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RATINGS: 453   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.2
Butters (4059) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2011
Beautiful deep black pour with fair brown head. Sweet cocoa nose and flavor. Hint of marshmellow. Big chewy full body. Alcohol is present, but not hot. Probably would mellow even more with some age. This is truly a great impy stout.

3.9
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
Bottle from fear025. Dark black pour with thin head. This was a nice sweet treat after a nice Sunday dinner. Tons of sweet chocolate and malts present with a bit of alcohol in the finish.

3.7
jzzbassman (1634) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Pours dark mahogany with a thin head. Big aroma gives some clue to the big alcohol malt bill, boozy, with sweet chocolate. Flavor is boozy, with licorice, plums, and chocolate. Medium bodied with good carbonation.

3.9
JulienHuxley (5809) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2011
Bottle. Nice black pour with a ring of tan foam. Aroma is really on the roasted/toasty side, lots of burnt toast and chocolate, very nice. Taste is roasty but also sweet and fruity which I could have done without. Full body, medium carbonation with a nice gentle warming alcohol finish. Nice balanced IS, not too harsh.

3.2
omhper (25153) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - OCT 14, 2011
Bottled at Stockholm Beer Festival. Black, no head. Aroma of rain hitting hot dry asphalt. Full bodied with soft mouthfeel. Sweet and salty, pungent flavour if Finnish tar pastilles. Long bitter finish. While the tar flavour is truly pleasant it remains the only one in there.

3.4
Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - OCT 10, 2011
22oz bomber
A: raisin, roasted malts, chocolate, boozy
T: lots of dark stone fruits, chocolate, boozy, sweet brandy like flavor
This is an Imperial stout for sure. A bit to sweet for me.

3.4
SudsMcDuff (8429) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - OCT 10, 2011
Pours a deep thick black .. . medium foam .. light lacing .. . tons of tar, with oil and sweet roasty molasses .. . needs a couple of years to be great, i’ll revisit .. . . this is outrageous, get me the mayor!

3.9
thornecb (5918) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha head recedes to hint rim. Sour dark chocolate aromas. Hot dark chocolate and espresso upfront turning to dank resin in the lasting finish

3.3
nickd717 (4691) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 8, 2011
Bomber. Very dark brown with minimal head. Sweet roast and chocolate aroma with some dark fruit notes. The flavor is good but a tad weak. Roasty with dark fruit and dark chocolate. A bit vinous. Medium-plus bodied with low carbonation. Nit great overall, but good for BMC I guess.

3.9
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 6, 2011
(22oz, bottled 03/25/11, courtesy of blutt59) Pours an opaque black body with a spare tan head. Aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, and vanilla. Flavor of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and caramel.


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