Infected Berzerker?

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by sprucetip, Nov 30, 2012.

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  1. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Sprucetip must of left a drunk response
    I am still waiting for word.
  2. bifrost17

    bifrost17 Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2011 Washington

    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.
  3. ArchEnemyBrew

    ArchEnemyBrew Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2010 Washington

    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!
  4. JohnnyP3

    JohnnyP3 Devotee (467) Dec 13, 2009 Alaska

    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."
  5. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    Just opened my first as well, prompted by this thread. Smells and tastes wonderful. Rich, roasty, bourbony.
  6. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    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.
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  7. HuskyinPDX

    HuskyinPDX Poo-Bah (2,483) Jan 23, 2011 Washington
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    I have had two bottles of the latest release, one about a week ago, and they both were fantastic. Just sayin.
  8. darkmoon66

    darkmoon66 Aspirant (240) Oct 8, 2011 California
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    All 3 bottles I've had of the current release have been excellent.
  9. hopburster

    hopburster Initiate (0) Feb 2, 2011 Washington

  10. DimensionX

    DimensionX Initiate (0) Oct 1, 2010 Oregon

    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.

  11. ellswrth

    ellswrth Aspirant (214) Oct 7, 2003 Oregon
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    Anybody hear back from Midnight Sun yet?
  12. m4ttj0nes

    m4ttj0nes Aspirant (204) Feb 21, 2012 Oregon
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    the bottles i've opened have all been awesome.
  13. JohnnyP3

    JohnnyP3 Devotee (467) Dec 13, 2009 Alaska

    No. About a week ago they said they were trying to get more info. Nothing since then.
  14. Lazerlobe

    Lazerlobe Aspirant (262) Mar 1, 2010 Washington
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    This, for me, exactly.
  15. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    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
  16. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2008 Alaska

    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.
  17. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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  18. eyeenjoybeer

    eyeenjoybeer Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2011 Seychelles

    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.
  19. mikecharley

    mikecharley Devotee (401) Nov 6, 2008 Pennsylvania
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    I am thinking i may drink mine today. To good of a beer to risk it
  20. draheim

    draheim Poo-Bah (2,408) Sep 18, 2010 Washington
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    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.
  21. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    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.
  22. NWer

    NWer Crusader (707) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    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.
  23. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    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.
  24. NWer

    NWer Crusader (707) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    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.
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  25. dirtylou

    dirtylou Poo-Bah (3,336) May 12, 2005 Washington
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    I've been reading Viniella's blog for weeks - my shit's sophisticated as they come
  26. NWer

    NWer Crusader (707) Mar 10, 2009 Washington
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    Yup. That'll do it. I defer to you from now on :slight_smile:
  27. queens1130

    queens1130 Initiate (109) Nov 21, 2008 California
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    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!
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  28. Boozecamel

    Boozecamel Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2011 British Columbia (Canada)

    Had a bottle yesterday, tasted damn fine to me.
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  29. smutty33

    smutty33 Zealot (583) Jun 12, 2009 Connecticut
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    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........:grimacing:

    Cheers All......
  30. JohnGalt1

    JohnGalt1 Poo-Bah (4,679) Aug 10, 2005 Idaho
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    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.
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  31. punkhim

    punkhim Initiate (192) Dec 22, 2011 Washington
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    Berserker has become much rarer in the PNW in the last two weeks.
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  32. Smurf2055

    Smurf2055 Initiate (0) Nov 12, 2011 Washington

    Hmmmm, maybe I should try this side by side with Hellshire II...
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  33. PrinceCaspian72

    PrinceCaspian72 Initiate (140) Dec 17, 2011 Oregon
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    Drank mine last night because of all of this. Thin but not infected. Didn't do much for me really.
  34. chuckycheese

    chuckycheese Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2010 Maine

    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?
  35. WassailWilly

    WassailWilly Initiate (0) Sep 8, 2007 New York

    Pretty sure label is new this year
    No clue how long its been bottled tho
  36. sprucetip

    sprucetip Initiate (0) Nov 13, 2007 Alaska

    label is new this year, but not sure how long they have been making it. At least 5 years, but I think longer.
  37. gueuzer

    gueuzer Initiate (0) Jun 9, 2010 Colorado

    it goes back to at least 2005, maybe later.
  38. BrewBoone

    BrewBoone Initiate (0) Jun 29, 2008 Alaska

    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.
  39. CheapBeerBuzz

    CheapBeerBuzz Champion (811) Dec 20, 2011 California
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    Drinking one right now. Fantastico as always. Impending doom? I need a little more proof.
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