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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,735
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rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
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Illinois, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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Photo of nickd717
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review #700! The ticker that I am, I'm ticking off another top 100 beer here, bringing me up to 92.

Bomber shared by Arbitrator.

Pours darkest brown with a light brown head and good lacing.

Aroma is lots of hops - really hoppy for a stout - along with chocolate and roasted malt.

Flavor is really great. Really nice base stout, with flavors of caramel, toffee, chocolate, and roast (but really not that roasty at all for the style). Dry hopping evident, and considerable alcohol. The 11+% is not too well hidden.

Medium-full bodied and smooth on the palate, although the booziness cuts through this a little bit.

Very drinkable as this is really a well-crafted beer. Does not stand out in any one area but is interesting and really good on the whole.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on Feb 19, 2010 and courtesy of TATTORSO. Thanks Jeff!

I had a hand bottled version before so it will be interesting to see how this compares.

It pours a pitch black with a small head of tan foam and makes a bit of lacing.

Roasted malt and dark fruits greet my nosebuds first followed by a very hoppy bite of pine needles, light hints of coffee and chocolate and a more noticeable amount of alcohol.

The taste is of roasted malt, bitter pine, fresh coffee, toffee, some good dark chocolate notes and plenty of the alcohol....all 11.7% of it. Wow, super warming but quite delicious.

On the high end of medium bodied, with about medium carbonation; a smooth mouthfeel overall.

Drinkability? While it is very tasty, the in your face alcohol is slowing me down big time. I'd love to try this with a year or 2 on it. ;^) As is, it's a very tasty sipper.

Photo of rpstevens
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a dogfish head signature glass. The beer pours a thick viscous black with a frothy one finger mocha head. The head fades to a thin ring, leaving trace amounts of oily lacing.

The smell is outrageous for the style. One of the most interesting stouts I have ever had the pleasure of sticking my nose in. The first wave is incredibly sticky hops! Juicy mangos, pineapple and other crisp citrus notes. The hops are followed by sweet caramel and a roasted coffee malt. The smell of this beer is such a pleasant surprise, completely unexpected from the appearance.

The taste isn't as hop-forward as the smell but they are definitely present. The sticky citrus is crisp and sharp and ushers in the caramel, roasted coffee malts, some hints of milk chocolate and more hops in the finish. The finish is raw green hops, piney and juicy with a nice dry finish.

The beer is a little more carbonated than most of the style, but it suits the flavor combination well. The juicy hops are balanced well by the strong malt characters, if it weren't for all the chocolate it would be more like a barleywine. The alcohol is well hidden by the strong flavors and never overwhelms the beer. This is incredibly drinkable.

Photo of Parrotbeak
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Jet black with a thin, tan head that fades quickly.
Smell is quite hoppy up front, with the malts coming through underneith. Chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and some strong alcohol presence that burns the nose.
Taste is again heavy on the hops, with the chocolately malts following. The chocolate carries, with a little more vanilla and the alcohol swelling towards the finish. Caramelly tones, as well as a bitter finish from the hops come in at the finish as well.
Mouthfeel is fairly smooth and flat, but the hops give it a little bit of bite on the tongue. This is a pretty heavy-bodied beer.
Drinkability is decent on this one, but the alcohol is a bit routy, and it makes this one a bit hard to drink, even for a sipper.
Pretty good, but this one will get much better with some age I think.

Photo of Buebie
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So thoroughly grateful that Goose Island supplied MN with this beer!
Nothing says workout recovery drink like Night Stalker. :)

Served at 45 degrees and poured from a bomber into an oversized tulip. A rigerous pour has produced an inch of dark brown head. Quick to recede, leaving almost non existant lace, just a few small spots. Color is black as night, no light shines through this one. Pouring out an almost ink like texture as well.

Aroma is spectacular!!
Super ripe mango fruit upfront with plenty of sweet delicious hops blasting in aroma. Call it tropic fruit, mango, whatever...Its sweet, pungent and so unexpected, I welcome it very much.
Also behind all this lovely hop delight is chocolate malt aroma with a dusting of cocoa powder, pancake batter and a touch of vanilla. No alcohol present in aroma at all.

Mouthfeel...mmmm...yum. Rich thick and creamy with modest layed back carbonation. Oh its thick alright, but carbonation keeps it from being too slimy. The same goes for carbonation vs thick. Carbs don't bite or sting but come through enough to create great balance between the two, while each shines brilliantly.

Taste upfront is fairly sweet with a good amount of malt backbone. Along with sweetness is passion fruit hops, bursting with flavor.
Midway, more bittering bakers type chocolate flavors come around. Bittering increases into the finish. Flavors of chocolate cake batter, consisting more of bittersweet bakers chocolate. Cocoa powder too, a touch of smoke, or charred grain and some nuttiness.
Finishing a bit warmer now, first time for this too. But just as it warms up, bitters pick up momentum again and smash the pallet with chocolate, pine and more bitter chocolate.
Damn this beer is amazing.

Drinkability is actually quite high, although its pretty sweet upfront, then pretty bitter on the back end. Still freaking awsome, so much going on here, but not cluttered. Its organized confusion and I loved every sip.

Highly recommend!

Photo of adamette
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Heinen's in Gates Mills a few days ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass (and not the snifter recommended on the label). "Bottled on" date of 03/06/10 so you know this stuff is fresh! I forgot the price, sorry about that.

A Absolute motor oil pouring into the glass with an actual dark brown head that slowly builds up from below and hangs around for several minutes. This is one bad ass looking beer. 5.0

S Darkest of dark roast malt with a strong hop presence. The bitterness of the hops provides a nice balance against the dark-as-night roasted malt foreground. Hard for me to say for sure but I think I pick up some dark fruits as well. 4.5

T/M Wow, this is one hell of a beer! Huge, sticky, syrupy bigness with a surprisingly sweet malt and the hops well buried by all of the syrupy bigness but peeking its head out now and again for a look. Just a huge, huge beer that is hard to get my mind around let alone described the taste. I really enjoy the aftertaste, a nice sweet malt, lingering sweetness with some hops in the distant aftertaste. I don't know how the feel could be improved as it matches its sinister look and image from the label. 4.5/5.0

D Well not that great due to all of that bigness, the ABV. Drinking this beer is an adventure, one that is a joy to undertake. I could not drink any more than this bomber, however. 3.5

Notes: Consider me very impressed with this one from Goose Island. Thanks to the guys at Heinen's for securing this one (they had about 50 bottles left when I was there on Tuesday, 3 23 10).

Photo of cosmicevan
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 650mL bottle into an ommegang tulip.

A - Poured a silky black with a thin brown head. This beer glows in the glass. Jet black and beautiful stout.

S - Smells like sweet candied coffee. My nose picks up what I think would be nutmeg (or perhaps the dry hop?) and a roasted dark fruit type of thing going on. This could be the alcohol which is also very prevalent in the smell dept.

T - HOLY MOLY! Very unique & tasty. More roasted caramel flavor than the nose. Definitely a strong vibe of cocoa and the alcohol is very upfront. Delicious. Perhaps a touch too sweet?

M - Even and silky. A bit heavy on the alcohol flavor, but leaves a pleasant aftertaste.

D - Dangerously drinkable. Not too heavy at all and clocking in at 11.7 ABV I'd be careful with how easily it goes down. One of the best imperial stouts I've had. Really dig it.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bomber shared at a tasting tonight. Courtesy of StoutFest. Thanks, Ramiro!

A: Pours a pitch black body with translucent ruby edges. The pour produces a finger of light mocha head, with minimal lace down the sides of the glass.

S: Earthy, floral hops with strong roasted malt, chocolate, and some anise.

T: Earthy bitterness throughout, with a strong floral flavor and hints of citrus. The malts manifest as a strong roasted malt (espresso), cocoa, and some anise in the finish. The flavor is surprisingly well integrated, and much better than I expected. I was a little apprehensive about the idea of a dry-hopped imperial stout, but damn, this is well done.

M: Chewy, viscous. I expected it to be hot, but it's surprisingly smooth and the flavors are quite cohesive.

D: I didn't give up anything crazy for this beer, thanks to StoutFest's generosity. So I can honestly say I'm not influenced by the quest to get it. I simply think it's a fantastic beer, and a great value (at $10). I'm happy to have had it. Thanks man!

Photo of cnally
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is beautifully titled.

It is black as night in its body, with a nice brown head rising quickly.

My first notice of the aroma is how surprisingly hoppy it is, and how downplayed its smoky burnt elements are. Bravo for giving me the unexpected.

The flavor is intense and surprising. The burnt malts kick right up front, but the finish is laden with chocolate, cherry, a little coffee...very transcendant.

The feel is a bit syrupy but still balanced.

Just the perfect example of a sipper. thick like port wine, flavored perfectly, a treat to share.

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid black color with a ring of tight tan foam around the edge of the glass.

Huge grassy hop nose. The most hops I've smelled in an IS. A big coffee scent to compliment the hops.

Massive hops that taste mostly of grass. Bitter coffee with lots of deep roasted malt. A bit of alcohol. Not the most complex, but very in your face flavor. Lots of bitterness in the aftertaste.

Smooth and lightly creamy carbonation. Maybe a bit thin in the body, but not too much.

Good drinkability. A very unique IS with more hops than imaginable. Hoppy IS are a good thing. This is a very worthy brew.

Photo of ommegoose
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.

Photo of spointon
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 22oz brown bomber bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This stout poured jet black. When held to a very bright light some ruby highlights appeared around the edges. A hard pour at cellar temp produced 1/4" of reddish-chocolate colored head that settled to zero super fast. No lacing to speak of.

S= Holy god is this one hoppy imperial stout. Granted I live in the home market for this brewery and this was bottled only 2 weeks prior to this tasting but cripes! The aroma was bursting with a very "green" hop character, not unlike the Goose Island IPA when it is super fresh. Lots of floral and citrus hop character in the nose. Roasted malt and alcohol made their appearances as well but the hops were all over everything.

T= Once I tasted this stout, the hops showed themselves mostly as flavor not as base bitterness. Very floral, grassy, and with significant citrus notes. The roasted grain character lent some coffee notes and the richness of the malt also showed some caramel/toffee sweetness. Up until the end of each swallow, bitterness was actually modest and came mostly from the roasted character. The finish gave a surprisingly short but sharp alcohol bite that contributed to a lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

MF= Heavy body, viscous, with a low carbonation level. Overall a pleasant feel, but a sipper for sure.

D= On one hand, there are a lot of things I like about this beer. Its very well made, it hides the huge ABV extremely well, and its very unique and interesting. On the downside, it is HUGELY hoppy for the style (not in bitterness but in flavor). I'll be laying down a few bottles and am really interested to see what happens when all that hop flavor fades out of extreme-land. Kind of makes me wish it was toned back a bit now so I could enjoy it more without having to wait a year for the hops to mellow...

Photo of billab914
3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First thing I noticed when I got this bottle was that it was under filled by about an inch. Not sure how this would effect it over a longer period of time decided to drink this one sooner rather then later.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Stone RIS glass. Poured black with a thin tan lacing covering the top of the beer. The head all but faded away and only left slight traces of lacing on the glass.

The aroma is surprisingly very hoppy but it also has a strong roasted smell to it to back it up. The floral citrusness of the hops really comes through like an IPA. It also has some bitter, roasted, coffee & chocolate to it but the amount of hops really surprised me.

The taste is hoppy as well with more citrus present then probably any imperial stout I've had. The roasted flavors really come through as well, especially in the incredibly bitter finish. Bitter coffee, and roasted/burnt grains seem to be the most present in the finish but there is a little chocolate coming through helping smooth it out a little. There is a slight alcohol bite in the finish but not a lot.

Mouthfeel is thick and slightly creamy and carbonation is low. Drinkability is decent, it has some good flavors but the alcohol bite makes it a little less smooth drinking.

Overall an interesting imperial stout for sure. I can't really say it's one of my favorites, the high levels of citrus from the hops and the bitter coffee just wasn't meshing well for me in this beer as well as some of my favorite imperial stouts do. I will say that I could see me liking this a lot more with some age on it though. Might have to put one away for a bit.

Photo of kylehayworth
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep brown, with a similar head.

S: Has a good hop smell with some chocolate underneath of it.

T: It has good hops playing with good malts. Well balanced, citrus then chocolate, piney then coffee. Some caramel

M: Thick and creamy, with mild carbonation.

D: This was a pretty solid beer. I wasn't really sure what to expect. I would like to try this and the Bourbon County side-by-side.

Photo of bonbright7
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The crazy aroma of hops surprised me as I inhaled the dark malted stout. The first taste also made me take a step back as it twisted and turned with muscular complexity. I quietly wished I had more of this superb Stout on hand as the rush of the abv became apparent in my face.

I tried to compare it to the Bourbon County, but the sly licorice taste even topped my perceptible thoughts of describing it.
I thought that maybe the best strategy was to simply apply a little brie to the moment and enjoy it without further discussion.

Photo of webmanspidey
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a large chalice. Dark black, with a fizzy white head. Smells include strong dark fruit, grape, and citrus. Flavor is really offbeat for a stout: strong fruity citrus flavors and hops are prevalent, twisted with caramel, black licorice, and molasses. Finish is on the bitter side. Alcohol is blended in very well. Excellent drinkability.

This isn't what you normally expect in a big stout, but it is very interesting and delicious nonetheless.

Photo of crossovert
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

600th beer tried.

22 oz bottle, properly filled.

Pours into my snifter a thick brown/black with pretty much no light permeability. The head is small and tan receding decently fast leaving some decent lacing.

Woah, the first thing you notice in the scent of this one is the massive amount of hops. They are very tropical smelling, and very fresh smelling. The hop scents mi with the chocolate scent quite well. Under that is some caramel scents.

The flavor is sweet, almost cloying, but also hoppy. It has some herbal bitter tasting hops, the tropical doesn't translate in the taste. It also has coffee, chocolate, caramel, and a huge dose of alcohol flavor. It is almost whiskey-like. The alcohol is very present on the palate.

It is interesting now, interestingly hoppy, but I think if it aged it could calm down a little, like BCS it is very hot and wild when fresh.

Photo of Mora2000
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mar for sharing this bottle. I have been looking forward to it.

The beer pours dark brown to black with a brown head. The aroma is coffee and roasted malts with some piney hops. The flavor is more of the same with the coffee and malts being overshadowed by the strong hopping. Medium, very creamy mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark and with a viscous character and a HUGE stiff light brown colored head that resists fading. Spotty patterns of Belgian lacing are redeemed by the oily film that I look for in my favorite Double Stouts! The smell is AGGRESSIVE and COMPLEX and nothing short of AMAZING! The full frontal hop attack is the last thing that I would expect from a beverage of this style. HOLY CRAP this is WILD!! The grassy hops over licorice and chocolate aromas are unique and IMAGINATIVE. Adequately carbonated with a light tingle from the alcohol; spikes up with an oily creamy smooth coating texture TOTALLY complements its drinkability. Full flavored, the choco-licorice, plum grassy hop BLITZ is consuming. The licorice and grassy hop flavors linger well into the after experience. The 11.7% ABV is buried...and at $10 a bumper, this one is a COSMIC drinker!! End of story...just feed me Night Stalker for the rest of my f*& life and I'll die a happy BA. Many thanks to DavidEddie for the opportunity to consider this one...it's my new all-time favorite!!

Photo of mjl21
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade...thanks Mike. 22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Comes in at 11.7%. Bottled on 2/19/10.

A-Pours a sludgy dark brown that has a little glimmer of red. The first pour results in virtually no head and a miniscule ring with a few scattered bubbles. The second pour was more aggressive and resulted in a decent head that eventually goes to a nice film. Leaves some good streaks of lace and has some visible legs.

S-It is different than most imperial stouts. Lots and lots of tropical citrus and pine give it a hoppy nose. There is some noticeable booze that fades as it warms. There is not much malt that jumps out.

T-Roasted malt and chocolate are very prevalent at the start. The flavor is a mixture of dark chocolate, sweet chocolate, and bitter sweet chocolate.The alcohol is more noticeable at the start and quickly drys out my tongue. I pick up on orange citrus flavors after it has gone down. As it warms there is more pine flavor. This is one that really needs to be given time to open up.

M-Fuller bodied and perfectly carbonated.

D-I had this over two hours and it definitely knocked me upside the head. A 10 oz serving would be perfect.

An interesting take on an imperial stout. I prefer Darkness more for a hopped up imperial stoutl, but this one is definitely worth checking out.

Photo of GRG1313
4.36/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, like the label on this one. Pours into my glass a deep, brooding black with dark brown edges and a half inch of creamy tan head on top. Aromas start off with a blast of citric and piney hops. Resinous with a mix of rich chocolate and espresso notes. Nice and roasted with a mild burnt accent. Quite complex and the bold hops just jump out of this.

First sip brings big malts upfront with a mix of chocolate, espresso and a touch of caramel. Huge hops intertwine bringing loads of citric and piney resins along for the ride. Hop bitterness does a good job of working alongside the malt sweetness here. Flows down with lingering hops and the alcohol is just barely detectable. Tasty stuff. Nothing like hop burps from a RIS!

Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy with a mellow slickness. This is almost too easy to drink for the abv and the sweetness is kept in check well. Overall, this is a pretty damn tasty hopped up RIS. Worth seeking out and possibly even better than I remember it being on tap last year!

Photo of trbergman
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours an opaque dark brown, nearly black, with one finger of cinnamon-colored head. The foam reduces to a ring of lace, but leaves some sheets on the glass.

S - Hop aroma leaps out of the glass, with plenty of citrus zest and leafiness. Past that, the beer has great chocolate and roast barley aromas.

T - Very hoppy and bitter, but nothing like a fresh bottle of Storm King - and that's a good thing. While this has very assertive citrus hop flavor and bitterness, it's well integrated and leaves room for the malts to shine. Nice candied orange peel flavor, along with some leafiness, chocolate, and a touch of coffee. Some vanilla and dried fruits come out as it warms. Flavorful, lingering roast and bitterness in the finish.

M - Very full, though the hop bitterness adds a peppery zing to keep things lively.

D - An excellent beer, definitely one I'd like to have again. This should cellar very well, too.

Photo of SFLpunk
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown glass pry-top. Label dated 02/19/10.

Appearance: Black, black, black. Thin khaki foam.

Nose: Straight weed, skunky bud, herbal. Citrus hops on top of black malt, tanned leather, bitter chocolate, and old black licorice.

Palate: Sharply hoppy right off the bat, both bitter and citrusy. As the hops let go, bitter chocolate (no sugar) takes over. Tastes like a bittersweet chocolate orange. Full bodied, but nowhere near cloying or slick. Finish is long and balanced, but pleasantly bitter.

Notes: Hot damn! The chocolate orange thing is uncanny. Highly recommend FFO huge IPAs and Impy Stouts.

Update: 2nd bottle thanks to pzymali! Bottled 02/07/11. Cracked it 3/3/11. Pours a thick syrupy black with some pale tan head. And here's that sticky-bud weed hop aroma! Uncanny how hoppy this thing smells with some faint chocolate/roast coffee notes creeping out. The palate notes match last years, but the orange is down played and more hidden this year. Really. F*c*ing. Good.

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

This one is as black as black can be, with an amazing coffee colored head that's thick and fluffy.

I got lost inhaling it, and I do mean inhaling. There are a lot of different scents going around and each time I stuck my face in the glass it was something new. My first thought was soy, then dark leaf tobacco. Going back for more I noticed some licorice, chocolate, and a ton of hops.

The taste is almost as impressive. The hops are much more noticable on the palate. Dark, dark berries and a little pine. Malts are bordeline burnt with a little bitter chocolate to sweeten it up.

Mouthfeel is rich and creamy, with little carbonation.

This is heavy and rich, deducting from the drinkability a little, but on the other hand the 11.7% alcohol is not hot at all so it makes up the points there.

This is an impressive stout, no question.

Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,735 ratings.