Institutionalized | Revolution Brewing Company

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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine that is an American style of a classic english ale. Deep garnet red color and rich complex flavor and body, wonderful aromas of dark stone fruits. "The act of being placed in a psychiatric hospital."

Added by jrallen34 on 11-13-2010

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Reviews by KDawg:
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3.42/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This note was taken at the Oktoberfest party on 9/22. Poured from tap into a 1L Krug. Pours a caramel/toffee color with a small head.

Big and rich aromas of hot caramel, toffee, malts and some booziness as well. It isn't too boozy though.

Full bodied with noticeable booziness. It's definitely on the hot side along with notes of hot caramel and malts.

Too boozy on the taste for me. The aromas hold the richness, but it was a touch too hot for me. It took me a while to finish my 12oz pour.

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Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 5oz taster at the brewpub. Color is a reddish orange with a thin creamy white head, nice retention and lacing. Smell is very fruity and sweet, lots of ripe fruits and cherries, slightly bitter and some alcohol. Taste is very similar, but with the alcohol showing through first followed by the cherries and fruit, very sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick, coating, and syrupy with a light carbonation. After the first sip I was glad I didnt order a full pour due to the strong alcohol flavor and smell, but as i got to the end of the glass it definitley started to grow on me. Not a bad attempt, although the style American English Barleywine is a bit confusing. I look forward to trying more focused barleywines from revolution in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark high-clarity scarlet copper tone, a thin cap of foam that faded over time, down to a wispy skim and then a thin ring. Not much in the way of lace, but for a 10.5% barleywine, that's to be expected.

Dried cherry aroma, syrupy sweet and a little bit nutty also.

Syrupy body, low carbonation, big dried cherry, almost a fruit reduction sort of flavor. Plum, date, sweet dried fruits dominate. Almost more of an English BW or Old Ale in character. Seems like a prime candidate for barrel aging. Cherry really pops out as the most defined flavor, with the rest playing minor supporting roles.

A small snifter is about all I can manage of this brew, but it was a fine nightcap to ring in the month of December, walking out to the first snow flurries of the year.

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Photo of jegross2
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Institutionalized, a barleywine made by Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 86

9 oz tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 02/24/12 at the Revolution Brewpub. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: This brew is a translucent "deep garnet red" color that turns orangish-red when held up to light. Served with no head save for an off-white creamy ring of head around the glass. Decent oily and frothy lacing mix with average retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Sweet caramel malt, ginger and barley. Some hops. Not a very strong or complex aroma. 3.5/5

Taste: Moderate booziness blended with earthy hops and caramel up front. Barley, piney hops, caramelized brown sugar and spices. There is a very rich malty sweet backbone, a touch of fruitiness and a little black pepper. This is a bitterer barleywine, but not nearly as bitter as the Sierra Nevada Bigfoot. There is a distinctly "orange" or tangerine citrus rind in the background of the flavor profile as well. This barleywine is quasi DIPA-like. There is a really nice mix of hoppy and malty sweet goodness. This is a sipper. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Dry and rich mouthfeel. Malty and slightly bitter in the finish. 4.5/5

Overall: A super solid barleywine. I am finding myself enjoying this style more and more as time passes. I think the key for me enjoying my barleywines is that they need prominent IPA-like qualities to balance out the barley/caramel maltiness.

Recommendation: I realize that barleywines can be expensive to manufacture, but $7 for a 9 oz pour felt a bit hefty here -- especially with the Gravedigger Billy on tap for $1 more. Casual beer drinkers will probably not enjoy this one, but craft lovers should certainly give this one a whirl if you are looking to try something by Revolution that you have not had before.

Cost: $7 for a 9 oz pour.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Etan
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap during the Very Mad Cow release.

A: Clear light amber with a nice cream-colored head.
S: Light citrus and dried fruits. Mild yeast and a touch of booze. Smells like a pale ale.
T: Sweet tangerine, dry spice, bit of bitterness, caramel, warmth, dried peach.
M: Medium bodied with slight carbonation.
O: Definitely one of the fruitiest barleywines I've had - lots of pale fruit notes from the esters and hops. A little odd and a bit too sweet, but otherwise interesting.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a reddish-garnet brown color with a single-finger white head. Pretty good for the style. Low retention time but fades into a nice collar. The nose is really quite nice with a good amount of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Really quite sweet in the flavor with some noticeable hops, though not too far over the top. Mouthfeel is nice with a creamy body and nice carbonation. Mild booze throughout. Drinks well. A full snifter of this might be a bit much, but I enjoyed the half glass that I had.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Reddish brown beer that was pretty dark and cloudy. Small off-white head that left some minor lace and splotches.

S - Lots of dark fruits, caramel, and prunes. This is a very sweet smelling beer that's fairly malt forward.

T - Thick tasting and pretty fruity with a bit of cherry taste and a lot of dark fruits. It is sweet with brown sugar and caramel. Not really much hop presence or toasted malts in this one.

M - Full bodied an syrupy.

O - Found this to be pretty sweet, although I liked it a little better than the barrel-aged version which was much too rich. This is okay, but a little one dimensional and lacking subtlety.

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2/5  rDev -44.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of cadaugherty
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If it looks like a duck and smells like a duck, it should taste like a duck...right? Well not so much.

I was very excited to try this beer when it was made available to the Mug Club. I am a fan of RevBrew so their first barleywine made me sit up and take notice (color me on the blue line). Unfortunately I have to say once you stop smelling and move on to tasting disappointment sets in. The taste reminds me of a too young port that needs 5 more years in the bottle before it is ready for its coming out party. It is thick on the mouth and it is hard to finish a whole 8 oz snifter. Rev take my advice and throw this in a bottle or a cask for 6-12 months.

After the treat that Thee Destroyer and RepoMan Rye were this was a big setback for Revolution. Hopefully this is but a bump in the road for one of Chicago's best up and coming breweries.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap while on my visit to Chicago this last weekend. Notes from 11-14-2010:

A - Clear ruby brown with a finger of white head that dissipates into strong foam ring around the edges - to the left a bit (perhaps because of the angle of the bar.)

S - Sweet and crisp apples, both dark red and green, apple cider, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet hops, something along the lines of citra or other citrus hops.

T - Really sweet and overly too hoppy for my kind of barleywine. Leathery shoe and bits of smoke. Stiff and sweet but maybe it was because it was a pretty new batch and on-tap. Hmm...

M - Zingy, crisp burts and tingly. Quite a bit of carbonation. Lighter than I like, but bit syrupy...more on the lighter side though. After taste is a bit boozy, especially when it warms.

D - easy to drink especially for 10.5% but it goes down easy(er) Good try at this barleywine, but needs a bit of age for me. Don't get me wrong, but I like my barleywines a bit drier and leathery than this.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of homebrew311
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewery. Appearance is deep orange, tawny, with tan ring of head. Nose is full of grain, molasses, pine, and honey. The taste is somewhat sweet with plenty of molasses. Sweetness is quickly countered with a swift kick of pine hops. Nice balance overall. Mouthfeel is mild with moderate carbonation. Overall very nice, great balance, looking forward to the straight jacket.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of CTJman
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Institutionalized from Revolution Brewing Company
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