esox (1189) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thin, finishing head. Loads of raisins, dates, syrupy bread, licorice, greasy chocolate, wood, vanilla, fermented berries. Heavy flavor, loads of dryfruits, cocoa, sherry notes, some alcohol. Creamy vanilla aftertaste with balancing wooden/herbal bitterness and lingering dark chocolate. Heavy, sweet and syrupy texture. Excellent beer.
hotstuff (4403) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 8-03-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a small light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque body, very little carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is chocolate, malt, roasty, and hops. The taste is moderately bitter, chocolate, roasty and hops. The mouthfeel is heavy and has an alcohol warming sensation. This beer is full bodied. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout and definitely worth trying. This beer has a very good flavor and is a beer I would drink again.
BeerZombies1 (37) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Night Stalker - Goose Island
APPEARANCE: Poured a thick, dense oil slick black. Very small chocolate colored head that dissipated almost instantly leaving a small halo.
AROMA: Very complex nose. Lush over ripe dark fruits, raisins, molasses and chocolate hit right away. Then vanilla and roasted malts swing by before the hops come nicely walking in.
TASTE: Chocolate covered raisins, deep purple plums. Really nice sweetness that takes over. Not getting much of the hops I faintly got on the nose. Probably because it has been cellared for 4 years. The taste on this is pure decadence, the roasted malts feel like they are melting in my mouth.
MOUTHFEEL: Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. The great thickness and mouthfeel I've come to know and love from goose island. Oily and slick that coats the mouth leaving you wanting more.
OVERALL: I'm actually glad that my first experience with a NightStalker is one that had been cellared for 4 years. The absence of hops in the taste along with the abundance of dark fruits in the taste compliment the faint hops on the nose perfectly. I thought this was an amazing beer and would love to try a different vintage.
RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
jayzz (481) - Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a brilliantly unique tasting beer. Is this the base beer for bourbon county stout? If it is, no need to say more. If not, still no need.
Advocate_Ames (508) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 7, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aged 3 yrs, 2011 bottle. Pours black with a reddish hue and a quickly fading brown head, leaving a nice ring of foam sticking to my glass. The aroma is of roasted semi sweet malts, noticeable sugar sweetner, lite chocolate, soft old earthy hops, and booze. The flavor is roasty, nice malt flavor, mild cocoa, pleasant bitterness, and it has a medium yet somewhat burnt sugar taste. The finish takes all of the described flavors and blend them with a lingering malty, alcohol, and a nice bitterness that dissipates sharply. Overall a fine beverage here. I enjoyed this fresh on tap more but I am surprised that it aged so well. Happy National Beer Day.
gschrade (830) - Collinsville, USA - APR 7, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours black with a brown head. Taste sweet, chocolate, malty. I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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koleminer20 (999) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 22, 2014
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #350. Bottled on 11/19/12 number 1721. Poured into a snifter. The pour is a nice black with a finger of dark khaki head and a gorgeous lace left behind. The aroma has a great dark fruit (raisin maybe) to it, kind of taking over from some of the roast on the front of the nose. The roasted malt comes back in at the mid point and just meshes well with the fruit. There is perhaps a touch of cocoa toward the back end. The flavor is definitely interesting compared to other imperials I’ve had. The roastyness is what is detected first, but then it moves through the dark fruit character with a good caramel, burnt-sugar-ish flavor. The hops aren’t immediately noticed, but finish strong. The mouth feel is incredibly oily, viscous and thick. The coverage on the mouth would be comparable to a syrup. The carbonation is light, but well executed and the aftertaste is just delicious and lingering
Dfonorow (1721) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Rattle n Hum. Pour is black with a small brown head. Aroma is of semi-sweet chocolate, licorice, burnt caramel, and raisins. Flavor is sweet with some alcohol burn - chocolate covered raisins, licorice, roasted malt, molasses, booze.
stoutnick (732) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black, minimal head. Aroma is lots of roasted malt. Taste is the same with some sweet oiliness on the palate. Lots of soy sauce flavour as it warms. Hops really interplay well with the stout qualities here but not my go-to kind of stout.
AirForceHops (4516) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 22, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Portsmouth Brewery Imperial Stout tap take over. Pitch black color with thin white head, small light retention. The aroma of the brew you can smell the heavy hopping. Hints of pine with dark chocolate mats and molasses.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Bold flavor some burnt sugars, hints of dark fruits, raisins and licorice. A touch of caramel. The hops become real obvious after the stout gets warm. Big pine resin that helps balance the stout.
Overall a solid imperial stout and a real treat to have this on draft. Great way to start Portsmouth Beer Week in NH!