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RATINGS: 748   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 351   ABV: 11.7%
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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% IBUs 60 Color 100 Aroma Hops Mt. Hood & Simcoe Malts 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, C-60, Roast Barley, Debittered Black


5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2010
Bomber from an anonymous Freemason from Chicago who also happens to be a member of PUBN, as I swore him in when I got this beer from the vendor he slipped it to under cover of night and away from the money-grubbing and government ball-cupping tentacles of the assholes in the PLCB. Pours jet black with 1 finger tan head. This one looks great. Nose is roasty dark and choc malt, dark chocolate, fig, molasses, blackberry, big hops, earthy and woody. Tastes super rich, super thick, with a heavy dark malt flavor, tons of dark chocolate, semi-sweet port and blackberry notes, oats, and backup hops that are there, but never get a chance to overthrow the malts in this, and thats a good thing, because this one just hammers your palate with complex malt, chocolate and fruit notes throughout. Amazing complexity, just a huge flavor and palate heft, and a wonderful taste make this one of the best impy stouts I have yet quaffed. Outstanding!!

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2009
Tap at Ginger Man. Aroma of molasses, vanilla, wine-like fruits, toast, bread, cookies, smoke, burnt caramel, creme brulee, berries, just worlds of awesome. Flavor picks right up with endless dessert notes, burnt notes, huge fruit presence, particularly the berries, and finishes right back on the molasses and vanilla. Simply astounding.

4.9
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Phatmeat (1) - USA - DEC 18, 2010 does not count
Great imperial stout. I wish had more to age. The aroma and flavor if this beer is outstanding.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SPDickerman (975) - Texas, USA - FEB 1, 2013
02/06/11 Vintage. Pours pitch black with a small dark brown head. Smells of molasses, hints of roast, and subtle hop notes. Taste is molasses, roast, dark chocolate, and subtle hints of hop and bourbon bitter dryness. Full-bodied with a slick, smooth, soft texture and supple mouth-carbonation, Goose Island Night Stalker finishes with a big, thick molasses and fruit.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sunnyridge (222) - USA - APR 4, 2010
Oh God yes!! This imperial stout is exceptional. I am usually very opposed to a hopped up imperial stout. but the balance and finesse of this one is great. Finally a hopped up stout where the hops actualy gel with the rest of the beer.. Hats off to Goose Island.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Nephilium (1372) - Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2010
Strong pine and citrus aroma, with a touch of malt undertone. Not what I was expecting from a beer that pours an opaque black with a rich milk chocolate head. Nice rich creamy mouthfeel leading to citrus, chocolate, vanilla and roast playing together in a delicious stout. Id probably put this under American Strong Ale rather then Imperial Stout, but wow do I want more of it.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
messiah (11) - Alabama, USA - FEB 23, 2011
Jet black, ad dark as the darkest night. This just may be the darkest brew you ever encounter. This is a brew to pull out on the coldest night of the year and sip in front of the fire. Dark roasted flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, smoke, and darkness. Its really dark. Great stuff!

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 29, 2011
Appearance: pours dark and delicious. No head, just black oil deeper than midnight. Only after a few minutes does a thin espresso crema head form. Swirls thick with espresso crema spots.
Nose: dense, dark, meaty, fudgy, tarry. Burnt caramel, espresso crema. Tar and char. Fudge, European chocolate bark and truffles pure cacao infusion. Mud, dirt, and muck. Essence of a dank dark ancient rainforest floor yet untouched by humanity. Tree bark. Wisps of peat. Oily tobacco leaf.
Palate: thick, sweet, smoky, peaty, and dense dark fruits still lingering with essence of the earth it came from. Tar, burnt roots, mud, chocolate cake and chocolate bark. Long tar finish. Meaty dark fruits. Bacony salty umami finish. Each quaff has a fast zing-zang in the finish primitive. Black and peaty grabs middle of tongue and never lets go. Oily mouthfeel. Uncomplex and complex at the same time. Tobacco leaf in the breath, more cigar than cigarette. Leather in the middle. A long sipping beer.
Final Thoughts: this was one big beauty of a beer. As soon as I poured it I knew twould be the last beer of my night. From the first sip to the last it was a heartwarming experience in more ways than one. Yum.

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
nyctrance2 (1) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011 does not count
Dark, rich. Strong coffee, toasty malt. Bitter yet sweet. The hop flavor is noted with a rich finish. I love espresso and a nice hop addition and this covers both aspects. Cheers!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Coffee black with a inch brown head that dissipates to a thin covering. Great legs and nice viscosity. Very much what youd want in a stout. Lots of dark fruit and stinging alcohol. I get some toffee, caramel and then some roasted malt in the form of chocolate mainly. Mainly it is the dark fruits though, very strong in the form of raisins and fig. Maybe even some licorice. Good dose of chocolate up front followed by roast and figs. Finishes on a sweet caramel note. Hops must have faded because im not detecting any. Abv is well hidden. Moderate body with a creamy mouthfeel. Some dryness on the back. Could be heavy, but has a stronger carbonation that keeps it from hitting that super smooth thing I would expect. Night Stalker is definitely a big boy beer. So many of the imperial stout characteristics you expect, yet so much more you dont normally find in the style. Its a big beer in a big bottle and probably best to share, but Im not having too much trouble going it alone. Sadly, Goose Island has decided to retire this great stout.


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