Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #48
Ranked #4,966
4.35 | pDev: 4.14%
Aug 09, 2022
Jun 09, 2022
Notes: Unique and highly expressive barrels age a beer developed just for them, in this never-to-be-repeated articulation of beer, time, and oak. Young French oak red wine casks from Saxum Vineyards in Paso Robles, CA impart equally heady measures of lush vanilla and baking spice to this sumptuous, sweet black English barleywine.
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Rated by DVMin98 from North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from can. Super sweet. Can understand the lower marks, but I really enjoyed it.
Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.09/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at the Revolution Brewing Taproom in Chicago, IL.

This one pours a fairly dark brown color, with a small white head, and lots of lacing.

This smells pretty oaky, with maple, caramel, dark fruit, and creamy vanilla.

This is definitely a unique take on a barrel aged barleywine – it’s not really as wine-heavy as I thought, but it’s definitely a sort of tangy red fruit thing, with lots of oak, and a surprising amount of vanilla from the barrel. There’s caramel, molasses, and some maple as well.

This is medium bodied with no real booziness to it, and a nice drinkability.

This isn’t the most out there barleywine that Revolution has done – that honor would go to Strawberry Jacket, or Blackberry Finn, but it might just be in the top 3.
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 4 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 4.27 by frankjjcc from Illinois

Jul 29, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Jul 27, 2022
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Brown pour with some clarity, black in the glass with a finger of foam that rapidly fades. Aroma has a ton of caramelized sugars, smells like sweet port wine. Very sweet, a lot of stewed fruit, candied pecan, and toasted oak. Aftertaste has an oaky bittersweetness. Port with a capital P, just massively sweet, not like a fruity red at all. Full bodied and sticky, oxidized, mellow carb. Best enjoyed in the dead of winter, not the most drinkable. Thanks to Chris for this one!
Jul 25, 2022
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Reviewed by 5toutman75 from Illinois

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 release, consumed 7/24/22

I'm immediately struck by the smell. I don't think I've smelled a beer quite like this before. I don't know if I'd guess it as a barleywine by the nose. I get lots of sweet vanilla. and the red wine barrel. It has a interesting color. You can see the wine barrel influence on the barleywine with the color. Upon drinking I LOVE the vanilla notes but it's very sweet. I'm wondering if the sweetness will be too much for the full 12oz. Still super unique on the pallet, I have to marvel that Rev can still find a way to make a "new" barleywine variant after all these years. I want to see continued experimentations with wine barrels by Rev because they know what they're doing here. Worth picking up and trying if you like the sweeter stouts and barleywines.
Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by smartassboiler from Illinois

Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Canned 7/7/22; drank 7/23/22 @ the Yarchives.

Black appearance, which some purple hues when held to the light.

A rough pour yielded a big khaki head; decent lace.

Waffle cone, red wine & soft oak notes in the nose.

Creamy, medium thick mouthfeel.

Soft notes of red wine & waffle cone up front; pleasing oak on the finish.

Elegant, silky, and delightful. Another home run from the Deep Wood series.
Jul 24, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
On tap. Tan head that fades. Caramel copper brown color.

This is awesome. The wine barrels are great. Red wine, grapes, tannins. Figs, molasses, apple skins, pears, caramel, toffee, oak, raisins. So smooth. Warming. Great body. Sweetness, but in a good way.
Jul 22, 2022
Rated: 4.4 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jul 22, 2022
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