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Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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450 Ratings
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Ratings: 450
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 7.93%
Wants: 150
Gots: 148 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American 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: 450 | Reviews: 56 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by DovaliHops:
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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/06/12 bottle date. Thanks to an awesome BA for sending me this one. Pours a hazy, amber-red color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is not much to write home about...gonna let it warm up a bit... Okay, I've let it warm up long enough. There is some faint whiskey aroma coming through with nice vanilla notes. Some nice dark fruit aromas. Taste is much more forward than the nose. Initially, great booziness. I'm not gonna lie, I love my BA beers to have some booziness, and this one has it. Nice warmth. Boozy whiskey up front with some vanilla and dark fruit flavors. I'm not positive what kinda barrels this beer was aged in, but you can tell they weren't "top of the line"... which is okay by me. I'm always good for a nice beer aged in Jack barrels or something. There are some definite rye flavors coming in as I taste it more. Was this beer aged in rye whiskey barrels? I should have done my research. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Drinkability is fairly high...somewhat scary. Overall, this beer is very unique. I'm getting a lot of rye flavors and this is a barleywine. I'm only used to rye BA stouts and whatnot. Very tasty beer!

More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Chitex78
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty hot, needs some time to age.

Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of CLCardinal84
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of DerekQXQX
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of timc100
4.72/5  rDev +10%
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 weonfire
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Reddish mahogany, pinky thickness white tiny bubbled head, dissipates quickly

S - Sweet bourbon, purple grapes, toffee, aged fruits: cherry?

T - initial: sweet, real sweet, bourbon, toffee, chocolate, grapes, cherry. finish: aged fruit, real minor booze

M - just a toucher thinner than some of the exceptional barley wines, frothy, medium body, moderate linger-er

O - Lovely. Bourbon is extraordinary, frothy level was great, aged fruits were outstanding- real complex. only knock maybe be a bit sweet for some palates and I wish it was just a touch thicker, but thats just me.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.89/5  rDev -9.3%
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 gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Griffith
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of cjgator3
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Amber body. Small off white head. Medium collar.

Smell - Bourbon, vanilla, caramel. Simple and great aroma.

Taste - Sharp oak very prevalent throughout. Bourbon. Vanilla and a little bit of fruitiness. Caramel.

Mouthfeel - Thick and syrupy. Sweet. Slightly sharp flavor.

Overall - Very tasty. Great barrel. Everything works well here.

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 450 ratings.