Night Stalker | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Night StalkerNight Stalker

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired recently from Premiere. Pours black and thick. Amazing grapefruit aromas, roast is secondary. Creamy full mouthfeel. Grapefruit and then chocolate in mid-sip. Good malting, well tamed astringency. A masterful integration. Good drinkability, over an entire meal.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick brown/black with a dark dense brown head.

Nose if full rich and bold bitter black chocolate; roasted grains; soy sauce; bitter espresso and licorice.

Mouthfeel is thick, rich and creamy with elegant light carbonation and a wonderful mouthfeel.

Well balanced hop/malt the flavor profile of this stout is all licorice, bitter chocolate and bitter espresso but nicely balanced. This is the quintessence of a roasted grain flavor but with a bitter hop balance. Flavor profile has hints of whiskey and red wine characters. Lots of molasses and underlyng sweet black chocolate nad licorice.

Finish is long, bitter licorice, black chocolate, roasted grain and bitter espresso; again, all very well balanced and which goes on forever. A wonderful example of a well balanced and very big stout.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An aggressive put yields a half finger tan head on a jet black body. Aroma is loaded with chocolate and roasted malts and earthy hops. The flavor is very roasted with little coffee presence. Excellent chocolate both milk and dark throughout with sweet vanilla late in the finish. Medium body and light carbonation. Very smooth, well balanced and very easy to drink for the style and ABV.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed while watching Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Thanks to Bay01 for sending me this one!

Bottled on 2/6/11.

Pours an extremely thick opaque black with a 2 inch chocolate milk colored head that fades to a small cap. Nice thin rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of dark roasted malts, spices, lots of citrus zest, and slight chocolate. To me this smells very much like Anchor's Our Special Ale. Taste is extremely hoppy up front with loads of citrus zest and pine. The malt, spices, and chocolate come through on the finish. There is a nice hop/roast bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation and is very thick and creamy in the mouth. There is a noticeable alcohol burn in the throat with each sip. Overall, this is a good stout with a huge hop presence that I wasn't expecting. I am glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

i dont get the appeal here so much. this is a very strange stout, and im not sure it all comes together quite right. pours dead black, midnight and impenetrable. lazy tan head on top, lots of big air bubbles. smells like a stout all right, some dark dark english malts, hint of coffee and oddly fresh herbs. the flavor is where it goes weird. i taste a lot of chopped sage, a very potent herb in its own right, and standing out with the alcohol definitely not in unison. theres also quite a bit more yeast than i think belongs in this style. its a little funky and smells old, like feet, and tastes like it belongs in a saison somewhere, not here. alcohol is intense, and the roast on the malt makes it finish bitter. not a huge fan of this, its component parts never join hands. heavy body, enough carbonation, and a severe alcohol sting. im glad i had mates a around to share this one with, a major let down for me. sage flavor in a stout? not for me.

edit: just had 2012 on tap, some 5 years old now, and i still dont get it, not sage anymore, but it tastes hoppy to me, like oxidized black ipa, really hasnt done too well overtime, and i still just dont have the love for this that others do. seems sloppy and odd, meh.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this beer while visiting in Chicago, the vintage was 2011.

The beer poured out as a motor oil black color with a thick brown head on top. The retention is minimal and so was the lacing but the beer coats the glass with every swirl or sip you take. The smell of the beer is boozy, it's heavily roasted and sweet smelling too. There is also a good hop aroma in there as well which is impressive for a beer that is over a year old. The taste is very nice, big amounts of malt and hops, it's got chocolate and boozy vanilla in there too. There is bitterness of some coffee in there too. The mouthfeel is thick, it's oily and smooth with a moderate carbonation to it. Overall this beer was very good, it was well worth the price in my opinion. One of the best I've had from Goose Island for sure.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of licorice, roasted malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: Flavors of dark, roasted malts and licorice dominate the overall taste, which has some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels full-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish has some warming from the alcohol.
D: The beer seems strong but the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An aggressive Imperial Stout with unrelenting malts and resiny hops; reminescent of Bell's Batch 7000 when it was young.

The beer pours black, opaque, and with the impression of thick viscocity and motor oil. Light on head formation but the lace of foam holds on for the majority of the session. Stouts just don't get darker or thicker.

Serious malts are actually dwarfed by the resin, pine, and fresh cut grass aroma. But still, the espresso, roasted grains, and bittersweet cocoa make a lot of headway towards the end.

The malt sweetness shows a tons of toffee and molassas that edge on toasty and roasty character. Espresso notes do the most damage with a robust attack on the palate. Hop flavor creeps closely behind with the same pine and resin notes as experienced in the nose. As the beer warms, a mild note of anise shows the only hint of ester. This beer is pretty straight forward with the roasted malts and sharp hops.

Thick, heavy, chewy, and strong; this beer is all that it is billed to be. Much like the Bourbon County Stout, this beer is a Goliath of a beer, at least in the textures. Oily, rich, and fulfilling the beer is intimidating. Hop bitterness helps to cut through the malts, as do the 12% alcohols.

The Bell's Batch 7000 rounded out in a year to a near flawless beer. I expect the same out of this one.

Thanks Cheezdawg! (04/10/10)

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Photo of brentk56
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a chocolate syrup color with very little head but it does stir up some foam with a swirl; minimal lace

Smell: Can this possbibly be an imperial stout with all of this floral citrus? There is some chocolate underneath, but this smells like an IPA

Taste: After a quick blast of chocolate and dark fruit the citrusy hops push everything else aside with their floral character; the hops get even bigger after the swallow, but they are balanced out in the finish by the chocolate and dark fruit flavors

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Incredibly well-balanced for a hoppy stout, this beer is destined to hit the Top 100; first, on to the buzzed beer category

(While I loved this beer on tap, drinking a bottle supplied by BlueOkie would lead me to mark down the total score into the 4.2 range; still good, but not as enthusiastic about the bottled product.)

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Photo of largadeer
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BLACK as FUCK in the glass, like the dark triumphant night, crowned by a grim mocha-colored head. When I smell this beer, I smell hops, dark fuckin' roasted malt and alcohol. The hops are floral and spicy, the malt is chocolatey with some licorice. The body is chewy and viscous, the finish roasty, hoppy and smooth. This beer is fucking rocken as fuck, wahoo.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/19/12. 11.5% ABV according to my bottle. 650ml brown glass bottle with standard unbranded black pressure cap acquired at a Binny's in Chicago on St. Paddy's day weekend. Served into a Mitchells of Lancaster flared stem-tulip in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are very high given the brewery and style.

Served chilled and allowed to come to room temperature over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger dark tan colour head of no real cream, okay thickness, and bad (~1 minute) retention - though this is excusable given the high ABV. Body colour is a predictable solid dark black - not quite a jet black but very dark. Nontransparent and opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Light lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes; it's not very sticky though. Standard fare for the style but nevertheless appealing. I've seen far better, even at higher ABVs.

Sm: Rich chocolate/cacao. Alcohol warmth. Dark malts. Light coffee - with a bit of pleasant roast. Rich licorice/anise. Caramel. Pleasant toasty character. Minimal light floral hops - not as much as expected; I think age has done this well. No yeast character is detectable. Light vanilla. If I didn't know better, I'd guess bourbon. Hints of decadent dark fruit. An above average to mild strength aroma. Not horribly complex for the style, but there's some subtlety to the aroma. I'm looking forward to trying it, but the licorice has me concerned. I expected more hoppiness, but I'm glad that's not prominent.

T: Rich dark malts form the body. Some chocolate and caramel malts. Sweet vanilla. Light toasted character - it needs more. It also needs a hell of a lot more roast; there's hardly any here. It comes off quite sweet - especially in the third act and on the finish. Sticky dark fruits. Lightly vinous licorice; luckily this note is pretty restrained. Candied, sticky, and sweet. Not a great flavour profile for the style, but it will be to the tastes of many. Floral hop character is more prominent than usual for the style, but not to its detriment. The sticky sweetness and candied licorice are much larger issues, severely reducing drinkability. Full bodied and assertive. I can't emphasize enough that the sticky sweetness is really holding this back. Otherwise, it's fairly complex and somewhat subtle. No yeast character comes through. Alcohol heat is present but light enough to add character.

Mf: Smooth and sweet. Sticky, syrupy, and thick. Too viscous. Pretty good carbonation. Okay presence on the palate. Very filling and full bodied. A bit overbearing.

Dr: It hides its ABV alright, but it's not very drinkable. Definitely more of a sipper. I wish it came in a smaller bottle; this will take me some time to finish and I'm sure midway through the sticky sweetness will really aggravate me. This one definitely has its flaws, but it's not a bad beer for the style. I'd like to try it with a good three years on it; if this is what it tastes like at five months old; it needs serious time. For my money, Goose Island makes far better imperial stouts. I wouldn't get this one again unless it was aged or the only good option at a bar. Interesting, but it isn't doing it for me.


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Photo of emerge077
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/19/10

Inky black with an ample dollop of slowly rising foam. It has that reverse cascade effect, that builds underneath the head, generating bubbles that compact into about a finger or so of mocha-tinged foam. A sheet of tan lace adheres to the inside of the glass.

Aroma is sweet, a little fruity with hints of plum and deep roasted malts, coming off like chocolate christmas cookies with a touch of unknown spice.

Rich, velvety feel, residual hop bitterness meshes well with the deep roast in the finish. Molten chocolate, the dark bittersweet kind, hot gooey brownies, and fruity plum notes integrate well, creating a nice level of complexity. There's some sort of spice in there too, which comes across like clove or nutmeg, which could be from the hops. They are just starting to recede, not quite as bitingly bitter as when fresh.

Very smooth, sticky on the lips, and deceptive for 11.7%. This is far more drinkable than Bourbon County, but I love them both the same.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a medium foamy dirty brown color head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter hoppy notes with roasted malt notes - definitely more hoppy then I was expecting. Taste is also dominated by loads of hops with bitter and citrus notes not common for the style with a side of light roasted malt notes. Body is quite full with a creamy texture and good carbonation with no signs of alcohol. Very good which is not surprising considering the brewer but also more hoppy then most imperial stout I have tried before.

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Photo of zeff80
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, jet black color with a late developing one-finger head of tan foam. It left sticky rings of lace.

S - It smelled of roasted malt, chocolate and vanilla. There were even some fruity notes.

T - It tasted of chocolate and strong roasted malt flavors. There were mild vanilla flavors with some fruity (cherry?) flavors.

M - It was crisp, sharp and very smooth. A medium to full bodied ale.

D - This is a really good brew from Goose Island. I'm glad they crabked out an Imperial Stout.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Clybourn brewpub the day after Dark Lord Day 2009.

A: Pours a very, very dark brown; nearing black with a tiny head and some minimal lacing.

S: Lots of hops going on here; rivaled likely only by Bear Republic's Big Black Bear Stout in terms of the hops it has. Good, complex roasted malts character rounds everything out, but the hops are what's really surprising.

T: Roasted chocolate malts and dark fruit with a tiny bit of coffee. The hops then loom fairly large, creating an exceedingly-balanced stout.

M: Very full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D: Very well-balanced and wonderfully drinkable. Glad to see this is already on GI's website and will hopefully be a standard yearly offering. Overall, a very solid counterpart to Bourbon County.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Groveland. Been waiting a while to finally try this.

Only a 4 oz pour.

Not a big head of course, but it is very dark tan. For the little head, it leave great lace. Color is dark dark brown, basically black.

Aroma: Malt bomb. Chocolate. Some roasted notes. Earthy hops and lots of them. A little coffee. I wished it had a little more going on here, but still pretty solid.

Taste: Very chocolaty and malty. Sweet, earthy hops. Some vanilla. Definitely has some alcohol present. I am really loving it.

Mouthfeel: rich, smooth, and creamy. Full bodied. Medium level of carbonation. Leaves a boozy malty aftertaste. I am really enjoying the mouthfeel here.

Overall, a damn good beer. I loved BCS and I love this beer too. I wished they bottled this. Very drinkable, but I can imagine the booze might get to me if I had had a larger pour.

Great job GI!

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Photo of oberon
4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours jet black into a imperial nonic,a frothy mocha colored head atop.An awesome mix of citric hop,chocolate malt,hardwood,and sweet cherries in the nose,a whole lot of good shite goin on.Full on creaminess in the mouth,chewey but smooth,basically perfect in my opinion,it coats but goes down with ease.The hoppiest big stout I have ever had,resiny and woody at the onset,dark fruit and semi sweet chocolate round out the palate,big roast thru the finish.This is everything I expected,just some much good stuff going on,a fantastic beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 11/19/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, herbal, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toast, raisin, plum, licorice, dark bread, light smoke/char, and herbal/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible imperial stout. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready/roasted malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Gotta thank paco1029384756 for getting me this early, before it showed up here.

A: Pours a huge 2+ finger thick, rich and dark head that fades slower than molasses, but no lacing. The beer itself is as black as the moonless fogged covered night sky.

N: Pretty rich in malts, lots of coffee and roast. Some acidity and lots of dark rich malt aromas, bitter stout like charred malt aromas, some sweet chocolate and nuggat, and a touch of booze. Overall a little too light on the aroma though.

T: Very thick and rich, somewhat chocolatey. Tons of malts, and marshmellow like taste. Lots of roast and a little coffee. Pretty thick and smooth, actually feels like fluff in the mouth. SOme warming booze and touch of burning alc but normal for almost 12%. Sweet caramel and nuggat, very much like a candy bar. Some bitterness from the roasty charred malts and hints of piny hops.

M: Super thick and rich, smooth, marshmellow like, with decent carbonation.

F: BItter, the piny, earthy hops and tons of roasted dark malt flavors give it a lot of bitterness. Some sticky sweetness on the finish with more caramel, nuggat, and marshmellow. Chocolate is also just a little bit. It's pretty tasty with a sweet candy bar like flavor. It does drink pretty well though for 12%.

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Photo of chinchill
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber shared at 1st Sunday.
Reminiscent of BCS. Highly complex and very rich flavor. Lasting, malty-BBL aftertaste.
Full .
Deep dark red-brown body.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an inky black out of the bottle, with about 1 ½ fingers of rich dark mocha head. This stays very frothy around the edges, throwing a big creamy cascade of thick foam and brown oils all up on the sides of the glass. The aroma is full and robust feeling in the nose, with rich notes of chocolate, molasses, crunchy smelling black coffee, and smoky roasted malt. I'm also getting a big whiff of that dry-hopping, with plenty of earth, citrus, and lighter feeling resins that are all showing themselves rather boldly.

The taste literally drips in the mouth, with the sticky warmth of chocolate fudge, caramel, burnt molasses, and a touch of darker fruit character. Blackened roasted and coffee really gives this a dense and sharp blackness to the profile. The hops really give this an assertive bite of spice, pine, and leafy green citric character. As strong as the hops are, there is still a certain amount of denseness to the profile that allows more of the flavor from them to meld into the dark and sticky sweetness of the malts but without putting out a distracting amount of bitterness. Quite the intense finish on this too, with a load of blackened bitterness, spice, and dry resins all just sticking the back of the throat. The mouthfeel is full bodied, with a huge firm creaminess to it that unfolds as the liquid first enters your mouth. This then gives way to a thick and chewy layer that holds all of those rich decadent flavors. A big heady feel from the ABV is present but it never becomes stinging with alcohol at any point and actually feels welcome here, as it fits in right along with the all around hugeness of the profile.

The aggressive dry-hopping was very evident here and seemed much more forward than what I remembered this being on draft at the Clybourn location last year. I liked the extra flavor that it brought to the table for the most part but I think that I preferred when more of that dark malty goodness was front and center as well. Either way, this is still a killer Imperial Stout from Goose Island.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 11/19/12

A: Pours an opaque very dark jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of gentle carbonation and a light amount of dark amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy very dark mocha head that slowly reduces to medium sized slightly thicker patch with some larger bubbles, a thin film covering the remainder of the surface, and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some notes of licorice and chocolate. Over the top of the malts, there is a moderate amount of citrus/orange hops and a light amount of pine hops. Just a light hint of alcohol.

T: Upfront there are moderate amounts of roasted malts flavors with some light amounts of sweetness and just a touch of vanilla. There are moderate flavors of dark chocolate and some light notes of licorice as well. That is all combined with some moderate to strong flavors of citrus/orange hops and light to moderate flavors of pine hops. Moderate amounts of bitterness and just a touch of alcohol in the finish.

M: Full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a light to moderate amount of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: This is a bottle from the questionable batch but definitely no infection here so it clearly doesn't effect everything from 11/19/12. This is quite an enjoyable beer but definitely a big beer that needs to be sipped slowly and savored - not the easiest to drink since the alcohol is not as well hidden as I might have liked.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a black body with a frothed hea--oh, it's gone-- with only a thin dark tan fizz ring.

Smell: The nose pitches back and forth between the hefty maltiness and hearty hoppiness displaying espresso powder, citrus fruits, charred bread, yellow pine, and foil-wrapped chocolate squares. Some traces of nostril-pinching alcohol dwelling in the upswelling aroma as well.

Taste: Scorched, roasted malts and tastes of decadent semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, and cauterized bread crusts. Fair share of sweetness in the fore. Moderate fruitiness of cooked figs. All the while, there's a progressing hop character of grapefruit, oranges, and particularly resinous pine. Both hops and the roasted grains supply the palate with a robust bitterness. The alcohol content is certainly evident throughout. Fair amount of bitterness and alcohol heat on the roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-light carbonation. Pleasantly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Whereas I can't imagine living life without GIBCS, I found Night Stalker to simply be quite good.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 03/06/10. Bottle 1000. Polished 8-ball black with a slowly developing crown of dark brown sugar colored cream that spilled over the sides of the glass. A bright blast of morning sunshine fails to reveal any highlights whatsover. If enough lace sticks (it does) then this will be one gorgeous double stout.

Even after (just) more than one year in the bottle, the tropical fruitiness of Simcoe hops are still easily appreciated in the nose. They do, though, take a backseat to a murderer's row of malts that includes pale, Munich, chocolate, caramel, roasted and black. It smells like there's a generous quantity of those last four, which is how it should be.

How in the world can a beer that started out with only 60 IBUs (not an astronomically high number for this much malt) still be this hop-forward after so long? Those of you who don't care for hoppy double/Imperial stouts need to age this bad boy for longer than one year, that's for sure.

When fresh, this Goose Island brew must taste like a black DIPA. In fact, it pretty much does right here and now. Specifics include double chocolate fudge brownies, blackstrap molasses, Sambuca (anise liqueur) and a generoous amount of pink grapefruit zest. Only those who have equal love for American double stouts and American hops (like me) need apply.

The mouthfeel might be this impressive beer's most impressive feature. This is easily the most heavily creamy, silky smooth, lushly plush beer to have entered my glass in 2011... and maybe 2010 as well. NS is mouth candy par excellence that has me wishing 5.5 was an option.

Night Stalker might not reach the stratospheric heights of the stupendous Bourbon County Stout, but Goose Island has done themselves proud yet again. Bottom line: unabashedly hoppy American big beer that is right in my hoppy American big beer wheelhouse.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from notes 3/11/11. Thanks to THECPJ for sharing.

A: Pours extremely black, no light penetrates whatsoever. A gorgeous mocha head formed up leaving some impressive lacing for the style.

S: Very strong mocha and chocolate aromas, right up my ally for an imperial stout. Also some roasted malts, a little bit of dark fruit, and a hint of coffee.

T: The nose gives a great indication of what is to come in the flavor profile. Lots of chocolate, some mocha, a little toffee, molasses, and a little bit of a hop kick, which caught me by surprise since there was no indication of hops on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied, nice creamy texture, no alcohol presence at all.

O: Quite good, not sure I could drink an entire one, well...I probably could, but it would take most of an evening. Much better to split with someone. Nice flavors, my kind of stout not having a pronounced coffee flavor.

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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,820 ratings.
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