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:
#447
Reviews:
299
Ratings:
1,192
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 1,192 |  Reviews: 299
Photo of FalconCount
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of snowmageddon
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of BltByKrmn
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Trentt2
3.42/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Way Too much bourbon. Otherwise, not bad

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Photo of von_kaiser
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Duffman79
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of 2GOOFY
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatthewD4
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of drone
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Treyliff
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Spreetaper
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mission Dolores (Brooklyn,NY)

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dave_Treat
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PVMT
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Conradist
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of vfgccp
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Photo of Timotheus1
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stillmakingnoise
4.26/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fireman_RK
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MatthewWalters
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of smanson56
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pour into my snifter glass. A dark lack color into my snifter glass. This is a real dark pour with lots of flavors in the glass. I see the molasses in the taste but am left looking for the maple they claim to have here. A gret BBA beer but lacking in the maple flavor.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,192 ratings
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