Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 867
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 118 | FT: 6
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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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
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 (433 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (1,570 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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... (573 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -22.1%
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+ (3,368 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (1,698 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.72/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,374 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.87/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Once more, I will reiterate the point that if you are transiting through Union Station in Chicago and you have some time to spare, head over to Binney's (South Side Loop). I CANnot imagine that you will be disappointed. I have never been more appeased in my life than when I am leaving there.

My Crack and inverted Glug netted me a big finger of dense, foamy, deep-brown head that also produced a faux-cascading action as it settled. Settling, it turned into one of the most unsettling beers ever. It was as dark as night in the middle of the ocean. SRM = 44+. I think that the Kraken may have been at the bottom of the glass. It was so deep-brown and dark that even the white bits was black. Nose was rich, like a chocolate cake made with dark chocolate. Velvety, chocolaty, but with a charcoal smokiness that just put me over the top. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a silkiness that reinforced the cake analogy. My, my, my. Finish was smoky, chocolaty, like my 5th (or so) birthday cake. More, please. (1,004 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - blackish brown with reddish hues around the edges; a short lived, brownish head leaves nice lacing

S - roasted malts, some chocolate, hints of coffee and caramel

T - caramel, chocolate, coffee, hints of charcoal

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I really like this beer. It's a very approachable porter, but also offers depths of flavor. I especially like the caramel notes that shine through and balance the bitter, roasted malts. This is definitely a porter worth checking out. (488 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick over-the-top bubbly head of light tan that last and last. This beer is to dark to see any signs of light.
S- The creamy and roasted black malt aroma is very mellow with some chocolate malt almost coco nib qualities to it. Over all pretty smooth and clean aroma.
T- The mellow roasted black malt lingers softly in the finish with a very light hop tartness and some dark chocolate hints underneath. The finish is very mellow aswell.
M- This beer has a medium-light creamy texture and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- This beer is a gentle "hand-holding" type of porter that is easy going and soft. Not much depth or character that I would expect for a cask but easy to drink none the less. (771 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from a six-pack lugged over to Founders 15th Anny party by jdhende. 12oz into a tulip, thanks bro!

Body is pretty well black, creamy brown headwind good retention and lacing. Nose of milk chocolate, light roast and some hop character. Some vanilla as well. Taste has some bitter roast, coffee, chocolate and bitter hopping. Some earthier flavours too. Body is fairly light, but carbonation is spot on as low as it is. A nice standard American porter. (456 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Eugene Porter is good. The beer pours an opaque black with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a lace. The smell has hints of chocolate, coffee and peat. The taste is much of the same as the smeel but there is a definite caramel presence. The sweeter flavors start the beer and the coffee and earth linger on the pallet at the end. The mouthfeel is a medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good porter and I really thick the body....much better than watery. (486 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this can. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Black with half a finger of light bubbly medium brown head.

S - Big roast aroma with some milk chocolate, molasses and a hint of coffee.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front with a good sweetness in the middle and chocolate, molasses and brown sugar flavours. The finish is bitter with a hint of coffee.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation. (414 characters)

Photo of Tone
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and smooth with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Overall, good body, blend, and appearance with an interesting mouth feel. (472 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Another beer by way of the creator of the canquest, woodychandler. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bakers chocolate, some coffee as well. Taste is good, chocolate and coffee, smooth and easy drinking. Feels creamy in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out on the Pershing County disc golf front 9 at the round courthouse. Comes out strong and robust brown, ample carbonation, nice looking. Aroma is great, chocolate malt, hoppy presence, brown malt, vibrant, just a strong malt roast nose going, and its quite enjoyable and getting my expectations up.

Taste had a good mix of that heavily roasted brown and chocolate malt character, ample cascade hops it seems, a body that really isn't all that heavy, this was kind of like getting Black Butte porter in a can, hoppy, but not a huge viscous body, but still plenty robust. It has a slick sweetness that is still balanced, but helped along in drinkability by apparently molasses and caramel type of inputs.

Another can consumed while throwing some disc golf. Man I haven't thrown disc for almost 2 months, damn winter, giveth awesome skiing weather, taketh away disc golf. This was my first Revolution brew, and its a good one, I'm impressed and will look for more of them, hopefully I come across generous traders like CanisMajor again. (1,045 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium brown to black in color with a few dark garnet highlights. Pretty quick head, only a residual ring of foam, brown in color.

The aroma is roasted malts full of coffee, dry chocolate, cacao, coffee beans, and a little vanilla.

Coffee and well roasted malts upfront. Somewhat burnt, and a little bitter malts and hops with dark chocolate, coffee beans, and a dark toffee, cappuccino on the finish.

The palate can be dry in the middle, but a little more slick on the finish. Very tasty porter thats easy to drink. (522 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, 6 pack packaging had a date of November 20, 2012 printed on it. Just not sure if that's the canning date or the best by date. Since Revolution is new to Ohio, I'll assume it's the canned on date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and some light hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, at $9.99 a 6-pack I'd buy this again. (639 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wow what an exceptional porter, color is very pitch black not surprising for 6.8% ABV. Has a mild 1/2 inch of opaque head with great lacing. Smell is very mild if anything I get some chocolate malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is excellent with chocolate malts leading giving me a sort of dark chocolate coffee roast, some lactic sweetness and very little chalky yeast. Mouth feel is somewhat creamy with a medium body. Overall quite an exceptional porter very easy to drink. I wish I could get it again as I picked this up in Vintage Estate in Ohio. (548 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is a dark brown that is semi clear. The head is medium tan with good retention, good lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, mostly coffee coming through.

The taste is the same as aroma, mostly coffee, but not bitter coffee just some simple coffee.

The feel is ok, a little on the lighter side. (352 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz can, pours near-black with brown at the edges when held to a light; thinner light brown head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lace. Aromas are roasty, bittersweet chocolate, coffee roast, faint anise. Tastes are sweeter but with plenty of roast, dark chocolate, oatmeal, molasses, coffee, mild earthy/piny bitterness at the end, but finishes exceptionally clean. At 7%, I think i can say the alcohol was well concealed, albeit it's not a huge ABV. Mouth-feel is velvety smooth, rich & creamy, while being medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, very solid porter! I would buy this again. I need to compare it back-to-back with some of my favorites, because this one holds its own! (697 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pour is cola brown with a light coffee head and some large bubbles. Nose is roast, pitted olive, light coffee rind, and some light chocolate cake batter. Body is full up front but thins in back. Taste is heavy roast, the other aspects from the nose are there but take a back seat to the roast. Highly carbonated through the finish and a touch slick on the back of the throat. (375 characters)

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.