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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

682 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 40
Gots: 33 | 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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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +7.2%

10-06-2013 21:07:33 | More by billab914
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dirtylou

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: mahogany, cola-esque body, with strong garnet tinting, very little in the way of a cola coloured head with no lacing...leaves a little to be desired visually

smell: smooth, yet agressive, bourbon...toasted malt, caramel, slight cocoa, touch of brown sugar, floral hops buried beneath. a smooth bourbon aroma sticks about above all else

taste: ehh, bourbon is almost "watered down" in the flavour...strong robust toasted malts, caramel malt, nutty, vanilla, slight alcohol present...bold, but not brilliant

mouthfeel: a little thin, smooth

drinkability: pretty drinkable i would say

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2006 01:51:51 | More by dirtylou
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HopHead84

California

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger, beige head. The head recedes after a minute and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some light bourbon notes. It's apparent from the understated bourbon that only a portion of the beer was aged in barrels. Some alcohol and earthy hops are also present. The taste is sweet and the bourbon is more pronounced here than it was in the aroma. There is enough hop bitterness accompanying the caramel sweetness to make this well balanced. The bourbon element is nice but it could be more pronounced. The alcohol is here but it's not overwhelming and it mostly lingers in the finish, a nice touch.

Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. An easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 08:42:25 | More by HopHead84
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

01-31-2013 00:43:35 | More by dmorgan310
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with sparse lacing and ok bubbling. The aroma is a lovely toasted,medium roasted malt. Combine this with a littl would and some bourbony vanilla. Simple mild roasted malts start the flavor off right. The faint bpurbon and wood add a smooth, yet soewhat grainy palate. Flavorful, subtle, and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:06:46 | More by scruffwhor
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ccrida

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Bottled 25Feb09

A - A light cream-colored head stayed both compact and resilient. It's creaminess was that of Cool-Whip and as it slowly went down it left bits of lacing. The clear beer was ruby-red amber in color with out a lot of bubble action.

S - Toasty malts of light caramel and richer roasted amber with a mild woodiness from the barrel aging I presume. It's definitely unbalanced towards malt with almost no hop aroma whatsoever, but that's ok with me for this one.

T - Toasty malts abound in this brown ale that's almost closer to a porter. A mild caramel sweetness barely off-sets the toasty and roasty nature of the malts. It's very hearty and the barrel aging adds a light nutty woodiness.

M - Creamy and smooth, this is a fantastic sipper for a brown ale. A light carbonation crispness finishes out the swallow. Pretty full-bodied and rich with a little dryness from the roasting. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

D - Definitely one of the best brown ales I've come across, I wish I had a six-pack at my disposal. I'll need to go get more. This would be a fantastic fall warmer on a cool, crisp night with the leaves rustling in the trees. Yeah, I really need a six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 20:30:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. It looked pretty nice, a rich brown color with a small tan head, decent lacing and head retention. Kind of a boozy, bourbony nose, some sweet malts, an oak note perhaps. Not the nicest flavor; there’s definitely a prominent bourbon taste, but it overwhelms the rest of the beer. Not that this is super-boozy, because it isn’t, it just tastes like a bourbon barrel and the base brown ale seems too meek to support it. Some bready malt, oak, caramel and/or toffee sweetness detected underneath. Not bad, per se, but just a bit unabalanced and unsatisfying.

The feel was pretty good, medium body and carbonation, somewhat smooth and creamy. But I can’t say it was particularly enjoyable or tasty or that I’d seek this one out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2012 18:56:13 | More by tobelerone
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

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

Pours a cloudy brown with a minimal off white head that doesn't stick around for very long but leaves some lacing on the way down. Aroma is a bit vinous, maybe I'm picking up a bit of the barrel. I smell some caramel and a little roast deep in the back. Taste is an oakey, boozy, malty affair. Finishes with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Finished dry, medium to thin in body. Certainly an interesting brew although I think my bottle may be a bit old. I'd love to revisit this one fresh because I think it may be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 00:24:44 | More by johnnnniee
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Dogbrick

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bodega in La Crosse. Dark amber/brown color with a medium off-white head. Good lacing throughout. Aroma of bourbon, malt and nuts. Medium body with an earthy texture, and the bourbon aging is apparent throughout. Malty, nutty flavors as well. The finish is nutty also with a light alcohol burn left behind. Good all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 20:39:36 | More by Dogbrick
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra sent to me by Dave, thanks! 12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Deep brown/mahogany, almost Cola colored body with an off-white one finger head. The dissipation was rapid and the lacing is somewhat sporadic on the walls. Thin retention ring with nothing in the center.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, oak and bourbon towards the back. It has all the traditional qualities for the style, but the woodiness and slight sweet bourbon notes give this an entirely new (and refreshing) dimension.

T: Starts off like any typical Brown Ale would, slightly sweet and malty with some roasted qualities. Nuts and molasses are midway, and then a faint sweet bourbon comes in on the back end. The oak comes through too, leaving a trail well into the finish.

M: Carbonation is good, a little high but that's not atypical for a standard Brown at this ABV point. Sweet in the linger without any dryness.

I really am not a fan of most Brown Ales but having a portion aged in bourbon barrels took this to another level. It was just enough to give it some depth of flavor without going overboard into a bourbon-bomb; not that there is anything wrong with that but for this beer it worked well not to.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 17:16:34 | More by ShanePB
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2005 00:55:23 | More by tavernjef
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH goblet, the beer pours mostly brown with a tinge of red, along with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar and toffee, along with some nuts and molasses. I don't notice any bourbon at all in the aroma, but it's still a nice smelling brew. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there is a little bit of a woody/oak taste too. But with a beer that's partially aged in bourbon barrels, I expected more bourbon to be noticable in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK enough. I think it's a solid, but not impressive overall brew, it's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 23:10:38 | More by bluejacket74
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red with a beige head that slowly recedes leaving a pleasing lace.

S: Sweet caramel with some nut, toffee. Faint bourbon.

T: Wonderfully balanced with caramel, toffee. Bourbon and a faint oak note appear before a soft, sweet finish takes over.

M: Rather low on carbonation and a little sweeter than i like my browns.

D: Goes down fairly easy and the bourbon gives it a nice touch

*Notes from 11th August 2009. Got this bottle from Faro, thanks!**

Head retention is poor, and the beer deserves a 3.5 instead, which I've corrected to from a 4. The nose is great, with a combination of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and mild oxidation. 4/5
Palate is great, with brown sugar, dark honey, caramel and vanilla. Bourbon presence is mild, and is noticeable mid palate. The finish is dry with notes of vanilla and bourbon, with some light brown sugar. The lower level of carbonation works for the beer, but the finish is a little watery before the presence of bourbon and vanilla is felt. 4+3.5+4

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:15:31 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

08-01-2013 15:45:43 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as impressive as the non-blended version...but for a brown this is tasty and very solid....this brewery continues to impress me...their brewer has been far from gregarious when I've been there after traveling 500+ miles to his place and describing the journey I had to get there but who gives a shit if he kicks out brews like this.

Great nose of vanilla...bourbon...brown sugar...

Body is about right...not real big but I don't expect it to be..

Taste is more subtle than the full blend I had at the pub...still some nice whiskey notes...and some sweeter vanilla...

Drinkability has to rate high...a lower weight tasty brown ale....not a lot of Brown ales better than this one (except the full blend)..

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2005 06:32:43 | More by ZAP
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – I don’t find American Browns one of the more visually appealing styles, but this one looks mighty good. The brown body is hazy and clouded, and the head actually came up well and showed good retention.

Smell – The plain malts and light hopping opened up as the ale warmed. The brown and raw sugars came out after ten minutes or so and the toasty bread nicely rounded out this bouquet.

Taste – The malts dominate of course at the taste, with the sugars now stepping back to a mere subtle compliment. There might be some leafy hopping in here as well. This guy doesn’t try to do anything fancy, just fit the style which it nicely does.

This beer is aged in bourbon barrels. A lot of “bourbon barrel aged” beers taste like nothing but bourbon, but here the flavor is very subtle. You might not even notice it if you weren’t looking for it.

Mouthfeel – Rocky’s Revenge is a solid medium-bodied with some cold bitterness throughout the drink.

Drinkability – I enjoyed putting away this Tyranena offering. It’s very even-handed, showing the brewer’s restraint throughout.

Comments – Thanks to BuckeyeNation for laying this one on me.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2005 01:45:34 | More by RoyalT
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gford217

Georgia

3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Elric73 poured into a snifter.

Pours dark, dark brown with a small off-white head that dissipated to a ring fairly quickly leaving decent lacing. The aroma is great with a ton of dark fruits, raisins and grapes, and molasses on top of malt base. The bourbon is definitely present as well in the nose. The taste doesn't quite live up to the nose for me and tastes a little bit like a grape soda mixed with tea with the huge sweetness of the dark fruits. The first taste is is of sweet malts and nuts up front before giving way to the fruity sweetness and a slight bourbon burn through the finish. The finish is creamy and very carbonated which just coats the mouth. This is a good American brown, though the sweetness was a tad overwhelming for me. Still very good.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2008 03:23:11 | More by gford217
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +7.2%

04-16-2012 03:18:09 | More by iL0VEbeer
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena Brew Co....the beer pours a nice clear brownish amber with thin slightly off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Dealing with congestion right now so the scent for me is faint....certainly the presence of biscuit/bread. The taste carries maple syrup, touches of oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good easy going beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:50:34 | More by WoodBrew
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

12-04-2011 22:41:18 | More by barnzy78
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Duff27

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Half inch fizzy head over a clear dark red/brown beer. Decent head retention and lacing. A lot of effervescence if you look close.

S- Cola, vanilla/bourbon amalgamation.

T-Sweet and malty. The very end of each sip, the hint bourbon and vanilla perhaps, takes some getting used to.

M- Smoth. Adequate carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Drinks bigger than 6%abv. While bourbon beers are generally alright with this guy, this one just didn't tickle my fancy. It wasn't overpowering, just showed more than I would have liked in a "sessionable" beer. Better browns out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 01:43:48 | More by Duff27
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bsuedekum

Missouri

4/5  rDev +7.2%

01-04-2012 05:22:12 | More by bsuedekum
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat looking brown glass bottle which has a twist off crown cap. Silver and dark purple neck label has an oval that has the words ‘Rocky’s Revenge’ on it and it has a half printed date of ‘OCT04’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Rocky’s Revenge’, which has a picture of a large Sea Monster surfacing aside a small wooden rowing boat that contains two rather scared looking dudes. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Rocky’s Revenge is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Pours with a clear brown body that has some dark red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head on this one, but some super fine carbonation does form a thick looking ½” cream colored cap that rises and soon falls to a broken covering. Average conditioning and minimal lacing.

Nose: The bourbon takes a back seat to Vanilla beans, some light milk chocolate, clotted cream, Devon toffee, some roasted malts and a delicate damp Oak odor. Decent nose.

Taste: What I immediately love about this brew is the low-profile contribution from Bourbon barrels. It’s there, for sure, but it’s subtle and it works. Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor, and yes, in the US that is not always the case, but thankfully the Bourbon is used to perfection here. A smooth nutty Brown Ale base provides the base for this wonderful creation. A thick vanilla bean middle has lots of damp oak barrel and some milk chocolate all entwined and best promoted with a refreshing bourbon G-String. It works, this is one brew where someone has taken time not to “blag the beer” and soak it to death, rather, the blend brings out the nuance of both the nutty Brown Ale and the Bourbon. Extremely well put together.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy feel, licks of Vanilla bean and melted milk chocolate, at times it fills the mouth with a Coconut Milk consistency that is slick and luscious. Warming but only like a Hot Chocolate, this is a seriously impressive brew.

Drinkability: This one disappeared in double quick time like a lone shot of Bourbon. I could have handled a whole 22 ounce Bomber of this one no trouble.

Overall: Bloody gorgeous, this one creeps up on you, it’s a winner hands down with many appealing facets but most of all it’s the serene way in which the base Brown Ale synergizes so extremely well with the smooth Bourbon flavoring. Lovely!!!

Another Tyrannical Thanks to BigHuge for this one.

Superb! Cheers Mate!!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 03:44:35 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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