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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
superspak (5517) - 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.

4.1
mverity (294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2015
Pours a deep, rich, hearty black with mocha colored head. Sticky legs but very little lacing. Wisps and thin collar remain when the head faded after 30 seconds or so. Aroma is a nice blend of roasty and earthy malts, and bitter sweet chocolate. Taste is much like the aroma: dark malts and chocolate; rich and quite delicious. This beer coats your mouth and is a little silty. A little bit of alcohol burn though.

3.9
MrHangover (4443) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Bottle @ the Epic Bourbon County Tasting. Pours a pitch black beer with a very small tanned head on top. Aroma has loads of coffee, malts and dark chocolate. Flavor has loads of chocolate returning, some sweet cacao influences are in there. Chocolate is very sweet and very present. Aftertaste is sweet and again loads of chocolate and roasted malts. Sliky mouthfeel, good stuff!

4
Maarten1993 (1235) - Nijmegen, NETHERLANDS - JAN 10, 2015
Drank at the magnificent BCBS tasting in Bodegraven 10/1/2015. The beer is like the normal BCBS but without bourbon. Taste is not that rich.

3.7
jmgreenuk (9333) - Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA - JAN 10, 2015
Sample at the Bourbon County tasting, De Molen. Poured a dark mahogany with a bubbly round tan head. The aroma is rich roasty, yeast, some fruit. The flavour is moderate bitter sweet with a dry yeasty fruit liqourice bitter palate. Full bodied with flat carbonation.

3.7
kambei70 (1037) - - DEC 26, 2014
Near pitch black on the pour and it appears so in the glass. The head is thin with poor retention, settling quickly into a brown thick ring and a light coating. Cocoa comes through strong, rather sweet, with a hint of earthy notes, it reminds me of earthy coffee. Milk chocolate aromas come through the strongest though. Lots of chocolate here, slightly bittersweet, backed by dark fruits. Thick and chewy, a bit soft. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Alcohol and chocolate make up this one. Great big amazing beer. This one is unique and tasty. Enjoy. Dark

3.6
Sammy (12105) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2014 3.75 years aged, bottle originally from one of my favourite stores in NE USA. A tad thin, but also rich from ageing. Long time on the lips of chocolate and licorice.sediment Is coconut.

4.1
VT (2527) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 4, 2014
650 ml bottle. Pours black with a dark beige head. Aroma is roast, cocoa, coffee and wood. Flavor is chocolate, coffee, burnt caramel, cranberry, orange zest. Finish is fruity, tart, bitter. Coffeeish, with some hazelnut. Some lingering tartness. Medium to full body, soft mouthfeel, weak to average carbonation.

4
Sarlacc83 (2287) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 23, 2014
Bottle brought back from Wisconsin 2013. A: Perfectly black with a thick foam cappuccino head. Legs. N: Cocoa, licorice, molasses, char, burnt toast, anise, some vanilla, milk chocolate, lactose, and espresso. T: Very sweet, with a bit of bitterness round the edges. M: Thick body, creamy, light carbonation, and an alcohol that’s stuffed in the back and told to stay quiet. O: A really nice base beer that’s better than a good number of Bourbon County Stouts. Definitely better than Choklat.


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