Thursday, February 7, 2013

Goose Island Night Stalker - Tom #7

Hello everyone, for today's review we are going to look at Goose Island's Night Stalker. As all beer lovers know A-B InBev has complete ownership of Goose Island and there has be a lot of controversy going on by other big names in the craft beer industry about GI. So I was really interested in trying this particular brew by them as I have been told its a solid one even though I am against the evil giant A-B InBev but we won't go off on that rant today! This bottle label stated it was bottle on November 18th, 2012

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About the beer:
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 11.7%
IBUs: 60
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black

From Goose Island:
 "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"

"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"

Bottle also states "Brewery fresh within 180 days from bottling date." 

I poured this into an Maudite glass

Appearance: This poured pitch black with an dark khaki color head. There was about a finger maybe a finger and a half of head which resided fairly quickly to just a trace around the glass. Beer definitely had a lot of legs from the 11.7% ABV and the lacing is evident. This definitely poured and shaped out to be exactly how you would imagine a big imperial stout would.

Aroma: This is where my flag went up. From the second this brew left the bottle instantly your nasal passages were full of strong alcohol! The 11.7% in this bottle was not hidden at all and was completely upfront. So I let this sit a little and swirled it around to air it out a little. After a little sitting this is when the other aromas starting filling the air like dark chocolates and a little coffee. The roasted malts shined I believe more than the hops did in this one when the bottle clearly states its a hoppy imperial stout, but there was some notable hop notes swirling about. Still a lot of alcohol throughout.

Taste: This follows the nose with the alcohol and had a huge pungent alcohol blast to it. This was definitely the most dominate taste throughout the entire glass. Once past the strong alcohol burn some chocolate and coffee flavors started to emerge. I still didn't notice any of these strong hop flavors I have read about this beer having.

Verdict: Overall I think it is safe to say I was generally disappointed in this brew. This bottle was only 2 months old and having it stated on the bottle itself that it is a hoppy imperial stout I wouldn't have thought the hops would have died out that fast. So this was a bit of a let down as I was hoping for something different and instead got a massive alcohol bomb. I also should state that I am no stranger to extremely high ABV brews. So I am going to safely give this a B- and super happy that I shared this bottle with my cousin and wasn't left drinking it all by myself.
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 - Tom