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RATINGS: 763   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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Night Stalker, as an homage to the Chicago-based television show. Night Stalker is a jet black, dry hopped Imperial Stout, extremely rich and full flavored with malt and chocolate followed by a bright dry hopped aroma. It is the same base as our Bourbon County Stout, but instead of aging in Bourbon barrels, we dry hop it like madmen. ABV Ė 11.7% IBUís Ė 60 Color Ė 100 Aroma Hops ĖMt. Hood & Simcoe Malts Ė 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, C-60, Roast Barley, Debittered Black

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FSUScott (112) - Rome, Georgia, USA - MAR 13, 2010
great dark brown color. very roasted coffee aroma. tangy and warm. great smooth feel with a bit of heat at the end.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Frank (3270) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Wow, I expected this to be hoppy but this is well into IIPA levels here. Very deep brown, almost black. Tan head w/ lasts as a ring. Spots of lace. Fruity, sweet orange hop aroma w an edge of pine. Chocolate and roast flavors are there but definitely take a back seat. Texture is light for an imperial stout of this gravity and light, fluffy carbonation adds to this. Flavorwise, this is sort of a muddle of hoppy IPA and roasty stout flavors: coffee, orange, chocolate. Rather sweet but not heavy. Really good beer, especially the aroma, but there is a delicate balance that is not quite achieved--close though..

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGuy (653) - Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
This is by far one of the hoppiest RIS i have ever had,or is it cascadian black ipa what ever it is, Iím renaming it alpha stalker because it reminds me a lot of alpha king with its hop taste of grapefruits the best thing about this is i didnít buy it a friend bought it over, I would like to try it 5 years from now just to see how it aged as of right now the hops are all i can really pick up very over powering all you hop heads this one for you

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2010
2010 Bottle - Thanks JohnGalt1!! - Pours deep and dark dark brown with a small tan ring of a head...aroma is full of cocoa malt, astringent coffee and char, light hops...flavour is similar, bitter chocolate, astringent from both the bitterness and hopping, it lingers...hot and bold, interesting stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jake65 (2873) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 6, 2010
Bottle - thanks to JohnGalt1. Near black pour with a thin brown head. Nose is noteably floral hops, some hints of the abv. Thick and creamy mouthful is a real treat. Sweet with molasses, licorice, some oak. The floral hops really stand out. Really intense. I didnít really see this getting a 4.0 rating, but after the fact this really was pretty damn good. If you like hoppy impys, this might be your bag.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2010
Tap at RNH. Pours a very deep dark black with a thinning tan head. Aroma is very roasty, almost prickly with sharp roasted malt,s light burn, big syrupy chocolate, burnt toast, green piny hops, and molasses sweetness. Flavor is roast and chocolate with some burnt notes, hints of smoke and pine, licorice and anise as it warms as well as some fruity esters, and tobacco leaf- prickly mouth-feel with some noticeable alcohol as well. A bit rough and too big for my likes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Brigadier (3205) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2010
On draft
This was a bit pricy for a goblet ($8.25) but as soon as I saw it I knew which beer I was going to order. My reward was a fabulous beer that I think rivals Bourbon County Stout as one of the best releases from Goose Island to date. If you happen to run across this order some or hope that it appears in bottles in the future.

Aroma / Appearance - The rich black body was so dense and thick that it oozed rather than swirled around the goblet. A creamy dense sandy head decorated the top like icing on a cake. Vanilla, espresso, oak, and gentle hops surfaced from the symphony of sweet aromas. It reminded me of Old Rasputin taken to the next level which makes me want to crack open a Rasputin X soon to see what it is like.

Flavor / Palate - Creamy and smooth despite the ABV this chewy beer takes a while to process. Starting from anise and dark chocolate the tongue picks up black coffee then roasted malts. Next the chocolate returns with a vengeance. This is one of those perfect desert imperial stouts that would go well with cheesecake. I look forward to its possible return later this year at the Great Taste of the Midwest or another festival.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WisconsinBeer (715) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Tap at Happy Gnome. Pours a black hole deep color with a minimal espresso colored head. Flavor is sweet and roasted malt, deep chocolates, chocolate liquor, and ripe fruits. Sweet but also packs a hoppy alcohol presence in the finish. Thick and intense.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
infestaxion (22) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 19, 2010
From my notes. Iíve had the pleasure of drinking this beer a couple of times. The first time was a growler that heliosphann split with me and Ryan and Woj from Shortís. This time was at the BW3ís in downtown Indianapolis. Thank you very much, Sam, for pouring this for us. A - Black as night. Itís not real thick but itís still nice. Tan head that fades before too long. S - Malty. Not a whole lot going on here. A little bit of dark fruit. Some coffee. Smidge of vanilla. T - Oh Holy Crap! That is good!(Yes, thatís exactly what my notes said) Molasses and dark sugar stand out. The dry hopping acts as a beautiful balance. Thereís some black licorice in there and I believe that this is the first beer with a tobacco tastes that Iíve liked. M - Good and thick in the feel. The finish is fantastic. D - The alcohol isnít overpowering at all. Really smooth going down. I could drink it all night. Or at least until I fell over.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Gorgeous!! The aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. The alcohol is well hidden here. The appearance is true to the style, deep brown, tan head. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet, beautiful. Lots of plums, raisins and other fruit as well. Also in evidence is some piney hops. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, appropriate for the style. The finish is roast, pine hops. Nearly perfect.

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