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Gravedigger Billy - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.49%
Wants: 32
Gots: 37 | FT: 8
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2012

A cousin of our Willie Wee Heavy, this strong ale was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 11 months.
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Photo of Flight317
3/5  rDev -29.2%

I've not had a ton in this style that are barrel aged but the ones I've had were all much better than this. The smell is nothing but bourbon. The mouthfeel is just flat, zero carbonation and not a huge amount of flavor. There was no head on this one. Glad this was something a friend shared with me and I didn't seek it out.

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3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.06/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Arrived in a snifter.

A: Arrived a cloudy dark brown, with minimal head that turned into a ring in short order. Left some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Pure bourbon in the nose, not a speck of beer evident. Notes of charred oak, vanilla, and warm booze waft out of the glass. Insert usual caveat that I was at a bar here, with additional caveat that it was a bar with no kitchen to really mess with my nose.

T: At first, this is almost exactly like drinking Woodford Reserve, but with the edges filed round and sanded smooth. The entire flavor profile is the bourbon - pure oak, blackened wood, vanilla extract, and subtle bits of caramel swimming throughout. As the beer warms, however, the edges rebuild from being ground down, and they sprout spikes and thorns. Alcohol heat erupts into flame as this beer approaches room temperature - there is no hiding the ABV at all.

M: Sticky and smooth, but with a quite watery finish. The alcohol heat cranks up here as well as the beer warms.

O: While I am a fan of bourbon as well as beer, this comes in second place to Backwoods Bastard for me, which is itself in second place to Wulver. Given my inability to find much beer under the bourbon, combined with the serious alcohol heat that poured out of this as it warmed, it's not a favorite for me. Age might do wonders for this beer, however, taking off the boozy edge and allowing the malt to come forward.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep amber. Small white head. Light wispy surface.

Smell - Bourbon and caramel. Lightly buttery.

Taste - Bourbon is intense up front. Sweet caramel. Immediately overpowered by bourbon and oak. Boozy as hell.

Mouthfeel - Really boozy. Medium heavy.

Overall - Overwhelmed by bourbon. You only get a glimpse of the scotch ale at the beginning, then all bourbon.

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3.47/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

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3.62/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth, tasty beer but the smell and finish were almost sickly sweet.

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Sean9689
3.97/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rev Brewery Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours a burnt caramel/orange color, off-white head, wisps.

S - Woodford Reserve, coconut, oak, burnt sugars, dark fruity sweetness. Nice mix of barrel notes & base beer without a huge amount of barrel character to overtake the beer.

T - Woodford Reserve, coconut, vanilla, oak, dark fruits, sweet malts. Again, the barrel notes are there, but not overpowering like some Woodford-aged beers are. Alcohol is there, but well-integrated. Finish is sweet dark fruit and booze.

M - Medium to full body, good carbonation, sweet syrupy finish.

O - A nice BA Scotch Ale that has been aged on Woodford the best I've seen from any brewery. The booze is hidden well, but still there, and the base beer is complimented by the alcohol. Glad I was able to try this one!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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Gravedigger Billy from Revolution Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.