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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 609
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 25.85%
Wants: 107
Gots: 162 | FT: 16
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Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 609
Photo of tigg924
4.51/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Really excited to have found this on tap. Pours opaque, dark brown in color, with 1/3 inch head. taste is coffee, bourbon, vanilla, and oak. The coffee plays well with the bourbon and never overwhelms it. It is there as a complementary flavor. One of the best coffee beers I have had. I love Revolution's barrel program about as much as any brewer's program. This one does not disappoint.

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Photo of darktronica
4.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Rather sweet, and a bit fruity, contrary to expectations. Still had a fair amount of coffee flavor. I appreciated the effort to make quite a smooth, barrel-aged coffee porter, rather than a big, BA stout. That said, for coffee porters, I prefer the execution of O'so's Convenient Distraction (the regular, un-aged version).

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.17/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a darkish black, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like light coffee, and some bourbon, and maybe a bit of chocolate.

This suffers from an oversweetness, and nothing to balance it out. The bourbon, the coffee, and the chocolate malt all add sweetness, and there's no bitterness or roast to balance it out. The coffee itself feels a little insipid and bland, and the bourbon feels a little bit weak and maybe slightly astringent- the only non-sweet flavor here. I'm seriously disappointed in this one.

This has too thin of a body for the style, the body can't handle the rest of the beer. It's got a lower level of carbonation.

I've loved a ton of things in the Revolution barrel-aged series, but I can't say much positive about this one.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.39/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An older bottle that was a gusher. The smell is stale, the feel is thin.

Need to revisit in a fresher incarnation but I'm disinclined to spend money on another bottle based on how poorly this aged. Yes, a year is not ideal for a coffee porter but it should not become undrinkable in that time frame IMHO.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery
A - near black body with a thin tan colored head
S - awesome: coffee, oak, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla; booze as it warms
T- full of flavored with bourbon, coffee, vanilla, chocolate, oak, booze, caramel
M - full body, sticky sweet and boozy, definitely a sipper
O - this beer did not disappoint! Great barrel-aged beer with coffee! Up there among the best!

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i love the execution of this beer. i like that its just a quick barrel treatment, not years or anything. it lets the flavors of all the dark malt in the base porter stay fresh and distinct, not get too well integrated that they lose their original identity. it also puts the bourbon and oak as just an accent rather than a major flavor, and i think thats the exception to the rule these days, its always so big and bold on the whiskey, its nice to have this be a beer first. the coffee is unique, a little bit acidic, but with some fruity notes to it, raisins or blueberries or both. pretty neat. it comes on almost entirely in the finish, and the base porter is rich and vibrant anyway, so it all works super well together. an impressive brew, in a common style, but with a lot of distinction. i have had very few this memorable. it was awesome to have this with the regular coffee gene, the base eugene, and the blueberry edition all on tap at the brewery in once sitting. really a wonderful series of beers worth seeking out. some of the best work thee guys have ever done in my opinion!

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This was a very solid offering from Rev. The beer poured an opaque black with tan head that left some lacing. The scent and taste had coffee as a base. There was some bourbon flare in the taste which blended nicely with the coffee almost giving it chocolate niceness. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with smooth carbonation. Overall.....very good.

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Photo of Chris7482
4.19/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 release
L: pours deep black little head does not last
S: roasted malt, vanilla, bourbon, and licorice
T: coffee with bourbon small amount of heat, very drinkable
F: thin, moderate carbonation, smooth
O: nice beer, enjoyable if looking for a BA with good bourbon taste supporting other flavors with little to no heat

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Photo of Sintech
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Courtyard & Cellar for Toppling Goliath Mornin' Delight release!!!

22oz Bottle.

Dark brown hue. Nose is chocolate and coffee. Taste is muted coffee. Low attenuation. Thick and chewy. Nice beer.

(B)

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Photo of Stevem68
4.16/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a dark chocolate color. Has an aroma of clue on with a bit of chocolate. Flavor is roasty a touch of chocolate and a pinch of bourbon. Pretty smooth finish and leaves a warm mouthfeel. Solid overall

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Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of lupercmda
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -20.3%
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

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Photo of dleigh
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with tan head that quickly fades. Smells of coffee and chocolate. Coffee taste, some barrel creaminess, certainly not as thick or strong as some of the higher ABV barrel-aged beers. Less barrel taste, more porter and coffee taste. Not bitter enough, though--a little too sweet. Nice vanilla aftertaste, though. Pretty thin mouthfeel. Could be great with some more bitterness, but not a huge hit with me.

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Photo of ARoman
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.69/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of OneEye78
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Way2drunk
3.49/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

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Photo of John-Robertson
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.56/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.