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RATINGS: 446   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
mcmd (315) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 20, 2011
pours pitch black with a beige head which settles and stays at the rim. aroma is dark fruit - raisins, black cherries, dark chocolate, and booze...can tell by the nose it needs age. Aroma alone seems very similar to Dark Lord. Taste is sweet dark chocolate, intense dark fruit, black licorice, roasted espresso, and booze noticeable. Palate like all Goose Island imperial stouts is incredible, soft thick and chewy. This is the closest beer to dark lord there is. Will get more and age them.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dfonorow (1867) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 19, 2011
Shared at DLD. Pour is solid black with a very small lacing of a tan head. The head fades quickly and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is of bitter dark chocolate, sweet molasses, and booze. Flavor is a tad thin and tastes of chocolate and alcohol with a bitter coffee finish. Good, but nothing close to the BCS.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
nimbleprop (6654) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 19, 2011
22oz bottle pours a thick, viscous, opaque black with a thin, ringing beige head. Nose is coffee liqueur, cherry, malt syrup, some Hersey’s syrup, a little alcohol, licorice. Flavor is very sweet, licorice, cherry candies, boiled down coffee, brown sugar, chocolate syrup, something a little medicinal, dark fruits, lactose. Really full bodied, almost distractingly thick, cloying sweetness. This needs a lot of time in the bottle to age out some of the sweet tones.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tennisjoel (1271) - 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 (6938) - 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 (869) - 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 (3291) - 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.

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