RATINGS: 451   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
Inspired by the epic skyline of Chicago, Goose Islands 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopdog (11888) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 1, 2011
22oz bottle. Bottled 3/15/11. Black pour with a smaller sized tan head. Aromas of chocolate, roast, some woodiness, cocoa, and vanilla. Tastes of roast, chocolate, caramel, vanilla, dark fruits, and some coffee. Warming alcohol.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
madvike (3217) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2011
Bottle - Pours black with a reddish tint and a thin tan head. A lot of boozy sharpness on the nose, really obscures the malty sweetness below. Taste is better, with chocolatey roast, but its still super sweet. Molasses and sugary sweetness. Big, thick and syrupy. I would have liked this a couple years ago, but now its too much and too sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
robinvboyer (4307) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 13, 2011
Black pour, mocha head. Bitter cocoa, very sweet roasted malts, burnt sugar, vanilla and caramel. The mouthfeel is very thick, and creamy. Loads of sweetness, cocoa, vanilla and a sweet urnt sugar/malt finish. Reminds me alot f the bourbon county minus the barrel, nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bhensonb (14473) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Bomber from Half Time. Pours brown/black with no head. Aromas of bourbon/vanilla (????) and chocolate. Full bodied. Heat is definitely noticeable. Quite. Flavor is chocolate with a lot of dark smooth burnt malt. It sour seems bourbonified.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (9537) - Sacramento, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours very dark brown with no head and a chocolate and alcohol aroma. There is a heavy chocolate and plum flavor with a very hot alcohol trail that tastes like bourbon. This is indeed a big beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Nuffield (4106) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2011
This one really rocked, and it is a pleasure to call it my 3000th beer rated. It has layers of oozing flavors, with melted chocolate, roasty and toasty malts, and just the right bitterness. The palate works extremely well, too. Very appropriate to drink this day because Jazz88, the best best man in the world, was visiting with his son John.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5288) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2011
bottle thanks to pantanap. pitch black pour with an espresso head. nose is sweet chocolate, roasted malts, light vanilla, and more chocolate. thick palate, flavor is heavy on the roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dark fruits, and a heavily roasted finish. how much alcohol is in this thing? im getting none honestly.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 7, 2011
pour is dark dark brown with a thin brown head. aroma is vinous fruitiness, dark chocolate, vanilla, cocoa. hint of licorice Milky body, roasted maltiness, bitter chocolate. soy sauce.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Snifter. Bottled on March 25, 2011. Appearance: Pitch black with large initial brown head that leaves some light lacing. Aroma: Molasses, soy sauce and booze. Chocolate is pretty light. Taste: Chocolate is certainly more noticeable in the taste, but this is still driven by molasses, soy sauce and booze. Light indiscriminate hops at the finish. Little one dimensional. Palate: Velvety smooth and creamy, but the finish is a little off. Very warming. Overall: Nice and smooth Imperial Stout, but a little disappointing considering what Goose Island is capable of.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 5, 2011
22oz. bomber. Okay, after a long hiatus I guess I better start rating again. Although my skills in description have not improved one iota since my first rating almost 5 years ago, I am still enjoying the ride, so guess thats all that matters anyway. Pours the typical Impy Stout dark brown-black with a minimal darker tan head. Aroma is heavily roasted malts, milk and bittersweet chocolate, some mild roasty coffee, and sweet molasses. Flavor is loads of sweet and alcohol, with more bittersweet and milk chocolate, heavy roast, and a little coffee. Even with the awesome cooler fall weather I just couldnt get into this one, and wondering if my Impy Stout days are moving behind me. How am I possibly going to stay on the Most Top 50 list if thats the case?!?!

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