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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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - 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.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
bnokk (476) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
2011 vintage in 2016. APPEARANCE- pure black, head is absent. NOSE- as it warms up, it smells more and more boosy. FLAVOR- roastiness abounds. Boosy also comes through when it warms up. As boosy as it is, it is very smooth flavored.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
luttonm (4729) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Brouwerij Lane, NYC. 2011 keg. Lovely heavy, glossy black. Super rich, lovely beer. Soy, molasses, syrup. Coffee, roast, balanced sweet. Very nice treat!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
drpimento (3184) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2016
extremely rich all the wayaround. still, not off flavors whatsoever. and for beingso rich , still very easydrinking. this one is about 3 yearsold.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jake65 (3444) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2016
Boise Imperial Stout Tasting. Not sure on the age of the bottle, a few years on it I think. Aromatic with chocolate and roast, light coffee. Bis flavors of sweet and earthy roast, chocolate and coffee. A solid effort in the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
benpickens (487) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
arnold931 (1263) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jandd1983 (3867) - 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
anthony850 (469) - 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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cosmo6644 (102) - 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

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leighton (18719) - 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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