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: 1,068
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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Photo of Mitzvahman72
4.93/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quick Take: A very fantastic tasting porter with a creamy tasty mouthfeel. Sweet, chocolate milk, chocolate aroma, and the right light hops to make it enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of MA_hops
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Thick, frothy, tan head and midnight black in color. Head dissipates very slowly.
S: Dark malts, earthy, rich chocolate.
T: Similar to nose.
M: Moderate carbonation, slight bitterness with a somewhat dry, roasted like finish.
O: Not bad. Welcome to MA!!

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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 kbwalters
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
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 chinchill
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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 BeerSamurai34
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fantastic porter. Lots of chocolate and roast malt on both the nose and taste. Like a lot of other porters, the mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still a very good beer.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.79/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, stamped 4/7/2015 on bottom

black, with tan colored head that fades. aroma is mostly milk chocolate. the taste is not as sweet, more of a bitter finish. a little bit of roasted flavor. medium bodied, average carbonation

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Photo of Treyliff
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a nearly opaque black color with a thick and creamy one-finger khaki colored head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving a bit of lacing behind

S- roasted chocolaty malt, cereal grains, cocoa powder, traces of coffee & caramel

T- picking up a lot of dark fruit up front; raisin, fig & prune. Powdery chocolate kicks in mid-palate, along with a hint of vanilla-like sweetness, slightly roasted finish with more chocolate on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel and a smooth finish, high drinkability

O- high drinkability made this one go down quick, a nice full flavored porter

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Photo of Mikus
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 SD-Alefan
4.07/5  rDev +1%
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
4.03 out of 5 based on 1,068 ratings.
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