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Big John - Goose Island Beer Co.

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1,385 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,385
Reviews: 434
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 11.06%
Wants: 159
Gots: 599 | FT: 51
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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Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-14-2014 23:17:27 | More by CBodamer
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blue-dream

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-13-2014 12:48:25 | More by blue-dream
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SlothB77

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-11-2014 02:21:41 | More by SlothB77
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jschonert

Missouri

4/5  rDev -1.7%

06-08-2014 14:26:21 | More by jschonert
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rderedin

Maine

3/5  rDev -26.3%

06-07-2014 01:32:54 | More by rderedin
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rowbow

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

06-06-2014 17:06:29 | More by rowbow
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foobula

Illinois

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
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mogburn1317

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-31-2014 00:37:46 | More by mogburn1317
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B-Nut-GoBlue

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 17:58:27 | More by B-Nut-GoBlue
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tun

New York

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-30-2014 01:36:52 | More by tun
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NRo

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-29-2014 17:58:27 | More by NRo
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reebtaerG

Maryland

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
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cd34

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-27-2014 03:02:00 | More by cd34
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Houser

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-26-2014 00:58:33 | More by Houser
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dar482

New York

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
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Latarnik

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-24-2014 02:31:47 | More by Latarnik
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NJBeer265

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-23-2014 13:34:28 | More by NJBeer265
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RebeccaMB

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-19-2014 21:19:09 | More by RebeccaMB
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PappyVans

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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striker2160

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-15-2014 00:09:30 | More by striker2160
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TheBeerDrinker

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottled 3/25/2011

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
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delaced21

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

05-12-2014 18:54:19 | More by delaced21
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Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.7%

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Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.7%

05-06-2014 20:56:39 | More by bleedsblu
Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
91 out of 100 based on 1,385 ratings.