Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 125
Hads: 863
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 51
Gots: 115 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 125 | Hads: 863
Photo of brewcrew76
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with deep brown hues and a thin creamy tan head.

S - Roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee, dark chocolate, roasted nuts, cream.

T - Roasted malt, coffee, the taste alternates between milk chocolate and dark chocolate, slightly nutty.

M - medium body with good carbonation. Creamy

D - Very solid and highly drinkable porter. (337 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third and last product from Revolution that I have here in cans. It, like the others is a great brew.

Opening the can reveals a nice sweetness and an appropiate aroma for the style. Like the others it has a weak head but the color is an oil can dark.

The taste is similarly dark and balanced for a porter - not very hoppy but nicely sweet. The aftertaste is in the same region - just a little roasty and a nice balance.

I am now a fan of Revolution and l hope to taste more of their brews in the time to come (since the world didn't end last night). (566 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass at fridge temp. Date on the bottom is august fifth.

Pours black with a pretty good sized brown had that dissipates fast. Medium amount of fine slow carbonation. Smell is coffee and black licorice.

Taste is a little cherry soda and a little coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium but sticky. Overall, not too bad, just a little too much cherry soda character. (388 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Tulip

A - Pours a nice black coffee color, thin half a finger head, very little lacing.
S - Some nice mild roasty malts, some dark fruits, fig, a little smoke, some nice whipped cream aroma too hidden in there.
T - Nice smooth roasted malt, some toasted caramel, light earthy hop traits blended in, some of those dark fruits, then you get this creamy finish at the end. Its almost like a desert.
M - Full and creamy.
O - Complex, excellent blend of good flavors going on in this, its really an outstanding porter. (524 characters)

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

Dark brown, borderline black body. There's a generous tan head.

Heavy roasted barley scent with a touch if smoke. Chocolate and light roast coffee, too, with some earthy hop notes.

Bakers chocolate, coffee, roast, and a piney finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

It's a really solid porter all around. It has a respectable abv and is a smooth, easy drinker. (380 characters)

Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
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
Glass: Tulip

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. (2,246 characters)

Photo of BrownAleMale
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Dark dark brown with 2 fingers of khaki head that dissipates to about a half finger and leaves spotty lacing.

Smell- Not huge notes here but some pine hop and chocolate.

Taste- Dark chocolate with a bitter chocolate finish. The pine hops that I got on the nose isnt there really. Still balanced with the bitter sweet chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel- Normally I expect my porters to have a heavy body. This is more on the light side of medium, but I like it because it makes it more of a sessionable porter. Add in the fact that it is pretty highly carbonated for a porter, you get a lighter sessionable porter. Does hinge on the watery side, but works just enough to be enjoyable.

Overall- A very mild sessionable porter that you can buy in a can for a cookout of tailgate. (834 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (502 characters)

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa, roasted malt, & molasses
T: Mostly roasted malt along with some bitter cocoa/coffee, also the molasses makes a reappearance
M: Medium-bodied though a bit thin, with the bitterness providing a long finish
O: Overall this is quite solid & I enjoyed it; I would love a bit more creaminess on the mouthfeel though the alcohol is already well balanced. I'll echo BB1313 in that this is good but Ohio is home to some fine porters that set the bar high. (558 characters)

Photo of Treebs
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful pitch black, with almost no light getting through. There's a huge khaki mocha head which sticks around and leaves very nice lacing. Awesome looking porter. The aromas are full chocolate malts. There's a subtle roastiness and a touch of smoke. There's mild hints of vanilla bean as well. The flavors have alot of dark chocolate and black coffee going on, giving it a pretty solid bitterness. There's also a touch of hop flavor, along with a hop bitterness, but the hops don't shine, nor do I think they should for the porter style. The flavors are nice, but not intense. I'm also picking up some roasted black coffee. The mouthfeel is interesting in a good way. Low carbonation. It's on the light side of medium-bodied. Smooth and fluffy making it an easy drinker. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm not gonna lie, I was hoping for more. But it's still a very solid porter. Traditional and well crafted. There's nothing wrong with it at all, it just doesn't go the extra mile. It doesn't pop. I really dig the coffee aftertaste though. Maybe I'm just spoiled by some other easy to get porters in my area. (1,150 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Has a great lasting head with great lacing. Chocolate toasty smell. Taste is very similar to the smell. Great full body beer with mild carbonation and goes down smooth. Fantastic porter! (190 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/28/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing OK – partial ring of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet, roasted malt: no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625 (409 characters)

Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opaque body with quality froth above it. lacing was good, though not quite as good as anticipated immediately after the pour

coffee and burnt aromas are strong, though there's enough sweet to keep things normal, and may even bump the beverage to stout territory

strong coffee and other nearly-astringent flavors. bitterness at the finish, which also clears the way for some fashionably late fruity flavors (from the darker end of the spectrum of course: plum, date)

solid mouthfeel contrasts well with the lingering bitterness (529 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: Light coffee, caramel sweetness, wet roasted grains all well knit. Clean fermentation character.

Appearance: Jet black with a low tan head. Head retains well and beer looks menacing in my Duvel tulip.

Flavor: Lots of roasted malt character, dark wheat crust, and burnt coffee up front. A touch of caramel sweetness. Leafy hop bitterness provides a solid counterpoint. Balance is to the bitterness. Finish is clean and very dry.

Mouthfeel: Slight dark grain astringency. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall impression: Pretty good. Not great. Something just seemed a little "off" about this one but I couldn't put my finger on it. Seemed kind of disjointed. Maybe needs some time to age a little but the roast was harsh and the hops were pretty forward in this one. Probably won't seek out again. (816 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (687 characters)

Photo of ChugginOil
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours opaque dark brown with three fingers of tan colored creamy head. Head sticks around for a few minutes before slowly dissipating, leaving some nice lacing.

Nose is pretty classic porter, roasted malt with ale yeast esters, light floral and citrus hops, dark bread. A little bit of chocolate as it warms.

Mainly roasted malt on the flavor, a bit of char and smoked flavor, mellowing into yeast esters. Finish is dry, with light lingering roasted malt.

Lighter side of medium body, good amount of fine carbonation contributing to a fairly creamy sensation on the tongue. A decent porter. (632 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can - either canned on 01/07/2014 or best by - can't tell. Served in a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, cola brown at the edges. Thin tan head ring at the edge with some persistent islands of lacing.

Smell: Cocoa powder and metal - a copper penny.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee notes, milk chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, mild spiciness from the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Surprisingly sweet - almost feel this would be a dessert beer, and yet I think it would pair really well with a burger or a steak. Tasty though - hits my sweet tooth just right an I wouldn't mind another one. (681 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/07.

A-Pours a deep brown color with a cascading two and a half finger, dense brown head. This one leaves lacing to write home about.

S-Smells of roasted and chocolate malt with a little bit of a spicy hop note.

T-Rich dark chocolate and roasted notes with a spicy hop finish that delicately balances the richer aspects of the beer.

M-Lusciously rich and thick bodied with low carbonation and a thick sticky, coating mouthfeel.

D-For the complexity that you get with this one, it's also insanely drinkable. By far the best beer on cask I've had yet. (588 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (458 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A- Deep, rich brown
S- I get a bit of booziness, roasted coffee beans, rich chocolate
T- Rich and sweet. Coco notes with almost a rich wood finish (although not barrel aged)
M- Silky smooth and creamy

O- I love this porter. So rich and smooth. Like a milk shake! (297 characters)

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

Eugene has a dark brown color and a modest tan head made up of small bubbles.

Bringing my glass close to smell the beer, I can hear the tiny bubbles popping. Its a louder beer than I expected. As I smell, my nose is filled with chocolate malt aromas.

There is a lot of chocolate malt in the flavor as well. It's a little sweet, but there is an earthy bitterness that I enjoy.

The beer is a little thick and syrupy; lots of coating inside my mouth.

This porter is enjoyable enough, but since it isn't sold anywhere near me, I'm not going out of my way to find it. (568 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (646 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (371 characters)

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