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RATINGS: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Inspired by the epic skyline of Chicago, Goose Island’s brewers set out to craft Big John; a tall, bold slugger of a stout that stands out vividly against the little soft beers out there. Epic amounts of roasted malt and an addition of cacao nibs give Big John a massive chocolate flavor and aroma. With a body as substantial and black as the building to which it pays homage, Big John is sure to inspire a sense of awe with every sip.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (2115) - GREECE - APR 23, 2015
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, quite bready, fruity, dark dried fruits, plums and figs, chocolate, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste, chocolate and fruits, light alcohol. Almost full, silky body with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (15537) - Tourist Town (West), Berkshire, ENGLAND - APR 20, 2015
Bottle split at Bruce’s farewell drinks, thanks to LKS, 15/04/15. Black with a decent tan siwrl and edgeing. Nose is rich roast, bitter dark chocolate, earthy, spice, charr, toffee fudge. Taste comprises molasses, earthy cocoa rub, light coffee strains, dark fruit rinds, rich roast. Full bodied, oily mouthfeel - a touch cloying, warming alcohol in the close. A touch heavy handed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mR_fr0g (7805) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle shared at Bruce’s farewell drinks. Many thanks to Leighton for this one. Dark mahogany brown / black coloured pour with lasting tan head. Aroma is nice marshmallow, minty, praline, sugar. Flavour is composed of big rounded roast, coco, mint choc chip, praline, little age, sweet brown sugars, little tangy in the finish. Full and warming alcohol palate is full and velvety, moderate carbonation. Bit of age. But lasted well.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scopey (11346) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 19, 2015
Bottle at Bruce’s leaving drinks, thanks to Leighton. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is rich roast, charcoal, umami, sour malts, soy sauce, chocolate and tar. The taste is slick, oily, dirt, fudge, charred wood, umami, soy sauce, warming alcohol, cocoa, chocolate gateaux and booze. Full body, moderate carbonation and slick mouth-feel. A bit viscous and cloying. Good depth, but a touch too much umami/soy sauce action going on.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (326) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
POurs thick as oil with small tan head. Smells of tar, cocoa and dark fruit. Not overly complex but Great tasting straight up stout with mild dark fruit flavours, hint burnt malt and some roasty sweetness. THick like a milkshake! great feel. delicious with clean slightly sweet aftertaste

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1243) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. The pour is black with a thin head. The aroma is sweet malt and chocolate. The taste is perfect for a big stout. Great blend, thick, and full. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (3145) - Maastricht, NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle recieved in a trade. Shared with a friend. Poured a pitch black colour pretty flat. 2011 bottle. Smell of port, red cherry, dark cacao nibs, dark cherry chocolate, raisins, Some plums, lots of port and fruity notes in the finish. Stil Some dark coffee in the finish aswell. But i don’t know if this gets better with these 4 years

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rood (69) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Aroma is molasses, muscovado. Taste is the same as aroma. After sipping other GI sugary beers, you could find something salty, mineral-like taste and aroma in this one. Body is okay but rather thin. thanks berntholer for sharing

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (3408) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 14, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of bourbon and port barrel, dark fruit, muscovado, light coffee and molasses. Taste is sweet and boozy with port like character. Coffee bitter but balanced finish. Body is rich, creamy and boozy with soft carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2282) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
Pours dark with low brown head Aromas of muscavado, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol Taste has brown sugar, chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel

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