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:
#527
Reviews:
116
Ratings:
756
pDev:
7.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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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Photo of jrs3994243
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of OddNotion
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteater
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a deep reddish brown color, not quite leathery or walnut but browner than ruby. a small, centimeter or less, of a tan head. strong retention of what is there. small lacing/alcohol leg combo. due to the darkness of the color it is mostly opaque but through thinner portions some visibility is there.

Smell: huge barrel character, coming in waves of wood, vanilla, bourbon and small hints of cinnamon. sweetness comes through with brown sugar and maple syrup. smaller amounts of molasses are present. some dark fruits near the backend. Small underlying hoppy bitterness.

Taste: small amount of malts sneaks through at the beginning with notes of thick caramel before being overrun by barrel. barrels offer a wide variety of flavors consisting of wood, vanilla, cinnamon, bourbon/booze. a hoppy bitterness cuts the barrel out and gives way to some dark fruits along with maple syrup to brown sugar sweetness. slight molasses. ends with booze soaked dark fruits, ranging from raisins to plums.

Mouthfeel: thick and chewy as a barleywine should be. quite a bit of booziness and a large amount of warmth. bitterness that could either be attributed to astringent alcohol or hoppiness. sticky and lingering.

Overall: a strong and delicious treat. more complex, especial in terms of barrel character, than most bba barleywines. the hoppiness is at the perfect level in this brew. First bottle from revolution and certainly not the last.

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.33 out of 5 with 756 ratings