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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,438
Reviews: 436
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 160
Gots: 603 | FT: 54
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: A smooth pour produces no measurable head but medium-brown lacing that is so long-lasting I think it might be a permanent feature of this glass from now on. Body is black as night and looks to be thick and smooth as any brew I've ever seen.

S: Baker's chocolate, deeply roasted dark malts, a tinge of alcohol.

T: Cacao at the beginning, middle, and end, growing more and more bitter throughout the long finish. Those dark malts give it a strong base for the chocolate to stand on, and a slight smoky flavor weaves in and out. Alcohol not noticed anymore, except maybe on the breath afterward. The last stage of the finish (minutes after the sip) approaches a sour-ish flavor. Big, well paired, long-lived flavors here.

M: Heavy and smooth, with just the slightest carbonation to tickle my tongue.

O: Has the characteristics every Imperial Stout strives for: dark, oily body, big, long, and bitter flavors, and a mouthfeel so heavy your tongue sags under its weight. A good benchmark for the Imperial Stout. Can't praise it enough.

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22 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (bottled on 12/7/12)

A: Pitch black with a nice minimal mocha head.

S: Malty and roasted. It smells like black strap molasses with a bit of an alcohol burn. There is also a fair amount of sweet soy sauce down in there.

T: A delicious swirl of flavors. Lots of chocolate and sweet roasted malt. Its like liquid chocolate with a nice hint of burnt caramel/toffee from the malt. I get a bit of piney hops if you swirl it around in your mouth.

M: Just a bit syrupy and viscous, with a nice subtle coarseness that is just a bit prickly.

O: It reminds me a lot of Night Stalker and it would be great to try them side to side. GI has a great base stout in Cook County Stout and they really do some amazing things with it.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
92 out of 100 based on 1,438 ratings.