Eugene | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
Illinois, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
160
Ratings:
1,024
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
172
For Trade:
4
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Photo of Hopfist
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a robust porter, so it's dark brown and has fantastic chocolate and coffee notes. It's got a gorgeous brown head, and the contrast in colors between the beer and the foam make this beer look like a doberman or rottweiler but it's so sweet (not literally) it's name could be "princess". This beer was named "Best beer in Chicago" in 2010. I don't recall who named it that, but I don't necessarily disagree. I've had this on tap, on cask, and even Bourbon Barrel Aged... it just won't stop being awesome. It's 7% abv is quite well hidden (8.5% in the BBA version I believe), and if it's fairly big body wasn't there to slow you down, you could easily find yourself quite over-served after more than two or three. This is a fine beer in the summer, and one of the best around come Winter in Chicago.

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Photo of brentk56
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives chocolate brown at the ber with a very impressive head that leaves sheets of lacing behind

Smell: Black bread and chocolate

Taste: Black bread and chocolate, up front, with nuts, vanilla and cinnamon tones developing in the middle; very chocolatey, after the swallow and into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice porter for those who like chocolate, like me

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Photo of tdm168
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - blackish brown with reddish hues around the edges; a short lived, brownish head leaves nice lacing

S - roasted malts, some chocolate, hints of coffee and caramel

T - caramel, chocolate, coffee, hints of charcoal

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I really like this beer. It's a very approachable porter, but also offers depths of flavor. I especially like the caramel notes that shine through and balance the bitter, roasted malts. This is definitely a porter worth checking out.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask, via hand pump, @ Revolution Brewing Company (Chicago, IL) on 8/7/10. Served in a pint glass.

Pours black, with about a finger of mocha colored head. This stays thick, rich, leaving a creamy cascade of lace all down the sides of the glass. Great look here! The aroma smells of burnt roast and coffee with earthy green citric tones and sticky malts pulling up the back. There's a good balance here between all of the flavors but the overall feeling of the dark malts drives this nicely.

The taste is sticky and smoky in the mouth, with a mix of chocolate, toffee, ripe earthy fruit, and a pronounced dark roasted character. There's a touch of sharp hops present but the roast and coffee notes appear to be bringing home most of the bitterness here, leading into a finish of burnt dryness and a touch of leftover sweet tang. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture to the feel from the cask. Maybe just a smidge of warmth is present in the body but this is overall VERY drinkable for a 7% beer.

Rich and full flavored Porter here, that was made even more easy feeling and drinkable on cask. I really dug on this one and would have happily put another pint away if there weren't already so many other stellar choices available.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this can. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Black with half a finger of light bubbly medium brown head.

S - Big roast aroma with some milk chocolate, molasses and a hint of coffee.

T - Big roasted malt profile up front with a good sweetness in the middle and chocolate, molasses and brown sugar flavours. The finish is bitter with a hint of coffee.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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Photo of horshack7
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
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 VagabondHops
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got to enjoy this on tap at Blackfinn in Mount Prospect, IL. Poured a dark black, with a tiny light brownish/caramel colored head. Lacing is there but not too prevelant. The chocolate notes coat the mouth and the feel is exactly how a porter should feel. Not too thick, not light and a tiny bit of carbonation is found. A beautiful Porter and another fine brew from Revolution. Coulda gone wrong, but went waaaay right.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paired review a L'atelier 54 ring gauge, yes folks I'm smokin' high quality cigars with some of these fine craft brews these days, and guess what they mesh well. Here's the Revolution Brewing canned Eugene Porter with one of my favorite Pete Johnson blended cigars, this is his and his brothers project which translates as the workshop...I guess it's a way for them to branch out their creativity even more and involve his family in the business away from his Tatuaje lines. Anyways here's the beer, pours a pitch black body with absolutely no ruby highlights seeping through this thing eats the visible light spectrum up, light tan head forms thick and dwindles slow with minimal patchy streaked lacing around the sides of my nonic pint glass. First up the nares are filled with a deep dark chocolate creaminess minimal earthy pine accented hops peak through the waves of dark kilned barley. Really nice dry porter leaving the drinkability factor really high, I get dark chocolate roasts mild espresso with a hint of dark cherry fruit peaking through ending in a creamy velvet decadent place on my palate. Flavor wise I like the way the alcohol and the dark beer features dark roasts, earthy hops, and hints of fruit intermingle so nicely with a 6.8% abv canned porter this place ain't kidding around it's a revolution. Furthermore, I'm glad I'm adding some flavorful smokes to the mix because the synergy of both worlds is really complementing the overall experience mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with dark dry roasted malt finish lingering roasted malt bitterness and hops in the backend with a bit of warming effect left between sips from the higher abv in this American aggressive porter.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler from Jungle Jims in a DFH snifter. This porter, named after an imprisoned socialist presidential candidate, pours as black as the history of Russia under Stalin with a firm light tan head that dissipates to a thin layer and thick ring with excellent lacing. Nose of sweet dark chocolates, medium roasted coffee, sweet roasted malts, brown sugars, and a touch of smoke. Flavors follow the nose with chocolate and coffee flavors on all sides blending together with a dark brown sugar note and light smoke on the back. Aftertaste features sweet and lightly bitter roasted malts adding to an excellent depth and complexity. A stout drinkers porter that features moderate carbonation and a slick coating mouth feel.

While I am a big fan of this brewery it should be noted the fist is making some sense, and while Utopia is as it should be; banished, this is a fine brew for the proletariat AKA middle class. Love the brew, hate the symbolism and rather "quaint" wallpapering of historical fact for a rather loathsome person who sniped at America while they built the great land we enjoy via the industrial revolution.

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Photo of IPAGeorge
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint

A. Very dark brown opaque with a dark tan 2 finger head.

S. Roasted malts, Vanilla, light coffee and chocolate.

T. Agreeing with the nose I get some roasted malts and vanilla. Light chocolate flavors. ending with slight bitterness.

M. Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Lil more carbonation than i'd like from a porter but nothing critical. Finishes slightly dry.

O. A decent porter. There are others i'd reach for first but still good enough to drink and enjoy.

Now that it warms I get a lil more smokey flavor which im enjoying. Also I can feel the alcohol a lil more. Bumped ratings.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
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 GbVDave
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at Revolution 2/14/10. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a dark black that showed a little light brown when held up to the light. Creamy off white head sported decent retention and stuck well to the glass.

S: Served a tad too cold so it didn't feature much nose in the beginning. As it came up to temp we picked up aromas of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Initially the dominant flavor was roasted malt. As it warmed the roast was surpassed by some excellent chocolate malt flavors. Delicious.

M: I can't help but compare porters to the fantastic Founder's Porter. That's probably a little unfair due to how rich and thick and (to me) un-porterlike it is. This porter doesn't disappoint but we felt it was a little on the thin side.

D: Fantastic and very drinkable. A great, clean, and uncluttered example of the style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

thanks for the 12oz sample duff! Cheers!

poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: black bodied beer with huge gushing tan head. easily 3 fingers of full thick creamy head. drops to a thick cap. Spotty lacing everywhere.

Smell: This is what a porter should smell like! Nice roasty malt profile with a hint of sweetness. Elements of light roast coffee, choclate, molasses and a touch of smoke.

Taste: Mild chocolate sweetness starts it off. Molasses and a light smoke also linger in the start of the beer. It transitions into a lite roastiness. Slightly lingering bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its a touch thin. A little creamier body would really do this beer wonders. Its a really sessionable porter. Not a hint of ABV.

Overall: Thicken the body up on this beer and its going to be nuts! I really like the nose and the flavor and its a sexy looking to porter to boot. Revolution can brew good beer for sure!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler.

It's named for Gene Debs himself. Nice. Very nice. It pours a very dark sienna topped by a finger or so of tan foam. The nose comprises cocoa, mild roasted malts, brown sugar, light molasses, and a hint of cinnamon. The taste emphasizes the cocoa, even going so far as to layer a bit into milk and dark chocolate for my tongue's amusement. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a decently creamy feel. Overall, a very nice porter, indeed, something that may have supplanted Workingman Mild as my favorite Revolution brew...

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Photo of tedvr
4.1/5  rDev +2%
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 raznug
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This porter pours a black color and is topped with 3/8” of tan colored head that leaves rather quickly.
Smell: The aroma of this beer is a nice balance of malt and roasted malt aroma that blends nicely in the nose.
Taste: The flavor of this beer is rather creamy for a porter but it has a delicious roasted flavor that blends tastefully with the rest of the beer.
Mouthfeel: This is a rather tasty porter that goes down easy but leaves enough of a taste that I can enjoy it for the style that it is.

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Photo of Omnium
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can > Tulip

A - Pours a nice black coffee color, thin half a finger head, very little lacing.
S - Some nice mild roasty malts, some dark fruits, fig, a little smoke, some nice whipped cream aroma too hidden in there.
T - Nice smooth roasted malt, some toasted caramel, light earthy hop traits blended in, some of those dark fruits, then you get this creamy finish at the end. Its almost like a desert.
M - Full and creamy.
O - Complex, excellent blend of good flavors going on in this, its really an outstanding porter.

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Photo of patpbr
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as dark as a moonless night. Tan head.
S - Dark chocolate, coffee, nutty.
T - Carmel malts, roasted, chocolate, nutty and a little sweet. Earthy with a creamy finish with just a hint of bitterness.
M - Medium body and high carbonation.
O - A very good porter, great for the season.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 8/28/14 at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of roasted malt
Head average (3 cm), light brown, frothy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and layer
Lacing OK – partial ring of tiny bubbles
Body dark brown, opaque
Flavor slightly sweet, roasted malt: no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 4, Overall 4.0625

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Photo of MetricOcean
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very solid porter: toffee, caramel, tobacco, islay scotch, chocolate, instant coffee. Dark malts do their thing here, but overall the body and mouthfeel is thinner than I expected. It has a nice roasty bittersweet chocolate flavor that lingers on the back of your tongue. Not overwhelming, really well done. So far I've been impressed by Revolution's offerings and they do not let down with this porter. 84/100

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Photo of LAp
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
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 PHBoiler
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice robust porter for any occasion. Chocolate richness and a nice bitter roast to balance the dark black base. Little deep brown head when poured in a glass.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer does it come in bottle?
L: black 1 1/2 finger head dissipates quick lots of lacing
S: chocolate lite coffee but not tons of smell
T: what it lacks in smell it more than makes up for in flavor rich smooth chocolatey carbonated chocolate bar with slight coffee undertone
F: rich creamy with carbonation at the end
O: wow Eugene nows his s#$ t this is great. buying this in bulk next time im mad I only bought one definitely in top five

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Photo of Jips
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a cask!

Great looking beer, 2 finger thick frothy tan head and black-brown body.

Smelled great too: milk chocolate, raisins and a little roasted coffee.

Great casky mouthfeel: no carbonation, consistency of milk easily glided down my throat.

Most delicious tasting head ever, just like a chocolate milkshake. Body was fairly sweet, tasted of good pancake syrup, chocolate, molassses, toffee, and a bit of coffee. More English style than American as I understand (coffee and smokey flavors are subdued).

Best of their offerings, hope this is a mainstay. Fantastic sipper.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.
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