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Night Stalker - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Night StalkerNight Stalker

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1,720 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,720
Reviews: 740
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 14%
Wants: 249
Gots: 579 | 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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1/5  rDev -75.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sevenarts
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep rich black, with a generous tan head that fades quickly and doesn't leave much lacing.

S: A top layer of piney hops floating over a base of chocolatey malts, coffee, dark fruit, and a good amount of booze. Smells rich and complex.

T/M: Complex blend of densely interwoven flavors: coffee, chocolate, hints of pine and citrus, a touch of bitterness, a bit of alcohol burn. Ends with sweet lingering coffee. Smooth and creamy with just a small bite from the combo of booze and hop bitterness.

O: A great hoppy stout with great interplay between the hops and the underlying imperial stout flavors.

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3/5  rDev -26.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of brod25
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 11/19/12 #1647. Read the reviews about the infected batch on 11/19 before having this beer and although I didn't notice it to be as bad as some mentioned, I didn't like it as much as I did when I had one a few years ago. Either my tastes have changed or there is something a little off with this batch.

Pours jet black with a light brown head.

Aroma of dark chocolate, booze and raisins.

Tastes of dark fruits and roasted malts. Definitely an underlying sweet taste with a slightly smokey/teriyaki flavor. Didn't notice as much of a hop presence as I thought I would, although there was some bitterness from the hops.

Medium to heavy body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a decent beer but not as good as I remember it being a few years back.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of MarkJBurch
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.39/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

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3.13/5  rDev -23.1%
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)

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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2/5  rDev -50.9%

Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,720 ratings.