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
Ratings:
1,820
Reviews:
744
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
271
Gots:
560
For Trade:
26
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,820 |  Reviews: 744
Photo of MattyG85
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a chalice. 2012 Vintage bottle.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Slight finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with hints of dark chocolate, coffee, burnt toast, smoke, biscuit, caramel, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses and vanilla. Dark fruit hints of fig, plum, prune, cherry, and raisin. Also some hints of leather and tobacco. Subtle hops. Fairly boozy. A pretty good aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a pretty sweet and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, charred toast, biscuit, smoke, caramel, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and vanilla. Lots of dark fruit coming out from aging. Notes of cherry, prune, fig, raisin, and plum. Nice notes of tobacco and leather. Some light hop bitterness. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slick, syrupy, and chewy. Some alcohol heat is felt as expected but it isn't overly hot.

Overall: A really good Imperial Stout. The big hop presence is muted as expected with three years of age but the dark fruit presence is pretty good. Hopefully GI brews this again.

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Photo of Thirstygoat
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 11/19/12
Pitch black with rapid leaving chestnut colored head leaves some lacing
smells of sweet malt
mostly malt taste, hints of caramel, coffee, toffee vey nice stout taste
sticky thick mouthfeel
this, and the cousin Big John suffer by comparison to BCBS but this is a nice imperial stout

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Photo of benjamincarter
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WanderingFool
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of vicjr85
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had a 2011. Age has done well to this beer.

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Photo of JimmyShaker1
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of fosters9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kevinpitts
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just too hoppy of a stout for my taste.

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Photo of dleiner
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of floridadrift
4.52/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

L: Looks like Caffe Americano, chugged out of the bottle, black as night, wood-colored head
S: Big raisin and alcohol
T: The hops have sweetened finally, big raisin, roasted malts
F: Thick, creamy, smooth
O: Really great 2012 vintage, not hoppy, at the top of its class.

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Photo of onespartan
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wheresblue
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of kinmundy77
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tim007007
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of iRun2Beer
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mikerieder
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mike
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flashback #79

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Photo of bushdere
4.96/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

I cracked this open one night by myself when I just wanted a big and bold stout. This may be one of my top 5 stouts ever. Thick, flavorful, just the right amount of barrel to it where you know it is BA, but doesn't taste like you have licked a glass of scotch.
If you have this bottle, do yourself a favor and drink it. This is not trade bait, this is a treat for your face.

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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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