Gravedigger Billy - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 8.73%
Wants: 28
Gots: 37 | FT: 7
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:
A cousin of our Willie Wee Heavy, this strong ale was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 11 months.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-08-2012)
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft serving at Revolution.

Wispy khaki tan foam on the surface, there was a thin finger of foam initially but it fades after a few minutes, not surprising considering the abv. Murky ruddy brownish red coloration, semi-opaque with some visible carbonation arounf the edges.

Deep aromas of bourbon and peated malt, mostly bourbon though. Sweet brown sugar, vanilla, toasted oak, some light spirit fumes. The peated malt comes through more in the taste, rich with some earthy peat complexity, still identifiable as the base beer, with layers of bourbon barrel characteristics over the top. Rich and burly with a low to medium carb level. Slight alcohol bite in the finish, but it's tempered by the big malt sweetness, though not fully disguised. In the end the bourbon character slightly overshadows, but at least there was some nuance from the base Scotch Ale. Unique and recommended, this is a fine BA Scotch/Wee Heavy... can't say i've had many of those.

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

Served from tap in a snifter at Firkin.

Yeah, they're not tapping last year's BCS for a few hours, but, whatever, there's a barrel-aged Scotch ale from Revolution. We win. Period. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear ruby topped by a short finger of light sandstone foam. The nose comprises deep bourbon, toffee, light dark greens, and a bit of mild buttery biscuit. The taste holds notes of whiskey, caramel malts, light chocolate, mild dark greens, and some brief flashes of oak. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, this is just as good as assumptions would lead you to believe it would be. Very good times, indeed.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of MasterSki
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz sample glass at Revolution.

A - Served filled to the brim, with a thin tan foam cap, thicker collar, and surprisingly decent retention. Lightly haze caramel-brown body with some lighter orange-red highlights.

S - Plenty of delicious bourbon, barrel, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, butterscotch, vanilla, and a hint of chocolate. It's got that characteristic Woodfoord Reserve character, complete with a bit of alcohol bite and dry oak.

T - I actually like the taste a bit better, as there's more delicious caramel and other sweet flavors and less in the way of harsh barrel presence. No alcohol at all, and tons of potent flavor, but manages to avoid being cloying.

M - Smooth, creamy, full body, with light oak and barrel tannins in the finish. Alcohol is really well-hidden - I never would have surmised this was in double figures.

D - This is another barrel-aged winner from Revolution. I don't normally like BA Scotch Ales, but this was delicious and I actually regret not ordering a full serving. Hopefully this is still on-tap next time I swing by the brewpub.

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A little lace. Color is copper.

Flavor profile: Cocoa, chocolate, and coconut up front. Caramel and toffee. Vanilla, brown sugar, oak, and bourbon flavors. So much awesome here. Some dark fruits in the background. Molasses and dark dried cherries.

Smooth and easy to drink. The abv is hidden pretty well.

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.76/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

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4.1/5  rDev -3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.52/5  rDev +6.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Thanks to fiver29 for this bottle during our most recently exchange of excellent beers….I hope! 22 oz. bottle split with my wife after a lovely afternoon at Dave’s BrewFarm.

The pour is red. Lightish red. The nose consists of bourbon soaked bourbon, with a little bit of caramel bourbon cake around the edges. Not bad if you like, you know, bourbon & stuff.

Gravedigger Billy clearly died of alcohol poisoning. Booming bourbon booze careens out of the glass & ricochets around my innards, warming everything it touches. I call bullshit on the 10.4% alcohol; it drinks like twice that much. Secondary is the base beer; caramel, deep toffee, hot oak, hot mess, hottie, molasses. Bourbon. More bourbon. The end is bourbon, too. Good lord, if bourbon tasted like this, I’d be drunk until The Rapture; easier to drink than good beer at the in-laws Thanksgiving. In quantity.

John, what have you done? You told me this was really good…then sent me one. It’s like telling me about the great plate of scallops at the place down the street, then telling me they’re closing tomorrow. Revolution has been hit or miss for me & this is one excellent hit.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.35/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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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4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brew pub. Appearance is a dark reddish brown with decent clarity, short white head. Nose is bourbon forward with heavy vanilla character and marshmallow. Not getting much from the base beer. The flavor is similar with huge vanilla notes, mild smokiness, and more vanilla. The flavor isn't ever boozy, but very bourbony. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow. Overall, very tasty but would've liked a little more malt character.

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Gravedigger Billy from Revolution Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.