alexsdad06 (3834) - Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft @ GI Clybourn. Pours black with a medium dense tan head. The aroma has the big rich chocolate and caramel malts, mild coffee, and roast you would expect as well as a nice dose of citrus and earthy hops. The flavor is every bit as good as the nose. More thick rich dark chocolate and caramel malts, espresso, molasses with some alcohol burn. The twist is the strong hop presence which adds citrus and bittering character to this beer. Thick mouthfeel and smooth drinking. This one I was able to enjoy fresh unlike thee BCS which I prefer with a little age.
j12601 (6403) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler that Chris brought to the Cuvee de Castleton release at Captain Lawrence. Pours a deep thick flat black with a thin tan head. Cocoa, plums, and malt on the nose. Medium to thick body and smokey… almost cigarette butts and old ashtrays and not the good campfire kind of smoke. Finishes with some more barleywine like plum notes and some nice hoppiness. I was a bit disappointed on this one.
thelizard (46) - Santa Barbara, California, USA - JUL 18, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at the Clybourn GI brewpub, consumed at the same time as the Bourbon County Stout. Couldn’t decide which one I liked better. Both were identical in appearance (straight black), and had a a decent scent. The Night Stalker was less chocolatey/malty. Instead, it went the hoppier route. Not bitter, just different. Both beers come highly recommended.
sbroome (149) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 9, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
night stalker pours oily black with greasy tan head. Heavy roast nose with dark chocolate. Taste is the same along with black licorice. A very smooth stout considering the high alcohol content. if goose island bottled this, this would be my first choice in the goose island line. awesome!
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at GI Clybourn, served in a snifter. Dark brown/black pour with a thin cap of dark tan foam that slowly faded into a lasting ring. Some slippery lacing was left behind. The aroma had heavy notes of molasses and charred malt. Also chocolate, caramel, and some dried dark fruit. Some faint hops in the background. The flavor had heavy roast, chocolate, caramelized sugar, and some molasses. Strong notes of licorice in the aroma and flavor as it warms. Also a bit of booze. Hops have seemed to fade a bit at this point in time. Nice coating mouthfeel. Full-bodied with mild carbonation. Just a well made Imperial Stout. Really nice!
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 5, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On draft at their Wrigleyville location. Poured jet black with brown accent and head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, some vanilla/oak/booziness and pine. Thick oily mouthfeel. Tastes lots of roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, light barrel likeness. Hops come through in the finish along with coffee. A great example of the style, probably better than the Bourbon Country as far as being a great standard imperial without add ons, and I really like the BC.
Not going to knock it for the price, since that has no real bearing on the beer itself.
EHopper (591) - Minnesota, USA - JUL 3, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Groveland tap. Had side by side with a Bourbon County stout. Comparing the two was like comparing a milk shake from McDonald’s, and a chocolate malt from Dairy Queen. At first they are both just very good. Really hit the spot, nothing could be better. But then you realize that by then end of the one from Mac’s you are done, but the whole way through the DQ, you find more and more to like, and all too soon it is gone, and what you really want is another.
JoeMcPhee (8055) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Ginger Man. Pitch black beer with a creamy thick dark brown head. The aroma is great. Loads of cocoa and coffee with a lot of sweet dried raisin and chewy sweet plummy fruitiness. Warming brings up a massive intense aroma. Heavy molasses, and a light peppery character. Finishes with a lot of burnt sugar and a heavy charry character. It gets a bit boozy but at the same time there is a fairly prominent sweetness and some light hoppiness. The malty stickiness is balanced somewhat by the peppery booziness. Pretty solid brew.
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tap at Stub and Herbs. Finally! Black color with a small head. Good aroma of chocolate malts and just a pinch of smoke. Tons of roasted malt, cocoa and lighter coffee. After it warms to about cellar temp, the smoke and sherry come out. Killer.
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draught sample at AleFest Columbus (06/27/09): The beer pours black with a medium thin light brown head that dissipates steadily. Stringy lacing on the glass. Chocolate and roasted malt in the nose along with some hops. Full body with a dry and roasty character. Flavors of chocolate, coffee and hops, along with some sweet malt in the background. The finish is roasted malt with a mildly bitter dark chocolate and coffee aftertaste. Good overall, and I actually liked this a little more than Bourbon County.