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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

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160
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1,021
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
23.13%
 
 
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Photo of jegross2
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 87

12 oz self pour from a 24 hour old growler from the Revolution Brewpub. Served in a pint glass and enjoyed on 02/24/12.

Appearance: Pours a coffee color with dark caramel colored highlights atop the glass with half a finger of tan creamy head that quickly settles into a thin ring around the glass. Below average, oily lacing with minimal retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Smooth roasted coffee, oak, caramel, roasted chocolate malt, toasted oats, a little nuttiness and an aroma I can only describe as "cream." Some marshmallow too. 4/5

Taste: Quite roasty. Rich and silky roasted chocolate malt and oak throughout. Toffee, pecan, toasted oats and a little caramel on the midpalate. There is much less caramel in the flavor than there was in the nose. There are intermittent waves of raw coffee bean flavor too. The flavors seem "soda like" and a little syrupy at points, though it's not a "thick" flavor profile. Very flavorful for a porter. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with a light, but perky, amount of carbonation. Soda-like mouthfeel. Bittersweet finish. 3.5/5

Overall: As far as everyday porters go, this one is pretty roasty and fantastic. Alas, for all the flavors, this beer seems a little too thin on the palate and a touch too sugary at moments for my tastes. Take that criticism with a grain of salt, however, because I personally prefer fuller mouthfeels for my dark and roasty beers. Not everyone else does. Without a doubt, Eugene is one of the best porters that I have ever had. This is a brew worth seeking out, especially if you like the style, and it puts beers like Guinness to shame.

Recommendation: This is a mass-appeal beer with plenty of flavor. Grab a pint of this next time you are in Chicago.

Pairings: Tea poached pears soaked in homemade chocolate sauce (courtesy of Catie Sesler).

Cost:$18 for a 64 oz growler.

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Photo of nataku00
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours opaque dark brown with three fingers of tan colored creamy head. Head sticks around for a few minutes before slowly dissipating, leaving some nice lacing.

Nose is pretty classic porter, roasted malt with ale yeast esters, light floral and citrus hops, dark bread. A little bit of chocolate as it warms.

Mainly roasted malt on the flavor, a bit of char and smoked flavor, mellowing into yeast esters. Finish is dry, with light lingering roasted malt.

Lighter side of medium body, good amount of fine carbonation contributing to a fairly creamy sensation on the tongue. A decent porter.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After having this both in a pint glass and a can, I have to say its much better from the can. Not sure why, it just works.

One of the best porters ive ever had. Not thin, not short on flavor, very full.. delicious.

Slight vanilla, subtle coffee notes, i dont sense chocolate personally. I tried it slightly chilled and at cellar temp. It was better slightly chilled. It brought out more flavor imo.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Looks like a stout. Thick, creamy, tan head. Jet black.

S: Neutral and nice. Milk chocolate.

T: Perfectly composed. Slightly sour, sweet (chocolate), nutty, and roasted. Of all these, nutty tartness is probably the biggest component.

M: Smooth and delectable.

O: Incredibly drinkable. Fantastic porter. Highly recommended. Would have again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The Eugene Porter is good. The beer pours an opaque black with thin slightly off white head that is leaving a lace. The smell has hints of chocolate, coffee and peat. The taste is much of the same as the smeel but there is a definite caramel presence. The sweeter flavors start the beer and the coffee and earth linger on the pallet at the end. The mouthfeel is a medium body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good porter and I really thick the body....much better than watery.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz can - either canned on 01/07/2014 or best by - can't tell. Served in a Libby globe porter glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, cola brown at the edges. Thin tan head ring at the edge with some persistent islands of lacing.

Smell: Cocoa powder and metal - a copper penny.

Taste: Chocolate, coffee notes, milk chocolate sweetness, roasted malt, and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, mild spiciness from the carbonation.

Overall / Drinkability: Surprisingly sweet - almost feel this would be a dessert beer, and yet I think it would pair really well with a burger or a steak. Tasty though - hits my sweet tooth just right an I wouldn't mind another one.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Pitch black color with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Cocoa, roasted malt, & molasses
T: Mostly roasted malt along with some bitter cocoa/coffee, also the molasses makes a reappearance
M: Medium-bodied though a bit thin, with the bitterness providing a long finish
O: Overall this is quite solid & I enjoyed it; I would love a bit more creaminess on the mouthfeel though the alcohol is already well balanced. I'll echo BB1313 in that this is good but Ohio is home to some fine porters that set the bar high.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this on tap into a tasting glass.

The beer is a dark brown that is semi clear. The head is medium tan with good retention, good lacing.

The aroma is on the lighter side, mostly coffee coming through.

The taste is the same as aroma, mostly coffee, but not bitter coffee just some simple coffee.

The feel is ok, a little on the lighter side.

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Photo of kaplunk02
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a can into a hand-made pint glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a substantial, sticky, caramel colored head that lingers.

S: Smells of molasses, biscuit, coffee and raisin.

T: I taste coffee up front with a sweetness following. I might even describe it as fruity.

M: Goes down smooth with a nice amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, a delicious beer. Drinks very smoothly and has a variety of flavors which are all nicely balances. A great choice for anyone into porters.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. can which was canned on 10/15/2015. Sampled on January 8, 2016.

The pour is a deep amber brown with reddish hues and a tremendous long lasting tan head.

Roasted Caramel and toffee malt sweetness is all over the nose. Low to no hop profile. Some light chocolate.

Medium body.

Very sweet toffee malt taste with a hint of smoke or peat moss and a mild bitterness at the finish. An enjoyable Porter.

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Photo of chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can with a 25 March 2015 date stamp served in a tulip glass.

A - pours opaque and nearly black with a tan head of moderate size and retention.

Aroma: roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

Taste: Chocolates and darks, with hints of raisins and figs. Slightly sweet overall. Moderate amount of dark roasted grain flavor for style, but with no burnt notes. Some coffee in the finish and aftetaste.

M- medium-full body with moderate-high carbonation produces a lively but smooth mouthfeel.

O- A very nice, chocolaty, porter.

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Photo of Brenden
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a pretty thick-looking porter, somewhere in the medium-dark brown range with some heft to its look. It grows a tan head to one finger that retains itself quite well and leaves a good amount of patchy lacing.
This is a hefty porter in the American style. The nose gives off some cocoa sweetness with some coffee and a toastiness that's not common and adds a nice element. It's more toasty than roasty, in fact, and fights the urge to simply be a stout as bready malts play out with a good balance of gentle hops.
The flavor mingles toast, coffee, bready malts and a strong nuttiness with a bit of a dryer element with a touch of char. There's a flavor almost like toast with burnt edges, and there's an interesting interplay as citrus rind and light hops bitterness come into focus.
Eugene is a pretty hefty porter, but doesn't break character. Robust but not huge, with a thick body, there's a creamy texture to it that makes for good drinking. It leads into a dryer finish.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out on the Pershing County disc golf front 9 at the round courthouse. Comes out strong and robust brown, ample carbonation, nice looking. Aroma is great, chocolate malt, hoppy presence, brown malt, vibrant, just a strong malt roast nose going, and its quite enjoyable and getting my expectations up.

Taste had a good mix of that heavily roasted brown and chocolate malt character, ample cascade hops it seems, a body that really isn't all that heavy, this was kind of like getting Black Butte porter in a can, hoppy, but not a huge viscous body, but still plenty robust. It has a slick sweetness that is still balanced, but helped along in drinkability by apparently molasses and caramel type of inputs.

Another can consumed while throwing some disc golf. Man I haven't thrown disc for almost 2 months, damn winter, giveth awesome skiing weather, taketh away disc golf. This was my first Revolution brew, and its a good one, I'm impressed and will look for more of them, hopefully I come across generous traders like CanisMajor again.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, borderline black body. There's a generous tan head.

Heavy roasted barley scent with a touch if smoke. Chocolate and light roast coffee, too, with some earthy hop notes.

Bakers chocolate, coffee, roast, and a piney finish.

Smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation.

It's a really solid porter all around. It has a respectable abv and is a smooth, easy drinker.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can, 6 pack packaging had a date of November 20, 2012 printed on it. Just not sure if that's the canning date or the best by date. Since Revolution is new to Ohio, I'll assume it's the canned on date. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some dark fruit. It tastes like roasted malt, dark fruit, caramel, bittersweet chocolate and some light hops. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's smooth and has moderate carbonation. I think it's a good brew, at $9.99 a 6-pack I'd buy this again.

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Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, one finger tan head.

S-Good deal of roasted malt, slight coffee, chocolate and nuts.

T-Nice balance of roasted malt and coffee. Some chocolate, nuts and very mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation, slightly on the watery side.

O-A well made porter, the heat outside might have warmed it up too quickly but a nice brew.

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to share in a bit of this absolute goodness with my porter-mad better half. Really solid all around with roasty notes, delicious toffee notes, and a MUCH bigger body and expression of flavor than many of the US versions of the style. I often think of porters as watered-down stouts (which some examples have lived up to), but this is on a whole different level. She wants a sixer now...

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Whose that? Brown. . . Anyways, brown pour, good carb, looks the part. Aroma was hoppy and chocolate malt. Uplifting.

Taste again was just like a porter ideally, well hopped, chewy, chocolate malt, not overly bitter, but firm. Caramel, syrup traces come out mouthfeel wise. Easily the best porter I can think of in a can.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With no glam and no frills, Revolution gets down and dirty with this robust porter that's done the American way- dry, strong, and with a firm hop kick.

Just as porters are prescribed, the brown beer carries a light viscous weight that separates from the carbonation quickly. A lightly tanned head caps the beer with firm retention and lace. It's simply a masculine looking ale.

Bold and robust aromas stimulate the olfactory sense with not-so-subtle hints of columbian coffee, chocolate, toast, toffee, and nuts. Starchy with a touch of biscuit malt and underplayed with a mild citrusy and piney complement from hops.

A firm taste of toffee or slightly scorched caramel might have a tinge of butterscotch lurking behind. But the bolder coffee-like roast flavor dominates the taste, along with secondary taste of bittersweet chocolate, walnut, and charred toast. Balanced with the hop taste of orange peel, pine needles, and fresh cut grass, the beer portrays a defiant American brewing edge. Closing with a surprising dry malt taste and growing bitterness, the beer intrigues the palate with supple drinkability despite its robust upstart.

Robustly textured early on, the chocolaty taste is accompanied by a velvety creaminess that quickly transcends to a dry toast taste and texture in finish. Accented by medium hop resins and mild alcohol warmth.

If the indecision between the nutty English brown ales, coffee or chocolate infused beers or crisper hop-forward American ales are keeping you from ordering, then have the best of all worlds with a glass of Eugene.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into pint glass

Revolutions Eugene porter pours a nice deep black color with a 1 fingers worth of tan head. It's smell of coffee and roasted malt with a little bit of hops to balance it out. It's got a smooth taste with some good roast on the back end. The mouthfeel is very creamy which brings it all together. Another good solid brew from revolution

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. can into a wine goblet.
Black/dark brown in color, with a nice-looking cap of cafe mocha foam.
Aroma-Subtle coffee note
Taste-Dark roasted malt, coffee, chocolate. A bit of a dry finish. Creamy mouthfeel. A very tasty offering. Recommended.

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Photo of kbwalters
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a swervy pint glass. Canned on 8/22 and consumed on 12/15/14.
Look = 4.25 Pours a cola brown into an opaque black with 2 fingers of thick brown head with great retention and lace.
Aroma = 4.0 Big sweet chocolate as it warms. Good but one dimensional.
Taste = 4.0 Sweet upfront; chocolate notes dominate supported with roasted malt flavors. Gets more hoppy through the middle with a moderate bitter finish.
Feel = 4.0 Medium bodied with medium carbonation, some creaminess. Solid feel for style.
Drinkability = 4.0 Easy drinking and somewhat balanced porter.
Overall = 4.0375 Chocolate forward porter with nice balance.

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Black with a lighter-than-usual-for-a-porter head, it was almost white and about a quarter-inch thick. The lacing was also quite impressive for a porter.

SMELL: Not much for the nose, but some hints of chocolate and smoky malt were detectable.

TASTE: Delicious, sweet, chocolatey with some bitter hops and smoky malt flavor for balance. The chocolate is certainly the dominating flavor and a very slightly sour aftertaste creeps in at the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Smooth and silky, oily, but not mouthcoating like I expected it to be. The Eugene sits a bit on the heavy side, but it isn't terribly intense. Overall, it has a nice feel.

OVERALL: After sampling a flight of six or seven of Revolution's beer two made the final cut to take home in a growler. I ended up going with the Anti-Hero IPA, but the Eugene was the other beer, so I had one more at the pub. This goes down very easy for a 7%er and I look forward to another the next time I'm at Revolution.

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Photo of sbxx
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a nice, deep chocolatey brown. 2 fingers worth of dark caramel head appears. A nice looking beer.

Smell - Rich chocolatey malts.

Taste - "Now that's a porter!" Much like it smells. The chocolate notes were balanced very nicely.

Mouthfeel - Med/heavy body, medium carbonation, clean finish

Overall - Easily one of my favorite porters. It is rich and robust, smooth & easy to drink. Looking forward to having more!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Wow what an exceptional porter, color is very pitch black not surprising for 6.8% ABV. Has a mild 1/2 inch of opaque head with great lacing. Smell is very mild if anything I get some chocolate malt and a bit of coffee. Taste is excellent with chocolate malts leading giving me a sort of dark chocolate coffee roast, some lactic sweetness and very little chalky yeast. Mouth feel is somewhat creamy with a medium body. Overall quite an exceptional porter very easy to drink. I wish I could get it again as I picked this up in Vintage Estate in Ohio.

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Eugene from Revolution Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.
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