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Straight Jacket | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
revbrew.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#815
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
797
pDev:
7.62%
 
 
Wants:
197
Gots:
257
Trade:
31
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Ratings: 797 |  Reviews: 133
Reviews by EgadBananas:
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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

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Photo of Bartleby91
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottled 12/17/15. Poured into a snifter.
This is freaking amazing and is easily one of the best beers I've ever had.

The appearance is a beautiful opaque and hazy dark brown. Almost muddy, which is just how I like my Barleywines to look.

The aroma is massive with bourbon, oak, vanilla, raisins, brown sugar, and some nuttiness.

The taste is big and sweet with vanilla, caramel, oak, bourbon spice, brown sugar, molasses and dark fruits.

The palate is full with a wonderful creaminess that lasts beautifully. Has a hint of lingering alcohol.

Overall this is a damn perfect beer that is easily one of the best beers in my favorite style, BBA English Barleywines.

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Photo of Prager62
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A 12oz. can filled 01-05-2018 poured in a Revolution snifter.

Look- Pours a light brown-ruby red color leaving a small ring of tan foam behind. An oily residue can be seen clinging to the glass.

Smell- Prominent bourbon, toffee, caramel, vanilla and mild char.

Taste- Bourbon, dark cherry, vanilla, toffee and oak. A hint of roasted corn in the finish.

Feel- Oily slick with a pleasant alcohol heat.

Overall- This has always been a solid barrel aged barleywine and this year's batch has taken it up a notch in my opinion. It's loaded with complex layers of flavor and a pure joy to sip. The 12oz. canned format makes perfect sense for the win. One of the best for the style.

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Photo of Sabtos
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Gem-esque copper-red with a thin, creamy tan ring and a thin film that looks like wood grains.

Wow, what an exceptionally smooth and velvety thick body--it isn't heavy, but just right. I'm getting a balanced mix of wood, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, soft pine, roasted nuts, pruney fig, and sweet crisped biscuit, with a gut warming swallow that instantly hits your consciousness, mellowing you out with alarming swiftness.

Perfectly straddling the middle ground between sweet and bitter, I can see why this Barleywine is so revered.

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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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4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of tectactoe
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of t2grogan
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbryan5
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ben7773
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of warnerry
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wolvmar
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz can purchased at Barrels & Vines. Poured into a tulip glass. Canned 01-04-19, so just over two months old.

Pour: deep, mahogany color that you can just see through. Really beautiful, jewel like. One to two finger light tan head dissipates fairly quickly into a solid ring with some clouds and bubble lacing.

Nose: molasses, booze, stone fruit.

Taste: the booze is pretty upfront but mellowed by molasses, toffee and dark stone fruit. Burnt toast, a hint of vanilla and subtle coconut. Fairly complex although the booze/molasses combination dominates a bit. Booze and some dark chocolate/hops bitterness on the backend but balanced enough to be really enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation; a bit more than expected. Thick, rich, some chewiness. Finishes pretty clean given the viscosity.

Overall: absolutely worth trying if you like big, boozy barleywines. At 13% it packs a punch but drinks fairly easy considering the booze was and ABV. Flavors are complex and balanced enough to keep the booze from being overwhelming. I’ve got another can I’ll likely age. I’m guessing this ages pretty well.

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Photo of Chitex78
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty hot, needs some time to age.

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Pours hazy, chestnut brown, with 1/4 inch head and low carbonation. Taste is layer upon layer of sweet malt, caramel, toffee, dark fruit, vanilla, and bourbon. Sticky, heavy bodied with low carbonation. Complex and tasty. My type of beer. I would love to be able to drink this one every night.

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Photo of jaminjohnson
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of rsquared59
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrKarl
4.62/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -7.6%

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

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Zonian1
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 797 ratings