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Repo Man | Revolution Brewing Company

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Repo ManRepo Man

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
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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Reviews: 23 | Ratings: 93
Photo of matjack85
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this on tap at the brewpub on Milwaukee Ave. My server recomended it to me after he informed me they were out of one of the beers I came there to try. Served in a pint glass for $5.

The beer was dark brown in color with a 1½-finger tan head that hung around for a couple minutes before receding to just a thin rim. Tons of spotty lacing clung to the sides of the glass.

Definite rye smell with rich maltiness and even a touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

It starts off sweet with caramel malt and chocolate flavors, but then the rye kicks in with a ton of spiciness. Add to that a touch of coffee and hop bitterness and you've got a very tasty beer.

Exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel with carbonation on the low side.

I didn't come here to try this, but now that I did, I'll be back for more.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at the Green Lady.

I'll admit my wariness going into this, what with the incredible sadness caused by things bearing the name "Repo Man" (eg the Genetic Opera, Repo Men, etc). Still giving it a whirl, though: It pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, and a bit of molasses. Somehow, it just smells sorta dry... The taste holds notes of toasted rye bread, roasted malts, a touch of sourdough, and, once again, that little hint of molasses. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, though it comes off just a notch too thin for my preference. Beyond that, though, good times...

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Photo of tjsdomer2
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of Duff27
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
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 KDawg
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap into a pint glass at revolution. Pours a dark chocolate color with a small and foamy head.

Very good depth with rich aromas of espresso beans, cacao nibs, and roasted malts.

Full bodied with a good smooth feel. The finish is a bit clipped though and it's slightly lacking on the mid with notes of espresso beans, roasted malts and a good amount of dark chocolate.

This was a really good rye beer. There was a good amount of malts on both the aromas and flavors. Bigger without being too big.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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 homebrew311
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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 spointon
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
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 MasterSki
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
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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Photo of AgentZero
4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of lmorgent
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A few weeks before sitting down and enjoying a pint of this beer, I tried a flight of Revolution beers. This beer stood out to me for one reason: the finish. The first couple drinks finish almost totally clean like a good, dry red wine. There is a heavy roast and rye taste (the beer is 20% rye) but it does not bog the flavor or your taste buds down. About half way through to the last leg of the beer, you find that a roasty taste has built up in your mouth. If the glass was any bigger, you might find that the taste becomes too much but they have built the beer just right that you finish before you throw the towel in. This beer is a perfect first-beer-of-the-night because while it still has flavor and style, your palate washes clean with a glass of water.

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Photo of cadaugherty
4.77/5  rDev +18.4%
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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Photo of jrallen34
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
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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