Goose Island Beer Company in Chicago, Illinois. This beer is the last one from my first trade with Marathon Marie. Coincidentally enough, or not, I decided to crack this one open in celebration of our second trade, which I have boxed and will ship tomorrow. If you care to see what's heading to Indiana, check this out! You may also recall that Brad from Cleveland Food and Brews Reviews did a guest post of this beer just a few months ago. Check that out as well.
The label is very interesting. While it's mostly depicting a dark night scene and nearly completely black, a yellow-tinted full moon starts to poke out from behind the clouds. Brewmaster Greg Hall says "This Hoppy Imperial Stout will continue to develop in the bottle for up to 5 years from the bottled on date". My bottled on date is 03/06/10 #1434, so pretty close to a year old.
One last comment then drinkie time. If you look at the bottom of each Goose Island beer page, Night Stalker for example, you will see them link to reviews over at Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. The problem is their labeling of that section "Beer Drinker's Reviews" meaning there is only one person doing the reviews. Despite multiple emails and suggestions and getting their Twitter staff involved, no one with web decisions seems to give two shits about this horrible grammatical error. I vow this to you... I will not rest until it is fixed!
Haha. We got new neighbors today. First time the lady saw me was photographing Night Stalker in the back yard. I bet she went in and asked her husband if they could back out of the sale!
Magnificent chocolate aroma with hints of vanilla. I might divorce Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout for this sexy one! Rich chocolate flavors with some licorice and vanilla dancing on my tongue. The 11.7% alcohol provides a strong warming and thinning presence pretty much right from the start. The alcohol is also doing a fabulous job enhancing the chocolate and other flavors. Great body! I really like the extra little sweetness that each sip provides, nice chewy caramel. A light bitter hoppy relief is about as close as this gets to "THIS HOPPY IMPERIAL STOUT...", and that's a phrase I'd get rid of from the label if I were Goose Island (though clearly I'm not involved in any decision making). Carbonation is medium low, but that's perfect. Great aftertaste. Night Stalker is a fantastic beer and I enjoyed all 22 ounces of this beer! If you are lucky enough to live in the distribution area, go grab a bottle NOW!
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