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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,649 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,649
Reviews: 729
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14.25%
Wants: 241
Gots: 561 | FT: 26
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 steelerguy
2.73/5  rDev -32.9%

Wow...I either got a bad bottle or this beer just does not agree with me.

A - No head, a touch of lacing on top if you tease it out. Dark brown, with a bit of mahogany around the edges.

S - Boozy with some burnt citrus.

T - Smoke, lots of smoke. The citrus hops try to come through, along with some dark fruit, but I get the overwhelming flavor of smoke It is like grapefruit and some cherries were thrown into a smoker and burnt, then put into a beer. A lot of sweetness remains, a bit of alcohol and bitterness with an acrid bite.

M - Thick and smooth, coats the mouth with a good deal of alcohol warmth. Unfortunate that it coats your mouth nicely with a not so great flavor.

O - While it looks good and has a nice feel, this beer is totally out of balance. Like a RIS that has not been fermented and an IPA mixed with some burnt logs from a fireplace. Not sure I can finish this bottle, so very disappointing coming from Goose Island.

*Edit 11/19/12 bottle here also...seems like this batch is just off.

steelerguy, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of ScaryEd
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

ScaryEd, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of jonbeer89
4/5  rDev -1.7%

jonbeer89, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of InspectorBob
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

InspectorBob, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev -1.7%

chippo33, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 18, 2012
Photo of wyatt13
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

wyatt13, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Dufraine
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Dufraine, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

klipper, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of ksimons
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%

A-very dark brown with a fingers worth of tan head

S-I knew this was going to be a hoppier beer, but wow, still was not expecting that smell! Lots of grapefruit and pine with a light bit of roasted aroma.

T-the hops aren't as present in the taste, but there is still a lot of pine and grapefruit notes with a bit of citrus fruit with a decent amount of roasted malt, coffee, and dark chocoalte. Alcohol not noticeable.

M-full body, medium carbonation, very smooth, leaves a dry roasted flavor in the mouth

Overall a very different tasting beer, definitely seems like a combination of RIS and an IPA. Very interesting taste, I like it a lot.

ksimons, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Japple
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Japple, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of zekeman17
4/5  rDev -1.7%

zekeman17, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of justintcoons
3.33/5  rDev -18.2%

Poured into a wine glass.

Pitch black with no light penetration. Nice brown head with good retention. Good amount of carbonation drifting up from the side of the glass.

Grapefruit, pine, lemon zest, toffee, Tootsie Roll, burnt sugars and some booze.

Grapefruit, pine, lemon zest and Fruity Pebbles are at the forefront. Tons of toffee. Tootsie roll, dark candy syrup and a touch of butterscotch. Finishes with fudgey dark chocolate, dark roast coffee and burnt sugars.

Medium-full bodied, warming, syrupy and oily.

This really doesn't have my favorite flavor combinations. A mediocre DIPA mixed with a super sweet RIS. Bad by no means but I wouldn't purchase it again.

justintcoons, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of Zaximus
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Zaximus, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of EFR94
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

EFR94, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of laxer8811
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

laxer8811, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of jp312
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

jp312, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

tdmccarthy, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of PHKrames
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Had from an extremely fresh bomber poured into a tulip glass

A-Jet back with a hal finger caramel colored head. The head went away in 30 seconds.

S-Wow!!! Not what I was expecting from a stout. I would almost call this a Black IPA with how up front the hops are.

T-This is one of the most complex beers I have ever tasted. It's almost as if a DIPA had relations with an Imperial Stout. Up front with the hops but, oh so smooth.

M-Very smooth and very little carbonation. Very easy drinking beer.

O-If there was a beer that was the offspring of a DIPA and an Imperial Stout this would be it. The mouthfeel and appearance of a Imperial Stout, yet the smell and taste of the DIPA. Great brew!!

PHKrames, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of 3146Tony
4/5  rDev -1.7%

3146Tony, Dec 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

jlogan7, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Phezzzy
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Phezzzy, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of argock
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a clear glas snifter. Bottled on 111912 on side of label. Purchased at Market Street Wineshop (Charlottesville, VA) for $9.69.

A: Black with medium-beige 1/2-1 finger of foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: The aroma is heavy on roast with cereal grain and dark fruit fig and raisin which is summarily struck down like a Louisville Slugger with piney hoppiness. The hoppiness is pretty one-dimensional but powerful.

T: The flavor to me is more on par with a very heavy Imperial Cascadian Dark Ale as the hops continue to dominate through the flavor with hefty pine and resin character. There are floral and orange citrus notes as well. The maltiness packs plenty as well with raisin and date seasoned with a big dose of roastiness. Bitterness is moderate. It is a uniquely flavored stout but isn't the most stoutlike of beers for the style as hops edge out malt in the end.

M: Surprisingly dry and drinkable for 11.5% ABV with medium body and light carbonation overall which gives this brew an easy-drinking character.

O: An interesting beer but not usually what I am looking for in an Imperial Stout. I think I would rather take my hops with pale malts. Maybe some time will settle them down and provide a better integrated beer.

argock, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of Omensetter
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Omensetter, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of pjs234
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

pjs234, Dec 14, 2012
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,649 ratings.