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RATINGS: 521   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.08/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 30   EST. CALORIES: 381   ABV: 12.7%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 12, 2009
Pours dark brown with a velvety, slightly lighter brown head. Smells of roasted malt, chocolate, some toffee, some cherries. Tastes of chocolate, spicy, some licorice, some fruity hints, dry on the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lb4lb (2584) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 18, 2009
Bottle shared by stopbarking. Thanks! Pours dark black with a tan head. Smell is rich chocolate and graham crackers with some red wine in the background, and dry roast. Definite notes of wine barrels. Some chalky roast in the flavor. Tasty. ABV is hidden well. Thin body to other stouts this strength, but the smell and flavor are very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - JUL 11, 2009
2008 bottle. Pure black with a lasting brown head. Lots of coffee and cream in the nose with a but of a nuttiness and berries. Mild and easy to drink flavor. We have a bit of a smore character here. Full body and a little sticky. Pretty good stuff here.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 12, 2009
100th rating of this brew. 2008 bottling. Black with a frothy dark brown head. Aroma is black licorice with whisky wood vanilla and black malts. Lightly carbonated, smooth chewy mouthfeel. Great flavor is again black licorice herb and rich, black roasted malts, with an oaky vanilla and dark pit fruit sweetness. Fantastic friggin’ stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
22. Thanks, SuzyGreenberg! Pours opaque black with a tan head. Vanilla, chocolate and coffee aroma. Medium body and light carbonation. Lightly sweet chocolate, caramel, bourbon and coffee taste with a soft, oaky finish. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - MAY 26, 2009
Had at Hophead22’s Imperial Stout Tasting. Thanks Tim. Black with a dark brown short lived head. Chocolate, raisin, and malt aroma. Roasted coffee, grain, and bitter chocolate taste. The barrel aging didn’t really come through.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Oakes (15457) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 25, 2009
Sampled with Carr Valley cocoa-crusted goat cheese. Almost entirely black with a very dark brown head. Stingingly pungent, with rich dark fruits and dark chocolate. Sugary thick body is almost like a Cuban coffee. Very tasty - hints some sweet high notes, and only has a slight bourbon inflection. Nice brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beershine (5219) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAY 25, 2009
2008, thanks to Daknole. Lovely black looks with lasting tan head and lacing like cuneiform. Gorgeous compacted, concentrated aromas, mild coffee and really subtle chocolate. Smooth and creamy. Barrel is apparent but not broadcasted. Very nice. Has some strength but very very smooth and good. Yum.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 24, 2010 Re rate from Chitown RB gathering Jan 2010: bottle shared by Vince (beernbourbon), many thanks!

The flavors seemed a bit less assertive and the palate a bit less complex. Less earthy and espresso qualities. -1 Taste, -1 Palate, -1 Overall... but still a darn nice Impy

Bomber bottle from hannont, much thanks, served in my Stone IRS snifter. Opaque with a deep tan frothy head and good lace. The aroma has notes of oak and whiskey (but more like Irish Whiskey than American Bourbon), bittersweet chocolate, espresso, dark candi sugar, molasses, and a hint of port wine fruitiness. Lush sweet malt with hint of dark fruit and chocolate covered coffee beans start the flavor profile. There is some whiskey barrel character more towards the midsection towards the finish. The Coup de grâce is the almost salty and peaty earthiness which caresses the tongue forcefully. The mouth feel is oily and lush but not heavy, a bit mineral and a tad boozy too. It is not often I would say that a brew with a 4.0 overall is underrated, but I believe this is. Sort of a hybrid BA Impy with it’s hints of Irish Whiskey and Scotch Whisky notes around the Belgium candi sugar tones and chocolates with some finer Italian Espresso thrown about for good measure. This is NOT your "standard" Bourbon Barrel Imperial Stout... GET YA SOME, IT ROX!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 23, 2009
22oz bottle from hannont, thanks Todd. Mild aroma, some chocolate, very little trace of barrel aging. More light chocolate, some coffee, very smooth. Pretty good overall, but the barrel aging wasn’t really prevelant.

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