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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,688 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,688
Reviews: 733
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14%
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 doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

doughanson78, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of BobD567
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

BobD567, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of MarkJBurch
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 03/06/10

This is a very sexy beer. Almost no head after being poured directly into the center of a dogfish snifter. A thin lace encompasses the beer, creamy and light brown.

I smell raisins, licorice, root beer.

Taste like a bitter dark chocolate with fruit undertones, plum or date. Very smooth, probably from the age, it warms the throat nicely. This is an intense stout with sweet characteristics. There is an essence of smoke present.

Feels very nice entering the mouth, a sharpness that mellows quite well. I can't stop sipping this. Salvation for the days fatigue.

MarkJBurch, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of fatboy91
4/5  rDev -1.7%

fatboy91, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev -1.7%

rydev24, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of bbrown12
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

bbrown12, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of NickyDee21
4/5  rDev -1.7%

NickyDee21, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of mjohnson17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

mjohnson17, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of aliveguy17
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

aliveguy17, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of mikediesel124
4/5  rDev -1.7%

mikediesel124, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev -1.7%

SPRichard, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of griffiam03
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

griffiam03, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.35/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. There's splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.

S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but there's something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please don't carry over to the flavor...

T: It's not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, it's too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. It's just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, it's too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesn't balance things any.

M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesn't feel sturdy or substantial like it should.

O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor that's even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting.


Readjusting my scores; I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - there's far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. I'm still torn on whether it's infected or just not very good, but I'm lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesn't bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.

ThisWangsChung, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
3.1/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours midnight black…tons of head formed and a thin layer of dark brown stuck around…very nice, solid head…(4/5)

Smell: Dark fruits and brown sugar right off the bat…next, I get chocolate (think milk chocolate minus the sweet lactose), roasted malts, chocolate liqueur, toffee, pine hops and alcohol heat…a good amount of alcohol heat…the smell is okay, very thick and rich, but the alcohol heat is too much and detracts from everything…(3.5/5)

Taste: It’s a lot like the nose, dark fruits in the beginning, roasted malt and earthy/piney hops in the middle with a sweet dark fruit finish…there is definitely an alcohol taste that’s very dominant, too dominant for my taste…(3/5)

Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy body with loads of carbonation…tons of fluffy milkshake that almost overwhelms the entire flavor in the beer…that’s unusual…a very chewy beer…it’s actually kinda hot on my palate…too much alcohol heat! (2.5/5)

Overall: It’s good, but way overdone…the alcohol content in this is way too much and completely overpowers anything else here…it’s a thick beer that I will be sipping on for a while, don’t expect to drink this with your buddies…this ain’t that type of beer…it’s a brew for a movie and casual night in with the lady where at the end you’ll probably be fairly buzzed and she’ll be all sleepy…it’s good (alright), but I was expecting an outstanding stout and got some kinda desert liquor…(3/5)

SerialHiker, Jan 01, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

MIA4IPA, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of chefduff2
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

chefduff2, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of jscolumbia
2/5  rDev -50.9%

jscolumbia, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of LtCracker20
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pitch black body with about a finger's worth of a tan head. Retention isn't bad, and holds on as a decent cap. Nice frothy lacing sticks around.

S- Black licorice up front, roasted malts, burnt bittersweet chocolate, also, a lot of piney hops in here a swell. Bottle does say it's a hoppy RIS. The hop aroma does almost mute the rest, though.

T- Taste is piney up front, then you get the roastiness and some bitter chocolate. Flavor is fleeting, though. It really doesn't stick around too long, I'm a little dissapointed in that.

MF- The body on this one is a little thinner than I would've liked, but the texture is silky smooth and that makes up for it.

O- Not great, but pretty good. Glad I finally got to try this and will probably try it again sometime.

LtCracker20, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of rolandboy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

rolandboy, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Mcooly
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Mcooly, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Gavage
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a black color with a short dark tan colored head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: loads of roasted malts, dark chocolates, and alcohol are detecteable here.

Taste: roasted malt, dark chocolates, some coffee, prunes, pine, and some citrus provide a nice complex imperail stout. Bitterness is big and the alcohol is very warming.

Mouthfeel: heavy in body. Smooth at the start, smooth and velvety late with a long dry aftertaste.

Overall: very slow sipping beer - this one lasted a long time. Deep flavors get better as it warms. Really worth seeking this one out.

Gavage, Dec 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

TheRuss9585, Dec 30, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

jwat, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of davey101
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/19/2012, #1514. 22 oz bottle into a GI wine glass.

A - Pours a pitch black body. One finger of light mocha foam . A swirl produces light lacing and some alcohol legs.

S - Dark roasted malts and chocolate blended with pine and grapefruit heavy hops. An almost danky finish with lots of booze. Light on the stout notes, comes off almost chemical like.

T - Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate are interrupted by a biting pine and grapefruit bomb. Awkward aftertaste of orange juice and char. Bitter and boozy.

M - Smooth and slightly syrupy with a great level of carbonation. A bit harsh and boozy.

O - I seemed to enjoy this a bit more on tap. Sitting down with a glass I am now less than impressed. A black IPA that seems to have a bit too much hop punch which overwhelms the great base beer.

davey101, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2010 vintage:

Near pitch black body with a slight edge of ruby clarity, milky quarter inch of soft brown head retains perfectly and produces thick oily lacing. Gorgeous. Couldn't improve on this beer in this regard.

Mmm... caramel, fruit cake, coffee liqueur, cocoa... incredibly smooth without a trace of booze. An extremely faint sense of oxidation only compliments the sweeter fruit notes.

Nice. I sampled this vintage a few months ago and it was pretty damn oxidized, not the case here. The booze is more pronounced than the nose would indicate but it doesn't overwhelm, caramel coffee, bitter dark chocolate, it's a slow sipping delight of a beer.

I could see this one developing even more for years to come. Great stuff.

yamar68, Dec 30, 2012
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,688 ratings.