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RATINGS: 427   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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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle pours bkack not much head. Smells tastes sweet booze chocolate caramel malt. It was ok it wasnít as good as I was hoping stick to night stalker thatís where itís at.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2255) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 27, 2015
Sample at Epic Bourbon County Tasting, thx to Bart and Thijs! APPEARANCE: pitch black beer, small unstable beige head. NOSE: alcohol, coffee, mocha, ímosí. TASTE: alcohol, fruity, mocha, bitter and dry aftertaste, bit earthy aftertaste as well, coffee long lasting taste.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Lemke10 (834) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fluffy (1824) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2015
honestly wasnt as impressed by this as i thought i was going to be. still good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4547) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 20, 2015
I preferred the night stalker to this one - a little better. This pours black with great head and lacing. Mocha head. Some booze and roast. Caramel. Chocolate. Aroma and palate a little thinner than night stalker. Tap at Meridian pint.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (2910) - Michigan, USA - JAN 16, 2015
22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 12/7/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1-2 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, light licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roasted malt, cocoa nib, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, light licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, toffee, toast, molasses, dark bread, light coffee, raisin, plum, fig, light licorice, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa nib, and dark fruit flavors; with a solid roasted bitterness/sweetness balance. Flavor leans much more towards sweet malt notes, but never gets cloying. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy, and lightly slick/chalky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial stout. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roasted malt, cocoa nib, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mverity (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a deep, rich, hearty black with mocha colored head. Sticky legs but very little lacing. Wisps and thin collar remain when the head faded after 30 seconds or so. Aroma is a nice blend of roasty and earthy malts, and bitter sweet chocolate. Taste is much like the aroma: dark malts and chocolate; rich and quite delicious. This beer coats your mouth and is a little silty. A little bit of alcohol burn though.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MrHangover (2865) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small tanned head on top. Aroma has loads of coffee, malts and dark chocolate. Flavor has loads of chocolate returning, some sweet cacao influences are in there. Chocolate is very sweet and very present. Aftertaste is sweet and again loads of chocolate and roasted malts. Sliky mouthfeel, good stuff!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maarten1993 (400) - - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. The beer is like the normal BCBS but without bourbon. Taste is not that rich.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jmgreenuk (5136) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Sample at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen. Poured a dark mahogany with a bubbly round tan head. The aroma is rich roasty, yeast, some fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a dry yeasty fruit liqourice bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
kambei70 (695) - - DEC 26, 2014
Near pitch black on the pour and it appears so in the glass. The head is thin with poor retention, settling quickly into a brown thick ring and a light coating. Cocoa comes through strong, rather sweet, with a hint of earthy notes, it reminds me of earthy coffee. Milk chocolate aromas come through the strongest though. Lots of chocolate here, slightly bittersweet, backed by dark fruits. Thick and chewy, a bit soft. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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