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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 161
Gots: 599 | FT: 51
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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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Mitch_Cumstein

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-17-2013 00:52:55 | More by Mitch_Cumstein
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

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.

Overall: A+

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2013 23:20:15 | More by tjsdomer2
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bostonryan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-16-2013 03:27:13 | More by bostonryan
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mattparsons

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-15-2013 06:01:04 | More by mattparsons
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bifrost17

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-13-2013 07:13:02 | More by bifrost17
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drewone

California

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-11-2013 06:13:26 | More by drewone
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Snikwad1020

Maryland

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-11-2013 02:15:55 | More by Snikwad1020
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Ayelikebeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-11-2013 01:39:04 | More by Ayelikebeer
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MaineBrewing

Maine

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A- poured a thick viscous oil black with a nice thick dark brown 1.5 finger head. Not a single glimmer of light gets through. Head dissipated quickly to a nice cap, ample legs upon swirling.

S- intensely rich aromas upon upon opening, dark chocolate, raisin, candi sugar, and alcohol. He aroma is very sweet, complex, and intense.

T- taste is as intense and complex as the aroma, but goes a slightly different direction. The roasted malt comes through with intense smokey/roasted notes, the cloying sweetness I expected is actually well balanced, I still get the beautiful combination of fruit, chocolate, candi sugar, and alcohol but it is matched by the roasted malt notes and an intense bittering hop finish. The vanilla might be in there, somewhere within the amalgam of complex flavors.

M- as expected very thick mouthfeel, light carbonation which is what I want /would expect. Although its high abv there isn't much alcohol warming, and the finish is on the sweet side.

O- overall this is just ridiculous. I will come back to big John, probably one of the most intense and complex stouts I've had.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:56:37 | More by MaineBrewing
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BKBassist

New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

06-10-2013 23:05:40 | More by BKBassist
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BuckTuckian

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-10-2013 13:54:11 | More by BuckTuckian
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jarrgal

North Dakota

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-10-2013 03:19:11 | More by jarrgal
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NSK79

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-10-2013 02:07:00 | More by NSK79
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-10-2013 00:46:46 | More by Massbmx
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4amepiphany

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-08-2013 23:32:11 | More by 4amepiphany
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Mikecap

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-08-2013 15:35:31 | More by Mikecap
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sliks96

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -14%

06-08-2013 04:03:47 | More by sliks96
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kojevergas

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

650ml brown glass bottle with appealing label art acquired at a Binny's in Chicago and served into a standard water glass at a Chinese restaurant. Served from an ice bath. Expectations are high given the brewery. 11.50% ABV confirmed. Bottled 12/07/12. Reviewed from notes taken on St. Patrick's Day.

A: Pours a half finger rich tan colour head. Nice cream, fair thickness, and average (~2 minute) retention. Body colour is a solid dark black. Nontransparent; opaque. Typical of the style. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Cacao/chocolate, dark malts, chocolate malt, light light vanilla. Very buried roast. A moderate strength aroma. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Cacao/chocolate. Dark malts. Buried roast. Rich and refined. Slightly hot, but not boozy; alcohol is noticeable but not detrimental. Mostly well balanced. Quite tasty. Complex and well executed. Pretty subtle for what it is. No yeast character comes through. Tasty.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good thickness and carbonation. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Still, it's not quite ideal. Well executed overall. Not syrupy.

Dr: Very drinkable for the high ABV. Not quite a sipper, but your taste buds do hold you back from drinking it as fast as you will want to. It's meant to be consumed slowly and respected. A solid imperial stout from Goose Island. Quite well done. Hides its ABV pretty well for how high it is.

B

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 21:00:10 | More by kojevergas
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-07-2013 18:53:22 | More by BMart
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weonfire

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on this on tap at the Bavarian Lodge in Lisle, IL in a 12oz snifter.

A - Black, opaque, pinky of mocha head which dissipates slowly, small amount of lacing.

S - Chocolate, Bourbon, carmel, booze (not bourbon)

T - Sweet chocolate, bourbon, Vanilla, toffee, carmel. Finish has a sweet chocolate, hoppy (3/10) and touch of roastiness

M - Nice and frothy, full body, creamy, very nice carbonation, bourbon-chocolate that tingles the throat

O - Excellent. Mouth is outstanding. Love the chocolate bourbon. Booze has no heat. Balance among all flavors is very well done. While this might be the lowest in the Bourbon County series -that is no means a knock- it is very very good.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2013 19:00:02 | More by weonfire
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mwz5021

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

06-06-2013 17:58:43 | More by mwz5021
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-06-2013 00:02:15 | More by savagepm
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pitch black with a mocha head. Not much retention or lacing. Aroma smells of sweetness and roast with a heavy alcohol component. Taste is similar, with a heavy sticky sweetness (with an emphasis on those chocolate flavors) that is tempered a bit by the burnt feel of the roast and whatever hop bitterness is left over. Alcohol flavors amp that sweetness up even more. Mouthfeel is full and chewy with a bit of a prickle to it. While the the alcohol is heavy flavorwise, the heat is at least mostly kept in check. This was good for a big Stout, with thick chewy flavors and a warming alcohol presence. This is a big beer indeed.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 19:37:28 | More by Kegatron
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redsand22

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-03-2013 19:03:11 | More by redsand22
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ChiSox_Stout_Drinker

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-02-2013 16:14:59 | More by ChiSox_Stout_Drinker
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,378 ratings.