Berserker Imperial Stout
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
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From:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
 
Alaska, United States
Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #417
ABV:
12.7%
Score:
96
Ranked #989
Avg:
4.33 | pDev: 8.55%
Ratings:
1,223
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 09, 2021
Added:
Dec 13, 2005
Wants:
  799
Gots:
  290
SCORE
96
World-Class
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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4.39 by SierraFlight from Virginia on Dec 09, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
 
4.41 by CAcker from California on Mar 20, 2021
 
4.25 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Mar 19, 2021
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5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by EricLamboBeerGod from Mississippi

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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4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by backblast from Alaska

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
 
4.5 by mrmsmith from District of Columbia on Feb 10, 2021
 
4.58 by JCB1711 from Alaska on Jan 10, 2021
 
4.19 by jbdpsu82 from Pennsylvania on Jan 05, 2021
 
4.18 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Dec 26, 2020
 
3.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
 
4.25 by PDinunzi from New Jersey on Feb 25, 2020
 
4.33 by warrendietrich2001 from Nevada on Feb 20, 2020
 
4.37 by mrcraft from California on Dec 25, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by AyatollahGold from Indiana

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
 
4.19 by vande from Illinois on Jun 23, 2019
 
4.68 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Apr 28, 2019
 
4.29 by OtisCampbell007 from Tennessee on Apr 25, 2019
 
4.27 by dmk82 from California on Mar 14, 2019
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4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
 
4.5 by JLK7299 from North Carolina on Feb 03, 2019
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TijuanaTovar from North Carolina

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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3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

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
 
4.25 by kylehay2004 from Illinois on May 13, 2018
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4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by silverblaze540 from Virginia

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
 
4.35 by tbone1384 from Wyoming on Apr 14, 2018
 
4.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Apr 09, 2018
 
4.25 by Avatar113 from California on Feb 14, 2018
 
4.12 by Richter525 from Michigan on Jan 12, 2018
 
4.65 by bshefftz from California on Jan 11, 2018
 
4.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 02, 2018
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4.24/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by kitch from Hong Kong

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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3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

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
 
4.18 by Muss42 from Michigan on Nov 18, 2017
 
4.25 by A_Rad from Wisconsin on Nov 04, 2017
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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

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

Oct 31, 2017
 
3.77 by Rifugium from North Dakota on Oct 21, 2017
 
4.38 by festizio from California on Oct 14, 2017
 
4.33 by BarrelAgedG from California on Sep 13, 2017
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by Dankacheese from Illinois

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.

Aug 30, 2017
Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 1223 ratings