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Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sprucetip, Nov 30, 2012.
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I am still waiting for word.
So........I've got one bottle left.....I'd like to save it, but do all you fine people really think I should open er up? I've had two bottles so far since the release and both were phenomenal, no traces of infection.
Drank my last bottle last night. I touch more thin, a bit of tang on the nose and a tannic/metallic aftertaste. Not going to get any better from here folks. Bottoms up!
For what it's worth, I consumed a bottle this evening and found it to be excellent. It was my first Berserker, so did not have any prior Berserker experience to compare to, but I did not detect anything to indicate it's going downhill (yet). I'll probably space my last two out and see what happens over time.
I also emailed MSBC and am waiting on "the word."
Just opened my first as well, prompted by this thread. Smells and tastes wonderful. Rich, roasty, bourbony.
Good news. If it is infected via the barrels, and not all of the barrels harbored the organism, then there very well may be some bottle variation. Based on the totality of the comments above, that's what I think is going on. I'm glad to hear the stories of bottles tasting awesome (as mine did about 2 weeks ago), but I don't discredit the reports of bottles that were sour or had changed.
I have had two bottles of the latest release, one about a week ago, and they both were fantastic. Just sayin.
All 3 bottles I've had of the current release have been excellent.
I cracked one last night and it was not good.
had a flavor similar to soy sauce or hoisin sauce and was undrinkable, I did try though.
ended up dumping it.
Anybody hear back from Midnight Sun yet?
the bottles i've opened have all been awesome.
No. About a week ago they said they were trying to get more info. Nothing since then.
This, for me, exactly.
The email system at MSBC must be extremely overloaded .. I am still awaiting any sort of reply on my query and that was sent 12/2
same for me too. i wouldn't say quiet a tang but more like a vinous character(like it was aged in red wine barrels) which i enjoyed. but it is different than when it was first released.
Maybe that's because it was aged in red wine barrels.
This version of Berserker Imperial Stout was aged in both red wine and whiskey barrels. The entire batch was brought back together before being packaged in kegs and 22-oz bottles.
I'm not saying there's no infection, but nobody should be surprised by a red wine quality.
That was for the older versions, I believe. I am looking for the thread where it is mentioned that this batch was all bourbon barrel-aged.
I am thinking i may drink mine today. To good of a beer to risk it
Ah, you're right. Didn't notice the 2010 date @ the bottom. I looked at one of my bottles last night and it said something like "aged in oak whiskey barrels" so maybe no wine barrels were used this time.
never had this brew before, but just cracked open my one bottle and i'm getting a similar tang in the nose. I don't know what this is supposed to taste like, but I'm underwhelmed.
Popped one now to enjoy (or not) during Seahawks game. Boozy, rich, thick. Tastes good to me. None of the off-tastes noted by others. Since I didn't buy all mine at the same time or place, this might be hit or miss.
I'm not sure my bottles infected - I think I just dont like it. I get this same odd dry/vedgetal finish in this that I got in TREAT, which I really liked last year but hated this year. Oh well - she's drinkable, and I'll choke her down.
I should have added a disclaimer. My palate isn't all that sophisticated and if there is very early stage infection, I probably wouldn't know.
Mine is tasty though for what it's worth.
I've been reading Viniella's blog for weeks - my shit's sophisticated as they come
Yup. That'll do it. I defer to you from now on
a buddy popped a bottle at a tasting & it tasted fantastic. we were only 2 bottles into the share when it was opened. though i am worried for the bottle that i have tucked away. cheers!
Had a bottle yesterday, tasted damn fine to me.
I got lucky and purchased two bottles this year(at the same time).
1st bottle was Phenomenal,quite poss. "the " beer of the year for me!
Have one left and I just don't know what to do........
This goddamn thread made me 2nd guess myself... My crew has opened a few of the current bottling and all have been spectacular. Tonight's bottle is no exception.
I wonder if the maple syrup/molasses fermenting out would leave a flavor that folks associate with infection. There are the traditional dark fruit notes common in massive dark brews, combine with some oak and maybe vanilla from the barrel? No idea, but my bottle was NOT infected nor showing any early signs.
Cheers and hope this was helpful... Toby.
Edit... and just in case anybody asks, this bottle spent a month at room temperature and then 2 weeks in my cellar which is always about 60 degrees.... No idea what it was at before purchase.
Berserker has become much rarer in the PNW in the last two weeks.
Hmmmm, maybe I should try this side by side with Hellshire II...
Drank mine last night because of all of this. Thin but not infected. Didn't do much for me really.
Would somebody care to clarify exactly how many times Berzerker has been bottled and sold to general pub? Also, when did they switch the label?
Pretty sure label is new this year
No clue how long its been bottled tho
label is new this year, but not sure how long they have been making it. At least 5 years, but I think longer.
it goes back to at least 2005, maybe later.
There have been three labels. The newest one came out this year. There were two with the axe and not quite sure how many with just the vintage on it.
pic of the three labels.
Drinking one right now. Fantastico as always. Impending doom? I need a little more proof.