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Gravedigger Billy | Revolution Brewing

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4.26/5
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273 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A cousin of our Willie Wee Heavy, this strong ale was aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 11 months.

Added by MasterSki on 02-08-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,110
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
273
pDev:
7.75%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
71
Trade:
8
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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.94/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewing the Gravedigger Billy from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago. I wonder if this brew is named after the Simpsons' character (no, I am not referring to Groundskeeper Willie). Revolution is quite possibly Chicago's best brewery, and they'll be canning some of their year-round beers for distribution very soon (likely within the next 2-3 months).
Score: 98

9 oz tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 02/23/12.

Appearance: This beer is a very deep/dark and opaque brownish red color with caramel colored highlights, not unlike the Founders Backwoods Bastard. Served with a finger of creamy tan/off-white head that ultimately settles into a thin creamy layer around the glass. Solid lacing. 4/5

Smell: Caramelized brown sugar, sweet raisin and sweet dark fruit. A little bourbon, lots of vanilla/oak, "roasty" malt, a hint of chocolate, and a light amount of spice. Some molasses too. A very sweet smelling, complex barrel-forward aroma. 5/5

Taste: Whoa! The flavor follows the nose, but it's even more satisfying. Tons of flavorful barrel flavors throughout. Sweet and chewy bourbon soaked raisins upfront. Then vanilla, malty caramel, plum, fig, and molasses soak the midpalate. A little wood and spice on the midpalate too, in addition to a hint of hops and a light cocoa flavor. No alcohol/boozy flavor present, but some warming effect does occur on the palate. A second wave of malty sweet caramel, vanilla and raisin hits towards the finish and reloads the barrel flavors for a long-lasting bourbon soaked raisin finish. The scotch ale characteristics do not really stand out by any means, but they blend in perfectly with the bourbon barrel flavors to create a truly magnificent beer. As it warms, a certain straight bourbon flavor comes out towards the finish for those who enjoy that sort of thing. 5/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, minimal carbonation. Sweet and moderately dry finish. The mouthfeel is damn near perfect. 5/5

Overall: Easily the best Scotch Ale/Wee Heavy that I have ever had. This brew blows Backwoods Bastard out of the water and should be sought after. Sadly, it's a brewery only tap, costs $8 for a 9 oz pour, is not sold in growlers and when it's gone, it'll be gone. In other words, head over the brew pub now -- before it's too late. Hopefully this beer will find its way into a special bottle release once Revolution gets its distribution underway. I would absolutely buy this one again.

Recommendation: Go to the brewery this weekend to have a snifter-full of this beer. You will absolutely regret missing this one. Even casual beer drinkers should love the balanced, sweet and flavorful taste.

Pairings: Beef jerky.

Cost: $8 for a 9 oz snifter pour.

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4.86/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.84/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A barrel aged wee heavy that is as smooth as the Fonze. The vanilla notes really shine through. If baby Jesus had a floor this would be it. After my first sips I recall hearing the Beatles on my head. I could add a bunch of other beer Mumbo jumbo but I don't feel it appropriate because this was tasty. You can sort of taste the alcohol but at 9.7% it is not that noticeable.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Smooth exquisite high end just damn good

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a Duvel snifter glass.

A - 4.50 - Poured an incredibly dark ruby and mahogany brown, almost black in color but with tinges of red. Formed a finger of light tan, quickly dissipating head. No lacing.
S - 4.50 - Wow, so much scotch whiskey. Lots of whiskey, little bit of dark chocolate and malts.
T - 4.75 - Sweet malts, chocolate, bourbon, brown sugar, toffee, caramel, molasses and pecan pie. Only reason the taste isnt a perfect 5 is because there is a lack of peat smoke.
F - 4.50 - Nice medium bodied beer. Could have a slightly thicker mouthfeel, but quite good regardless.
O - 5 - I REALLY enjoyed this beer. I can't believe how much bourbon they were able to impart into this beer. It's one of the most delicious brews I've ever had, hands down.

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4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look: amber, cinnamon head, little bit of lacing.
Smell: bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and brown sugar.
Taste: bourbon, vanilla, and delicious
Feel, smooth and fullbodied
Overall: bdelicious

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Gravedigger Billy from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 273 ratings
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