V.S.O. Gravedigger
Revolution Brewing

V.S.O. GravediggerV.S.O. Gravedigger
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #1
Ranked #524
4.48 | pDev: 3.57%
Today at 03:58 AM
Mar 15, 2023
Aged two winters, our beloved imperial Scotch ale ascends from Eagle Rare, Elijah Craig, and WhistlePig Rye barrels ready to satiate thirst or rebel against the crown. Notes of toffee, maple, and dried fruit accented with subtle beechwood smokiness smoulder within an oak structure as sturdy as a stone hearth.
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Rated: 4.3 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Today at 03:58 AM
Rated: 4.75 by admonster00 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2024
Rated: 4.42 by Sparky44 from Illinois

Jan 21, 2024
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Medium brown body with a large beige head. Aromas of molasses, bourbon, caramel malts, slight earth, some dark wood and date. Taste adds some sassafras, dried cherries and mild yeast. Feel has plenty of smooth malt and barrel character, but the yeast in combination with high carb create an elevated finish with a little snarl. This is a unique new world barrel treatment meeting an old world style and it working beautifully. The wife liked it
Jan 16, 2024
Rated: 4.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Jan 15, 2024
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Reviewed by mschrei from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
I understand how this is the number one Scotch ale, as it really ticks all the boxes. It’s strong with the barrel, it’s got the dark fruit and caramel notes, and it’s the perfect balance of sweet and boozy. Excellent!
Dec 16, 2023
Rated: 4.66 by Hopelessly0 from California

Dec 14, 2023
Rated: 4.61 by kodt from Illinois

Nov 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Roguer from Connecticut

4.24/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Good head production; retention is poor, although that's to be expected.

Aroma is massive and impressive, giving off strong impressions of whiskey, oak, caramel, honeycomb, and brown sugar. Lesser notes of chocolate, dark fruit, nuts, and coffee.

Very similar on the palate, albeit less impressive overall. Nothing is remotely off, but the whole may not be greater than the sum of its parts. On the plus side, those individual parts are pretty great on their own. Tasting notes are similar to the nose, with bourbon definitely leading the way. Quite hot on the palate - again, expected, but noteworthy.
Nov 09, 2023
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Reviewed by Franziskaner from Missouri

4.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Black in color with no light penetration. No discernible head. There’s a wallop of sweet malt, vanilla, and bourbon. I’m tasting a lot of sweet malt, bourbon, and vanilla. The mouth is sticky, chewy, boozy.
Oct 29, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.41/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
12oz can from Tavour. Dark brown pour, still. Aroma is sweet and malty, raisins, bourbon. Taste is sweet, light peated malts, prunes, tobacco, molasses, whiskey and can initial blast of warmth. Smooth, sweet, slick, with a touch of dryness at the finish.
Oct 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.46/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
poured from a 12oz can into a revolution deep woods tumbler. pours a chestnut brown but gathers in the glass nearly black with almost two fingers of sandy brown foam. always crazy to me how much head these rev deep woods cans throw. the foam is quick to fade into nothing leaving this looking like a dark barleywine. aromas of bourbon, oak, molasses and caramel. get a little wet cardboard and leather as it warms. taste mostly follows. it’s as massive as it is drinkable, which is quite impressive. it’s the perfect fall or winter strong ale. it’s like a mix of a barleywine and a winter ale on steroids aged in bourbon barrels that are also on steroids. medium-full mouthfeel. certainly nowhere near thin but also carbonated enough to give it some zip. this was really good. very ambitious as this was always going to be an outcast in the VSO (pricier) lineup.
Oct 23, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can. 2023z Tan head that fades. Dark brown color.

Figs, plums, caramel, toffee, vanilla, baker’s chocolate, raisins/grapes, oak, lots of whiskey and rye. Maple and char. Warming. Strong but smooth. Lots going on here. Very complex. Smokey, fudge coconut bourbon finish.

Fantastic scotch ale.
Oct 15, 2023
Rated: 4.43 by fthegiants from California

Oct 13, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by Holderness from Massachusetts

Oct 08, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by Gkruszewski from New York

Oct 01, 2023
Rated: 4.71 by Odysseyalien from New Jersey

Oct 01, 2023
Rated: 4.56 by loganburgh from Michigan

Sep 19, 2023
Rated: 4.44 by mig100 from Texas

Sep 13, 2023
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
12 ounce can into a snifter. Canned 4/4/23, had 8/27/23. Also had on tap at April release.

Pours a ruby brown color, semi opaque, with a half inch foamy head and light foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, caramel, figs, rye, malt, dates, some vanilla and oak. Smells slightly smoky. Flavors of bourbon, figs, rye, caramel, malt, dates, leather, vanilla, some oak and brown sugar. Smooth, semi dry, a very good medium body, well carbonated.

Excellent. Has a big barrel presence overall, and the spicy and bold rye barrels add a lot of character. Has an array of distinct and expressive aromas and flavors. This is a top level Deep Wood entry- which says a lot.
Sep 11, 2023
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 56 ratings