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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,692 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 1,692
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14%
Wants: 245
Gots: 571 | FT: 28
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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Photo of WYVYRN527
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Just arrived today. 22 oz. bottle poured into a narrow-mouthed wine glass.

A: Black in color with a thin tan head that settles very quickly. A thin film remains on the surface, with some sticky lacing.

S: Heavy hop aroma for this style. Notes of pine sap and some citrus are noted, with roasty coffee and toast aromas underneath.

T: Lots of coffee, toast, and roasted grain, with some chocolate and dark fruit. And then come the hops. Pine, flowers, citrus, and pineapple shine through. The finish is dry, yet boozy and warming.

M: A bit thin, but still full bodied. I would have liked it to be just a bit chewier. Still very smooth, however.

D: I didn't know what to think at first, with the beer just a bit too cold, but as it warmed in the glass, it became very enjoyable. It will be interesting to see how this beer ages.

WYVYRN527, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ShadesOfGray
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got from TATTORSO in trade, thanks man! Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Trappistes Rochefort challice. Pours a wonderfully dark black, thick as old engine oil. A brown head forms late, frothy, and creamy. Head dissapated pretty quick, and doesn't leave a lot of lacing. Just a couple legs, patchy.

Aroma is pretty sharp with strong hops. Malty, roasted coffee, and spicy!

Hmmm, the flavor is quite good! Surprising from the aroma. I expected a bigger bitterness, but the sweetness is strong with this beer! It's definitely got a sharp and hoppy flavor, but transitions beautifully with the sweet malts, chocolates, molasses, and frech vanilla coffee(??). There's a strong spiciness in this beer too. Can't put my finger on it, but almost like chillies. The nearly 12% ABV is very warming as it slides down your throat. Very thick and full body, medium to low carbonation. A very good stout!

ShadesOfGray, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Brew33
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

My first Night Stalker. Picked up a Bomber for $9.99.

The color and apperance were spot on for an Imperial stout. Thick brown head, pitch black body. The aroma was surprisingly hoppy. Dank, american hops and a nice roasted quality.

The taste was just okay. Not too complex. The large amount of hops make themselves known. The malt bill was fairly one dimensional. Pretty hot with the alcohol. It wasn't anything to jump up and down about. The mouthfeel was great though. Used 5w-20. The drinkability wasn't too high because of the thick body and higher abv.

Overall I was a little disappointed. I'd drink it again but I'll stick with BCS. For imperial stouts barrel aging > dry hopping.

Brew33, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of brdc
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.
Thanks alcstradamus for this one.

Very dark, but not quite pitch black, still shows some faint dark brown highlights; minimal tan head.
The aroma is a sign of things to come, with a lot more hops than one would expect for the style. The expected chocolate, coffee notes are somewhere in there, but floral and citric hoppiness trumps just about everything else.
medium bodied, and the flavor is just like the aroma; some chocolate and coffee lost in the middle of a hop assault, citric mostly, with some booziness/alcoholic heat rounding it up.
This is a nice beer, but way too hoppy for my taste in an imperial stout.

brdc, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ive had this on tap before this year's batch, back before they bottled this. I loved it then, but the price was way way too high. $10 for 10oz. I made it more of a special occasion beer. It wasnt very commonly on tap around town either. So needles to say I was pleased to see one of my shops have about 6 or 7 of these bombers on the shelf priced at $9.99.

A- Deep, dark brown and black. No head really. It forms up to a very thin layer and disappears very quickly.

S- Pretty potent smell. Quite hoppy for a stout like this. Lots of roasted coffee and charred malts mixed with a spicy, herbal hop aroma. It blends together to create that beef jerky/meat tenderizer smell. There is some faint chocolate and vanilla behind all of this.

T- Sharp, bitter, biting and roasty. More meat tenderizer, medicinal and herbal hops, roasted malts, coffee, molasses, chocolate and vanilla. Alcohol is there and it gives a spicy warmth to the finish.

M- Very very very sticky. A bit too sticky. Not super thick but full bodied bordering on medium. Carbonation could be described the same way and adds fluffiness.

D- I would like to see this with age. I would think it would mellow out more and become sweeter and less hoppy. I think I would like it better then.

MbpBugeye, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Opening day/night celebratory beer. Go Twins! Pours a very dark, viscous brown. Almost black. Small, tight-laced, dark sandy head. Small bits of lace amidst some syrupy legs. Nose is full of dark fruits, chocolate-covered raspberries, vanilla, chocolate liqueur, and roasted barley all dipped in pine sap and citrus. Smells great!

Roasted malt and coffee bitterness greet the tongue. Bitterness turns pinier and hoppier. Big notes of dark fruit, boozy caramel, dark chocolate, and molasses provide some malty sweetness and warmth. Prominent hops take over in the back half with numbing pine and herbal bitterness. Lingering sweet caramelized fruits and roasted barley/coffee bitterness in the finish. Warming and intense! This is a big beer, with a full body and a thick, syrupy mouthfeel. Chewy. It's also quite tasty and dangerously drinkable for its size and gravity. One of the hoppier double/imperial stouts I've ever had. Watch out...

alexgash, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of roadhouse
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a snifter.

Appearance is on the dark side naturally, not the darkest out there however. A solid tan head forms and dissipates but it can be roused again with a big swirl.

Aroma is shockingly all hops. Well not totally shocking, I've heard things about this, but damn. This is almost lacking all stout characteristics. It's pretty much all floral and citrus hop notes with a very very slight note of stout in the background. Pretty good, but not good for what I want in an RIS.

Taste is more of the hops, at least some stout comes through this time. I expected a lot of bitterness but surprisingly it's just a big burst of hop flavor. As for the usual stout notes there's a nice chocolate sweetness in the back with light roastiness blending in with the hops in the end.

Mouthfeel is really nice and soft, just a bit on the light side. Drinkable, yes, but something about it doesn't shout that it's an amazing beer. The closest thing I can compare it to is Surly Darkness with the hoppiness. I did enjoy that a lot but it was also more of a stout. I'd say where Darkness is kind of like 70-30 Stout-IPA Night Stalker is more in the range of 50-50 Stout-IPA.

roadhouse, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of wedge421
4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Dark black pour with a light brown head. Slight lacing. About half a finger of head.

S- Impressive stuff! It reminded me of chocolate covered orange slices. Citrus notes from the Mt. Hood and Simcoe hops come through followed by chocolate and coffee notes.

T- Exceptional. You get the hop bitterness as first followed on the back of the tongue by the coffee and roasted malt tastes. Very little alcohol taste for an 11.7% beer!

M- Exactly how an Imperial Stout should feel. Its a big beer with a big mouth feel to it. Definitely a sipper!

D- 11.7% ABV doesnt make it a daily drinker but man I could drink this beer all day. Great stuff!

Heres my youtube video review of the beer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bxFqbLtLO0E

wedge421, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Tilley4
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottled on March 6th so this one should be super fresh...

Poured into a Perfect Pint as I wanted to see how the hoppiness of this melds with the stout aspects...

A picture perfect looking stout here... Deep midnight black with a thick tight creamy chocolate milk looking head and incredible sheets of lacing throughout... Just beautiful.. Perfect...

Pungent uber-hoppy aromas come rolling off of this one right away... I've had hoppy stouts before but this is another beast entirely...its absolutely loaded with oily hoppiness aromas and then the chocolate and cocoa and booze and dark roasted maltiness sneak in a little at the end but this one is all about the hops at this point... Its like a pitch black Imperial IPA with a few Imperial Stout characteristics... Again, another high mark in this category... This smells amazing...

A little bitter dark chocolate up front followed swiftly and decisively by a wave of oily sticky hoppiness that's unrelenting in its intensity... With it comes another chocolate aspect and a wave of heat from the booze but as in the aroma, the hops are the superstar here...I actually can't believe how pungent and fresh they taste... I'm talking like PtE pungent and oily... The chocolate and coffee add such an intriguing twist to this.. I can't recall ever having a stout this hoppy and its caught me a little off guard... As it warms, the darker aspects of the brew start to shine thru and add another layer of complexity to an already world class brew... This just tastes fresh and delicious... Thick and creamy and hoppy...

I thought this was an absolute world class beer... I expected this to be good and different but this knocked my socks off... Truly an elite beer in my opinion... I loved everything about it...

Tilley4, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Mdog
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Hoppy pine and citrus with some underlying roasted aroma.

Taste: Tons of citrus hops with sweetened chocolate underneath it. Almost feels like a "black IPA" with the amount of hop flavor.

Drinkability: The bomber went down very quickly, again, feels more like a black IPA than a imp. stout.

Picked up a bomber of this and it is either probably in the top 2 for hoppiness in a imp. stout. It almost felt like there was a little too much emphasis on the hops, which I almost can't believe I'm writing. Still it was quite tasty, worth seeking out.

Mdog, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of JB12383
2.25/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A-black stoutty look to it,brown collar

S-Cold very good hoppy flavor to it which i liked.As it warmed more of a alcohol smell.

T-Never experienced a AD/IS and thought it had more of a AD than a IS and was just not good.

M-it really just has way too much going on.Maybe that's how a AD/IS should fell ,but maybe not.Let me know what you think.

D-As a cold beer good,but as it warms way to harsh,didn't even wanna finish it.

JB12383, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of antoines15
2.55/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - dark, oily typical stout color

S - smells like a cross between a double ipa and an imperial stout

T - Thought it would be good to be a hybrid of an ipa and a stout, not so much. I was pretty excited to try this as I haven't had too many GI beers, but this one was not impressive. Also has a strong alcohol taste, not hidden well.

M - Burns in your throat, just not good

D - Burning and boozy, just not good

antoines15, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of lightindarkness
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap some time (a year?) back and had never heard of it. Thought it was outstanding then, a big thickly stout. Bottled isn't quite the same beast, but fresh like this is its own creature.

Pours quite black, looking slick and presenting some impressive legs showing not to be overly thick but plenty strong. Head settles relatively quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

The aroma doesn't wait for you to get close to the glass. Just pouring it and holding at a distance betrays massive hop aroma. Closer to the nose it's full of a hoppy floral scent that nears perfumy, leveled a little by the dense strong dark woody stout character behind it, sweetened with molasses. Some alcohol. Like a strong twisted stepbrother to the DIPA.

Pefumy hops present a somewhat confused palate upfront, with a ton of pine and floral fighting through a huge stout trying to keep up. That's pretty much it through to the swallow, where moments of earthy dark grains peek through with molasses, roasted vegetables, nice toasted rich grainy bread, and bright green wood, but recede again back into bitterness and hops. Alcohol fumes hang out at the end, but little stands against the hop driven stout flavor.

Feel is really quite nice. Thick full body would be otherwise almost too much without a nicely balanced carbonation tingle on the tongue. Dry and tight at the finish, with a slight sticky coating, and a lingering stickiness of sweet and bitter left on the lips.

Overall drinkability is tough for me to weigh out. Unique as perhaps the hoppiest stout I've ever had. I once professed to love hoppy stouts, but this may have tested the edge of where it's still palatable. It decants nicely and does well with some sitting out to let the alcohol fumes mellow and burn off some of the initial hoppiness. A truly unique take on the style, and one I'll probably find myself wanting again. ABV makes drinking much at once tough. I'm very interested to see how this ages.

lightindarkness, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of Magpie14
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pouring brought forth deep walnut and mahogany colors. Once nestled in my Donnie Hathaway snifter the hues are a mix of murky of inky brown and dusty black colors. Near and close to sheer darkness. The head is by and far one of the dirtiest mocha chocolate brown colors around. To bad the cap did not hang out as all that is left is a few swishes and ring of foam floating about. No lace

S: the smell is just incredible. I love hopped-up stouts and when done right, like this one, their smell is just fantastic. Plenty of malts and chocolate exist with a harmonious wet hop type of smell. These hops range from light floral, some citrus, and dank green cones in the nose. A mild earthy smokiness and dark fruit whiffs are present as well. Shucks...this is wonderful

T: the palate unlocks some very unique flavors in addition to holding true to the nose. I find a pinch of bubblegum fruitiness latches onto the hop profile with a slight citrus bang. It is coming across hot as things warm up but so is the fudge brownie mocha malt profile. A faint sherry or port wine type of character pops out, especially with the stronger fruity hop profile. Some vanilla leaks into each sip along with figs, molasses, and chunks of brown sugar. A very light wisp of pepper bites throughout and cleans the palate from getting to sweet...most likely from the bittering zap of simcoe hops

M: seems to be very well balanced for a stout with so much going on. Drinking is easy just like the feel. Full bodied and plenty of chunk to the body. I find the feel is right where it should be for the flavors going on and the style. Finishes somewhat dry and like a buttery chocolate truffle

D: it has been a while since I have been able to pull so many flavors out of one brew, very deep and complex, a complete exploration for the palate. Great stuff! I might venture to think that some people will feel this is a pretty sweet stout in overall character. I find it very quaffable and one of the best GIBC brews to date. Anytime, anywhere, I will drink this one

Magpie14, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Tulip and shared with a fellow BA.

A - Pours super black with about an inch of dark brown head, looks pretty viscous and look like there is not much carbonation.

S - The smell is Super Hoppy upfront with a little roasted malts and brown sugar. This is the most hop aroma I have ever gotten from a stout. I realize it is an Imperial Stout but smells like a Strong IPA or perhaps a DIPA.

T - The hops is present as I sip it but not nearly as strong as the smell, the roasted malts, coffee and molasses come through nicely. Great mix of flavors and the alcohol is hidden well.

M - Light to medium bodied, much lighter than I was expecting and disappointing too. Also more carbonation as well.

D - This beer is hits both sides of the fence, smells like an IPA, tastes like a damn good stout. Once you get passed the huge hoppiness in the nose, the taste of it is very very good.

semibaked, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of hooliganlife
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled on 3/16/10

pours jet black, insanely thick, with a very light cocoa head. light retention. the thickness is amazing.

very rich. lots of chocolate, light molasses, light licorice, lots of floral and citrus hops.

up front, sweet with light molasses. light charcoal. tons of cocoa and a huge bitterness from it and pine. the bitterness lingers through the finish. light citrus hops finish this off.

this may be the thickest stout i have ever had. very chewy! light to moderate carbonation.

almost 12%, but it is well hidden. lots of flavor, never really gets boring. VERY thick so i can see this taking a while to drink.

hooliganlife, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

largadeer, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a fair amount of viscosity and happens to be impossible to get any head to form.

The alcohol, along with spruce tip hops, happens to be really noticeable in the nose, maybe some coffee in there among the profound hoppiness. Stings the nostrils a bit. It's not as complex as I had hoped, but as it gets closer to room temperature the hops do fade a bit, in it's favor.

The taste is pretty good. It's got sprucy pine resins throughout with a mildly chocolaty, clovey finish. I'm not crazy about its hop profile, it sort of has a cigar box thing going on. As it warms it opens up a little more variety, but in the end I'm not sure if the hops are working for it. I'll definitely give it more chances down the road. The mouthfeel is fine, full bodied with light carbonation, making for a pretty smooth experience. The alcohol doesn't hold it back too much.

This is powerful stuff, and I have to say, I'm still on the fence, but as it has time to warm, it's growing on me.

brownbeer, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bierkraft filled 22 received in trade with gory4d... Greg hooked a brother up.. and this was shared with my good buddies.

Dark tan head.. great lacing.. expected black brew... nice retention..

great roasty profile is punctuated by a heavy handed citrus hoppiness... some brown sugar.. rich IS characteristics but the hops really shine.

flavor has a great hoppy bitterness... char is there, but has a lite smokey quality.. plenty of citrus hops.. some perfumy floral hoppiness with warmth.. nice cocoa.. brownie batter wonderful malts.. nice body and carbonation...

I can not wait to try this out of the new bottling.. very very good..

4/4/4.5/4/4

Thanks again Greg.... This was an awesome trade...

JohnGalt1, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of CrellMoset
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber courtesy of Wadsey - many thanks! Poured in to a 22 oz. snifter.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly mobile and free-flowing charcoal brown, dark but not pitch. I'm a little surprised by how easily it comes out of the bottle and how quickly it takes the form of the glass - I know that's a ridiculous-sounding thing to say about a liquid, but there is definitely a delay associated with certain thick, creamy, chewy RISs ... that this one lacks. A rather vigorous pour yields a fairly-portioned half-finger-and-change of moderately-tanned head, but I'm really disappointed with how fast this one fades - I think even a well-poured GI BCS lasts longer than this one. Once it fizzes, gurgles, and belches itself out of existence, it leaves nothing - not a ring of foam, no side-of-the-glass lace, and only the faintest dingle of surface lace. A slight disappointment.

Aroma: A big, bold, traditional RIS smell. Lots of faint, moderately sweet toasted malts, with tons of toast, dark caramelized sugars, and light bittersweet cocoa notes gently surge and pulse underneath a sea of lighter, fruitier notes, tons of berries (mostly blueberries), a few dark fruits. All of this is knocked down a definite half point ... eh, whole point - by a ton of prickly, warming alcohol, borderline hot. It's a little off-putting, but doesn't completely decimate the authentic if simple underlying aroma.

Taste: This beer's best characteristic. Sweet, rolling malts - with tons of toast, sweet cocoa, dark toffee, brown sugar, and a kiss of earthy, rustic char - intermingle with those same aforementioned berry notes, a little more authentic and robust here. I'm getting blueberry, strawberry, and even watermelon notes to accompany a few darker fruit overtones (raisins, figs). Again, the heat is strong, spicy, prickly, coarse on the way down, though it detracts less in the mouth than it did in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Way thinner than I expected or even perhaps would want. I find it difficult to believe, really, that this beer, this base beer - when aged in a barrel and thinned out with bourbon - manages to create the sublime mouthfeel associated w/ the GI BCS. But somehow, somehow ... it does. On the other hand, it's even, fluffy, light, and slightly creamy ... though the creaminess is more suggestive of what's lacking than what's here.

Drinkability: This beer was a bit of a disappointment. On one hand, it's a great RIS - authentic, toasty, showcasing great malt and yeast ester notes - but the process notes are all wrong ... it's too thin, too hot, the head retention and lacing are poor. Knowing Goose Island's QC issues, I can imagine process issues are perhaps not terribly uncommon (for the record, my Night Stalker was filled at a roughly appropriate level), and I imagine perhaps they can be worked out in the future without a need to alter the underlying recipe here, 'cause it truly is a good one. Here's hoping they can tweak things just a little to get this one to be a truly world class beer.

CrellMoset, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2010 vintage, 03/06/10 date. Beer is black and forms a thin brown head. Some lacing on the glass. Not much in the way of head dynamics but it looks fine.

The aroma is quite hoppy. Also some sweetness and some alcohol. Smells good.

Beer is a little hot. The bitterness in the back is odd. It finishes a little dry overall. Second taste was not as dry or as hot. There is some nice roast in the back and some sweetness up front. The bitterness helps to hold the flavors in your mouth afterward. There is not much of an aftertaste, just flavors that linger. The carbonation in the palate is good as well. I really like this beer. I would recommend it.

drabmuh, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 3/27 notes.

a - Pours a dark brown color with no head and little carbonation.

s - Strong piney hops smell. Also some citrus hops to it. Does not really smell like a stout to me but more like a DIPA.

t - Taste is again piney and citrusy hops. Some bitterness as well.

m - Medium to full body with moderate carbonation.

d - I thought this was pretty good, but can't believe it's a stout. It's completely different than what I was expecting. Lots of citrus and piney hops, would try again.

mdfb79, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of callmemickey
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark black-brown body with a respectable tan fluffy head... moderate retention and light lacing.

S: Vibrant and inviting. Orange peel, pine needles, and some grapefruit hop notes sit on top a milky chocolate and caramel malt base.

T: Much like the nose, this is a wonderful blending of flavors typically found in large IPAs and dIPAs and the rich malty body of imperial stouts... the bitterness from the citric and pine hops really plays off of, and highlights the milk chocolate base...

M: Big boned but with sufficient carbonation to keep each sip moving along... somewhat oily and silky smooth... nice bitterness in the finish

D: A real treat. My only wish was GI didn't have the filling issues and I got a full 22ozs out of my bottle (probably light two ounces)

callmemickey, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of bsp77
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bomber into Snifter.

Appearance: Opaque black with thin brown (almost purple) head. Minimal lacing tendrils.

Smell: Pine and citrus hops grapple with roasted malts, molasses, licorice and dark fruit. Very interesting scent hybrid of an IPA and Imperial Stout - I mostly enjoy it but there is almost a slight sickening quality to the mix.

Taste: Somewhat similar to the smell in that the pine and citrus is very evident throughout. Malt backbone of molasses, licorice, plum and raisins provide an interesting juxtaposition. Despite how hoppy the beer is, it has very little actual bitterness.

Feel: Thick, chewy and oily body that really coats the tongue. Low carbonation and very warming.

Drinkability: This is a strange beer with its IPA and Imperial Stout qualities. Some similarities to Surly Darkness, but doesn't come together quite as well. Still very, very good nonetheless.

bsp77, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of sidetracked
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a light brown head.

Smells of bitter citrus hops with little malt presence--not what was expected, but not bad either. Becomes sweeter as it warms and begins to smell of brown sugar.

The taste is an interesting mix of bitter citrus hops and roasted malt with hints of molasses. As the beer warms the taste becomes more dominated by the molasses flavor.

Mouthfeel is full bodied, but no chewiness. Light carbonation and a bit syrupy.

Drinkability is good--the bitter hop and malt balance is really interesting, but the molasses becomes overbearing as the beer warms.

sidetracked, Mar 29, 2010
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,692 ratings.