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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 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 (6134) - 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 (7400) - 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 (6236) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (6197) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick, black and oily with a small tan head that faded quickly and left no lacing. The aroma was sweetish cocoa, vanilla and licorice. The flavor was sweetish cocoa, vanilla, brown sugar, coffee, nut, licorice and port wine. Nicely complex as the flavors roll over the tongue. The finish was long with cocoa, vanilla, port and brown sugar lingering. Full bodied. Intense and complex. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeer45 (1390) - Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2011 Bottle, sampled in tulip and small Brandy snifter, this Imperial Stout had a black pour with brown-ruby at the edges of the glass, and barely gave a partial cover when poured, this beer left a film on the glass when swirled, and was too dark to see any bubbles but I did see a few small slow streams at the sides of the glass, it left small spots of lacing when the glass was swirled, there was no sediment in the bottle, this beer had aromas of chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt with some dark roasted malt (there was a touch of burnt malt notes), faint coffee in the background, generous brown sugar and chocolate sweetness, and faint alcohol in the background (nothing that would distract from the enjoyment of this beer), the chocolate was out front in this beer, the flavors were roasted malt with a little dark (burnt) roasted malt, chocolate, a little caramel, chocolate and brown sugar sweetness, the finish had a little bite from a little roasted malt bitterness (astringency) and alcohol on the tongue with a sweetness that got bigger as the ale warmed up, there was a little alcohol touch on the palate, not biting or overly so and did not take away from enjoying but it is noticeable, the mouth feel was on the full side with a little creamy feel on the tongue, this felt nice on the palate, a big chocolate and roasted malt beer with a little alcohol, a nice night sipper, this bottle could have been aged a while longer, this Impy was pretty sweet and got sweeter as it warmed, this went a little overboard on sweetness, which I do not mind to much, a dessert drink but nothing about this drink that causes me to say ‘Wow!’, even though I was a little disappointed with this Impy it was a good drink.

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