Pours a deep black color with a nice tan colored two finger head. Head dissipates quickly leaving a thin swirl of tan foam floating on top. Very little lacing.
Aroma is a punch of burnt malts, cocoa, molasses and licorice. Has a sweet aroma.
Taste is a gentle and sweet. I am getting a lots of cocoa, some burn malts on the palate that works its way into a warm molasses and licorice
Mouthfeel is incredible. Big body with light carbonation. Very creamy, milky and smooth.
Overall this is a very impressive beer. It all works together perfectly. The aroma, the taste and the mouthfeel are right on the money. For a beer with a high ABV, I am impressed with a lack of alcohol that is coming through on this beer. Another top notch beer from Goose Island!
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 cacao 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 every sip.
"Sometimes when I reflect back on all the beer I drink I feel ashamed. Then look into the glass and think about the workers in the brewery and all of their hopes and dreams. If I didn't drink this beer, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, 'It is better that I drink this beer and let their dreams come true than selfish and worry about my liver.'" - Jack Handy