TheEnemy (564) - Chicago, USA - DEC 7, 2011
On tap at the brewpub, 11/17/2011HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
Pours murky brown-black with thin mocha head that lingers in a ring around the outside leaving nice bits of lace. Best-smelling barrel-aged beer from Revolution; doesn’t smell like booze fumes like so many of their other barrel-aged beers do. Rich layers of wood/oak, vanilla, toffee, roasted grain, a touch of raisin, all the good stuff you want in a bourbon-barrel stout. Flavor replicates all of that, plus a tiny dose of honey. Finishes with a creamy thick palate. This is probably the best beer Revolution has made yet, which is a nice break from the string of near-misses they seemed to have put out lately.
5oz sample at the brewery. Jet black with a chocolate milk colored head that thins to a dark tan ring. Minimal carbonation. Aroma is the Woodford Reserve barrel that housed it for 9 months. Toasted chestnut, almond, vanilla bean, and bourbon soaked oak come through in the nose. The flavor is very bourbon forward with the roastiness of the stout taking a backseat. It’s not as sweet as the nose but the vanilla bean and chestnut do shine through. The hops keep it together and it’s only mildly boozy. I’m ready to classify this as another fpgreat beer from Revolution Brewing but am cautious that the time spent in the Woodford Barrel isn’t overly influencing this bourbon drinker. This beer is very good. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - DEC 3, 2011
On tap at the brewpub. Black with thin tan head. Aroma sweet bourbon. Taste dominated by the bourbon in a good way with some roast, oatmeal, slight oak and caramel. Finish slight hops. Palate a tad thin but OK for a sweet stout. Alcohol apparent with a burn on the finish.50belair (3680) - Florida, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Very well done bourbon barrel aged beer, wish I lived closer and could drink this more often
On tap at Revolution. Black pour with a tan head. Boozy notes. Bourbon, creamy dark malts, perhaps some lactose?, oak, and vanilla notes. A very nice BA sweet stout. Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Had on tap at Bad Apple, got the last of it as the keg kicked. Served in a New Holland High Gravity Series flute.
A: Pours a solid jet black, very opaque, with a 2 finger, thick-looking head. The retention is very solid and leaves some sticky lace down the whole glass.
S: Wow, what a smell. It smells like a decedant chocolate cake sitting in a Woodford Reserve barrel. The bourbon is integrated beautifully into a mix of mocha, milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel. Very good.
T: Well this is sort of a let down. The bourbon is there, but just barely. There is a slight charred oak presence, but it’s masked by an oaty malt with a touch roast and a little chocolate.
M: Medium bodied, but a tad thin. I’m sure the barrel made it slightly thinner since this style is already a tad thin. The carbonation is nice as it’s about a medium level. The finish is a subtle vanilla sweetness.
O:The smell is amazing on the brew, but the barrel doesn’t really come through in taste and the flavors aren’t as rich as the nose was. Still a very nice beer, but if they can match the nose to the taste and maybe give the body a little body this beer would be out of this world.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-16-2012
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2011
Draft at FoBAB 9. Pours black with a tannish head. The nose is a big punch of Woodford coconut/vanilla. Reminds me of vanilla frosting. On tasting, there is a nice roast, coconut and a fullness as well. Moderately sweet, enough backing from the roast and hops to keep it from cloying. Pretty well done BA beer and solid. Not my favorite from Rev, but far from bad. User29624 (1683) - - NOV 22, 2011
Pours black with a thin tan head. Heavy aroma of bourbon. Sweet aroma of chocolate. Thick sweet boozy flavor. Oak, vanilla, and coffee all there as well. hombrepalo (1971) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
10oz pour @ Revolution. Pour is black with a small cream head. Lots of sweet bourbon taste with roasted notes on the nose and with some additions of light chocolate and coffee. Sweet chocolate in the flavor, some moderate bitterness but nothing big or over the top. Not bad
holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
Brown black with a beige head. Bourbon aroma some rye with a chocolatey sweetness that’s really appealing. Thin smooth body. The whiskey kinda overtakes this one. Some bitter chocolate notes underneath. Rich nice almost smoky. 8/4/7/3/16 Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2011
On tap: The aroma consists of mikk chocolate, light vanilla, and coconut. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a small beige head that leaves some nice webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with light chocolate and a touch of tangy fruitiness. The finish has light roasted coffee and some faint coconut. Medium bodied with moderate-lively carbonation. Overall, a solid stout with light barrel character.