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RATINGS: 449   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
diabel (1680) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
Deep black body with a brown head. Fine, well balanced aroma of strong malts, coffee, chocolate: very intense, complex and well balanced. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavour, a little bit too sweet and unbalanced to some extent. Not bad, certainly not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Martinus (4438) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
Pitch black colour, slight tan head. Aroma of chocolate sauce, malts, molasses, quite alcoholic. Flavour is really sweet. Chocolate, sweet malts, roasted tones, slight salty touch. One could’ve even called it balanced if it hadn’t been so overly sweet. Again quite alcoholic, like a rum chocolate bonbon. Full body, alcoholic finish.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBWG 2012, Antwerpen. Thanx for sharing, Klaas!)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
JoePeesie (924) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
It’s better than Night Stalker, not as good as Bourbon County Brand Stout IMO. I know that kind of comparing apples to turnips, but that would be the order in which I would look for them. Big Black and cacao-y. Nose and taste are bozzy, sweet and malty. Definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bart (2938) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
bottle @ RBBWG 2012 thanks to Klaas. Black coloured beer wiht a small brown had. Heavy alcoholic malty hinted aroma. Really creamy full palate. Finish is full alcoholic touched with some slightly roasted creamy hints. Very nice, rather extreem.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
77ships (7640) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2012
65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to Klaas – dark as an endless abyss with no head – smells like plum syrup, bourbon, roasted malt, liquorish & booze – taste is dark fruits with lots of plum & some raisins, syrupy, roasted malts, thick sludgy coffee, touch molasses, melted chocolate, bourbon & alcoholic finish this is quite alcoholic in a nice way, sludgy, liquorishy with low carb, small monster this one (bottled on 02/25/2011)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tderoeck (8076) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
14/I/2012 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: III/25/11 (2012-41) Thanks to Klaas for bringing the bottle!

Clear deep purple to dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of raisins, other dried fruits, bourbon, caramel. Mf: soft carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, rhum, alcohol, mocha, a prickling feeling on the tongue after swallowing. Aftertaste: peppery, mocha, caramel, sweet alcohol, coffee.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Benzai (13636) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - JAN 16, 2012
Sampled @ RBBWG Antwerpen. Courtesy of Klaas. Pitch black, opaque color. Smell malts, coffee, alcohol, liquorice. Taste is really almost the same. I get malts, coffee, alcohol and some liquorice again. Medium body, medium carbo.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JorisPPattyn (9390) - Ursel, BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2012
No head; black beer with red-ruby highlights. Chocolate, rumcake and even alcohol and fusels in the nose. Roasted, sweet, with a touch of saltiness, like roastcrust on meat. And then, some hint of (dark) spirit; fusels again to the fore. Very full-bodied, alcoholladen and -warming; rich as few. Goose Island might have become AB/Inbev; as long as they make this kind of stuff, they remain a great brewery to me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Thick viscous black pour and head is dark brown. Nose is sweet fruits alcohol, anise, and roasty woody malts. Flavor is honey, sweet alcoholic and roasted peppers and. around spices. Chocolate does. one through. oily mouthfeel. nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Pours a viscous pitch black with a one finger mocha head that quickly settles into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind. Slightly smokey, roasted malt aroma with lots of chocolate and booze. Strong dark malt character with hints of burnt toast, coffee bean, oatmeal and dark chocolate. Although there is a strong roast quality, it never becomes burnt or over powering with lots of sweet chocolate balancing things out. On the fuller end of medium bodied with a decent balance of dry, roasted malt, earthy hops, sweet chocolate and boozy heat. Slightly bitter with some piny hops and deeply roasted dark malts. Hints of dark chocolate, coffee bean, oatmeal and burnt toast but it never becomes to acrid because the sweet cocoa comes in and balances things out. The cocoa flavor is prominent and without it this beer could have been an overly roasted booze bomb. As it is, this is a well balanced, flavorful beer that is dangerously drinkable. Slight heat in the finish but the ABV is excellently masked. If I didn’t know that it was 11.5% I would be in trouble.

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