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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2011
Pours viscous dark black with one finger of dark tan head. Rich nose with lots of black strap molasses and chocolate, bitter coffee and light alcohol. Very rich flavor with lots of molasses and bitter bakers chocolate. Burnt grain and black coffee. Full bodied with a viscous palate and warming finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
msojka (457) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2011
Pour is jet black with little to no head. Nose is of all different kinds of malt with a strong chocolate back bone. Flavor is very sweet, though with a bit more of a coffee kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
csteele2144 (125) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2011
22oz, pours pitch black, aromas of chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. sweet, chocolate and carmel taste up front, seems to have mellowed on the alcohol since the first bottle I had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (6155) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2011
Thanks to Pawola22 for sending me this bottle. The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a smallish tan head. The aroma is very powerful. I get a ton of chocolate up front, as well as some heavily roasted malts. The flavor is more of the same. There is a lot of milk chocolate and dry cocoa powder in the aroma, as well as some roasted malts. This beer is definitely all about the chocolate and is very enjoyable. The alcohol is completely hidden and the beer is very easy to drink. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ekoerper (599) - Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2011
Aroma: chocolate, caramel, booze, somewhat ashy, coffee notes. Pours black, very thin tan head with seconds of retention. Flavor is quite roasty, notes of coffee and ash, chocolate, toffee and slight sweetness. Fairly boozy, moderate-high bitterness. Full body, medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 19, 2011
22oz bottle: pours an oily opaque with a small, but creamy beige head. Has a rich sweet dark caramel malty nose with some dark fruity complexity and dark chocolate. Starts with good fullness and chewy dark caramel maltiness with molten dark chocolate and raisin complexity before a sweet and warming roasty finish. A full-bodied and complex brew that should age well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Courtesy of northernbrews. Almost black, oily, no head. Aroma has rich chocolate up front, plum-like note in the background I really dig, light alcohol in the backend. Well balanced flavor, chocolate, roast, maple like sweetness, alcohol hotness in finish. Pretty solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - NOV 11, 2011
22oz bomber, dated 3/25/11, courtesy of beerlover4ever on BA. thanks, mark! pours a deep, dark, slightly oily black with a rich, one-finger, dark beige head that has solid retention and leaves thick rings of lace on the glass. aroma is great with big notes of baker’s chocolate, brownie crusts, and hershey’s syrup backed by by heavy roasted malts, mild, roasted coffee, and subtle notes of graham cracker. flavor is wonderful as well with a heavy blast of dark chocolate, mocha frappacino, and chocolate cream pie backed by rich espresso, charred malts, and vanilla nougat with subtle notes of black cherry, walnuts, and candied raisins on the back end. palate is on the fuller side of medium bodied with smooth carbonation and a lingering, rich, roasted finish. overall, another great imperial stout from goose island.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
gunnar (7756) - Sandnes, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle from Cracked Kettle, Amsterdam. Pours pitch black as the night with a small tanned head. Aroma is sweet and dark, cocoa, coffee, port and prunes. Taste is dark malty , light sour roasted malts, heavy roasted malts, and heavenly good, all the way.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sigmund (6646) - Tau, NORWAY - NOV 8, 2011
Bottle, kindly shared by gunnar. ABV 11.5%. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Nice roasty aroma, notes of coffee and cocoa, hints of leather. Fairly sweet and malty flavour, strong roasty coffee and cocoa notes. Lovely! Has "much of everything", but is not too extreme. Well balanced.

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