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Repo Man - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

77 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 77
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 8.84%


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

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Rye Stout

(Beer added by: jrallen34 on 11-13-2010)
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maximum12

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to fiver29 for this bottle, one among a trailer full. More rye. Stick rye in every hole, I say. It's raining rye! 22 oz. bottle split with my wife, who out of necessity has also learned an appreciation for the grain.

The pour is a mildly carbonated dark brown/light black. Nose is like a rye enema, except in the nose; wow. This is more of a rye stout smell that a stout rye smell. Chock of spicy rye circling off the surface of the beer. Not much else can cut through, but there's a fair jab of roast. Good.

Repo Man suffers from a Kate Moss-like existentialism. First impressions are of the body, or lack thereof; the brew seems thin, watery, like it might disappear if I turned the glass sideways. Spicy rye clashes with the roast/coffee like the Battle of El Alamein; these two strains just don't go well together. Not much else going on.

A noble idea marred by a beer that cuts a straight line down the center of mediocre. Nothing wrong with it. Just beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 01:51:13 | More by maximum12
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass; jet black with a big fluffy creamy tan head that fades after a bit leaving awesome rings of lacing. Smell is roasted malt, slight coffee, sweet chocolate, soft rye grain. Taste is sweet chocolate, bitter coffee roasted malt, and a hint of spicy grainy rye mixed in with it all. The rye grain adds an extra dimension to the mouthfeel, which is on the thinner side for a stout but the carbonation makes up for it.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 20:09:09 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Black color. Seems to be a bit overcarbonated as I got a huge frothy tan head. Retention is a bit below average and not much lacing is left.

4.0 S: Mmmmm. This smells quite nice. Deep chocolate with roasty coffee and caramel. Spicy earthy rye adds a layer of complexity. Molasses underneath.

3.75 T: Tastes like it smells. Lots of chocolate, which takes the focus of the beer. Roastiness, coffee, caramel, molasses. Spicy, earthy rye. This could possibly be higher if the carbonation didn't interfere with my taste buds. Seemingly no amount of swirling reduced the carbonation to an acceptable level.

3.0 M: Medium body. Way too much damn carbonation. It's a huge pain in the ass trying to drink this. I'm not sure if it's creamy or not.

3.5 D: I'm going to try to dissipate the carbonation for the second half of the bottle, but I had to review it the way it was.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:12:54 | More by DavoleBomb
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz.

A: Pours pitch black with a nice light an head. Nice looking beer.

S: Dark chocolate, lactose, lightly charred grain.

T: Mild dry roast, coffee beans, charred bread, dusting of cocoa, vague acidity (possibly from the rye?).

M: Medium-bodied with silky carbonation.

O: A very nice-looking and feeling stout, and very drinkable, but a little too mellow and dry in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 04:55:22 | More by Etan
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Dope

Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated January 25th, 2013.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a big, dense light brown head. Head fades away slowly, with a nice patchwork lacing remaining. Excellent retention.

S: Really nice spicy rye with a bit of chocolate and a little char backing it up. Lots of rye.

T: Rye right from the get-go. Mild creamy chocolate joins it. Hints of smoky char on the back end. Solid rye throughout, especially between sips where it stands alone.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth.

O: Perhaps my first rye stout. Rye is omnipresent but the nice mellow roasted malt provides a nice counterbalance and complementary flavor. Very easy drinking and tasty. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 04:26:23 | More by Dope
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a Nonic)
Bottled Jan 25 2013
A- This beer pours a dense black body with a faint garnet hint at the base of the glass with a creamy bubble tan head that last a bit.

S- The mellow dry char malt aroma has a yeast aroma to follow with some coffee roasted black malt hints coming thru as it warms.

T- The dry char black malt has some chalky notes and a watery rye zing in the finish that takes on a slight tartness as it warms. There is a faint smoky black malt taste that lingers but without any bitterness.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a gentle fizz but no alcohol heat.

O- This beer is thin but pleasant tasting with it could use a bit more character or depth. It drinks pretty quick but one pint is enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 18:34:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark brown to black in color with a very dark garnet highlight when held to the light. Nice light brown head after the pour and almost solid film of foam for all 22 ounces.

Roasty malts, a little creamy, and some rye like spice notes make up a solid stout aroma.

Chewy palate indeed. But not overwhelming, a smooth, chewy palate makes for a nice session stout. Good roasted malt flavors, dark coffee and black rye bread crust. The finish is just a little tinny. Good beer overall, would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 00:07:59 | More by scruffwhor
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Durtdiggler

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from brew pub. Bomber bottle.

Appearance- black licorice pour, 1 finger dark white head settles quickly.

Aroma- licorice, toffee, molasses, bourbon. Slight roast of dark coffee but more sweet.

Taste- caramel, coffee, toffee, molasses. Dry,limited roast. Hops are hard to pick up. Definitely feels like a malty profile.

MF- Medium body, clean, soft smooth finish. Drinks easy.

Thought this would be more of a stout but feels like a complex porter. Complex malty profile that's easy to drink. Beer takes a whole to settle in and pick up the complex flavors. Awesome.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 23:05:09 | More by Durtdiggler
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Efay

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Went to revolution brewpub last night for good food and good beer. Definitely enjoy stouts, and I had to see how this rye stout would hold up.

A- Jet black, with a dark brown hue. About 1 finger worth of mocha foam, with no head retention. There was also no lacing.

S- Can smell the light rye malts and small amounts of coffee and toffee. Not very aromatic.

T- There was some light coffee bitterness, with some bakers chocolate and toffee. Also can taste some sugar and was slightly nutty.

M- Creamy, smooth, and moderate body. Moderate carbonation makes this an easy drinker and feels amazing on the palate.

O- Overall a good beer. Even though the presentation was bland and nothing special, the taste was very nice and the mouth feel was even better. Really enjoyed this.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2013 20:39:00 | More by Efay
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matjack85

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewpub on Milwaukee Ave. My server recomended it to me after he informed me they were out of one of the beers I came there to try. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer was dark brown in color with a 1½-finger tan head that hung around for a couple minutes before receding to just a thin rim. Tons of spotty lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Definite rye smell with rich maltiness and even a touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

It starts off sweet with caramel malt and chocolate flavors, but then the rye kicks in with a ton of spiciness. Add to that a touch of coffee and hop bitterness and you've got a very tasty beer.

Exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel with carbonation on the low side.

I didn't come here to try this, but now that I did, I'll be back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2012 10:29:37 | More by matjack85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Green Lady.

I'll admit my wariness going into this, what with the incredible sadness caused by things bearing the name "Repo Man" (eg the Genetic Opera, Repo Men, etc). Still giving it a whirl, though: It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of molasses. Somehow, it just smells sorta dry... The taste holds notes of toasted rye bread, roasted malts, a touch of sourdough, and, once again, that little hint of molasses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, though it comes off just a notch too thin for my preference. Beyond that, though, good times...

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2012 20:35:27 | More by TMoney2591
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful purple-brown elixir. Thick tan foam in the goblet. Very seductive.

Smell: Port wine and chocolate. A herbal, medicinal scent as well. Extremely balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More port wine and chocolate. Also, I do taste the medicinal notes. Fairly creamy and smooth. I don't get a whole lot of rye, but it is there in subtle ways. I wish the flavor was a bit more complex, but this definitely is a winner.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent rye beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-19-2012 18:01:53 | More by tjsdomer2
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Duff27

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short light mocha head on a dark brown. Small cap and collar left after head recedes. Small amount of lacing.

Slight the spice tones. Cocoa.

Chocolately. Great rye spiciness at the end of each sip. Slight coffee note. Would guess this at 7%abv

Silky smooth, lovin the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated as well.

Labeled a rye stout, hard not to enjoy this if you think that sounds good. Would have again, over and over.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2012 22:56:50 | More by Duff27
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KDawg

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a pint glass at revolution. Pours a dark chocolate color with a small and foamy head.

Very good depth with rich aromas of espresso beans, cacao nibs, and roasted malts.

Full bodied with a good smooth feel. The finish is a bit clipped though and it's slightly lacking on the mid with notes of espresso beans, roasted malts and a good amount of dark chocolate.

This was a really good rye beer. There was a good amount of malts on both the aromas and flavors. Bigger without being too big.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2012 00:33:15 | More by KDawg
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-top at the brewpub; served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a near-black with a fluffy mocha head.

S: Smells of rich milk chocolate and french roast coffee.

T: Tasty chocolate forward stout with a very nice rye twang. A bit milky as well.

D: Expertly balanced and complex. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, coating the mouth and resting heavy on the tongue.

Overall: This is an excellent example of how a little rye can make a great beer. This is expertly crafted, smooth, and ridiculously delicious. I will definitely be ordering another pint. Revolution does it again! Recommended!

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 23:48:42 | More by JohnnyChicago
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homebrew311

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black, dark cocoa colored head, some lacing

S: roasted barley, chocolate, a slight hint of rye, some dry cocoa 4.0

T: lots of choc and rye, smooth, coffee and cream robust some hop bitterness and dryness

Mf: big body, smooth creamy

O: awesome. This brew encompasses everything that I love in a stout: it's big bodied, massively roasted, incredibly rich, and overall delicious!

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2011 08:08:35 | More by homebrew311
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spointon

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one on tap at Revolution. Served in a pint glass.

A= This ale poured deep dark opaque brown/black with a 1/2" brown foamy head. The head settled to a skim and left some light wisps of lace down my glass.

S= Hitting all the right notes here...roasty/chocolatey with a definite spicy rye factor.

T= Really a great tasting beer here. Started off with the expected play between the roasted and chocolate malts and the sweeter caramel malts. Then the rye came in and added spiciness and an unavoidable dryness that really set this thing apart. Hops were only there to balance. Finished medium dry and delicious.

MF= Big and chewy body with a bit of slickness that made me feel there might possibly be a few oats in this brew. Carbonation was medium and spot on for making this easy to put down.

D= Really the best thing I have had at Revolution, and that is saying something. Many rye beers just don't get it right, but this one does. Complex, spicy and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 05:35:12 | More by spointon
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courteously picked up my Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Giant mocha foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Black body with a ruby glint at the fringes.

S - Big notes of rye, chocolate and roasted grains, with lighter hints of coffee, dark fruits, and caramel.

T - Taste is less sweet, with more roasted grain character and nice espresso bitterness in the finish. Avoids being charry and astringent though, which I appreciate. Caramel, vanilla, and zesty rye malt all contribute in varying lesser degrees.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Seems like a bigger beer in terms of heft, but thankfully not in perceptible alcohol.

D - Gets a touch bitter and fatiguing after a pint or so, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable. Is this the base beer for Bad Man? If so, I think I prefer it before it hits the barrels. Another fine offering from Revolution in any case.

Serving type: growler

07-09-2011 14:40:41 | More by MasterSki
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AgentZero

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had both on tap and on cask, reviwing my preferred style.

A - Black beer that looks slightly brown in the light. Off-white head had great retention and left some chaotic, thick bubble lace and rings on the side.

S - Mmmm, smell that roast. Highly roasted malts manage not to have char. Some nice general dark fruit smell and some rye spiking the nose and giving it a little bit of an edge.

T - A lot of good roast with unsweetened chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and some light toffee. Reminds me of a cleaner, better version of Half Acre's Baume. The rye is subtle, but adds some more good flavor to this beer. Really good stuff.

M - Smooth and full bodied. Goes down really easy with pleasant carbonation.

O - Really great beer. I destroyed my glass of this and went back for more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 18:24:54 | More by AgentZero
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lmorgent

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A few weeks before sitting down and enjoying a pint of this beer, I tried a flight of Revolution beers. This beer stood out to me for one reason: the finish. The first couple drinks finish almost totally clean like a good, dry red wine. There is a heavy roast and rye taste (the beer is 20% rye) but it does not bog the flavor or your taste buds down. About half way through to the last leg of the beer, you find that a roasty taste has built up in your mouth. If the glass was any bigger, you might find that the taste becomes too much but they have built the beer just right that you finish before you throw the towel in. This beer is a perfect first-beer-of-the-night because while it still has flavor and style, your palate washes clean with a glass of water.

Serving type: on-tap

12-02-2010 20:09:02 | More by lmorgent
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cadaugherty

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap and in growler several times.

This is the turning point beer for Revolution (much like the fresh pretzel was for their food). I brought a growler to Darkness day and a 2 oz pour from the growler merited the last 2 oz pour from an '07 Darkness so apparently I am not alone.

Appearance- Nice dark brown with a lovely chocolate head that comes 2 fingers thick and lingers.

Smell- It smells like a standard stout with just a touch of spice. The smell is just a touch roasty and burnt but in an inviting way that makes you anticipate good things to come.

Taste- There is that Rye! What smells like a standard stout has a nice surprise waiting in the rich texture and taste of rye. This was only my second rye stout and it impressed, big time. I should have known from the lovely head what laid beneath.

Mouth- rich and coating but not syrupy, simple as that.

Drink- For a stout this is one of the only ones that I can picture myself drinking a whole growler on my lonesome.

Beg borrow or steal to get some if you can. This is a beer worthy of seeking out.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 07:11:42 | More by cadaugherty
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this both on tap and on cask at the brewpub...Pours a very dark brown with blood red highlights. A light tan head, poor lacing ok retention...The aroma is really sweet figs and rye, complex and intriguing...The taste is noting short of awesome and insanely awesome, malty caramel and dark fruits then out of nowhere awesome chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts, unreal...Thick and lasting feel, so easy to drink. By far the best beer Cibak has done to date, coming it coming.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 01:44:17 | More by jrallen34
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