Bean Gene - Revolution Brewing Company

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Reviews: 59
Hads: 565
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 2.66%
Wants: 108
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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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 pschul4
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (392 characters)

Photo of timc100
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (1,029 characters)

Photo of jeonseh
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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. (715 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 KDawg
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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. (429 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 Etan
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (470 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)

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