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RATINGS: 410   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.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Poured a 22oz into a snifter. Dark, dark brown..a little head. More than in the Bourbon County Stout. Typical chocolate, coffee smell of an imperial stout. Alcohol is not overly present in the nose. The palate is a little lighter and more watery than some Imperial Stouts. There is a bit of carbonation and a bit of burn on the way down. Very sweet up front and a nicely balace bitter note on the back end. Another well down beer from GI.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle. Super dark brown pour with swirly, whispy brown head. Deeply malty nose steaming with chocolate, cookie dough, fudge, brownie, and boozy dessert liquour around the edges. Sharp bitter chocolate flavors...vibrant and alive with just a touch of spice, a touch of booze...balanced with adequate bitterness but still quite a bit of sweetness..booziness and cookie dough sweetness increase in the finish, with a dab of sweet coffee too. Not too shabby...no BCS, but not much is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle via a trade (marked as 03/25/11 1712). Pours with a thick black body and a lasting tan head. Aromas are big, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, estery and brown sugar. Medium roast, decently sweet. Flavors are on the sweeter side of things, big, alcohol, vanilla, earthy and fudge. Medium bubbles, thick and warming. Quite tasty!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
zathrus13 (1716) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, vanilla, alcohol, and roasted malt. Body is medium to heavy, and creamy, with a fairly long finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
mnurda (1132) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottled sample fro HH in Grand Forks. Was quite overwhelmed by the chocolate in this beer. Super ful bodied but was hard to finish due to its thickness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is a nice roasted malt. The chocolate is dominant . A sweet beer. You an notice the alcohol. As it warms, the flavor comes out more.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (9828) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3999) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 19, 2011
Pours very dark brown with a deep tan small dense head. The aroma has lots of cocoa, vanilla, smooth roasty malt, dark fruit (blue & black berries) and mild alcohol. The body is full and smooth with a velvety body and soft carbonation. The flavor starts with roasty smooth dark malt, cocoa, berries, mild duds, whoppers and vanilla. The finish is very chocolaty and nicely blends with the abv warmth. Really nice impy stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - AUG 16, 2011
650ml bottle. It pours a deep black with a foamy tan head that doesn’t leave much lacing. The smell is pretty simple, some caramel malt, cocoa, raisins, and alcoholic sugary smell. The flavor sweet and the mouthfeel is thick. Most of what you taste is sugar, with some toasted notes, caramel and sweet raisin. All in all it is good imperial stout, but I lose interest in this style day by day because it was a good novelty at first but too many brewers are making too many imperial stouts and too many beer nerds are going overly bonkers and they are all jsut melding into each other.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9108) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 12, 2011
Bottle with gooovikings in KC. Thanks Jetson! Black appearance with a very small dark brown head. Roasty, chocolate, licorice, light vanilla nose. Dark chocolate, roasty dark malts, licorice, light vanilla flavor. A little disappointing.


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