Blackberry Finn
Revolution Brewing

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From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
English Barleywine
Ranked #71
ABV:
13.6%
Score:
92
Ranked #4,475
Avg:
4.21 | pDev: 6.41%
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
24
Status:
Active
Rated:
Sep 15, 2022
Added:
Oct 30, 2019
Wants:
  4
Gots:
  4
SCORE
92
Outstanding
Blackberry FinnBlackberry Finn
Notes: This bemusing, bepurpled curiosity is the result of blending double bourbon barrel-aged dry English Barleywine and an intrepid volume of unfermented blackberries. Restrained malt sweetness, hefty tannins, vanilla-laden American oak, and sweet, tart blackberry combine to make an “extreme” beer which retains a decidedly playful accessibility. Enjoy now or store cold.
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Rated: 4.13 by Scottsbeer from Florida

Sep 15, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

3.81/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a can at fridge temp. Pours a very dark purple with head that fizzes out in seconds. The nose is very blackberry forward. Alcohol comes through on the nose right away - solvent style. Some oak and an earthy aroma. The taste is interesting. Bitter blackberries. Wood and fruit. Alcohol is very detectable. Tart. Maybe a touch of vanilla and maple. The intense sweetness and the slight bitterness makes the aftertaste a bit odd. Overall, not my favorite. I just don't know if the blackberry mixed well with the barleywine.
Aug 10, 2022
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can that was sent to me by @brutalfarce. Thank you!
Pouring into my trusty snifter the beer pours a rich purple or plum color with a fizzy purple head of 1 cm that fades quickly to almost nothing. Only a small actively spinning island of bubbles in the center of the glass reminds me that this is not merlot in my snifter!
The aroma on this brew is a mix of oak barrel notes, some vanilla, fusol booze hits and of course a big hit of blackberry jam. Not quite as sweet as I thought it may be more of a fruity and slightly tart fruit nose.
I take the first sip and find a smooth textured medium bodied beer with very fine and gentle carbonation. The fizz is noisy in my mouth but isnt tingly at all. Very gentle and easy drinking beer, which is dangerous with 13.6%!!
Flavor is a nice mix of some brief toffee and vanilla and some bourbon hints, moving to tart blackberry jam notes. No hops anywhere and I dont get any biting or warming booze. this drinks much smaller than it is, Im glad its in a 12 oz can so I dont hurt myself too quickly!
This is quite the tasty brew and Im glad to have had the chance to try it, wasnt quite sure where this would go, but it definitely works IMO.
Jun 10, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Can purchased and drank at Revolution Brewpub in Chicago, IL.

This one pours a dark murky brown-ish color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like oak, vanilla, caramel, breadiness, and tons of blackberry jamminess.

I think this works better as an odd little fruited barleywine experiment than Strawberry Jacket did. There's lots of blackberry here, but it seems to vibe in better with the dry, toasty, slightly roasty, and very bready malt character from the base beer.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and with a sweet jammy finish. As the beer warms up, it does seem to sit heavier and get sweeter, though.

I really wasn't sure what I'd be able to get out of this one. It was much better than Strawberry Jacket.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Big thanks to The Andre who muled this four pack back from Chicago for me this weekend. I wasn’t planning on drinking tonight. Handling this 12 oz. can changed my mind. Instantly.

The pour is very dark with a bruised purple glowing around the edges. The nose is entirely sweet blackberry to this guy. I like blackberry. Someday I’ll tell you the story of the blackberry patch & the ground hornet nest. When it’s a little less fresh.

Blackberry Finn mixes genres like a good “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” guitar riff. Blackberry jelly with an extra cup of sugar is ascendant with strong echoes of a fine mead. Alcohol is intense. Big oak before the less aggressive mid-palate stuff checks in: vanilla, brown sugar, toffee after you’ve had a swig of bourbon. To wrap this up we return to chocks full of blackbeery with a touch of blueberry. Stupid drinkable. I’m slugging this like the 2 for 1 special is about to expire.

Well, Revolution, your quest to ruin my liver, kidneys, & Tuesday morning are on track. Excellent beer that borders on bloody fantastic.
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.43/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
12 oz. can. Brown tinged purple with a fizzy pink head. Smells of bourbon and oak with tart berries and some toffee. Tastes of bourbon, lots of oak, tangy berries, sweet caramel, but then cut by berries again. Bourbon and lingering wet sock oak flavor linger. I can't wait to meet another person who perceives that really pungent barrel oak flavor in old ales and barleywines as wet socks. I can't be the only one. Sweet, but tart berries make it easier to drink. It does become pretty sluggish about 2/3 of the way in. It gets points for being fascinating, but in the end I don't see myself drinking this again in any more than tiny quantities.
Mar 05, 2022
 
Rated: 4.3 by EMH73 from New York

Mar 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington

Feb 18, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11-4-21

I had no idea what to expect from a double barreled, fruited barleywine, my imagination completely failed me.

It's a fairly ugly, muddy purple and doesn't have much of a head. The berries are faint in the aroma, leaving plenty of room for a decadently boozy, vanilla infused toffee dessert. On the tongue the berries are prominent up front and at the finish, jammy and a bit tart. In the middle a wonderfully sweet, perfectly barreled barleywine shines through. This is just amazing, so glad I got to try it, thanks FBarber!
Feb 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Feb 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Jan 28, 2022
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage 2021.
Jan 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jan 20, 2022
 
Rated: 4.34 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Violet tinted light brown body with pinkish khaki head. Hug blackberry puree atop barley, brown sugar, caramel, bourbon and oak in the smell. Taste is more black berry donut filling jelly mixed into straight jacket, sweetness is there but never overwhelms, goes well with the bourbon, brown sugar and toffee in particular. Feel is warm, sweet without cloying, lighter bodied for the series, yet smooth. Prefer regular SJ, but this was fun. The wife liked it
Jan 07, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

4.52/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
Thanks to FBarber for this one. 12oz can (dated 11/4/21) poured into 16oz tulip. Poured a very dark purple color, some brown around the edges, with about 1/3 inch of light purple head that had low-moderate retention and no lacing.

Berries at the front of the nose, with bourbon and barrel right behind. Some sweet malts show through, and the berries linger at the back.

Very similar on the tongue, but somehow not as bold. All the above aspects were present, but were so well blended together than no one aspect dominated. The bourbon, and the slight alcohol heat, might have been the most noticeable, but the berries, malt and oak all held their positions solidly.

The body was full, as one would expect, very smooth, stayed even with no spike points, and had a nicely dry finish.

Drinkability was excellent, I immediately wanted another, but at 13+%, I'm not sure that's advisable.

Overall, another excellent Barleywine from this brewery. Just amazing. You shouldn't drink any of this, you should send it all to me as a Quality Assurance measure. Seriously though, it's a must-try, whether you have trade, drive, or buy the brewery.
Jan 03, 2022
 
Rated: 4.38 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jan 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Dec 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Deceptively mahogany blackish-brown at first, under light it's actually a dark reddish-purple, and even sparklingly clear, although its short tan head fizzles out in lumps rather quickly.

Quite uniquely mature, the blackberry provides a mild seedy accent to the toasty char and dark malt that's largely an interplay of nougat and mildly molasses-forward gingersnap.

The medium body is actually crisp and effervescent, but finishes both lightly sticky yet chewy dry.
Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.32/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Pours a purple-brown color. Completely opaque, Thin, weak head forms on the beer momentarily but does not last for long.

Aroma has notes of oak, vanilla, rich malts with moderate sweetness - brown sugar, toffee, maple syrup - all mingled with a jammy blackberry note.

Taste follows the nose with notes of blackberry - jammy but not super sweet. Notes of oak, rich malts, toffee, brown sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and tannic notes all come through. The blackberry works so well complimenting the underlying flavors of the base barleywine. This has some sweetness to it, but its not overly sweet which is impressive especially with the added fruit notes. Does has a moderate alcohol warming character to it.

Feel is smooth, silky, full bodied and moderately syrupy. Moderate carbonation. This one is very dry starting midway through and continuing through the finish.

Overall this is a delicious delightful beer. I will admit I prefer regular Straight Jacket to this one, but this is excellent and a must try for any barleywine fans out there.
Dec 08, 2021
 
Rated: 4.26 by eppie82 from Illinois

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12oz can poured into Revolution Deep Woods Snifter. Gotta have that proper glass!

canned on date of 11/04/2021.

Appearance: black bodied beer with hues of purple. A bone white head that has a pinkish hue about it. Aggressive pour causes a thick 2 finger cap to form. Head quickly drops down to absolutely no head at all. No lacing clings to the side of the glass and booze legs are present as well... which is no surprise since its a big beer.

Smell: There is a lot of jammy blackberry aroma in the nose. This barleywine is definitely fruit forward. Plenty of oak and vanilla, but it doesn't come close to the concentration of the blackberries. It also has a really nice sweetness in the aroma as this warms up.

Taste: Leading with caramel sweetness which is abruptly interrupted by lightly acidic and very jammy blackberries. A light vanilla sweetness and deep dry oak meander in and out of the middle of the flavor profile of this fruited barleywine. The finish has sweet / rich vanilla, brown sugar, tart blueberries, a hint of leather & tobacco, Layered, rich, complex, and yet this beer is very well balanced. Impressive really.

Mouthfeel: medium full bodied barleywine. low carbonation levels. A warming alcohol without being harsh or boozy. very very smooth; drinks well below the abv. To reiterate this beer drinks way to easy for the ABV. Lightly dry finish.

Overall: Revolution really is the original innovator of fruited barleywines. I don't think anyone can blend fruit with barleywine as well as Revolution does it. Blackberry Finn is another example of fruited barleywine excellence from Revolution. They just know how to get it done.
Dec 03, 2021
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Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
12oz can
bottom of can stamped 13.6% 11-04-2021
L: purple grape juice body, pinky head fizzles away very quickly
S: oaky bourbon, toasted grain, blackberry, vanilla
T: barrel aged barley wine with blackberry in the background: toasty grain, brown sugar, bread crust, caramel, toffee, bourbon, oak, vanilla, leather, white pepper; the blackberry is reminiscent of blackberry jam on toast, but the blackberry is not overwhelming and blends well with all the other flavors; earthy hops ride out the finish with the bourbon
F: fuller body but could be more full; modest carbonation but could use more; a boozy sipper
O: good beer and a fun one to try, but with high expectations given the price-point, it’s oddly a bit of a letdown
Dec 03, 2021
 
Rated: 4.35 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.66/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a dark purple color with a large purple-brown head that quickly and audibly fizzes away into a modest wisp and crown. No lacing.

Shoe leather, caramel and vanilla each show clearly in the nose. I’d be hard pressed to ID any berry in there tasting it blind, but I suppose there’s a ghost of it underneath.

The taste is definitively jammy, though — ping ponging between berry and grape jelly throughout. The jammy-ness doesn’t particularly complement the more traditional leather, caramel and vanilla flavors that still show in the base. The finish also evokes some sort of a “Chinese food” impression that I’m having a difficult time putting my finger on and don’t particularly enjoy in this context. Ginger-flavored soy sauce with scallions, maybe? It’s not too intense, but once noticed, doesn’t add to the experience. A touch of alcohol heat.

Slick and sticky feeling, relatively full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, not my favorite beer in this series. I seem to prefer their fruited stouts to their fruited barleywine.
Dec 02, 2021
 
Rated: 4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois

Nov 28, 2021
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Reviewed by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
I really liked this one. I didn't buy the 4 pack originally but had it on draft and decided to drop the extra $40 on it. My expectation was that it would be overly sweet and I'm not big on fruited beers. Turns out this was really well blended. At different times during the taste both the blackberry and the barrel shone through without one dominating the other. When will I learn to trust Revolution's barrel program!
Nov 23, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Sep 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.24 by emerge077 from Illinois

Jan 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by stortore from Illinois

Dec 18, 2019
 
Rated: 4.35 by ChicagoNick from Illinois

Dec 09, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by jschott75 from Illinois

Nov 18, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had this on draft 11/12/19 @ Revolution's Brewpub.

VERY blackberry forward; the base beer isn't quite overwhelmed but the fruit is the star of the show here. Easy to drink; dangerously so, due to the ABV. A nice take on the style!
Nov 17, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.29 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Nov 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.22 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Nov 13, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by Trmmilwwi from Illinois

Nov 13, 2019
Blackberry Finn from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 39 ratings