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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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143 Reviews
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Reviews: 143
Hads: 940
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 56
Gots: 138 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

A striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt. Eugene is a robust porter named after Eugene V. Debs, an American union leader and activist who led the Pullman Railroad strike in 1894. An assortment of Belgian specialty malts form a complex structure of toasted grain and caramel flavors. Dark chocolate malt makes this porter black as night and infuses it with its distinct intense, chocolate essence.

28 IBU
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Photo of horshack7
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Quite a nice glass of darkness with a light beige head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee as well as the malts. Chocolate, bits of vanilla with twinges of bourbon way towards the back.

Taste: A wave of bitter chocolate but as it mellows out the chocolate malts become quite smooth. Slight notes of burnt hop, dark roasted chocolate malts, light vanilla. Good dark roasted coffee with a bit of a crisp finish.

Notes: Quite solid inside and out along with good drinkability. Cheers.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can left behind at Thanksgiving by my cousin Mike. Thanks cousin Mike. I believe this is my first offering from Revolution. Canned on date is 10/15/15.

A - Pour to a pint is dark brownish red with some clarity. Tall tan head falls to a fizzy half-finger. Some strands of a cap remain by the end, not too much left for lace.

S - Good mix of chocolate and caramel malt with roasted and coffee-ish tones. Bit of a baked goods vibe. Maybe a touch of licorice there. Pretty nice depth and decent strength.

T - Roast comes through a bit more here along with a little surprise burst of piny hops. Chocolate presence in particular is still prevalent but a bit lacking compared to the nose. Some toastiness.

M - Pretty decent body with a mix of sweet and bitter malts with sweetness having the slight upper hand. Some light hop bitterness there as well, carbonation a bit on the low side. Pretty easy-drinking.

O - Overall it's a nice and solid porter, good example of the style, though nothing too standout about it. The chocolate malts definitely have some added depth to them which is nice, but on the whole it's pretty straight-forward stuff.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body, tight tan head, trace amount of lace. Smell is a little weak, notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is deep with sweet chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, faint char, faint sweet cream. Hop kick near the end answers the early sweetness, but it's a little late. Light body, slight stickiness.
This is really tasty, but despite my own preferences, is too sweet. Really yummy, good range and depth of flavor, but a little overdone. Still, I'll be returning.

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A phenomenal representation of the style. 12 oz can poured into a table glass. Pours a thick almost-black, with a mocha head. Chocolate on the nose, with malt, medium roast beans, and chocolate leading on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and thick as a porter should be. Overall, not an extreme beer - just a solid, balanced beer that's true to its style.
*Note* this beer may taste even better from the can - there's just something to it that complements this beer better than a glass.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark opaque chocolate color in a Stone imperial pint glass.

Aroma- light chocolate, fruit- an excellent aroma for the style.

Mouth feel: carbonated, tart.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate,
with an excellent chocolate malt finish.

Overall: an excellent Porter- one of the best I have tasted in a while. Ordinarily, I am not a fan of the style.
Porters are often lackluster, and usually chiefly roasted malt in the taste without fruit. This beer goes beyond expectations. I'll buy some more.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let it warm up a bit and highly recommend pairing with a light to medium spiced chili. Really brings out that sweet sticky chocolate from the porter. A nice dark chocolate also. Has a hint of bitter to it. Definitely changed the game of this beer.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A proper porter with a full, thick body that is hard to find in most beers of this style. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. On tap at Hop & Scotch in Brookline, MA.

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Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark brown, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is deep roasted malt, baker's chocolate, and slight earthiness. Above average, solid American porter. If I wanted this style, I would reach for this.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; black, 1/2" chocolate milky head, very good retention, substantial covering stays til the end. good lacing
smell; dark roasted malts,hint of toffee, sugar, alcohol
taste; sweet up front, chocolate caramel cream, dark roasted malt with some coffee ground bitterness.on the finish
feel; full body, creamy but carbonation tingles, not a lot but maybe don't even need as much
overall; a nice solid bitter sweet full bodied porter

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Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a caramel head. Smells are of caramel and chocolate. Taste are chocolate and coffee. Mild carbonation with a great finish, very well balanced.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quick Take: A very fantastic tasting porter with a creamy tasty mouthfeel. Sweet, chocolate milk, chocolate aroma, and the right light hops to make it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Thick, frothy, tan head and midnight black in color. Head dissipates very slowly.
S: Dark malts, earthy, rich chocolate.
T: Similar to nose.
M: Moderate carbonation, slight bitterness with a somewhat dry, roasted like finish.
O: Not bad. Welcome to MA!!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice robust porter for any occasion. Chocolate richness and a nice bitter roast to balance the dark black base. Little deep brown head when poured in a glass.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a swervy pint glass. Canned on 8/22 and consumed on 12/15/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a cola brown into an opaque black with 2 fingers of thick brown head with great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Big sweet chocolate as it warms. Good but one dimensional.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet upfront; chocolate notes dominate supported with roasted malt flavors. Gets more hoppy through the middle with a moderate bitter finish.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium carbonation, some creaminess. Solid feel for style.
Drinkability = 4.0 Easy drinking and somewhat balanced porter.
Overall = 4.0375 Chocolate forward porter with nice balance.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a 25 March 2015 date stamp served in a tulip glass.

A - pours opaque and nearly black with a tan head of moderate size and retention.

Aroma: roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

Taste: Chocolates and darks, with hints of raisins and figs. Slightly sweet overall. Moderate amount of dark roasted grain flavor for style, but with no burnt notes. Some coffee in the finish and aftetaste.

M- medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation produces a lively but smooth mouthfeel.

O- A very nice, chocolaty, porter.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic porter. Lots of chocolate and roast malt on both the nose and taste. Like a lot of other porters, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, stamped 4/7/2015 on bottom

black, with tan colored head that fades. aroma is mostly milk chocolate. the taste is not as sweet, more of a bitter finish. a little bit of roasted flavor. medium bodied, average carbonation

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a thick and creamy one-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

T- picking up a lot of dark fruit up front; raisin, fig & prune. Powdery chocolate kicks in mid-palate, along with a hint of vanilla-like sweetness, slightly roasted finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- high drinkability made this one go down quick, a nice full flavored porter

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to share in a bit of this absolute goodness with my porter-mad better half. Really solid all around with roasty notes, delicious toffee notes, and a MUCH bigger body and expression of flavor than many of the US versions of the style. I often think of porters as watered-down stouts (which some examples have lived up to), but this is on a whole different level. She wants a sixer now...

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a tan head that quickly fades.
An aroma of chocolate and roast notes and a slight, fruit acidity.
Taste is loads of medium-dark chocolate with a nice light and bitter char in the middle and a slightly acidic finish. Some light fruity notes coming through as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and appropriately smooth and creamy.
Really good stuff.

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Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice aroma with notes of chocolate and nice roasted malts. Delicious flavor full of chocolate, coffee and mocha. If it was slightly thicker in the mouth feel it would be just as good as founders porter which to me is the benchmark for all porters

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jims in a DFH snifter. This porter, named after an imprisoned socialist presidential candidate, pours as black as the history of Russia under Stalin with a firm light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee, sweet roasted malts, brown sugars, and a touch of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with chocolate and coffee flavors on all sides blending together with a dark brown sugar note and light smoke on the back. Aftertaste features sweet and lightly bitter roasted malts adding to an excellent depth and complexity. A stout drinkers porter that features moderate carbonation and a slick coating mouth feel.

While I am a big fan of this brewery it should be noted the fist is making some sense, and while Utopia is as it should be; banished, this is a fine brew for the proletariat AKA middle class. Love the brew, hate the symbolism and rather "quaint" wallpapering of historical fact for a rather loathsome person who sniped at America while they built the great land we enjoy via the industrial revolution.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint

A. Very dark brown opaque with a dark tan 2 finger head.

S. Roasted malts, Vanilla, light coffee and chocolate.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get some roasted malts and vanilla. Light chocolate flavors. ending with slight bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Lil more carbonation than i'd like from a porter but nothing critical. Finishes slightly dry.

O. A decent porter. There are others i'd reach for first but still good enough to drink and enjoy.

Now that it warms I get a lil more smokey flavor which im enjoying. Also I can feel the alcohol a lil more. Bumped ratings.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer does it come in bottle?
L: black 1 1/2 finger head dissipates quick lots of lacing
S: chocolate lite coffee but not tons of smell
T: what it lacks in smell it more than makes up for in flavor rich smooth chocolatey carbonated chocolate bar with slight coffee undertone
F: rich creamy with carbonation at the end
O: wow Eugene nows his s#$ t this is great. buying this in bulk next time im mad I only bought one definitely in top five

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Photo of Redrover
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers you have all the time and then you realize you never reviewed it..

From a 12 oz can poured into a pint glass, the beer is a very dark brown with a dark tan head.

Inviting aroma of roasted malts and dark fruit.

The taste leads with semi-sweet roasted malts. There are hints of coffee, raisins and molasses. There is some bite from the hops and some very ripe plum. It hangs together nicely.

The mouth is semi-thick with a bit of creaminess.

All-in-all, a very enjoyable porter and one that I continue to revisit on a regular basis.

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.