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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 300
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.41%


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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DovaliHops

California

4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
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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Treebs

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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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inlimbo77

Delaware

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 14:30:59 | More by inlimbo77
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yamar68

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 15:55:11 | More by yamar68
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
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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WillCarrera

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2013 07:34:37 | More by WillCarrera
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Duff27

Illinois

4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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".

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2013 22:42:31 | More by emerge077
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pschul4

Illinois

4.41/5  rDev +3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2013 00:02:21 | More by pschul4
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timc100

Illinois

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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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jeonseh

Indiana

4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
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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MasterSki

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2012 06:44:30 | More by MasterSki
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KDawg

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -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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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | 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.

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. I could smell this all day!

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!

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2012 14:33:20 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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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homebrew311

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-16-2012 22:29:05 | More by homebrew311
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