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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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Styles' rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2011
Courtesy of northernbrews. Almost black, oily, no head. Aroma has rich chocolate up front, plum-like note in the background I really dig, light alcohol in the backend. Well balanced flavor, chocolate, roast, maple like sweetness, alcohol hotness in finish. Pretty solid overall.


4.1
JBPortland (1543) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2017
2012 22oz bottle pours viscous oily black with tiny head. Overall this beer is holding up great for the years. Big bold rich stout with tons of chocolately fudge, molasses, maple and dark fruit. You can tell it’s a cousin of bcbs. Finishes big and sweet but not over the top. Super thick mouthfeel. Very tasty stout.

2.6
sloth (2906) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 4, 2017
Small brown head thats short lived, no lace. Black colored. Nose of slight roast, chocolate and a good bit of soy, boozy. Body is full-ish under carbonated, oily and sticky. Roast, soy and a little chocolate, hint of tobacco and caramel, more booze. Fairly sweet, for me anyways, finish. Glad i didnt let it warm too much. Just a bit too much, no class. Another overated GI product. Obviously doesnt age well, dang it! I suspect it wasnt ALL THAT when it was fresh either. Bomber dated 03/25/11 Thank christ thats over with! ARF!!

4
thepatrickman (1347) - Jevington, East Sussex, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2016
2012. Draft (!) at the York River Landing, Maine. This has held up really well for 4 years. It’s still got an impressively full mouthfeel and a strong chocolate and dark malt flavor, and it isn’t showing any signs of oxidation. A mighty impressive Imperial Stout.

3.5
bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2016
2011 vintage in 2016. APPEARANCE- pure black, head is absent. NOSE- as it warms up, it smells more and more boosy. FLAVOR- roastiness abounds. Boosy also comes through when it warms up. As boosy as it is, it is very smooth flavored.

4
luttonm (6274) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 28, 2016
Brouwerij Lane, NYC. 2011 keg. Lovely heavy, glossy black. Super rich, lovely beer. Soy, molasses, syrup. Coffee, roast, balanced sweet. Very nice treat!

4.2
drpimento (3639) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 10, 2016
extremely rich all the wayaround. still, not off flavors whatsoever. and for beingso rich , still very easydrinking. this one is about 3 yearsold.

4
jake65 (3695) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 17, 2016
Boise Imperial Stout Tasting. Not sure on the age of the bottle, a few years on it I think. Aromatic with chocolate and roast, light coffee. Bis flavors of sweet and earthy roast, chocolate and coffee. A solid effort in the style.

3.8
benpickens (512) - Camarillo, California, USA - JAN 17, 2016
Had it at the 5 year mark! Pours inky black with little coffee color head; strong aromas of fruitcake dunked in port; wonderful chewy palate with faded heat on the tongue. Superb.

4.2
arnold931 (1263) - Iowa, USA - DEC 26, 2015
Bottle. Pours black with no real head. Nose is cocoa, milk chocolate and some coffee. Taste adds some dark fruit. Thick mouthfeel.

3.5
jandd1983 (4330) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. It poured a black color with a small tan head. The aroma was of malts, chocolate and some roastiness. The taste was similar to the aroma with a smooth, roasty, chocolate and a touch of coffee aftertaste. Good stuff.


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