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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 727
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 48 | 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 afksports
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

My first offering from Tyranena Brewing Company in Wisconsin has admittedly left something to desire. Nevertheless, a big thank you to Mike for the beer in the trade. In fact, thanks for sending two bottles, because one broke (I think Rocky didn't want to be consumed on the East Coast).

Rocky's Revenge is a brown ale blended with a brown ale aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon barrel blend imparts a darkness to the beer and a tiny waft in the nose of bourbon aging. Mostly it's closer to root beer candies, though. Not terrible to look at, it's got a minor head that sustains pretty well, dark and full of malts and well, water. The smell is like fake root beer candies that no one really wants. I guess there's a tiny hint of bourbon. Not much else.

The taste is about the same. I love browns, so it's hard to rate this one low, but it's just not that appealing. The taste begins with malt, carries on with water, and finishes with, more water. It's a watery, partially bourbon, heavily malted mess.

Not totally bad I guess, because it's well-carbonated and goes down easily enough. Just not something I'd come back to that often. Or ever.

It seems Rocky has had his Revenge. On my palate.

afksports, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of Urbancaver
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish red. Not much head dissipates quickly. Smells a bit oaky and vanilla heavy. Tastes not so strong. The vanilla is pretty prominent on the tongue as well. The brown ale flavours come through in the back of the tongue. Overall, interesting and fairly drinkable

Urbancaver, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of volkswankin
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slightly translucent amber brown. Thin film and head.

S - Almost imperceptible notes of bourbon and butterscotch. You really have to search to find any type of nose on this beer.

T - For a bourbon brown, there isn't much bourbon here. You can taste it upfront, the finish definitely lacks. A tad of malts and wood with limited complexity. It does have nice flash of bourbon and butterscotch on the finish however. One of the redeeming qualities of this beer. Otherwise not a beer I would seek out.

M - Very light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable beer, smooth with a lightly creamy quality.

Overall, kind of a disappointment from Tyranena. It would have been nice if they had aged this longer in bourbon barrels. I think they sacrificed the bourbon flavors for drinkability.

volkswankin, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of drewba
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep transparent brown with some red around the edges. A one finger tan head hangs around for a bit before receding to just a tiny ring around the edge of the glass with a tiny, thin film on top. The lacing is clumpy and very light.

S - I smell bourbon, but it more reminds me of wood from a bourbon barrel. Some caramel, roast, bread. That's about it, not very exciting.

T - I kind of wish they went balls deep here and aged all of this brown in bourbon, not just a portion. While the bourbon has some wood, vanilla and butterscotch, it's very mild and muted. Even though I'm just getting a small taste of the bourbon, it is tasty. Thank god the background flavors are able to fill in the gaps with lots of caramel, nuts, bread and butterscotch.

M - Refreshing, creamy, has a small carbonation pop in the end. Overall very nice.

D - This is a very enjoyable beer, but I feel a little shortchanged because I want more bourbon. I don't know anyone who wants to play just the tip/hint of bourbon, do you? Give me some more damn bourbon! That said, these are easy to drink, tasty and quite affordable, will buy again.

drewba, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle to an imperial pint glass.

Color is brown with a hint of copper. Not far off from a Coca Cola with ice melted in it. Two fingers worth of foam. Plenty of lacing after foam fades away.

Picking up caramel,malt and vanilla in the nose.

This is a tad odd. It feels like a soda pop in my mouth. Fizzy,then quickly gives may to vanilla and malt.

It's plenty carbonated. Feels very watery on the finish.

I hate being so negative in reviews,but I really can't rave about or recommend this. Incredibly average offering. One would be fine but I'm stuck with five more.

TheDudeRules, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of dhannes
2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Poured cold into a Sam Adams Lager glass.

A=Very frothy head of 1/2" that lasted over a minute. But the color of the beer had an unappetizing grayish tint to the amber brown.


T=Like watered down bourbon. I could not detect anything resembling a beer until about halfway through the serving...even then, the bourbon taste dominated--felt-like I was drinking a boilermaker.

M=No problems here.

D=Hard to drink...was like drinking one watered down shot after another.

If I want this taste, I'll just make a bourbon and water.

dhannes, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - The body is a nice deep red/mahogany color with a small off-white head. Looks good, nothing too exciting

S - roasted caramel malts, dark fruit, hint of vanilla and smoked meat and a touch of bourbon. It's not a big smell, but it's fairly complex and well balanced.

T - smoked meats is the first thing I think of. some roasted malt character. Don't really get the bourbon.

M - this is a great mouthfeel I think. nice and smooth and big and fluffy.

D - this is a reasonably drinkable beer. The long I spend with with it, the more I notice and odd dry sweetness that doesn't make me want this beer in my mouth. But it has a nice mild warming finish, and that's good.

ColdPoncho, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly murky reddish brown colored with a long lasting whitish head. No lacing.

S - Caramel, sweet bready malts, vanilla, oak, and light bourbon.

F/M - Sweet bready caramel malts, vanilla, and oak. medium bitterness with a dry finish. medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lingering bourbony vanilla flavor.

D - Good, easy drinking, with lots of flavors. Pretty good.

domtronzero, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of troyboy79
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a chestnut brown. A little head but No lacing.

S - Not much of a nose here. Some hints of vanilla but lacks much character.

T - Watery roasted malts. After that there is some watered down brown sugar. I was let down by the fact it was supposedly barrell aged.

M - Way too watery. Very thin on the palette.

D - I'm not very excited and probably wouldnt go out of my way to drink this again.

troyboy79, Jan 03, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- On tap, poured into a 12 oz fluted glass. Very deep amber to brown in color with a one finger just off white head. Decent retention and lacing.

Smell- Caramel, toasted malt, some vanilla.

Taste- Sweet caramel up front and a bit sugary. Vanilla is noticed as well and slightly earthy/woody. This is only partially barrel aged, so the bourbon influence isnt too in your face. Basically a sweeter brown ale, with a splash of vanilla.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation, a tad watery.

Overall- This used to be one of my favorites, but my pallate has since expanded. I like it every now and again, but there are better bourbon influenced beers and this has a fairly thin body.

JLeege, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. A hazed, murky dark ruby in color. A hard pour yields a small off white head which recedes to a fine layer of foam. Some lace forms around the brandy snifter I thought was appropriate for a bourbon barrel aged brew.

Smell: Lofty malts, brown sugar, some caramel and an ever so gentle touch of bourbon.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced. Nutty malt flavors also a hint of caramel. Hops lend an earthy bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors present, delivering a nice woodsy note. A bit of roasted malt peeks through as well. Complex as it is simple, a very nice brown. Everything just works and really blends nicely together.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice semi-dry malty finish.

Drinkability: For an American Brown Ale, this is about as good as they come. No doubt time and care was put into this brew, compliments to the brewer on a job well done. Got this from a friend who traveled to Wisconsin and its sad I never would had heard of it otherwise.

Stinkypuss, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of SurlyMe
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Pours a deep amber/brown color with the slightest amount of light penetration. a semi-hard pour yields a fizzy, off white, 2 finger head which thins to a light skimming as you drink and doesnt leave much lacing.

S - not much going on here; faint smells of caramel, vanilla, sugar, marshmallows. i had to really get my nose in it to smell anything.

T - follows the nose with bourbon barrel, caramel, vanilla, sugary sweetness, nutty, nice residual flavor on the finish.

M - medium to light in body, nice carbonation level, slightly dry finish

D - phenomenal, the drinkability is the best part of this beer. It has enough flavor to keep you intrigued and not so much that you can only have a few, definately sessionable IMO

Overall I really like this beer, it's one of my "go to's" for something darker with a nice flavor and not too expensive. It could benefit from a little more body and a stronger scent but it's still a great beer.

SurlyMe, Dec 16, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
1.6/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Pours a chestnut brown color with copper tints. A one finger tan head has a little bit above average retention. No lacing here. There are some very small carbonation bubbles heading to the top.

S - Not much of a nose here, but what I do smell is not good. I get some chemical smelling roasted malts with some scent that is trying to be bourbon but fails miserably.

T - Watery roasted malts with a mutated chemical bourbon taste. After that there is some watered down brown sugar. Then there is a stale plastic taste to finish. This is awful.

M - Way too watery. But then again, I'm glad these tastes are watered down because I don't know If I could even finish my review if the were not.

D - I'm pouring this down the sink after I finish typing this. If you are going to attempt bourbon aging, do it right.

LairdChisholm, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of patelc75
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this from a nearby grocery store called Green Grocer in Chicago with tons of regional (Midwest) brews. This beer is a perfect combination of bourbon strength (pure alcohol taste) and a brown roast malt taste. It is not as strong as other bourbon beers, which makes it even better.

patelc75, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright dark-garnet body topped with a tight, creamy head. Good retention.

Not much aroma. A little roasted maltiness, but that's about it.

Some roastiness in the taste, a little maltiness and a little additional complexity that might comeaform the bourbon barrels. A little too bitter in the aftertaste.

A little watery but with good carbonation.

Not bad drinkability, but not something I'll be likely to revisit since there are brown ales out there that I much prefer.

mariposafan, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of chicano4craft
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agressive pour gives a one finger white head that drops pretty fast. Color is, well, brown. Some amber highlights.

The bourbon is way off in the distance. Mostly a nutty and sweet malt nose. Somewhat chocolatey.

There's more bourbon in the taste than the nose lets on. Not very strong. Just enough to make a good brown ale more interesting. Sweet and cola like. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. I would have no problem drinking a few of these any time of year. Could make an interesting BBQ beer.

chicano4craft, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Bobby12many
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep ruddy-brown that glows amber when backlit. Not mot head to be seen, but plenty of blotty lacing.

S - Nothing spectacular. Roasted malts and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Not much bourbon character.

T - Mmmm this is pretty good stuff. Lip smacking chocolaty front end that transitions beautifully into a roasted malt bitterness in the back. Finishes with a hint of Bourbon. The transition form sweet chocolate to a lingering hint of bourbon is fantastic.

M - I think this could benefit from a heartier, maltier body, but it is still quite palatable.

D - I will definitely pick this one up again in the future. Its hard to say if the Bourbon notes in the finish may get a bit trying after 2-3 of these, so I am just going to have to buy a 6 pack and find out for certain.

Bobby12many, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

ktrillionaire, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Rocky's revenge is a dark brown beer with red edges. It's an attractive color. A ring of foam and spotty lace are all that exist in terms of head. The beer has a nice color but just an average overall look. It is almost opaque but a touch of light makes it through when held to the window.

The beer smells of mild hops, but the main elements are sweet caramelized malt and some mild roast. The slightest notes of bourbon and vanilla are also present. The nose is very pleasant but could be more expressive. There could be a lot more bourbon.

The taste has similar elements as the smell. Sweet and roasted malt provide the base, giving the impressions of chocolate dipped in caramel. Some elements of bourbon barrel aging are present - wood is prominent but whiskey and vanilla are just barely there. The finish is watery.

The mouthfeel is characterized by low carbonation and a medium body. Some lingering sweetness, whisky and water end the experience. This beer falls short of the mark for me, but is still much better than many brown ales out there.

jampics2, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep copper color-some killer lacing on the glass as it goes down. Somewhat nutty, decent malty aroma. very solid malt flavor. Nice touch of toasted malt going on. Enough of a barrel aged flavor but not overwhelmingly so. Mild malt sweetness. Nice body and a damn easy drinkability. Could be a nice session beer even at 6% for this kid. One of the better browns I have had. Yummy...

lackenhauser, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of cpolking
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark brown but still translucent. The aroma is malty, slightly sweet, a bit of caramel and a hint of bourbon. The taste is exactly like what this is, brown beer with a taste of bourbon from the aging. This beer is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels.

cpolking, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a bit of an off white head. The pint shows a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and some sweet malt. The taste is somewhat sweet with some boozy bourbon notes and some light caramel and bread. A bit of a nutty characteristic. Medium body with good carbonation and integration. Drinks quite well and is a nice low ABV brown ale, considering all that goes into it.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of kruthar
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this in for a weekly tasting witha group of buds and was pleasantly suprised.

A - Deep brown color looks like a coke initially, clear brown and reddish, no head what so ever, i even pour it straight down the middle of the glass, but it was just me other people were getting small amounts of head.

S - it has a strong vanilla cookie profile that doesn't dominate, surprisingly little bourbon aroma.

T - strong wood taste is the first thing that hits me, again not much borbon, hints of vanilla and a small pinch of nutty goodness, the thought of cola before i tasted this may have thrown me off a little.

M - served very cold so there was initial a bubbly bite, but as it settled the had a silky smooth mouthfeel

D - ultra drinkable most drinkable BA beer ive ever had, gulpable

kruthar, Oct 18, 2010
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.