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 SomethingClever
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into snifter.

A: Very light small tawny head. The body is a deep brown caramel very murky.

S: Rich toffee, bourbon, honey, caramel, figs, dates

T: Lots of sweet bourbon, vanilla, toffee, honey, dates, figs

M: A little prickly heat body is a medium to slick from the alcohol.

O: This is a nice BA barleywibe its sweet smooth honey and bourbon make the figs and jammy raisin shine.

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Photo of MurphDog14
4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
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 rodmanfor3
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Sheppard
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mothman
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Light beige head. Caramel brown color.

A very nice bourbon and oak flavor. Lots of vanilla, caramel, and toffee. Chocolate notes. Coconut with light molasses. This beer has a lot of the right flavors going on. Full bodied. Very well done.

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Photo of Zoomslowik
4.45/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L- Pours a light brown that darkens as you fill the glass. 1/2 inch white head that fades quickly.

S- Syrup, caramel and dark fruits with a hint of bourbon.

T- Nice combination of flavors. Much like the nose, sweet caramel, syrup and dark fruit flavors as well as a bit of toffee. Balanced with the bourbon and a bit of barrel. Smooth, not a lot of heat.

F- Medium thickness, very smooth with just a little alcohol burn on the finish.

O- Very enjoyable. Nice blend of flavors, and it's pretty easy to find. I will probably grab the fresh stuff when it hits stores.

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Photo of nawpnawp
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%
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 FBarber
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 dleigh
4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Holy crap, this one is a sipper.

Dark cola-tea colored with minimal head. Extra-rich bourbon, fruit, and sweet smell. Maybe a hint of molasses and toffy. Taste is sweet and bourbony--no bitterness really. Like if they made slightly burnt caramel into an alcoholic beverage.

Opened this one on a rainy afternoon in June, because why the hell not, but this is definitely a perfect winter beer--maybe a hair less complex than B-Bomb and Mother of All Storms, but hella good nonetheless.

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Photo of enrique_m
4.99/5  rDev +16.3%
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 ZebulonXZogg
4.41/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap, pours a dark reddish brown, no head, just a thin beige ring. Aroma is bourbon. Flavor is raisin, plum and fig with a boozy finish. Warming. Texture is oily but thinner than the BBA stouts. Very nice.

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Photo of Pierre_Pressure
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark amber body which shows as a beautiful red when put to light. Medium head on pour which leaves some lacing in its wake.
S: Very strong scent of bourbon on this one; I can smell it from about a foot away. Following this is a sweet toffee like scent. The strong bourbon in the nose falls off quickly leaving the aroma more balanced.
T: Leads off with a sweet toffee flavor before quickly giving away to the vanilla, oak, and bourbon notes inparted by the barrell. Very well balanced here as this avoids the cloying sweetness that many BBA barleywines have.
F: Lingers on the tongue rather nicely. Perhaps a touch thinner than one would like, but not enough to be a detriment.
O: I've really been enjoying what I have had so far from Revolution's Deep Wood series, and Straight Jacket is no exception. This is sweet enough that its more of a sipper, but it is far from the sugary mess that some BBA barleywines can turn into. This is something I will be trying to pick up again.

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Photo of -Rick
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A great beer here. Pours a nice amber color with a slight head. Not a lot of lacing going on here. Loads of sticky toffee, caramel, and bourbon in the taste. Lots of vanilla on the nose. My only complaint is I found it to be a TAD bit thin. Would certainly buy this one again.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
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 ManapuaMan
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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 jzeilinger
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby orange red pour, very thick, toffee colored lacing, very viscous.

S - Roasted toffee, caramel, bourbon, oak, vanilla, molasses.

T - Bourbon, oak tannin, vanilla, molasses, roasted caramel toffee, bittersweet citrus, peat.

M - Full medium body.

O - A fantastic overall 'Barley.

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Photo of stortore
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a dark amber, a little garnet around the edge. Cloudy, with a slight head and little lacing. Smell leads with malt, then plums, figs, bourbon, raisins, some oak, light vanilla. Taste also leads with the malt, then a bigger bourbon presence than the nose- especially as it warms, vanilla, oak, figs, dates, raisins. Light alcohol. Smooth, full bodied, taste lingers on the tongue.

Enjoy this one a lot, good flavors and the barrel is is complimentary, not overwhelming. I did like the 2014 better, but this was certainly worth the purchase.

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Photo of ksimons
4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle Date 12/17/16

A-pours a very dark amber brown color with a thin layer of khaki colored head that leaves a thin layer of lacing on the top

S-smell is of bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and dark fruits

T-taste is of bourbon, dark fruits, vanilla, caramel malt, and a light oaky woodsy hops presence

M-medium to full body, light carbonation, crisp body

Overall a delicious bourbon forward barleywine, nice vanilla and dark fruits, very smooth

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Photo of Flounder57
4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Meadhall.

Appearance: A one finger off white head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is dark amber brown color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, toffee, toasted, molasses, bourbon, oak, vanilla, maple syrup, coconut, and dark fruits

Taste: Super awesome blend of above aromas. Smooth, delicious, slight bitterness, warm boozy alcohol, and awesome.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth, medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, slight bitterness, and warm boozy alcohol.

Overall: The bourbon barrels compliment this beer a lot. Delicious and tasty. Dangerous too. I'll be revisiting this one again in the future.

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Photo of tigg924
4.44/5  rDev +3.5%
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 Rimbimhoot
4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Ri0
4.6/5  rDev +7.2%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dec 06.12 bottling

Appearance: Just a film of a head that layers on top of the chestnut colored liquid; not much staying power though it does leave some dotty lacing behind

Smell: Boozy and very sweet; with molasses and Bourbon tones prominent; also detected are oak, raisins, fig, stone fruit, pine and vanilla

Taste: Bourbon and molasses forward, with the stone and dried dark fruit flavors building; vanilla and oak, underpinning; in the mid-palate, the piney hops build, making a strong impression of bitterness on my palate; residual sweetness lingers underneath

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low carbonation; boozy warmth in the gullet

Overall: With its assertive hoppiness, this tastes more like an American Barleywine to me; decent, but I am not as big a fan of it as others around here due to the cloying sweetness

Thanks, Eziel, for the opportunity

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this last night with friends, but we didn't kill the bottle. I'm taking it upon myself to do the dirty work we couldn't handle last night. Killing two birds with one stone at that, since this also helps me clear out my fridge a bit.

Love the burgundy or sherry-like color in the body and the film that sits over it. Obviously less carbonation than yesterday, but that's okay. To be expected. Still looks deviously delectable. Devilishly delicious. Other alliterations as needed. 4.5

Smells like a lot bourbon and caramel were making babies and things got aggressive. Noticeably boozy and oaken and spicy and sweet. Plenty of character. Tasty. Oh no wait, I can't say that about a smell. But I said it anyway. 4

Forgive me if I think I'm drinking a port. This has lots of port-like taste. Rich caramel thick flavor with a bit of spiciness and boozy bite. As it warms it develops raison flavor and some plum and fig. Dark fruit and vinous-ness-ness-ness. Apparently vinousness isn't a word so I added the extra -ness to show extra contempt at its exclusion from the world's vocabulary. T- 4 M- 3.75

I'd have loved to age another bottle and let some of the booze settle, but this drinks pretty nicely as is.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.74/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle split between a pair of large snifters. No dates I can find.

Pours murky brown with little or no head, and little evidence of carbonation. Smell is powerful booze, caramel and toffee. Vanilla, maybe maple.

Taste is similar to the aroma, but with a little more of a plummy note. Not as sweet as I expected (which is good, I think).

Mouthfeel is surprisingly thin. Overall, tasty, interesting barleywine.

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