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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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Reviews: 26 | Ratings: 157
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, citrus zest, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with rum and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great barrel aged flavors.

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Photo of brentk56
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear chestnut color with a frothy tan head; dots and streaks of lacing lacing around

Smell: Toast, caramel, Rum, figs, pear, brown sugar, molasses and a hint of banana

Taste: Caramel, brown sugar, fig, pear and building Rum tones; in the mid-palate, molasses, toast and banana flavors arrive; a complex blend through the finish

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with low to moderate carbonation; warmth in the gullet

Overall: A couple of years in the bottle really benefited this beer as the flavors have merged in an interesting fashion; we need more Wheat Wines like this

Thanks, Eziel, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Kedzie brewery, 5 oz. pour plus a little more.

Deep amber, reddish at the top, sunset orange at the bottom. Thin layer of foam, thin ring at the edges after a few moments. Nice clarity, glassy still surface.

Aroma is pretty subdued, slight sweetness, that's about it.

Pretty distinct rum flavor, brown sugar and coconut, overt alcohol. Minor almond cake and oatmeal. Huh. Wish it had a little more to it, just a big boozy sweet beast. Creamy feel, full bodied. Overall not one I'll personally return to, but if you're a rum fan give it a spin.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Huhzubendah
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown to burgundy body with a soft, light beige head. The aroma offers booze, sugars, raisins, toffee, oak. Sweet breads and fruit soaked in booze. Maybe some cotton candy. Apples and rum in the finish. Lots of big flavor, but perhaps this would mellow out a bit with age. Overall, pretty good.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 MasterSki
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Tom for sharing this. Served in a tulip.

A - White foam settles to a thin collar, wisps, and a bit of spotty lace. Hazed amber body.

S - Aroma is somewhat understated. Oak and light spiced rum flavor, toasted grains, some caramel and toffee sweeters - perhaps a touch fruity. A bit over-oaked and rough around the edges at this stage.

T - The taste is significantly sweeter, with hefty doses of dark fruits, vanilla, treacle, and molasses. The rum note is fairly light, and there's the nebulous fruity flavor I get from most wheatwines in there as well.

M - Medium-full body, chewy, with lower carbonation. Some oaky dryness in the finish, and not entirely concealed alcohol.

D - I wish this had more rum presence and less wheatwine. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not really up my alley either; I didn't seek out a second pour of this one. Honestly, I wish they'd just bring back 1st Year Beer.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted June 16, 2013. Look is dark orange brown with a one finger tan head and lingering lacing. Smell is rum and caramel malt aromas. Taste is rum, vanilla, caramel, brown sugar and sweet malt and wheat flavors. Feel is sticky and thick in body. Highly recommended.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Robbie for this bottle. Bottles Jan 2013. Poured in to snifter.

A - Medium translucent amber colour with almost no head.

S - Sweet rum and toasted oak with dark caramel, toffee, raisin and spice aromas.

T - Sweet rum, toasted oak and a light coconut presence up front. Mid-palate is where the base beer shows up, adding sweet caramel, toffee and raisins. Finish is spiced rum. Warming alcohol throughout.

M - Medium body, almost full bodied at times. Light carbonation.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Molasses, dark fruit, cinnamon, vanilla, oak. Not very sweet, dry finish, and medium mouth feel. A bit earthy. This is great. Not sure if this is the same base as Straight Jacket or not, but I feel the bourbon barrel goes a tiny bit better with it.

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Photo of maximum12
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Drucifer for handing this off at Darkness Day, as I continue my quest to consume everything wheatwine. In a barrel? Please, thank you. 22 oz. red-fist bottle split with my wife.

Pour is dark orange brown with just enough carbonation to convince me it's not carrot juice. Nose speaks to rum & caramel, though it's not of the strong or persuasive variety.

Revolution 3rd Year Beer states that it's aged in rum barrels. Really? Tastes more like rum aged in beer barrels. Hot, luscious rum takes a big bite out of my palate; beautiful. Vanilla, caramel, watery sugar, big sweet malts, with the wheat only forming a distant backdrop that might be overlooked if it weren't part of the title. Sticky, thick. Good walleye, I could drink this all night.

One off? Too bad. One of the best rum barrel-aged beers I've had to date. Revolution! Make this again! An excellent beer that breathes on elite.

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Photo of Florida9
3.67/5  rDev -8.7%
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 homebrew311
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
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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Photo of jegross2
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 3rd Year Beer from Revolution Brewing Company out of Chicago, Illinois. This brew, created in honor of the company's third year of existence, is a wheatwine brewed with piloncillo and aged for four months in Jamaican rum barrels.

Score: 92

Tap pour served in a 5 oz taster glass at the brewpub and enjoyed on 02/06/13. This review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Served with a ring of head around the glass. 4/5

Smell: Vanilla, rum, molasses, faint wood and malt. Caramel and toffee too. 4.25/5

Taste: Very barrel flavor forward and slightly boozy. Sweet rum, molasses, vanilla, dark sugar and a little biscuity malt. A distinctive vanilla cake flavor comes through as the beer warms up. There is a lot of alcoholic warmth, but this is nothing unexpected at 11.2% ABV. This brew is definitely a sipper, but the more I sip, the more I like it and the more I find the brew complex. I can imagine this mellowing out and aging well with some time in the cellar. 4.2/5

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, low carbonation. Slightly sweet. Faintly dry. 4.2/4

Overall: A really nice and complex beer by Revolution to celebrate their three years of existence. It's a little boozy and hot fresh, but the flavor profile should age well as the beer mellows out over 6-12 months. I would recommend snagging a bottle while they are still around; this is one of the better wheatwines I have had to date.

Recommendation: Snag a couple of bottles from the taproom and be sure to age one.

Cost: $5 for a 5 oz taster glass or $9 for a 9 oz glass.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
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 Rimbimhoot
4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smell is sweet, dark fruit, light spice, rum, caramel
Taste is tons of dark fruit, light pineapple, caramel, rum, spice

Overall I wish I didn't pass on this when it was first released.

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Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz into a snifter.

A. Pours a rich reddish copper, small beige head.

S. Cane sugar, cinnamon-like spice from the barrel, marshmallow, sweet rum, caramel.

T. Leafy rum, a bit of booze, oaky bitterness, a bit of a hop note, nutty, tannic toffee and vanilla.

M. Medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O. Pretty interesting beer, one that uses the rum barrel pretty well. It's a bit boozy feeling at this point, though. I still like it quite a bit.

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Photo of bobhits
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i swear I saw barley wine before buying but no doubt a wheat wine makes more sense.

Rich caramel amber color that seems almost clear without floating elements often seen in wheat wines. Rich and sweet in aroma and taste. The rum and wheat wine elements are about as strong as they can be. What makes the beer work is that thee sweetness is not sucked into a HUGE malt body that lingers and drags on. Instead it is dry and finishes well.

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Photo of yamar68
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to scalzo for this one! Bottled 1/13

Body is swampy, reddish brown with a wispy bit of carb on top that produces more legging than lacing.

Big, warming malts. Not nearly as sweet on the nose compared to Straight Jacket, which is something that I can appreciate. It's dry vanilla, berries, spicy booze qualities... I like this so far. It's not massive, just well-executed.

Fresh tobacco flavors, vanilla, tasty rum presence, a bit of that caramel and toffee. The addition of wheat to the mix is fitting and pleasant, although busy.

This stuff is really damn good.

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Photo of jeonseh
4.19/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the brewery

A - Dark, cherry wood with a deep brown and orange glow at the bottom and sides of the glass. Reflective and opaque as light reflects out from the glass. Barely any sign of a head

S - Sweet rum, vanilla, slight pear and caramel. There is also a slight amount of alcohol that you pick up from the rum as well

T - Lots of rum in this one up front. There is date, caramel, and vanilla combined with bready malt in the middle. All of these flavors together reminded me of Baba O Rum. Slight rum soaked dates and oak linger on in the the finish. This one is slightly boozy as the rum makes itself known. I'm actually surprised how much rum is in here since this did not spend that much time in the barrel.

M - Medium slightly sticky body with low carbonation. There is light oak and astringent alcohol that lingers in the finish

O - A nice rum BA beer with lots of rum presence without being overpowering. I like getting the spicy and dark fruit flavors of the barleywine with the slight alcohol bit. This one is very well done and one of Rev's better BA offerings

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Photo of StoneTSR
4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pulled from notes taken on Dec. 6, 2013

APPEARANCE: Barleywine mahogany in color with a quick flash of a half-finger of head as it pours. Wisps of foam rest on top, no lacing.

SMELL: Rum, sugar cane, oak, brown sugar, molasses, figs, dates, maybe a little raisin in there as well. Boozy notes.

TASTE: Sweet and delicious. Molasses, brown sugar, oak and cherry. Dark fruit, some banana and clove once it warms. The booziness from the nose is not present in the taste at all. Also, a little chocolate as it warms.

MOUTHFEEL: Lighter in body than a Barleywine. Sweet, but not cloying. Very smooth, goes down easy.

OVERALL: Still have not had a bad beer from these guys. I was surprised how Barleywine-like it was in many ways, but really did lighten up in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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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Photo of mhksuccess
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass
pour is no head and very little lacing if any
reddish brown in color
smell is a little boozy
taste is not nearly as boozy as the smell more smooth with
hint of booze on the back end
little bit of fruit i sense from the appleton rum barrel
get a little caramel and sweetness
overall a nice drink once it warms up i liked it better more of the flavors came out

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Photo of vic21234
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bomber poured into a snifter.

A- Pours a dark red/ mahogany color with a small amount of off white head quickly fading to the sides of the glass. Lacing along the sides is apparent also.

S- Smells of sweet malts and booze. Some dark fruits are noted also.

T- Starts off rather sweet with overall hints of dark fruits and sweet malts. The rum is nicely noted and definitely apparent in the back end of each taste.

M- Smooth, some bitterness, low carbonation, drinks hot with each sip leaving a warming sensation.

A nice barleywine, but as some other reviews stated, it seems overly sweet and boozy right now. Some aging will do it well.

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dutch's in Hyde Park - Cincinnati. Chicago Tap Takeover.

A: Bronze coppery color. Not much head - small and fizzy.

S: Caramel malts. Definite wofts of vanilla with some syrupy molasses hints. Oakiness. Boozey, but not rum dominant.

T: Pretty strong booze. Would probably be even more awesome with about another year on it. Strong oaky barrel character. Very malty and dark candy and dark fruit sweet. Vanilla is stronger in taste than the nose would suggest.

M: Very full body - as not surprise from the high ABV. Good bit of creaminess to it, with very little carbonation.

O: Glad I made the trip into Dutch's to try this one, as I would have likely never had the chance to try it again, otherwise. Very sweet, and got even better as it warmed. As I mentioned earlier, it would be even better with some age as the booziness cools off.

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