Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Robust Porter
Ranked #26
Ranked #10,884
4 | pDev: 9%
Jun 21, 2022
Feb 04, 2010
Very Good
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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Reviewed by ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Rich looking dark brown pour, small tan head fades to a ring, no lacing. Notes of roasted malt, coffee. Smells better than it tastes, good, not great.
Jun 21, 2022
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Reviewed by hbeimers from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Dark, dark brown with a big tan head. The aroma gives me a lot of damp wood for some reason, but in a comforting sort of way. Super smooth with more bitterness than sweetness, but fairly subdued. The caramel and roast iness comes through as it warms. Overall nothing innovative, but now I feel like I have something to compare every other porter to. Drinking it gives me the sudden urge to go strike for better working conditions...
Feb 21, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by SeymourDunn from Wisconsin

Feb 08, 2022
Rated: 3.94 by stucat from Illinois

Jan 28, 2022
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12oz FILLED AUG/13/21 (4 months ago) poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 6.8% ABV. The beer pours dense black with minimal light penetration and light brown head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of tiny bubbles. The aroma is mild with roasted malt and coffee. The taste is bittersweet roasted malt with a hint of dark chocolate and coffee. Mildly bitter. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, very good. Straightforward, but unflawed. Way to easy to drink at 6.8%
Dec 23, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by soarinsteven from Illinois

Dec 05, 2021
Rated: 3.8 by lsudduth from Ohio

Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can into a mug.

A: Dark brown color with a frothy two-finger tan head.

S: Big chocolate aroma dominates with some roasted malt and a faint hint of anise. Can't pick up much hops.

T: Dark chocolate and coffee. A very mild astringency lingers in the aftertaste.

F: Medium-bodied, not much carbonation. Dry finish.

O: One of my favorite examples of one of my favorite styles.
Nov 20, 2021
Rated: 3.71 by Seshin from California

Nov 05, 2021
Rated: 3.98 by loch8534 from Illinois

Oct 29, 2021
Rated: 4 by aasher from Indiana

Jun 20, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by HardTarget from Texas

3.92/5  rDev -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
Rated: 3.5 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois

Feb 19, 2021
Rated: 4.15 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by AlePreferred from Indiana

Feb 06, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by Tahoekid from Illinois

Jan 13, 2021
Rated: 5 by ChiTownDrinker57 from Illinois

Oct 31, 2020
Rated: 4.14 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois

Oct 06, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Archfiend from Illinois

Oct 03, 2020
Rated: 4.02 by BD3 from Wisconsin

Mar 25, 2020
Rated: 4 by trek7000 from Illinois

Mar 04, 2020
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Reviewed by timmy2b from New York

4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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
Rated: 4 by Musineer from Texas

Jan 29, 2020
Rated: 4.03 by Krusader from Wisconsin

Dec 22, 2019
Rated: 4 by nitter from Ohio

Dec 14, 2019
Rated: 3.95 by Steins_68 from Illinois

Nov 25, 2019
Rated: 4.03 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Nov 06, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Phoodcritic from Michigan

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 4.24 by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Sep 01, 2019
Rated: 4 by brittanylicious from Indiana

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 4 by heysuz from Indiana

Aug 12, 2019
Rated: 3.82 by alexsergio from New York

Jun 06, 2019
Rated: 4.14 by saymike32 from New Jersey

May 19, 2019
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Mar 14, 2019
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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
Rated: 3.98 by MickeyHops from California

Jan 23, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by Richter525 from Michigan

Dec 27, 2018
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