Hugene | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Imperial Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hugene is a humungous Imperial Porter brewed using the first runnings of wort from a huge mash yielding the darkest and highest concentration of fermentable sugars.

Added by jegross2 on 01-02-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft serving at Revolution.

Obsidian black, dark mocha foam layered on the surface that lasted for the duration of the glass. Sticky ring of foam around the edges that dripped back down into the beer.

Appropriately huge in all respects, aroma especially. Very big on dry roasted chocolate malts, dark chocolate and espresso. Smooth and creamy feel, retaining porter-like suppleness, surprisingly not all that dense and chewy. Still a medium bodied brew with low to medium carb levels.

Flavors of dark chocolate, coffee, tobacco, similar to the nose but lingering longer. Intense roast, moderately bitter but dialed in enough to encourage easy drinking/sipping. A great variation on Eugene, a regular brewpub favorite.

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4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had on tap at rev. Poured into a snifter and pours a very dark brown color with a dark brown head

huge and intense aromas strike you right away. This is packed with malts along with dark chocolate, toffee, and roasted coffee.

Full bodied with a really good feel. Doesn't come off as overdone and is loaded with malts along with roast coffee and dark chocolate

This was completely a sipping beer. It was as big as the name implies but it wasn't overdone.

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4.75/5  rDev +12.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing Hugene from Revolution Brewing Company. Today is the first day of this beer's release.
Score: 89

Appearance: Pours an ink black-as-night color that is 100% opaque with a thin tan ring of head around the glass. Swirling creates a thin creamy layer of head. Lacing is pretty sticky, above average. 4/5

Smell: Muted roasted chocolate, malts, raisin/fig and light caramel. 4/5

Taste: Lots of prune/fig flavors throughout. Increasing chocolate maltiness as the beer layers. Hints of caramel up front. There is a "warming" alcohol sensation, but no real alcohol flavor until this beer approaches room temperature. Finish is smooth chocolate and dark fruit. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied with minimal carbonation. Very smooth mouthfeel with a slightly sweet, kind of sticky finish. 4/5

Overall: A very solid imperial porter. More nuanced than "flavor forward," unlike most imperial-style dark beers. This brew is definitely worth trying, but at either $8 for a 10-12 oz snifter pour, it is not worth the price to sip this all night. I wonder if this one with get the bottling/canning treatment as a seasonal/once-a-year beer as a part of Revolution's expansion.

Recommendation: A very balanced and muted, but flavorful porter that should be enjoyed by beer geeks and casual beer drinkers alike.

Food Pairings: A chocolate cupcake.

Cost: $8 for a 10-12 oz snifter pour or $4 for a sampler glass.

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look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Don't think you can make an imperial porter look any better than is. Black as night, good viscosity. Brown head leaves absolutely beautiful sheets of fine lacing on the sides of the glass.

S - Cocoa, caramel malts, just a hint of roast. There's some nice coffee in there as well.

T - Rich and sweet. There is a lot of perfectly blended caramel and rich chocolate in this one. The end finishes with some good coffee which comes out a bit more as the beer warms up. Very rich and fairly decadent. Great flavor for a 10.6% beer.

M - Full bodied, light carbonation that is about perfect for this beer.

O - Loved this beer, and ordered a second one. It's slightly on the sweet side, which I don't normally prefer, but the taste is so good it works. I hope they stick this in barrels, I think Jack Daniels would be a great choice, and this beer would hold up well.

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4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a tumbler at Firkin.

I may have missed out on a chance to try some of this stuff at the brewery recently, but a second chance comes to me thanks to Solidarity. This stuff pours a ruby-edged obsidian topped by a finger of burnt sienna foam. The nose comprises coffee, roasted malts, dark chocolate, and dark bread. The taste brings in more of the same, with a milder chocolate (it's more like cocoa now, though still rather rich), a milder coffee, and a slightly darker toast component. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very lightly chewy feel. Overall, a very tasty robust porter, a strong blast of flavor without the destruction of the tastebuds. Good times.

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Hugene from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 55 ratings