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RATINGS: 772   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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 – 11.7% IBU’s – 60 Color – 100 Aroma Hops –Mt. Hood & Simcoe Malts – 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, C-60, Roast Barley, Debittered Black

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2009
On tap at GI Clybourn 7/20/09. Pours jet black with thick mocha head. Coffee aroma dominates with citrus and pine undertones. Nice balanced sweetness with a mild better finish of roasted cocoa on the tongue. Medium bodied with the alcohol hidden well. Gets much better as it warms.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
On tap @ FFF brewpub. Pours a thick looking black body with some nice intricate lacing from the brown head that fell to a thin ring. Big burnt and roasty nose with some cocoa powder, dark fruits, light hops, and some moderate alcohol vapors. Smells as thick as it looks. Super thick and heavy on the palate with a sticky mouth coating finish, the light carbonation makes it even heavier. The flavor is heavily roasty with lots of burnt malt and caramelized dark fruits. Coffee and chocolate syrup abound. Some hops to cut the sweetness but not what was once there apparently when you look at the earliest ratings from this. Overall it didn’t blow me away, it just got a bit too sweet fo me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
JK (5047) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2009
Draught at Heritage Liquor. Aroma has lots of malt, a little coffee and earth. Very low carbonation, which is fine. Thick and heavy palate. Rich flavor, a malt bomb, but some hops are there. You know from the flavor and palate that there is a lot of alcohol, but it is well hidden. Comparable to Expedition, but a little sweeter.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (2011) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 10, 2009
On tap at Heritage Liquor’s Beer Geek Xmas. Dark black and slightly carbonated pour with a great aroma of booze and chocolate. Flavor was more chocolate, vanilla, creamy and nice & noticeably hoppy on the finish. Very good, but not great.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 3, 2009
7oz Tap @ Stub and Herbs. Pours motor oil black with no head. Aroma was a mix of chocolate, malts, roast and some unexpected citrus fruits. The first sip blew me away. So not what I expected out of a big stout like this. First off it felt like a gusher in my mouth. The flavors and carbonation just blew up in the mouth. Not in a bad way just unexpected. It was pointed out to me that there was a lot of mango in it, and they were right. There were also many of the traditional flavors that came though, just showing off the beers complexity. Again not at all what I expected, but a ggod brew I would like to try again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2009
So this is better than the BCS but still not great. Pour is pitch black with no head. Aroma is dried fruits and very unfortunately bananas. Flavor is sweet and palate is just strange for an imp stout, kind of limp almost. Overall, it would be better without the bananas profile.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tennisjoel (1232) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
On tap at Stub and Herbs for their Black Friday imperial stout special. Black pour. Tan head. Creamy mouthfeel. Good hop presense here. Licorice, dark fruit, vanilla, and piney hops. Really my kind of impy stout. Very good effort from Goose Island here!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
13mikey (503) - New Hope, Minnesota, USA - OCT 25, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (3105) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2009
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
msante79 (2216) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - OCT 15, 2009
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

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