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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

714 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 42 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004)
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Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I had to snatch this away before it was sniped by a buddy of mine. (Don't get me wrong, sharing is awesome, but I wanted this bottle for my very own.) It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises oak, bourbon, dark wheat, and some watered-down roasted malts, with a kick of alcohol looming in the background. The taste lightens the bourbon, adds a healthy helping of walnuts and greens, and continues the watering-down of the roasted malts. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a liquid-y feel. Overall, a decently solid bourbon brown, but it falls a bit too short for me to really get excited about it.

TMoney2591, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Dark copper color with a fizzy head. The aroma is malty, but unremarkable. The flavor is sweet at first, then there is a little oak flavor, but not many bourbon characteristics. Aggresive carbonation is a little annoying on the tongue. Pretty good drinkability. This isn't bad, but here are a ton of beers similar to this but better, so why bother.

beveragecaptain, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of Dubbercody
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Interesting beer, poured from bottle leaving a decent white head and a moderately strong scent of bourbon rising from the glass. I was somewhat surprised by the bourbon in the flavor and a slightly sour aftertaste in the beer. I received this beer VERY recently, so I can't attribute the sourness to oxidation, I guess it came with the woody flavor that also filled the aftertaste.

I would love to try this beer on tap to compare bottle vs tap. While a good beer, it did not integrate the heavy presence of bourbon into the brown ale as well as I had hoped.

Dubbercody, Dec 03, 2006
Photo of kylehayworth
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

A: It has a nice deep and translucent brown. The head was minimal, and faded rather quickly.

S: I get a bourbon heavy smell, with back drops of vanilla, oak, and even some cherry, but mostly bourbon.

T: It has a more dominant bourbon taste, with the same mild flavors I get from the nose.

M/D: It has a mild/moderate carbonation. It seems a little watery. It isn't a bad beer, just not really what I expected. I was hoping for a little more. Guess I'll just have to try the chipotle porter next...

kylehayworth, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of WankelEngine
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark but clear brown color. There is a light tan head of foam which fades from about one finger to a thick cap. Moderate lacing is a pleasant touch.

S: Not a very potent aroma. Some mild brown malt and just a touch of oak.

T: Woah vanilla! This is one sweet, vanilla heavy beer. Some background oak character. I don't taste any bourbon at all.

M: Smooth, creamy and low carbonation.

O: An interesting effort. No bourbon character despite the advertisement. Very vanilla but not a complex flavor. Mediocre effort overall.

WankelEngine, Dec 03, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Twifiter, Oct 15, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

InfernoBoss, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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.

cokes, Dec 03, 2004
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

ShawneeIrish, Jul 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

FalconA, Mar 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zonker17, Jan 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

wmobley, Mar 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

oso, Mar 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

awdturboiv, Mar 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Louski, Mar 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

LakerLeith, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

LJWalker, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of MichaelBurns
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

MichaelBurns, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of devilben02
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Pours a dark chocolate brown color, with a decent beige head on top. The aroma is fairly common for a brown ale, with a lightly sweet and nutty malt base, some light milk chocolate characteristics, and only a slightest hint of the bourbon addition. The flavor is largely more of the same, but the bourbon contribution is much greater, especially as the beer warms, with a woodsy, smokey whiskey character that creeps into the flavor at first before overtaking the finish. The texture is a bit thin and watery and doesn't prop up the flavors like it should. Overall, this one is a pleasant, mild brown ale with a bit of a twist that is interesting enough to make you want to try it the first time, but it is not so interesting to want go back again often.

devilben02, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of twbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

It poured a deep red/dark brown color very little head but it was there for awhile.

The smell was slightly bourbon with a hint of chocolate,black malt.

At first the taste was chocolate then smoothly turns to bourbon and oak with no bad aftertastes.

It was a nice bodied beer that was not too sweet but the malt and bourbon blended nicely for a smooth finish.

It is a very drinkable beer that would be a good warmer on cold fall or winter night.

twbrewer, Oct 20, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

sgoro, Mar 16, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

oline73, Mar 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

FreshHawk, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Clear medium brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. About average retention and some spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Dusty, dry earthy nuttiness. Bourbon component is mild, but vanilla and oak are very apparent. Not bad.

3.5 T: Again, dry earthy nuttiness. Toffee and a bit of caramel. Bourbon isn't even detectable in the taste, but the vanilla and oak are there again to an extent. A touch of butterscotch. Not overly complex, but not bad either.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is pleasantly spritzy. Could use some more body and be creamier.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure that the bourbon barrels added anything. I prefer the bourbon components to supplement an already tasty beer, but in this case, the bourbon isn't even a player.

DavoleBomb, Feb 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

chet1215, Mar 09, 2014
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.