Chicago Smoke - Revolution Brewing Company

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.38%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Revolution Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
Rauchbier |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-28-2013

A German Style Rauchbier brewed with 95% smoked malts for a seriously Smokey lager. With a little caramel sweetness and a Fuller body, this is a great style of beer for smoked meats and food off the grill.
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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Served from tap in a snifter at Bigby's Pour House - Rolling Meadows.

Starting things off at a lovely new local-ish bar with a rauchbier I thought had passed me by long ago. It pours a clear topaz-sienna topped by a half-finger of dirty ash foam. The nose comprises hickory-smoked honey-glazed ham, caramel, light charcoal, and a hint of pear. The taste brings in more of the same, the ham character droned out a bit by some extra smoke and caramel. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a very nice rauchbier, nice and heavy on the smoke without overdoing it. I approve.

Photo of homebrew311
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the brewery. The appearance is a clear amber with thin head. The nose is exactly as the nose would imply... tons of smoke. The aroma is straight campfire with some caramel and amber malts in the background. The taste is more of the same, tons of wood, char, campfire, and smoke. The body is light with medium carbonation. Overall, this beer certainly features the flavor and aroma of smoke very well. I would say that it dominates the beer and the malt and hops are tough to pick out as a result.

Photo of Philb89
4.79/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is what introduced me to and subsequently hooked me on smoked beers.

Photo of MasterSki
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a 5oz taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind no lacing. Mostly transparent bronze-amber body.

S - Hammy and sweet, with notes of hickory, campfire, caramel malts, honey, and perhaps a touch of sugar cookie.

T - The taste is a bit more intense when it comes to smoke. Some mild hickory in the finish, and perhaps a hint of meat, but nowhere near as balanced as the aroma. No alcohol, but needs a bit more sweet malt heft to support the smoked ones. Decent, but the aroma is better.

M - Zesty, surprisingly high, carbonation. Smokey and gritty finish. Medium in body, with no obvious alcohol.

D - A solid rauchbier that I enjoyed for the most part. True to style, and surprising easy-to-drink once the bubbles die down. One of the few Revolution beers where the party mug feels appropriate.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NIce sweet smoky rauchbier. Great classic example of the style.

Photo of JVB
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this during the Deths Tar release party. Smells amazing, hickory, caramel, and sausage. UNFORTUNATELY it taste like a hickory smoked sausage...

Everytime I burped for the duration of the night it was appalling and foul. Will not be trying this one again.

Chicago Smoke from Revolution Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.