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Eugene - Revolution Brewing Company


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very good

535 Ratings
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Ratings: 535
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4
pDev: 9.5%

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt.

(Beer added by: emerge077 on 02-04-2010)
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Photo of schleprock


2.45/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer three times on tap, once at the brewery and twice at the brewpub before deciding to review. I really wanted to like it but I get the same results. It just seems to be too thin to be a porter of the style like an Edmund Fitzgerald or a Black Butte.

A - Pours a dark brown with a decent head. Lacing isn't bad but didn't seem to last long in my glass.

S - Oak, caramel and cocoa is what I take away from this

T- I can't get into it, it just feels like someone added too much water to the beer and it does not have a deep satisfying flavor.

M- Thin, easy to go down but not what I expected.

This beer really misses the mark in overall taste and mouthfeel for me. It just does not have the body and flavor I expect as it seems watered down. Thus the low scores for taste and mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2013 08:10:06 | More by schleprock
Photo of mecummins


4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can poured into a pint glass.

Appearance- dark, dark brown. No light was shining through this glass. It poured at least a 2 & 1/2 finger tax head. Decent lacing.

Aroma- The coffee notes hit me right way followed by milk chocolate. Roasted malts and sweet molasses were also present. As it warmed, I could detect a bit of smokiness to it as well.

Taste- It tasted very similar to how it smelled. The roasted malts and sweetness from the chocolate were balanced by the bitterness from the coffee. I could taste some raisin and maybe a bit of piney hops on the back note, but it was more of a whisper.

Mouthfeel- Medium with a medium to almost long finish. It was extremely smooth. I wish it was just a touch creamier.

Overall- I love this beer. It's just heavy enough for a cold winter's day, but light enough to have more than one. I've been drinking it with very simple dishes. So far my favorite is a pint of this porter with a grilled cheese sandwich.

Serving type: can

01-03-2013 20:13:29 | More by mecummins
Photo of ONUMello


3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: can

01-01-2013 01:19:54 | More by ONUMello
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 14:27:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT


4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks for the 12oz sample duff! Cheers!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with huge gushing tan head. easily 3 fingers of full thick creamy head. drops to a thick cap. Spotty lacing everywhere.

Smell: This is what a porter should smell like! Nice roasty malt profile with a hint of sweetness. Elements of light roast coffee, choclate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Mild chocolate sweetness starts it off. Molasses and a light smoke also linger in the start of the beer. It transitions into a lite roastiness. Slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a touch thin. A little creamier body would really do this beer wonders. Its a really sessionable porter. Not a hint of ABV.

Overall: Thicken the body up on this beer and its going to be nuts! I really like the nose and the flavor and its a sexy looking to porter to boot. Revolution can brew good beer for sure!

Serving type: can

12-24-2012 15:16:48 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of TubaManJack


3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark black body with a bit of brown tint. Medium head but its not persisting. There isn't much lacing. Just a little carbonation showing.

Smell - roasted malt with a bit of coffee and little chocolate. There is a bit of hops in there too.

Taste- Much like the nose and the standard porter build. This leans more to a roasted malt side with slight bittering hops. There is also a slight bit of round sweetness as well.

Mouthfeel - This is a lighter body than most porters and is more carbonated. It a nice choice for something lighter.

I'd recommend picking up a grower to share.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 23:20:56 | More by TubaManJack
Photo of cquinn17


3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 10/18/12. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very dark brown. Aggressive pour yields a 2 finger, mocha head.

S- Roasted malts dominate. Hint of chocolate and light roast coffee at the end.

T- Flavors don't really live up to the smell for me. While I do get roasted malts and a little chocolate, everything seems a little dilutes. Could be freshness or maybe I was drinking it too cold? Seemed to get better as it warmed.

M- Medium body with a little more carbonation than I'd like. Does leave a good coat on the mouth though.

O- Somewhat of a disappointment to me. Maybe because I've been drinking a lot of RIS's lately but the thinner mouthfeel and subdued flavors left me wanting more. For my money, I'd go with edmund fitzgerald or founders if I'm looking for a porter.

Serving type: can

12-23-2012 06:49:15 | More by cquinn17
Photo of BB1313


3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 23:53:08 | More by BB1313
Photo of schoolboy


3.63/5  rDev -9.3%
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).

Serving type: can

12-22-2012 21:48:45 | More by schoolboy
Photo of ChugginOil


3.8/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2012 21:59:58 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of bluejacket74


4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 01:17:09 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of BrownAleMale


3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2012 22:48:41 | More by BrownAleMale
Photo of brewcrew76


4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

12-17-2012 00:14:30 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of WankelEngine


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a snifter

A: Very dark brown, bordering on black. There is a foamy tan-mocha head of one finger that fades to a healthy ring of foam. Mild spotty lacing.

S: Robustly malty with an emphasis on chocolate. Some light notes of fig provide some additional warmth but the aroma is much more on the roasty side than the sweet side.

T: A continuation of the chocolate flavors from the aroma. Smooth and rich dark chocolate blends with some sweeter toffee and some darker roasted notes. Brewed coffee builds and gives the otherwise rich finish some lasting bitterness.

M: Great mouthfeel. Smooth and velvety but still fairly big without losing any drinkability. Light carbonation and just a touch of stickiness.

O: A great porter. Balanced chocolate flavors make this easy drinking but satidfying.

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 23:06:36 | More by WankelEngine
Photo of homebrew311


4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had this many times on draft and from the can. This review is from the can. Pour is jet black with dark brown dense head. Decent retention and almost no lace. The smell starts with big bold waves of chocolate and roasted barley. A touch of cream comes through next and smooths things out. Then comes a reasonably aromatic hop profile that adds a little pine to the mix. The taste has some sweetness up front with a heavy malt profile. Dry roasted grains, bitter chocolate, and some piney hops (Chinook?) balance things out. The flavors pop and provide for a very robust porter. Mouthfeel is smooth and appropriately carbonated. Overall, this is one of my favorite porters around, the only thing that competes with it is Founders Porter. This is a solid beer and an awesome value at $10 per six pack. This has become a mainstay in the fridge, enough said.

Serving type: can

12-10-2012 06:09:05 | More by homebrew311
Photo of sweemzander


4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. can poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a deep dark brown; almost black color. Some tan froth, decent lacing. Good retention.

(S)- A solid bread-like roasted raisin, molasses, and a subtle nuttiness.

(T)- Similar to the smell. This has a great character of raisin, and a baked bread-like yeasty roastedness. Ever so subtle mild walnut-like nuttiness.

(M)- A great carbonation level and a smooth balance. Nothing sharp or bitter in this, just a lovely mild-like richness to an almost rustic-like profile.

(O)- Overall, its really a solid to great porter. Each time I have something by Revolution they meet or exceed my expectations. Well done

Serving type: can

12-06-2012 18:42:29 | More by sweemzander
Photo of barnzy78


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Serving type: can

11-27-2012 00:05:00 | More by barnzy78
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: can

11-25-2012 00:10:10 | More by liamt07
Photo of IrishHockey


4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This porter was f'in fantastic! So easy to drink and very tasty.

It definitely has a coffee up front tast and smell. Very smooth and creamy. I love it and will be buying it often. Revolution has hit a home run.

Find it. Buy it. Enjoy the hell out of it!
Poured from a can into a Founders snifter glass

Serving type: can

11-11-2012 13:46:13 | More by IrishHockey
Photo of Thedaver4220


4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass

Revolutions Eugene porter pours a nice deep black color with a 1 fingers worth of tan head. It's smell of coffee and roasted malt with a little bit of hops to balance it out. It's got a smooth taste with some good roast on the back end. The mouthfeel is very creamy which brings it all together. Another good solid brew from revolution

Serving type: can

11-08-2012 06:34:14 | More by Thedaver4220
Photo of AJacob81


4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More canned goodness from the Chi's emerging powerhouse. Can into a shaker pint.

A - Deep garnet, nearly black. Minimal khaki head, patchy lacing.

S - A deep whiff conjures aromas of cocoa powder and instant coffee, w some leathery earthiness in backup.

T - Chocolate, coffee, and the slightest hint of cherry cola up front, lightly roasted walnuts and grassy hops follow up, and a dry yet semi-sweet finish. A lot going on for a porter, in a good way.

M - Medium to full, creamy and soothing on the palate w low but appropriate levels of carbonation.

Just a phenomenal porter all around, gives Edmund Fitz a serious run for its money.

Serving type: can

10-27-2012 03:58:58 | More by AJacob81
Photo of pschul4


4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time out of the can, lez do dis

A- Pours a dark brown with a beautiful 1 1/2" head that leaves nice lacing

S- Very roasty with notes of chocolate and coffee. The roasted malts are excellent here, its tough to convey without exeriencing it

T- Very coffee forward, in an amazing way. Great hints of chocolate in the background but the tasty coffee owns the taste

M- Medium thickness for a porter, a little thicker might help the overall but can't complain

O- Super solid for the price and I can see myself going back to this time after time

Serving type: can

10-23-2012 01:23:09 | More by pschul4
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 18:16:05 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of VagabondHops


4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy this on tap at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect, IL. Poured a dark black, with a tiny light brownish/caramel colored head. Lacing is there but not too prevelant. The chocolate notes coat the mouth and the feel is exactly how a porter should feel. Not too thick, not light and a tiny bit of carbonation is found. A beautiful Porter and another fine brew from Revolution. Coulda gone wrong, but went waaaay right.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 19:07:01 | More by VagabondHops
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 18:05:44 | More by BEERchitect
Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 535 ratings.