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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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368 Reviews

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 829
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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Photo of mrseano
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this brew in a trade with Scoobydank, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - amber color with a tight beige head that hung around as a light layer and left some bits of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and malty, light chocolate and creamy caramel flavors, slight bourbon taste goes well with the sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - a very tasty brew that's highly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Beerbeagle courtesy of No One Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked #2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep ruddy rust orange/red color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of nicely aged bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, maple, vanilla and strong caramel malts.

T: I've not had a bourbon blended beer that really complimented a beer so well. The bourbon lays as an underlying flavor throughout. Taste starts with an oaked but caramel malt flavoring. Then sweetens to molasses, and brown sugar. The finish is of nice levels of vanilla with a bit of an alcohol spike.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, creamy feel to the body

D: Oddly drinkable, most bourbon beers aren't blended as well as this. Not overpowering, not off the radar, compliments the beer nicely. Not filling, goes down easy, this is a damn good beer with a different take on a brown ale!

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Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one.

Pours a beautiful deep amber/light brown color witha compact and lasting head on it. Nice lacing as well. Aroma first hits me as wood, then a hint of wiskey. Taste first hits as wiskey, and then fades to a bit of maltiness, then back to wiskey. Well rounded mouthfeel on this one.

Good beer!

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.

A: The brown ale is just that - brown. When held to light some brighter amber colors are revealed. The head is fairly restrained on pour and does not lace much.

S: A part of the beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and that comes through in the nose. There is a slightly sweet bourbony character that mixes well with the nuttier brown ale malt.

T: When cold, the bourbon character in the ale really stands out. It provides an immediate buttery alcohol component that spices up the nutty malts of the brown ale. I like that only a portion of the ale was aged in bourbon barrels, it prevents the sweetness from overtaken the ale entirely. The maltiness manages to sneak out periodically, providing a balance to the bourbon. The one thing that I can't really find in the ale is a hoppy profile.

M: I am really impressed with the restraint of the bourbon character. While I can appreciate the all-out strength of a good bourbon-aged beer, I really like how subtle this one is.

D: Few bourbon beers are as drinkable as this one. The soft bourbon buttery notes are very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in WI.

Pours a pretty clear dark red, some brownish highlights, bit of chunky proteins floating around, thick and rocky light tan head forms, slowly settles to a medium ring and layer, good lacing all over the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, caramel, biscuit, corn syrup, nuts, lots of fruit, some light bourbon and vanilla, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, nice raisiny/date sweetness, bourbon works well with the base.

Taste is nice, very sweet and fruity, strawberries, brown sugar, caramel, peanut brittle, light bourbon sweetness, vanilla, alcohol, wood, raisin, biscuity malt, nice sweet finish, but still balanced, very nutty in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Body could use a bit more beef but the bourbon barrel worked great especially with the low ABV. I think I might have another!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Pat’s Tap. L: Brilliant chestnut crowned by a ½” tan tinted cream colored foam collar. S: The aromas are not huge but contain traces of chocolate, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. T: Starts nutty sweet with dark sugars, a hint of vanilla and caramel then bourbon, drying with a bitter emphasis on the end. F: Fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body. O: A flavorful bourbon barrel aged beer with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour yields a sparse white head that disappears immediately, only to return following agitation. Beer is nice dark brown (root beer) color.

Smell is sweet caramel malt with a touch of bourbon. The filled pint glass is really not doing the smell justice, but I really get more of that bourbon from the empty bottle, and eventually the glass as its contents disappear.

Smooth bready flavor with a big vanilla presence. Bourbon is there but at a level appropriate for a brown ale rather than an impy stout. Plenty of hops in there, keeping things balanced to slightly hoppy for the style. Finish is long with bourbon lingering throughl the end.

Good mouthfeel with ample yet fine carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability is high for me with this beer. It isn't massive, yet has plenty to keep your interest through multiple pints. Damn, I miss being able to drink this one regularly. Also I really think this beer belongs up there with the best of the ABA's.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a medium amber, with a decent head that recedes to a nice lace.

Aroma is a bit fruity, lends itself to the hops being used. Hops are there subtle though they are.

Taste is smoky up front. the malt character here is huge. There is a heaviness that I don't expect from a brown ale. I swear this is a swartzbier. Vanilla is HUGE here, in the fore front with the smokiness. This beer is like a vanilla scotch ale. Excellent!!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, leaving a nice oily coating on the tongue.

This one surprised me!!! The vanilla and smoke undertones were excellent...I like !!!

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Photo of mwa423
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Poured into a glass, beautiful clear milk chocolate brown color that I can see straight through but almost no head. A pretty head would have made this a perfect 5

S - Booozy, chocolate, lots of malty sweetness

T - Roasty and chocolaty with a tiny taste of mellowed out hops. Overall, this beer is definitely helped by the barrel aging.

M - Very rich, but not at all thick. The perfect combination.

D - I could session this with no difficulty

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Photo of morimech
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive looking brown ale. The head settles to a thick cap and stays there. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit weak but I pick up malt, vanilla, bourban, nuts, and caramel.

I can definately tell this was barrel aged as soon as it touches my tongue. In this beer it is not overpowering compared to many barrel-aged beers. The malt and nuts complement the bourban flavors nicely. It has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Overall an enjoyable and approachable barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter...thanks to Exiled for the chance to try this one!

A: Pours a murky brown with a medium tan head that sticks around for a long time and never really leaves. Plenty of lacing as the head slowly fades.

S: The nose isn't any different from a regular brown ale with loads of brown sugar and malty aromas. The barrel aging isn't that apparent here.

T: The taste is a toffee, malt, and brown sugar with a very slight molasses taste. The barrel is more pronounced here but it's still very subtle...I wouldn't say you can taste the bourbon because you can only taste the effect it has on the beer. I'd like to see what this is like 100% barrel aged.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied due to the rich carbonation that is keeping that head up.

D: This is pretty tasty and the ABV is low enough I wouldn't worry about putting away 3 or more of these if I was so inclined to do so.

Tyranena doesn't seem to make a bad beer in my experience so far. Wish we could get these here in TX.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear muddy red brown in color. Okay head with good lacing. No trace of carbonation.

S - Very sweet malts that are highly pleasing for a brown ale. Just a hint of intrusive bourbon that adds to the sweetness. Not much wood or charred aroma and no hop presence.

T - Very bold and robust for a 6% beer. Starts off semi-sweet from the brown ale but then the bourbon blends in very softly and adds another dimension of complexity. Sweet vanilla flavors can be detected, pseudo toasted coconut and caramel detected by my palate. Very nice.

M/O - Body is a little light for me but carbonation is done well. Clears from the palate sort of quickly but leaves a dim bourbon flavor. Very easy to drink and a light sipper. I paid $2 for a 12oz bottle and hard to find something else as good for that price.

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Photo of botham
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours a semi-transparent chocolate brown without much of a head.

smell is lightly sweet, with burnt, chocolate, and caramel malts present, notes of maple syrup and bourbon as well. good complexity here, but lacking any hops to balance the sweetness of the malts.

taste is sweet as well, with more bourbon than the aroma would suggest. same malts here from the aroma, with more of a sweet character. finishes on a warm and earthy flavor, which is rather pleasant.

aftertaste is warm and earthy, with no hops to speak of. very smooth.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very smooth and creamy texture. finishes without a bite.

drinkability is decent, due to the complexity of flavors and aroma present. this is a unique brew that will take any palate for a ride. cheers!

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Photo of CWBlues
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous dark caramel color, just a beautiful brown. Not much of a head.

S: Light caramel and vanilla notes, a bit of sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel on the back of the tongue, a bit of vanilla. Some roastiness. What I like most is the VERY light bourbon in the aftertaste. Too many brews can become overpowering on the bourbon. Don't get me wrong, I love a good bourbon, but this one finds a pretty fantastic balance in its aging.

M: It hangs around in the mouth just as long as I want it to. Good carbonation.

O: I was really happy with this one. I've been trying a lot of bourbon-aged ales lately, and this one is up in my top 3. Very well done. I'd be happy drinking this one again and again. In fact, I just might.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.