Barrel-Aged Cherry Black Power | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by MasterSki on 01-24-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 3 | Ratings: 8
Photo of Sean9689
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Rev Kedzie Grand Opening Party.

A - Pours black, mocha-colored head, wisps.

S - Chocolate, roast, malts, light cherry, light vanilla. Not quite as much cherry as I had hoped for...I was thinking, "Please be like Bullfrog Black Cherry Bomb!" Not quite on that level.

T - Chocolate covered cherries, oak, light coconut booze. A little more cherry then the nose, but not as much was I had hoped for. Alcohol is well-hidden. Finish is light tart cherries and chocolate.

M - Medium body, light carbonation, creamy finish.

O - Not the blockbuster I had hyped it up to be, but still really good. I hope this is available at the brewpub in the future, because I'll drink a bunch of this stuff.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Revolution Grand Opening party. Served in a Great Taste of the Midwest taster tulip.

A - Dark mocha foam settles to pretty much nothing. Black body, with a transparent red-brown glint at the bottom.

S - Tons of tart cherry skin, and as it warms up more of the accompanying sweet cherry flesh. Some barrel vanillin and dark chocolate in the periphery, but not a ton of overt whiskey presence.

T - Taste is more similar to the standard BA Black Power, but with some mild cherry tartness in the finish. More chocolate and malt sweetness, as well as the aforementioned vanilla and perhaps a touch of roast.

M - Tannic, thanks to the cherries and oak. Medium-full body, with lower carbonation, and a hint of warmth.

D - I dig that the cherries are quite authentic in flavor and avoid that horrible medicinal character they sometimes take. In some ways I dig the smell of the standard BA Black Power more, as it's got great barrel character, but I enjoy the flavor and hefty feel of this beer significantly more. Hope they make it again, even though I heard it was a total pain in the ass.

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Photo of jegross2
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Barrel-Aged Cherry Black Power from Revolution Brewing Company.
Score: 92

6 oz tap pour served in a plastic cup at the grand opening of Revolution's new brewing/canning facility and enjoyed on 05/25/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Black bodied. Served with a just under half-finger thick layer of creamy khaki-colored head that settles to a foggy layer atop the beer. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Primarily maraschino cherry and molasses upfront. Bittersweet chocolate and raisin behind that. Just a touch of vanilla too. 4/5

Taste: Plenty of smooth, and not overly sweet cherry flavor and bourbon. Milk chocolate, creamy lactose, roasted oats and a hint of oak. More "dark chocolate" chocolate flavor and brown sugar/molasses as the beer warms. Smooth and syrupy. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus bodied, very low carbonation. Sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Modestly sweet finish. 4/5

Overall: A surprisingly well-integrated cherry-infused stout. I am usually not a fan of cherry-forward stouts, but this one just seemed to work for whatever reason. Unlike the Bourbon Barrel Cherry Stout from Central Waters, the flavors did not merely "co-exist" like an oil-and-water mixture, but rather blended together to form a complex improvement over the base beer. Hopefully Revolution will revisit this one again in the future and release it in bottles.

Recommendation: Seek this brew out if you can, though, from what I gathered in talking with some of the folks at Revolution, the keg tapped at the grand opening party was the end of what they had brewed of this.

Pairings: Fudge brownies.

Cost: $4 for a 6 oz pour at the Revolution grand opening party.

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Barrel-Aged Cherry Black Power from Revolution Brewing
4.13 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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