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RATINGS: 768   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 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 (1222) - 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 (3095) - 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 (2215) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
JPDIPSO (5107) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
evergreen0199 (2388) - Northwood, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 28, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2431) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
goldfish19 (50) - Long Island, New York, USA - SEP 14, 2009
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! ~

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