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Bean Gene | Revolution Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing Company
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
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79
Ratings:
647
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
32.19%
 
 
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160
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Reviews: 79 | Ratings: 647
Photo of vic21234
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. No bottled on date listed.

A- Pours a dark brown with a small amount of khaki colored head which quickly fades to the side of the glass. Some lacing can be seen along the sides also.

S- Very nice smelling beer. Huge bourbon aromas, along with coffee, chocolate, and vanilla tones.

T- Starts off with notes of coffee and chocolate before the bourbon settles in. Nice warming from the bourbon with some oak notes as well.

M- Medium bodied, light carbonation, big bourbon notes for just 8.5% ABV.

A nice BA porter, and one worth picking up and trying. This would do great with some age on it as well.

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Photo of joe1510
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz Bomber
$17.99
Beer Temple - Chicago

Bean Gene is black as he Ace of Spades. The only thing you can see in the body is tiny, coffee colored carbonation bubbles rising to the surface along the curvature of the glass. A standard pour produces a finger of creamy mocha head. The settling is slow but eventually the head recedes to a chunky cap that leave near sheet lacing down the glass.

Ah, yes. Big notes of moderately roasted coffee are first and foremost. Soft, well integrated bourbon along with all the barrel characteristics are close behind. Vanilla, oak, and caramel all have their part. The great porter that is Eugene lays a base of roast barley, chocolate, and a lactic sweetness that wraps itself around pecan nuttiness. Excellent!

Not often do you run across a beer that's either barrel aged, coffee aged, or both that is this well balanced. The barrel is noticeable; caramel forward bourbon, soft vanilla, and oak all play well with the semi-sweet coffee. All these flavors compliment the outstanding base of Eugene. The same characteristics I mentioned above along with a little tannic oak and pecan pith.

Peppery alcohol picks up on the semi-dry finish. A touch of roasty bitterness lingers after each drink. The body sits squarely between moderate and full while a nice creamy feel is apparent throughout. While the alcohol leaves behind a little heat this beer is still highly sippable.

Eugene is one of the better porters on the planet and to add coffee before tossing it into barrels only enhances that fact. The coffee and barrel notes are done with precision in mind instead of the usual "beat you over the head" tactics most places seem to use. Bean Gene is another great job by the fellows at RevBrew.

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Photo of jscheuf
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

. Excellent mix overall, being only 8.5% compared to some of these massive double stouts out thses days it had a excellent balance of bourbon to choclate and coffee. The vanilla however was quite sublte and i got hints of it just under the coffee.

Great job Revolution Keep this Deep wood series going!!

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Photo of NewGlarusFan
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Irish Times poured in a Lennie's sifter

A) Dark brown, one finger head. Thick no nucleation.

S) Coffee, bourbon, vanilla, roasted nut

T) Better at room temp. Bourbon up front, bitter coffee, malt, fusal alcohol

M) THick burns the gums

O) Very good, Death's Tar and Straigh Jacket are my favorites still, but this is very tasty.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

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

Pours a relatively placid black body, minimal head. Looks very flat compared to Mean Gene sitting next to it. Not a lot of retention or lacing. Just about what I'd expect from black coffee, really.

Smells like black espresso. So rich. Complemented by dark chocolate and a bit of barrel vanilla. Very nicely done.

Flavor is black coffee flavors without the bitterness that is complemented by milk chocolate sweetness, bourbon, and barrel vanilla. Nice profile, not quite BCBCS but very enjoyable version of Eugene.

Medium to thinner body, good smooth flavor that just begs to be drank. Enjoyable, but a bit thin. As expected given the base porter.

I dug the coffee in this one, rich coffee and chocolate flavor. A bit thin but recommended.

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Photo of TTAmod
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a 12 oz. snifter at the brewpub.

A: Poured a very dark brown...clear. Slightly lighter than chocolate head that was a half finger. This dissipated to a very thin lacing shortly after receiving it.

S: A bit of bourbon off the nose. A bit of coffee. Wafts of vanilla, wood, chocolate, and toffee.

T: The bourbon taste is quite subdued, but it provides a nice amount of depth with the wood and vanilla. The porter shines through, too. Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Everything balances out quite well. Coffee is subdued, but present. It definitely balances out with the booziness and bourbon flavor.

M: There's a bit of carbonation. Medium body. Considering this a bourbon barrel porter, it was quite drinkable.

O: Quite a good bourbon barrel stout. Nothing overpowers anything else. The problem with most bourbon barrel stouts/porters is that the bourbon overpowers everything else. This beer had a very delicate balance...nothing ever overpowered any other aspect. As good as BCBCS.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Big thanks to wyatt13 for this bottle! Having tried the regular Eugene, then the Mean Gene, I'm really pumped about this variation!

Split with a friend, poured into a snifter.

Pours a jet black with a thin mocha head capping it off. Sweet aromas of vanilla cookies, bourbon, chocolate. Not a lot of roasted quality noted in the nose. A little disappointing in that respect. Good feel to it. Silky and creamy, but not too heavy feeling. Carbonation adds a little bite to it without over spritzing it. Good balance.

Sweet vanilla cream noted right off. A good wash of bourbon, oak, toffee rounds it out. I'm searching for some coffee presence, but there really is none. Maybe I sat on this too long, but this really isn't that old of a beer. I'd like a bit more roasted-coffee like char to balance out the sweetness, but it just isn't there. Still, I'm gonna rate this one higher because it's a fantastic beer, it's just not a fantastic "coffee" beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle.
Bottled March 2, 2013 and poured in to snifter.

A - Black with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Dark roasted coffee, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla and charred oak.

T - Espresso, followed by sweet bourbon, vanilla and toasted oak. Some chocolate in the background.

M - Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.42/5  rDev -16%
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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Photo of MarriedAtGI
4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Very dark reddish brown. Decent carbonation lacing on the surface but not mesmerizing as from other great porters and stouts.
S: Coffee, chocolate, and a hint of Baltic pumpernickel bread. Just a hint of bourbon.
T: Follows the smell, but a little more muted.
O: Great bourbon coffee beer. Wish I could find a couple bottles of this.

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Photo of Jaycase
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: black. small khaki colored head which recedes into a razor thin layer around the edge of the glass.

s: strong bourbon aroma. oak tinged vanilla. coffee, which grows slightly more prominent as it warms. some licorice/anise in there too.

t: coffee flavor comes on first taste. Bourbon quickly comes in soon after on a wave which takes you out 'til the end. Light vanilla hangs on to the bourbon wave.

m: medium carbonation. thin body but it has a porter base so it's a bit expected.

o: Bourbon aroma & flavor are solid here. I think the key here for me is to remember this is a porter base and not a stout. Yeah it's a bit thin but it's somewhat expected. I do wish the coffee taste was a bit stronger though. Still very nice.

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Photo of jegross2
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This is the barrel aged version of their Eugene porter with coffee beans added.

Score: 91

February 2013 vintage bottle served in a Perennial snifter-tulip hybrid glass and enjoyed on 05/23/13.

Appearance: Pours an inky black color with a finger of tan head that settles to a ring around the glass and foggy cap. Very good lacing, amazing lacing. 5/5

Smell: Oaky vanilla, coffee grounds, brown sugar and bourbon. A light amount of raisins and plums, some licorice and chocolate notes too. 4.25/5

Taste: The coffee is the first and last flavor I get, which is a little surprisingly given how much more subtle the coffee was when I had this on tap at the release. Oaky vanilla throughout as well. Bourbon flavor without the bite and cocoa too. The bourbon flavor grows and takes over as the beer warms up. Honestly, it tastes just like it smells. A little roast present too. The brew gets sweeter as the bourbon flavors (brown sugar, caramel, sweet vanilla and licorice) take over -- and causes me to downgrade the rating slightly due to the decreased complexity and drinkability. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, low carbonation. More viscosity would be nice, but this is a porter base that has spent time in barrels and the level of viscocity is not bad. Slick, slightly creamy mouthfeel with a light dryness to the finish. Sweet. 4/5

Overall: One of Rev Brew's better, but not their best, barrel aged projects. I think with a little recipe fine tuning, there is room for a lot of growth with this beer. The coffee element could use some tweaking to enhance the roastiness and counterbalancing bitterness elements, a la Coffee Eugene. Frankly, the barrel treatment eliminates a lot of the base beer's qualities, and the bourbon character is what really shines here outside the coffee flavor. I am not the world's biggest fan of the base, but Eugene is a solid porter. Can't wait to try the next batch!

Cost: $18.99 for a 22 oz (bomber) bottle.

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Photo of sbxx
3.06/5  rDev -24.8%
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 DovaliHops
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very dark brown, just about black color with a small, light-tan head that goes down quickly. Scent is packed with boozy bourbon and vanilla aromas. Hints of cocoa and oak, along with a bit of coconut and a good amount of coffee. As the beer warms, the coffee comes through more. There is also a tad bit of dark fruit aromas. Taste is pretty much just as it smells...starts out with sweet chocolate and vanilla, immediately followed by boozy oak flavors. Bitter chocolate and coffee finish. Mouthfeel is a bit on the light side, and really doesn't compliment this beer much. Drinkability is high for the ABV. Overall, this is a solid beer, but I was expecting just a bit more. The mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side and the flavor profile is lacking just a bit. Very fortunate I got to try this one though!

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Photo of Treebs
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter.

A: Pours dark black color with a tan head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring that leaves some stick around the edges of the glass.

S: Espresso and chocolate covered coffee beans. Roasted malts with a very light bourbon note in the background. More so the residual barrel notes with a touch of roasted malts.

T: Ground coffee, espresso creaminess, with some light bourbon and light vanilla. Roasted malts in the background.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Coffee bean finish.

O: The barrel is very light in this one. I wish it would have stayed in the barrel a little longer. Still nice overall, but I've had better coffee beers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz, Bottled 3/6/13
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours a nice deep brown, not black (it looks like a porter should). You get some light through it. Reddish hues through edges. Light tan head. Sticky lacing. Some alcohol feet, even with the small glass.

S: Nice vanilla. Smooth coffee. Oak. Chocolate.

T: Coffee and vanilla dancing on tongue. You get a nice mesh of chocolate and vanilla and roast coffee bitterness throughout this sip. But the body doesn't make it too much to take. I wouldn't say session beer, but you could enjoy this and have something afterwards. The bourbon integration is really nice. Awesome stuff.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of yamar68
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scalzo for hooking me up with this one! Freshie fresh... bottled this March:

Pours just like a big porter ought to... coffee black body with a creamy half finger of khaki head that settles down pretty quickly to create a steady collar with nice lace.

Loads of sweet, soft bourbon on the nose. Caramel and coffee, mellow, smooth... a bit of molasses, pecan... inviting stuff this is.

Bourbon definitely holds the reigns. Sweet, tangy bourbon flavors supported by some coffee and vanilla. Finish is pretty hollow with a residual sugar flavor that clings to the far back of the palate.

Tasty stuff - wish the coffee was more apparent though.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thank you HannyDawg for this bottle.
ST - poured from bomber into tulip.
A - Very dark with very little head to zero head. No lacing at all. Looks to be under carbed, does not taste it.
S - faint hint of bourbon and cocoa
T - very well done, nicely balanced between the bourbon, barrell, cocoa, and vanilla. No flavor over powers the next.
M - it should be a sipper, but I feel myself reaching for it like it isnt
O - Very well done from a brewery I have started to drink more of their stuff. Excited to try more from them.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Churchkey, served in a snifter.

A- Pours black with a thin khaki head, spotty lacing.

S- Huge, huge coffee aroma. The coffee is very rich and smells amazing. There's also some chocolate, vanilla, and a really great bourbon and oak. It smells awesome.

T- Rich, earthy, catty coffee flavor, very complex and delicious. Also a lot of dark chocolate, as well as some vanilla, caramel, and roasted grain with some bourbon, vanilla and oak on the finish.

M- Full-bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

O- An excellent coffee beer, one of the better ones I've had in a long time. The bourbon flavors are also really nice, the coffee, bourbon and chocolate flavors all work really nicely. I just had a small pour of this but wish I had gotten another, I need to get more of this beer!

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Photo of Duff27
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lived dark mocha head. Thin alcohol legs, spotty lacing. Body is a dark brown.

Smells like...circus peanuts! Vanilla-y. Really nice nose.

Somehow follows the nose. Big vanilla notes. Coffee beans...cold pressed?

Low but adequate carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Very good BA coffee porter. Revolution continues to impress. Thanks egrace84!

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Photo of emerge077
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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

Obsidian black, wispy skim and ring around the edges, a swirl generates a thin layer of tan foam that remains for a few seconds, then ebbs away. No lacing, fairly still on the surface.

Huge coffee aroma, very roasty and complex with a little natural acidity.

Barrel is more present in the taste, dry finish with woody tannins riding alongside stray wisps of campfire smoke. Dry roasty espresso served black no cream, moderate bitterness, some blackened malt alongside. Whiskey component is pretty overt as it warms up, it's not especially boozy but definitely warming, though it remains very drinkable. Nicely blended and medium bodied. Overall a solid core member of the "Gene Family".

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Photo of pschul4
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Pours a medium brown with a 1/2" tan head that sticks around for quite a while

S- Big time coffee, Small amounts of chocolate and bourbon poking through as well

T- Less coffee than in the smell but more bourbon so I'm happy. Small amounts of chocolate and some roast malts in the aftertaste. Very good

M- Thin, but it's a porter so it's expected

O- Fantastic porter. Woulddrinkagain/10

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Photo of timc100
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap:
A: Very dark brown with a minimal beige head. Does not look like a beer that spent a ton of time in a barrel, still had some spotty lacing.

S: Rich, aggressively bitter fresh dark roast coffee is most noticable. Solid smooth bourbon defined by vanilla, oak and slight head.

T: Smilar to the nose but slightly better balance. The coffee is still very dominating, the bourbon notes create a nice 'icing'

P: Feels like a creamier, slightly bigger porter. Carbonation a bit too active, but not annoying

O: The coffee and bourbon worked well together, however coffee won. Not as smooth as Peruvian Morning, but still damn delicious and not worse by any means.

Bought a bottle at the brew pub the very same day, but a very different beer... just not right. A mess, watery coffee and some chocolate, barely any bourbon at all. A vinegar-y twinge. I hope it was just my bottle and not the rest. Very, very, very glad I tried a snifter on tap because I would have had a terrible image of a great beer.

Bottle rating: 2.75

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Photo of jeonseh
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Rev's brewery

A - A dark porter brown with a creamy mocha colored head

S - Sweet coffee, cream sweetness, light roasted malt and slight vanilla. A bit sweeter nose than regular Eugene

T- Light coffee up front as well as sweet cream. The Eugene porter aspects come through in the finish as I get a slight roasted malt. I felt like the coffee adds a nice new dimension without being overpowering

MF - Light body with medium carbonation. Slight astringency in the finish from the roasted malt

O - Solid beer with the coffee adding a new dimension to an already good porter. It really adds some nice new flavors and complexity to the beer. Overall, the coffee is an accent instead of being overpowering.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Revolution's production facility. Served in a snifter.

A - Brown foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and splotchy lace. Near-black body that's appropriate for a porter.

S - Massive aroma that has equal parts coffee, vanilla, and coconut, with notes of milk chocolate, butterscotch, bourbon. Even though the bourbon barrel presence is very up front, there's never a suggestion of significant alcohol. One of those beers you could happily smell all day.

T - The taste isn't quite on the same level, but it's a pretty nice mix of coffee, vanilla, coconut, dark chocolate, and moderately roasted malts. There's some bitterness from the coffee and the char in the finish, but nothing off-putting.

M - Gritty and tannic, medium body, pleasant carbonation, chewy texture, and a dry finish. No perceptible alcohol warmth. Fine for the ABV, but doesn't totally support the intensity of flavor.

D - Great beer. I drank two snifters happily, and would very much like to see this return often at Revolution. Really outshined Very Mad Cow, which wasn't as nice as the first batch.

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Bean Gene from Revolution Brewing Company
4.07 out of 5 based on 647 ratings.
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