Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by AaronHomoya:
3.89/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Had an 8 oz pour in a snifter at Ball and Biscuit. As served it had no real head to speak of, but was a pretty dark near-black color. It has big taste and aroma, but is a little different from your average Imperial Stout. It is pretty smooth, very chocolatey but without real bold coffee/roasted malt bitterness. It is kind of boozy, but I found it smooth without the bourbon notes. Doesn't have much of the licorice/tar/soy sauce that some big stouts exhibit. Body is actually a little light, but it makes for a very drinkable imperial stout. I'd like to find a bottle to compare and enjoy more.
Serving type: on-tap
02-04-2013 23:55:11 | More by AaronHomoya
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3.89/5 rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
In review is a 2011 vintage.
A - Opaque dark brown / black in color, no head and a razor thin ring of toffee colored lacing - lots of legs on the sides of the glass.
S - Light char, dark chocolate, prunes, figs, dark roast, and some light alcohol. Overall, very subdued (probably due to the age?)
T - Dark fruit, dark chocolate, and alcohol reigns supreme through the entire sip with very noticeable warming on the way down. Prunes, figs, light char, some smokiness, and an ever so slight hint of chocolate molasses.
M - Full, rich body that pushes the thickness to borderline syrupy without crossing the line. Creamy with light carbonation, alcohol warming, lip smacking sticky, and slippery..
O - A chocolate boozy sipper that seemed to age quite well despite the lack of head and lacing. Unfortunately, the appearance and smell killed my overall score.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 22:49:55 | More by jzeilinger
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
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