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Eugene | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by emerge077 on 02-04-2010

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Reviews: 165 | Ratings: 1,038
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Photo of falloutsnow
3.52/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From: Binny's, Schaumburg, IL
Date: None on bottle, obtained during November
Glass: Tulip

Eugene's a fairly basic-looking and smelling American porter with a very nice flavor. The roasted malt nature of this beer carries its way through each sip, providing a fairly enjoyable drinking experience if you're into blackened malt, that is. The additional flavors of chocolate, caramel, molasses, and coffee are more there for a bit of complexity, but also add some pleasant depth to the overall experience. Despite how good this tastes, I'm unable to express how bored I am by the aroma, which you'd think to be effusive and excellent, but is actually fairly mild. I attribute this to the lower level of carbonation the beer displays: if that were solved, this would probably be in another class of porters. Probably wouldn't seek this out if E. Fitzgerald or Founders' porter was available, but otherwise not a bad option.

Pours a 2cm tall head of tan foam composed of medium to large-sized bubbles. Retention is below average, lasting for about a minute or so, receding to nothing, leaving little to no lacing in its wake. The body itself is a dark brown to black, with light bringing out slight brown tones in the edges of the body. Because of it's opacity, there's no carbonation to see.

Aroma is primarily of roasted malts, with sweet undertones of rich caramel and molasses with just a hint of brewed coffee. Not bad, but surprisingly subtle for the most part, this could be bolder and work better for the beer.

Opens with strong roasted malt and chocolate on the front of the palate. Mid-palate adds in mild acridity (either from hops or roasted malt, I can't tell), caramel and molasses-like sweetness, along with faint coffee. Back of palate is more roasted malt with sweet tones again from molasses and caramel; not so much chocolate or coffee. Aftertaste is of roasted malt, chocolate, mild acridity, and coffee beans.

Beer is medium bodied with carbonation at a low to medium-low intensity. This results in a fairly smooth beer, though somewhat stagnant for its weight. A bit more carbonation would help this feel slightly fuller, as well as aersolize the aroma further. Closes fairly dry, with moderate stickiness across the palate.

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Photo of brureview
4.19/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark opaque chocolate color in a Stone imperial pint glass.

Aroma- light chocolate, fruit- an excellent aroma for the style.

Mouth feel: carbonated, tart.

Taste: roasted malt, chocolate,
with an excellent chocolate malt finish.

Overall: an excellent Porter- one of the best I have tasted in a while. Ordinarily, I am not a fan of the style.
Porters are often lackluster, and usually chiefly roasted malt in the taste without fruit. This beer goes beyond expectations. I'll buy some more.

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Photo of horshack7
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Quite a nice glass of darkness with a light beige head about an inch thick.

Aroma: Dark roasted coffee as well as the malts. Chocolate, bits of vanilla with twinges of bourbon way towards the back.

Taste: A wave of bitter chocolate but as it mellows out the chocolate malts become quite smooth. Slight notes of burnt hop, dark roasted chocolate malts, light vanilla. Good dark roasted coffee with a bit of a crisp finish.

Notes: Quite solid inside and out along with good drinkability. Cheers.

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A phenomenal representation of the style. 12 oz can poured into a table glass. Pours a thick almost-black, with a mocha head. Chocolate on the nose, with malt, medium roast beans, and chocolate leading on the palate as well. Mouthfeel is wonderfully creamy and thick as a porter should be. Overall, not an extreme beer - just a solid, balanced beer that's true to its style.
*Note* this beer may taste even better from the can - there's just something to it that complements this beer better than a glass.

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Photo of Gatch
4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A proper porter with a full, thick body that is hard to find in most beers of this style. Roasted malt, chocolate, coffee. On tap at Hop & Scotch in Brookline, MA.

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Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark with a caramel head. Smells are of caramel and chocolate. Taste are chocolate and coffee. Mild carbonation with a great finish, very well balanced.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.39/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the can a nice, thick black color. Some caramel colored head retention, which dissipates half way through the glass. Hearty toasted malt aroma. Nice full caramel malt flavor, alcohol noticeable as well. Chocolaty.

Mouthfeel is thick, but has more carbonation present than the beer's appearance does. Overall pretty solid, I cant say anything bad about it. My first from Revolution, looking forward to trying more from this brewery.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Let it warm up a bit and highly recommend pairing with a light to medium spiced chili. Really brings out that sweet sticky chocolate from the porter. A nice dark chocolate also. Has a hint of bitter to it. Definitely changed the game of this beer.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of irrevjim
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look; black, 1/2" chocolate milky head, very good retention, substantial covering stays til the end. good lacing
smell; dark roasted malts,hint of toffee, sugar, alcohol
taste; sweet up front, chocolate caramel cream, dark roasted malt with some coffee ground bitterness.on the finish
feel; full body, creamy but carbonation tingles, not a lot but maybe don't even need as much
overall; a nice solid bitter sweet full bodied porter

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque deep brown with a tan head that quickly fades.
An aroma of chocolate and roast notes and a slight, fruit acidity.
Taste is loads of medium-dark chocolate with a nice light and bitter char in the middle and a slightly acidic finish. Some light fruity notes coming through as well.
Mouthfeel is medium and appropriately smooth and creamy.
Really good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Jcorn
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of tigg924
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear, dark brown, with 1/2 inch head. Taste is deep roasted malt, baker's chocolate, and slight earthiness. Above average, solid American porter. If I wanted this style, I would reach for this.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -38%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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