Honey Jacket
Revolution Brewing

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Style:
Barleywine - English
Ranked #36
ABV:
14.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,571
Avg:
4.37 | pDev: 7.78%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
46
From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  9
Gots
  6
SCORE
93
Outstanding
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Notes: We’re not the only ones who’ve been busy since last Deep Wood season; Revolution’s only permanent residents (residing in a hive on the brewery’s roof) have been pollinating local flora and producing honey for the past year. Not to be outdone, our brewers selected a crop of eighteen-month-old bourbon and rye whiskey barrel aged English Barleywines to imbue with the bees’ golden elixir. Worth the welts. Enjoy now or store cold.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 46 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by Montanabeerz:
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Montanabeerz from Montana

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Feb 14, 2021
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SadMachine from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Apr 11, 2021
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 7/12/19; drank 7/19/19 @ the Yarchives.

See-through brown/orange appearance.

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

Honey, bourbon heat, oak & mild leather notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Sweet honey & boozy bourbon flavors up front; oak & mild leather notes on the finish.

A sweet booze bomb; I love Straight Jacket, VSOJ and Strawberry Jacket, but this was not in my wheelhouse. Those bees on the roof deserved better...

Jul 20, 2019
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Ajlvt from Washington

4.1/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Jan 24, 2020
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Jul 23, 2019
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Duncian from Pennsylvania

4.39/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mar 18, 2021
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GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

4.43/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 16, 2021
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.72/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Blend 1- Incredible balance between the bourbon & the honey. The honey is unmistakable & the rye whiskey barrel notes are very nice. Deep layer oak. The beer is very sweet without being overly cloying. Hints of vanilla, caramel, butterscotch. No booze noted. It is a really excellent beer. Honestly this might be at or above VSOJ status. Overall Score- 4.72

Blend 2- Overly sweet. Not nearly as good as batch 1. Its all honey and bourbon. They used a sweeter thread of straight jacket for this blend of honey jacket and need to go back to the drier thread that added more balance & complexity to the honey infused straight jacket. Overall score- 4.30

Jul 19, 2019
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roscko from Indiana

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 21, 2019
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SaxmanRick from Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jan 03, 2020
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jschott75 from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jan 01, 2020
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours dark mahogany with a thin tan head that quickly settles to a thin ring. No lacing.

Aroma - Nose is honey, caramel, fig, vanilla, bourbon, lots of oak, smells like a sticky sweet dessert beer.

Taste - Wow caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon the honey is like a smooth layer of sweetness over all the other flavors. Light fig and tobacco.

Feel - Mildly warming from the alcohol, slick syrupy feel to be expected. Really smooth velvety

Overall - taking SJ to another level the honey especially in the taste really brings everything together.

Sep 13, 2019
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Rimbimhoot from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jul 18, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 30, 2019
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Ristaccia from Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Jul 31, 2019
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ChicagoNick from Illinois

5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Aug 23, 2019
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brn9000 from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 22, 2019
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smartassboiler from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dec 13, 2019
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bret27 from California

4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2020 can courtesy of _mark_s.
Nice honey barleywine.

Jan 13, 2021
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

2020 vintage tasted in a snifter from draft at Gold Eagle Wine and Spirits on June 2, 2021.

Jun 09, 2021
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unclekeith from Alaska

4.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dec 04, 2019
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DeadWax from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2020 Vintage from a can.

Overwhelmingly sweet and one note honey until it is room temperature. Then it balances out to some extent where the honey is offset by a delicate bourbon and oak profile with caramel and brown sugar. I may have enjoyed this more on a drier straight jacket?

Amber color on the pour with a fair amount of foam, minimal lacing. Still has a bit of that classic DW aroma but it did not translate to the flavor. Sticky mouthfeel, med to thin body.

I would not need more of this and wish the honey was dialed back so the rest of the SJ nuance could shine.

Dec 30, 2020
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stortore from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Can’t imagine how I missed checking in the 2019 edition, after being at the release and going through a four pack. Typically excellent base, barrels have a solid presence and the honey adds a sweetness- not too much, that really kicks this over the top. Have had one can of the 2020 version, and it’s not quite as outstanding as the 2019, but still delicious. Maybe the reduced ABV (13.2%) leaves out a little of the richness? An excellent twist on Straight Jacket.

Feb 04, 2021
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Dharmelink from Wisconsin

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 03, 2019
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Eman17 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Apr 18, 2021
Honey Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 46 ratings