Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.7/5 rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Presentation: 22oz brown bomber w/pop top cap. Nice, spooky label. Bottled-on date (March) clearly marked. Develops for 5 years in the bottle.
Appearance: Black as night. Which I guess is fitting. One of the darkest caps I've ever seen on a beer, dark mocha...sticks around for a long time, nice sticking power.
Smell: Lots of herbal hops and chocolate up front as soon as this goes into the snifter. After letting it warm for 10 minutes or so, however, the hops really fade into the background and big rich molasses notes emerge. A swirl brings out notes of alcohol and dark malt (not nearly the burnt presence I expected). Overall, big and bold.
Taste: Big and boozy! Even after 7 months, this is bordering on hot. Not messy hot, but deft. "this could use some more time" hot. So we've deft. got some bold molasses flavors up front, with some DARK melted chocolate as well. The hot, dark-fruity alcohol that overwhelmed the palate has calmed down a bit now that this is getting closer to room temperature. There's not nearly the roast I was expecting here, and the hop flavor is actually fairly light and herbal. Chocolate flavors seem to be coming on stronger the warmer this gets, and warming also brings out a touch of coffee-like roasted bitterness. This is: Big, bold, ballsy.
Mouthfeel: Pretty heavy, smooth
Drinkability: 1 bottle split between two people is about the limit
Conclusion: This is a big 'ole stout. Normally, I like dark fruity booziness in my stouts, but here, I wish it was just mellowed out a bit more. That being said, the dark herbal hops, big chocolate flavors, and big (but nowhere near over-the-top) bitterness make this a pretty tasty offering.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2010 02:59:56 | More by BedetheVenerable
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