drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
8/11/12. GTMW. Rich amber pour with a solid khaki head. Rich aroma of sweet and dark fruits with some berries, and plenty of brown sugar, molasses, and malt character. Rich flavor as well with plenty of dark fruits, brown sugar, sweetness, berries, and more. I dig it!
rbfishstick (141) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Enjoyed at GTMW 2012. The 2011 barrel pours a rosy brown with a medium cream head. Smells slightly of bourbon and dried fruits. The taste is creamy and sweet with a sugary sweet finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.
Pours a reddish-garnet brown color with a single-finger white head. Pretty good for the style. Low retention time but fades into a nice collar. The nose is really quite nice with a good amount of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Really quite sweet in the flavor with some noticeable hops, though not too far over the top. Mouthfeel is nice with a creamy body and nice carbonation. Mild booze throughout. Drinks well. A full snifter of this might be a bit much, but I enjoyed the half glass that I had.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011
chibuck (3510) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Revolution’s new barleywine which was the first beer recommended by the server, sounds great, right? Not such much, what is this mess. The description is an American style English barleywine. The Englishness shows off right away in the aroma which is dead and boring. Light caramel, hops, skunky???...The looks is an ugly clear garnet with a light tan head, great lacing though. Not what a bw should look like...The taste is an equal disaster boring dark fruits, caramel and LOTS of alcohol on the finish.
A train wreck, avoid
TheAlum (6944) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the brewpub (Chicago, IL) with deyholla. Pours a darker reddish bloody copper, brownish hues dance throughout, quite dark with a bit of haziness, a decent frothy tannish head that dies to a film. Aromas are straight Minute Maid fruit punch, copious apple and red fruits, berries and grapes. Sweeter slanted for sure, with a touch of malty biscuit and toffee. Initial is too sweet, straight off the bat. A boatload of red fruits, apples and cherries, raspberries and grapes mesh into caramel and toffee malts. The beer certainly isn’t too thick and cloying, it just doesn’t come together for me and comes off pretty sweet. A touch medicinal, cough syrup, and biscuity and toffee malts. No hop presence really, as this beer slides to the back of the pack.
deyholla (10003) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewpub. Poured a clear reddish amber with a tan head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was surprisingly fruit forward with sweet grains and a bit of alcohol. Flavor was surprisingly fruit forward as well with some red fruits joined by a strong sweet grain and biscuit backbone making for an interesting take on a barley wine.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Brewpub. Pours a deep copper amber with an ivory head. Aroma of ale esters, raisens, and alcohol. Soft carbonation and syrupy texture. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, wet grains, and brandy. Lot’s of residual sweetness, and bitterness level is more on the moderate side, British style. I think 5oz was the perfect size for this, as this was just a little too sweet for my tastes.
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours hazy brown with a thin tan head. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel malt, slight pine hops. Sweet with heavy malt and some dark fruit flavor. Would have liked some more hops to balance.
NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Rev. Pours a deep ruby with off-white head. The nose is is quite solventy, with acetone and cherry cough syrup dominate. This is not very well fermented. The fruitiness is decent, as are the robust hop notes that peek in. The cough syrup is just overpowering, both in nose and taste. The solventy nature makes it rough as well. Probably my least favorite from Rev.
drewbeerme (3916) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at rev, pours glowing golden amber with off white head. Nose has bubblegum, citrus, melon, and cotton candy. Flavors of over ripe honeydew, cotton candy, bubblegum, fusel alcohol. Sweet syrupy body, big boozy mess down the throat. this is an example of how American barleywines go wrong, lacking bittering hops and poor fermentation. Hopefully, they’ll fix this on their next go round.