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Revolution E. Norma Gene
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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.89/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 360   ABV: 12%
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Our bourbon barrel aged Hugene (imperial porter) that tastes exactly like it sounds.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3142) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2011 draught at the brewery.
Pours basically black with a small head.

The aroma is toffee and sweet/roasty malt. Itís got a nice big of vanilla and a well restrained booziness for as huge as it is. There is some nice nutty character to it too... pretty neate.

The flavor is nice, it comes in right away with some bitter chocolate but has some good sweetness to it too. Plenty of bourbon character here, plenty of vanilla, plenty of cherry liqueur goodness. Some maple shows up as the beer warms.

Big old syrupy mouthfeel

Geeze, u must be jokiní if u think this is a shelf beer.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dinkle50 (943) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2013
Jet black pour with an espresso head that fades quick. Vanilla and oak on the nose along with bourbon. Smells great. Huge mouth. Sweet. Full of roast, chocolate, vanilla and oak. Long bourbon after taste.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mittenator (1208) - Michigan, USA - FEB 17, 2013
On tap at revolution. Deep bourbon and caramel aromas. Thick mouthfeel with wonderful bourbon, wood flavors with a hint of chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2013
Draft at Rev. Had a couple of these and paid the price for it later. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma of bourbon, chocolate, caramel, and a touch of wood. Great flavor, well balanced and nicely done.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Bourbon barrel aged, and for all the better. Very lovely wooden notes on the tip of the tongue and nose, finishing with a perfect blend of malt, wood, hops, and booze. A nice medley of a brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2012
On tap at the brewery on Kedzie. Pours a black body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big toasted coconut with some vanilla up front as well as some chocolatey bourbon and wood, caramels and toffees, light roasts, and touches of dark fruits. Flavor is similar. Rich toffees, cocoa, and caramel with plenty of balanced barrel present. Lots of toasty coconuts, bourbon, light vanillas, and some wood that comes out a bit more towards the end. A few dark fruit notes with a light roast as this finishes rich with lots of barrel and a nice chocolate element. Somewhat dry before leaving a lengthy aftertaste with just a slight warmth following a full body and a soft, light carbonation. Overall, a pretty great, huge BA Porter that has lots of barrel notes, but plenty of rich malts and a light roast to balance. Hides the alcohol really well and drinks very nicely. Good one.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2012
Draft at rev brewery. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of toasted wet wood/cardboard, soy sauce, chocolate syrup, and vanilla. Flavors are earthy soy sauce, dark chocolate bar, vanilla, figs, charcoal, and it finishes with coconut mixed with a long woody cardboard finish. Boozy prickly and brash. Palate ends up feeling like i just had mouth wash. Its really all over the place and frankly a mess. Iíve never gotten such soy sauce and cardboard flavors from a rev BA beer and frankly Iím surprised no one has commented or knocked it for this. I donít know whether to feel bad for rev or our local rating crew. To answer Adamís eventual question - No, Iím not having a bad day. Maybe they donít blend and this came from a different barrel. Lets just say I recently added a yuck at the end of a rating that scored higher.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Draft at the brewpub. Pours black with a dark tan head that thins out. Nose is big and barrel forward. Molasses and maple, chocolate, vanilla and coconut. Rich and strong. Fresh barrel. On taste, full bodies and rich. Big barrel character that is extremely well integrated. Warming for sure but it is not hot. Vanilla and coconut. Full malt profile and tons of Complexity. Great beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
5 oz pour on tap at the Revolution Tap Room (Chicago, IL). Pours a thicker deep brooding pitchblack pour. Dark and thicker, opaque body and edges. Brown head atop dies to a loose ring and laces ok. Sticks around. An ominous motor oil viscous feel. Aromas are marshmellows and toasted coconut, cocoa and coffee. Toffee and caramel malts, firm roast and spirit barrel mingle. Bourbon, the Woodford elements assert themselves with that coconut and vanilla, wet oak and firmly spirit laden elements. Supports the barrel, base elements showing well. Initial is bigger, firm roast and dryness, barrel tannins hit the palate. The very front shows thicker dark ominous malts, sweet thick toffee and caramel, toast, and cocoa. Vanilla, toffee, and some bigger hops and barrel tannins hit. Firm heat, coffee, and spirit into the middle and backend. A bit acrid, bakers chocolate linger on the back end. Roasty, barrel heat and presence. The beer supports the barrel, perhaps making it a bit more enjoyable than the base for me. Thinned a bit, but big alcohol presence can be a touch overwhelming at times. The Woodford barrel is assertive, cocoa and creamy silky chocolate and caramel, some toast. Backend is a bit harsh at times, dry, and barrel tannis, hops. A little harsh. A bit odd for me. Itís certainly big and brash, the aroma rich and powerful, yet straightforward. The beer progresses into a more rocky backend and finish. Solid, if a far cry from a balanced or well integrated barrel aged beer.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Bourbon County Porter. Thatís about all I have to say about this. Delicious!


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