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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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383 Ratings
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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%
Wants: 89
Gots: 77 | FT: 12
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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Photo of dbc5
4/5  rDev -6.5%

dbc5, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Brenden
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Brenden, Jan 02, 2014
Photo of egoo33
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

egoo33, Jan 01, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

outoffocus, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of OGunner77
4/5  rDev -6.5%

OGunner77, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of scottwurst
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

scottwurst, Dec 31, 2013
Photo of Buckeye982
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Buckeye982, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of Bandi
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Bandi, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

metter98, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of JSOBB
4.75/5  rDev +11%

JSOBB, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of vic21234
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

vic21234, Dec 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

csmartin6, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

CORKSCREWFISH, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$17.99
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.

joe1510, Dec 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

xdtfx, Dec 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

DerekQXQX, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of jscheuf
4.71/5  rDev +10%
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!!

jscheuf, Dec 23, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

BUNZILLA, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

oso, Dec 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bcm75, Dec 22, 2013
Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

NewGlarusFan, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -4%
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.

Stevedore, Dec 18, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

IPAdams, Dec 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

CraigPWalker, Dec 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BrownAleMale, Dec 16, 2013
Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.