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RATINGS: 406   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.83   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SrSilligoose (3223) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 3, 2011
Bottle, thanks to drfabulous in trade, dark black brown, brown cocoa froth, bitter hot coffee aroma, flavor is malty coffee and chocolate, finish is hot and effervescent

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JUL 1, 2011
Courtesy of hopscotch. Pours dark with mahogany edges and mocha head. The aroma offers up dark to near burnt roasted malts, chocolate malts and then some booze at the end of the draw. The taste is similar with pleasing flavor richness coming from dark roasted malts, burnt malts and near velvety chocolate goodness. Nice rich bold yummy stout.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
Pour dark black dark tan brown head. Aroma meaty, cocoa, licorice, bakers chocolate, vanilla, barrel age, maple, dark cherry, quite sweet. Taste bitter, dark chocolate, cocoa, dark fruit, licorice, meaty, barrel, vanilla. MF full creamy body light carb. Very well done enjoyed on Canada day wooooo.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bigmmartin (603) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 30, 2011
Not all that great to be honest. Maybe it’s because I was hoping for alot more and was let down. There really isn’t anything that I can detect that is "bad" about this beer, but I find nothing special either. There really isn’t much that stands out here. It has some dry roasted malt flavors with some bitter chocolate/cocoa. Palate is thick, but also sticky and hot with relatively low drinkability. It seems somewhat unrefined and slopped together. With that said, I would like to give it another shot. One of us, either myself or the beer, was off at the time.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (1967) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 29, 2011
Arôme puissant de mélasse, d’anis, chocolat et d’alcool. Moins chaude en bouche que la bourbon county. Belle richesse de saveurs, assez efficace.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4386) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 25, 2011
Black color with no head. Light coffee aroma. Moderate to strong sweet chocolate. Complex chocolate flavors. Occasionally sweet, usually dry and bitter. Very full bodied. Roasty malt and slight ash character.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3376) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2011
(bottle - 22 oz) Pitch black pour with a thin tan head. Surprisingly mild aroma with a very slight chocolate and sweet fruity hint. Sweet chocolate at the start of the flavor with a very odd fruity note at the start that gives way to more cocoa flavor and a very, very mild roast flavor. Almost no aftertaste except for a very light chocolate sweetness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7976) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2011
Bottle. Pours oily black with a thin brown head which quickly dissipates. Nose of motor oil, toluene, burnt dark cocoa and burnt vanilla. Taste is motor oil, very sweet dark fruits, cheap bourbon, burnt cocoa and vanilla. Oily and sweet.


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