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RATINGS: 404   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   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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4.5
   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


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ansalon (1258) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - JUN 18, 2014
Pours pitch black with a low mocha head. Aromas of vanilla, chocolate, coffee, muscovado sugar, liqourice, roasted nuts, honey. Taste is vanilla, chocolate, muscovado sugar, coffee, liqourice, roasted malts, nutty tones. Mouthfeel is silky smooth with almost no carbonation. Aftertaste is vanilla, muscovado sugar, burnt noes, oak. Very good!

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nate (3636) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2014
From bomber, courtesy of dpjuart. Wonderful rich and complex aroma. Vapory with caramel, chocolate, Tootsie Roll, mild soy, coffee, oak, and vanilla. Dark black-brown clear with thin tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation and alcoholic warming. Sweet rich malty with Tootsie Roll, coffee, chocolate, soy. Viscous. Smooth rich malt finish with sweet cocoa after. Delicious.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Naka (703) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2014
Carbony and sweet aroma. Caramel. A bit of a tangy bite. Flavor is creamy caramel, prunes, and molasses. Rich and toasty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4105) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 13, 2014
bottle shared by albatross, thanks bro! pours very dark brown with a small light beige cap, minimal retention and lacing. booze, dark chocolate, roastiness, burnt caramel, red berries and cherries, fairly present woodsy notes, pepper, bitter coffee, bourbony notes - vanilla. moderate carbonation, medium body - oily, grassy-resinous-bitter coffee finish. more on the berry side of things, yet cacao nibs adds a bit of depth to roasted and bittering profile. also balanced. tasty enough and nicely crafted but still kind of forgettable..

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RussianDragon (280) - - MAY 10, 2014
Bottle shared by Big John McGinness himself. Pours a still opaque black with a ring of beige bubbles on glass. Aroma is roast, char and chocolate bitterness. Flavor is massive: roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate and an oak smokiness. Silky mouthfeel. A sipper.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MWMBeerguy (67) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 14, 2014
Initially i got a hint of booze aroma the instant I opened the cap and thought "oh boy!" But in the glass this has a wonderful chocolate aroma over a firm maltiness. Tastes smooth and sweet with a little warmth. Much lighter palmate than expected. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ThirstyBird (1454) - Düsseldorf, GERMANY - MAR 22, 2014
Thanks to koelschtrinker for sharing this one! Pours a totally opaque black/brown with brown head. The smell is cocoa, licorice, port, molasses. Taste follows the smell with the addition of some bourbon, a little burn ending dry with a bit of char. Nice fine carbonation, the body is medium/full and slick. Super stuff!

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1143) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2014
Bomber from BrookFalls Discount with a 12/11/12 bottle date. Pours an inky black with a brown head leaving some spots of lace. Aroma has molasses, cocoa, caramel and some licorice. Somewhat roasty and strong. Taste is of sweet choco/caramel, molasses, some bittersweet bakers chocolate, a bit of grape. Thick and sweet, with the light bitter undertone. Full bodied. Finishes heavy, quite sweet and with some alcohol. Shrug thick and solid. Could use more roast in the body for better flavor.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mstrcrwly (231) - New York, USA - MAR 14, 2014
Bought 22 oz bottle this past spring..dated 12/7/12..Jet black pour with great tan head..aroma of chocolate, molasses, vanilla, coffee..tastes like it smells..alcohol is there but not overwhelming..after 15 months..worth the wait.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
gendv138 (973) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Draft at ChurchKey poured into a tasting snifter. Pours black with around a half finger of tan head. Some brown hues around the edges of the glass. Aromas of dark fruit, caramel, dark chocolate, roast. Tasting notes of dark fruit including raisins, caramel, toffee, dark chocolate, roast, molasses. A bit of booze but fairly smooth. Full body with a dry finish. Oily syrupy mouthfeel with light carbonation. Very nice.


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