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 ales rather substantial ABV.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT2 (8434) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUN 6, 2013
Tap at the brewpub. Low carbonation pour on low haze brown. Big tomato paste bourbon nose with brown sugar and baked dark cherry. Dark fruit character. Taste is quite rich, sharper alcohol heat, some bourbon spice and buttery oak. Quite yummy. Firestone Walker anniversary flavor in feel. Some moderate chocolate banana character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
crossovert (7389) - Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2013
Sharp booze, tannins, caramel, booze. Decent brew here, a bit hot but nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
deyholla (6633) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
phaleslu (6509) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
Draft sample at FOBAB 2013. Pours a deep, cloudy brown with a small beige head. Notes of bourbon atop caramel, vanilla, toasted brown sugar, cocoa, charred oak, dates, and just a hint of peat. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, malty mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Big and sweet. Might not have pegged it as a Scotch ale, maybe a barley wine, if done blindly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
swoopjones (5889) - Buffalo, New York, USA - MAY 20, 2013
Draft at Revolution. MaroOn ish pour. Chocolate, peat notes with a hefty dose of bourbon barrel aging. Jammy notes. Pretty boozy, Bourbon is pretty dominant but core scotch characteristics are still evident. Impressive beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
Draft on tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL). Pretty excited for this bad boy. Full pour because Im honestly excited. Pours a rich near opaque brownish hue, a good murkiness in the body offers a swamp water darkness, rich and opaque wih just a touch of ruby through the body. A decent sized chocolate milk head stays as a film and laces ok. Sticks around as a layer. Aromas are quite nice offering caramel and wet oak, vanilla tannins and Bourbon spirit, gentle heat, cherries, caramel, toffee. Some vanilla, toast, and a rich deep sweetness, faint cocoa and peat, barrel is firm yet not overbearing. Initial is heavier end of medium bodied, offering firm toast and caramel backed into a corner by a strong barrel presence. Oak, vanilla, and Bourbon spirit offer great flavors, rich complexity and a sufficient malt body still remains, offering elements of the base such as dark fruit, cherries, toast, and caramel. Vanilla, good barrel thins the beer a touch, but doesnt make it lose its livelihood. Finish is crisp and a bit sweet and thick, with some good toast, cocoa, dark fruit and firm barrel, touches of dancing lingering heat. Really well put together experience here. The barrel program here is showing some great progress and this beer is an example of a winner through and through. Quite tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (4931) - 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 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 4, 2013
On tap at Revolution. Dark brown with a creamy tan crown. Aroma of bourbon, vanilla, oak, cedar, toffee with some mild notes of peat and soy sauce. Taste is hot with toffee, bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch and a hint of cherry. Decent with some warmth on the ending.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 9, 2012
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2013 draft at revo, 2 x 5oz sample pours, this guy poured a nice ruby brown with creamy tan head. aroma was really pleasant and its something Ive been getting used to from Revolution, for most part the aroma on all their barrel aged stuff is pretty excellent. lots of vanilla, coconut, bourbon and burnt toffees. flavors follows up the same as sweet toffee mixes well with a slight sour cherry, vanilla, coconut, and bourbon. the body is thin but not really in an annoying way but more in a way that makes this thing seem rather sessionable. I actually poured 2 samples in a pint glass and enjoyed this as more of a session beer as it drank more like a rich and complex 7% beer than a big 10% BA thing. I enjoyed this one a lot and Revolution seems to once again hit a home run from barrel aging just a decent base beer. Not many people can pull that off. 6/2013 - Batch 2 of this beer was not nearly as good, lacking depth and mouth feel, a shell of its former self. sadness. 3.5

   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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