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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
BiochemProf (179) - Boone, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Thick black pour with a foamy tan head that quickly fades. Aroma of molasses, raisins and alcohol. Syrupy molasses flavor at the start followed by a sharp bitterness and alcohol heat. Didn’t taste as much chocolate as I expected. Thick mouthfeel with an underlying tingly prickly carbonation. Another nicely crafted Goose Island brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (4570) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2011
Thanks to Tooch4321 for this one in trade. Cheers, Adam! Pours imperial stout brown with a tan head. Nose is big chocolate, some booze, roasted malts, some plum/ dark fruit, and a bit of earth. Flavor is cacao all over with a bit of abrasive dryness in the finish along with some lingering cacao. Medium in body and chocolatey overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pushkinwow (2164) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
Bomber = 1 year or so old. Black, with a faint ruby ring at the edge of the glass that appears after the mocha head disappears. The hops have faded which to be honest I prefer. You get a nice sweet roasted malt, booze, anise. Full bodied, sweet, low carbonation, alcohol, fairly smooth considering, becomes nice and bitter, long finish with some malt, booze, chocolate and anise, great bitterness. Much prefer this with some time on it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2011
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, roasting, some smoke, vanilla, slight soy, sugar-cookie, and a hint of alcohol. Poured pitch black in color with a tiny, loose, brown head that quickly disappeared, except for around the edges. Opaque. Very slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of malt, roasting, tar, cacao, vanilla, light wood, chocolate. Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, roast, slight soy, tar, wood, vanilla finish is slightly dry. 13%ABV is noticeable in the aroma but nowhere else.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Butters (3898) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Beautiful deep black pour with fair brown head. Sweet cocoa nose and flavor. Hint of marshmellow. Big chewy full body. Alcohol is present, but not hot. Probably would mellow even more with some age. This is truly a great impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeTheYounger (1155) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle from fear025. Dark black pour with thin head. This was a nice sweet treat after a nice Sunday dinner. Tons of sweet chocolate and malts present with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours dark mahogany with a thin head. Big aroma gives some clue to the big alcohol malt bill, boozy, with sweet chocolate. Flavor is boozy, with licorice, plums, and chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JulienHuxley (3617) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Nice black pour with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is really on the roasted/toasty side, lots of burnt toast and chocolate, very nice. Taste is roasty but also sweet and fruity which I could have done without. Full body, medium carbonation with a nice gentle warming alcohol finish. Nice balanced IS, not too harsh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (20330) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black, no head. Aroma of rain hitting hot dry asphalt. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Sweet and salty, pungent flavour if Finnish tar pastilles. Long bitter finish. While the tar flavour is truly pleasant it remains the only one in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Gription79 (2391) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2011
22oz bomber
A: raisin, roasted malts, chocolate, boozy
T: lots of dark stone fruits, chocolate, boozy, sweet brandy like flavor
This is an Imperial stout for sure. A bit to sweet for me.

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