Friday, July 4, 2014

Goose Island Night Stalker

This 11.7% ABV imperial stout is from the Goose Island Brewing Company of Chicago, Illinois (now owned by AB-InBev). It is the base beer for the Bourbon County series of barrel-aged stouts. This bottle was bottled on February 6, 2011.

The beer pours deep black with a short and thin head of light brown. The aroma is different for a stout, very tangy and fruity, dark stone fruits, herbal. The taste has some rich, dark malt notes, a bit of dark cocoa, continues with the dark stone fruits, mostly cherries, sweet, but tangy. It drinks a bit like sucking on a gourmet cherry and dark cocoa Tootsie pop after having had a swig of light coffee. The finish is moderately bitter, with sweet battling dry. It is medium to full bodied. If this is the base for the Bourbon County beers, then the barrel aging really adds a lot to this beer!

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