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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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740 Reviews
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Reviews: 740
Hads: 1,784
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 21.12%
Wants: 270
Gots: 565 | FT: 26
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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired recently from Premiere. Pours black and thick. Amazing grapefruit aromas, roast is secondary. Creamy full mouthfeel. Grapefruit and then chocolate in mid-sip. Good malting, well tamed astringency. A masterful integration. Good drinkability, over an entire meal.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while watching Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Thanks to Bay01 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 2/6/11.

Pours an extremely thick opaque black with a 2 inch chocolate milk colored head that fades to a small cap. Nice thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, spices, lots of citrus zest, and slight chocolate. To me this smells very much like Anchor's Our Special Ale. Taste is extremely hoppy up front with loads of citrus zest and pine. The malt, spices, and chocolate come through on the finish. There is a nice hop/roast bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is very thick and creamy in the mouth. There is a noticeable alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a good stout with a huge hop presence that I wasn't expecting. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick brown/black with a dark dense brown head.

Nose if full rich and bold bitter black chocolate; roasted grains; soy sauce; bitter espresso and licorice.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy with elegant light carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Well balanced hop/malt the flavor profile of this stout is all licorice, bitter chocolate and bitter espresso but nicely balanced. This is the quintessence of a roasted grain flavor but with a bitter hop balance. Flavor profile has hints of whiskey and red wine characters. Lots of molasses and underlyng sweet black chocolate nad licorice.

Finish is long, bitter licorice, black chocolate, roasted grain and bitter espresso; again, all very well balanced and which goes on forever. A wonderful example of a well balanced and very big stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive put yields a half finger tan head on a jet black body. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts and earthy hops. The flavor is very roasted with little coffee presence. Excellent chocolate both milk and dark throughout with sweet vanilla late in the finish. Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth, well balanced and very easy to drink for the style and ABV.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of licorice, roasted malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark, roasted malts and licorice dominate the overall taste, which has some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer seems strong but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i dont get the appeal here so much. this is a very strange stout, and im not sure it all comes together quite right. pours dead black, midnight and impenetrable. lazy tan head on top, lots of big air bubbles. smells like a stout all right, some dark dark english malts, hint of coffee and oddly fresh herbs. the flavor is where it goes weird. i taste a lot of chopped sage, a very potent herb in its own right, and standing out with the alcohol definitely not in unision. theres also quite a bit more yeast that i think belongs in this style. its a little funky and smells old, like feet, and tastes like it belongs in a saison somewhere, not here. alcohol is intense, and the roast on the malt makes it finish bitter. not a huge fan of this, its component parts never join hands. heavy body, enough carbonation, and a severe alcohol sting. im glad i had mates a around to share this one with, a major let down for me. sage flavor in a stout? not for me.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer while visiting in Chicago, the vintage was 2011.

The beer poured out as a motor oil black color with a thick brown head on top. The retention is minimal and so was the lacing but the beer coats the glass with every swirl or sip you take. The smell of the beer is boozy, it's heavily roasted and sweet smelling too. There is also a good hop aroma in there as well which is impressive for a beer that is over a year old. The taste is very nice, big amounts of malt and hops, it's got chocolate and boozy vanilla in there too. There is bitterness of some coffee in there too. The mouthfeel is thick, it's oily and smooth with a moderate carbonation to it. Overall this beer was very good, it was well worth the price in my opinion. One of the best I've had from Goose Island for sure.

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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup color with very little head but it does stir up some foam with a swirl; minimal lace

Smell: Can this possbibly be an imperial stout with all of this floral citrus? There is some chocolate underneath, but this smells like an IPA

Taste: After a quick blast of chocolate and dark fruit the citrusy hops push everything else aside with their floral character; the hops get even bigger after the swallow, but they are balanced out in the finish by the chocolate and dark fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Incredibly well-balanced for a hoppy stout, this beer is destined to hit the Top 100; first, on to the buzzed beer category

(While I loved this beer on tap, drinking a bottle supplied by BlueOkie would lead me to mark down the total score into the 4.2 range; still good, but not as enthusiastic about the bottled product.)

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive Imperial Stout with unrelenting malts and resiny hops; reminescent of Bell's Batch 7000 when it was young.

The beer pours black, opaque, and with the impression of thick viscocity and motor oil. Light on head formation but the lace of foam holds on for the majority of the session. Stouts just don't get darker or thicker.

Serious malts are actually dwarfed by the resin, pine, and fresh cut grass aroma. But still, the espresso, roasted grains, and bittersweet cocoa make a lot of headway towards the end.

The malt sweetness shows a tons of toffee and molassas that edge on toasty and roasty character. Espresso notes do the most damage with a robust attack on the palate. Hop flavor creeps closely behind with the same pine and resin notes as experienced in the nose. As the beer warms, a mild note of anise shows the only hint of ester. This beer is pretty straight forward with the roasted malts and sharp hops.

Thick, heavy, chewy, and strong; this beer is all that it is billed to be. Much like the Bourbon County Stout, this beer is a Goliath of a beer, at least in the textures. Oily, rich, and fulfilling the beer is intimidating. Hop bitterness helps to cut through the malts, as do the 12% alcohols.

The Bell's Batch 7000 rounded out in a year to a near flawless beer. I expect the same out of this one.

Thanks Cheezdawg! (04/10/10)

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub the day after Dark Lord Day 2009.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown; nearing black with a tiny head and some minimal lacing.

S: Lots of hops going on here; rivaled likely only by Bear Republic's Big Black Bear Stout in terms of the hops it has. Good, complex roasted malts character rounds everything out, but the hops are what's really surprising.

T: Roasted chocolate malts and dark fruit with a tiny bit of coffee. The hops then loom fairly large, creating an exceedingly-balanced stout.

M: Very full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D: Very well-balanced and wonderfully drinkable. Glad to see this is already on GI's website and will hopefully be a standard yearly offering. Overall, a very solid counterpart to Bourbon County.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hoppy notes with roasted malt notes - definitely more hoppy then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by loads of hops with bitter and citrus notes not common for the style with a side of light roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very good which is not surprising considering the brewer but also more hoppy then most imperial stout I have tried before.

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BLACK as FUCK in the glass, like the dark triumphant night, crowned by a grim mocha-colored head. When I smell this beer, I smell hops, dark fuckin' roasted malt and alcohol. The hops are floral and spicy, the malt is chocolatey with some licorice. The body is chewy and viscous, the finish roasty, hoppy and smooth. This beer is fucking rocken as fuck, wahoo.

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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/19/10

Inky black with an ample dollop of slowly rising foam. It has that reverse cascade effect, that builds underneath the head, generating bubbles that compact into about a finger or so of mocha-tinged foam. A sheet of tan lace adheres to the inside of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, a little fruity with hints of plum and deep roasted malts, coming off like chocolate christmas cookies with a touch of unknown spice.

Rich, velvety feel, residual hop bitterness meshes well with the deep roast in the finish. Molten chocolate, the dark bittersweet kind, hot gooey brownies, and fruity plum notes integrate well, creating a nice level of complexity. There's some sort of spice in there too, which comes across like clove or nutmeg, which could be from the hops. They are just starting to recede, not quite as bitingly bitter as when fresh.

Very smooth, sticky on the lips, and deceptive for 11.7%. This is far more drinkable than Bourbon County, but I love them both the same.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a late developing one-finger head of tan foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. There were even some fruity notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and strong roasted malt flavors. There were mild vanilla flavors with some fruity (cherry?) flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is a really good brew from Goose Island. I'm glad they crabked out an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03/06/10. Bottle 1000. Polished 8-ball black with a slowly developing crown of dark brown sugar colored cream that spilled over the sides of the glass. A bright blast of morning sunshine fails to reveal any highlights whatsover. If enough lace sticks (it does) then this will be one gorgeous double stout.

Even after (just) more than one year in the bottle, the tropical fruitiness of Simcoe hops are still easily appreciated in the nose. They do, though, take a backseat to a murderer's row of malts that includes pale, Munich, chocolate, caramel, roasted and black. It smells like there's a generous quantity of those last four, which is how it should be.

How in the world can a beer that started out with only 60 IBUs (not an astronomically high number for this much malt) still be this hop-forward after so long? Those of you who don't care for hoppy double/Imperial stouts need to age this bad boy for longer than one year, that's for sure.

When fresh, this Goose Island brew must taste like a black DIPA. In fact, it pretty much does right here and now. Specifics include double chocolate fudge brownies, blackstrap molasses, Sambuca (anise liqueur) and a generoous amount of pink grapefruit zest. Only those who have equal love for American double stouts and American hops (like me) need apply.

The mouthfeel might be this impressive beer's most impressive feature. This is easily the most heavily creamy, silky smooth, lushly plush beer to have entered my glass in 2011... and maybe 2010 as well. NS is mouth candy par excellence that has me wishing 5.5 was an option.

Night Stalker might not reach the stratospheric heights of the stupendous Bourbon County Stout, but Goose Island has done themselves proud yet again. Bottom line: unabashedly hoppy American big beer that is right in my hoppy American big beer wheelhouse.

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Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a imperial nonic,a frothy mocha colored head atop.An awesome mix of citric hop,chocolate malt,hardwood,and sweet cherries in the nose,a whole lot of good shite goin on.Full on creaminess in the mouth,chewey but smooth,basically perfect in my opinion,it coats but goes down with ease.The hoppiest big stout I have ever had,resiny and woody at the onset,dark fruit and semi sweet chocolate round out the palate,big roast thru the finish.This is everything I expected,just some much good stuff going on,a fantastic beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A wonderful ba sent me a handbottle of this beer. In a 500ml flip top that was sealed over with tape. I have had several really good expierences with flip top hand bottles, live oak, and a couple rarer west coast sours, when they are done right then can be grand, and this one was done right! Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 04/25/2009.

The pour out of the bottle was honestly one of the darkest things I have ever seen. Just nuts. Pitch black as night with a light tan head of maybe an inch and a half across the top. This faded down to about a quarter inch but never got any lower then that. Lots of side glass lacing all over the sides as it went down. The aroma was a touch boozy, with tons of chocolate and roasted malts coming through. Almost a licorice like smell as it warms, incredible. As I take my first sip I am floored, rich vanilla and cocoa taste with a large dose of roasted malts. Tons of flavor here, with bourbon notes really coming through on this one. I am literally drooling as I write this that I dont have any left. The finish was soo smooth, and chocolate filled, it was a dessert beer to the extreme. For 11.5% you would think there would be a ton of alcohol swimming in this one, but know, just insanely good and really full bodied,one of the thickest beersI have ever run across.

Overall all, floored, this beer needs to get out more as this almost blows the category up. Seriously one of the richest tasting and fullest beers I have ever run across, top notch.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to both Jeff and Mark for sending me this. I've been looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time.

A: As the name would imply this beer is black as night with a moderate tan head.

S: A lot of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) which is an interesting contrast to the chocolate, roast, and coffee undertones of the imperial stout.

T: Quite a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. But, these are really masked a bit too much by the grapefruit hop flavors. That said, this is done more tactfully than Darkness 09. The alcohol presence is fairly minimized by the shear number of different flavors present in the beer.

M: The body is quite full with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

D: I've been wanting to try this for a long time, and I was pleased by how it tasted. But, I think I would prefer this beer in 6 months to a year when the hops have died down.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothed hea--oh, it's gone-- with only a thin dark tan fizz ring.

Smell: The nose pitches back and forth between the hefty maltiness and hearty hoppiness displaying espresso powder, citrus fruits, charred bread, yellow pine, and foil-wrapped chocolate squares. Some traces of nostril-pinching alcohol dwelling in the upswelling aroma as well.

Taste: Scorched, roasted malts and tastes of decadent semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, and cauterized bread crusts. Fair share of sweetness in the fore. Moderate fruitiness of cooked figs. All the while, there's a progressing hop character of grapefruit, oranges, and particularly resinous pine. Both hops and the roasted grains supply the palate with a robust bitterness. The alcohol content is certainly evident throughout. Fair amount of bitterness and alcohol heat on the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Whereas I can't imagine living life without GIBCS, I found Night Stalker to simply be quite good.

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta thank paco1029384756 for getting me this early, before it showed up here.

A: Pours a huge 2+ finger thick, rich and dark head that fades slower than molasses, but no lacing. The beer itself is as black as the moonless fogged covered night sky.

N: Pretty rich in malts, lots of coffee and roast. Some acidity and lots of dark rich malt aromas, bitter stout like charred malt aromas, some sweet chocolate and nuggat, and a touch of booze. Overall a little too light on the aroma though.

T: Very thick and rich, somewhat chocolatey. Tons of malts, and marshmellow like taste. Lots of roast and a little coffee. Pretty thick and smooth, actually feels like fluff in the mouth. SOme warming booze and touch of burning alc but normal for almost 12%. Sweet caramel and nuggat, very much like a candy bar. Some bitterness from the roasty charred malts and hints of piny hops.

M: Super thick and rich, smooth, marshmellow like, with decent carbonation.

F: BItter, the piny, earthy hops and tons of roasted dark malt flavors give it a lot of bitterness. Some sticky sweetness on the finish with more caramel, nuggat, and marshmellow. Chocolate is also just a little bit. It's pretty tasty with a sweet candy bar like flavor. It does drink pretty well though for 12%.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky black out of the bottle, with about 1 ½ fingers of rich dark mocha head. This stays very frothy around the edges, throwing a big creamy cascade of thick foam and brown oils all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full and robust feeling in the nose, with rich notes of chocolate, molasses, crunchy smelling black coffee, and smoky roasted malt. I'm also getting a big whiff of that dry-hopping, with plenty of earth, citrus, and lighter feeling resins that are all showing themselves rather boldly.

The taste literally drips in the mouth, with the sticky warmth of chocolate fudge, caramel, burnt molasses, and a touch of darker fruit character. Blackened roasted and coffee really gives this a dense and sharp blackness to the profile. The hops really give this an assertive bite of spice, pine, and leafy green citric character. As strong as the hops are, there is still a certain amount of denseness to the profile that allows more of the flavor from them to meld into the dark and sticky sweetness of the malts but without putting out a distracting amount of bitterness. Quite the intense finish on this too, with a load of blackened bitterness, spice, and dry resins all just sticking the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge firm creaminess to it that unfolds as the liquid first enters your mouth. This then gives way to a thick and chewy layer that holds all of those rich decadent flavors. A big heady feel from the ABV is present but it never becomes stinging with alcohol at any point and actually feels welcome here, as it fits in right along with the all around hugeness of the profile.

The aggressive dry-hopping was very evident here and seemed much more forward than what I remembered this being on draft at the Clybourn location last year. I liked the extra flavor that it brought to the table for the most part but I think that I preferred when more of that dark malty goodness was front and center as well. Either way, this is still a killer Imperial Stout from Goose Island.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I was expecting a bit more of a foreboding label based on the name. Oh well, the mysteriousness works too, I suppose. The beer pours an opaque black-brown topped by about a finger of tan foam. The nose comrpises a surprising amount of hoppy florals and greenery, with some roasted malts hanging around in the background. This is more of a pale ale's smell than a stout's. The taste holds notes of chocolate syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, and, near the end, a strong but still understated bit of hoppy bitterness. Though the bitterness threatens to steer the situation away from impy stout territory, it is restrained enough to allow the stoutness to maintain its dominance. The body is a nice heavy, with light carbonation and a smooth, chewy feel. Overall, a good bit o' brew, but not one I'll necessarily refer to as "great". A good one-timer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
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.


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Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this from PEBCAK, cheers Adam! Per Adam's suggestion I've let this warm up!

Pours a ruddy mahogany with 2 fingers of fluffy mocha colored head. Good lacing & some head retention

Slight bubble gum twang there up front, then brown sugar & brownie notes as this warms.

T: Boozey, oak & mocha, & hints of rubber bands & leafy hops up front. Vanilla, oakyness & bitter sweet chocolate dominate as this warms. This beer screams for a brownie or three... Cherry & bourbon notes are prominent as this finishes, with gooey chocolate & a kiss of coffee, too mouch booze & some weird fruittyness prevents a 5.0, but I can learn to love all that...

MF: Creamy/chewy with some biting carbonation, Becomes super rich as this warms

Drinks pretty easy, but too complex & warming to session on..

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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 740 ratings.