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RATINGS: 433   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2120) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 27, 2013
Oily black pour with a 1 finger, caramel brown head. Aroma offers up lots of oily roast, chocolate, dark roast coffee, oily char, leathery tannins, vanilla, spice, dark fruit and burnt toffee. Flavor is hugely chocolatey up front, including that slight acidic hint from cocoa nibs, molasses snaps, dark fruit, bread spice, vanilla, light pine, lots of roast, hot boozy notes, but appropriately so for intensity of other flavors. Light acidic, vegetal notes to the finish that remind me very much of the aftertaste of some cocoa nibs. Big, heavy body, with a creamy, chewy feel throughout and light carbonation. Awesome beer overall, the lingering acidic cocoa nib taste on the aftertaste brings it down a bit for me, though dark chocolate or cocoa nib lovers may enjoy it more.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thepeter (320) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - APR 18, 2015
POurs thick as oil with small tan head. Smells of tar, cocoa and dark fruit. Not overly complex but Great tasting straight up stout with mild dark fruit flavours, hint burnt malt and some roasty sweetness. THick like a milkshake! great feel. delicious with clean slightly sweet aftertaste

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1078) - Troy, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2015
Bottle. The pour is black with a thin head. The aroma is sweet malt and chocolate. The taste is perfect for a big stout. Great blend, thick, and full. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
markextrae (1558) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 27, 2015
Bottle recieved in a trade. Shared with a friend. Poured a pitch black colour pretty flat. 2011 bottle. Smell of port, red cherry, dark cacao nibs, dark cherry chocolate, raisins, Some plums, lots of port and fruity notes in the finish. Stil Some dark coffee in the finish aswell. But i donít know if this gets better with these 4 years

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rood (52) - Borgerhout, BELGIUM - MAR 22, 2015
Aroma is molasses, muscovado. Taste is the same as aroma. After sipping other GI sugary beers, you could find something salty, mineral-like taste and aroma in this one. Body is okay but rather thin. thanks berntholer for sharing

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ktwse (2351) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
Pours black with low tan head. Aroma of bourbon and port barrel, dark fruit, muscovado, light coffee and molasses. Taste is sweet and boozy with port like character. Coffee bitter but balanced finish. Body is rich, creamy and boozy with soft carbonation.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (1565) - SWEDEN - MAR 14, 2015
Pours dark with low brown head Aromas of muscavado, caramel, dried fruits, alcohol Taste has brown sugar, chocolate, hints of coffee, caramel

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PriorL (2459) - 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 (862) - 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 (1890) - 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 (4851) - 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.


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