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RATINGS: 414   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 Islandís 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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kbutler1 (1356) - Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2011
Bottle. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a pitch black color with a 1 finger mocha tan head of tiny bubbles. More carbonated than I thought it would be. Roasty, bitter chocolate notes in the nose with a touch of alcohol as well. Medium/heavy mouthfeel with carbonation, maybe a little too carbonated and light for my tastes. The roast hits me first followed by a dry, bitter sweet chocolate flavor. The chocolate is more bitter to me than actually sweet. Booze is apparent in this one. Overall, a little let down by this.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2011
Poured from bottle. Midnight dark with a thin caramel head. Smells of booze and roasted chocolate. Taste has a decent amount of chocolate vanilla but ends with a dry bitter booze. It is a full bodied stout. Aftertaste is dry and bitter that lasts for awhile. I definately have had better stouts.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cbfobes (2334) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 24, 2011
Poured from 22oz bomber, pours black with a very thin diminishing tan head, aroma is of sweet malt and a hint of chocolate, really not a whole lot there on the nose, the flavor is hot and messy. Booze really comes through on the front end, there is some touches of chocolate mixed in but this one seems all over the place, huge miss for me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Thorpe429 (5011) - , Illinois, USA - APR 24, 2011
Thanks to a generous BA for sharing this at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter. Pours a very, very dark brown color with a thin light mocha head and a bit of lacing. The nose has roasted malt plus chocolate and some mild coffee. Chocolate is the most prevalent, definitely notice the cocoa. Flavor is a bit of a letdown. Thereís a bit too much booze and the chocolate doesnít come through as well. Mild roast and also some dark fruit aspects that I didnít particularly care for. Body is medium to full with good carbonation. Pretty good overall, but doesnít live up to their other stouts. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 04-20-2011

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dwm1034 (658) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 23, 2011
Shared bomber with sherm1016.....good stuff. Initial nose and taste say íwowí....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....

2.9
   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 didnít run out to the stores searching for this

3.6
   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 didnít really make a big impression on me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7172) - 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 donít know that extra time in the bottle will help.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1371) - 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 Iíd go out of my way to buy another bottle.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CanIHave4Beers (3327) - 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 itís not all bad.... but itís a little harsh. Mild dark fruit notes hang out in the background throughout. The palate is big, thick, and fairly syrupy. Itís 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.


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