Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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3.75/5 rDev -7.9%
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.
O: A decent and fairly original brew, just not what I was expecting from an imperial stout brewed with cacoa nibs. Pretty hoppy and earthy, almost distractingly so. That combined with the alcohol makes me think this one could use some age.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2013 13:37:23 | More by Scotchboy
4.73/5 rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Appearance: Looks like molasses. Incredible brown lacing.
Smell: Pine, coffee, and sugar. Excellent combination. Definitely didn't expect pine.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Balsamic vinegar, red wine, burnt caramel, and roasted coffee. The best double stout I've tasted. Sweet flavor is a bit cloying, but fits with the flavors.
Serving type: on-tap
06-16-2013 23:20:15 | More by tjsdomer2
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.