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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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91
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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 569
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 2.66%
Wants: 110
Gots: 146 | FT: 19
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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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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 569
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 metter98
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (885 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 emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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". (748 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 kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17.2%
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- (1,041 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (1,090 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 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 TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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! (347 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)

Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (1,252 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

8oz pour into snifter by revolution brewpub staff.

reviewed from notes on 11/18/12.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a thin ring of brown head around the beer glass.

Smell: fresh cold pressed expresso, vanilla, and chocolate. I could smell this all day!

Taste: Fresh premium expresso that super roasty and not at all bitter. A nice dose of bourbon and a lot of big vanilla notes. Milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel: light end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. The beer is thin. Its really drinkable and smooth BA porter. A touch of silkiness and not a hint of harshness from the ABV it really well hidden in this beer.

Overall: This beer smells and tastes wonderfully. It could be a little bit thicker and it would really make this beer phenomenal. Stilll really enjoyed this local treat! its my first revolution beer and i think that they are doing things right at revolution! (893 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 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 Bung
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. (679 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (832 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 homebrew311
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
3.54/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (1,507 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 jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (2,029 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)

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