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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:
#444
Reviews:
298
Ratings:
1,191
pDev:
8.55%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Benish
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
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 Oh_Dark_Star
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown with a quickly fading head, smells of boot strap molasses and maple with a little leather and overwhelming roast quality. While this may not be in my top ten stouts I go back to it every year. If you like Ten Fidy you should also give this a try.

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3.92/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of kkipple
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Khaismus for breaking this rarity out in the middle of a tasting. '08 vintage.

A. At some point, you stop being impressed by how these huge stouts present themselves... even though Berserker nails the looks cold, there ain't much to say that hasn't been said. Real dark brown, rich looking, a generous 3cm head leaves some spotty lacing. Good retention. Yep, another pretty RIS.

S. Big and rich, some hot booze still after a year, but more coffee / cocoa and more than a little earthy at that. Tons of roasted malt, dense sugars, char. Not earth shattering, but quite solid.

T. A hefty and flavorful choco-mocha, Berserker is pretty smooth right now, some vanilla and hops, hint of metal, a bit of tannic grain flavor, but ultimately sweet and lush. Great example of a beer that belies its ABV. This is supposedly 12.7% but drinks like a 10 something. A fine tasting brew in any event.

M. Real smooth. Thick, chewy. Low-ish carbonation, mildly sour and roasty finish. Dessert-like.

D. Not bad, a smooth sipper.

I hate to say it, but Berserker is just above average. Maybe I've been spoiled by all the world class stouts I've had lately. There is really nothing wrong with Berserker, except that it is brewed in Alaska and tough to get. If you cross paths with one, enjoy it, but I wouldn't put a ton of effort into tracking it down.

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Photo of mikeyv35
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 02/06/2011
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2009
Glassware: Lucifer Snifter

Finally got the chance to knock this off my wants list and sample this elusive brew. My expectations are high.

Poured dark as night w/ a 1 finger dark chocolate head that left pretty heavy lacing on the glass. The look of this brew is awesome! Nose was of dark chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and a touch of booze astringency. Taste was much the same, chocolate sweetness up front, followed by roasted nuttiness, and a finish of slight hop bite and molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and lush. The ABV is somewhat well hidden, but you definately know it is there. Drinkability is hindered by the high ABV. I drank the entire bomber myself over the course of about 2 hours and it was a struggle.

Overall, this brew was a disappointment! The flavors, aroma, and appearance were excellent, but the ABV is way too high. If MS would tone down the ABV this would be alot more drinkable like the non-BA greats like KTG or Southampton RIS. Would like to sample a bottle or two of the earlier years where the ABV was toned down.

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Photo of kamikazeokami
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of shehateme
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDole
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BDeibs
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DanGeo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: A thick opaque brown, medium bubbles on the body...pours like straight motor oil thick and the head...dark tan, rising tojust about a finger's length.

Smell: Heavy brown sugar maybe the molasses, very sticky...all you need to do is smell it once and it's with you forever

Taste: A straight blend of molasses and brown sugar, it is a little too sweet for my part. I for one am for bitterness with my stouts period. This brew lacks it and just reading the label I noticed it's just at 30 IBU's...nothing wrong with that but seriously where is the rest of the taste.

Mouth: Sticky sugar with medium carbonation. What it lacks in taste makes up for it in stickiness but depends how much if it you want. Best served with dessert.

Overall: This brew improves within time of the consumption of the glass, the proiblem is the sweetness might overwhelm some including myself. If you like imperial stouts which I absolutely love this is definitely something a little different and not for everyone. Try a glass just to try it...Salud!

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

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4/5  rDev -7.6%

Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 1,191 ratings
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