V.S.O.J. | Revolution Brewing

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4.67/5
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V.S.O.J.V.S.O.J.
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 14.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Very Special Old (Straight) Jacket

Aged a full 2 years in hand-selected Heaven Hill and Old Forester barrels.

Added by emerge077 on 01-16-2017

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#54
Reviews:
21
Ratings:
108
pDev:
4.93%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
10
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 108 |  Reviews: 21
Photo of mrtomatohead49
4.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RAlmeida77
4.6/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tulip. Appearance was a little off putting as this was very dark brown. Not the color I'm used to from a typical barley wine. Small off-white head that dissipated quick. Aroma was off the charts....lots of barrel character such as bourbon and wood. Dark fruit was heavily present. Lots of fig, raisin and prune and a hint of tobacco. Flavor was everything I detected in the aroma. Tons of fig, raisin and prune...lots of bourbon and oak. Very rich. Feel was medium bodied. Kinda stout like which is thicker for a barley wine. Overall, this was fantastic. A real treat to have. Glad to have been able to try.

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Photo of M_chav
4.59/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.86/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Fox82791
4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OompaMentor
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

11/8/2018 -- Madeira!! Full MF and exceptionally well balanced. Do not change a thing.... enjoy!!

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Photo of Zach_Attack
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12/2018 - This is just so damn good - caramel and toffee, negligible booze, awesome bourbon though; great mouthfeel, which lingers through the finish. This is a super sipper!

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Photo of Jkolls
4.88/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Photo of pmarlowe
4.34/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2018 release.

A: Pours a nearly-black brown color with basically no head. No retention. Some nice effervescence.

S: Dried black currants, rich sweet toffee, a backdrop of bourbon, and a bit of dark cocoa powder. Not the most aromatic, but the aromas work together.

T: Rich, dense caramel, plum and black currant, and light cocoa and bourbon, with moderate sweetness throughout each sip. Despite the richness and sweetness, the finish is relatively short, which I think helps the drinkability: you can go back for another drink without any lingering cloyness.

M: Medium-full body, lightly chewy, with medium-light carbonation. A bit of smooth alcohol warmth.

O: Very good fruit-forward barleywine. Not quite top tier, though.

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Photo of MarshallBirdhouse
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.56/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of clay23
4.51/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of OleDixie
4.68/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of badmotorgrunge
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of ChicagoNick
5/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Jimmeekrek
4.85/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dontknojack
4.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Snig623
4.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of YvesB
4.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rabbott2
4.75/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shocked to say that I agree with the hype on this. An absolutely perfectly executed English barleywine and wow, this is wonderful. Notes of vanilla and charred oak from the barrel combine with fig, plum, caramel, toffee, maplely brown sugar, and a little cocoa. Many of those flavors I don’t particularly go for. Wow. Incredible

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Photo of ktr5010
4.99/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Probably the best barleywine I will ever have and one of my all time favorite beers. It's so rich and decadent. Pours a dark brown with hues of red. Smells like caramel, toffee, and bourbon all mixed together. Tastes amazing. Complex flavors last a long time and change as the beer warms up. Really goes to show what a great barrel program Rev has going.

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Photo of Kramerbarthomer
4.61/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Zaximus
4.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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V.S.O.J. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.67 out of 5 with 108 ratings