Ten Year Beer
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Barleywine - English
4.45 | pDev: 5.39%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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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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Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
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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emerge077 from Illinois

4.11/5  rDev -7.6%
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
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FBarber from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +1.6%
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
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -10.1%
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
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maximum12 from Minnesota

4.17/5  rDev -6.3%
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
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.13/5  rDev -7.2%
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
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.89/5  rDev -12.6%
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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stortore from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +0.2%
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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jkblr from Indiana

4.45/5  rDev 0%
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
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Vidblain from Minnesota

3.47/5  rDev -22%
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
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5toutman75 from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +5.6%
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
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tosting24 from Ohio

4.6/5  rDev +3.4%
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
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +1.1%
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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REVZEB from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Sabtos from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark muddy reddish-brown, nearly creating a purple look, with a khaki head that fizzles out to a very thin, fine chain.

The medium body has a delicate effervescence and a surprisingly clean expression of balanced malt sweetness and barrel. The cherry presence is like dark, aged bing or even luxardo, but very mild. It's got a good char, and the malt is a kind of mix between caramel and gingersnap, but again it's got such a cleanly finishing body that it's sort of hard to grasp, in a new, uniquely discreet way for a barleywine. Hints of cinnamon and toasted brown sugar pop as it warms.

Feb 11, 2020
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I was excited to grab this one as it was the last of the deep woods series that i needed to try. A little disappointing. I don't mind cherries but I think this was a bit overdone. The smell was nice but the taste was overly sweet IMO.

Feb 07, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 1/20/20; drank 2/2/20 @ the Yarchives.

Purple/brown appearance.

An even pour yielded a small khaki head; decent lace.

Cherry, oak, mild caramel & faint leather notes in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Tart cherry & caramel flavors up front; oak & mild leather notes on the finish. As this warmed, some bourbon heat emerged.

Like Strawberry Jacket, this was accessible but very flavorful. A winner!

Feb 02, 2020
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darktronica from Indiana

4.48/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a Straight Jacket-type, but with a hint of pink on the head from the cherries. Malts and caramel on the nose, very English, but with a punch of cherry on the front palate, both tart and sweet. The bourbon and rye spice emerges after the cherry steps back a little. Really fun experiment worthy of a major one-time anniversary.

Jan 25, 2020
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