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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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89
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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 879
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 8.98%
Wants: 53
Gots: 119 | 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: 129 | Hads: 879
Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a 25 March 2015 date stamp served in a tulip glass.

A - pours opaque and nearly black with a tan head of moderate size and retention.

Aroma: roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

Taste: Chocolates and darks, with hints of raisins and figs. Slightly sweet overall. Moderate amount of dark roasted grain flavor for style, but with no burnt notes. Some coffee in the finish and aftetaste.

M- medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation produces a lively but smooth mouthfeel.

O- A very nice, chocolaty, porter. (581 characters)

Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic porter. Lots of chocolate and roast malt on both the nose and taste. Like a lot of other porters, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still a very good beer. (174 characters)

Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, stamped 4/7/2015 on bottom

black, with tan colored head that fades. aroma is mostly milk chocolate. the taste is not as sweet, more of a bitter finish. a little bit of roasted flavor. medium bodied, average carbonation (236 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a thick and creamy one-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

T- picking up a lot of dark fruit up front; raisin, fig & prune. Powdery chocolate kicks in mid-palate, along with a hint of vanilla-like sweetness, slightly roasted finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- high drinkability made this one go down quick, a nice full flavored porter (684 characters)

Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to share in a bit of this absolute goodness with my porter-mad better half. Really solid all around with roasty notes, delicious toffee notes, and a MUCH bigger body and expression of flavor than many of the US versions of the style. I often think of porters as watered-down stouts (which some examples have lived up to), but this is on a whole different level. She wants a sixer now... (390 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
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)

Photo of monkeybeerbelly
4.21/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice aroma with notes of chocolate and nice roasted malts. Delicious flavor full of chocolate, coffee and mocha. If it was slightly thicker in the mouth feel it would be just as good as founders porter which to me is the benchmark for all porters (253 characters)

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jims in a DFH snifter. This porter, named after an imprisoned socialist presidential candidate, pours as black as the history of Russia under Stalin with a firm light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee, sweet roasted malts, brown sugars, and a touch of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with chocolate and coffee flavors on all sides blending together with a dark brown sugar note and light smoke on the back. Aftertaste features sweet and lightly bitter roasted malts adding to an excellent depth and complexity. A stout drinkers porter that features moderate carbonation and a slick coating mouth feel.

While I am a big fan of this brewery it should be noted the fist is making some sense, and while Utopia is as it should be; banished, this is a fine brew for the proletariat AKA middle class. Love the brew, hate the symbolism and rather "quaint" wallpapering of historical fact for a rather loathsome person who sniped at America while they built the great land we enjoy via the industrial revolution. (1,144 characters)

Photo of IPAGeorge
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint

A. Very dark brown opaque with a dark tan 2 finger head.

S. Roasted malts, Vanilla, light coffee and chocolate.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get some roasted malts and vanilla. Light chocolate flavors. ending with slight bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Lil more carbonation than i'd like from a porter but nothing critical. Finishes slightly dry.

O. A decent porter. There are others i'd reach for first but still good enough to drink and enjoy.

Now that it warms I get a lil more smokey flavor which im enjoying. Also I can feel the alcohol a lil more. Bumped ratings. (645 characters)

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer does it come in bottle?
L: black 1 1/2 finger head dissipates quick lots of lacing
S: chocolate lite coffee but not tons of smell
T: what it lacks in smell it more than makes up for in flavor rich smooth chocolatey carbonated chocolate bar with slight coffee undertone
F: rich creamy with carbonation at the end
O: wow Eugene nows his s#$ t this is great. buying this in bulk next time im mad I only bought one definitely in top five (446 characters)

Photo of Redrover
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of those beers you have all the time and then you realize you never reviewed it..

From a 12 oz can poured into a pint glass, the beer is a very dark brown with a dark tan head.

Inviting aroma of roasted malts and dark fruit.

The taste leads with semi-sweet roasted malts. There are hints of coffee, raisins and molasses. There is some bite from the hops and some very ripe plum. It hangs together nicely.

The mouth is semi-thick with a bit of creaminess.

All-in-all, a very enjoyable porter and one that I continue to revisit on a regular basis. (568 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.39/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the can a nice, thick black color. Some caramel colored head retention, which dissipates half way through the glass. Hearty toasted malt aroma. Nice full caramel malt flavor, alcohol noticeable as well. Chocolaty.

Mouthfeel is thick, but has more carbonation present than the beer's appearance does. Overall pretty solid, I cant say anything bad about it. My first from Revolution, looking forward to trying more from this brewery. (449 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
4.62/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I saw my hero Eugene V. Debs on the can, I knew I had to try this one.

Purchased at the cafe of the Chicago Institute for Art, poured from a can into a glass.

Nice almost black brown with a huge head.

Rich roasted aroma with a bit of coffee.

Flavor is nicely balanced between toasty and creamy, as well sweet and dry elements. Some wine notes. Some chocolate. Very true to style.

Very smooth creamy mouthfeel.

I like this one alot. (442 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the first Revolution beers that I got into, and still a go-to porter for me. Review from can. Deep cocoa brown to black with tan head. Very satisfying slickness to the mouthfeel, without being too cloying. Plenty of hop bitterness to balance out the powdery, bakers chocolate notes. Manages to be simple and complex at the same time, a local standout porter. (365 characters)

Photo of Eric_Edwardson
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Dark as night, this american style porter offers an incredible taste and aroma of dark chocolate malt with notes of toasted grain and caramel flavors. The chocolate essence of this drink allows it to be a great after dinner drink. Very palatable, and a great introduction beer for someone who wants a more robust drink. (319 characters)

Photo of DaneBramage
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%

12 oz can. Wonder if it comes in bottles....?

Smooth porter flavor with hints of mocha, chocolate and coffee. Not overpowering but could have used a little stronger flavor for my taste. Goes well with a hot plate of chicken and potatoes. (241 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Qbdoo
4.3/5  rDev +7.2%

An excellent porter. Nice creamy head with scents of coffee and chocolate. Taste is similar but not super strong. Well balanced with a hint of root beer and brown suger in the mix. Body is medium, which makes this go down pretty easy.

There are a number of very good porters in the midwest, but right now this is my favorite. (327 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 mynie
4.18/5  rDev +4.2%

Don't know how I feel about Debs being used to advertise hipster beer. But, whatever, there's plenty of beer that uses like the pope or Mike Schmidt or shit like that so I shouldn't care too much about this.

This is a good porter. Dry up front, lightly sweet middle, pleasantly rough and bittersour porter barely at the very back end. Wonderful portery aftertaste, too, which a lot of newer breweries blot out with their more hop-forward iterations. (454 characters)

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.43/5  rDev +10.5%
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 Ellbert
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good brew. I still find it strange to have a good craft beer out of a can.

In Illinois for a family event and wanted to drink local. Found this beer and was very happy. It is true to the style and delicious.

Taste is good with roasted malt and coffee.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. (290 characters)

Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
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 drdiesel9483
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
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 morimech
3.54/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark brown that appears black in the glass. Just over one finger of head forms and sticks around for a long time before eventually settling to a thin cap. Light spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Dark malt aroma of chocolate, molasses, and graham crackers. Getting some fruity esters as well. No sign of alcohol. Getting a very slight hint of acidity.

Cannot make up my mind if this tastes more Belgian or British. There is a slight acidic bit in the finish that really confuses my palate. I get flavor notes of chocolate, coffee, and caramel from the malt. A lot of yeast esters and phenols as I pick up cherries, plums, and raisins. A touch of spice as well. Alcohol is not noticeable.

Starts off as a solid, robust porter. But the finish is really weak and thin. Feels like a much smaller beer. I do not think the carbonation is the problem as I find that solid.

Different sort of porter. Has some unique properties that does not make beer easy to categorize. Part Belgian, part British, and part American. (1,021 characters)

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.