Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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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
06-04-2014 15:08:39 | More by foobula
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
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
05-27-2014 16:29:11 | More by reebtaerG
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.