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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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.

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 that’s 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 couldn’t 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 that’s the case?!?!

badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 5, 2011
Pours black from bottle. Small beige head. Aroma of huge sugar, lactose, caramel, and molasses. Some licorice in the back end. Flavor is equally sweet. Big milk chocolate, marshmallow, and molasses. some anise and alcohol in the finish...bold stuff

drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 4, 2011
Poured a 22oz into a snifter. Dark, dark brown..a little head. More than in the Bourbon County Stout. Typical chocolate, coffee smell of an imperial stout. Alcohol is not overly present in the nose. The palate is a little lighter and more watery than some Imperial Stouts. There is a bit of carbonation and a bit of burn on the way down. Very sweet up front and a nicely balace bitter note on the back end. Another well down beer from GI.

DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
Bottle. Super dark brown pour with swirly, whispy brown head. Deeply malty nose steaming with chocolate, cookie dough, fudge, brownie, and boozy dessert liquour around the edges. Sharp bitter chocolate flavors...vibrant and alive with just a touch of spice, a touch of booze...balanced with adequate bitterness but still quite a bit of sweetness..booziness and cookie dough sweetness increase in the finish, with a dab of sweet coffee too. Not too shabby...no BCS, but not much is.

BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - AUG 29, 2011
Bottle via a trade (marked as 03/25/11 1712). Pours with a thick black body and a lasting tan head. Aromas are big, cocoa, vanilla, alcohol, chocolate, estery and brown sugar. Medium roast, decently sweet. Flavors are on the sweeter side of things, big, alcohol, vanilla, earthy and fudge. Medium bubbles, thick and warming. Quite tasty!

zathrus13 (1776) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2011
Pours dark brown, with a brown head. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malt, licorice and vanilla. Flavor is chocolate, licorice, vanilla, alcohol, and roasted malt. Body is medium to heavy, and creamy, with a fairly long finish.

mnurda (1289) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 28, 2011
Bottled sample fro HH in Grand Forks. Was quite overwhelmed by the chocolate in this beer. Super ful bodied but was hard to finish due to its thickness

GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - AUG 26, 2011
Deep black pour with a brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is a nice roasted malt. The chocolate is dominant . A sweet beer. You an notice the alcohol. As it warms, the flavor comes out more.

Ratman197 (15204) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - AUG 20, 2011
Bomber poured a clear dark brown with a lasting brown head. Aromas of bitter chocolate, coffee, roasted malt and dried fruit. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter chocolate and light dried fruit with a smooth lingering chocolate finish.

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