Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 137
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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4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Tieman for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Bottled 12/6/12.

Pours a hazy orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, caramel, toffee, wood, and bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with brown sugar, toffee, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of woody and hop bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with great bourbon aromas and tasty flavors.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
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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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.08/5  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.

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3.98/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at The Firkin.

Another situation where I haven't tried the base beer, but am nonetheless undeterred from ticking the barreled version. Oh yeah. This stuff pours a murky garnet topped by a half-finger of wan khaki foam. The nose comprises toasted toffee, whiskey, light toasted oak, light cocoa, and candied orange peel. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some light ruby red grapefruit rind and a slightly boozy kick. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a pretty enjoyable barrel-aged barleywine. It may not be especially crazy or anything, but I'd definitely have another, no hesitation.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

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4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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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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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/21/13 notes. Had this on tap at the brewpub; was excited to see it on tap.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks as expected.

s - Smells of vanilla, coconut, toffee, caramel malts, whiskey, bready malts, oak, toasted malts, some light sugar. I thought the nose is awesome. Sweet and full of vanill and whiskey; maybe a tiny bit hot but I like that in BA beers, especially in the nose.

t - Tastes of vanilla, whiskey, caramel malts, toffee, sugar, toasted malts, dark fruits, bready malts, coconut, molasses, and some alcohol. Again, very nice, but a little more alcohol here, so downgrading it a tiny bit from the nose. I still like it a lot though.

m - Full, thick body and low carbonation. Some alcohol heat so docking it a tiny bit but also quite tihck and smooth.

o - Overall I thought this was a great BA barleywine; it reminded me of a slightly better, less boozey Bolt Cutter. Loads of vanilla and caramel mixing with whiskey, I liked it a lot. If you like whiskey/beers that are a little bit hot or you like Bolt Cutter I would definitely try to get this one; would love to have it again.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 420 ratings.