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RATINGS: 419   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ed5388 (2236) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2014
22oz bomber (12/07/12) shared by JohnGonk. Poured black in color with a small foamy dark mocha colored head. Aroma of dark chocolate, fudge brownies, caramel malt, toffee, and booze. Taste of burnt toast, dark chocolate, sweet roasted malt, toffee, and caramel.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beerathon (1286) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 8, 2014
Silky black chocolately goodness in your mouth! A fantastic stout was taken to another level with the addition of the cocoa nibs. Love it!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (36036) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown - black colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate, English licorice. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, roasted, malt bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131122]

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gunnfryd (11230) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Black colour with a tan head. Aroma is wood, roasted malt, cocoa, alcohol. Flavour is wood, vanilla, cocoa, roasted malt, cocos, coffee, chocolate. full body. Very nice beer.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Jimsal27 (257) - New York, USA - JAN 21, 2014
Bottled 12/7/12 Pours dark black with quick fading Carmel colored head. Aromas of chocalate, coffee and molasses. Big chocolate taste up front followed by a syrupy, molasses sweetness. Medium body with little carbonation. I really enjoyed this.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beechner224 (779) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2014
Bottle share thanks to Homer... Pours black with almost no head. Aroma is malt, chocolate, not huge, but nice. Taste is smooth, roasty, chocolate. Not much roasted coffee. Very nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
olr1984 (1141) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2014
2011 22oz bottle pours a dark brown with thin tan head. Roasted malts and chocolate aromas. Cherry caramel and chocolate taste.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (694) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (905) - 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.

3.4
   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


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