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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

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4.32
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8.56%
 
 
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Photo of birchstick
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours black in color with a nice brown, taupe head.

S - chocolates, bourbon, maple, vanilla are all over the nose - lots going on, which is always a good thing

T - starts off with dark chocolates on the front of the tongue. These move on to spicy bourbon and vanilla notes imparted from the barrel aging. Some molasses and a touch of cinnamon are in the mix as well. Really nice complexity on the tongue!

M - medium body and light carbonation; a little dry on the finish

D - really solid RIS by MS. Lots of nice complexity and flavors in the mix here. Highly recommended if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting to try one of my first ever wants, and two completely different vintages at that. A big thanks goes out to pixieskid for the newer vintage, and a unfathomable thank you goes out to akbeerfiend for the 2005. Thanks a lot gents!

Vintage: 2010 ABV: 12.7% Aged in Oak Barrels
Vintage: 2005 ABV: 10.4% Aged in Oak Whisky Barrels

From a bomber into a snifter
Review for the 2010 with the 2005 as a comparison.

APPEARANCE: Pours out absolutely pitch black and menacing looking. Thick and sludgy tar. Wicked. Pour yields a small, medium-thick looking mocha colored head with good retention. Thick, viscous, jet black body with some carbonation evident. Only a ring remains and leaves a couple dots of lacing down the glass. The head could be a little more persistent, but like the label says, this is vicious, viscous, and menacing. The ’05, however, was slightly lighter and more transparent with a tan colored head. Still blacker and thicker than many others in the style, but not as evil as the ’10.

SMELL: Big nose on this. Roasted malts are there and the barrel comes out nicely. Bourbon, vanilla and oak notes, with some definite sweet molasses, port qualities, and maybe even a hint of sour cherries. Very potent and enjoyable, and the barrel meshes well with the base beer. By comparison, the ’05 was slightly milder and the whisky barrel was a little more dominant. The whisky barrel had left a more piercing boozy, paint thinner aroma. Still wonderful, just different.

TASTE: Just insane. There’s so much flavor it’s falling out of my pockets and shit. Roasted flavors up front with plenty of sweet molasses and barrel. Bourbon, oak, vanilla, and some nice bitter chocolate and sweet molasses accompany the barrel after the swallow. A bolder and lingering aftertaste is full of bitter-sweetness, port and oak, a slight cherry sour touch, and wonderful barrel flavors. So much in here, and it tells a wonderful story, moving from a sweet, barrel beginning, to a more bitter-sweet, oaky, port finish. Just wonderful. The ’05 had many of the same qualities, but wasn’t quite the same. The flavor definitely lacked up front, but came out nicely after the swallow. All the nice molasses and roasted qualities were still there, but the whisky, vanilla and oak flavors from the barrel took center stage a little more. This all made it less sweet and less complex. The barrel aging has held up great for 5+ years. I can only imagine what it was like fresh.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation, and slightly lighter on the palate. Very creamy and smooth, goes down smooth with a bit of heat at the swallow and finishes slightly sticky and mouth-coating on the palate. Could use some more weight, but beautifully creamy and smooth. The ’05 was comparable, being slightly less sticky and the age had made it a little softer.

OVERALL: Absolutely phenomenal. The 2010 vintage was one of the best imperial stouts I’ve had to date. A purely evil pour, reminding me of De Molen’s List & Bedrog in that department, and more complex and flavorful than any beer has the right to be. Top of its class for sure, and well worth the hunt. I will always be on the lookout for another bottle of this fine liquid. A huge thanks again to pixieskid for hooking me on with this one.

The ’05 has held up better than I could have hoped. It was not as bold and complex as the newer vintage, and whisky barrel had imparted a different dimension to the beer, but it was still a world class brew in itself. The bottle had held up wonderfully as well, with absolutely no signs of any oxidization or deterioration at all, so if you’re sitting on a bottle, don’t be afraid to leave it a little longer. A massive, massive thanks to akbeerfiend for making this killer beer night happen. Cheers!

Note: 2012 is underwhelming, but the 2013 is unreal good.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2012 bomber into a 3F wine-style glass. Big thanks to Tony.

A: Pitch black body with a thin head of fine brown foam that settles into a ring and leaves some delicate lace. Nice.

S: Sweet, roasty, oaky, spiritous, and rich. Dark chocolate, bourbon, char, raisins, and molasses. Dark and intense.

T: Follows the nose. Crazy collage of intense flavors: molasses, red wine, grape skin, bourbon, tobacco, dark chocolate, charcoal, and boozy bitterness. A little much, but really enjoyable.

M: Rich, full body with lots of carbonation. Maybe a little too frothy, but pleasant.

O: Really enjoyable, but a little rough. I'm loving a third of the bottle, but I can't imaging drinking a whole one.

Cheers!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle is notched that it was made in August "1". Which I think is 2009. The ABV is noted on the label as 12.7%. Thanks to the folks at 99 Bottles in Federal Way, WA. Great store and a must visit for me on all trips to the Northwest.

Wow, pours thick and luscious. A creamy tan head forms and shows some decent retention. No light getting through this black oil like colored beer. Actually more deep brown.

Aroma is heavy and of molasses, dates and dried figs.

What a great flavor. Dark chocolate with a lot of complexity just below the surface. Molasses again, vanilla with a hint of licorice. Not sure I'd call out Maple if I didn't know it was added here.
As it warms, there is a greater sense of the Oak Barrel aging. Aftertaste is like a chocolate milk shake. You would never guess this is at 12.7% abv

Nice and thick mouth feel with a very thick body. Velvet like. Almost milk shake like.

A wonderful beer to sit and enjoy. I'll have to source another bottle this fall. Excellent beer!!

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Photo of DmanGTR
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've had in a while. So big. Pitch black with a thin tan head. No light trickles through at all. Huuuge nose of leather, dark chocolate, robust coffee, hazelnuts, maple, vanilla, molasses cookies, and awesomeness. A silky smooth texture rounds out the whole thing into pure bliss.

Thanks Joe for breaking this out.

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Photo of M_chav
4.19/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12.7% ABV - not sure the vintage but probably recent (2014)
One of the most beautiful pours I have ever seen, black as the darkest night, relatively no head - just a slight red foams at the very top.
Smell is not strong, sweet whiskey notes are there but the brew is so dark and covered you know all the flavors are inside.
Taste is awesome, super viscous, just like the label says, you could pour this over pancakes
Feel is even better, similar to BCBS, the molasses is perfect
Overall this is a fantastic beer, I wish I had more than just one.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
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 notchucknorris
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beer #1000!

A: Pours a monstrous deep black color the consistency of motor oil. One of the darkest heads I've ever seen, the color of mud, forms and then gets sucked right back into the fluid. Looks amazing.

S: Deep and inviting notes of molasses, dark chocolate, wet earth, cola, dark chocolate covered cherry. Booze, charred oak and bourbon hang on the periphery.

T: Opens with a smooth wave of molasses, dark chocolate, fudge, charred oak and tobacco. Finish brings some wet earth, light bourbon and ash. Just a hint of booze on the finish, but otherwise incredibly smooth for the ABV. Mouthfeel is velvety, with just a hint of dryness from the alcohol. Definitely Abyss-like to me. A really incredible beer.

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Photo of zonker17
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark black with hints if a brown head. Molasses is on the nose along with the bourbon. Maple is more present on the tongue and not boozy at all. Really well balanced. Heavier mouthfeel and light carbonation.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1621st Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz

2012 Release
Purchased from El Cerrito Liquor, Corona, CA

App- This poured out pretty much the darkest beer I have seen before. They werent lying on the bottle. It actually poured like oil and had no light penetration and only a small 1/4" head with no lace or cling. Maybe a small ring of bubbles.

Smell- This was a bit all over the place. Upfront I get most of the molasses and the sweetness from the maple. I do get tinges of smoke, malts, oak and wood. This has a bit of a rough aroma with everything competeing and not working cohesively.

Taste- This thing was solid, but not great. The molasses I think is what throws me the most. It brings a certain sweetness and chewy candy like flavor. The oak has a lot of char and licorice behind. Big thick malts and a little bit of smoke layer well, but not integrated enough to make it super smooth. Its drinkable for the 12% but thats not the biggest flaw. Just not the best tasting BA Stout.

Mouth- I dipped my finger into this to give my son a taste and my wife said WTF is that? It was the same color on my finger. No dissapation of color. No losing of the body. Very full and viscous. The carbonation was a medium low and fairly creamy. The residual flavors are of the molasses and the oak.

Drink- This was an interesting stout to say the least. A lot going on and fairly balanced. The more I took a sip the more I realized that its just above average and not for me. I was excited to try this one and well guess I can skip the next release.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012. 12.7% ABV

Pours a viscus black, dark tan head, frothy, lacy, and creamy.

Aroma of coffee, fudge, vanilla, oak, bourbon, booze, and chocolate covered raisins.

Roasted taste, with cocoa, and touches of espresso. Light bourbon, with maple-y finish, oak and sap. Alcohol is there, but svelt all things considered.

It's vicious. Thick, chewy, and syrupy. Coats, sticks and has epic substance.

Can't deny this pedigree!

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Photo of tpd975
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge Thanks to Gillard for bringing completing a trade to bring this one from the great white north.

A: Pours a very dark black hue with a small creamy head. Very oily, it coats the glass with each swirl. The retention is low, but it does manage some spotty lace.

S: Bold chocolate aromas waft from the glass. Hints of creamy milk, vanilla, and coffee.

T: MMM good. Bold chocolate upfront, with a nice sugary sweetness, almost browine like. Roasted malt are there as well along with a dash of creamy butter milk. Light oak makes an appearence with a bit of earthiness.

M: Full bodied, rich, smooth, and creamy. What a wonderful brew.

D: If I had the chance I would put a bomber down all by myself, but this one is hard to come by, and is to be shared which I am indebted to Ryan for doing.

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2007 Edition, served at 55 degrees F.

Viscous, inky black body supports a dense, concave, dark brown head. Good lacing. Sweet and tart fruits: plums, grapes, dates, figs. Smoke, leather, and light oak mix with creme brulee, cocoa, milk sugar, alcohol, and light espresso. Complex and inviting.

Singed, roasted bitterness greets the tongue. Smoky, peaty roasted malt base meets dark fruit sweetness and alcohol. Light chocolate notes follow into a bitter, hoppy finish. Warming. Alcohol sting is a little too noticeable/hot. Otherwise not bad. Body is a tad thin for the style with a little too much carbonation (i.e. not creamy enough feel). Still, a pretty good tasting and drinking RIS.

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Photo of CHickman
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12.7% ABV listed on bottle: Pours a sinister black color with a creamy 1-2 finger brown head that was full of tiny bubbles and faded with the spotty foamy lacing sliding down the glass. After a few minutes it looks like a glass full of motor oil.

The initial wave of sweetness includes molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, red wine, cocoa powder, dark fruit like raisins, then the booze which is a cross between rum and bourbon. Earthy notes and some hints of hops want to come through but get smacked out of the way by the bourbon and molasses. I let the bottle warm up for at least 30 minutes so the nose allowed for a wonderfully complex mix of all the flavors above that didn't cross over into cloyingly sweet.

Taste is very close to the aroma with the strong sweetness up front that includes molasses, maple syrup, toffee, brown sugar, caramel, red wine and or oak barrels, charred wood, s'mores, cocoa powder, dark fruit like raisins, plums and chocolate covered raisins, vanilla, coffee grinds and very rich dark chocolate. After the sweetness fades a bit the booze slides in, which like the nose is a cross between rum and bourbon with some very rich red wine mixed in. Initially I thought the molasses and syrup aspects made this too sweet, but as it continued to warm up the complexities brought out more malty sweetness, candied sugar, light peppery and leafy spices and fresh pumpernickel bread. The booze is present but the ABV is not a factor and blends in quite well with the fine mix of flavors.

Mouthfeel is creamy, slick and smooth with a velvety feel that slides across the tongue with mild carbonation, a medium to chewy body, a slight bitterness that resembles a bold coffee, and then the trailing sweetness that doesn't cross over into sugary sweet and cloyingly nasty and keeps it aggressive with a lot of char, booze, oaky notes, bourbon, molasses and syrup which whip around in a tornado of complex flavors. The fruit and hops managed to sneak in a little balance to level out this hard hitting stout, which is very tasty and incorporates the alcohol very well. A really enjoyable slow sipper, will seek this out again.

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Photo of hopdog
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle acquired in trade with puzzl (thanks!!!). 2007 vintage.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized light brown head. Aromas of roast, vanilla, chocolate, oak, light coffee, and dark fruits. Tastes of roast, vanilla, wood, dark fruits, and chocolate. Creamy and smooth body. Alcohol content well hidden. Nice.

Notes from and tasted on 7/4/07

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Photo of Brent
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blinfolded, I would probably have tagged this as Stone's Russian Imperial Stout, which isn't a bad thing, since I think that is an outstanding beer, as well. Nice, bold roasted malt with a substantial hops backbone to cut the malt. A little oily in the mouth. The label reminded me of my Molly Hatchet-listening days many moons ago. If only I'd had the good sense to drink beer like this back then.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.21/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic 20 ounce glass. Seems the perfect vessel as I pour this viscous, thick liquid.

Head forms two fingers thick, a dark espresso color and compact and bulky in composition. I feel like I'm about to take a sip of a giant espresso really. 5

Smells of dark chocolate and oak are prominent, with some spice, faint smoke, and a touch of whiskey or bourbon. Sweetness is there but I had to look for it. 4

Tastes true to the nose, but probably richer and tastier. Initially the sweet chocolate, vanilla and caramel provide a dessert for the tongue, but the beer then veers into smokier territory. Touches of campfire and bacon meet oak and other woody flavors and that bourbon-y finish. There's a coffee flavor that wasn't so noticeable but grows more apparent and tasty. Amazingly, just when I thought I'd discovered every flavor available, I start tasting a maple bacon doughnut lingering with each sip. 4.25

It's a little lighter than medium-bodied and I wish it were a tad thicker and creamier, but it's got enough there to feel like a big beer. Sweet, spicy, smoky, and a tad boozy, it runs the gamut of sensations just like flavors. 4

A lot of layers to this beer. Plenty to discover if you can be patient, sip slowly, and take on a whole bomber yourself.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into tulip on 10/30/09. Huge thanks to KRAMER17801 for sharing!

A - Exited the bottle an oily black body with perhaps the darkest head I've ever encountered... an extremely burnt, dark brown mocha-colored frothy dome that reduced to a patchy veil, leaving behind some strands of lace.

S - Initial aroma combines chocolate and molasses notes with a hint of soy sauce, a slight meaty character and roasted coffee beans. A hint of earthy hops are buried beneath the complex malt profile and barely scrapes the surface.

T - Flavor is quite roasty with a prevalent coffee presence as well as dark bitter chocolate and earthy hop notes. A hint of smoke and charred wood emerges mid-way, and even some soy sauce creeps into the equasion. The alcohol remains well-concealed for such a monster beer. Finishes with a hint of earthy, herbal hop bitterness.

M - Full bodied with a thick, viscous texture and subtle carbonation, resulting in a very oily mouthfeel. Finishes with a mild earthy hop bite and moderate alcohol heat on the palate.

D - Berserker is about as complex as you can get with an Imperial Stout, and this one remains quite drinkable despite its 10% plus ABV weight. My love for you is like a truck, BERSERKER!!!

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Photo of Moose90
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours as black as night, thick and viscous, extremely dark and rich. There is a nearly black, very dark dark brown colored head that forms and leaves behind some thick, sticky, consistent lacing, just remarkable, have not seen many beers appear this thick.

S — Smells of roasted, charred, dark malts, very deep, roasted and complex. Little bit of licorice and cinnamon almost.

T — Deep coffee, chocolate, cinnamon, anise, licorice, caramel, butterscotch, toffee, char, dark and roasted.

M — Full bodied, ridiculously long finish.

O — Great overall, a truly epic BA Stout, this was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.16/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: AleSmith Barrel-Aged Reserve snifter
From: Bine & Vine Bottle Shop in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $19.99
Purchased: Jan. 6, 2017
Consumed: Jan. 20, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial Stout
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 24, 2016

Picked this up with basically a $50 gift certificate for my birthday. Had heard of Midnight Sun and saw on one of the emails that they had a few coming in, so I pounced on this and the Arctic Devil Barley Wine. $19.99 (Berserker) and $17.99 (AD) seems a bit much but I got the anyway. Show me I’m wrong.

Poured a pitch black color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy tan head. Calm, serene setting underneath the top. Average lacing. Outstanding retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled a big boozy mix of bourbon and maple syrup. Also some chewy molasses in there, probably making it seem boozier than it is. Getting that molasses after the bourbon and maple syrup, but that bourbon kind of dies off. Also earthy leather, port red wine barrels, dates, vanilla, toasted oak, hints of coconut and dark caramel. Not as good as I thought it would be, but still appetizing. (Smell - 4.00)

Initial taste had me thinking it wasn’t quite an imperial stout, but then it smoothed out and I felt it warm all the way down my body. A lot of different flavors pulling at each other, getting in order smoky molasses, port wine, oaky bourbon, vanilla, earthy leather and tobacco. Getting less maple syrup than the nose and more port wine. Either way it’s sugary sweet. Also dates, figs, raisins, overripe plum, dark caramel, toffee and toasted coconut. Really feeling the alcohol, warming up the body rather quickly. This is complex. (Taste - 4.25)

Full body. Sticky texture. Average carbonation. Long, semi-smoky, warming finish. (Feel - 4.25)

This was a different imperial stout for sure. Liked it overall, but I feel like I overrated it just a bid. (Overall - 4.25)

4.16 | 93 | A-

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Photo of xICooRsYIx
3.87/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2014 Vintage (I believe) Poured into a 16oz narrow pint glass.

Poured almost black with about a 1 finger roasted brown head. The smell of oak and bourbon immediately hit the nostrils. Included are vanilla, tobacco, and a very vague maple syrup. Taste is very strong with bourbon and molasses. A little smokey and stale coffee as well. I would recommend aging this a little longer.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BrewsB4Shrews for the opportunity to try this beer!

A-Pours with the darkest head I have ever seen on a beer-which is a very dark brown. Body is opaque, viscous, and black allowing no light to shine through. Head fades to about 1/2 finger and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is big, rich, deep, and dark. Dark chocolate, anise, licorice, dark fruit, and a good dose of alcohol astringency.

T- Flavor is awesome and much better than the smell. I'm getting a lot of toffee, an unidentified sweetness, and the typical RIS flavors of licorice, anise, dark chocolate, and dark fruit with a mild to moderate roasted malt backbone. A nice surprise for the finish is a woody component of oak is added to the already developing flavors. Great, complex.

M- High carbonation and a very thick- smooth and creamy body. No presence of alcohol in the mouthfeel.

D-This is a great imperial stout and another great brew by Midnight Sun. Solid and offers all the characteristics of a great stout. Definitely in my top 10 stouts overall.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Kan for sharing with us!

A - Pours black, mocha head, some nice lacing and retention left behind after it all settled down. A very nice-looking RIS we have here.

S - Chocolate, both dark and milk, slight dark fruit, oak, burnt sugars, some alcohol booze in there too and at 10.4%, it's going to be quite hard to completely hide.

T - Very similar to the nose. Chocolate, oak, caramel, burnt sugars, some booze. A good amount of complexity between the oak, sweetness, and alcohol notes. Very solid.

M - Full bodied, rich, smooth, light carbonation, creamy yet dry finish.

D - One glass was enough for me. A very big RIS monster. I have been looking forward to trying this and wasn't disappointed after all was said and done. I continue to be very impressed with most MS offerings, this included.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, the 2009 release (12.7% ABV, 30 IBU), notched at 'A[ugust]'/'1' for the 'Month & Week bottled:'. Bottle came straight from the chilly fruit cellar (40-45F ?), poured to a snifter after dinner on Christmas Eve.

'Ale Brewed with Molasses and Maple Syrup and Aged in Oak Barrels'. Thanks to Seattle BA Beerzebub for adding one to a trade, then more thanks to Beaumont Market for stocking some and saving a couple for me. Cheers, Jon & Justin!

A: Pours the requisite charcoal darkness, maybe a little thinner because of the brownish tinge at the edges - let's call the color 'maple syrup'. First time in the glass, a pretty caramel-orange head of tight fizz expands to about 1-finger; it falls within seconds to a sprawling film and slender ring. Later pours lessen the effects of both. No lace to speak of.

S: Popped the top and the first essence wasn't coffee nor chocolate nor any of the sugary sweets listed as adjuncts - it's smoke, a charred woodiness that hints at pipe tobacco. Sniff after subsequent sniff, different aromas rise: there's the molasses! Fudge! Raspberries! Cafe au lait! Maple (with BACON)! Vanilla beans! Smells nice, real nice...

T: 'Chocolate over berries' is my immediate reaction, a mild tartness like blackberry/chambord and a roasty/acrid bitter cacao. Sweetness isn't as much at the forefront as expected (with syrup and molasses as ingredients); the vanilla and subtle oak flavors add more nuance. Layer upon layer, a fine Imperial Stout.

M: Body isn't quite as thick as anticipated and feel is sorta slick and viscous, like -well- maple syrup? Sure it's smooth, carbonation mellow. Not a 'hot' booziness nor blatant 'barrel' woodiness, just a subtle warm glow.

D: At 12.7%, this latest release is a good bit stiffer than the 'mere' 10.4% monster listed above...this one grows more 'berserk' every year, I guess. As such, sip with caution - it's a treat that'll catch up pretty quickly. Flavors and aromas are quite good now and I'd be willing to bet they get better given more time. 'Good' now, but glad to have a couple more for 2010 and beyond. Worth recommending!

Merry Christmas (Eve) to me!

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Photo of srandycarter
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version.

A - Pours pretty darned black. Very dark mocha head, lots of clinging lace.

S - Light coffee and mocha.

T - Nice mix of coffee, toasted malt and cocoa powder. Not really extreme in either direction. Some molasses and soy in the finish.

M - Somewhat creamy, not a full bodied as hoped, good carb and fair balance.

D - Yep, like it. Not my favorite, but I like it.

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Berserker Imperial Stout from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
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