Revolution Gravedigger Billy
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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.9/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 291   ABV: 9.7%
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After quietly resting in the cellar for just over five months, it is finally time for our Willie Wee Heavy Scotch ale to be extracted from the Woodford Reserve barrels. The rich malt character reminiscent of cocoa, toffee, and brown sugar from the Belgian specialty malts has melded beautifully with the flavors and aromas of vanilla, caramel, toasted coconut and fine bourbon from the charred American oak barrels. Prolonged aging in these amazing barrels yields a finished product not only with a high level of complexity but also a smooth creamy mouthfeel which masks this ale’s rather substantial ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7410) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sharp booze, tannins, caramel, booze. Decent brew here, a bit hot but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ccex (924) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2013
Snifter on tap at the brewery. Pours an opaque dark brown, almost black, with dissipating tan head and some lacing. Aroma is full of caramel, vanilla, dark fruits and bourbon. The booziness is tempered by the barrel-aging. Body is full with slight carbonation and a slightly sticky texture. Taste is sweet with most of the alcohol up front. I’m not sure if Scotch Ale is the right style in which to pigeonhole this excellent big beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6647) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 25, 2012
On tap at Revs production brewery grand opening. Pours a very hazy deep caramel brown with a creamy brown head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has lots of vanilla and caramel with a good amount of sweet grains and a barrel backing. Flavor has lots of vanilla with caramel and sweet grains and barrel in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4933) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2012
Sampled at the brewpub. Dark black with red. So much bourbon in the nose. Vanilla, wood, whiskey flavors. So tasty. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Newk (299) - - MAR 4, 2012
UPDATED: AUG 14, 2012 had on tap at revolution. Poured into a snifter and pours a pitch black color with a nice head. very pungent and though the bourbon notes are there, they are well balanced. Great depth along with aromas of black cherries, raisins, plums, malts and bourbon. Full bodied with a real polished and smooth feel. It handles the size of the beer well with great flavors of malts, bourbon, black cherries and some plums. It would be great if they had this more often. This was excellent and was really aided by the bourbon barrel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
msante79 (2210) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
On tap at Recolution. Pours hazy dark brown with thin tan to off-white head. Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, and some light booze. Flavors of bourbon, vanilla, sweet dark malts, and a little wood. Doesn’t scream scotch ale, but barrel ages goodness is definitely there. Very solid overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hair6a11 (1360) - Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Pour is murky dark brown, amber hints (Hard to tell, it’s dark in this building right now) -there’s a modest fine bubbled khaki head in this snifter ; average retention, resulting in a ring and some haze, with nary any lacing that I can see. The nose is perhaps the highlight on this one ; Bourbon, Plum Skins, Caramel, and some toffee, I guess. I admit ; I haven’t sampled the base beer before - This one is a little bourbon heavy on the tongue - but it turned out fairly fantastic; the mouth feel is fairly thick and velvety, with some bite from the hop profile and the booze - there are more dark fruits and caramel notes, with some vanilla present, as well as cocoa - Impressive brew -

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2012
Draft at Revolution. Pours a reddish russet color with a soft offwhite head. Nose is quite fruity and woody. Big oak character and caramel with a strong sweetness overall in the nose. Booze is also noted, soft cocoa. Oak is well incorporated in the nose. On tasting, the booze is far more restrained than I would have thought, though it is definitely present. Sticky and chewy but dried out by the surprisingly strong roasty notes. More caramel and plum is noted. Pretty spectacular BA wee heavy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2012
Pours brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of bourbon and caramel. Great flavor. Sweet caramel blends well with the wood, bourbon, dark fruit. Solid beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jrallen34 (3483) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
draft... dark brown body, light tan head... the aroma is bit boozy with the distinct Woodford Reserve accents, bourbon, vanilla, dark fruit, molasses... the taste is lots of WR as well but I like it more than then nose, caramel, a little molasses and vanilla, oak as well... very good and worth trying

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