Repo Man | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This is one easy drinking stout! Roasted barley and rye provide a complex roasty aroma and flavor with underlying nutty notes, while Nelson Sauvin and Sonnet hops add just enough bitterness to perfectly achieve balance on the palate.

Added by jrallen34 on 11-13-2010

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5/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of cadaugherty
4.77/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap and in growler several times.

This is the turning point beer for Revolution (much like the fresh pretzel was for their food). I brought a growler to Darkness day and a 2 oz pour from the growler merited the last 2 oz pour from an '07 Darkness so apparently I am not alone.

Appearance- Nice dark brown with a lovely chocolate head that comes 2 fingers thick and lingers.

Smell- It smells like a standard stout with just a touch of spice. The smell is just a touch roasty and burnt but in an inviting way that makes you anticipate good things to come.

Taste- There is that Rye! What smells like a standard stout has a nice surprise waiting in the rich texture and taste of rye. This was only my second rye stout and it impressed, big time. I should have known from the lovely head what laid beneath.

Mouth- rich and coating but not syrupy, simple as that.

Drink- For a stout this is one of the only ones that I can picture myself drinking a whole growler on my lonesome.

Beg borrow or steal to get some if you can. This is a beer worthy of seeking out.

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of homebrew311
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pitch black, dark cocoa colored head, some lacing

S: roasted barley, chocolate, a slight hint of rye, some dry cocoa 4.0

T: lots of choc and rye, smooth, coffee and cream robust some hop bitterness and dryness

Mf: big body, smooth creamy

O: awesome. This brew encompasses everything that I love in a stout: it's big bodied, massively roasted, incredibly rich, and overall delicious!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this both on tap and on cask at the brewpub...Pours a very dark brown with blood red highlights. A light tan head, poor lacing ok retention...The aroma is really sweet figs and rye, complex and intriguing...The taste is noting short of awesome and insanely awesome, malty caramel and dark fruits then out of nowhere awesome chocolate, roasted coffee and nuts, unreal...Thick and lasting feel, so easy to drink. By far the best beer Cibak has done to date, coming it coming.

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Photo of spointon
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one on tap at Revolution. Served in a pint glass.

A= This ale poured deep dark opaque brown/black with a 1/2" brown foamy head. The head settled to a skim and left some light wisps of lace down my glass.

S= Hitting all the right notes here...roasty/chocolatey with a definite spicy rye factor.

T= Really a great tasting beer here. Started off with the expected play between the roasted and chocolate malts and the sweeter caramel malts. Then the rye came in and added spiciness and an unavoidable dryness that really set this thing apart. Hops were only there to balance. Finished medium dry and delicious.

MF= Big and chewy body with a bit of slickness that made me feel there might possibly be a few oats in this brew. Carbonation was medium and spot on for making this easy to put down.

D= Really the best thing I have had at Revolution, and that is saying something. Many rye beers just don't get it right, but this one does. Complex, spicy and delicious.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On-top at the brewpub; served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a near-black with a fluffy mocha head.

S: Smells of rich milk chocolate and french roast coffee.

T: Tasty chocolate forward stout with a very nice rye twang. A bit milky as well.

D: Expertly balanced and complex. Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, coating the mouth and resting heavy on the tongue.

Overall: This is an excellent example of how a little rye can make a great beer. This is expertly crafted, smooth, and ridiculously delicious. I will definitely be ordering another pint. Revolution does it again! Recommended!

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Photo of Durtdiggler
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased from brew pub. Bomber bottle.

Appearance- black licorice pour, 1 finger dark white head settles quickly.

Aroma- licorice, toffee, molasses, bourbon. Slight roast of dark coffee but more sweet.

Taste- caramel, coffee, toffee, molasses. Dry,limited roast. Hops are hard to pick up. Definitely feels like a malty profile.

MF- Medium body, clean, soft smooth finish. Drinks easy.

Thought this would be more of a stout but feels like a complex porter. Complex malty profile that's easy to drink. Beer takes a whole to settle in and pick up the complex flavors. Awesome.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had both on tap and on cask, reviwing my preferred style.

A - Black beer that looks slightly brown in the light. Off-white head had great retention and left some chaotic, thick bubble lace and rings on the side.

S - Mmmm, smell that roast. Highly roasted malts manage not to have char. Some nice general dark fruit smell and some rye spiking the nose and giving it a little bit of an edge.

T - A lot of good roast with unsweetened chocolate, hints of dark fruit, and some light toffee. Reminds me of a cleaner, better version of Half Acre's Baume. The rye is subtle, but adds some more good flavor to this beer. Really good stuff.

M - Smooth and full bodied. Goes down really easy with pleasant carbonation.

O - Really great beer. I destroyed my glass of this and went back for more.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful purple-brown elixir. Thick tan foam in the goblet. Very seductive.

Smell: Port wine and chocolate. A herbal, medicinal scent as well. Extremely balanced.

Taste/Mouthfeel: More port wine and chocolate. Also, I do taste the medicinal notes. Fairly creamy and smooth. I don't get a whole lot of rye, but it is there in subtle ways. I wish the flavor was a bit more complex, but this definitely is a winner.

Overall Drinkability: Excellent rye beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Short light mocha head on a dark brown. Small cap and collar left after head recedes. Small amount of lacing.

Slight the spice tones. Cocoa.

Chocolately. Great rye spiciness at the end of each sip. Slight coffee note. Would guess this at 7%abv

Silky smooth, lovin the mouthfeel. Perfectly carbonated as well.

Labeled a rye stout, hard not to enjoy this if you think that sounds good. Would have again, over and over.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler courteously picked up my Mike (AgentZero). Served in a Surly pint glass.

A - Giant mocha foam that settles to a thick cap, leaving behind a few splotches of lace. Black body with a ruby glint at the fringes.

S - Big notes of rye, chocolate and roasted grains, with lighter hints of coffee, dark fruits, and caramel.

T - Taste is less sweet, with more roasted grain character and nice espresso bitterness in the finish. Avoids being charry and astringent though, which I appreciate. Caramel, vanilla, and zesty rye malt all contribute in varying lesser degrees.

M - Smooth, chewy, viscous, medium-full body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Seems like a bigger beer in terms of heft, but thankfully not in perceptible alcohol.

D - Gets a touch bitter and fatiguing after a pint or so, but otherwise thoroughly enjoyable. Is this the base beer for Bad Man? If so, I think I prefer it before it hits the barrels. Another fine offering from Revolution in any case.

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4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated January 25th, 2013.

A: Pours a dark, dark brown with a big, dense light brown head. Head fades away slowly, with a nice patchwork lacing remaining. Excellent retention.

S: Really nice spicy rye with a bit of chocolate and a little char backing it up. Lots of rye.

T: Rye right from the get-go. Mild creamy chocolate joins it. Hints of smoky char on the back end. Solid rye throughout, especially between sips where it stands alone.

M: Medium bodied, very creamy and smooth.

O: Perhaps my first rye stout. Rye is omnipresent but the nice mellow roasted malt provides a nice counterbalance and complementary flavor. Very easy drinking and tasty. Well done.

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Photo of Efay
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Went to revolution brewpub last night for good food and good beer. Definitely enjoy stouts, and I had to see how this rye stout would hold up.

A- Jet black, with a dark brown hue. About 1 finger worth of mocha foam, with no head retention. There was also no lacing.

S- Can smell the light rye malts and small amounts of coffee and toffee. Not very aromatic.

T- There was some light coffee bitterness, with some bakers chocolate and toffee. Also can taste some sugar and was slightly nutty.

M- Creamy, smooth, and moderate body. Moderate carbonation makes this an easy drinker and feels amazing on the palate.

O- Overall a good beer. Even though the presentation was bland and nothing special, the taste was very nice and the mouth feel was even better. Really enjoyed this.

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4.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into nonic pint glass; jet black with a big fluffy creamy tan head that fades after a bit leaving awesome rings of lacing. Smell is roasted malt, slight coffee, sweet chocolate, soft rye grain. Taste is sweet chocolate, bitter coffee roasted malt, and a hint of spicy grainy rye mixed in with it all. The rye grain adds an extra dimension to the mouthfeel, which is on the thinner side for a stout but the carbonation makes up for it.

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