Gravedigger Billy | Revolution Brewing

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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
Ratings:
271
Reviews:
41
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
7.76%
 
 
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52
Gots:
71
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8
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Photo of Flight317
3/5  rDev -29.4%

I've not had a ton in this style that are barrel aged but the ones I've had were all much better than this. The smell is nothing but bourbon. The mouthfeel is just flat, zero carbonation and not a huge amount of flavor. There was no head on this one. Glad this was something a friend shared with me and I didn't seek it out.

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

Photo of Egotist
3.01/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of UrbanCaveman
3.06/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Beer House in Lombard, IL. Arrived in a snifter.

A: Arrived a cloudy dark brown, with minimal head that turned into a ring in short order. Left some spotty lacing on the glass.

S: Pure bourbon in the nose, not a speck of beer evident. Notes of charred oak, vanilla, and warm booze waft out of the glass. Insert usual caveat that I was at a bar here, with additional caveat that it was a bar with no kitchen to really mess with my nose.

T: At first, this is almost exactly like drinking Woodford Reserve, but with the edges filed round and sanded smooth. The entire flavor profile is the bourbon - pure oak, blackened wood, vanilla extract, and subtle bits of caramel swimming throughout. As the beer warms, however, the edges rebuild from being ground down, and they sprout spikes and thorns. Alcohol heat erupts into flame as this beer approaches room temperature - there is no hiding the ABV at all.

M: Sticky and smooth, but with a quite watery finish. The alcohol heat cranks up here as well as the beer warms.

O: While I am a fan of bourbon as well as beer, this comes in second place to Backwoods Bastard for me, which is itself in second place to Wulver. Given my inability to find much beer under the bourbon, combined with the serious alcohol heat that poured out of this as it warmed, it's not a favorite for me. Age might do wonders for this beer, however, taking off the boozy edge and allowing the malt to come forward.

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Photo of Winston3737
3.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear deep amber. Small white head. Light wispy surface.

Smell - Bourbon and caramel. Lightly buttery.

Taste - Bourbon is intense up front. Sweet caramel. Immediately overpowered by bourbon and oak. Boozy as hell.

Mouthfeel - Really boozy. Medium heavy.

Overall - Overwhelmed by bourbon. You only get a glimpse of the scotch ale at the beginning, then all bourbon.

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Photo of Brew33
3.44/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Odd malt profile that doesn't match up well with the barrel. A rare miss for Revolution's barrel program.

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3.47/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of MattMorin
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of thewimperoo
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of rspauldi
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
3.62/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very smooth, tasty beer but the smell and finish were almost sickly sweet.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of AndyEdgar
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of KAF
3.77/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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Gravedigger Billy from Revolution Brewing
4.25 out of 5 based on 271 ratings.
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