Big John | Goose Island Beer Co.

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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.50%

Availability: Rotating

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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

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4.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber poured into a tulip glass.

This beer is HUGE. Very heavy beer and don't expect to put many of these away. A lot bigger and heavier than I expected but it is an excellent beer. The smell is off the charts with a heavy chocolate presence. Has a nice malty, sweet, chocolate taste to it also followed by a slight hint of alcohol.
Overall this is a great stout and worth a try. Averages around $10 for a 22oz. 11.50% ABV so you're getting your money's worth!!!

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3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, with a light tan head. Little carbonation.

S: Malty, chocolate, cacao, and a bit toasty.

T: Generally sweet and chocolaty, with just a bit of the bitterness expected in an Imp Stout.
A hint of alcohol without being overpowering.

M: Lightly carbonated. Smooth but full-bodied.

O: A very good Imp Stout. The Cacao nibs are a nice touch and very much up-front in the taste. A good cold-weather beer to be sipped slowly, especially with dessert.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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

I just had one of these last night with the wife. It was dated 12/7/12.

The beer is black with dark brown highlights. It is thick and a trifle syrupy which is great.

Big aroma of figs, plums, rains, and roasted malts.

The flavor tracked the smell. Lots of dark fruit and roasted malt goodness. The chocolate - coco was less evident in this one compared to a fresh one I had last year. It still adds a nice back ground element.

I was surprised by how much alcohol heat was still there. I wish I had a few more in the cellar as this one was very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a wonderful tarry black that reminds me of a bourbon county. The smell is slightly boozy with a note of cocoa nib and coffee. The taste I feel doesn't live up to the smell. It lingers a bit too long and is pretty bitter. Fans of high bitter beers will enjoy this. The mouthfeel is slightly odd when compared to bourbon county or other stouts by goose island. Overall this beer is pretty tasty. I aged this one for the full year recommended and I am not sure if the aging did the beer any good.

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3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Dec 7th 2012, opened Nov 20th 2013.

A - Deep mahogany black body with thin cola highlights. Fine, milk chocolate colored head has low retention and lace.

S - Huge chocolate covered raisin nose. Thick black chocolate, rum soaked raisins, almonds, vanilla, touch of wood, and chocolate chip cookie dough.

T - Burnt toast, milk chocolate, reduced soy sauce, molasses, brownies, and sweet balsamic vinegar. Thick, sweet, and mildly astringent.

M - Full body, nice legs.

O - A shade too sweet, and the soy sauce is a bit of a distraction, but otherwise a nice AIS.

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Big John from Goose Island Beer Co.
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 1,571 ratings