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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 161
Gots: 600 | 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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Shared this beer into pint glasses out of a 22oz. bomber to taste.

Dark black, small tan head.

It was actually difficult to drink, which is extremely unusual for me. Felt heavy in the stomach. Tasted like a bitter chocolate liqueur.

Very low carbonation. Oily in taste and mouthfeel.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, 12/7/12 bottling, sent to me by Dope (thanks!), poured into my Hair of the Dog snifter.

A: Opaque, jet black body with a darker tan cap of head with small bubbles, good consistency and retention, decent lacing.

S: A bit hot/boozy right away; big, deep roasted malt bill, almost to the point of smelling burnt. Strong leafy hop component, almost resinous - deja vu to Night Stalker for a second - some deep, dark caramel and earthy carob as well as dark fruit.

T: A bit hot, with a dark, almost char-like roast; plenty of caramel, boozy raisin, and an herbal/almost resinous hop component. Suggestions of unsweetened bakers chocolate, vinous notes of dark fruit and a touch of spice. Dark chocolate comes out more as this beer warms.

MF: Pretty robust full body. Slick and sticky at times, with a dryish finish. Alcohol is noticeable on the flavors more than the mouthfeel but there is some heat.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.