Mean Gene | Revolution Brewing

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Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Woodford Reserve barrels for 8 months, our deliciously roast chocolatey Eugene Porter now packs a punch.

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Photo of pkalix
4.56/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

wow! aroma takes me back to the Eclipse series..... lots of bourbon; sweet, sweet bourbon..... taste is the same- lots of bourbon, lots of flavor. very sweet. lots of alcohol burn although it isn't all that 'strong'.... when I poured it onto an already-half-filled glass it sizzled as if I were pouring acid onto it!! with an almost red hue to it, it appeared to 'eat away' at the head and fizzled until it was all gone.... amazing! thin enough to be very enjoyable; holds a taste expected of an 11% brew... very nice. reminds me of a thinner Merkin or DBA.

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Photo of cnbrown313
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a snifter. Like their other barrel aged beers, this comes in one of those boxes with the wood grain.

A - Very minimal head, I had to pour hard and got about one finger of pretty nice light brown foam. The beer itself looks dark brown, but you can see through it - not viscous at all.

S - Very faint bourbon smell, and maybe a little chocolate. But nothing is overpowering or stands out too much

T - Wow... Very smooth bourbon upfront, with a creamy back just like the regular Eugene porter. This is nice. It's easy to keep sipping...

M - The mouthfeel is medium bodied, not sticky or cloying at all. Very smooth.

O - I was pretty impressed by this beer. The bourbon flavor is very present, but smooth and definitely welcomed. Recommended.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to wyatt13 for this awesome bottle!

Split with a friend. Poured into a snifter. Deep black body with a half-inch of tan head on top. Spotty lace left behind. Nose carries bourbon, vanilla, oak, toffee - a pleasant sweet aroma for sure.

Good smooth body. Not too bubbly or astringent at all. Holds up the bigness of this beer well. Great flavors that start out more base Porter-like with some creamy roasted oak flavors. As the beer warms the mellow sweetness comes more to the forefront. Bourbon, vanilla, butterscotch. A really nice beer here. I like that the bourbon doesn't overpower the base beer at all. I had the original Eugene a few weeks back and loved it. This is a great adjustment to an already fantastic beer. Thanks again, Wyatt.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Served in a 12 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Smal trails of lacing.

S- huge bourbon and vanilla notes. Nice chocolate milk, roast, and slight coffee.

T- alcohol, bourbon, chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, with some roast bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Little fizzy at first but mellows.

O- very good ba porter. More barrel forward but enough going on that works well together.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with a voluptuous two finger caramel/mocha colored head which quickly recedes leaving only a thing outer ring around the perimeter. Lacing is so-so.

S - Huge sweet vanilla bourbony notes, tons of vanilla, oakyness, and a hefty amount of underlying chocolate sweetness. Smells amazing

T - Oh man that's delicious. Bourbon is very present, as much so as the beer characteristics. Lots of sweet buttery vanilla bourbon flavors up front transition into a slightly roasty and chocolatey finish. Aftertaste is a combination of butter vanilla bourbon and roasty malts.

M - Definitely a bit light, for better or for worse. Relatively light bodied and abundant carbonation for the style. Very drinkable..

O - Very tasty, smells amazing, lots and lots of bourbon characteristics. Very drinkable for the style

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Photo of Treebs
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Revolution tap room. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a dark black color with dark brown highlights. A tan head forms on the pour and recedes to thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.

S: Light bourbon, some oak and chocolate. Roasted malts with mix with a caramel sweetness.

T: Same as the nose, but very smooth. The bourbon mixes with a decadent chocolate and some milk chocolate sweetness. Roasted malts with some oak barrel and subtle vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with a medium low carbonation. Velvety and smooth.

O: Very good and a nice smooth barrel compliment to the already delicious Eugene porter.

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Photo of emerge077
4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Kedzie brewery; review from written notes.

Black body with dark brownish edges. Dark tan collar of foam with very little lacing to speak of. Still glassy surface. Some clarity visible around the edges.

Fruity plum and brown sugar, coconut, soft whiskey in the aroma.

Bourbon figures large in the taste, the whiskey barrel dominates the base porter, a slight plum note is there, but it's mainly whiskey barrel from start to finish. Medium bodied and dry, a little thin. Overall not bad but not a favorite. May mellow out after some aging but not going to bother with it personally.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At this point, this is the last Eugene variant I have yet to try. I expect big things as they have all been delicious. Appearance is on par with Eugene... dark brown bordering on black with a small amount of head and some brown light passage around the edges. The nose presents heavy roasted character with dark chocolate countered with bright caramel, vanilla, some harsh tannins from the barrel, and plenty of bourbon character. The barrel is very strong on the nose and is no different on the palate. Bourbon presents itself first with heavy vanilla and oak. There is less astringency than the nose implied as the porter base comes in to balance out the spirit. My only complaint about this beer is that Eugene seems to be a little on the light bodied side to support the barrel treatment. Don't get me wrong, this beer is tasty, however, the heavy iteration of this beer, E. Norma Gene is a much more complete beer in my opinion.

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Photo of BB1313
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Labeled Feb. 27, 2013 on the bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with a big khaki head that fades, but leaves nice retention. The aromas are full of chocolate and bourbon. The bourbon isn't overwhelming, but it's clearly there accenting everything else. There's also alot of wood/oak, vanilla, and butterscotch. The flavors seem to really match the nose. Tons of chocolate. The sweet bourbon blends harmoniously the chocolate. Very rich and robust. Hints of caramel along with more butterscotch. There are subtle hints off expresso and coffee, giving it a very subtle roastiness. Perfect amount of oak/wood. There's barely any hints of alcohol. I'll admit that while the flavors are really good, they do become redundant after awhile. Mouthfeel is very nice. It's full-bodied but not heavy; fluffy and creamy with moderate carbonation. This is dangerously drinkable and very fun to drink.

This is a great beer from Revolution. It's pretty pricey. Is it worth the price of admission? I don't know, but I like it.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.06/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich dark brown and sits solid black in the glass with a thin layer tan foam.

Roasty, chocolate, and a light waft of bourbon.

Tons of dark chocolate notes, roasted malts, nutty, and a very faint sign of bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, light carbonation, lush chocolate sweetness, and some roasty bitterness.

Overall, a very tasty version of Eugene, but I was hoping for a little more bourbon character.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated February 27th, 2013 from the brewery. Served in a snifter.

A - Tan foam quickly settles to a collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Very dark brown body with some transparent reddish at the edges.

S - Roasty, oak, whiskey, dark chocolate, coffee with cream, surprisingly boozy for two-plus years of age.

T - Dark chocolate, biscuit, vanilla, oak, coffee, a bit of dark fruit.

M - Zesty carbonation. A bit thin. Very oaky with some warming. Just kind of watery.

D - Held up well and hasn't mellowed all that much. Tastes good but the feel is very weak.

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Photo of KDawg
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured tap @ rev into a snifter. Pours a dark chocolate color with a small head.

There is a real richness to the aromas of raisins, some bourbon aromas, chocolate, and some malts.

Full bodied with a very smooth feel. There is nice depth with flavors of milk chocolate, raisins, and a touch of bourbon as well.

This was really enjoyable. More on the sipping side, but really good regardless.

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Photo of Houser
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this was an extremely solid beer, underrated a bit in my opinion. has a really nice bourbon taste to supplement the base beer. i didnt get much coffee from this beer, but it was extremely chocolatey smooth.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap @ revolution

from notes

appearance: 2 x 5oz samples, rich dark brown body, frothy mocha cream head - almost as if it were a nitro pour

smell: bourbon, chocolate, repeat

taste: the woodford reserve barrel comes through pretty strong - bourbon is strong with a bit of oak. Didn't try the base beer but I appreciate a nice bourbon barrel porter, and while a little sloppy, this one served the hair of the dog role well

mouthfeel: powerful bourbon, silky smooth

overall: nice, but could use some more body and depth of flavors

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Photo of Ri0
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

poured 22oz bottle into snifter.

A - Obsidian with a 2 finger khaki head. Very nice retention and a thin cap that lasts the entire session. Not much lacing.

S - Scents of bourbon, vanilla, some cola. I also pick up wood, roasted malt and hints of bitter chocolate.

T - Big, smooth bourbon and cola flavor. Notes of vanilla and wood intermingle and with some sweet caramel. Roasted malt gives bitter chocolate taste.

M - Medium bodied with a slight buttery mouth feel. Carbonation is quite good for a barrel aged beer.

O - This is a nice barrel aged porter that I got in a trade. It is very pleasant and easy drinking with the bourbon not over the top.

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Photo of vic21234
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Bottled on date looks like it says 11/10/14.

A- Pours very cola-like, with a dark brown color along with a finger worth of frothy khaki colored head.

S- Sweet chocolate and slight hints of oak on the nose.

T- Smell carries into the taste, with notes of dark malts and chocolate up front, before the oak and bourbon shines through.

M- Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, the barrel aging is prominent at the backend of each taste.

I'm always pleased with Revolution's Deep Wood Series, except for their pricepoints.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.88/5  rDev -1%

Appearance - The beer poured a murky black color with modest level of bubbles crowning the glass.

Smell - The bourbon is apparent in the aroma. I do not detect much coffee in the aroma.

Taste - Coffee stays toward the front and is fairly nondescript. Bourbon is mild but present toward the back. The aftertaste is warm with sour apple qualities.

Mouthfeel - For a porter, I thought the beer was fairly thin. The beer is thick enough to linger and leave a sour impression.

Overall - While I like the beer, I was expecting a little more from this one.

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Photo of brentk56
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: No bubble show, but the mocha colored head builds upward and then fades back; the ebony colored liquid lets no light through

Smell: Bourbon, vanilla, oak and chocolate; a hint of dark fruit

Taste: Surprisingly fruity, up front, almost like a Baltic Porter, with some raisin and prune; it doesn't take long for the Bourbon and vanilla to arrive, bringing a touch of coconut; roasty and slightly oaky, after the swallow, with some alcohol warmth in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation;' some warmth in the gullet, but the beer is a bit thin for the style

Overall: Having really enjoyed Eugene on draft on a previous trip to Chicago, I was expecting to be really impressed by this beer; to my palate, however, the barrel treatment hasn't done as well as I would have hoped and the flavors don't harmonize as I would have liked

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Photo of AgentZero
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black beer that browns and reds on the edges. Has a nice ruby glint in the light. Half a finger of off-white head head that left nothing on the sides.

S - Chocolate and some nice bourbon. Touch of oak and hint of alcohol. Smells very nice and inviting.

T - Unfortunatly the taste does not live up to the nose. Not sure if the base beer is not strong enough or that it sat in the barrel for too long, but the alcohol is too sharp for the time being. Some of the chocolate and roast comes through but you have to look for it past the hotness of alcohol.

M - Sitting in the barrels made it a little thin, by its a fairly minor complaint. Carbonation okay.

O - Not a bad beer, but I had higher expectations. Could be a lot better if it sits for a while.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Revolution. Served in 5oz glass alongside Mean Gene today, 12/18/2013.

Pours just like Bean Gene but with a nice fluffy half finger tan head that retains briefly. After a while it looks just like Bean Gene. Placid, dark black body. Spots of lacing.

Smells kind of boring. Mostly bourbon and barrel vanilla. Nothing remains of the base beer. No chocolate, coffee, roast flavors. For all intents and purposes, this smells like watered down bourbon.

Flavor profile is pretty similar to watered down bourbon. The Woodford took over too much of the base beer. Barrel vanilla, sweet smoky bourbon. Not a big fan of its minimal complexity.

Thinner bodied, a bit watery. Aftertaste is primarily charcoal from the bourbon. Not that interesting.

Not going to lie, the Woodford Reserve barrels took way too much away from the base. I don't think I would recommend this, but if you want to drink it alongside Mean and Blue and E. Norma Gene, then it could be educational.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.74/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark cola brown, letting considerable light pass at the edges. A half inch of tan head after the pour that dissipates without leaving a trace.

Nice bourbon aroma. Woodford is known for it's high rye content in the mash bill and those earthy and spicy aromas poke through. Lots of soy and anise, chocolate to a lesser extent.

The barrels don't pop as much in the taste. Woody, soy, blackstrap molasses.

Mouthfeel is thin and low carbonation is low.

A decent beer, but doesn't hold up against other barrel agers. Mouthfeel was weak. For the price tag, pass.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz, 2/27/13
Riedel tulip

A: Pours deep brown. Thin layer of light tan. Traces and collar as it dies down. Alcohol feet.

S: Smells hot. Definitely get booze. Stings nostrils. Chocolate. Roasted malts.

T: Dark bitter cocoa. Vanilla. Booze. It's almost like the barrel just overpowers the tasty porter notes here.

M: Big medium. Not as thick as I was expecting.

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Photo of timc100
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown, almost black with a minimal beige head.

S: Lots of lightly roasted coffee beans and bitter dark chocolate. There is a bourbon character, though not very dominant - hazelnut/vanilla and wood, some heat.

T: Follows the nose but messier. Coffee and chocolate hit first, then a wave of barrel notes.

P: Very carbonated and light/medium body. I know it's a porter, but wish it were bigger and creamier

O: Probably much better on tap - Bean was a mess from the bottle and delicious on tap.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.51/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Looks great - super dark with a nice tan head. A lot of bourbon in the scent and the taste. Hints of chocolate and root beer. But the bourbon is most prominent and the great flavors in the base beer don't come through. Mouthfeel, which in the Eugene Porter is smooth and creamy, is thin. Not a bad beer but not one to splurge on.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Masterski. Cheers!

From a bomber into a snifter

APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, loose and fizzy, dark tan head with lousy retention. Head fizzes and crackles down to a splotchy wisp and ring. A clear bistre brown body with hints of carbonation. A ring remains but leaves no lacing down the glass. Ugly head, and rather annoying to listen to.

SMELL: Mild aromas, but quite nice and well balanced. Bourbon, oak, sweet vanilla, hints of coconut and some milk chocolate. Lightly roasted too. A little mild, but well integrated and smooth.

TASTE: Mild bourbon flavors with oak, vanilla and milk chocolate up front. The flavor comes out much more after the swallow with a bold and lingering finish of bourbon barrel, oak, sweet cream, coconut, some milk chocolate, bitter dark chocolate and some roasted grain. A hint of sweet caramel in there as well. A nice, smooth chocolate-bourbon finish lingers and lingers. This is plenty flavorful; too bad the feel hurts it.

PALATE: Thin body and high levels of carbonation. Airy and not smooth at all, goes down a little prickly and finishes sticky. Too light and carbonated for the style.

OVERALL: Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. The aromas were interesting and the flavor very enjoyable, but the looks was lousy and the feel ruined this beer's potential. Fill out the palate and you'd have a real winner on your hands here. I would love to try another batch of this stuff, but this one just misses the mark. Thanks again Masterski.

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