Straight Jacket
Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #20
Ranked #894
4.34 | pDev: 7.37%
Aug 06, 2022
Sep 08, 2011
Straight JacketStraight Jacket
Notes: Our barleywine features American and Belgian malts which provide the base of this extraordinary ale. After 12 months in bourbon barrels, the award-winning Straight Jacket® emerges with notes of stone fruit, toasted coconut, molasses, and vanilla, coming in waves as you swirl the glass. Enjoy now or store cold.

55 IBU
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Rated: 4.22 by festizio from California

Aug 06, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Courtesy of @ovaltine NBS BIF 15...

Pours a leathery brown with really nice hints of red, especially when held to light. Crystal clear, nice off white creamy head to start, settles to a ring and cirrus clouds of thin thin off white in the middle.

Smell is beautiful, caramelized sugars, leather, oak and bourbon, even picking up some coconut I sometimes get from bourbon; maybe even a little bit of red apple skin. You can smell its high ABV but not in a boozy or ethanol type of way.

Taste just as pleasant as the nose, and perfectly balanced. I get the same caramelized sugar with the red apple skin; followed up by leathery bourbon and oak; I remember always saying Jack Daniels had a leather quality to it, that is what this beer gives off to me. The sweetness is just the perfect amount and melds so well with all the flavors.

Big body but insanely smooth; it has a really creamy soft carbonation to it. There is no heat other than a super slow building warmth in the back of the throat. There in interesting little tannin bite that I get in the back of my throat as the sip goes down.
May 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
L: Hazy light brown body with an amber tint, uneven light colored head that leaves a swirl on the surface.
S: Very rich. Figs, molasses, and whisky. A hint of vanilla and nuts, some toffee, and coconut.
T: Also rich. Upfront molasses and bourbon, dominating the palate, followed by figs and honey, then a touch of hoppy spice, and finishing with toffee, vanilla, and roasty notes.
F: Moderate carbonation, and quite smooth despite the very present alcohol.
O: My new favorite barleywine. The body is very sweet and alcoholic, but the finish is prolonged enough to balance everything out. I especially like the nuttiness. Definitely going to try the variants of this beer.
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 release,15% from Belmont Station.

A dark brown with a rapidly receding brown head. The nose is a banger of a barleywine, rich, layered with dark fruit, bourbon, wood, vanilla, dark caramel, toffee. The 15% alcohol is noticeable, complementing the malt and lending a mild dryness to the beer. The palate opens full with caramel, toffee, vanilla, bourbon and coconut. Warming, fruity, with a combination of wood tannins and alcohol to contribute to a sensation of dryness on the palate. Softly carbonated, warming, vanilla and woody on the finish. Excellent.
May 08, 2022
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Reviewed by gatornation from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours dark golden copper color with a tan head . Smell has toffee,fruit,caramel char and hops. Taste follows the nose with nice whiskey barrel up front, then with toffee,dates and malts . Mouth feel is sweet hoppy with great barrel. A delightful BA Barleywine.
Apr 20, 2022
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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Look - Fantastic dark brown with a big thick milky tannish white head and sticky lacing and rimming
Smell - a ton of barrel with a fig molasses toffee
Taste - Sweet caramel molasses toffee fig with a really nice barrel
Feel - medium full body and creamy with a very light carb
Overall - just a fantastic ba bw
Apr 03, 2022
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Reviewed by DIM from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Canned 11/4/21

Another fantastic offering from Revolution's Deep Wood series. Richly decadent toffee in huge amounts augmented by hints of vanilla and plums bathing in warming pool of top shelf bourbon. Hits all the right marks, just everything I want and a barrel aged English barleywine. More than any other brewery out there, I want these folks distributing in my area.
Apr 01, 2022
Rated: 4.12 by KT3418 from Colorado

Mar 24, 2022
Rated: 5 by doctorgary from New York

Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by MacMalt from New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Received from @fbarber in the NBS BIF #14. Poured into a Revolution "Deep Wood Series" glass also received from Mr. Barber. It pours a dark ruby color with two fingers of fluffy, light khaki-colored head and thick lacing. The smell offers buttery caramel and raisin along with roasted malt and just a whiff of bourbon. The taste is strong and sweet with notes of caramel, buttered toffee, molasses, coconut, raisin, and perhaps a hint of fig. The bourbon influence is subtle and sweet. It has a moderately creamy mouth feel with pleasant carbonation, and it's definitely on the boozy side at 15% ABV. Overall, Straight Jacket is a superb English Barleywine that merits its World-Class BA score.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by minstrelwb from Indiana

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Top of the line barleywine. The burnt toffee and caramel tastes rule with fig and molasses hitting first. The abvs hit you in strong fashion. Excellent beer.
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4.26 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Feb 12, 2022
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Rated by Furlinator from California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Vintage 2021.
Jan 24, 2022
Rated: 4.35 by TargaFlorio from Indiana

Jan 15, 2022
Rated: 4.39 by DVMin98 from North Carolina

Jan 10, 2022
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured at fridge temp, but allowed to warm a bit. Almost zero head on the pour, but a steady flow of bubbles traveling up the sides of the glass. Pours very dark brown. Looks fantastic.

The nose is a delight. Toffee hits immediately. Figs, vanilla, maple, and a nice barrel presence.

The taste is great. This is where it shines. Molasses, burnt toffee, figs, prunes, raisins, candy, malts, bourbon, and some boozy notes. The ABV isn't overly hidden, but is balanced out by the sweetness. Vanilla is there as well. It's a tad syrupy, but not enough to be off-putting. The aftertaste is sweet, but also has a woody note to it.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied. Overall, a fantastic BA barleywine. I'm glad I have a few more!
Jan 09, 2022
Rated: 3.89 by Rubicj from Massachusetts

Dec 23, 2021
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 FL OZ can
Served in a snifter

This beer pours a deep mahogany hue with ruby highlights. It is topped with a fleeting head.

Notes of caramel and vanilla. HInts of booze. It has a dessert smell to it. I get some dates and figs. Brown sugar.

Caramel and vanilla flavor. The alcohol is hidden better in the taste. Toffee. Caramelized sugar.

Full bodied with an oily mouthfeel

Barleywines are an excellent style of beer to age in bourbon barrels. Might be one of my favorite styles. This beer is excellent. I have had better, but I like this one a lot.
Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by o29 from Texas

Dec 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by BEER88 from Washington

Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Look - dark dark honey with faint head and lacing
Smell- heavy sweet molasses figs and dates
Taste- heavy thick molasses, dates, honey and hint of warmth from high ABV
Feel - faint carbonation, very thick
Overall- this is a classic English barleywine. Very heavy. One will do you!
Dec 20, 2021
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Reviewed by gudbrande from Minnesota

4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
2021 vintage canned November 4th. Light carbonation, very deep brown color, darker than the 2020 vintage if I remember correctly. Nose is complex, rich caramel, sweet bourbon, almost a chocolate component. The flavor follows with rich caramel, sweet malt, a bit of boozy heat. Mouthfeel is spot on, coats well but isn't syrupy. A fantastic BA barleywine
Dec 19, 2021
Rated: 4 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 4.55 by Dope from Massachusetts

Nov 11, 2021
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
12/30/20 can.

A nice change of pace from the weightier Barleywines I’ve been drinking. Great barrel presence balanced by notes of toasted coconut, brown sugar, and toffee. I prefer a little less carbonation but the overall profile is spot on.
Aug 10, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by mush from Illinois

Aug 07, 2021
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark caramel color with a 4F head in a tulip.

Aroma: deep oak, molasses, and fruit.

Very smooth, silky MF.

Great taste: deep oak, molasses intensifies.

The finish is not bitter-just right.

Love this beer.
Jun 17, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by Jangoon24 from Illinois

Jun 08, 2021
Rated: 4.18 by smi69 from New York

Apr 22, 2021
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Reviewed by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Pours a clear mahogany to ruby with a fluffy off white head. Aroma is caramel, raisin, vanilla. Flavor follows, a bit rummy and dark fruit, super rich. Feel is perfect, alcohol is terrifyingly hidden, not overly sticky or boozy but still hefty. Perfect carbonation level. This is basically what I imagine when I think of a barrel aged barleywine. Phenomenal stuff.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

3.84/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to FBarber for this one. 12oz can (dated 11/5/2020) poured into 12oz goblet. poured a fairly dense (just translucent enough to barely see my fingers through) deep mahogany color with 1/4 inch of tan head that had low retention and no lacing.

The aroma hit all the expected notes: rich, deep malts, a bit of caramel, some grain, and, unsurprisingly, a hit of alcohol.

Pretty similar on the tongue, hittin' all the notes, nothing unique, but very well done.

The body was full, thicc, smooth, and had a sweet finish that lingered.

Drinkability was great, if it wasn't for that slight hit of alcohol, you wouldn't know it was 15+%.

Overall, a very well done Barleywine. A must-try if you see it.
Apr 11, 2021
Rated: 4.43 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Mar 30, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Latest release can from JohnnyHops.
Mar 20, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by bruindre from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2021
Rated: 4.72 by Chilmer from Iowa

Feb 28, 2021
Rated: 4.39 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2021
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Reviewed by hoptheology from South Dakota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can, dated 10/31/19, 15.8% ABV, into Ellipsis trophy glass.

A scotch-y murky dark caramel with a butter colored head of 2 fingers. Recedes to 1, leaving spotty lacing.

Aroma of soaked sappy barrel, caramel candy, fig, peat, brown sugar, molasses, and toffee.

Flavor is a lot smoother than expected, and has a huge caramel presence followed by raisins, rum cake, crisp toffee, wet bourbon barrel, tobacco, molasses, caramel sauce, and a nip of balanced piney hop.

Feel is sticky and creamy, medium plus bodied, hard carbonation, incredibly well-hidden alcohol for the ABV (16%, are you kidding me?), and a sticky, semi-hot finish.

Overall, I definitely was expecting to be blown away by this. It didn't quite get me there, but this is still one of the better barleywines I've ever had. Would probably purchase again.
Feb 21, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Thank you TomFoolery_x for letting me try this one.

12oz can - dated 10/31/19 - poured into a cognac snifter at 45°F.

Pours a dull, ruddy brown - sitting opaque and looking like muddy water in the glass. Zero head, collar, or any sign of life.

Nose: Big, classic, no nonsense malt and barrel. The malt is fairly light, not lending much roast, with big brown sugar, burned toffee, and dark fruit notes. Prune, raisin, and a touch of cherry. A slight savoury character underneath, and some grape-like sweetness. The barrel is potent and in your face, with lots of splintery, charred, bourbon-soaked oak. Prune becomes more apparent with time, as well as some boozy heat.

Palate: Straight Jacket greets the palate with semi-sweet English-style malt, with dense brown sugar, caramel, toffee, and even a touch of darker molasses notes. Plenty of dark fruit, with prune, raisin, dried cherry, and fig. The barrel presence is a force to be reckoned with. Just a wall of bourbon barrel - oaky, charry, and dense, lending lots of vanilla, butterscotch, coconut, and a huge, tannic woody char. This tannic charred oak swoops in and dries the malt out quickly, and lends a bit of woody bitterness, setting it up for a dry, oaky, biting finish.

Mouthfeel/Body: Straight Jacket sports a medium body - full, heavy, and bold, but taking a much more classic approach, foregoing the big thick feel of today's hype barleywines, in favour of letting the malt and ABV speak for itself. It's remarkably drinkable given its nearly 16% ABV. Effervescence is predictably restrained, but there's a hint of fizz there. Minimal stickiness, respectful warmth.

Overall: Overall: This is really a beautiful execution of English-style barleywine. While there's nothing fancy, crazy, or even terribly unique about this one, it takes the style platform, and really dials in every little detail for easily one of the most true and authentic examples I've seen, with a fantastic barrel presence. Right down the line, a classic BBA English barleywine.
Feb 16, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by DMarlinJ from Michigan

Feb 07, 2021
Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
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