Release Goose Island to bring back Big John and Night Stalker

Discussion in 'Beer News & Releases' started by WillCarrera, Oct 26, 2012.

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  1. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Savant (912) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Found a Nightstalker at Binny's in Bolingbrook, IL yesterday. Good stuff.
  2. dvelcich

    dvelcich Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    So Big John was slated for Nov. as well, but no reports on that yet. Anyone have any info?
  3. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,414) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    Big John came on shelf here Wednesday along with Night Stalker. Psyched for NS, but not a fan of Big John so much.
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  4. JulianC

    JulianC Aspirant (205) Mar 9, 2012 Illinois
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    IMO Nightstalker needs 6-9mo of cellar. The hops bite pretty hard fresh. Once they settle though, watch out - fan-friggin-tastic. Big John I've only had with 6+ months on it, never fresh. Better than Nightstalker by margins.
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  5. dvelcich

    dvelcich Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    Makes sense it ends up in NY first. :confused:
  6. 2beerdogs

    2beerdogs Poo-Bah (2,021) Jan 31, 2005 California
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    Pre-Trade???:wink: J/K
  7. smartassboiler

    smartassboiler Savant (912) Apr 9, 2012 Illinois
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    Thanks for the feedback. I definitely enjoyed it, but I thought the same about the hops when my buddy and I split one last weekend. Based on this, I'm gonna let mine cellar for a while and see how it tastes next year sometime.
  8. MUMike

    MUMike Initiate (0) Feb 3, 2012 Missouri

    I had a year old Big John about a month ago and was really impressed. I thought it was excellent.
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  9. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Initiate (150) Jun 8, 2012 Wisconsin
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    I think that is the case because I just tried this the other day and absolutely hated it. I also don't like fresh Expedition or any overly hoppy stout though. I'm not sure Nightstalker deserves another chance...
  10. ABisonEgo

    ABisonEgo Initiate (0) Jan 31, 2012 Illinois

    i agree whole heartedly on this. i did a side by side last night and it mellows out quite nicely. I find that both this and expedition stout are much much better they are both quite abrasive fresh
  11. swetsastonic

    swetsastonic Initiate (196) Mar 22, 2012 New Jersey

    had night stalker on tap last night at cc in hoboken. I didn't really like it, but it may still be there if anyone in the area wants it.
  12. Jerriko

    Jerriko Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2008 Washington

    I just opened my last Big John to decide if it was a good idea to bring it back.

    It was.
  13. PourGuy

    PourGuy Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2012 Illinois

    Stumbled upon some Big John this week while searching for other brews. Bottle dated 12/07/12.
  14. huysmans

    huysmans Disciple (351) Dec 5, 2007 New Jersey

    I know Big John and Night Stalker are slated to be on tap and many places in January in central NJ, but have not seen any bottles of either in NJ. I did get some Night Stalker in PA though.
  15. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Big John shelved in Minneapolis, seen it for as little as $8.99/650 ml.
  16. mcritchi

    mcritchi Initiate (0) Jan 13, 2010 Minnesota

    Really? Where?
  17. RichD

    RichD Champion (819) Mar 18, 2012 Rhode Island
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    Anyone know around how much this should retail for. Just saw some but I didn't grab any.
  18. kreg02

    kreg02 Disciple (300) Nov 19, 2012 Illinois
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    both go for 9.99 in chicagoland
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  19. Oneinchaway

    Oneinchaway Initiate (121) Jun 12, 2011 California
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    Saw Big John & Night Stalker at Berkots grocery store in Orland Park yesterday. $9.99
  20. techster14

    techster14 Initiate (157) Apr 11, 2006 Wisconsin
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    They got Big John and Nightstalker at woodman's in Onalaska Wisconsin for 8.99 apiece. There's plenty of bottles in stock too .
  21. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    Got a bomber of night stalker for $13 in Philly
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  22. dvelcich

    dvelcich Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2008 Illinois

    Tried a new batch against the old batch of Big John... Aged won, hands down. No contest.
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  23. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin
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    I had both fresh with in the last 2 weeks and disagree with others. I think the Hops in the Nightstalker gives it a little more complexity. The Big John definitly needs aging to mellow the booze.
  24. jonnyb79

    jonnyb79 Initiate (0) Sep 29, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Where did you find it in Philly?
  25. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    The beer store Southampton actually right outside of Philly on 233. They sold out though
  26. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    The beer store Southampton right outside Philly on 232. They sold out though
  27. MVP09

    MVP09 Devotee (417) Oct 19, 2012 Massachusetts
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    Nightstalker hit Mass got 2 bottles at Yankee Attleboro. Bottled in Nov 2012
  28. stouts4me

    stouts4me Disciple (377) Oct 9, 2011 Illinois

    Nightstalker and Big John(the better of the two IMO), both $9.99 at Woodmans in Rockford.Should be all around Chicagoland by now.
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  29. JamesShoemaker

    JamesShoemaker Initiate (0) Sep 21, 2012 Michigan
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    Blue Max in Burnsville has a few bottles, Firehouse Liquors in Northfield. When I said Minneapolis, I guess I should have said Metro. I didn't see it at Zipps.
  30. jmckinney2323

    jmckinney2323 Initiate (0) Apr 4, 2012 Ohio

    Got both Nightstalker and Big John at Whole Foods in Columbus. Both for around $8-9 if I remember.
  31. creepinjeeper

    creepinjeeper Crusader (743) Nov 8, 2012 Missouri
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    Stumbled on to a Night Stalker in Mokena. Always have the best of luck finding things when not looking for them!
  32. ScottK22

    ScottK22 Aspirant (262) Dec 30, 2010 New York

    I picked up 3 bottles of Night Stalker about three weeks ago for $9.49 each. They were bottled on 11/19/12.
  33. pschul4

    pschul4 Zealot (562) Jan 7, 2011 Illinois
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    Definitely agree. Big john is way better
  34. stayclean

    stayclean Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2012 Wisconsin

    Had a Big John from the latest batch last night and thought it was pretty damn good.
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  35. poopinmybutt

    poopinmybutt Initiate (85) May 25, 2005 Nebraska

    2012 nightstalker is so much better than last years. drink immediately.
  36. BadgerBrewer16

    BadgerBrewer16 Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Just picked up a bottle of each tonight actually
  37. yamar68

    yamar68 Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I searched all over the place for an answer to this, without any success...

    This year's Night Stalker is labeled as being best within 180 days of the bottling date, compared to past vintages which claimed to develop in the bottle for 5 years.

    That's an awfully drastic change. Does anyone here have some insight on this one?

    EDIT: Also, this year's Big John bottles recommend no more than one year of cellaring. Weren't they also said to develop for 5 years in the past?
  38. SDG1070

    SDG1070 Initiate (0) Jul 13, 2012 Ohio

    Picked up 3 bottles of Nightstalker today at Kroger in Cincy for $7.99/bottle.
  39. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 Disciple (329) May 13, 2008 Ohio

    Tried Night Stalker last week for the first time at a tasting in FL and thought it was fantastic. Back to Cincy and I've landed it at two different locations. No spotting of Big John yet though.
  40. Chugs13

    Chugs13 Devotee (499) Dec 11, 2011 New Jersey
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    You happen to drink any of those yet? I had one with the same bottle date and it was absolutely awful, had to drain pour the second half. I'm pretty sure there had to be something wrong with it, and I noticed some reviews that mentioned that batch was definitely off. I had never had it before, so I don't know for sure.
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