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Hugene - Revolution Brewing Company

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11 Reviews
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Reviews: 11
Hads: 53
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 1.89%
Wants: 11
Gots: 1 | 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:
Beer added by: jegross2 on 01-02-2012

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.
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Reviews: 11 | Hads: 53
Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (724 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now that is one nice looking beer. Tastes amazing. Real smooth chocolate tones with a boozy kind of vanilla thing going on as well. Feels great going down too. Super smooth. This is deadly drinkable. Kill me softly, please? Could have dealt with a lot more of this one. But the liver can only take so much, yeah? (312 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,202 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Don't think you can make an imperial porter look any better than is. Black as night, good viscosity. Brown head leaves absolutely beautiful sheets of fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Cocoa, caramel malts, just a hint of roast. There's some nice coffee in there as well.

T - Rich and sweet. There is a lot of perfectly blended caramel and rich chocolate in this one. The end finishes with some good coffee which comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. Very rich and fairly decadent. Great flavor for a 10.6% beer.

M - Full bodied, light carbonation that is about perfect for this beer.

O - Loved this beer, and ordered a second one. It's slightly on the sweet side, which I don't normally prefer, but the taste is so good it works. I hope they stick this in barrels, I think Jack Daniels would be a great choice, and this beer would hold up well. (867 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Revolution. Served in a snifter.

Dark brown body, almost dark, very opaque in comparison to Wee Gene. Heavy appearing dark brown head for about one finger, good retention. Leaves a thick collar that stays and stays around. Not much lacing. Smells of dark chocolate, deep toasted malt, earth, a bit of charred malt. Very malty beer. Flavour is roasted malt, dark chocolate, espresso, earth. A particularly earthy flavour with a bit of scorched grain to it. Moderately bitter as well. Mouthfeel is absolutely full bodied, very substantial yet creamy and smooth, like a big porter should be. Not particularly sticky. Moderately bitter earthy, almost herbal finish. Definitely brings a bit of heat as well, but the most impressive thing about this beer is the body. Overall, very tasty imperial porter that simply embarasses a lot of imperial stouts out on the market with how thick it is. (896 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black in color. Fully opaque. Served with a moderate bit of frothy deep tan colored head. No lacing. Aroma is chock full of deeply roasted malts, and coffee with vanilla and citrus hops rounding it out. Flavor is deep dark malts. Raisin, brown sugar and a moderate dark malt sweetness. The coffee and a bit of coffee bitterness before a light blend of citrus hops. Full body. Mild to
Moderate bitterness. Slick, mildly sweet, and lower carbonation. Overall very impressive. (473 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.12/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of jegross2
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (1,409 characters)

Photo of bschinelli
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this beer! Had 10oz in a snifter glass. This is a black, opaque beer, even in strong sunlight - so dark it doesn't run to red at the edges. The head is a very dark tan to light brown which slowly faded to a thin covering around the glass and left extremely complex lacing. Smells strongly of coffee, with notes of cocoa and caramel, maybe some cereal. First taste is of caramel malt and dark chocolate. Coffee comes through in the middle and becomes stronger the warmer the brew gets. Alchohol is artfully hidden, but watch out, this will take you down. It has the body to match it's flavor, thick and chewy. Lightly carbonated, this goes down way to easy. This tastes like you'd think an imperial porter should. I'd like to go back before it runs out. (760 characters)

Photo of KDawg
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (457 characters)

Hugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 11 ratings.