Straight Jacket | Revolution Brewing

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#525
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
763
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 763 |  Reviews: 120
Photo of Skillz
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of firkingroovin
3.42/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
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 Mantooth
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of darktronica
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Ryannel24
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

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

Photo of Pound
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of barleywin
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ricoslim
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.01/5  rDev -7.4%
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 SteveTheBrit
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Oakhtar
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MDIAS
4.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of madtowndmb1
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of MasterPenguins
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of italianstallion
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of snaotheus
3.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015-08-14
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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Photo of StoneTSR
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Very cloudy and a deep brown, almost a maroon color. The head only lasted for about 15 seconds, but a few wisps of foam remain on top of the beer throughout. There is no real lacing at all.

SMELL: Big, figgy, raisiny, jammy aroma makes a remarkable first impression. Brown sugar and molasses play with the nose on the outskirts of the aroma as well. With a second sniff, chocolate, vanilla, and cherries come through and really round the smell out nicely. Oddly missing from the aroma (or maybe it’s just being overwhelmed by the intensity) is the typical banana-like smells that I get in a Barleywine. That isn’t a good or bad thing to me, just different.

TASTE: Raisins, figs, dates are everywhere. Following the nose, some sugary notes dance around the edges. The vanilla is stronger on the palate than it was on the nose. There is also a little oak as the beer warms. Additionally, I’m getting a touch of orange peel, some mild spiciness and hints of anise. This is a wildly complex beer.

MOUTHFEEL: There is no doubt that this a sweet beer with a big body. The booziness also provides a bourbon-like bite. The finish does dry a little, but it stays sweet and never lets up from an assault on the palate. The carbonation is low and there is a smooth, but syrupy quality to it, appropriate a big beer like this.

OVERALL: This is a very impressive beer. The booze and richness made it an excellent bomber to share, but I was happy I had it at this stage as it is still maintaining a lot of its barrel character. Straight Jacket works as a dessert beer, a celebratory beer, a special beer.

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 763 ratings