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 sholland119
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub, 10/12/10.

A-pours a beautiful deep opaque brown with a frothy mocha head and great lacing.

S-roasty with a strong chocolate malt undertone and a lactic sweetness.

T-Delicious. Sweet chocolate and milk stout notes in front, followed by medium roastiness and a mild sweet finish.

M-medium bodied with a nice lingering finish.

D-does not in any way seem like 7%. Extremely drinkable. Delicious.

HV

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Photo of samie85
4.76/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewed from notes; originally 10/07.

A-Pours a deep brown color with a cascading two and a half finger, dense brown head. This one leaves lacing to write home about.

S-Smells of roasted and chocolate malt with a little bit of a spicy hop note.

T-Rich dark chocolate and roasted notes with a spicy hop finish that delicately balances the richer aspects of the beer.

M-Lusciously rich and thick bodied with low carbonation and a thick sticky, coating mouthfeel.

D-For the complexity that you get with this one, it's also insanely drinkable. By far the best beer on cask I've had yet.

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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 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 Tone
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 2/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, sweet malt, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of an American Porter. Mouth feel is sharp and smooth with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable dryness and bitterness. Tastes of roasted malt, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hops. Overall, good body, blend, and appearance with an interesting mouth feel.

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Photo of bruachan
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

opaque body with quality froth above it. lacing was good, though not quite as good as anticipated immediately after the pour

coffee and burnt aromas are strong, though there's enough sweet to keep things normal, and may even bump the beverage to stout territory

strong coffee and other nearly-astringent flavors. bitterness at the finish, which also clears the way for some fashionably late fruity flavors (from the darker end of the spectrum of course: plum, date)

solid mouthfeel contrasts well with the lingering bitterness

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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 jvande7
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown (as one would expect from a Porter). I would have liked more head, but I'm not sure what kind of head most Porters have (I don't usually drink them).

S- roasty/chocolatey/coffee aromas (or maybe that was all in my mind?). Should have taken notes, drank too many of these 7.0% brews to recall the specifics, but it smells good and fresh. I have a nose for off-flavors/smells and dirty beer lines, and I did not detect any of that.

T- quality brew here. Tastes like it smells (roasty/malty) with hints of chocolate and coffee (or did I make that up because of the color of the brew? does it even matter?) This is one of my favorite beers by Revolution - perfect for warming up Chicago winters.

I never really got into Porters all that much, but man I really dig this brew. I must have had 5 or 6 of them while we were at the brewery. Very good beer, very drinkable, but STRONG - a dangerous combo. =)

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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 philberinghele
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black with a creamy head tends to dissipate yet cling to the glass. Very roasty and chocolately taste. It is fairly thick but not nearly as chewy as the Founders Porter (my current benchmark for the style). Definitely the best beer they had on tap for their opening.

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