rollingwood (89) - 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.
maneliquor (3406) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle split for Nudgerita from Elliot’s America trip. I can see why this is rated highly. Typical sweet american stout with that underlying, coating-like vanilla-esqu feel throughout. A nice viscous mouth feel and super dirty chocolate forward stuff. Works well on all levels. Great
madelfonatree (43) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2015
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2011 Night Stalker on May 8, 2015
Look - Oily black. Thin tan head. No lacing. Fine bubbles.
Smell - Whiskey. Vanilla. Chocolate.
Taste - Whiskey. Vanilla and chocolate fade to a tootsie roll like taste. Alcohol is there. Tannin finish.
Palate - Thick and creamy. Carbonation doesn’t explode.
Overall - It is going to sound blasphemous but it isn’t much different than the barrel aged vanilla Dark Lord I had at DLD.
Hoprider (144) - DENMARK - APR 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This rating goes back a while... Didn’t bother with appearance but noted that the nose had beautiful sweet licorice, brown sugar and mild coffee roast. Flavour has light dark chocolate and again licorice and hops playing in the background. The mouthfeel is rich and the aftertaste is long with hints of hazelnut, vanilla and some raisin and sweet oak. Loved it.
chinchill (2769) - South Carolina, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bomber shared at 1st Sunday.
Reminiscent of BCS. Highly complex and very rich flavor. Lasting, malty-BBL aftertaste.
Deep dark red-brown body.
mstrcrwly (600) - New York, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2 yr old bottle dated 12/17/12..jet black with a thin tan head..aroma of coffee,vanilla,licorice,booze..coffee and booze are right up front but not much else..may need a fresher bottle but at 11.7%..should have aged better.
djd07 (5359) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 26, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Bruce. Pours a cloudy brown with medium beige head that lasts. The aroma is roast malts, coffee, chocolate, and wood. Medium mouth, sweet roasted malt, dark chocolate, cocoa, light booze finish, very nice.
rood (56) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is old cheese probably due to outdated hop. Taste is sugar, bourbon, vanilla, chocolate. The hops in the beer brings in a banana split experience. Body is very smooth. Good one, despite the skunky aroma. thanks berntholer for sharing
jbruner (2852) - Athens, Georgia, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle. Pours a deep brownish black with thin tan brown head that leaves moderate lace. Aroma of big chocolate and roasty vanilla, dying hops. Taste follows, earthy overtones with big chocolate and roast. Wow, pretty nice, want to try it fresh.
Schwarzbart (71) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 1, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
2013 Keg. Pours black with a light brown, big, frothy head. Awesome froth totally drapes the glass. Thick, creamy and a sharp hop finish. Heavily roasted black malts, black licorice pipes, sharp earthy hops, caramel, coffee and some cocoa. Yummy.
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solidfunk (4980) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Lots of roast and a little booze here. Milk chocolate. Some coffee. Bittersweet finish, but mostly bitter. Black pour without much head or lacing. Big. Faint hops in here. Tap at Meridian pint.