Eugene | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
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

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.


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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of champ103
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.91/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Nimbus_
4.92/5  rDev +22.1%
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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of fizzician
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
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!

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Photo of gopens44
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Dogfish traditional oversized snifter. Bottom of can says 03/15/2016.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Sweet toasty malt aroma with some notes of milk chocolate, pralines and caramel.

T- The sweetness continues with some moderate roastiness to balance. Very smooth with more notes of chocolate plus some honey and dark fruit.

M- Somewhat creamy with medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Quite delicious and it hides its strength well.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Dark, slightly cloudy, brown-black. Light tan head. Deep slightly sweet chocolate, touch of spice, earthiness. Slightly bitter, nice round malt sweetness. Medium heavy body, lighter carbonation, some acidity.

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Photo of cbutova
3.15/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Can to a goblet with a just about black body as some very dark brown is seen around the edges. A substantial head rises to a finger high with good retention. The thick foamy cap dies fairly quickly leaving a medium ring and a few wide sheets of lacing behind.

S- Mostly the darkened malts with a hint of dark fruits towards the back end. Chocolate, caramel, toasted nuts, raisin and brownies come to mind. Really not a whole lot going on here.

T- Just about identical to the aroma coming off as a bit one dimensional with chocolate malts, toast, nuttiness, licorice and some sort of spicy yeast presence which detracts from the malts. Along with that is a hint of dark fruit like raisin also contrasting the dark grains. Noticeable lack of sweetness. Slight touch of earthy hops. Cola comes to mind late.

MF- Creamy and very puffy overall texture to a medium bodied brew. The carbonation is fairly high but plenty suitable for the style and flavors. Finishes with a roasted bitterness. Somehow ends up feeling thin.

Not all brews need something that jumps out and takes charge of the experience but I think this brew is hurt by the lack of such an element. A short summary of this would be like chocolate malts juxtaposed with spicy dark fruit yeast tones. It just comes off as awkward in flavor and somewhat thin.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin black with a half finger of tan head that quickly evaporates. Aroma of burnt caramel and chocolate. Strong roasted malt flavor. Well balanced.

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Photo of billybob
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the beer is robust and comes on strong with dark roasted malt, chocolate, and dark caramel but there is something funky about that taste like burnt or scorched coffee. carbonation is good and goes down with a warm feel only had the one beer. I like to do reviews with at least three.

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Photo of DJChaseTheBase
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours very brown w/ minimal white head. Had this on draft at Revolution Brewing. Extreme amounts of chocolate flavoring with a very satisfying taste. This is a very nice stout and will have to pick up a 6-pack in the future.

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Photo of kik
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Came in a can, but poured a nice black with dark brown foam. Smells faintly rosy and chocolately. Pours smoothly although it's a little too carbonated for my taste. Tastes kinda dry and roasted. Decent stout.

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Photo of Beginner2
4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have been a big fan of this porter for several years, in part because the core recipe is solid and I can get its renditions on tap at their brewhouse.

Looks dark, actually opaque . Foam goes away, then a minor lace; both common for the style.
I get a little chocolate in the nose; but other mostly sweet malts give me a full nose.
Taste carries this beer home. Lots of malt and the bitter balance also comes mostly from the roasted malts.
While I'd like a little more silky smooth, the balance asks for a high score. And gets it.
Feel reduced by .25 in later tasting.
Still highly recommended if you are a malt-head like me.
3/20/17 Had again with a cheddar laced with porter and a smoky swiss. Good choices, went well.

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Photo of jlindros
3.49/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned 10/08/15

Pours big thick creamy mocha colored 2.5 finger head that fades slowly, some messy lacing, and just about pitch black beer.

Nose typical porter, some dark malts, a little roasty note, some cocoa, biscuity malts, a little acrid burnt coffee, touch yeasty, almost like infection type yeast or something that shouldn't be there???

Taste brings unhappy yeast notes, almost like infection yeast again, little metallic and acidic somecreamy lactose but with a bad lactose thing, little charred acrid coffee grinds, roasted malts, touch biscuity caramel and some cocoa. Mild bitter spicy hop note. Finish is sticky a little flemmy, lingering burnt coffee grinds and acrid notes, more dark chocolate and acidity.

Mouth is med bod, crreamy a little lush, over carbonated.

Overall it has some nice characters, but seems like it was under attenuated to begin with and something got in there and continued fermenting when it shouldn't have, something not quite right about this beer. Also burnt coffee is not so pleasant.

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Photo of hardysf
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a wonderful porter. Pours a nice black with mocha head. Quick dissipation leaving a ring of foam. Minimal lacing. The smell is of sweet roasted malts, some fudge, some toffee, and some caramel. Taste follows the nose. Sweet up front with lots of nice melded flavors. The mouthfeel is really nice and creamy. Glad I got a few Sixers of this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.14/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 1/31/2016 at Natty Greene’s Tavern in North Attleboro, MA, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, some smokiness and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of coffee, chocolate, licorice and dark fruit. Then some smokiness comes in along with a hearty roasted malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you’re in the mood for the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
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 thebeers
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark chestnut brown with a massive, thick and foamy brown-tinted head that's slow to dissipate and leaves clumpy lacing. Sweet, nutty malt aroma with a little chocolate behind, a touch of vanilla and just a touch of hops. Light-to-medium bodied and slightly oily mouthfeel. Taste follows the nose, a little less pronounced, with subtle chocolate and caramel most prevalent. Solid porter; definitely on the sweeter side, without being over the top.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 kalosjakar
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
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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