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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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142 Reviews
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Reviews: 142
Hads: 938
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 23.57%
Wants: 56
Gots: 138 | 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:
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: 142 | Hads: 938
Photo of Stevedore
3.87/5  rDev -4%
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 -6%
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 -5.5%
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 +1.5%
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 +1.7%
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 +1.7%
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 +6.2%
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 -19.9%
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 +20.8%
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 +2.7%
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 +0.2%
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 -0.7%
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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Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beer #1 of my DIY Chicago care package.

Extremely dark brown body, no highlights, topped by five fingers plus of dark tan highly whipped foam.

Big coffee aroma, with a good dollop of chocolate. Very inviting and enticing.

A kiss of milk chocolate, followed by a cup of coffee. Hop nip at the swallow. Long lingering chocolate and coffee finish.

Smoth slick mouthfeel.

A very tasty porter, and a good first impression.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from the can. No freshness date on the can. Props to Florida9 for including this in my trade with him.

A-Pours a deep, almost black brown color with a thick, creamy light brown head that dissipates fairly quickly and settles at about a half finger width. This almost looks like a stout.

S-Toasted bread, bready malts, caramel sweetness, a bit nutty as well.

T-Follows the nose, mostly. The sweet bready malts balance perfectly with the semi-charred, toasty flavor that precedes a subtle hop flavor. Very complex and robust for an American porter.

MF-Creamy as hell. Feels almost like an RIS. Body is thick and full and it finishes a bit dry.

O-Probably the best American porter I've ever had. Taste is very complex and well balanced. A robust American porter that I find very satisfying to drink.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty thick-looking porter, somewhere in the medium-dark brown range with some heft to its look. It grows a tan head to one finger that retains itself quite well and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.
This is a hefty porter in the American style. The nose gives off some cocoa sweetness with some coffee and a toastiness that's not common and adds a nice element. It's more toasty than roasty, in fact, and fights the urge to simply be a stout as bready malts play out with a good balance of gentle hops.
The flavor mingles toast, coffee, bready malts and a strong nuttiness with a bit of a dryer element with a touch of char. There's a flavor almost like toast with burnt edges, and there's an interesting interplay as citrus rind and light hops bitterness come into focus.
Eugene is a pretty hefty porter, but doesn't break character. Robust but not huge, with a thick body, there's a creamy texture to it that makes for good drinking. It leads into a dryer finish.

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Photo of AndyP612
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz Can poured into Darkness chalice.

A- Pitch black with a small light khaki head a top that dissipates quickly.

S- Very smoke heavy, Big malt nose

T- Super heavy in smokey malt. Chocolate overtones present as well as coffee with minimal bitterness.

M- Medium velvety bodied very well balanced porter.

O- Just extremely solid porter, absolutely delicious. I will be buying this again for the colder months but at this point I will be putting more emphasis on the lighter fare even though it is 80 degrees outside I can still drink this without worrying about it weighing me down too much. Cheers.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of sbxx
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep chocolatey brown. 2 fingers worth of dark caramel head appears. A nice looking beer.

Smell - Rich chocolatey malts.

Taste - "Now that's a porter!" Much like it smells. The chocolate notes were balanced very nicely.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish

Overall - Easily one of my favorite porters. It is rich and robust, smooth & easy to drink. Looking forward to having more!

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Photo of emyers
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours near black with a half-inch head. Dissipates very quickly into a very thin lacing.

Smell: Roasted malt, oats, a little bit of cocoa powder. Some smoke. I like the profile a lot, but there isn't much intensity.

Taste: A lot of caramel malt comes into play here, which wasn't in the aroma. The roasted malt, cocoa, and hint of smoke are still there as well. Definitely more depth than in the smell. No alcohol apparent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Finishes quite dry. Medium carbonation. Very smooth going down.

Overall: Very solid porter. That being said, it falls a bit short of the upper echelon due to a lack of overall intensity. It just doesn;t have the smell/flavor punch of a Founders porter or Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to wyatt13 for this can tossed in as an extra in our recent trade. I've never had anything from these guys, and I'm always up for trying new brew. Can poured into a chalice.

Pours a thick deep black, with just a sheet of lace on the top after what I thought was an aggressive pour. Bits of lace cling to the glass. The nose is full of roasted goodness: ground coffee, chocolate malt, toasted bread, and a kiss of sweet vanilla on the finish.

Good hefty body. Chewy but easy to drink. Good bubble play on the palate. Big milk chocolate flavors all over this beer. Some mild roastedness rounds it out a bit. I've had far too many Porters that are heavy on the roasted aspect and it just wears on you, but this one is perfectly balanced, even erring on the side of a little more sweet. Some vanilla and almond noted as well.

Really a stand out beer here. Were this available to me locally, I think I'd have regular stock of this in my fridge as my go-to dark beer. Thanks again, Wyatt!

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Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This porter pours a black color and is topped with 3/8” of tan colored head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a nice balance of malt and roasted malt aroma that blends nicely in the nose.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is rather creamy for a porter but it has a delicious roasted flavor that blends tastefully with the rest of the beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather tasty porter that goes down easy but leaves enough of a taste that I can enjoy it for the style that it is.

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.