Revolution Brewing Eugene Porter (6.8% ABV)
Pour: 16 oz. into a tulip glass
Appearance: The Eugene Porter is a dark one —heavy brown, nearly black, like dark chocolate. You’ll notice a chocolatey theme. It comes out with a tan head, about a half-inch of foam, but it doesn’t stick around too long and doesn’t leave any lacing.
Aroma: It smells like chocolate, too. It’s an intense roasted, malty cocoa aroma with hints of coffee and caramel.
Taste: More bitter than sweet, the chocolate is still the dominant characteristic in the taste. It begins with a roasted, slightly smoky taste with subtle molasses and coffee flavors that give way to a bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: The carbonation isn’t overpowering, but you’ll notice it. It’s got a medium body and goes down smooth.
Revolution Brewing has been one of Chicago’s top craft breweries since its founding in 2010. In the past eight years it’s made lists of top brewpubs and won awards for its beers, including Eugene Porter. Named after 19th century union leader Eugene V. Debs, Eugene is one of Revolution’s six year round flagship beers. It’s probably my favorite of the regulars from this brewery but they’re all solid.
A quick history lesson on Debs: He was an Indiana boy, born in Terre Haute. Debs rose to prominence through politics, including several U.S. presidential candidacies as a member of the Socialist Party of America, and his work with labor movements. He’s perhaps best known for the Pullman Strike in 1894 during which the American Railway Union, led by Debs, boycotted the Pullman Palace Car Company and refused to run trains with Pullman cars. More than 250,000 people participated in the strike, which was broken by the U.S. Army and landed Debs in prison.
Anywho, I drank a few Eugenes during my buddy’s bachelor party pub crawl. I wanted to try a seasonal beer but I went with a familiar face. It’s a good beer to drink if you need to walk a bit afterward. It certainly won’t be mistaken for a light beer but it’s not so heavy that you’ll want to sink into your chair after drinking it. However, its 6.8 percent alcohol by volume may sneak up on you.