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RATINGS: 410   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.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
tkrjukoff (4058) - 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 (10655) - 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 (909) - 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
SrSilliGose (3257) - 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 (6019) - 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 (6910) - 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.


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