ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reviewed 1/1/2013. Bottle says 11.5%. 22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.
A: Pours a pitch black color. The head is a one finger light tan color with poor retention. Thereís splotchy hints of lacing left down the glass.
S: Hey, someone misplaced catty Simcoe hops in my imperial stout! That green, citrusy aroma is unmistakeable. Underlying roasted malts, tart fruits, and cocoa powder try to balance things out, but thereís something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please donít carry over to the flavor...
T: Itís not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, itís too far in the opposite direction; more on that later. A bit of roasted coffee appears initially, before ending with a lot of bright fruit sweetness and a bit of booze. The finishing hops bring along a significant grapefruit presence - actually, the finish is downright candy like in its sweetness combined with the chocolaty, fruity flavors. Itís just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, itís too sweet at the end of the day - I really need some roasted bitterness here (if not some herbal, piny hop qualities too) to balance out the citrusy/chocolaty nature. A bit of hop harshness appears when the beer warms up, which doesnít balance things any.
M: A bit thinner and more carbonated than I expected from the base of BCBS. The finish is quite sweet and lingering, which kind of kills the drinkability in conjunction with the booze presence. Despite the sweetness, it doesnít feel sturdy or substantial like it should.
O: Not what I was expecting. This comes across like a glorified citrus-and-chocolate dessert liquor instead of an awesomely balanced hoppy RIS; I REALLY wanted more hop and roasted bitterness. All the Simcoe dry-hopping gives it such a weird cloying flavor thatís even a bit unpleasant. Time to cork this bitch up - no way I can drink this in a single sitting. I sampled about 1 oz. from another bottle (also dated 11/19/12) and it tasted exactly the same - thereís far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. Iím still torn on whether itís infected or just not very good, but Iím lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesnít bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.
50belair (2234) - Florida, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a kaki head. Chocolate bouquet. Bitter chocolate, hops?, bitter roasted malts, I guess? Not sure what all is going on here. Is it infected? Is it over hoppy. Average body and mouthfeel..
Maltser85 (260) - Fargo, North Dakota, USA - JUL 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black pour with thin quickly dissipating dark tan head. Cherries, bitter chocolate, roast barley on the nose. Cherry note that rolls into a bitter chocolate, back to cherry into roast back to chocolate cherry, back to sticky chocolate with almost an espresso note finish. Full body, sticky lips, excellent!
M82 (283) - Kansas, USA - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle code 030610 5126 consumed 07/11/2010
Black body with minimal deep amber highlights beneath a minimal tan head, very minimal lacing
Medium to heavy malty sweet, earthy, roasty, piney, citrusy, chocolate, red and dark fruit, sweet grass, soft carbonation and a short spike of alcohol finishing out
LoFi (1592) - GŲteborg, SWEDEN - MAY 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from first trade with kmyers8807 (have another to drink very soon), cheers buddy, backlog!
Black with a light brown head.
Aroma: fruity, roasted, licorice, hard lemon candies.
Taste: licorice, some salmiak, soft roast, dark and creamy chocolate, tropical fruits like pineapple and peach, Indian palate cleanser.
Not really as tasty as I had expected.
GothGargoyle (1201) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black with a large beige head that mostly dissipated quickly. Aroma is raisins, coffee, toffee, molasses, wood, vanilla, dark chocolate. Full bodied, thick syrupy mouthfeel, sweet on the palate with some balancing roast. Taste is molasses, chocolate, coffee, vanilla, toasted marshmallows. Delicious.
MrFecesious (959) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle share. Pours almost black, bubbly tan cap reduces to thick rope. Aroma of vanilla, molasses, raisin, chocolate, mud. Taste is quite sweet followed by a long bitterness. Creamy and lasting dry finish.
DrewFace (783) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAY 7, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep dark thick black pour, minimal light brown head. Sweetalry caramel toffee boozy aroma. Much of the same in the flavor, caramely, boozy, very nice as it warms.
esox (1056) - Oulu, FINLAND - APR 25, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Thin, finishing head. Loads of raisins, dates, syrupy bread, licorice, greasy chocolate, wood, vanilla, fermented berries. Heavy flavor, loads of dryfruits, cocoa, sherry notes, some alcohol. Creamy vanilla aftertaste with balancing wooden/herbal bitterness and lingering dark chocolate. Heavy, sweet and syrupy texture. Excellent beer.
hotstuff (4092) - Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rated on 8-03-2011 (Bottle) This beer pours a small light brown head that mostly diminishes, opaque body, very little carbonation, and spotty amounts of lacing. The aroma is chocolate, malt, roasty, and hops. The taste is moderately bitter, chocolate, roasty and hops. The mouthfeel is heavy and has an alcohol warming sensation. This beer is full bodied. Overall, this is a very good imperial stout and definitely worth trying. This beer has a very good flavor and is a beer I would drink again.
BeerZombies1 (37) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Night Stalker - Goose Island
APPEARANCE: Poured a thick, dense oil slick black. Very small chocolate colored head that dissipated almost instantly leaving a small halo.
AROMA: Very complex nose. Lush over ripe dark fruits, raisins, molasses and chocolate hit right away. Then vanilla and roasted malts swing by before the hops come nicely walking in.
TASTE: Chocolate covered raisins, deep purple plums. Really nice sweetness that takes over. Not getting much of the hops I faintly got on the nose. Probably because it has been cellared for 4 years. The taste on this is pure decadence, the roasted malts feel like they are melting in my mouth.
MOUTHFEEL: Heavy bodied with minimal carbonation. The great thickness and mouthfeel I've come to know and love from goose island. Oily and slick that coats the mouth leaving you wanting more.
OVERALL: I'm actually glad that my first experience with a NightStalker is one that had been cellared for 4 years. The absence of hops in the taste along with the abundance of dark fruits in the taste compliment the faint hops on the nose perfectly. I thought this was an amazing beer and would love to try a different vintage.
RATING: 4.5/5 Zombie Heads!
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone