Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Brewery Review: Revolution Brewery - Chicago, IL
Iron Fist Pale - Bronzed clear copper. No head. Strong caramel malt smell. Taste really reveals the bitterness with a caramel toffee backbone. Leaves a sweet toasty flavor with floral hop profile
Fistmas Ale - Brown with a red hue. Smells toffee'd with a spiced finish. Taste is well gingered with clove and cinnamon. Still maintained a carameled sweet backbone, and not over spiced.
Double Fist - Very clear amber. Taste immediately reveals grapefruit and zest with a paralleled caramel and toasted malt. Carbonation is minimal except in the back of the throat. Very complex and balanced.
Institutionalized - Lacing is strong atop a dark copper. Strong sweet roasted aroma. Taste is somewhat candied and carameled. Hot but contained. Malty but balanced with a subtle bitterness.
85/100 - Best Barley Wine I've had!
Bourbon Barrel Mad Cow - Black but when held to the light, holds a red hue. Quite boozy of bourbon and malt chocolate liqueur. Lesser body and lacking malt character to balance the bourbon wood flavor.
Revolution Brewery is a newer brewery to the Chicago area located off Milwaukee in Logan square. It takes on a modernistic but western wood-like theme look. Dim lights are accompanied with oak barrel binding rings, making for a unique look. We arrived around 5:00 and the place only got busier from there. They don't have a flight deal so I had ordered a sample of each beer. DON'T DO THIS. It was 20$ for the samples of beer above. Although they were larger than usual, I found it absurd to charge this much just to get a taste of their beer. Plus they were already out of their two cask conditioned beers.
However, the beer itself was absolutely fantastic! The food was as well. Jen and I ordered their Veggie Chili and a Mushroom Pizza which were really delicious. Their burgers are huge as well. They have an Island bar with booths and tables revolving around. I do believe they had an upstairs accommodation as well.
Overall the experience was great, I enjoyed the beer and the service was helpful. I think it would be better to arrive a couple hours earlier. All their beer was very complex and flavorful, even the 3.5% Working man mild! Unfortunately the bill ended up being over $100, so be prepared to spend.
Check them out: http://revbrew.com/
Brewery experience: 45/50