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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,553 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1553
Reviews: 726
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%


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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

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

Night Stalker - Goose Island
Imperial Stout
11.7% ABV
2010 Vintage

APPEARANCE: Poured a thick, dense oil slick black. Very small chocolate colored head that dissipated almost instantly leaving a small halo.

AROMA: Very complex nose. Lush over ripe dark fruits, raisins, molasses and chocolate hit right away. Then vanilla and roasted malts swing by before the hops come nicely walking in.

TASTE: Chocolate covered raisins, deep purple plums. Really nice sweetness that takes over. Not getting much of the hops I faintly got on the nose. Probably because it has been cellared for 4 years. The taste on this is pure decadence, the roasted malts feel like they are melting in my mouth.

MOUTHFEEL: Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. The great thickness and mouthfeel I've come to know and love from goose island. Oily and slick that coats the mouth leaving you wanting more.

OVERALL: I'm actually glad that my first experience with a NightStalker is one that had been cellared for 4 years. The absence of hops in the taste along with the abundance of dark fruits in the taste compliment the faint hops on the nose perfectly. I thought this was an amazing beer and would love to try a different vintage.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:33:06 | More by BeerZombies1
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had a 10oz tulip of this yesterday at the Portsmouth Brewery, during their mini stout-fest in the LaPanza Lounge.

Poured a thick, dense black, with a thin bit of lacing around the edge, but hardly any lacing was present. Nose had some coffee and bitter choco, with some floral hops noted. Mouthfeel was thick, smooth and chewy - top shelf!

Flavor had more dark choco and bitter coffee notes. A bit of espresso, plus some dark fruit led into a somewhat floral, dry finish. Pretty decent, overall. Prosit!

4.13/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

1634

Serving type: on-tap

02-23-2014 16:16:54 | More by Bierman9
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roger617

Indiana

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into snifter. Bottled 11/19/12. #1631. Reviewed 2/20/14

A: Pours very thick, almost appears the viscosity of oil. Less than 1 finger of tan head the reduces fairly quickly and leaves little to no lacing.
S: Chocolate, coffee, and for the age I'm surprised that there's some hops left. Chocolate is the clear lead.
T: Chocolate is the lead here as well. Some dark roasty flavor, wood, and vanilla all present. Pretty well balanced, but I definitely like the chocolate forward approach on this.
M: Thick, carbed to style. Leaves a sweet aftertaste that hides the 11.5%.
O: Very enjoyable offering from Goose Island. I particularly appreciate how drinkable this is at such high ABV. I went in with BCBS on my mind as a comparison, but once I got into the first glass, I was able to get past the comparison and truly enjoy this for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 23:40:59 | More by roger617
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kdahnke123

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 VIntage in a snifter at cellar temperature.

A - Thick, dark, creamy with a finger of medium brown, quickly dissipating head.
S - A hint of hops remaining with a slightly green background, likely from one of the many hops used.
T - Dark, rich, chocolate flavor. Hints of coffee and hops. A little on the sweet side.
M - Relatively heavy feel with a nice mouth-coating quality.
O - An excellent beer. The slightly odd nose is made up for by the intense, rich flavors. I look forward to cellaring the remaining bottles for some time to see how it evolves and look forward to the 2013 vintage.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 23:02:56 | More by kdahnke123
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Vintage 2012- 1 year old

Appearance: pitch black. opaque. a finger of a tan head that leaves the slightest lacing behind

Smell: dark fruity sweetness, roasty malts, espresso, chocolate, and booze

Taste: opens up with a blast of sweetness, both chocolate and dark fruits. some slight bitterness from espresso. roasted malts. very slight booze

Mouthfeel: heavy. slight bitterness. fairly creamy. big sipper

Overall: after one year. this beer is delicious. great flavors and just a little bit of booze. it would be interesting to do a vertical of this beer, but i do like it at a year.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 04:26:06 | More by SportsandJorts
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a thick oily black. Big lively mocha colored head which dissolves pretty quickly, leaving swirls of caramel and coffee colors. Ring of sticky lace. Looks like a good amount of sediment throughout

Smells like Dutch chocolate. Rich and sweet. Anise and espresso. Lots of charred character. A leafy/woody bitterness

Taste hits with hugely sweet chocolate notes. Decadent. Some dark fruit sits beneath the chocolate onslaught. Creamy coffee follows. Some slightly bitter espresso attempts to balance. Slight herbal presence. Charcoal. Back palate picks up lots of black licorice. Alcohol present throughout but isn't assertive

Feels slick and very full. Coats the palate well. Drinks very smooth for the ABV

Overall a really nice stout. Sweet enough to be a dessert beer - or just dessert. Like drinking chocolate cake. A little more balanced than Southern Tier's Chokolat or Creme Brulee but a bit too sweet to ever be an all-the-time beer, which it isn't luckily

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 00:04:48 | More by MistahBeah
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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – Pours a black color with a small, chocolate colored head. Head dissipates to an extremely thin layer that only covers about ½ of the beer, but stays that way. Not too much lacing.

Smell – Chocolate cake, charred wood, licorice, and a hoppiness.

Taste –Has a surprising hoppiness to it, which I’m not a huge fan of in stouts. Charred oak, bitter coffee, but none of the chocolate that I picked up in the smell.

Mouthfeel – Feels thicker than it looks. Lightly carbonated. The 11.7% abv is well hidden. But it leaves a bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability – The 11.7% abv is nicely hidden, but the bitter aftertaste makes it a bit less drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 07:06:43 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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diverite

Connecticut

2.71/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

I generally like Imperial Stouts, but this one is just too sweet for me. Its cloying and unbalanced due to its super potent sweetness and low 60 IBUs. In a 11+% ABV Imperial I would expect close to 100 IBUs to balance the sweetness, so this one falls way short.

The appearance and mouth feel are fantastic on this one, but it smells much like it tastes, very sweet. I am sure others would disagree, but it was reminiscent of Southern Tier Creme Brulee in sweetness, so much so that it was completely undrinkable for me. If you are a ST Creme Brulee fan, you will probably like this one.

This one could use some lower mash temps to dry it out a bit and maybe more hops in the boil and at flame out to further cover the sweetness. This one is great if you like them sweet.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 22:31:07 | More by diverite
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CHADMC3

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/19/12

Pours a night black body beneath the shallow, yet dense mocha colored head, which quickly dissolves but leaves a constant ring of lacing to coat the glass.

Aroma is generously boozy and fruity, featuring dark fruits like currant or black cherries, almost like one may expect from a quad for the fruitiness, yet it also offers dark chocolate and a touch of roasted malt.

The flavor also offers the dark fruit like black cherries, currants, and blackberries. There are also dark bread qualities with the roasted malt and hints of dark chocolate. This brew is certainly leaning to the sweeter side of Imperial Stout versus the roasted side.

Thicker in body, but certainly not viscous as some of its counterparts are. Medium carbonation with a rich, palate coating finish and fairly subdued booziness for the generous abv.

A nice Double Stout abundant with sweet fruit and chocolate characteristics to tease the senses. Not the roasted monster some others are but a nice departure for the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:56:30 | More by CHADMC3
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JohnG190

New York

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours inky black with a thick tan head. Good retention and decent lacing. Lots of coffee and chocolate on the nose with faint hints of hop. Coffee hits the tongue first, then the hop bitterness takes over. Warming from the alcohol in the finish with a sweet chocolate aftertaste. Medium bodied with light carbonation. Overall, a very smooth stout.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 22:12:34 | More by JohnG190
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date on the label.

Look: Deepest black, inviting brown head and lacing

Smell: Sweet, black currants, molasses, coffee, burnt wood, brown bread, booze

Taste: Thick roasted malt character, creamy and full bodied, dark berries, burnt sugar, chocolate, modest hopping, warming booziness, leather, long burnt linger, semi-sweet finish

Massive, clearly a sipper. Extremely bold and a treat, this is a beast.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 03:13:37 | More by Jason
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KickbacksSteve

Florida

3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from 11/2012 poured into a Goose Island tulip. Moderate, beige head, medium retention. Black body. Aroma includes coffee, teriyaki, black cherry, leather, some chocolate malt. Taste follows suit. There is a spice in the flavor that I can't describe, maybe anise? Either way, mouthfeel is thick, alcohol well hidden. Interesting stout with unexpected flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 00:16:27 | More by KickbacksSteve
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brewtus

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured 22oz into teku. Pours oil black with a tan two finger lingering head. Smell is slightly hoppy, some chocolate, caramel, earthy, potato.taste is smooth milky chocolate, some slight vanilla, some vegetable tones, smokey, hop bite at the end. There's a lot going on here, a nice thick hoppy stout, I probably should have had this fresh but I procrastinate. Really liked it, especially the consistency.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 02:33:30 | More by brewtus
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cool summer night after a stressful week. A bottled on date of 3/6/10. I think this bottle has found it's time. Poured into my giant Old Style glass that holds a bomber very nicely, thank you.
Rich chocolate with some roast. Also holding a shot or two of oxidation. Some deeper fruit, but not intense. Most steady is a partially sweet fruit and dark malt not entirely roast. Pleasant enough.
Poured with minimal head even with some aggressiveness on pour. Just a thin show of brown bubbles. Pretty darn black and no light showing through.
Still holds a rich flavor and quite enjoyable too. Warmth in the gut right away (and at 11.7% it should be). Deep and rich fruit flavors. Still with some sharpness and intensity. Well hidden alcohol flavors. Hop flavors are more background and bitterness is more balancing than contributing. The malts avoid excess flavors. Very, very minor notes of oxidation.
Nice rich feel. Pretty smooth overall. A nice creaminess to the feel.
The aroma probably took a hit in the aging, but the flavors did not. I saved this one purposely as early reviews noted aging might be helpful. I'm not sure what I missed by doing so, but this is working real fine here and now.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 01:53:43 | More by garymuchow
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance:
The beer is a very dark black with hints of brown. the head is a dark tan and dissipates very quickly.

Smell:
An incredibly complex bouquet of smells. I get fruits that might be orange and possibly a bit of mint. The main smells are dark chocolate, caramel sweetness from the malt, cocoa, and a bit of alcohol.

Taste:
Just as complex as the smell. The cocoa, dark chocolate, and caramel sweetness mix with the dark fruits. The dark fruits are more pronounced in the taste than in the smell and taste like orange with plum.

Mouthfeel:
Very little to no carbonation and certainly heavy bodied. However, the beer feels smooth almost like liquor filled chocolate.

Overall:
A pretty good Double Imperial Stout and very unique in flavor and taste. I'll probably pick this up again if I can find it.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 00:36:22 | More by HattedClassic
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JamesMN

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 11/19/12.

Appearance: Black with hints of dark brown. Poured a modest one finger tan head that has dissipated leaving light lacing. Looks great.

Aroma: Currants, caramel, bit of alcohol. Just a good mix of dark fruits with a soft sweetness from the malt.

Taste: The Imperial Stout style tends to be heavy on dark chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt flavor. Night Stalker is a bit surprising in that its most noteable flavors are none of the above. It starts with a lovely bouquet of caramelized figs, plums, and other hearty fruits. The 11.3% ABV delivers a great depth to the flavor, making it almost liqueur-like but not as hot. The finish is so smooth is almost goes unnoticed. It is not until the aftertaste (and even then just slightly) that a bit of charred malt flavor comes through on the palate. Almost like an echo of black coffee with cocoa, which is easy to miss underneath the continuing taste of dark fruits. A stout for people who don't like the charred malt taste of most stouts.

Mouthfeel: The flavor makes it feel full in body but it is really just below that. The carbonation goes almost unnoticed but it is about average for the style. Easy drinking and equally easy to savor.

Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed Night Stalker. The only negatives for me personally are that I found it a tad too sweet and it lacked that classic Imperial Stout essence of toasted and charred malt. With those adjustments it would have been a perfect beer. This would probably pair extremely well with red meat or BBQ. Would I drink it again? Yes, good thing I picked up two bombers when I had the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 02:52:40 | More by JamesMN
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance –The beer is served a pitch black color with a tiny cream colored head. The head almost instantaneously disappears leaving a thick looking brew with some light foam islands. Upon swirling the beer in the glass its thickness can be seen with fingers of beer sticking to the side of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is a mix of chocolate and darker fruits with some other aromas of caramel and coffee. Overall it is sweet and roasted with hints of alcohol linger in the background to create an overall warming smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a b ig roasted malt flavor with lots of chocolate and sweet flavors of caramel. Some darker fruit flavors of raisin, plum and prune quickly join these flavors and produce a quite sweet flavor overall. Notes of vanilla and some coffee follow the fruit with a little bit of hop hitting the tongue as well. These flavors are joined by a bit more roast and a decently strong alcohol taste to leave a warming and sweet flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is quite thick and chewy with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The characteristic of the brew are quite appropriate for the style nicely complimenting the roasted and sweet flavor of the brew.

Overall – A tasty and thick imperial with lots of sweetness. One that is worth a try if you are feeling like something fairly sweet, roasty and boozy.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2013 00:37:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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Profchaos20

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 3/24/13, bottled 11/19/12 22 oz bomber in a snifter.

A - Pours black with a half finger brown head. Very little lacing.

S - Roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, and a sweet fruity/candy aroma too. Also some alcohol and hops. More hops possibly citrus and alcohol as the beer warms.

T - Sweet malt, coffee, brown sugar, and a lot more alcohol then the nose indicated. Roasty finish with some hops, and medium-high bitterness. Hard to put my finger on the hop flavor with so much malt.

M - Very thick and creamy, sticky and chewy, low carbonation.

O - Pretty good stout, but I like everything about more than the actual flavor. Good but I probably wouldn't look for it again. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 01:42:03 | More by Profchaos20
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gillagorilla

Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Frisco's (from notes)

A: Pitch black with no head but a lot of mocha lacing.

S: Roasted and smoky marshmallow, like campfire s'mores.

T: Malted chocolate goodness. It is like sweetened hot chocolate and s'mores. Quite sweet though. There is a mild, light chocolate aftertaste. Nice blend of flavors that are quite complementary.

M: Lots of tiny subtle bubbles. Light carbonation that is very mellow. Good thickness.

O: This was excellent and my first GI stout. I can't wait to try their other stouts. Loved it.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2013 08:02:21 | More by gillagorilla
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gestyr

Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 Oz bomber dated 11/19/12 poured into a pub style glass.

A: Pours black into the glass, opaque. Thick layer of tan foam slowly recedes to a 1/4 inch head with lacing.

S: Hops aroma followed by dark fruits (dates, plums, raisins, figs) then dark roast malts.

T: Follows the smell but also has an alcohol aftertaste.

M: Full bodied. No sting from the carbonation. Smooth.

O: A very likeable imperial stout. A nice sipping stout that would go great with a winter night in front of the fireplace.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 23:23:47 | More by gestyr
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SHerninko

Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 - Craft Ale House, PA
ST-Draft for Goose tap takeover.
A-dark, stout, not much lacing, typical
S-Smell was sweet stout mixed with a strong chemical smell. It smelled like ground black pepper was poured on top.
T-followed the smell, good basic stout, but then some weird syrupy strong cough medicine taste and more black pepper.
M-apart from the taste it was smooth and creamy.
O-I had a sample luckily, not sure if I could have finished a whole bottle or full pint. I've been told the recipe has changed as they moved back to brew this again after some time off?!? InBev may have messed this brew up a bit. I have a 2011 bottle and I will compare that to this fresh tap version.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 13:32:22 | More by SHerninko
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screamking

Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into chalice glass.
Bottle dated 11/19/12.

Appearance-pours black with a thin dark khaki head, very dark brew but not as dark as some. Dotted lacing left over after sips. 4

Aroma-the smell is very heavy on the dark fruits, Strong plum and rasian, also fig in there too. A good deal of chocolate is in hiding behind the fruit. Maybe a slight coffee, but its very slight. A very dark sweet smelling aroma. 4.25

Taste-like the smell, right off the bat you get the sweet dark fruits. They are a little different than most stouts, more hoppy than malty. Then the chocolate takes over nicely. Lots more chocolate in the taste then is in the aroma. This is a very sweet stout, one of the sweeter ones I've tried. 4.25

Feel-decent mouthfeel, not as thick as I would like but it gets the job done. ABV is very well hidden. I was shocked to learn its almost 12%. 4

Overall-this beer is so close to being outstanding. Throw in some strong roasted notes and this would be top 5 (stouts) for me. Without I'm afraid it's just a fruity dark sipper that I will have once maybe twice in a year. 4.25

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2013 00:26:43 | More by screamking
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kojevergas

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/19/12. 11.5% ABV according to my bottle. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded black pressure cap acquired at a Binny's in Chicago on St. Paddy's day weekend. Served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and style.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger dark tan colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and bad (~1 minute) retention - though this is excusable given the high ABV. Body colour is a predictable solid dark black - not quite a jet black but very dark. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it's not very sticky though. Standard fare for the style but nevertheless appealing. I've seen far better, even at higher ABVs.

Sm: Rich chocolate/cacao. Alcohol warmth. Dark malts. Light coffee - with a bit of pleasant roast. Rich licorice/anise. Caramel. Pleasant toasty character. Minimal light floral hops - not as much as expected; I think age has done this well. No yeast character is detectable. Light vanilla. If I didn't know better, I'd guess bourbon. Hints of decadent dark fruit. An above average to mild strength aroma. Not horribly complex for the style, but there's some subtlety to the aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the licorice has me concerned. I expected more hoppiness, but I'm glad that's not prominent.

T: Rich dark malts form the body. Some chocolate and caramel malts. Sweet vanilla. Light toasted character - it needs more. It also needs a hell of a lot more roast; there's hardly any here. It comes off quite sweet - especially in the third act and on the finish. Sticky dark fruits. Lightly vinous licorice; luckily this note is pretty restrained. Candied, sticky, and sweet. Not a great flavour profile for the style, but it will be to the tastes of many. Floral hop character is more prominent than usual for the style, but not to its detriment. The sticky sweetness and candied licorice are much larger issues, severely reducing drinkability. Full bodied and assertive. I can't emphasize enough that the sticky sweetness is really holding this back. Otherwise, it's fairly complex and somewhat subtle. No yeast character comes through. Alcohol heat is present but light enough to add character.

Mf: Smooth and sweet. Sticky, syrupy, and thick. Too viscous. Pretty good carbonation. Okay presence on the palate. Very filling and full bodied. A bit overbearing.

Dr: It hides its ABV alright, but it's not very drinkable. Definitely more of a sipper. I wish it came in a smaller bottle; this will take me some time to finish and I'm sure midway through the sticky sweetness will really aggravate me. This one definitely has its flaws, but it's not a bad beer for the style. I'd like to try it with a good three years on it; if this is what it tastes like at five months old; it needs serious time. For my money, Goose Island makes far better imperial stouts. I wouldn't get this one again unless it was aged or the only good option at a bar. Interesting, but it isn't doing it for me.

C+

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2013 04:18:05 | More by kojevergas
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 11/19/2012

Beer is pitch black with a very small tan head.

Nose is full of roast malt, dark chocolate and caramel. Some anise and vanilla. Also a good hop presence, but muscled out by the malts. Big and captivating.

Taste is like the nose and also very good. Big roast flavours, chocolate, black licorice and some caramel. Hops are quite strong, perhaps a slight citrus flavour but that is not strongly made out against the malts. Certainly the hops contribute a nice bitterness. The aftertaste is strongly of anise- a bit too much, which detracts a bit from the otherwise excellent flavour.

Full bodied, strongly carbonated, almost fizzy. Great body but would be better if the bubbles were toned down.

Overall, very good. If the anise aftertaste and carbonation calmed down, this would be really terrific.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 19:12:03 | More by jrenihan
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thedoubler55

New Jersey

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

A: Pours a pitch black in color with about a finger of tan head at the top, there was a bit of lacing around the glass.

S: The nose is filled with licorice and chocolate, a bit of bourbon as well, some roasted malts and slight hints of coffee.

T: The taste of this one is a bit of roast and and some bitterness, a strong alcohol taste but nothing to crazy, the taste was a bit bland on the tail end.

M: A full to Medium body with a slight hint of carbonation, not to sticky, I was definitely expecting it.

O: Not a bad beer at all, I was expecting a bit more from it but it was thoroughly happy with it.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2013 01:32:39 | More by thedoubler55
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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,553 ratings.