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RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   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.


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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DominickMondi (13) - - FEB 22, 2013
Aroma: chocolate, coffee, alcohol Appearance: black, clear, tan foam, minimal head Taste: medium sweetness, medium bitterness, well balanced, dry finish Palate: oily feel, thick feel, fizzy, Overall: It looks every bit the part of a GI stout. It lacks the smooth, oaky, vanilla finish which for me defines there BCS line, and I miss it here. Dry chocolate and alcohol taste go well, but it is just a little rough on the edges. Which is not to say it is bad at all, it is a great stout, trailing behind only the best, which for me is GI-BCS and Lost Abby - The Angels Share, among others. AN UPDATE: I made the mistake of reviewing this initially without letting it get to the right temperature. Once it did, the rough edges smoothed, and the flavors became more pronounced. I increased my review numbers slightly as a result.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (462) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Had it at the 5 year mark! Pours inky black with little coffee color head; strong aromas of fruitcake dunked in port; wonderful chewy palate with faded heat on the tongue. Superb.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1109) - Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with no real head. Nose is cocoa, milk chocolate and some coffee. Taste adds some dark fruit. Thick mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3451) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. It poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of malts, chocolate and some roastiness. The taste was similar to the aroma with a smooth, roasty, chocolate and a touch of coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (435) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Poured from a bottle at Costober. Black in color with a malty chocolate taste. Very good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (101) - Illinois, USA - AUG 30, 2015
Aroma is a touch mild, some chocolate and coffee, taste is huge chocolate and and coffee. Some booze on a new bottle that gets lost when aged... Very nice ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (16281) - 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.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
koleminer20 (1495) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
22 oz bottle from 2011 shared with ebone1988. The pour is a little thin, but is a nice inky black with a decent head of decent khaki color. It falls quickly to a ring. The aroma is huge on cocoa and roasted malt. The cocoa brings a great bitterness to the table here. There is a light licorice profile in the background and the booze creeps up a bit as well. The flavor is really good. It's almost like Bourbon County without the barrel. The chocolate is huge, and the roasted malts offer a wonderful bitterness behind the licorice. Basic, but complex. The mouth feel is incredible. There is a great soft carbonation to go with the heavy viscous mouthfeel. The aftertaste is lingeringly chocolatey and bitter. Really good. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (774) - Taylor, Michigan, USA - MAY 25, 2015
Bottle shared with koleminer20, vintage 2011. Aroma is licorice, roasted malt, chocolate. Appearance is black, thick, light brown. Taste is nice, like BC without the barrel, tons of roasted malt, tons of chocolate, real nice. Mouthfeel is perfect, thick with great carbonation and lingering presence. Overall, quite impressive.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madmitch76 (20074) - , 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rouhlas (1963) - GREECE - APR 23, 2015
650ml bottle shared at the Hoppy Pub, Thessaloniki. Black color with beige head. Roasted malty aroma, quite bready, fruity, dark dried fruits, plums and figs, chocolate, wood, alcohol. Sweet and bitter taste, chocolate and fruits, light alcohol. Almost full, silky body with soft carbonation.


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