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Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 495
Reviews: 66
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.14%
Wants: 157
Gots: 175 | FT: 23
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: 495 | Reviews: 66
Reviews by vic21234:
Photo of vic21234
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Warmed at room temperature from the fridge for about 15 minutes. Bottled on date is 12/6/12.

A- Pours a dark copper/ ruby color, mostly clear with a small amount of haze. A minimal amount of head quickly fades. Nice alcohol legs along the sides of the glass.

S- Initial smell is of dark fruits and an overall sweetness. Molasses and bourbon round out the taste.

T- At first taste comes sweet malts and bourbon. I get hints of vanilla and dark fruits also. Lots going on in the taste as with most barleywines. As it warms the flavors become even more notable.

M- Medium to heavy, low carbonation, a nice sipping beer. The bourbon flavors are big in this one, but it doesn't drink as hot as some BA American Barleywines I've had in recent memory.

This is the first I've had from Revolution as far as their BA offerings, and I am impressed. A great example of a BA American Barleywine.

More User Reviews:
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 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, Chicago's best kept secret.

Photo of weonfire
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
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 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 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 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 Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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 Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked a little thin at first. The carbonation was very active and fizzy, which is not typical for barleywine. Otherwise, nice chestnut color and clarity.

Really nice bourbon aromas. Vanilla, wood, carmalized sugar.

It manages to extract the bourbon flavors without being overly-boozy. The wood really pops along with vanilla, toasted coconut, and brown sugar. It's sweet, but not cloying.

It's very smooth for 13%. It's heavy and has a light heat, but as expected.

A very good barrel aged barleywine. This bottle had almost one year on it which may have mellowed it. The flavors are great and captures the essence of barrel aging.

Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep rust orange with a slightly golden hue and a thick finger of creamy foam that dissipates quickly, but leaves sticky lacing all the way down.

Vanilla, dried plum, raisins, caramel, toffee, bourbon, and oak.

Toasted malt, caramel, and toffee dominate the light fruity notes, and the bourbon gives a smooth vanilla and woody flavor to balance things out.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, smooth, creamy, and chewy.

Overall, this is a beer to get your hands on if possible.

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 emerge077
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2012 bottled batch:
Dark saturated amber orange, wispy head that fades quickly.
Creme brûlée, toasted coconut, rich caramel toffee, good dose of Woodford or similar sweeter bourbon. Very smooth, moderately sweet and confectionary, big toffee and toasted marshmallow. Pretty tasty and seemingly and improvement from the first batch.

9-8-11 - 3.8
Opted for the smaller $5 draft pour, a brimming taster glass.

Pours a murky reddish brown, with a thin layer of creamy foam that faded slowly into a wispy web pattern on the surface. Sticky lace all around the edges. Opaque body.

Sweet caramel, cajeta, toffee, vanilla. Extremely sweet, "dessert in a glass" impression from the nose alone. More barrel character here would add some balance, but it's nice as is.

Feel is sticky, flavors of sweet caramel, vanilla, and toffee flavors dominate. Sweet lingering finish, vanilla from the wood, but not especially boozy. The alcohol does seem to dry out the palate after the sweetness passes. The distinctive dried cherry notes of the base beer have been obliterated by the barrel it seems. Overall this is good, and potent in small doses. Wouldn't want more than one, and then only for dessert.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.31/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle!
Bottled on Dec 6, 2012. Poured in to snifter.

A - Poured medium copper and settled a very dark amber colour that is almost opaque with a ruby glow along the bottom. Half a finger of cream coloured head formed and reduced to a few scattered bubbles along the top of the beer.

S - Sweet bourbon, oak and vanilla from the barrel treatment stand out with caramel, toffee and raisin notes from the base beer and a hint of coconut in the background.

T - The barrel dominates up front with bourbon and toasted oak flavours and a touch of sweet vanilla. The base beer is well integrated with the barrel and adds sweet toffee, dark caramel and raisin flavours.

M - Medium to full body but a touch thin at times. Light carbonation.

Photo of yamar68
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Thanks scalzo!

Nice ruby brown body with a thin but well-retaining off white head that produces great lace, plenty of alcohol legging.

They definitely weren't kidding around when it came to the bourbon barrels. Vanilla, caramel, huge bourbon sweetness, milk chocolate, toffee, brown sugar, warming booze... it's a big'n.

Woah... even bigger on the palate. The big malt/bourbon sweetness hits first, then the heat surfaces, then a dry and sticky finish. The booze-soaked oak is pretty much a theme through and through. Honestly, this one tastes even boozier than 13%. Are they just saying that in order to appease those pussies in Ohio?

Photo of BGsWo22
2.5/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must have missed something with this one

Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter. This was opened at a BA Barleywine tasting.

Pours with a decent amount of head and an amber color. This one has a good balance between sweeter flavors and hop bitterness. The smell is very strong and full of malt and bourbon heat. I'm getting some caramel and vanilla notes. The hops lighten up the sweetness a bit. This is pretty easy to drink.

Photo of Etan
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle from the first bottled release, 2012, into a snifter.

A: Pours a reddish mahogany color with a small off-white head.

S: Thick and sugary marshmallow, raisin, melted caramel, and vanilla dominate the nose. Very tannic, but not dry. No alcohol detectable.

T: Dried fruits, dark cooked caramel and vanilla, lots of dry oak and bourbon, palpable bitterness and warmth from the alcohol. Nutty and cherry notes come out as it warms. Almost as sweet as the nose, but with some balancing bitterness.

M: Thick-bodied with very, very low carbonation. A little more carbonation could move this from somewhat syrupy to creamy.

O: A great tasting barleywine, heavy on the barrel. More carbonation would help the mouthfeel, but besides that this is very good.

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 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 GbVDave
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at Revolution 9/17/11. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a murky dark caramel brown color with an exceedingly creamy layer of khaki colored foam on top. Lacing was pretty and plentiful, leaving intricate patterns down the inside of the glass.

S: No mistaking that this spent a while in Bourbon barrels. Strong, but not overwhelming, aromas of bourbon coupled with molassas, dark fruit, vanilla, and coconut.

T: As above with toasted nuts, chocolate, brown sugar, and more bourbon.

M: Very slick and full, but not at all syrupy. Sweet. Heath noticed a bit of alcohol burn, but I had a hard time detecting much heat.

O: This was a rare 13%er that didn't wear out our tongues. Dangerously easy to drink. Excellent effort in their BA program.

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

Second tasting. One pint six ounce bottle on May 9, 2015.

Photo of ClementiPizzeria
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This was the first barrel-Aged Beer I've had on draft from revolution. This also was the first Barley-wine Beer I've tasted so pardon the amateurish review.

Upon first sight the beer served in a 11oz snifter appeared to hold a light-brownish hue on the head while separating in the body to a more rustic golden Carmel color that concentrated at the bottom of the glass, truly beautiful to be-hold.

Aroma, was typical of a barrel aged beer. Hearty malty smells were plentiful with minimal quaffing.

The affect of barrel aging immediately hits your palate. Sweet malty tasting with less hops up-front than I expected.

The texture of the beer was smooth and oily and not a dense as I was expecting.

I am satisfied with this rarity and my customers have all been delighted in their acceptance of this totally unique brew.

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 AgentZero
3.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - A very nice looking deep, brown beer that turns yellow on the edges. Great khaki head that had moderate retention and faded to a misty ring. Sides left clean.

S - Lots of dark fruits, figs, raisins, dates. Very sweet smelling. The barrel influence is kind of minimal and dominated by the very strong sweet smell. A little touch of vanilla and some caramel.

T - This really tastes a lot like a quad-barleywine mix. Tons of dark fruit, some caramel and molasses. Alcohol is well hidden but the whiskey is minimal as is the barrel influence overall. Leaves a bit of a lighter fruity taste in the back of the mouth. Very cloying and powerfully sweet.

M - Full bodied and smooth, slightly souring on the finish.

O - One of the more fatiguing beers I've had in a while. So sweet I was ready to call it quits after an ounce, literally. Not that it tastes bad, just way too powerfully sweet and rich. I forced my way through 5 ounces but was rough. Not getting this again at the price.

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.

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.