Working Mom
Revolution Brewing

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #49
Ranked #7,521
4.1 | pDev: 11.46%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Very Good
Notes: The Winter Woman imperial brown ale was aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels and Appleton Estate rum barrels – and since we had the name “Working Mom” (thanks Kasey!) already chosen, we felt it appropriate to age the brew in the wood for nine months.

It is wonderfully complex: Notes of the bourbon, and to a lesser extent the rum, come through, married with chocolate, toffee, fruit, and vanilla from the wood. These flavors follow along to the palate, and additionally you will get some lingering hop bitterness and the alcohol warmth that you would expect from a beer this big.

69 IBU
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 54 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a crowler. Super dark brown appearance complete with a finger of brown foam. Brown sugar, nuts, and toffee in both and smell and taste before a giant tsunami of bourbon and rum descend on the senses, in the smell it is pleasant and warming, where in the taste it obliterates the palate. If you like the booze, this one is for you. I found it to be pleasant but a little hot. Otherwise the feel is malty, dark yet not too heavy.

Nov 14, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

32 ounce crowler into a tulip snifter. Filled 7/17/20, had 7/25/20. No rum barrels in this edition.

Pours a dark brown, somewhat opaque, with a two inch head of creamy foam with great retention and a good amount of foamy lacing. Aromas of toffee, caramel, bourbon, chocolate, malt, some oak, light vanilla. The bourbon takes the lead in the flavor, then toffee, caramel, malt, some chocolate, some oak, light tobacco, vanilla as it warms. Some alcohol warming. Mostly smooth, a solid medium to full body, well carbonated.

Boy, this is really well done. Lots of toffee and caramel, excellent barrels. I can’t remember having a better brown ale. Wouldn’t mind seeing a Deep Wood release of this one.

Aug 05, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep brown, slightly oily in appearance. Rich, caramel-coated nuts and earthiness from the roasted grains, with some intense booziness layered on top. Raisin, plum, and lighter notes of coffee and dark chocolate. Slight astringency and botanical bitterness near the dry finish, modest crabapple, likely from the rum barrels.

Jul 21, 2020
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98green from Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft snifter. Deep amber brown in color. Smell is lots of barrel and booze. Taste is more of the same, with the bourbon barrel early, then the rum sweet and harsh (in a good way) booze. Late notes of raisin in the finish and aftertaste. The base beer fades to the background a bit because this is a brown rather than stout. Nice change from the big BBA stouts. Feel is warming and the sweet lingers, but more sugar sweet than malt bomb sweet. Overall a unique beer, but a snifter pour is plenty. This one is big and aggressive.

Apr 19, 2019
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A sharply hoppy and bitter brown ale is drowned out by potent bourbon barrel and astringency that's boozy af in this medium-full bodied ale that has a nice light froth and finishes semi-dry.

Mar 21, 2019
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12/4/17: 9 ounce $9 + tip pour into snifter at Revolution Brew Pub on Milwaukee Avenue. 13.2% ABV. Pitch black pour, light thin tan lacing, mild carbonation. Woodford Reserve aroma. Strong taste with Woodford Reserve predominate, chocolate light, strong alcohol content felt drinking this offering. Mild mouth feel, very smooth and easy going down. Overall, very good offering by Revolution!

Jan 07, 2018
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TATURBO from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Revolution. Served in a snifter. Amazing nose. Boozy right up front. Carbonation is spot on. Taste reveals toffee, Bourbon, and a nice hit of vanilla. A nice bit of alcohol heat follows. Overall I'm very impressed with this. Complex mix overall. A bit strong on the booze end. For once the 11% isn't well hidden but spot on. Worth trying when in Chicago. Bottle this please Revolution!!!

Feb 18, 2015
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emerge077 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Back on draft at the taproom, Nov. 2015.
Dark brown, undetermined clarity, sharper around the edges. Thin film on the surface slinks away after the first sip, leaving a thin ring of foam at the periphery, no lacing.

Aromas of sweet and nutty malt, mild vanilla and woody bourbon barrel notes from the Woodford barrel. Kind of subdued, some astringency to it that comes out more in the taste.

Big and malty, sweet with more than a hint of boozy bourbon heat. Sharpness from the alcohol gives it a somewhat bracing astringent quality. Vanilla, wood, toasted malts, rich and sweet becoming dry in the boozy finish. Overall it tastes good but is a little rough around the edges.

Nov 18, 2013
Working Mom from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 54 ratings