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Hugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  10.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hugene is a humungous Imperial Porter brewed using the first runnings of wort from a huge mash yielding the darkest and highest concentration of fermentable sugars.

(Beer added by: jegross2 on 01-02-2012)
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

thewimperoo, Feb 25, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

BrownAleMale, Feb 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

sidetracked, Jan 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

CraigPWalker, Dec 16, 2013
Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing Hugene from Revolution Brewing Company. Today is the first day of this beer's release.
Score: 89

Appearance: Pours an ink black-as-night color that is 100% opaque with a thin tan ring of head around the glass. Swirling creates a thin creamy layer of head. Lacing is pretty sticky, above average. 4/5

Smell: Muted roasted chocolate, malts, raisin/fig and light caramel. 4/5

Taste: Lots of prune/fig flavors throughout. Increasing chocolate maltiness as the beer layers. Hints of caramel up front. There is a "warming" alcohol sensation, but no real alcohol flavor until this beer approaches room temperature. Finish is smooth chocolate and dark fruit. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sweet, kind of sticky finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid imperial porter. More nuanced than "flavor forward," unlike most imperial-style dark beers. This brew is definitely worth trying, but at either $8 for a 10-12 oz snifter pour, it is not worth the price to sip this all night. I wonder if this one with get the bottling/canning treatment as a seasonal/once-a-year beer as a part of Revolution's expansion.

Recommendation: A very balanced and muted, but flavorful porter that should be enjoyed by beer geeks and casual beer drinkers alike.

Food Pairings: A chocolate cupcake.

Cost: $8 for a 10-12 oz snifter pour or $4 for a sampler glass.

jegross2, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

oso, Mar 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Drucifer, Oct 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

brandoman63, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

nucmedmario, Dec 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Knoxrb12, Mar 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

dlello2, Jan 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Sparky44, Mar 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev -5.9%

bishocr, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - A thin tan foam settles to a thin ring of bubbles. Nice splotchy lace is left behind as the beer is consumed. Very dark brown body with a ruby glint at the edges of the glass.

S - Big molasses and licorice flavors, milled grains, some nice caramel and baker's chocolate sweetness, light smoke and roast. It smells more like an 8-9% beer.

T - Taste is sweeter, with more chewy melted chocolate and caramel flavors as well as some lightly roasted grains. It's very sweet mid-palate but those sweet flavors fade and yield to some smoke, char, and anise in the back end. Surprisingly clean finish, with minimal alcohol.

M - Chewy full body that verges on syrupy. Surprisingly harsh and active carbonation, dry finish with low lingering stickiness. Some mild alcohol warmth.

D - Definitely a sipper. 5oz was a nice serving but I can imagine getting fatigued after a full 12oz snifter, let alone multiple servings. I enjoyed this all the same, and would certainly order it again in the future. Unfortunately it was Revolution's first new offering after the sublime BA Baracus and virtually any beer they put out was going to be a bit of a letdown.

MasterSki, Jan 08, 2012
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4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap side by side with e. normagene. Appearance is just as dark as its barrel aged counterpart, this one oddly has a light color of head and less of it. Pitch black appearance, it certainly fits the phrase in the menu description "Basically its dark as fuck." The nose feature rich sweet malts with notes of molasses and cherries. Roasted barley and fudge come through as well along with Eugene's familiar hop profile which adds a dash if earthiness to the party. Taste is malty and sweet to start with dark fruits and molasses dominating. As the initial onslaught of sweetness tames down, roasted barley and chocolate sneak through with just enough hop bitterness to round things out. Mouthfeel is thick and mildly carbonated. Overall, I prefer the barrel aged version as the bourbon harmonizes well with the sweet strong porter. This one is pretty darn good too. Another delicious brew from Revolution.

homebrew311, Dec 20, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at rev. Poured into a snifter and pours a very dark brown color with a dark brown head

huge and intense aromas strike you right away. This is packed with malts along with dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted coffee.

Full bodied with a really good feel. Doesn't come off as overdone and is loaded with malts along with roast coffee and dark chocolate

This was completely a sipping beer. It was as big as the name implies but it wasn't overdone.

KDawg, Feb 01, 2012
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4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

I may have missed out on a chance to try some of this stuff at the brewery recently, but a second chance comes to me thanks to Solidarity. This stuff pours a ruby-edged obsidian topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark bread. The taste brings in more of the same, with a milder chocolate (it's more like cocoa now, though still rather rich), a milder coffee, and a slightly darker toast component. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty robust porter, a strong blast of flavor without the destruction of the tastebuds. Good times.

TMoney2591, Nov 19, 2012
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4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving at Revolution.

Obsidian black, dark mocha foam layered on the surface that lasted for the duration of the glass. Sticky ring of foam around the edges that dripped back down into the beer.

Appropriately huge in all respects, aroma especially. Very big on dry roasted chocolate malts, dark chocolate and espresso. Smooth and creamy feel, retaining porter-like suppleness, surprisingly not all that dense and chewy. Still a medium bodied brew with low to medium carb levels.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, similar to the nose but lingering longer. Intense roast, moderately bitter but dialed in enough to encourage easy drinking/sipping. A great variation on Eugene, a regular brewpub favorite.

emerge077, Mar 01, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

ShutOutTheSky, Jan 17, 2013
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JohnnyChicago, Aug 02, 2013
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cadaugherty, Apr 12, 2013
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polishkaz, Aug 18, 2012
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NateMac13, Aug 17, 2012
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spycow, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev 0%

SCZ, Nov 17, 2012
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Hugene from Revolution Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.