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RATINGS: 432   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 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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3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2011
Poured from bottle. Midnight dark with a thin caramel head. Smells of booze and roasted chocolate. Taste has a decent amount of chocolate vanilla but ends with a dry bitter booze. It is a full bodied stout. Aftertaste is dry and bitter that lasts for awhile. I definately have had better stouts.


4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ICEatALAMO (1076) - 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 don’t 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 (2341) - 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 (1564) - 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, ’mos’. 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 (4846) - 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 (3114) - 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.


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