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 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 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. (948 characters)

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. (393 characters)

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. (489 characters)

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. (612 characters)

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. (746 characters)

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! (716 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 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. (959 characters)

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. (306 characters)

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. (608 characters)

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 (410 characters)

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. (291 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 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. (1,265 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 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. (1,004 characters)

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. (488 characters)

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.

DELICIOUS; GIVE IT A GO! (425 characters)

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. (360 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.59/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (375 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Jacurdy60
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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. (829 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of AndyP612
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
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. (607 characters)

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