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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

366 Reviews
THE BROS
77
okay

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Reviews: 366
Hads: 813
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 7.71%
Wants: 44
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 366 | Hads: 813
Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky brown with not even half a finger of tan head that immediately dissipates with no lacing.

S: vanilla, caramel, and oak on the nose with some oxidized notes as well. Not for sure how old the bottle is.

T: vanilla, oak, and caramel here as well with slight bourbon notes following. The finish is sweet and a little bready.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: an alright beer overall, tbough nothing apecial. It's a bit too simplistic and undercarbonated. (504 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Skylark, Chicago.

A: Amber brown, off-white head.

S: Sweetish amber malt - brown bread, a bit of bourbon.

T: Caramel, whole wheat bread, slight bourbon kick and sweetness. A bit of cinnamon, very nutty but in a flat sort of way.

M: Tingly carbonation, medium-bodied.

O: The bourbon level reached with the partial blend was good, but I didn't really like the beer itself too much. Sort of a flat brown. (416 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out darker (yet still transparent) mahogany with a rapidly dispersing single finger head and no real lacing to speak of.

S. I can pick out the aroma of chocolate bars with peanuts and marzipan as well as a mildly toasted breadiness underneath the mild bourbon / vanilla / coconut tones.

T,M. The flavor has a more mild bourbon level than the nose would indicate. Dry caramel malt and nuts get joined up with the gentle bourbon tones and some milk chocolate tones with the finish allowing the nutty tones to dance on the palate nearly solo long after the bourbon has faded out. Body is somewhat thinner and spritzier than expected, carbonation is slightly sluggish for the flavors. (722 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (389 characters)

Photo of accordselux
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. It is sweet and easy drinking.

A little on the dark side for a brown ale. A nice head, dissipates but carbonation remains present.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla. I can tell that this has some barrel aging to it.

Taste: the creamy vanilla flavor begins, with a strong coconut flavor. Very sweet. The end is a little more bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, and walnut flavors. Toasty.

Mouthfeel is good- creamy but still light enough to drink easy. I'd be happy to work through several bottles. (513 characters)

Photo of ferrari29
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a very well carbonated dark brown colored body; opaque; nice white head forms on the top of the glass; small chucks of yeast are floating around; moderate lacing formed around the edge of the glass

S - Sweet bourbon barrel smell; secondary scents of roasted nut malt; scents of yeasty mold; oak; rich caramel; grain alcohol

T - Sweet bourbon barrel taste; toasted malty taste; caramel and nuts; peanuts

M - Thin and slightly effervescent; lingering brown sugar flavor

D - Very good beer; I like the whole brown nut bourbon barrel aged concept; could use a little more bourbon taste (661 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I can't help but be drawn to the concept of a brown ale with some barrel aging!

Pours brown, appropriately, with a light tan head. Twas very minimal and short lived, though it didn't dissipate away completely.

The nose is nutty, with caramel sweetness, and some light oak and bourbon notes...very light.

Taste is as well nutty, with bits of caramel and oak. There's some light bourbony notes too. Wish I knew the percentage of barrel aging.

Nice slick feel, medium body, solid carbonation.

Different, and while the barrel aging adds a nice dynamic to a style that can be hit or miss for me, but still, not the best brown I've had. (650 characters)

Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI

Appearance - Hazy Dark Brown with a crimson tinge. 2 finger width brown head with some good lacing

Smell - Sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak and roasted malts. Each scent is very vibrant and rich.

Taste - Chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, and toasted malts. The bourbon really shines here and makes the beer all the more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, light carbonation. Very refreshing, crisp and easy to drink!

Overall - I've been a huge fan of Tyranena ever since I tried their Painted Pumpkin Ladies ale last year, and decided to stop in Lake Mills as I moved to Chicago this past weekend. I was very impressed by Rocky's Revenge and even bought a 6 pack there just so I could take it with me. I love Tyranena's beers and I look forward to even more of their offerings in the future! (851 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter

A: Like a typical brown ale. Rusty brown with slight ruby hints. Very little head that doesn't stick around long. Nothing special, but I don't really expect much from this style in terms of appearance. Put simply, it's adequate

S: Bourbon, bourbon, bready malts, bourbon. Good thing I like the smell of bourbon! Maybe a little bit of black tea

T: A LOT more going on here than I would expect from the nose. Very tannic and woody, with a hint of herbal hops. Bourbon is there, but nowhere near as strong as in the nose. It's actually pretty subdued. Not too much from the malts, though. Lots going on, but none of it too interesting.

M: Here's where things fall apart. This beer could really use more carbonation OR a thincker mouthfeel. As it is, it's both slick and thin, which is a terrible combination.

O: I'm rating this a bit high just because I really like the idea of a beer that gets some good bourbon, oak, tannins in at a moderate abv and in a 12oz format to boot. These give the beer a pretty damn good "drinkability", even if it isn't such a great example of a brown ale or a barrel aged beer. (1,149 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a solid brown with a one and a half finger white head. Good retention and a few wisps of lacing.
S- The aroma has a good bit of that bourbon. There is some toasted nuts and some malty caramelness.
T- Taste is big and bourbony up front. It actually lets the bourbon character get out of control. The maltyness comes through to balance it out in the finish.
M- Body is medium, well, maybe just a bit lighter than I'd like. Carbonation is pleasantly smooth.
O- It's a good malty beer that got the most out of the bourbon flavor. (534 characters)

Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very clear muddy red brown in color. Okay head with good lacing. No trace of carbonation.

S - Very sweet malts that are highly pleasing for a brown ale. Just a hint of intrusive bourbon that adds to the sweetness. Not much wood or charred aroma and no hop presence.

T - Very bold and robust for a 6% beer. Starts off semi-sweet from the brown ale but then the bourbon blends in very softly and adds another dimension of complexity. Sweet vanilla flavors can be detected, pseudo toasted coconut and caramel detected by my palate. Very nice.

M/O - Body is a little light for me but carbonation is done well. Clears from the palate sort of quickly but leaves a dim bourbon flavor. Very easy to drink and a light sipper. I paid $2 for a 12oz bottle and hard to find something else as good for that price. (807 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice brown pour with a large off-white head. Retention is quite good and the lacing is almost a solid wall on the glass.

S: A bit of toasted malt, a little toffee/caramel and creamy sweet vanilla. Very subtle smell.

T: Lots of nuts, toffee, molasses and caramel. Nice toasty malt, almost like pretzels. Some earthy bitterness and vanilla mixing with the nuts in the aftertaste. Touch of oak throughout.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is just about right. Smooth.

O: Not a bad brown ale. Quite nutty and toasty with just a hint of bourbon. (547 characters)

Photo of devilben02
3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark chocolate brown color, with a decent beige head on top. The aroma is fairly common for a brown ale, with a lightly sweet and nutty malt base, some light milk chocolate characteristics, and only a slightest hint of the bourbon addition. The flavor is largely more of the same, but the bourbon contribution is much greater, especially as the beer warms, with a woodsy, smokey whiskey character that creeps into the flavor at first before overtaking the finish. The texture is a bit thin and watery and doesn't prop up the flavors like it should. Overall, this one is a pleasant, mild brown ale with a bit of a twist that is interesting enough to make you want to try it the first time, but it is not so interesting to want go back again often. (754 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (1,218 characters)

Photo of Lawl3ss
3.36/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Bottling date 12.20.11.

Look- Pours a rosy medium brown topped with three fingers of loose, frothy, off-white foam. Head fell fairly quickly in a lopsided way to a thin film, leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Interesting gingerbread/pizza-dough mixture with the faintest hints of cocoa and citrus. It really has a spicy yeasty aroma that I would associate with light Belgians. Interesting.

Taste- Cola, light coffee, and semi-sweet cocoa take turns at bat, with some maple thrown in for fun. Lighter graham cracker and biscuit come out in the middle, which I actually quite like. Bourbon is there, but comes across as a back-of-the-mouth tannic/oaky twang towards the end rather than anything overt. Aftertaste is fairly nondescript medium malt, with a lingering touch of bitterness as well as a distinct mineral character. It's got the complexity I'd expect from a barrel-aged brew, but the flavors are all fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel- Drinks something like what I imagine flat cola mixed with antacid tablets would be like. Lightly syrupy at first, presents a light to medium body with a similarly described dose of carbonation. Quickly turns chalky, drying, and mildly astringent. I'm not sure if it's the water they use or the bourbon casking showing itself, but the cotton ball feeling is strong and builds as the brew goes down. I don't think I'd want to drink more than one of these without some serious interim rehydration.

Overall- It's alright, and worth trying, but I had a tough time finishing the 12 oz., and I don't think I'd try it again. Flavor-wise, it's actually quite good, but if you're looking for a brown with a rich bourbon palate, I'd look elsewhere. (1,746 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
3.61/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 17 Feb 2011. Older than I'd like it to be, but it's partially barrel-aged, so I expect it to hold up more than a typical brown.

Pours a rather dark reddish brown. Light behind it reveals that it's clear, and has some nice carbonation, but also a bunch of little floaties - weird. One finger of light tan head, fades fast but leaves good lacing. Not a fan of the floaties in a beer like this.

Smell is good - malty and sugary, with a hint of bourbon. I like the barrel presence here - it fills in the gaps, without being nose-burning potent.

Taste feels less balanced. It has a slight sharpness that overpowers the rest of the beer. I think it needs more robust malt flavors to hold up to the bourbon. Not bad, but I'd like more brown ale and less whiskey. I have to search for the malts under the earthy char-smoke flavors.

Mouthfeel is good but unremarkable. Medium body with a load of stickiness, but enough carbonation to carry it lightly.

An interesting take on a brown ale. It's a little boozy for my tastes - I think the bourbon overpowers the rest of the beer. But it's pretty good despite that. (1,115 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon's bible
Rocky had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival

So anyways, thank this one quite a bit to erric (BA and Reddit) for a Bourbon barrel aged Tyranena that I can almost guarantee I will enjoy.

An aggressive pour yields a small fizzy head that fades at a med pace to nothing, over semi hazy maroon auburn molasses colored murky looking beer.

nose is actually kinda weird, like a Madeira steak sauce and V8 juice tomato like juice kinda... very weird! Then the typical malts, lots of brown malts, a little toasty with some caramel and molasses, a bit of barrel and woody esters with a little bourbon, the brown malts bring lots of molasses and syrupy like aromas that are what I think relate the weird Madeira and tomato like aromas.

Taste starts with more brown malts, lots of brown malts, bit syrupy, but tons of brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel toffee. Then quickly the bourbon kicks in with a light sweet bourbon flavor, and some barrel flavors. The bourbon adds an almost candy bourbon sauce like flavor. A hint of smoke in there as well. This really makes me think of a nice BBQ meat marinade. As it goes a bit of a juicy like malt flavor comes out, and brings a bit of dark fruits like raisin and date. It finishes drier with more of the lingering malts and light bourbon, and a bit of a bitter earthy hop taste comes out.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

So I've noticed a weird thing happens when you bourbon barrel age a lighter <8% beer. The bourbon seems to take on a new character that is not always great flavoring. This is interesting, but not great, not nearly what I expected it to be. Still tasty and drinkable, some nice bourbon characteristics, some weird ones too esp aroma, nice brown sugar and molasses, caramel, toffee, etc, a nice brown ale, but just too weird. (1,883 characters)

Photo of chicagoabbot
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Duvel tulip...should be interesting because American brown ales are definitely not a favorite of mine and I don't really like bourbon barrel beers. Appearance is a rich reddish brown with a goodly sized head. Tons of bourbon in the nose, but not sickly sweet like some beers that emerge from a bourbon barrel. Balanced. Lots of bourbon on the tongue too and a refreshing medium malt backbone. Mouthfeel is excellent. Recommended. Within the confines of the style, this is an excellent beer. (503 characters)

Photo of lurpy1
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wood grain brown with a little bit of head on top. The smell is predominantly bourbon, vanilla, malt. Great flavors, a little muted though. With a bolder introduction, could be great. Taste brings with it more pronounced bourbon, especially when warmed, along with a little bit of nuttiness. Could have benefitted from a bit more carbonation, but Rocky's Revenge is nicely thick.

All in all, heartbreakingly close to great, but still pretty darn good. (460 characters)

Photo of TCMike
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany color, and produced a 1 finger beige head.

The smell was of caramel, malt, and biscuit.

The taste was semi-sweet, with caramel, a hint of bourbon, and a very slight hop taste on the end.

This is a very drinkable beer. Not a great one, but a good one. (277 characters)

Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown with a hint of crimson. Very slight thin light brown head that seems to lace the glass with a decent amount of creamy foam

S: It has a nice deep and smooth bourbon nose, but nothing over done and with a solid grain backbone that is noticeable and balanced

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Very smooth and sweet bourbon notes that mix nicely with the grain and hops.

M: light-to-medium body, very smooth, and carbonation is at the correct level for this style to really allow the flavor to come through

O: Very nicely done, balanced and a bourbon drinkers best friend. (598 characters)

Photo of Khazadum
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Easy head generation, giant bubbles cascade up from the cola colored body. It definitely is clear and should be given props for having light pass through, but docked for having a head that is medium to low retention. Good lacing of off-tan colors give me the impression that there is more than meets the eye... they cling on for dear life.

S- Not much going on here. Very, very faint vanilla oak character, a sharp astringency of paper products follows before that. What could be a malty body lies in wait, musty at times like a bathroom. Wish it actually had a nutty or bourbon character to speak of here.

T- First notes to portray themselves are malty, light sweetness. Transitions into a sharpness and bready nature that is more cellulose and less yeasty goodness than I want. Finish is grainy, mildly sweet, mostly bread. Its a sweetness like caramel syrup, but diluted out. After repeated consumption I'm finding a burst of nutty character. Like a handful of mixed nuts, that finishing combination of flavors right after the opening carbonation settles.

M- Crisp, bitingly so right off the cuff. Lingering nature, sticky flavors that I don't want and thin flavors that I do want. Full body at least and very creamy.

When I buy a bourbon barrel brown ale, guess what I want? Not this fucking beer. (1,311 characters)

Photo of Franz4
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- nice dark burn sienna brown, off white head settles to nothing quickly.

S- malty, nutty, and bready on the nose, just slightly musty

T- toasted grains, some nuttiness--almonds, mustiness comes through as well. If you serve this cold the bourbon is nowhere to be found, as the beer warms you get more hints of a mild bourbon flavor.

M- carbonation is good, weight is nice for the style, well done here.

O- This is a nice, basically average beer, glad I was able to try it, wish I could try more from the brewery, as it is I need to rely on traveling friends to bring more my way. (625 characters)

Photo of THEOPTIMATOR88
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and retention. Smell is mostly nuts with some roasted notes and just a hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly thick, mild carbonation although I don't know how old the bottle is. Taste is roasted nuts followed by a very subtle bourbon sweetness. I really like the balance on this. Finishes fairly dry and sweet with some hop bitterness. Overall, interesting brown ale concept executed well. Would drink this again. (460 characters)

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 366 ratings.