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Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 578
Avg: 4.15
pDev: 26.27%
Wants: 111
Gots: 146 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
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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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated Dec. 2013

A: Pours a dark, dark, dark, brown - but not quite black body. Produces a thin, fizzy, half-finger khaki colored head that slides right down the glass quickly.

S: Waft is mainly bourbon, but there is definitely some chocolate, a faint java aroma, and some vanilla.

T: From first sip, my first thought is like I'm drinking a dark cup o' joe with some bourbon sloshed in it - it's really nice. There is some sweet almond, toffee, vanilla notes to finish out.

M: Thin. It's nice that to get a break from the barrel-aged, mega imperial stout that leaves you chewing at the end. This is medium body, moderately high carbonation for the style. Creamy.

O: Once again, revolution delivers. I have yet to have anything disappointing from them, and anything in the "boxed" series is top notch. This has a bit of a chocolate milk feel with some bourbon, which is fantastic. Grab if you find this one, it's worth the nearly $20 price tag.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

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Photo of schwemjw
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a slick black with zero light coming through. a tan one finger head that springs up with a swirl.

S: Rye and bourbon hit you hard. Sweet vanilla and roast come through as well. Alcohol burns the nostrils while roasted coffee beans tease the senses. Chocolate comes through in waves as espresso hits you. sweet kahlua. fantastic.

T: Coffee and espresso is what first comes up. A very dark roast. Then comes a hint of caramel, burnt bread and dark chocolate. bourbon brings up the end and is oh so sweet. very buttery, velvety and rich. a little black licorace.

M: Very slick but surprising light. A long bitter espresso finish.

O: Fantastic! a great porter. warming and complex. sweet without feeling like a desert. i need more! /93

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Photo of Jeffo
3.54/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Bung
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of vic21234
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
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.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
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!!

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.32/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12 oz. snifter at the brewpub.

A: Poured a very dark brown...clear. Slightly lighter than chocolate head that was a half finger. This dissipated to a very thin lacing shortly after receiving it.

S: A bit of bourbon off the nose. A bit of coffee. Wafts of vanilla, wood, chocolate, and toffee.

T: The bourbon taste is quite subdued, but it provides a nice amount of depth with the wood and vanilla. The porter shines through, too. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Everything balances out quite well. Coffee is subdued, but present. It definitely balances out with the booziness and bourbon flavor.

M: There's a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Considering this a bourbon barrel porter, it was quite drinkable.

O: Quite a good bourbon barrel stout. Nothing overpowers anything else. The problem with most bourbon barrel stouts/porters is that the bourbon overpowers everything else. This beer had a very delicate balance...nothing ever overpowered any other aspect. As good as BCBCS.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
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 kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -17.6%
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.


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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark reddish brown. Decent carbonation lacing on the surface but not mesmerizing as from other great porters and stouts.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of Baltic pumpernickel bread. Just a hint of bourbon.
T: Follows the smell, but a little more muted.
O: Great bourbon coffee beer. Wish I could find a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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 jegross2
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of sbxx
3.06/5  rDev -26.3%
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 DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

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Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -2.2%
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 inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.