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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 43
Gots: 60 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat looking brown glass bottle which has a twist off crown cap. Silver and dark purple neck label has an oval that has the words ‘Rocky’s Revenge’ on it and it has a half printed date of ‘OCT04’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Rocky’s Revenge’, which has a picture of a large Sea Monster surfacing aside a small wooden rowing boat that contains two rather scared looking dudes. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Rocky’s Revenge is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Pours with a clear brown body that has some dark red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head on this one, but some super fine carbonation does form a thick looking ½” cream colored cap that rises and soon falls to a broken covering. Average conditioning and minimal lacing.

Nose: The bourbon takes a back seat to Vanilla beans, some light milk chocolate, clotted cream, Devon toffee, some roasted malts and a delicate damp Oak odor. Decent nose.

Taste: What I immediately love about this brew is the low-profile contribution from Bourbon barrels. It’s there, for sure, but it’s subtle and it works. Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor, and yes, in the US that is not always the case, but thankfully the Bourbon is used to perfection here. A smooth nutty Brown Ale base provides the base for this wonderful creation. A thick vanilla bean middle has lots of damp oak barrel and some milk chocolate all entwined and best promoted with a refreshing bourbon G-String. It works, this is one brew where someone has taken time not to “blag the beer” and soak it to death, rather, the blend brings out the nuance of both the nutty Brown Ale and the Bourbon. Extremely well put together.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy feel, licks of Vanilla bean and melted milk chocolate, at times it fills the mouth with a Coconut Milk consistency that is slick and luscious. Warming but only like a Hot Chocolate, this is a seriously impressive brew.

Drinkability: This one disappeared in double quick time like a lone shot of Bourbon. I could have handled a whole 22 ounce Bomber of this one no trouble.

Overall: Bloody gorgeous, this one creeps up on you, it’s a winner hands down with many appealing facets but most of all it’s the serene way in which the base Brown Ale synergizes so extremely well with the smooth Bourbon flavoring. Lovely!!!

Another Tyrannical Thanks to BigHuge for this one.

Superb! Cheers Mate!!

Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 06/23/2011

A-Light brown body with almost no head whatsoever

S-I said to myself "Oh wow". The bourbon is subtle and pleasant. defineitly not overpowering

t-Sweet bourbon and maltiness, almost a perfect blend.

m-medium body and smooth

O-Wow, a great BA beers that gets no love. Very smooth and subtle but flavorful

Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown with a hint of crimson. Very slight thin light brown head that seems to lace the glass with a decent amount of creamy foam

S: It has a nice deep and smooth bourbon nose, but nothing over done and with a solid grain backbone that is noticeable and balanced

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Very smooth and sweet bourbon notes that mix nicely with the grain and hops.

M: light-to-medium body, very smooth, and carbonation is at the correct level for this style to really allow the flavor to come through

O: Very nicely done, balanced and a bourbon drinkers best friend.

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI

Appearance - Hazy Dark Brown with a crimson tinge. 2 finger width brown head with some good lacing

Smell - Sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak and roasted malts. Each scent is very vibrant and rich.

Taste - Chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, and toasted malts. The bourbon really shines here and makes the beer all the more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, light carbonation. Very refreshing, crisp and easy to drink!

Overall - I've been a huge fan of Tyranena ever since I tried their Painted Pumpkin Ladies ale last year, and decided to stop in Lake Mills as I moved to Chicago this past weekend. I was very impressed by Rocky's Revenge and even bought a 6 pack there just so I could take it with me. I love Tyranena's beers and I look forward to even more of their offerings in the future!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass the liquid is brown with very good carbonation. The head is 3 fingers bark tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt, with all the small complexities of fine bourbon too boot.

The taste follows very nicely. The roasty toastiness of the malt hits you first then the bourbon oak barrel, What a nice brew to sip.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, This is another one of those beers you just can't set down.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Ragingbull
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with light wispy head and above average prickle. Smooth malty nose. Smooth sweet attack. Nice flavor with sweet tones tempered by a "roasted" flavor and mild hop like character at the finish with actual hops presentation. As the finish turns to aftertaste it leaves you wishing there was more taste in the sip. Excellent by my count. No real bourbon notes, but I really like bourbon and would welcome it so its possibly understated to me. Incredibly complex beer in a great way. It is on a short list of my favorite beers I have tried in the past few years.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Recently this has become one of my "go-to beers" that I keep readily stocked. Bourbon aged beers have become a trend, so bonus points go to this one for its accessability.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, Rocky is a dark brown with a verly slight foamy head. The aroma gives an immediate hint of bourbon with the sours hints of a brown ale. The initial taste is a perfect blend of brown ale balanced with hints of bourbon aging. The bourbon is not overpowering. The oakiness stays in the aftertaste with a slight sourness. The mouthfeel is thick for a brown ale. It coats the tongue allowing the taste to stay in your mouth for a while. The complexity of the taste makes it obvious that this is not a mass produced beer.

This beer makes an excellent intro for those getting into the bourbon aged beer trend. It is not an overwhelming bourbon flavor, but it is accessible and very tasty.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Bottled 25Feb09

A - A light cream-colored head stayed both compact and resilient. It's creaminess was that of Cool-Whip and as it slowly went down it left bits of lacing. The clear beer was ruby-red amber in color with out a lot of bubble action.

S - Toasty malts of light caramel and richer roasted amber with a mild woodiness from the barrel aging I presume. It's definitely unbalanced towards malt with almost no hop aroma whatsoever, but that's ok with me for this one.

T - Toasty malts abound in this brown ale that's almost closer to a porter. A mild caramel sweetness barely off-sets the toasty and roasty nature of the malts. It's very hearty and the barrel aging adds a light nutty woodiness.

M - Creamy and smooth, this is a fantastic sipper for a brown ale. A light carbonation crispness finishes out the swallow. Pretty full-bodied and rich with a little dryness from the roasting. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

D - Definitely one of the best brown ales I've come across, I wish I had a six-pack at my disposal. I'll need to go get more. This would be a fantastic fall warmer on a cool, crisp night with the leaves rustling in the trees. Yeah, I really need a six-pack.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel-amber hue, with a thin layer of persistent ivory froth, deposits spotty lace.

S - Basic toasted maltiness, barely a hint of Bourbon. It smells kind of nutty and slighty of cocoa.

T - Taste is delicious; some chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, but in a brown ale sort-of-way. Bourbon barrel per se is not apparent, but I think it definitely imparted some enhancing characteristics. As it airs out, Bourbon becomes vaguely perceptible. Brown Ale is a delicious and underrated style, and this is a good one.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, very easy drinking. A little more creaminess or body wouldn't hurt.

D - Very hard to do this one justice with poetic waxing; you've just got to drink it.

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy brown head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice little touch of bourbon for a 6% ABV brew, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big malt flavor, bourbon (very nice), with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this was a treat to drink, very nicely done. Love the brew's from Tyranena.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nkersten for this bottle. Pours a crystal clear, maroon brown color with a one finger sized tan-white head. Pretty good amount of lacing going on and the retention is quite nice as well.

Aroma is slight vanilla and caramel with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon aroma is hidden in the back and is there to add some nuance. Slightly sweet and almost red wine like.

The bourbon comes through a bit more in the flavor than the nose would have predicted. Sweet bourbon with a bit of chocolate. A touch of fruitiness with an earthy hop flavor. The hops really stand out in the finish and pair quite nicely with the bourbon. The hops dont seem to be citrusy or too American but more of the earthy English version. However, the assertive hoppiness and bitterness is certainly more American than British.

Very smooth and velvety feel to the beer. Perfect carbonation. This was one solid broubon brown. I havent had a bourbonized brown but this was certainly a wonderful beer. I havent made up my mind if I want more bourbon in the nose, but the way this one is, it tastes and smells great. Thanks Nate.

Photo of AlphaKevo
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

out the bottle into a pint glass

A: Looks like a brown ale. you know what i mean.

S: At first not much to smell. let it open up a bit, it'll get going...i get a tiny bit of the bourbon. A nice woody smell more than anything. smells like a brown ale too.

T: Humm...taste. Everyone says butterscotch...i get a hint, but i think it's only cause it's been put in my head by everyone else...sorry! everyones hatin on the bourbon flavor, i get a bit, along with the wood, but the bourbon is there, i done tasted it. you know what? it tastes a bit like a brown ale too. its good folks, and i'm not a brown ale fan. could use more bourbon but its damn good for what it is!

M: Goes down smooth, drinkable as can be! Could do with a little bit more creaminess...but still good!

D:Over all a good beer, and im not a fan of brown ales, or a big tyranena fan! the only fault would be that only part of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels...hum...maybe they sould save some and age IT in bourbon barrels!

Photo of alexgash
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Ruddy amber body. Clean, clear. Ephemeral small finger width of light khaki head. Decent lacing. Sweet, caramel malt nose with additional notes of maple syrup, candied yams, vanilla, brown sugar, smoke, and a little oaky bourbon. Good complexity and depth.

Toasted malt and nuts briefly up front. Big caramel and light maple syrup sweetness quickly follow. Bourbon and fruit mid-palate, with notes of vanilla and oak. Light tannin bitterness in the finish. Lingering caramel and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with lushly carbonated, smooth feel. A touch on the sweet side, but the bourbon and wood notes help balance it out. Delicious!

Photo of DeeMented
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

It poured a clear, dark caramel color with a thin, creamy white head. The head settled to a thin layer, but never entirely dissipated. There was some soapy-looking lacing, but not much.

The aroma was a woody, earthy smell, with a hint of malt. I wasn't able to smell any of the bourbon.

The mouthfeel was creamy. There was a lot of carbonation, but it didn't seem over-carbonated.

The taste starts a bit dry and malty, with a definite woody flavor, and finishes with a nice hops bitterness.

At first, I wasn't able to get much of the bourbon flavor until the hops finish had started fading. Then, there was a definite bourbon aftertaste that hung around a while.

As it warmed, the complexity of the flavors really came through, and the bourbon started to come through more with the hops.

This is one of those beers that will warm you up on a chilly night. The ABV is listed as only 6.0 %, but I found it gave me a flush, like drinking whiskey.

A very good brown, and one that I will definitely be buying more of when the weather cools, but one of these in a sitting is plenty.

Photo of mrseano
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with retaining head and some lacing.

S: Great smell, could pick up on bourbon and coffee-like notes. Complex enough where you can pick up on multiple scents each smell.

T: Tasty beer. This balances the bourbon flavor with vanilla and a hint of mocha/coffee. Impressed so far!

M: Medium-to-full bodied, thicker than your average brown ale.

O: Good, tasty beer. Would definitely try again soon if I can find it on tap again. Tried at Il Gatto during happy hour in Minneapolis. The coffee notes/tastes surprised me and the bourbon (toned down from full bourbon taste unlike other bourbon beer I've had) was pleasant.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with an off white head that laces pretty well throughout.
Nice woody carmel aroma's dominate, with a touch of bourbon and spicy hops.
Taste is nice and complex, carmel, and some spicy hops. There is also a more pronounced bourbon background that I didn't notice in the bottle.
mouthfeel is good, chewy and creamy.
Definatly a very good Brown and I think this one is spot on for the style. I will definatly keep some of this around.

Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It pours a nice brown amber with a nice head. It smells of Jim Beam primarily with "brown ale" grain notes. The taste is of root beer, cherry candy, caramel, molasses, butterscotch and cola. Very complex, sort of hard to get used to, but it gets better as you drink it. Mouthfeel is good and velvety. Drinkability is good, like I said gets easier the more you drink it. Great idea, unusual to find experiments like this bottled in six packs.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel brown, eh? About time, I've had it with the whiskey-fied stouts and barleywines...feh! Time for a change!
Clear, bright red/nearly brown color, with a slim, fuzzy tannish head.
Nose shows the whiskey right off the bat, rustic, leathery, roasted nuts, fermented fruits,oak and vanilla, slick, wicked, delicious, and deep.
Poweful mouthfeel, smooth and substantial, but overly felt. Feels rather light, but maintains a significant presence. So, what am I trying to say here? Let's luxuriate in it for a moment and consider a more cogent summation...
Medium bodied, with a long,fruity, nutty finish...this is exactly what it ought to be, and utterly unique: a light, yet fully flavored, smooth-drinking brown ale, with a whisper of whiskey-ness filling out the edges, and occasionally floating on top.
Certainly the greatest bourbon barrel-aged brown ale named after a legendary lake-dwelling dinosaur, known to man!
Much thanks to cokes for the bottle!

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held up to the light. One finger beige head that had light retention. Light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice light roasted malt upfront to this. Oaky notes (very light) and some light bourbon aroma as well. Some light chocolate and vanilla come into play as well.

T- The taste is much better than the aroma. Light roasted malts and chocoalte notes. A light toast flavor as well with some brown sugar and vanilla. Oaky flavors come out in a bitter woody flavor. Bourbon notes are there and in the very backend of the beer itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on a little higher level than most brown ales. Creamy in the mouth most of the time. Roasted malts left on the palate. Some slight bourbony notes in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended well and with a barrel aged beer more so. Alcohol drys the palate with each sip.

D- This brown ale is very good. There is a certain non-barrel age flavor to it but the ABV on this doesn't make this beer less drinkable. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan but Tyranena makes one that I have a hard time putting down!

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. the first of the offerings sent from MPLS. Outstanding.

A nice amber/brown pour with a slightly off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a ring.

There is a bourbon/oak aroma there, but more of the usual brown aromas. Malt, earthy nut, peat, leather.

Taste blends the vanilla and caramel barrel into the earthy malt. Finishes a little tea and peat.

No abv present at all, light mid body with nice carbonation.

I have to say this is one of the Best Brown's I've had and a breath of fresh air to a style that is generally pretty much a snoozer.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again to boilerbeer for sharing generously after his WI trip.

Pours a deep burnt umber brown with great looking depth and clarity. Nice full head settles to a very well kept layer of patchy bubbles and a thick ring around the edge. Some nice patchy hanging lace.

Nose is of earthy malts, a little mossy with plenty of grain and woodiness. Very mild bourbon barrel on the nose, with a lot of grain filling in. Who'd have thought you could barrel age some beer and then try to balance it? Huh.

Flavor is extremely satisfying and very nicely blended. Starts up front with an earthy grainy toasted bread flavor with a fair amount of wood and earthy depth along with a slight bitterness. Somewhere around the finish all this gives way to a smooth nutty vanilla bourbon flavor that hangs softly on the palate. Not an overwhelming barrel aged beer at all, with a very mellow and pleasant bourbon flavor.

Medium bodied with full on tingly carbonation. A little slick and sticky at the finish, clinging a bit, but adding some fullness and a satisfying feel to the overall character.

Brown Ales aren't particularly my favorite, but there's something addicting about the mid-sip transition between solid brown ale and bourbon mellowness that I love in this one. I could probably put down a few of these before I realized it.

Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer for a style I'm not in love with. For malt bombs I prefer the scotch ales with the intrigue of smokiness, the straighter American and English types don't do much for me.

This beer however has just the right addition of barrel aging. It has a clear brown golden tinged look, decent head.

Smell is malty with no hops present. Fine for the style.

The taste is a front loaded malt hit, roasty, caramel, followed in the middle with a satisfying bourbon note, and a balanced finish. Well done.

Frothy and heavy, very drinkable, not quite a winter warmer and a bit high for a session-able beer, I could have several of these and be very happy.

Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the sun and sports one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head.

S - Bready and nutty with hints of chocolate and caramel. There's just the faintest note of bourbon and oak.

T - Classic brown ale flavor with a gentle bite of bourbon. Warm and nutty with a bit of chocolate and fruit esters. Bourbon barrel aging adds some vanilla and I get a hint of tannin. There's a bit of herbal hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. This beer might be better with a few months of age - while the hops are far from overpowering, I'd like the malt to shine a little more. Still, this is a delicious, well-made beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - Rocky's Revenge is certainly a beer that merits regular revisits. It's one of the top American brown ales I've tasted and it must be close to Bender for tops in the region.

Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy murked cherrywood rusted brown with a thin platnium blonde cap that lifts off quickly. Moderate lacing in thick strings.

Fair amount of vanilla in the aroma at first then picks up with some topping of roasted malts, coatings of cocoa, and notes of boubony sweetenss.

Nice subtle taster opening with chocolate bread, soft and smooth all over, caramel gets squeezed through, light velvety roast and hazelnut adorns parts of middle and close to the finish where vanilla and boubon sweetness intertwine and fades off with amazing gradual caramel leftovers. Very slight warmth blends at the finish while the sweetness takes hold late. Quite nice. Nothing abtrusive here, very mellowing, subtle, yet actively flavorful.

Medium body, creamy, smooth, partially thin in the front but picks up enough gumption during the middle and finishes well with lots of subtle sweetness and lightly blended bourbon heat.

The overall smoothness makes for some very easy drinkin'. Its a darn nice brown ale with some bite. This beer helps make Tyranena a big time contender for top Wisconsin brewery in my book of 'sconny' breweries.

Thanks jeffboo!

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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