Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by Roguer:
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Thick, dark brown, long-lasting head with very nice lacing. Brew is a solid opaque black.
Boozy aroma, with red grapes and cacao. Definitely a bit of creamy sweetness through the nose, a blend of vanilla and yeast.
Wonderfully smooth: sweetened cream, oatmeal, chocolate (less overpowering than implied), some booziness (especially in the back-end), and a lovely bite to it that I can't quite identify, and which is absolutely necessary to balance out the creamy smoothness.
Unbelievably thick and creamy feel! Remember when people would talk about "chewing" Guinness? This is the beer they actually had in mind. No bourbon to thin it out, but it still packs a bit of an alcoholic warmth in the throat. Coats the mouth and lasts.
I don't know how amazing this beer is fresh, but with a year on it, it's sublime. I have a feeling it's overlooked and underrated based on its GI bourbon cousins. Overlooking this beer would be a mistake. It's a big, creamy imperial stout, and it comes through in every way that counts.
Bottled December 2012.
Serving type: bottle
12-17-2013 18:36:41 | More by Roguer
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.