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:
#562
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
736
pDev:
7.64%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
253
Trade:
34
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Ratings: 736 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of OddNotion
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mattreitz49
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Acubflem
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of anteater
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
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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Photo of TboneRN
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of straightlambic
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CasanovaCummins
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours out with little lace. Incredible marshmellow nose. That comes through even as it is fresh poured. Nice luscious mouthfeel. Has the cola notes but with a deep dimension. Dark fruit flavors, some caramel. As it warms, the jangly alcohol notes get a bit astringent. This one was definitely benefits being drunk slightly colder. I think it a mistake to wait for room temperature. This one is ready to go now.

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Photo of jkrug5
4.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of W_Des
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a garner red. The nose has bourbon, oak and dark brown sugar. This has good flavor to it with a malt forward sweetness. I get some vanilla in the finish as it warms as well as molasses. There is a nice booze-y warmth in the finish. It is not overpowering at all. A very good barleywine.

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Photo of Jstonerock24
4.48/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of EdFed
4.47/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Shogun250
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tbone1384
4.66/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 drunkinchicago
3.45/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Overwhelming whiskey taste on this one

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Photo of jmkoller11
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Templewill
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PatrickG
4.24/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesM63
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of neurobot01
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle dated 1/17/14 (stored almost entirely at fridge temp over the last 17 months) into a snifter at fridge temp and allowed to warm.

Look: slightly ruby-tinged burnt sugar brown with little head, but good retention/lacing.

Smell: spicy (almost like black pepper), alcohol, dark fruit, bread pudding, overripe banana, candi sugar. Reminiscent of Stickee Monkee (even more than §ucaba, by my memory).

Taste: chocolate covered oranges, toasted oak, banana, key lime pie, with plenty of sinus-clearing alcohol overtones. There is some of the more standard toffee/brown sugar/coconut that I associate with BA barleywines, but more muted.

Feel: THICK. Pretty oily mouthfeel. Tiny hint of dryness. But good god, thick.

Overall: the smell on this beer is the best part. The taste—particularly those citrus elements—is a bit strange, and while I actually like it, I don't think it's quite as good as, say §ucaba, nor is it especially more complex. Still, very tasty.

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Photo of Monty17
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dannycohen62
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Trooper92292
4.73/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of the best barleywines I've ever had. Excited to buy a few more bottle and have them just age in the cellar for years to come. Bravo Revolution.

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Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 736 ratings