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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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89
very good

531 Ratings
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Ratings: 531
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%


Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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mttaylor1066

Connecticut

4.46/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Classic porter, dark and just a little carbonation. I admire its limpid yet alive appearance.

S - This has more aroma than most non-Breakfast style porters. A little chocolate, a little malt, some coffee notes.

T -- Eminently drinkable, the malt character gives it a strong backbone, just the kind of porter to spend the next hour with. Good stuff.

M - A filling dextrinous/malt mix. Satisfying. This ain't no black lager!

O -- A winner of a porter.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 18:28:23 | More by mttaylor1066
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Mavigo

Michigan

4.36/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got this on tap from the brewpub in Chicago, nice place. Was served in a pint.

A: Was a nice deep brown black color, almost opaque with a short, dark toffee color head with good amounts of lacing.

S: Smells of malts, barley, oats, chocolate, brown sugars

T: Tastes delicious, very sweet, like milk chocolate, malts, brown sugars, toffee, caramel

M: Rich, full bodied, lower levels of carbonation, giving it a richer, thicker texture

O: Overall, I though this was incredible, after wandering around Chicago in freezing weather, one of the most delicious porters I've had in a while, maybe one of the best. Recommended by me for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 01:00:42 | More by Mavigo
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives chocolate brown at the ber with a very impressive head that leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Black bread and chocolate

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with nuts, vanilla and cinnamon tones developing in the middle; very chocolatey, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice porter for those who like chocolate, like me

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2013 03:13:24 | More by brentk56
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mdfb79

New York

3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 01/20/12 notes. Had on tap at some sports bar in Chicago while watching the Ravens_pats game. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of caramel malts, roasted malts, bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and some light coffee. Nice, nothing too crazy going on, but they all mix together nicely.

t - Tastes of bitter chocolate, roasted malts, toasted malts, burnt malts, coffee, light oak, light caramel malts. Less caramel and more bitter chocolate in the taste.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink; could definitely have a few of these.

o - Overall a pretty solid porter. Nothing too crazy going on her ebut lots of nice chocolate and roasted malts throughout, and easy to drink. Worth checking out and probably the best beer the sports bar had on tap that night.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 21:16:21 | More by mdfb79
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schleprock

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer three times on tap, once at the brewery and twice at the brewpub before deciding to review. I really wanted to like it but I get the same results. It just seems to be too thin to be a porter of the style like an Edmund Fitzgerald or a Black Butte.

A - Pours a dark brown with a decent head. Lacing isn't bad but didn't seem to last long in my glass.

S - Oak, caramel and cocoa is what I take away from this

T- I can't get into it, it just feels like someone added too much water to the beer and it does not have a deep satisfying flavor.

M- Thin, easy to go down but not what I expected.

This beer really misses the mark in overall taste and mouthfeel for me. It just does not have the body and flavor I expect as it seems watered down. Thus the low scores for taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 08:10:06 | More by schleprock
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TubaManJack

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark black body with a bit of brown tint. Medium head but its not persisting. There isn't much lacing. Just a little carbonation showing.

Smell - roasted malt with a bit of coffee and little chocolate. There is a bit of hops in there too.

Taste- Much like the nose and the standard porter build. This leans more to a roasted malt side with slight bittering hops. There is also a slight bit of round sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel - This is a lighter body than most porters and is more carbonated. It a nice choice for something lighter.

I'd recommend picking up a grower to share.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 23:20:56 | More by TubaManJack
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ChugginOil

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours almost pitch black with cola colored edging. There is a fingers worth of tan head that leaves spotty lacing as it dissipates.

The nose brings subtle notes of coffee, roasted malt and bakers chocolate. These nuances are a bit muted but still present nonetheless.

The flavors are bringing much more to the table. Big roasted malt profile here, followed by some bitter chocolate and a bit of coffee bean.

The mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall, this is a pretty solid porter, just wish the nose was bigger.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 21:59:58 | More by ChugginOil
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with a reddish tint. A bit light for my liking, but it's not bad by any stretch of the imagination. Nice lacing in the glass.

Smell: Dark fruit and burnt caramel. Also fairly hoppy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Raisins and coffee. What I really like is the strong hopped flavors, something I don't normally expect in a porter. Excellent flavor balances. Mouthfeel fizzles out at the finish.

Overall Drinkability: A suprising porter. Very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 18:16:05 | More by tjsdomer2
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VagabondHops

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy this on tap at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect, IL. Poured a dark black, with a tiny light brownish/caramel colored head. Lacing is there but not too prevelant. The chocolate notes coat the mouth and the feel is exactly how a porter should feel. Not too thick, not light and a tiny bit of carbonation is found. A beautiful Porter and another fine brew from Revolution. Coulda gone wrong, but went waaaay right.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 19:07:01 | More by VagabondHops
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With no glam and no frills, Revolution gets down and dirty with this robust porter that's done the American way- dry, strong, and with a firm hop kick.

Just as porters are prescribed, the brown beer carries a light viscous weight that separates from the carbonation quickly. A lightly tanned head caps the beer with firm retention and lace. It's simply a masculine looking ale.

Bold and robust aromas stimulate the olfactory sense with not-so-subtle hints of columbian coffee, chocolate, toast, toffee, and nuts. Starchy with a touch of biscuit malt and underplayed with a mild citrusy and piney complement from hops.

A firm taste of toffee or slightly scorched caramel might have a tinge of butterscotch lurking behind. But the bolder coffee-like roast flavor dominates the taste, along with secondary taste of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, and charred toast. Balanced with the hop taste of orange peel, pine needles, and fresh cut grass, the beer portrays a defiant American brewing edge. Closing with a surprising dry malt taste and growing bitterness, the beer intrigues the palate with supple drinkability despite its robust upstart.

Robustly textured early on, the chocolaty taste is accompanied by a velvety creaminess that quickly transcends to a dry toast taste and texture in finish. Accented by medium hop resins and mild alcohol warmth.

If the indecision between the nutty English brown ales, coffee or chocolate infused beers or crisper hop-forward American ales are keeping you from ordering, then have the best of all worlds with a glass of Eugene.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 18:05:44 | More by BEERchitect
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had a pint on draft at the UofC pub.

A: Straight black, small tan head. No retention, no lacing. Nice amber highlights come out as it goes down.

S: Mild sweet milky aroma. Some dark grain, a bit of hoppiness.

T: Silky lactic sweetness. Nice moderate hop bite to keep the sweetness in check. Chocolate cake, light coffee, roast on the end.

M: Thick and silky. Quite nice.

O: Really enjoyed this. Revolution nailed the mouthfeel and taste, even though the aroma and appearance were a little lacking.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2012 00:38:51 | More by Etan
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TMoney2591

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's named for Gene Debs himself. Nice. Very nice. It pours a very dark sienna topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, mild roasted malts, brown sugar, light molasses, and a hint of cinnamon. The taste emphasizes the cocoa, even going so far as to layer a bit into milk and dark chocolate for my tongue's amusement. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decently creamy feel. Overall, a very nice porter, indeed, something that may have supplanted Workingman Mild as my favorite Revolution brew...

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2012 20:55:15 | More by TMoney2591
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub.A serviceable porter. Dark brown to black coloured body with a bit of head, lacey. Licorice and chocolate. Above average mouthfeel. Carbonation was right there. Decent drinkability, but I am coming out here paying good money and time to get something bold not something I could take out of the fridge for a couple of dollars.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 00:40:22 | More by Sammy
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Khazadum

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bad lacing, too poofy, low sticky, thin cirrus clouds. Inky darkness.

Slight meaty nature, smoked and charred sticks, bit of burnt and roasted coffee. More char than not.

Opens pork, bits of sweet bubble gum which is weird, finishes light folgers coffee.

Expanding on that, the sweetness is caramel and sucrose, pork is blended charred wood and light hickory.

Medium body, creamy roast, nice lingering body and bitter grains. It's a decent porter.with some coffee character. Not fantastic but pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2012 03:16:10 | More by Khazadum
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lstokes

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Norse. This was very dark and opaque with a nice frothy tan head. Black roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, dry finish, completely delicious with a full-bodied kind of feel and a lactic acid sweetness. Very drinkable--the boyfriend informs me that it was a "BEAUTIFUL beer," and I think I agree.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 05:30:23 | More by lstokes
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Treebs

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Palmer Place. Served in a shaker pint.

A: Pours a dark black with a thick mocha head. Sticky lace is left down the side of the glass.

S: Smells of light cocoa and coffee fill the nose with a touch of roasted malts. There is also a hint of sweet vanilla.

T: Roasted malts are complimented with a nice mocha flavor and some milk chocolate. There is a little bit of vanilla sweetness in the middle and some minimal dark fruits towards the backend.

M: Medium bodied with a full flavor. There is a little prickly carbonation to play with a tongue a bit and keep it interesting.

O: A very solid and flavorful porter. High drinkability. I recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2012 15:02:31 | More by Treebs
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Sean9689

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Northdown Cafe.

A - Pours a dark brown, almost black, off-white head, thin collar, spotty lace, some wisps on top.

S - Excellent notes of roast, dark chocolate, some oak, cream, and toasted nuts. The nose really got me digging this one.

T - Roast, coffee, dark chocolate, oak, cream, some toffee. Hard to find a bad thing to say about the taste on this one...just excellent. The roast, chocolate, and woody notes are wonderful.

M - Medium, good carbonation, creamy and rich, roasted finish.

O - An excellent porter, to say the least. If you're in Chicago and see this on tap, get it (if you like the style). It's really good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2011 16:20:40 | More by Sean9689
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barczar

Kentucky

4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost opaque brown color with garnet highlights and a one finger milk chocolate head that dissipates to a solid ring of foam and leaves huge lace.

Aroma is roasted malt, caramel, and slight hint of chocolate boozy warmth.

Flavor follows suit with caramel sweetness leading to roasted malt and a stronger presence of chocolate and caramel. The boozy booze is more pronounced in the roasty finish.

Body is medium with low carbonation ending with an alcoholic warmth.

Overall, an excellent example of the style, albeit a bit on the sweet side. Very drinkable and will be great as a cold weather brew.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2011 20:12:12 | More by barczar
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Hopfist

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a robust porter, so it's dark brown and has fantastic chocolate and coffee notes. It's got a gorgeous brown head, and the contrast in colors between the beer and the foam make this beer look like a doberman or rottweiler but it's so sweet (not literally) it's name could be "princess". This beer was named "Best beer in Chicago" in 2010. I don't recall who named it that, but I don't necessarily disagree. I've had this on tap, on cask, and even Bourbon Barrel Aged... it just won't stop being awesome. It's 7% abv is quite well hidden (8.5% in the BBA version I believe), and if it's fairly big body wasn't there to slow you down, you could easily find yourself quite over-served after more than two or three. This is a fine beer in the summer, and one of the best around come Winter in Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 18:11:17 | More by Hopfist
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TheRealBigC

Nevada

4.63/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This here is a great porter. I wish Revolution Brewing would start bottling and distributing their beers across the country if only for this one (not to discount their other excellent beers).

Standard porter appearance, dark brown with an excellent head and lacing. Not an astounding smell, but good.

Flavor wise, I can't find fault with this beer. It tastes great! A perfectly balanced porter. Smooth feel.

I really, really liked this one, but at the same time I have other porters in my area that will suffice in my time away from Chicago.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 03:46:43 | More by TheRealBigC
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown beer with a brownish head that had moderate retention and some pretty decent lacing.

S - Roasted malt, bitter chocolate, coffee.

T - Pretty full taste, focused mostly on the roasted nad bitter chocolate with hints of coffee.

M - Pretty full bodied with some moderate carbonation.

O - Pretty nice flavors, alcohol is well hidden, quite fulfilling. This one has a decent amount of heft to it, would drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2011 19:55:17 | More by AgentZero
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a pint glass.

A: Nearly black with a two-finger rocky white head.

S: Smell is pretty chocolate-forward for a porter. A bit of roast and coffee in the finish.

T: Smooth and robust! The chocolate is powerful here as well. Coffee and hops round this out nicely and it finishes dry and toasty.

D: It has a relatively high ABV for the style, but the alcohol is completely hidden. Just great balance and a decent mouthfeel as well.

Overall: Perhaps the best of the everyday lineup from Revolution. One of the best American Porters I have had yet. Smooth, complex and incredibly tasty, just a great beer all around.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 08:15:35 | More by JohnnyChicago
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StoneTSR

Colorado

4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Black with a lighter-than-usual-for-a-porter head, it was almost white and about a quarter-inch thick. The lacing was also quite impressive for a porter.

SMELL: Not much for the nose, but some hints of chocolate and smoky malt were detectable.

TASTE: Delicious, sweet, chocolatey with some bitter hops and smoky malt flavor for balance. The chocolate is certainly the dominating flavor and a very slightly sour aftertaste creeps in at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and silky, oily, but not mouthcoating like I expected it to be. The Eugene sits a bit on the heavy side, but it isn't terribly intense. Overall, it has a nice feel.

OVERALL: After sampling a flight of six or seven of Revolution's beer two made the final cut to take home in a growler. I ended up going with the Anti-Hero IPA, but the Eugene was the other beer, so I had one more at the pub. This goes down very easy for a 7%er and I look forward to another the next time I'm at Revolution.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2011 18:14:25 | More by StoneTSR
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a dark brown color with a good tan head that leaves behind a bit of lacing and sticks around for awhile. The nose is really nice and chocolatey. Really love the level they've used. Under that, a bit of roasted malt but this was mostly about the chocolate. The taste isn't quite as nice, though the chocolate notes really still stand out. The feel was quite nice with a full body. Pretty viscous for what it is. Drinks quite well. I'm a big fan.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2011 01:17:06 | More by Thorpe429
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 10/12/10.

A-pours a beautiful deep opaque brown with a frothy mocha head and great lacing.

S-roasty with a strong chocolate malt undertone and a lactic sweetness.

T-Delicious. Sweet chocolate and milk stout notes in front, followed by medium roastiness and a mild sweet finish.

M-medium bodied with a nice lingering finish.

D-does not in any way seem like 7%. Extremely drinkable. Delicious.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2010 23:43:16 | More by sholland119
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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 531 ratings.