Barrel-Aged "The General" | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Molasses Porter aged in a Heaven Hill rye whiskey barrel.

Added by AgentZero on 07-07-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by moju:
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5/5  rDev +17.6%

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the brewpub; served in a snifter.

A: Nearly perfect black with a one-finger head. This isn't too strong (for -bal stouts, that is), so I expected a little more foam...oh well. It's a little too cold, so I let it warm up while I eat my meal. I'll have it with the bourbon peach cobbler for dessert.

S: Wonderful aromas: vanilla and oak from the barrels; a bit of booze throughout. Caramel and molasses are strong and tempting.

T: Another great beer from Revolution. There's a decent amount of chocolate malt in this, no doubt. The booze is subsided and the molasses and bourbon really take the stage here. It's very complex and incredibly smooth.

D: Mouthfeel is heavy and sits on the tongue like a lead nugget. Alcohol is apparent, but not palate-destroying. The flavours are big and in-your-face, but I suppose that is the point with this kind of beer.

Overall: Great beer, no doubt. My only complaint is that the flavours are almost too much for the ABV. 9% is no small amount, but it almost seems like 11 or 12 would be better suited to hold these monster flavours and mouthfeel. However, this beer is just further proof that the folks at Revolution have mastered both the delicate, lower ABV styles and the massive sluggers. Great brew!

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Photo of GbVDave
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Revolution 7/12/11.

A: Served a deep, dark brown capped with a thin wafer of off-white foam. Retention was decent with the head lasting for a bit before turning into a creamy collar.

S: Awesome noseful of rich roasty malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and a little raisin or fig.

T: Close to above with a bit more bourbon. Fudge and molassas turn up as does a tiny bit of barrel wood. Loads of dark fruit.

M: Very full and coating. Low carbonation makes for an exceedingly silky mouthfeel.

O: Excellent Porter. After drinking stuff like this from Revolution, I curse myself for not going there more often.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black beer that barely looks brown on the edges. Off-white head that leaves some spots on the sides.

S - If you told me this was Bourbon County Stout based on the nose I would believe you. Rich, smooth bourbon, chocolate, smooth vanilla, a little bit of barrel. Everything blends together greatly, and it doesn't smell hot at all.

T - Smooth, rich chocolate with a little bit of roasted malt. Bourbon is present, but not hot. Vanilla, a little bit of wood, slight bit of dark fruit, this is a great blend. Unlike BCS, which is what I was thinking going in, this is definitely a porter, but one that is big enough not to be overwhelmed by the bourbon.

M - Smooth, lower carbonation, very full bodied.

O - Great beer and highly drinkable. Easy to do multiple glasses at 9%. The folks at revolution are doing some great stuff.

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4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of Sean9689
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap a Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours black, tan head, thin collar.

S - Toasted malts, roast, Heaven Hill Rye, oak, some vanilla and caramel notes in there as well. Nice barrel-aging integration on the base beer, and the HH works out well.

T - Malts, roast, light toffee, barrel, Heaven Hill, light chocolate, and vanilla. Again, not overly boozy...the barrel works will with the base beer. Alcohol is hidden decently well. Finish is roast and booze with some sweetness.

M - Medium body, lighter carbonation, creamy finish.

O - A nice BA porter that most everyone seemed to enjoy. The booze was nice and the base beer complimented the Heave Hill Rye barrels. Good stuff, would have again.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at FoBAB. Served in the accompanying taster glass.

A - Two fingers of tan foam settle to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lacing. Body is pitch black. Impressive.

S - Oak and vanilla, molasses, whiskey, cocoa powder, roasted malts, nuts, hint of rye, and minimal alcohol presence. Potent nose, with great flavor integration.

T - Taste is more heavy on the molasses and milk chocolate - would almost guess lactose sugar although I'm pretty sure that's not the case. Barrel influence is less pronounced, with plenty of vanilla and mild oak and whiskey. Lots of chocolate milkshake flavors present.

M - Medium body, but not out of character for a porter. Smooth and creamy texture, lower carbonation, and some alcohol warmth present in the finish.

D - Thicken up the texture a bit and this would be top of its class - its merely excellent at this point. It's good that Revolution doesn't do growlers of these -bal brews, because they'd run out of these beers even faster than they already do. Hopefully they make this gem again.

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Photo of sidetracked
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution.

Very dark brown in color with a thin light brown head. Thin ring of small bubbles lingers around the edge for the whole glass.

Nice aroma of bourbon, vanilla, and a little molasses sweetness.

Taste upfront is moderate bourbon, roasted malts, slightly sweet molasses, and a little raisin-like fruitiness. Bourbon, vanilla, and wood are predominant at the finish along with sweet molasses. Lingering flavors of bitter unsweetened chocolate, wood, and bourbon.

Medium to full bodied and slightly creamy with low carbonation. Some alcohol heat at the finish as it warms.

Overall a great bourbon presence that isn't too overpowering. Nice sweetness that is kept in check by the bourbon and a light bitterness. The body feels very much like a porter, yet the flavor is much more robust than most. Very easy to drink ... I could have easily had another. A great beer.


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Photo of readbaron
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, nearly black with a bit brown at the edges when held up to the light. A bit of off white foam that quickly dissipates into a ring with some nice lacing on the edges of the snifter.

Smells good once you let it warm up. At first it's subtle - rich chocolate, smooth bourbon and vanilla are all present. As it warms the bourbon becomes a bit more noticeable, but dark fruit also adds itself to the already pleasant nose, and the aroma intensifies.

This is an awesome porter. I'm always a bit dubious when I hear of bourbon porters since they can be overwhelmed, but this holds up. Chocolate, vanilla and oak are all present, with a strong, but not overwhelming bourbon finish. It's a sipper, but not as rich and sweet as BBA stouts tend to be.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit heavy for a porter, but not sticky, and well shy of stout territory. It's well carbonated, and nearly creamy.

Overall, another tasty brew from revolution. These guys know thier way around bourbon barrels.

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Barrel-Aged "The General" from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 13 ratings