Night Stalker | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Night StalkerNight Stalker

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-02-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of katan
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into a goblet

A - Pours a very dark, opaque, thick and viscous looking liquid. Light head formation, a mocha colored film.

S - Chocolate, light roasted malts, some phenolic tones. Some toffee and raisin notes as well.

T - Starts off with a light roasted malt flavor, 2 row, some chocolate. Big time hop hit mid-stream, american hops the likes I have never seen before. Finishes with a chocolate and coffee note. Aftertaste is pretty bitter.

M - Thick and creamy, coating, and almost oily. Carbonation bite is non-existent. Sticks to the tongue big time.

D - Considering the beers statistics, this beer is very drinkable. Well hidden ABV. Smooth going down. ABV will hurt you - hard to drink a bomber yourself. Not filling.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Looking forward to this, as I love BCS. Night Stalker pours a thick, oily black. An impressive caramel head forms, and quickly dissipates without much lace left behind. The smell is an awesome combination of rich, dark chocolate and a faint background of hops. Taste is more of the same... I've had hoppy stouts before and not been crazy about them, but Night Stalker pulls it off damn well. I think the key is the balance struck between citrus and earthy hops. Nobody does an imperial stout like Goose Island when it comes to mouthfeel, this beer just melts in my mouth like some sort of rich adult milkshake. I was a bit worried when I heard Night Stalker described as a hoppy stout, as my previous experiences with such beers have been underwhelming (I'm looking at you Storm King), but Night Stalker was phenomenal. I just wish I had more than one bottle left.

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Photo of glazeman
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought this a week ago and decided tonight would be a good time to give it a try. 22 oz. Bottled: 2/19/10

A: poured into a snifter. a semi-vigorous pour yields a one finger cappuccino colored head. Color is the dark of night, as the name implies. Medium head retention. Minimal lacing

S: Fairly hoppy, but blended well with notes of chocolate.

T: A roasted flavor is most dominant here. Semi-sweet and malty at first, but with a bitter after taste. Some booziness, but not that much considering the % ABV.

M: quite viscous, but not quite the oil-like feel of some other stouts in the category. Mild Carbonation.

D: This beer is definately a sipper. I enjoyed it very much, however the hoppy aftertaste somewhat limits its drinkability, as does the close to 12% abv.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.65/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle Date of 3 6 10 0900; Sampled April 2010
A solid pour yields a four-finger thick, darkly browned head. The beer is a rich, opaque, black color. Wow, the aroma is incredibly hoppy, surprisingly so for even an American Imperial Stout. Aromas of tangelo zest, lychee, ripe tropical fruit and just a juicy, hop fruitiness. The dark malts take a back seat in the aroma, something I find amazing in an imperial stout; if you dig for it though there are notes of bitter cocoa, ample toasted whole grain crackers and only a hint of roasted grain. Chocolate malt character becomes more noticeable as the beer warms, but it doesn't remotely compete with ample, aggressively smooth, super hop character packed into this beer. The aroma seems to define the perfect character for a Dark IPA (really a double version).

Smooth and viscous feeling as it first hits my tongue with a complex dark malt sweetness, quickly, as it rolls across my tongue an ample hop character of tropical fruit, ripe tangelo zest, big lychee and kumquat flavors become noticeable. The beer finishes with a bitterness that isn't overly big for such a huge beer; much of it comes from a bitter roast malt character, but most of it is from a smooth hop bitterness. The finish has a herbal, essential citrus oil edge to it as well that I wouldn't quite say is astringent, but does contribute to the overall balance of the beer along with the bitterness. Dark cocoa flavors couple with notes of roasted espresso, some burnt pine-tar notes and really, just a rich, complex, dark malt character. The hops have a way of making this big beer drink a little smaller than it actually is, which is definitely nice, but is probably a bit dangerous in a beer this size. The chocolate and coffee-liquor like malt character becomes more noticeable as the beer warms ups, though it still can't compete with the smooth, but still loud malt character.

What a fantastic beer, I knew it was going to be hoppy, but I had no idea that this would be so hop dominated. I really dig this beer, and it reminds me of fresh Yeti, a beer I haven't had in years. So incredibly smooth and I really like how the aggressive hop character has completely dominated this big roasted beer so thoroughly. The ample hop fruitiness is so smooth and juicy. This is fantastic because it is so hoppy, what a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.6/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass, bottled 2/19/10 so drank when 2.5 months old but kept cold in order to preserve hop profile

It pours pitch black with a three finger head that leaves just a small layer of foam when it dies down.

A hoppy stout indeed, although I'm having a problem pinpointing the particular influences the hop has on the smell. The smell is so thick with dark chocolate and coffee that any of the delicate hop aroma are lost on me besides that I can tell that this was definitely dry-hopped.

The flavor is, I guess, confusing. All of the attributes of a thick viscous stout are there with a firm bitterness cutting through all that. The roasted coffee is ever so present and then a once again vague hop flavor takes over and the sip ends pretty neutrally. The best thing about this hoppy stout is that the sweetness of a beer this size is cut way down and makes for a rather balanced beer. There isn't much wrong with this beer, but I don't think I will fall in love with hoppy stouts. I feel that it takes everything bold in a huge thick beer like this and cuts it's legs off in order to tame it.

The mouthfeel is beautifully thick,and smooth with a carbonation level to match. Since it takes me a good chuck of time to finish a bomber by myself as the beer warms it becomes increasingly more silky and drinkable. This beer; as sweet, thick, and high in alcohol, as it is; is surprisingly drinkable, much more so than it's cousin BCS.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an onyx black with a thick mocha colored head that retains impressively given the strength...very imposing looking. The aroma is tricky at first, with a big citrusy and piney hops blast upfront, followed by some cherry and raspberry notes, gourmet dark chocolate, a little coffee and char, and some alcohol. The flavor has big dark fruit notes upfront, reminiscent of pomegranate and plums, along with some piney and citrusy hops, chocolate, burnt bread, coffee, a little bourbon, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is full and rich and drinkability is pretty good for the style. Overall a very good imperial stout, not as hoppy as I was expecting but I think that ended up being a good thing,

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Photo of younger35
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this brew and haven't gotten around to it until today. I've had on tap many times though and this is one tasty brewski. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pitch black as night with a nice one finger dark tan head that is frothy and thick. Not much of a cap remains but a thin collar and a small amount of random lacing remains.
Smell- Super hoppy and WAY hoppier in the nose than I remember. Really really fruity smelling with a big grapefruit and orange peel character. Much hoppier than previous versions. Still nice and chocolaty though with hints of coffee and caramel. Way different smelling beer than I'm used to.
Taste- Well much the same way as the nose the intense hoppiness is in control. Pretty damned fruity as a big rush of grapefruit and bubblegum add a big burst of hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is fairly evident and seems even more intense mixed with the hops. The chocolate and coffee that was so evident the first times I had this brew is dominated by the fruitiness. Slightly sweet as it can get sort of cloying as a fairly prevalent caramel character lingers on in the finish along with some pine.
Mouthfeel- Easily the best part of the beer. Super smooth and rich with a silky feel that is second to none. The carbonation is light and honestly this might be the best feeling beer ever to cross these lips.
Drinkability- Still a really good beer but not near as tasty as it was when it was just the base beer of Bourbon County Stout. It's gotten way to hoppy for its own good. Not gross Darkness '08 hoppy, but too hoppy none-the-less. Hopefully they go back to the ways of old before they brew this recipe again.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to both Jeff and Mark for sending me this. I've been looking forward to trying this beer for quite some time.

A: As the name would imply this beer is black as night with a moderate tan head.

S: A lot of citrusy hops (grapefruit in particular) which is an interesting contrast to the chocolate, roast, and coffee undertones of the imperial stout.

T: Quite a bit of roast, coffee, and chocolate. But, these are really masked a bit too much by the grapefruit hop flavors. That said, this is done more tactfully than Darkness 09. The alcohol presence is fairly minimized by the shear number of different flavors present in the beer.

M: The body is quite full with a moderate carbonation and smooth feel on the tongue.

D: I've been wanting to try this for a long time, and I was pleased by how it tasted. But, I think I would prefer this beer in 6 months to a year when the hops have died down.

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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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 morimech
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Appearance- Very dark, dense, viscous fluid. Just 1/2" of brown head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Just a little spotty lacing is left on the glass.

Smell- Pungent hop aroma. Not what one expects in an Impy Stout until recent trends. Hints of citrus and pine sap. This is mixed in with a solvent like alcohol aroma. Not especially nice smelling.

Taste- I guess these uber-hopped stouts are not my thing. The hops are not well intregrated in this beer. Begins with a nice chocolatey malt flavor but that is quickly overtaken by bitter, citrus hops. Nah, not for me, thanks. As another reviewer noted, this is like drinking two different beers at the same time and neither compliments the other. Alcohol is also dominating in the end that does not quite clear out the hop bitterness as this has a bitter citrus aftertaste.

Mouthfeel- Goose Island has a fabulous stout base with this beer and with Bourbon County Stout. Thick, rich, and a silky smooth texture. Goose Island always seems to get mouthfeel right.

Drinkability- Well, this sure was not my type of stout. Have to force my way through the rest of the bottle. Will not drink this one again.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brought back recently from Buffalo, was uber excited to see it there!

Pours a jet, silky black with a nice fluffy mocha head. Pretty textbook.

Nose is a mix of bright vibrant citrus hops, quite juicy and then a rich dark chocolate malt with a good dose of roast. I'd guess a black IPA on the nose except that the malt is too hefty, too sweet. Only complaint is it seems a touch unintegrated.

This is a supremely silky, drinkable Imperial Stout. Light coffee grounds, rich milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasty malts all there with a orange rind, citrus hop profile with a touch of pine that definitely works. Thick, creamy mouthfeel which coats the mouth, pretty rich nuggat sweetness running throughout, thick and rich.

An excellent stout which is definitely on the high end of the hop spectrum. As this one sits it should mellow and integrate a little better and should be in the elite. Even as it stands, it's an excellent beer. Super yummy.

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Photo of nopucophop
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours as thick as motor oil leaving a beautiful thick brown lasting head.

The aroma is just what you would expect from a dry hopped stout. ALL HOPS!!!

The taste has imperial stout all over it. Coffee, chocolate, dark malts, slight alcohol burn, and all balanced by a peculiar sweetness. The hop flavor is not as prevalent nor should it be.

The mouthfeel is smooth and silky. It seems to get better with every sip.

This is a very easy stout to drink. I would recommend it to any stout fan.

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Photo of bobsy
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to fellow BA,and all-round nice guy, ritzkiss, for cracking this one. I saw it in Buffalo, but being limited in what I could cart back I decided to give it a miss, so its good to see what this one is all about.

Pitch black pour with a large creamy tan head that has great retention, but limited lace. The aroma is mega-rich, with a huge dose of black chocolate and dark fruit dominating, but with alcohol and pine underneath. Speaking with Eric, we concluded that the flavour is like a hopped-up Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, which is no bad thing! Dark chocolate dominates, the figs and dates in support. Some nice coffee roast, though its quite restrained for an imperial stout. Good piny hopping combines with the roast to deliver a decent bitterness that prevents this sweet beer from becoming cloying. Really big, rich mouthfeel. Thick and chewy with a smooth carbonation, which suits the decadence of the flavour well. In fact, this is one of the most perfectly matched mouthfeels I've come across, so top marks for Goose Island!

Pretty damn good - we had Dark Lord a little later, and I actually preferred the Night Stalker.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber, bottled 2/19/10, into a Duvel tulip.

A: A long, slow, high pour of appropriately midnight-colored liquid results in a solid inch of striking orange-brown head; pretty good retention, but less lace than I'd like. The light, spotty lacing is my only complaint, though, as this is an extremely attractive stout.

S: Wow. Extremely potent and amazingly complex, the aroma seems to offer new depths each time I inhale it. Coffee was my first impression upon pouring the beer, followed by sweet candied malt, distinct licorice, over-toasted bread, booze, chocolate, and bitter, earthy hops. Nothing really stands out, with all these components swirling and melding with kaleidoscopic intensity. Incredible.

T: Pronounced roastiness up front (mainly coffee), followed by sweeter chocolate, caramel, and licorice notes, and rounded out with some major hop bite, with both earthy and citrus hops showing up (what do you know, I just looked at their website and saw that it's brewed with Mt. Hood and Simcoe). Minor alcohol on the hoppy aftertaste, but not as much as I'd expect from a fresh 11.7% brew. Not quite as tremendous as the aroma, but still a fantastic beer.

M: Full-bodied without being sticky, and charged with an ideal moderate amount of silky carbonation. I can't imagine this feeling much better.

D: There's just so much going on here with its sweetness, bitterness, and booziness that I can't really call it extremely drinkable per se, but it's just so damn good that I can't stop sipping.

Notes: I first tried this beer at a Captain Lawrence release, and it was third behind only Kate and Hunahpu's among all the stouts I tried that day, beating out beers like BA Speedway, BA Yeti, Sexual Chocolate, Big Black Voodoo Daddy, Marshall Zhukov, etc). I don't normally find myself gravitating toward hoppy stouts (e.g., I hated Storm King), but this is just an amazingly well-crafted beer. It's various elements come together so well (especially on the nose) that it's almost unbelievable. I'm glad my friend in Chicago was able to pick up 4 of these for me, as I can't wait to see how it ages.


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Photo of jlindros
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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 OnThenIn
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours thick with a dark tan head that is a finger high on top of a beautiful jet black beer. The head leaves crazy lacing and sticks around fora while. Just beautiful.

Smell: You can smell this the second you open the bottle. There is a huge citrus and tropical fruit aroma. There is a bit of sweetness and really just nothing I would associate with an imperial stout. There is a bit of caramel to the smell as well. There is a bit of roastyness with chocolate underneath. Definitely a green hop pellet aroma.This aroma is intense.

Taste: What the fuck? This took my by surprise, I mean this is one of the most different beers I have ever had. My first sour wasn't as mind bending as this beer. Just wow. It taste remarkably similar to a hop pellet. It has that certain green taste with a bit of citrus hop, but really the aroma made me think the fruit presence was stronger in the taste than it actually was. In fact, the main hop property other than the greenness was a hop bitterness. There was a lot of chocolate malt and slight roastyness going on. The alcohol was hidden nicely by the HUGE flavors, but there was a bit of warming sensation. There is a good amount of residual sweetness. This beer might be too big in pure flavor alone. Even though the flavors were bold, I didn't feel this beer was extremely complex.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is very silky with a solid amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a sipper, but it is smooth. I think it badly needs a year on it. I just didn't fall in love with this mildly roasty, hop juice of a beer.

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Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Lance - thanks!

Pours black with a one-finger brown head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet, dark molasses with dark chocolate and roasted malt undertones. Also present are large amounts of pine and herbal hops. As the beer warms the small amount of roasted malt aromas fade even more.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Dark molasses flavors kick things off, not quite as sweet as the nose intimated. Mild amounts of roasted malt flavors even things out a bit, as do very slight amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Midway through the sip pine hop flavors do their best to make their way out, barely succeeding. The ending is on the sweet side but manages a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got an above average thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I have to say that I was a bit disappointed with how this beer turned out, although I think it's on the young side and will come into its own in a year or so - minus the hops of course. If you have only one bottle I'd recommend letting it sit for a while, but even if you have it now you'll be drinking a solid beer.

Update: Tried again a few times within the past two months and it's overly sweet with little hop influence. Hopefully it will continue to settle down.

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Photo of DoppleJock
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into oversized snifter.

A: Pours out like molasses. Jet black-brown with a caramel ring around the glass. Actually coats the sides of the glass with a tan film when swirled. Zero head, but the swirling creates a marble pattern between the dark beer and the tan carbonation bubbles.

S: Good whiff of alcohol and malt upfront, but it's quickly replaced by earthy hop esters. Amount of hops threw me off quite a bit, but it definitely adds to the beer's complexity.

T: Starts out with roasted malts and dark chocolate and ends with a mild earthy bitter hop taste. Definitely different from other American Imperial Stouts that are dominated by roasted malts and coffee flavors. Alcohol is present but not overpowering.

M: Full-bodied and thick. Almost chalky. Mild bitter aftertaste, but not a tongue-scraper.

D: Surprisingly drinkable. Alcohol isn't overpowering in the taste, but it does sneak up on you. You can feel it starting to work after a few sips. The punch of hops distinguishes this beer from other American Imperial Stouts. Good offering from Goose Island.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky to try this on tap at the Clybourn brewpub last year, and was more than happy when I found bottles here in DC.

Jet black with a rich, creamy dark brown head with excellent retention and some lacing, Night Stalker is a beast of a beer. The nose is just wonderful. Plenty of bright citrus character is apparent up front, but the base stout is remarkable. Rich and lush with creamy, dark chocolate, some coffee, licorice and moderate roast, this is a top-notch stout. The palate opens with a moderate dark chocolate character with moderate bitterness. Mildly fruity, I get a little raisin flavor. Beautiful roast character is present as well. Hop character is present with a light-moderate citrus flavor, the blend of chocolate and orange is very appealing. Full in body with an excellent finish with flavors of chocolate and coffee, this beer is absolutely lush on the palate. Carbonation is medium-low. I had no problem drinking my 22oz and am quite looking forward to my next bottle!

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Photo of Liverpool08
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/06/10

This is a new one! First pours a jet black with a big mocha colored head. The head itself is quite delicious. The aroma is unique. Its hops coming from a big stout, but it works. Its almost all hops in the nose, with a little bitter malt. Then the taste. Dark burnt malt quickly followed by dark chocolate and booze. On top of that lingering in the backgroung is some hoppy bitter bite. Its really a GREAT combination. The hops seem to keep the stout from being to heavy or even to boozy. It also makes it an easy drinker relative to the high ABV.
I will be looking to keep these around, plus they should age very well.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a snifter) bottled on 02/19/10 04
A- This beer has a jet black body with a thick light tan head that last for a good bit.
S- The green hop pellet aroma gives way to dark chocolate malt with some char notes aroma with a slight sweetness to the aroma.
T- This beer has a big roasted black malt with a slight herbal note to the bitter roasted char finish. The soft cola notes and a slight sweetness with a hint of prunes come through as it warms. This beer turns a bit more inky as the beer warms.
M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a warm alcohol heat.
D- This beer has a smooth but big roasted malt flavor that needs something to balance it like a barrel. The hops are present but not full enough to support the big malt.

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Photo of afausser
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a translucent chocolate with very slight head that fades extremely quickly. Red highlights, though not quite mahogany. Slightly frothy and very little lacing.

Smell: smells kind of boozy, but not hot. Dark fruits are present here, but don't weigh down the brew. Heavy sweet cherries mix with raisins, grapes, and slight sugar syrup, but there's also piney hops and citrus present. Interesting mix.

Taste: really dark and earthy, with plenty of alcohol (and alcohol related-heat). Smoke and a bacon note are present as are oak notes, coffee, dirt, and chocolate. Cherries and raisins are again present here, as is a pretty heavy anise. The hops are consistent with the smell, giving the brew a nice minty spice that carries through to the aftertaste. A really nice addition here is a not at all cloying caramel. As it warms, a few sour cherries come through as well and the raisins become more dominant.

Mouthfeel: low carbonation works pretty well, as does (surprisingly) the alcohol heat. mouthfeel really becomes superb as it warms and the tiny carbonation bubbles come out a bit more.

Drinkability: I'm not sure this beer is "drinkable." That said, despite its ABV and heat, it's delicious and well crafted and pretty fun to drink.

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Photo of bruachan
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this beer looks like a man's stout. i'm no chauvenist but this one looks rugged: solid black and a thumb's width of tan foam. fantastic geologic lacing (like driving through the cumberland gap)

the aroma is first of all of delicious hops and dark fruit, which is certainly a surprise from a beer that looks like this one does. bright and fresh hops without being heavy and cloying. however i'm missing the roasty aromas. BUT the hop aromas are luscious!

strong kilned astringency and texture; fruity and fusel-ey, rather than a rich malty character (fermented this one warm, eh?). hop bitterness is strong at the finish, an this is where you'll find the only hint of maltiness, really: chocolate and some licorice/anise

mouthfeel and drinkability are neither what i would expect from an impy of such strength. nice beer: not your average impy (fruitiness as opposed to malty elements) but i likey

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Photo of steve8robin
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this on a trip to Kalamazoo. Bottled on 02/19/10...

A: Blacker than the blackest black with a huge mocha colored head that slow fades leaving beautiful lacing on the side of the glass. Very good.

S: Earthy hops blended with licorice upfront followed by dark fruits and hints of coffee on the backend. Decent.

T: On the initial sip appears a good blend of booze, hops, and malts quickly followed by bitter chocolate covered licorice and espesso deep on the backend. Good. Age would serve this well. Warms you up on the way down.

M: Super thick. Leaves your palate submereged in a sea of chocolate bitter booze. Good.

D: Goes down very easy.

All in all, I definitely like this brew as it seems to blend some flavors in a unique way. However, I do not believe it is worth the hype it has been getting. If you get a bottle or so, let them age for a good year or 2, then open and this should turn from a good beer into a great beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, rich, jet black color, topped with a good two inches of brown foam. Aromas of earthy hops, citrus and a bit of chocolate. On the palate I immediately get some medicinal cherry flavors, which settle down into hops, milk chocolate and alcohol. A solid effort here, but not much more.
Black Tuesday

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Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,826 ratings