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Workingman - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 10.62%
Wants: 10
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Dark Mild Ale |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010

English luncheon beer with toffee and caramel notes. Low in alcohol, high in flavor.
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3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of rinhaak
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution in Chicago.

Nutty in the nose with aromas of toffee and caramel. Very light in body, the beer mirrors the nose in the mouth with the addition of a lightt coffee flavor.

Very pleasant and an excellent lunch beer, it's worth a pint to accompany a noonday sandwich.

Photo of nucmedmario
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of AJacob81
3.91/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually the Revolution beer I've been most interested in. Served in a pint glass.

A - Garnet with cherry highlights and edging. Pours clear with a 2 finger off-white head that leaves behind a thin collar and surprisingly long legs. Looks super.

S - Whiffs of toffee, lightly roasted grain, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, a faint bouquet, but inviting.

T - Toffee, caramel malt, and a touch of gently bitter hops. The lack of any alcohol burn makes this a mellow charmer of a brew.

M - A nice medium bodied beer with lively carbonation, finishes dry and invites the next gulp immediately.

O - The mild ale revolution is seemingly always right around the corner, and if there were more like this and Two Bros. Long Haul readily available, it just might happen. It's tempting just to session this, but there are so many other interesting handles here to try...

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3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

4/5  rDev +3.6%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of KDawg
3.3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nice light mahogany color

good nose with tones of grains, malts, and bits of toffee. Nose is solid and pretty straight forward

lighter feel that is nice and pleasant with some caramel and toffee with some malts as well

this is a session nice beer. Some good tones but they are lacking some depth

Photo of gory4d
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Masterski for the growler.

Pours dark brown with a one-finger head. Smell is coffee, caramel, clover, tea biscuits. Taste is slightly tannic, some toffee notes, random herbage, crisp bitter finish. It's moderately carbonated (not bad for a growler over a week old), quite thin - goes down easy. This is a fine beer - wish some local brewer would make an equivalent.

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.

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.

Photo of Vdubb86
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to my buddy taiyed for hooking us up with this growler from his recent visit to Rev

This beer pours a gorgeous red mahogany color clear body with a decent finger of ecru foam. The aromatics are faint in nature. There are hints of some mild fruit but with a biscuit backer. The flavors of this beer have some caramel notes with a touch of brown sugar and faint red apple. This is a solid beer. The mouthfeel is a touch bitter but only enough for you to know that there were hops put in the beer. Other than that it drinks fantastic. At 3.5% how can you lose with something this tasty. It definitely makes me wanna head on over there myself.

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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of samie85
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/07.

A-This one is a medium brown color with a thin half, finger head.

S-It's roasted and coffee notes front and center with some caramel notes and a little bit of earthy hops.

T-It's the most flavorful beer that I'd at this ABV; tons of roasted notes with some chocolate and an earthy hop bitterness.

M- Pretty smooth and medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

D-I could probably go on drinking this one all night. Insanely drinkable and interesting enough that I want to keep drinking it.

Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Workingman from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.