Big John | Goose Island Beer Co.

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BA SCORE
87.1%
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4.09 w/ 1,568 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States
gooseisland.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

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.

Added by aasher on 03-13-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,312
Reviews:
452
Ratings:
1,568
Liked:
1,365
Avg:
4.09/5
pDev:
10.76%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
182
Gots:
560
Trade:
35
User Ratings & Reviews
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Photo of Bum4ever
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kingjohnh
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Prost76
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of darktronica
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from December 2012. Pours thick and black, with half a finger of head that takes a while to emerge and then fades to the rim of the snifter quickly. Still a strong cocoa aroma and syrupy, vanilla malts on the nose. More complex once you take a sip, with raw cacao nibs, raisin liqueur, pomegranate molasses, dark chocolate maltballs, and lesser notes of anise and red wine tannins. Hard to believe it's just bottle-conditioned but not barrel-aged. Really glad to have a chance to try this.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BloodSoakedAleMug
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2011 vintage;
Enjoyed on January 28th of 2017

Appearance: Pours a dark brown almost black color with virtually no head besides a very small ring of tan bubbly suds that hang around for about ten seconds before fizzling away. If I pour hard straight down into the glass, a two finger, rapidly disappearing head forms, but still leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Estery with slightly tangy and sour notes of dark red fruits like raisins, sugarplums, candied apples, currants and tamarind. Sweet aromas of rich molasses, cocoa and slight notions of caramel syrup.

Taste: A heavy hitter. Big and complex. I'm getting tart flavors of fruit balanced by rich cocoa and slightly dry roasted malt. Malty flavors of toffee, gourmet milk chocolate, treacle, italian pirouline cookies and mildly bitter coffee in conjunction with savory hints of juicy red fruit like raisins, figs and tamarind.

Feel: The 11.5% abv has really mellowed out over the course of almost six years. I can't detect any abrasive, hot alcoholic notes. The palate is sweet soft and luscious, and the beer is in fact quite smooth and silky on the tongue. Mid-heavy body with almost no carbonation.

Overall: What a treat. Enjoyed this over the course of two hours. I think the time spent in the cellar really evened out the alcohol, allowing the roasted malt and dark fruit flavors to really come out and assert themselves. The cocoa nibs were not lost during the aging process, and what would have been a very bitter beer from the ridiculous amounts of roasted malt used in the brewing process has mellowed out to make way for deep and intricate flavors of a multitude of different sweet chocolate confections and candied fruits. It's a shame the brewery got bought up by Ab-inbev. I feel like I'm drinking a part of craft beer history here. RIP old school Goose Island, you will be dearly missed.

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Photo of xShoWTeKx
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of A_Rad
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RPM3334
4.11/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of GuyFawkes
4.34/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a glass.

Pitch black.

Dark khaki head which dissipates; minimal lacing.

Black licorice, booze & oak in the nose. Woah!

Thick, creamy mouthfeel.

Not sure if this was bourbon barrel aged, but it sure tastes like it was. Super boozy, with a black licorice vibe backing it. The cocoa nibs finally reveal themselves as this warms. Unique & bold, but ultimately a bit too much for my palate.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Black, viscous, with a tan collar.

Whoa. Big oak on the nose, with maple, molasses, and an almost funky blackberry syrup.

Taste is prune, fig, and smooth, warm, thick blackberry with a little chocolate and coffee.

A little boozy heat, semi-wet.

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Photo of tmryan21
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of diddy4l
4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of jaypaul522
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 2013 bomber. This stout poured thick black, with a good head. the smell was of strong malt and subtle chocolate, some alcohol. Taste was robust, smooth, and again subtly chocolate with some alcohol taste at the finish. Very good beer - wish it was more readily available.

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Photo of petrusek23
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of strengthdoc
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WastingFreetime
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MartyIU13
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sludgeman
4.49/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Anchor in Wichita.

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Photo of Coorsy
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SteveTheBrit
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 87.1% out of 100 with 1,568 ratings
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