The Revival - Barrel-Aged
Pipeworks Brewing Company

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American Wheatwine Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #2,199
4.26 | pDev: 7.04%
Pipeworks Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
The Revival - Barrel-AgedThe Revival - Barrel-Aged
Notes: Our "Elijah's Revival" aged in fresh Elijah Craig 12 year old barrels and second use Heaven Hill Ancient barrels that previously held Jones Dog.
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Photo of darktronica
3.99/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is tough to rate to any style, given that it's clearly trying to be a spiced cider. The orange peel, cinnamon, and other spices make this an excellent, and boozy, mulled wassail of a beer. The barrel treatment is lovely, adding a perfect amount of booze, oak, and punching up the original base beer to 13%. That said, this is too much cinnamon for me personally; I love the experimentation and that this exists, but I had half a glass and passed the rest to my partner to enjoy more than I would.

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Photo of maximum12
3.62/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to HIGHPA for this 22 oz. bottle. I dig the artwork & the Hyper Dog before this one, so I have more incoming. Can’t wait to judge whether these guys have one of the better barrel programs. Split with my wife.

The pour is reddish brown sludge, not at all what I was expecting, with zero head. I’ve never enjoyed that. And now I know what Dune’s Melange spice smells like: cinnamon!! I get a touch of barrel & orange, but would have guessed something other than bourbon. I suspect olfactory damage from the Cinnabon.

The Revival is an appropriate salute to the just passed Billy Graham, whatever one might think of him. Me, I’m thinking about how I’m going to get the cinnamon & orange marmalade out of my oral cavity. Just like the smell, cinnamon is huge, & cut oddly by the solid orange. The barrel is lovely: hard alcohol in the back of the throat moves right along to warm the stomach on a snowy February night. I should have mulled this (without the cinnamon sticks – egads).

This projects more as a mixed drink than a beer, & really ought to be sipped out of a martini glass. A boozy mess of a beer that’s still a good beer.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The beer poured a copper color with a little visible head.

Smell - Booze leaps out in the nose. It’s almost mediciny.

Taste - At the front the booze is apparent, but is not hot. Beyond the booze this is a boozy fruit cocktail barleywine. Hidden amid the sweetness seems to be Christmas spices.

Mouthfeel - With little carbonation, there is solid sticky viscosity.

Overall - Having this on tap, even at $12 per pour, is quite an experience.

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Photo of REVZEB
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a briefly cellared bottle. Pours a burnt orange with brown tints and a very thin head of clear bubbles. Smell is fantastic, with big wheat, bourbon, wood, and molasses, with streaking in and our aromas of vanilla, orange, caramel, yeast, baking spices, cinnamon, and herbal earthiness. Taste is potent, and not as complex as smell, focusing more on the booze, wheat and spices. Could see how this combination is divisive, but for me it works. Feel is robust and languid with some boozy smoothness.

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Photo of kevanb
3.6/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle, Collaboration with Niche Restaurant, Summer 2017 stamped on the label, poured into a Pipeworks snifter glass.

The beer pours a deep brown color, dark amber hues, cola brown as well, very turbid looking with a thin and fizzy off white head, little retention and no lace. The aroma is interesting, tons of caramel, brown sugar, toffee, orange peel, soft bourbon, almost a sarsaparilla like root beer quality, hints of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg even. There is a TON going on in this beer, the flavors offer lots of spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, tons of sweet grain, caramel, brown sugar is overwhelming at times with soft barrel character, a touch of chocolate but the lingering orange zest is confusing yet interesting. The mouthfeel is good, medium body, a bit syrupy and slick but it coats well and finishes easily.

Verdict: A truly bizarre beer from Pipeworks, which comes as no surprise. The barrel character is subtle and perhaps if it was more commanding it would bring the beer into better balance. That being said, I'm not sure that a safe and "balanced" beer was the goal here. This is definitely pushing some boundaries and challenging flavor conventions. I like the idea and I think I like the execution.

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Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had from a bottle from a 2017 dojo release. This isn't aged or anything, but the cinnamon/spice flavor is so overpowering. It looks and feels the part but has too much in the way of spices. Overall, I enjoy it, but the back end spice is more than I would think they intended.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Muddy amber in color. Starts with ample off white foam, but recedes quickly. Leaves a ring around the edge of glass and minimal lacing. The aroma smells like breakfast. Cinnamon, raisin, spice, hint of orange. Boozy bourbon is in the background as well. The flavor is similar, but not as overpowering. Still raisin, cinnamon, spice, orange zest, bready malts. The bourbon and oak really come through on the flavor. Medium full body, moderate carbonation. Dry, slightly boozy finish. An interesting and flavorful beer. I wasn't quite sure what to expect - well done Pipeworks!

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Brewed in collaboration with Niche Restaurant.

Bottled summer 2017; drank 7/12/17 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque brown/orange appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

Cinnamon cookie, mild sweet orange & faint booze heat notes in the nose; overall this smells a bit like a modified Old Fashioned.

Thick, sticky mouthfeel.

This tastes like a thicker Old Fashioned; syrup-y citrus sweetness with a hint of cinnamon bite. It's thicker but less boozy; not sure it's an improvement but it's different & interesting. Ultimately, not one I'll seek out but I'm glad I had it once.

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one has a good amount of age on it, coming from last year's January (2015) release I believe. Whilst having not tried this before the aging, I can definitely say that time has been kind on this big, 13% wheatwine. The feel I am getting is of a bourbon cocktail, almost like an Old Fashioned with orange bitters. Minimal carbonation adds to this, gives you a smooth sipper to contend with. Lots of layers here, with some sweet caramel and english toffee notes coming through as it warms. This is top notch.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

4oz pour from Pipeworks "Tales from the Oak" tasting today.

The revival is a copper brown body with short lasting head. Smells of caramel, toffee, coconut, generic fruitiness, and hint of oranges. Taste is much the with loads of bourbon, oak, caramel, coconut, and toffee. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth without much booze presence. Really this is a fantastic barrel aged wheatwine. One of the better examples of the style and Pipeworks barrel aging finesse really takes the base beer to the next level.

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Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured at 47°F from a 22oz bottle into a snifter. Consumed on 03Jan15.
LOOK: Pours with a half finger's worth of khaki foam that shrivels into a line after 20 seconds. Dark mohagony in color with an extreme amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are small in size and so scarce in quantity that I can count them as they rise. Lacing is thin and practically non-existent.
SMELL: Strong aromas of molasses, figs, raisins, and tree nuts entangle with mild wheat, caramel, oak, and bourbon aromas, subtle aromas of oranges and nutmeg, and hints of cinnamon, and spicy and earthy hops. I would of not have ever guessed that this was 13% alcohol based on the smell.
TASTE: To my dislike, strong flavors of bourbon enter initially. But to my liking, they are immediately followed and balanced by strong tree nut, fig, and raisin flavors along with mild flavors of molasses. Mild oak and caramel flavors along with subtle orange, nutmeg, and cinnamon flavors continue the taste symphony. Subtle earthy and spicy hop flavors enter lastly as all previous flavors persist, except for orangesm, which grow to mild.
FEEL: Very full-bodied (approaching syrup-like levels) with a subtle amount of carbonation. Goes down with very smooth and creamy. Finishes with a mild dryness.
NOTE: My first of its style. For being 13% alcohol, it was very balanced. It wasn't as hoppy as I thought it would be. It was really sweet. A little too much bourbon in it for me to rate this any higher. If you are a lover of bourbon and lover of sweets, I highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Light brown, with little light brown head
S: Sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee, orange peel, oak, apple
T: Bourbon, orange peel, light sweet cherry, vanilla, oak, light bitterness
M: Medium with some creaminess
O: Very much like a winter cocktail

More recent batch has more prominent cinnamon and spice, apple pie flavors

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark copper brown with a noticeable red hue and an off-white finger of lively carbonation that quickly dissipates.

Orange peel, toffee, molasses, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

Caramel, molasses, toffee, dark fruit, citrus, vanilla, and bourbon.

Heavy-bodied, low carbonation, soft, fluffy, semi-chewy.

Overall, while this doesn't amaze in terms of appearance, it is a well rounded and immensely complex brew worth while.

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Photo of larryi86
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you bstyle for this
22 oz bottle, batch 377/378, poured into a teku

A- A clear brownish color with ruby highlights and a two finger off white head.

S- Sweet, caramel malts, bourbon, oak, vanilla, oranges, orange peels, some earth spices.

T- Oranges, earth spices, oak, sweet caramel, bourbon, vanilla, hint of earthy hops.

M- Smooth, medium body, touch of heat.

O- A nicely done wheatwine, oranges are a great touch. Barrel aging is well done, 13% ABV is noticeable but not too hot or overwhelming.

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Photo of stortore
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle, batch #377/378, into a balloon snifter.

Pours a deep amber with a small head and some foamy lacing. Good looking beer. Smells strongly of the bourbon, some vanilla, oak and oranges- the last coming through pretty well for all the bourbon. Taste follows the nose with strong bourbon. More vanilla than the nose, along with a light maltiness, vanilla, caramel and orange. The orange seemed more noticeable as it warmed. I don't remember this much of an orange presence in the base beer, but it's been a while. Very flavorful. Well carbonated, with a solid body and feel.

This is a great beer, well constructed and singular. Certainly bourbon forward, but full of other flavors that shine. Big effort on this one from Pipeworks.

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Photo of RMelyon
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This beer's underrated. Had at DLD 2015. Was the consensus best tasting beer we had that day, which is saying something. Had some orange rind thing going on that just simply worked. Fantastic "under the radar" beer.

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Photo of lloydboss
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my original review of this beer was a 4.08 from April 2015.

I'm updating my review today as I just enjoyed the Summer 2017 release in September 2018. I picked this up from the Pipeworks Dojo early this month, so it was cellared by them.

This is a much better beer than I remember. The nose is huge with orange & spices. It has good barrel presence & the wheat wine does well with the other aspects. A year has treated this well, definitely recommended as a change of pace BA beer if you are at the Dojo.

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Photo of Fcolle2
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy light woody brown in color with a thin off white head. Aroma has loads of caramel, apple, orange peel, and some spices in the finish. Hint of oak and bourbon are throught the entire nose. Taste has more fruity aromas forward then the nose with flavors of orange, apple, caramel, bourbon and oak and a faint acidity in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to thick in body with light carbonation and a slight dry sweet finish.

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Photo of vic21234
4.6/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Batch #377/378.

A- Pours a murky mahogany color with a decent amount of off-white head which fades to the side of the glass.

S- Oak, caramel, bourbon, and dark fruits on the nose. Very bourbon forward.

T- Smell carries into the taste. Lots of dark fruit and bourbon. I get the sort of spicy orange flavors at the end of each sip as specified too.

M- Medium bodied, drinks hot with smooth bourbon warmness after each sip.

I didn't have the base beer when it was released, but this barrel-aged offering is fantastic.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle, with Batch #377/378 printed on the label. At long last, my second of the barrel aged beers from Pipeworks, this one their barrel aged wheatwine, Pipeworks Elijah's Revival. 13.00% abv listed on the bottle. Acquired at a local bottle shop for $15.99 plus tax.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a nice creamy caramel brown body, with one finger of creamy tan head that thins to a wisp. Some sticky lacing that falls back into the glass. Looks good.

S - The aroma is basically everything I'd hoped for: mustiness, caramel, oak wood, vanilla, and the distinctive orange & herbal, almost black tea-esque spicing. Very nice.

T - Taste follows the nose: musty oak wood, bourbon barrel alcohol heat, waves of caramel, toffee, vanilla, and the distinct marriage of citric orange and spices coming into play on the end. Very unique and delicious.

M - The feel is smooth, creamy, and very easy drinking despite the high abv. Medium bodied with good crisp carb.

Overall, I'd surely say this is an improvement over the base beer, which I recall being a bit unmemorable. Absolutely delicious in every way; I can't wait to get my hands on more barrel aged Pipeworks.

Pipeworks The Revival -----4.5/5

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The Revival - Barrel-Aged from Pipeworks Brewing Company
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