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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: 611
Avg: 4.14
pDev: 8.7%
Wants: 106
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: 611
Photo of sbxx
3.06/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Emporium Arcade Bar

Appearance - Very Dark. Some light getting through around edges. Not much. Small ring of head around the glass. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell - Warm bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate malt.

Taste - Coffee and bourbon dominate without being overbearing. Slightly watery. The regular Eugene base really takes a backseat here. I can barely recognize it.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, medium carbonation, finishes sticky and dry.

Overall - Underwhelming but still not bad. I love the regular Eugene so I had high hopes for this one. Some people said it was better than KBS. It's not even close to KBS. Too light and watery for a bourbon barrel beer, in my opinion. I'll pass on this one next time.

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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 Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

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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 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 kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Lone Tree brewing this afternoon and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of decent thickness and nice creaminesss.

Body colour is a nice solid black. Nontransparent and non-translucent. Looks decent.

Standard fare for the style. Not unique or special. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Chocolate malt. Light sourness. Caramel. Brown and caramel malts. A bit musty. Some creaminess. Some nuttiness.

Decent balance. Built decently.

T: Dark malts, caramel, nice vanilla. Decent oaky wood notes. Nice woody notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. Nice thickness. Adequate carbonation. I do like it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like the taste. Enjoyable and pleasant. Quite a nice stout. It's got a good flavour; I like it.

B-

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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 Jeffo
3.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter
5 March 2013
Drank after Mean Gene

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, loose and slightly fizzy, dark tan head with lousy retention. Head recedes to a splotchy wisp and ring. A clear bistre brown body with hints of carbonation. A splotchy wisp and ring remain leaving dots of lacing down the glass. Better head and not as fizzy as the original.

SMELL: Coffee first, with lots of roasted espresso beans. Light notes of bourbon and oak underneath, with vanilla and dark chocolate playing a roll as well. Relatively coffee forward, but the other elements are to be found as well.

TASTE: Coffee and roasted flavors up front, then some sweet bourbon and espresso at the swallow. Milder yet lingering finish of roasted coffee bitterness, bourbon, sweet cream and vanilla, as well as some milk chocolate. Decently flavors.

PALATE: Lighter body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough, goes down fine and finishes slightly sticky. Fuller than above and smoother as well, which makes it more enjoyable.

OVERALL: This one is better executed than Mean Gene, but the flavor profile isn't quite as complex. While Mean Gene is still present here, the coffee is a little too forward for my palate. That said, the improved mouth feel makes it easier to drink, helping the beer realize its potential. In the end, this pair is alright, but nothing worth writing home about. Thanks again for the trade Masterski. Always a pleasure.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.61/5  rDev -12.8%

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.

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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 BB1313
3.79/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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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 biglobo8971
4.01/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you HannyDawg for this bottle.
ST - poured from bomber into tulip.
A - Very dark with very little head to zero head. No lacing at all. Looks to be under carbed, does not taste it.
S - faint hint of bourbon and cocoa
T - very well done, nicely balanced between the bourbon, barrell, cocoa, and vanilla. No flavor over powers the next.
M - it should be a sipper, but I feel myself reaching for it like it isnt
O - Very well done from a brewery I have started to drink more of their stuff. Excited to try more from them.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scalzo for hooking me up with this one! Freshie fresh... bottled this March:

Pours just like a big porter ought to... coffee black body with a creamy half finger of khaki head that settles down pretty quickly to create a steady collar with nice lace.

Loads of sweet, soft bourbon on the nose. Caramel and coffee, mellow, smooth... a bit of molasses, pecan... inviting stuff this is.

Bourbon definitely holds the reigns. Sweet, tangy bourbon flavors supported by some coffee and vanilla. Finish is pretty hollow with a residual sugar flavor that clings to the far back of the palate.

Tasty stuff - wish the coffee was more apparent though.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle.
Bottled March 2, 2013 and poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and charred oak.

T - Espresso, followed by sweet bourbon, vanilla and toasted oak. Some chocolate in the background.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some stick around the edges of the glass.

S: Espresso and chocolate covered coffee beans. Roasted malts with a very light bourbon note in the background. More so the residual barrel notes with a touch of roasted malts.

T: Ground coffee, espresso creaminess, with some light bourbon and light vanilla. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Coffee bean finish.

O: The barrel is very light in this one. I wish it would have stayed in the barrel a little longer. Still nice overall, but I've had better coffee beers.

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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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Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black. small khaki colored head which recedes into a razor thin layer around the edge of the glass.

s: strong bourbon aroma. oak tinged vanilla. coffee, which grows slightly more prominent as it warms. some licorice/anise in there too.

t: coffee flavor comes on first taste. Bourbon quickly comes in soon after on a wave which takes you out 'til the end. Light vanilla hangs on to the bourbon wave.

m: medium carbonation. thin body but it has a porter base so it's a bit expected.

o: Bourbon aroma & flavor are solid here. I think the key here for me is to remember this is a porter base and not a stout. Yeah it's a bit thin but it's somewhat expected. I do wish the coffee taste was a bit stronger though. Still very nice.

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