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RATINGS: 434   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ratman197 (10640) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (4499) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
crossovert (8593) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (9709) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
thirdeye11 (5711) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2011
(22oz bomber) espresso brown with a dark tan head. Nose of vanilla, bit of coffee and graham cracker. Taste of rich chocolate, raisin, bread, but in the end the finish is a bit woody and medicinal. I was expecting more out of an IS from Goose Island.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2011
Draft at Beer Bistro Invasion. Pours a deep brown black with a tan head. Looks a bit thin in the glass, oddly enough. Nose is deeply roasty with the cocoa playing secondary to the malts. Some caramel comes through. Not a particularly distinct stout, but not bad at all. On taste, big roasty bitterness and dryness across the palate. Round sweetness comes through as well. More chocolate, but it’s pretty nondescript, which with an Imperial Stout can be a good thing. Solid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
hayduke (3552) - Eureka, California, USA - AUG 10, 2011
This came to me from Strykzone. Poured a very dark red with with a rich brown head and lots of lacing. Very attractive. Nose is roasted malts with chocolate mostly. The body is heavy and there is a slick creamy mouthfeel. The flavor shows alcohol, and again mostly chocolate. Finishes lightly bitter. A superior Imperial Stout in all aspects. Thanks Dave for this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dunbar72 (135) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - AUG 10, 2011
Bottle, thanx to tkrjukoff. Pours black with a medium, brown head. Sweet aroma of dark chocolat and milk. Taste of chocolate, coffee. Very sweet, spicy. Bitter/sour/sweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Reynolds314 (2711) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 9, 2011
Not the best offering from goose island. Taste is burnt ash and cocoa with some light fruity sourness. Not as chocolate as I expected by the description which wasnt necessarily a bad thing but it still left much to be desired.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hamilton23 (617) - Alpine, California, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Poured from 22oz bottle into tulip. Pours nearly black with tan head. Aroma is alcohol and a bit of dark cocoa. Taste is slight smoke and dark chocolate.

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