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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,373 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 161
Gots: 601 | FT: 51
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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4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Original bottling of this beer, dated 3/25/11. Appearance is pitch black, with a small tan-colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet with a bit of mild chocolate. A little booze. Taste is nice -- sweet & chocolatey up front. A bit boozy on the sides. Dark fruit flavors prominent. There's a bit of an unfortunate tootsie-roll flavor, which I've found to be common with chocolate beers. The finish is surprisingly bitter, perhaps from a mixture of chocolate, roasted malt, and booze. But it isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is rather full. Carbonation still present after 3+ years in the bottle. Overall a yummy stout and the addition of chocolate complements the roasted malt nicely, making it a bit more complex. I've been told the original release of Big John was particularly amazing, though I came away slightly underwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

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Had on draft at Beer Authority NYC on 5/24/14

A-Pours a still opaque black with a ring of beige bubbles on glass.

S-Aroma is roast, char and chocolate bitterness.

T-Taste is awesome with roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate and an oak smokiness.

M-Nice fine carbonation, the body is medium/full and slick.

O-Overall a great surprise a very impressive imperial stout!

Serving type: on-tap

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.