Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,709
Reviews: 735
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14%
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Gots: 569 | FT: 28
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009)
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Photo of Billolick
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber, bottled on 2-19-10 according to the label. Huge, bold, tasty double stout. Waves of dark coffee, dark chocolate, as well as more then ample levels of piney and quite drying hops. So to review, loads of dark malts, laden with chocolate and coffee notes. Rich, chewy and complex. Get a knife and fork out and enjoy this one as a big and bold nightcapper or with a double chocolaty dessert.

Photo of MrDanno96
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours pitch black with a thin tan head. Very little lacing overall.

S: Surprisingly floral hops dominate the aroma. I distinctly smell fresh grapefruit. Hints of chocolate and darker malts are pushed to the very far edges.

T: Lots of tropical hop flavor and pine mix with molasses to dominate the flavor. Feint hints of chocolate and licorice poke through the hops from time to time. This is interesting and different, but in the end I thought it was a little too sweet. It got cloying for me towards the end of my glass.

M: On the heavier side of medium bodied with a mild amount of carbonation. A little sticky and cloying.

D: This one let me down to be honest. It's just too sweet in the end for my tastes. It's an interesting concept - a very hoppy Imperial Stout. In the end, however, it just did not work for me.

Photo of david131
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, inky black liquid that has a slow to rise brown head. Looks scary and awesome.

S- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, alcohol, and some dark roasted malts. Very unique and messes with my head by how the aroma is much fruitier than the appearance lead me to believe.

T- Grapefruit, tropical fruits, dark chocolate, alcohol, and a bit of cinnamon. Very strong, but none of the aspects are overbearing.

M- Unbelievably smooth and creamy with a bit of a alcohol-hop bite at the end. Very nice.

D- This would have been much better off in a smaller bottle, but it is damn tasty. Very rich and flavorful. This will age amazingly well.

Photo of Beejay
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very dark black, with a small, though full head of chocolate colored head.

S: Boozy with a big bite from the hops. Smells heavy with earthy tones, and perhaps a touch of tropical fruit.

T: Interesting. Very heavy. Earthy and fruity at the same time. I can't figure this this out. Very hop heavy but I keep getting the tropical fruit flavor getting in the way of the malt.

M: Very thick, fairly high carbonation.

D: This beer is like yin and yang, but there isn't a balance in there. It's like it has everything in it to make it a balanced beer, but somehow something pulls out front. Not something I would seek out again, but very interesting.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
1.63/5  rDev -60%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

I've had this enough times to make my decision on it now.

Night Stalker is the base beer for BCS so as expected it's black slightly viscous and is topped with a caramel head. This one carries a slightly larger head from the different hopping. Good start here but that's all it's got going for it.

The smell is a preview for this beer's trail of destruction. Coffee notes and a nutty/woodsy/Simcoe aroma blend together to create an extremely repulsive smell of cat excrement. Like you were gone all day at work and left your coffee at home from being in a hurry. But it's okay cause your cat took a big shit in it while you were gone. There's no getting around this for me. It's awful. I almost want to throw up in my glass and drink that instead. Underneath, there is pine and a little spiciness.

The taste is not as bad but follows along the same lines as the aroma. There's a prevalent nutty/woody flavor that almost imitates the oak that is missing from how this beer is usually produced. Oak is something that this particular stout needs. Textbook Simcoe flavors are coming through as well as freshly roasted coffee. It's sweet but seems to be battling the mess of flavors inside this beer. The sweetness never prevails. It's not really a hop bomb or anything, there is just too many things going on. Almost like you are drinking two beers at the same time and neither compliment or drink well together.

Luckily, I've been able to try this many times without having to buy a bottle. I think if I was drinking this on my own I would have to dump this. My stomach would thank me because it makes me feel like I'm going to have heartburn. I get a agitated, burning feeling even after a couple samples.

Photo of pmccallum86
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extrmemely dark color with a huge head. The bubbles in the head of this monster are very small and very slow to dissipate. Great beer in appearance.

The smell is a a little strange for a double stout. Lots of hops in the nose, it has a very grassy and earthy aroma to it.

Taste is big and bold. Lots of earthy hop notes in the taste, followed by a sweet malty finish. This beer is not like any other double stout I have come across. It's just so big with an extremely fresh grassy flavor, surely due to the dry hopping. The hops definitely come through more than the malts here, although the chocolate malts do have a large presence.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Very full bodied beer with a medium level of carbonation.

Good drinkablility, quite an original take on a double stout. If you enjoy hopped up stouts this beer is for you.

Photo of soco7tyx7
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark dark dark like some engine oil with a thick pour to match. 1 finger dark tan head with some light lacing and a film around edges throughout

S - Piney and grassy up front with with some roasted malty character. A little boozy with a some fresh coffee bean notes hanging around in there

T - Again piney up front with a bold roasted malt body. Finishes with bitter chocolate, a touch of alcohol and a lingering bitterness. A bit of spice as well that hangs out till the next sip

M - A medium wet body on the heavy side with a litle heat in the finish

D - One to be sipped on for sure. A tasty, unique offering from Goose Island that I will certainly be buying again and aging for some time. Very impressed by the hopped up twist and interested to taste what a few years will do to this

Photo of ridglens
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

shared this beer with the girlfriend, poured a healthy helping into a portsmouth snifter. started it just warmer than fridge temp, drank it slow until it was just cooler than rm, temp

A- poured a jet black, no light visible at all. i could tell the thickness by the way it poured, got very excited. poured a two finger, dark brown head, which quickly dissipated to about half a finger that stuck around for quite a while

S- rich and burnt maltiness everywhere, with the sharp scent of alcohol in there too. a little chocolate appeared as it warmed up

T- rich and malty, burnt coffee, lots of sweetness accented with a good alcohol punch

M- great for the style, thick and rich. leaves a coating on the glass and my mouth, very creamy and smooth. great feel

D- the sharp alcohol and thickness combine to make this one GREAT for a glass, but like many RIS's, 12 ounces is probably plenty!

great beer, thanks Goose Island!

Photo of OttoBomb
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass (March 10, 2010). "Bottled on 02/19/2010" is printed on the label.

Eyes: Pours a dark ink black with dark brownish/red at the extreme edges. A half finger brown sugar colored head arises and receded fairly quickly. Lacing is minimal, as is retention.

Nose: At first sniff I'm happily surprised at the amount of floral hops present, probably the most hoppy stout I've had to date. There is roasted coffee, toast dark malt and some spice, as well as a hint of alcohol.

Tongue: The hops provide flavor on the tongue, rather than bittering, which is another nice surprise. Notes of coffee, tons of roasty malts, brown sugar, all mixed with a fruit character, both dry and fresh varieties.

Mouth: Impressive that such a potent flavor profile is wrapped up in such a very smooth weight. Creamy and soft, but not oppressively thick.

Libation: I really like this beer. It has many characteristics that are all wrong for the style and some that are just off, but somehow it all works well together. Despite being a little heavy on the alcohol, low in head retention, lighter than many Imperial Stouts and more hoppy than some IPAs, this is tasty, flavorful, and goes down easy.

Photo of hardy008
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark black, with a one finger tan head with decent retention and some lacing. There are a lot of citrus and pine hops in the aroma, along with chocolate and some sweet malt.

Sweet chocolate malt is the strongest flavor, which surprises me, given how hoppy the aroma is. There is also vanilla, molasses, dark fruit, and a some hops. This surprises me. I expected a hoppy tasting beer from the aroma, but the flavor is malt forward.

Full bodied, viscous, chewy, with low carbonation. Very smooth. As far drinkability goes, this does not taste like it should 11.7% abv. The alcohol is well hidden. This is a sipper to be sure, and is also a beer I would seek out again.

Photo of pmlondrigan
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. 22oz. bottle from my buddies girl friend, thanks Flora! Pours a deep black brown with a small tan head that sticks around for a second and fades to a thin ring around the glass. When agitated the head clings to the glass nicely and slides back on down to its resting place. Great aroma, defiantly can tell this stout has been dry hopped. Great to have a stout with a little hop aroma on the nose. There is also a lot of roasty aromas coming from the array of malts used. Flavor is amazing, chocolaty, caramel and roasted malts hit you right away. There is a distinct vanilla quality to this beer. Its great to drink a stout that hops play such a great role in, wow. This one is velvety smooth with a just right amount of carbonation for a stout of its strength. Thick and rich. Can't really tell this beer carries the percentage it does making it a dangerous one being it is so tasty to drink.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I want to give a shout out to levifunk for hooking me up with this monster of a brew and being an awesome trader.

Bottled on 3/6/2010

Poured into a large Portsmouth tulip glass. Night Stalker is jet black, with a thin tan head that slowly fades into a ring of foam. Patches of lacing left behind.

Prying off the cap let loose a hiss of hop infused air. Once getting the beer into the glass I could smell a nice mixture of sharp hops, big roasted malts and chocolate. Bittersweet cocoa. Quite hoppy for a stout.

Tipping this one back reveals rich, roasty, slightly bitter dark malts that transition smoothly into a wave of hop bitterness. Lots of chocolate mixed with a touch of orange citrus from the hops. Molasses and possibly a bit of anise. Faint alcohol lingers in the background. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. Very well done for an imperial stout. Light carbonation almost feels more intense due to the hop bitterness. Nice warming alcohol. This is a big beer.

Drinkability is quite good. If you like Storm King or fresh '09 Darkness, then add this beer to your list. A big hoppy stout with a smooth body. Sipping on this is very enjoyable.

Overall, I'm impressed with this beer. Goose Island has made a beast of a stout that tastes great. Lots going on from the well roasted malts to the hops to the chocolate molasses notes in the flavor. I can see how this makes a great base beer for the Bourbon County Stout (which I have, but still haven't tried). Luckily I have another bottle in the cellar, so I'm excited to see how this one develops.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 3/27/10. Thanks to levifunk for this!

A - Impenetrable black with brown hues in the light. Tan head that lasted maybe 5 minutes, then retained as a thin ring. Nice lacing though. 4.0

S - Huuuge roastiness with lots of citrusy, piney, and earthy hops. Lots of hops. I'm wondering if this is the true meaning of a Black IPA. There's so much going on here and I can't get enough of it! 4.5

T - Wow this is intensely sweet and piney and bitter at the same time. Rich malty and roastiness, hint of vanilla, dark chocolate, and toffee. Touch of ash/charcoal. Lots of hops alll over the place here. Pine, grapefruit zest, bitter herbalness. It's everywhere, followed by a dash of alcohol. 4.0

M - Thick, rich viscous. Well carbonated too. Not slick though, which is a good thing. This is quite nice. 4.5

D - Decent for the high alcohol. Pretty good actually. Splitting it with the lady was just right to finish a bomber. 4.0

Photo of biggred1
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black and viscous with a creamy cocoa head that leaves sticky lace on the glass. Rich roasted malt and plenty of resinous pine sappy hop aroma. Pungent, fruity hop flavors up front that in the end are almost tamed by the lush dark chocolate and espresso flavors that follow. Considering the high ABV, the alcohol is well hidden. The flavors really pop when served at cellar temerature. Full bodied and sticky with prickly carbonation. A whale of a beer from GI.

Photo of HopHead84
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Bottled 2/19/2010. A generous extra from Masterski, thanks Alex. I've been wanting to try this one for a while. Poured into a Stone RIS snifter. The beer glugs out of the bomber like motor oil and yields a diminutive light brown head.

In the aroma I find notes of rich dark chocolate, a moderate roasted malt presence, and a bit of ashen tobacco. I detect a little citrus far beneath the dark characteristics when the beer warms up. Coffee is subtle and well integrated. Earthy hops add a nice and unique touch, reminding me a bit of 2007 Darkness, and they're slightly spicy. Very good.

The flavor is bitter roasted dark chocolate malt with a light coffee presence. Bitterness is pretty high and alcohol heat is unabashed. The beer exhibits a slightly spicy, ashen, tarry, tobacco presence. The finish is bitter and somewhat astringent with lingering alcohol, tobacco, and hops. The combination of roast, hops, and alcohol burn in the finish is pretty brutal, in a good way.

The beer has warmed to near room temperature now, and I definitely detect some citrus, perhaps orange and grapefruit, and a bit more pine.

Carbonation is low. The mouthfeel is full, thick, creamy, and viscous.

Perhaps opening the bomber alone was a bad idea, as this seems it will become taxing. Oh well, sometimes you have to just go for it? Or perhaps..."you only live once"...maybe even "this beer won't drink itself." _Insert other catch phrase to justify behavior here_

Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours darker then dark chocolate cake brown, nearly black, thickly settling like a ebony ink pot capped by a samllish dark tan fluffy foam. A sifted sheeting of lace dusts itself across the glass and sticks with might.

Aroma is a bit unexpected as its wrapped in a big blanket of tropical orangeyness, pineapple, and mango dashed with a slight earthy dryness, pepper, and tobacco. Not even close to being chocolatey, roasty, dark, and the like that normally follows the Impy stout style. A unique and invitingly different nose.

Wow! The flavors are incredibly complex as all the unique items found across the nose are now found in the flavors mixing with cold pressed espresso laced latte, dark caramel, chocolate rum, and oily hops. Quite a multifarious taster with lots going on and all balanced in for an amazing tongue tantlizing treat. A sweet mango, orange, and pineapple middle, as found in the aroma, is swiftly replaced before it ends with a huge birth of complex dark rummy warmth pinched with pepper spice, dry earthy tobacco notes, chocolate, banana, and dark caramel. There's a slight return of pineaplle and mango then slips back into the chocolate again.

Lush and super smooth full body with a wonderful chocolatey rummy warmth, impressioned with a hint of bourbon all the while keeping a tender soft texture of milky bready cake mix. There's so much going on it's quite difficult to get a full grasp of it. But there's a nice little hint to pepper in there as well as that really pulls it all together late as the chocolate warmth creeps around the throat while the oily hops help in the silky malt backbone.

Quite the sipper to be sure, but still takes no time to fill the lips and belly with complexing goodness. Goose Island has themselves another big time winner that compliments their BCS in every way imaginable. Different, but same. Crazy I know, but it's true, and it's super damn yummy!

Oh...what the hell - Not to compare apples to apples or anything, and yes to be bold and daring enough to say that the tropical fruit center is akin to Surly Darkness along with its milky chocolate warmth, but this has extra dimension to it with its peppery pinches and its ghostly tobacco-esque earthyness that gives it a bit more complexity and flavor. And I didn't have to stand in line for a half day or trade my first born to get it. It was happily sitting dust free at my tiny little liquor store two blocks from my front door.

Photo of Overlord
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to a very generous Alcstradamus ... who I owe a few extras to. *hangs head*

Pours a gorgeous dark black with a dark brown head. One of the darkest colored foam heads I can remember. Gorgeous beer.

Seldom do I discuss mouthfeel first, but I will here. Nice, creamy, not-quite-as-thick-as-I'd-like-but-pretty-darned-thick mouthfeel.

Aroma is all over the place. Is that chocolate coated carib? Interesting. Also ... pine hops? REally? Surprisingly bitter smell laden with dark fruited alcohol and a heaping mound of coffee and chocolate.

Taste is acrid, alcohol-y bitter with hops and roasted malt, with a big dose of sweet dark fruit, some raisins/prunes/dates that are REALLY strong and linger on the tongue, and a bunch of dark roasted chocolate.

I'll be honest: the first 10 oz. or so went down much more than the next 10 oz, and the last few were a chore. But, it is such a strong, epic beer that maybe some palate fatigue is to be expected. I actually enjoyed smelling more than tasting it.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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:

Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
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