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Is Goose Island Night Stalker infected?

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

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  1. Casedogg43

    Casedogg43 Jan 4, 2012 Indiana
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    Sucks to get a big brew like Night Stalker only to find its got issues!
    Hope you get your $$ back.
  2. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    I'm pretty sure 1508/1509 are time stamps, i.e. 3:09pm, not bottle numbers, so there should be many 1509's out there. Just FYI.
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  3. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    I have a funny feeling they made the mistake of brewing this on the same equipment as their Belgian/Sour line. ie. Sophie, Matilda, Lolita. I remember hearing Cigar City had a similar issue awhile back when they started brewing some funk beers so once they moved to their new system they abandoned their funk.
  4. notjustgc

    notjustgc Nov 15, 2008 New Jersey
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    Good to know. Will still be interesting to see if they had different fates. Wish we could taste them side-by-side.
  5. KYzac

    KYzac Jun 27, 2009 Kentucky

    Just an update, the bottle that I had last week that was quite good was bottled 11/19/12 1251.
  6. imbrue001

    imbrue001 Aug 6, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Thanks for the heads up guys. I will only try nightstalker now if its on a $2 special.
  7. misterid

    misterid Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    i often wonder when reading posts by people saying "X beer used Y and Z hops.. i can tell by the nose/taste/appearance/from looking at the bottle" .. are they right?

    turns out, no. not really.
  8. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    FWIW, I passed along a link to this thread to a local retailer who then passed it along to his Gretz rep who in tutn has passed it along to GI.
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  9. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Goes without saying- please keep us BAs updated on this!
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  10. rowingbrewer

    rowingbrewer May 28, 2010 Massachusetts
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    I doubt the would dump it. While quality control is important to them tey don't waste beer. Bud light that does not meet the BL standard is tossed in cans labeled Busch light. They would likely throw some fruit in it and name it Olga
  11. fujindemon74

    fujindemon74 Nov 7, 2012 Pennsylvania

    If in the chain of people/events I hear anything, I will be happy to let BAs know.
  12. BrewStew58

    BrewStew58 Mar 29, 2011 New York

    11/19 is my birthday and I got drunk the night before and peed in the night stalker while they were brewing. My deepest apologies.
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  13. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    I think you pissed in my bottle brewstew. Not sure if it's infected or just a bad tasting beer...
  14. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Well.....while not disgusting, something is sour in the smell and taste, but not overpowering. That being said, they hit what they were going for, a very hoppy IS.
    Not giving up yet! Going back for more.....
  15. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
    Beer Trader

    Even if a time stamp, to answer your question, bought mine in Raynham, MA
  16. cbeer88

    cbeer88 Sep 5, 2007 Massachusetts

    ISO: Olga.
  17. foobula

    foobula Dec 14, 2009 Illinois

    ISO: BBA Olga. FT: 11/19 Night Stalker x150
  18. jcreegan

    jcreegan Aug 12, 2010 Florida
    Subscriber Beer Trader

    Just traded for one- I hope for no infection :)
  19. notjustgc

    notjustgc Nov 15, 2008 New Jersey
    Beer Trader

    Debating sticking this one in the cellar for a year to see how funky we can get...
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  20. fearfactory

    fearfactory Aug 12, 2012 Massachusetts
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    As others have said, after it warms, it's gross. I would like to try another some time.
  21. dbol

    dbol Aug 19, 2007 California

    i opened my 11/19 1236 tonight after the fear mongering in this topic, only to discover it's the same piney, hoppy stout i expected it to be.
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  22. robbrandes

    robbrandes Nov 30, 2010 Oregon
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    drinking an 11/19/12 #1317 as i type. definitely the faint beginnings of some funkiness seeping in. ditto the black-IPA sentiments above. i thought it was still quite good, but glad i went ahead and popped it sooner than later. sitting on this one appears to be a gamble.
  23. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    Not all infections are bad... The infected rum barrel Big Sound from CCB was one of the best beers I've ever had. This sounds like the BA Yeti, hot pile of garbage infection.
  24. ThePorterSorter

    ThePorterSorter Aug 10, 2010 Oregon
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    smelled/tasted like an oxy pad. review posted several weeks ago...
  25. ThePorterSorter

    ThePorterSorter Aug 10, 2010 Oregon
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    We are doing in infected tasting tonight in buffalo! picks will follow I'm certain.
  26. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    If a Rum Barrel Big Sound makes an appearance, prepare to be happy... very happy.
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  27. Pando

    Pando Dec 5, 2011 Connecticut
    Beer Trader

    I have 1507. Wonder if I should open it just to see.
  28. schillman

    schillman Oct 7, 2009 New Jersey

    I had the same experience bottle date 11/19 1339
  29. ThatCracker

    ThatCracker Nov 20, 2012 Virginia
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    11/19 bottle - was not infected, just didn't enjoy it...
  30. Roger85

    Roger85 Aug 24, 2012 Illinois
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    I opened my bottle last night. Bottled 11/19 and it was god awful. It was either infected or the people who like it have no taste buds.
  31. Absolut

    Absolut Sep 19, 2011 California

    i traded for a bottle of night stalker that had a few years on it. i think it was the best smelling beer ever. taste was excellent, but the aroma was incredible.
  32. goalie33

    goalie33 Dec 3, 2009 New York

    anyone have 11/19/12 1540? i was planning on sitting on my bottle as i enjoyed the aged version of the last batch much more than the fresh one, but seems that sitting on this one may turn into a rather expensive gamble.
  33. Ish1

    Ish1 Feb 25, 2010 Minnesota
    Beer Trader

    Anyone hear back from GI on this? I have an 11/19 that I guess I will now plan on cracking tomorrow. Gotta find out!
  34. Cenosillicaphobe

    Cenosillicaphobe Jul 24, 2011 Maine

    I had one last night...11/19/12 1515...served in a Spiegelau tulip...straight off the basement floor...loved the first couple of sips...nice, hoppy imperial stout with some plum? Then it started to warm...and turned into a horrible overall experience...tart...metallic...like a penny swimming in ponzu...the aftertaste was like I had licked Satan's asshole...I'll check it out again next year...but this batch is just wrong.
  35. Massbmx

    Massbmx Apr 5, 2011 Massachusetts
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    I've drank 3 bottles from the 11/19 bottling (can't remember timestamp though) so far and they were all great, then again I haven't had any prior vintages to compare against but have had other infected beers before and didn't get any of the same sour/tart/off flavors. It does have a very different flavor profile compared to most RIS though and that's part of the reason I enjoy it, its something different. Can't wait to try it in a year and see what its like.
  36. Stevedore

    Stevedore Nov 16, 2012 Wisconsin
    Beer Trader

    Saw six bottles at the store today, 11/19 1350. I was tempted, but decided to spend the money on Lagunitas Sucks instead.. anyone open a 1350?
  37. mackeyse

    mackeyse Aug 21, 2012 New York
    Beer Trader

    this was my feeling as well--infected? prob not. Didn't like the beer/something off? yes. It mellowed a bit once it sat in a glass for 30 min and was drinkable. Will never buy again but wouldn't say mine was infected.
  38. jsurfs82

    jsurfs82 May 13, 2008 Ohio

    I emailed them and received a call from them promptly the next day and they are refunding my money. I was pleased with the customer service.
  39. jtmiller03

    jtmiller03 Feb 2, 2008 Oklahoma

    Did they acknowledge any sort of known issues?
  40. PlayaPlaya

    PlayaPlaya Sep 19, 2012 Illinois

    I don't know what you are smoking.....But can I PLEASE get some??? :D

    I bought a whole case of Nightstalker, bottled 11/19.....Drinking one RIGHT NOW and it's one of the best stouts I have ever had.

    If these are infected.....I'll take some barrel aged Infected with added Infective hops.

    Though I will say, the first one I had, I thought it was way too sweet. The 3 since then have all tasted stellar.
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