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RATINGS: 410   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 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (637) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Shared bomber with sherm1016.....good stuff. Initial nose and taste say ’wow’....have the definite feeling that this stout should not be drunk for at least two or three years...like drinking a fine wine right after it is bottled....it IS boozy with a lot of sharp edges....very interesting to taste it aging....

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
UPDATED: APR 24, 2011 Light black body, nice tan ring stays forever... Rich deep chocolate with a little bitter cocoa nibs, sweet but boring... Taste is hot and almost spicy chocolate, more flavor than the nose.. Pass, glad I didn’t run out to the stores searching for this

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - APR 23, 2011
22oz. bomber served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown with a thick tan head. Aroma of chocolate, but kind of a synthetic note. Also a bit of alcohol. Full bodied and rich. Flavor is much more chocolate rather than roasted barley. Long dry malty finish. Very smooth, pretty easy drinking for 11%. This beer didn’t really make a big impression on me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7135) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bomber. Poured near black with a fine-bubbled dark tan head. The aroma picked up dark chocolate, some coffee, and rum-like boozage, with accents of vanilla and sweeter chocolates.. huge and toasty, but a little raw. The flavor found more dark chocolate and vanilla than anything else.. charred black malts, greener alcohol, and roasty bitterness around.. finished with syrupy, boozy, kinda bitter chocolate liqueur. Heavy-bodied with a lot of sugars and a lot of alcohol on the palate.. this was good, but not great, and I don’t know that extra time in the bottle will help.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1358) - Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2011
Bottle; Pour is Dark Brown with a khaki head that retains fairly modestly, really. Spotty, light lacing in this snifter. Frankly a bit off putting out of the gate, but the brew settles down fairly nicely. Certainly it must be said that this beer encompasses the desert beer concept. Aromas are a bit boozy, honestly. This bottle is new, however. Cocoa and Dark fruits as well, on the nose. This brew is sticky and very sweet from the addition of cacao nibs. It was an enjoyable experience overall, but I doubt I’d go out of my way to buy another bottle.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3262) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - APR 20, 2011
Pours absolutely black with a big tight tan head and some small bit of lace. This all sort of fizzes out in the classic bourbon county fashion leaving a fairly still glass of black liquid that leaves sheets on the glass. The aroma is at first strikingly boozy with some apple, a bit of chocolate and some woody character. The flavor is chocolaty and roasty, fairly sweet all around with mild bitterness and detectable fruity hops. The booziness reminds me of very young (or at least fairly cheap) port, this is to say that it’s not all bad.... but it’s a little harsh. Mild dark fruit notes hang out in the background throughout. The palate is big, thick, and fairly syrupy. It’s not bad beer... not by a long shot. But I feel like the booziness got in the way a bit much. I feel genuinely compelled to go grab another bottle and keep it downstairs for a year or two... if for nothing else to see if it mellows.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 18, 2011
Bottle at the release of batch 3 Rosso down at Captain Lawrence. Pours a deep dark black with a thin tan head. Cocoa, big roast and coffee. Big and sweet, lots of roast, a touch boozy, chewy roast brownies. Reminiscent of the slightly burnt corner pieces. Very good stuff.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
Aroma:Lots of sweet malt, with chocolate and dark roasted malt too. The dark fruit aroma comes next, raisins, plums, etc. Appearance:This beer is black and thick, with a good size head that quickly dissipates. The beer has poor lacing. Taste:There are tons of roast flavors in the foretaste, which make way in the midtaste to chocolate, sweet malt, and caramel. I can taste the bitter hops more in the aftertaste, but they are still subdued. Palate:This beer is hugely thick, and there is a prominent hot alcohol bite in the foretaste. Good carbonation. Overall:This is a fantastic brew when fresh, and I really hope that the hot alcohol bite lessens as the beer ages. The chocolate flavors make this a great sipping dessert beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
portableparty (1911) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 16, 2011
Bottle to snifter. Black brown pour with a quick tan head that fades to a collar. Aroma comes off with coffee soy and coco. Taste is boozy roasted malt, coffee and coco with some soy and dark fruit (prunes). Palate is full and slick oily feel with a tingly fizz and finishes hot and dry. Solid!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radioseer (299) - Virginia, USA - APR 15, 2011
Apperance has an opaque black color with little head and a brown lacing. Aroma is of Cacoa beans, Dark chocolate, leather, vanilla, oak, coffee and dark fruits. Taste is of Dark chocolate and figs, dates, etc. Creamy texture and flat carbonation. This is a beer that I am going to introduce to my cellar.

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