Straight Jacket | Revolution Brewing

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: British Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 13.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
(Barrel-Aged Institutionalized) A strong ale to warm your insides in the dead of winter. Deep aromas and flavors of dark stone fruits, bourbon, molasses, toasted coconut and vanilla come in waves.

55 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 09-08-2011

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Photo of LloydDobler
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz can crushed on my 10min walk into the Garth Brooks concert

I thought I had this before, but I’m probably just dumb. Super sticky and very creamy. Sweet candied raisins melted down and poured over a bourbon/rum cake. Awesome beer!

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Photo of Roguer
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice, strong head of about two fingers. Retention is merely OK, and lacing is minimal. Body is a surprisingly dark brown; a light, nutty brown from the pour, in the glass it is dark and almost murky.

Wonderful, sweet aroma: it's malt soup personified. Waves and waves of caramel, brown sugar, syrup, honey, bourbon, and earthy hops. Toffee, light milk chocolate, vanilla, oak. It's deep and inviting. If there's one complaint, it's that it's almost too sweet.

Flavor and feel don't surprise after the aroma: it's thick, sticky, and sweet. I've perhaps never experienced brown sugar flavor in a beer so granular and organic; it's like I'm chewing on a tablespoon of brown sugar, with a bourbon barrel aged barleywine all around.

The bourbon is noticeable but not overwhelming; the ABV clearly high, but never intimidating or obnoxious in any way; the feel thick and chewy but the heat restrained. Other notes include vanilla, caramel, coconut, cherries, toffee, cedar, and grass. Finish is surprisingly long, and barely hot.

This is an over-the-top sweet EBW (British Barleywine?). It's delectable, but probably too sweet for some.

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Photo of mschrei
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Excellent version of the style. Drank in honor of the 2018 GABF medal. 20 months old, poured into Pipeworks Tales from the Oak snifter. Dark brown with nice clarity and tones. Smell is oaky, malty, and sweet. Not too thick, big and boozy but mellow at the same time. Had it before, surprised I never reviewed it. Winner.

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Photo of bret717
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Canned 1/5/18, Reviewed 8/23/18

Look= pours an opaque ruby-hued chestnut brown w/a tan head that fades to a thin ring

Smell- leather, toffee, raisins, faint bourbon

Taste- follows the nose is a bit subdued, the flavor explodes with rich toffee, molasses and raisin liqueur, some leather and bit of bourbon toward the end that lingers a bit. Also a slight hint of herbal bitterness

Feel- medium bodied with low carb, silky feeling; there's also a lingering tongue-numbing effect from the alcohol

Overall, fantastic BA Barleywine with some of the most intense malt flavors I've ever experienced

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Photo of gopens44
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The only underwhelming thing about this beer is the appearance, most specifically the flat pour. Virtually no head over the murky reddish brown opaque body. Things look up instantly as the big chocolate nose gives way to vanilla and cherry. Taste is equally massive as the chocolate plays a big role until the barrel creeps in with vanilla, bits of oak and a whiskey heat. Finishes up with molasses and toasted marshmallow. Body is somewhere between thin and medium, a little sticky while it leaves a very sweet aftertaste. How great this is really can’t be overstated.

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Photo of Docrock
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 7irondave
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Phineasco
4.14/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber with a thin off white head. It has low carbonation. The beer smells of toffee, caramel, vanilla, coconut, and figs. It tastes of toffee, caramel, vanilla, figs, and molasses. The body is pretty thin, not a lot of Barrel. A solid barleywine from Revolution, not sure if age helped this beer. It was a 2016 Vintage.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a giant Duvel glass, canned on 1/05/18. Pours a dark mahogany with a massive 3 plus finger head with a very aggressive pour. Little patches of lace are left behind all over the place.

Smell is massive oak, vanilla, burnt fig, caramel, toffee, and a healthy hit of warming alcohol.

Taste is pretty darn special, oaked vanillla, fig, toffee, caramel, and a huge shot of bourbon alcohol, but in a great way.

Mouthfeel is big, enough life for what it is, a tad dry, and sipper at 13.1 that can get away from you because it is so darn complex and crazy tasty.

Overall I got this from bstyle and my goodness, dazzled! Thank you so much.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chestnut brown color with a fingernail of brown around the rim and covering most of the top. The aroma is of sweet bourbon and barley. I'm tasting plenty of barley and just as much sweet bourbon. The mouth is warm with alcohol, a bit sticky, but otherwise shockingly smooth for the ABV.

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Photo of dental
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of emyers
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From can into a snifter. Filled on date 1-5-18

Semi cloudy dark amber-brown. Thin off-white head.

Nose: bourbon, caramel, stone fruit, toasted oak, vanilla.

Taste: complex bourbon character, rich caramel, oak, dark fruit on the finish. Very little alcohol presence.

Full-bodied, very smooth. Appropriately low carbonation.

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Photo of Fcoffeen
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of midlifec
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of maltznhopz
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Half-full
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dharmelink
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slack
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kegger37
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Radcpa
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Reddish brown appearance with nice tan head that disipates quickly. Aroma is a sweet caramel. Taste is also a sweet caramel with a nice alcohol taste. I think the taste would improve significantly with six months of aging.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Pours beautiful ruby brown color with tan head with spotty lacing.

Aroma- Huge caramel, oak, vanilla, bourbon, malt aroma is amazing.

Taste - Taste is perfect balance of caramel, malt, vanilla, bourbon and a barrel presence that carries through the taste. Excellent flavors.

Feel - Medium bodied well carbonated slight heat from the bourbon.

Overall - One of the best barleywines I have had, not much I would change about this one,

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Photo of stevoj
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can at share. Dark amber, small fizzy head. Caramel, leather, tobacco in aroma. Taste too, dry, slightly tannic. On the opposite side from the sweet barley wine spectrum.

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Photo of y2kawakami
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of barnzy78
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can, filled 01-05-2108. A foamy tan head slowly fades atop a darker brown colored ale. Malty and boozy aroma with hints of caramel, bread crust, vanilla, oak, bourbon, date, and a touch of coconut. Excellent complexity of flavors: toasty grain, toasty coconut, caramel, bourbon, vanilla, earthy hops, sultana, brown sugar, and date. Full body, ample carbonation, boozy but not hot, sweet and sticky with very modest bitterness. Overall, quality rare beer that is highly recommendable and a must try if you can find it.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip
Bottled 1/17/14

A- pours a deep brown color with a one-finger creamy off-white head that has good retention and leaves some lacing behind as it settles

S- aroma opens with bold dark fruit notes of fig & date, followed by caramel & toffee. Earthy notes of pipe tobacco and leather fall underneath the caramel sweetness. The barrel brings out a spicy woody note, as well as soft vanilla cream and coconut. Just a hint of booze on the backend

T- big malty sweetness up front gives an immediate blast of caramel & melted toffee, quickly followed by dark fruity notes of fig, dates, black cherry & raisins. Mid-palate brings out the bourbon barrel, that adds soft vanilla and toasted coconut undertones. The finish gives some earthy tobacco, molasses, brown sugar & just a hint of booze

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, slightly warming finish

O- everything you look for in the style, this has aged brilliantly with no oxidation detected, outstanding

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
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