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RATINGS: 441   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 "Alaskaís Most Wanted" series.


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
daknole (9142) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Bottle from Hannont. OH MY GOD. They should rename this beer Daknole. This IS my new favorite beer. Wow. And wow again. Pours super dark brown color wtih a rich chocolate brown head. This beer looks amazing. and it doesnít stop there. The aroma is just amazing. Tons of chocolate fudge, sweet brown sugar, vanilla, oak, light bourbon, molasses, and the mouthfeel is just ridiculous. Perfect 5. I hearby offer a plea for MORE MORE MORE!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Caskalefan (149) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 What can I say that hasnít been said about this absolute gem? Well, for starters, itís smoother and less hot than Bourbon County, itís more complex and cleaner than The Abyss, and itís more drinkable and rounder than Bells Expedition...in short, itís my new favorite imperial stout, hands down. What truly astounds me is how this thick and viscous monster managed to avoid being cloyingly sweet with only 30 IBUs. Wow...just wow!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - NOV 11, 2009
22 oz. bottle thanks to Scrizzz. Holy shit, thank you so much for sending this. Wow, that is a chocolate head. There is not much of it, but this thing pours like oil...big time. I mean people say, "Oh this poured just like oil." This really did pour like oil. Very viscous beer. Wood, roast, coffee, and a slight chocolate aroma. Wow, a very deep complex aroma. Nice subtle bourbon aroma that is coming out more as this thing warms up. Pretty damn nice aroma I must say. Love the bourbon. Ah the wood a liquor aroma. I have to say that subtle bourbon, wood, chocolate, coffee, and roast aroma are just so complex. So smooth, and easy to drink. I mean this thing has a nice bourbon sour flavor as well. This thing is so smooth and too delicious. My favorite beer. Again, thank you Scrizzz.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Rich dark black with french roast coffee aroma. Pours like light crude. Such a good cedar caramel and roast flavor. great rich tight bubbles. So big and good.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkin (28) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2012
2008 vintage bottle, old label, pours dark brown and black, with small tan head, light lace, smell of oak barrels, whiskey , chocolate and coffee, low carbonation, taste is whiskey and oak, as beer warms get more chocolate, coffee and more of oak not to much. Do get sweetness on some sips and if you let it sit in mouth red wine flavor with whiskey, very smooth, perfect beer start to finish!!!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DTM (798) - Winters, California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
Shared bottle with Timfoolery at City Beer in SF. This is probaby the best beer Iíve ever had. Pours a dark brown almost black and smelled of molasses and anise with a hint of chocolate. Looks like it was aged awhile. It was incredibly smooth on the palate and just a malt lovers delight. Tobacco, chocolate, and molasses dominted the flavor. I need to find another bottle of this. WOW!!!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
JFParnell (48) - Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2013
Awesome Beer. Tastes like a good imperial stout should. This one definitely goes to my top five. Available at Total Wine and More in Bellevue, WA. Limited to 1 per customer, so bring a friend who doesnít like stouts.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
halfwayhouse (14) - - NOV 27, 2013
Big gnarly black behemoth of beautiful flavor. Deep black, rich flavors of chocolate, cherry and vanilla. Wonderful!

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
aaronh2012 (92) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Sweet roasty aroma, deep black color with a burnt brown head, sweet with a hint of bitterness and roasted malts. Lingering caramel aftertaste am this beer shine.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 23, 2006
2005 bomber, generously provided by OldGrowth on 1/22/06. Served well-chilled to begin with, but allowed to warm up to room temperature.
Fairly vigorous pour yields a large amount of tan, graham cracker colored head that forms of a multitude of ultra-fine bubbles that are slow to settle out. Head is lasting, dense and provides a fair amount of lacing (though on OldGrowthís glass, the head was neither well-retained, nor did it lace). The body is opaque. Deepest of brown-blacks with magenta-violet tinges right at the surface and edges.
The nose is perhaps the most subtle, but richly rewarding I have smelled on a beer. At first, I mistake it for a weak nose, albeit full of delightful milk chocolate. However, it is truly anything but weak. Allowing the beer to warm fully and breath, a delicate vanilla and light woodiness emerges, aided by a graceful drying whiskey note that is only lightly apparent. Notes of Spanish coffee, brought on by a moderate roast with further sweet chocolate overtones round out the balanced aroma. Faint charred wood, adding a zip of acidity and drying bitterness puts the finishing touches on the aroma. The oak/whiskey in the nose is so well integrated with the rest of the beer, it almost feels as if the oak and whiskey character were a note imparted by the brewing of the beer.
Hardly being able to hold myself back any longer, I take a long and curious mouthfull. Damn. This is beer. Chocolate, light roast, bits of dry barley graininess, sweetened molasses and certainly more toffee, prunes and plums all explode on the palate. Perhaps explode isnít the right word, as the flavors are neither forceful nor overdone, but they are just so vibrant and homogenized. Light whiskey dryness, in the perfect medium of sweet caramel-chocolate-toffee, is carried from start to finish while the charred wood note emerges towards the end and further emphasizes the style. Light peanut skins, vanilla, bits of cocoa and finally a sweeping (but balanced!) ending of prunes, toffee, chocolate and whiskey. Texture is so perfect, you donít even think about it. Tight, engaging, low carbonation, but ample enough to keep the beer from becoming anywhere near too sweet or sluggish. Alcohol provides light warming tones on the end, and is masterfully masked. Creamy, at times chewy and malty. Reminds me a lot of Orval. Itís just what beer is all about. Something about this beer is so compelling and yet so simple, it just screams "Enjoy me!" and proves very difficult to concentrate on.
Yes, it is a low key example, I suppose. Certainly nothing in your face, and the aroma must be worked at to unlock its mysteries. But what does low key really mean? Beer shouldnít be about quantity. This is quality if Iíve ever seen it. It may even be mistaken for a lighter example, but then, taking in to account its ABV, it is a difficult stance to maintain. Itís just so elegantly done, so subtle that it comes off that way. And donít even get me started on the barrel aging of this beer. It is (in my mind) the model all other bourbon beers should follow. Barrel character is just an aspect, rather than the dominant character.


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