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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,735 Ratings
THE BROS
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very good

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Ratings: 1,735
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 249
Gots: 578 | FT: 30
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:
Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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2.36/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured 11.19.12 bottle into traditional pint glass. I've had Night Stalker before, albeit after a few beers, and wanted to give it a sober review with a cleansed palate.

A-What an average pour. The head wasn't quite as dark as you'd find on heavier stouts. Crept up and didn't hang around for too long till it dissipated and left a syrupy liquid underneath.

S-So much going on here to not be a little bias with infection rumors. With enough inhalation, you can begin to pick up the smokey malts I'm sure GI was shooting for. Unfortunately, they are quite hidden behind a sticky hop aroma and something to be only described as "off." I couldn't quite relate it to the teriyaki suggestions out there but there was something funky smelly.

T-Where the beer falls short. At $10-$15 a bomber, you'd expect something more. While I wasn't positive that the beer was infected, it didn't bring anything special with it to dinner. The hops were immediately overpowering for a stout. To call it a black IPA could be viewed as appropriate....even a Black DIPA.

M-Disappointingly thin for such a heavy hitter. Ideally, if I'm paying top dollar, I'd want to at least feel that it goes to the overhead and cost of production. Night Stalker feels like a cheap stout. It's thin on the mouth and leaves an utter rock in your stomach.

O-Pass. GI has some great stouts and unfortunately, "Non-BBA BCS," as it was suggested, falls way short. I'd hope to see they make improvements to this beer as a year-round RIS would be welcomes from the brewery.

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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, bottled 11/19/12, poured into a snifter.

A- Pours black and thick looking with a finger of tan head, leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Interesting blend of dominant hops, which lend some grapefruit and pine aromas, and roasty coffee and chocolate aromas beneath.

T- Initial burst of grapefruit and pine, once this subsides some rich flavors of chocolate, molasses, roasted grain and coffee. The malt flavors manage to balance rich sweetness with roast very nicely. Leaves some nice lingering chocolate flavors on the palate.

M- Full-bodied, has a smooth, rich, creamy feel with a mild alcohol warmth on the end.

O- A tasty beer, manages to walk the hoppy stout walk pretty nicely. It's also surprisingly drinkable with really well-hidden booze. A nice spin on the Bourbon County base beer, this is definitely worth picking up, although stout lovers and people who aren't into hoppy stouts will prefer regular BCBS and its other variants.

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1.82/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

22oz bottle poured into a Deschutes Snifter. Been reading a thread on this site that is talking about a possible infection in these bottles. Who knows, lets see if it tastes good or not.
Bottled on 11/19/12. Going to guess that the 1324 is a time stamp.

A- Pours black as night with 2 fingers of mocha colored head that doesn't hang around too long but does leave some mild lacing.

S- Hmmm. Hoping that reading that thread did not sway my opinion, but this one definitely smells like soy sauce and teriyaki sauce. Man it really smells like somebody is cooking Asian food. Hoisin Sauce is in the mix also. There might be some pine needles underneath all those Asian sauces, but it is not front and center. Not sure how I feel about this, but I'll keep going.

T- Follows nose to the T. Wow, definitely an interesting beer. There is of course the overwhelming soy sauce flavor with out the salty kick, followed by the sweet flavors often found in Asian food. Hoisin comes to mind. Also the sauce on General Tso's Chicken comes to mind. Not all all getting any of the typical Imperial Stout qualities here. Just seems like a big mess of a beer.

M- Not near as silky and creamy an Imperial Stout should be. Moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Going into this with an open mind, and trying not to be tugged either way with the whole "infection" debate going on I don't think I'm impressed. Maybe they are infected, maybe they aren't, I can say this. I will not be buying another bottle of the 2012 version to find out. In no way do I see a comparison to the Bourbon County Brand Stout. It's hard to believe that this is the base beer. If there is no infection and this is what it is supposed to taste like I don't think that it would have the score on here that it does.

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