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Straight Jacket - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 518
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 2.59%
Wants: 166
Gots: 185 | FT: 25
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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: 65 | Hads: 518
Photo of TJFRBR
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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!! (354 characters)

Photo of controlfate
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of zrbeer1579
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opened this up two nights ago. Bottled date is January 17 2014. It was not even a month old when consumed. Review from notes.

Appearance: Pour a brown-reddish with a half finger tan head. Dissipated rather quickly; only held for a minute or less. No lacing at all.

Aroma: Soft bourbon, oak, and lots of caramel. Some coconuts and marshmallows. Slight dark fruits and peach. Getting a little spicy alcohol as well.

Taste: Oak and bourbon up front. Subtle vanilla and coconut. The malts are a little rich. Lots of caramels and some toffee. Some dark fruits, mostly raisins. And peach, I'm not sure why I'm getting peach, but I'm tasting it. Also, some very mild chocolate as well.

The lingering finish is a nice long buttery oak with little flavors mentioned above. The buttery oak is actually very nostalgic to me.

Mouthfeel: Straight Jacket is not heavy at all. Drink pretty damn easy. Carbonation is light and a slick feel.

Overall: I thoroughly enjoy this beer. A good barrel-aged barleywine. I love finish of this beer as mentioned. I do not remember ever tasting that particular characteristic as strong in other barrel aged beers. Maybe I will get another bottle to age. (1,184 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of freeride
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
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... (2,202 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (399 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
6 December 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with lousy retention. Perfectly clear chestnut red with lower levels of carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring. A swirly wisp remains until the end but leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bourbon, oak, coconut, caramel and toffee aromas on the nose. Spicy booze in there as well, with some dried fruit. Bold and enticing.

TASTE: Quite boozy up front, with bourbon, oak, sweet dried fruit and some spicy flavors initially. Sweet caramel and coconut from the bourbon barrel at the swallow. Big and lingering finish of oak, coconut, caramel and toffee sweetness, dark fruits and spicy alcohol. Very flavorful and the alcohol adds plenty of spicy flavors as opposed to just booze.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Weighty enough, creamy as well, goes down okay and finishes sticky on the palate. A scratch at the swallow and some heat lingers.

OVERALL: A solid brew for sure. This was definitely my favorite of the four Revolution brews I sampled recently, as it was very flavorful, well balanced and had a full, creamy feel to support everything that was going on. Something I would gladly drink again. Cheers again for the stuff Masterski. Recommended. (1,349 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of maxcoinage
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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! (757 characters)

Photo of cvm4
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date: Dec. 6, 2012

A - Pours a murky amber, may'be burnt copper. Has a tan head which is little to non existent. To me, seems like the body might be a little thin.

S - Bourbon, oak, vanilla and brown sugar. Just awesome to smell as it delivers in spades here.

T - Very bourbon forward... To me, it follows the nose with may'be some dark fruits mixed in.

M - Thick bodied, low carb and does have some heat to it.

O - I'm a fan, not sure if laying it down for almost a year helped or not. But, I love BBA beers and this fits the bill. (545 characters)

Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (541 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (639 characters)

Photo of mhksuccess
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

poured from bottle into bruery snifter
reddish brown color reall small head
smell is vanilla and toffee (probably is molases but smell like that to me)
taste is similar to the smell not sure what the sweetness is from but taste awesome to me
smooth and sweet lot of vanilla on back ened
little lacing on the glass
very enjoyable and easy to drink at 13% abv
would definite get again great beer (394 characters)

Photo of Phelps
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a snifter at the brewpub in chitown.

Brown and opaque, like a dark, sour cherry. Half finger of filmy light tan head.

Bourbon, vanilla, maple, mint, toffee, chocolate.

Sweet. Tons of toffee, dark cherry, acidic wood, sugary at the finish. Vanilla ice cream and cherry sauce with toffee candies. Oak and whiskey at the finish.

Fairly tongue numbing, big alcohol. High pinching carbonation, viscous medium-full body. Warming.

Good to combat the winter cold. (479 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (452 characters)

Photo of yamar68
3.74/5  rDev -11.8%
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? (638 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
12/6/12
The Bruery tulip

A: Murky amber color. No head at all. Just laces of white whisp. Maybe see some tiny bubbles. Definitely some alcohol feet. Could have used a touch more carbonation.

S: Wow, holy bourbon. Smells of wet barrel for sure. Smells as soon as I cracked bottle. Oak is certainly there. Vanilla. Caramel. Sticky toffee pudding. Sweet malty goodness.

T: Taste follows the nose. Definitely getting sweet toffee and vanilla and caramel with this one. Touch of bitterness on the tip of the tongue, but then it's malt city. The sweetness continues during the sip, until you get some alcohol heat on the back end. I wish the barrel was a little more incorporated in the base, but it's pretty darn solid at any rate.

M: It's not super think, but is a full bodied boozy beer. (800 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
4.41/5  rDev +4%
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. (945 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of DovaliHops
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12/06/12 bottle date. Thanks to an awesome BA for sending me this one. Pours a hazy, amber-red color with a small white head that disappears quickly. Scent is not much to write home about...gonna let it warm up a bit... Okay, I've let it warm up long enough. There is some faint whiskey aroma coming through with nice vanilla notes. Some nice dark fruit aromas. Taste is much more forward than the nose. Initially, great booziness. I'm not gonna lie, I love my BA beers to have some booziness, and this one has it. Nice warmth. Boozy whiskey up front with some vanilla and dark fruit flavors. I'm not positive what kinda barrels this beer was aged in, but you can tell they weren't "top of the line"... which is okay by me. I'm always good for a nice beer aged in Jack barrels or something. There are some definite rye flavors coming in as I taste it more. Was this beer aged in rye whiskey barrels? I should have done my research. Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Drinkability is fairly high...somewhat scary. Overall, this beer is very unique. I'm getting a lot of rye flavors and this is a barleywine. I'm only used to rye BA stouts and whatnot. Very tasty beer! (1,168 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (892 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (394 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shared a bottle with Treebs. Thanks for this one that wasn't on my radar! Bottle from 6 Dec 12.

A: Pours a copper/ruby color with a solid head that recedes quickly.

S: Bourbon barrel, caramel malts, subtle dark fruits, and some booze.

T: Sweet malts initially with smooth bourbon that doesn't take away from the base. Caramel and toffee malts give big malt flavor. Booze heat as it finishes, but not out of scope for a beer with a big abv.

M: Medium to full-bodied with medium carbonation and alcohol heat on the finish.

O: I personally would put call this more of an English Barleywine. Either way, this was a well-balanced, slightly sweet barleywine that I was glad to try. (682 characters)

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.