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. 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. SPDickerman (1315) - 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. 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. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, 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. I’d probably put this under American Strong Ale rather then Imperial Stout, but wow do I want more of it.
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. It’s really dark. Great stuff! 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.
nyctrance2 (1) - New York, USA - JUN 5, 2011 does not count
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.
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! DoublEE (781) - 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.
Defreni (3325) - 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.