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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Russian Imperial Stout
Ranked #37
Ranked #572
4.41 | pDev: 6.58%
Feb 19, 2022
Dec 09, 2016
Notes: Deth's Tar aged 21 months in Old Forester bourbon barrels.
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Reviewed by WoodBrew from Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I tried a can of this beer at my line mate's place in St. Germain, Wisconsin whilst there for the Eagle River Pond Hockey Tournament. It poured a opaque dark with very thin tan ring head that did not leave any lace. The scent had nice roast,, chocolate, vanilla and bourbon notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle tobacco, cocoa, vanilla and bourbon presence. The mouthfeel was fuller in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it is a solid beer.
Feb 19, 2022
Rated: 4.36 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from Washington

Nov 04, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
Canned on 11/21/2019; consumed on 10/8/21

Pours an oily, midnight-black body topped with just shy of two fingers of rocky, dark khaki-colored foam; expectedly weak head retention yields a bare cap, moderate, frothy collar, and minimal-no lacing clinging to the walls of the glass with any longevity.

Aroma wafts a ripe booziness tentatively integrating whiskey vanillins and a dusting of cocoa dominating the front of the bouquet, followed by plodding accents of dark cherry, chocolate, and charred coffee before culminating in bourbon-soaked barrel.

Taste opens to cherry phased into a heavily roasted backbone, sporting a light vanilla undertone with hints of coffee for a softened nuance; substantial, boozy burst over the mid-palate imparts waves of chocolate-tinged oak and ripe whiskey, guiding into wispy malted milk ball tones on the finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium body with minimal carbonation quickly thinning to a gritty char and elevated by a rounded warmth; slick textures on the back end carry drying edges toward a boozy peak on the finish.

Barrel races booze for attention and prominence, only for booze to sharpen and prevail, the initial leanings of complexity largely overpowered, though somewhat salvaged in ever-present displays of oaky nuance.
Oct 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Extremely dark and completely opaque with just a tiny redish tinge. Actually had a finger of short lived coffee color head which was impressive given the ABV. Aroma is really, really nice, with figs, plums and booze. Taste largely follows the nose with dark fruits complementing the barrels and underlying base beer. This is a great beer.
Apr 03, 2021
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
8 January 2021 - Beer #228

Acquired via trade

Appearance: 5 - the blackest beer I've seen in a while. Stunning lacing.

Nose: 5 - an absolute ton of barrel. This smells very similar to the Bourbon County 2-Year Reserve.

Taste: 5 - almost a carbon copy. Hey, they're both in Chicago. Hmm.

Mouth: 4 - extremely smooth, but actually a bit thin, and a bit flat.

Overall: 5 - fantastic. A real winner.

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by krl2112 from Illinois

Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois

Dec 21, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by Hopelessly0 from California

Dec 10, 2020
Rated: 4.49 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Sep 15, 2020
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Can courtesy of NolaHopHead.
Jul 21, 2020
Rated: 4.5 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Jul 12, 2020
Rated: 4.54 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
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Reviewed by DoctorZombies from Florida

4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Canned 1/4/18. At 56 degrees pours an opaque black (SRM 40+) with ruby edges; streaming carbonation; fast fizzy reddish/dark tan head quickly leaves a thin ring; poor cap retention; heavy legs sheet the glass with micro dots of lace on swirl. Aroma is whiskey, caramel malt and fruity esters - sweet plums and raisins; boozy exhale...whiskey more so than bourbon; as it warms, almost like sniffing a sweet young port. Intense bittersweet dark chocolate, toffee, caramel, whiskey, oak and vanilla; sugary raisins and ripe plums; toasted brown bread and chocolate middle; almost sweet boozy port-like finish. Warm but not hot silky mouthfeel from 17.8% abv; medium full body; moderate carbonation; dry, almost dusty finish. Overall, a “wow” beer; amazing balance of dried fruit, malt, and barrel flavors; a bit “thin” feel wise, but still a sipper even though I didn’t find it boozy; assertive layers of chocolate, toffee and whiskey; the dark fruit notes, and the additional bottle aging which renders semi sweet port-like flavors, enhance the tasting experience; sublime and delicious; highly recommend and can’t wait to drink again.
May 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours pitch black. 1 finger tan head. The head retention is amazing for such a high ABV beer. No lacing on the glass.
The nose is probably one of the booziest aromas I've ever smelled. I get tons of the bourbon barrels. I get a ton of dark fruits - plum, raisin, dates. Damn full and rich smelling.
Taste - Smooth, Like the nose tons of the dark fruits. Tons of barrel. Caramel, chocolate.
This beer does have a bit of a burn, but it's mellow at the same time. It does seem thinner than it should be, but it's not watery at all.
A tasty, and delicious BA stout.
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by ArrogantB from Colorado

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A great trader sent me this, appreciate it! I’ve had deths tar but never this. Typical black, strong aroma of bourbon, malts, and dark fruit. Taste was heavier on the dark fruit for me and I was expecting something sweeter based on straight jacket. Good beer but I think I liked deths tar better
Apr 13, 2020
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Reviewed by Sandis from Minnesota

4.62/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 version poured from a can into a snifter. Pours pitch black. Moderately thick, with low carbonation and a nice amount of booze flavor. I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.
Apr 05, 2020
Rated: 4.42 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Mar 22, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by Mikexw from New York

Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 4.39 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by Eyedoc27 from Illinois

Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 4.35 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Feb 29, 2020
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Reviewed by deleted_user_950283

4.54/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11/21/19. Chocolate, bourbon, plum, fig, red wine, smoke, leather, char, and wood. Mouthfeel is moderate with a significant alcohol burn. A little young but delicious nuances. Time will benefit.
Feb 27, 2020
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Reviewed by matts2896 from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Soft coconut character leads into malty dark chocolate goodness. Wonderful barrel traits: wood, tobacco, vanilla, and a very mild spice quality.

As with most Rev beers, carb is appropriately low and the body is chewy w/o being overly saccharine.

Flavors meld well, lending a very cohesive sip. Oddly enough, though, it doesn't feel as big or brash as ten-year or ryeway
Feb 25, 2020
Reviewed by WOLFGANG from South Carolina

3.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
021620: 2019 Vintage. Soda pop fizzy with no head retention. Complexity along with fusel nose and taste. Chocolate, barrel, dark fruit, vanilla and a touch of smoke. Need a Padrón stick. Thanks, Stephen!
Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.38 by Beerbom from California

Feb 24, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a fairly black color, with a small head and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like spicy oak, dark fruit, caramelly bourbon, coffee, very dark chocolate, and roast.

This has quite the killer barrel character - there’s tons of spicy oak and warming heat, leathery and caramelly bourbon, dark chocolate bark, espresso truffles, and roasted malt. There’s so much to like here.

This is creamy and medium bodied, with a slight boozy heat. It’s a good sipper.

Revolution keeps swinging for the fences, and keeps hitting home runs.
Feb 15, 2020
Rated: 4.33 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.51 by unclekeith from Alaska

Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4.52 by stmoorea from Illinois

Jan 28, 2020
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours an almost jet black, with a slight red cast, small, quick receding tan head, no lacing.
You get the bourbon aroma as soon as the can is opened. Chocolate and bourbon aromas dominate, hints of wood and ash.
Taste buds get big thrills here, chocolate, plum, raisin, vanilla and of course the bourbon.
As big as this beer is, it feels a bit thin on the tongue, oh well!
Smooth, easy drinking, tasty and unfortunately a bit pricey. Damn fine beer!
Jan 17, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark brown with a tawny-purple hue and a finger-and-a-half of mocha head that’s not long for this world. It does settle into a nice wisp and crown. Almost no lacing.

Strong bourbon in the nose, with hints of dry, dusty chocolate, leather, plum and vanilla.

Sweet tasting up front with lots of fruit (prune, fig) and chocolate, along with more leather and vanilla. The barrel is strong, but well integrated into the base. Just a hint of wood. Not much burn, but a little bite from the alcohol. A touch of baker’s chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste.

Slick, silky feel with a little prickliness to it, too. Not the heaviest bodied Imperial Stout in the world, but quite thick for this brewery.

Overall, this is delicious. It’s got a nice fruit-leather profile, with plenty of English-type depth beneath.
Jan 11, 2020
Rated: 4.44 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

Jan 08, 2020
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11/21/19
I usually find the Rev stouts to be a bit thinner than my favorite and this years' VSOD is the same. It's more like a porter in look and feel to me than a stout. It's super black though. With the can being relatively fresh, I'm still getting lots of bourbon in the smell which I like. On the tongue it's not too bourbony but more so than a regular BCS in my mind. I taste vanilla notes in the beer but I wish it could be silkier and smoother. It's more bitter than a BCS and I like that. Overall though I still love my BCS more.

Drinking another can while watching the Bears. Unlike the bitter taste in my mouth that the Bears usually leave me, this bitterness is welcomed. I’ve increased my smell and overall to 4.5 now with the age. The chocolate and leathery notes are amazing. I feel like this is a grown up beer. If the pastry boys hate it, that’s a good thing. I happened to open my first Old Forester bourbon ever yesterday too (a bottle of 1910) and loved it. I don’t know if I could ever guess the bourbon barrels chosen, but I’m a bigger fan of the bourbon and BA stouts aged in their barrels now. Birthday BCS was my favorite BCS of the year too. Cheers to Old Forester!
Dec 23, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee

Dec 19, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by ktr5010 from Illinois

Dec 17, 2019
Rated: 4.21 by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

Dec 09, 2019
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Dec 09, 2019
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Reviewed by PDXAmbassador from Florida

2.81/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Came in last place out of 9 stouts opened at our semi blind BA stout share.

Flavor is so weird - almond extract and black cherry aromas, an almost Dr Pepper taste and mouthfeel - very mild barrel and thin. I’m frankly surprised at positive ratings here.
Nov 06, 2019
V.S.O.D. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 163 ratings