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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 714
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 42 | 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 LairdChisholm
1.6/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Pours a chestnut brown color with copper tints. A one finger tan head has a little bit above average retention. No lacing here. There are some very small carbonation bubbles heading to the top.

S - Not much of a nose here, but what I do smell is not good. I get some chemical smelling roasted malts with some scent that is trying to be bourbon but fails miserably.

T - Watery roasted malts with a mutated chemical bourbon taste. After that there is some watered down brown sugar. Then there is a stale plastic taste to finish. This is awful.

M - Way too watery. But then again, I'm glad these tastes are watered down because I don't know If I could even finish my review if the were not.

D - I'm pouring this down the sink after I finish typing this. If you are going to attempt bourbon aging, do it right.

LairdChisholm, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of patelc75
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this from a nearby grocery store called Green Grocer in Chicago with tons of regional (Midwest) brews. This beer is a perfect combination of bourbon strength (pure alcohol taste) and a brown roast malt taste. It is not as strong as other bourbon beers, which makes it even better.

patelc75, Dec 02, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright dark-garnet body topped with a tight, creamy head. Good retention.

Not much aroma. A little roasted maltiness, but that's about it.

Some roastiness in the taste, a little maltiness and a little additional complexity that might comeaform the bourbon barrels. A little too bitter in the aftertaste.

A little watery but with good carbonation.

Not bad drinkability, but not something I'll be likely to revisit since there are brown ales out there that I much prefer.

mariposafan, Dec 01, 2010
Photo of chicano4craft
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Agressive pour gives a one finger white head that drops pretty fast. Color is, well, brown. Some amber highlights.

The bourbon is way off in the distance. Mostly a nutty and sweet malt nose. Somewhat chocolatey.

There's more bourbon in the taste than the nose lets on. Not very strong. Just enough to make a good brown ale more interesting. Sweet and cola like. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are good. I would have no problem drinking a few of these any time of year. Could make an interesting BBQ beer.

chicano4craft, Nov 20, 2010
Photo of Bobby12many
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep ruddy-brown that glows amber when backlit. Not mot head to be seen, but plenty of blotty lacing.

S - Nothing spectacular. Roasted malts and a hint of semi-sweet chocolate. Not much bourbon character.

T - Mmmm this is pretty good stuff. Lip smacking chocolaty front end that transitions beautifully into a roasted malt bitterness in the back. Finishes with a hint of Bourbon. The transition form sweet chocolate to a lingering hint of bourbon is fantastic.

M - I think this could benefit from a heartier, maltier body, but it is still quite palatable.

D - I will definitely pick this one up again in the future. Its hard to say if the Bourbon notes in the finish may get a bit trying after 2-3 of these, so I am just going to have to buy a 6 pack and find out for certain.

Bobby12many, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel-amber hue, with a thin layer of persistent ivory froth, deposits spotty lace.

S - Basic toasted maltiness, barely a hint of Bourbon. It smells kind of nutty and slighty of cocoa.

T - Taste is delicious; some chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, but in a brown ale sort-of-way. Bourbon barrel per se is not apparent, but I think it definitely imparted some enhancing characteristics. As it airs out, Bourbon becomes vaguely perceptible. Brown Ale is a delicious and underrated style, and this is a good one.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, very easy drinking. A little more creaminess or body wouldn't hurt.

D - Very hard to do this one justice with poetic waxing; you've just got to drink it.

ktrillionaire, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of jampics2
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Rocky's revenge is a dark brown beer with red edges. It's an attractive color. A ring of foam and spotty lace are all that exist in terms of head. The beer has a nice color but just an average overall look. It is almost opaque but a touch of light makes it through when held to the window.

The beer smells of mild hops, but the main elements are sweet caramelized malt and some mild roast. The slightest notes of bourbon and vanilla are also present. The nose is very pleasant but could be more expressive. There could be a lot more bourbon.

The taste has similar elements as the smell. Sweet and roasted malt provide the base, giving the impressions of chocolate dipped in caramel. Some elements of bourbon barrel aging are present - wood is prominent but whiskey and vanilla are just barely there. The finish is watery.

The mouthfeel is characterized by low carbonation and a medium body. Some lingering sweetness, whisky and water end the experience. This beer falls short of the mark for me, but is still much better than many brown ales out there.

jampics2, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of lackenhauser
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep copper color-some killer lacing on the glass as it goes down. Somewhat nutty, decent malty aroma. very solid malt flavor. Nice touch of toasted malt going on. Enough of a barrel aged flavor but not overwhelmingly so. Mild malt sweetness. Nice body and a damn easy drinkability. Could be a nice session beer even at 6% for this kid. One of the better browns I have had. Yummy...

lackenhauser, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of cpolking
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark brown but still translucent. The aroma is malty, slightly sweet, a bit of caramel and a hint of bourbon. The taste is exactly like what this is, brown beer with a taste of bourbon from the aging. This beer is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels.

cpolking, Nov 03, 2010
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
2.95/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into mug:from notes.
A: Pours a dark body, one that has some amber hues. The off white head pours a two finger head that settles into a substantial layer. Overall slight head retention. The lace is minimal.
S: A some what of a deep fried aroma. Not really a bourbon note, but a hazy, smoky note.
T/M: The front of this brew is a light bodied ale and a sweet note that does not blend well with the bourbon undertones. The bourbon is a bit of a mess. The lingering taste is strange and not really that pleasant. A bit of soy sauce on the finish,... woof.
D: An easy drinking brew. but flavor make it a bit hard to finish or even consider coming back to.

GDBEERMAN, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of kruthar
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this in for a weekly tasting witha group of buds and was pleasantly suprised.

A - Deep brown color looks like a coke initially, clear brown and reddish, no head what so ever, i even pour it straight down the middle of the glass, but it was just me other people were getting small amounts of head.

S - it has a strong vanilla cookie profile that doesn't dominate, surprisingly little bourbon aroma.

T - strong wood taste is the first thing that hits me, again not much borbon, hints of vanilla and a small pinch of nutty goodness, the thought of cola before i tasted this may have thrown me off a little.

M - served very cold so there was initial a bubbly bite, but as it settled the had a silky smooth mouthfeel

D - ultra drinkable most drinkable BA beer ive ever had, gulpable

kruthar, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of Lukafer
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Vigorous pour yields 2 fingers of dark tan head. Beer is a medium reddish brown. I smell slight alcohol, a very little bourbon, some sweet caramel malts and faint hops. I taste sweet malts, a little hop and slight green apple in the middle and very little bourbon. The barrel taste is present, just not overwhelming or in your face like most. Has a nice finish. Feels a little watery for this style, but drinkability is pretty good as it goes down smooth.

Lukafer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Ruddy amber body. Clean, clear. Ephemeral small finger width of light khaki head. Decent lacing. Sweet, caramel malt nose with additional notes of maple syrup, candied yams, vanilla, brown sugar, smoke, and a little oaky bourbon. Good complexity and depth.

Toasted malt and nuts briefly up front. Big caramel and light maple syrup sweetness quickly follow. Bourbon and fruit mid-palate, with notes of vanilla and oak. Light tannin bitterness in the finish. Lingering caramel and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with lushly carbonated, smooth feel. A touch on the sweet side, but the bourbon and wood notes help balance it out. Delicious!

alexgash, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from BeerFMAndy as part of an amazing East Coast/Wisconsin trade. Thanks Andy!

A: Pours a semi-hazy reddish-brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light and about a 1.5+ inch head. Nice retention!

S: Brown sugar, subdued bourbon, and candy malt scent.

T: Sweet, but no too. The bourbon adds a hint of a sort of oaky, nutty quality, especially on the aftertaste that I find delicious.

M: Not too sweet or syrupy and the carbonation lays very well on the palate. I'll credit the bourbon for adding to this brew's smoothness.

D: I see why so many people I've talked too when I bring up Tyranena mention this beer first as sort of their bridge beer. This is a damn fine brown ale....I'll go out on a limb and say it is one of the best.

Chaney, Oct 11, 2010
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 secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy brown ale I'd never seen nor heard of, but it packs a wicked punch. Starting with the endearingly cool "sea monster" bottle art with local legend on the label doesn't hurt. But what matters most is the taste, and "Rocky's Revenge" hit me straight away with a strong nutty, hoppy kick. There's some chocolate notes, too, most definitely, but none of the coffee-like tones of a porter. It's sweet and malty, but, like, heavy, man. A real winner and a unique beer.

secondtooth, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.88/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer all around. The thick brown appearance is crucial. Just the right amount of head. Smells malty. Taste of nut and has wonderful mouthful feeling. Great tasting for a drinkablity to go along at any event. Would recommend this beer to the casual beer drinker for a good time.

yuenglingfan101, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of CurtisLoew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Described as an american nut brown partially aged in bourbon barrels. I love american nut browns, I love boubon aged beers, sounds perfect!

Pours a thick brown color (not real dark brown) with a fluffy white head that disapates quickly. Nice deep ruby color through the light.

Smells like an american brown ale, not much bourbon in the smell.

Taste is good. A decent american brown and a hint of bourbon. The bourbon is not really prominent, which is ok. Very sweet tasting, with malts Showing predominantly. No real trace off hops. I've been on a malty-beer kick lately, so i'm really enjoying this.

Based on my expectations, I was slightly disapointed. The description just sounded so good to me. But, this was still a very good beer, and a unique twist to an american nut brown. Very enjoyable.

CurtisLoew, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of jmdrpi
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

jmdrpi, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Almost transparent brown with a redish hue when held to light. Nice off white head

S - A slight bit of roasted malt also some chocolate malt too. A hint of sweetness but nothing overwhelming. No bourbon

T - A roasty malt character comes thru as does a touch of spice that I can't put my finger on. A slight hint of bourbon only in the after taste which is a nice change of pace for a year round brown ale.

M - High carb and light in body. A bit dry but again not overwhelmingly so

D - A very nice change of pace for a brown ale. The bourbon is subdued. So much so that if the label didn't say it was blended with a barrel aged version, one might not know it was there. Very drinkable

Overall a solid beer from Tyranena. Maybe not quite sessionable but damn close.

boomer31, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of cjacobsen
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter glass

Poured a rich dark brown with a thin off white head. Looked almost stout-like.

Smells of hints of sweetness and roasted malt. Somewhat a hearty earthy. Full.

You can taste the bourbon soaked oak. A little chocolate, heavy on the roasted malt. Had a slight coffee note toward the end, but that could have been the malt.

I thought it almost had a small bite to it, very small though. Not rough, but not super smooth. It's what to be expected from a bourbon aged dark beer though.

Very tasty, can't have too much though.

cjacobsen, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of salvo
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another departure for me, this dark-brown, dark chocolate, almost mahogany beer is lighter in body than I expected. Poured out of the bottle with a full inch of off-white head into an imperial pint.

Smell was earthy malt, burnt sugar, almost molasses, with a very clean overall complexity. First taste was clean and crisp: none of the muddiness I've come to expect from beers this dark, and I drank almost half the bottle quite quickly. Very drinkable. Taste was clean, crisp, malty as in ice-cream-shake malty; malt-ball malty. Refreshing: more like the black lagers I've tried recently than the bigger/heavier dark beers I've grown used to.

Light while being satisfying on the tongue; very drinkable. Barrel aging came through later in the pint, perhaps as it warmed. The bottle says "potions" were barrel aged: I'm wondering if there are new and barrel aged beers mixed for bottling? I've got to wonder what all barrel-aged beer would taste like!

salvo, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of kirkpjr
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous extra from Skye1024

A: Pours a rather thin, murky brown with 1 finger head. A little light creeps through the dark body. Head settles into a thin ring with small spots of lace.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a few dark fruits surprisingly. No real bourbon detected at first. Smells very similar to a Belgian Strong Dark.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with some vanilla and oak flavors coming through in the finish. Still can't really detect the bourbon here, which is definitely not a bad thing. Good twist on a rather bland style though - the oak adds a nice bite. Edit: as the beer warms some subtle hints of bourbon character come through.

M: Moderate carbonation and a little thin on the body.

D: Still can't believe this has been in bourbon barrels - now I understand everyone's statements on this being one of the most drinkable bbl aged beer out there. Smooth and easy drinking brown ale.

kirkpjr, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held up to the light. One finger beige head that had light retention. Light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice light roasted malt upfront to this. Oaky notes (very light) and some light bourbon aroma as well. Some light chocolate and vanilla come into play as well.

T- The taste is much better than the aroma. Light roasted malts and chocoalte notes. A light toast flavor as well with some brown sugar and vanilla. Oaky flavors come out in a bitter woody flavor. Bourbon notes are there and in the very backend of the beer itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on a little higher level than most brown ales. Creamy in the mouth most of the time. Roasted malts left on the palate. Some slight bourbony notes in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended well and with a barrel aged beer more so. Alcohol drys the palate with each sip.

D- This brown ale is very good. There is a certain non-barrel age flavor to it but the ABV on this doesn't make this beer less drinkable. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan but Tyranena makes one that I have a hard time putting down!

alleykatking, Aug 16, 2010
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 714 ratings.