Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by DrewV:
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours black as night -- this is the backest brew I've ever seen. Absolutely zero light gets through, even when put up against a bright bulb. A solid 1-1/2-finger mocha head sits on top. Dark fruity chocolate malt aroma pours out from the head as you inhale. Definite chocolate notes peek through. First sip, tons of chocolate with some roastiness backing it up. Delicious. No sign of the 11.5% ABV whatsoever. Creamy mouthfeel that's off the charts. Overall, one of the best Impy Stouts I've ever had. Deserves all the praise it gets, and then some. A bit pricey, but worthy nonetheless. To me, this is an extremely similar recipe to their Bourbon County Stout, except without the bourbon aging and vanilla flavors. Still a ridiculously solid brew.
Serving type: bottle
02-25-2013 02:06:07 | More by DrewV
More User Reviews:
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.
91 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.