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Night Stalker ~ Goose Island

Appearance: pours dark and delicious. No head, just black oil deeper than midnight. Only after a few minutes does a thin espresso crema head form. Swirls thick with espresso crema spots.

Nose: dense, dark, meaty, fudgy, tarry. Burnt caramel, espresso crema. Tar and char. Fudge, European chocolate bark and truffles – pure cacao infusion. Mud, dirt, and muck. Essence of a dank dark ancient rainforest floor yet untouched by humanity. Tree bark. Wisps of peat. Oily tobacco leaf.

Palate: thick, sweet, smoky, peaty, and dense dark fruits still lingering with essence of the earth it came from. Tar, burnt roots, mud, chocolate cake and chocolate bark. Long tar finish. Meaty dark fruits. Bacony salty umami finish. Each quaff has a fast zing-zang in the finish – primitive. Black and peaty – grabs middle of tongue and never lets go. Oily mouthfeel. Uncomplex and complex at the same time. Tobacco leaf in the breath, more cigar than cigarette. Leather in the middle. A long sipping beer.

Final Thoughts: this was one big beauty of a beer. As soon as I poured it I knew twould be the last beer of my night. From the first sip to the last it was a heartwarming experience in more ways than one. Yum.

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(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

Comments

thanks for the encouraging words. goodness knows i enjoyed drinking this beauty of a beer. delicious!

i've moved my beer reviews to my Beer Ambassador blog to combine both my beer reviews, BEERflections, beer musings, and anything and everything else beer-related that i gladly get myself involved in.

check it out and hope you enjoy :)
http://beerambassador.blogspot.com/
what follow up are you looking for? more reviews? more on this beer specifically? let me know and i'll see what i can do :)