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RATINGS: 443   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1254) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Dark black pour. Very little head, just a ring around my goblet. Aromas of chocolate, dark fruit, soy, vanilla. Flavor is deep and rich, much like Dark Lord and the like. Sometimes these sweet beers for me can be offputing. Tonight however, it is agreeing with me, which is obviously a good thing. Warming feeling as it goes down. An interesting beer anyway you look at it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - MAY 18, 2011
Bottle with Streetsie, Jamesie, and Brendan while watching TROLLHUNTER Tasty.. a bit chicory with roasty big bold goodness. It was a nice, off the beaten trail, type of Imperial Stout. Makes for good troll beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (6651) - New York, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2013 Bottle with streets Andrew and Brendan. Pours a deep engine oil black body with no head. Aroma is deep, dark roast and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel is thin to medium with notes of dark chocolate syrup, bitter chocolate, and oak.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Veldrid (120) - Canton, Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours an opaque black color with brown head. The aroma is dark chocolate, cocoa beans, and a bit of coffee. Chocolate and cocoa are all over the flavor but not in an overpowering way. I was very pleased with the balance of this beer. I prefer Nightstalker over this though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
undsioux7 (867) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2011
Pours black, but a think black in the light. Nice mocha head. Aroma of molasses and burnt malt. A little bit of coffee and chocolate too. Taste is slick molasses and some black liquorice. A touch of chocolate and coffee. A bit of sweetness and burnt malts also. Decent, but was expecting a lot more chocolate. This trends toward Brooklyn black chocolate stout in the mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (3150) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 14, 2011
Pours a solid thick black color with a smallish tan head that disappears too quickly. Smells sweet with an alcoholic edge. Heavy dark bitter chocolate and tons of molasses dominate the aroma. Mix in some dark fruits and alcohol for good measure. Taste is again thick sweet and alcoholic. Lots of dark chocolate mixed with brown sugar and molasses. Long lingering alcohol burn after each sip. If not for the alcohol I think this would be a bit overly sweet. Thick viscous body with a sweet velvety smooth mouthfeel and low level of carbonation. I really enjoyed this one but I think a little time will help the flavors meld together a little better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
stabzmcgee (72) - Colorado, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Aroma is that of licorice, coffee and an underlying chocolate. Appearance is beautiful. Dark black body with a mocha/brown head. Taste is of a dark, rich chocolate coffee candy. Not too sweet though, containing a full body with little to no bitterness. Overall, an amazing stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (8656) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 13, 2011
Tap. Very dark pour with no head. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Oily texture. Taste is black licorice, chocolate, dark fruit, and coffee. Excellent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured a dark brown color with a minimal creamy brown head that lasted with fair lacing. Moderate roasted malt and cocoa aroma. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet and small alcohol bite finish of moderate to long duration. Full body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. This is a good beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
zimm421 (57) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2011
Poured into a snifter. Appears a nice black, but there is almost no head on this beer, and what little there is disappears very quickly and just leaves bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma is nothing but alcohol and dark chocolate scents. The taste is the same. Nothing impressive or appealing here. Mouthfeel is medium with almost no carbonation. Overall, a very disappointing beer. I expected more out of this, and was definitely not happy with the pick...

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