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RATINGS: 412   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (562) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Reviewed from memory from 1/3/14 at a GI bottle share -- Bottled 12/7/12. poured black with a tiny tan head, aroma of strong cocoa and mocha with some sweet caramel/sugars, a little cherry. Taste follows aroma with some bitterness. Full body mouthfeel, smooth. It held up well with a year on it. Pretty good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (825) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 1, 2014
Drought. Dark brown with reddish tint, small foamy beige head, sweet caramel like taste with strong mocha and sour cherry aroma, long bitter finish. The sweet and bitter tastes seem to coexist without mingling well. Could be better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
Bottled 25MAR11 A: pours near black. Transient foam production is mocha and disappears before I could type this. Pretty much a black mirror surface. No lace. S: Chocolate, molasses, alcohol and dark cherries. Some hints of vanilla. T: More of the same. Starting to wonder why they made this. Just tastes like Nightstalker with 18 months on it. Just a little less molasses and a little more cocoa. M: Thick with high carbonation. Semi dry finish. O: Well, this doesn’t have near the chocolate I would expect. Too much molasses/dark brown sugar. Doesn’t fit the bill for the description. That being said, it’s not a bad beer, just not something I will be seeking in the future. Serving type: bottle 07-28-2011

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
troupos40 (67) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
Bomber to shifter, rich Chocolaty aromas. Sweet on the tongue, rates of cocoa, chocolate and malts. Very nice stout, lots of chocolate.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
gruberm (329) - - DEC 1, 2013
Lovely chocolate cherry smell. Handsome dark ale and an effervescent caramel head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Doghair (258) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2013
What is there to say? Huge coffee and bourbon flavors. Chocolate, caramel, molasses and roasted malts to name a few. Outstanding!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
My Bottom Line:
Boastful chocolate leads to alcohol burn in this rich dessert of an Imperial Stout.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the blackness.
-The flavor profile could be tighter.
-Roasted malt bitterness rides the alcohol wave in the finish.
-This isn’t as complex as I like my mammoth Impys.


   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (12286) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft. Extremely dark brown color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of Hershey bars dipped in edpresso. Taste is smooth coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Very nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bamsen78 (3225) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ Scooper Tasting in Ulfborg. Pours cloudy nearly black with small tan head. Clear aroma of coffe, malt, and chocolate. Sweet flavour of malt and dark chocolate, with notes of cofee and clear touches of alcohol. Good, distinct finish of oak barrel aged beer. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Meilby (7752) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle 750ml @ fonefan
Pours clear dark brown with a tan head. Aroma has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, cacao and hint of alcohol. Taste is medium to heavy sweet and light to medium bitter with a long chocolate and cacao finish. Body is full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

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