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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 8.16%
Wants: 78
Gots: 80 | FT: 13
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Eugene Porter that has been bourbon barrel aged with coffee beans.

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 10-09-2012)
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readbaron

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-29-2013 19:08:49 | More by readbaron
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RMelyon

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

02-23-2014 18:43:18 | More by RMelyon
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dunlap926

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-15-2014 15:53:47 | More by dunlap926
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Ncpogs

Illinois

4/5  rDev -6.8%

03-21-2013 15:54:50 | More by Ncpogs
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jbwimer

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -6.8%

06-01-2014 21:36:17 | More by jbwimer
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.8%

12-11-2013 02:41:12 | More by XmnwildX12
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dbc5

Ohio

4/5  rDev -6.8%

01-03-2014 03:28:10 | More by dbc5
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:33:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 20:52:53 | More by biglobo8971
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Treebs

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 02:20:27 | More by Treebs
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Jaycase

Illinois

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 03:21:06 | More by Jaycase
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DovaliHops

California

4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, just about black color with a small, light-tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with boozy bourbon and vanilla aromas. Hints of cocoa and oak, along with a bit of coconut and a good amount of coffee. As the beer warms, the coffee comes through more. There is also a tad bit of dark fruit aromas. Taste is pretty much just as it smells...starts out with sweet chocolate and vanilla, immediately followed by boozy oak flavors. Bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, and really doesn't compliment this beer much. Drinkability is high for the ABV. Overall, this is a solid beer, but I was expecting just a bit more. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side and the flavor profile is lacking just a bit. Very fortunate I got to try this one though!

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 08:11:03 | More by DovaliHops
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Onenote81

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wyatt13 for this bottle! Having tried the regular Eugene, then the Mean Gene, I'm really pumped about this variation!

Split with a friend, poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a thin mocha head capping it off. Sweet aromas of vanilla cookies, bourbon, chocolate. Not a lot of roasted quality noted in the nose. A little disappointing in that respect. Good feel to it. Silky and creamy, but not too heavy feeling. Carbonation adds a little bite to it without over spritzing it. Good balance.

Sweet vanilla cream noted right off. A good wash of bourbon, oak, toffee rounds it out. I'm searching for some coffee presence, but there really is none. Maybe I sat on this too long, but this really isn't that old of a beer. I'd like a bit more roasted-coffee like char to balance out the sweetness, but it just isn't there. Still, I'm gonna rate this one higher because it's a fantastic beer, it's just not a fantastic "coffee" beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 19:28:37 | More by Onenote81
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Duff27

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lived dark mocha head. Thin alcohol legs, spotty lacing. Body is a dark brown.

Smells like...circus peanuts! Vanilla-y. Really nice nose.

Somehow follows the nose. Big vanilla notes. Coffee beans...cold pressed?

Low but adequate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Very good BA coffee porter. Revolution continues to impress. Thanks egrace84!

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:45:24 | More by Duff27
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jegross2

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This is the barrel aged version of their Eugene porter with coffee beans added.

Score: 91

February 2013 vintage bottle served in a Perennial snifter-tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 05/23/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a finger of tan head that settles to a ring around the glass and foggy cap. Very good lacing, amazing lacing. 5/5

Smell: Oaky vanilla, coffee grounds, brown sugar and bourbon. A light amount of raisins and plums, some licorice and chocolate notes too. 4.25/5

Taste: The coffee is the first and last flavor I get, which is a little surprisingly given how much more subtle the coffee was when I had this on tap at the release. Oaky vanilla throughout as well. Bourbon flavor without the bite and cocoa too. The bourbon flavor grows and takes over as the beer warms up. Honestly, it tastes just like it smells. A little roast present too. The brew gets sweeter as the bourbon flavors (brown sugar, caramel, sweet vanilla and licorice) take over -- and causes me to downgrade the rating slightly due to the decreased complexity and drinkability. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. More viscosity would be nice, but this is a porter base that has spent time in barrels and the level of viscocity is not bad. Slick, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a light dryness to the finish. Sweet. 4/5

Overall: One of Rev Brew's better, but not their best, barrel aged projects. I think with a little recipe fine tuning, there is room for a lot of growth with this beer. The coffee element could use some tweaking to enhance the roastiness and counterbalancing bitterness elements, a la Coffee Eugene. Frankly, the barrel treatment eliminates a lot of the base beer's qualities, and the bourbon character is what really shines here outside the coffee flavor. I am not the world's biggest fan of the base, but Eugene is a solid porter. Can't wait to try the next batch!

Cost: $18.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 02:03:50 | More by jegross2
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.11/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Revolution. Ordered alongside Mean Gene in 5oz glasses today, 12/18/2013.

Pours a relatively placid black body, minimal head. Looks very flat compared to Mean Gene sitting next to it. Not a lot of retention or lacing. Just about what I'd expect from black coffee, really.

Smells like black espresso. So rich. Complemented by dark chocolate and a bit of barrel vanilla. Very nicely done.

Flavor is black coffee flavors without the bitterness that is complemented by milk chocolate sweetness, bourbon, and barrel vanilla. Nice profile, not quite BCBCS but very enjoyable version of Eugene.

Medium to thinner body, good smooth flavor that just begs to be drank. Enjoyable, but a bit thin. As expected given the base porter.

I dug the coffee in this one, rich coffee and chocolate flavor. A bit thin but recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

12-18-2013 23:11:19 | More by Stevedore
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jeonseh

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rev's brewery

A - A dark porter brown with a creamy mocha colored head

S - Sweet coffee, cream sweetness, light roasted malt and slight vanilla. A bit sweeter nose than regular Eugene

T- Light coffee up front as well as sweet cream. The Eugene porter aspects come through in the finish as I get a slight roasted malt. I felt like the coffee adds a nice new dimension without being overpowering

MF - Light body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish from the roasted malt

O - Solid beer with the coffee adding a new dimension to an already good porter. It really adds some nice new flavors and complexity to the beer. Overall, the coffee is an accent instead of being overpowering.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2013 17:15:46 | More by jeonseh
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KDawg

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Revolution. Poured into a snifter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a nice small head.

Very balanced aromas of coffee grounds, dark chocolate, malts, and some mocha with a touch of oak.

Full bodied and very smooth. Nice depth with the coffee grounds and dark chocolate flavors being very well in balanced.

Completely delicious. Rev really knocked it out on this one. Had to have it twice as it was that good.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 21:43:03 | More by KDawg
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NewGlarusFan

Illinois

4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Irish Times poured in a Lennie's sifter

A) Dark brown, one finger head. Thick no nucleation.

S) Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted nut

T) Better at room temp. Bourbon up front, bitter coffee, malt, fusal alcohol

M) THick burns the gums

O) Very good, Death's Tar and Straigh Jacket are my favorites still, but this is very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 16:05:41 | More by NewGlarusFan
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap during the Very Mad Cow release.

A: Black with woody hues. Nice cocoa-colored head.
S: Fresh coffee roast. Slight tannic sweetness, a bit of dark fruit. Nose is all about the coffee.
T: Coffee bean, dark grain, roasted malt, boozy chocolate, some dry fruity esters, light vanilla and wood.
M: Thick, light carbonation, slight alcohol bite.
O: Very nice coffee porter from Revolution. I really like the coffee they used here, and I think the beer works very well.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 03:02:43 | More by Etan
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KYGunner

Kentucky

4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 13:45:45 | More by KYGunner
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 02:46:01 | More by Vonerichs
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Bung

Michigan

4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz picked up in Ohio on the way back from Michigan for Christams.
Very dark brown, near black pour. Plenty thick. About a finger of frothy light tan head.

Aroma, Coffee and barrel heavy up front. Some roast malt, vanilla, toffee actually a bit of those as well. Lesser chocolates.

Taste, Quite a bit of that barrel again up front. Roast malt and coffee. Vanilla, toffee, cocoa. Finishes with some milk chocolate like notes, dark chocolate and kahlua like coffee.

Just past the middle body wise. A near creamy carbonation. Coats well enough. Just minimal alcohol presence with a mild warming down the throat.

Very nice. Probably needs to be drank now before anything fades.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 02:38:44 | More by Bung
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timc100

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
A: Very dark brown with a minimal beige head. Does not look like a beer that spent a ton of time in a barrel, still had some spotty lacing.

S: Rich, aggressively bitter fresh dark roast coffee is most noticable. Solid smooth bourbon defined by vanilla, oak and slight head.

T: Smilar to the nose but slightly better balance. The coffee is still very dominating, the bourbon notes create a nice 'icing'

P: Feels like a creamier, slightly bigger porter. Carbonation a bit too active, but not annoying

O: The coffee and bourbon worked well together, however coffee won. Not as smooth as Peruvian Morning, but still damn delicious and not worse by any means.

Bought a bottle at the brew pub the very same day, but a very different beer... just not right. A mess, watery coffee and some chocolate, barely any bourbon at all. A vinegar-y twinge. I hope it was just my bottle and not the rest. Very, very, very glad I tried a snifter on tap because I would have had a terrible image of a great beer.

Bottle rating: 2.75

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2013 03:14:01 | More by timc100
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superspak

Michigan

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 22:54:16 | More by superspak
Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.