Thundertaker
Revolution Brewing

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From:
Revolution Brewing
 
Illinois, United States
Style:
American Imperial Stout
Ranked #102
ABV:
16.2%
Score:
98
Ranked #392
Avg:
4.52 | pDev: 5.31%
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
27
Status:
Active
Rated:
Today at 03:07 AM
Added:
Aug 26, 2020
Wants:
  13
Gots:
  10
SCORE
98
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Notes: When Binny’s offered us access to their hand-selected Blanton’s and Buffalo Trace barrels, we knew we’d have to produce a beer equal to the task. Built for body, barrel and a boldly sweet finish, this imperial rye stout is loaded with Canadian rye malt as well as English and German specialty barley varieties creating a deep and dynamic malt structure. The barrels, well they speak for themselves, don’t they?
Built for body, barrel, and a boldly sweet finish, this Imperial Rye Stout is loaded with Canadian rye and European barley varieties that forge a deep and dynamic malt structure. Premium bourbon barrels hand-picked by Binny’s imbue this chocolatey brew with notes of vanilla and highbrow hooch.
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Rated: 4.51 by MJSFS from Florida

Today at 03:07 AM
 
Rated: 4.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sunday at 03:22 AM
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Reviewed by FBarber from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a lovely, shiny pitch black color. Oily and viscous. Thin, weak mocha colored head. Not much in the way of a head retention.

Aroma has notes of chocolate, bourbon, spicy rye, oak, leather and vanilla.

Taste follows the nose with rich notes of maple, spicy rye, vanilla, leather, oak, pepper and caramel.

Feel is thick, creamy, smooth, and rich. Medium carbonation. Spicy finish.

Overall a lovely barrel aged stout from revolution
Aug 12, 2022
 
Rated: 4.24 by xdtfx from Illinois

Aug 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Aug 02, 2022
 
Rated: 4.53 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Jul 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.27 by mando31 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
A thick oily Pours witha a small tan head that gone in a few seconds, no lacing, but it does leave an oily film. Snot factory says, chocolate, vanilla and booze. Taste buds get that, some dark fruit shows up in the flavor. This is just an awesome brew all the way around. This is finishes a bit to sweet.
Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by hankbuck from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Dark deep black/brown. Flavors bounce off your nose,boozy sweet stonefruit, dark rich chocolate. Taste is similar to nose, boozy sweet rye, chocolate, sweet stonefruit. Full flavor lingering mouthfeel.
Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 12oz can into a stemless wine glass. pours a dense, shiny black with a finger of dark brown foam. chocolate and bourbon-soaked oak dominate the nose. it’s not the most complex stout but you can tell you’re in for a barrel-forward treat. the rye plays a little more in the taste and there’s a touch of dark fruits but it’s quite a bit of chocolate and even more barrel. thick, full mouthfeel. very silky and smooth. this is a nice sipper but it’s also kind of drinkable and approachable too. damn tasty.
Jul 24, 2022
 
Rated: 4.65 by Fubudu187 from Illinois

Jul 23, 2022
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Reviewed by eppie82 from Illinois

4.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Batch 2 (2022 year) from can.

Phenomenal, just like batch one when fresh. Dark brown appearance with a good bit of foam forming upon aggressive pour. Smells and taste of plenty of chocolate, sweet bourbon and rice spices. This beer should be allowed to warm closer toward room temperature, as it really opens up on those notes then. Medium feel, which is great because it makes it approachable and not like you're eating dinner out of a bottle.

If batch 1 is any indication though, this should be drank on the fresher side and not 'aged'.
Jul 22, 2022
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.65/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
12 oz. can. Black, slightly transparent at the edges. Smells of bourbon, chocolate, brown sugar, stronf rye spice. Tastes of chocolate, booze, bourbon, oak, rye spice. Finishes with a lot of rye. Medium heavy, pretty sweet, quite boozy. Tasty, but excessively boozy, which makes it very tough to drink.
Apr 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Nov 03, 2021
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to Jinx989 for this 12 oz. can as I continue to try to cram as much Revolution Deep Woods stuff into my body as possible. More success!

The pour is coffee dark with a short, quick-moving head. The nose is hefty rye, bourbon, with a backboard of chocolate.

Thundertaker is a stout to be dissected; it’s like a beer layer cake. And it took a good 45 minutes to open up. I initially thought this was kind of dull. It’s not. Rye finally rises & the bourbon settles in right between my eyes. Behind is chocolate, loads of sweet molasses, brazen spiciness that leans towards mélange, with a touch of brown leather on the finish. Thick & spicy. I am going to hide the other can from my wife.

Not the mind-blowing rye I was seeking but this is bloody excellent.
Oct 22, 2021
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Canned on 9/10/2020; consumed on 8/18/21

Pours a glossy, inky black body capped with over two fingers of soapy, pale mocha foam; great head retention leaves a quickly fading cap, a razor-thin, frothy collar, and no lacing whatsoever holding to the walls of the glass.

Aroma brings rye spice to the forefront as the malt profile expands upon big, fudgy chocolate tones into shaved almonds with a bourbon imbued epicenter imparting an undercurrent of oak and vanilla, while culminating in a chocolate pudding toast crescendo through the close.

Taste opens with burnt brownie crust as spikes of spicy rye malt form caramel brittle and vanilla-tinged fudge into the mid-palate, where decadent layers of melted dark chocolate and tinges of molasses being sensations of chocolate pudding crusts, while subtle bourbon and oak coat the increasingly decadent malt finish.

Mouthfeel offers a medium-full body with minimal carbonation, slick, semi-creamy textures evolving and glistening over the mid-palate to deliver a prickly warmth; trending toward a stickier characteristic which never quite materializes, instead highlighting a softer char into a subtle dryness on the back end.

Rich expression of malt decadence blatantly attempts to compensate for the immediate affront of rye spice, seeking a tenuous balance, occasional clashing, and ultimately settling well to satisfy both the sweeter tooth and barrel-forward leanings.
Aug 21, 2021
 
Rated: 5 by Chilmer from Iowa

Jun 27, 2021
 
Rated: 4.62 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2021
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 9/10/20, had 12/3/20.

Pours an opaque dark brown, thick looking, with a brief quarter inch head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, rye, chocolate, malt, tobacco, oak, some char, molasses, some vanilla as it warms, light raisins and leather. Smells fantastic. The flavor is more bourbon forward and wow, is it good. Then rye, chocolate, malt, oak, tobacco, raisins, vanilla as it warms, light molasses, a little char. Has a definite spicy flavor. Tastes about as good as it smells. Silky smooth, a solid full body, well carbonated.

This is my favorite stout of the Deep Wood series, no doubt. Incredible barrels, a heavenly aroma, a cornucopia of aromas and flavors. The rye malt is a knockout, too. That extra five months in the barrel from the original planned release certainly did no harm. Revolution just continues to amaze.
Jun 03, 2021
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a can, the beer pours the expected blackish brown color. Head retention and lacing aren't this beer's strong suit, but even so, the beer looks quite rich and viscous. When I first tasted this beer (fresh out of the fridge), I wasn't hugely impressed, as I picked up an overwhelming amount of molasses on the nose and palate. However, as the beer warmed and opened up, there was noticeable dark chocolate, milk chocolate, vanilla, light coffee and some light bourbon/rye whiskey. The flavor profile replicated the nose pretty closely in this rich, fairly sweet stout, with the beer displaying a soft, creamy, full mouthfeel. Not that it matters I think, but while I did pick up some rye on the nose, there wasn't much of that on the palate. Either way, I don't think the rye flavor adds a whole lot to this beer. Alcohol is pretty well integrated into the flavor profile, though you can tell the alcohol is up there a bit (I mean after all, the abv IS 14.6%). So this is definitely a sipper (I think I spent close to 3 hours savoring this beer, watching 3 episodes of star trek voyager).

This is the first beer I've had from this brewery, and to say the least I was quite impressed. This is very well done.
May 31, 2021
 
Rated: 4.48 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 26, 2021
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Reviewed by kemoarps from Washington

4.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Deep near-obsidian almost-black. Oily. Small head fizzes up fizzes down and is gone.

Nose is more subdued than I'd expect, to be honest. Dark roasted malts, burnt coffee, dark dark chocolate... boozy, but not as much as you'd expect given it's massive ABV. Enjoyable flavours, but relatively muted.

Oily and spicy with spicy carbonation. Warm alcohol finish. Again, definitely very very boozy, but not as much so as 14.6% might suggest.

Sweet first off. Rich and oily. Dark plum, fudgy dark dark chocolate brownies, some espresso bitterness to go with the chocolate bitterness. Sweet, oily, rich, decadent. Less of the hard spicy rye than I got on the nose.

Another decadent IL-area stout from @FBarber's box of goodies. Thanks Frank!
Apr 14, 2021
 
Rated: 4.9 by chewy6935 from Michigan

Apr 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Pinz412 from Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This was fantastic from beginning to end. Look was above average, smell was above average with lots of bourbon, but the taste was where the magic really happened. I got lots of barrel char in this to accompany the rye spice, deeply layered malts, and sweet bourbon finish. Smooth as silk with a touch of alcohol burn.
Apr 08, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Obsidian black with a short dark mocha head that fizzles out fairly quickly to a thin brown caviar chain, leaving a surface that appears somewhat oily and gloppy. A tilt will develop solid legs fully sweeping around the perimeter of the glass.

Delectable aromas of charred oak and dark chocolate give way to hints of toasted marshmallow and fainter hints of hickory smoked almond.

While a little lighter up front, first taste is fudge cut by a light sting of peppery bourbon and savory charred oak. It then thickens and smooths mid-palate to a more viscous consistency where a prickly carbonation arises before the semi-dry, lightly sticky swallow brings up a touch of heat.

Caramel glides in on the second sip, as do lighter notes of root beer and roasted nuts. Even though it thickens mid-palate, it honestly goes down so quickly as it transitions to a cola feel towards the swallow that it's hard to contemplate, but after one sip I'm exhaling char and fudge for days.

It's not QUITE as good as BCBS, but it's close. As I say this, I think to compare my ratings, and it's even closer than I expected, being only .01 off!
Mar 15, 2021
 
Rated: 4.46 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Feb 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4 by Will1790 from Illinois

Feb 05, 2021
 
Rated: 4.47 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jan 29, 2021
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Reviewed by jvgoor3786 from Arkansas

4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pours a deep black with minimal head and no lacing.

The smell is very sweet dark fruits, char, whiskey, maple, and vanilla.

The taste is barrel heavy, sweet, vanilla, maple, char, leather, and some dark fruits.

The mouthfeel is low carbonation, medium/thick body, and very smooth.

Overall this is excellent, tons of great flavors, nice feel, awesome barrel. Really well done beer.
Jan 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.45 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 02, 2021
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Rated by jbcsl from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
More of a barleywine then a stout, one of revs best, and that's saying a lot.
Dec 31, 2020
 
Rated: 4.61 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Dec 27, 2020
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
This one pours a very dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like molasses, rye candy, dark bittersweet maple syrup, oak spice, tobacco, heavy roast, cocoa powder, and vanilla.

This is easily one of the best just straight up barrel aged stouts that I've ever had. So much interesting and complex flavor is wrung from the barrel aging process here. There's a killer and intriguing sweetness here - mainly feels like maple and molasses, with some sweet powdery chocolate, and vanilla as well. There's also spicy and heavy oak character, with a wonderful bourbon heat to it. The cool sweetness from the beer might come from the barrel, might come from the malt. The rye spice with the sweetness is just great.

This is medium bodied, creamy, and with no real booziness to it. There's some warmth, but no outward astringency. It's very drinkable.

This is just a perfect example of an amazing beer being made especially for an amazing barrel. Revolution should be extremely proud of this effort.
Dec 03, 2020
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.64/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Pitch black body with a finger of brown foam. Aromas of semi-sweet chocolate backed up by rich and dark bourbon, oak, rye, char, earth, tobacco, molasses, and raisin. Taste is much the same, a touch of leather here and there, but less of the dark fruit flavors, booze is showcased in a powerful yet balanced way. Feel is warm, smooth, chewy, thick, and heavy with the barrel character really showing itself. Best rye ba stout of the year so far! The wife loved it
Nov 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by ADG2995 from Missouri

Nov 14, 2020
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Reviewed by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.62/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
One of the best pure barrel beers I can remember having. Boozy up front that moves to vanilla as it warms. Nice body, toes the line well of having substance but not being overtly thick. A real treat of a stout with no added flavor.
Nov 09, 2020
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Reviewed by marcobrau from Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
Incredible aroma. Vanilla, walnut, chocolate and plum.
Taste is complex with all the above flavors along with dark molasses, rye, dark rum flavors that lead to more vanilla, sweet corn and tannin. I'm delighted that this stuff is not overly sweet and remarkably drinkable for it's ABV. The interplay between all the elements is really well done here. Absolute top notch stuff.
Nov 07, 2020
 
Rated: 4.44 by fthegiants from California

Nov 06, 2020
 
Rated: 4.77 by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Oct 20, 2020
 
Rated: 4.63 by crobinso from Colorado

Oct 18, 2020
Thundertaker from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 52 ratings