From what I understand this beer is no longer brewed, so I’m going to take my time with it and try to savor every last drop.
From the website, gooseisland.com, we find this little description.
A heavily-hopped imperial stout, Night Stalker is a heavyweight of a beer. It delivers a formidable punch of hops and rich roasted malt notes to the nose in a silky body that’s as dark as night.
Mmmm. Let’s drink.
This brew comes in a 22 oz. bottle with an ABV of 11.7%.
It poured black with absolutely no highlights whatsoever showing through. The head was dark tan, medium sized, smooth, creamy and tightly compacted. The retention time was adequate and the lacing looked rather nice too. A thin skim of alcohol was left on the sides when rotated and tilted. Very attractive in the glass I thought.
The nose still had a fairly robust fragrance of piney hops left. Hints of dark, fruity raisin along with plenty of toasted breads and roasted grains. A very pleasing waft of dark chocolate was intertwined with a very, very mild coffee aroma. This brew really had a beautiful smell. It had settled nicely with nary a hint of alcohol. (I tried it when fresh a couple of years ago and I seem to remember the alcohol being a lot more prevalent.)
The flavor released the dark fruits right off the bat. Relishes of raisin, fig and dates. More toasted grains mixed with well blended touches of chocolate. Some bitter coffee and light earthy/piney hops really tickled the sides of the tongue as it worked its way across the palate. Even with a bit of age the taste still had a noticeable amount of alcohol present. I guess that was to be expected considering the high ABV. Oh well, still a very pleasant savor.
The mouthfeel was medium to mostly full bodied. Thick, chewy, dry, velvety and smooth. The carbonation had subsided somewhat, but it was still solid enough. A sturdy bit of warmth was felt and a great dose of flavor was left behind for me to enjoy between sips.
Well, obviously the hops have faded a bit and the higher than normal ABV doesn’t lend itself to a very high drinkability rating, however this brew remains a very good and enjoyable treat to partake in on a cool, crisp night. One thing is for sure, the roasty aspects and the dark fruits have really begun to mesh well with the hops and become the most important aspect of the beer in my opinion. I have one more bottle left and I’m going to try to hang onto it for a couple of more years. I can’t wait to see how much more it morphs and evolves.
Did you guys ever get to try the Goose Island Night Stalker? What was your opinion? Did you like it? Feel free to leave a comment if you would like.
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Score: 4.15 out of 5