Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.25/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bottle from Feb. 2011.
Pours thick viscous and black. One finger of head.
Aroma is huge on molassis and dark fruits. Bitter dark chocolates.
Taste follows the nose. Big molassis, bitter roast, black cherry and toffee sweetness.
Full coating mouthfeel.
Age has been good to this beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-25-2014 01:30:20 | More by Powderhornphil
4.74/5 rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Bottled: Nov 19, 2012
Note: I had this beer when it first came out and I remember not being overly impressed. It was fine, just nothing special. I found this bottle in the discount bin of my local bottle store and decided to give it another try. What a difference some aging had made! Wow, I've totally turned around on this one. The review below is for this aged bottle.
The beer is thick and black as motor oil. A fairly strong tan head forms and then quickly dies out. Little lacing.
Rich dark fruits, caramel, booze, and something like the leathery smell of an old oiled baseball glove. Some other lighter fragrances are present too, citrus?
The taste is intense and complex. Rich foggy dark fruits, chocolate, some coffee, sweet caramel. There is a nice interplay between the sweetness and the alcohol burn, and it does burn. There is some bitterness on the finish. My tongue is left tingling from the intensity of the flavors. I think that some will find this beer too harsh, but I am loving the symphony of flavors going off in my mouth. Sort of like drinking the 1812 Overture.
Very little carbonation, this beer is thick, oily, luscious. It coats the mouth.
A unique and intense beer. This is so much more than just a Stout. I will be heading back to see if I can score anymore aged bottles from the discount bin. I think this beer has the legs to go for years. It will be interesting to see what a few more years could do, but I am happy to drink it right now. What a change from when I first tried it, I presume that the sweetness when fresh was hiding some of the underlying complexities.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2014 19:36:34 | More by imscotty
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,613 ratings.