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RATINGS: 414   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6028) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ibrew2or3 (7050) - 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.

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Marheb (2249) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badgerben (4491) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3516) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (8774) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
badlizard (5537) - Berkeley, California, USA - JUN 22, 2011
Black with a fizzy tan head. Sweet sugary and chocolate aroma. Rich buttery chocolate and cocoa nib taste with a sugary finish and notes of cherry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to a crushedvol and LusciousJackson for this. 2.5 A: Black in color. A fairly aggressive pour yielded only one finger of light brown, frothy/creamy hybrid head with pathetic retention and absolutely no lacing. GI can make damn tasty stouts, but rarely make them look good. 4.0 S: Sweet milk chocolate dominates as the cacao nibs really shines through. Secondly, there is a good bit of dark caramel and molasses. Roastiness is there, but it’s rather light. Underneath the rest is a light smokiness and even some bacon notes. Maybe a touch of tobacco. 4.5 T: Despite the brewer’s description of "epic amounts of roasted malt," this leans heavily to the sweet side of the spectrum. This tastes like what I imagine BCS tastes like without the bourbon and with a bit more chocolate. Intense chocolate and caramel. Molasses and brown sugar next. Some dark fruitiness with a light roastiness that doesn’t quite match the sweetness. Perhaps a touch of coffee as well. Considerable booziness, almost like BCS even though the ABV is lower and bourobn isn’t involved. I really had a hard time giving this a taste score as I waffled back and forth between 4.0 and 4.5. In the end I think I might have got it right, but who knows. 3.5 M: Heavy body. I usually gravitate toward rich, heavy bodies in my IS’s, but this has a bit too much residual sugar and it becomes cloying. From time to time, I found myself spitting out huge amylase ridden sugar wads. Lightly chewy as well. This would be about perfect if it wasn’t cloying. 4.0 D: This is a nice addition to the GI lineup. I always wondered why they never put out a regular imperial stout (this is a hell of a lot closer than Nightstalker) and I hope this sticks around. I think I enjoyed this more than my scores suggest. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 06-04-2011 22:56:35

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