RATINGS: 779   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.01/5   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% IBUs 60 Color 100 Aroma Hops Mt. Hood & Simcoe Malts 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, C-60, Roast Barley, Debittered Black

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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - JAN 22, 2013
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. Theres 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 theres something oddly medicinal in the nose. Please dont carry over to the flavor... T: Its not as harshly bitter as I feared...actually, its 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. Its just like biting into chocolate-covered grapefruit. Without a doubt, its 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 doesnt 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 doesnt 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 thats 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 - theres far too much strange sweetness and offputting citrus character. Im still torn on whether its infected or just not very good, but Im lowering my scores regardless. Two bottles tasting exactly the same doesnt bode well for this batch, if not the beer in general.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Koelschtrinker (19789) - Kln (Cologne), GERMANY - DEC 22, 2016
Intensiver, rund malziger Antrunk. Klebrig schokoladig, etwas Kakao, aufdringlich. Geringe Bitterkeit, unsffig. 10/10/8/8/11/8

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Inbreak (5650) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 12, 2016
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
fugitive (1991) - Athens, GREECE - JUL 3, 2016
Bottle 2011. Color black with small chocolate brown head. Aroma malt, dark chocolate, roasted, cofee. Taste sweet, alcohol, dark chocolate, malt.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thepatrickman (1286) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 30, 2016
2012 vintage, on draft at the York River Landing (Nov. 2015). BCBS without the barrel aging. Its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Viper666 (3283) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 24, 2016
O, Quand, Comment : Bouteille, dguste le 8/11/2013.
Visuel : Couleur : noire. Apparence : opaque.
Arme : Malt rti, caf, chocolat, houblon herbeux, lger de mlasse et de fruits (fruits foncs), notes de rglisse noire.
Got : Entre de bouche : Got fruit (petits fruits) avec des notes de rglisse noire et quelques traces de vanille. Une dominante de malt rti et de chocolat est prsente avec une moyenne amertume houblon herbeux aux notes rsineuses et citriques ainsi quun lger got de caf et de mlasse sucre.
En bouche : Corps : moyen-rond. Effervescence : moyenne. Texture : riche et lgrement huileuse. Finale : longue, compose dune moyenne amertume de houblon herbeux aux notes rsineuses, de rti, lger dalcool et de chocolat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rouhlas (3520) - GREECE - NOV 28, 2015
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Vestergaard (2086) - Aarhus C, DENMARK - OCT 26, 2015
Bottle shared in the line for Blbr 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (2265) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 30, 2015
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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Bottle. Pours a deep black with a small brown head. Nose is roasted malts and coffee. Taste is roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Great.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
TorbenJensen (1510) - Valby, DENMARK - AUG 18, 2015
Its 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.

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