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RATINGS: 399   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christian (10778) - Odense, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Ulfborg weekend celebration of nothing in particular. Black with a small, light brown head. Roasted aroma with toffee, mild coffee and licorice. Sweet licorice, caramel, toffee flavour, with spice, coffee and a touch of alcohol

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
saxo (13455) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2013
Bottle @ fonefan tasting. Small head with short duration. Color is black. Aroma and taste are roast malt, chocolate, soy, cocoa, wood, bourbon, licorice and hops. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (9996) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - NOV 13, 2013
Der Vollmundige Geruch bleibt im Antrunk unerfüllt. Rund, leicht schokoladig, vollmundiger werdend, dennoch ist hier nicht Ende der Fahnenstange erreicht. Nett, würzig. 12/9/10/10/12/11

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Boutip (4490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 12, 2013
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of dark chocolate malt with light roasted malt and light residual sugar notes. Taste is a sublime mix between black milk chocolate with some light molasses and liquorice notes with light dry roasted malt notes also perceptible. Body is full with nice thick creamy texture and good carbonation and no alcohol presence is easily identifiable. I really enjoyed this huge beer and I’m glad they were able to maintain such balance and drinkability to match the complexity of this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Dark brown with a miniscule head. Aroma of figs, dark pitted fruit, chocolate and coffee. Taste is silky and smooth with chocolate, dark roasted malts, Belgian yeast, toffee and finishes up sticky with plenty of burn

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
freeofthoughts (633) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Tap pours dark brown black with little foam. The aroma is sweet with a modest roasted malt. The flavor is dense barley with a hint of dried sugary fruits and more sweetness. It finished fairly dry with an earthy light herbal feel and the roasted bitter chocolate flavors inherent. Solid brew but not as captivating as many others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
kermis (4256) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - OCT 21, 2013
Sampled at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Pours black with a thick brown head. Aroma of massive super-rich chocolate and cocoa, with leather, molasses, overripe dark fruit, big roast, licorice and a little soy. Flavour is heavy sweet and bitter. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Howlader (416) - - OCT 21, 2013
On draught at Meridian Pint for Goose Island’s Migration Week in Washington, DC. 2012 vintage.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 12/20
MIBRomeo (2492) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2013
Big black pour tall tan head dense with nice laces. Aroma of milk chocolate lactose coccoa light bitter and almost a sweet hint of vanilla. Full well coated almost chewy. Super sweet lots of syrupy notes too sweet the chocolate comes through lighter behind the cloying syrups. Good bit not quite right.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Bebum (218) - - OCT 18, 2013
Opaque, Full body, very rich, long palate, silky, Sweet, roast bitterness, hint of sourness, Dried fruit, dates, prunes, Delicious as dessert. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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