Faustenstein | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our latest barrel-aged experiment is the Faustenstein. This beer is a blend of our Fausten Weizenbock and Eugene Porter that has been aged in Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve Barrels for 9 months. Faustenstein is one creation the good doctor would be proud of.

Added by MasterSki on 07-18-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 8
Photo of socon67
2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Dark brown pour with a reddish hue. Looks almost rusty in color. Opaque, and with no carbonation. Syrupy thick liquid sticking to the glass.

S - Scents of vanilla, dark cherries, and raisin. But in short order a boozy smell of bourbon is dominant. In a way, I'd prefer it to be less prominent and let the other subtle scents come through. over time the smell became more bourbon\whiskey.

T - Just don't like this experiment. The complex flavors are essentially killed by the overpowering dry sherry taste. It has a burning quality. I'm all for the BBA thing, but this seemed to undermine what could have been a cleverly constructed ale.

M - Syrupy thick, but the whiskey burn made this even tough as a sipper. Just couldn't enjoy it.

O - If the aging was toned down this could have been a winner. Instead we got an experiment gone wrong. Fuastenstein is a monster, and one I sadly didn't bother to finish.

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Photo of MasterSki
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Revolution. Served in 5oz taster glass.

A - Light mocha foam settles to a thick collar and partial cap, with good retention. Dark brown body with some transparent ruby highlights.

S - Definitely a fruity Jack Daniel's note here, with oaky vanilla as well. The base blend contributes estery notes from the weizenbock and roast from the porter. Odd combination, but strangely compelling.

T - The taste is heavier with porter flavors - dark chocolate, roast, and caramel mingle with nice vanilla and light whiskey notes, as well as a hint of estery banana.

M - Smooth, medium body, with lower carbonation. Chewy, with a lightly tannic finish, and no obvious alcohol.

D - It's not Revolution's finest barrel-aged offering, but it's still quite enjoyable and well worth ordering a snifter. Hopefully Revolution releases straight-up Barrel-aged Eugene at some point in the future as well.

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Photo of KDawg
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from tap at rev. poured into a snifter and pours a dark amber color.

There are noticeable bourbon aromas right off the bat along with aromas of malts, grains and some dark chocolate.

Full bodied with a smooth feel. Lacking some depth though along with flavors of malts and dark chocolate with the bourbon being a bit overpowering.

I didn't have the fausten, so I don't know how to fully compare this. An enjoyable barrel aged brew from rev, but didn't come off as truly special.

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Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Faustenstein from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. Per the description, this beer is a blend of Revolution's Fausten Weizenbock and their Eugene Porter, aged in Jack Daniels and Woodford Reserve Barrels for 9 months.
Score: 91

10 oz tap pour served in a snifter glass and enjoyed on 07/24/12. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pitch black body. Served with thin bubbly ring of tan head. Good lacing, average retention. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla, whiskey/bourbon, dark fruit, sweet plum and raisin, brown sugar. Caramel backbone. Hint of alcohol heat in the nose. A friendly aroma to those who like bourbon. 4/5

Taste: Vanilla, caramel and ample smooth bourbon flavor with a little spice kick. Brown sugar, dark grain and fig flavor on midpalate that lingers thru the finish. Hint of banana. Nice caramel-y vanilla flavor in finish too. Very smooth, barrel forward beer that gets bolder as it warms. Faint caramel whiskey with a dash of dark chocolate flavor in the "aftertaste." The weizen character is very subdued, though it becomes a bit more prominent as the beer warms. Almond and a little Belgian yeast towards finish once the beer hits room temperature. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-full bodied, light carbonation. Slick, syrupy mouthfeel. Slightly sweet, sticky finish. 4.5/5

Overall: While not one of revolutions best BA brews, this is still a pretty damn good brew. I like this barrel aged mixture but when the red scare is on tap for $2 less...

Recommendation: Fans of weizenbocks are encouraged to give this one a whirl. I enjoyed it as much as the Local Option/Central Waters collaboration Barrel Aged La Petite Mort.

Pairings: Hickory BBQ smoked chicken.

Cost: $8 for a 10 oz snifter at the Brewpub.

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Faustenstein from Revolution Brewing
3.8 out of 5 based on 8 ratings.
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