Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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Reviews by philbe311:
4.1/5 rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A - Just shy of a fingers worth of slightly lopsided dark khaki colored froth that displays minimal at best retention... All that remains is an uneven half crescent shaped veil of lacing and a thin to moderate collar... The color is a deep rich slightly foreboding dark brown teetering on black... Mostly still with just an occasional stray sluggish carbonation bubble...
S - A big aroma... Loaded with sweet milk chocolate and caramel... Hints of molasses and brown sugar... Perhaps some vanilla as well... There are also subtle hints of slightly roasted malts and a faint booziness that lingers beneath the surface... Very sweet... Very enticing... Very nice...
T - Light roasted malt... Caramel... Cocoa... Vanilla... Brown sugar... Molasses... Very sweet... A very light booze presence permeates throughout... There are some dark fruit notes mixed in as well... The roasted malts rises on the finish and intensifies a bit... There is also a subtle astringency on the finish...
M - Full bodied... Limited carbonation... Coats evenly and fully... Chewy... Slightly viscous... Quite smooth...
D - A very nice well rounded American Double / Imperial Stout... Very sweet, but never cloying... Smooth and well rounded... Not world class, but it isn't too far off... I don't have a single complaint... Very well done by Goose Island...
Serving type: bottle
11-10-2013 02:23:57 | More by philbe311
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.