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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orangesol (987) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Thanks to ffejherb for sharing this one with us at a recent tasting. A - Pours jet black with a nice one finger tall tan head leaving light webs of lace down the glass. S - Smells of cocoa, vanilla, licorice, a dash of hops and lots of black strap molasses. Not the best nose I have come across but certainly not the worst either. T - Starts off with quite a bit of chocolaty sweetness slowly giving way to hints of licorice, vanilla and lots of molasses. Quite a bit of dark roasted malt comes through as it warms up. Finish is a mix of sweetness and dark roast, lingering on the pallet for some time after consumption. M - Heavy body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth initially really thinning out over the course of the glass. O - Overall this one was pretty solid but it lacked the wow factor that I have come to expect from most of the Goose Island stouts. I wouldn’t turn it down in the future but I won’t be chasing it either.

GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - FEB 10, 2012
Bottle. Poured an opaque black color. The head was brown with good retention and lacing. Smelled of chocolate liqueur, toffee, and a bit of molasses. Medium to full bodied and sweet with a warming alcohol effect.

KingCecil (2086) - DENMARK - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle trade with FullObs... Thx ;).... It pours pitch black with a medium light brown head.... The aroma is port, vanilla and oak. the flavor is chocolate, sweet, malt, alcoholic....

Plovmand (8584) - Grindsted, DENMARK - FEB 8, 2012
Bottle shared by KingCecil. Pours pitch black with a medium light brown head. The aroma is heavy bourbon, vanilla and oak. Notes of chocolate, soy and sweet malt. The flavour is quite alcoholic. It has notes of soy, sweet chocolate, overly sweet bourbon and some ash. Cloying. The aroma was way better than the flavour.

diabel (1721) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - FEB 5, 2012
Deep black body with a brown head. Fine, well balanced aroma of strong malts, coffee, chocolate: very intense, complex and well balanced. Heavily sweet, moderately bitter flavour, a little bit too sweet and unbalanced to some extent. Not bad, certainly not great.

Martinus (4692) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - JAN 27, 2012
Pitch black colour, slight tan head. Aroma of chocolate sauce, malts, molasses, quite alcoholic. Flavour is really sweet. Chocolate, sweet malts, roasted tones, slight salty touch. One could’ve even called it balanced if it hadn’t been so overly sweet. Again quite alcoholic, like a rum chocolate bonbon. Full body, alcoholic finish.
(From 65cL bottle @ RBBWG 2012, Antwerpen. Thanx for sharing, Klaas!)

JoePeesie (925) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - JAN 22, 2012
It’s better than Night Stalker, not as good as Bourbon County Brand Stout IMO. I know that kind of comparing apples to turnips, but that would be the order in which I would look for them. Big Black and cacao-y. Nose and taste are bozzy, sweet and malty. Definitely worth trying.

Bart (2936) - Brussels, BELGIUM - JAN 22, 2012
bottle @ RBBWG 2012 thanks to Klaas. Black coloured beer wiht a small brown had. Heavy alcoholic malty hinted aroma. Really creamy full palate. Finish is full alcoholic touched with some slightly roasted creamy hints. Very nice, rather extreem.

77ships (10771) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - JAN 18, 2012
65 cl. bottle sampled @ RBWG 2012 – thx to Klaas – dark as an endless abyss with no head – smells like plum syrup, bourbon, roasted malt, liquorish & booze – taste is dark fruits with lots of plum & some raisins, syrupy, roasted malts, thick sludgy coffee, touch molasses, melted chocolate, bourbon & alcoholic finish this is quite alcoholic in a nice way, sludgy, liquorishy with low carb, small monster this one (bottled on 02/25/2011)

tderoeck (10002) - Gent, BELGIUM - JAN 16, 2012
14/I/2012 1Pt. 6Fl. Oz. bottle @ RBBWG 2012 - BB: III/25/11 (2012-41) Thanks to Klaas for bringing the bottle!

Clear deep purple to dark brown beer, no head. Aroma: lots of raisins, other dried fruits, bourbon, caramel. Mf: soft carbon, full body, creamy texture. Taste: sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, rhum, alcohol, mocha, a prickling feeling on the tongue after swallowing. Aftertaste: peppery, mocha, caramel, sweet alcohol, coffee.

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