DoublEE (782) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Coffee black with a ½ inch brown head that dissipates to a thin covering. Great legs and nice viscosity. Very much what you’d 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 i’m 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 don’t normally find in the style. It’s a big beer in a big bottle and probably best to share, but I’m not having too much trouble going it alone. Sadly, Goose Island has decided to retire this great stout.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2010 Draft: Pour was pitch black...nose of anise, chocolate, coffee and spiced hops. Thick as hell...about as close to Dark Lord as I’ve had. Flavor was rich, dry dark chocolate, espresso, anise and a bit of earthy hops on the finish. Great beer. Rerate: Fresh bottle, this seems to have changed quite a bit from the last time I had it...massive earthy and resin-like hop backbone to compliment the immense maltiness. The hoppiest Impy I’ve had, I’m thinking this could be what everyone has referred the initial bottling of Darkness. Absolutely a crazy amount of grassy and herbal hops on the palate. Insane! Rating reflects the rerated bottle version. tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2010
UPDATED: JUN 22, 2010 Gorgeous!! The aroma is milk chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts. The alcohol is well hidden here. The appearance is true to the style, deep brown, tan head. The flavor follows the aroma, sweet, beautiful. Lots of plums, raisins and other fruit as well. Also in evidence is some piney hops. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy, appropriate for the style. The finish is roast, pine hops. Nearly perfect. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish black color with a small tan head that recedes leaving a ring and a small filmy island. Nose is hoppy with raisins and vanilla, the combination is intriguing and inviting, yet very hard to describe, almost too much going on to pinpoint one or two things that stand out. But the combo is very appealing. Almost like a weird foreign candy of sorts. The palate is slick and oily, a nice fizziness that tickles, finishes fairly clean with an aftertaste of the extra hops used. I am realizing now that the combination of extra, dry fruity hops mixed with the vanilla and chocolate stout just create this odd mixture that is real pleasant but hard to describe. The flavors of the beer include some gumballs, vanilla, big hop notes and bitterness, a light chocolate note with some malted milk balls, wow, I am just really enjoying this and feel I am doing it a disservice by trying to describe it. Im just going to enjoy it. Get yourself a bottle and do the same. wavers1 (916) - Notown, California, USA - APR 7, 2010
thanks to tarheels for this fresh beaut! pours black with a brown head, fairly small, would have like a lil more there. aroma is great, tons of fresh citrusy, pineapplish, earthy hops everywhere! yum! the taste is to match, just great, starts with a strong punch of hops to reckon with any iipa, then fades very nicely into a deep, sweet stout that you would expect. this beer is awesome, on par with other dark hop bombs like 09 darkness and alpha claus fresh. the hop profile is very nice, the base beer is of course great, and the hops allow an extra dimension temp wise too, this beer offers something slightly chilled.
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 25, 2010
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2012 bomber. Night Stalker is up there is the realm of world class beers... this is one sick beer - damn this is good.... pours a thick black pour with a wonderful thick 1 finger tan creamy head - which lasts throughout most of the glass. Big citrus hop notes across the nose with layers of chocolate and coffee, along with dark fruit tones. Night Stalker really is a true blend of a IIPA and an Imperial Stout.... huge creamy body with a definite split between the bitterness and the thick malts... when chilled the citrus hop notes dominate the top of the mouth with lots of citrus and light spice notes, while the bottom portion is full of smooth creamy chocolate. As the beer warms the hops fade and the chocolate notes take full stage with some lingering grape tones and raisins.... the finish is brilliant... a piece of luxury chocolate... it really doesn’t get much better than this... Night Stalker is a perfectly hopped up Imperial Stout with huge chocolate notes that make your mouth want more and more. Defreni (3286) - Husum, DENMARK - AUG 20, 2010
Flaske: Kulsort øl med et fint lille skumhoved. Fantastisk duft af blomstret humle og kaffe. Denne variation imellem sødlighed og bitterhed gør det til en nydelse at dufte til øllen. Hvad der overgår denne nydelse er når man begynder at drikke øllen. Tydelig kaffestout, men med lag på lag af nuancer. Tydelig tørhumling der virkelig rykker. Alkoholen er komplet skjult og mundfylden er en fornøjelse. Verdensklasse. Plovmand (8584) - Grindsted, DENMARK - SEP 17, 2010
Bottle. Huge thanks Faroeviking! It pours pitch black with a creamy tan head. The aroma is ripe berries like raspberry, currant, blackberries and caramel. The flavour is heavy fruity, some roasted malt, toasted caramel, bourbon, vanilla and loads of ripe dark berries. Wow this is one of the most complex and challenging impy stouts Ive ever had! ads135 (4923) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 24, 2012
A nice compliment to the bourbon county. Where it is sweet, this is biting. Where the the fullness of the coffee and chocolate in this beer isn’t hidden behind the bourbon barrel flavor. Buikus (6) - Alabama, USA - APR 3, 2013 does not count
Extremely thick, great aroma, best to drink slowly. At 11.2 percent, this beer packs a punch
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