13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at the Happy Gnome. Pitch black pour with a decent tan head. Sweet aroma, reminds me of a cognac. Flavor is also like a liqueur with some chocolate notes. There is heavy alcohol presence in both the aroma and flavor as well. Excellent sipping beer to be treated like a whiskey or liqueur.
madvike (2683) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Stub and Herbs - Pours black with no head. The smell really caught me off guard, as I was expecting dark and roasty, and I got lighter, fruitier smells. It’s more sweet and malty, with some mango or passion fruit notes. Taste is really sweet, with the smooth mango still there and some nice, lightly bitter roast on the finish. It’s smooth and chewy--a nice, unexpected experience.
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 11, 2010 On tap at Three Floyds. Pours near black with small tan head. Aroma is roasted malt, lots of chocolate and coffee with some vanilla. Flavor is huge with sweet roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and booze. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Finishes with slight alcohol burn. Pretty damn good stout. 3.9
Re-rate: 3/11/2010. Bomber from Binny’s Des Plaines. Pours black with thick tan head. Aromas of plenty of citrus and hops with roasted malts, chocolate and some vanilla. Flavor of roasted malts, hops, citrus, caramel, vanilla and good amount of chocolate. Nice balance of citrus hops and roasted malts. Not as hoppy as Darkness, but has much more roasted malts that really match the RIS style. Hell of a stout. 4.2
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Near black color with a lid of tiny tan bubbles. Big aromas with of dark, chocolate, vanilla, light fruit, an assertive hops component, that includes pine and resin. Fairly sharp in the front with dark to burnt malts. A quick nasal sniff reveals plenty of alcohol. Middle teems with green hops flavors of pine and grapefruit. Smooth and mouth-coating all at the same time. Finish has roasted malt, black malt and hops bitterness. Bits of molasses float about. Big and chewy hoppy imperial stout.
evergreen0199 (1949) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Clybourn brewpub, Chicago. Black pour with virtually no head. Aroma of chocoalte/coffee/booze. Tastes malty, chocolatey, dark fruit, coffee, sweet. Quite heavy going and complex.
glennmastrange (2229) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap. heavy malt aromas of toasted, dark chocolate, mild coffee, molasses, moderate pine resin for the hops, light dough and earth for the yeast, with hints of tar, wood and dark dried fruits. Head is small, creamy, light brown with good lacing and good legs and is fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and light to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet and acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is full bodied, creamy with a soft carbonation and finishes lightly dry. An excellent full bodied Imperial Stout.
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2009 ~ Purchased this 32 oz growler from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. Pours jet-black and immediately you can smell hints of chocolate, dark fruits, and roasted malts. With a name like "Night Stalker," and this bad boy coming in @ almost 12% ABV, you would think this beer would be a little intimidating? Not at all! This goes down surprisingly very smooth, and as I let it warm up, all the flavors came rushing out making this one a very special and complex brew. Highly recommended! Watch out though, if you try and drink this one too fast, it’ll creep up and hit you like a freight train! ~
AndyReynolds (861) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - SEP 1, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: APR 8, 2010 On draft at Dayton Ale Fest. Pours a dark black with a very thin tan head that went away really quickly. A nice oily slick was laying on the top. Aroma is strong with roasted malts, coffee, whiskey, and dark chocolate. Notes of burnt malts, sweet milk, vanilla, and hops come out. On the palate, there is a strong alcohol burn and it feels rather creamy. The flavor really brings out a
liqueur type taste and aroma, really changing the way I viewed it at first. The finish is bitter and dry. Very complex, very good.
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of tpd975. Pours a dark brown to black with thin tan head. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of maple syrup, brown sugar, chocolate, ripe dark fruit, hints of roasted malt and caramel. Flavor is sweet and malty with notes of chocolate, ripe dark fruit, brown sugar, caramel, hints of molasses. Generally medium to full body with a malty and chocolaty finish.
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - AUG 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2010 Rerate. Bottle. This is much better than it was when I sampled it on draft last year. Last year I thought it was way too sweet and just tasted like candied sugar and alcohol. But I grabbed a bottle from Belmont to give it another shot. This is full of flavors, including coffee and chocolate. And the palate is very smooth and quite thick. However, as it warms, the alcohol comes through more and it turns a little hot. Still a wonderful beer though.
[Original Rating: 8,5,7,3,14)
Draft sample at Dayton AleFest ’09. I was really looking forward to this one after reading some reviews and the description. I love hoppy stouts. Instead I found it to be quite sweet, dominated by alcohol, and fruity. It’s not nearly as bitter as I expected. Has a strong liqueur flavor, due to the sweet fruity alcohol characteristic. Not the easiest thing in the world to drink but interesting and definitely unique.