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3rd Year Beer - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.11%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  11.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
To commemorate our 3rd year anniversary we brewed this hearty wheat barley wine with piloncillo sugar and aged it for 4 months in Appleton rum casks. The result is something special; layers of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, oak and warmth. Cheers!

(Beer added by: MasterSki on 02-03-2013)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with rum and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great barrel aged flavors.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

zestar, Jun 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

ygtbsm94, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

spycow, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Funny that this stuff was aged in Appleton casks, given our conversation earlier. (You had to be there. And, don't worry, it's not funny...just interesting...) This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises wheat syrup (wheaty maple syrup, that is), booze, light powdered sugar, and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, even sweeter than it sounds, and with some additional oak for the sake of it. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a nice wheatwine, though one that comes across as a touch too sweet and too boozy for its own good.

TMoney2591, Feb 17, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Kedzie brewery, 5 oz. pour plus a little more.

Deep amber, reddish at the top, sunset orange at the bottom. Thin layer of foam, thin ring at the edges after a few moments. Nice clarity, glassy still surface.

Aroma is pretty subdued, slight sweetness, that's about it.

Pretty distinct rum flavor, brown sugar and coconut, overt alcohol. Minor almond cake and oatmeal. Huh. Wish it had a little more to it, just a big boozy sweet beast. Creamy feel, full bodied. Overall not one I'll personally return to, but if you're a rum fan give it a spin.

emerge077, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of MasterSki
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tom for sharing this. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Hazed amber body.

S - Aroma is somewhat understated. Oak and light spiced rum flavor, toasted grains, some caramel and toffee sweeters - perhaps a touch fruity. A bit over-oaked and rough around the edges at this stage.

T - The taste is significantly sweeter, with hefty doses of dark fruits, vanilla, treacle, and molasses. The rum note is fairly light, and there's the nebulous fruity flavor I get from most wheatwines in there as well.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, with lower carbonation. Some oaky dryness in the finish, and not entirely concealed alcohol.

D - I wish this had more rum presence and less wheatwine. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not really up my alley either; I didn't seek out a second pour of this one. Honestly, I wish they'd just bring back 1st Year Beer.

MasterSki, Mar 06, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

mendvicdog, Aug 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

XmnwildX12, Dec 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

beernads, Jul 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

imperialking, Aug 24, 2013
Photo of drewone
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

drewone, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown to burgundy body with a soft, light beige head. The aroma offers booze, sugars, raisins, toffee, oak. Sweet breads and fruit soaked in booze. Maybe some cotton candy. Apples and rum in the finish. Lots of big flavor, but perhaps this would mellow out a bit with age. Overall, pretty good.

Huhzubendah, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Gonzoillini, Feb 16, 2013
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4.28/5  rDev +5.2%

tobelerone, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Nice white head. Medium collar. Some surface wisps.

Smell - Rum. Oaky. A bit of citrus. Caramel.

Taste - Caramel. Sharp oak. Intense oak, really. Rum comes back in a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Medium heavy. Way too oaky.

Overall - It's too oaky and the rum doesn't contribute as much as other liquors would.

Alieniloquium, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Bottles Jan 2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Medium translucent amber colour with almost no head.

S - Sweet rum and toasted oak with dark caramel, toffee, raisin and spice aromas.

T - Sweet rum, toasted oak and a light coconut presence up front. Mid-palate is where the base beer shows up, adding sweet caramel, toffee and raisins. Finish is spiced rum. Warming alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body, almost full bodied at times. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Sep 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Hopheadjeffery, Jun 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Axnjxn, Mar 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

aasher, Jul 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

sweemzander, Jul 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

pathman, Feb 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

TheBeerAlmanac, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drucifer for handing this off at Darkness Day, as I continue my quest to consume everything wheatwine. In a barrel? Please, thank you. 22 oz. red-fist bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark orange brown with just enough carbonation to convince me it's not carrot juice. Nose speaks to rum & caramel, though it's not of the strong or persuasive variety.

Revolution 3rd Year Beer states that it's aged in rum barrels. Really? Tastes more like rum aged in beer barrels. Hot, luscious rum takes a big bite out of my palate; beautiful. Vanilla, caramel, watery sugar, big sweet malts, with the wheat only forming a distant backdrop that might be overlooked if it weren't part of the title. Sticky, thick. Good walleye, I could drink this all night.

One off? Too bad. One of the best rum barrel-aged beers I've had to date. Revolution! Make this again! An excellent beer that breathes on elite.

maximum12, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Pencible, May 19, 2014
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3rd Year Beer from Revolution Brewing Company
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