Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 2.66%
Wants: 108
Gots: 147 | FT: 20
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-09-2012

Bean Gene is the first variation we did with our Mean Gene barrel-aged Eugene Porter.

After months socked away in bourbon barrels, we steeped it with Dark Matter coffee beans prior to bottling. Smooth and well-balanced, with hints of vanilla and an in-your-face coffee flavor, enjoy it at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

28 IBU
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Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very impressed with this offering from Revolution. I had a bourbon county stout directly after this and while it was quite that good, it held its own nicely. The feel and body were consistent with a well made barrel aged stout, thick and full flavor. Even at only 8%. I would definitely grab more of these if given the chance. (326 characters)

Photo of lupercmda
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this cellared for over a year. Lots of bourbon on the nose with this beer. Starts with a nice porter roastiness but finishes with a HUGE bourbon finish on this bad boy. Very hot. I thing the alcohol burn predominates the finish. (233 characters)

Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown edging black with a tremendous amount of airy light brown carbonation that dissipates rather quickly but leaves sticky lacing.

Fresh brewed coffee, chocolate, roasty, nutty, and some faint vanilla sweetness.

The coffee flavor stands front and center all the way through, the vanilla stands out more in flavor; whereas, the chocolate notes seem to be more subtle than in the aroma. Huge coffee flavor, that's all that matters :).

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, roasty, and semi-sweet.

Overall, as an avid coffee fan, I was thoroughly expecting to enjoy this and I was not let down! As a bourbon lover as well, I would have appreciated a little more bourbon heat, but this is delicious as it is! (714 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Spumes out of the bottle but, as often happens with such beers, when you get it in the glass the head fades quickly; the fudge brown liquid winds up with a tan film; decent lacing action, with a paisley pattern on the glass

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, vanilla and coffee are all in the mix, with the Bourbon and vanilla dominant

Taste: As in the aroma, the Bourbon and vanilla flavors dominate the front end and linger through the finish; underneath, there is chocolate and a slight edge of coffee; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin with the type of carbonation that overwhelms the palate and creates an airy mouthfeel

Overall: Pretty disappointed by this beer, given the ratings here - the flavors lack balance, the overall effect is too sweet and don't get me started on the mouthfeel (828 characters)

Photo of ARoman
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*transferred from old notes - 12/27/2013*
On cask @ brewpub - poured into an english tulip pint. Very pleasing coffee aroma with some nuttiness to it. Brown-black, nearly opaque color, with a very frothy, coffee-colored head which sticks around. A nice balance of sweet, bitter, and even some sour - all about medium levels with mellow sour note - mostly driven by the coffee bean flavoring, but some light berry notes come through at the finish. From the cask, the medium body feel's creamy in the mouth, and finishes nice and clean, not lingering for very long. Very pleasing and smooth. (589 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at Oneinchaway's tasting.

Pours a clear super dark orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, coffee bean, and slight bourbon aromas. Taste is much the same with chocolate syrup, coffee candy, vanilla bean, and bourbon flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid bourbon barrel aged characteristics that are slightly better in the taste.

Serving type: bottle. (711 characters)

Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce 2014 bottle into a snifter.

Very dark, some head with an average pour. Smells mostly of bourbon, some chocolate, a little anise. Taste gives up some bourbon, coffee- not nearly enough, a touch of cinnamon. Some bitterness. Highly carbonated to drink, should have poured a bigger head. A little bit thin for the recipe.

This is a good beer, but it's the first of the Deep Wood series I've had, that didn't make me sit up and bark. Pretty high price point for what it is. (486 characters)

Photo of OneEye78
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2014 vintage bomber, poured into a snifter. Good head after a vigorous pour, with decent retention. Smell was coffee forward with a hint of oak and spice. Tasted best at almost room temperature. Big taste of oak and bourbon, with coffee and milk chocolate behind. A bit thin in the mouth. Overall a good, but not great beer. (328 characters)

Photo of Way2drunk
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Has a nice coffee finish. Don't understand the high ratings it got. Guess I'm just not that Big of a fan of the revolution porter. I have had then all and I stand by a average rating across the board. It's just ok!! I'm a stout fan. (234 characters)

Photo of John-Robertson
4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Big coffee flavor. Great beer I believe it is a little hot and would be even better aged. Has a little strong whiskey flavor which should mellow a bit with age. Great beer. (173 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap in a snifter at Firkin.

Following immediately on the heels of the Coffee Eugene comes basically the barrel-aged version. Let's do it. It pours a straight black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises deep roasted malts, chocolate, a hint of bourbon, and some mild sweet coffee. The taste brings in more of the same, with some brighter coffee and a definite vein of vanilla spiking through in the distance. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a smooth feel. Overall, I think I prefer the non-barreled version, but this stuff is still pretty durn tasty. (623 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Horrendously expensive pours were available at the Emporium Arcade in Chicago. At first, I was like "no way, Joe-say," but then after 5 Yum Yums 12 bucks for 10 ounces somehow began to sound reasonable.

It was goddamn tasty.

Smells of big coffee, sweet chocolate, and just a little wisp of booze burn.

Tastes like it smells, like a glass of Autocrat chocolate milk with a tiny splash of bourbon in it. Starts off with roasted barely, moving quickly into coffee and dark chocolate along with some nodes of vanilla and coconut, ending with a touch of booze.

Very good. Significantly better than BCBS Coffee. (614 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours thick viscous black in color with a thin tan head that retains nicely. Smell has rich decadent aromas of coffee chocolate vanilla. a light roasted aroma overlays hints of bourbon, oak, and more vanilla. Taste follows nose with a large amount of rich chocolate malt and coffee first to hit the palate before loads of sweet vanilla, roasted malt bitterness, bourbon, fig, oak and more vanilla tannins in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with mild small bubble velvety carbonation and a nice balance eternal sticky sweet and bitter charred malt. Nicely balanced beer. (587 characters)

Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to MC51 for sending this my way via trade

A- pours a dark brown with a 1 finger dark tan head that settles around the edges

S- So enticing. Whiskey from the start, a vanilla bean, and delicate coffee notes. I am guessing the coffee is taking more of a backseat now that the bottle is nearly a year old. Some layers of chocolate step up. I am entranced by this aroma.

T/M- Terrific balance between the coffee, caramelized malts, chocolate, and barrel character. A little bit of a "meh" factor upon first taste, but then it finishes really strong. Bourbon is there, but in no way overpowering. Despite its somewhat thin body, it finds a way to coat the tongue well. I'd prefer it to be thicker, but a modest complaint

O- Man, 3rd brew I have had from Revolution (Straight Jacket and Unsessionable are the others), and all have been outstanding. The nose on this one is filthy. Flavor is maybe a step or 2 below, but really nice balance. Give this one time to warm up. (983 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%

Bottle in trade. Thanks! Pours black into the glass with a one finger mocha head. Aroma of lots of spicy earthy coffee, bourbon, a bit of roast and fruits, more bourbon. Not much oak or vanilla coming from the barrel integration here, mainly just straight bourbon. Flavor is lots of coffee, some sweet chocolate, big bourbon punch, lingering oak and light vanilla roasted coffee. Medium body with medium carbonation. Not super hot but very bourbon forward flavor here. Gotta like the stuff to like this and it's a bit over the top. Beer really isn't carrying the barrel well. (575 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle into my tulip. In trade from Kevinpitts! Thanks much!
A – Deep and dark on the pour. Half inch tan head that settles down and leaves a touch of lacing.
S – Nice bourbon aroma with a good bit of vanilla as well.
T – Light coffee flavor with a good bit of bourbon at first. The vanilla comes in and cuts some of the edge off the bourbon. Traces of chocolate with a touch of oak and some roasted malts.
M – Medium carbonation with a medium body. Creamy and slick on the palate. Leaves just a touch of sweetness and some breathy alcohol.
O – Great. This was a fantastic porter. The tastes are all very well balanced and flavorful. Even better as it warms up the flavors really blossom. Nice. (716 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This poured thickly with a black color and a foamy head that laid thinly across the top.

The nose is earthy with a coffee bean and smoke but hints of marshmallow and chocolate are apparent.

The flavor has light coconut, a buttery cream, and marshmallow to open. Chocolatey sweetness follows with malted barley and oak wood.

The feel is dry but velvety smooth, easy but thick and full.

A thoroughly enjoyable beer with a good amount of sweetness to carry it as dessert. (472 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown, borderline black. There's a thin layer of sandy colored head that resolves to a persistent island of carbonation in the middle and scattered spots of lace on the side of the glass.

Huge coffee and vanilla aroma. Fudge brownie. Smells like an after dinner dessert.

Very smooth. The bourbon barrels impart vanilla and oak flavors without dominating and being boozy. The coffee and chocolate are allowed to shine with the bourbon notes as accents.

Mouthfeel is (relatively) light and soft. Moderate carbonation.

Well executed. I like that it's 8.5% and not a boozy 10+. The coffee and fudge is the backdrop and the bourbon adds layers to it. (657 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle courtesy of Holland, thanks a lot for the trade. Pretty cool box that this comes in, the cardboard is sort of raised/ridged so that it is like wood. Color is black or possibly super dark brown, good head too. Aroma is bourbon barrel, booze, sweet vanilla, not bad but no coffee that I could detect. Flavor is a nice bourbon vanilla, wood, hints of chocolate but again no coffee that my palate can pick up. My only complaint is that this is a little thin, I like bourbon barrel beers to be thicker. Still, nice flavor and aroma on this one and it does go down quite easily. (584 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a nice off-white head. Thick collar. Nice surface foam.

Smell - Slightly acidic coffee. Some whiskey. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Acidic coffee. Too sharp, really. Some milk chocolate. Whiskey comes after the coffee and lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Tingly booze.

Overall - Not so impressed, but drinkable. (399 characters)

Photo of AmishLightning
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Even at the pout this beer comes out super dark. There is little to no head even with added seperation from the bottle to the glass. This is typical for barrel aged stouts, but I would like to see one with some foam to speak of.

Smell: The coffee and the bourbon tie together very well. I can't really distinguish any of the bourbon subilties (mostly becuase I don;t know much about bourbon). Anyway, the aroma was very fine and very strong.

Taste: Initally the bourbon seems to overpower the flavor, but after more and more sips I could get the other flavors coming through. I noticed a tingling of coffee throughout the taste-start to finish. Also, the sweet malts added a good fullness to the beer. I feel like Revolution wasn't going for super-complexity they just wanted sweet, bourbon, with a bit a coffee: and they got it. No bittering flavors to mention.

Mouthfeel: Smoothness was fantastic. I havn't had a smoother non-oatmeal stout. The alcohol added a nice warming finsih that was really enjoyable.

Overall: Definitely worth the time and effort to find it. I wish it wasn;t limited release, but we can also hope for another batch to be brewed. I am not even a coffee drinker and I loved it. (1,217 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled on 12/1/13. 22oz bottle poured into a snifter. Pours black with a small amount of light getting through; fluffy khaki head that eventually fades and leaves nice retention and solid lacing. Lots of milk chocolate in the nose followed by some sweet bourbon. Hints of vanilla and coconut are present as well. Very subtle amount of coffee aromas. The flavors are smooth and balanced. Nothing seems to be overwhelming. The bourbon presence is there, but it doesn't takeover. Lots of malts and grains. More chocolate. It's not really bitter. Some coffee flavor, but not over the top. Subtle hints of oak/wood. Some caramel and butterscotch in the mix. Mouthfeel is full-bodied; creamy and fluffy with active carbonation. Alcohol goes unnoticed. This is a nice sipper.

This is a nice porter. I like this more than than Eugene (base beer), but I enjoyed Mean Gene more. Mean Gene is basically the same thing as this, minus the coffee. I was hoping for more coffee flavors, but this is still a nice treat. (1,005 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/4/2013. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, bourbon, oak, vanilla, toffee, toast, light clove, and roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel notes; with good strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, vanilla, toast, toffee, bourbon, oak, clove, light char, and roasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, toast, vanilla, bourbon, oak, light char, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, moderately slick, and lightly chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent BA coffee porter. All around great balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/roasted malt, coffee, and bourbon barrel flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,380 characters)

Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Dec. 2013

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark, brown - but not quite black body. Produces a thin, fizzy, half-finger khaki colored head that slides right down the glass quickly.

S: Waft is mainly bourbon, but there is definitely some chocolate, a faint java aroma, and some vanilla.

T: From first sip, my first thought is like I'm drinking a dark cup o' joe with some bourbon sloshed in it - it's really nice. There is some sweet almond, toffee, vanilla notes to finish out.

M: Thin. It's nice that to get a break from the barrel-aged, mega imperial stout that leaves you chewing at the end. This is medium body, moderately high carbonation for the style. Creamy.

O: Once again, revolution delivers. I have yet to have anything disappointing from them, and anything in the "boxed" series is top notch. This has a bit of a chocolate milk feel with some bourbon, which is fantastic. Grab if you find this one, it's worth the nearly $20 price tag. (954 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, the brew smells like bourbon, vanilla, coffee, roasted malt, and some bittersweet chocolate. For the most part I think the taste is just like the aroma, but there's also some milk chocolate and caramel noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and a bit slick with moderate carbonation. I thought this was a pretty good brew. Nice and tasty, and it's also easy to drink. $16.99 a bomber and worth every penny. Might have to grab another one soon! (640 characters)

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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.