RATINGS: 536   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 "Alaskas Most Wanted" series.

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   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3605) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2010
650 ml bottle
Im sure Midnight Sun makes some less than exciting beers (and I have had one or two) but gems like this make up for it in spades. This 2007 release was still excellent. Thanks to buffalohead for the gift which was shared at a tasting. If you have any sitting around and want to free up some space I will gladly take them off your hands.

Aroma / Appearance - Oily and black this was not the thickest imperial stout but right up there with the kings like Dark Lord, Speedway Stout, and (earlier in the night) Hunapas. I could have admired this for an hour before even beginning to drink it. The complex nose contained licorice, coffee, malt, and motor oil. Im doing it an injustice as my senses were worn from many exceptional beers - just try it for yourself to see how amazingly complicated the weave of flavors are.

Flavor / Palate - Chocolate and anise are the first impressions. Next comes a strong malt bill accompanied by coffee. Chewy and dense this beer takes time to work through. This is my first bottle so I dont know what it was like fresh. I can tell you that age has done it no harm and if you have a bottle drink it soon.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JAXSON (583) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
Bottle from Todd. Pours thick, inky black with a rich, frothy espresso head. Head and lacing are thick and heavy, and behave oddly. Fascinating to look at. Of course the nose is rich, heavy on dark fruits, dust of coffee, molasses. I dont know if Ive ever had a beer that is so creamy in the mouth, almost like a like dark chocolate milkshake. Heavy dark malts, a bitter coffee-like element, vanilla. more discreet slightly woody tones, molasses. F this is good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
nickd717 (4429) - Sofia, BULGARIA - APR 19, 2010
Bomber from deliriumfest on BA. Shared at my 2nd annual birthday celebration beer fest. Black with a small fading dark brown head. The head is damned dark on this one. Leaves a murky black liquid after its gone. This one is thick and has some legs on it. Aroma is molasses, roast, anise, and chocolate. Some oak barrel and bourbon poke through. This one lets you know from the get-go that its not going to mess around. Flavor is just crazy. Bourbon and oak, dark chocolate, red wine, lots of molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, tobacco, and anise all noticeable. So much going on here. A little sweet with a very mild tart note that Im assuming came from the wine barrels. This is intense and very complex. Full body with low carbonation. A little boozy and syrupy. Overall, this is great, but its hard to drink a lot of it. This one will really kill you. Make sure you open this with enough people to share it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 18, 2010
Bottle shared by JCB. Thanks, Jason. I think this was aged about 2 years. Pours thick as dark as night... every bit as oily as one might expect from a nearly 13% beer called "Berserker." Nose of molasses, vanilla, mild wood, and tobacco. Even some mild smoke. I love the earthier qualities of this beer as opposed to the typical chocolate/coffee/roast flavors of many imperial stouts. Quite good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 17, 2010
(Sample Date: 4/12/2010 Source:BrewEngineer) Bottle at Butters Slutfest. Chocolate with wood roast and molasses and a hint of vanilla. Black with small dark tan head lots of dark fruit then roast then wood then chocolate. Wow. Dry astringent finish with moderate bitterness. Fantastic.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fred82 (2183) - Qubec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 13, 2010
22oz bottle shared by glouglou
Appearance : Dark black, small creamy head.
Aroma : Mellow roasted malt with what smells like oatmeal. Some resinous hops. Feels oily.
Taste : Very mellow roasted malt with some bitterness. Resinous hops. Finish nice roasted malt with some hops. Some molasses.
Overall : Very well balanced, alcohol well hidden. One of the best stouts Ive had. Made me think of the Olde Rabbit Foot. Same balance and molasses sweetness. Awesome beer. Thanks Dany !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Butters (4049) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 12, 2010
Sampled at the Slutfest. Last beer of the night, and damn, what a finish. Pours black with dark brown head ring. Definitely woody. The red wine quality, I assume comes from the barrel, as well as the chocolately bourbon. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (14066) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2010
Bomber poured a translucent dark brown nearly black with a small lingering brown head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, maple, oak, carmel, dates, plum, brown sugar and light soy sauce. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, maple, carmel, bourbon, vanilla, oak and brown sugar with a smooth lingering maple bourbon finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (46673) - VestJylland, DENMARK - APR 7, 2010
Bottle 65cl. @ Papsoes blindtasting. [ Bottle #10. ]
Clear medium to dark black color with a average, creamy, good lacing, mostly lasting, beige to light brown head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, coffee, dusty, cacao, wood notes, whisky - red wine notes. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration, chocolate, peaty smoke in the finish. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100327]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle from Zinister.
Pours a 10/40-residue-black with a butterscotch chocolate syrup and alcohol-soaked bourbon wood nose. Flavor is cherry chocolate cough syrup. Thick on the tongue. Very medicinal.

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