Cleveland Food and Brews Reviews decided he wanted to share his thoughts on a beer he recently drank. No, it's not a beer from Drew Carey's brewery! Stop asking stupid questions that I'm sure Brad is sick of hearing by now.
Instead, Brad picked a Goose Island beer that I have only seen in pictures. I have had a few beers from that brewery thanks to a little help from my friends, but they are not available in South Florida otherwise. And I absolutely loved the ones I did try: Oh, Sofie and Matilda, I... never mind, I'm getting off track.
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Goose Island Night Stalker
Brewmasters Notes: 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.
Style: Imperial Stout
Alcohol by Volume: 11.7%
International Bitterness Units: 60
Hops: Mt Hood, Simcoe
Malts: 2-Row, Munich, Chocolate, Caramel, Roasted Barley, De-Bittered Black
My review: When I poured this beer the color was nearly black as coal with a slight brown foamy head. The smell alone was intoxicating. I smelled chocolate, coffee, malt and the 11.7% ABV was noticeable but not at all off-putting. After my first sip I uttered the words "Holy Crap this is soooo Good." Right away my taste-buds picked up on the dark roasted coffee flavors! I also tasted some very dark chocolate, toffee, and much to my liking... HOPS! I couldn't believe this was a "hoppy" black imperial stout. When I researched further I realized this beer was rated at 60IBU. For a stout this dark I thought that was amazing! The ABV's were noticeable while drinking, but not at all overpowering, although if you have two of these back to back you better watch out for those ABV's! Overall, the hops, malts, coffee, and chocolate combination totally worked for me. I would buy this beer again in a heartbeat regardless of its $10 price tag for a 22oz bottle!! 11.7% ABV!