rollingwood (91) - Maryland, USA - MAR 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bomber bottled on 6 March 2010; served beginning at 46° F. Pours substantial and opaque and black as night with a quarter-inch of dense foam the color of dark, wet sand. I was surprised at the size of the head considering the gravity and ABV of this brew, and it did not entirely dissipate even with one lonely swallow left in the mug. Though I’ve always had trouble discerning bouquet, this obviously presents as hop, dark and caramel malts and dried fruit. This absolutely heavenly mélange foreshadows the taste of the liquor. Night Stalker, to say the least, is a complex beer, and somehow manages to balance on the tongue—simultaneously—a profile featuring dried fruit, dark chocolate and caramel with diacetyl overtones. And much like its moniker there lurks in the background a subtle, yet rich bitterness that emerges two-thirds of the way through the swallow and lingers into and through the finish, amazing considering the dominant boldness of the malt. I was delighted to have enjoyed this as much as I do Goose Island’s oak-aged, Bourbon County version of this brew. A well-earned Tip of the Hat to the Brewmaster for crafting a superb, world-class brew.
Inbreak (4427) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.08.2016, 0,65l bottle (2012 vintage) @ home:
Nice light brown fizzy-creamy mediumlasting head. Aroma is rich, dark malts, licorice, alcohol, dark sugar, oak, coffee, caramel, chocolate, grass, hops, minerals, bark, burnt caramel. Taste is rich and slightly sour-ish roasted, raw licorice, dark malts, grass, minerals, dark sugar, dark fruits, hops, burnt caramel, oak, alcohol, sour-ish roasted coffee, bark. Medium bitterness, slightly sour-ish boozy mouthfeel. Nice.
fugitive (1896) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle 2011. Color black with small chocolate brown head. Aroma malt, dark chocolate, roasted, cofee. Taste sweet, alcohol, dark chocolate, malt.
thepatrickman (784) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 vintage, on draft at the York River Landing (Nov. 2015). BCBS without the barrel aging. It’s got a very, very distinct smell and flavor that reminds me of the BCBS’ marshmallow sweetness. Interesting, unique, and actually a really top-notch imperial stout.
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Où, Quand, Comment :
Bouteille, dégustée le 8/11/2013.
Couleur : noire.
Apparence : opaque.
Malt rôti, café, chocolat, houblon herbeux, léger de mélasse et de fruits (fruits foncés), notes de réglisse noire.
Entrée de bouche : Goût fruité (petits fruits) avec des notes de réglisse noire et quelques traces de vanille.
Une dominante de malt rôti et de chocolat est présente avec une moyenne amertume houblon herbeux aux notes résineuses et citriques ainsi qu’un léger goût de café et de mélasse sucrée.
En bouche :
Corps : moyen-rond.
Effervescence : moyenne.
Texture : riche et légèrement huileuse.
Finale : longue, composée d’une moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes résineuses, de rôti, léger d’alcool et de chocolat.
rouhlas (2691) - GREECE - NOV 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle (v2010) shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with nice brown head. Malty aroma, roasted, dark dried fruits, chocolate when it gets warmer, caramel, butter, wineous, wood, light alcohol. Sweet and bitter like aroma with soy and some coffee notes. Full silky body with soft carbonation. Probably not a good bottle.
Vestergaard (1652) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle shared in the line for Blåbær Release 2015. Pours a pitch black with a nice, dense, tan head. Aroma is hoppy, roasty, licorice, salmiak, coffee, slight grass. Taste is roasty bitter, hoppy, coffee salmiak. Still fairly sweet. Full body and average carbonation.
Sarlacc83 (1893) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 2/19/2010 date.
A: Black in a way which would please Batman. Thin, dying mocha head. Lacing.
N: Vanilla, cocoa, coffee, black peppercorn, rye, earth, milk chocolate, a hint of toffee and caramel. Smoke and almost like a rough tar. Not gross like that, but it seems like the right description somehow. Light oxidation from its 5 years of age.
T: Quite sweet, but not cloying like the latest iterations of Bourbon County Stout. A bit hoppy still.
M: Thick, motor oil body, light carbonation, alcohol is very well hidden.
O: This was the big time, long ago, before In-Bev took over production and turned BCBS into a call for insulin. Only minor oxidation after 5 years, too, which is impressive.
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a small brown head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Great.
TorbenJensen (1452) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
It’s thick as oil and hangs in thick lace on the glass inside. Smoke and dried fruits rises from the glass estimates vinous association. The taste is very rich and creamy and is heavy in the mouth. Prunes, grapes, plums and port wine fill for the taste buds with the distinct flavor of smoke and oak.
RasmusOtt (2246) - Aarhus, DENMARK - AUG 3, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle in line for blåbær. Pours black with a tiny head. Aroma of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malts, coffee and weak vanilla. Taste is roasted and savory with dark dried fruits, chocolate and liquorice.