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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown

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Ratings: 634
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%

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 lunarbrew


3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours at a medium syrup colored brown. The beer is mostly clear with about 1/2 inch of milky head. Head retention is medium, which settles down almost completely

S- I don't get a huge scent from this beer. Mostly a caramelly sweet smell with traces of roasted coffee and bourbon.

T- Runs on the malty sweet side with some residual bitterness. A weak hop character with a slightly astringent aftereffect.

M- I expect a little less carbonation with this style. About a medium mouth feel which finishes syrupy.

O- Nothing special. A pretty easy drinking beer despite some acidic and astringent flavors. The beer could have benefitted from a fuller body and a greater balance. Definitely hoping for some more bourbon from a bourbon beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2013 01:57:36 | More by lunarbrew
Photo of mltobin


3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in Milwaukee, WI.

Appearance is brown with close to finger of auburn head. It has a smell of malts, toffee and bourbon. Taking a sip of this and I taste vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, some roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry finish to it, some of the sweetness lingers too. A more interesting brown ale than most others in my opinion and one that is certainly enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 01:34:35 | More by mltobin
Photo of accordselux


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. It is sweet and easy drinking.

A little on the dark side for a brown ale. A nice head, dissipates but carbonation remains present.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla. I can tell that this has some barrel aging to it.

Taste: the creamy vanilla flavor begins, with a strong coconut flavor. Very sweet. The end is a little more bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, and walnut flavors. Toasty.

Mouthfeel is good- creamy but still light enough to drink easy. I'd be happy to work through several bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 02:51:48 | More by accordselux
Photo of NuclearDolphin


4.48/5  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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-09-2012 02:48:01 | More by NuclearDolphin
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a solid brown with a one and a half finger white head. Good retention and a few wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma has a good bit of that bourbon. There is some toasted nuts and some malty caramelness.
T- Taste is big and bourbony up front. It actually lets the bourbon character get out of control. The maltyness comes through to balance it out in the finish.
M- Body is medium, well, maybe just a bit lighter than I'd like. Carbonation is pleasantly smooth.
O- It's a good malty beer that got the most out of the bourbon flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 23:27:10 | More by jsprain1
Photo of lstokes


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the UofC pub. Very rich dark brown with a beige head that faded quickly and the smell of, well, bourbon. The taste is nice--nutty, cocoa, dark roast and drying figs and wood, all with a smooth undertow of bourbon. It's smooth and silky and the bourbon is obviously present without being overdone.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2011 02:58:19 | More by lstokes
Photo of vande


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very deep, dark, nice brown-black pour with a dirty looking layer of foam...maybe a finger think, floating calmly on the top..but i think less...but fades rather quickly...

S: Smoky nuts topped with a bit of glazed caramel and and just enough bourbon to be hinted nicely...

T: Nutty, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, light bourbon [by that I mean, not heavy bourbon in comparison to other BBA beers like Ivan or GIBCS, etc]... Very drinkable...

M: medium to light body...

O: a good brown ale, and the bourbon seems to be a nice added touch, very likable!!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 05:37:16 | More by vande
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4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:29:38 | More by mrseano
Photo of EricCioe


3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the University of Chicago Pub, 4 May 2011.

This pours a deep amber with a slightly frothy, cream colored head, leaving just a hint of lace. The nose is weak, though agitation helps a good deal, but there is some caramel malt and a little bit of spicy hops. Where is the bourbon? In the mouth, the caramel malts come out just a little more with a little bit of spice, presumably from hops but perhaps there is some rye here? The hop profile is herbal rather than piny or citrusy, but again, where is the bourbon? The body is medium with a decent finish, but I was expecting so much more from a brown ale, let alone a bourbon barrel brown.

I wouldn't seek this out in the future. It was okay, but there are plenty of other browns worth drinking over this one. If the bourbon had been a bit more prominent, it might have taken a little step forward, but it wasn't.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 00:02:50 | More by EricCioe
Photo of homebrew311


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pour is a deep red with a dense 1 finger head, some splotchy lacing, great retention and clarity, seems a little too red for a brown ale

S: roasted malts, mellow bourbon with vanilla and oak both present, bready Malts come in to play as well

T: picking up some hop character up front that I didn't notice on the nose followed by a significant malt profile which features delicate notes of chocolate and caramel. The bourbon comes in at the end and makes for a mellow and vanilla forward finish

Mf: light body, creamy texture

O: well balanced brown ale with nice flavor. The blending provides some of what I love about bourbon aged beers, but everything stays light and drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 01:40:27 | More by homebrew311
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Minneapolis Town Hall, Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown is a ruddy chestnut with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, note sugary, but malty,cocoa-cola, with the barrel notes resonating well. Not overly robust, even as it warmed, although the bourbon came through well.

Taste is loads of barrel flavor, lots of coconut, vanilla, it really plays well with the base brown ale. It's tough to pick up a ton of the base brown, a good, clean American style, not overly sweet, though no hops of note either.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really like the bourbon barrel treatment on the brown-ale, notable in that both the beer and the barrel are both more restrained then usual, which makes it satisfying without punishing! Yum, I might have to have another.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2011 21:29:50 | More by ccrida
Photo of BeerLover99


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, trace head, very little lacing.

S: bourbon, smoke, nuts, caramel.

T: sweet malt, vanilla, nutty, caramel smooth finish

D: med/light body, big carbonation

O: Solid brown ale, not amazing, but not bad.
Good session brown ale, perhaps, fine newbie brown ale.


Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2011 17:20:34 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of volkswankin


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 19:28:28 | More by volkswankin
Photo of JLeege


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2010 23:14:38 | More by JLeege
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown with red edges. About a half finger of beige head. Tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and a definite bourbon character.

The flavor is a bit subdued. Light coffee, caramel and chocolate. Wheat cracker malt. Finishes with a hint of bourbon.

Medium to light body. A touch thin. Light carbonation.

Overall a touch underwhelming. I've had this in the bottle many times and seemed to have more heft. Still drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-06-2010 01:58:41 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of tasteegood


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a a pint glass straight from the bottle. No freshness date indicated.
A: Murky brown with some transparency, poured almost no head with minimal head. Minimal to no lacing as I drink it.
S: Faint sweetness, with some oak tones.
T: Hints of vanilla, caramel and definitely can taste the oak.
F: Nice carbonation but does seem to class a little with the flavors of the beer. The taste lingers and ends with some bitterness.
D: Not so high on alcohol, but would not consider it a session beer as it settles in the stomach and the complexity of flavors. Good price for its value and would definitely recommend it for brown ale lovers

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 04:31:11 | More by tasteegood
Photo of darklordlager


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the brewery. From notes:

A: Pours a clear, light nutty brown colour.

S: Fruity smelling, with some lighter malt as well as crystal/caramel malt backing.

T: A light bourbon character combined with a lighter brown ale. Caramel, bourbon, a little vanilla. Crunchy malt, light graham cracker.

M: A lighter body than expected, and with more bourbon than I remember when I had it from the bottle.

A bit light for a brown ale, and the bourbon character doesn't seem to fit in all that much. Not that I didn't enjoy it...

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 19:11:19 | More by darklordlager
Photo of AgentZero


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice, think reddish brown color with a fluffy two finger, tan head. Slow dissipation left some nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and toffee. Touch of vanilla, and the bourbon comes through warmly.

T - Tastes like an Irish Car Bomb. The bourbon is present but is more complimentary than overpowering. Very smooth and sweet, solid tasting but drinking a lot of it starts to make it go sour.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

D - Gets too sour for me, but starts out really nice, I like the subtlety of the bourbon on this, but it's almost to the point that I wouldn't call it a "bourbon beer."

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 21:16:48 | More by AgentZero
Photo of AndrewD1022


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a typical pint glass.

A - The beer pours brownish red and opaque. The head is about two fingers thick and the color is just a brownish white.

S - Nice malt smell, sweet and has bourbon hits. Great smell gets better as the beer warms. There is somewhat of a vanilla smell as well.

T - Smooth and sweet. Some malty richness, little bit of roasted taste.

M - Smooth, medium body, little carbonation. Taste lingers for a little while.

D - Not too heavy of a bourbon style beer, seems a little too subtle. Wished it was a little stronger.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 00:49:01 | More by AndrewD1022
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3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature pint glass at the Old Fashioned.

Appearance was average for a brown ale, tan lacy head. Strong bourbon smell, but not overpowering as a taste.

Upfront sweet malty caramel taste. Bourbon comes out but is followed/paired with wood smoke. Smooth and drinkable, hops at the end. Light, almost fizzy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 02:03:05 | More by wryepicures
Photo of kajerm


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours mocha with half a finger of cream-colored head. The aroma is bready and slightly nutty, with just a whiff of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The flavor profile is similar, opening up with straightforward brown ale flavors (grain, hazelnut) and finishing with faint vanilla, faint oak, and even fainter hops.

This is easily the most drinkable bourbon-aged beer I've ever had; maybe too much so, since as much as I enjoyed it, I was left wanting more bourbon flavors and a bigger beer. With that caveat, it's a very tasty beer and (at least in Wisconsin) a readily available one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 03:06:36 | More by kajerm
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4.33/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 15:30:50 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color and a sturdy little head that sticks as a ringlet but coats the glass

Smell: Just a hint of the barrel wafts above the brown bread and caramel base

Taste: Opens with a bready, caramel flavor that adds oaky bourbon subtlety by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of cocoa powder sweetness joins the profile, with good persistence from the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: A bourbon beer that is not over the top; nicely balanced

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 01:21:57 | More by brentk56
Photo of drseamus

New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tyranena tasting room.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice dense creamy off white head. The aroma isn't as strong as I'd like at all. It featured a touch of bourbon but was pretty faint overall. The flavor is a great blend of bourbon and beer though. The flavor of the bourbon comes through very nicely but isn't overpowering at all. There is a good amount of maltiness and a touch of nuttiness from the brown ale. The bourbon adds a bunch to the mouthfeel, giving a sharper edge than a brown ale normally would. Pretty good drinkability all around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 03:50:42 | More by drseamus
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2005 03:31:18 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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