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Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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67 Reviews
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 542
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 23.53%
Wants: 171
Gots: 184 | 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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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 542
Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Ale Syndicate Pint Glass

A) Amber Reddish brown, thin one finger head, lacing, not cloudy but rather clear. Minor Carbonation

S) Wonderful! Bourbon, oak, burnt sugar, vanilla, grape skin, malt, alcohol

T) Same as aroma, Maris Otter for sure Bourbon up front, oak finish, sugar, vanilla, grape skin, fig and bread, not too boozy

M) Thick but not very carbonated

O) One of the best Bourbon Barrel beers I have ever had, perfect amounts of sweetness and flavor all around a great beer. Lots of flavor and worth the price.

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Photo of timc100
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a bomber (dated 12/6/12) 4 ways, poured into DFH signature glass

Appearance was a medium dark brown, not too much head.

Aroma was delightful - toasted oak, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, sugar, alcohol

Taste was so very complex and enjoyable. Dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, slight bourbon, coconut, molasses, booze hits you at the end

Mouthfeel - definitely heavy, lower carbonation, , warming alcohol on the finish

Overall - this is a top notch barleywine and BA beer in my book. I haven't had it fresh, but I must say with a year on it, it was outstanding. Definitely going to seek out a bottle when it's released next (I'd expect in Jan. hopefully) I wanted to savor this but it was so enjoyable I think I drank it too fast without enough to enjoy!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of TJFRBR
4.59/5  rDev +8%
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!!

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade a while back from spinaltapped- thanks man!

This one pours a hazy, slightly murky brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells wonderful, with a classic BA barleywine feel- vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, and caramel. Really expressive and quite nice.

This has a ton of barrel-derived vanilla, which is really nice. This mixes in well with the delicious bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The label describes dark stone fruits, but I don't really get those. There is no alcohol feel to this one at all, which is nice, considering the hefty ABV.

This is medium bodied, almost thick, but not syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This is definitely one of the better BA barleywines on the market, super delicious, and really well crafted.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%

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!

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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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Photo of Way2drunk
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of controlfate
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of W_Des
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garner red. The nose has bourbon, oak and dark brown sugar. This has good flavor to it with a malt forward sweetness. I get some vanilla in the finish as it warms as well as molasses. There is a nice booze-y warmth in the finish. It is not overpowering at all. A very good barleywine.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of dutesanch
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This poured as a very nice clear brown color, there is a thin white hea on top also. The retention is thin, just a ring around the edge of the glass. Not much lacing. The smell is sweet and very malty, some bourbon and hops in there as well. The taste is sweet with loaded of malt, caramel, maple and oak. The mouthfeel is syrupy, gently carbonated a slick. Overall it's a very nice barley wine, the barrel aging isn't over the top but still very good.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole Foods in Lincoln Park. Served in a snifter.

Medium brown body, on the lighter side, looks like caramel syrup. Minimal head, not much retention or lacing. Smells like toffee, biscuits, caramel, moderate bourbon aroma, a bit of milk chocolate and coconut. Whoa. Flavour is very similar, sweet toffee, caramel, chocolate, molasses, bourbon that isn't too hot, but provides a nice vanilla and oak component to the beer. Mouthfeel is full bodied, not syrupy or as thick as ADWTD but it's remarkably drinkable for such a large beer. Mild heat, but not overwhelming. Overall, excellent English barleywine that stands up to the best out there. It's missing a little bit of complexity, but overall it is a fairly underrated barleywine.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured a clear burgundyish color with a good whispy dirty white cap, a good amount of bubbles and lacing persists after a sip or two. Good lookin' brew with good head retention.

S: Big toffee and caramel nose, really sweet with a stinging booze note on the nostrils. Very aromatic and I was hoping the taste would follow the nose. Some vanilla and dark fruits also grace the nose.

T: Initial toffee, brown sugar, dark fruits and caramel goodness, pretty sweet with some initial bourbon barrel sting. A nice punch of vanilla, coconut and wood soaked bourbon appears but not overpowering. The finish is sweet, somewhat sticky yet dry but warming.

M: Medium bodied, booze stings and hangs onto the palate as does that tasty sugary blend of caramel, toffee, vanilla...

O: Very good. I was pretty impressed. The heat is up there but it was not overly hot. I could drink this all day long!

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep reddish brown color, not quite leathery or walnut but browner than ruby. a small, centimeter or less, of a tan head. strong retention of what is there. small lacing/alcohol leg combo. due to the darkness of the color it is mostly opaque but through thinner portions some visibility is there.

Smell: huge barrel character, coming in waves of wood, vanilla, bourbon and small hints of cinnamon. sweetness comes through with brown sugar and maple syrup. smaller amounts of molasses are present. some dark fruits near the backend. Small underlying hoppy bitterness.

Taste: small amount of malts sneaks through at the beginning with notes of thick caramel before being overrun by barrel. barrels offer a wide variety of flavors consisting of wood, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon/booze. a hoppy bitterness cuts the barrel out and gives way to some dark fruits along with maple syrup to brown sugar sweetness. slight molasses. ends with booze soaked dark fruits, ranging from raisins to plums.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy as a barleywine should be. quite a bit of booziness and a large amount of warmth. bitterness that could either be attributed to astringent alcohol or hoppiness. sticky and lingering.

Overall: a strong and delicious treat. more complex, especial in terms of barrel character, than most bba barleywines. the hoppiness is at the perfect level in this brew. First bottle from revolution and certainly not the last.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
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.


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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.