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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,690 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,690
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.97%
Wants: 245
Gots: 568 | 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 Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one courtesy of RomanW70. Poured two shades shy of black with ruby-red highlights around the base of the glass when backlit with a quarter inch, consistent, khaki-colored skim. Nose was molasses, brown sugar and some booze in the back. Taste consistent with nose - lots of brown sugar, chocolate malt and some licorice at the finish. Mouthfeel was lightly effervescent and medium-bodied. Easy drinking - sweet, but not too sweet. Alcohol was well-hidden. Great beer; wish I could get more of this.

Jwale73, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of Bierguy5
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pitch balc color, with a good sized mocha head. Great head retention for this beast of a beer. A few spots of lace. Good looking for sure.

A good whiff of chocolate at first. Some coffee notes, along with other roasty tones. I get a hint of butter in the nose as well. Some caramel and cream, along with a vanilla hit as well. Pretty nice nose here. Maybe a whiff of alcohol, but well hidden withing for the size of this one.

Roasty, with some chocolate notes up front. A fair amount of coffee. I still get a hint of buttery notes in this, along with a vanilla fade. Lots of residual sweetness here, almost too much for me.

Full body, with a low amount of carbonation. Not really creamy, but approaching. Alcoho is very well hidden for the high ABV. Very nice, but a bit sweet for me.

Bierguy5, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of petroos
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a viscous, deep brown black. Forget motor oil, it reminds me of tar. There is a dark tan 2 finger head, which dissipates quickly. The lacing is serious on this one.

S: Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, earthy hops and citrus peel. Very complex. There is a very pronounced soy sauce characteristic that I guess is a product of the fermented malts that I'm not digging at all though.

T: Wow! Roasty malts give way to caramel and coffee. There is a ton going on in the midpalate. Figs, grapes, black fruits and licorice with a hint of citrus peel. The finish is chocolaty and smokey. Alcohol warms the palate but not in a bad way. The finish lasts forever, with a bit of licorice and that great milk chocolate flavor. Every sip brings more flavor nuances.

M: Absolutely huge, creamy mouthfeel. The alcohol is present, but complimentary, not detracting from the other flavors and textures. Very well integrated carbonation is perfect.

D: This is seriously drinkable. It keeps calling you back to the brew because every time I take a sip I taste something a little bit different. More seriously, the 11.70 % ABV is seriously well integrated, which makes me think that I'm really asking for trouble with this one.

This is without a doubt one of the best stouts I've had, and if it weren't for the soy sauce aspect, it would have scored even higher.

petroos, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of dismal
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Kelleher's Irish Pub in Peoria. The apperance was black, pitch black with a decent sized brown/dark brown head that pretty quickly went down to almost nothing. Left pretty decent lacing down the glass but nothing to much. The smell was mainly a hint of coffee, some chocolate and roasted malts. It wasn't strong or anything but was pretty apparent. Taste was similar. Coffee was strong in the taste but not overpowering and not all you could taste. Chocolate was there as well. Pretty "boozey". This is one of the few beers were I can say that, though it wasn't so boozey I couldn't handle it. When it warms up a bit is when is shines. Moutfeel is good, nothing spectacular but still good. Drinkability, well I could do a few for sure but one is good enough if I'm going to be drinking all night or drinking other things. Pretty high ABV that is somewhat well hidden but pretty apparent at times. I would definitely drink this again! I've had way better in terms of double/imperial stouts but still it's pretty good and worth trying if you have the opportunity.

dismal, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of grub
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Viggo brought this one over tonight to sip on after some brewing chores. huge thanks eric!

1L swingtop. sampled july 16/09.

pours deep inky black, nearly opaque except at its thinnest when coming out of the bottle. a very dense brown head forms, dropping fairly fast yet leaving a solid sheet of lace behind.

aroma is great. rich dark and milk chocolate. coffee. anise. cocoa. caramel and a bit of toffee. toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. faint alcohol. lots of dark fruit. raisin, date, plum. earthy and woody. bit of vanilla.

taste is great. the richest dark chocolate. cocoa. bit of milk chocolate. medium roast coffee. lots of dark fruit, slightly sweet. raisin, date, plum, fig. bit of red grape too. light caramel and toffee, but most of the (light) sweetness seems to come across as fruity rather than sugary. lots of licorice and anise. earthy and woody. the alcohol is well hidden, but it doesn't take long before the warmth starts to spread through you. toasted biscuit and multi-grain bread. bit of cracker. touch of vanilla. the one thing that seems absent is much roast. there's just a hint in the coffee-like character, but even that is far from a dark or espresso roast. i'd just like it to be a little more present and a little more assertive. it's the one thing i'd say i'm definitely missing from giving it full marks here.

mouthfeel is excellent. nice big body, but fairly restrained sweetness. silky smooth medium carbonation level.

drinkability is excellent. perfect balance, showing but a fraction of its alcohol. great depth and excellent complexity. overall this is surely a world-class beer.

grub, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Viggo
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HUGE thanks to Beerloco for the hookup on this. I owe you big.

Pours a deep and dark opaque black, no light gets through this bad boy, very thick and chunky tan head forms, slowly settles down to a thick ring around the glass and a thin layer, lots of lace chunks stuck to the glass, looks pretty fantastic. Smell is insane, very rich, toffee, chocolate, roast, vanilla and wood, raisins and dates, maple, molasses, some alcohol, almost a doppelbock like breadiness, biscuits, lots of dark fruit, very nice. Taste is similarly good, very intense burnt sugar sweetness, toffee, raisin, chocolate milk, roast, dark fruit, rum and molasses middle, maple syrup, dates, alcohol, big sweet finish that balances out with an acrid bitterness, lightly smokey with wood and vanilla at the end, very long finish. Mouthfeel is full bodied with low to medium carbonation. Alcohol is a bit sharp but still comes through buttery smooth, this is damn good stuff. Fantastic finish, like a Werthers. This definitely lives up, I dig it. Thanks a ton Alan!

Viggo, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of Nickls
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(From notes)

A - Poured with a generous finger of creamy/dense looking darker tan head; good retention. Dense jet black color

S - Some burnt sugar sweetness; roasted maltiness; coffee; bit of dark fruit; hops definitely shine through as well. A bit soapy and piney

T - Wow, this is one hoppy brew with the soapy and cedar-like flavors really present; bit of warming alcohol; then dives into the more stout-like qualities; roasted coffee and caramel really stuck out to me as well. Really balanced out all the great flavors

M - Thick, viscous, and a touch creamy at points; very subtle carbonation

D - Hugely drinkable against the style and weight; given the breadth and quality of flavors it makes for a wonderfully drinkable brew.

Overall, this is one great Imperial Stout. I think it defines the often used phrase "dangerously drinkable". Highly recommended.

Nickls, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of redmagik99
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at east village tavern. Black, nice head. Smell is absolutely bursting with stouty aromas of espresso, chocolate, roastiness. Taste has all that, some oakiness (not sure if it's oaked so I could be just imagining it), molasses, mmm. VERY balanced. As far as stouts go, I think it's more on the bitter side (relative to the style), but if you consider it on it's own, I don't think there could be a more balanced beer. Big beautiful mouthfeel. When you finish 12 oz of a beer this size in 20 minutes and are ready for another one, you can call it drinkable. I asked the bartender if she preferred this to the BCS, which was also on tap. She said the BCS was too sweet for her, and since I hadn't tried it before, she was nice enough to give me a little taste. And I 100% agreed with her. I probably didn't have enough to understand the true nature of BCS, but from what I did try, I clearly preferred the night stalker. This goes down with Abyss and Speedway as one of my favorite impy stouts ever. Get some.

redmagik99, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of brundo4
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz. growler into a 16oz. pint glass. The brew is jet black, like a good stout should be. A small espresso head forms, but dissipates almost instantly. A small, tan ring of lacing is left. Does not appear too carbonated. Instead appears delicious. Let's stick our nose in it.

On the nose a smoky caramel scent comes on strong, along with molasses, syrup, brown sugar, and a good oak note. Reminiscent of a good, sweet breakfast stout, but smells more strongly of alcohol. Scent really is as dark, mysterious, and inviting as the brew itself.

Per a few recommendations I have let this beer warm up a bit before drinking. First taste is quite sweet, syrupy. Definite caramel, brown sugar, molasses flavors shine through, as well as a bit of bourbon and brandy. Very well composed flavor. Deep and complex. Alcohol is fairly well hidden but a good sting does hit the nose. Nice bitter aftertaste complements the initial sweetness exceptionally. There is a strange, grassy herbal character as well as some sweet candied fruits (plum, cherry, maybe a subtle pomegranate) dancing just beneath it.

Mouthfeel is thick and luscious. Very smooth and heavy. Low carbonation, like many tap stouts. Powerful on the tongue, silky going down.

If this beer wasn't the high octane drunk-fuel it is, I'd swear I could drink it all day. So smooth with a perfect sweet/bitter balance. I will most doubt have another, and another, and another, and then another when I wake up from my stupor.

brundo4, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Bung
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On draft at their Wrigleyville location. Poured jet black with brown accent and head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla/oak/booziness and pine. Thick oily mouthfeel. Tastes lots of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light barrel likeness. Hops come through in the finish along with coffee. A great example of the style, probably better than the Bourbon Country as far as being a great standard imperial without add ons, and I really like the BC.
Not going to knock it for the price, since that has no real bearing on the beer itself.

Bung, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted & savored on tap at Stub & Herb's, a revered place here in the Twin Cities that seems to magically procure almost every amazing draft beer that comes into this market. Tip o' the hat & another reason why I need to get back there more often.

The pour on this was dead, flat, jet, angry black with a side of coffee black. Smell was the brew's only weak point; nose was a bit sweet, but that was it.

And then the flavor comes screaming out of that little glass & whacks me upside the head. Glorious malts, a velvet iron glove of bourbon, hops creeping up the palate, sugary chocolate smoothing out the entire experience with a gentle, aching hand. Wow. It was at this point I looked at my 7 oz. glass & wished for a 22 oz. mug & a designated driver.

Night Stalker is flat, creamy, smooth, & warm. And with the 11.7% providing only a hint of the alcohol in this thing, the drinkability is dangerous. I sipped at my wife's, too, & had to pull back from a hand-slap multiple times.

Fantastic beer. I'll be on the lookout if this ever makes a return to the Cities in draft or bottle. If I could have had a bit bigger glass of this, it might easily have risen into the A+ range as it warmed more. Highly recommended.

maximum12, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of nrbw23
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark black color with a nice thick brown head. Head has decent retention and left a bit of lacing but not as much as I expected.

S- Roasted malts, bittersweet chocolate, a bit of alcohol and dark fruits. Smells really good just not quite as strong as I expected.

T- Taste is of dark roasted malts, roast coffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. Just a touch of the alcohol burn.

M- Full in body and low carbonation. Has a very silky smooth feel to this one.

D- I really enjoyed this one and was glad I was able to give it a shot. If you can find this one out there go for it.

nrbw23, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of aggiearcher13
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had it on tap at el Bait Shop in Des Moines on Saturday. A great beer bar in the middle of Iowa, who knew!

A: Pitch black with about a half inch of dark brown head that didn't hang around for too long. Good lacing.

S: Dark and malty, definitely well-hopped. It's pretty nice.

T: Sticky and sweet, there's a ton of flavors going on. Roast, chocolate, coffee, toffee, hoppy bitterness, it's quite good.

M: Pretty viscous, moderate to low carbonation, it's about right.

D: For 11.7% it's quite drinkable, but I don't think I could do more than one even if it were lower ABV. A ton of flavor.

aggiearcher13, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ GI-Clybourn

Pours black, pitch black, with a very thin brown head, almost a ring from the start, which leaves little bits of lacing. This one looks kind of normal for an imperial stout. The smell is very intense. There is a whiff of cracked roasted grains, very raw almost like unboiled wort. There's a bit of booze in here though. And a whiff of dark sweet chocolate is present - though not too powerful. But I can detect quite a lot of sweetness, with a hint of fruitiness - like a rich red wine or something. The taste starts with the overripe fruits, dark plums and grapes, a bit of raisins, followed by some dry, bitter chocolate, very, very rich with these flavors. Then the sweetness comes in, caramelly at times, but sometimes just like chocolate cake or something, washed over with coffee. And in the finish, I can taste some earth hops, and a bit of a resinous feel pulls the beer down as I swallow. This beer is just incredibly rich, almost too rich, with a strong note of booze. This one is very full, but actually not quite syrupy like I expected it to be. Sometimes, I feel like little chunks of grain are going down with the beer. This one is a sipper, most certainly. But a very good one. The pour was into an 8 or 10 oz snifter, which was just the right size to get all of this one that I'd like. I would love to have more of this, though I drank it at like 1 in the afternoon, with a big day ahead, so I stopped at one. A very good beer if you ever get the chance to try it.

taylorhamrick, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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..

russpowell, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of tedpeer
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at el Bait Shop. 8? ounce pour for 7.50.

A - Poured black with a half inch mocha head taht became a thin layer. Nice lacing.

S - Dark fruits and hops. Some malt and alcohol.

T - Roasted malts (both coffee and chocolate flavors). Slight alcohol warmth in the finish.

M - Viscous, thick, mouth coating.

D - It's a big beer, but very good.

I liked GIBCS more.

tedpeer, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Stub and Herb's while waiting 7 hours for my ride from Indulge.

A: Dark brown 1/2 finger head with very small bubbles. The beer itself is black as all get out, meaning I can't see anything in it for active carbonation. The head did go away fairly fast though.

S: The smell wasn't very strong, but I could pick up enough of it. There was a lot of dark fruits, some malt, and no hops. It was slightly roasted, but not very much.

T: Some dark fruit and a mild roast again, still no hops. There is some dryness and bitterness. There is not a lot going on here in my opinion, but I like what is there.

M: medium body, smooth

D: Doable, but mostly a one and doner, not something you're going to keep coming back to all night.

mdwalsh, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub, served in an 8oz goblet for $10(!). The beer was as black as brown can be, thin dark tan foam, looked like a nice nightcap. The aroma was hoppier than I expected, very nice in such a strong looking stout, with loads of undercurrents of chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is complex to say the least, a little overwhelming. Lots of chocolate and malty sweetness, not so much flavor from the hops although maybe a hint of citrus, noticeable ethanol and a cough syrup component that I'd have preferred was avoided. The body matches the intensity of the taste, on the thicker side. The drinkability is not too high, as this is truly a sipper and at 11.7% ABV I'd limit my ingestion of this beer to 1 per night.

TurdFurgison, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
4.95/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this at Goose Island - Clybourn the day before Dark Lord Day '09. It was the best beer I had all weekend!

A: A pitch black liquid sits at the bottom of a small snifter split between me and my good buddy SiriusAth and taunts us both. Before the trip, I read online that this was the same basic recipe as the Bourbon County Brand Stout. It certainly looks identical to me. Minor head only shows up after a swirl.

S: WHOA! HUGE piny/citrus hops in the nose layered over a huge (but hidden, if that makes sense) roasted malt backbone. It smells much more like a Double IPA than a Double Stout, and Simcoe has to be playing a big role.

T: Roasted and chocolate malt come through at the beginning followed immediately by the big hop bill. This is my first experience with a big West Coast-hopped stout, and I'm blown away. I never imagined the two worlds could coexist so well together. The hops linger well into the finish and beyond.

M: Like its counterpart, BCBS, the body is very full and lightly carbonated.

D: Although my friend and I held back and savored it as much as we could, it was ridiculously drinkable.

Notes: Upon coming back to GA, I further read about this beer online and found that it's heavily dry-hopped with Simcoe and Mt. Hood, which makes a lot of sense. Hopefully, the buzz around this beer will encourage GI to bottle this one of a kind treat. I would love to have more of them at my disposal.

GruvisHops, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Groveland. Been waiting a while to finally try this.

Only a 4 oz pour.

Not a big head of course, but it is very dark tan. For the little head, it leave great lace. Color is dark dark brown, basically black.

Aroma: Malt bomb. Chocolate. Some roasted notes. Earthy hops and lots of them. A little coffee. I wished it had a little more going on here, but still pretty solid.

Taste: Very chocolaty and malty. Sweet, earthy hops. Some vanilla. Definitely has some alcohol present. I am really loving it.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth, and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves a boozy malty aftertaste. I am really enjoying the mouthfeel here.

Overall, a damn good beer. I loved BCS and I love this beer too. I wished they bottled this. Very drinkable, but I can imagine the booze might get to me if I had had a larger pour.

Great job GI!

mothman, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of csmiley
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours such a dark brown that it appears black. No light is able to get through even around the edges. The brown head is minimal but shows great retention. Really, grab a pint and go about your business because the foam isn't going anywhere for a while. Lacing is spotty at best.

S - Starts out with a mixture of coffee and dark fruit. Mostly cherry is noted. Alcohol makes a subtle presence midway to end. Finishes off with a nice smokey aroma that seems to linger for a while.

T - Dark fruit dominates the flavor. Hints of cherry and raspberry are most noticeable. Midway this beer starts to show its legs. Smooth espresso mixed with warm alcohol really makes for a nice solid body to the flavor. Roasted flavors and some charcoal finish it all off. Well done.

M - Fuller side of medium bodied with a light and fine carbonation that works very well. One of the smoothest brews to hit this palate in a long time.

D - Drinkability is good. No doubt this beer is a sipper but the alcohol is hidden well enough to make it dangerous. One pint would make for a nice limit but I could see having two because it is that good of a brew. The overall balance of the brew in respect to all the categories is actually amazing. This is one that should make into bottles and into the regular Goose Island lineup.

csmiley, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of beerman207
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep, dark black with a reddish hue to it

S-Chocolate in the nose, as well as alcohol, dark fruits, and some malt.

T-Very rich flavor - the expresso comes through as well as chocolate, and maybe even a bit of oak?

M-Very light bodied (could be due to the growler sitting a few days)

D- Fantastic beer that I'm happy to have sampled. Thanks to Bamadog for the hookup! I wouldn't mind having a good bit of this to have an extended sample. Even with the high ABV, I believe this is highly drinkable.

beerman207, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of kels
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Bamadog happened to mention last night that Night Stalker was on tap at Party Source and Party Town. We immediately made an impromptu trip for a growler to split. Review is on a pour into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a very rich, super dark chocolate brown, really black, with a short, 1/2 finger tan head that retains decently with light rings of soft lacing following down the glass. The liquid is completely opaque.

Smell: Aroma isn't nearly as strong as expected. Light scent of milky, creamy chocolate and a fruity sweetness like chocolate covered cherries. Subtle roastiness from caramelized malts comes through with a hint of earthiness, somewhat like tobacco. The alcohol comes through in a slightly sharp sting in the aftertaste.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is very full and robust, strong with roasted coffee, hot alcohol, slightly present citrus hops, chewy, almost syrupy malts and a distinct sugary sweetness that develops more over time as the beer warms. It is almost maple syrup-like. Feel is a bit of a contradiction - viscous yet bright, sticky yet smooth.

Drinkability: Lower for the style even. The sticky sweetness pairs with the alcohol heat to be a little overwhelming. As with the Bourbon County Stout, I'd probably prefer it with age. Too bad a growler won't work that way.

kels, Jun 16, 2009
Photo of beergirlblog
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap. The beer pours almost black, and had almost no head. It smells like chocolate, like a hot delicious cup of drinking chocolate, with roasted aromasand like a delcious fresh cooking caramel. The taste is an insanely delicious balance of dark chocolate, caramel, with roasted nut flavors, with a thick maltiness. Think of every dark, savory, deep flavor, and there's a hint of it in this beer. It feels thick and sweet in the mouth, like melted chocolate. I loved it. It was rich and fantastic. It'd be hard to drink a full pint of this, but I'd keep doing it just because it tastes so good.

beergirlblog, Jun 12, 2009
Photo of kmpitz2
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to RoyMunson for this one.

Nice hiss as I opened the cap letting me know that the cabonation held up on this one in transit. It poured an opaque onyx color with a small coat of brown head that falls to a broken film after settling. The aroma brings notes of anise backed by a mild but detectable alcohol. There is a bit of fig fruityness and some chocolate notes in there as well, but both are married well with the anise. It is a little lighter on the nose than I anticipated. The flavor on the other hand is huge. The first to hit me is a spicy anise that moves to a chocolate-covered fig on swallowing the beer. The aftertaste brings espresso and almost a hint of cherry fruityness with a detectable bitterness on the sides and back of my tongue. This one is sweet, but not cloying. The alcohol is certainly apparent in the flavor, but it does not take away from the experience; instead it enhances the flavors in the brew. As I drink more of it, I'm finding some tropical fruit flavors (pineapple and coconut) right as I swallow the beer and lingering into the aftertaste. It is a very unique combination of flavors. The mouthfeel is thick, leaving a good residual coat in my mouth after swallowing the brew. The carbonation is minimal but present and suiting this beer very well. Overall, I am thrilled to have had a chance to try this brew. It is incredibly complex and I think I like this more than after resting in barrels. Drinkability is as expected for the style. I'm not going to sit down and kill the growler tonight, but I can probably make it through a few glasses for sure.

kmpitz2, Jun 11, 2009
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,690 ratings.