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Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 475
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.91%
Wants: 158
Gots: 161 | FT: 22
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-08-2011

(Barrel-Aged Institutionalized) A strong ale to warm your insides in the dead of winter. Deep aromas and flavors of dark stone fruits, bourbon, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla come in waves.

55 IBU
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Ratings: 475 | Reviews: 59
Photo of WoodBrew
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow.....this is a very nice barley wine. The beer poured a dark nearly opaque color with thin head that did not lace. The scent had barrel aged goodness and hints of caramel. The taste was similar to the smell....bourbon....caramel...very nice. The mouthfeel was full bodied with very little carbonation. Overall...WOW!

Photo of Azpittil57
3.28/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming smell of whiskey, but the taste is much more acceptable.

Photo of Way2drunk
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't consider myself a fan of the barley wine but this is the 1st in the revolution deep woods collection I thought was good! Not nearly as delicious as bourbon county barley wine. This is one worth the deep woods price point. Smells sweeter than it taste. Has a beautiful Amber hue color. Must acquire another 4 the collection

Photo of timc100
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This most recent 2015 batch is truly outstanding, much better than previous vintages which were dominated by faded old hops and harsh whiskey. This is more in an English style.

Smells like toasted campfire marshmallows. As Sucaba is coconut forwards, this is marshmallow inclined. A lot of aged oak, dark caramel, cocoa, and very subtle fruits. Full palate and strong, decadent flavor.

All of those caramelized bourbon oak flavors come out strong on this beer, and everything locks in. This is an outstanding barleywine.

Photo of Chitex78
4.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty hot, needs some time to age.

Photo of dutesanch
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell doesn't do the taste justice. Malty, syrupy, oily, with a lot of oak and overly ripe raisins. Boozyness hits hard and quick. Comes in bomber size, I reccomend sharing. Very much a special occasion beer.

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in a trade with TheFugitive. 22 ounce bottle into snifter bottled on 1/17/2014. Pours hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, and toast/oaky earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, oak, and toast/oaky earthiness. Slight tannic oak bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, date, caramel, toffee, toast, brown sugar, vanilla, coconut, bourbon, and oak on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity and robustness of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/barrel balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very creamy, fairly slick, and slightly tannic mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome barrel aged English barelywine style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark malt, bourbon barrel, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the huge ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

Photo of cubs943
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer.

Photo of KYGunner
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%

Yet to have a bad Revolution but this may rank as my favorite as they hit all the right elements of a Barleywine. The nose is of brownie batter, toffee, molasses and a strong caramel malt.

The flavor starts smooth and sweet with caramel and toffee. The middle tends more to maple syrup, molasses and brown sugar. It ends with a literal barley wine ie, barley malt and fermented grape flavor. All the while it serves smooth and thick and masks the 13% very nicely.

Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Beautiful mahogany-red pour with a one finger beige head that quickly fades with decent lacing. The nose is bold and oaky with huge vanilla and sweet caramel malt along with hints of bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, and subtle white pepper. The taste is even bolder with huge oaky barrel notes along with hints of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, subtle cocoa, white pepper, and raisins. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with light carbonation, incredible balance, and a nice smooth, warming finish. Overall, this a bold, flavorful, and hugely drinkable Barley Wine that is right up there with all my favorites in the style. Highly recommended!

Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle (this is Straight Jacket) from trade. Pours dark amber with lots of reddish color and a beautiful creamy two finger off white or khaki head. Aroma is lots of fruits, figs, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet rich caramel covered figs with brown sugar, vanilla, tinged of dry oak. The bourbon is here but oh so smooth with very little evidence of the 13% ABV. Silky smooth and thick, rich body with low plus carbonation. Man, this is really good. And apparently my trade partner grabbed it off the shelf? More please!

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Near amber with bright accents. Delicate white head that doesn't hang around much other than a ring around the edge. 4

S- Huge barrel aging notes here. Bourbon, loads of vanilla, coconut, and dark fruits. Very intense from the get go 4.5

T/M- Follows nose well. Layers of complexity. Molasses, again with the big vanilla, sweet fruity finish. Some booze that only adds to the depth. Finishes quite smooth none the less. Creamy to a degree. Light carbonation with little to no heat. 4.5

O- A fine example of how the bourbon barrel aging process should go down. The nose is near flawless, the flavor is as complex as my last cardiopulmonolgy exam, and the body is just so damn smooth. My first from Revolution and most certainly not my last. 4.45

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-brown body, a little hazy, light tan head that dissipates and leaves no lacing. Tidy box-and-bottle set.

S: Tons of wood and malt. Some whiskey spice coming through as well.

T: Again, lots of wood, mostly smooth with some malt sweetness but also slightly harsh, I'm sure the high ABV contributes. Hints of vanilla and leather. Very malty as well, it approaches the level that gives me a headache. Not very bitter, but the somewhat harsh wood notes are balanced by a mild sweetness. Long finish.

M: For the intense aromas and ABV, this is medium bodied and drinkable. No filminess and moderate carbonation.

O: Maybe a little heavy on the wood aspect, but with such a heavy-malt brew it works well. For a barleywine, this is nicely complex and appropriately alcohol-ed.

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revolution's beers do not disappoint me and I believe this is one of their best offerings. To me it has all of the characteristics needed in an English BW and isn't that far behind the very best of them such as Sucaba and BCBBW. it is a notch or two below just because of depth (lack therof) of flavor/ taste. It's more expensive than Sucaba per bottle, also, which is somewhat frustrating.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a hazy auburn brown with a khaki-colored half finger head. Fair retention gives way to wisps of suds across the surface, and a thick ring around the glass. Leaves very little in the way of lacing.

Smell - Aroma hits you with a strong boozy bourbon punch, backed by lesser notes of sweet malty character and a moderate oak wood undertone.

Taste - Molasses and caramel notes combine to give this a touch of cola-like sweetness, along with that bourbon barrel influence which brings with it a fair touch of oakiness and light hints of vanilla. Ghostly traces of coconut. The end result gives this a flavor somewhat reminiscent of a Jack and Coke.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied with very little carbonation. Thick and syrupy, with a drying finish. Fair heat on the finish that leaves a warmth in the gut.

Overall - Good, but not really my style. A bit too sweet and hot for my tastes. Can't shake the thought that this tastes like a 'hard cola'. Only other BA Barleywine I've had was the FW Sucaba... hard to say that I'd prefer one to the other, and truth is I'd probably rather have a well crafted BW to a BABW any day of the week.

Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Crushed in a one-man operation, with help from my trusty snifter.

Straight Jacket pours a dark amber brown, with today's sunshine bringing out some intense red notes. Head is light and soapy and stays in place around the ring of the glass. Aromas are intense and excellent: burnt caramel, oaked dark fruit, and lots of booze. Going in for a sniff never gets old. Taste is sticky sweet vanilla butterscotch and oaked dates. Some nice char and light hops that work against the (very pleasant) sweetness. Mouthfeel was just right: on the lighter/thinner side, but substantial enough to coat the palate. Overall, I could pound this one all night. So rich and tasty. From the taste I would've thought this was an English barley wine, but can see it as a milder Central Waters BA barley wine (in terms of that tart happiness I like in the American style). Ideal drinking environment is dead of winter, next to a fireplace. But a sunny porch on a 65 degree late afternoon will do.

Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber at the campfire after Ebenezer's Night of the Great Thirst. Reviewed from notes; just now getting around to entering it.

A: Cloudy chestnut body, thin tan head. Average.

S: Big bourbon, vanilla, toffee, and oak. Great.

T: Vanilla, butterscotch, toffee, bourbon, spice, and booze. Really hot aftertaste is the only flaw. Delicious.

M: Creamy, velvety full body. Awesome.

O: Terrific BA Barleywine. A highlight.

Cheers!

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a slightly murky chestnut brown with no sediment and a thin head of fine carbonation that falls off quickly with light lacing. The nose is a mix of molasses, raisin, bourbony oak that finishes with a hint of ethanol and vanilla as it warms. Similarly, the taste is sticky bourbon barrel goodness - bready malts, well integrated bourbon notes, minimal bitterness/hop character, and lingering caramel. The mouthfeel is impressively drinkable with a medium-full, slightly flat body, rich bourbon flavors, lingering caramel sweetness, minimal bitterness, and a smooth, non-burning boozy finish. This is definitely an impressive BA barleywine, made that much better by its shelf status and availability.

Photo of maximum12
3.32/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chicken13reast, who saw my plea for this brew & answered the bell...been having a weird lust to try some Revolution barrel-stuff, so here we are. 22 oz. bottle split with the wife, if she comes home from her now three-hour 'dinner'. If not, I'll filter it all, baby.

The pour is the dark orange of weathered split wood, actually, it's reminding me of the winterkill I saw floating in a local pond today, but that's a less appealing image. Comes out flat, even with a big pour. Nose brings big vanilla, bourbon, & a buttload of caramel. Slight spicing & ends with rapacious, boozy blast. Certainly not boring.

Straight Jacket is designed to scramble some brain cells; what the hell is the ABV on this creature? Haymaker of alcohol numbs the palate better than an ice pack. The lack of bubbles is troubling & distracting, the beer is plumb-level flat. Getting to the taste, finally, it's a ton of caramel, woozy alcohol bite, butterscotch; the vanilla/bourbon is felt in both the heat & the finish.

Man, I wish carbonation had made even a cameo here. The heaviness & flatness really dulls the flavors & washes out what I suspect is an awesome beer. As is? Merely decent.

Photo of TJFRBR
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beverage that is exciting to open, pour, look, smell, and ultimately taste!
It is a rich brown color that pours quietly yet gives a small head top. As you smell it you quickly notice a hint of what you may think is a softer bourbon which makes it very unique. The taste that follows is remarkably smooth, complex and a special blend of brew!!

Photo of controlfate
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served chilled in a snifter, from a 22oz bomber.

A: Very light and opaque. Looks like an aged bourbon with a golden hue on the edges.
S: The smell is complex and boozy, with notes of bourbon, vanilla, raisins, cherry and dark fruit.
T: The taste follows the nose, except it's not as boozy as you might expect given the aroma. Remarkably smooth and balanced.
M: A full bodied mouth feel, very enjoyable.
O: Overall this is a superlative barley wine and bourbon barrel aged beer. This beer is very underrated in my opinion. I've had some good barley wines recently and Straight Jacket beats Sucaba, and Behemoth. More comparable to this years Bourbon County Brand Barley Wine. I would highly recommend grabbing a bomber! I can only imagine it gets better with age.

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- ruby with a white head and minimal lacing

S- Carmel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut

T- like nose you get bourbon, nice Carmel, roasted coconut, oak, vanilla, some coco, dark fruits, a good sweetness to this brew but balanced with bitterness. Very good balance of all the flavors.

M- full bodied and creamy with light carbonation.

O- this is a very good brew. The taste is sooo good. I think it would taste even better with age. I really enjoyed this.

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened this up two nights ago. Bottled date is January 17 2014. It was not even a month old when consumed. Review from notes.

Appearance: Pour a brown-reddish with a half finger tan head. Dissipated rather quickly; only held for a minute or less. No lacing at all.

Aroma: Soft bourbon, oak, and lots of caramel. Some coconuts and marshmallows. Slight dark fruits and peach. Getting a little spicy alcohol as well.

Taste: Oak and bourbon up front. Subtle vanilla and coconut. The malts are a little rich. Lots of caramels and some toffee. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins. And peach, I'm not sure why I'm getting peach, but I'm tasting it. Also, some very mild chocolate as well.

The lingering finish is a nice long buttery oak with little flavors mentioned above. The buttery oak is actually very nostalgic to me.

Mouthfeel: Straight Jacket is not heavy at all. Drink pretty damn easy. Carbonation is light and a slick feel.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoy this beer. A good barrel-aged barleywine. I love finish of this beer as mentioned. I do not remember ever tasting that particular characteristic as strong in other barrel aged beers. Maybe I will get another bottle to age.

Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown with some dark mahogany hueswith a tan one finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is great. Loads of caramel malt forward with aromas of oak barrel some light bourbon aromas, lots of dark fruit mainly dates and figs. Some lighter vanilla and marshmellow aromas are also present though somewhat light.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel malt forward woth a mild amount of sweetness before a great oak and bourbon flavor come to dominate the midsection. Slight flavors of bourbon soaked raisen vanilla and marshmellow that will probably come out more with age.

Mouthfeel is great big body for a big beer. Mild carbonation, great sipping beer.

Reall glad I have a bottle to age, this will do great things I'm sure.

Photo of freeride
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle - bottled 06DEC12

Appearance - pours thick, deep amber, almost red. head disappears quickly, but carbonation lingers. Thin on the lacing, but it's there...just not prevalent. Thought it was a bit too dark, perhaps a result of the barrel aging.

Smell - This is the fun part of this beer. There's so much going on here. I get a nice balance of powerful malt with the combination of bourbon notes. Bourbon comes off as if the guy next to you is drinking a fine bourbon and it leaves you wondering what he's drinking. There's a bit of toasty biscuits in there. Just an overall anticipation on how this is all going to play out...like the first time you...are at the plate awaiting the first pitch. I am a bourbon fan, so this smell hits home with me.

Taste - In a word...playful. this is a little over a year old right now, so I would expect some of the taste to develop. I get a lot of toasted coconut, some toffee-ness, and a lot of that great malt character. It is a bit overpowered, still, by the dryness of the ABV. At 13%, I think this beer still has a while to develop. The taste notes invite you to the party, but don't let you in just yet. You can see your ex-girlfriend over the bouncers shoulder, and you leave bitter and angry. Taste will be there, for sure. Of this, I have no doubt. It just may not yet be ready to fulfill it's potential.

Palette/Mouthfeel - The thin lacing is followed through on the palette. Given the smell, the initial taste notes, I wanted this to dance on my tongue. But the palette was thin...in the way you hope the next girl will make up for the last. But the silver lining is the aftertaste. What lingers is the bourbon notes and malt profile that serves as a reminder that this beer WILL be good...oh yes, it will be good. It will develop, grow bolder, and mature nicely. But like you're first time, it's still just not yet ready.

Overall - it's a REALLY strong brew. A well executed beer with some great potential. I think the grain bill and mix will yield a well developed barrel aged barely wine in another year or so. Hold on to this one, with age will come promise. And this beer has promise AND the ability to follow through in the future...

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 475 ratings.