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RATINGS: 450   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fonefan (44144) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JAN 27, 2014

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear dark brown - black colour with a small to average, frothy, good lacing, mostly diminishing, light brown to beige head. Aroma is light heavy malty, roasted, coffee, chocolate, English licorice. Flavour is light heavy sweet and moderate to heavy bitter with a long duration, roasted, malt bitter. Body is medium to full, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20131122]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
22 fl oz bottle. Pours dark brown to black with a quickly gone head. Aroma is dark roasted malty and light alcohol presence. Thick, rich malty, liqourice and dark roasted malty flavoured. Bitter, dark chocolate and light liqourice lingering. Smooth roasted malty finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joergen (26202) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 26, 2013
Bottle at Papsø. Pitch black coloured with a small beige head. Sweet and roasted aroma of caramel, dried fruits and soy sauce. Sweet and roasted flavour of dried fruits, licorice and dark chocolate with notes of roasted bread. Roasted finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (25472) - Vasa, FINLAND - SEP 4, 2012
Bottled@Monks Café Stockholm (backlog). More or less black colour, mediumsized beigeish brown head. Aroma is some slight toffee, mild roasted malts, some ripe fruits, raisins, alcohol and some quite strong liquorice and fudge as well. Flavour is roasted malts, some coffee and chocolate along with big time liquorice, some alcohol as well as mild toffee. Balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Papsoe (25063) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 3, 2012
Bottle 65 cl. Pours an opaque black with a light brown head. Sweet roasty, vanillaish nose with quite some booze showing. Solid body, sweet and pleasant roast, some sweet chocolate and pruney fruit. Warming alcohol finish where the hops never prevail. Lovely. 030312

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
omhper (23716) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black, no head. Aroma of rain hitting hot dry asphalt. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Sweet and salty, pungent flavour if Finnish tar pastilles. Long bitter finish. While the tar flavour is truly pleasant it remains the only one in there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
anders37 (23355) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2012
Bottle. Courtesy of beeranddogs. Pours a black color with a small tan head. Has a roasted malty chocolate and licorice aroma. Roasted malty chocolate and licorice flavor with some bitter hints. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (22351) - , Essex, ENGLAND - APR 26, 2015
15th April 2015
Craft Clerkenwell. Bruce’s UK Swan Song. Clear dark amber - brown beer, small pale tan head. Palate is airy and semi dry with mild fine carbonation. Sweetish dry dark malts. Mild dark chocolate and roast. Some spice before a light finish. Pretty easy drinking for it’s abv.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Travlr (21653) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2013
Draft. Extremely dark brown color, dark brown head with good retention and solid lacing. Aroma of Hershey bars dipped in edpresso. Taste is smooth coffee, vanilla, cocoa. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18711) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - AUG 9, 2015
Bottle shared in London - picked up in NYC a few years back. Pours oily black with a foamy brown head. The aroma is big on the dark chocolate, burnt grains, scorched earth. Hugely sweet flavor, with lots of dried dark fruits, sugary dark chocolate, more scorched earth bitterness, some grains. Full bodied, chewy, with fine carbonation. Warming finish with more rich chocolate, some ash, and dried dark fruits. Hefty and very enjoyable.

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