Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company
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Reviews by falloutsnow:
3.58/5 rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, obtained during November
Eugene's a fairly basic-looking and smelling American porter with a very nice flavor. The roasted malt nature of this beer carries its way through each sip, providing a fairly enjoyable drinking experience if you're into blackened malt, that is. The additional flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and coffee are more there for a bit of complexity, but also add some pleasant depth to the overall experience. Despite how good this tastes, I'm unable to express how bored I am by the aroma, which you'd think to be effusive and excellent, but is actually fairly mild. I attribute this to the lower level of carbonation the beer displays: if that were solved, this would probably be in another class of porters. Probably wouldn't seek this out if E. Fitzgerald or Founders' porter was available, but otherwise not a bad option.
Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam composed of medium to large-sized bubbles. Retention is below average, lasting for about a minute or so, receding to nothing, leaving little to no lacing in its wake. The body itself is a dark brown to black, with light bringing out slight brown tones in the edges of the body. Because of it's opacity, there's no carbonation to see.
Aroma is primarily of roasted malts, with sweet undertones of rich caramel and molasses with just a hint of brewed coffee. Not bad, but surprisingly subtle for the most part, this could be bolder and work better for the beer.
Opens with strong roasted malt and chocolate on the front of the palate. Mid-palate adds in mild acridity (either from hops or roasted malt, I can't tell), caramel and molasses-like sweetness, along with faint coffee. Back of palate is more roasted malt with sweet tones again from molasses and caramel; not so much chocolate or coffee. Aftertaste is of roasted malt, chocolate, mild acridity, and coffee beans.
Beer is medium bodied with carbonation at a low to medium-low intensity. This results in a fairly smooth beer, though somewhat stagnant for its weight. A bit more carbonation would help this feel slightly fuller, as well as aersolize the aroma further. Closes fairly dry, with moderate stickiness across the palate.
Serving type: bottle
01-15-2013 06:46:25 | More by falloutsnow
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter - 6.8% ABV - Consumed March 19, 2013
A: pours an ultra dark brown, basically black, with a sliver of tan foam and strands of lacing on the pint glass. Good looking beer.
S: roasted malt, burnt toast, must, piney-resiny hops, leather, ash, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Decent complexity but a little mild.
T: burnt toast, dark unsweetened chocolate, raisin, light tartness mid-palate, neutral hop flavour, roasted-grainy afters. 28 IBUs sounds reasonable, as this is fairly malt-forward with low bitterness. This drinks more like an English-style brown porter than a Robust Porter. Just okay IMO.
M: medium-bodied, higher than average carbonation (almost cola-like), spicy-prickly hop bitterness with a chalky-dry finish, roasted-grainy afters, and some heat in the throat. On target for the style.
O: really dig the nod to labour activist Eugene V. Debs, but this is merely an average porter. Not much better than something like Muskoka Dark Ale.
Serving type: can
03-10-2014 00:38:14 | More by cratez
3.75/5 rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 12/11/2013. Pours fairly cloudy nearly opaque dark brown color with a 1 finger fairly dense tan head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin ring of lace that lingers. Minimal lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of dark chocolate, raisin, plum, cocoa, roasted malt, light coffee, caramel, toast, dark bread, light char, herbal, and roasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good complexity of dark/roast/bready malt notes with light-moderate fruitiness; with solid strength. Taste of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee, herbal, light raisin/plum, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roast bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, caramel, toast, dark bread, light coffee, light raisin/plum, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt flavors with light yeast fruitiness; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice porter. Good balance and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt flavors with light yeast fruitiness; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering.
Serving type: can
03-03-2014 01:21:02 | More by superspak
3.83/5 rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Porter. I like porters. This should work out nicely. Solid dark beer. Decent head on pour. Who doesn't like a little head? A little bit of sexy lacing action. Smells like roasted malts, chocolate, and some noticeable hops to me. Thought it was going to be like Jose Marti from Cigar City. Dont get hops with taste though, which is fine by me. A little boozy, and a hair on the sweet side. Mouthfeel is wet. Easy drinking enough. Reminds me of Samuel Smith's Taddy a little bit. Nice roasted flavor with a little coffee/smoke at the end. Not going to compete with Great Lakes Fitzgerald, Rogue Mocha, or Deschutes Black Butte, but overall a very good porter that I would recommend trying.
Serving type: can
02-20-2014 00:42:27 | More by WesMantooth
4.19/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Serving Type - Can
Appearance - Blackish tan/brown with a nice thick, foamy, creamy 1 inch head with tons of lacing.
Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits like raisin, plum, grapes, molasses, brown sugar, some smoke and a faint fruity hop note near the finish.
Taste - First sip is a nice mix of roasty, smokey malts with a nice balance of bitter coffee and sweet chocolate, cococa and added sugars. Smooth and creamy, dark fruits add some complex flavors and balance. Slight hop kick in the finish that adds a little cirtic tang.
Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue with roasty, smoked flavors. Palate picks up some dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Aftertaste is a little watery weak but has some malts and sugars.
Overall - Pretty good beer really. Huge malt backbone balanced out with some chocolate and coffee. Not too sweet, not too roasted and smoked, just smooth and easy to enjoy. A must try for porter fans.
Serving type: can
02-13-2014 22:27:36 | More by wvsabbath
Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 511 ratings.