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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,500
Reviews: 443
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 166
Gots: 595 | FT: 52
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:
Beer added by: aasher on 03-13-2011

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

22oz bottle split between three pint glasses. Bottled on 12/7/12 0800.

Pours black with a small brown head, opaque, with a little visible carbonation. Smell is yeasty, cherries, fairly muted.

Taste is candy sweet, almost a cough syrup sweetness (but not enough to be bad), dark sweet fruity flavors, heavy chocolate bitterness, lots of roasty flavor.

Mouthfeel is a little flat, but not too cloying, and fairly dry. Overall, good beer.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a large Duvel snifter. Bottle on 12/07/12 and matures for a year. I think it's time.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty mocha lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Roasted coffee, chocolate, dark fruits, vanilla, and a little warming alcohol.

Taste: Wow!!! This beer has aged well. Sweet milk chocolate nibs, roasted malts, vanilla, warm alcohol, spicy yeast, banana, molasses, and tobacco.

Mputhfeel: Silky smooth, creamy, boozy, full bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: This beer is all good and some. Found this at a local bottle store and knew it didn't have much time left. Makes me wonder how many people past this beer bye due to the date. Wish they had a second or third bottle hanging around.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,500 ratings.