Revolution Brewing

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Porter - Robust
Ranked #8
Ranked #7,315
4.01 | pDev: 8.98%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Notes: A striking, robust porter full of warmth and chocolate malt. Eugene is a robust porter named after Eugene V. Debs, an American union leader and activist who led the Pullman Railroad strike in 1894. An assortment of Belgian specialty malts form a complex structure of toasted grain and caramel flavors. Dark chocolate malt makes this porter black as night and infuses it with its distinct intense, chocolate essence.

28 IBU
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HardTarget from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sticker stating 11/19/20, sampled 3/6/21, 12 oz. can

Appearance: Dark brown/black glass, shows some haze with serious back light. Struggles to hold a thin collar of tan head with a few spots of foam center glass.

Aroma: Chocolate malt, molasses, mild citric hop.

Taste: First blush is a hoppy citric, transitions to a clean balanced malt porter, and finishes with a mild nickle metallic note that fades out deeper into the glass. The chocolate malt note is here, along with a tonic water finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry, low carbonation, slightly chalky finish, medium low body.

Overall: Nice flavors, very dry, bit of an American Porter, enjoyable sipper. Thanks Cassidy! Hand carried to Texas.

Mar 07, 2021
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timmy2b from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Quick review from 12oz can. Dark brown color, off white head, about a finger. Head did not last long. Strong cocoa smell in the nose. Dark Chocolate covered cherry flavor with each sip. Cherry flavor got weaker as the beer got warmer. Very smooth and drinkable.

Jan 30, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull black with a fuzzy tan blanket.

A smoky roast brings out an almost charred coffee character, straddling the line but it's not too much of either, as milk chocolate lends a whip cream topped mocha sweetness before a lightly woody tobacco finish that is semi-wet. The full body is lightly frothy.

Eugene is better and more robust than many a lame attempt at even stronger stouts.

Mar 21, 2019
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Pours a dark black color with a minimal, yet respectable tan head.
Smell: Aroma of roasted malts as the bitterness comes forth but a residual milk chocolate sweetness hints at something more.
Taste: Flavors of bittersweet chocolate come forth initially as expected. Some milk chocolate too is definitely present which gives it a smooth flavor, yet not too sweet. It even has a smokey finish. The finish is almost like the pleasant (believe it or not) ingrained cigarette smoke when you walk into an old bar. Quite unique and pleasant.
Feel: Minimal carbonation, yet appropriately dense mouthfeel. Yet, not overly carbonated nor oily. It represents its ABV in its respectable heaviness which gives it a very pleasant mouthfeel.

Overall: This is a great example of a robust porter. I'm not sure exactly how to differentiate in the spectrum where a dark ale differentiates from a porter, from a stout. However, this beer appropriately balances the bittersweet flavor we crave in these dark ales with the respectable heaviness to show that it's not going to evaporate away on your tongue like a Guinness. It's smokey finish gives it quite a unique flavor which I appreciate, but others may not. Compared to the Great Lakes Fitzgerald this one is slightly sweeter and smoother, with more of a milk chocolate presence. Absolutely delicious. Overall I'd say this is a great porter and definitely worth a try.

Feb 25, 2019
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FriedSlug from North Carolina

4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark with a light tan head. Not much lacing let on the glass. Smells like sweet roasted malt and coffee. Tastes sweet with a lot of roasted malt and coffee. Finishes with a little char and coffee bitterness. It is definitely a full flavored porter.

Dec 18, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I haven’t even finished pouring this and I love it - huge chocolate aromas on the nose, plus some caramel. The beer pours black with a tan head, and there’s some leakage to mahogany on the edges.

The taste is focused on the chocolate, but there’s also significant caramel notes. The mouthfeel is a bit creamy, and fits the style perfectly. Just a magnificent example of the style, IMHO.

Dec 10, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

4.38/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pouring from a 12 oz. can into a snifter glass. This beer pours out like coffee in color and forms a very appealing pinky width crown tan in color. Looks perfect for the style. The smell is a slightly burnt sweetness. Toasty with a marshmallow like thick vanilla element. I can only hope that carries over into the taste. The taste comes in with that thick vanilla that is reminiscent of marshmallow and the toasty almost caramel like element as well. This is a damn solid porter. Not too thick not too thin and just solid on the flavor. Really nice.

Oct 28, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Canned 7/11/18; drank 9/13/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE tan head; frothy tree-rung lace.

Acorn, peanut butter, mild citrus & faint cream notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Fudge, acorn & mild cream flavors up front; faint hop bite on the finish.

An excellent, balanced porter. Well done!

Sep 14, 2018
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leantom from Indiana

4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a surprisingly good beer. Here goes;

A: Looks pretty good. Body is a beautiful, dark black with only a tinge of red at the bottom. The head is fairly small, though, and the lacing is nonexistent.

S: Pretty good as well. No dark fruit - just cocoa nibs, dark chocolate, and a tinge of coffee. The scent is quite mild, however - it's really faint despite being labeled as a "robust" porter. Still good, though.

T: Follows the nose, but a little more smokey than indicated by the smell. Coffee, burnt flavorings, and a tinge of dark chocolate that makes its appearance in the aftertaste. The dark fruits become more pronounced as the beer warms.

F: Little light, but hey, it's a porter.

O: A good beer. Very sessionable.

Jun 09, 2018
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High quality, great brewer, just a bit thin on the nose and the feel.
a) Nice color under a tan head that spot laces and holds your attention.
s) too light aromas of coffee, chocolate, toast, with English/euro biscuit malt and touch of hops.
t) Brings forth the smell in rich fresh brewed fashion teetering on coffee and dark chocolate. Some toffee, caramel, butterscotch, walnut, and dark toast. Robust.
f) More hop resins than most porters deliver a fine finish.
o) Satisfying hop bite adds to the English/euro porter experience. Great night cap.

Apr 10, 2018
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SaltofOH from Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 11-6-17. CBF Tulip pint.

A: pours an extremely dark brown/black, with a good bit of light penetrating the edges. One finger tan head quickly recedes. Loads of visible carb. No lacing to speak of.

S: fresh out of the fridge some pleasant roasted malt notes; quite sweet on the nose even cold. Chocolatey. Let this one warm up. Chocolate, roasted malt, wine-like character and perhaps a little butterscotch.

T: pretty sweet, light roasted malty sweetness. Light molasses. Some lingering bitterness from the roast. I hate to describe it by reference to another beer, but it tastes like you too GL Blackout Stout and added water - which is not necessarily a bad thing. Kind of reminds me of Turbodog, too.

M: here it sets itself apart - thick and robust, for sure. Full bodied with fairly high carbonation. Some slickness.

O: a really nice, drinkable, if a bit sweet porter. It does not have the intense bitter roast or hop note I am accustomed to in American robust porters, and it is sweeter, fuller-bodied, and less "sour" than the English porters I've had. Would definitely buy a sixer for wintertime, and really perfectly to style, but not a really "memorable" beer.

Feb 16, 2018
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Evilyak from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Definitely smooth and chocolatey. Pours dark and tan head. Smell is a bit roasty but simple. Tastes of chocolate and roasted coffee beans.

Mouth is viscous.

Good porter. Nothing amazing but I could put these down all night.

Jan 21, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The look, aroma and taste suggests, hints at and delivers, in that order, chocolately, smooth malts. Robust, indeed, malty goodness. Toasty, with dark chocolate and espresso and the right amount of hops to balance everything out.

I don't care for the can or the name.

Dec 27, 2017
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Antg8989 from New Jersey

4.66/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a dark brown with a medium brown head; no lacing. Aroma is of chocolate malts. Tastes of a mix between milk and dark chocolate. Feel is creamy and light/medium bodied with low/medium carbonation. Overall, I thought this was one of the best porters I've ever had. Highlights just about everything in a porter without doing the extra coffee/vanilla thing I see with a lot of porters. It's got the perfect amount of sweetness and the hops compliment the malt perfectly. Will be showing a buddy this beer and would love to have one again.

May 04, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Press 195 in RVC.

Look is a dark brown, not completely black but bordering and little to no head.

Aroma is astrigent roast and sweet caramel.

Taste is a sweet malty porter with a nice roast bitterness balancing it out.


Apr 30, 2017
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A buddy of mine was staying with my wife and I at our place recently so he bought me a 6 pack of these cans as payment. Not that he had to, he apparently just really wanted to thank us for helping him out.

This beer pours a deep, dark mahogany hue, closer to black than anything but the liquid is clearly red coming out of the can itself. The head climbs incredibly easy and becomes a creamy, khaki colored 2 finger layer that dissipates nice and slowly. Carbonation, what's visible at least due to the darkness of the beer, is light in nature. 4.25/5 The aroma is not all that strong but leans toward sweet as opposed to sharp and has a sweet toffee note to it that complements a dark toast and grainy character. Hops are minimal in the aroma and present as grass. There is a bit of a metallic note here that throws me off (can poured into glass so the actual metal is nowhere near my tasting glass). 3.25/5 The flavor is much stronger than the aroma and leans toward sweet as opposed to bitter but is really well balanced. The graininess of the aroma is back here along with a bit of vanilla and chocolate undertones. A very slight milkiness complements the sweet toffee although these are both subdued as well. The malt chiefly presents as grainy with a backing of leather, tobacco, and charred wood. Bitterness is light and comes from grassy hops with the bitterness not lingering on the palate long at all. 3.75/5 This is a medium bodied porter that has faint carbonation up front that transitions to a lightly creamy and mouthcoating sensation. There is a very light dryness that comes out as the beer warms with this dryness lasting about the same amount of time as the bitterness after swallowing. 4/5 This is a well balanced porter that slightly leans toward sweet but really tries to maintain that middle ground between sweet and bitter. Not my favorite porter, but nowhere near my least favorite either. 3.75/5

Feb 16, 2017
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champ103 from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque black color. A two finger, dense beige head forms with excellent retention and spiderweb looking lace all the way down the glass.
S: A big roasted malt aroma up front. A very well defined malt character. Chocolate, coffee, baked bread, liquorish, light earthy hops. Though the malts are the show. Rich and layered. Excellent.
T: Again, this has a great malt character. Roasted malts, coffee, chocolate. The chocolate keeps coming with dark and bitter elements. Toasted and baked bread. Just a touch of earthy hops in the background, some toffee and sweetness as well. Everything is really well balanced, layered and rich. Excellent.
M/O: A full body that never becomes over done. Perfect carbonation that is crisp, but ultra smooth at the same time. Something that I can keep coming back to again and again.

Really well done. Lots going on, but is never to busy, and everything is really well balanced. That malt character is excellent. A great example of a porter.

Dec 28, 2016
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nimrod979 from Maryland

3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can Filled: 11/16/16. Poured into a Union pint glass.

L: Dark cola brown with two fingers of off white head. Fades to a thin film on top of the beer. Some pretty decent lacing stuck to the glass.

S: Toasted malt, dark chocolate, caramel, chestnuts.

T: Smooth milk chocolate blended with a roasted malt and slight dark fruit sweetness.

F: Medium-full body, creamy, moderate carbonation.

O: Hits most of the marks I like in a porter. What the aroma lacks is made up in flavor. Would be a regular in my lineup if it were distributed around here.

Dec 18, 2016
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a beige head and lazy lacing. Plenty of chocolate with roasted malt, nuts, and toast. Taste is a milder version of the nose, has more sweetness with some licorice and something close to vanilla in the background. Feel is lighter for style but in a good way, goes down easy while still having a robust profile.

Dec 12, 2016
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

6.8% ABV, 28 IBU. Bought at a mixed 6'er at Binny in Chicago. No ingredients per the website. Pours out to a clear, dark brown, near black, forming a modest dark tan head with average retention and lacing. The can was a bit of a gusher, so I am a bit worried. Yep, there is some wierd infection going on here. Sourmilk, pennies, and kiwi fruit...I think lactobacillus. The taste is a little peculiar but not overtly infected, but would certainly taste pretty bad a few months from now. The mouthfeel is still smooth and soft with a medium dense body. Taste has some soft cocoa notes and a little earthy tobacco in the finish with a medium bitterness, but then the taint of kiwi fruit, soap, and an odd metallic bitterness that I get with infections. The taste is enough though that it has promise and is probably quite a nice beer when fresh.

Oct 16, 2016
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Nimbus_ from Illinois

4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look: Pours black with a tiny bit of dark brown around the edges when in light. A finger of creamy tan had covers the top of the brew and slowly dissipates to a nice thin layer for the rest of the session.

Smell: Tons of roasted malts. Possibly a bit of dark fruit and vanilla in the background as well. Smells delicious.

Taste: Loads of chocolate and roasted malt dominate the flavor. Dark fruit flavors, vanilla, and lactose also sits in the background. Very very tasty.

Feel: Creamy but not too heavy. Medium carbonation Really good balance.

Overall: This is one of my favorite beers, and one of the best porters in my opinion. The aroma and flavors are delicious and balanced, and I never get sick of drinking it!

Oct 15, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours midnight black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A rich and roasty dark malt driven aroma with a scent of dark chocolate, caramel, and biscuit. Dark roasted barley malt with a scent of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, biscuit, toast, nuts, smoke, and yeast. Sweet scent of brown sugar. Subtle hints of leather, anise, and earthy hops. A very nice roasty aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a rich and roasty dark malt driven taste with notes of chocolate, caramel, and biscuit. Dark roasted barley malt with notes of dark chocolate, coffee, caramel, toast, biscuit, nuts, and smoke along with some yeast. Sweet notes of brown sugar. Undertones of leather, tobacco, and anise. Light earthy hop bitterness. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Rich, creamy, and silky with a drying finish.

Overall: A really great American Porter. Big roasty dark chocolate flavor with a moderate smooth body.

Oct 09, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eugene pours a dark black color with hot tamale red colored sides when held to the light. The tall head is khaki beige and leaves skirted lace around the glass where it once was.

Aromas of cola, roasted barley, chocolate malts, and a proper pinch of hop. The cola kind of wussifies the aroma, but we'll see what the flavor brings.

Flavors of licorice, dark chocolate, hazelnut, lactose, and roasted barley. The roasted barley fades out on the profile with a touch of milk chocolate. It's quite delicious.

Feel is right on track for what a porter should be - it's got some interesting attributes though. The front is watery, but then it thickens up as it crosses the palate and develops a firm medium body pushing even into heavy territory towards the finish. A semi-dry, roasted parch wraps things up.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised. Eugene is a killer porter, and while I nabbed 3 of them in Chicago, I wish I would've grabbed more. Probably in my top 5 porters now. Great work.

Oct 07, 2016
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fizzician from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Dark and opaque with light brown head. Delicious caramel aroma. chocolate, caramel, and malty flavors. Nicely carbonated with a smooth finish. Excellent!

Sep 02, 2016
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gopens44 from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Expected this bug, foamy tan head and dark, translucent body. Lacing not really there.

Nose of dark fruit, vanilla and nuts with just a note of roasty malts.

Taste carries a bit of olive on top of that which the nose already spoke of (fruit, dark; smidgen vanilla, etc.) but there's some small hint of coffee as well. As this warms up, the dark fruit takes on a bit more of a raising thing, maybe fig? Definitely more complexity than originally thought.

Little on the thin side but otherwise pretty clean on finish.

Jun 27, 2016
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