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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown

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BA SCORE
84
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792 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 792
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 44
Gots: 67 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004

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Ratings: 792 | Reviews: 364
Photo of martywagner
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard for a brown. Maybe a little lighter in flavor than most. Light in carbonation. I would prefer a touch more, but similar to most browns.

Photo of pianoguy
2.94/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

Pours a brown-cola body with an inch off white head . Decent lacing

Smells of malt and nutty hops. Not very prominent

I taste malts but nothing really stands out.A very slight vanilla sweetness, and a very slight bitter aftertaste

Very slight prickly feel

Overall, Kind of average...
Nothing really stands out about this one. I'm not tasting any oak barreling. It's OK. My nephew sent me a bunch of these 3 months ago as part of an NFC championship wager. At the time I really liked em . now It's more like, "What was I thinking ? " This last one was sitting in my fridge waiting for me to review it. Perhaps it went bad?

Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with plenty of light seeping through when held up to the light. A moderate amount of minute sediment is suspended within the body. A fingernail of off white to light beige foam covers the vast majority of the top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, hazelnut and dark malt. The flavor is muted than the nose would indicate. It is mostly dark malt and hazelnut. I do detect a hint of the sweet bourbon in the aftertaste. The mouth is dry and sticky.

Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby poured into rocks glass. Mostly clear brown body with red highlights and a tan head. Some retention and a bit of patchy lace. Barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla, roasty and caramel malts, a touch of chocolate. Taste is bready with caramel and roasted nuts, some vanilla and cocoa powder. A good balance between these sweet and bitter components. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture, bitter oak and roast finish.

Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/22/2014. Served in a snifter 2/18/2015.

A-Cola brown body, half finger offwhite head with average retention, spots of lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Sweet brown ale base is present, mild smoky bourbon aromas. Some cereal graininess.

F- Mild bourbon flavours, a bit of oak, small amount of vanilla. Mostly toffee, a bit of coffee, plenty of caramel sweetness. It's a sweet beer, but the bourbon helps cut it a bit. The finish is a bit off with a non-descript astringency that isn't quite attributable to the bourbon.

M- Medium-thin bodied, OK carbonation, a bit sticky. Finish is cereal grains and that astringency, perhaps the combination of the cereal and the bourbon.

O- It's alright. A bit different than the other stuff on the market, but really nothing exceptional.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a nice foamy head. Nice nutty malt smell with just a hint of the barrel smell. Taste is normal malty nutty with a hop finish. I catch on to the vanilla which blends well with the bourbon. I am not a fan of this style, but I like this combination. This company keeps surprising me. The finish is extremely smooth. Do I detect cinnamon?

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings. people should know, that according to the label only a portion of this beer was actually aged in bourbon barrels, then blended in, so its intentionally subtle, and i for one like and respect that approach to this. its got all the vanilla and bourbon character you could want in the finish, but it doesnt dominate the whole experience. it lets all the chocolate malt and a hint of coconut come out. lighter in color than expected, it is indeed a brown, not anything darker, and the roast profile is moderate at best. i like its lightness though, and think it shows another side of the bourbon barrel thing, which is the complimentary flavors of the spirit and the chocolate malt. its so often lost to the oak itself or the heavy roast or the alcohol content, and i think this beer does a nice job with all elements together. a little more body would be alright by my, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is appropriately long and mellow. its a little something different, and i like that.

Photo of simplejj81
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Very accessible bba beer, no boozy heat because its only 6% abv. Easy to find and inexpensive in WI. I like this beer, but its not nearly as big as i hoped it would be. Then again I can drink more than just one of these in a night.

Pours with 1-2 fingers of head, and an auburn/brown color.
Taste has a bit of coconut, not much bourbon here.
Goes down smooth and easy, not what i expected but I like it.

Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Not really brown this pours a more auburn like color. The nose is a light divide between barrel and brown. I catch some barley malt, chocolate malt, creamy coconut, vanilla and brownie batter. The flavor is light and the feel a bit thin but it tastes quite good. Coconut is prominent with chocolate malts, brownie, light vanilla, butterscotch and an oak wood. Not a bad choice when looking for a cheaper barrel aged beer.

Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a clear brown. 1/4 inch head of an off-white. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of biscuit, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of pine, hint of alcohol, hint of liquor, and a hint of wood. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good blend, and good complexity.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a beautiful mahogany hue with tinged of russet and ruby. Small beige head. Aromas include oak, bourbon, wet wood, vanilla. Light sweetness with a gentle bourbon character and vanilla. Perhaps toasted almond cookies with a splash of chocolate and brown sugar. Thin body with fairly low carbonation. Lots of flavor packed into a <6% abv brew. Tasty.

Photo of Vixie
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice ruby red color with a bit of a cream colored head that quickly reduces down.

Smell starts out a little on the sweet side, then gets a bit boozy, likely from the bourbon. Also a bit of dried fruit and vanilla.

Starts out with a bit of fruit and some nutty notes. The booze notes then kick in, the bourbon is fairly noticeable in this one. Finishes with some lingering hop bitterness.

Feel is ok, the bourbon does add a bit of warming as you sip it.

Not a world beater as far as a bourbon aged beer goes, as it is lacking the complexity of the best ones. Still, there is a decent amount of flavor, and it goes down very easy. This is my first offering from this brewery, and not a bad first try.

Photo of bnes09
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep bronze color. Some clarity. Off white head recedes to a thin film. A few lace patches.

Hint of roasted almond and toffee in the nose. No bourbon to be found.

Toasty, buttery biscuits with almond spread. Caramel and maple. Just a hint of oak. Little hop character.

Smooth feel and study medium body. Well carbonated.

Descent brown ale. Not the most complex I have had but still pretty tasty. Would pair well with caramel-pecan French toast.

Photo of larryarms847
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a dark and cloudy brown and poured a very thin head.

Smells of bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruits.

The taste of bourbon is very faint, very noticeable that only a portion was aged in BB. Malts, nuts, and chocolate are very prevalent.

Mouthfeel is very smooth, a very enjoyable brown ale.

Overall this is a tasty brew; however, consumers looking to satisfy their bourbon craving will be disappointed with this selection.

Photo of TooGood
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly reddish brown with about 1/2 inch head, nice lacing. Smell is a muted caramel with hints of vanilla and just the slightest bourbon. Taste is very Scottish ale like, not much bourbon at all (which I like). Overall I really enjoy this beer, it is smooth with subtle flavors that make it immensely drinkable.

Photo of hardy008
3.11/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown with a one finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is light with some nuttiness and caramel.

I can taste the Bourbon a little, which I did not pick up in the aroma. There is also some nuttiness, caramel, and earthy malt. Has a little bit of sweetness,and a little bit of bitterness. Tastes somewhat generic.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. There is an earthy malt aftertaste, with a hint of Bourbon. Not bad, but nothing special either.

Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some oak/bourbon with a vague "brown ale" backing. Mild.

The taste is of vague brown sugar, mild sweet malt with oak/vanilla bourbon in the finish. An alcohol bite comes through.

It is fairly smooth despite alcohol showing. A firmer, richer malt support would certainly add to the beer's complexity, but in this case might overshadow the bourbon aspect.

It's worth trying - decent to good.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena Brew Co....the beer pours a nice clear brownish amber with thin slightly off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Dealing with congestion right now so the scent for me is faint....certainly the presence of biscuit/bread. The taste carries maple syrup, touches of oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good easy going beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as a brown ale because the label describes it as "an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels." Cost was $1.79 USD for a single. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Has a good smooth consistency and a fairly soft complexion. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a really dark amber-brown. Nontransparent. So dark it's barely translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty decent for a brown ale. Not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Faint bourbon notes: traces of vanilla and unrefined oak wood. Neither is particularly evocative or rich. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Light hazelnut and pecan. Cream. Brown malts. Light breadiness.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of light strength. I'm optimistic.

T: Nuts are (rightfully) dominant, with some nice hazelnut and caramelized pecan notes coming through the most. Bourbon is a bit more faint than would be ideal, and what little there is isn't rich or evocative: I get artificial vanillicin and that's about it. No refined oak or woody tones. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Brown malts.

A very cohesive build, but by no means gestalt. Fairly balanced. Not real complex or subtle. I think the premise of a bourbon barrel aged nutty brown ale is a great one, but the execution here is a bit disappointing. I do like it, but it seems like wasted potential. There are quite a few elements here that I like (the bourbon, the nut selection, the light breadiness), but they just aren't played up as much as they should be. This beer needs to commit more to its strengths.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character, hop notes, or alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely creamy. Good thickness and body. Nice soft comforting presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Complements the flavour profile well, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, gushed, or rough.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I'm glad I tried it, and I might get it again on the rare occasion that I'm craving a brown ale, but it just doesn't deliver on the potential of the premise. A nice attempt from Tyranena, but it's not up to par with their better bourbon barrel offerings. I could have a few over the course of a night.

C+

Photo of RickS95
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin looking, dark chestnut beer. If it wasn't so dark, I'd guess it to be fairly clear. The head forms nicely, but is fleeting. However, it's an attractive white set of large and small bubbles the provides a nice contrast, even though for not very long, to the dark beer.

The nose is about what you'd expect...nutty and malty. A combination of earthy nuts and caramel malts, with some savory hops.

The first sip packs a welcomed punch of flavor. Lots of woody tastes, for the low ABV you can pick up the bourbon notes. Similar to the nose, there is a tango between caramel malts and nutty flavors. Again, savory hops fill out the finish. The bourboniness is quite prevalent, making me think twice about the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with complexity. Sweetness is present, but never is aggressive. Very earthy, with a nice hop addition creating good balance. Kind of a lingering, smoky feel in the finish.

This marks another beer from Tyranena that I enjoy. I'm not normally a brown ale fan, but this had flavor aplenty. If they made an imperial version of this with 8-10% ABV as a winter warmer or Christmas beer, it would be off the hook.

Photo of maxcoinage
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

color - very dark brown, off-white head, some decent lacing left on the side of the glass

aroma - rather weak, but some vanilla, toasted oak, slight bourbon

taste - def. better than the aroma would indicate. malty sweetness,a hint of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dates

mouthfeel - pretty smooth, but dry, medium carb

overall - nice, drinkable brown ale, but nothing too special

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, with a slight gray cast, largely opaque, with a huge tan head that is very slow to fade and some lacing trace down the glass.

S - Wood and alcohol nose from the barrel, I assume. Slightly acidic nose, but a subtle malt presence lies beneath.

T - The malt comes forward when you take a drink, showing that it is indeed primarily a brown ale, albeit one which includes wood and a mild booziness.

M - Mild carbonation, perhaps a bit too mild. Almost no bitterness, and a light feel so this is easy tipper.

O - With such a mild ABV for a barrel aged brew (at least partially), the main knock here is that it is not terribly complex, sort of a two-note of malt and barrel. The barrel is out front in the nose, the malt in the taste. This was a go-to brew for me for several years, and I still come back, though I've found other browns that satisfy and offer greater depth.

Photo of raznug
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep a brown color and is topped with light tan colored head that tends to hang around quite a ways down the glass.
Smell: This is a quite a tasty smelling brew it has a good malt aroma with hints of the bourbon aging.
Taste: Tasting this beer has my mouth watering, it has a good malt presence in the foreground and good bourbon flavors in the background to follow up the malt.
Mouthfeel: This tends to be a bit on the thin side compared to others I have had but still a good version of a brown ale.

Photo of DimensionX
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Clean brown/copper color minimal head and lacing.

S: Bourbon coming through as it warms with a hint of esters. Vanilla and oak also present

T: Toffee and vanilla, decent ammount of bourbon oak coming though, not overpowering but clearly present. Rich toasted malts as you would expect from a brown ale.

M: Average/medium mouthfeel. not really noticable but accurate for the style.

O: Pretty good but nothing incredible, seemed fairly well executed but I think the style just isn't a great fit for a bourbon barrel. I would drink it again.

Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/17/13.

Appearance: Hazy medium brown with a thin light tan head.

Aroma: Typical toasty malts with a touch of grassy hops. Touch of hazelnut coffee.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop character like in the aroma. It brings a nice lightness to the palate while being complimented beneath by very lightly toasted amber and caramel flavors. Finish gives richer caramel and a very slight bourbon flavor. Rocky's Revenge is only partially aged in bourbon barrels so the oaky bourbon flavor is understandably faint. The aftertaste is the most flavorful part of the experience, giving lots of nutty malt flavor and some hints of coffee and bourbon. All in all it seems a tad on the light side for a 6% ABV beer but not hugely so.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in body with excessive carbonation. Fairly drinkable and probably sessionable for fans of the style.

Final Thoughts: Yet another interesting beer from a brewery I'm just beginning to discover. Tyranena never ceases to intrigue with their offerings. Would I drink it again? Maybe on-tap.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 792 ratings.