Is Goose Island Night Stalker infected?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by geneseohawk, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    Wow this is really bad. Tart,sour, some cherry, thin, and pretty foul to drink. Anyone else have this experience? This is not the night stalker I remember...
     
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  2. CelticAleMan

    CelticAleMan Dec 11, 2010 California

    Yes. I had one somewhat recently and thought there was some sourness/acidity to it. Unfortunately, I have never had a fresh one, so I wasn't sure how it compared. I did not think the one I had was very enjoyable in any way.
     
  3. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    I just had this a week ago and did not get anything like that from it. Tasted just like a non Bourbon version of BCBS. Smooth, balanced, and just a great beer.
     
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  4. krl2112

    krl2112 Nov 10, 2012 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I had two so far and they were both fine.
     
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  5. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    Nah, pretty sure it's just crappy.

    (and I love BCBS/BCBCS)
     
  6. GraniteSkunk

    GraniteSkunk Apr 17, 2007 Illinois

    The one that I've had was excellent. A little too hoppy for me right now, but that will mellow out. I would buy another three if I could.(I only have one left)
     
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  7. phishphorce

    phishphorce Aug 4, 2011 Pennsylvania

    What are the dates on these suspect ones and the good ones?
     
  8. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    This tastes like vinegar cherries with a little smoke- not even close to the original version. Hops are overwhelmed by funk...
     
  9. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    11-19-12 - 1339
     
  10. KYzac

    KYzac Jun 27, 2009 Kentucky

    I just finished one. It was fantastic. I think I might get a few more bottles just to help put off drinking my BCBSs as long as I can.
     
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  11. evilcatfish

    evilcatfish May 11, 2012 Missouri
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    Split one with my roomie tonight. We both thought it was just fine
     
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  12. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    Well I take back my last post. Tried a bottle I picked up the other night bottled on 11/19/2012 - 1215 and immediately knew something was wrong with the smell. This is horridly infected thank you guys for the heads up. Now how can I get my money back?
     
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  13. El_Zilcho

    El_Zilcho May 3, 2012 Virginia

    Never had it before recently but I thought it was pretty good, much more hoppy than I was expecting, it didnt taste like the OPs description at all
     
  14. geneseohawk

    geneseohawk Nov 4, 2008 Illinois

    Yes- this is exactly what I'm talking about
     
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  15. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    Very disappointing! I cracked it only to refute you geneseohawk and to my dismay I had an infected bomber as well. I literally had this last week at a tasting and was so impressed I picked up a few bombers when I found it on shelves.
     
  16. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    On a SRS note, my Night Stalker bottle did have some signs of infection - thin, overcarbonated, oddly fruity, and a weird aftertaste. Pretty sure it was the 11/19 batch as well.

    Considering that, it wasn't outright BAD, just not good.
     
  17. Greenplastic615

    Greenplastic615 Nov 4, 2008 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Had one tonight (either 11.18 or 11.28 batch, I forget) and it was fine. I didn't particularly care for it, but there were no signs of infection at all.
     
  18. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Aug 15, 2011 New Jersey

    it's just a very abrasive beer, i'm not a fan of it but it didnt have any off flavors in my opinion
     
  19. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Aug 10, 2007 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    it's all AB-Inbev's fault! BOYCOTT! ;)

    (seriously though, this would be sad if truly widespread. it's a tasty beer.)
     
  20. Treebs

    Treebs Apr 18, 2011 Illinois

    There have been some problems with BCBCS as well. Everyone should contact GI and they should offer you a full refund, especially since they seem to be consistent batch issues. I had two buddies contact them and get full refunds. (not for Nightstalker, but other reasons)
     
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  21. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    Not an abrasive beer by any means typically. Now an infected brew such as the one we are speaking of abrasive is an understatement. I've had this beer twice now in the last week and must have been two different batches my first experience was amazing but after hearing some concerns of infection I cracked a bomber I had bottled on 11/19 and without a doubt infection.
     
  22. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    If you don't care for hops, and are expecting a big stout, I can see how this could come off as being abrasive...
     
  23. homebrew311

    homebrew311 May 19, 2008 Illinois
    Beer Trader

    I would recommend contacting the brewery. There was some quality control issues with the first batch of Nightstalker a few years back, the bottles were underfilled. I contacted the brewery via email and they compensated me promptly. The descriptions I'm reading sound like something is off. I had one bottle this year and it tasted fine.
     
  24. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    He did say he had two bottles a week apart and that he enjoyed one but the second was different.
     
  25. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Is everyone on this fucking Site high as hell tonight? Dude, reread the post I responded to. He was responding to... Ah fuck it.
     
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  26. jtg5678

    jtg5678 Nov 27, 2012 Illinois
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    I had a 11.19 and thought it was pretty bad. Teriyaki taste. I didn't consider if it was infected, just assumed the hop profile wasn't to my liking. Now I'm not so sure...
     
  27. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Read post 3 same guy you responded to.
     
  28. yamar68

    yamar68 Apr 1, 2011 Minnesota

    I hate feeding rumors, but I think it would also be worth pointing out that this vintage is only recommended for short-term aging (180 days) compared to past vintages (5 years).

    I'm not saying, I'm just saying... might this be a conscious effort to avoid infection criticisms in the long run?
     
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  29. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    Series of events are as follows:
    He insisted to user tierney89 that it is NOT an abrasive beer, which is absolutely subjective.
     
  30. lucas1801

    lucas1801 Apr 5, 2012 Massachusetts

    Earlier had said:


    I just had this a week ago and did not get anything like that from it. Tasted just like a non Bourbon version of BCBS. Smooth, balanced, and just a great beer.
     
  31. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    OMG, shoot me.
     
  32. jtierney89

    jtierney89 Aug 15, 2011 New Jersey

    i've had bigger hoppier stouts that have flavors that arent so contradictory as this one. night stalker is more like a black ipa more than anything with flavors that dont go well with each other. yeti and yakima glory are much better examples of this hoppy black style
     
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  33. MarcatGSB

    MarcatGSB Jan 8, 2011 Michigan

    I'm not a fan of Yeti personally... I wasn't saying anyone was right or wrong or anything of the likes. Just making an observation to the posts.
     
  34. antlerwrestler19

    antlerwrestler19 Nov 24, 2010 Nebraska
    Beer Trader

    I drank one to myself a couple weeks ago (m'lady fell asleep so I had her share). While I didn't find it infected I did notice that it was a total mindfuck of a beer, not at all like I remember the 2011 batches. I can't recall the bottle date but I've got a few in the cellar and will reference them later. At any rate, it could use the entire 180 days, if not longer, to mellow out on the hops......it was not a stout to me at all.
     
  35. ThisWangsChung

    ThisWangsChung Oct 15, 2011 Maryland
    Beer Trader

    I didn't find Night Stalker abrasive, just WAY too sweet.
     
  36. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    On the good bottle of NS I tried I actual thought it tasted much like the base beer of Bourbon County 2012. I've had plenty of the BCBS 2012 this year.
     
  37. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    Mine was fine. Just tasted like a very hoppy imperial stout
     
  38. bhir

    bhir Nov 1, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I'll need to check the date on my bottles but I didn't think it was necessarily infected/sour. I just didn't really like it.
     
  39. misterid

    misterid Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    i've had 6 bottles dated 11/19/12. all have been amazingly good. :shrug:
     
  40. phillybeer7779

    phillybeer7779 May 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
    Beer Trader

    I had it on draft a few weeks ago, on the thin side, with a band aidish aftertaste.
     
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