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 #22
4.73 | pDev: 5.07%
Mar 08, 2024
Oct 23, 2022
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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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Had on tap. V.S.O.J. is one of my favorite beers of all time. So there is no way this can meet that bar.... right? Expand the barrel character of vsoj and add more gushing caramel up front, resulting in a taste that is the epitome of barrel candy with enough barley and oak to balance. Body is lush and stupid smooth with plenty of booze backing. Smell is the one area that is simpler than the orignal just because the barrels are so strong (and beautiful), fitting my conclusions of the beer: it is more potent and deep, but not as complex and drinkable, a very warm sipper that is so rewarding. The wife loved it. Well done rev again!
Mar 08, 2024
Rated: 4.75 by imyourhero21 from California

Feb 27, 2024
Rated: 4.73 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Feb 18, 2024
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Darker in color compared to straight jacket. Very smooth with so much depth. Compared to the regular straight jacket, this one is far more robust, less sweet, but with heavy prunes, toffee, bourbon, and even a hint of white wine. No alcohol burn so you have to watch yourself!
Jan 22, 2024
Rated: 4.92 by Tbone10 from Wisconsin

Dec 29, 2023
Rated: 4.96 by mrtomatohead49 from Georgia

Dec 13, 2023
Rated: 4.66 by Original_Gravity from Washington

Dec 06, 2023
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Reviewed by sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
sampling a 12 oz can poured into my snifter at cellar temp. Date stamp is 12/29/2022.
The beer pours a dark rich mahogany color into my glass. Only the lightest tints of light get through the glass.
A fizzy beige head of 1 cm foams up but fades to a thin edge layer quickly after the pour. The edging does stick around for most of the sampling.
Aroma is toffee, brown sugar, some bourbony/rye sweetness, a bit of dry wooden barrel, almost like a popsicle stick note. There are hints of fusol booze here too, but no hop notes that I can detect.
First sip reveals a fairly robust body and syrupy texture. Carbonation is fine and tingly, sticky coating on my palate after each sip. Swallow reveals a bit of warmth on the finish. Physical traits make this a sipping beer.
Flavor is similar to what the nose predicts with malt forward character. I get toffee, brown sugar and general malt sweetness. There is a rye/bourbon note that carries through for sure and I keep tasting maple syrup, even though I dont think thats an additive. I dont get any hop character on this beer. Booze is limited to warmth, with no peppery bite or spiciness.
A sweeter sipping beer that I am enjoying and very happy to have had the chance to drink tonight while watching Dallas vs Seattle.
Dec 01, 2023
Rated: 5 by mwvman from Indiana

Nov 28, 2023
Rated: 4.64 by mjpolzin from Wisconsin

Nov 25, 2023
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

4.81/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
12oz. Can I to a BBT snifter.

Pours coca cola. Near flat. No head, no lace. Super thick, oily lace. Nose is rich and aromatic. Notes of nutmeg, hazelnut, brown sugar, and molasses. Booze is apparent but subtle. Beer opens chocolate, brown sugar, anise, and dried dark fruit. Molasses, barrel, sweet cream, and breakfast syrup in the middle and end. Oak, some tobacco, and burnt brown sugar at the end and aftertaste. Body is medium to full with low carbonation. Slick and oily on the palate and goes down rich and slightly boozy. Dry, lingering aftertaste that goes on for days.

This is the perfect English Barleywine. Insanely well integrated and complementary flavor profile with a body to match. Incredible.
Nov 23, 2023
Rated: 5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Nov 22, 2023
Rated: 5 by sordyl from Illinois

Oct 20, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by kodt from Illinois

Oct 16, 2023
Rated: 4.6 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Sep 30, 2023
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Rated by Radcpa from Washington

4.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bossy excellent flavor a little thin
Sep 28, 2023
Rated: 4.63 by buking21 from Massachusetts

Sep 24, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by akopczyk from Ohio

Sep 05, 2023
Rated: 4.67 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Sep 03, 2023