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

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Chinook 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!

A 2012 World Beer Cup Gold medal winner.

55 IBU

Added by GbVDave on 11-06-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
242
Avg:
4.05
pDev:
21.98%
 
 
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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev -1.2%
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 -2.2%
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 +21.2%
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 -9.6%
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 +0.2%
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 -4.9%
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 +4.7%
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 +4%
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 +5.7%
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 -1.2%
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 +4.4%
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 +0.7%
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 +13.1%
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 -1.2%
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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Photo of TSJ4000
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For all of those wishing to ask their sexy bartender for a rise, now comes your time..."Bartender, I was hoping you could give me a Rise." And the cool name transfers into a cool beer. An American Stout that remains true to its roots and stays a stout, rather than becoming an India Black Ale. Rise is black, complex, yet very drinkable. Not light in texture by any means. A great beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The chocolate and cocoa really stand out in this beer for me. As far as the body goes it's hearty and thick, but still smooth and appropriately "thin" for a stout. Extremely well made with a great consistency. Definitely glad I was able to try this one.

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Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another home grown beauty at the brewpub this stout served in a tulip glass appears dark black-brown with a very solid, but slim tan head that leaves an awesome blanket of lace. The aroma offers a smooth as silk blend of chocolate charcoal and subtle citrus-pine hop kiss. Hard to pick out the parts, just a beautiful oneness that is extremely pleasant. The flavor brings much the same with charcoal finishing off what starts with that hop friendly blend of Amarillo & Chinook over chocolate sweetness. This stuff is smooth with a delicate small bubbled carbonation, solidly medium bodied with very nice drinkability for the style. This may not be the average stout lover’s favorite brew but for the true hop nut, this is a very tasteful and right up my alley. The hops become somewhat more sprucey as you go with constant malt beauty. Very nice.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I took this to be their version of a black rye PA. True to style it pours a black-brown dark color. I get a roasty aroma with pleasing citrusy hop notes on the edge. Flavor is full-bodied, roasty stout-esque, like a strong roast with coffee edges. I like it.

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Photo of KDawg
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap into a tulip. Pours a dark chocolate color with a frothy head

The hops are noticeable with some citrus and floral aromas along with chocolate and some roasted malts

Medium bodied with much more of a hop profile than a stout. Good flavors of citrus, hops, some florals and bitter chocolate on the attack.

It's lacking a bit of depth and the hops dominate a bit too much for me. It comes off more as a black IPA than a stout

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip.

A: appears jet black, opaque, minimal head, some lacing

S: nose is chock full of bright hops, some earthy tones as well as some citrus tones. There is a sturdy underlying maltiness with plenty of roast.

T: taste starts roasty with notes of baker's chocolate, the hops dominate the palate on the finish with plenty of bitterness and a bit of tropical fruit

MF: somewhat thin for style, medium carbonation

O: this beer incorporates what seems to be two extremes: oozing hop goodness and deep roasty stout character. The balance isn't perfect but it makes for a tasty brew.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rise

Pours opaque black with tan head and bubbly lacing.

The nose is rather hoppy and packs quite the bouquet, full of citrus and followed by a roasty/sweet backbone.

The taste is hop/roast and it's integrated nicely. First hit by some fruity/bitter hops and matched with a nice roasty, charred cocoa flavor that ties it all together. A bit of coffee is also noticed within the roasted side of this brew.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has ample carbonation that works well.

Overall, another great black offering from these guys. Very nice take on a stout. Hops work wonders in this.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black beer with a bit of a tan head that left some random splotches on the sides of the glass.

S - A lot of hops on this one. Nice roasted malts with a bit of chocolate and a touch of bitterness. The hops on this are great, and add a bit of a citrus note to it as well.

T - Love this beer, nice malts and chocolate, and the hops add a nice burst of tropical fruit syrup on the end that give a great finish. Little bit of coffee bitterness makes this complete.

M - Medium bodied with active carbonation.

O - Can't say enough good things about this beer, I hope it's one I'll be able to drink again. Worth stopping by for if you like a hoppy stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution. Unexpectedly served in a tulip.

A - A finger of mocha foam settles to a thick cap, leaving behind plenty of splotchy lace. Black body with a hint of brown at the fringes.

S - Holy hops Batman! An insane amount of citrus, pine, and floral hops - this reminds me of what Darkness used to taste like a few years ago. There's that signature Galaxy hop note in there as well. Underneath there's some roasted malt betraying the actual style, although if blindfolded I would have called this a Black IPA. Very nice in any case.

T - Taste is quite good too, but loses some of the flavors imparted by the dry-hopping. There's a bit more char, and perhaps even a touch of astringency in the finish. The malt character is one of dark chocolate and heavily roasted grains - for a Black IPA that's fine, but for a stout I expect a bit more sweetness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth texture, moderate carbonation level, and no obvious alcohol. Nothing particularly memorable here.

D - This is a very nice offering on the border "hopped-up" stout and Black IPA. I'd definitely order this again, and considered a growler (but found the price a bit high). Hope this one ends up as a seasonal when their production facility gets up and running.

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Photo of Wh0IsMrX
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted on-tap at Revolution Brewing.

A: Pours a jet black with a one-finger khaki head. Moderate lacing.

S: Hops. Fresh hops. A hint of pine and booze.

T: The fresh, crisp taste of hops creates a somewhat subtle bitterness that is finished nicely by dark chocolate and roast.

M: Very good mouthfeel. A bit bitter at first taste but has a creamy, satisfying finish.

O: A somewhat unique stout that really borders on a Black IPA. I could easily enjoy this beer all throughout the colder weeks of fall.

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Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Multiple growler pours, thanks to Chris for sharing!

Spruce needles and dried citrus peel hop aroma, along with some rich chocolatey malt notes. Jet black, thin layer of khaki colored foam rises and settles. Some carb trails visible around the edges of the glass.

Flavors come across more as a Black IPA, though the brewery describes it as an American Stout. Moderate grassy/citric hoppiness that builds over time, leaving a firm bitter aftertaste. In the middle its all deep roast and bitter dark chocolate. Some light astringency from the roast, otherwise smooth. Medium bodied and drinkable enough to have seconds. Pretty enjoyable stuff on a cool fall evening by the fire.

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