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RATINGS: 418   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
radio_nowhere (913) - Maryland, USA - JAN 28, 2013
Bomber into large snifter glass. Deep dark black color with dark tan head on hard pour. Aroma is heavy; roasted malt, brown sugar, dark fruit, chocolate, licorice, booze and some coffee notes. Taste is huge, rich and sweet. Beer fudge describes it nicely. Taste adds some notes of ash and GIís famous soy sauce. Big body and creamy. Lingering roasty and chocolate aftertaste. Great stuff, sipping happily.


4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nathan30533 (681) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Alcohol and chocolate make up this one. Great big amazing beer. This one is unique and tasty. Enjoy. Dark

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 3.75 years aged, bottle originally from one of my favourite stores in NE USA. A tad thin, but also rich from ageing. Long time on the lips of chocolate and licorice.sediment Is coconut.

4.1
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
VT (1666) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a dark beige head. Aroma is roast, cocoa, coffee and wood. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, cranberry, orange zest. Finish is fruity, tart, bitter. Coffeeish, with some hazelnut. Some lingering tartness. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sarlacc83 (948) - Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle brought back from Wisconsin 2013. A: Perfectly black with a thick foam cappuccino head. Legs. N: Cocoa, licorice, molasses, char, burnt toast, anise, some vanilla, milk chocolate, lactose, and espresso. T: Very sweet, with a bit of bitterness round the edges. M: Thick body, creamy, light carbonation, and an alcohol thatís stuffed in the back and told to stay quiet. O: A really nice base beer thatís better than a good number of Bourbon County Stouts. Definitely better than Choklat.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2014
Bottle. Moderate to heavy toasted, molasses and dark chocolate for the malt, moderate herbs and a hint of resin for the hops, light to moderate earth for the yeast, with chocolate milk and whiskey barrel in the background. Head is small, wispy, medium brown with slippery lacing and good legs and is almost fully diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately to heavily sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is full, syrupy, with a soft carbonation and is chewy and sticky in the finish. Nice and big, chewable and warming Imperial Stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bacterial (1721) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2014
Its freaking cold out so what the heck, grab a big ass stout from the cellar. This is a bottle from 2011. I thought that this was discontinued by GI for some reason (or maybe that was Nightstalker). Either way, this is a big black pour with a nice dark tan head. Nose is roasted malt, chocolate and bitter coffee. Taste is really nice, perhaps a tad oxidized (hence the term írot boxí?). I like this. I canít help but compare it to BCBS. The malt and chocolate is here but also is some sweetness in the finish that I donít find in Bourbon County. Its good, but Iím going to add some bourbon to it now to make it better!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AirForceHops (3516) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 28, 2014
22 oz. bottle, with a bottle date of 12/07/2012. Very dark brown and black color. Aroma is tons of chocolate, sugar, deep roast.

Flavor has a just as much chocolate and deep roast as the aroma. Good molasses, espresso bean and oak as secondary flavors. The body is what I really love about this stout, full and bold. The carbonation is soft with a velvet like smoothness. No sign of alcohol and no notes of oxidation anyplace. Damn fine.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (6084) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
batch from 3/11. pours dark as night pitch black w/eventual thick brown head. aroma is a little roast, chocolate, and lots of dark fruit, licorice. flavor is sweeter than expected, with a bit of alcohol, little hops and the cocoa only really comes out close to room temp. the feel..."this is what an imperial stout should drink like". you can almost chew it...reminds me of Zhukov. when the cocoa comes out the aroma and flavor get even better. still not what i expected but a really nice sipper."

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DuffMan (7028) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 28, 2014
Time to catch up on the RBAG 2014 backlog! From notes, bottle shared at RBAG 2014: Thick near-black pour, low brown head. Very sweet dark malt profile with dark fruits and moderate sweet bourbon character. Not cloying but very rich. More chocolate and dark fruity toffee than roast. Warming finish. Heavy and sweet, but very enjoyable.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2404) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - AUG 24, 2014
23.08.2014, 0,65l bottle shared with friends @ home:
Small light brown mediumlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, caramel, dark sugar, coffee, cocoa, alcohol, oak, grass, licorice, vanilla. Taste is sweet sour-ish roasted, dark malts, sugar, roasted grain, coffee, grass, vanilla, sweet licorice, "knekk", cocoa. Medium to longlasting bitterness, dry mouthfeel. Nice.


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