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RATINGS: 438   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   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 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
johnnnniee (2730) - 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 (7602) - 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 (11683) - 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...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jckp64 (356) - St Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 8, 2011
Had on draft at micro fest in St Louis. Pours black with a dark tan head. Aroma is chocolate, a bit of hops, soy and caramel. Flavor is chocolate, sweet and malty. Full bodied and light carbonation. Overall a pretty good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Keil (171) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 6, 2011
Bottle. Pours like molasses. Oily head on top. Aroma is sweet chocolate. Some hop notes. Taste is all upfront malty sweetness. Slight soy flavor. Oily mouthfeel, like motor oil. Finishes with a dry dark chocolate flavor. Sweetness stays with you. Solid, but Nightstalker and BCS seem to have a little bit more appeal in almost every way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
LilBeerDoctor (3512) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours black with a very small rim of tan head. Aroma of super super sweet malt, alcohol, vanilla, rum, molasses. Flavor of soy sauce initially (quite salty) with some more soy sauce and general malt flavors, some raisin. Odd beer, not what I was expecting. 5/4/5/3/9 [2.6/5]

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 5, 2011
A - Pours a dark black color with just some slight brown hues and a finger of frothy brown head. The head fades down to a thin ring with some spots of lace. S - Aroma is full of tons of sweet chocolate and malt. Also some coffee and a ton of roasted notes. Really potent. T - Starts off with a lot of rich slightly sweet chocolate flavors and lots of roasted flavor. Also has some dark fruit flavor in there. Through the middle, some oak and sweeter dark fruit flavor. The finish gains a bit of coffee flavor and bitterness and some booze that lingers. M - Full bodied with low carbonation. Really thick and creamy. Alcohol flavor warms the mouth a bit, especially at the finish. Overall, bold but still smooth. D - Pretty drinkable. Super bold flavors make this a bit more of a sipper (as well as the 11.5% abv), but there is a lot to enjoy. Lots of chocolate flavor from start to end really goes well with the imperial stout base.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tgncc (2998) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 4, 2011
Aroma is chocolate, vanilla, brown sugar. The appearance is deep brown, dark tan head, oily film on glass. The flavor is nice, chcolate, cream, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar. On the finish, booze warming, light pine hops. The booze only really comes through in the finish. Nice thick creamy mouthfeel. Great beer, but no better than the Night Stalker from which it came.

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