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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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619 Ratings
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Ratings: 619
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%
Wants: 33
Gots: 38 | 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:
Striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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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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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

12-17-2012 03:12:30 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-21-2013 21:34:25 | More by djrn2
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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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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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nmann08

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

07-02-2013 22:35:43 | More by nmann08
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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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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

01-14-2013 23:27:40 | More by acurtis
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

09-29-2013 14:36:47 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

4/5  rDev 0%

10-02-2013 21:20:02 | More by kylehay2004
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-10-2013 00:52:11 | More by spycow
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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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emerge077

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

10-25-2013 20:37:25 | More by emerge077
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3/5  rDev -25%

08-04-2013 06:01:08 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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largadeer

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

08-04-2013 05:37:48 | More by largadeer
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired review a L'atelier 54 ring gauge, yes folks I'm smokin' high quality cigars with some of these fine craft brews these days, and guess what they mesh well. Here's the Revolution Brewing canned Eugene Porter with one of my favorite Pete Johnson blended cigars, this is his and his brothers project which translates as the workshop...I guess it's a way for them to branch out their creativity even more and involve his family in the business away from his Tatuaje lines. Anyways here's the beer, pours a pitch black body with absolutely no ruby highlights seeping through this thing eats the visible light spectrum up, light tan head forms thick and dwindles slow with minimal patchy streaked lacing around the sides of my nonic pint glass. First up the nares are filled with a deep dark chocolate creaminess minimal earthy pine accented hops peak through the waves of dark kilned barley. Really nice dry porter leaving the drinkability factor really high, I get dark chocolate roasts mild espresso with a hint of dark cherry fruit peaking through ending in a creamy velvet decadent place on my palate. Flavor wise I like the way the alcohol and the dark beer features dark roasts, earthy hops, and hints of fruit intermingle so nicely with a 6.8% abv canned porter this place ain't kidding around it's a revolution. Furthermore, I'm glad I'm adding some flavorful smokes to the mix because the synergy of both worlds is really complementing the overall experience mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with dark dry roasted malt finish lingering roasted malt bitterness and hops in the backend with a bit of warming effect left between sips from the higher abv in this American aggressive porter.

Serving type: can

04-26-2013 03:12:57 | More by WVbeergeek
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

On cask, via hand pump, @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. This stays thick, rich, leaving a creamy cascade of lace all down the sides of the glass. Great look here! The aroma smells of burnt roast and coffee with earthy green citric tones and sticky malts pulling up the back. There's a good balance here between all of the flavors but the overall feeling of the dark malts drives this nicely.

The taste is sticky and smoky in the mouth, with a mix of chocolate, toffee, ripe earthy fruit, and a pronounced dark roasted character. There's a touch of sharp hops present but the roast and coffee notes appear to be bringing home most of the bitterness here, leading into a finish of burnt dryness and a touch of leftover sweet tang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture to the feel from the cask. Maybe just a smidge of warmth is present in the body but this is overall VERY drinkable for a 7% beer.

Rich and full flavored Porter here, that was made even more easy feeling and drinkable on cask. I really dug on this one and would have happily put another pint away if there weren't already so many other stellar choices available.

Serving type: cask

08-23-2010 19:35:45 | More by Kegatron
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SocalKicks

California

4/5  rDev 0%

06-23-2014 15:25:27 | More by SocalKicks
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

03-05-2013 19:20:12 | More by Rochefort10nh
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beernads

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

07-03-2013 09:31:42 | More by beernads
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kojevergas

Texas

3.11/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Can acquired from Duff27 in a trade. Thanks again, buddy. I dig the label art; this is some of the finest can art I've seen. 6.8% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz aluminum can served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; I've only had this brewery's IPA and I found that to be above average so I'm expecting this'll be in the same ballpark.

Served straight from the fridge and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger tan colour head of nice cream and thickness, and average (~ 2 minute retention). Strangely, the head bubbles and pops for about 30 seconds, creating a foamy sort of show - but it's not the traditional bubble show you'd see in something like Guinness; the head itself is the only part affected. Curious but interesting. Body colour is a solid nontransparent opaque dark black. No yeast particles are visible. It's not a jet black, but it's rather dark. I wouldn't call it vibrant, but it's appealing. No lacing as the head recedes. Typical of the style, though spot-on. It's what I'd expect to see in a good porter. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Cacao/chocolate, chocolate malt, cola-esque malts, and light vanilla/vanillicin. I search for coffee and I think I find traces of it; it's not horribly evocative if it is present. I do get buried roast - which is a good sign of a quality porter; so few porters neglect roasty character but I find it key to a good example of the style. Light bready notes. Maybe some cinnamon. I also get some kind of weird cola-esque spice; perhaps sassafrass? Caramel character rounds out the aroma. A moderate strength aroma that is generally appealing - though the cola notes do have me worried; I always associate that flavour with a bad schwarzbier. I get no yeast or alcohol from the aroma. Any hopping is very light; I can't detect even any floral character - and that's a good thing for the style.

T/Mf: Rounded smooth chocolate character with some cream on the open. The texture's quite smooth and wet all around in classic porter fashion. Carbonation is good but not ideal. Thickness is good, and palate presence is nice. Maybe a weak hint of coffee. The roast, unfortunately, is so buried by the chocolate as to be almost irrelevant. Caramel. Traces of vanilla - a highlight here, but it also lends more sweetness to the body, which I'm not sure it needs. Light cola notes are present, which weaken the body and lighten the mouthfeel - to its detriment. The feel is a bit smacky and slick, which I can't make up my mind about. In any case, the mouthfeel is generally well suited to the flavour profile. While it's decently balanced, I do want more complexity and subtlety from it. It's not a special or unique example of the style, but it is a solid by-the-numbers porter. I do like it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, with the ABV pretty well hidden. It's not without its flaws, and I'd definitely try the Eugene variants, but I doubt I'd get this again unless it was the best option at a bar while I was out. Many porter fans will love this, and it's definitely above average - but I found it somewhat wanting. Still, it's an enjoyable little porter and I've glad to have tried it. Thanks again, Duff27.

C+

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 02:13:10 | More by kojevergas
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev 0%

12-11-2013 02:43:04 | More by XmnwildX12
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imperialking

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-17-2013 19:09:10 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

01-05-2013 22:31:32 | More by MarkyMOD
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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.