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Revolution Barrel Aged Institutionalized Barley Wine

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RATINGS: 96   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.87   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 390   ABV: 13%
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In November of 2010, we filled 1 Jack Daniels and 1 Heaven Hill Rye Whiskey barrel with our Barleywine (Institutionalized). The combination of these two unique barrels yield a very rich and complex finished product. Deep aromas and flavors of dark stone fruits, bourbon, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla come in waves as you swirl this beer in the snifter.

Future releases, especially the first bottle release saw this offering aged exclusively in Woodford Reserve barrels. This is noted for the 2012 December Release, but will not be seperated out.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
BMMillsy (1433) - Florida, USA - OCT 21, 2014
Bottle (this is Straight Jacket) from trade. Pours dark amber with lots of reddish color and a beautiful creamy two finger off white or khaki head. Aroma is lots of fruits, figs, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet rich caramel covered figs with brown sugar, vanilla, tinged of dry oak. The bourbon is here but oh so smooth with very little evidence of the 13% ABV. Silky smooth and thick, rich body with low plus carbonation. Man, this is really good. And apparently my trade partner grabbed it off the shelf? More please!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
charule (1157) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2014
Bottle from Binnys. Poured dark red brown with light cream head. Aroma pleasant with sweet plum booze. Light carb med bod. Quite sweet taste dark fruits, molasses, char, barrel. Good stuff.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Mora2000 (5780) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 9, 2014
Reddish-amber pour with a white head. The aroma is full of bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple and toffee - everything I want from a barrel-aged barleywine. The flavor is equally impressive. The maple and vanilla notes really stand out, but there is a nice whiskey and alcohol flavor as well as some sweetness from the caramel and toffee malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Nice beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Errl (1642) - Plano, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2014
Bottle..Pour is dark gold with a thin fading head..Nose is bourbon, heat, caramel, dry, oak..Tatse is smooth vanilla, dry, caramel, spice, oak..

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Homer321 (1963) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2014
Bottle at the Beechner Blind Beer Bash. Drank as Straight Jacket. Lots of barrel and booze in the nose. some fruitiness. Reminds me of a sweet liquor like cognac or similar. Fruity and moderately chewy malt flavors with some alcohol warming. Lots of fruitiness. This was most everyoneís favorite of the 4 in the blind flight, me included.

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Mittenator (1354) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bomber. Garnet with a tan head. Huge nose of sugar, caramel, candi and bourbon. Similar flavors. Great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmoreau (2473) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2014
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co. and snifter served, displaying a mahogany brown color, with a presentable layer of off white/light tan head foam, and lacing that was mainly spots. The nose was sweet, dark fruit, lurking alcohol, and barrel induced vanilla. Full bodied, with sufficient carbonation to transport the goodness to the palate, the taste was continued sweetness & dark fruit as prune, a bit of treacle, with a light tartness, and pleasant, bourbony warmth. An excellent brew to sit with and sip.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
RespertFTW (520) - Michigan, USA - JUN 28, 2014
Bomber thanks to Mittenator. Sweet, lots of vanilla bourbon and really smooth. One of the best from revolution.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ansermadide (1524) - Kyle, Texas, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Medium-dark brown in color, this true treat looks murky, but mostly just dense. It looks like a simple, thin barleywine, but the nose quickly makes up for that. It smells supremely supreme, mostly alcoholic, soft and slick, with a sticky but soft mouthfeel and candy-like stickiness. Itís unusual in that, well... I just donít know how to describe this. I love it. Itís like licking a cough drop coated in malted barley. A stickiness reminds me of the crystallized alcoholic sugars that collect around the mouth of a flask of Chartreuse. Iíve reviewed alot of beers today, and I think this may be the best of the afternoon. Itís complex, sweet, a little hoppy, and really neither American nor English - a perfect hybrid of the best of both styles.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2014
22 oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear dark copper/red with some khaki edging. Nose is caramel, butterscotch, marshmallow, vanilla, oak, and some warm booze. Taste is similar with lots of oak and vanilla on the finish. Sweet and decadent with a light char. Thin to medium mouth feel, this is a nice warming sipper. Really awesome beer and up there with some of the best BA English b-wines.


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