Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.56/5 rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
It comes pitch black with little to no head.
There are some chocolatey aroma to it.
It has deep dark flavors. It has some big chocolate and coffee roasted flavors.
Having this next to Nighstalker, this actually tastes thinner and less of chocolate. Picking through the flavors, it may be because this has less roasty and deep rich flavors than its sibling beer. On the middle, you do that get sweet chocolate nibs, but I do prefer the non nibbed version.
(However, drinking this now with a year and a half on both bottles, this stands up better with the chocolate standing up better than the hops in Night Stalker.)
Serving type: bottle
05-24-2014 22:36:31 | More by dar482
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Pours out dark as night with a one-finger, light brown head with decent retention and a little lacing.
Smell is dark malts, chocolate, did I say chocolate, and that's about all I get but it smells nice.
Taste is definitely more dark malts than in the nose, slightly less chocolate but there's definitely plenty there. I get a little boozy taste but nothing too big. Taste is pretty good but nothing overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is quite thick and nice for this stout. Definitely a great attribute.
Overall this beer is good but a little more one-dimensional than I was hoping. Just dark malts, chocolate, and a tiny bit of booze but they could work better together. Glad I got to try this as my buddy raided my fridge and took my only bottle a couple years ago. Nothing I would seek out again unless it was cheap but not bad. Just better stouts out there at this price point. Just got it in a trade so maybe it wasn't stored well.
Serving type: bottle
05-14-2014 18:09:36 | More by TheBeerDrinker
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,373 ratings.