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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,637 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,637
Reviews: 728
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 14.22%
Wants: 240
Gots: 562 | 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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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -18.4%

Poured into a wine glass.

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

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

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
Medium-full bodied, warming, syrupy and oily.

Overall
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.

12-16-2012 05:31:48 | More by justintcoons
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Zaximus

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-16-2012 04:25:22 | More by Zaximus
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EFR94

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

12-16-2012 00:25:31 | More by EFR94
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laxer8811

New York

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-15-2012 20:19:57 | More by laxer8811
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jp312

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-15-2012 16:00:35 | More by jp312
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tdmccarthy

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

12-15-2012 03:45:27 | More by tdmccarthy
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PHKrames

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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!!

12-15-2012 03:08:32 | More by PHKrames
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3146Tony

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

12-15-2012 03:03:36 | More by 3146Tony
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jlogan7

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -2%

12-15-2012 01:40:29 | More by jlogan7
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Phezzzy

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-14-2012 05:01:06 | More by Phezzzy
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argock

Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

12-14-2012 03:41:50 | More by argock
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Omensetter

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2%

12-14-2012 02:40:26 | More by Omensetter
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pjs234

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-14-2012 00:22:08 | More by pjs234
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Epaletis

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

12-12-2012 22:30:24 | More by Epaletis
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juliusseizure

New York

2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

12-12-2012 02:26:02 | More by juliusseizure
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sprucetip

Alaska

4.43/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottles on 2-6-11

Good looker. Inky black, a finger of mocha foam, some modest retention and no lacing. Very active.

Mild but noticeable booze, molasses, and fruity and floral hop-like aroma (is it hops? someone told me it is dry hopped) are most prominent initially. Some gentle roast and a bit of caramel come poking around a little later. Whatever is in there, it works, and works well. This beer smells delicious.

The roast comes through clearly in the flavor, as it should. I get some molasses and malty sweetness early in the sample, both playing well with the roast. While those are only a few elements of input, the synergy is fantastic and it seems like it has much more depth than that. ... gentle bitterness is detectable too. ... I am getting some cascade like hop flavor in this sucker too, which pushes amazing considering how big and thick it is. And like in the nose, everything plays well with others. This is a really nice tasting (and smelling) beer, whatever is or is not in it.

Well carbonated, rich full body, thick viscosity, and a nicely roasty and gently bitter finish.

Wow! I've been sitting on this bottle for over a year, passing up chances (rarely as I only visit the lower 48 states because I live in Alaska) to get more because I hadn't tried it. Now I know, this is an exceptional beer.

12-12-2012 01:44:28 | More by sprucetip
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hpeli


4/5  rDev -2%

12-11-2012 04:19:07 | More by hpeli
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chakadrum

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -26.5%

12-11-2012 03:15:58 | More by chakadrum
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NSK79

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2%

12-11-2012 02:54:07 | More by NSK79
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alpenglocken

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

12-10-2012 23:07:41 | More by alpenglocken
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pcarney8

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2%

12-10-2012 04:06:54 | More by pcarney8
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ChrisMon02

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2012 11:50:33 | More by ChrisMon02
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.15/5  rDev -22.8%

Excited to try this, bottled on 11.19.12
The beer pours jet black with a thin tan head that laces. The nose is weird...something is off. There are notes of pine, astringent oxyclean, and a touch of chocolate. The taste is completely wrong....fruit loops, rubbing alcohol, pine, and some burnt chocolate. The mouthfeel is a residual burnt pine cone.
It's pretty bad...I will probably not try it again.

12-09-2012 03:49:29 | More by ThePorterSorter
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marine1975

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

12-09-2012 02:02:49 | More by marine1975
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Soneast

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

12-09-2012 01:49:10 | More by Soneast
Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,637 ratings.