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RATINGS: 479   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
TheEpeeist (3520) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2008
22 oz bottle, 2007. Dark brown with a trace of tan haze. Nose is carob fudge brownies and espresso. Drinks lighter than it look with sprightly carb but still retains a creamy feel. Taste is chocolate, coffee, licorice, molasses and burnt marshmallow, especially the smoky notes. Gets better as it warms. Amazing balanced complexity. Wow.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 3, 2008
22oz bottle. big thanks to my alaskan buddy Tim for sending this one multiple times (i won’t get into the details)....deep dark, almost black pour with a thin light brown head that gravitated to the sides of the glass...aroma was certainly nice with a focus on bitter chocolate, an adequate roast component, and some wood and bourbon....roasted malt, chocolate cocoa, hints of toffee that become dominated by smoke and ash. adequate carbonation and decent mouthfeel.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Shared by Pantanap at Kanarama. He tried bringing things off my wants list and noticed this wasn’t on there. I agreed, this definitely should have been. Thanks kan, sounds like it was a lot of work to finally taste this. Poured pitch black. Aroma is some bourbon and roasty notes. Flavor is roasty as well, nutty, some nice balanceing hop character, smoky, vanilla and chocolate. I liked the fact that the bourbon didn’t dominate, still retained a nice bitterness throughout. Last one of the night, so I have a feeling that my taste buds did not do this justice. Nonetheless, a great beer. Thanks so much Kan.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - JUN 16, 2008
22oz bottle, courtesy of jjpm74. Thanks, John! Pours a very dark, chocolate-brown color; light tan head with fine-bubbled lacing. Generous amounts of chocolate and nougat in the aroma; cocoa, intricate chocolate notes, and chewy nougat / sweetness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: intense, chewy chocolate (milk, cocoa), bitter chocolate, nougat, and caramel; solid amounts of toasty oak and soft vanilla; intricate, soft vanilla-infused chocolate, coffee, and intricate yeastiness / breadiness. Lenghty finish: milk chocolate, cocoa, and toasty vanilla and nougat notes; reasonably dry / toasty end.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BlackDonald (1126) - Gulf Shores, Alabama, USA - JUN 4, 2008
I did not realize the cult following behind this beer.It was kind of like dark lord day, only on a much smaller scale (anchorage after all). A small batch was released and came and went. I was lucky enough to get a glass of this. Good lord this is dark, black as night in the glass. Butterscotch, vanilla, oak and alcohol in the nose. I would love to come back and try this with some age on it, it is really kind of dumb, still has some "bottle-shock." Takes a while for this to really open up and show its potential. Lots of dark fruit flavors, chocolate covered cherries, and boozy oak notes throughout. I think this could use some longer bottle aging and more time in cask, but still very good.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
railcat1 (701) - Kissimmee, Florida, USA - MAY 15, 2008
22OZ bottle i found while cleaning out my cellar and this was not a bad IPS with hints of chocolate and a sweet and thick pour black as night it had hints of oaak in it,there is alot of things going on in this beer and as it warmed the abv was more present and more flavors came out.cheers!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blutt59 (6231) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2008
bottle, black in color with an asphalt nose and motor oil and prune flavors, very different

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
travita (4375) - Frisco, Texas, USA - APR 23, 2008
Black in color with a good tan head. Strong alcohol in the smell also raisans, roastiness, coffee, and chocolate. Taste is raisans, dark malts, roasty, and chocolate.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jarspag (601) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 14, 2008
The night capper in 4/12 DDD with J in c-bad. Another epic night of beer, eh? 2007 vintage - another big thanks to Tim for the goods. I really hope all my senses were in check for this...

Nose was fairly straightforward - oak, dark chocolate, with a roasty dry blanket - barrel seems missing for the most part. Flavor goes crazy on the roastiness - so roasty it turns towards a bit salty - weird, I know - but not unpleasant. Licorice sweetness and faint bourbon oak float around in a backdrop of coffee grind. Bittering, long, and dry finish. While I was a tad disappointed - following BA Speedway can be a tough act to follow - and in lieu of that this did an ample job. Very curious as to how the other vintages drink b/c I hear they vary greatly! ISO!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hapjydeuce (972) - Carlsbad, California, USA - APR 13, 2008
Another oak-aged brew shared by jarspag during a DM tasting on April 12. Thanks narfy. Thick and viscous oily pour. Silky appearance with a pillowy light brown head that settles. Big roasted malt character in the aroma with a slight funk, and notes of raisin and pear, smoke, and caramel. Faint hints of bourbon wood in the flavor, but pretty weak overall. A bit of salty roastiness and burnt coffee with sweet pine needles. Seems like it could use longer aging in the barrel. Thick, cheek-biting coating on the palate. Soft texture with a lightly breadish aftertaste.


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