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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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 1,065
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

one of my favorite porters going, and one of my favorite beers from revolution of all time, and not just because its named for one of my favorite socialists in history, but because its also tip top delicious. dark and dreamy looking, creamy tan head on top of a swirling soft black body. smells like unbrewed coffee grounds and bakers yeast. there is a raw cocoa aroma too, and all of this translates into the flavor, which is a well integrated, layered, dry, robust, hearty, warming, wintery glass of goodness. you would swear it saw a little neutral oak, with some mild vanilla notes peaking out, and a mellowness hard to come by. the alcohol is right on point here, and with the bitter dark chocolate in the finish, its really something else. smooth in feel and not too full bodied, pretty darn drinkable for what it is. fun to taste this with many of its variants, including a couple of barrel aged ones, but aside from the blue gene (woodford reserve barrel aged with blueberries), this was better than all of them. i wish it was available back here in colorado, it would be a staple in my refrigerator.

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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 Chico1985
3.86/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can left behind at Thanksgiving by my cousin Mike. Thanks cousin Mike. I believe this is my first offering from Revolution. Canned on date is 10/15/15.

A - Pour to a pint is dark brownish red with some clarity. Tall tan head falls to a fizzy half-finger. Some strands of a cap remain by the end, not too much left for lace.

S - Good mix of chocolate and caramel malt with roasted and coffee-ish tones. Bit of a baked goods vibe. Maybe a touch of licorice there. Pretty nice depth and decent strength.

T - Roast comes through a bit more here along with a little surprise burst of piny hops. Chocolate presence in particular is still prevalent but a bit lacking compared to the nose. Some toastiness.

M - Pretty decent body with a mix of sweet and bitter malts with sweetness having the slight upper hand. Some light hop bitterness there as well, carbonation a bit on the low side. Pretty easy-drinking.

O - Overall it's a nice and solid porter, good example of the style, though nothing too standout about it. The chocolate malts definitely have some added depth to them which is nice, but on the whole it's pretty straight-forward stuff.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark brown body, tight tan head, trace amount of lace. Smell is a little weak, notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Flavor is deep with sweet chocolate, caramelized brown sugar, faint char, faint sweet cream. Hop kick near the end answers the early sweetness, but it's a little late. Light body, slight stickiness.
This is really tasty, but despite my own preferences, is too sweet. Really yummy, good range and depth of flavor, but a little overdone. Still, I'll be returning.

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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 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 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 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 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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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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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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Eugene from Revolution Brewing
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,065 ratings.
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