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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,183
Reviews:
296
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.58%
 
 
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Photo of kaseydad
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A lucky find for me a little less than a year ago....the time is now.

Pours a beautiful thick black pour with a massive amount of brown....brown...foamy head. Not much lacing to speak of.

The aroma consists of [name your brand] syrup, fudge, nuts, Hershey chocolate, wood, caramel, marshmallows and light booze. Fantastic aromas.

The taste is nice maple syrup hints, char, wood, oak, chocolate, booze, and a touch of hops. The taste is incredible. The age may have tamed the booze cuz there is just a touch of heat on the back end of the swallow while keeping all the massive flavor up front. Very nicely done.

Mouthfeel is on the thicker side which is perfect for this monster.

Overall, my experience was above and beyond what I expected. I knew of the hype on this bad boy and it did not disappoint. Sadly it's my one and only bottle, had it at a barrel age fest (shout out to Vic and Cynthia), but I will be forever on the lookout for this mad man...er...Berserker. And you should too.

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Photo of BeerNW
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jroof1
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TheBeerTruck
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ant880
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Knocking out this long-time want courtesy of huskermike12, who sent it along with a box of awesomeness in the Super Bowl XLVII Squares BIF...

A: Fairly aggresive pour into a CBS snifter produces a thick, 2-finger light brown head. Head retention is excellent, especially compared to most barrel-aged stouts that pour with little to no head to begin with. Body is deep black, which makes the pour look like a slice of chocolate cake with whipped chocolate mousse on top.

S: First sniff is HUGE chocolate with a wisp of bourbon on the tail end. Reminds me of a warm chocolate lava cake. Cant wait to dive into this.

T: With chocolate still assaulting my nose, the first sip is dominated by cocoa, followed by the slightest cameo appearance of maple and finishing with a restrained dose of bourbon. Taste definitely delivers on what the nose promised. The barrel adds the perfect amount of bourbon, complementing the chocolate without ever dominating the taste. This is like a bourbon spiked hot cocoa. Touches of coffee, molasses ad fudge throughout. The one drawback, the maple never made a reappearance after the first sip.

M: Thick as a brick. Coats the tongue, tastebuds and everything in between. Not sure if this is part of what the molasses adds, but if so, it should be a requirement for every imperial stout.

O: Loved it! The one disappointment was the absence of the maple, but I have yet to find a beer that fully delivers on the maple promise (going to have to find me some Lawsons next). Other than that, I would stockpile this if it was readily available. Going to have to steal some of my son's Nestle Quick, toss it in a coffee mug, microwave it and spike it with some bourbon to hold me over til the next time I can get my hands on some of this.

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Photo of bmanning
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks akbeerfiend for this 2009 bottle (12.7%, cool label too).
A: Pours a thick, oily black like motor oil with a thin, dark brown head that sticks around for a very long time.

S: Smell has huge bourbon, vanilla, oak, caramel, molasses, licorice, chocolate chip cookie dough, and a hint of a bold, napa cab with a hint of pepper. Simply divine and I can't wait for the first sip!

T: Wow! Wonderfully complex flavors of dark chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, tobacco, and a hint of spice in the finish. Also, the flavors of the wine barrel (blackberry, blueberry, leather, pepper) really come through strong and match harmoniously with the bourbon barrel qualities.

M: Pretty thick mouthfeel with the perfect amount of carbonation, only knock is that it could be a bit thicker like Dark Lord.

D: I can't put this beer down it's so good. The 12.7% is very well hidden, as it's not hot at all. I want to warm it up a bit, but I find myself drinking so damn fast! Must....wait...a bit...longer....

Nice, it only gets better and better as it warms. This is a world class stout and definitely a top 5 barrel aged Imperial Stout in my opinion. I will be seeking more bottles of this in the future!

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Photo of Domvan
4.77/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of grat
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a inky dark chocolate with slight lacing, little head carbonation

First taste I was confused. It did not taste like a beer to me. There was way too much going on. Not harsh, very smooth and full bodied and silky. given the abv was very smooth. Virtually no hop presence, some present in the tail end.

It was an all evening beer in that it took me the better part of an hour to drink it. As it warmed it just got better with the slightly sweet, raisin barley wine kind of mouth-feel/finish.

overall : truly excellent.

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4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
4.31 out of 5 based on 1,183 ratings.
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