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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,614 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,614
Reviews: 727
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 243
Gots: 565 | FT: 27
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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cd34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-27-2014 03:02:26 | More by cd34
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dar482

New York

4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It pours out really dark with a decent mocha head.

The aroma is of coffee, bitter chocolate, and some hop.

The flavor is big roasted malt, really huge creamy espresso, and bitter, bitter chocolate. The hoppiness helps cut through from the big thick flavors. It's such a creamy and deliciously chocolatey beer.

It's a well balanced beer. It's a great sipper. The finish is nice and easy. It reminds me a lot of BCBS, but just toned down and creamy.

However, with age and a bottle that is an year and a half old, there's a heavy oxidation. The back has this flavor of cardboard and strange hints of citrus.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 22:31:21 | More by dar482
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-23-2014 13:39:29 | More by NJBeer265
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WadeBridgman

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-19-2014 15:49:58 | More by WadeBridgman
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headyhopzhead

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-12-2014 00:57:52 | More by headyhopzhead
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-05-2014 15:56:40 | More by ONovoMexicano
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beersdmf17

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-04-2014 21:10:17 | More by beersdmf17
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maximus_rebel

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-30-2014 17:42:41 | More by maximus_rebel
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Noelito76

New York

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-30-2014 11:36:34 | More by Noelito76
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GonzoHomebrewer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-26-2014 18:49:17 | More by GonzoHomebrewer
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TheSleepyMonkey

Tennessee

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-22-2014 03:46:26 | More by TheSleepyMonkey
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MacQ32

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-21-2014 22:23:22 | More by MacQ32
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markgugs

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-20-2014 13:43:05 | More by markgugs
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randylangford

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-17-2014 00:36:04 | More by randylangford
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GoBlue12

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-16-2014 20:52:40 | More by GoBlue12
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David_kent

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-11-2014 14:23:38 | More by David_kent
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BeerZombies1

Nevada

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

Night Stalker - Goose Island
Imperial Stout
11.7% ABV
2010 Vintage

APPEARANCE: Poured a thick, dense oil slick black. Very small chocolate colored head that dissipated almost instantly leaving a small halo.

AROMA: Very complex nose. Lush over ripe dark fruits, raisins, molasses and chocolate hit right away. Then vanilla and roasted malts swing by before the hops come nicely walking in.

TASTE: Chocolate covered raisins, deep purple plums. Really nice sweetness that takes over. Not getting much of the hops I faintly got on the nose. Probably because it has been cellared for 4 years. The taste on this is pure decadence, the roasted malts feel like they are melting in my mouth.

MOUTHFEEL: Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. The great thickness and mouthfeel I've come to know and love from goose island. Oily and slick that coats the mouth leaving you wanting more.

OVERALL: I'm actually glad that my first experience with a NightStalker is one that had been cellared for 4 years. The absence of hops in the taste along with the abundance of dark fruits in the taste compliment the faint hops on the nose perfectly. I thought this was an amazing beer and would love to try a different vintage.

RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 01:33:06 | More by BeerZombies1
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clay23

New York

4/5  rDev -1.7%

04-09-2014 02:23:07 | More by clay23
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DAdams

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-08-2014 17:42:37 | More by DAdams
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Shiky556

New York

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

04-04-2014 19:57:34 | More by Shiky556
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-02-2014 22:40:14 | More by ZEB89
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Stu_Grimson

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-31-2014 23:07:21 | More by Stu_Grimson
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illeagle05

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

03-31-2014 03:12:35 | More by illeagle05
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mvdillman

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-30-2014 14:47:49 | More by mvdillman
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mattafett

Iowa

4/5  rDev -1.7%

03-29-2014 14:40:27 | More by mattafett
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,614 ratings.