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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
gabearnold (1) - Middlefield, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2013 does not count
Dark and rich, this stout has the classic goose island taste and its rich but not bitter. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2011
Aroma:Lots of sweet malt, with chocolate and dark roasted malt too. The dark fruit aroma comes next, raisins, plums, etc. Appearance:This beer is black and thick, with a good size head that quickly dissipates. The beer has poor lacing. Taste:There are tons of roast flavors in the foretaste, which make way in the midtaste to chocolate, sweet malt, and caramel. I can taste the bitter hops more in the aftertaste, but they are still subdued. Palate:This beer is hugely thick, and there is a prominent hot alcohol bite in the foretaste. Good carbonation. Overall:This is a fantastic brew when fresh, and I really hope that the hot alcohol bite lessens as the beer ages. The chocolate flavors make this a great sipping dessert beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
joejoe0333 (6) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2012 does not count
This beer was amazing. Imperial stouts have become my favorite and this one in paticular drives that home. I only gave this a 9 for aroma because im still optimistic that I will find that one beer that just blows me away. That said I have nothing bad to say about the aroma. Appearance I gave a 5. This beer is a nice solid black. The head is a very dark head even for imperial stouts but does not last long as do the other imperial stouts ive come to enjoy most. Taste I give a 10. This is a phenomonal beer. Palate I rate high with a 5. This is a very full bodied beer. Its very thick and creamy. The flavor lingers for quite some time afterward which leads me to my overall of 18. The finish is great for a short time but mellows quickly and becomes just an after taste. I would recommend this beer to anyone that enjoys imperial stouts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
maxwelldeux (4351) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Bottle at a bottle share. Pours a thick black color with effectively no head. Nose has some bourbon and wood in there to me. Taste has some great roasting in there and ends up being very smooth. Great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
DocLock (10000) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
Bombers from Capone’s, Craft, and Wegman’s Collegeville. Pours thick, rich, jet black, with gorgeous dark brown head. Nose is a luscious medley of roasty choc malt, cacao, I get a lot of pruney/raisiny aromas, and some black currant esters and hazelnut. Tastes thick, rich, complex, perfectly matches with my Oliva Series V maduro Churchill cigar, with a big roasty malt, vanilla, cacao, somewhat sweet, molasses, and raisin/fig/prune/black currant undertones. This one is the Energizer Bunny of impy Stouts in that it never lets up. It pounds your palate and olfactory membranes from beginning to end. What a great beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
ebone1988 (1426) - Dearborn, 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerandBlues2 (12198) - Escondido, California, USA - JUN 14, 2011
Bottle. Pours opaque with a large, creamy tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (roast, chocolate, coffee), average hops (earthy, woody), and dark fruit esters with notes of alcohol, charcoal, and heavy chocolate. Flavor is heavy malt with smooth chocolate. Full body, heavy warmth, medium carbonation with a sweet finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Jesterdeal (1985) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - JAN 30, 2013
2005 bottle. Aroma of burnt molasses, worchestshire sauce, wood and chocolate. Taste is chocolate, roast molasses, soy, prunes and light mocha. Fantastic stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lemke10 (971) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2015
This pours a dark brown/black color with a slight brown head. The aroma is sweet, boozy, and malty. The taste is sweet, smooth and robust. There are lots of roasted flavor and the cocoa nibs really come through in the taste. Sweet and slightly chalky finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - APR 14, 2011
Wow ,that is one black pour, very satisfying Imperial stout aroma, when you smell that depth,the richness,you know your dealing with upper echelon, plenty of roasted and chocolate liquer, the alcohol is tickling the nose a little,but still refined enough for a double digit abv,but yet a tad distracting, taste,ok now theres a big style IMP Stout,it has that Dark Lord mutiplicity of big malt flavors,roastedness,coffee bean,and most of all chocolate brownie batter,most definitely has a mildly sweet finish,not syrupy like DL, plenty of bitterness to combat all that malt sweetness, that alcohol still growls at you within that malting,but it all smooths out for a warming comforting finish and linger. The malt core makes it a charming bewitching brew to enjoy right now,if you are not adverse to that slight sweet finish,but I believe the bottles i bought to store will age and mellow superbly,interesting that this is half the price of of the Golden ticket beer

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