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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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63 Reviews
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Reviews: 63
Hads: 579
Avg: 4.16
pDev: 25.72%
Wants: 111
Gots: 147 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 63 | Hads: 579
Photo of jscheuf
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

. Excellent mix overall, being only 8.5% compared to some of these massive double stouts out thses days it had a excellent balance of bourbon to choclate and coffee. The vanilla however was quite sublte and i got hints of it just under the coffee.

Great job Revolution Keep this Deep wood series going!!

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.71/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark reddish brown. Decent carbonation lacing on the surface but not mesmerizing as from other great porters and stouts.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of Baltic pumpernickel bread. Just a hint of bourbon.
T: Follows the smell, but a little more muted.
O: Great bourbon coffee beer. Wish I could find a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at brewery. Pours a thick oily black with a collar of tan head. The nose is delightful. Deep roasty coffee paired with smooth vanilla and oak. Nose is reminiscent of kbs. Plenty of chocolate and roast. Things smell very well balanced. Taste is more of the same. Starts with bold in your face coffee, mellows out with smooth creamy vanilla and a bit of charred oak. The balance is terrific, no lingering boozieness from the barrel. Mouthfeel is big and smooth with mellow carbonation. Overall, this is a fantastic beer and should be sought out by anyone that likes barrel aged stouts.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution's production facility. Served in a snifter.

A - Brown foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lace. Near-black body that's appropriate for a porter.

S - Massive aroma that has equal parts coffee, vanilla, and coconut, with notes of milk chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon. Even though the bourbon barrel presence is very up front, there's never a suggestion of significant alcohol. One of those beers you could happily smell all day.

T - The taste isn't quite on the same level, but it's a pretty nice mix of coffee, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, and moderately roasted malts. There's some bitterness from the coffee and the char in the finish, but nothing off-putting.

M - Gritty and tannic, medium body, pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry finish. No perceptible alcohol warmth. Fine for the ABV, but doesn't totally support the intensity of flavor.

D - Great beer. I drank two snifters happily, and would very much like to see this return often at Revolution. Really outshined Very Mad Cow, which wasn't as nice as the first batch.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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 mynie
4.56/5  rDev +9.6%
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 AmishLightning
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of GallowsThief
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.46/5  rDev +7.2%
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 pschul4
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium brown with a 1/2" tan head that sticks around for quite a while

S- Big time coffee, Small amounts of chocolate and bourbon poking through as well

T- Less coffee than in the smell but more bourbon so I'm happy. Small amounts of chocolate and some roast malts in the aftertaste. Very good

M- Thin, but it's a porter so it's expected

O- Fantastic porter. Woulddrinkagain/10

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, spotty lacing.

S- Huge, huge coffee aroma. The coffee is very rich and smells amazing. There's also some chocolate, vanilla, and a really great bourbon and oak. It smells awesome.

T- Rich, earthy, catty coffee flavor, very complex and delicious. Also a lot of dark chocolate, as well as some vanilla, caramel, and roasted grain with some bourbon, vanilla and oak on the finish.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

O- An excellent coffee beer, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. The bourbon flavors are also really nice, the coffee, bourbon and chocolate flavors all work really nicely. I just had a small pour of this but wish I had gotten another, I need to get more of this beer!

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Kedzie brewery; review from written notes.

Obsidian black, wispy skim and ring around the edges, a swirl generates a thin layer of tan foam that remains for a few seconds, then ebbs away. No lacing, fairly still on the surface.

Huge coffee aroma, very roasty and complex with a little natural acidity.

Barrel is more present in the taste, dry finish with woody tannins riding alongside stray wisps of campfire smoke. Dry roasty espresso served black no cream, moderate bitterness, some blackened malt alongside. Whiskey component is pretty overt as it warms up, it's not especially boozy but definitely warming, though it remains very drinkable. Nicely blended and medium bodied. Overall a solid core member of the "Gene Family".

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Photo of TTAmod
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12 oz. snifter at the brewpub.

A: Poured a very dark brown...clear. Slightly lighter than chocolate head that was a half finger. This dissipated to a very thin lacing shortly after receiving it.

S: A bit of bourbon off the nose. A bit of coffee. Wafts of vanilla, wood, chocolate, and toffee.

T: The bourbon taste is quite subdued, but it provides a nice amount of depth with the wood and vanilla. The porter shines through, too. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Everything balances out quite well. Coffee is subdued, but present. It definitely balances out with the booziness and bourbon flavor.

M: There's a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Considering this a bourbon barrel porter, it was quite drinkable.

O: Quite a good bourbon barrel stout. Nothing overpowers anything else. The problem with most bourbon barrel stouts/porters is that the bourbon overpowers everything else. This beer had a very delicate balance...nothing ever overpowered any other aspect. As good as BCBCS.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a pretty thick porter but a porter nonetheless, dark brown with some light coming in at the fringes. The light brown head maintains a solid finger's height for most of the session, never diminishing much. Lacing is quite plentiful, forming some thin rings with a bit of legging, some with some thin webbing between, and good patching beneath the rings.
The bourbon is evident on the nose without overwhelming, letting milk chocolate, vanilla and coffee notes to come through. The heat's not as strong as it is from many bourbon barrel-aged beers, though the smell of bourbon with its sweet, very slightly smoky and gently woody notes prevail. I could use just a little more from the coffee, as it smells rich and fresh, but it's there.
While bourbon is similarly up front in the taste, immediately and the entire way through is a taste of rich freshly ground coffee. Sweetness of milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel complement. Alcoholic warmth is certainly there, but kept well in check.
There seem to be some woody tannins, which add a bit of dryness to the rich, full-ish body and the sweetness. The thickness is tamed by the alcohol, so it's not cloying. It has a little crispness up front with the focus appropriately turned to smoothness.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of khaki colored head which quickly fades to the side of the glass. Some lacing can be seen along the sides also.

S- Very nice smelling beer. Huge bourbon aromas, along with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla tones.

T- Starts off with notes of coffee and chocolate before the bourbon settles in. Nice warming from the bourbon with some oak notes as well.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, big bourbon notes for just 8.5% ABV.

A nice BA porter, and one worth picking up and trying. This would do great with some age on it as well.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Bottled 3/6/13
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a nice deep brown, not black (it looks like a porter should). You get some light through it. Reddish hues through edges. Light tan head. Sticky lacing. Some alcohol feet, even with the small glass.

S: Nice vanilla. Smooth coffee. Oak. Chocolate.

T: Coffee and vanilla dancing on tongue. You get a nice mesh of chocolate and vanilla and roast coffee bitterness throughout this sip. But the body doesn't make it too much to take. I wouldn't say session beer, but you could enjoy this and have something afterwards. The bourbon integration is really nice. Awesome stuff.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
Beer Temple - Chicago

Bean Gene is black as he Ace of Spades. The only thing you can see in the body is tiny, coffee colored carbonation bubbles rising to the surface along the curvature of the glass. A standard pour produces a finger of creamy mocha head. The settling is slow but eventually the head recedes to a chunky cap that leave near sheet lacing down the glass.

Ah, yes. Big notes of moderately roasted coffee are first and foremost. Soft, well integrated bourbon along with all the barrel characteristics are close behind. Vanilla, oak, and caramel all have their part. The great porter that is Eugene lays a base of roast barley, chocolate, and a lactic sweetness that wraps itself around pecan nuttiness. Excellent!

Not often do you run across a beer that's either barrel aged, coffee aged, or both that is this well balanced. The barrel is noticeable; caramel forward bourbon, soft vanilla, and oak all play well with the semi-sweet coffee. All these flavors compliment the outstanding base of Eugene. The same characteristics I mentioned above along with a little tannic oak and pecan pith.

Peppery alcohol picks up on the semi-dry finish. A touch of roasty bitterness lingers after each drink. The body sits squarely between moderate and full while a nice creamy feel is apparent throughout. While the alcohol leaves behind a little heat this beer is still highly sippable.

Eugene is one of the better porters on the planet and to add coffee before tossing it into barrels only enhances that fact. The coffee and barrel notes are done with precision in mind instead of the usual "beat you over the head" tactics most places seem to use. Bean Gene is another great job by the fellows at RevBrew.

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Photo of schwemjw
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a slick black with zero light coming through. a tan one finger head that springs up with a swirl.

S: Rye and bourbon hit you hard. Sweet vanilla and roast come through as well. Alcohol burns the nostrils while roasted coffee beans tease the senses. Chocolate comes through in waves as espresso hits you. sweet kahlua. fantastic.

T: Coffee and espresso is what first comes up. A very dark roast. Then comes a hint of caramel, burnt bread and dark chocolate. bourbon brings up the end and is oh so sweet. very buttery, velvety and rich. a little black licorace.

M: Very slick but surprising light. A long bitter espresso finish.

O: Fantastic! a great porter. warming and complex. sweet without feeling like a desert. i need more! /93

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Photo of John-Robertson
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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 metter98
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a half finger high tan head that gradually died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of coffee beans are present in the nose along with notes of bourbon. The coffee seems to become a little stronger as the beer warms up.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and has strong flavors of coffee beans along with subtle notes of bourbon from the barrel aging. There is a light amount of bitterness, but this is mostly from the coffee beans.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked this beer because you could still taste the underlying porter and the coffee flavors were not overdone and the bourbon was subdued and complementary. No traces of alcohol are perceptible in the taste.

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Photo of linnymtu
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ARoman
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
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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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.