Straight Jacket | Revolution Brewing

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Straight JacketStraight Jacket

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: English 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 enrique_m
4.99/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

look: dark amber red with short lived off white lacing.
smell: molasses, brown sugar, and vanilla.
taste: delicious, maple syrup , molasses , nutty, dark fruits, and brown syrup... reminds me of capirotada..
feel: full bodied, smooth, alcohol is hidden well.
overall: one of the best barley wines ive had...

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into an Ale Syndicate Pint Glass

A) Amber Reddish brown, thin one finger head, lacing, not cloudy but rather clear. Minor Carbonation

S) Wonderful! Bourbon, oak, burnt sugar, vanilla, grape skin, malt, alcohol

T) Same as aroma, Maris Otter for sure Bourbon up front, oak finish, sugar, vanilla, grape skin, fig and bread, not too boozy

M) Thick but not very carbonated

O) One of the best Bourbon Barrel beers I have ever had, perfect amounts of sweetness and flavor all around a great beer. Lots of flavor and worth the price.

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Photo of PDXAmbassador
4.74/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Looks dark for an English BW. Smells quite bourbon-forward and rich. Taste is oak and barrel prominent, but good amount of burnt sugar and dried dates. A bit of cocoa and toasty notes too. Could maybe be a bit thicker, but that's a small criticism and I'm not sure how much thicker I'd even want this beer. A very fun and delicious beer, and I'm jealous that this is sitting on shelves much of the year in the Chicagoland area. Certainly one of the best barleywines in the country.

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Photo of timc100
4.72/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This most recent 2015 batch is truly outstanding, much better than previous vintages which were dominated by faded old hops and harsh whiskey. This is more in an English style.

Smells like toasted campfire marshmallows. As Sucaba is coconut forwards, this is marshmallow inclined. A lot of aged oak, dark caramel, cocoa, and very subtle fruits. Full palate and strong, decadent flavor.

All of those caramelized bourbon oak flavors come out strong on this beer, and everything locks in. This is an outstanding barleywine, Chicago's best kept secret.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wow.....this is a very nice barley wine. The beer poured a dark nearly opaque color with thin head that did not lace. The scent had barrel aged goodness and hints of caramel. The taste was similar to the smell....bourbon....caramel...very nice. The mouthfeel was full bodied with very little carbonation. Overall...WOW!

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Photo of maxcoinage
4.64/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Split a bomber (dated 12/6/12) 4 ways, poured into DFH signature glass

Appearance was a medium dark brown, not too much head.

Aroma was delightful - toasted oak, bourbon, coconut, vanilla, sugar, alcohol

Taste was so very complex and enjoyable. Dark fruits, toffee, vanilla, slight bourbon, coconut, molasses, booze hits you at the end

Mouthfeel - definitely heavy, lower carbonation, , warming alcohol on the finish

Overall - this is a top notch barleywine and BA beer in my book. I haven't had it fresh, but I must say with a year on it, it was outstanding. Definitely going to seek out a bottle when it's released next (I'd expect in Jan. hopefully) I wanted to savor this but it was so enjoyable I think I drank it too fast without enough to enjoy!

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Revolution's beers do not disappoint me and I believe this is one of their best offerings. To me it has all of the characteristics needed in an English BW and isn't that far behind the very best of them such as Sucaba and BCBBW. it is a notch or two below just because of depth (lack therof) of flavor/ taste. It's more expensive than Sucaba per bottle, also, which is somewhat frustrating.

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Photo of Ri0
4.6/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured vintage 2013 into chalice. Caramel brown with a 1 finger sandy head. Fades quickly into a very thin ring and only leaves behind small spotty lacing. The aroma is wonderful with plenty of caramel, toffee and vanilla along with hints of bourbon and some oak. The flavor is stunning and sweet with caramel but a nice complimentary soft bourbon and vanilla. Feel is medium with some soft carbonation, but feels smooth. This is one of my favorite BABWs. I have no idea what it is like fresh, but it is terrific at 2 years.

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Photo of TJFRBR
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Outstanding beverage that is exciting to open, pour, look, smell, and ultimately taste!
It is a rich brown color that pours quietly yet gives a small head top. As you smell it you quickly notice a hint of what you may think is a softer bourbon which makes it very unique. The taste that follows is remarkably smooth, complex and a special blend of brew!!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jeff for this one. 22oz. capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Nose is caramel, sweet dark fruit, molasses and bourbon. Rich and deep. Opens incredibly sweet. Hints of molasses, brown sugar, maple syrup, tobacco and caramel. Oakiness and bourbon flavors towards the end further sweeten the experience and add a boozy bite. Excellent. Smooth and rich in the mouth and goes down hot and filmy. Finishes hot with a sticky aftertaste.

Every bit as good as the description. An excellent beer all around.

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Photo of FBarber
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear burgundy tinged brown color. Thin off white head quickly dissipates leaving an off white slick on the top of the beer.

Smell is a lovely strong aroma of bourbon, dark fruits, syrup/molasses, tons of oak and wood with a slight musty character on the finish reflective of the barrel aging. Hints of toffee and caramel are noted as the nose acclimates to the bourbon and picks up other aromas. Just lovely.

Taste is lots of dark fruits up front - plums, raisins, prunes, figs - giving way to a strong bourbon barrel flavor with hints of vanilla, toffee, caramel, and oak. Lovely sweet molasses and maple syrup notes are present as well as a hint of must again clearly from the barrel aging. I didn't get the toasted coconut but Im not sure I would have liked it in this anyway. Tons of barrel character in this, but its not overly hot like some BA barleywines. Also it has all the molasses, toffee and caramel notes but the sweetness is balanced very well.

Feel is soo soo smooth - almost buttery. Medium carbonation provides a a bit of a tingle up front. It is perhaps a tad bit thin, but personally I didn't think it was bad for a BA beer. Definitely a sipper of a beer - its hefty and intense.

Overall this is easily one of the best barrel aged barleywines out there. Just phenomenal. Easily top 3 - and given the ease of obtaining it might be the best readily available option.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade a while back from spinaltapped- thanks man!

This one pours a hazy, slightly murky brown, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells wonderful, with a classic BA barleywine feel- vanilla, brown sugar, bourbon, and caramel. Really expressive and quite nice.

This has a ton of barrel-derived vanilla, which is really nice. This mixes in well with the delicious bourbon, caramel, brown sugar, and molasses. The label describes dark stone fruits, but I don't really get those. There is no alcohol feel to this one at all, which is nice, considering the hefty ABV.

This is medium bodied, almost thick, but not syrupy, with a lower level of carbonation, and a very high level of drinkability.

This is definitely one of the better BA barleywines on the market, super delicious, and really well crafted.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.54/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark dark brown with some dark mahogany hueswith a tan one finger head that retains nicely.

Smell is great. Loads of caramel malt forward with aromas of oak barrel some light bourbon aromas, lots of dark fruit mainly dates and figs. Some lighter vanilla and marshmellow aromas are also present though somewhat light.

Taste follows the nose. Lots of caramel malt forward woth a mild amount of sweetness before a great oak and bourbon flavor come to dominate the midsection. Slight flavors of bourbon soaked raisen vanilla and marshmellow that will probably come out more with age.

Mouthfeel is great big body for a big beer. Mild carbonation, great sipping beer.

Reall glad I have a bottle to age, this will do great things I'm sure.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is excellent! Pours out dark amber and had a good head with lacing. The beer had a light sweet smell. The taste is of sweet chocolate and bourbon. The feel of the beer is smooth. I was blown away by this beer! Best I've had in a long time.

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Photo of beerdrifter
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from a great trade with Evan! Beautiful mahogany-red pour with a one finger beige head that quickly fades with decent lacing. The nose is bold and oaky with huge vanilla and sweet caramel malt along with hints of bourbon, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar, and subtle white pepper. The taste is even bolder with huge oaky barrel notes along with hints of vanilla, bourbon, dark fruits, molasses, coconut, brown sugar, caramel, subtle cocoa, white pepper, and raisins. The mouthfeel is thick and syrupy with light carbonation, incredible balance, and a nice smooth, warming finish. Overall, this a bold, flavorful, and hugely drinkable Barley Wine that is right up there with all my favorites in the style. Highly recommended!

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%

Bottle (this is Straight Jacket) from trade. Pours dark amber with lots of reddish color and a beautiful creamy two finger off white or khaki head. Aroma is lots of fruits, figs, toffee, caramel, vanilla, oak, bourbon. Flavor is sweet rich caramel covered figs with brown sugar, vanilla, tinged of dry oak. The bourbon is here but oh so smooth with very little evidence of the 13% ABV. Silky smooth and thick, rich body with low plus carbonation. Man, this is really good. And apparently my trade partner grabbed it off the shelf? More please!

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty light brown that lets in a little bit of light. The head is mostly non-existant, with just a small trace leaving lacing on the glass. The nose has a bit of tartness to it mixed in with caramel, dark fruit, and bourbon. The taste is a nice and complex interweaving of those notes above. The booze is apparent which gives it a nice bitter balance to the sweet flavors. The feel complements the brew very well; not too thick or thin.

Overall, it's a pretty solid brew and another good example of why I've always loved Revolution. It doesn't have quite the boldness of a King Henry or BCBBW, but I rather like it as an easy to obtain alternative.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown. You can see the mahogany in the light. Smells or dark fruits. There's some decadent plums and figs, a little nuttiness as it warms, and a chocolatey finish. This is a really nice barleywine. It has some great complexity and awesome flavors.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A really fantastic barlewine. The nose is sweet, the palate is even sweeter, with a final push of caramel and molasses punching through on the end. The alcohol is prominent and the heat hits you hard at the beginning.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very dark ruby in color, quite clear. One finger of light tan foam with moderate retention. Superb aroma. Big bourbon and barrel presence. Also dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar, hint of vanilla. Flavor and taste match. Dark fruit, molasses, brown sugar. Perfectly blended, bourbon and oak are present, but not overwhelming the base barleywine. Lingering but subtle hop bitterness on the back. Full bodied, low-moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. A superb BA barleywine.

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Photo of gangstafaceclay
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- ruby with a white head and minimal lacing

S- Carmel, vanilla, oak, bourbon, coconut

T- like nose you get bourbon, nice Carmel, roasted coconut, oak, vanilla, some coco, dark fruits, a good sweetness to this brew but balanced with bitterness. Very good balance of all the flavors.

M- full bodied and creamy with light carbonation.

O- this is a very good brew. The taste is sooo good. I think it would taste even better with age. I really enjoyed this.

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Photo of ManapuaMan
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

World class BA barleywine. Pours a deep garnet/brown with a light head. Aroma...the aroma! Goddamn. Figs, plums, raisins, caramel, toasted bread, oak, earth. The taste is glorious barleywine with pronounced bittersweet fruit and earthy nuts; caramel/vanilla kicker on the back end topped off with a pleasant heat that seals the deal. The bourbon is right where it should be - a little to the back of the room but in plain sight.

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Photo of Way2drunk
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I don't consider myself a fan of the barley wine but this is the 1st in the revolution deep woods collection I thought was good! Not nearly as delicious as bourbon county barley wine. This is one worth the deep woods price point. Smells sweeter than it taste. Has a beautiful Amber hue color. Must acquire another 4 the collection

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2015 at blind tasting

Smell is dates, caramel, vanilla, bourbon, red apple
Taste is caramel, toffee, vanilla, dates, bourbon, brown sugar, cocoa, alcohol

Overall this is an incredible bourbon barrel barleywine and top 3 in a blind tasting of 12

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Photo of blankenhoney
4.47/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle. Crushed in a one-man operation, with help from my trusty snifter.

Straight Jacket pours a dark amber brown, with today's sunshine bringing out some intense red notes. Head is light and soapy and stays in place around the ring of the glass. Aromas are intense and excellent: burnt caramel, oaked dark fruit, and lots of booze. Going in for a sniff never gets old. Taste is sticky sweet vanilla butterscotch and oaked dates. Some nice char and light hops that work against the (very pleasant) sweetness. Mouthfeel was just right: on the lighter/thinner side, but substantial enough to coat the palate. Overall, I could pound this one all night. So rich and tasty. From the taste I would've thought this was an English barley wine, but can see it as a milder Central Waters BA barley wine (in terms of that tart happiness I like in the American style). Ideal drinking environment is dead of winter, next to a fireplace. But a sunny porch on a 65 degree late afternoon will do.

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