Ten Year Beer
Revolution Brewing

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From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
ABV:
13.6%
Score:
96
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 5.43%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
39
Status:
Retired
Rated:
May 13, 2022
Added:
Aug 13, 2019
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  10
SCORE
96
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Notes: On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we present this sophisticated-but-approachable celebratory ale. English Barleywines aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels between twelve and twenty-four months establish a base of stone fruit, vanilla, and graham. A blend of sweet and tart cherries lends soft sweetness, acidity, and hue. Find something to celebrate now or store cold.
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Rated: 4.46 by SadMachine from New Jersey

May 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by brewskis from Indiana

4.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Canned on 1/20/20. Enjoyed on 2/26/22. Over two years of age.

Pours a murky mahogany with a ruby red hue. Produced a finger of khaki head that dissipated fairly quickly.

Aroma brings lots of caramel, toffee, Sugar Daddies candy, tart cherry, raisin bread, prune, molasses, burnt brown sugar, slight rye spice, oak, slight bourbon. The cherry has definitely taken a step back from when it was fresher, which I don't mind. Barrel character is still coming through nicely.

Taste is divine. The sweet and tart cherry character comes through more than the aroma led on and also brings a slight cinnamon and nutmeg spice note with it. Beyond that, I'm getting waves of Sugar Daddies candy, burnt sugar, molasses, caramel, toffee, bread pudding with raisins, graham cracker, date jam, prune, slight vanilla, charred oak tannin, rye spice, slight whiskey and bourbon. Reminiscent of a spiced fruit cake or some type of decadent cherry pie-esque dessert. Obviously sweet, but never cloying, with a dry finish from the oak barrels to round it all out.

Medium to high medium body. Somewhat soft, silky, slick, sticky. Not as thick or creamy as you see with this style today, but it does have a livelier carbonation than you'd typically expect.

This was outstanding when it was fresh and it hasn't changed much in two years. Layers upon layers of complexity from the base beer, extended barrel aging, and the addition of the sweet and tart cherries that works quite well with everything else. Revolution's barrel program is just ridiculous in the best way possible.
Feb 26, 2022
 
Rated: 4.43 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 22, 2022
 
Rated: 4.14 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
It pours a murky mahogany into a snifter and rejects a majority of the light attempting to penetrate. There was a fleeting one centimeter head that fizzled quickly into tiny islands of bubbles on the surface. The aroma is classic English barley wine with massive notes of dried prune, raisin, and date sprinkled with a graham cracker crust. Boozy liquor notes also waft from the glass with only a hint of sweet cherry. The taste follows the nose with a rich and decadent blend of the aforementioned dried fruits. The cherries add a slight tart as the liquid meets my palate. There is also a fruity sweetness that accompanies the alcohol burn. The graham cracker crust compliments the brown sugar of the whiskey. Despite the undeniable boozy qualities, this goes down incredibly smooth. A bit of sharp carbonation remains and keeps it active on the palate, making me crave another sip. A truly fantastic barley wine that I wish was still haunting my fridge.
Mar 01, 2021
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Dark rusty reddish tone with a fleeting head of tan foam. No lace, thin ring around the edge and a still glassy surface.

Aroma has the signature BA Rev beer charater, wet wood and a little musty. The beer has a lot of caramelized sugars, molasses, toasted almonds, raisin, prunes.

Flavors follow suit, raisin and molasses, cherry skins, fruited chocolate, whiskey, brandy, port, wood. Boozy, astringent, and a little thin, mellow carbonation, lingering dry oak. Barleywines aren’t supposed to be tart, hope it’s just the booze and not the “I-word”.

A good sipper in the dead of winter, here’s to 10 more years!

Paired well with a Mindy’s molasses gingersnap cookie.

Rev beer #194
Feb 13, 2021
 
Rated: 4.59 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jan 18, 2021
 
Rated: 4.52 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Dec 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.87 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Nov 24, 2020
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Pours a dark ruby tinged brown color. Thin fizzy off-white head dissipates pretty quickly leaving just a ring of foam along the outside of the beer.

Aroma has notes of dark fruits, overly ripe cherries, prunes, raisins, dried cranberries and fruit cake. Light notes of dark stone fruit notes, hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice.

The flavor has notes of tart, overly ripe cherries up front giving way to a rich malty backbone with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins, and toffee. Boozy, but in a really pleasant way. The overall profile is reminiscent of a spiced fruit cake given that interplay of the cherries and the rich maltiness. As the beer warms there is a slight cocoa note to it. Its just a decadent sipper, perfect for a cold night.

Feel is medium bodied with spritzy carbonation. Smooth, boozy, and rather dry.

Overall this is an unbelievably delicious barleywine. Its like drinking a decadent spiced fruit cake.
Nov 17, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by fthegiants from California

Nov 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
32 oz. crowler. Deep amber. Smells of brown sugar, bourbon, and a light cherry aroma. Tastes of sweet brown sugar and a light cherry tang. Bourbon, some oak, and vanilla. Heavy, sweet, not cloying. Very nice. Cherry works well. Revolution always surprises me with their ability to incorporate fruit into these barley wines.
Nov 04, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by admonster00 from Illinois

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz. can. Man, I love me having an entirely ‘nuther distribution network 20 minutes away across the state line. Revolution only show up occasionally, which is OK with my wallet.

The pour is dark red oozing to orange around the edges, flat. The nose is a strange mix of barrel aged cherries & Shasta cola. Sweet.

Ten Year Beer – cherries! Cherries rampant on a field of bourbon, sweet brown sugar coated cherries with a slight, gentle tartness. And Shasta cola. Cognac, touch of alcohol in the finish. Smooooooth. One could curl on this. So easy to drink this should be outlawed unless consumed when the only thing one is driving is a couch.

Beautiful beer & I suspect Revolution hit what they were aimed at flush. Excellent brew.
Jun 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.34 by NappyB from Illinois

May 19, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
This one pours a ruby reddish/brown color, with a bit of murkiness, and a solidly foamy and creamy head, with a lot of lacing.

This one smells like toffee, graham cracker, dried cherry, cherry jam, oak, rye spice, and dark fruit.

Although the cherry is fairly well done here, I think I would enjoy this more without the cherries. The base beer(s) are clearly quite well done here, with caramel, toffee, tobaco, leather, chocolate, with the barrel adding some sweet-ish graham cracker-like spice, along with oak, cinnamon, and rye. It says there's a blend of sweet and tart cherries used here - it mostly adds sweetness, with not much acidity. It's soft and lightly jammy, with almost a fruit leather/fruit roll-up type flavor here.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and not at all boozy. It's really drinkable, as most Revolution seems to be.

This isn't my absolute favorite beer out of their barrel program, as the cherry swings this to slightly unbalanced territory. Their barrel-aged beers tend to be extraordinarily well-balanced. This is nit-picking, as the cherry is well-integrated, and never descends into cough syrup/cloying territory. I enjoyed this a lot.
May 18, 2020
 
Rated: 4.58 by dexterk1 from Illinois

May 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.6 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

Apr 28, 2020
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Big thanks to Tom for these. This will be my first of three Revolution beers.

12oz can - dated 01-10-20 - poured into a classic snifter at cellar temp.

Pours a beautiful translucent ruby-mahogany reddish brown with a quick-to-fade fizzy tan head. Against the light, it is purely garnet-hued. A quick swirl and the ale coats the glass.

Nose: Booze, tons of dark fruit - cherry, plum, blueberry, raisin, prune, fig, grenadine, sherry, and red wine, with plenty of malt that somehow manages to smell like a stout without the roast, with notes of graham cracker, caramel, molasses, brown sugar, toffee, syrup, and an absolute bombardment of barrel - heaping piles of oak, bourbon, hot spicy rye, vanilla, barrel char, butterscotch, marzipan, and a whisper of baking spice. This is incredibly complex, and I could pull notes all day, but that is the overall character of it.

Palate: When in trying a beer by myself, rarely do I get vocal and make noises, but this is a rare exception. The cherry is just absolutely explosive right out of the gate. It's really more of a melange of dried dark fruits, but it opens primarily with cherry, evolving into dried blueberry evolving into prune, then dates, and then very mature sherry. Rather than come across like pure caramel, the combination of malt and explosive dark fruit brings this into real fortified wine territory- tawny port, amontillado sherry. A faint dusting of cocoa leads me to believe there's a touch of roasted malt in here. There is a metric ton of barrel. The barrel character is actually somewhat reminiscent of BCBS. Intensely oaky, mature, and saturated with soaking wet bourbon barrel, and plenty of the spirit character itself, which is highly accentuated by the booziness. Vanilla, toffee, caramel, baked apple, some spicy rye whiskey notes, and so much barrel char. The dark fruit from the cherries and fairly roasty, bitter barrel char are what give this a stout-like impression. Into the finish, the sweeter malty notes fade away, leaving bourbon and rye barrel and lingering cherry/dark fruit, and cinnamon, as it finishes tannic, charry, oaky, and fruity, almost hinting at a cognac element. As everything starts to fade from the palate, it reveals a mild lingering graham cracker note, where for the first time, it seems like just a barleywine. As it really opens up after a while, it starts to take on a defined cherry cola aspect, but natural.

Mouthfeel/Body: The ale is full-bodied in every sense of the word, but it's lacking the chewy viscosity of some other barrel-aged barleywines. It's still hugely full, slick, and big, with plenty of booze and a little bit of chew, but the ABV is what's making this so big, not the malt texture. I think the acidity from the cherry also aids in thinning this out a little bit. Effervescence is certainly on the lower side, and that is to be expected. Slightly hot at 12.5% ABV.

Overall: For a barleywine, it is highly unusual, unorthodox, and unique. I almost feel more,comfortable calling it a barrel-aged cherry strong ale. The cherries really take this ale and turn it into something all its own. The cherry is the defining feature, and manages to do so without overwhelming the ale, or coming across artificial, medical, or tart in any way. Whatever malts were used are very unique, and gives this some true stout influence, which is assisted by lots of barrel char. The rye whiskey is extremely evident, as are all the nuanced barrel notes. It's really something else. As a traditional English barleywine, it isn't the best I've had, by a long shot, but for what it manages to do, and subsequently be, it is quite deserving of the respect. It is complex, full of depth, and nothing really compares to it. I'm very glad I got the chance to try this one. Thanks Tom!
Apr 24, 2020
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.89/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to The_Game for this one, from the recent Rookies BIF. 12oz can, filled 1/10/2020, poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very dark brown, black actually, except for a bit around the edges. There was a half-inch of tan head that quickly dissipated, and left no lacing.

If the beer looked like a stout, well, the aroma was all Barleywine. Deep, rich malts, a hint of alcohol, some wood, and a hint of booze.

On the tongue, all those aspects came through so much bolder, except for the alcohol. Solid malts for a foundation, some wood around the edges, nice cherry flavors, and some booze (the label said bourbon and rye, but neither really stands out) on the finish.

The body, while a bit lighter than I prefer in the style, was smooth, full, rich, and even, with a sweet finish that wasn't too sweet.

Drinkability was excellent, I could easily drink a can a couple times a week.

Overall, a great brew, one I wish had ready access to. A must-try if you see it.
Apr 12, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 1/10/20, had 2/7/20. Also had on tap.

Pours a dark ruby, semi opaque, with a half inch quickly dissipating head of pinkish foam and a little slick, foamy lacing. Aromas of rye whiskey, sweet cherries, bourbon, oak, dates, malt, some caramel, a little tobacco. Has a sweet aroma. Flavors of bourbon, light rye whiskey, sweet cherries, malt, some tart cherries, brown sugar, some caramel, light oak. It is a little sweet. Smooth, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

The cherries are incredible, certainly the best cherry flavor I can remember having. While the cherries are prominent, the muted barrels are effective and there’s lots of other aromas and flavors. Surprised how focused this turned out to be, but it’s delicious.
Apr 08, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12oz can filled 01-10-2020 (3 months ago) poured into a Duvel glass at 50 degrees 12.5% ABV. The beer pours dark brown with mahogany highlights and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and island. Minimal lacing. The aroma is rich malt with hints of vanilla, dark fruit, oak and bourbon. The taste is semisweet caramel, cherry, raisin, brown sugar and vanilla with an oaky, mildly bittter bourbon finish. The mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with just less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. No trace of alcohol in the aroma or taste as it approaches room temperature. Overall, excellent. I can't adequately describe how balanced, flavorful and delicious this beer presents itself.
Apr 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.43 by vrbulldog22 from Ohio

Mar 29, 2020
 
Rated: 4.61 by Mikexw from New York

Mar 25, 2020
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Reviewed by Vidblain from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
it's damned uncanny how un-barleywine this is in general character. That cherry note really thins the body of this beer out and dominates the toffee and caramel notes. What it is, though, is quite smooth - there's no trace of ABV or hops. Count on Revolution to release a quality beer - even if it's not exactly what everyone expected. Even if that cherry cola doesn't do it for me, maybe others dig it?
Mar 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois

Mar 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.13 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Mar 08, 2020
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer smells amazing. Cherry stouts have typically scared me and it wasn’t until Bourbon County did their variant this year that I found one that I liked. Usually they’re too medicinal. This barleywine hits the mark with a higher level of sweetness than I’d expect to like, but ends up being spot on for me. I heard that this is basically cherry VSOJ but it’s been too long since I’ve had a VSOJ to verify that. It’s very well balanced with well hidden alcohol. It almost tastes like there’s some vanilla added with the cherry. I’m really curious how this will age. Don’t pass it up if you still can find it.
Mar 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by jschott75 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by tosting24 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Smell: prunes covered in toffee, chocolate and cherry. A hint of spicy cinnamon.
Taste: toffee and sweet caramel. Dark fruit and slight chocolate. Tart cherry to cut the sweetness.
Mar 02, 2020
 
Rated: 4.33 by loganburgh from Michigan

Mar 01, 2020
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
5oz draft pour. murky puddle water pour with a thin dirty, sandy foam head. nice barrel presence, dark fruit, dark cherries, a bit of leather and toffee. taste follows with a bit to much cherry flavor and sweetness for my liking. it doesn’t taste bad; i just don’t need the cherry addition. wonderful mouthfeel, as per Rev barleywine standards. again, not a bad beer by any means. more positives then negatives. the cherries just aren’t my thing.
Feb 28, 2020
 
Rated: 4.77 by unclekeith from Alaska

Feb 27, 2020
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Reviewed by matts2896 from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Nose of warm cinnamon babka, brown sugar, toffee, dark fruits, leather, and a light hint of grenadine.

The base blend for this beer is otherworldly. The maillards unfold elegantly into brown sugar, molasses, sauteed dark fruits. The cherry swells mid-palette and provides a nice drying effect on the finish, never overtaking the base or descending to Robitussin hell. The cherry addition is not an afterthought; it is mindful, metered, and absolutely additive to the experience.

A masterclass in both aging/blending and fruit addition
Feb 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.18 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Feb 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.5 by bpfrush from Wisconsin

Feb 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Draft O'Toole's February 13, 2020. On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we present this sophisticated-but-approachable celebratory ale. English Barleywines aged in bourbon and rye whiskey barrels between twelve and twenty-four months establish a base of stone fruit, vanilla, and graham. A blend of sweet and tart cherries lends soft sweetness, acidity, and hue. Find something to celebrate now or store cold.
Feb 18, 2020
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Rated by Forbesd1224

4.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
This beer had a great aroma as soon as I opened the can. There was a nice cherry taste on the front end and a nice bourbon taste on the back end.
Feb 17, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This beer is a light to the nations! Is it a traditional barleywine? No it's not, but it is a work of art. Very dark brown with a beige cap. Smell captures the imagination with rye whiskey, bourbon, dried dark cherry, plum, vanilla, raisin, graham cracker, toffee, oak and hints of licorice, root beer, and leather. Taste has all of this, adds brown sugar, more depth to the cherry now slightly tart and sweet instead of dried, fig, and cognac like finish. Fruit is more on the subtle side within the matrix of the barrels and the barley elements. Feel is luxurious, very smooth, slightly boozy, resinous, sweeter and very well balanced. Just melts in your mouth. Rev continues to take the crown of best barrel program in the city away. The wife loved it.

Aging Note: not shockingly better fresh, even "cold aged". Still a good beer but loses depth in sweet elements and booze
Feb 16, 2020
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