Boss Jacket
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #29
ABV:
14.3%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,113
Avg:
4.49 | pDev: 7.13%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
35
From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  8
Gots
  5
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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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.
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 35 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by GuyFawkes:
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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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tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent . Please drink this one with caution .. high abv

Sep 03, 2019
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NolaHopHead from Louisiana

4.43/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 08, 2020
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brewskis from Indiana

4.57/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 22, 2019
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dec 13, 2019
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dec 13, 2019
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ktr5010 from Illinois

4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Dec 27, 2019
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cd34 from Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jan 02, 2021
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Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

3.32/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can courtesy of Chris - thanks, bruv!

B- / WORTHY

Dec 01, 2019
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GaryM6 from New York

4.41/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 28, 2021
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

4.48/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 18, 2019
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jgunther71 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 03, 2019
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 19, 2019
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sentrynate from Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jan 26, 2021
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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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Dharmelink from Wisconsin

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

Dec 21, 2019
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stmoorea from Illinois

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

Jan 19, 2020
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akk14 from Illinois

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

Dec 21, 2019
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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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Sparky44 from Illinois

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

Dec 14, 2019
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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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Duffman79 from Connecticut

4.59/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sep 15, 2020
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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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jschott75 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Feb 06, 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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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings