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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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very good

368 Reviews

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Reviews: 368
Hads: 829
Avg: 3.75
pDev: 11.47%
Wants: 43
Gots: 82 | 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:
Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear cola brown color, hints of red, light tan head and nice lace.

S-the nose is a little faint, notes of toffee and caramel with some light hints of bourbon.

T-the taste is better, still a little light. lots of caramel, notes of burnt toffee, underlying bourbon character with a touch of black malt and chocolate.

M-very smooth on the palate but a little thin on the feel, light carbonation might be a factor. prickly on the back of the throat; but the body seems to fall off.

D-not a bad beer, light notes of bourbon but lack of any barrel, some maltiness to it but falls a little short.

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Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  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)..

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. the first of the offerings sent from MPLS. Outstanding.

A nice amber/brown pour with a slightly off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a ring.

There is a bourbon/oak aroma there, but more of the usual brown aromas. Malt, earthy nut, peat, leather.

Taste blends the vanilla and caramel barrel into the earthy malt. Finishes a little tea and peat.

No abv present at all, light mid body with nice carbonation.

I have to say this is one of the Best Brown's I've had and a breath of fresh air to a style that is generally pretty much a snoozer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and coconut

Taste: complex-chocolate, vanilla, oaking from the whiskey and a touch of coconut taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry end, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: One of the best beers I had on my recent trip out west. I love the complexity and there is a bit of a taste of coconut that really makes this stand apart. This one reminds me almost of a good candy bar mixed with beer--may not sound good but is fantastic. This would be a regular staple in my fridge if I could get it here. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice-looking beer with a very thin head, not even covering the entire top of the glass. Looks brown in the glass, but when held up to the light has a definite reddish hue to it.

Smells great, even with my poor nose. I can smell the bourbon more than I can taste it. Speaking of which, I'm not a huge fan of browns, but I really enjoy the subtle bourbon taste, which could be a little less subtle. Taste is pretty laid-back compared to some other bourbon-barrel aged beers I've had (especially the barrel-aged Bender!). All of the taste of the beer hits the front of my tongue, & every flavor in it is tangled up; nothing jumps out at me except the faint bourbon aftertaste. I like that. I'm still trying to figure out whether I like the more aggressively bourboned-up beers or something like this. My wife likes this better!

Overall very drinkable, & I like the bourbon sneaking up in the back of my throat the more the beer disappears. I'd put this one in the category of one of my favorite browns, which puts it in the middle of the pack beer-wise for me.

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Photo of popery
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown ale with very little head, Rocky's Revenge is a sweet, malty beer that packs a pleasant bourbon barrel twist. While my score isn't too high, this is a really nice example of two styles that I normally dislike: small bourbon barrel-aged beer in normal styles and brown ales. My main criticism of the beer is only that it's all a bit mild, which is definitely unexpected. The brown ale is fairly nutty and spicy. It has a big, sweet malty backbone. I wouldn't want one every night, but it's good stuff. The bourbon barrel aging has been done with a light touch. Within its specifications on paper, I'm not sure that I would change anything. It just doesn't amount to enough for a higher score.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  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."

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
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!

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown in color, with copper highlights. thin white creamy head. smell is normal brown ale malty aroma with some oak, maybe a little vanilla, maple.
taste follows the aroma. the bourbon taste is subtle. by the wording on the label, this must be just a blend, of which just some of the beer was barrel aged.
good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy
drinkability is good. for those that like bourbon barrel flavor, this is a good alternateive to high ABV BA stouts.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of gford217
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color. The head is large, thick and light tan in color. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, chocolate malt, and a hint of caramel. The taste is like the aroma, but more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a nice velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer. The bourbon flavor is not as overpowering as it has been in other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had, and I think that adds to its drinkablity.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/22/2014. Served in a snifter 2/18/2015.

A-Cola brown body, half finger offwhite head with average retention, spots of lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Sweet brown ale base is present, mild smoky bourbon aromas. Some cereal graininess.

F- Mild bourbon flavours, a bit of oak, small amount of vanilla. Mostly toffee, a bit of coffee, plenty of caramel sweetness. It's a sweet beer, but the bourbon helps cut it a bit. The finish is a bit off with a non-descript astringency that isn't quite attributable to the bourbon.

M- Medium-thin bodied, OK carbonation, a bit sticky. Finish is cereal grains and that astringency, perhaps the combination of the cereal and the bourbon.

O- It's alright. A bit different than the other stuff on the market, but really nothing exceptional.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical brown ale color with a thinner tan head. Not much lacing from it.

Nutty, caramel and a nice bourbon scent.

Love the taste. Nice caramel, nutty malt flavor that gets a good kick of bourbon coming in at the back end. Hint of vanilla as well.

Carbonation is a bit harsh, but the overall feel of the beer is just fine.

Drinks very well. Maybe a bit lower than a typical brown ale because of the bourbon, but I still enjoyed it and so did my wife. I will be picking up some more of this one. A very nice and unique brown ale.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
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!!

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear chestnut burgundy color with an ultra thing lacing band.

S - Caramel malt aroma with musty nuts.

T - Besides faint malt, I'm digging deep to get any flavor out of this.

M - Medium thin body.

O - Would not buy again. Over and out. (!!!!)

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Photo of jaxon53
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thankyou to Faro, for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '07. Served this one a bit chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, that has dark ruby highlights when held to the light. A thick, creamy, two finger off white head was the result of a somewhat hard pour. Head slowly faded into a thick ring in the glass, leaving behind some soapy rings of lace.

Smell: Tons of really sweet malty aromas really stand out. Some dark fruits, a touch of chocolate show themselves as well. Just a small hint of oak bourbon barrels. Great nose, just very faint.

Taste: Great blend of flavors here. Tons of plum and cherry, and a thick sweet maltiness out front. A little bit of caramel or toffee sweeten this up a little more. A little more of the faint oak and borbon finish this beer off nicely, with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Quite dry. I like that the bourbon flavor isn't obnoxious like in some other beers.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and crisp. A bit watery but clean.

Drinkability: Great drinkability thanks to the lower ABV. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of morimech
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive looking brown ale. The head settles to a thick cap and stays there. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit weak but I pick up malt, vanilla, bourban, nuts, and caramel.

I can definately tell this was barrel aged as soon as it touches my tongue. In this beer it is not overpowering compared to many barrel-aged beers. The malt and nuts complement the bourban flavors nicely. It has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Overall an enjoyable and approachable barrel-aged beer.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes during a blind tasting. Thanks to Jeff for bringing this.

Poured maple brown with no head. Aroma is of oxidation, rather dull and weak. Not much to speak of here. Slight fruitiness in the flavor and a bit of caramel. Body is light and slick with a bit of carbonation. This is a perfect example of a beer that isn't offensive, but simply boring. Bland and boring. I couldn't find any hint of bourbon at all in here. Unveiling of the beer left us scratching our heads.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear body the color of maple syrup underneath a full inch of frothy, coarse tan foam. Retention isn’t the best, but the head does recede into a solid, sticky ring; light lace. Pretty solid.

S: Bourbon certainly comes through, but it isn’t all that strong; even so, it’s clearly the dominant aroma. There’s some caramel and chocolate malt balanced with light, slightly fruity hops as well, but overall this is a fairly underpowering beer smell-wise. Nothing bad at all, but nothing to praise too highly, either.

T: Bourbon starts and finishes things here, with some chocolate and citrus peeking out midway through. Long, slightly boozy finish from the barrel. Some dry oak on the aftertaste. Enjoyable, but again a little weak and unbalanced: only a portion of this beer was aged in barrels, and yet the malt still can’t quite stand up to the bourbon influence.

M: Much like the appearance, this one is overly coarse and foamy; what body I can feel is somewhat sticky and of a medium consistency. Not that great.

O: This is a pretty solid Brown Ale overall, and it’s really exciting to find a bourbon-barrel beer at this kind of price point; that said, I’d much rather drink Tyranena’s own Headless Man if I wanted a nicely malty, balanced brew. The barrel just doesn’t mesh well with the base beer in this case, making me a bit worried about trying the other partially –bal aged beers from this brewery. Here’s hoping the stronger stuff holds its own better than this one did. If I want to drink something that tastes like watered-down bourbon, I’ll just water down some bourbon.


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Photo of cokes
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.
(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.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.