hopheadsbrew (142) - Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2013
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Cloudy brown. Nutty vanilla nose. Thick creamy head. Toasted coconut, chocolate and vanilla flavor. Smooth lasting finish.
cernjoh (150) - Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured a 14 month old bottle into a Revolution pint glass. Was a clear red amber with a 2 finger light tan head. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, and rum. Taste is a slightly hopped caramel rum and vanilla goodness. Palate is good and smooth with nice carbonation. Overall an excellent American Barleywine.
jmagnus87 (2835) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
From notes. Draft. Damn, this is good. Brown sugar and wood with dark fruits and some vanilla. I would love a bottle to bring with.
Mittenator (1523) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bomber. Deep caramel amber with a dense beige head. Caramel, toffee, dark dried fruits and vanilla wood aromas. Big barrel flavors and sweet dried fruits. This stuff is amazing.
GuamVice (72) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at the brewpub. The rum aging is very evident here. Malty, slightly sweet, with great spice and a warming burn. Definitely a sipper. Happy anniversary Revbrew.
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DrnkMcDermott (2872) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at Standard Market. 10 oz. glass for $6. A deep, cloudy, murky brown. Lacy, thin strings of foam. Smell is rather light; no heady alcohol. A bit of fruity ester. BUT the taste is indeed big. Thick mouthfeel like a raisin syrup with a slight bit of cherry. Rum is very much in evidence, but hovers in the background. Despite the warming alcohol and thick mouthfeel, it’s not overbearing. Hops only serve to offset the sweetness, unlike a Bigfoot. A lot like a sherry, with a little rum to the rear. The 10 ounces is quite more than enough, thank you. So hard to do more than just sip this wonder.
fitwitchik (390) - USA - APR 15, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from an over an year old bomber into a Revolution Brewing Company glass a dark red amber with a thin head
Aroma is boozy sweet-thinking rum vanilla & prunes?
Flavor is straight up molasses & rum here with some toffee caramel.
Balance creates a smooth satisfying finish syrupy malted sugar.
Have had this 4 x over past year including on tap @ Revolution. Age makes this a superb BW!!
jbickus (16) - Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smell is of rum, sweet candy, sugarey. The taste is like you are drinking a beer straight out of a mango. Very sweet, fruity, almost like a Parrot Bay Rum. Palatte is fairly smooth, with a syrupy mouthfeel. Really interesting and different.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 13, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My Bottom Line:
The deepest malt caramelization quickly seduces the nose, leaving the indelible print of salient cereal sugars and fruit jam onto tastebuds writhing in pleasure.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam skirts the cloudy amber brown.
-Alcohol helps lighten the back end.
-Straight Jacket and this one are obvious proof that this brewery is to be taken very seriously in any very malty endeavours they undertake.
-This one is only a year old and it already feels wiser than most Barley Wines out there.
-This is in the same family as Angel’s Share, J.W.Lee’s Harvest Ale, Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Bourbon, etc..
Bottled in Jan. ‘13.
ryanfolty (2013) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - APR 20, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
April 20, 2013 - bottle from my buddy Brett. Brownish orange pour with some head that faded quickly. Aroma was caramel, light fruit, sugar and wood. Taste was consistent with aroma, but had some nice heat that blended well with the sweetness.