Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Rye Beer
Ranked #1
Ranked #433
4.5 | pDev: 6%
Aug 27, 2022
Jul 20, 2019
Notes: 2021: Owing to two years in premium rye whiskey barrels, this slightly sweeter blend of our Ryewine oozes with malt-derived complexities reminiscent of maple alongside enough oak to build a bedroom set. With a grist composed of over sixty percent rye, Very Special Old Ryeway is deceptively balanced given its massive body. Enjoy now or store cold.

2017: This small batch Ryeway 2017 variant is full of maple, pecan, and American oak tannin after spending two years in Woodford Double Oak barrels.
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Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Aug 27, 2022
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Ruby-tinted amber with a large, airy, sand-colored head that fizzes away fairly quickly, leaving a churning center and large crown.

Vanilla, leather, caramel, cherry, pepper and alcohol in the nose.

Leather and peppery rye throughout the taste, with some lovely vanilla, maple and crème brûlée beneath. A touch of earthy hops and strong booze in the moderately bitter finish.

Sticky, syrupy feel. Moderate carbonation.

Really tasty. The rye pops and the bitter and leathery base goes well against the barrel sweetness.
Aug 09, 2022
Rated: 4.43 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jul 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by notchucknorris from California

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 26, 2022
Rated: 4.69 by not2quick from Missouri

May 24, 2022
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can
filled JAN/19/2022
L: thick & syrupy dark brown body; thin tan head disappears quickly
S: boozy & sweet: spicy rye, oak, brown sugar, caramel, vanilla, pepper, dark fruit esters
T: sweet, rich, boozy, and extremely complex; caramel, spicy & earthy rye malt, rye whiskey, bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple, brown sugar, toffee, cherry esters, pecan, white pepper, earthy hops
F: sticky & sweet, full body, lower carbonation, sweet and boozy through and through
O: definitely the sweeter version of Ryeway as it says on the label; great flavor and complexity with this one - definitely a treat!
May 02, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by EMH73 from New York

Apr 29, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Dillpickle315 from Colorado

Apr 17, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Look - almost black with a nice tan bubbly head
Smell - boozy whisky caramel brown sugar
Taste - so much barrel with a ton of caramel and that rye spice, outstanding
Feel - medium full body with a lighter carb
Overall - just delicious!
Apr 03, 2022
Rated: 5 by ellswrth from Oregon

Mar 23, 2022
Rated: 4.24 by StoutSnob40 from California

Mar 11, 2022
Rated: 4.82 by MJSFS from Florida

Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Thanks FBarber! Canned 1/22

This is heavenly. Deep, deep flavors of caramel, dark fruits, and biting rye. Subtle notes of chocolate, candied nuts, leather, and tobacco. The extended time in the barrel has imparted a profoundly heavy booze blanket. The body is incredibly viscous and sticky. This almost drinks like a cocktail. So glad I got to try this.
Feb 20, 2022
Rated: 4.61 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 4.49 by hopley from Massachusetts

Sep 23, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by kevindp9 from Arizona

Nov 04, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
12 oz. can. Pours deep brown. Smells of rye whiskey and brown sugar malt. Oak behind it. Tastes very sweet up front, but turns to rye spicy grain flavor, and then rye whiskey. Very sweet finish. Heavy and sweet. Extremely flavorful. And just about worth the sugar and booze.
Aug 02, 2020
Rated: 4.9 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Jun 15, 2020
Rated: 4.45 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

May 26, 2020
Rated: 4.67 by Duffman79 from Connecticut

Mar 16, 2020
Rated: 4.32 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Mar 06, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Appearance is dark varnished brown with glowing ruby red edges. A bubbly tan head builds at about two fingers at first, fizzling out fairly quickly and audibly to a fluidly smooth yet viscously roiling surface.

The introduction is an experience of all kinds of darker varieties of artisan caramels, paired with the assertively mature and warming rye barrel that brings with it charred and peppery characteristics. Additional notes of aged dates, candied orange, hints of gingerbread, and even Werther's continue the flavor barrage, while that persistent spicy rye presence continuously elevates this fantastic brew, giving off a touch of pumpernickel.

The body is full without being syrupy or sticky. It's fullfilingly round with a crisp, softly delicate yet lightly crackly carbonation that comes to a tingly semi-dry finish, heating up in the exhale. It may become a little too hot over the course of a session, but that's the only notable ding I can give it.


So here in early 2022, the more recent vintage is even better than it was the first time around, possibly finally exceeding its "younger" expression as well.

VSOR now exhibits darker qualities, with an even fuller, rounder body without any of the boozy heat I got two years ago. The mouthfeel may be the most improved aspect about this all around improved stunner, which was already an incredible beer to begin with.

What's more is the middle now contains some pleasant contrasts of spiced dates and prunes before an unbelievably long exhale of barrel and brownie char, as well as some salted caramels.

Most might agree that this is meant to be a long session sipper, but trying not to put this down in 5 large gulps presents quite the challenge
Feb 24, 2020
Rated: 4.82 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Feb 17, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by Zonian1 from Ohio

Feb 14, 2020
Rated: 4.6 by Old_Dead_Oak from Wisconsin

Jan 25, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 20, 2020
Rated: 4.83 by SaxmanRick from Minnesota

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
12oz can poured into Deep Woods series stemless glass.

canned on date of 10/31/2019.

Beer poured at fridge temp.

Appearance: This beer poured really really thick. Dark mahogany brown bodied beer with khaki colored head that pours a 3 finger tall head.

Smell: Caramel, brown sugar, and oak barrel bomb. Spicy rye. As this beer hits room temp you really smell that rye whiskey and it smells incredible.

Taste: Massive amount of caramel and oak sweetness with a hint of maple, brown sugar, and rye notes. Sure a phenomenal tannic oak flavor woven throughout this beer. This beer is very rich and sweet without any cloying sweetness. Very complex with well layered / flawlessly integrated malt and barrel notes flavors. Finish is mostly sweet with a lingering spice.

Mouthfeel: full bodied beer with adequate carbonation levels. Thick, thick, thick... and sticky. This is incredibly smooth. Warming without being harsh or boozy. You definitively sense the ABV, but this beer is smooth as could possibly be.

Overall: Revolution has really blended / barrel aged a gem here. I like this a bit more than VSOJ. The rye character helps balance the sweetness and adds so much complexity. I was quite impressed with how thick and smooth this beer is. The texture/mouthfeel is really incredible. Glad to have been able to try this, but wish that I would have made the release. To have this beer is like have a treasure chest in your cellar. Cheers to the best barrel program in Chicago...hands down.
Jan 10, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by jkrug5 from Maryland

Jan 06, 2020
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.1/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz can thanks to Steve. Brown body with light head. Aroma is roast malts with a healthy dose of whiskey barrel. Rich chocolaty roast and straight up whiskey barrel for the taste. Dry
Jan 03, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by Winston3737 from Michigan

Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.65/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Can. Khaki head. Dark brown color.

Lots of rye. Big whiskey flavor. Tons of oak and vanilla but all so smooth. Caramel and toffee. Rye spices. Brown sugar. Syrupy. Warming, smooth, full bodied. This is one of the best rye beers out there. 4.6
2022 can. This is heaven. Caramel, toffee, bourbon for days, vanilla, toffee, coconut, oak. Raisin, figs, pear and apple skins, brown sugar. Rye spice in the finish. So much depth. 4.7
Dec 21, 2019
Rated: 4.65 by unclekeith from Alaska

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by YvesB from Belgium

Dec 13, 2019
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap. Murky blackish brown with a tiny ring. Smell is awesome, awe-inspiring even, oak, caramel, rye, maple, bourbon, molasses, smoke, leather, vanilla, candi sugar, and char. Taste does well to have both the booze and flavoring from the booze meld into the all of the syrupy sweet flavors, the robust wood, and of course the rye, finishes more complex and drier. Might be the best rye beer I have ever had. Pushes boundary of what a rye beer really is, a loose style for sure, the feel is most evident of this: chewy, warm, decent wood and rye spice, and gooey sweetness.
Dec 06, 2019
Rated: 4.6 by brewskis from Indiana

Dec 05, 2019
V.S.O.R. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 57 ratings