Wee Gene | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: English Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A "not so small" beer brewed using the 2nd runnings of wort after collecting the super concentrated liquid to brew the Hugene Imperial Porter. Supremely drinkable, this brew is more like a true London-style porter, which was so dearly loved and and consumed for sustenance by all the men working hard in the London ports.

30 IBU

Added by AgentZero on 12-30-2011

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in a mug.

A - Amazingly enough, this looks really similar to Hugene. There's just a bit less viscosity to it. The thin tan cap is a bit more persistent and stuck around the whole time.

S - Chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and slightly spicy hop character. Pretty solid porter aroma that's reminiscent of Edmund Fitzgerald and potent for the lower ABV.

T - Taste is more roasty with less overt sweetness. However, unlike many small beers there's very little char and carbonic flavor - just a bit of smoke. Light coffee and burnt toast flavors, and plenty of flavor for 4.7%, but could use a bit more balancing sweetness.

M - Fairly hefty medium body, with a nice dry, roasty finish and negligible alcohol. Texture is a touch grainy, and carbonation is lower than in Hugene!? Again, not your typical small beer.

D - One of the few Revolution beers where I actually looked forward to using my Mug Club mug - the first since Mr. Crowley and Workingwoman. I think this tastes better than Half Acre's Alpenglo, but it doesn't smell quite as good.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution.

A - Black, tan-colored head, thin ring, spotty lace.

S - Light roast, light chocolate, some cream, tobacco. All very subtle, yet still has a decent amount of complexity.

T - Similar to the nose. Chocolate, roast, cream, some toasted nuts in there with light tobacco. Finish is roasted nuts and cream.

M - Light, good carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Really nice beer with some good complexity for 4.7%. Would definitely have a couple of these if offered up again. Nice beer we have here.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Black beer that looks brownish in the light with a bit of red on the edges. Bit of a tan head that left some lace on the sides.

S - Some bit of roast, sweeter dark fruits, bit of pine hops. This is a bit sweeter than I was guessing when I heard it was a porter. Decent bit of piney hops in the aroma as well.

T - For something with this ABV, it has some good flavor. Sweet, dark fruits, molasses, bit of roast, some piney hops. A lot going on, pretty good stuff.

M - Medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.

O - Good stuff, easy to drink, and a lot of flavor. Would drink again.

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3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

ABV = 3.5%

Dark brown. Fairly translucent. Served with a smallish light tan head, but there is excellent retention. Some light lacing. Aroma is full of roasted malts with nots of char, smoke and dark chocolate. Taste is similar. Lots of heavily roasted malts with lighter notes of char, dark chocolate, and burnt coffee. Of course, as a small beer, the flavors are a bit watery, but it's to be expected. Light medium body. Lower carbonation. Somewhat chalky. Bitterness is if the roasted malt variety.
A good beer. Hard to rate it against a "proper" Porter since it's really not, but very drinkable.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from tap at revolution. Pours a nice dark brown color with a head that goes away fairly fast

interesting aromas of malts and hops mixed. Good depth with aromas of toffee, malts, bits of coffee and hops

lighter feel that is fairly refreshing. Good deep flavors of toffee, coffee beans, hops, and bits of citrus

I liked this. Wasn't fully sure what to make of it, but this is real nice as a session porter. The hop influence is kind of odd at first, but it is pretty refreshing

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3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Taking into consideration that this is a small beer run off of Eugene, wasn't expecting the same level of aroma, taste, viscosity. With that in mind, this beer was much more than anticipated. Great flavor of roasted coffee and malt, slightly smoky and a touch of sourness at the end like other good English porters I've tried.

A very interesting, low ABV beer - menu said it was in the 3.X range. Really wish this would get canned - haven't seen anything like this not on tap.

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3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Wee Gene from Revolution Brewing
3.73 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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