Boss Jacket
Revolution Brewing

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Barleywine - English
Ranked #28
Ranked #2,111
4.49 | pDev: 7.13%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
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Notes: This unique blended English Barleywine is comprised of single Straight Jacket WhistlePig The Boss Hog Black Prince French oak Armagnac and Heaven Hill Bourbon barrels. A slightly mellower malt structure allows for the wood and spirit components shine.
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time to split a 32 oz. crowler with the wife on a rowdy Wednesday night.

Boss Jacket could double as an anesthetic. Booze coats the mouth, throat, stomach, & soon afterwards a serene sense of well-being washes over the imbiber. Gently whacking my head against the wall proves painless, indeed, quite amusing. Surprisingly strong brandy waltzes with a big CEO of rye, scattering spiciness all across my innards. The base barleywine kicks out caramel, toffee, providing a professionally built framework. Scattershot of oak, burnt oak, brown sugar, hair pulling, brick-scraped-leather round out a robust experience. Heavy, filling, harsh, & am putting down a pint of this like it’s Coca Cola during a pissing competition.

Revolution. An elite barrel program that’s risen in my ratings to the top five in the country & this is no exception. Fantastic beer that borders on the elite.

Nov 12, 2020
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AllOfTheCats from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty smooth considering the ABV and barrel aging. Nice dark fruit aftertaste. Maybe some cherry in there? Some of the Rev brews are thinner than I'd like, but you can't beat their quality and value in barrel aging. Love the 4pk cans!

Sep 26, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Released December 2019; drank 9/9/20 @ Lyla's.

While I found this to be a bit harsh, booze heat-wise, on draft when it was released, this has already mellowed into a real nice sipper. Leather, stone fruit & caramel with a much more mild Whistle Pig bite. Oak emerged as this warmed.

Hope to have this bad boy again!

Sep 13, 2020
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.4/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to The_game for this one, from the recent Rookies BIF #4. 12oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dark and solid brown, just about black really, color (much darker than any other Barleywine I've had), with just a thin cap of tan head that immediately dissipated, and left no lacing

The aroma was big and bold, with some base sweetness, some barrel, and touch of fruit. All that topped off by a noticeable alcohol hit.

Fairly similar on the tongue, lots of different components, and a strong booziness.

The body was smooth, even, had low carbonation that would help bring some life to the body, and a sweet finish.

Drinkability was good for such a boozy beer, but, again, would have been helped with some more carb.

Overall, a pretty nice brew, worth checking out if you see it.

Apr 05, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

From a crowler into a tulip snifter. Canned 1/24/19, had 2/15/19. This is the on tap only version from a Deep Wood release, prior to the can release 12/2019. I’m a little behind in writing reviews...

Pours a fairly dark amber, somewhat opaque, with a short, quickly dissipating head and some spotty cling. Aromas of brandy, bourbon, raisins, figs, dates, brown sugar, oak, toffee, caramel, white grapes, spices- maybe clove?, light tobacco and char, a little apricot. The flavor is more brandy than the aroma, bourbon, raisins, dates, oak, brown sugar, tobacco, white grapes, caramel, light molasses and figs, some apricot. Has a very different spicy flavor, still think cloves are a part. Very smooth, a great medium to full body, well carbonated.

Found this a little hard to describe overall, but the barrels are simply incredible. Layers of flavors and aromas and the warmer it is, the better it is. A very unique beer, one to treasure.

Mar 12, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had on tap. Opaque dark brown with clear edges with a pale white ring. Smell captures the barrels with all of their intricacies, great booze and wood in particular. Toffee, dark fruit, tobacco, leather, and a kiss of maple accent. Taste has the barrels take on the flavors seamlessly, so pure and lush, add in some rye, vanilla, with great bourbon and brandy booze and barley bite to finish. It tastes like a darker, more complex though boozier and not as impeccably balanced SJ. Feel is boozy, wood backed, velvet smooth and warm. The wife loved it

Mar 07, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a muddy looking dark brown color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like spicy oak, drippy dark fruit, high quality caramel, leather, tobacco, cinnamon, maple, and bourbon.

Like that regular ol' Straight Jacket, the base of this beer makes it an absolutely excellent barleywine. The barrels elevate it even further - adding intense leather, barrel spice (cinnamon, cedar, etc), oak, and bourbon, and also seem to elevate the dark fruitiness of the base beer. There's also a smidgen of chocolate.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, and very warming, with a subtle booze that never overwhelms.

Revolution has easily a top 5 barrel program in the country. They just keep hitting grand slams.

Feb 29, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark prune juice brown to clear wine red edges with a quick to fizzle out tan head. In this dark room with a brightly lit backdrop it looks just like a glass of port.

Ugh, delicious. The Deep Woods slay me again.

Deeply luscious and almost savory caramels and toasted brown sugar pair with leather, toffee biscuit and a black peppery cask that has a numbing warmth and splintery char to it. Brown toast and very assertive notes of whiskey kick up as it warms, without being too hot.

The body is medium-full, round but with a crackly effervescence, coming to a semi-sticky finish, exhaling dates and hints of black licorice.

Complex, and not too far off from VSOJ greatness, there's a lot going on with that barrel!

Feb 24, 2020
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.67/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

3,200th beer rated on beer advocate.

12oz can poured into stemless Revolution Deep Woods Series glass.

canned on 11/02/2019.

Appearance: dark brown bodied beer with a blackish hue. Pours a tall head that drops down to a full cap of off white yet almost khaki colored head.

Smell: The aroma is barrel forward and sweet. Barrel notes of light char, dry oak tannins, brandy, and rye whiskey. Smell aromas include- maple, tobacco, and vanilla. A very light hint of dark fruits as well.

Taste: Caramel, maple, tobacco, grapes, and prunes all start off the sweet start that this beer proclaims. Finish has moderate spiciness and a light booze bite. Big brandy in the finish with big rye spice that balances the rich brandy notes. As this beer warms up the maple begins to really pop & barrel notes seem to temper the sweetness; its my favorite part of drinking this beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low moderate carbonation. A lingering sweetness, spice, and booze finish make this finish a little stronger than semi- dry. Carbonation has a little prickliness as it goes down, maybe a very minute amount of over carbonation found here.

Overall: This is a really complex sipper that Revolution put together. Its definately in the top 3 circle of best work for 2019 Deep Woods series.

The second really fantastic beer aged in Boss Hog barrels. I think that I give the nod more so to 2018 Boss Ryeway over Boss Jacket for a beer aged in those Boss Hog barrels.

Jan 12, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

What a great complex beer. Waves of flavors all nicely balanced. Nice brandy taste with lots of wood, toffee, vanilla, and cocoa. Almost like a burnt caramel taste. Some sweetness that sticks around a while but nicely balance by some spice and a little bite from the booze. Revs barrel program is one of the finest around.

Dec 16, 2019
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darktronica from Indiana

4.44/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

December 2019 canned release, 14.0% ABV. This releases uses Boss Hog Calvados barrels rather than armagnac, and it shows, with a bright crabapple and brandy note on the nose once I crack the can and start pouring. Full finger of head on a moderately aggressive pour. My impression is that this has a higher proportion of the dry component than the regular SJ from this year, but maybe that's also a contribution from the barrel oak, which is massive. Really enjoyable.

Dec 14, 2019
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