Berserker

Berserker by Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

Vicious and viscous, this menacing brew pours opaque black with a dark maduro colored head. Its aroma offers up seductive bourbon, chewy wine, dark fruit and lavish tobacco. This imperial stout invades your taste buds with in-your-face flavor. Berserker is out-of-control

Profile

ABV: 
12.7%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
50º
Judges Review 
Randy Scorby's picture
Judges Rating:
93
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

Berserker, from Midnight Sun Brewing Company, is being evaluated as a Specialty Wood Aged Beer (Category 33B) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Berserker pours a deep, impenetrable black topped with a long lasting deep brown head that invites the drinker in to explore further. This beer displays its complexity from the first sniff; it is a cornucopia of spicy alcohol, bittersweet chocolate, dark roast coffee, roast malt, caramel, black cherries, plums, figs and a light resiny hop aroma.  A light bourbon whisky note and a hint of vinous character rounds out the aroma.  The flavor follows suit with even more complex fruitiness and vanilla notes from barrel aging.  High hop bitterness and moderate alcohol warming develops in the middle and lingers long into the medium finish.  The hop bitterness could be toned down just a touch as it lingers a bit long and tends to dominate the aftertaste. The whisky character continues to grow as it warms complimenting the base beer.  The full body offers a velvety texture to round out the overall enjoyment.

Although the maple syrup and molasses are not overtly noticeable, they do add an additional layer of richness and depth to an already complex beer.  Enjoy this one slowly!