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Workingman - Revolution Brewing Company

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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
English luncheon beer with toffee and caramel notes. Low in alcohol, high in flavor.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

t0rin0, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Revolution.

Pours a fairly-dark brown color with a nice off-white to tan head with moderate retention and a nice cap as it falls. The nose brings forward a good dose of roasted malt. Also there is a bit of coffee and mild chocolate. The flavor is a bit more robust than the nose with all components being a bit more pronounced. Some mild bitterness along with the roast in the finish. Light body and really nice drinkability. Certainly a powerful session beer.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a glass mug.

Thanks to taiyed for acquiring and sharing this growler!

Been lookin' for a nice [true] session ale lately. This one pours a lovely clear smokey topaz/garnet topped by a finger of sandy oatmeal foam. The nose comprises light toffee, grass, flowers, and a pinch of brown sugar. The taste happily brings in more of the same, along with a bit of calcium, but in a good way (put it this way: normally, a taste of hard water does not help the beer any (generally it's a detriment), but it seems to augment things here). The body is a sorta hefty-seeming light, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather fluid feel. Overall, a very nice, easy-drinkin' brew, something I can easily see myself downing over a nice, long afternoon at the brewpub.

TMoney2591, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had a cask pint on my first visit to Revolution.

Dark russet shade of brown that had a copper red glint in the light. The clarity was nice, and the head stuck around, leaving random flecks of lacing.

Aromas of musty malt, apple orchard, fairly restrained but pleasant.

Soft apple flavors with a vaguely woody must, mild toasted caramel malts on the back end with a light and pleasant bitterness in the finish. The cask rendered it smooth and supple, extremely low carb, yet a session ale in the truest sense.

As a "Workingman", I heartily endorse this Mild ale, blue collar, white collar, or no collar. Looking forward to drinking this again for lunch at Revolution...

edit: Make sure you get a full pint, the 2nd time I had this, it was short poured with 3" of foam.

emerge077, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On hand-pump at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Transparent mahogany brown with nice cherry highlights. Two fingers of persistent light tan foam that leaves behind plenty of lace and a thick cap.

S - Treacle, spiced toffee, a touch of earthiness, a bit of noble hop bite. Not the biggest nose here.

T - Taste has a little more overt caramel sweetness. Finishes slightly nutty and bitter. It's not very complicated, but it's plenty flavorful for a 3.5% brew.

M - Soft, slight gritty body, and low (duh...) carbonation. Finishes with some dryness as well as a touch of residual sugar.

D - This is pretty easy drinkin'. If I were in a particularly English mood I could probably go with this one all through a good football (or even cricket) match.

MasterSki, Jul 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided by Thorpe at his inaugural brew day, thanks Mike. From the source in Chicagoland. Poured into a shaker pint. This beer is currently the #1 English Dark Mild ale, a largely ignored style.

Beer is brown with a decent head (especially for a growler!) of off white medium bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Beer is moderate to light in carbonation. Fun.

Beer has this toffee / roasty malt aroma to it, overall the aroma is a little light but it's pretty much exactly what I expected.

Beer is thin in body (expected) but not dry in the finish. It has a roasty bitterness at the end that is nice because it does not approach something that is really bitter like coffee or too much hops. There is a mild lead off of sweetness at the beginning and finishes nicely as well. I seriously could drink this all day long.

drabmuh, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer has a pretty dense warm brown body with a garnet glow at the base and a thin creamy head of light tan. There are a few bubbles of gentle carbonation that glide up the side of the glass.
S- The roasted coffee malt notes are dark but not bitter with some black malt aromas that are not really chocolaty but more of a dark biscuit note underneath.
T- The light coffee malt and dark roasted note has a dark dry toffee quality underneath and a finish of dry spicy with a gentle roasted note that lingers for a moment.
M- The light mouthfeel has a tight little fizz finish.
D- This beer has a lot of nice schwarztbier qualities with good roasted characters and pretty clean with no real yeast characters, but still delicious and drinks very quickly.

rhoadsrage, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Thorpe429 and Amyliz4. Thanks Mike and Amy! This kicked off a nice day of brewing.

A: Toffee brown color with orange highlights and a half inch of light tan head. The head had good retention and left some nice lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is fairly weak, with some subtle hints of toffee and malt in the English style.

T: The beer is very tasty and flavorful, with enjoyable light roast and a very mild bitterness. The beer is just ever so slightly sweet. This is a really well done brew. Workingman is my first experience with English dark mild ale, so I have no other point(s) of reference, but this seems like a great genre of beer that I will be returning to as soon as possible.

M: Light, thin body, which comes as no surprise with a 3.5% alcohol session beer.

D: Very drinkable. I could throw back several pints of this pretty easily.

Huhzubendah, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of jrallen34
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer pours a clear light brown with a off white/tan head that rises a couple fingers, good retention and lacing.

The aroma bursts with tons of sweetness. There is caramel, toffee, mixed with a little toastiness.

The taste is pretty much spot on with the aroma, lots of sweet toffee notes with a toasted finish. Its a little too sweet for me and its got a slight alcohol taste to me, which is surprising giving the abv.

The biggest problem with this beer is the feel, super light.

Drinkability is ok, a little too sweet for me.

jrallen34, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with an off-white head that faded to a decent cap. Some minor spots left on the sides.

S - Roasted malt, cocoa, little chocolate. Decent amount of roast, smells pretty good. Has some toffee and caramel, pretty full aroma for something with this low ABV.

T - Light roast, toffee, caramel, little bit of chocolate. Very solid.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation.

O - A nice session beer that is pretty fulfilling given the depth of flavor at 3.5%. Easy to drink, and worth trying.

AgentZero, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: arrives in a pint glass with a dark brown toffee color, dense tan bubbles form a 1 finger head, some streaky lacing

S: very mild toasted malts, bread, caramel, and a slight smokiness

T: Wow! Huge caramel and malt profile with an interplay between sweetness and toasted notes, notes of toffee and nuts, extremely tasty

MF: creamy and smooth with low carbonation, feels silky on palate

D: this beer is the definition of perfect drinkability. Bold malt profile with great balance, smooth and delicate mouthfeel, and low alcohol. This beer challenged my thought that low alcohol beers can't have robust flavors- this one most certainly has them!

homebrew311, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours clear dark brown with a small, lasting tan head.

Aroma is rather roasty with caramel, nuts, and floral hops.

Lots of flavor for the ABV, as the brewpub's description says. The flavor is roasty with chocolate, caramel, and earthy hops.

Pretty nice palate - a somewhat light body with a dry mouthfeel.

Very drinkable. A really solid mild ale overall. Great session beer, in any sense of the term.

nickd717, May 07, 2010
Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

thewimperoo, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Sparky44, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3/5  rDev -22.3%

jegross2, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of ystazi
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

ystazi, Feb 13, 2014
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5/5  rDev +29.5%

cadaugherty, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Dunt on BA. Poured into a DFH tulip glass a dark clear brownish color with the slightest tinge of red. Starts with a 1-2 finger head of tan that quickly settles out to form a collar around the glass. The nose has notes of roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate all pretty subtle. Some slight lace left on the glass. Medium/light mouthfeel. A very easy drinking beer with light notes of coffee, caramel, and roast. Not as flavorful as I was holing for but a nice drinker nonetheless.

kbutler1, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bismarksays, Aug 02, 2013
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

BeerOps, Dec 31, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

robwestcott, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of bruachan
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

the ale has a rootbeer mahogany hue and was served with a good head

aromas are dark and occasionally dry but hardly astringent

the ale has excellent nutty flavors (at least as you would find them in a beer--i think one would struggle to locate a nut that tastes like this "nutty") with a touch of pumpernickel crust as well. bitterness is restrained, functional. the malt profile and body are tame in the perfectly sessionable mild way--ideal for downing dozens

simple is the name of the game

bruachan, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of sbricker
3/5  rDev -22.3%

sbricker, Feb 18, 2012
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Workingman from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.