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RATINGS: 475   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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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.

Also labeled under the "Alaska’s Most Wanted" series.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beernbourbon (1372) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 18, 2010
Bottle thanks to savnac. Pour is straight black with a reddish brown thick head. Aroma is rich roasted malt, vanilla, red wine, cocoa, vanilla, and faint alcohol. Flavor is also very rich with a nice roasted malt backdrop for the vanilla, red wine, and cocoa to be displayed on. This has a touch of an alcohol kick but very smooth overall. Definitely huge.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
22 oz bottle from the Indy crew. Pours a pitch black opaque pour, a small brownish head that hits the corners well. Aromas are a bit roasty, sweet caramel, a touch of cocoa and coffee, a bit more vague. Initial is failr y roasty and bittern medium bodied, a bit hot, a touch of cocoa, a lot of bitter dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt, sweetness covered up very well. Finish roasty and bitter.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3296) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JAN 17, 2010
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Bottle shared by beernbourbon at the ratebeer chicago tasting- thanks a ton, VINCe! Pours a deep brown with a small tan head. Aroma of molasses, bourbon, cocoa, moth balls, a little dough, and a hint of red wine barrel. Flavor is much the same with some prunes, tobacco, and chocolate thrown in for good measure. Nice body- sticky mouthfeel. A well balanced, tasty offering. Glad to have tried it.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
Black, big brown head of mixed bubbles. Nose is butterscotch and coffee and lightly tart. Has a salty, smokey sort of quality to it. Really nice thick mouthfeel w/ a cusion of gentle carbonation. Malty overall but balanced by a generous portion of hops.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
coyotehunter (681) - , Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2010
Thanks to my stupidity of not adding this at the time nor did I take notes, I guess I will wing it. Special thanks to MrBunn for sharing this gem a few weeks ago. Aromas and flavors of chocolate and vanilla with a creamy mouthfeel that is oh so good.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5927) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2010
Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this beer. Pours black with a dark brown head. Very attractive. The aroma is toasted malt with some chocolate and coffee. You also get some vanilla. The flavor is strong on the oak aging, with oak and vanilla being prominent. You get a little bit of bitterness as well. Medium mouthfeel and no detectable alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2010
bottle thanks to thirdeye11. poured black with a thin copper head. aroma was bourbon, dark roast, coffee, vanilla, and veinous. flavor was bourbon, peat, and alcohol. body was slick with low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2010
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2010 Updated rating 8/5/8/4/17 = 4.2. 2009 bomber, courtesy dchmela. Man, this fresh version is so much more impressive than the aged 2008 batch I tried (see original rating below). Most of my prior notes still apply, but this new batch seems better focused in nearly every area. The nose is significantly more balanced, with the fresher hops calming the sweetness of the dark, fudgy chocolate, molasses, and maple. Flavors too are better defined and balanced, with the bourbon seeming more velvety, and the vanilla really imparting a smoothness not present in the older batch. The body is thick and viscous, as it should be, finishing just a bit on the sweet side. Damn good stuff. Best consumed fresh.

Original rating 7/5/7/3/16 = 3.8. 2008 bomber, aged over one year. The body is absolutely pitch black and impenetrable by light. A foamy, dark, mocha colored head slowly fades to a thin film, leaving uniform rings of lacing on the glass. Aromas are rich, sweet, and complex, showing a blend of dark chocolate, fudge, dark raisins, figs, and blackened caramel in the malt base. Cake batter and vanilla lend further sweetness, while mild spice (perhaps cinnamon) offers a hint of earthiness. Bourbon is subtle on the nose, and I’d consider the aroma to lack balancing hoppiness. Flavors show more of the same, again complex, yet primarily based in sweet chocolate fudge, burnt sugars, and dark fruits, with a soft, vanilla kissed barrel presence and low to moderate hop bitterness. The sweetness shows on the palate as well, which is thick, sugary, and mouth coating. A positive, however, is that the sweetness has covered up any semblance of alcohol burn. Having sampled a good number of excellent Midnight Sun beers, this one is a bit disappointing in that it’s lack of balance and congruence causes it to fall short of my lofty expectations. Still a fine beer, but they are capable of much better.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Pitch black, moderate to thin brown foamy head, sparce lacing.   Sweet graham cracker roasted malt nose.   Lots of sweet roast graham cracker on the tongue.   Rich and sweet, yet also a bittersweet hoppy chocolate infused malt base. Fairly simple, and certainly not as complex as I would have thought.   This is certainly not worth $13 for a bomber.   Good, but not THAT good.   This is worth half that.   A little miffed.   So far only the Midnight Sun M has been worth its weight on gold.   Good Imperial Stout, just not as special as they make it out to be.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2009
thanks to beerlando for sharing! Rich tobacco and molasses on the nose with bitter chocolate. Pours opaque black with a thin tan head. Rich intense chocolate malts with vanilla and molasses flavors with hints of tobacco, very rich but not as intense as the nose lets on. Excellent beer!


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