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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,415
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 161
Gots: 605 | 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:
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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A bomber poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. bottled on 12/7/12 and purchased from a good beer shop in Manhattan (i purchased this from a refrigerator and believe they held this beer in proper conditions before putting it up for sale).

A - pitch black, like a glass of motor oil. The head is dark brown from the loads of roasted malt in this beer, but it doesn't stick around for long. If this had a head that hung around, it would probably be a 5.0. Just beautiful.

S - dark malts, stone fruit booze, roast. This smells more like a RIS than an imperial stout. It has a good boozy smell to it. Very nice smell, a hint of licorice in there too as it warms. The only thing that would really improve this would be a bit of tobacco and a mild barrel aged note.

T - dark fruits like figs and plums dance with licorice and booze here. The roasted barley really comes through on the back end here after the musty cocoa nibs start to drop off. the finish seems to be all alcohol though

M - though this is a high alcohol beer at 11.5%, it has a pleasant oily nature with a good astringency to help balance the sweetness of the beer. There is also a relatively high IBU content here. This beer feels full on the palate with many harmonious aspects.

O - A great imperial stout that borders on RIS, but stops just short. I love how the cocoa nibs mellow the astringency here. I wish I had another bottle or two to age for a couple of years to see how these flavors meld. If I can find another bottle, I'll but it.

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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.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,415 ratings.