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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 167
Gots: 597 | 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:
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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Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Peg's snifter.

A: Opaque and nearly black, with a half-finger of tan head and very little visible carbonation.

S: Cacao, a bit boozy, and roasted malts, creamy sweetness, vanilla, tobacco, and brown sugar, with some resinous sticky dark fruit. It almost smells barrel-aged, although I don't believe it is.

T: Dark cacao, chocolate-covered raisins, vanilla, chewing tobacco, sweet booziness with a roasted woody/vanilla/tobacco tannin bitterness at the end.

M: Thick sticky mouthfeel, not overly boozy for the style, and low carbonation sensation.

O: This was a very good beer, although I think if falls just short of the best in class. A bit overly sweet for my tastes, but has an interesting and good depth of flavor.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.