Straight Jacket
Revolution Brewing

Straight JacketStraight Jacket
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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
English Barleywine
Ranked #31
Ranked #879
4.34 | pDev: 7.37%
Oct 29, 2023
Sep 08, 2011
Our barleywine features American and Belgian malts which provide the base of this extraordinary ale. 12 months in Bourbon barrels.

2011 - 13.5% ABV
2012 - 13.0% ABV
2013 - 13.0% ABV
2014 - 13.0% ABV
2015 - 13.0% ABV
2016 - 13.0% ABV
2017 - 12.2% ABV
2018 - 13.1% ABV
2019 - 15.8% ABV
2020 - 15.0% ABV
2021 - 15.8% ABV
2022 - 15.0% ABV
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Reviewed by HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark cloudy brownish amber appearance.
Medium light carbonation with an above average body.
Aroma is caramel,bourbon,dark fruit upfront. Theres malt and wood as well and it all blends perfectly.
Taste is almost identical to aroma with the high abv being well hidden for the most part.
Overall I'm not usually a fan of barleywine but I would seek this out again
Oct 29, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by freewill35 from Indiana

Sep 30, 2023
Rated: 4.65 by SayBoom from Ukraine

Aug 11, 2023
Rated: 4.75 by timmy2b from New York

Aug 08, 2023
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

4.06/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Sipping on this Straight Jacket, but I don’t need one because I feel straight up in thought. My mind is not in disarray. And in fact, I feel a bit gay. A four leaf clover I have picked. And while sipping the thang, I feel that I have the winning ticket. Maybe not one that could buy all that can be; but still to feel kind of pumped, and to still be me: sometimes a lion that roars, but other times a butterfly floating with ease. As for yourself, I suggest that you sip on a Straight jacket, and see where you might be.
May 23, 2023
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Reviewed by ilikebeer03 from Texas

4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned: 10/27/2022
Drank: 5/12/2023
Pour is a deep amber / mahogany, with a half finger of light khaki head that fades quickly to the slightest cap on the glass and ring around the edges. No lacing.
Nose is caramel, toffee, raisin, soft bourbon, honey
Taste: follows nose. upfront, toffee, caramel, hints of raisin, all layered over soft bourbon, lightly nutty. Definitely a sweet sipper. 15% ABV is very well hidden.
May 13, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

May 11, 2023
Rated: 4.37 by HopBelT from Belgium

Apr 16, 2023
Rated: 4.38 by mig100 from Texas

Mar 26, 2023
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Reviewed by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
12oz can. Stamped on can bottom is 'FILLED OCT/27/2022'.
Ruby brown colored body. Brief lasting off white to beige head, leaving a partial skim and thin ring. No lacing.
Aroma of sweet caramel and bourbon oak barrel, with a touch of dark fruit raisin.
Taste is creamy caramel and toffee, with a background of bourbon oak barrel. Also there is dark fruit raisin. The sweetness lingers in the aftertaste.
Thicker mouth feel, with a creamy texture. Quiet carbonation.
The high ABV% is very well hidden, but does still appear more in the nasal passages. Lots of sweet caramel flavors and some raisin.
Feb 23, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by dexterk1 from Illinois

Feb 22, 2023
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
2022 Batch! Sweet caramel-toffee, hint of butterscotch, faint hint of raisins, and vanilla bourbon barrel nose on this one! Very nice aromatics! Taste follows with a brown sugar sweet malty and bourbon boozy it warms, a little hoppy bitterness starts to peek out at the end of the swallow. This finishes A little thin IMO, but it is well-executed and well-balanced. Good stuff!
Feb 20, 2023
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Rated by Sandis from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 version poured from a 12oz can into a snifter. I absolutely love this offering every year. Sweet chewy toffee goodness.
Feb 19, 2023
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Reviewed by TerryMills from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2022 can ..

Proper barleywine ... Sweet enough to completely hide the 15% alc but still light/thin enough to drink quickly..

This one could get you in trouble
Feb 14, 2023
Rated: 4.42 by ppavlick from New Jersey

Feb 11, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jan 26, 2023
Rated: 4.59 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama

Dec 28, 2022
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Canned 10/27/22

I’m so goad this year’s round of Straight Jacket hit Massachusetts. I didn’t even know it was coming, but I was at my local store and there it was, just a single 4-pack left. Naturally, I picked up the whole thing. Let’s see what this legendary beer is all about

Pours a muddy reddish brown with a finger of light tan head that fades to a thin cap and leaves minimal lacing

The nose shows a really nice balance of fruit and malt complexity. I’m picking up on aromas of fig, toasted pecan, molasses, brown sugar, stewed cherry, pear skin, sweet bourbon, toasted oak, and light vanilla. Really not much of a booze presence for 15%

The booze most certainly shines through more in taste, and it actually elevates the flavors of this one. On the front end of the sip I’m tasting molasses, sweet bourbon, caramel, toasted oak, baked apple, vanilla, stewed cherry, dark bread, and light peach. The swallow brings notes of earthy bourbon, molasses, toasted oak, tobacco, burnt caramel, baked apple, toasted pecan, stewed cherry, and toffee

A medium full body pairs with moderate carbonation, resulting in a slick and boozy beer. Finishes bone dry with a warming alcohol presence

This is truly awesome stuff. Super complex and somehow rather drinkable despite the abv. I’m thrilled I got a 4-pack, but I cannot wait to get my hands on some VSOJ
Dec 28, 2022
Rated: 4.31 by shelby415 from Oregon

Dec 22, 2022
Rated: 3.83 by snowmageddon from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2022
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