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From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Strong Ale
Ranked #60
ABV:
14.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #6,312
Avg:
4.13 | pDev: 7.51%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
43
Status:
Active
Rated:
Dec 04, 2021
Added:
Jul 31, 2018
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  3
SCORE
91
Outstanding
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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.
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Rated: 4.09 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Dec 04, 2021
 
Rated: 4.02 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.13 by MJSFS from Florida

Apr 16, 2021
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +7%
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
 
Rated: 4.16 by stmoorea from Illinois

Jul 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by paulish from New York

May 14, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Cheers!
Jan 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Dec 13, 2019
 
Rated: 3.79 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.15 by NappyB from Illinois

Nov 19, 2019
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
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
 
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Apr 26, 2019
 
Rated: 3.87 by FBarber from Illinois

Feb 24, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by coz from Illinois

Feb 16, 2019
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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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Reviewed by 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
 
Rated: 4.17 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Feb 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by Kurmaraja from California

Feb 01, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
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
 
Rated: 4.19 by Mikexw from New York

Jan 04, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Muss42 from Michigan

Jan 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.37 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia

Jan 01, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by ER527 from New York

Dec 25, 2018
 
Rated: 4.14 by chillin from Indiana

Dec 24, 2018
 
Rated: 3.51 by YvesB from Belgium

Dec 24, 2018
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Reviewed by AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.36/5  rDev +5.6%
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
 
Rated: 3.93 by 22Blue from Kansas

Dec 21, 2018
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Reviewed by Radcpa from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
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
 
Rated: 4.12 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Dec 18, 2018
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +9%
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
 
Rated: 4 by dannycohen62 from Illinois

Dec 11, 2018
 
Rated: 4.24 by loganburgh from Michigan

Dec 09, 2018
 
Rated: 4.25 by MTKATL from Georgia

Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +3.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.05 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Nov 30, 2018
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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
 
Rated: 4.52 by ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

Nov 29, 2018
 
Rated: 3.8 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 25, 2018
Code Switch from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 60 ratings