Rise - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: GbVDave on 11-06-2011

Utilizing Pale Ale malt as the base along with Caramel Malt from Chile, English Roasted Barley, and Dark Chocolate malt, the resulting medium-bodied beer is rich and complex with notes of dark roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate.

We used Warrior hops for bittering to contribute a clean crisp bitterness and a blend of Chinook and Cascade for a blast of fresh flowery hop aroma in the whirlpool. After fermentation we hit this brew with a fresh dose of Centennial and Chinook dry hops to infuse this dark ale with fresh aromas of citrus zest and pine. In our series of stouts, this one has the highest level of both hop bitterness and aroma. Hopefully you get a chance to try one on cask, it is magical!

A 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medal winner.

55 IBU
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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beast of a black beer into my tall Spaten 0.5 liter glass, it's looking great thus far billowing tan burnt caramel head with another pitch black body...Aromatics bring it out in the front line with green hops really screaming through the black patent malts, dark chocolate not much perceived sweetness in the nose. The first, 2nd, and 3rd sips are screaming with hops, there comes a point in every American Stout's life when they should just fess up to being a Black IPA. That's definitely the case here without being a style Nazi let me tell you what I'm tasting: Dark espresso bean burnt quality, dark cacao style chocolate nibs, rolling hops fields of citrus and earthy hops collide with one another to create a rather harsh sipping American Stout...it's rough finish is hardcore flavor as is the hardcore carbonation is a bit rough, but overall I can see the light it's a brewer bringing the revolution by calling this hoppy ass black DIPA an aggressively hopped American Stout. Only 7.5% abv surprisingly delivers the alcohol warming effect pretty well or maybe I'm high on American hops and Nicaraguan tobacco.

Photo of Wh0IsMrX
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap at Revolution Brewing.

A: Pours a jet black with a one-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops. Fresh hops. A hint of pine and booze.

T: The fresh, crisp taste of hops creates a somewhat subtle bitterness that is finished nicely by dark chocolate and roast.

M: Very good mouthfeel. A bit bitter at first taste but has a creamy, satisfying finish.

O: A somewhat unique stout that really borders on a Black IPA. I could easily enjoy this beer all throughout the colder weeks of fall.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's time to RISE! Quote...unquote Pantera. This beer is a very nice stout. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is not lacing. The scent carries a subtle roast. The taste has chocolate, roast and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....VERY NICE!

Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks ryan for this!

pours jet black, rather thick for a 7.5% ABV. chewy looking body. light cocoa head.

sweet sugar, roasted malt, faint cherry and port.

sweet through out, roasted malt and dark chocolate kick in through the middle. some dark fruit, mainly light cherry begin to develop. through the finish a citrus hop flavor emerges. finishes sweet red grapefruit.

near perfect body. great thickness and chew. mild to moderate carbonation.

for the ABV, flavor, and overall awesomeness, seek this out

Photo of larryarms847
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pitch black and well carbonated. Almost no head.

Smells of chocolate, roasted nuts, and hot sugar.

Slight caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar, and a hint of coffee.

The mouthfeel is lush and smooth but a little thin for my taste.

Overall I was only slightly disappointed with this brew as I was looking for something thicker, but still a damn good choice.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Multiple growler pours, thanks to Chris for sharing!

Spruce needles and dried citrus peel hop aroma, along with some rich chocolatey malt notes. Jet black, thin layer of khaki colored foam rises and settles. Some carb trails visible around the edges of the glass.

Flavors come across more as a Black IPA, though the brewery describes it as an American Stout. Moderate grassy/citric hoppiness that builds over time, leaving a firm bitter aftertaste. In the middle its all deep roast and bitter dark chocolate. Some light astringency from the roast, otherwise smooth. Medium bodied and drinkable enough to have seconds. Pretty enjoyable stuff on a cool fall evening by the fire.

Photo of TSJ4000
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all of those wishing to ask their sexy bartender for a rise, now comes your time..."Bartender, I was hoping you could give me a Rise." And the cool name transfers into a cool beer. An American Stout that remains true to its roots and stays a stout, rather than becoming an India Black Ale. Rise is black, complex, yet very drinkable. Not light in texture by any means. A great beer.

Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy head

The hops are noticeable with some citrus and floral aromas along with chocolate and some roasted malts

Medium bodied with much more of a hop profile than a stout. Good flavors of citrus, hops, some florals and bitter chocolate on the attack.

It's lacking a bit of depth and the hops dominate a bit too much for me. It comes off more as a black IPA than a stout

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Robbie for this one.
2012 Vintage; poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with one finger of medium brown head.

S - Massive hop aroma is noticeable before even putting the glass to my nose. Pine and grapefruit notes are present with lighter chocolate and roast flavours in the background.

T - Nice hop bitterness up front with greapefruit and pine flavours. The malt profile is very much secondary, adding some roast and chocolate in the finish. The hop profile definitely dominates this beer.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Light carbonatoin.

Photo of matjack85
3.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been to the brewpub several times but never saw this one on the menu, so when I saw this 22oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, I picked one up and brought it home.

The beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color, and made a 2½-finger medium tan head. The head lasted about 2 minutes and left some decent lacing on the glass.

Raisiny smell with bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops.

This is a stout that's more hoppy than malty. Lots of citrus and earthy hop flavor along with some raisin/plum fruitiness. There's a layer of bittersweet baker's chocolate underneath, and then finally you get some roasted malt to come through. There's a lot of bitterness here for a stout, but it's not overly harsh.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Some reviewers have commented that this is more like a black IPA than an American stout, and I agree with them. It's OK, but I wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a fairly large, smooth, creamy, fluffy, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, sticky layer of lace.

S - Loads of sweet, creamy chocolate. Hints of grapefruit and sweet citrus. Notes of mocha. THe more I smell, the more ruby grapefruit aroma I get. A slight earthiness on the end.

T - SImilar flavors to the aromas. Sweet, creamy chocolate is front and center. A constant background of ruby grapefruit that bursts out mid sip. Subtle underlying earthiness and stale coffee grounds throughout. Finishes with a stronger mocha flavor along with a slight earthy and citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Lively with a slightly spritzy finish.

D - Very drinkable stout. Alcohol is very well hidden. Great balance between sweet and bitter, dark stout flavors and hoppy goodness. I easily finished my bottle and enjoyed every last sip.

Notes: A very well done hoppy stout. Great job balancing the flavors. Hops are very present, particularly the grapefruit, but it is undeniably a stout as the sweet and earthy chocolate flavors are up front. Overall well done. Really nice beer that is worth a try.

Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the recent release (simultaneous with Very Mad Cow), into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish black with a soft light tan head.

S: Aroma is full of grapefruit, pine, and pineapple hop notes, with a hint of slightly sweet roasted malt behind.

T: Fresh pine and citrus up front, with plenty of bitter chocolate and roasted grain forming a backbone. Bitterness is up there.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very creamy.

O: This is a good hoppy stout. The mouthfeel is really where the beer shines, and everything else is pretty good.

Photo of GbVDave
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into multiple glasses. Thanks to Chris for sharing!

A: Pours a nice stout-y black. A strong 2-3 finger layer of off-white foam forms on top before settling down to a creamy wafer that left a bunch of lace behind.

S: Hops! Fresh, green, grassy hops. Fantastic nose on this.

T: See above. Fresh green hop flavors did a great job of coating my tongue with wonderful hops. Nice bit of roast and chocolate, as well.

M: Quite prickly and bitter at first before gaining a bit of malty mellowness that does a great job of evening things out.

O: Yet another excellent Revolution beer. Perfect beer for this time of the year!

Photo of DirtyBikeBrewing
4.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went by the brewery last week and picked up a growler for labor day weekend. This is one of those beers you have to try. Great malt/chocolate balance. Great carbonation and complex finish. Hints of Bourbon and vanilla in the finish.

A - Black

S - Malty, chocolatey and smoky

T - Great chocolatey and coffeeish taste. With smoky notes as well

M - Great mouthfeel. Not so creamy but very full bodied.

O - Drink it up. It's a great stout you have to try. It's on tap at the pub and brewery.

Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black beer with a bit of a tan head that left some random splotches on the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of hops on this one. Nice roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and a touch of bitterness. The hops on this are great, and add a bit of a citrus note to it as well.

T - Love this beer, nice malts and chocolate, and the hops add a nice burst of tropical fruit syrup on the end that give a great finish. Little bit of coffee bitterness makes this complete.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Can't say enough good things about this beer, I hope it's one I'll be able to drink again. Worth stopping by for if you like a hoppy stout.

Photo of BrewThru_29
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

I enjoyed this one. Near black pour with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is a nice balance between the darker malty flavors and the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than medium bodied, but not viscous. Overall, this is a pretty good one. Nice balance between the malt and hop profile. Worth a try if you see it.

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

My final beer before heading up to Wrigley, I ordered it based on the positive feedback garnered from my buddy next to me. It pours a dark black-brown, very subtly highlighted in dark ruby, topped by a half-finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted bread, light pine, and a bit of dark chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine coming in a bit more pronounced, and with a touch of grapefruit peel tossed in for good measure. Still, the roast and chocolate dominate, just benevolently. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one that shows that hops can find a place in a stout, so long as they are used with caution, respect, and due diligence. Something like that...

Photo of bodhi185
4.91/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellared 22oz. bottle picked up a little while back from the taproom.
A: Dark brown/black with an effervescent tan head.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and sets up a bitter flavored brew.
T: Bitter chocolate, a little coffee flavor back there, and plenty of piney hop character, with flavor that lingers for days.
M: Crisp, clear, and much more drinkable than say an imperial stout with all of the same complexity. God bless Americans.
O: The epitome of the style, in my opinion, but apparently most people, including those at the 2012 GABF already knew that. Even kept a little while, the hops still come through. I'll be looking for this one on tap when it comes back in the fall. Well done.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice hoppy aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Slight pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and well balanced hop and roasted malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American stout style. All around good balance and robustness of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Qbdoo
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Smells great. Lots of roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is similar but not overdone. However, this is really hoppy, moreso than you expect. It's a good beer. A lighter, hoppier variation on the style.

Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A: appears jet black, opaque, minimal head, some lacing

S: nose is chock full of bright hops, some earthy tones as well as some citrus tones. There is a sturdy underlying maltiness with plenty of roast.

T: taste starts roasty with notes of baker's chocolate, the hops dominate the palate on the finish with plenty of bitterness and a bit of tropical fruit

MF: somewhat thin for style, medium carbonation

O: this beer incorporates what seems to be two extremes: oozing hop goodness and deep roasty stout character. The balance isn't perfect but it makes for a tasty brew.

Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another home grown beauty at the brewpub this stout served in a tulip glass appears dark black-brown with a very solid, but slim tan head that leaves an awesome blanket of lace. The aroma offers a smooth as silk blend of chocolate charcoal and subtle citrus-pine hop kiss. Hard to pick out the parts, just a beautiful oneness that is extremely pleasant. The flavor brings much the same with charcoal finishing off what starts with that hop friendly blend of Amarillo & Chinook over chocolate sweetness. This stuff is smooth with a delicate small bubbled carbonation, solidly medium bodied with very nice drinkability for the style. This may not be the average stout lover’s favorite brew but for the true hop nut, this is a very tasteful and right up my alley. The hops become somewhat more sprucey as you go with constant malt beauty. Very nice.

Photo of blackcompg
3.84/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a quick 3 fingers of dark mocha foam, body is nearly opaque with crimson brown highlights near the base of the glass, leaves broken lace rings after each quaff.

Smell - Very complex.. Floral hops, semi-sweet dark chocolate, wheat bread crust, dark soy, hint of black licorice.

Taste - Very much like the nose, begins with a deep roasted malt and dark chocolate, some savory dark soy, a hint of dark fruit, sweet black licorice, and then there they are - a nice finish of hops that arrive as ripe grapefruit piths, some warm floral, and a hint of sweet basil, ending in dried peach pit. Starts stout and finishes black ipa.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth mouthfeel, carb is just below medium and nearly creamy, with a few edges way at the back of the tongue. Medium weight overall and i feel perfect for this style.

Overall - A very interesting stout and very nicely hopped. Starts stout and finishes black ipa actually. An easy bomber to finish at 7.2%, give this one a try.

Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; not that much of a head but what is there does a good job lacing

Smell: Really hoppy on the nose - piney and pithy

Taste: Hard to taste the stout for the hops, up front, with pine, pith and an aspirin-like bitterness that assaults the palate; underneath, there is a black bread quality that peaks through, though the hops continue to dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, this is as much an American Black as it is a stout; with a blindfold on, I would have called it an American Black; I don't feel that the flavors really come together that well, but a hophead will find this enjoyable

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate and cocoa really stand out in this beer for me. As far as the body goes it's hearty and thick, but still smooth and appropriately "thin" for a stout. Extremely well made with a great consistency. Definitely glad I was able to try this one.

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Rise from Revolution Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.