Revolution: Dark Mode

Discussion in 'Extreme Beer Box: BIG STOUTS (2023)' started by Todd, Jan 15, 2023.

  1. Todd

    Todd Founder (13,172) Aug 23, 1996 California
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    Please use this thread to discuss and post pics for...

    Revolution Brewing
    Dark Mode
    13.8% | 12oz can
    A blend of chocolate malt, traditional roasted barley, and debittered black malt lends this Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Milk Stout its nebulous, void-like hue without harsh, detracting astringency to make your mouth sad. Golden oats enhance the body, while a dash of applewood smoked malt provides the gentlest expression of smoldering depth. Go dark now or store cold.

    ...and don't forget to rate the beer (click on the beer name above and then "Rate It") on BeerAdvocate!
  2. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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    Has anyone noticed this was canned in December 2021? I'm sure it will still be really good because I've liked what I've had from Revolution in the past, but I was hoping it would be somewhat fresher. And from what I've noticed with the other beers in the box is that for the most part they are pretty fresh as least compared to this one. I guess I should be happy it's already pre-aged. :joy:
  3. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Grand Pooh-Bah (5,107) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    i knew it was from the previous year’s DW releases but still psyched to get to try that one! it should be just fine!
  4. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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    Yeah, it should be. I'll probably try it tomorrow or Sunday, cheers!
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  5. DIM

    DIM Grand Pooh-Bah (3,772) Sep 28, 2006 Pennsylvania
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    Had mine last night and it was great! No drop off from when I had it fresh.
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  6. Oak1a

    Oak1a Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2016 Ohio

    Enjoying this right now. Hadn’t checked the date, and never would’ve known otherwise. Fantastic!
  7. Beersnake1

    Beersnake1 Grand Pooh-Bah (5,978) Aug 17, 2013 California
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    Haven’t gotten my box yet, but I did get a 4-pack of this Dark Mode last year. Had a can recently and it was fantastic. Maybe even a bit better than fresh!
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  8. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    "Extreme"ly aged, perhaps? :wink:

    Ok, not really, but it seems like you are right: nothing much to complain about from those that have sampled it already, so I am looking forward to it.
  9. dbl_delta

    dbl_delta Grand Pooh-Bah (3,715) Sep 22, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Notwithstanding the 12/2/21 canning date, Dark Mode is excellent! Lots of bourbon, slippery-smooth mouthfeel, and it's a great-looking Imperial Stout. Highly recommended.
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  10. scottvillers

    scottvillers Aspirant (209) Jun 17, 2015 North Carolina

    Tried the Revolution Brewing Dark Mode Imperial Stout yesterday and no surprise it was very tasty. Best one so far, but I have only had 3.
  11. MadMadMike

    MadMadMike Savant (1,144) Dec 11, 2020 Florida


    Dripping tears from the disappointing Buffalo Bills loss yesterday.,.
    My disposition sweetened as I sipped this beautiful elixir. Cheeeeers!
  12. thomapa1

    thomapa1 Initiate (125) Nov 29, 2017

    Wow - this one was superb - a real treat for first sip to last.
    Very well rounded, tons of flavor and complexity comes through. This is now one of my favorite barrel aged stouts!
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  13. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Grand Pooh-Bah (5,107) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    well, i didn’t seem to think a year+ did much to hinder my enjoyment of this fine stout ale. while i never tried this fresh, this tasted wonderful to me. not as big or complex as Deth’s Tar but still really enjoyable. bourbon and milk chocolate goodness. cheers!!
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  14. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    Good (Dark)Lord this beer is good. Dark Mode in full effect here.
    Delicious boozy cherry-marshmallow-dark chocolate notes throughout. It keeps ringin that bell.
    And mine. Wow....

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  15. Jasonrm72

    Jasonrm72 Maven (1,320) Apr 29, 2012 Colorado

    My wife drunk-opened this and killed 9/10 before I realized this was what she was drinking. The 2 sips I got were pretty good though. I'm lamenting not catching it sooner.
  16. eppCOS

    eppCOS Grand Pooh-Bah (3,844) Jun 27, 2015 Colorado
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    So... are you still married? I kid... I kid... :wink:
  17. kalexeff

    kalexeff Devotee (354) Nov 15, 2020 Ohio

    I think I had a sample from this exact batch about a year ago, fresh out of the barrels and in a keg. It was hard to believe that this didn’t have cocoa added. It was straight bourbon-laced chocolate milk sweetened with brown sugar.

    After a year in the can, this is incredibly sweet & smooth for 13.8%, without any adjuncts. Less chocolate and more stone fruit than the last time I had it.

    6th out of Extreme Beer Box: Big Stouts. I’m glad I tried it again. Shows a remarkable complexity. I had to up my rating: 4.75/5.00.
  18. NorthwoodsPro

    NorthwoodsPro Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2006 Illinois

    Being from a suburb of Chicago, I had to start my Box with Revolution. I found it a typical Revolution beer. It has better than average nose, excellent dark color, smooth to the first taste, great finish, and one can feel the alcohol %.
  19. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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    I'm sure it'll still be pretty good. Plan on drinking my can tomorrow so I'll post it here when I do.
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  20. bluejacket74

    bluejacket74 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,709) Jul 4, 2005 Ohio
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  21. Agale322

    Agale322 Initiate (0) Nov 22, 2014 District of Columbia

    I agree. This was the best beer I’ve had so far out of the stout box. Really great head on it. Very rich, yet smooth.
  22. CB_Michigan

    CB_Michigan Maven (1,436) Sep 4, 2014 Illinois
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    Cross-posting this in the Share Your Side-by-Side thread in Beer Talk. Cracked open a Revolution Dark Mode (2021)and a Revolution Very Special Old Dark Mode (2022):
    First thing I noticed was the difference in head. DM had a nice, creamy looking, pillowy tan head that persisted through the first few sips. VSODM was a dark caramel color and dissipated by the time I picked up my phone. The carbonation level of VSODM also seems higher and more prickly.

    The nose on each is similar. Lots of toffee, some vanilla, but much richer and more complex for the VSODM. Definitely more barrel presence in that one, but also a little less char and some subtle baking spice notes.

    In terms of taste, the DM leads with a slight brown sugar sweetness that gives way to a roasty, boozy sensation. There’s some dark fruit and a vanilla/caramel quality reminiscent of a craft cola. The roast and oak linger through the finish. Even after a year+ this beer is wonderful.

    The VSODM is an absolute bruiser (in a good way). The overall taste profile is similar, but there is greater depth of flavor. It’s more intense, for sure, but still drinks remarkably smoothly. The barrel is really in the spotlight from start to (lingering) finish. The booze, vanilla, oak, and caramel are all amped up (the booze more than any of the others). Instead of the cola note that DM had, there’s an oaky, tannic, drying finish. There’s a wine-like quality and complexity to the interplay between the flavors.

    Which is better? It really depends on what you’re looking for. I could drink Dark Mode on a regular basis, if it were available. It’s super approachable as a smooth, BBA Imp Stout. VSO Dark Mode, on the other hand, demands your attention. It’s a beer that almost requires contemplation and analysis. There’s so much going on underneath the surface, I’d find it hard to focus on anything else. It’s most definitely a “once in a while” treat for me.

    Despite the differences, it’s clear that these beers share an underlying DNA. They’re definitely brothers but one is the easy-going, take life as it comes, zen master seeking enjoyment. While the other is the hyper-driven, put me on stage, craving the spotlight, super achiever.
    #22 CB_Michigan, Feb 5, 2023
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2023
  23. dcat151

    dcat151 Crusader (472) Jan 18, 2022 Georgia

    Super dark with minimal head. Aroma is bourbon and alcohol with a bit of chocolate. Taste is a good amount of alcohol with chocolate followed by some vanilla and dark cherries. Month feel is fairly smooth. Finish is slightly bitter with more of the alcohol taste. All in all decent, but I think the alcohol overtones are a bit too strong.
  24. cryptichead

    cryptichead Grand Pooh-Bah (3,541) Jul 3, 2014 Illinois
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    Hmm barrel. Hot barrel. Good barrel, if you like barrel. Some chocolate, latte, and dark fruit(?) notes as well. Also surprising carbonation when opening and a nice tan, but quickly dissipating head. Maybe a tad thin but overall fantastic from Revolution. Highest rated from the box so far and I'm halfway through it. Been a good journey!
  25. Hreley

    Hreley Initiate (166) Mar 14, 2015 Louisiana

    Best so far of the 3 I've had. Great chocolate notes, bourbon is there but no overwhelming. Wish I had another!
  26. Eddieeight

    Eddieeight Zealot (730) Jul 30, 2017 Ohio

    Received as part of the Extreme Stout beer bundle from BeerAdvocate. The moonroof in my van is stuck in the open position so I'm going to try this out. Love the artwork. It's like a demonic skeleton in front of a science fiction moon. Reminds me of the band Skinny Puppy's artwork, who by the way is going on their final tour this spring and I can't wait to see them. Marked Dec 2 2021 so this beer has had a year to age. Poured out deep dark brown with a light brown head that sizzled away in the glass for a good 30 seconds before dissipating into a light ring. Scents of chocolate and coffee and roasted malts make their way into my nose. The taste is quite warm and pleasing, a nice well rounded blend of malt, chocolate, coffee, perhaps some vanilla. A slight finish of bourbon lights itself upon dancing bubbles of a moderately thick brew. Now let me tell you this is a solid stout. Black as night and darker than my soul, warm and sweet, just the complete package. Punching in at just under 14% abv and I'm lining this up amongst my favorites out there. It's so good I can't even call it a slow sipper. I'm loving every last savory swallow.
  27. sulldaddy

    sulldaddy Grand Pooh-Bah (4,328) Apr 6, 2003 Connecticut
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    Coming back with another beer from the Big Stouts Box. Slowly moving through these and enjoying most of them so far. I hope to review at least one more from the box this weekend. We shall see how that plan goes.

    onto my review:
    I am sampling a cellar temp 12 oz can of this beer poured into my snifter. Part of the Big Stouts Box. Date stamp is filled 12/02/2021.
    The beer pours a rich cola brown and rests black coffee in the glass. A frothy beige head foams up about .5 cm and fades to a thin edge layer soon after the pour.
    the aroma on this is some fudge brownie and bakers chocolate and a rich dose of bourbon. Also some fusol warmth comes through on the nose. A little brown sugar is also present, but hops are absent.
    First sip reveals a fairly thick body with soft and spacious carbonation, not quite still, but not tingly either.
    Texture is smooth but also a little sticky on my lips.
    Flavor is what I expected, dark chocolate, fudge brownie, molasses and a lot of bourbon. I definitely get some warming heat on the swallow and this lingers after each sip and even is felt in my belly. Again no hop presence that I can detect.
    I enjoy this beer, but it is for sure a sipper. The warmth and stickiness make it so.
    Glad to have tried this and I find it another solid stout from Revolution.
    4.34 in the BA DB
  28. Violentvixen

    Violentvixen Aspirant (287) Jul 25, 2021 Oregon

    This might be my favourite one in the box so far. Just good. Nothing super unusual or unique, just everything done perfectly. Dang.
  29. johlac66

    johlac66 Pundit (956) Jul 19, 2014 California

    Dark chocolate fudge brownie bourbon on the nose and palate. Wow, nice!
    Very smooth mouthfeel with a touch of applewood smoke on the finish.
    Quite delicious!
  30. webbedtoes

    webbedtoes Crusader (491) Nov 1, 2014 Oregon

    Eighth beer from the original box. Haven't had any Revolution beers before, but trust that they put a lot of care and good intentions into their brews. However, while undeniably delicious, it is way too sweet. Riffing on their description: it would benefit from some more "BALANCING astringency," ie. some sense of hops. It does go better with my spicy meal than it did by itself when freshly poured, and as it warms in the glass more of its rich flavors are expressed (notably licorice), but fundamentally, this cloying sugar bomb detracts from my appreciation.
  31. Curmudgeon

    Curmudgeon Pundit (946) May 29, 2014 Massachusetts


    L: Poured almost black but against a lot of light, I think I could see some mahogany. Seem to be thin for a dark heavy beer. Started with a medium head but faded pretty quickly.
    S: Black currant or prune. Black licorice with some soy sauce coming through
    T: Sweet black licorice, black currant, prunes with a nice burn at the finish
    B: Medium, smooth and silky with low/medium carbonation
    O: The black currant, prune, licorice taste up front is nice but the finish left me tasting cough syrup and soy sauce.
  32. MonDak_Joe1953

    MonDak_Joe1953 Grand Pooh-Bah (3,100) Aug 4, 2017 Minnesota
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    Straight forward bourbon barrel aged slightly sweetened stout, with vanilla, cocoa, and dark fruit. Good pairing with spiced nuts - almonds, walnuts, pecans, and cashews.
  33. ZebulonXZogg

    ZebulonXZogg Pooh-Bah (2,414) May 5, 2015 Illinois
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    Power back on after yesterday's ice storm. I had to take the picture inside, old bones and ice don't mix.

    Starting the 2nd half of the Extreme Beer Box, I do believe that this will be the 1st I will have completely consumed. I had this at their beer hall in Chicago several years ago and rated it higher than I would have today. I can do with the sweet additions, of all of Revolution's BA beers this would be at the bottom of the list.
  34. pulse

    pulse Zealot (609) Mar 22, 2016 Ohio

    This is #7, I think. Or something. Whatever. Messed up with the other thing I was finishing, so might as well have another. So the stout looks good upon the pour, very dark and enticing with a fanciful head. Smells nice and pleasant, tastes like the smoldering embers of a slow-sipping stout. I get plenty of char up front with cocoa and chocolate, then prune/plum/fruit, and then a bitter, warming current at the end. Another good one, last for a week - consider it pregaming for death by ABV in 7 days again.
  35. brentk56

    brentk56 Grand Pooh-Bah (4,831) May 13, 2004 North Carolina
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    I think the year in the can did wonders for this beer. I am wary of Milk Stouts for fear they will have too much milk chocolate sweetness but the barrel here - hoo boy - did it ever present the flavors, bringing Bourbon and a suprising dark fruit element. It pushed the milk stout component into a complementary role that was additive to the flavor profile. One of the best in the box so far.
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  36. cjgiant

    cjgiant Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,248) Jul 13, 2013 District of Columbia
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    The GF mentioned twice that she really liked this one. I liked it as well, with the taste outshining the smell and feel. On my palate, I don't think it presented too sweet until the end (with a lingering sticky feel), and I thought the bourbon was at a near perfect level (though pretty absent in the nose). Reminded me a little bit of Hardywood's Foolery, one of my highest rated beers; doing a side-by-side to figure out the near half point difference in my rating would be welcomed, especially since I haven't had Foolery in about two and a half years.
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