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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #52
Ranked #5,897
4.15 | pDev: 7.47%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: A complex Imperial Ale built on a dual algorithm alongside our friends at Sun King. Brewed with maple sugar, dark candi syrup, and a blend of Belgium yeast cultures before an addition of unfermented blackberries.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 59 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Canned 10/10/18
Consumed 10/16/20

I’m not sure what I think about the look of this one. The purple color is interesting but it’s very thin and lacks carbonation. On the pallet I taste enough carbonation to make me happy but it is thin as most Rev BA beers are for me. The nose is fascinating though with berry and bourbon notes. Normally it might turn me off as I’m not a big lover of berry BA stouts, but upon drinking this I’m impressed. Revolution’s strength has always been their ability to balance the adjuncts and bourbon notes and again they hit it perfectly here. The berry isn’t too forward but I get enough sweetness from it. The booziness is prevalent too and even with 2 years aging, I get a lot. But it’s super smooth. This is a unique wonderful beer and worth seeking out if you can find it.

Oct 17, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 10/10/18, had 3/13/19.

Pours a dark purplish brown, cloudy, with a quarter inch quickly dissipating head on an aggressive pour and no lacing. Aromas of whiskey, bourbon, tobacco, caramel, brown sugar, candi sugar, char, malt, some blackberries, light maple. A light, sweet aroma overall. The flavor also starts with the whiskey and bourbon, then a big hit of blackberries that lingers, malt, brown sugar, tobacco, some caramel, a little maple, light alcohol. There’s a little sweetness from the candi sugar and a tart note on the finish. Ridiculously smooth for the ABV, a good medium body, but the carbonation on the low side gives it a thinner feel than expected.

There’s really a lot going on here, and I thought this was a very solid effort. Lots of aromas and flavors to pick out. The berries are the star of the flavor and really the star overall. While the barrels come to the fore and are solid, they’re fairly tame.

Mar 17, 2020
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

30 January 2020 - Beer #16

Appearance: 3 - looks like a fairly dark barleywine. Head fizzled away immediately. Hmm...

Nose: 4 - smells like a barleywine. I don't get much blackberry, if any, but it's pretty inviting.

Taste: 4 - VERY interesting. Still tastes like a barleywine, but the blackberry adds a mild tartness. Plenty of flavor, not terribly boozy. Nicely done.

Mouth: 4 - good amount of carbonation, fairly sticky.

Overall: 4 - an interesting and unique offering. Glad I got a chance to try it.


Jan 31, 2020
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to intecwrx for this 12 oz. can that arrived as an extra. It looks weird, so it’s been resting unmolested in the fridge for a while. No longer.

The pour is a purplish smoothie with zero evident carbonation – doesn’t look like what my dad would recognize as ‘beer’. The nose is your basic blackberry wine. Not bad.

Code Switch reads like a mess & tastes lovely. All them ingredients! So much depth! The blackberries are on top (OF THE WORLD!)& the Belgian yeasts add a lovely additional kick of fruitiness. The barrels are subtle but layered, with the sugars adding significant sweetness while masking any tartness emanating from the berries. No alcohol. Smooth. This could lead to a long review of the bottom of a coffee table if one was not careful.

This seemed destined to be a mess. In reality, it’s an excellent beer. Revolution. They good.

Sep 29, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 12 fl oz can on February 8, 2019. Collaboration with Sun King Brewery. A complex imperial ale brewed with maple sugar, dark candy syrup and a blend of Belgian yeast cultures. Aged in Tennessee whiskey and Kentucky bourbon barrels. Blackberries add sweetness and subtle tartness.

Feb 12, 2019
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Beginner2 from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

We've a unique one here... well-suited for this catch-all category.
Had on tap at The Beer Temple, proving once again that it is a great source for inventive ales.
My snifter had this dark brown liquid with purple tinges. (They produced a Purple Haze in my mind as I was unaware of the ABV.) Smells gave me mostly sweetness from malt, sugar and finally the blackberries. Complex. Tastes continued those qualities, but was balanced in a way only the masters know how. (Thanks.) Very smooth, but I started getting the residue of the berries. Surprisingly refreshing and, actually, perfect for an aging malt-head trying to beat the February Blues.

I am a total fan of RevBrew and what they stand for and, usually, produce.

Feb 09, 2019
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark toffee brown with, perhaps perceived out of the power of suggestions, some violet tinting on the periphery. Smell is very boozy, but typical for style, with fermented blackberry, maple, toffee, candi sugar, raisin and plum. Not sure where the love is on the taste, but I thought they crushed it. Great tart and sweet blackberry in a bath of rich booze, dark sugars and underlying dried dark fruit. Drink really smooth, especially for 14.5% abv, a touch thin and filmy on the finish where the booze begins to open up more. For a strong ale this was refreshing

Jan 18, 2019
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into my trusty Chimay goblet, this beer pours out like blackberry juice in color and has a very active sea foam pink crown dissipating as fast as it can generate. (4)

The smell brings dark fruit galore. Raisins, plums, figs and blackberries all tangling with oak, leather, tobacco and a slight burning alcohol presence. (4.25)

The taste comes in with the blackberries being the most prominent followed by a beautiful sweetness that I'm sure comes from the dark candi. Balanced floral notes show up as well from the Belgian yeast. (4.5)

The mouthfeel provides a nice tartness from the blackberries that isn't overpowering, just accenting. Then a dry oak, leather like finish. For 14.5%, the alcohol presence sure doesn't let you know it. This one could be dangerous. (4.5)

Overall, I'm very happy to have tried this one. Complex with fruit, floral, sweetness, oak, leather and tobacco like dimensions. Barrel adds noticeable presence while not overpowering. (4.25)

Dec 23, 2018
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Radcpa from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark purple appearance with plenty of carbination and a head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a mild berry without any maple. Taste is a slightly sweet berry with a warm s nsation as it goes down.

Dec 19, 2018
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mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Could call it Coma Switch, cause this one kept knocking me unconscious while I was drinking it. Big, bold, boozy, and berry, it's surprisingly smooth and sippable for such a strong offering. Lots of tangy fruit flavor that's somehow both tart and sweet, backed by a woody barrel presence, this one was tasty and terrific. Revolution does Barrel Aged beers damn well, and this one is no exception.

Dec 14, 2018
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours deep purple brownish color with a thin white head that disappears very quickly. No lacing no head.

Aroma - The nose is heavy blackberry, candied sugar is peeking through, great sweet nose with dark fruit plum and raisin. Whiskey is coming out as it warms more.

Taste - Wow the taste is amazing the blackberries work so well with the plum and raisin in this. Nice bourbon flavors, little oak. the alcohol is almost unnoticeable for sure a high ABV. The blackberries almost give this more of a mixed drink kind of flavor.

Feel - Medium bodied nice carbonation, little warming from the alcohol very smooth and easy drinking.

Overall - I love the flavors in this they compliment each other so well. The alcohol is well hidden as well.

Dec 01, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz can, snifter glass. Interesting beer. Darker purple body, with a brown hue, one finger offwhite head, fair retention, no lacing. Smell is tart blackberry, sweet toffee and a touch of caramel, brown sugar, mineral. Interesting beer indeed, I can't think of an existing beer to call an analogue, but it's got that blackberry presence that dries it out some, allowing it to remain not quite too sweet. Mouthfeel is lighter medium bodied, good carbonation, tart blackberry and a bit of dry caramel and sugar on the finish.

Nov 30, 2018
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ChicagoJ from Illinois

3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

10/17/18 (Chicago): $6.81 5 ounce sample pour into snifter at the Revolution release event held at the brewpub. Dark red murky pour, no head or lacing. Mild whiskey aroma, nice and sweet. Sweet syrupy berry mix, balanced by a strong whiskey taste, very nicely balanced. Razor thin texture, fruity sweetness hits the tongue sharply, dry taste, very easy drinking. Overall very good offering, sweeter than I typically seek, but this is a very good offering. This brew was switched from Jack Daniels barrels to Wild Turkey.

Nov 11, 2018
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Lazhal from Michigan

4.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Fairly aggressive pour, light head, disappeared nearly as soon as the last drop from the can fell into the glass.

Aroma is absolutely mesmerizing. Tons of blackberry. You seriously want to drink this with your nose.

Upfront is blackberry and sugar as it hits your tongue, in a good way I'll add. This flavor gives way to clove, prunes, and whiskey. Crazy drinkable at 14%. The light body surely helps. Not to sweet, not to dry, this is perfect.

Oct 25, 2018
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Chuck2319 from Arizona

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dry, fruity and sweet but not too sweet or cloying. Great balance and wow, that barrel flavor works wonderfully with everything else going on. Prob the most “refreshing” > 14% beer I’ve had to date. Quite an achievement by Revolution, absolutely no burn or booziness. Will purchase again!!

Oct 25, 2018
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darktronica from Indiana

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tried on draft at a preview party the day before its release, but reviewing from a can the day after the release. Pours a deep ruby purple, with an audible fizz and rapidly-disappearing head that behaves more like a soda than a beer. Blackberry, red apple, plum, and traditional Belgian quad notes on the nose, with some sharp fruity and amyl notes. When cold, the berry notes dominate and lend a refreshing juiciness to the proceedings; as it warms, more strong ale character emerges to contrast with the fruit. The whiskey barrel is not as prominent as I expected, given Revolution's pedigree with barrel ageing. For the quantity of fruit introduced to Code Switch, it manages to avoid being cloyingly sweet, thanks to a very dry base. It does not taste like 14.5% ABV in the least, but it does catch up to me quickly.

Oct 21, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 10/10/18; drank 10/19/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque dark purple appearance.

A violent pour yielded a small, noisy pink head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Blackberry, apple & clove notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Blackberry, cream & apple flavors up front; mild clove & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Interesting and very tasty, certainly, but a bit fruit forward right now. Perhaps a bit of aging would help the base beer emerge?

Oct 20, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 59 ratings