Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.
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4.14/5 rDev +1.7%
Original bottling of this beer, dated 3/25/11. Appearance is pitch black, with a small tan-colored head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is sweet with a bit of mild chocolate. A little booze. Taste is nice -- sweet & chocolatey up front. A bit boozy on the sides. Dark fruit flavors prominent. There's a bit of an unfortunate tootsie-roll flavor, which I've found to be common with chocolate beers. The finish is surprisingly bitter, perhaps from a mixture of chocolate, roasted malt, and booze. But it isn't overpowering. Mouthfeel is rather full. Carbonation still present after 3+ years in the bottle. Overall a yummy stout and the addition of chocolate complements the roasted malt nicely, making it a bit more complex. I've been told the original release of Big John was particularly amazing, though I came away slightly underwhelmed.
06-04-2014 15:08:39 | More by foobula
4.21/5 rDev +3.4%
Had on draft at Beer Authority NYC on 5/24/14
A-Pours a still opaque black with a ring of beige bubbles on glass.
S-Aroma is roast, char and chocolate bitterness.
T-Taste is awesome with roasted coffee, vanilla, chocolate and an oak smokiness.
M-Nice fine carbonation, the body is medium/full and slick.
O-Overall a great surprise a very impressive imperial stout!
05-27-2014 16:29:11 | More by reebtaerG
4.56/5 rDev +12%
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.)
05-24-2014 22:36:31 | More by dar482
3.63/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-14-2014 18:09:36 | More by TheBeerDrinker
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,389 ratings.