Institutionalized | Revolution Brewing

33 Ratings

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Barleywine that is an American style of a classic english ale. Deep garnet red color and rich complex flavor and body, wonderful aromas of dark stone fruits. "The act of being placed in a psychiatric hospital."

Added by jrallen34 on 11-13-2010

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.

Pours a reddish-garnet brown color with a single-finger white head. Pretty good for the style. Low retention time but fades into a nice collar. The nose is really quite nice with a good amount of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, and brown sugar. Really quite sweet in the flavor with some noticeable hops, though not too far over the top. Mouthfeel is nice with a creamy body and nice carbonation. Mild booze throughout. Drinks well. A full snifter of this might be a bit much, but I enjoyed the half glass that I had.

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Photo of nkersten
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 5oz taster at the brewpub. Color is a reddish orange with a thin creamy white head, nice retention and lacing. Smell is very fruity and sweet, lots of ripe fruits and cherries, slightly bitter and some alcohol. Taste is very similar, but with the alcohol showing through first followed by the cherries and fruit, very sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is quite thick, coating, and syrupy with a light carbonation. After the first sip I was glad I didnt order a full pour due to the strong alcohol flavor and smell, but as i got to the end of the glass it definitley started to grow on me. Not a bad attempt, although the style American English Barleywine is a bit confusing. I look forward to trying more focused barleywines from revolution in the future.

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Photo of emerge077
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark high-clarity scarlet copper tone, a thin cap of foam that faded over time, down to a wispy skim and then a thin ring. Not much in the way of lace, but for a 10.5% barleywine, that's to be expected.

Dried cherry aroma, syrupy sweet and a little bit nutty also.

Syrupy body, low carbonation, big dried cherry, almost a fruit reduction sort of flavor. Plum, date, sweet dried fruits dominate. Almost more of an English BW or Old Ale in character. Seems like a prime candidate for barrel aging. Cherry really pops out as the most defined flavor, with the rest playing minor supporting roles.

A small snifter is about all I can manage of this brew, but it was a fine nightcap to ring in the month of December, walking out to the first snow flurries of the year.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap while on my visit to Chicago this last weekend. Notes from 11-14-2010:

A - Clear ruby brown with a finger of white head that dissipates into strong foam ring around the edges - to the left a bit (perhaps because of the angle of the bar.)

S - Sweet and crisp apples, both dark red and green, apple cider, caramel and brown sugar. Sweet hops, something along the lines of citra or other citrus hops.

T - Really sweet and overly too hoppy for my kind of barleywine. Leathery shoe and bits of smoke. Stiff and sweet but maybe it was because it was a pretty new batch and on-tap. Hmm...

M - Zingy, crisp burts and tingly. Quite a bit of carbonation. Lighter than I like, but bit syrupy...more on the lighter side though. After taste is a bit boozy, especially when it warms.

D - easy to drink especially for 10.5% but it goes down easy(er) Good try at this barleywine, but needs a bit of age for me. Don't get me wrong, but I like my barleywines a bit drier and leathery than this.

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Photo of cadaugherty
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If it looks like a duck and smells like a duck, it should taste like a duck...right? Well not so much.

I was very excited to try this beer when it was made available to the Mug Club. I am a fan of RevBrew so their first barleywine made me sit up and take notice (color me on the blue line). Unfortunately I have to say once you stop smelling and move on to tasting disappointment sets in. The taste reminds me of a too young port that needs 5 more years in the bottle before it is ready for its coming out party. It is thick on the mouth and it is hard to finish a whole 8 oz snifter. Rev take my advice and throw this in a bottle or a cask for 6-12 months.

After the treat that Thee Destroyer and RepoMan Rye were this was a big setback for Revolution. Hopefully this is but a bump in the road for one of Chicago's best up and coming breweries.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Revolution's new barleywine which was the first beer recommended by the server, sounds great, right? Not such much, what is this mess. The description is an American style English barleywine. The Englishness shows off right away in the aroma which is dead and boring. Light caramel, hops, skunky???...The looks is an ugly clear garnet with a light tan head, great lacing though. Not what a bw should look like...The taste is an equal disaster boring dark fruits, caramel and LOTS of alcohol on the finish.

A train wreck, avoid.

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