Berserker Imperial Stout | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Berserker Imperial StoutBerserker Imperial Stout
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

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1,179
Reviews:
295
Avg:
4.32
pDev:
8.56%
 
 
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Photo of doopiedoopiedoo
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not very many days are like this day was. Not very many beers are this good. Not very many beers are this hard to come by. Not very meant people get to try a 2010 next to a 2005 vintage of the Beserker.

It was a good day anyways as I had just received an insane box of goodies from johnbjaeger. A couple of hours after opening Jeffo shows up bringing not one but two Beserkers. A 2010 and a 2005. How great can a day be? Great beer night Jeff!

After my heartrate slowed down to an acceptable level I poured this into a snifter.

Man, that is some thick stuff. In a beer heaven the roads are paved with this ultra dark and thick stuff. It leaves a decent size mocha head that has the appearance of tan whipped cream.

So I put my nose over it. BAM! Bourbon, vanilla, mollasses dark cherry like fruits, anise and a wee bit of booze are all crying out for attention.

The next logical thing seemed drinking it. Oh yes, drinking... Bourbon with a burn would be a summary but you'd not hear of the sweetness to biterness and back. You would miss out on the fruitlike flavors I can't identify but I do note sweet mollasses, roasted malts, chocolates and coffe flavors. It's insane.

The mouthfeel isn't as thick as I expected so I put the fork and knife back in the drawer. It's a bit airy, light even but still solid. Great neutral finish with a little alcohol burn.

The 05 version held up pretty well. The barrel seemed to be a whiskey one and there was more bitterness and no alcohol burn that I did find in the 2010.

This is one of the most memorable beers I have ever had. I'm going toleave Beserker on my wants list forever because one can never have enough of this stuff.
Jeffo, you are the man!!! Thanks again!!! This was epic!!!

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Drank on tap at Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn, NY
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend Matt for treating me to this.

Foreboding, pitch black appearance. The super thick and oily liquid was topped by a dense, creamy, one finger tall, mocha colored cap. Decent head retention given the high ABV. The crown dropped to a lasting film surrounded by a thick ring. Spotty lacing tricked along the glass.

The aroma was amazing. Super intense yet nuanced and balanced. Fairly sweet. Loads of powdered cocoa and freshly brewed coffee. Hint of dark chocolate as well. Very mocha-like. Dark fruits also came through strong. Raisins and plums were noticeable. Slightly boozy. Port wine came to mind.

The taste was very similar to the nose and just as fantastic. Intensely rich and robust with boatloads of roasted malts. Not bitter or astringent in the least bit. The roasted malts were matched by a nice mix of dark chocolate, French roast coffee and dark fruits. Again, super mocha-like. Notes of port came through here as well. Boozy on the back end and in the finish but not overly so. Immensely flavorful yet also remarkably well balanced.

The mouthfeel was spectacular. Massively thick, rich and vicious. Oily. Uber creamy on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, subtle, tongue blanketing effervescence.

I stumbled upon this beer being poured on draft at Spuyten Duyvil and I am super glad I did. Berserker Imperial Stout is one of the most well rounded, flavorful and surprisingly drinkable stouts I have ever tried. I would love to revisit this in bottle form one day.

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Photo of brayton
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of browniewithnuts
4.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Jjski
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Obtained in trade Vintage 2012, properly cellared

A- black with tiny cappuccino colored lacing

S-leathery dark fruits, plums, molasses bourbony.

T- a very well balanced sledgehammer of flavor. Smooth roasty malts, raisins, dark cocoa with heavy vanilla oaky bourbon. Still hot, but pleasantly so in harmony with the stated mission. Berserker = Enter Sandman & Creeping Death. Getting thrown to the floor in a front row mosh pit filled with assertive females working on lucrative post- graduate degrees while looking for companionship.

M- smooth lively carbonation with nary a single evident bubble. Black Magic, I suspect.

0- a heavy fist wrapped in dark velvet. Smell the Glove. The words " best ever.... " come to mind. The overlord of all. Lesser stouts seek the shelter of their bunkers only to be hit with this daisy cutter.

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Photo of Lare453
4.9/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A black as night, khaki head, nice lacing, beautiful!

S vanilla, chocolate, bourbon, maple, light hop, caramel, white chocolate, sweet vermouth,

T vanilla, white chocolate, sweet vermouth, salted caramel, big bourbon and whiskey flavors, omg Is it good!

My hick, viscous, delicious!

O holy shot. This is amazing! One of the best liquids ever.

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Photo of jason_nwx
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of martyl1000
4.88/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at City Beer Store, SF. Beautiful pour into a narrow goblet. Brownish-black, with a chocolate meringue head. Massively complex aroma. Oak, bourbon, and a tangy fruit that would've been indecipherBle had I not known about the red wine barrels.

Oh man. In the mouth add milk chocolate, sweet alcohol, and a bell-ringing blood-iron metallic brightness that might be hop bitterness transformed by all the other immensities.

The only drawback is the oak seems a bit overwrought in the aroma--makes for an odd savoeiness bringing to mind fried pencil eraser.

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Photo of Timotheus1
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Johncnh
4.86/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

500th beer courtesy of Matt Warlick. Outstanding Imperial Stout

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Photo of rudylaw
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to alaskajoe for finally ending my long search for this! 2009 vintage, poured into my North Coast snifter. Sampled first in a 10 stout tasting and finished first.

A nearly black pour with a solid 1-2 inch tan head.

Tons of maple, molasses, vanilla and roasted malts in the nose.

All that and then some in the taste. Chocolate and coffee mingle with all of the sweet smells. This is so amazingly smooth and creamy. Reminds me of Kate in terms of mouthfeel and an overwhelming desire to drink this way too fast.

This is easily among my favorite RIS and will be saving my other bottles for special occasions.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A big thanks to Frank for sending this one my way. I have waited to try this one for literally forever. Served chilled to about 55 and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/11/2009.

The pour was fantastic. Rich dark brown, nearly black with a huge tan head that rose up nearly three inches over the top and only slightly settled down as the session passed Tons of rich foam swirling around the glass coated everything in sight with a rich chocolate haze. Intense looking for sure. The aroma was equally as impressive. Tons of molasses, rich roasted malts steeped in coffee. As it warms a load of cocoa just rises up and sucks you in. This one is as intense as it gets for me. I go in for the taste and I am floored. Such a rich, smooth, full bodied explosion of flavor, I am unsure how to even describe it. Chocolate and coffe melded seemlessly together in a huge milkshake like consitency. This is one of the best tasting stouts I have had. Roasted malts just fluttering through and huge notes of molasses and woody like flavors as it fades away leaving vanilla infused coffee notes along my tongue. Soo good. I almost did not want to finish this one it was soo good. Alcohol a mere afterthought as the smoothness of this blows everything out of the water.

I have had nearly every big, bad stout out there, but this one is easily in my top 5. Just such a sweet flavor and smooth feel to it, I really did not think it was going to be this good. Needless to say I am impressed.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An unexpected late addition to the epic tasting, this arrived in Kyle's "Farewell Alaska" package that arrived on my doorstep right before the tasting started, with just enough time to get the beers to cellar temp. Thanks, Kyle!

Bottle from 2009 with 12.7% ABV

The pour is dark, viscous, and creamy. There is a dense dark foam that caps the opaque liquid in my glass. After pouring it into my snifter to get a nice swirl, lacing comes in spots and a delicate pattern.

Aromas pour forth from the mouth of the snifter, imparting red wine barrel aromas, nicely balanced with molasses, tobacco, oakey vanilla, and some slight booziness. Surprisingly, the bourbon aromas are nearly imperceptible. The molasses and tobacco really take a big roll in the flavor profile against a roasted malt foundation. Woody vanilla brings with it some of the bourbon notes that are understated and beautifully subtle. Toffee and vinous grape notes round out the flavor. Alcohol is nearly imperceptible.

Sticky and resinous and yet somewhat smooth. The feeling left on the palate is really incredible. Deep and complex, this is one of the best imperial stouts and barrel-aged beers that I have ever had the pleasure of consuming.

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Photo of dar482
4.85/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark oil black with lovely huge dark mocha head.

The aroma has a sweet coconut, molasses, sweet maple syrup, vanilla, tons of that sweet barrel character along with sweet chocolate, coffee, molasses, and roasty malt. It's such a lovely smelling beer.

The flavor is giving you tons of sweet chocolate, a bit of coffee, along with sweet vanilla and bourbon character. There's maple syrup sweetness that hits on the middle and then a dark deep molasses stickiness holds on the tongue. The oak finishes it on the end slight.

The alcohol is so darn well hidden on this. The mouthfeel is really luscious and creamy thing ever. It's so smooth and big on the tongue. A highlight of this beer.

This beer really one of the best bourbon barrel aged beers around.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.84/5  rDev +12%
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 TylerJ
4.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Hallertau
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Kuaff
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Berserker at cellar temperature in a snifter.

Blackness. Total, opaque darkness. That's what Berserker looks like. It has a fleeting, but beautiful, one-finger brown head of a darker color than most stouts have. It's kind of like the shade of brown sugar, and dissipates to a thick, deliciously creamy-looking ring of froth that is kept alive indefinitely by rising bubbles of carbonation.

It smells of molasses, maple, earthy, leathery bourbon, raisins, milk chocolate, and a little bit of a darker chocolate or coffee. Sooo good.

When I sip, first the maple syrup and molasses do a sugary little dance on my palate. The flavor then moves to raisins, more maple, vanilla, varieties of chocolate, and a bit of the earthy AFTERtaste of molasses (what, hasn't anyone else tried plain molasses?). Then comes the glorious finish. It is a gradual explosion of woody, bourbon-infused earthiness that sustains for a GOOD long while, allowing a single sip to be savored for a few minutes. The gargantuan 12.7% ABV is remarkably masked. The smell and taste of bourbon are definite, but but the boozy burn is almost totally absent.

It's as thick and sticky as the molasses it was brewed with, and it slips across my tongue more like a stealthy ninja than a brash berserker. This qualifies as dangerously drinkable.

A rich and rambunctious imperial stout which runs rampant with molasses and bourbon.

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Photo of Pliny_the_Self-righteous
4.81/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Draft @ City Beer Store on 2/3/15. Pours black as night with minimal brown head and some lacing. Aroma is bourbon, molasses, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, roasted malt, and dark fruit. Full bodied beer, but smooth as velvet. Palate is a luscious blend of molasses, bourbon, roasted malt, with hints of vanilla, chocolate, coffee and dark fruits. This beer should be enjoyed often, but slowly and in small quantities. The alcohol content is fairly hight, but well hidden in the flavor palate.

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Photo of Deathwray3927
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of rjp217
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Gotti311
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of FranzBC
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of PopnLoads
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Black body with a half inch of thick beige head. Wonderful aroma with bourbon, maple syrup, dark fruits, oak, wine tannins, vanilla. Delicious and every bit as complex as the aroma promised. A joy to sip and savor. What a fabulous beer. World class.

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