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
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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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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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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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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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Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 35 ratings