Black Power | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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Photo of jrallen34
3.57/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the pub... A dark brown pour, good looking, even has dark edges. No retention except for a light mocha ring. However, really thick lacing... A great aroma, super smooth chocolate, oatmeal adds some great creaminess, hints of candy sugar and plums. If it wasn't sweet from start to finish and added roast or something else, this would be a 5... The taste is not as successful, borderline disappointing. The sweetness is muted, but its actually more balanced than the aroma. There is an overall roasty character, most of the sweet is gone, just coffee a hint of hops. Not bad, but not great... The mouthfeel is too light, and there is a terrible late finish that is way too bitter.

Average oatmeal stout that is ok. If you want a high abv oatmeal not a bad choice, but I'd rather crush a 5% that's a touch more creamy and sweet in taste.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar, spotty lace.

S - Bitter dark chocolate, toasted malts, grains, light coffee bitterness. More bitter then sweet, and the malts help balance things out.

T - A nice mix of bitterness and sweetness. Coffee beans, dark chocolate, brownies, toasted malts, grains. Could use a bit more sweetness, but hey, just my way to improve my experience. Finish is light bitter chocolate.

M - Light to medium body, smooth, good carbonation.

O - A nice oatmeal stout, but nothing that I'd go crazy tracking down. I would rather just drink the Eugene Porter or one of there other stouts instead of this, but it's nice for something different.

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Photo of jegross2
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Black Power Oatmeal Stout from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 86

Tap pour served in a large Revolution brewery member-only mug and enjoyed on 05/22/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a black color with a brown strip of highlight atop glass when held up to light. Served with thin layer of creamy tan head that settles to a ring around the glass. Decent lacing but poor retention. 4/5

Smell: Toasted chocolate, roasted grain, cocoa powder, smoked barley, oats and biscuits. 4/5

Taste: First pull is toasted grain, roasted chocolate and a little coffee. A smooth oats flavor layers on the center of palate. There is a faint and creamy "burnt roast" and bittersweet chocolate aftertaste on the back of tongue. A little bit of crisp residual stainless steel sweetness at some point before the finish. 3.75/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish bodied, medium-low carbonation. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Modestly acidic, slightly bitter finish. 3.5/5

Overall: A very solid, but nothing particularly special, oatmeal stout by Revolution Brewery that is almost on par with Eugene in terms of quality. I'd order this one again, but it seemed seasonally out of place being on tap in late May.

Recommendation: This beer might be a little acidic for the taste of the casual beer drinker, but I would recommend giving this one a whirl, at least in sampler form, if you happen upon it at Rev Brew.

Pairings: An almond biscotti.

Cost: $6 for a mug/pint.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of weatherdog
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

64 oz. growler poured into 12 oz. snifter. Growler given to be by Richard as payment for a football bet.

The growler opened with nary a wisp so I was concerned if the seal had held up. When it poured a deep, rich black into the snifter a 1 finger mocha head billowed up in the glass and took away my worries. No lacing on the glass.

The nose is rich and velvety, with a strong bitter chocolate with a roast coffee background. I really like the strong rich chocolate tones without becoming sweet and just the right amount of roast without becoming overpowering.

The taste kind of drops off in the chocolate arena but the roast comes through a little bit more. The oatmeal lends a silky richness to it to balance the harshness of the roast. As the beer warmed some distinct licorice came about.

The mouthfeel was silky smooth with a complimenting medium low carbonation. As the beer warmed the once non-existent alcohol taste made itself known as was a tad distracting. Drinkability was ok for a 7.5% stout. As previous reviewers have noted if this beer was between 4-5% ABV and had a similar chocolate and roast characteristics it would be just great as the world needs more flavorful low ABV stouts. As it stands at 7.5%, as a good of beer as it is, it just kind of blends in with the competition.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Black with a little side around the sides. Lacey. A good bitterness, licorice,chocolate, a little better tasting and slightly more thick than their Eugene Porter, my best beer of the product line. Carbonation appropriate.three-quarters the way of an imperial stout.

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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown with tan foam. Lacing is good, but not amazing.

Smell: Chocolate and coffee. Rather malty; you can definitely sense the oatmeal.

Taste/Mouthfeel: There is a strong mineral flavor to this, especially copper or something along those lines as one of my fellow drinkers noticed. Mouthfeel had plenty of noticeable yeasty, but was definitely too thin for me. Not watery though.

Overall Drinkability: A decent oatmeal stout, but seemed more like a porter. Pretty tasty.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from cask at Rev into a pint glass. Pours a nice chocolate color with a well defined and frothy head.

Well balanced with nice depth and really good aromas of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, and malts.

Full bodied with a nice and smooth feel. Very good flavors of oatmeal, roasted malts, chocolate and some coffee beans.

Glad to see this back on tap, and very glad to have had this on cask. One of Rev's best stouts for me and this was as good as I remembered it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the brewpub.

Following a viewing of the uncensored version of the "Blurred Lines" video at FatPour, Bachelor Party-Palooza 2013 motors on to Revolution, taking in the unique ambiance of the second floor with some Black Power. It pours a dark and stormy black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toast, light cocoa powder, and a hint of greenery in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, the roast and toast leading the way like they should. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice oatmeal stout. 'Nuff said, save for my desire to try this with a bit of nitro behind it.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

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Black Power from Revolution Brewing
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