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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,745 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 742
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.76%
Wants: 250
Gots: 578 | FT: 30
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Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

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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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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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Pours a solid black color with a decent khaki head that slowly dissipates to a cap on top. Smells of citrus and pine with chocolate caramel and toffee malts along with a faint roasted coffee aroma. The flavor is a resinous earthy and pine filled mix of rich chocolate and caramel with just a hint of roasted coffee. A hint of fruit and a touch of alcohol round out the flavor on this one. Medium to thick body with a light level of carbonation and a creamy silky smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice imperial stout, but my personal preference is less hop forward in a big chocolatey stout.
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Distinct and overwhelming soy and/or teriyaki profile in both the nose and body.

Bottled 11/19/2012 followed by the number sequence 1410.

Purchased a 22oz bomber. Poured into a large Duvel tulip.

Color was midnight black. Nice tan head. Thinner than expected mouthfeel.

Upon pouring there was an outstanding and overwhelming soy aroma. Hops and licorice in the background. Didn't notice chocolate. Any roast has been overwhelmed by the soy.

I thought and hoped the flavor profile would change as the beer warmed, but it did not. Alcohol bite showed up some more, but the flavor changed in no appreciable regard.

I can only assume this is an infected bottle. If not, it is the most unusual and poorly executed stout I've ever encountered. Reading other reviews, it sounds like what I consumed is way, way off. I can only assume it's infected/bad in some regard. I've had other stouts that were just "meh" and Night Stalker was entirely different. Didn't pick up sour or "funky" notes, just straight soy.

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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
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