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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
good

788 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 11.56%
Wants: 44
Gots: 66 | 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: 788 | Reviews: 363
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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 RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – I don’t find American Browns one of the more visually appealing styles, but this one looks mighty good. The brown body is hazy and clouded, and the head actually came up well and showed good retention.

Smell – The plain malts and light hopping opened up as the ale warmed. The brown and raw sugars came out after ten minutes or so and the toasty bread nicely rounded out this bouquet.

Taste – The malts dominate of course at the taste, with the sugars now stepping back to a mere subtle compliment. There might be some leafy hopping in here as well. This guy doesn’t try to do anything fancy, just fit the style which it nicely does.

This beer is aged in bourbon barrels. A lot of “bourbon barrel aged” beers taste like nothing but bourbon, but here the flavor is very subtle. You might not even notice it if you weren’t looking for it.

Mouthfeel – Rocky’s Revenge is a solid medium-bodied with some cold bitterness throughout the drink.

Drinkability – I enjoyed putting away this Tyranena offering. It’s very even-handed, showing the brewer’s restraint throughout.

Comments – Thanks to BuckeyeNation for laying this one on me.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wonder’s pub.

Appearance: Bright brown with garnet hues. Beautiful stark white head. Lasting. Sticky.

Nose: Minerals and metal, subtle floral notes. Coconut malts (if there is such a thing?)

Taste: Nutty with bits of rye toast, light chocolate, and vanilla. Could use a bit more bourbon. When I have had this beer straight from the brewery, the bourbon was almost overpowering. I loved it yet here at Wonder’s their keg leaves me wanting more. I will admit that this seemingly dumbed down version is more drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Medium bodied. Residual sweetness from the malts but very little.

Drinkability: Quite good, higher than most bourbon beers.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown pours from the stubby 12oz'er a dark brown with garnet accents. A small khaki head of foam falls quickly to a ring inside the glass. Aromas begin with sweet caramel and a toasted nutty maltiness. A shot of vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. I don't really pull any bourbon out of the aroma.

First sip brings a toasted caramel maltiness upfront with a bit nutty accent. A somewhat strong vanilla flavor moves in that gets to be a bit much halfway through the glass, along with a bit of butterscotch. Subtle notes of cocoa and hops. Finishes with a touch of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of fast moving carbonation smooths it out on the way down. An easy drinking beer that just falls off a bit on the flavor profile for me. I don't think I could have more than one or two in a sitting personally. Overall, a unique brown ale that steps outside the norm a bit.

Photo of ROBORB
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Deniz, thanks man!

This beer poured a translucent brown with a thin 1 inch head. The head died quickly and left a little lacing on the glass. The smell of bourbon is prevalent, as is caramel. I found the taste matched the smell. This beer was very thin for me and I didn't enjoy that aspect of it. Overall, this beer is a great session beer and nothing more.

Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, brown/garnet with a quick slightly off-white foam lacing, retention, and stick.

Grainy/steely in the nose. Mineral and light fresh grist. Soft floral in the background.

Medium-bodied, firm water feel. Nutty malts. Quite dry from the bourbon barrel aging, but some thin residual sweetness remains. Light chocolate, toasted bread crusts, faint vanilla/coconut. Bourbon is only slightly detectable on the palate, becoming more pronounced at the swallow point and in general as the beer warms. Lifting semi-citric sharpness provides bitterness and is amplified by some prickly carbonation that also creates a quick lived creamy feel on the palate. Thin bourbon flavors linger for quite sometime. Dry/nutty finish.

Interesting, but not overly interesting as far as bourbon aged beers go. This could have used more malt backbone, but I did like the subtle bourbon flavor. Perhaps a bit too subtle, but the levels worked for this Brown Ale. Just enough to seep into the palate and let you know it’s there.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to onecrazymofo for this normally, out of reach brew...sounds interesting enough and I love the artwork on the label.
Pours unlike your typical brown ale...has a cloudy, dark cherry tint to it, making it look more like a English style barleywine.
A generous off-white head appears, but dissipates fairly quick. A nice coating remains on top for the duration of the pint.
Nothing overpowering in the nose, but I enjoy what is hitting me...cherries mainly, and definitely the oak as well.
Taste is enjoyable and unlike anything I have tried...not one flavor pushing its way in front of the others. Well balanced and the malt giving it just a touch of sweetness.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but the carbonation is perfect.
Not sure I would prefer to make a session out of this brew personally, but could easily be done.
Only my second brew from Tyranena...I am impressed so far.

Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and coconut

Taste: complex-chocolate, vanilla, oaking from the whiskey and a touch of coconut taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry end, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: One of the best beers I had on my recent trip out west. I love the complexity and there is a bit of a taste of coconut that really makes this stand apart. This one reminds me almost of a good candy bar mixed with beer--may not sound good but is fantastic. This would be a regular staple in my fridge if I could get it here. Fantastic beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light brown color with a tan head. The aroma is grain, caramel malt and little wood. The flavor is caramel with some chocolate and toffee. I don't get much bourbon in the aroma or flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light mahogany color. Sweet malt on the nose with maybe just the slightest smell of bourbon, but barely. Tastes pretty much like it smells. The bourbon is present, but just barely, with mostly sweet malt. Very light mouthfeel, not much body. Also very little carbonation, which fits the beer. I think any more carbonation would ruin it entirely. I've had this before, but not since I've gotten in to craft beers. Just a so so beer. I won't be buying this dude again.

Edit: Now that my nose and pallet are growing, I smell vanilla, and it has a slight vanilla on the pallet as well. I like this better now than I did before. I'm changing the smell, taste, and overall to a 3.5 and apparently I did buy this dude again. It is now my favorite go to beer. Whoda thunk it?

Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown as expected, but struggles for much head.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, with some light bourbon.

Taste: Bourbon is noticeable upfront, along with the expected Brown Ale players of chocolate, caramel, cherry and nuts. The finish has floral components, as well as oak.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, medium-bodied beer with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: Pretty much as described, as standard Brown Ale with bourbon, which elevates the good, but not great, base beer. Nice to see bourbon used for a lower alcohol beer.

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 far333
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chestnut colored liquid capped with an oatmeal colored lid of sea foam. The head grips the sides of the glass and slides down, leaving a uniform ring around the inside. The smell is very faint, do I smell bourbon or am I imagining it? I'm picking up some sweet malt, some brown sugar and molasses, but I have to try hard. A creamy mouthfeel leads to a thin-flavored wash of syrupy flavor of sweet malt and caramel, and definite bourbon overtones. Although I think the bourbon detracts. It doesn't mesh well with the other elements, and leaves a sharp and bitter aftertaste, with a metallic linger. Thanks to BuckeyeNation for sharing, but as I glance at the review below, he appears as enthralled as I.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall white wine glass)

A- This beer has a walnut brown body with a slight haze and a creamy head that is a bit thin. There is a good strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light bourbon note with a faint dried fruit note.

T- There are flavors of oak with a light wet wood note that blend with the brown malt flavors. There is a faint note of caramel malt that has a hint of brown sugar that is not overly sweet. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel.

D- This beer has good depth, nice oaky flavors and some good sweetness also.

Photo of degerbah
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up as part of a gigantic on the spot DLD trade. Poured a deep deep brown with almost no head. Was able to pick up a little by swirling. The smell is intense amounts of bourbon. There is also a little bit of malt smell to it, but by and large its like opening a whiskey bottle.

I think this beer could do with way more malt or body or somehting to stand up to the intense amount of whiskey. The beer even has a slight whiskey aftertaste. I think I like it but it's hard to tell when there is such a dominant flavor.

This beer isn't very strong by the standards of most bourbon barrel aged beers I've seen and I think that the beer would be better if it had a little more to go with the whiskey. So much boozy flavor I can almost feel my face getting red even though it's only listed at 6%. Not available anywhere near me so buying more isn't an option. Very glad I got to try it.

Photo of curtiswvu
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourced into a stemless white wine glass

appearance: dark brown with a read hue. About 1 finger of dirty white head.

smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, candy

taste: Too sweet and the bourbon just mixes in poorly, reminds me of chasing a shot of Jim with a Newcastel.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation much to thin to hold up to barrel aging.

overall: Unremarkable in my opinion. As usual though most brown ales just leave me wishing I had bought a stout.
Serving type: bottle

Photo of SMark
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an Imperial pint glass from a 12 ounce brown bottle at 50º, this beer started out with 1 finger of tannish white foamy head. Lacing was present which looked similar to legs in a wine. There did not appear to be any date information on this petite brown bottle. The beer poured a dark brown, mahogany color.

Sweet malts were evident in the bouquet which is probably attributable to the barrel aging. This was a very interesting aroma for a beer.

There was a little bit of chocolate and a lot of sweetness in the first taste. Sweetness subsided somewhat with the next sip turning into a lot smoother taste.

Felt very good with no off odors or invasive tastes. Some of the warmth seemed to last quite a while towards the top of the mouth.

This was interesting brown ale. I did not get the fuller body I was expecting but sweetness and slight, slight syrup were present.

Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the bottle. Bottled on 10/26/10. I've had this one for a while, probably should have had it a bit fresher. But here we go anyways.

Pours a good looking deep chestnut color. Small off white head with a bit of lacing.

Decent aroma showcasing some nuts and hints of bourbon. Maybe some cocoa in there too.

Taste is very pleasing. Smooth, mellow bourbon goes along nicely with some nuttiness and caramel. Even with a year on it, flavors are still fairly pronounced.

Smooth, medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Probably should have had this fresher, but still good none the less.

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

Edit of of 12/07: It seems as though the bourbon is getting harder and harder to detect both in the mouth and on the nose, and I'd guess the blending ratios have skewed further towards the unbarreled in the year or two. It was never dripping with Kentucky's pride and joy, but aside from a buttery (almost lactic sour), lightly tannic vanilla, it is absent from the taste. In the past it was a brown ale with a subtle, added flair. Now it just seems old tasting. Ratings have been adjusted.
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(First impressions: rated 4.4)
Faintly hazed bronze-brown with a patchy head of yellowed lace.
The nose is chocolatey and caramelly, a la their Ancient Aztalan Brown Ale, but bolstered with the toasted oaky, vanilla-tinged leaning of bourbon. It's mild smelling, but wonderful nonetheless.

Begins with a chocolately bready notion, glazed with caramel. This is the trademark of the non-bourboned version. The addition here is the hazelnut, vanilla, oak contributions from the Ol' Grandad barrels. And this takes a standard, tasty, workhorse style brown ale, and makes it dazzle with suble flair, and nuance everywhere. The oak brings whispers of tartness as the caramel and bourbon add-ons carry this to its conclusion. It closes with the drying pangs of herbal-leaning hops, bringing a faint bitterness.
It's a generally medium-light bodied brew, modestly carbonated, and near perfect in feel for what it is...one of the most dynamic, drinkable session brews I've had, ever.

I've tried the non-blended version, and its a bourbon bomb....tasty as hell, but more of a spectacle than a constant drinker. This one shows the restraint it needs to fall into heavy rotation.

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

Bottle thanks to the generous jpm30. Rich brown colour, but unique to get it that way. White head that lasts a while. Bourbon aroma, and bold bourbon taste. We Canadians are not normally into bourbon, but a good effort at it. Sourish by-product, well malted.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a thick amber/garnet color with smallish tan head but good lacing. Smell and taste are pungent and delicious. Like a cross between a nut brown and a wee-heavy...a brilliant mix in my opinion. Caramel malts, bourbon vapors, a nutty bite, some floral hoppiness, a lovely bouquet. Mouthfeel is typical of an American brown, a little thin, but substantial enough. Drinkable to no end. This was a pleasant surprise without a doubt. Another solid offering from Tyranena which puts out some surprisingly good stuff.

Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy brown ale I'd never seen nor heard of, but it packs a wicked punch. Starting with the endearingly cool "sea monster" bottle art with local legend on the label doesn't hurt. But what matters most is the taste, and "Rocky's Revenge" hit me straight away with a strong nutty, hoppy kick. There's some chocolate notes, too, most definitely, but none of the coffee-like tones of a porter. It's sweet and malty, but, like, heavy, man. A real winner and a unique beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of antiqued-ivory froth that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is cocoa-ish, nutty, and a touch toasty.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a dextrinous, medium body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is surprisingly complex as well, considering it's a brown ale. It starts sweetly cocoaish with a note of vanilla; a touch of yeasty fruitiness; and a mild, dark-roasted chocolatey edge. Occassional flashes of Bourbon appear, but they're limited. Some nuttiness follows along with some more vanilla, a bit of toastiness, and even an occassional note of cocoanut. Once it crosses the palate it dries quickly, partly due to its firm bitterness, and partly due to its drying, woody edge. Still, some more cocoa and nuts remain, as well as a swirl of dark dried fruit, and a long lingering, dull and semi-mild bitterness.

Interesting, enjoyable, and not overdone with bourbon-barrel character.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug:from notes.
A: Pours a dark body, one that has some amber hues. The off white head pours a two finger head that settles into a substantial layer. Overall slight head retention. The lace is minimal.
S: A some what of a deep fried aroma. Not really a bourbon note, but a hazy, smoky note.
T/M: The front of this brew is a light bodied ale and a sweet note that does not blend well with the bourbon undertones. The bourbon is a bit of a mess. The lingering taste is strange and not really that pleasant. A bit of soy sauce on the finish,... woof.
D: An easy drinking brew. but flavor make it a bit hard to finish or even consider coming back to.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint and shared with capra12.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse, off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is scattered but with decent cling.

S: Toffee, caramel, smoked malt, and a slightly nauseating decaying oak scent. I try to detect the bourbon but its simply not there... what's worse is that's replaced by this moldy, dirty, wood smell... not a good start to the sensory experience.

T: Hints of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness. Bourbon sweetness is present in the background but never overpowers the light complexity of this beer. Booziness is noticeably but pleasantly abset. Finish is slightly messy with a sweet smoked caramel aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and good smoothness. Goes down easy and is slightly watery. Finish is messy but aftertaste, though it lingers, adds a layer of depth to this beer that's much appreciated.

D: This beer makes a good recovery from the initial bad first impression that the nose gives. Appreciably complex yet with a nice, smooth body that helps meld the flavors together. An above average brown ale but all in all, nothing to get too crazy over. A solid offering nonetheless though.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.