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Bean Gene | Revolution Brewing

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4.23/5
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656 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bean Gene is the first variation we did with our Mean Gene barrel-aged Eugene Porter.

After months socked away in bourbon barrels, we steeped it with Dark Matter coffee beans prior to bottling. Smooth and well-balanced, with hints of vanilla and an in-your-face coffee flavor, enjoy it at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

28 IBU

Added by MasterSki on 10-09-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,029
Reviews:
83
Ratings:
656
pDev:
9.93%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
101
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 656 |  Reviews: 83
Photo of daniels79
1.28/5  rDev -69.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Extremely tart, and gushed all over the counter.

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Photo of ScottyTheBeerGuy
1.42/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Photo of HopHunter19
1.78/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - gusher, so disappointing after spending almost 20 bucks on this bottle. Look is nice in the glass, dark brown black with a mocha head that sticks and leaves nice lacing
S- sour cherry, butterscotch and slight bourbon. Yup, this is infected.
T- God damn this is dissapointing, sour cherry and butterscotch dominate. Slight bourbon, some roasted malts but these are almost completely covered up by the infection.
M- medium mouthfeel. Alcohol covered. Aftertaste you can almost taste what the beer was supposed to taste like - some mild bourbon and coffee.
O- ohhhh boy. The homebrewer in me wants to say I understand. The consumer in me wants to swear off revolution brewing forever. This is infected to the max. And from the other reviews on here and Greg's Beer Review's review of it I know it's not just me. Almost 20 bucks down the effin' drain.

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Photo of FBarber
2.08/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

I bought two bottles of this two years ago. The first one was infected, and I've put off opening this second bottle, but enough is enough and tonight is the night.

Bottle gushed over upon opening - not a great start. Beer pours a dark brown almost black with a thick strong fizzy head. Head dissipates leaving a tan slick along the top of the beer.

Aroma is slightly tart, with an odd metallic notes. Coffee comes through but the coffee aroma is a green peppery coffee aroma. very very acidic on the nose.

Taste has notes of coffee and chocolate before giving way to a tart peppery finish. Not much barrel character in here even as it warms up.

Feel is very fizzy - lots of carbonation here - especially noticeable for a barrel aged beer. Otherwise its pretty smooth. Dry and tart on the finish.

Overall this wasn't so awful that it was a drain pour, but it was certainly off and tasted weird for what it was. That being said, its an infected beer and its pretty bad. I'll gladly give this a second try if they ever bring it back.

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Photo of jkeefe1800
2.34/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Incredibly carbonated, smell is a mixture of coffee bourbon, and metal. Taste was slightly coffee and chocolate which was overwhelmed by tart cherries. Obviously an infected bottle. Super disappointing.

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Photo of grover37
2.89/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Infected, WTF? Unbelievable they would put this out knowing people will pay $16-20 per bottle. Do some quality control or else it will come back to haunt you. Just like Bourbon County, I will certainly think twice before buying Revolution again....

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Photo of grahuba
2.95/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BcOneSeven
3/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BlackNote
3/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of sbxx
3.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Emporium Arcade Bar

Appearance - Very Dark. Some light getting through around edges. Not much. Small ring of head around the glass. Minimal, spotty lacing.

Smell - Warm bourbon, oak, coffee, chocolate malt.

Taste - Coffee and bourbon dominate without being overbearing. Slightly watery. The regular Eugene base really takes a backseat here. I can barely recognize it.

Mouthfeel - Thin body, medium carbonation, finishes sticky and dry.

Overall - Underwhelming but still not bad. I love the regular Eugene so I had high hopes for this one. Some people said it was better than KBS. It's not even close to KBS. Too light and watery for a bourbon barrel beer, in my opinion. I'll pass on this one next time.

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Photo of chippo33
3.14/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not much bourbon or coffee - spritzy.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle received in a recent trade.

This one pours a darkish black, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like light coffee, and some bourbon, and maybe a bit of chocolate.

This suffers from an oversweetness, and nothing to balance it out. The bourbon, the coffee, and the chocolate malt all add sweetness, and there's no bitterness or roast to balance it out. The coffee itself feels a little insipid and bland, and the bourbon feels a little bit weak and maybe slightly astringent- the only non-sweet flavor here. I'm seriously disappointed in this one.

This has too thin of a body for the style, the body can't handle the rest of the beer. It's got a lower level of carbonation.

I've loved a ton of things in the Revolution barrel-aged series, but I can't say much positive about this one.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.17/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JakerLou
3.18/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of t2grogan
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Something was off with this one. Had kind of a pepper taste that didn't jive with the other flavors.

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Photo of dcisco44
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.28/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body with a nice off-white head. Thick collar. Nice surface foam.

Smell - Slightly acidic coffee. Some whiskey. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Acidic coffee. Too sharp, really. Some milk chocolate. Whiskey comes after the coffee and lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Tingly booze.

Overall - Not so impressed, but drinkable.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I was excited when my wife brought me this semi-exclusive bottle of Bean Gene. But I must have gotten a sour batch, because this was almost undrinkable. Smells like day-old cold-brew coffee, lacks carbonation and tastes like spoiled milk with coffee flavor added.

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Photo of brentk56
3.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Spumes out of the bottle but, as often happens with such beers, when you get it in the glass the head fades quickly; the fudge brown liquid winds up with a tan film; decent lacing action, with a paisley pattern on the glass

Smell: Chocolate, Bourbon, vanilla and coffee are all in the mix, with the Bourbon and vanilla dominant

Taste: As in the aroma, the Bourbon and vanilla flavors dominate the front end and linger through the finish; underneath, there is chocolate and a slight edge of coffee; the finish is rather sweet

Mouthfeel: Surprisingly thin with the type of carbonation that overwhelms the palate and creates an airy mouthfeel

Overall: Pretty disappointed by this beer, given the ratings here - the flavors lack balance, the overall effect is too sweet and don't get me started on the mouthfeel

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Photo of ridgeisgod
3.33/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.39/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

An older bottle that was a gusher. The smell is stale, the feel is thin.

Need to revisit in a fresher incarnation but I'm disinclined to spend money on another bottle based on how poorly this aged. Yes, a year is not ideal for a coffee porter but it should not become undrinkable in that time frame IMHO.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle acquired at Lone Tree brewing this afternoon and served into a Guinness goblet in me friend's gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served cold. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger khaki colour head of decent thickness and nice creaminesss.

Body colour is a nice solid black. Nontransparent and non-translucent. Looks decent.

Standard fare for the style. Not unique or special. I'm excited to try it.

Sm: Chocolate malt. Light sourness. Caramel. Brown and caramel malts. A bit musty. Some creaminess. Some nuttiness.

Decent balance. Built decently.

T: Dark malts, caramel, nice vanilla. Decent oaky wood notes. Nice woody notes.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Suits the flavour nicely. Nice thickness. Adequate carbonation. I do like it.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I do like the taste. Enjoyable and pleasant. Quite a nice stout. It's got a good flavour; I like it.

B-

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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 656 ratings
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