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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 130
Hads: 894
Avg: 4.02
pDev: 24.38%
Wants: 56
Gots: 127 | 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: 130 | Hads: 894
Photo of morimech
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very thin, tan head. Body is black with dark coffee color highlights. Head retention and lacing died very fast and left no trace.

First smells are of candied stone fruits like figs and prunes. Sweet crystallized and roasted malts also are in play. Hops are not detected and alcohol is very light.

Taste is of tons of sweet dark fruits, i.e. prunes and raisins. Sweet malt is also present with some Belgian yeast in the background. Hops aren't a factor and alcohol is very light, as in nose. There is a slight soy sauce off taste that lingers unfortunately.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied for a porter, beer is well carbonated. Head immediately died so that deducted from its score.

Overall, this beer was slightly above average and not anywhere near my top 10 porters I've had. The off flavors present negated any good characteristics the beer had. Cool can, so-so beer.

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Photo of ilovefatgirls
2.67/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From a 12 oz can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: It looked good while I was pouring it, a nice opaque black with a very faint deep ruby red color around the edges. I poured it semi-aggressive, the head exploded into a 3 finger head, and I would have liked to describe it, but it disappeared into absolutely nothing in less than two seconds. Other than that, looks like your standard porter.

Smell: Some roasted malts, and a slight sweetness which may be a faint fruit smell. It's a very pleasant smelling beer, which leads me into...

Taste: This is where this beer falls short. It's such an average porter. I can only taste what seems like a hint of milk chocolate and a tiny bit of coffee, but it's so subtle you can barely notice it. I've tried this beer cold, chilled, room temp, etc., to give it the benefit of the doubt, because I really wanted to like this beer. Sadly, it falls short in every aspect. I would recommend this as an introductory porter. Nothing is going to scare you away from this beer, it isn't bad, nothing stands out to keep you wanting another one, though.

Mouthfeel: It isn't as heavy as other people seem to think. It's about as heavy as Guinness, take that as you will.

Overall: I really, really wanted to like this beer. The smell drew me in, but the taste and thin mouth feel let me down. For the same price, you're better off picking up some Founders Porter.

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Photo of cratez
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter - 6.8% ABV - Consumed March 19, 2013.

A: pours an ultra dark brown, basically black, with a sliver of tan foam and strands of lacing on the pint glass. Good looking beer.

S: roasted malt, burnt toast, must, piney-resiny hops, leather, ash, and dark unsweetened chocolate. Decent complexity but a little mild.

T: burnt toast, dark unsweetened chocolate, raisin, light tartness mid-palate, neutral hop flavour, roasted-grainy afters. 28 IBUs sounds reasonable, as this is fairly malt-forward with low bitterness. This drinks more like an English-style brown porter than a Robust Porter. Just okay IMO.

M: medium-bodied, higher than average carbonation (almost cola-like), spicy-prickly hop bitterness with a chalky-dry finish, roasted-grainy afters, and some heat in the throat. On target for the style.

O: really dig the nod to labour activist Eugene V. Debs, but this is merely an average porter. Not much better than something like Muskoka Dark Ale.

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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.

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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.

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

Serving Type - Can

Appearance - Blackish tan/brown with a nice thick, foamy, creamy 1 inch head with tons of lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts, cocoa, coffee, chocolate, dark fruits like raisin, plum, grapes, molasses, brown sugar, some smoke and a faint fruity hop note near the finish.

Taste - First sip is a nice mix of roasty, smokey malts with a nice balance of bitter coffee and sweet chocolate, cococa and added sugars. Smooth and creamy, dark fruits add some complex flavors and balance. Slight hop kick in the finish that adds a little cirtic tang.

Mouthfeel - Malts coat the tongue with roasty, smoked flavors. Palate picks up some dark fruits, coffee and chocolate. Aftertaste is a little watery weak but has some malts and sugars.

Overall - Pretty good beer really. Huge malt backbone balanced out with some chocolate and coffee. Not too sweet, not too roasted and smoked, just smooth and easy to enjoy. A must try for porter fans.

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Photo of BeerisOK
3.34/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Always a fan of porters and the 6.8% ABV doesn't hurt for this one.

Initial aromas of raisin and hops. Got a lot of alcohol up front to begin with then mellowed after warming.

Good balance of malts with low hop bitterness. Nothing stood out as too impressive with this beer but certainly holds up with most porters I've had.

Certainly will give this a go again, especially if it's on tap.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a hand-made pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a substantial, sticky, caramel colored head that lingers.

S: Smells of molasses, biscuit, coffee and raisin.

T: I taste coffee up front with a sweetness following. I might even describe it as fruity.

M: Goes down smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, a delicious beer. Drinks very smoothly and has a variety of flavors which are all nicely balances. A great choice for anyone into porters.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Very dark brown color. Dimpled top to a thick and fluffy two-inch head that deflates slowly.

Caramelly grain, roastiness, fragrant coffee notes, some mustiness, wheat cereal, and toffee. Nice.

Coffee-forward, with chocolatey notes not terribly far behind. Some oxididation evident. Roasty flavor brings char and earthy sweetness. Dusty cocoa staves off the hops, which are nearly silenced. A little tangy in the finish.

Has a medium body with easy flow. Not a really bold body. The carbonation is a little weak, also. Missing something in the mouthfeel.

A good porter, but not worthy of "outstanding" status.

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Photo of Libationguy
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Wonderful dark color with a moderate tan head that does show some retention.

Raisins, cocoa, fig compote and powdered milk. Chocolate and coffee notes create and underpinning to support the other aromas. The nose is clean and relatively simple, with a blance and order to the aromatic composistion.

Medium roast coffee, bittersweet chocolate and powdered milk on the palate. A mild bitterness keeps everything clean. Very much in line with the Porter style. Carbonation is soft and balanced.

You can see that the breeding is in this beer and it is obvious that the brewery has a skilled team putting out high quality beer. This Porter is technically sound and nicely crafted, but I have to be honest that I was left wanting just a little more.

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Photo of blindtiger24
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

A: Pitch black with a thin one knuckle mocha head that dissolves fast.

S: Cocoa, anise, maybe even a little banana and clove.

T: Nice malty sweetness with a hint of caramelized bananas that flows
into a cocoa bitterness with elements of black licorice.

M: Smooth on initial sip, but there is a drying effect, but not overly
so, that is imparted by the bitter ending.

O: Nice aromas and flavors on this one. The bitterness flavor is quite
good. I usually I find Porter good from bitter to sweet, so I like
this inversion. However, I found the mouthfeel less impressive and a
trade-off for that bitter flavor. An above average porter, especially
when you consider it's in a can!

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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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/16/2013. Second time I've had this, first time I'm reviewing this.

Pours a dark and opaque brown body. 2cm substantial fluffy mocha head, solid retention. Bits and pieces of lacing.

Smells tame. Toffee, chocolate, coffee. Small bits of floral hops. Not very intense, but pleasant.

More dark chocolate, dollops of black coffee, lots of toffee and butterscotch. Sweet, not overly bitter. Nice, non-overbearing roastiness. Some earthiness on the back end.

Medium bodied, a bit watery. Drinkable, no heat, minimal ABV. Pleasant roasty flavour on the aftertaste.

Good shelf porter. If it were cheaper for a 6 pack (I've only really seen it for $11-12/6 and would prefer something like $8 or $9 instead), it would be a great value. It's a fairly tame American porter that lags well behind more easily obtained American porters such as Edmund Fitzgerald or Black Butte, all of which are available in Chicago.

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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.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into one of those hip new tall Guinness glasses.

A- Poured a very dark brown, near black color. A bit of reddish-brown at the very bottom of the glass due to refraction, so not quite opaque. A fluffy mocha-tan head, 2f, does not last very long and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S-Light roast coffee, toffee, caramel, roast malt, and chocolate. All the aromas are cooked up sweetly, not bitter. Very pleasant.

T- Roast coffee and chocolate bitters, some sweet malt.

M- Light body with tingly carbonation. Balanced sweet and dry finish.

O- Pretty good but maybe the 6.8% abv could be toned down.

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Photo of MetricOcean
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very solid porter: toffee, caramel, tobacco, islay scotch, chocolate, instant coffee. Dark malts do their thing here, but overall the body and mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It has a nice roasty bittersweet chocolate flavor that lingers on the back of your tongue. Not overwhelming, really well done. So far I've been impressed by Revolution's offerings and they do not let down with this porter. 84/100

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

A - Pours as dark as a moonless night. Tan head.
S - Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty.
T - Carmel malts, roasted, chocolate, nutty and a little sweet. Earthy with a creamy finish with just a hint of bitterness.
M - Medium body and high carbonation.
O - A very good porter, great for the season.

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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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz Can
$9.99 6-Pack
S&A Liquors, Joliet

Eugene is strong coffee black and pours with silky viscosity. When at rest the solid black body lets no light penetrate. A silky, creamy beige head sits atop and stays put throughout leaving behind drink history lines with each sip. This just looks like the porter I want to be drinking.

You can smell Eugene as it glugs from the can. Coffee with a dash of cream and bittersweet chocolate kick things off. Roasted barley, a touch of lactic sweetness, smooth nuttiness, and burnt marshmallow make for a well rounded porter. The aromas are rich, complex, and mouthwatering.

Dark chocolate and coffee present themselves upront while more bitter, baker's chocolate comes around mid-palate. The coffee notes show that cream sweetness again and there's a welcomed roasty bitterness. Again, the depth of flavor is where Eugene shines.

You can't get a much better body on a porter. There's enough weight to feel substantial but not heavy. There's enough roast to add bitterness, but it's subdued. The body is soft and velvety.

Eugene is an outstanding porter that I find myself picking up often and enjoying each and every time. If I can't make up my mind at the liquor store I usually reach for this and head to the register.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: onyx with hue of copper body, trace khaki head
light lacing

S: big dark choc, coffee, caramel, toffee, nuts

T: same as nose firm malt and earthy roasted finish

M: med/light body, light bubbly, hint
of creamy balance with mild crisp

O: Great American porter, could easily have a few
and not feel overwhelmed with a heavy treat.
Must assuredly will revisited and grab a 6 pack for
a cold day.


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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Good deal of roasted malt, slight coffee, chocolate and nuts.

T-Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee. Some chocolate, nuts and very mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, slightly on the watery side.

O-A well made porter, the heat outside might have warmed it up too quickly but a nice brew.

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.