Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #3
Ranked #20
4.69 | pDev: 4.48%
Sep 03, 2023
Jan 16, 2017
Very Special Old (Straight) Jacket

A periodic, rotating release from Revolution Brewing.

2021: A cuvée of English Barlewines aged between two and four years in our favorite bourbon barrels. Lusciously sweet and colossally complex, V.S.O.J. is equal parts refinement and excess.

2018: A celebration of malt, oak, and patience, Very Special Old [Straight] Jacket is a cuvée of English Barleywines each aged between two and three years in our favorite bourbon barrels. Lusciously sweet and colossally complex, V.S.O.J. is equal parts refinement and excess. Enjoy life now, or store cold.

2017: Aged a full 2 years in hand-selected Heaven Hill and Old Forester barrels.
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#180, yum!
Sep 03, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by Duncian from Pennsylvania

Aug 21, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by ThaKennster from Texas

Aug 14, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio

Jul 03, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by mklisz from New Hampshire

Jun 22, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by KCBeerNerd from Missouri

May 16, 2023
Rated: 4.79 by rarapacz from Minnesota

Apr 30, 2023
Rated: 4.52 by alexsergio from New York

Apr 14, 2023
Rated: 4.8 by PDinunzi from New Jersey

Apr 12, 2023
Rated: 4.74 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Apr 08, 2023
Rated: 4.78 by bsuedekum from Missouri

Mar 09, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by stmoorea from Illinois

Mar 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.57/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 6/29/21

Now this is a special one, the highest rated English Barleywine on BA, VSOJ! A long time want of mine, I wanted to try it while I have the Double Barrel VSOJ on the way thanks to Tavour. I’ve had the OG Straight Jacket and some variants before, but this is by far the most exciting. Let’s get into it

Pours an opaque dark brown with 2 fingers of tan head that slowly fades to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing

The nose brings an intense wave of sweetness, but it’s balanced out by spicier notes. I’m picking up on aromas of burnt caramel, sweet whiskey, molasses, rye bread, golden raisin, brown sugar, charred oak, old leather, fig, tobacco, and sweet toffee

Wow, everything in taste is kicked up a notch, boozy and fruity but not overly sweet. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting fig, sweet toffee, burnt caramel, black cherry, molasses, dry oak, vanilla, earthy whiskey, and light brown sugar. The swallow brings notes of sweet whiskey, charred oak, molasses, rye bread, tobacco, raisin, brown sugar, burnt caramel, vanilla, old leather, and light toffee

A medium full body pairs with gentle tingling carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes a tad sticky and boozy, yet still drinks well below the listed 15%

Oh yeah, this is one hell of a beer. As expected from Revolution, it’s so much thinner in execution in relation to the flavor. I can’t wait to try the Double Barrel VSOJ next
Feb 07, 2023
Rated: 4.98 by Chilmer from Iowa

Dec 26, 2022
Rated: 4.84 by hopley from Massachusetts

Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.8/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Oh damn this absolutely lives up to its reputation. Nothing unfamiliar in a barleywine here but there is a lot going on and everything is so BIG. 2-4 years in barrels adds such a layer of... profundity to the already stellar Straight Jacket. I feel underdressed, semi-literate, and unwashed sipping on this.

Raisins, molasses, high end whiskey, and leather dominate. There is a lot more at the edges though, candied nuts, honey, pipe tobacco, and a hell of a lot more. Such enveloping, deep warmth but not at all hot. People with access to Revolution are lucky indeed. Thanks so much FBarber!
Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can at share. Dark brown pour with a foamy beige head. Aroma is malty, toffee, prunes, , hint of vanilla. Taste is malty, leathery, sweet, caramel, light chocolate, pit fruit. Smooth and strong. Aroma of malt, chocolate, caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Malty and caramelly flavor with chocolate and raisin leading into a vanilla and bourbon finish. Had side by side with Straight Jacket and this one definitely smelled and tasted more chocolatey and caramelly; more decadent. World class BW.
Sep 29, 2022
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

4.71/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Pours a rich dark brown color that is impenetrable by light and features a creamy mocha colored head that lingers a bit before dissipating to allow you to focus on the beautiful beer in your glass and the aromas drawing you closer.

And what magnificent aromas greet you - rich English toffee, vanilla, a bit of fig, oak, and a smidge of booze, all in perfect balance. I am literally drooling.

The toffee is forward on the taste as expected, but it willingly allows room for the vanilla (hurray!), oak (double hurray!), and especially the fig (cubed hurray!) that provides balance to the sweetness of the other components and coasts into the boozy warming at the back of the palate. Simply stunning flavor profile and nuance to a beer this big (13.8% ABV).

The mouthfeel is creamy and more than a bit oily, as expected. I sat on this a bit, and it was more than worth the wait. Truly a world class English barleywine.
Sep 04, 2022
V.S.O.J. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 325 ratings