Night Stalker | Goose Island Beer Co.

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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:
1,821
Reviews:
744
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
13.59%
 
 
Wants:
271
Gots:
559
For Trade:
26
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of facundoCNB
4.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

a nice thick black pour with a finger of tan head, great retention. smells of grassy hops, chocolate, caramel, coffee. a very sweet, roasty and hoppy delight. this seems like the base recipe for bcbs honestly, slightly smoked flavor with lots of coffee and chocolate. full body, low carbonation, very rich and creamy.

this is honestly a delicious beer. i've heard mixed reviews about it being too hoppy, infected, etc. but none have just been forward and said it's a great stout, which it is. sweet, but not too sweet. hoppy, but not overwhelming like beer hop breakfast was. high on the abv, but not noticeable.

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3.75/5  rDev -9%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of weltywm
4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a bomber into a snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick jet black with about 1 fingers of dark head.

Smell: Very roasty and sweet mixed in with some hop bitterness.

Taste: Awesome, and very complex. Dominated by roasty coffee and chocolate, oily espresso, and hop bitterness. I also taste dark fruits like cherry and plum, molasses, sugar, earth, oak, and last but not least, boozy alcohol. All of the flavors blend and complement each other very well. Wow, this beer is big.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and oily. Also very carbonated for a stout.

Overall: A very excellent stout from Goose Island. A beer to be savored over the course of an hour. Would definitely buy again.

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a viscous, dark black. Minimal light penetration. Thinner tan head leaves light lacing freckles along the glass.

S-It really reminds me of an amped up Diesel from Sixpoint. Vegetal, green hops dipped in fondue chocolate. Mocha-coffee and piney hops. A hint of ash with a tiny whiff of dark fruitiness.

T-Again, it is very similar to a gargantuan Diesel. Piney, veggie and even some green onion hops draped it a viscous dark chocolate fondue. Also reminds me of the dark chocolate version of a Terry's Chocolate Orange; there is some citrus in there too.

M-Viscous and heavy. Soft carbonation. High bitterness. Booze is hidden quite well. Flavor lasts and lasts.

O/D-Yet another stalwart Stout by Goose Island. I love the hop expression here. Its pretty amazing how wide of a spectrum Goose Island can place their Stouts in terms of flavor. Although Goose Island's Stouts are dark and oily, the quality shines bright (cheesy final sentence makes this review completely invalid).

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.2/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle dated 11/19/12 into a Goose Island Brewpubs branded snifter

Pours midnight black capped by a dark tan one and a half finger fluffy head. Above average retention and splotchy lacing. Huge citrus hops, bakers chocolate, and hints of roastiness on the nose. Bitter pineapple upfront, largely unsweentened dark chocolate, and big bitter citrus rind and roasted malt. Full bodied, smooth, oily, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel. This beer's finish just doesn't work for me, intense and unbalanced. Not a terrible beer, but certainly not a brew I'm in a hurry to revisit.

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1/5  rDev -75.7%

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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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

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5/5  rDev +21.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

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2/5  rDev -51.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Night Stalker from Goose Island Beer Co.
4.12 out of 5 based on 1,821 ratings.
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