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Barrel-Aged Sodom - Revolution Brewing Company

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Barrel-Aged Sodom
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Reviews: 14
Hads: 23
Avg: 4.41
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 9
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout | 13.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mcallister on 04-29-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Hads: 23
Photo of GoldenVIKE
4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Beer Fistival '11.

A- motor oil black with a milk chocolate brown head that seemed inconsistent on tap. On one pour the chocolate-brown head took up 3/4 of the total pour and took several minutes to dissipate into a manageable 1-finger head. On another pour there was no head whatsoever and even when swirling the glass was difficult to generate any frothiness. The body was pitch black with no light getting through.

S- rich sweet and complex smells of chocolate, bourbon, coffee, vanilla, cream, and maybe some dark berrry.

T- nice dark chocolate and bourbon. a little bitter.

M- thick syrupie consistency, almost like you're drinking a mix of Nesquik Chocolate infused with bourbon. This is a true sipper that is dense, thick, and powerful--but you wouldn't want to drink too much of this. It's like liquid chocolate coffee cake. Or melted dark chocolate ice cream mixed with bourbon and dark coffee. Whatever it is, it rocks.

O- A very unique and powerful experience. I went back for several different rounds of this. The barrel-aged version is much more complex and enjoyable than regular Sodom, although I'd say that even the regular version is pretty rich and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub and poured into snifter.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, thin ring around the glass. There's a yellow hue where the beer once was after swirling around a bit. Some small bubbles on top but mostly just blackness.

S - Sweet milk chocolate, dark fruits, slight roast, smooth alcohol. The sweetness is big here, very decadent, both in dark fruits and chocolate. The malty roast is very slight as the beer warms along with a nice smooth alcohol presence.

T - Huge sweetness, dark fruits, chocolate, caramel, oak. The chocolate is just big, plain and simple, followed by oak, dark fruits, caramel. The booze is there, but the sweetness almost overpowers it. If not for the barrel-aging, I would think this would be too sweet, but the oak and bourbon help give it balance.

M - Perhaps a bit too thin, good carbonation, creamy finish.

D - While this is a very sweet beer, the bourbon barrel aging has contributed to it's balance. It's a big boozy monster, but I knew that coming in. I wouldn't say it hides the 13% well, but I wouldn't guess it was that high. It was so rich, this was a one and done for me, although I did enjoy it.

Edit: Taste is 4.25 so I adjusted the look to reflect what I felt is a deserving overall score.

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Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel-Aged Sodom from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 90

6 oz tap pour served in a plastic cup (the top cup) at the grand opening of Revolution's new brewing/canning facility and enjoyed on 05/25/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Jet black. Served with a thin layer of creamy milk chocolate/brown-colored head that settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Milk chocolate, figs, and fudged-dipped cherries. Toffee, sweet bourbon, and molasses. A little oaky vanilla and caramel malt to boot. 4/5

Taste: Dark chocolate covered cherries, caramel and fig. More sweet molasses flavor on the tongue than in the nose. Gets "syrupier" in flavor and mouthfeel as it warms. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Syrupy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet finish. 4.5/5

Overall: I am not exactly sure why I am tasting/smelling so much cherry flavor, as it does not seem as though any other prior reviewer detected the same. Who knows -- maybe I was served the wrong beer. Either way, I enjoyed this one -- though I felt it was quite a bit over-hyped.

Recommendation: Worth seeking out to be sure, but this is not one of Revolution's best barrel-aged beers. I chose a shot at this over Gravedigger Billy after waiting in line for half an hour (since I had had the Gravedigger Billy several times before), but I would probably not do that again.

Pairings: Steak.

Cost: $4 for a 6 oz pour at the Revolution grand opening party.

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Photo of Phelps
3.47/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed as a guest tap at Dark Lord Day 2011

Still. Inky black, with no head, save a very thin ring. Thick maple legs as I swirl. 

Bourbony, one-dimensional nose. Vanilla extract, molasses, dark chocolate, and not much else.

Bourbony in flavor as well, though with less vanilla and more sweet molasses. Some dark chocolate and cocoa. Tastes like sweet morning pancakes.

Thick, viscous and buttery, with light, massaging carbonation. Lots o’ alcohol accosts my tongue and lingers long after the finish.

Too one-dimensional, with no complexity. If I wanted bourbon, I'd buy bourbon.

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Barrel-Aged Sodom from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 14 ratings.