Goose Island Night Stalker

Tasting: February 21, 2013
Style: Imperial Stout

Goose Island Night Stalker
(c)2013 popsonhops

Got the tip-off that this beer was being poured at the Taphouse Grille tonight as part of a Goose Island tap takeover (thanks RM). I stopped in for one quick drink right after work – twenty minutes and out the door. I had to resist following this one with a Bourbon County Brand Stout. Common sense told me that following this 11.7% ABV stout with another stout with a 15% ABV wouldn’t be a good choice.

This one is amazingly complex. The flavors wash over one by one, raisins first followed by dark chocolate, then some solid earthy hops and a finish of mild coffee and amped up alcohol. After that first sip or two, the flavors meld into this one dominant flavor that I can’t entirely put my finger on. The best way to describe it is an even mix of chocolate, cherries, and wood chips. Together is has almost a teriyaki flavor. If you can solve it – let me know. That earthy hop stands tall and the alcohol is hot. Mouthfeel is decadent and rich in stickiness. Would love to find a bottle of this and age it for a while. I’ll put this at 94 points.

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