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Goose Island to bring back Big John and Night Stalker

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by WillCarrera, Oct 26, 2012.

  1. WillCarrera

    WillCarrera Advocate (515) Ohio Oct 11, 2010

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  2. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    Yep, got a sixth of each heading my way...
  3. DevilsCups

    DevilsCups Savant (340) New York Mar 3, 2010

    Beautiful! Both great beers.
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  4. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (300) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    yeah i heard from my beer buyer that night stalker would be back in 2 weeks the other day. i have a 02/19/10 release in my cellar now and a march 2011 release of big john in the cellar now. cant wait to add more of these!!!
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  5. For those in the area there seemed to be plenty of vintage Big John and Night Stalker in the to-go fridge at GI Clybourne when I was there last weekend.
  6. vbiliyar

    vbiliyar Savant (315) Wisconsin Jan 13, 2008

    Aahhh fuck yeah. I loved the one Nightstalker I had a few years ago. Wonder if it will make it out to Boston, seeing as we haven't even seen BCBS yet...
  7. InVinoVeritas

    InVinoVeritas Advocate (645) Wisconsin Apr 16, 2012 Beer Trader

    Have both Night Stalker & Big John in the cellar. I've tried NS, not BJ. However, was pretty unimpressed with NS. Hope it cellars better. Frankly as non apples to apples comparison, logistics, business standpoint, so on, I'd rather GI put their development energy elsewhere!
  8. AJacob81

    AJacob81 Savant (290) Illinois Mar 15, 2010

    NS cellars very well, imho. We had a 2010 about a month ago, and 'twas deliciously smooth.
  9. RTrain12

    RTrain12 Savant (410) Illinois Feb 6, 2010

    I'd buy Big John again!
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  10. cjacobsen

    cjacobsen Savant (415) Illinois Aug 26, 2010 Beer Trader

    Big John is/was awesome
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  11. BrettHead

    BrettHead Advocate (660) Nebraska Sep 18, 2010

    NS is awesome fresh (so good that I have never aged it, lol). It has a super grapefruity nose etc. from the generous hopping :) Can't wait for NS to return!
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  12. brewtechnik

    brewtechnik Savant (265) New Hampshire Aug 31, 2011 Beer Trader

    Big John is basically unbourbon'd BCBS...;)
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  13. abecall98

    abecall98 Advocate (585) California Aug 11, 2007 Beer Trader

    My buddy has about 2 cases of Night Stalker at his place. I completely forgot it was kinda retired.
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  14. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Savant (300) Illinois Jan 31, 2012

    big john is bcbs base stout aged on cocao nibs. night stalker is the same base beer, just dry hopped. bcbs is the same base beer barrel aged. so yes, you are somewhat correct
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  15. cmoody91

    cmoody91 Savant (325) Illinois Mar 21, 2010

    What were prices like though? Always seem to be pretty steep for to-go beer..
  16. jmdrpi

    jmdrpi Poobah (1,290) Pennsylvania Dec 11, 2008 Subscriber

    Hooray for more Night Stalker!
  17. Ugh, I gotta say...I still stand morally opposed to a lot of what AB does....but damn...year round BCBS, the return of some other impressive beers, and another big barleywine in the making? I...want...to...stick...to...my...scruples.... :)

    Note: I do, on occassion, still buy GI products and generally love 'em...
  18. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish Advocate (690) Missouri May 11, 2012 Beer Trader

    Very nice! Big fan of those
  19. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poobah (1,420) Wyoming Sep 14, 2002 Beer Trader

    I've never had Big John but Nightstalker was killer good and it ages with the best of them.
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  20. If I remember correctly they had 2010 NS and 2011 BJ and both were going for $20/bomber. They had a fairly decent vintage bottle list. No BCBS unfortunately but I wasn't really expecting it either.
  21. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Savant (325) Virginia Apr 14, 2009

    Honestly I wasn't impressed by either of these beers. They were good beers but nothing great.
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  22. foobula

    foobula Savant (340) Illinois Dec 14, 2009

    Haven't tried either myself, but what I'm thinking is... they must have been retired for a good reason, right? Was that good reason so they could maximize BCS production? Or weren't they selling well?
  23. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (370) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    I believe it was to maximize BCBS production.

    I'm still waiting for my Bourbon County Brand Chocolate Stout (Big John was supposedly released in the first place because they didn't have enough bourbon barrels, but I got to try it at Sheffields, and it was my favorite variation there).
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  24. BigTomZ

    BigTomZ Savant (325) Virginia Apr 14, 2009

    Night Stalker sat on shelves collecting dust all year long in my area.

    Big John has only been released once before, so without a long track record I'd guess that was dropped to make room for other beers.
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  25. I loved them both on release. I have 2010 and 2011 Night Stalker and Big John cellaring. Never understood why these were discontinued. Glad to see them coming back!
  26. MCBrigno

    MCBrigno Aficionado (195) Massachusetts Aug 13, 2012 Beer Trader

    I assumed they were discontinued so that GI could focus on upping the production of its core beers and also introducing new or returning beers again.
  27. dc55110

    dc55110 Advocate (560) Minnesota Oct 24, 2010 Beer Trader

    Batch #1 Nigh Stalker, right now, is one of the best non BA stouts around. Thick as molass; a small amount of the hop bitterness persists; a slightly sweet, but balanced by an equally robust amount of roast.
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  28. Pahn

    Pahn Champion (850) New York Dec 2, 2009 Beer Trader

    nightstalker didn't sell very well. sat on shelves for years (still can find it in popular stores in NYC). big john took awhile to sell out but it's at least not easy to find anymore.

    both are good beers.
  29. Score, maybe I'll drink the bottle of Big John I have now!
  30. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (370) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    Just bought a 2012 Night Stalker, so if you're interested be on the lookout.
  31. where at?
  32. dvelcich

    dvelcich Savant (370) Illinois Feb 6, 2008

    Sent you a BM.
  33. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Advocate (670) Michigan Jan 8, 2011

    I agree man, once the Hop settled (which was great fresh), it really turned into one of the best Impy stouts I've ever had.
  34. freyguy10

    freyguy10 Aficionado (115) New York Jan 16, 2011

    night stalker can stay retired but Big John was very underrated as a stout, very well done
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  35. stouts4me

    stouts4me Savant (420) Illinois Oct 9, 2011

    Nightstalker was at South Loop Binny's as of Black Friday, near the checkout lanes.
  36. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Advocate (700) Tennessee Nov 13, 2007

    Great news! Just in time for the TN release!
  37. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Champion (770) Illinois Apr 8, 2010 Beer Trader

    Only had Nightstalker at a tasting and never had Big John so if anyone sees any in the NW burbs shoot me a BM
  38. Irishace9

    Irishace9 Advocate (505) Illinois Sep 7, 2012 Subscriber Beer Trader

    Enjoying a Nightstalker with Sunday night football!
  39. Vega406

    Vega406 Aficionado (155) Indiana Sep 30, 2009 Beer Trader

    Looking forward to finding some Nightstalker around!!
  40. JimmyGillingham

    JimmyGillingham Aficionado (130) Illinois Sep 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    Picked up a Nightstalker this weekend. Need to crack it open and see what all the excitement is about.