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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
85
very good

750 Ratings
THE BROS
78
okay

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Ratings: 750
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 41
Gots: 50 | 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 Sammy
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to the generous jpm30. Rich brown colour, but unique to get it that way. White head that lasts a while. Bourbon aroma, and bold bourbon taste. We Canadians are not normally into bourbon, but a good effort at it. Sourish by-product, well malted.

Sammy, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7.2%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

spycow, May 18, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
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
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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

brentk56, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without having a lot of Boubon aged Brown ales, I always thought this would be a very good idea. This beer is a good example of why. The beer looks... ...well, brown, with some ruby highlights mixed in, and a slight haze. Low levels of carbon dioxide release a dainty foamstand, that did last the duration and laced well up front. The aromas give a solid chocolate malt scent with some emphasis on sweetness in the range of caramel, vanilla, and a little lactose. Tastes give much the same with a higher emhasis on the vanilla notes. A mild wood flavor eminatats through the sweetness and balances well with the timid hops and toasted grains. Any boubon flavors remain light and come through late in the finish / aftertaste. The body feels a bit heavy (due to lighter co2), but offers a velvety, milky texture. A really good beer, on the verge of being great. Thanks again Nathan15.

BEERchitect, Oct 02, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla and bourbon with some light alcohol ester also discernable. Taste is also a mix between some vanilla and some bourbon. Medium body with Ok carbonation and some alcohol was discernable. Probably one of the most complex and satisfying brown ale I ever had if you can truly categorise this beer as such.

Phyl21ca, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze with a glass-filling crimson sunburst when backlit. The creamy beige cap is several fingers in height and displays a moonscape surface of variously sized craters. Although the head doesn't appear to be overly tacky, it deposits quite a bit of lace in hugely holey sheets.

It's a decent brown ale nose, but that's as far as it goes. For starters, I'm disappointed in the lack of bourbon aromas. Any beer with the word bourbon in the name ought to at least smell like that spirit. I can appreciate modestly roasted barley, some cocoa... and not much else of note.

It's better on the palate, but Rocky's Revenge isn't the bourbon-flavored brown ale of my dreams. The malt backbone, while acceptable, could be bigger. Unfortunately, there's a sourness present that I also remember tasting in this brewery's Chief BlackHawk Porter. It wasn't all that appealing there and it isn't all that appealing here. I don't mind a sour tang in most beer, depending on the style of course, but this one strikes a discordant note for some reason.

The flavor is lightly chocolate-like with an unsweetened cocoa powder bitterness and a moderate undertow of whiskey. I'm finding it hard to identify the whiskey as bourbon per se, since there's very little vanilla, brown sugar, etc. I do pick up a fair amount of woodiness, but it isn't all that appealing in and of itself. The light-medium body leans toward medium without quite getting there.

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown is a disappointment, but that's only because my hopes were sky high. It's still good beer, even if the pint of Bourbon Barrel Porter that I had at my local Rock Bottom last month is its clear superior. I'm not sorry that I bought a sixer, but no tears will be shed once I've finished the last one.

BuckeyeNation, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very nice extra I received in a trade recently. I had not yet sampled this one from Tyreana but was thrilled to be able to get the chance. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/31/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich looking brown, with nice clarity and some reddish tints to the sides and bottom of the glass. Light carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom. There was a decent sized, maybe three quarters of an inch of off white foam that came across the top and hung for the remainder of the session, creating some nice ripples of side glass lace.

The aroma was light, lots of nuttiness and light grain in there. Faint hint of vanilla and some light cocoa as well. Maybe a touch of figs way in the back mixed in with an earthy roasted malt. The flavor was very smooth with a nice medium bodied brown ale that still served up very well in the carbonation department. Initial flavor was of caramel and hazelnut, with a touch of oak and bourbon. Nothing really overblown here at all which led to it still being amazingly session able. Light aftertaste of roasted nuts and caramel with hints of vanilla and a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice and solid brown ale here.

Overall I have to admit this was not bad at all. I was really impressed that the bourbon tones were not overblown, but were in fact nicely put together as more of an accent to a already solid beer. Really a very well done brown ale that I would be happy to try any day!

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

kylehay2004, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

SocalKicks, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of largadeer
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale brown, not far off from the color of bourbon in fact. Head retention is great, leaving trails of lace as it descends.

Smell: Vanilla, coconut, toffee, toasted nuts. Wow, this stuff smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted malt, caramel and vanilla, hazelnuts, maple syrup; definitely on the malty side but not actually overly sweet. The bourbon barrel aging makes its presence known in a subtle way, adding richness and complexity without overpowering the actual beer. A touch of boozy astringency is present as well, but it's minimal and not enough to detract from the otherwise excellent flavor. This is some fine stuff and I greatly enjoyed it.

Notes: Thanks to mully for yet another great extra.

largadeer, May 17, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a soapy, white, one-finger head that left nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt and a light grassiness. It also smelled of hazelnut.

T - It tasted very nutty. It also had a great malty character. There was a little oakiness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good American Brown. I really like the nutty/malty flavor.

zeff80, Jan 09, 2008
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings. people should know, that according to the label only a portion of this beer was actually aged in bourbon barrels, then blended in, so its intentionally subtle, and i for one like and respect that approach to this. its got all the vanilla and bourbon character you could want in the finish, but it doesnt dominate the whole experience. it lets all the chocolate malt and a hint of coconut come out. lighter in color than expected, it is indeed a brown, not anything darker, and the roast profile is moderate at best. i like its lightness though, and think it shows another side of the bourbon barrel thing, which is the complimentary flavors of the spirit and the chocolate malt. its so often lost to the oak itself or the heavy roast or the alcohol content, and i think this beer does a nice job with all elements together. a little more body would be alright by my, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is appropriately long and mellow. its a little something different, and i like that.

StonedTrippin, Oct 26, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of antiqued-ivory froth that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is cocoa-ish, nutty, and a touch toasty.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a dextrinous, medium body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is surprisingly complex as well, considering it's a brown ale. It starts sweetly cocoaish with a note of vanilla; a touch of yeasty fruitiness; and a mild, dark-roasted chocolatey edge. Occassional flashes of Bourbon appear, but they're limited. Some nuttiness follows along with some more vanilla, a bit of toastiness, and even an occassional note of cocoanut. Once it crosses the palate it dries quickly, partly due to its firm bitterness, and partly due to its drying, woody edge. Still, some more cocoa and nuts remain, as well as a swirl of dark dried fruit, and a long lingering, dull and semi-mild bitterness.

Interesting, enjoyable, and not overdone with bourbon-barrel character.

NeroFiddled, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown (clear ruby lines the edges) with a tight finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with a solid 1/2 finger that stays very frothy in both the retetion and the thick lacing that it leaves behind. The aroma is smokey roast, toffee, and citric hops, wrapped up in notes of vanilla tinged bourbon and the scent of tannic wood character. Overall this is pretty tangy smelling in the nose.

The taste is sticky with sweet malts but also has an extra layer of roasty depth to it, along with a moderately assertive hop presence. Bourbon and lighter woody notes come out in a flush towards the back of the swallow and does a really nice job of blending into the sweeter aspects of the profile. Finishes dry from the barrel but the Brown Ale character isn't forgotton with roast and hops lingering just as boldly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess to the carbonation but is overall fairly slick and slippery in the mouth, which fits in perfectly with the sweetness and barrel character that is present.

I enjoyed this. I think that the fact that some of the bourbon aged beer was mixed in with fresh really helped get the flavors across without overdoing it. This was a pleasant one to sip at. I really should have grapped a six pack of this instead of just a single.

Kegatron, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a brown hue on there. Head is tan. Flavor is interesting. Kind of a tangy, earthy and sour edge on there. Inky a bit too. Get a slight burn from boozy tones. A nutty edge seems to be peeking from around the corner. Feel has nipping carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. Interesting to drink. The flavors don't seem to be meshing all that well as there are some unusual things going on here. But it's not undrinkable. Interesting enough to try once I guess.

RblWthACoz, Aug 13, 2009
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours a crimson head chestnut with a finger of tan head. very good head retention & good lacing

S: Toasty malt & vegetal odor

T: Toasty malt, a bit of baker's chocolate & some oakyness up front. Dryness, leafy hops & more nuttyness as this warms. Finishes dry, nutty & with some caramel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth & well balanced

Easy drinker, pity about the smell, a nice brown otherwise..

russpowell, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon's bible
Rocky had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival

So anyways, thank this one quite a bit to erric (BA and Reddit) for a Bourbon barrel aged Tyranena that I can almost guarantee I will enjoy.

An aggressive pour yields a small fizzy head that fades at a med pace to nothing, over semi hazy maroon auburn molasses colored murky looking beer.

nose is actually kinda weird, like a Madeira steak sauce and V8 juice tomato like juice kinda... very weird! Then the typical malts, lots of brown malts, a little toasty with some caramel and molasses, a bit of barrel and woody esters with a little bourbon, the brown malts bring lots of molasses and syrupy like aromas that are what I think relate the weird Madeira and tomato like aromas.

Taste starts with more brown malts, lots of brown malts, bit syrupy, but tons of brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel toffee. Then quickly the bourbon kicks in with a light sweet bourbon flavor, and some barrel flavors. The bourbon adds an almost candy bourbon sauce like flavor. A hint of smoke in there as well. This really makes me think of a nice BBQ meat marinade. As it goes a bit of a juicy like malt flavor comes out, and brings a bit of dark fruits like raisin and date. It finishes drier with more of the lingering malts and light bourbon, and a bit of a bitter earthy hop taste comes out.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

So I've noticed a weird thing happens when you bourbon barrel age a lighter <8% beer. The bourbon seems to take on a new character that is not always great flavoring. This is interesting, but not great, not nearly what I expected it to be. Still tasty and drinkable, some nice bourbon characteristics, some weird ones too esp aroma, nice brown sugar and molasses, caramel, toffee, etc, a nice brown ale, but just too weird.

jlindros, Dec 04, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

XmnwildX12, Dec 13, 2013
Photo of oline73
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

oline73, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

feloniousmonk, Dec 08, 2004
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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 750 ratings.