it smoothed out and I felt it warm all the way down my body. A lot of different flavors pulling at each other, getting in order smoky molasses, port wine, oaky bourbon, vanilla, earthy leather and tobacco. Getting less maple syrup than the nose and more port wine. Either way it’s sugary sweet. Also dates, figs, raisins, overripe plum, dark caramel, toffee and toasted coconut. Really feeling the alcohol, warming up the body rather quickly. This is complex. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, semi-smoky, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a different imperial stout for sure. Liked it overall, but I feel like I overrated it just a bid. (Overall - 4.25)

4.16 | 93 | A-

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Photo of MacMalt
4.49/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 Vintage. Poured into snifter glass. It pours black as midnight with two fingers of frothy, mocha-colored head and lacing with excellent retention. It's a lovely pour. It smells of dark roasted malt, freshly brewed coffee, cocoa, caramel, peat, smoke, and whiskey. This is delicious! A wonderful blend of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, tobacco, and dark fruit. Also, there are red wine notes in the taste, particularly at the finish, that I didn't smell. While you can taste the whiskey, it's subtle and pleasant; not overly hot. This stout is medium-bodied; it's creamy but not chewy. It is mildly carbonated and while it isn't overtly boozy in taste, you can certainly feel the 12.7% ABV. This is a sipper for sure. Overall, it's a wonderful Imperial Stout, with lots of taste notes that blend seamlessly. It deserves its world class rating.

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Photo of Radcpa
4.54/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark appearance with little head and just the right amount of carbonation. Very nice aroma with light molasses. Great bourbon taste with molasses without any alcohol after taste. Excellent stout

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Photo of pkalix
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

nothing special on the look, but a super nice aroma. taste is difficult at first but becomes so very nice and delicious after it drains down the backside.... 2015 edition....

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Photo of kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Currently #5 on the Alaska Top 100 list.

BOTTLE: 2016 vintage. $19.99 at an overpriced beer store in Brooklyn, NY. 22 fl oz.

"Imperial stout." "ale brewed with maple syrup & molasses and aged in oak bourbon barrels." 12.70% ABV. 30 IBUs.

Served straight from the fridge into a nonic and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: Pours a gorgeous silky tan colour head with a beautiful shiny complexion. It doesn't quite attain that gilded tan colour that the tippy top very best imperial stouts boast, but it comes close. Appears lusciously soft and creamy, leaving thick lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Thick and robust, holding up for a good 10+ minutes, defying the 12.70% ABV. Remarkably well-executed, though far from perfection. ~6-7cm high.

BODY: Opaque black. True to form for the style, with no visible yeast particulate or hop sediment. Not hazy or cloudy.

Overall, it's a good looking imperial stout. I'm quite eager to try it.

AROMA: Subtle maple collides with a robust dark malt backbone. Subtle notes surface of chocolate malt, charred oak (especially on the back end), black strap molasses sweetness, wisps of dark fruit (mainly plum, date, and raisin) with subsidiary hints of port wine, tobacco, and reticent bourbon. Though the subtle oak presence is wonderful, balancing out the aromatic sweetness with some cutting char/burnt character, the bourbon presence isn't great; I'm craving those notes of toasted coconut and subtle vanilla than are generally present in the best bourbon barrel aged expressions of the style.

Nevertheless, this robust aroma promises a thick chewy imperial stout with plenty of complexity and nuance, even if the maple syrup and bourbon notes aren't as vivid or evocative as the label seems to want to make us believe they'd be.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Not at all what the aroma suggested. Off-puttingly coating, with an almost slightly chalky presence on the palate that elevates artificial vanillin in the second half of the beer at the expense of all the other notes. Not the chewy treacly treat of a mouthfeel I hoped for; it thins out towards the finish, giving it a somewhat weak but definitely uneven presence on the palate. Full-bodied up front but medium bodied on the finish. Carbonation is good, and it's aptly smooth and wet, but it's just a mess texture-wise. Not boozy or warm, but that'd be fine (and maybe even preferable) if it had the consistent body and chewiness it should have.

Like the texture, the taste is structurally imbalanced, with most of the flavour shoved in towards the open. Flavours taper as the beer moves through the second act towards the finish, arriving eventually at that one flat note of bourbon barrel-derived vanillin - which dominates the beer into the aftertaste. Up front, it's decent - some hints of molasses and a blip of barrel char alongside the dark malt & chocolate malt sweetness you'd expect. Maple syrup is sadly wasted on this brew, with no real presence ever emerging. I wanted a molten gooey feel on the palate; this hardly delivered.

The bourbon barrel character isn't dazzling either, and I find myself wondering if the underwhelming vanillin and barrel sugar sweetness they attained from the aging made it worth doing...don't expect any rich white oak, charred wood, or toasted coconut from the barrel. (A better selection of bourbon as well as more time in barrels might help).

None of the tobacco or port wine the aroma promised comes through, unfortunately. A bit of dark fruit does, I suppose - maybe raisin, faint plum, and date? As it warms, I get a whisper of pomegranate (if you'll excuse the pretension implicit in that phrasing).

It's on the sweeter side for an imperial stout, rendering it a sipper. But it doesn't earn that low level of drinkability with intricacy, depth of flavour, or nuance; it's just a heavy brew with too much sweetness.

I hoped for vivid maple syrup (a la Founders' CBS), rich bourbon notes (a la any of the great bourbon barrel stouts out there), and impeccable balance (as found in some of Midnight Sun's beers). None of that was delivered in this brew, which has a taste that disappoints after the treats of its appearance and aroma.

OVERALL: This doesn't make my Top 5 for Alaskan beers, and I've tried less than 50. Apparently, some vintages of this are aged in red wine and whiskey barrels, while others are aged only in bourbon? One can imagine the whiskey/red wine version working better than this (bourbon only) one does. It's not a bad imperial stout by any stretch, but the good isn't good enough to justify a 2nd purchase - especially when I'd sooner get Victory Storm King, North Coast Ole Raspy, or Oscar Blues Ten Fidy - all of which can be had in 6 or 4 packs for less than one bottle of this. Price doesn't affect my rating, though, and it's competent fare in a style that's difficult to excel in. There's a lot to like in Berserker...but nothing to love.

B- (3.40) / WORTHY

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this is an amazing beer, and one i have been seeking out for a long time, stoked to finally get into it! i loved it, but i was expecting it to be a little heavier on the maple, but its amazing. very strong but not overly thick or syrupy in texture. i think it has a lot of nuance and layers, smoke, tobacco, maple, coffee, heavy roast and char, no barrel required. its not quit black in color, and holds its rich lathery tan head pretty well, and we drink this one rather slowly, allowing it to warm up and evolve. strong chocolate notes, molasses, raisin, even cherry for a moment in the middle. i wanted a little more maple, but this is way more complex with maple as one component rather than a dominating element. the roast on the barley is strong, and its cool with the sweet maple, also very earthy with a hint of smoke near the finish, drives a little bitterness into it. not super rich in feel for what it is, not overly heavy, this seems a little less intimidating than i thought it would be, sort of smooth and gentle going down with its alcohol really well hidden. really a beer of incredible depth, pipe tobacco arising in the finish, long and mellow, deep wintery beer, makes sense it comes from alaska, it has that kind of vibe to it. impressive quality, i could always go for more maple, but they have obviously done an amazing job with this, more complex than most of these huge stouts, even without the barrel!

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Photo of Benish
3.92/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with maple syrup and molasses and aged in bourbon barrels. Clocks in at 12.7%.

Appearance: pitch black with a dark brown head. Appeared vicious and thick.

Smell: at first, picked up maple syrup. As the beer warmed up it became much like red wine - fruits, tobacco, and oak. The bourbon also came around but seemed a little hidden from the other aromas.

Taste: taste red wine, tobacco, smoke, and very faint notes of maple syrup. As the beer warmed up, I swear its almost like I was drinking dry red wine - a merlot or something. The beer was slightly sweet at the beginning but was quickly bitter and had a charred finish.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth with some heat. The finish leaves a lingering tobacco/wine/oak as well as a little heat.

Overall: this one is quite different.. The vast majority of stouts I tried present the typical flavors of chocolate and coffee, but this one had neither. Interesting brew. Not something I call a dessert beer; more like something I would be drinking like brandy in front of the fireplace.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.84/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Vintage is not listed but it is aged in oak bourbon barrels and is 12.7% ABV

A: Beautiful chocolate head that looks very creamy. The body is pure blackness with not even hints of light escaping.

S: Smells like chocolate, toffee, burnt sugars, anise, raisins, maybe some maple.

T: Sweet roasted malts, burnt sugars, plums, raisins, toffee, chocolate, almost coffee like, a touch of maple on the finish.

M: Velvety, silky, creamy, lush

O: Wow just wow. This beer is so rich and decadent. Such perfect flavors piled on top of each other you have the roasted malty anise taste of the stout a little toffee from the bourbon and a little residual sugars from the molasses and then just a hint of maple. On top of that you have such a creamy, chewy, silky body it is amazing.

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Photo of Boccu
4.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks chickman. Pours dark and thick with a nice head. Molasses and light bourbon and light red wine aroma. Very light mouth feel with red wine, molasses to a bourbon, touch of smoke with a red wine finish. What was that? This stout is a roller coaster of flavors. Very smooth transitions and shuttle but damn hold on. Drink it slow and buckle in. Excellent stout. Very complex. Right in my wheel house as I'm a huge bourbon stout fan. The high Abv is well hidden not overpowering at all. I will look for more. Thanks again chickman!

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Photo of chinchill
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large shared bottle.
Fine looking beer that looks, and is, quite thick. Essentially black and opaque body with a decent head.
Strong, rich flavor.
Very full body, but not as viscous (or complex) as the CC Hunaphu I had just minutes before.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.21/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bomber into a Snifter, 11.2% and I believe it's a 2014 bottle.

A ton of molasses, really hard to pick up anything else. A hint of bourbon but zero maple. Really smooth drinking at this point, impressed at this ABV. This was definitely a hot mess when it was fresh, glad it sat in the fridge for a long time.

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12.7 abv...unsure of vintage but bought in oct of 2015 in Seattle. Motor oil! God dam motor oil!!! Smell molasses like all hell. Barrel character is reeeaallyyy tough to pick out...but there is something there. Taste....woof....whoa...booze. Mouthfeel..get that old school FILM out cuz cot dam this bitch stays with you. O..wish I sat on this longer. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2012 vintage poured into a snifter

A- pours motor oil thick with one of the darkest brown heads that I've seen on a stout, that eventually reduces to a ring around the edge of the glass

S- dark charred malt gives notes of dark chocolate up front, immediately followed by a barrel character that gives aromas of vinous red wine, dark berries, currants, black licorice, whiskey barrel & toasted oak. Sweet aromas of maple syrup, molasses, toffee & melted caramel close it out

T- deep dark chocolate, tobacco and light smoky charred malt up front, turns to notes of red wine, currants & black cherries, quickly followed by a mellowed out bourbon presence that gives flavors of caramel, vanilla & charred oak. The sweetness of the maple kicks in near the finish, giving notes of toffee & molasses. The linger provides more chocolate and intermingling barrel flavors

M- medium-heavy body with medium-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that turns chewy into a velvety finish

O- this is a bottle that I forgot I had, but it has aged fantastically. The wine & bourbon barrels have blended into one and there's just enough heat left, very well done

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Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Roughly 12 months old bottle.

A - Pours a liquid bowling ball black. Solid black body with essentially no highlights to speak of. Dark milk chocolate head pours a finger high with nice retention and ok lace.

S - Fantastic nose. Bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, dark vanilla, raisins, prunes, edge of hazel nut, allspice, and a touch of dark maple syrup.

T - Absolutely loaded with molasses. Hazelnut, milk chocolate, gingerbread, warm scotch, and prunes round out the flavor profile.

M - Smooth, medium body.

O - A delicious, thick, molasses-heavy imperial stout.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1210 ratings