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RATINGS: 412   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrSilverworm (6607) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Taster on tap at Lackman, 2011 vintage. Black color. Good thin brown head. Decent lace. Nice dark chocolate, cocoa nibs in the nose. Hint of dark fruit, coffee, more dark fruit in the flavor, hint of molasses. Moderate sweet taste, alcohol is well-hidden. Lighter bitterness, bigger body, nice chewiness. Good creamy mouthfeel, very light smooth creamy carbonation. Vinous, kind of raisiny notes in the finish. Solid, complex 3 year old imperial stout. Very nice texture and creaminess to it, silky smooth.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lukaduke (2263) - Portland, Maine, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Pours deep rich burnt umber color with a finger of khaki foam. Nice chocolate brownie batter on the nose with underlying roasted earth. The palate folllows the nose with a bit more vanilla presence and even a salty umami quality that emerges later in the palate and lingers in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
_angst_ (2880) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - FEB 11, 2014
Bottle thanks to summer santa 2013. Thank you jsquire! Pours viscous reddish black with a small frothy dark mocha head that quickly dissipates without leaving much trace on the glass. Smell is sweet and malty with roasted malts, dark chocolate, banana bread, vanilla ice cream, alcohol, salty liquorice candy, raisins, oatmeal cookies, caramel, soil and sweetened dark roast coffee. Taste is sweet, bitter, malty and slightly estery with roasted malts, ripe banana, dark chocolate, vanilla ice cream (essentially banana split), dark roast coffee, toffee, caramel, oatmeal cookies, sweet liquorice candy, vanilla fudge, alcohol and hay. Mouthfeel is round, soft, silky, tiny bitter astringent and full bodied. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bitter and malty with roasted malts, bitter chocolate, banana bread, vanilla fudge, hay, alcohol, toffee, moist soil, raisin brans and oatmeal cookies. Must confess I expected less but this is a very tasty and nicely estery imperial stout and the mouthfeel is BCBS good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2152) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22oz bomber (12/07/12) shared by JohnGonk. Poured black in color with a small foamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma of dark chocolate, fudge brownies, caramel malt, toffee, and booze. Taste of burnt toast, dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, toffee, and caramel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1232) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Silky black chocolately goodness in your mouth! A fantastic stout was taken to another level with the addition of the cocoa nibs. Love it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (35353) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown - black colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate, English licorice. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, roasted, malt bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131122]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (10873) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is wood, roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol. Flavour is wood, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, cocos, coffee, chocolate. full body. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (253) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottled 12/7/12 Pours dark black with quick fading Carmel colored head. Aromas of chocalate, coffee and molasses. Big chocolate taste up front followed by a syrupy, molasses sweetness. Medium body with little carbonation. I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (694) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer... Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, not huge, but nice. Taste is smooth, roasty, chocolate. Not much roasted coffee. Very nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1090) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2011 22oz bottle pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Cherry caramel and chocolate taste.

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