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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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.


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10530) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2011
A: The pour is pretty much black in color with a finger or so of tan head. S: There is an almost chocolate liqueur aroma to this beer. Lots of cocoa with some coffee and dark, roasted malts. A bit of licorice and molasses notes with some overripe plums. T: Intense chocolate flavor to the beer as well. Lots of dark chocolate, cocoa, and some milk chocolate. The same sort of chocolate liqueur character is there along with the roast and mild coffee. M: Medium in body, but not as thick and rich as I expected. Medium in carbonation. O: This was a good beer, but it didn’t leave the same kind of impression on me like some of the other Goose Island stouts.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwood04 (3744) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 11, 2011
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours black with a thick, tan head. Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, light coffee, and some hops. Flavor strong of dark chocolate. Very thick. A really good beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6483) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle thanks to my Michigan crew! Pours black with a cream brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of chocolate, both sweet and bitter with some backing roasted malts and dark grains. Flavor has a bit more roasted malt still with a lot of chocolate (both) and a bit of a backing sweet dark grains. Nothing really stuck out for me on this one.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nisse666 (4029) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUL 11, 2011
Bottle shared thx to tkrjukoff 2011-07-09 Sätila AR: chocolate rich, coffee, bitterness AP: Dark brown, frothy dark beige head F: vanilla bourbon, thick chocolate, coffee, truffel , cognac in the yolk

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4020) - SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bomber. Pours pitch black with a nice brown head leaving lace. Aroma is roasted, sweet, malty, acidy, chocolate and meaty. Velvety fullbodied sweet mouthfeel. Flavor is pungeant, roasted, sweet, alcohol, bitter and chocolate; right in my alley. Finishes with a longlived chocolaty and coffee aftertaste.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rlgk (10047) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 10, 2011
Bottle, thanks to tkrjukoff. Black beer, creamy beige head. Milky chocolate aroma. Chocolate flavor, cocoa, sweet, licorice notes, roasted, some spices. Long chocolate finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
matthewjk (887) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2011
Wow! This is pretty much terrible! I enjoy going against the grain every now and then and this is a prime example. What this is is concentrated and fermented soy sauce. I’m a fan of imperial stouts and I can barely give this one a grade of C. Goose missed "Big" on this one.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
arone12 (919) - Maryland, USA - JUL 8, 2011
Pours a very black color with little to no head. What there is of the head is brown. Smells of rich coffee and chocolate. Taste is a little sweet with lots of chocolate in the front. Nice coffee flavors all over this drink. I like it oodles.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3217) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - JUL 7, 2011
bottle from phaleslu- thanks peter! notes of doughy cocoa and milk chocolate. some soy sauce. earthy. some chocolatey booze. good, not great. soy sauce was a tad offputing. big for no good reason. lacks finesse.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
oldgrumpy (104) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2011
The beer for Gods. What a pleasure. If all beers were like this I would be drunk every day. Rich flavor. Lots of coffee and chocolate. Great balance and taste. Another great stout from Goose Island. I might have to move to Chicago.


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