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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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705 Ratings

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Ratings: 705
Reviews: 353
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 39
Gots: 39 | 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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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

10-24-2010 01:58:40 | More by Thorpe429


2.95/5  rDev -21.1%

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.

10-22-2010 14:00:18 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of kruthar


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

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

10-18-2010 03:45:47 | More by kruthar
Photo of Lukafer


3.63/5  rDev -2.9%

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.

10-17-2010 01:21:45 | More by Lukafer
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4.35/5  rDev +16.3%

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!

10-12-2010 00:55:22 | More by alexgash
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District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

10-11-2010 17:29:11 | More by Chaney
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

10-04-2010 19:04:44 | More by TMoney2591
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

10-01-2010 03:20:54 | More by secondtooth
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4.88/5  rDev +30.5%

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.

09-21-2010 14:55:09 | More by yuenglingfan101
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

09-18-2010 06:29:22 | More by CurtisLoew
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

09-15-2010 03:59:01 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of boomer31


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

09-09-2010 21:50:11 | More by boomer31
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4.15/5  rDev +11%

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.

09-01-2010 14:15:34 | More by cjacobsen
Photo of salvo


4.18/5  rDev +11.8%

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!

08-29-2010 02:09:59 | More by salvo
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-24-2010 23:45:05 | More by kirkpjr
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%

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!

08-16-2010 03:29:03 | More by alleykatking
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3.7/5  rDev -1.1%

A: Medium brown-red. Very pretty color. Nice off white head, though it dissipates fairly quickly.

S: Slight malt scent, a little bit of oak. Something else sweet in the background, but I can't put a name to it.

T: Nice. The flavor has a bit of a delay, then comes in with malt caramel notes, and finishes with a nice oak and bourbon flavor.

M: Medium bodied, with very high carbonation.

D: Very tasty. I really enjoy this. Good flavor, nice finish, well rounded.

08-07-2010 04:27:59 | More by Beejay
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%

On tap at the brewery.

Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark brown with red edges. About a half finger of beige head. Tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is a mix of chocolate, coffee, roast malt and a definite bourbon character.

The flavor is a bit subdued. Light coffee, caramel and chocolate. Wheat cracker malt. Finishes with a hint of bourbon.

Medium to light body. A touch thin. Light carbonation.

Overall a touch underwhelming. I've had this in the bottle many times and seemed to have more heft. Still drinkable.

08-06-2010 01:58:41 | More by beerwolf77
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%

Rocky's Revenge is brown at its core, but the rest of the body is highlighted by ruby. The head is pretty thick looking, and it leaves some light brown lacing on the side of my glass.

The aroma consists of caramel, cocoa, nuts wood and whiskey, in that order.

Rocky's Revenge may have been barrel aged, but the bourbon notes really just linger in the background, along with a solid woody flavor and hints of vanilla. The focus of the beer is the base brown ale, which is a very malty brown. A good bit of caramel malt mixes with a dry cocoa powder flavor to make up the dominant characteristics of the beer. After that a good nuttiness sticks out. There is just a bit of hops noticeable in the background. Overall, Rocky's Revenge tastes rich and nutty with hints of bourbon and wood for added complexity. I think it's quite good.

The body falls just short of creamy, which would have been nice had it been achieved.

I really liked this beer, but it isn't for someone who is looking for a little bit of beer with their bourbon. Instead, the bourbon is subtle. It is used as a background flavor to add another dimension to a malty American Brown Ale.

08-05-2010 13:46:19 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Got this in a trade with wnoble.
Pours a reddish brown with a one-finger head that settled to a frothy coating that lasted. There was decent lacing throughout. Nose was maple, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and caramel. The taste included some oak, vanilla, caramel malt, molasses, and brown sugar. The finish is sweet with some alcohol tinge. The moutfeel is on the light side of medium, decent carbonation, creamy and a little sticky. This wasn't a bad beer but not one I would go out of my way to have again.

07-24-2010 20:29:47 | More by regspeir
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3.6/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

07-17-2010 23:10:38 | More by bluejacket74
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%

Thanks again to XaulZan11 for this one.

Pours a translucent, rusty brown with a 2-finger, creamy beige head. Moderate layered lacing.

Smell is brown sugar, chocolate and toasty malts along with a little vanilla; all rather subtle. Taste is less subtle than the smell--brown sugary malts with bitterness from wood, bourbon, and burnt toast. The mouthfeel starts out creamy but then goes into a sharp, acidic alcohol warmth. Rather odd.

This is fairly drinkable. A little more bitter than I expect in a Brown Ale, which would be fine if the bourbon was more prevalent, but it's not, it's subtle.

07-14-2010 02:59:41 | More by theghost3
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%

12oz bottle into a snifter...thanks to Exiled for the chance to try this one!

A: Pours a murky brown with a medium tan head that sticks around for a long time and never really leaves. Plenty of lacing as the head slowly fades.

S: The nose isn't any different from a regular brown ale with loads of brown sugar and malty aromas. The barrel aging isn't that apparent here.

T: The taste is a toffee, malt, and brown sugar with a very slight molasses taste. The barrel is more pronounced here but it's still very subtle...I wouldn't say you can taste the bourbon because you can only taste the effect it has on the beer. I'd like to see what this is like 100% barrel aged.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied due to the rich carbonation that is keeping that head up.

D: This is pretty tasty and the ABV is low enough I wouldn't worry about putting away 3 or more of these if I was so inclined to do so.

Tyranena doesn't seem to make a bad beer in my experience so far. Wish we could get these here in TX.

07-14-2010 01:12:32 | More by GregSVT
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Brown with a ruby red hue. Creamy, khaki colored head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malt, a touch nutty and bourbon too. By the description I would think that I would like the nose more, but thats not the case. Something is slightly off about it, can't figure out what exactly.

T: Semi-sweet toffee and bready/nutty malt. Hints of oak. Sweet bourbon is present. The bourbon taste is not too strong, nor is it not too weak. Seems just right for this. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish mixed with a slightly odd coco flavor.

M/D: Creamy. Medium to light body. Silky soft carbonation. It does seem a bit thin though. Decent drinkability. I would get tired after 2 or so.

06-18-2010 01:46:18 | More by herman77
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2.63/5  rDev -29.7%

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin cream colored head. Retention is minimal, but it does leave a little lacing. Not bad overall, just not anything impressive.

S: Honestly, the first scent that I pick up is bittersweet chocolate and oak.. maybe a slight bourbon nose. Some nuttiness, too. I expected more, though.

T: Ok, I know this is fresh.. we just started getting this in Indiana.. the taste is really unappealing. I'm considering a drain pour. I get the taste of stale malts and rotting oak and then it just fall flat. blah

M: Medium bodied, and enjoyable. It's a shame the taste doesn't hold up.

D: Well, unless you have a severe cold and can't really smell or taste this beer, then I wouldn't really consider it drinkable. At least not enjoyable.

I will stick to the rest of the Tyranena line-up, which is fantastic!

06-07-2010 02:35:04 | More by SeasonalBrew
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 705 ratings.