Black Power - Revolution Brewing Company

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35 Ratings
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 6.94%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: beertooth on 03-01-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Black with a little side around the sides. Lacey. A good bitterness, licorice,chocolate, a little better tasting and slightly more thick than their Eugene Porter, my best beer of the product line. Carbonation appropriate.three-quarters the way of an imperial stout.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Following a viewing of the uncensored version of the "Blurred Lines" video at FatPour, Bachelor Party-Palooza 2013 motors on to Revolution, taking in the unique ambiance of the second floor with some Black Power. It pours a dark and stormy black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toast, light cocoa powder, and a hint of greenery in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the roast and toast leading the way like they should. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout. 'Nuff said, save for my desire to try this with a bit of nitro behind it.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a light tan head that sticks to the glass for a moment before sliding back on top of the beer.

S- The aroma of oats and black dry roasted malt have an earthy quality to them with some raw silage in the finish.

T- The rich black malt have some roasted black bitterness to them with a berry ester note coming through as it warms. There is a mellow soft roasted note that lingers with a raw woody note in there aswell.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has no alcohol heat and a nice gentle fizz.

O- This is a classic easy-drinking full rich stout that taste big but is light in the mouthfeel.

Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of jrallen34
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the pub... A dark brown pour, good looking, even has dark edges. No retention except for a light mocha ring. However, really thick lacing... A great aroma, super smooth chocolate, oatmeal adds some great creaminess, hints of candy sugar and plums. If it wasn't sweet from start to finish and added roast or something else, this would be a 5... The taste is not as successful, borderline disappointing. The sweetness is muted, but its actually more balanced than the aroma. There is an overall roasty character, most of the sweet is gone, just coffee a hint of hops. Not bad, but not great... The mouthfeel is too light, and there is a terrible late finish that is way too bitter.

Average oatmeal stout that is ok. If you want a high abv oatmeal not a bad choice, but I'd rather crush a 5% that's a touch more creamy and sweet in taste.

Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, toasted malts, grains, light coffee bitterness. More bitter then sweet, and the malts help balance things out.

T - A nice mix of bitterness and sweetness. Coffee beans, dark chocolate, brownies, toasted malts, grains. Could use a bit more sweetness, but hey, just my way to improve my experience. Finish is light bitter chocolate.

M - Light to medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

O - A nice oatmeal stout, but nothing that I'd go crazy tracking down. I would rather just drink the Eugene Porter or one of there other stouts instead of this, but it's nice for something different.

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: served in a snifter, appears pitch black with a thin head that disappears quickly

S: smells of thick and sweet oatmeal and malts, sweet molasses, roasted barley, dark chocolate

T: the flavor profile is consistent with the nose- the malt profile has a nice sweetness which works well with the oatmeal and roasted malt profile

MF: this has all of the flavors of a big thick chewy imperial stout, but with a much thinner body.

D: This stouts leans towards the sweet side of things and could possibly use a little more balance. Overall, very nice

Photo of thewimperoo
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of jegross2
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Black Power Oatmeal Stout from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 86

Tap pour served in a large Revolution brewery member-only mug and enjoyed on 05/22/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a brown strip of highlight atop glass when held up to light. Served with thin layer of creamy tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing but poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Toasted chocolate, roasted grain, cocoa powder, smoked barley, oats and biscuits. 4/5

Taste: First pull is toasted grain, roasted chocolate and a little coffee. A smooth oats flavor layers on the center of palate. There is a faint and creamy "burnt roast" and bittersweet chocolate aftertaste on the back of tongue. A little bit of crisp residual stainless steel sweetness at some point before the finish. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish bodied, medium-low carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Modestly acidic, slightly bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A very solid, but nothing particularly special, oatmeal stout by Revolution Brewery that is almost on par with Eugene in terms of quality. I'd order this one again, but it seemed seasonally out of place being on tap in late May.

Recommendation: This beer might be a little acidic for the taste of the casual beer drinker, but I would recommend giving this one a whirl, at least in sampler form, if you happen upon it at Rev Brew.

Pairings: An almond biscotti.

Cost: $6 for a mug/pint.

Photo of cadaugherty
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of Vonerichs
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Revolution.

Beautiful appearance from a good pour. The lighting in dark in this place, and so was the beer. I'm guessing black, at the least extremely dark brown. The head was coffee colored, thick, tall,and great retention.

Chocolate and roasted malts are about all I pick up, but both are robust.

The taste is the same as the scent. The chocolate is like bittersweet bakers' chocolate and the malt is deeply roasted. It has a nice and dry finish.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, rich, and smooth. Spot on.

It's a very drinkable stout. It's thick, but not too filling. ABV is reasonable and conceivable to have a few with no problems.

Photo of Drucifer
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

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3.5/5  rDev -10%

4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown with tan foam. Lacing is good, but not amazing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Rather malty; you can definitely sense the oatmeal.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There is a strong mineral flavor to this, especially copper or something along those lines as one of my fellow drinkers noticed. Mouthfeel had plenty of noticeable yeasty, but was definitely too thin for me. Not watery though.

Overall Drinkability: A decent oatmeal stout, but seemed more like a porter. Pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev +2.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

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Black Power from Revolution Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.