Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,766 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,766
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 262
Gots: 562 | FT: 25
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of tykechandler
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Drinking great right now.

Photo of madelfonatree
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Night Stalker on May 8, 2015

Look - Oily black. Thin tan head. No lacing. Fine bubbles.

Smell - Whiskey. Vanilla. Chocolate.

Taste - Whiskey. Vanilla and chocolate fade to a tootsie roll like taste. Alcohol is there. Tannin finish.

Palate - Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn't explode.

Overall - It is going to sound blasphemous but it isn't much different than the barrel aged vanilla Dark Lord I had at DLD.

Photo of mwilbur
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 vintage (bottled on 02/06/11 1259).
Poured from 22 oz bottle into snifter.
A: Pours an extremely dark brown with no light emerging from backlighting. Just a thin skim of dark mocha head that slowly recedes. Looks potent.
S: Boozy chocolate hits the nose from a good foot away. Upon closer inspection, dark sweet chocolate, boozy leather, vanilla, oak, and medium roast coffee. Solid across the board from each of these notes.
T: are the hops! Nice muted pine hops...there could be some citrus in there too, but the chocolate covers it up. Dark sweet chocolate, boozy leather, vanilla, oak, and medium roast coffee. Pretty much follows the aroma except for the nice addition of the hops. Would have been interesting to try this one fresh to see the balance struck then. Hint of licorice, fig, and molasses with warming.
M: Soft and sweet. Thick and luscious. Medium-heavy body (drinks a tad lighter than ABV). Mildly bitter throughout. Excellent lingering and maturing on the palate.
D: What a wonderful sipper. Smooth as silk and hits all the wonderful dark notes. The hops have certainly lessened with age, but there is still a nice presence.

Photo of alexrufio666
4.51/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2010 bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with light caramel colored head. Tastes a lot like bourbon county without the bourbon, definatly a great beer.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours bright rich black with a 1” tan foam collar that hugs the side of the glass.
S: estery, malty, winey alcoholic aromas, some dark dried fruit
T: very alcoholic and malty, roast and coffee bitterness lightly sweetened by caramel and seasoned with dark dried fruit.
F: Rich velvety chewy body with slightly below average carbonation and a pleasant alcohol warming.
O: a well balanced Imperial stout with rich, complex flavors.

Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber shared at 1st Sunday.
Reminiscent of BCS. Highly complex and very rich flavor. Lasting, malty-BBL aftertaste.
Full .
Deep dark red-brown body.

Photo of Cfeezy
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cellared over five years. Minimal head - black as night - very malty and sweet. Not bad at all.

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in 2010. Drank it in March, 2015. Smooth, silky. Molasses, a slight peppery taste on the way down. Very little alcohol noticeable despite the 11.7%. The aging worked wonders on this beer.

Photo of Nolang84
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dam good Tasting beer pours like used motor oil

Photo of cubs943
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really liked this beer.

Photo of brpendergast85
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

2012, aged 3 or so years. Pretty phenomenal.

Photo of pagriley
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The dry hop has faded into something astringent and weird on the finish. Interesting in a flight with 3 years of bcbs (which is how I am having it) but on its own nothing special

Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of Zomdust
2.9/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a favorite. Was a drain pour

Photo of cjgator3
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 11/19/12

This bottle is enjoyed a little over 2 years after bottling and it has aged pretty damn well. The taste is sweet with some hops still lingering around although I'm sure they have faded considerably over the last couple years. This one drinks deceivingly well considering the high ABV. Overall, I haven't had a fresh bottle to enjoy of this beer but it is damn tasty after a couple years. Moral of the story: drink one fresh and save at least one to enjoy years down the road. Cheers!

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very disappointing. Overly complicated and harsh, none of the different taste melded together leaving a fairly unpalatable beer.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle from a Sat., 12/20/2014 Better Beer Authority Bottle Share (thanks, Zack M.), 2010 vintage (dated "02/19/10 0458"), poured into a BBA snifter glass, drank over 15 minutes

Photo of lillitnn92
4/5  rDev -2%

2012 bottle

Photo of mbmiche
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 vintage

Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

2010 vintage

Photo of BRami127
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Baby BCS, before it is aged in bourbon barrels.

Photo of buschbeer
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

650ml bottle
Served in a snifter
Bottled 11/19/12

This beer is black. It is topped with an inch of tan head with a little lacing.

There is an aroma of dark fruit, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and a hint of anise.

The taste is consistent with the smell. However, an almost burnt taste develops after about half a bottle. There are some intense flavors and may be overwhelming my palate. There is a persistent faded hops taste. It reminds me a little of tea in the background. Then the anise whisks it away.

It is a thick, sticky, viscous brew. Right in my wheelhouse.

This is another hoppy "insert beer style here" beer that I cellared without realizing that it was a hopped up version of the style. It was a good beer regardless, but I bought it within a month of bottling and just got around to drinking two years later. I guess I need quicker turnover and some interns to study all my purchases. I think I'll call my venture Kramerica Industries.

Photo of flipper2gv
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%

A: 2 years old bottle, pours very dark with very little carbonation.

S: There doesn't seem to be a lot of residual sugars in this beer, which is a bit surprising considering BCBS is extremely sweet. But you get the usual cocoa, vanilla and coffee.

T: Follows the nose quite well, you get cocoa, vanilla and coffee in a dry beer. The alcohol is still noticeable, but it blends well. Quite straightforward, but it is pretty solid.

M: Quite big actually considering the low apparent residual sugars.

D: Although this is very tasty, it is not the most drinkable imperial stout around.

Not a favourite, but still very solid. A good counterpoint top BCBS.

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Feb. 2011.

Pours thick viscous and black. One finger of head.

Aroma is huge on molassis and dark fruits. Bitter dark chocolates.

Taste follows the nose. Big molassis, bitter roast, black cherry and toffee sweetness.

Full coating mouthfeel.

Age has been good to this beer.

Photo of imscotty
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottled: Nov 19, 2012

Note: I had this beer when it first came out and I remember not being overly impressed. It was fine, just nothing special. I found this bottle in the discount bin of my local bottle store and decided to give it another try. What a difference some aging had made! Wow, I've totally turned around on this one. The review below is for this aged bottle.

The beer is thick and black as motor oil. A fairly strong tan head forms and then quickly dies out. Little lacing.

Rich dark fruits, caramel, booze, and something like the leathery smell of an old oiled baseball glove. Some other lighter fragrances are present too, citrus?

The taste is intense and complex. Rich foggy dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee, sweet caramel. There is a nice interplay between the sweetness and the alcohol burn, and it does burn. There is some bitterness on the finish. My tongue is left tingling from the intensity of the flavors. I think that some will find this beer too harsh, but I am loving the symphony of flavors going off in my mouth. Sort of like drinking the 1812 Overture.

Very little carbonation, this beer is thick, oily, luscious. It coats the mouth.

A unique and intense beer. This is so much more than just a Stout. I will be heading back to see if I can score anymore aged bottles from the discount bin. I think this beer has the legs to go for years. It will be interesting to see what a few more years could do, but I am happy to drink it right now. What a change from when I first tried it, I presume that the sweetness when fresh was hiding some of the underlying complexities.

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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
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