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!
A: Shiny black with deep tan & copperish really thick foam head.
S: Mass of many flavors melted together to form an intriquing and unique aroma. Licorice, molassases, burnt malt are just the starters.
T: Yeah it's a tad sweet. Spicey heat of alcohol swirls around dark sugars and smoky malt notes.
O: Probably a tad young, but I appreciate the fermentation check-in. Label says "develops in the bottle for up to five years." I can't wait.
Reviewed: Thursday, June 09, 2011 at 21:49:06
Tasted: Thursday, June 09, 2011
$9.99 for 22 oz. bottle
One fine body…
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.