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American Stout
4 | pDev: 8.25%
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Utilizing Pale Ale malt as the base along with Caramel Malt from Chile, English Roasted Barley, and Dark Chocolate malt, the resulting medium-bodied beer is rich and complex with notes of dark roasted coffee and baker’s chocolate.

We used Warrior hops for bittering to contribute a clean crisp bitterness and a blend of Centennial and Cascade for a blast of fresh flowery hop aroma in the whirlpool. After fermentation we hit this brew with a fresh dose of Centennial and Chinook dry hops to infuse this dark ale with fresh aromas of citrus zest and pine. In our series of stouts, this one has the highest level of both hop bitterness and aroma. Hopefully you get a chance to try one on cask, it is magical!
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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color stout with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt and dark chocolate notes with light hoppy notes also noticeable. Taste is a mix of rich roasted malt notes with some black chocolate notes with hints of residual sugar notes and light dry hoppy notes. Body is full with oily texture and good carbonation. Enjoyable but I think it would benefits from a barrel-aged treatment.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pleasant and nicely subdued stout. There's a touch of some sort of berry that lingers in the carbonation, which doesn't take center stage and stands right where it should.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is roasted malts and a complex mix of fruit, bubblegum and funky. The flavor is roasted malts, fruit, mild sweetness, hops and a very funky finish.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery
A - pitch black body with a creamy tan head that leaves some lacing on the glass as it fades
S - juicy and floral hops mix with roasted barley and dark chocolate
T - juicy hops battle with roasty malts; dark chocolate, roasted barley, caramel, grapefruit, and pine
M - full body, resinous hops stick to the palate, finishes bitter with pine and roast lingering
O - nice hoppy American stout. The dark malts pair nicely with the juicy hops.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Smells great. Lots of roasty malt and chocolate. Taste is similar but not overdone. However, this is really hoppy, moreso than you expect. It's a good beer. A lighter, hoppier variation on the style.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.84/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a quick 3 fingers of dark mocha foam, body is nearly opaque with crimson brown highlights near the base of the glass, leaves broken lace rings after each quaff.

Smell - Very complex.. Floral hops, semi-sweet dark chocolate, wheat bread crust, dark soy, hint of black licorice.

Taste - Very much like the nose, begins with a deep roasted malt and dark chocolate, some savory dark soy, a hint of dark fruit, sweet black licorice, and then there they are - a nice finish of hops that arrive as ripe grapefruit piths, some warm floral, and a hint of sweet basil, ending in dried peach pit. Starts stout and finishes black ipa.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth mouthfeel, carb is just below medium and nearly creamy, with a few edges way at the back of the tongue. Medium weight overall and i feel perfect for this style.

Overall - A very interesting stout and very nicely hopped. Starts stout and finishes black ipa actually. An easy bomber to finish at 7.2%, give this one a try.

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Photo of hardysf
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beer pours a dark black with a nice brown head. Smells of sweet chocolate and molasses. Did not get a lot of hop aroma at all.

Taste was of chocolate, molasses, and sweet like a milk stout. Balanced with some bitter coffee notes at the end.

I thought this was an excellent beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's time to RISE! Quote...unquote Pantera. This beer is a very nice stout. It poured an opaque black with tan head that is not lacing. The scent carries a subtle roast. The taste has chocolate, roast and hints of coffee. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall....VERY NICE!

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

I enjoyed this one. Near black pour with a dark tan head. Smells of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate and hops. Taste is a nice balance between the darker malty flavors and the hops. Mouthfeel is a little thicker than medium bodied, but not viscous. Overall, this is a pretty good one. Nice balance between the malt and hop profile. Worth a try if you see it.

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Photo of matjack85
3.13/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've been to the brewpub several times but never saw this one on the menu, so when I saw this 22oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL, I picked one up and brought it home.

The beer poured a very dark brown, almost black color, and made a 2½-finger medium tan head. The head lasted about 2 minutes and left some decent lacing on the glass.

Raisiny smell with bittersweet chocolate and earthy hops.

This is a stout that's more hoppy than malty. Lots of citrus and earthy hop flavor along with some raisin/plum fruitiness. There's a layer of bittersweet baker's chocolate underneath, and then finally you get some roasted malt to come through. There's a lot of bitterness here for a stout, but it's not overly harsh.

Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Some reviewers have commented that this is more like a black IPA than an American stout, and I agree with them. It's OK, but I wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance is pitch black and well carbonated. Almost no head.

Smells of chocolate, roasted nuts, and hot sugar.

Slight caramel, chocolate, burnt sugar, and a hint of coffee.

The mouthfeel is lush and smooth but a little thin for my taste.

Overall I was only slightly disappointed with this brew as I was looking for something thicker, but still a damn good choice.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 12/12/2012. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice hoppy aromas with good balance and complexity of hop and roasted malt notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Slight pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, pineapple, dark chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa, light char, toast, floral, grass, light pine, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and well balanced hop and roasted malt flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice American stout style. All around good balance and robustness of hop and roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass and served at 50 degrees.

Appearance: Poured about a fingers worth of off-white, khaki tan head with a dark brown, almost jet black color body. Medium carbonation and effervescence and head retention. After about a minute only a thin lacing of head remains. After each sip a nice thin lacing sticks and remains on the sides of the glass.

Aroma: I immediately get the hops that are showcased in the front. The hops are very dominant in the aroma and every time I take a whiff, it makes me think of a Black IPA. I also received a strange ashy/charcoal smell but I’m assuming that it is from the large doses of hops used and the roasted malt combined. In the hop aspects, I get pine, some citrus/tropical fruits and a nice resinous pine and green tea hop bite. In the background I get the chocolate, cocoa, toasted grains, roasted coffee, a burnt char character, anise and a slightly sweet caramel.

Taste: The taste is much more pleasing than the aroma. In the taste, the malts are very well presented and are very well balanced with the wallops of hops. I’m getting rich cacao nibs, dark chocolate, toffee, dark roasted coffee grounds, licorice and a presence of anise that lingers to the end. There is a charcoal, ashy characteristic that is a bit displeasing but doesn’t ruin it for me. The hops settled down and the smoother malts came more forward when the beer warmed up. The hops aren’t just plainly bitter, floral and piney, there is some sweet tropical and citrus fruits that compliment.

Mouth feel: The body is medium, slick, smooth and the carbonation is just right. Pretty drinkable for 7.5%.

Overall: I did enjoy this for its merits and overall thought that it was pretty solid example for an American-style stout. If this had a pound more of hops to this brew, I would consider this a Black IPA. If you like your stouts much more hop forward and with a lot of roasted characteristics, try this out!

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Photo of bodhi185
4.91/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Cellared 22oz. bottle picked up a little while back from the taproom.
A: Dark brown/black with an effervescent tan head.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and sets up a bitter flavored brew.
T: Bitter chocolate, a little coffee flavor back there, and plenty of piney hop character, with flavor that lingers for days.
M: Crisp, clear, and much more drinkable than say an imperial stout with all of the same complexity. God bless Americans.
O: The epitome of the style, in my opinion, but apparently most people, including those at the 2012 GABF already knew that. Even kept a little while, the hops still come through. I'll be looking for this one on tap when it comes back in the fall. Well done.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.66/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beast of a black beer into my tall Spaten 0.5 liter glass, it's looking great thus far billowing tan burnt caramel head with another pitch black body...Aromatics bring it out in the front line with green hops really screaming through the black patent malts, dark chocolate not much perceived sweetness in the nose. The first, 2nd, and 3rd sips are screaming with hops, there comes a point in every American Stout's life when they should just fess up to being a Black IPA. That's definitely the case here without being a style Nazi let me tell you what I'm tasting: Dark espresso bean burnt quality, dark cacao style chocolate nibs, rolling hops fields of citrus and earthy hops collide with one another to create a rather harsh sipping American Stout...it's rough finish is hardcore flavor as is the hardcore carbonation is a bit rough, but overall I can see the light it's a brewer bringing the revolution by calling this hoppy ass black DIPA an aggressively hopped American Stout. Only 7.5% abv surprisingly delivers the alcohol warming effect pretty well or maybe I'm high on American hops and Nicaraguan tobacco.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Note: my scoring system is whole number only)

22oz bomber dated 12/12/12, consumed today in a Bell's goblet 3/5/13

Aroma: Very hoppy. A good amount of pine, a bit of sea salt with hints of roasted malt sweetness. Nice strong nose for a stout. (4)

Colour: Pours a nice dark cola brown, 2cm brown head with strong retention. Lacing is fantastic on this beer; after I take a drink it forms honeycomb-like patterns on the side of the glass that sticks for a good while. Not much it could do to improve on the looks front. (5)

Flavour: Full of piney bitterness put together with the underlying roasted malt sweetness hinting of chocolate and caramel. Put altogether its got a faint teriyaki flavour with predominant pine flavour. Very interesting beer. (4)

Mouthfeel: On the thicker side of medium body, which is thick for the American stout style. It's definitely not watery. Carbonation is solid. The brew runs a bit dry and the aftertaste is predominantly that teriyaki flavour sticking around for a good while. (4)

Overall: This beer is pretty good; one of the hoppier stouts I've had. It reminds me of Goose Island's Nightstalker but not quite as syrupy and a bit less hoppy. I think hoppy stouts are a bit of an oxymoron, its like a syrupy black IPA or something like that. However I know that hopheads will like this beer a lot. Looks good and smells good; but It could use some more work to bring the flavour together better and I wouldn't get it again the next time I come to Chicago, but I think it's a good beer to try a couple times. (4)

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color with ruby highlights; not that much of a head but what is there does a good job lacing

Smell: Really hoppy on the nose - piney and pithy

Taste: Hard to taste the stout for the hops, up front, with pine, pith and an aspirin-like bitterness that assaults the palate; underneath, there is a black bread quality that peaks through, though the hops continue to dominate through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: As others have noted, this is as much an American Black as it is a stout; with a blindfold on, I would have called it an American Black; I don't feel that the flavors really come together that well, but a hophead will find this enjoyable

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Robbie for this one.
2012 Vintage; poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark brown, settled black with one finger of medium brown head.

S - Massive hop aroma is noticeable before even putting the glass to my nose. Pine and grapefruit notes are present with lighter chocolate and roast flavours in the background.

T - Nice hop bitterness up front with greapefruit and pine flavours. The malt profile is very much secondary, adding some roast and chocolate in the finish. The hop profile definitely dominates this beer.

M - Medium body; somewhat creamy. Light carbonatoin.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Black with a fairly large, smooth, creamy, fluffy, cafe colored head. Good retention leaving a nice, sticky layer of lace.

S - Loads of sweet, creamy chocolate. Hints of grapefruit and sweet citrus. Notes of mocha. THe more I smell, the more ruby grapefruit aroma I get. A slight earthiness on the end.

T - SImilar flavors to the aromas. Sweet, creamy chocolate is front and center. A constant background of ruby grapefruit that bursts out mid sip. Subtle underlying earthiness and stale coffee grounds throughout. Finishes with a stronger mocha flavor along with a slight earthy and citrus rind bitterness.

M - Medium body with above average carbonation. Lively with a slightly spritzy finish.

D - Very drinkable stout. Alcohol is very well hidden. Great balance between sweet and bitter, dark stout flavors and hoppy goodness. I easily finished my bottle and enjoyed every last sip.

Notes: A very well done hoppy stout. Great job balancing the flavors. Hops are very present, particularly the grapefruit, but it is undeniably a stout as the sweet and earthy chocolate flavors are up front. Overall well done. Really nice beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks ryan for this!

pours jet black, rather thick for a 7.5% ABV. chewy looking body. light cocoa head.

sweet sugar, roasted malt, faint cherry and port.

sweet through out, roasted malt and dark chocolate kick in through the middle. some dark fruit, mainly light cherry begin to develop. through the finish a citrus hop flavor emerges. finishes sweet red grapefruit.

near perfect body. great thickness and chew. mild to moderate carbonation.

for the ABV, flavor, and overall awesomeness, seek this out

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presently, this is #22 in the American Stout category here on BA.

Haven't had anything bad by Revolution yet.

Served in an Elysian tulip.

A: Poured out a vicious, pitch black color (but don't most stouts worth half their salt though?) with a massive beige head that clung to the glass like a rat bastard from hell.

S: Wow! Lots of hops in there.... citrus even. Is this a black IPA? Lots of roasted malt, but no coffee or chocolate on the nose to speak of.

T: Okay, things have settled a bit not. Not as much pineapple going on here as was dictated by the nose. Still, no coffee to my palate. The roast was nice, as was the overall flavor. A bit of bitter cacao along with dark fruit and a hint of citrus.

M: The bitterness heated up the more sips I took, the lacing was absolutely ridiculous, and the carbonation was but a mere collection of anemic prickles.

O: Really good stuff from a brewery who I have a new found respect for every sip I take of their stuff.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Appears black in the glass. Forms a large, thick, and fairly stable mocha colored head that leaves a good bit of lacing on the way down.

S: Aroma is fairly hoppy for a stout, with notes of citrus and pine. However, it's not all about the hops either as there are aromas of charred malts and chocolate as well.

T: Taste is similar, but the malts are more dominant. Heavily roasted malts, dark chocolate, and coffee. Maybe a bit of char. Then there are the hops, mostly grapefruit and pine.

M: On the heavier side of medium. Medium carbonation. Dry and chalky on the finish.

O: A nice beer, one that showcases how hops can still play a dominant role in a stout.

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Photo of Etan
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from the recent release (simultaneous with Very Mad Cow), into a Revolution pint glass.

A: Pours a brownish black with a soft light tan head.

S: Aroma is full of grapefruit, pine, and pineapple hop notes, with a hint of slightly sweet roasted malt behind.

T: Fresh pine and citrus up front, with plenty of bitter chocolate and roasted grain forming a backbone. Bitterness is up there.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. Very creamy.

O: This is a good hoppy stout. The mouthfeel is really where the beer shines, and everything else is pretty good.

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Photo of DirtyBikeBrewing
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Went by the brewery last week and picked up a growler for labor day weekend. This is one of those beers you have to try. Great malt/chocolate balance. Great carbonation and complex finish. Hints of Bourbon and vanilla in the finish.

A - Black

S - Malty, chocolatey and smoky

T - Great chocolatey and coffeeish taste. With smoky notes as well

M - Great mouthfeel. Not so creamy but very full bodied.

O - Drink it up. It's a great stout you have to try. It's on tap at the pub and brewery.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass at Sheffield's.

My final beer before heading up to Wrigley, I ordered it based on the positive feedback garnered from my buddy next to me. It pours a dark black-brown, very subtly highlighted in dark ruby, topped by a half-finger or so of khaki foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, toasted bread, light pine, and a bit of dark chocolate powder. The taste brings in more of the same, with the pine coming in a bit more pronounced, and with a touch of grapefruit peel tossed in for good measure. Still, the roast and chocolate dominate, just benevolently. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a very nice stout, one that shows that hops can find a place in a stout, so long as they are used with caution, respect, and due diligence. Something like that...

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