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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,417
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 161
Gots: 606 | FT: 53
Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co. visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewmasters Notes:
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 cacoa 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 each sip.

(Beer added by: aasher on 03-13-2011)
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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, poured into my Darkness snifter.

A: Pours black as night with no light shining through. Head is thick and eggshell colored, but settles quickly to a thin surface film. Lacing is minimal, but is to be expected from this style.

S: Faint nose up front. Some espresso notes and slight chocolate scent, with a strong alcohol prescence.

T: Much better than the smell. Bitter chocolate and coffee, along with toast and dried dark fruits. Raisin and prune are present mainly. Finish is dry, with more chocolate, and a slightly herbal hop note.

Notes: This is a pretty sturdy brew. Alcohol and body definitely make their prescence known. Big, chewy, and complex, I would like to see how this brew evolves over time. A great effort by Goose Island, and one I will definitely be buying more of.

WYVYRN527, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of scotvega18
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a southern tier Tulip

A- Pitch black with very little head. any light penetration makes it dark brown.

S- i smell a lot of alcohol, but it still takes a back seat to the chocolate and bitter coffee smells and dark fruit that dominate the brew

T- Very smooth and velvet-y, chocolate malt and roastiness up front, with vague alcohol and then some hop and coffee bitterness, then finally some sweetness and some dark fruit flavors.

notes - this would do well with age and would probably develop into a world class brew. Now it is a bit too hot but very nice and complex while still being quite smooth.

scotvega18, Apr 23, 2011
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle sporadically poured into a snifter while pondering a dreary rainy day in April and continually asking myself, all beer related rationale considered, why I choose to remain in the Midwest.

Big John pours black with a very short lived tan head that finds security along the edges in the comforting presence of a thin caramel colored ring.

Dark chocolate, splash of hops, bitter roast, and a touch of booze heat and plastic

Dark chocolate bitterness, milk chocolate sweetness, creaminess of a milk stout, with a hop twang at the finish and a healthy alcohol bite to seal the deal. These characteristics seem to describe a pretty outstanding stout on the surface, but there's something here that doesn't quite feel finished. It's the beer analog to the movie Inception. Solid pedigree and concept but there's just something amiss in the production and the payoff doesn't reach expectations while digging below the surface doesn't yield the expected results.

Mouthfeel is spritzier, that's right...spritzier, than the look and feel of the pour would dictate. Bubbles and fiz in the mouth contradict the stillness of the beer.

Overall, a mixed bag.

BarrytheBear, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Jparkanzky
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp. into a stemless wine glass.

A) Deep black, thin 1/2 inch mocha head that is quite thick, that leaves decent lacing.

S) Smells like bitter chocolate, and perhaps some vanilla

T) The chocolate is much more pronounced here, but there isn't really much sweetness that often overpowers other chocolate stouts. Some alcohol undertones lead me to believe that my case (with a bottled date of 3/24/11) will benefit from some time in the cellar, but the alcohol is certainly not overpowering making this very drinkable now. Very tasty indeed.

M) The highlight of this beer for me by far is the thick velvety presence on the tongue, the carbonation that is apparently absent in the glass comes to life in the mouth subtly and enjoyably.

O) I'm not sure if comparisons are encouraged, but compared to Goose Island's Nightstalker, which is also very much enjoyed by me, this beer is better on all accounts. The smooth and thick texture, with flavors that are present but not overpowering are the keys attributes I look for in big stouts, and this is a great example of that.

Jparkanzky, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Frankcost
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into new Belgium snifter. Pours pitch black and thick with a mocha colored head that goes away pretty quick it looks very good.

I get chocolate, coco bean and maybe a slight vanilla scent on the nose.

Nice thick syrup mouthfeel, really thick and silky It coats your mouth.def get the bold chocolate and some malty taste in the mouth. As It does warm up I am tasting more and more of the alcohol

Once again I am pretty satisfied with goose island they rarely disappoint I would and will be picking up a few more of these.

Frankcost, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of jcnd9803
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

(A) - Pitch black and very thick. It even looks syrupy with a slight mocha brown head that fades fast to a small ring.

(S)- Heavy dark chocolate, some caramel and roasted malt. As it warms, I'm picking up more of the booze.

(T)- Very sweet right away and then moves into bitter dark chocolate. I was worried this was going to be too sweet, but I think they add the right amount of hops to balance and temper the sweetness.

(M)- Very thick. Par for the course with GI stouts. In my opinion, perfect.

(D)- I'm a big fan of the BCB family of stouts. Given this, I'm going to make a bold statement and say this is my favorite GI beer. It strikes the perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness to achieve a perfect stout.

jcnd9803, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of cosmicevan
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ah, viva la NY distribution...

a - opened the bottle and poured into a darkness tulipy snifter. poured a silky shiny black like night stalker and all the bcbs varieties...thin head showed and vanished leaving just the rim on the surface. slippery lacing and swirling the glass rebuilt the head for another few moments.

s - not dark chocolate, but milk chocolate. i was really excited to try this one fresh since i wanted to see how it was before any chocolate flavors vanished. bit of subtle coffee. nothing too much in any direction, good balance. the milk chocolate is a nice balancer to the nightstalker base. crisp smelling and i even get an almost pretzel type of a smell from it...like them chocolate covered pretzels.

t - yum. here's where the chocolate comes to life. much more roastiness in the flavor than the nose. a nice dark chocolate roastd coffee...like a godiva coffee.

m - good carbonation and nice body. a big step up from nightstalker's over sweetened vibe. cooling after taste and an almost chocolatey coating to the mouth. after a while the booziness really started to become noticeable.

o - overall, i'm rather impressed with this beer. i was not expecting the chocolate to add as much as it does. it is not overbearing like baker's chocolate or dark chocolate, but more of a silky hershey's milk chocolate. it really compliments the base beer and i'm happy to have a few more bottles of this to sit on. as i drank the beer the booziness came out and the chocolate seemed a bit in my face, but still a really big improvement on night stalker.

cosmicevan, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black yielding a mocha colored foam cap that quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

Dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, black fruits, heavy cream, light tobacco and leathery notes.

Nice creamy mouthfeel, good amount of carbonation keeps things light on the palate. Big cocoa, dark chocolate, cream, mocha latte like, bitter chocolate on the finish with black fruits through the middle. Blueberry on the finish is very nice and adds a layer of complexity. Vanilla is driven and sweet. Some sugary sweetness throughout. Another great stout by the Goose. Will they last?

mcallister, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lush and savory stout with intense chocolate flavor, rich heavy body, and dense malty richness. A most desert-like beer.

The beer creeps from the bottle and into the snifter with a high viscocity that coats the glass like motor oil. Very froathy and rich, the beer's head falls underneath the enormous weight of the beer. No lace but brandy-like legging is evident with each swirl- the black film coats the sides of the glass and is nearly intimidating. Dense, dark brown, the beer carries a complete opaqness.

Chocolate, roast, burnt molasass, walnuts, and malted milk round out the nose that favors the power of a few key aromas over complexity. Alcohols give a warm tingle to the nose in a very rum-like way.

Rich chocolates, roasted grains, espresso coffee, and over caramelized sugars all add to the rich molasass and malted milk flavor. Robust and with a multitude of depth, the beer teases with rum boozy taste, and with walnut bitterness and oils. The cocoa nibs give a genuine cocoa taste and without the refinement of milk chocolates.

The cocoa additions further build the body of the beer towards a very thick and chewy beer. Beers don't really get more lush, viscous, or creamy. Finishing warm, but the brunt of 11.5% abv is never really felt; tempered well by the malty richness and velvety smooth simmer.

Delicious throughout, the sheer weight and richness of the beer make it both a delicacy and limit its drinkability. The full force of chocolate and sweetness, sometimes aspirtame-like, scream about the focus of the beer while balance and complexity are underscored.

BEERchitect, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of beesy
3/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass around 50F.

A - pours a deep brown with a light brown 2 finger head. Not as dark or inky as I was expecting for 11.5 abv and all the hype. Had a small waterfall effect from a hard pour.

S - not impressive. Some dark malts, some roast and a slight touch of cocoa.

T - serious letdown. Tons of carmel sweetness with little roast or hops to balance it. The small amount of roast is drowned by the crystal malt sweetness. Small amount of cacao noticeable, mostly in aroma and not flavor. A slight alcohol not that becomes a liitle more open as it warms. I'm calling Goose out that this is not 11.5 abv and not 60 ibu.

M - thick - really thick. I took a gravity reading and it looks like it finishes around 1.040for the bombers bottled on 3/25/11 I bought. I am willing to bet they had a fermentation issue.

D - low. The high finishing gravity of this beer leaves it cloyingly sweet and hard to put down.

Overall, a pour result from a beer I've been waiting for. I guess this is what happens when you become consumed by a selloff instead of focusing on brewing good beer.

beesy, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of Thickfreakness
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours oil black with little too no head. Just a hint of brown creaminess and traces of lacing.

S- A ton of fresh roasted coffee and deep, dark, rich chocolate. Toasted wood, hints of vanilla.

T- Rich, and thick like a Mocha shake! Tons of charred coffee, rich hot chocolate!!! Gets so much better as it warms up! The vanilla and wood really open up. Just a bit of darkfruit on the finish followed by the alcohol. Just a touch hot, but I'm sure this one is gonna age beautifully!

M- Really rich and thick. Really coats the tongue and doesn't go away. Just a touch sweet, just bitter enough... Well done!!!

O- I guess this is the last hurrah for the original GI... and what a way to finish! Coffee, Vanilla, Rare, and a Chocolate finish... Not as brilliant as the formentioned... but a damn fine stout on its own.

Thickfreakness, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of bobhits
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black viscous, near black even in the pour when held to light. Truly a sight to behold. Pours a thin but creamy milk chocolate head.

No surprise but a huge amount of chocolate aromas, from milk chocolate to some simi dark chocolate. There isn’t a lot of dark bitter chocolate here. A very sweet caramel and toffee malt profile. A touch of hops finishing things up rather nicely. Very good but perhaps not great. Strong and not appealing alcohol aroma really hurts the finish.

Powerful alcohol, almost like there’s vodka mixed in to pick things up. Milk chocolate, chocolate malt, caramel malt, fudge, cake batter, finished again with hops (not sure what kinda hop flavor this is).

Creamy syrupy, just perfect for a chocolate stout. The problem is this stuff is way too hot right now. This will be amazing with around 2 years age on it. I don’t see this aging as long as the bourbon county stout does, but there’s a lot of growth here.

I plan to update this review as this one ages…just need to find a few more bottles. I expect huge improvements with age as the alcohol is the biggest issues with this beer right now.

bobhits, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks also to whosoever shared this at the Rosso release. Poured into my little Elysian snifter.

Nigh on black and oily, with a sexy little cocoa head. Big aromas of chocolate booze. A little coffee and roastiness hide in the background.
It's quite good, but needs some time to get better, allow the flavors to integrate more. As is, the alcohol is too hot, but in that respect, it's kind've like having a bourbon candy. Just one that burns a little. A fine beer from these people, big on chocolate, thick and chewy.
Next time I go to one of these releases I'm going to bring a little burner so I can heat beers like this up. Would've loved to try this at 140 or so. Little bit of hot cocoa..hell yeah.
Give this beer some more time and it could be quite fantastic.

dragonWhale, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a generous BA for sharing this at the Rosso release. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a very, very dark brown color with a thin light mocha head and a bit of lacing. The nose has roasted malt plus chocolate and some mild coffee. Chocolate is the most prevalent, definitely notice the cocoa. Flavor is a bit of a letdown. There's a bit too much booze and the chocolate doesn't come through as well. Mild roast and also some dark fruit aspects that I didn't particularly care for. Body is medium to full with good carbonation. Pretty good overall, but doesn't live up to their other stouts.

Thorpe429, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BARFLYB
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big John. Big ol John, Johnny boy. Into a snifter split with Oglmcdgl.

Big John is a big ol black stout just like all the others. No lighter spots on the edge, this one is pitch black. A nice inch of foamy dark tan/brown foam that leaves no stick, but a ring around the glass.

Smell is really big and roasty and not hoppy like the night stalker, thank god. Along with the roast, there is the anise and dark fruit which is a turn off, it's not on dragon stout level though. Some chocolate and cocco nib scent.

Big John comes through in taste as well, it's a big ol stout that is sweet but not choklat sweet. Not a bunch of vanilla but cocco instead. Anise in the middle and the dark fruit as well. Chocolate with cocco taste and some warming alcohol in the end.

Feel is a big roasty above medium build with depth and a rich aftertaste on the mouth. The heat only comes and goes in the end. Carb is there but does not kill the sensitive tounge, no sting. Warming and a great build on this.

Overall this exceeded expectations. Im not the biggest stout guy but I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Glad I have a bottle of this to lay down to smooth out the edges.

BARFLYB, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of oglmcdgl
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A bottle split with onix1agr.

A- a steady pour yields a finger of latte colored head that settles quickly to leave just a ring around the glass and a small island of fizz in the middle. A good hard swirl brings back the cream on top but again its quickly vanishes. Black, black, black in color not a bit of light makes it through the body but there is the faintest of dark brown at the edges when held to the light.

S- dark roasted malts, chocolate, anise, coffee, brown sugar. Over ripe dark berries, and some molasses.

T- opens up with a sweet almost burnt malt hit that rolls into bakers chocolate and molasses. Coffee, touches of anise and dark fruit again. The balance is very impressive and each flavor while bold never over shadows the others.

M- full bodied but not too much. A bit of chew to it and a little syrupy. Nice light carb that does hold its own in this big brew. Small amount of heat from this very fresh bottle.

O- I'm all about this brew. Huge flavors that blend perfectly and make for a superb ride. Big enough to cure what ales you but easy enough to down a big ole glass. Well done GI hope you can keep it up with the new owners.

oglmcdgl, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.28/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

very excited for this one. 22oz bottle picked up at my local whole foods my chance. i thought that i had missed it in all the local stores, it sold out so quickly. drank from my stone IRS snifter.

A- this one pours out an opaque black colored body with a moderate coffee colored head on top. the head lasts for a few seconds before falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- there is chocolate and sweetness bursting from the glass. dark chocolate, milk chocolate. lots of roasted malts also. the alcohol sneaks through a bit also.

T- the taste is overwhelmingly sweet. too sweet. lots of dark roasted malts give way to plenty of the chocolate that i could smell. lots of dark chocolate. lots of milk chocolate. just tons of chocolate. the booze comes through in a big way also. a tough of coffee and earthy hops at the end finish this one off.

M- this beer comes with a big body and is almost chewy. lots of warming from the alcohol. very sweet.

D- too sweet for me. im glad i wasnt a glutton with this and left a couple on the shelf. i wouldnt enjoy having them. i liked nightstalker and the classic bourbon county much more than this. the bottle was much too large for just me.

jwinship83, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(A) Pours really, really dark. Black with no light let through, even on the edges. A small, chocolate brown head that diminished quickly.

(S) Nose is big on chocolate and some roasted coffee. The nose is definitely dominated by the chocolate.

(T) Much like the nose. Big on chocolate. And its a sweet lighter chocolate, not a cocoa or bitter dark. There's a decent array of roasted malts and coffee brings up the rear. The flavor is definitely big up front and I could see some people thinking its too sweet, but I think that since its still fresh, it's got a lot there. Whenever I see that a beer is brewed with cocoa nibs, this is what I would envision that beer tasting like.

(M) It's a very rich beer, thick and a lot of big body to it. Almost got a chewy aspect to it, like you're eating chocolate cake.

(O) Really good. I love it. I think that since its fresh, the taste is still really sweet and chocolaty, but with some time on it I think the flavors will blend and mellow a bit more and will turn out to be still a great beer.

cjacobsen, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 3-25-11. Poured from the bomber into a Duvel tulip. Deep, dark, black body with a small mocha head. Minimal retention and just a smattering of lacing.

Rich aroma of chocolate, roasted malt, and a hint of vanilla.

The flavor is heavy on the chocolate, as expected. But, a nice blend of dark malt and some caramel and molasses mixed in. Very slight hop bitterness on the back end, but very subdued.

Smooth, thick mouthfeel that goes down easy. Only the smallest notice of the alcohol. I think this will age very well. Another superior stout from Goose Island.

FanofHefe, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of rlee1390
4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was the first to pick up a bottle at the local shop and now I'm wishing I had the money to pick up another to age.

A-Jet black, two finger creamy deep brown head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Chocolate and roasted malts.

T-Starts with chocolate and roasted malts. Extremely sweet. Ends with bitterness (60 IBUs, the same as DFH 60 minute, absolutely amazing). Well balanced and mouth watering

M-Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D-An amazing beer. The alcohol is not present, a sipper but a great sipper at that. I love this beer, one the best I've ever had.

rlee1390, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of fear025
4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma:Lots of sweet malt, with chocolate and dark roasted malt too. The dark fruit aroma comes next, raisins, plums, etc.

Appearance:This beer is black and thick, with a good size head that quickly dissipates. The beer has poor lacing.

Taste:There are tons of roast flavors in the foretaste, which make way in the midtaste to chocolate, sweet malt, and caramel. I can taste the bitter hops more in the aftertaste, but they are still subdued.

Mouthfeel:This beer is hugely thick, and there is a prominent hot alcohol bite in the foretaste. Good carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic brew when fresh, and I really hope that the hot alcohol bite lessens as the beer ages. The chocolate flavors make this a great sipping dessert beer.

fear025, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of jimmy82063
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Scored a bomber of this in Westchester, NY. Poured into a snifter. Bottled on date 3/25/11....a youngster!

A) Jet black, no real head to notice, minor lacing.

S) Chocolate of course get some dried fruit as well.

T) My first thought is where's the Bourbon as I am kind of used to that from GI. The semi-sweet chocolate taste is really dominant (expected). If you like chocolate this is for you. What I like is that the sweetness is not overpowering.

M) Very smooth, no alcohol burn at all.

O) What surprised me here is the overall drinkability of this which I thought was pretty easy given the ABV. Not sure what aging would do to this (but hopefully I'll find out!). Really enjoyed this....this would have been a great holiday release!

jimmy82063, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, dated 3/25/11, served in a snifter at cellar temperature.

A- Thick, oily, black with slight hints of dark brown when held to light. Not much foam, but what is there is espresso colored. Not much lacing.

S- Sweet vanilla and chocolate, roasted malts, some dark fruit, and alcohol.

T- The chocolate is the obvious standout ingredient in this beer, and it definitely comes across in the flavor. The taste is as if there were actual chocolate bars dissolved in the beer, mixed with prunes and a couple raisins, some rustic bread, and a little bit of espresso. It's not overly complex, but it is very well done.

M- Thick, viscous, chewy, full body indeed. Good carbonation for IS.

O- It's a good brew, I just wish it were more available. I have yet to try a BCBS of any kind, and I have not cracked open the bottle of night stalker I have in my fridge, but if the quality goes up from here, then I can't wait to try them all!

CMB2012, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of UMNbeerhunter
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Darkness goblet on 4/16/11.

Pours a oil black with a huge mocha colored head that takes several minutes to dissipate leaving no lacing. I would like to have seen more lacing but the head color and the rest looks great.

Smells of roasted malts and chocolate. It still has some bourbon to it but its mostly covered up by the cocoa nibs. The smell is very sweet and enjoyable.

Taste is much of the same. I taste mostly cocoa nibs and the sweet malts. The bournbon barrel aging is still there but gets covered up at the moment. I think that the bourbon may come out more in a year after the chocolate has faded.

Mouthfeel is medium weight, and there is a significant resin that sticks to your mouth and leaves the taste of chocolate. I like this brew.

Overall this is another hit by GI. While its a little on the sweet side and I wish it started with some more bourbon flavor its a great beer. I hope I can get this for awhile longer because I would like to age some.

UMNbeerhunter, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours like black motor oil. Head is dense, creamy, tan, and long lasting.

S: Smells amazing! Strong milk chocolate aroma with notes of booze, roasted malts, and bourbon.

T: First thought is that this taste like a spiked glass of chocolate milk. Great flavor of bourbon, coffee, vanilla, milk chocolate, roasted malts. Perfectly balanced between the heat and the sweetness. A must try for Imperial Stout lovers.

M: Smooth and creamy, although the heat makes it a sipper. Full body & light-medium carbonation.

O: This beer is great. It reminded me of Ten Fidy, but this one has a great bourbon twist on it.

BrewCrew2010, Apr 16, 2011
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,417 ratings.