Double Barrel V.S.O.J.
Revolution Brewing

Double Barrel V.S.O.J.Double Barrel V.S.O.J.
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #2
Ranked #57
4.74 | pDev: 6.12%
Today at 06:08 PM
Oct 23, 2022
Double Barrel V.S.O.J.Double Barrel V.S.O.J.
Notes: Double Barrel Very Special Old Jacket is a cuvée of barrel-aged English Barleywines aged between one and three years before blending and rebarreling in Templeton Rye barrels for an additional eighteen months. This years-long maturation results in harmonic malt complexity and uncharted depths of flavor. A smattering of French oak casks provides a barrel expression as broad as it is intense. The absolute pinnacle of our Barleywine journey to date.
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Rated: 4.9 by clay23 from New York

Today at 06:08 PM
Rated: 4.88 by ToddBeans from Kentucky

Today at 04:37 PM
Rated: 4.96 by Chilmer from Iowa

Yesterday at 12:00 AM
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
On tap at the Gnome Craft Pub in St. Paul 1/20/2023. Boozy, sweet and thick. For me this is about as good as a barleywine can get.
Monday at 07:09 PM
Rated: 4.57 by Affinity from Missouri

Mar 23, 2023
Rated: 4.92 by Appearanceswc from Virginia

Mar 22, 2023
Rated: 4.45 by BeerRay from Rhode Island

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by Jinx989 from Illinois

Mar 18, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 5 by Ajlvt from Washington

Mar 13, 2023
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Canned 12/29/22; drank 3/10/23 @ the Yarchives.

Mostly opaque brown/orange/purple appearance.

A slow pour yielded a small, noisy tan head which quickly dissipated; no lace.

Leather, oak, caramel, bourbon & faint plum notes in the nose.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

Fig, leather, oak & plum flavors up front; bourbon heat & faint raspberry notes on the finish.

After a subpar V.S.O.J. in 2021, this restores my faith in the project. Fantastic.
Mar 11, 2023
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Reviewed by Jaycase from Illinois

4.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Canned 12/29/2022

a: extremely dark ruby in color with one finger khaki colored head, which recedes fairly quickly (and noisily by the way) to a razor thin line around the edge of the glass.
s: caramel, molasses, loads of dark fruit (raisin, plum), vanilla & oak
t: more melted caramel, molasses, brown sugar, raisin/plum, vinous, sweet bourbon, vanilla and some rye added in for good measure.
m: high viscosity (thick & quick sticky), medium carbonation.
o: Wow, this is fantabulous. Just an outstanding barrel aged barelywine from Rev, which is unsurprising from them given their track record. I cannot fairly compare it with VSOJ as I've not had that beer in some time. What I can say is this beer delivers. Well done once again, Rev.
Mar 11, 2023
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Rated by EtienneR from Netherlands

5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Great nose, dried fruit, alcohol, vanilla, boozy, caramel
Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 4.81 by thewimperoo from Illinois

Mar 07, 2023
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.98/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
Hype confirmed.

Rich, decadent, layered caramel w/ chocolate-covered raisin, crème brûlée, & warming booze on the finish. Usually the mouthfeel from Rev throws me off, but it’s a touch heavier here, and the carbonation works in its favor to cut the sweetness throughout.
Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Narthax from Texas

Mar 04, 2023
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Mar 02, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by akk14 from Illinois

Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 4.99 by eawolff99 from Minnesota

Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 5 by osseo222000 from Illinois

Feb 28, 2023
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Feb 28, 2023
Rated: 4.78 by M_chav from New Mexico

Feb 27, 2023
Rated: 5 by Gambyt20 from Illinois

Feb 26, 2023
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Reviewed by emerge077 from Illinois

4.37/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Dark amber brown, sticky syrupy viscosity, not much foam or lace to speak of.

Leathery aroma, maple, toffee, noticeable oxidation.

Rich flavors of bourbon, rye, and toffee. Waves of caramelize sugars reminiscent of maple or the brown sugar bourbon glaze I make sometimes for smoked ham. Thick chewy feel, syrupy and chewy.

Overall it’s very good and fun to try, lots of rarity being tasted here it seems. Nice to try at a local fest, and not jumping through hoops to buy it. It’s the best BA BW i’ve had, that goes to OG Wooden Hell, King Henry, and MOAS.
Feb 26, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.87 by Jcoleman4 from Ohio

Feb 24, 2023
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Feb 24, 2023
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Feb 22, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by rstump24 from Ohio

Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.85 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.78 by notchucknorris from California

Feb 21, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by Dharms from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by not2quick from Missouri

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.64 by stortore from Illinois

Feb 20, 2023
Rated: 4.9 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Feb 20, 2023
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Canned 12/29/22

Here it is, the beer that got my to finally use Tavour after I’ve had it downloaded for years. Once I heard that they might get some I got my ass right on there. After just recently finally getting to try regular VSOJ, the timing is perfect for this insanely decadent double barrel aged version. Let’s see if it lives up to the hype

Pours an opaque dark brown with a finger of tan head that quickly fades to nothing and leaves no lacing but has wonderful legs

This shows so much complexity on the nose, similar to VSOJ but leaning more heavily into the fruit. I'm picking up on aromas of dates, sweet bourbon, molasses, roasted peanut, fig, brown sugar, toasted oak, burnt caramel, rye bread, tobacco, and light vanilla

For everything going on here, this has a gentle evolution to it. Super complex but I wouldn't call it aggressive. On the front end of the sip I'm tasting sweet bourbon, toasted oak, fig, black cherry, sweet maple, molasses, burnt caramel, rye bread, toffee, light vanilla, and red grape. The swallow brings notes of charred oak, sweet bourbon, roasted peanut, cocoa powder, black cherry, toasted walnut, tobacco, sticky caramel, vanilla, molasses, light port wine, and rye bread

A medium full body pairs with gentle carbonation, resulting in a slick beer. Finishes mostly dry and not anywhere near the listed 16.8%. Barleywine should not go down this easy

Holy shit, this is amazing. It's up there with some of the best beers I've ever had. I loved VSOJ, but this definitely beats it out. I'm so glad I got back on Tavour for this, and even more glad I have another can left
Feb 19, 2023
Rated: 4.54 by crobinso from Colorado

Feb 18, 2023
Rated: 4.64 by chippo33 from Vermont

Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
This one pours a golden dark brown-ish color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like concentrated caramel syrup, port wine, charred oak, floral spice, vanilla, black cherry paste, spicy rye, and milk chocolate.

This is much sweeter than regular VSOJ, and really most of the Revolution oeuvre. It’s a knock only in that it makes regular VSOJ better to me – but Revolution is really only in competition with itself and the rest of its dense and malty catalogue. We all win in this competition. The barrel character is immense here, sticky sweet, but charred and almost floral, with lots of rye and almost port-like flavors.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, like concentrated barleywine jelly almost. It’s not really boozy at all.

Revolution calls this the pinnacle of their barrel program. For some it might be – but regular VSOJ is the zenith for me. Nonetheless, this is just stupid good and I’m so glad to be able to try it.
Feb 17, 2023
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Though it appears to be an opaque mahogany, it's actually a dark yet clear garnet with a short tan head that quickly disperses to a sparsely bubbly film.

Sweet dark fruit forward maple explodes right up front before gliding into several threads of insane char complexities like vanilla creme brulee and candied pecan all exhaling warming salted caramels.

At first seeming too sweet, it impresses more after each sip. While this is surely a beautiful beer, I'm not not sure I prefer it over "regular" (anything but) VSOJ.
Feb 13, 2023
Double Barrel V.S.O.J. from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 57 ratings