Blackberry Finn
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Barleywine - English
Ranked #63
Ranked #4,049
4.23 | pDev: 6.62%
May 14, 2022
Oct 30, 2019
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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Ratings by GreesyFizeek:
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4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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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4.38/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by maximum12 from Minnesota

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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3.43/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Alieniloquium from Florida

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
4.3 by EMH73 from New York on Mar 04, 2022
4.25 by Ajlvt from Washington on Feb 18, 2022
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4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by DIM from Pennsylvania

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
4 by imperialking from Illinois on Feb 02, 2022
4.25 by Dactrius from Wisconsin on Jan 28, 2022
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Furlinator from California

Vintage 2021.

Jan 24, 2022
4.25 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Jan 20, 2022
4.34 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 14, 2022
4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois on Jan 11, 2022
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4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by REVZEB from Illinois

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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4.52/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

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
4.38 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jan 01, 2022
3.75 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin on Dec 24, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

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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4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by FBarber from Illinois

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
4.26 by eppie82 from Illinois on Dec 07, 2021
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4.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

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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4.02/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

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
4.35 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Dec 02, 2021
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3.66/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.25
by thebeers from Pennsylvania

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
4.25 by brn9000 from Illinois on Nov 28, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

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
4.46 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 19, 2021
3.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Sep 08, 2020
4.24 by emerge077 from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
4 by stortore from Illinois on Dec 18, 2019
4.7 by ChicagoNick from Illinois on Dec 09, 2019
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Nov 18, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

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
4.29 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Nov 16, 2019
4.29 by Sparky44 from Illinois on Nov 16, 2019
4.22 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Nov 13, 2019
4.73 by Trmmilwwi from Illinois on Nov 13, 2019
Blackberry Finn from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 36 ratings