Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of mrseano
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of fastpass17
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Brown bottle.

A: Chestnut brown with orange and red highlights. Crystal clear appearance with a one finger head that last through the drink, and medium carbonation.

S: Light brown sugar appears first, followed by a slightly tart sherry likeness. Lastly there is a small malt push with a touch of caramel.

T: Vanilla and bourbon come up very pleasantly in the beginning. The middle of the drink the classic brown character come in. Finishes off with a kiss of wood and spice.

M,O: Wonderfully drinkable bourbon aged beer. I wish there were more beers of this strength put into a barrel. A brewery closer to home has to make a beer of this ilk.

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Photo of curtiswvu
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourced into a stemless white wine glass

appearance: dark brown with a read hue. About 1 finger of dirty white head.

smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, candy

taste: Too sweet and the bourbon just mixes in poorly, reminds me of chasing a shot of Jim with a Newcastel.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation much to thin to hold up to barrel aging.

overall: Unremarkable in my opinion. As usual though most brown ales just leave me wishing I had bought a stout.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of EricCioe
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, sweetness,

taste: caramel, sweet, malts, brown sugar, syrup

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice flavor and body. enjoyed this brown ale.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark red-brown with a slight head and cola highlights.

Aroma is caramel and toffee with a touch of molasses and soy sauce.

Taste is initially caramel malt and toffee, with a very strong metallic character. Hints of light fruit and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a vanilla oak quality and only the slightest hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall, worth a try. Flavors really seem to change as it warms.

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

Poured a semi clear dark brown with light orange highlights, a thin soapy tan head.

The smell is very mild with hints of brown sugar and light bit of peat.

The flavor is very mild and dominate by the light bourbon and oak flavors with just a hint of sweet bready malts coming through. Almost no bitterness and seems a bit out of balance.

The mouthfeel has a dry oaky character to it.

Overall was very average, the beer itself isn't enough to stand up to the barrel aging and it dominates the flavor to a very large degree.

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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 JCDenver
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fridge-cold bottle into a tulip. Color is an opaque medium brown. There was a minimal, chocolate tinged head that stuck around, along with some bubbles and thin lacing.

Bourbon notes are there, also got brown sugar and vanilla. Finish is very dry with a touch of bitterness.

The body is lighter than I thought it'd be and almost crisp. Carbonation is fine.

Taste is more brown sugar with some vanilla, unimpressive to start. However, both the smell and taste of this beer improved dramatically as it warmed. I picked up burnt sugars and toffee flavors with a hint of booze, along with richer bourbon aromas.

Ultimately, the biggest issue I had with this beer is that the style just couldn't stand up to the barrel, and the flavors it imparted. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable beer, and paired to a stronger base, it could have been great.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first time I bought this year, I did so only because my dog's name is Rocky and I figured I better buy a beer named "Rocky's Revenge". Additionally, the Tyranena Brewing Company is only minutes down the road from me. I do like this beer though and after someone bought it for me as a gift (again because of the name) I will put it in my regular buying rotation.

A slight taste of bourbon comes through but it doesn't overpower the brown ale taste which I prefer because I have had some bourbon aged beers where the bourbon comes through too strong. In addition to that, there are some other slight sweet notes that make this a pleasant beer to drink as you are trying to pick out all of the different flavors.

EDIT: I had a bottle that had aged for about 6 months and I drank it because I figured this was a beer that didn't age well and needed to be drank before it went bad. I actually thought many of the flavors were more pronounced now especially the bourbon. I will have to pick up another six pack and compare a fresher one to this one that was a little older.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
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.


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Photo of Cresant
2.72/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Guinness tulip. Bottled on 03 MAR 10. A hard pour resulted in only a modest tan head. The body was a dull amber/brown, with some haze.

The smell was bourbon and sweet, syrupy.

The taste was sweet and bourbon-y. That's it. I suppose a brown ale can't really carry the bourbon aging.

The mouthfeel was thinner than I expected. There was a decent amount of carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a tan head that fades and leaves some islands.

S: Smell is smoke, caramel, mixed nuts and bourbon.

T: Very sweet here; a lot of residual sugars and a lot of vanilla from the bourbon. Nuts and oak come through as well.

D: Alcohol is hidden and the taste is dynamic and interesting. A bit too thin, but not by much.

Overall: This is a very tasty, sweet treat. There is a lot of great flavours here and the bourbon is used in moderation: enough to give character, but not too much. A nice little beer.

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Photo of uberez8
2.96/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clear brown, very carbonated with a two finger head which had me worried. Sure enough the aroma continued this doubt with a weak punch. As for the taste and mouthfeel, Not overly impressed again, the carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, hitting back a malty, nutty simpleness with a watery feel. It's not a bad brown ale by any means but it just suffers from being far to average and simple.

Maybe my mistake with this brew was starting off with Tyranena's brewer's gone wild series and Down n' Dirty stouts, both fantastic in their own ways. This brown ale, on the other hand, not so much.

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Photo of Mississipping
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice dark brown with ruby highlights at the edges. A medium khaki colored head dissipates fairly quickly leaving only hints of lacing behind.

S: The smell is rather subdued, but there is still some nice characteristics to pick out. Sweet malt, chocolate, and maybe a touch of caramel. Even less subtle are the nuttiness and bourbon characteristics. This wasn't quite as complex or aromatic as I was expecting.

T: The tast is better than the aroma would have you believe, although it wasn't bad at all. First up are caramel/vanilla, some chocolate, and a bit of oak. These characteristics are somewhat surprisingly pronounced, but nicely balanced. Again, a little more subtle are the bourbon and nuttiness. The bourbon notes are right where they should be, but I would have liked to see the other characteristics a little more pronounced. Everything is there, but the overall taste is just ... subtle.

M: Lighter than expected, with ample carbonation. A bit creamy, but would loved to have seen a bit more body here fore sure.

D: Pretty darn drinkable. The alcohol is hidden very well and despite not being quite what I had hoped for, it has some nice characteristics and is pretty well balanced. Overall, it goes down pretty easily and I'd have another if I had another bottle.

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Photo of AlphaKevo
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

out the bottle into a pint glass

A: Looks like a brown ale. you know what i mean.

S: At first not much to smell. let it open up a bit, it'll get going...i get a tiny bit of the bourbon. A nice woody smell more than anything. smells like a brown ale too.

T: Humm...taste. Everyone says butterscotch...i get a hint, but i think it's only cause it's been put in my head by everyone else...sorry! everyones hatin on the bourbon flavor, i get a bit, along with the wood, but the bourbon is there, i done tasted it. you know what? it tastes a bit like a brown ale too. its good folks, and i'm not a brown ale fan. could use more bourbon but its damn good for what it is!

M: Goes down smooth, drinkable as can be! Could do with a little bit more creaminess...but still good!

D:Over all a good beer, and im not a fan of brown ales, or a big tyranena fan! the only fault would be that only part of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels...hum...maybe they sould save some and age IT in bourbon barrels!

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Photo of afksports
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  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

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Photo of volkswankin
3.26/5  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.

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Photo of drewba
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.77/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of dhannes
2.48/5  rDev -33.9%
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.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.85/5  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.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.