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Viking Brewing Berserk Barleywine

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RATINGS: 85   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
kms399 (267) - plymouth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2007
i had heard good things. i went into this already liking it and man what a dissapointment. it pours with absolutly no head i thought i had a bad bottle this stuff was so bad but the other 3 were the same way. dark reddish brown aroma is sour dark fruits with something like alcohol and old candy wrapper. taste is very lame. i don’t know what else to call it there is nothing outstanding good or bad. it still has that sour dark fruit and alcohol and it could just be because stine wrote before me about the chocolate chip pancakes but i get thet too. oh the power of suggestion. it has a slick cloying mouth feel that is a real turnoff and there is a lingering aftertaste of alcohol and mabye burnt toffee not nessesarily bad but not at all what i expected with this. i normaly love barley wines and this is the worst i think i have had.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 19, 2011
"Ok, back to the US. Had this on draught the other day at the OF. Viking has been inconsistent in taste. Over the last few years I’ve been suprised by and dissapointed. This was sort of the in the middle. They produce many different styles each yeah, but I feel that they need to focus on quality more then quantity. The Bwine was nice, but not very complex. Alcohol was concealed suprisingly. Can’t imagine its 12%. Caramel and fresh hops, just my thing, but they seemed too weak. Needs to be jacked up a bit. It came across like Imp IPA yet not as dank and not as sweet. "

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5901) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2011
12 oz. bottle from skyview. Pours dark brown with a small beige film. The aroma is sweet chewy caramel, raisins and a touch of citrus. The flavor is more sweet caramel, brown sugar, hints of citrus and molasses. Very much an English barley wine. Much more one dimensional than the others we had on this day.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
nuplastikk (4708) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Draft at Old Fashioned. Opaque amber-brown color. Thick and chunky. Thin layer of beige head. Lots of pungent funky notes. Raisin, funked out toffee. Could have benefited from some hoppiness, tastes and smells rather devoid. Big and sugary. Pretty sub-par for the style, a beer only a mega-homer could love. Very English feel to it, but also sort of gross.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (11092) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Bottle shared by alexsdad06. Poured cloudy reddish brown copper color with a minimal frothy off-white head that mostly diminished with little lacing. Moderate dark fruit, toasted caramel malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Moderate dark fruit sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. This is a complex beer.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Pastor (799) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - SEP 26, 2010
I split this bottle among a couple friends. The bottle pored into oversized wine glasses produced almost no head even with a rough pour. I must say I didn’t hear much in the way of carbonation coming from the bottle when opened. The body was a dark, dark brown almost black. The aroma was slightly oxidized. I didn’t know the age of the bottle nor is this not expected by me in a barleywine. I did get some nice toffee and fruit notes too. The flavor was sweet and almost candy like with some dark fruits to it. There was not to much in the way of alcohol heat. It had a medium body with almost no carbonation as mentioned before. It was a good barleywine. Nothing I would go out of my way to look for but, wouldn’t mind drinking again

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 7, 2010
Tap @ the Old Fashioned - Pours murky brown with barely a head. Smells of sweet toffee and caramel -- malty and big. Tastes of big toffee and sweet fruit: melon, cherries, and raisins. A bit of heat on the finish. Smooth and well-carbonated, this is only good if you’re in the mood for sweet.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Thanks for sharing bro. Pours a rich mahogony color with thin light tan head. Aroma is of light notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, light caramel and earthy resinous hops. Taste is brown sugar, light caramel and toffee, light medicinal notes and dark fruit. Alcohol is well hidden and body is creamingly smooth with light carbonation.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2010
Pours a reddish-mahogany color with a medium off-white head which fades rather quickly. Aroma is light resinous hops, dark fruit, brown sugar, and caramel malts. Taste was quite medicinal, caramel malts, and brown sugar. Very different taste than most Barley Wines, but the mouthfeel was there but a bit too medicinal.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Bottle. Pours a very hazy deep brown color with minimal head. Seems that the Viking beers are still somewhat under carbonated. Flavor is rich and sweet, slightly resinous and milk chocolate along with roasted malts. Very sweet with a slight hops presence and alcohol burn at the finish. Medium to full bodied. Overall not a bad effort.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Dark carmel color with little head. Deep malt, flower and linen aroma. Sweet with a nice bitter finish.


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