3rd Year Beer | Revolution Brewing

3rd Year Beer3rd Year Beer
157 Ratings
3rd Year Beer3rd Year Beer

Brewed by:
Revolution Brewing
Illinois, United States

Style: Wheatwine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
To commemorate our 3rd year anniversary we brewed this hearty wheat barley wine with piloncillo sugar and aged it for 4 months in Appleton rum casks. The result is something special; layers of caramel, molasses, toasted malt, oak and warmth. Cheers!

Added by MasterSki on 02-03-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 157 |  Reviews: 26
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3/5  rDev -26.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of MaximalC
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the color of prune juice with a modest, cream-colored head. The smell is sweet and syrupy. I suppose I should preface my description of the taste with the fact that my palate had been totally skewed by a spicy pulled-pork sandwich, which I continued to consume while drinking. The taste is sweet and syrupy with a huge alcohol presence. The first sip really tasted like fire-water, and I'm no stranger to beers with a double-digit ABV. The best I can do to describe the malt character is maple syrup with grape--a pretty coarse sweetness if I do say so myself. If you like sugar and want to get buzzed, this should serve admirably. If you're looking for a more nuanced barleywine, you'd be better off looking elsewhere.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a snifter.

Funny that this stuff was aged in Appleton casks, given our conversation earlier. (You had to be there. And, don't worry, it's not funny...just interesting...) This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of off-cream foam. The nose comprises wheat syrup (wheaty maple syrup, that is), booze, light powdered sugar, and light mandarin orange syrup. The taste brings in more of the same, even sweeter than it sounds, and with some additional oak for the sake of it. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a syrupy feel. Overall, a nice wheatwine, though one that comes across as a touch too sweet and too boozy for its own good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep amber. Nice white head. Medium collar. Some surface wisps.

Smell - Rum. Oaky. A bit of citrus. Caramel.

Taste - Caramel. Sharp oak. Intense oak, really. Rum comes back in a boozy finish.

Mouthfeel - Very boozy. Medium heavy. Way too oaky.

Overall - It's too oaky and the rum doesn't contribute as much as other liquors would.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caramel brown in color. Very little head. No lacing. Aroma is interesting. Sweet coconut, alcohol, and spice. taste is mild, but rather boozy. Light caramel, toasted coconut, peanut, and alcoholic as all hell. There is an unknown off-flavor. Medium mouth feel. sweet, lower carbonation.
A decent beer. Not the greatest and thankful I don't have to drink a whole bottle, but not bad.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Translucent rusty brown body with no visual caebonation or head.

The smell is muted, but does have some raisin, cane sugar, and toasted coconut.

The taste is very sweet. Again, cane sugar and raisins. I even think i picked up plantain but that might just be the rum playing Caribbean tricks on me. The rum doesn't impart much booze as I was expecting. There's a touch of rubbing alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is heavy and almost cloyingly sweet but it is cut with good carbonation.

It's an ok and interesting beer but I couldn't recommend it based on price alone.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer at the 3rd year party and cracked a bottle at a recent tasting. This review is from the tasting. The appearance is a burnt caramel color with nice clarity. A rim of head forms and leaves minimal lacing. The nose is full of boozy rum, caramel, sugar, and coconut. The rum basically dominates the nose. The taste is more of the same, sweet caramel and sugar cane, and tons of rum which leaves a bit of a burn on the end. The body is thick and borders on being a bit sticky. Lots of tasty flavors here, but as it is now, it leans a little too heavy on the sweet and boozy side. I'd be interested to see how this settles down in a year.

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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3rd Year Beer from Revolution Brewing
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