Mineshaft Gap
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
American Barleywine
Ranked #27
Ranked #1,797
4.29 | pDev: 6.53%
Wednesday at 06:28 PM
Jan 28, 2015
Mineshaft GapMineshaft Gap
Notes: Cognac barrel-aged "Straight Jacket"
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Rated: 4.17 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Wednesday at 06:28 PM
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Dec 15, 2022
Rated: 4.56 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Sep 01, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received from @fbarber in an NBS BIF. Poured into a Revolution stemless glass. It pours a dark iced tea-cola color with a thick, creamy, light khaki-colored head and thick lacing. The fragrant nose offers caramel, brown sugar, raisin, fig, red grape, earthy malt, and tobacco smoke. The cognac barrel-aging is apparent in the first sip, along with brown sugar, caramel, raisin, and hints of oak and dark fruit. There is a slight but noticeable bitterness at the finish. The overall flavor is sweeter than a typical American Barleywine. In fact, I assumed it was the English variant. The mouth feel is rich and creamy with lite/moderate carbonation and at 12.4% it's rather boozy. Overall, Mineshaft Gap is delicious and it drinks more like an English Barleywine.
Jun 26, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by crobinso from Colorado

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown in color with a murky complexion. There’s a fingernail of brown around the rim. The aroma is of cognac, a plethora of barley and alcohol. I’m tasting cognac and barley. The mouth is bone dry and boozy.
Mar 18, 2022
Rated: 4.05 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by JamesLeung from Florida

Dec 11, 2021
Rated: 4.3 by EMH73 from New York

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by MJSFS from Florida

Nov 23, 2021
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Reviewed by brewskis from Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured out a can dated 12/3/20.

Pours a deep, dark, yet clear mahogany color with a 1.5 finger head that went away pretty quick.

Aroma is full of the cognac barrel with a sweet, malty, dark fruit base supporting it. Boozy red grape, oak tannin, some vanilla, caramel for days, brown bread, tobacco, molasses.

Taste is creme brûlée, loads of caramel, Werther’s Original candy, ripe red grape, red grape skin, lots of oak tannin, brown bread, an assortment of dark fruits (fig, prune, date), molasses, brown sugar, tobacco, bigger-than-expected cognac heat on the finish.

High medium body. Nicely carbonated, but not overly done. The oak tannin and alcohol really dry out the beer, making this dangerously drinkable for 12.4% despite the heat. Slightly soft, plenty slick, and slightly sticky.

Is this better than Straight Jacket? I’m not sure about that one. I do prefer bourbon not only in general, but with the characteristics of English Barleywine. That being said, this is way better than I expected. Fantastic stuff.
Nov 13, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by HabaJohnTheReal1 from Illinois

Nov 03, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.15/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. can into a Founders snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Dark, clear, mahogany color with a whispy cream-colored head. Oily, sticky lace with great retention. Nose is dark fruit, molasses, caramel, and brown sugar. Sweet booze tickle. Some fig and sweet green grapes too. Beer opens ethanol, fig, prunes, and grape gummies. Caramel, brown sugar, and molasses in the middle. Booze, a touch of char, and toasted barrels at the end. Roast, brown sugar, molasses, and caramel in the finish. Body is medium with low carbonation. Slick on the palate and goes down warm with a long, dry, lingering aftertaste.

Nice flavor profile but the richness and body is not there for this one.
Aug 06, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 10, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by Furlinator from California

May 08, 2021
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
Thanks to FBarber for this one, as part of a contribution to our annual Barleywine bottleshare. 12oz can (dated 12/30/20) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very pretty dark mahogany color with 3/4 inch of tan head that had very good retention and no lacing.

A big blast of sweet malts jumped out of the can upon opening. Closer aromatic exploration reveals a solid base beer, and certain notes of cognac and wood from the barrels. Just a hint of alcohol in the background.

Very similar on the tongue; very nice malts provide a great foundation for the barrel features.

The body was full, smooth, a bit sticky, and had a sweet finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I could drink a couple in a row, as well as have it in my regular rotation.

Overall, a great beer, one I'd be very happy to have again and again. A must-try if you see it.

Update 11/5/21:

Apologies to whoever sent me this (SamKuhgee, FBarber, ovaltine?} for not tagging this can. 12oz can dated 12/3/2020. Poured into 16oz Tulip of Doom (my La Fin du Monde tulip.). I think I pretty much agree with myself above. All the words remain accurate, I'm gonna change the Overall score to a 5 though. This beer is the real deal. get you some.
May 02, 2021
Rated: 3.85 by Chilmer from Iowa

Apr 27, 2021
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. can. Deep amber. Thin collar. Smells of deep oak, vanilla, Cognac, brown sugar. Tastes sweet up front. Lots of oak, Cognac, dark fruits, brown sugar. Rich, heavy, not quite as boozy as I expected. Good barleywine with a very nice depth of flavor.
Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured into a snifter, Mineshaft Gap poured a clear but dark burgundy and produced a one centimeter head that dissolved before long into a delicate crown. As the glass depletes, the clarity comes into full view. It's easy to get lost appreciating the its hue. The aroma emanating from the glass was heavy on cognac, oak, grape, dates, and raisin. All of those are present in the taste and then some. The cognac hits first followed by a wave of dried fruits - dates, raisin, and fig. Oak and leather appear on the finish while the fruits linger. The essence of cognac stays on your breath without the burn. Nice carbonation and restrained sweetness made this a pleasure to drink. This is an excellent offering from Revolution's remarkably consistent Deep Wood Series.
Apr 12, 2021
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Reviewed by BEERMILER12 from Maine

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
A: Pours a cola brown color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Toasted malt, dark fruit, cognac, oak, vanilla, caramel, warming booze, and some light leathery tannins

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a mix of toasted malt, caramel, dark fruit, and vanilla. Picks up the cognac, dark fruit, oak, and tannins. Warming booze along with a bit of sweetness. Finishes with lingering cognac, dark fruit, vanilla, and caramel

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A great barrel-aged barleywine that makes for a most awesome sipper. Plenty of barrel influence to go along with the base. I’d say it toes the line between American and English, with more of a nod to the English side with the sweetness. Definitely worth checking out
Apr 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It seems foggy and is quite dark, but under light it's actually clear. From afar it displays a muddy brown, but is truly a dark ruby-amber when lit up, with a sparkling pillar in the center supporting a creamy central lily pad that settled down from a moderate khaki foam, leaving a curled collar.

Aroma is intense, right off the bat. It's almost overwhelmingly savory, immediately causing a reaction in my gut before even bringing it to my lips, reminding me of the feeling you get when you take down an umami bomb of fatty, caramelized pork belly. It's also impressively woody, splintery even. This is all happening in my mind in one swift second, after only one whiff. Digging in, there are additional notes of gooey caramels and molasses, butterscotch lozenge, and an orange glaze reduction on the nose. Now duck a l'Orange is coming to mind, but to clarify, I don't actually experience any meat-like qualities--it's an interesting association nevertheless.

Mineshaft Gap's first sip is a lesson in dichotomy, as it is much sweeter and more decadent on the palate. We're talking mature red wine grapes, toffee and dark caramel combined with a rich, charred oak presence bringing accents of Sugar Daddies and Mounds, especially on the exhale. However, as it warms, some balancing cedar comes in to play.

The round body has a medium heft that's cut by that active carbonation that's lifting yet softly effervescent, coming into a warmingly semi-sticky finish.
Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This one pours a darkish brown color, with a creamy white head, and lots of lacing.

Ths smells like vanilla, breadiness, tobacco, dark fruit, prune, dark grapiness, oak, and leather.

I like this much better than the first time I had it on tap at Extreme Beer Fest a few years back, so I'm updating my rating. This has a very creamy full flavor to it, with the cognac adding some fruity sweetness - I get the impression of prunes, raisins, and grapes, kind of swirled together. There's vanilla and oak, along with port, leather, tobacco, and caramel.

This is medium bodied, and nicely creamy, with a touch of boozy warmth on the back end, as it warms up.

Revolution's BA game continues to embarass basically all other breweries.


On tap at Extreme Beer Fest in Boston, MA.

This one pours a dark-ish brown, with no head or lacing.

Smelling this one, I would have thought it was simply straight cognac. The barrel completely overwhelms the rest of this beer. The only other thing I get is booze.

This was a bit of failure, in my humble opinion. I like cognac enough, but the beer here is completely subsumed. I imagine the barleywine normally tastes pretty good, since Straight Jacket is well-regarded, but I can't really tell here. I guess I get the tiniest bit of caramel character, but that's even a stretch.

This is fairly thick, with a syrupy body, and a lingering boozy, slightly astringent finish. It's hard to drink, somewhat of a chore.

My first disappointing Revolution beer, back to the drawing board with this one.

Mar 28, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 4.33 by KevBot89 from Pennsylvania

Mar 14, 2021
Rated: 3.83 by Nunya from Ohio

Mar 06, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by EdFed from Illinois

Feb 12, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Feb 04, 2021
Rated: 3.91 by weavere15 from Illinois

Feb 01, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Feb 01, 2021
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
I love barleywines. I love Revolution Brewing. I love barrel aged beers. I love barrel aged barleywines. I love barrel aged Revolution Brewing beers. And if you put Revolution Brewing and barrel aged and barleywines together, well what do you expect? This one is smoother, a velvet feel accompanied with that booze burn, and just all around wonderful. There are times when I want to say screw Goose Island, these guys are the best barrel aged program in Chicago. Their beer is one of those times.
Jan 31, 2021
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Reviewed by micada from New York

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Poured colder than room temp, hard to a tulip glass. Slightly higher head than the Straight Jacket, but burns down quickly the same, although with a little ring left. Color is a clear translucent burnt sienna. Nose is very prominent cognac, with a bit of vanilla, and a light tobacco in the back. First sips are complex, with a sweet vanilla, then some light caramel or toffee, a hint of stone fruit, some chocolate notes. Mouthfeel is full, not syrupy, and has a very clean, dry finish. It leaves a linger of cognac with a persistent vanilla and a Chai tea kind of flavor. Alcohol is a ghost...which must be Revolution’s pattern...because you can tip this like it’s a soft drink. As it warms in temp, it gets really mellow. One big swig to get the full profile brings on all the flavors in force. Chicago is only six or seven hours from here. Rev should distribute here...they need to distribute here...
Jan 30, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 29, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by Chris7482 from Illinois

Jan 17, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 16, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Beer #9000! We love cognac aged barleywines in our home. We also love revolution, who, as I continue to submit in the great lakes forums, has the best barrel program in Chicago. This one was another hit! Dark brown, mostly opaque body with a light brown sudsy head. Smell captures the barrel powerfully: cognac booze, rustic oak, slight vanilla that sets the stage for caramel dipped fig and barley. Taste is pretty warm with the booze, really get the wood and dark fruits powerfully, caramel almost has a rich maple tone to it, slight nuttiness and earth support. Feel is very warm, doesn't need age but will be curious to try with other cans, barrel is very forward in the feel, much more so than in straight jacket.
Jan 12, 2021
Rated: 4.44 by jbcsl from Illinois

Dec 31, 2020
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Reviewed by wally_world from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2020. The cognac barrels give it a nice sweeter finish than straight jacket. This was an excellent sipper and one that will age well. It even drank smooth with nice sweetness at room temperature.
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 3.97 by eppie82 from Illinois

Dec 24, 2020
Rated: 4.58 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Dec 21, 2020
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