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RATINGS: 448   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Inspired by the epic skyline of Chicago, Goose Islandís 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 12/20
Gription79 (2783) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SudsMcDuff (7726) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours a deep thick black .. . medium foam .. light lacing .. . tons of tar, with oil and sweet roasty molasses .. . needs a couple of years to be great, iíll revisit .. . . this is outrageous, get me the mayor!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thornecb (5311) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hint rim. Sour dark chocolate aromas. Hot dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dank resin in the lasting finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nickd717 (4038) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber. Very dark brown with minimal head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some dark fruit notes. The flavor is good but a tad weak. Roasty with dark fruit and dark chocolate. A bit vinous. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation. Nit great overall, but good for BMC I guess.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (12576) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
(22oz, bottled 03/25/11, courtesy of blutt59) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (4056) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Samples up at Proof (sorry, didnít get down who brought it). Sparse notes: big warm cocoa sweet - leather - light coffee - earthy floral - 7.0

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2011
Ported from BA. Appearance: Dark dark brown, close to black, with just a tinge of brown along the edges. A little more brown is visible when itís up to the light, but itís still pretty dark. Not much head, less than a finger total when poured into a snifter. Nothing much to be said for lacing. Smell: Chocolate and milk (chocolate milk?) predominate, with espresso and booze in the background, finally giving way to an oakiness that I have never experienced before. If you just smell lightly, thereís a kind of licorice character to it which is very pleasant. Taste: Itís like a more explosive experience of the smell. Chocolate and a milkiness come first, and suddenly youíre hit by the booziness of it all. Then you get some coffee beans, followed by an oak flavor that almost seems more like a texture than a taste. There is a subtle bitterness in the background that tastes as much like coffee as hops. Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, and full. It coats your mouth, but doesnít stick as long as many other imperial stouts, which serves to entice the drinker to have another sip. Overall: This is a really solid stout, definitely placing itself in my personal top 5 list. Itís not entirely a unique flavor, but definitely superior to most that I have encountered in the current market. If I find it at another store, or if it becomes an annual brew, I will definitely purchase more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (10910) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Bottled 3/15/11. Black pour with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, some woodiness, cocoa, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, and some coffee. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3172) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle - Pours black with a reddish tint and a thin tan head. A lot of boozy sharpness on the nose, really obscures the malty sweetness below. Taste is better, with chocolatey roast, but itís still super sweet. Molasses and sugary sweetness. Big, thick and syrupy. I would have liked this a couple years ago, but now itís too much and too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (3954) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
Black pour, mocha head. Bitter cocoa, very sweet roasted malts, burnt sugar, vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is very thick, and creamy. Loads of sweetness, cocoa, vanilla and a sweet urnt sugar/malt finish. Reminds me alot f the bourbon county minus the barrel, nice stuff!

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