Night Stalker | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Night StalkerNight Stalker
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
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1,820
Reviews:
744
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
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Photo of drpimento
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Whoa, over the top. Poured with a small, fine, cream colored head and a little lace. Color is opaque black with brown notes. Aroma is roasty malt, hop, and dark ripe fruit. Flavor is mammoth and like the nose but jacked way up and kicked in with huge alcohol. Body is a great contrast between silky and mess u up. Finish is like flavor and likewise enormous. Incredible beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber - dated 02/19/10 - served into a snifter

Pours a very dark brown; not quite black at any point. The edges of the beer are a nice cola brown. This high gravity beer only produces a few millimeters of beige head. It actually laces some, which I didn't expect given the tiny amount of foam. I can't fault it for anything; this is how imperial stouts are supposed to look.

This is what I've been waiting for; a super hoppy imperial stout. The hops explode out of this beer. Pine and generic citrus and leaf all make for a lovely, IPA-like hop base. Chocolate flavors, brownies mostly, come up right after the initial hop blast. A kiss of dark fruits here, a bit of nuttiness there, a touch of soy sauce. I'm loving the hops here. Your milage may vary, especially if you don't like Black IPAs/India Dark Ales - which this beer is reminiscent of, only definitely on the maltier side of things.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips and roasted cocoa come at you hard and heavy. This is a lot of chocolate, and that is a good thing. The hops are very flavorful here, as one would expect from the aroma. Legitimate grapefruit and orange lupulin tastes, with a bitter, pine finish. Few beers pull this off: hop bitterness AND heavy roasted malt bitterness at the same time. I love contrasting bitternesses in beers, it is the reason that Boulevard's Bully! Porter is my favorite American Porter. And it is the reason that I will score Nightstalker a 5.0 in taste. The finish is all about contrasting bitterness, with a little plum and grapefruit (contrasting fruit flavors - one from the malt and one from the hops!). The is fucking delicious.

A damn satisfying mouthfeel; this is among the thicker imperial stouts that I've had in recent months. It is viscous, rich and velvety in texture. Drinkability is hampered by the nearly 12% ABV - and it does catch up to you - but you hardly notice the booze while drinking because the hops work to bitter away any alcohol sweetness. I'd score this a 5.0 out of sheer deliciousness and semi-dry (for the style) finish but you can tell that the alcohol will catch up to you - use for proof the fact that I used "bitter" as a verb in the previous sentence.

I had this beer once before, on-tap at Goose Island's Clybourn St. brewpub where Nightstalker was only available prior to the bottle release. I was a bit disappointed in it; the hevay dry-hopping that I was told was a major part of Nightstalker just wasn't apparent on that draught pour. Hilarious right? Increasingly I feel as if I was served a different beer, like the base beer w/o hopping or something. This bottled version has been nothing short of a revelation. It is drinking Heavenly right now and I need to procure more bottles. Quickly.

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Photo of gameface23
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pitch black with a light brown head that has decent staying power.

S: Average at best, consisting of some hoppy aromas and slight roasted malts.

T: There is a big blast of boozy chocolate notes that ends with a punch of hop bitterness. The finish prevents it from being cloying, but it is still slightly astringent.

M: Thick!

D: It's a good beer. I would rather spend the extra $1 and get a Bourbon County Stout, but it's interesting to taste the base beer for BCS to showcase what bourbon barrel aging really adds to a beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I was expecting a bit more of a foreboding label based on the name. Oh well, the mysteriousness works too, I suppose. The beer pours an opaque black-brown topped by about a finger of tan foam. The nose comrpises a surprising amount of hoppy florals and greenery, with some roasted malts hanging around in the background. This is more of a pale ale's smell than a stout's. The taste holds notes of chocolate syrup, molasses, roasted malts, brown sugar, and, near the end, a strong but still understated bit of hoppy bitterness. Though the bitterness threatens to steer the situation away from impy stout territory, it is restrained enough to allow the stoutness to maintain its dominance. The body is a nice heavy, with light carbonation and a smooth, chewy feel. Overall, a good bit o' brew, but not one I'll necessarily refer to as "great". A good one-timer.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a snifter at around 50 degrees. Special thanks go to Kegatron for including this bottle as an extra, yes you read that correctly.

Pours a deep dark brown color, mostly black unless held up to the light. The head was 2 fingers width, creamy, and dark tan. Good retention and excellent lacing down the sides of the glass.

Aroma is quite complex, lots of hop character in the forefront. The hoppy characteristics are of the citrus variety, but it is also quite grassy and fresh tasting. From the malt and alcohol, I'm getting, black licorice, alcohol sting, cherries, roast, and chocolate.

Wow, it tastes exquisite. Chocolate at first, but not overly sweet chocolate, more like bitter-sweet. This is followed quickly by TONS of black licorice, with some roast and cherries in the background. I'm not really getting any coffee flavors, but I also get a lot of dark fruit flavors like raspberry and blackberry, which I absolutely adore. Finishes up with a bunch of citrusy hops which seem to blend seemlessly with the dark fruit flavors and the alcohol cherry flavor.

Feels great too, oily and viscous, smooth, creamy, and coats the mouth fully. Exactly what I am looking for in an imperial stout.

I know they made this beer with aging in mind, but I honestly can't imagine it improving past the point it is at now. A mammoth of a beer, and one that I can say is decidedly better than its bourbon barrel aged counterpart. Some alcohol is present in the swallow currently, but I think it's actually at a good level now and contributes to the overall profile. Went down smooth and easy as it warmed. What a lovely beer.

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Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Perhaps I expected too much, but I was a bit letdown with this one. A big beer with a substantial, but not overpowering, abv. Up front was nicely creamy with deeply roasted malt flavor. The middle was dominated by a molasses/sorghum sweetness that seemed too sweet and too raw, as if the beer needed a good deal more time to mature. Not unpleasant, but the overall effect was of a beer that was still unfinished. According to the bottle the beer can mature for several years, so I think I will put one back and revist some cold winter evening.

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Photo of Ego
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

eyes....
dark cocoa head rises up to one finger, totally opaque hue, lacing is very good and the head (now settled) has stuck around a good five minutes, the lacing is composed of a nice curtain of micro bubbles, very inviting impy.

nose...
bourbany chocolate, dark cocoa, dark fruit, tinge of booze, after a while a dark prune aroma really seems to dominate

taste etc...
woah, pretty hot alcohol wise up front, whiskey-ish, pretty viscous, almost liquid candy bar thick, dark fruit mixed with bitter chocolate, definitely pronounced by the hops, left out to mellow this is much better and really has some dark bitter euro choc notes going on.

verdict?
A little hot right now, sit this one down, I think it will be superb in a year or so.

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

A huge thanks to paco1029384756! You went over-the-top with the haul you sent me, I owe you big time.

A: A dark liquid that poured slightly thinner than what I had anticipated, with a tan colored head and fair retention.

S: Lots of roasted malts upfront that are followed up by almond and chocolate notes.

T: Alcohol is immediately noticeable on the palate as well as the chocolate and roasted malts that make up most Imperial Stouts. The initial flavor seemed pretty standard, but as the beer warmed up, a nice raisin and cherry fruit develop towards the back end of each sip.

M: Creamy and thick with mild carbonation.

D: Even with the strong alcohol presence, splitting the bottle with my buddy wasn't too cumbersome. A very well put together Imperial Stout, and had a similar qualities to Stone's IRS.

Overall: A very good Imperial Stout that is worth your time acquiring. A try it beer. Cheers!

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Photo of Jayli
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 3/6/2010 bottle 1536
Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip
Consumed 6/16

A: This beer pours a deep, dark, rich brown almost black with a two finger of thick sudsy brown head. Head recedes at a slow pace leaving big, sticky clumps of lacing.

S: Nose is big toasted and roasted notes with a HUGE hop presence (ok huge for a stout). Grassy and citrus notes are most detectable. Hints of chocolate and toffee also come through in the aroma.

T: Taste is a big burst of roasted malts at the forefront, with some minor smokiness that hangs on the back of your throat and stays there the whole way through. Rich and creamy milk chocolate really comes through in the middle. Finish has a hint of bitter chocolate, some light coffee notes, and a ton of citrus hop bitterness. As the beer warms, some charred notes come in during the aftertaste.

M: Fuller body, medium carbonation, rich and creamy body the whole way down.

D: Nice kick, well blended, rather complex beer that is really complimented by the larger hop presence. This is in no way a sessionable beer, but a damn fine beer to sit and enjoy a glass or two.

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Photo of JoePat
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark black with a thin tan head that dissapates quickly.
It has a orange like citrus aroma with som raison like fruity notes and a light caramel sweetness.
Huge bitter flavor both hop and roasted malt that balances the sweetness. Some raison flavor and caramel in the sweetness.
The mouth feel is sweet and sticky almost a syrupy like quality.
Not the most drinkable beer but it is a high gravity stout. It is a hoppy stout that I could sip on all night long.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz. bottle poured into a chalice (first pour) and then a tulip (second pour). Paired with a beautifully grilled porterhouse seasoned with olive oil, salt and pepper. Bottle date: 2/19/10; Sample date: 6/14/10. (2 bottles, bottled on the same date, in the cellar for sampling after extended aging, possibly as part of a vertical with successive vintages, assuming Goose Island continues to brew Night Stalker on an annual basis.)

A: Night Stalker pours jet black with thick caramel head that holds up relatively well, still leaving a solid ring of foam around the edges of the glass. Strong lacing forms with each sip but retreats quickly into the beer.

S: upon first pour, into the chalice and still near fridge temps, the aromas are predominantly dark chocolate and mild roasted coffee. Second pour into the tulip revealed much more floral and minty hop aromas. Could have been the glass concentrating some volatiles or just that I let the bottle warm on the counter. Anyway, once the hop aromas fade (and they do fade quickly) dark chocolate, coffee and subtle hints of cherries, grapefruit and alcohol.

T: Night Stalker starts out like a traditional imperial stout- dark chocolate, dark fruits around a mild coffee bitterness in the center. Warm alcohol also finds its way in, no surprise at 11.2% ABV! The brew finishes with a pop of floral and grapefruit hops. After the hop burst, a caramel sweetness settles in and preps you for the next sip. As the beer warms the alcohol flavor subsides, though maybe I'm just getting buzzed and can't detect it any more....

M: The moutfeel on this beer is something else. Full bodied, syrupy, creamy and smooth. The finish is long and complex- the burst of hops leads into that juicy caramel sweetness that lingers until the next sip, with a perfect amount of carbonation that helps everything pop just as you swallow. On top of all that, a mild bitterness helps to balance and bring it all together.

D: even with a 14oz. steak in my belly I'm feeling the effects of 11.2% ABV. Night Stalker is definitely a big boy beer. So many of the imperial stout characteristics you expect, yet so much more you don't normally find in the style. It's a big beer in a big bottle and probably best to share, but I'm not having too much trouble going it alone. Goose Island has done it again- a great brew as part of the Fulton Wood Series that I hope they continue to brew.

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Photo of hopstradamus
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A. Thick opaque black this beer is dull, dark, and mysterious. No light passes through it. Thick and sticky looking, this beer pours easily with a thick cocoa colored foam.

S. Smoky and chocolaty with hints of coffee, toffee, and tar. Hop heavy it smells like I am eating coffee beans and hop pellets at the same time.

T. Hoppy at first but balanced by a strong malt backbone. Strong alcohol taste helps to open taste buds to experience the other flavors. The smooth balance is superb. The coffee smell gives way to strong roasted malt, with earthy tones as well.

M. Thick and viscous, almost chewy; it's both heavy and satisfying. Good carbonation continues to release the layered flavors of this beer.

D. Very good, I can't wait to have another, a real treat. It would be incredible over ice cream after dinner.

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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 gford217
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost completely black in the glass but does show hints of mahogany around the edges. There is a small cream-colored head that recedes to a thin collar.

The aroma is very interesting with the green floral hops leading the way but being pushed aside by the huge roasted black malts with hints of coffee and chocolate. Still, the hop presence is what makes the nose unique.

The taste is even better as the hops are joined by a more aggressively roasted malt backbone with the chocolate coming out more than in the aroma. Sweet dark fruits thrown in as well and the finish is roasty with some floral hop bitterness. Exceptional tasting brew.

The mouthfeel is full bodied, creamy and thick but the hop bitterness and soft carbonation keep it from getting syrupy.

The dry hopping really makes this a stellar beer. The underlying stout is certainly great as well but the fresh, green floral hop character seems to make this one even more drinkable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a muddy, jet black, thick, coffee color with a two finger head. The foams sticks to the side of the glass like syrup. The creamy head subsides to little or no lacing.

S- Not alot of aroma going on which is surprsing for an Imperial Stout. Molasses, figs, some wet blanket, and mild chocolate.

T - Strong molasses, black licorice, heavy hop bitterness for a stout (which I like very much), some pine, and bitter chocolate. The sip starts with masssive doses of thick molasses and evolves into black licorice/anise for the finish. Lots of dark toasted malts laced with bitter chocolate and moderate amounts of smokiness. The mouth is left with a coating of thick molasses, bitter chocolate, and mild orange rind which lingers for a few minutes afterwards. This is a nice Imperial Stout but what really killed it for me is the unavoidable solvent and acetone-like nature which wrecked a really good thing. I'm not sure if this bottle was exposed to heat or direct sunlight before I bought it, but half way through the sip there was a very noticeable PVC taste going on. That in itself was very dissapointing. I thought it was me but my wife and best friend (both who really know beer) tasted the same nuance.

M - Thick, very sticky, and a heavy big body.

D - Couldn't do more than one of these, would love to try aging it to see where it goes. I'm really hoping the acetone taste was due to a natural exposure. I will try this again to see if the reaction is still the same, if not, I will make the appropriate changes. Goose Island is a reputable brewer and I would like to give this one another go around.

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.42/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to a good buddy for picking this one up for me. Bottle pours a jet black with a little bit of foam in the glass. Smells like a big bastard of a imperial stout. This honestly tastes like a lighter version of Bourbon County Stout. Both are equally awesome, this just might be a smidge easier to drink. Lots of dark roasted chocolate with some hop bite to it. Very smooth beer and it drinks very well for the high alc%. Glad I got to try this one after all.

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Photo of PEBKAC
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Twenty-two ounce hand-filled bottle from a couple months back. The mini-fridge of plenty always provides. It "should" be okay. "extra air quotes just in case"

Ommegang Anniversary glass. Half an inch of russet-colored head is all it provides. Straight black coffee-color body, but a touch more hearty, like coffee brewed twelve hours ago. :P

Smell is thick with molasses & a generous helping of mixed greens. A green chili intensity without any heat. Rich, half cooked dough. The fumes are invigorating, enchanting, & barely approach anything resembling noxious, unless you are already under the table.

Initial feel is like I added two packets of cream to my coffee(Or maybe some cornstarch). A spritz of carbonation at the beginning, but the body turns into gooey old coffee once it turns that corner. Thank god it's tasty.

Dank & delicious. Loads of doughy, just barely roasted malt. Heaps of pungent green & citric hops. Garlicky & heavy. Pruney like a good Baltic porter. Cola & just about no coffee. A lingering amount of earthy, dank hops. I just about fail to notice any bitterness coming from the roast. All that residual sugar, wow...

Triple chocolate death cake or bust. What else can you pair this with?!

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Photo of fastsrt
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle in snifter

A: Opaque black, quickly diminishing brown head

S: hops pop out right away, toasty, earthy,

T: This one is unique form most imperial stouts, big roasted coffee and chocolate, up front and a lemony citrus/brown sugar finish.

M: coating, lingering feel on the pallet, refreshing,

D: this one fits a warm summer day perfectly, the hops lighten it up and is refreshing, will be drinking this one quite often.

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Photo of ZX6Chris
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 2/19/10

A-Dark as night, barely any head just a ring of dark bubbles around the edge of the glass. Absolutely no light gets through.

S-Lots of hop aroma at first then it settles down, brown sugar, caramel, roasted malts. A little hint of alcohol once it warms up.

T-Very subtle chocolate, brown sugar. Alot of roastyness on the finish. Some bitterness comes through but I'm not sure if it's from the malts or the hops.

M-medium to full bodied. Very smooth. Light carbonation.

D-So smooth with subtle flavors. Almost 12% and you'd never know it. Amazing beer. It's like 3 different beers in one. It subtle and delicious.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 06/07/2010
Type: 22oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a jet black color w/ a light brown 11/2 finger cream head that left substantial lacing on the glass. Nose was of chocolate malts, coffee, roastiness, smokiness, and citrus hops. Taste was of chocolate, espresso, caramel, and toffee up front, and a finish of pretty strong citrus notes from the hops. Mouthfeel was thick and rich. Drinkability was pretty good, as the citrus hops really balanced out the maltiness to prevent it from being cloying.

Overall, a fine and unique example of a very hoppy imperial stout. However, this is really not my cup of tea, more into malt dominated imperial stouts. Anyway, great brew once again from Goose Island!

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

A - Black, black, black. Tan big head about 1 inch leaves slow to disk. Lost of cling lace.

S - Chocolate chip cookies. Cocoa powder. Almost root beer, but not quite.

T - Rich and good. Wow. Lush chocolate, coffee, hops there to keep it in reign.

M - Big, large body, great carb, balance exceptional considering the large contributors here. Nice.

D - Ok, not a session. But so tasty, I will do the 22 myself.

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Photo of number1bum
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled exactly 3 months ago, 3/6/10.

Pours pitch black and pretty thick looking. Generated only minimal head, which was very dark tan. Not much in the way of lacing; very thin, primarily a rimjob.

Smell is super malty and sweet, with aromas of dark chocolate, caramel, molasses. Very little roasted malt; just a hint. lUnsurprisingly it's also very hoppy, with herbal, resiny and citrus aromas. It's just all kinds of nice.

Taste is also incredibly robust. Lots of chocolate flavor, dark and somewhat bitter, with sweet molasses and caramel too. Lots of hops like the nose; big fruitiness, citrus especially, plus an herbal quality. So much juicy fruit though; amazing. Like the nose the roasted malt is very subtle here as well. Takes a back seat to the hops and sweet malts. Some booze creeps in toward the finish, but this is a huge beer so I guess that's not totally unexpected. It's not a hot beer, though, so it's not bothersome.

Mouthfeel is a viciously thick full body, extremely creamy and exceptionally smooth. This is about as good as it gets from an imperial stout; so smooth and soft, rich and milky.

This is just an excellent beer from Goose Island, who rarely disappoints. I was at the brewpub last summer when this was still draft only and really wanted to try it, but I was feeling under the weather and just didn't feel up to it. It was worth the wait, however. Great beer.

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Photo of cbutova
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow, intense.

A- Pitch black. Dark tan cloud and ring, sticky suds but lace is lacking a bit.

S- Pure hops, so much hops. Earthy, grassy with slight dark fruit. Some alcohol vapors. Dark roast malt behind hops.

T- Huge Imperial stout burnt roast malt flavors, some toffee and toast. Hops are like the bag from the homebrew store, fresh. Mix a huge piney, earthy IIPA with a beast Imperial Stout. Some cocoa and caramel.

MF- Very thick, oily body. Low carbonation suits the big flavors. Pretty damn warm but its nice.

DB- Good price for a huge, extremely hoppy and interesting take on an Imperial Stout. Hop flavors are superb and blend well with the burnt roasty malt. A sipper, share it, alcohol becomes strong.

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Photo of sitarist
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 3/6/10.

Deep, deep, dark, and opaque, with a caramel-brown head. The head falls fast and leaves a ring with a few spots of lacing. Right on for the style.

Smells sweet and smokey. The first thing that comes to mind is burnt-toasted marshmallow...caramelized pecans, pine, orange juice, and molasses. There is a slight earthy funk also.

The taste is smokey, bitter, and sweet. The burnt-toasted marshmallows dominate the flavors. There are some faint fruity flavors along with molasses as well.

Its a little hot on my tongue. The body is full and coats my mouth nicely. The alcohol and hops dry and finish this out nicely.

Big beer with great quality's. Some more time in the cellar will due this brew much justice. Either way its a great sipper.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.45/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Thanks to ChadQuest for this. I absolutely hated this when I had it on tap at Clybourn about a year ago, but a recent tasting from a bottle quickly changed my opinion.

4.0 A: Aptly named, this is a dark som' bitch. Deep black color. Two fingers of light brown head that falls surprisingly quickly. The last 1/8 inch sticks around a bit longer. Some lacing.

4.0 S: Lots of sweet chocolate mixes with herbal and citrus hops. Orange, lemon, and pineapple are featured. Good roastiness in there, but sweet maltiness is stronger. Some caramel, toffee, and molasses to boot.

2.5 T: Roastiness mixes with hop bitterness and the combo isn't that appealing. Hop citrus doesn't figure in well either. Too much orange. Roastiness is there, sweet chocolate is less pronounced but still there. Unfortunately, the alcohol is a bit too strong.

4.5 M: Heavy body. Thick and syruppy, just like I like it. Good moderate carbonation. Roastiness, bitterness, and alcohol last in the aftertaste.

3.0 D: Don't know what happened. I loved it at the tasting, but as I drink it now, it tastes like it was a year ago. I guess it was the combo of beers I had before this one that made it taste so good. Oh well, I have 3 more of these, we'll see what the cellar will do to these.

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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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