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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: 125 | 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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3.28/5  rDev -23.5%
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 maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours darker reddish color, off-white head, thin collar.

S - Bourbon, dark fruits, oak, barrel notes, light vanilla, and caramel. I think I get more JD over the HH Rye, but either way, it works decently well.

T - I'm getting a lot more JD here, pretty harsh. Other notes of dark fruit, oak, caramel, light char. Alcohol is noticeable, but at 13%, it's hard not to expect that. Finish is boozy and burnt sugary sweetness, slightly harsh on the end.

M - Medium to full body (could use a bit more here), good carbonation, creamy oak finish.

O - An improvement over the base beer, but I'm not a big fan of that to begin with. Pretty forgettable when it comes to BA Barleywine, but overall not too bad.

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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3.68/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got my Mug Club 5oz taster of this one - missed the base beer so didn't really know what to expect. A blend using both Jack Daniels and Heaven Hill Rye barrels.

A - A finger of tan foam settles to a partial cap and thicker collar, leaving behind some spotty lace. Murky caramel brown body.

S - Very sweet - lots of unfermented sugars in here. Toffee, caramel, lightly toasted malts. It's initially very Jack Daniels-forward, but the Heaven Hill character builds as it warms up. Some alcohol present, but nothing unexpected for 13%.

T - This is an odd case where I think the base beer has overwhelmed the barrel flavors - there's minimal oak and only a light whiskey bite in the finish. Just tons of caramel, toffee, treacle, and brown sugar. Sort of boring actually, as it's mono-dimensional sweetness and gets cloying after a while.

M - Medium-full body, chewy and sticky, light tannic finish, and lower carbonation. Some moderate alcohol warmth, but not too much.

D - A decent barrel-aged barleywine, but one of Revolutions weaker offerings. I didn't feel the need to order a whole glass of this one. I think I preferred Haymarket's stab at this style to be honest, although it suffered from excessive booze. Wooden Hell, BA Behemoth, and BA Hi-Fi Rye are safe on the podium for the moment.

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3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
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?

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3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
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
96 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.