Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bomber for $10.99. Underfilled. Right at the bottom of the neck, which was one of the more full bottles at Andersonville Wine & Spirits. I will say that this in the bottle was utterly and completely different from the experience I had with it this summer, to the point where I definitely would not have said they were the same beer. It's no coincidence that 18 of the 20 highest rated scores were for the on-tap or growler version. Something changed in the bottling of this beer, and not for the better. I was well prepared to award about a 4.5 based on the previous incarnation of this beer.
Poured into a small snifter. Very black, but not as thick and tarry as the BCS. Did not really lace or hold the head long. Does not stick to the glass as much. I never know how to rate appearance for impy stouts, but it's not doing anything wrong.
Citric aromas dominate. Grapefruit and orange. Very hard to find typical stout aromas. Granted, this is a very fresh beer, and the hops are going to be strong, but this smells more like ST Iniquity than any stout.
This definitely a hoppy stout, but very low on bitterness. Lots of citric flavor, specifically grapefruit. I remember the draft version having way more chocolate cakey richness, sharper bitterness, and way less citrus. Like BCS without the bourbon. But in the bottle it really tastes a lot different than BCS. It's really a grapefruit bomb. Roasty chocolate and coffee flavors are seriously muted, and only show lightly on the finish, where some powdery dark chocolate can be found. It's like the dark stout flavors are neutralized by the bitter hop flavors, and that fruity essence is what remains. Tasty beer, but not what it could have been. Late emergence of licorice, and hints at what it could be with flashes of malt depth, but too fleeting and too late in the game. Tastes best near room temperature at the end of the bottle
Thick and rich, some heat, but not an overwhelming amount. There are thicker and more viscous stouts than this, but it still has a satisfying feel, even if carbonation is a bit low. Does not seem to have the body I remember it having.
Seems to drink easier than the abv would suggest. There's enough to contemplate that it doesn't get boring. But really there seem to be startlingly few stout characteristics. This is a pretty tasty beer, but no way is this worth $11, and no way is it going to taste well enough after a year or two to make another $11 purchase justified. Not to mention the missing ounce. I'd be inclined to say it's not ready to drink yet. Way unbalanced. If it shows up on tap again, I will try, but this is a different beer out of the bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-21-2010 08:07:42 | More by ommegoose
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