Straight Jacket | Revolution Brewing

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BA SCORE
95.7%
Liked This Beer
4.32 w/ 715 ratings
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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:
#554
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
715
Liked:
684
Avg:
4.32/5
pDev:
7.64%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
191
Gots:
244
Trade:
33
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 715 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of xungmound98
4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cpmitchno1
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of miniditka77
4.69/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a bottle poured into a totally inappropriate glass..... let's call it a big tulip glass.
Look - typical BA barleywine, light brown with very little head
Smell - oh wow, this is one of the best smelling beers I've ever had, period. Smells like brown sugar, vanilla, toffee, and maybe a little fruit, all with a touch of bourbon.
Taste - pretty great, although not as good as the smell. The flavors are similar to the smell, and the bourbon is strong but doesn't overwhelm.
Feel - also pretty great. Not quite as smooth as the Bourbon County Barleywine, which I consider to be the perfect BA barleywine, but still goes down really easy for a 13% alcohol beer.
Overall - impressive! Second best barleywine I've ever had, and the best beer I've tasted from Revolution (which is a high compliment, because they are a really good brewery). I'll definitely be buying more of this next year.

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Photo of Fishwhisperer
4.36/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

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

Photo of Egotist
4.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BMart
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours a syrupy light brown with no head. Dark drown in the glass
S: nice sweet bourbon, I also get sweet caramel covered raisins. I just wish the aroma was a bit more intense, great stuff
T: oh yeah, just like the nose but with more pop! Big barrel presence which is quickly washed over but huge caramel sweetness.
F: medium thickness, syrupy feel. It doesn't cost my mouth as some of the best do.
O: a great Ba barleywine.

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Photo of mjpolzin
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CraftFan5
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Zonian1
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kojevergas
3.31/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Regrettably brief impression from a draught pour in Manhattan:

Gooey caramel. Caramelized fruit. Fig. Date. Tannic wood.

Low B- / WORTHY

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Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This most excellent ale poured from the growler in a snifter via Jungle Jim's
in Eastgate is a beautiful ruby tinged lightly murky brown with a subtle quickly
dissipating head of white foam that fades to a thin razor ring. Nose of strong
sweet bourbon, brown sugar, strong vanilla, date bread, coconut milk, and subtle
cherry notes. Flavors hit it out of the park with sweet bourbon and vanilla awash
in brown sugars, raisin and date bread fall into the middle of the taste, and dark cherry
and coconut notes like a bourbon version of a pina colada that is toasted falls solidly
on the rear with sticky molasses. Excellent mouth feel; smooth, rich, boozy, warming,
low carbonation, full body, and a boozy sweet finish.

Overall, there is NOTHING distasteful that can be said, it is as near perfection
in this style I have had this year. Excellent!

Let this beast warm----it is rewarding!

Cheers

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

Photo of DrKarl
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

Hazy dark amber color with tan head. Aroma has really nice bourbon, butterscotch, caramel and a bit of burned sugar. Taste starts with sweet bourbon, some dried dates, brown sugar, quite complex, tasty, not overpowering in any way. Syrupy body, low carbonation. Overall it's a great barleywine with a really nice bourbon flavor.

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Photo of Dankacheese
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Straight Jacket from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 95.7% out of 100 with 715 ratings
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