Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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417 Ratings
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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 133
Gots: 124 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  13.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
(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

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-08-2011)
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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 52 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by sweemzander:
Photo of sweemzander
4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a hazy tawny amber color. Some tan froth and lacing left behind.

(S)- Nice dry oak characters with sweet bourbon and toasted caramel. Maybe even some toffee and honey sweetness as it warms.

(T)- Again, really nice notes of honey, caramel, toffee, and oaky bourbon notes. Not super boozy but obvious and really nice barrel notes overall that blend well with the sweetness of the beer.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. A nice balance to it as well with great bourbon notes with an underlying sweetness that in no way overpowering but incredibly balanced for the style.

(O)- This is a great barrel aged barleywine. It actually might lean more towards the english style than american for me, but with having this and very mad cow by revolution, I am becoming a believer in their deep wood series. Very well balanced and also incredibly drinkable for the style.

More User Reviews:
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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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
4.36/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, muggy ruby with a minimal beige head. When aggressively poured it reveals nice big boozy spotted big-bubble lacing. Ready to tuck in, no doubt

S: Fantastic. Big dark fruits - bourbon soaked raisins, figs and plums. Huge brown sugar sweetness as well as bourbon caramel. The vanilla is very subtle. There is a very nice organic woodiness to it. Overall has the aroma of a cohesive beer - not necessarily a barelywine and bourbon, more a marriage of the two. There is certainly some heat on it, needs a year or so to balance out.

T: Very, very tasty; however, too boozy right now. Big sweet dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel. There is more vanilla than the aroma, but still not as much as other BABWs. Bordering on cloying sweetness.

P: Thinner than it should be, but it doesn't take away much. Very smooth with soft carbonation - medium bodied.

O: A fantastic bourbon barleywine all around. Very excited to see how it ages, I have high hopes.

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%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.9/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.