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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

693 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay

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Ratings: 693
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 36 | 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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ChadQuest

Illinois

2.73/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A:Nice looking mahogany brown with rather nice robust sticky head with a surprising amount of lacing.impressive.

S&T:Sweet malts and vanilla is most prominent standout, other sweet ness from caramel and maple syrupy, very subtle oaky notes backing it up. Has a certain light Earthy and Peat aspect to it behind all the bright sweetness, probally from the barrel,not much "bourbon" at all, which is understandable since only a small percent is actually aged in the barrels.

M: Not lacking carbination that's for sure, medium body and slick.

D: It's an interesting brew at first, but the sweetness may seem pretty one dimensional after more then one. i think with this one hunting the Wood & Bourbon out is the game, which is hard, and leaves most dissapointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 07:47:27 | More by ChadQuest
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KI9A

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown, some head, some lace

S: bourbon, chocolate, malts.

T: Was expecting waay more here, judging by the nose. Falls flat on it's face, with very, very subtle bourbon, just, well, meh.

M: Light

D: Well, not a fan. I understand it's a bouron barrel "blend", but just not there. Goose Island's Brown Goose kicks this brown in the ass. Won't seek this out again, Tyranene makes much better brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 02:16:19 | More by KI9A
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into tulip on 2/1/10.

A - Poured a medium brown with deep ruby and rose-colored tints and a finger's width of bubbly beige head that quickly settled into a thin patch

S - Caramel, vanilla, molasses, bourbon and slight oak notes make up the foundation of the aroma. A tinge of earthy, woody hops also emerge as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - The bourbon character is very subtle; however, it persists throughout the flavor profile. There is also quite a bit of oaky astringency present. Earthy bitter hops and a tinge of bourbon notes comprise the finish, although accompanied by a slightly off-putting sourness that I wasn't expecting.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a part oily-part watery texture. Finishes with mild woody astringency on the palate.

D - I get a slight sense of oxidization and sourness with this. Perhaps its slightly infected. It wasn't offensive, but something just didn't sit right for the style. The carbonation was a little too heavy for a BA Brown Ale. I'd like to try this on tap at some point.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:46:00 | More by ffejherb
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tasteegood

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a a pint glass straight from the bottle. No freshness date indicated.
A: Murky brown with some transparency, poured almost no head with minimal head. Minimal to no lacing as I drink it.
S: Faint sweetness, with some oak tones.
T: Hints of vanilla, caramel and definitely can taste the oak.
F: Nice carbonation but does seem to class a little with the flavors of the beer. The taste lingers and ends with some bitterness.
D: Not so high on alcohol, but would not consider it a session beer as it settles in the stomach and the complexity of flavors. Good price for its value and would definitely recommend it for brown ale lovers

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 04:31:11 | More by tasteegood
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Beerbeagle courtesy of No One Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked #2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep ruddy rust orange/red color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of nicely aged bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, maple, vanilla and strong caramel malts.

T: I've not had a bourbon blended beer that really complimented a beer so well. The bourbon lays as an underlying flavor throughout. Taste starts with an oaked but caramel malt flavoring. Then sweetens to molasses, and brown sugar. The finish is of nice levels of vanilla with a bit of an alcohol spike.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, creamy feel to the body

D: Oddly drinkable, most bourbon beers aren't blended as well as this. Not overpowering, not off the radar, compliments the beer nicely. Not filling, goes down easy, this is a damn good beer with a different take on a brown ale!

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:54:27 | More by Jayli
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the brewery. From notes:

A: Pours a clear, light nutty brown colour.

S: Fruity smelling, with some lighter malt as well as crystal/caramel malt backing.

T: A light bourbon character combined with a lighter brown ale. Caramel, bourbon, a little vanilla. Crunchy malt, light graham cracker.

M: A lighter body than expected, and with more bourbon than I remember when I had it from the bottle.

A bit light for a brown ale, and the bourbon character doesn't seem to fit in all that much. Not that I didn't enjoy it...

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 19:11:19 | More by darklordlager
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blackenmn

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a dark copper with a 1/4" off white head after an aggressive pour. The head diminished fairly quickly but left a decent collar quite a bit of lacing down the glass. Smelled of nut, caramel malt, and the feint bourbon which almost came through as spice on the nose which helped differentiate it just a bit from the typical brown ale. This brew had a pretty sweet, enjoyable scent overall.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of plenty of caramelized malt with a bit of bourbon present on the back end and feint citrus like hops presence hiding in there. This was almost like a light bodied scottish ale. Pretty fluffy feeling brew, really stuck around the mouth and tongue probably due to plenty of carmelization.

Drinkability:This was definitely a tasty beer. I'm kind of a sucker for BBA brews although this was only "partially BBA'd" keeping the vanilla like tones or anything else extremely sweet to be extracted into the brew. This was most likely a good thing because it would of probably overwhelmed this. I'd definitely recommend trying this. This will most likely find its way to my fridge again sometime soon.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 03:21:38 | More by blackenmn
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ommegoose

Illinois

4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown. A little sediment at the bottom gives this a bit of haze. Doesn't do much in the way of head formation or retention or lacing, probably because the body is quite viscous, surprisingly so for the abv. I got better results on the next pour by violently dumping it in the glass. Left some tan lacing this time, and I negated the sediment, so the beer was left with much more clarity, but a nice variety of brow hues in the pint glass. This was the way to go.

Pretty strong bourbony smell adds oak and vanilla. Beyond that, very malty, with brown sugar and caramel.

Bourbon carries into the flavor too. Some smoky, charcoal notes. Caramel malt blends in quite well with the bourbon without being very sweet at all. Quite flavorful. Even a bit hoppy on the finish, adding a bit of spiciness, rye-like. Hop presence really adds to the drinkability, and was pretty surprising to me. Brown ales can be pretty meh, but this is quite bold. Oaky aftertaste with spice, walnut. Bourbon brown ale has great potential to be expanded on, as can be seen with GI's Imperial Brown Goose. Opens up different aspects of barrel aging than stouts do, with good results.

Rather large body. Feels like more than a 6% beer. A little rough on the carbonation for a somewhat syrupy body. The second bottle I had fared way better with the hard pour, so I bumped the score up a notch.

I may be extra thirsty tonight, or this beer aged somewhat well. Been sitting about three months for me, and it's tasting a lot better than the first day I cracked it. I think it says something positive about the beer that I had a GI BCS last week, and this still seems like it has a full bourbon character after that. Probably ranks up there with Ellie's Brown Ale as one of the few brown ales I'd order at a bar or think about buying packs of somewhat regularly. Excepting of course the Imperial Brown Goose, which is on another level. This is a good choice with a variety of meals, especially at Kuma's, where they have had bottles lately. This has stoked my interest in Tyranena again after I found the last couple of their brews to be misses.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 03:36:01 | More by ommegoose
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eddocron

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A. This poured a dark brown and had a small tan head and lace that seemed to last.

S. A good strong ale smell, malt and hints of Bourbon. It is aged in old Bourbon barrels.

T. A nice flavor, little after taste. Hints of Malt and nuts, which seemed to last a bit. Medium to light carbonation.

D This was a nice drink, and I will compare the taste and mouth to my (old time) favorite Guinness Draft minus the foam. I did like it and will buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 01:59:19 | More by eddocron
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cvfish

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This beer poured a nice brown color that produced a light tan head which had good retention and laced the side of the glass moderately

S - The aromas in this beer tell me Brown Ale, but the label says "Bourbon Brown", and I'm getting just a small hint of bourbon, or maybe it is in my head

T - The taste of this beer had a moderate malty backbone with a little bit of walnut and chocolate, mild amounts of bourbon, no where near what I was expecting, wish this would have had more Bourbon in the beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - While this is a drinkable beer, I wish this beer would have pushed a little bit more of the envelope here, and more along with what I expected

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 04:15:26 | More by cvfish
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twaddlac

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Opaque with a small head, light lace, few carbonation points throughout the beer. Burnt orange color, getting darker at the top.

S- Strong pineapple initially, caramel and toaster malts hidden. Blended together, they give notes of apple pie. Pretty interesting, and no hints of bourbon.

T- A strong pina colada taste? Slight toasted malts with a hint of caramel malts. Still no hint of bourbon. Very strong taste, slightly bitter. The esters are very strong and remain unchanged throughout.

M- Medium to heavy body, with average carbonation. Sticks to your palette for a long time.

D- Unique beer, and more complex than I was expecting from a twist off. Drinkable but I could not drink more than one.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 23:37:30 | More by twaddlac
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coldmeat23

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This pours a dark amber color, with mild ruby tinting. The one-finger head of light tan colored foam is lightly creamy in appearance. It fades to a surface covering foam of about 1/8th of an inch. The lacing is practically curtain-like and fairly sticky.

The nose is a nice nutty maltiness. There are hints of the bourbon barrel aging. Light vanilla notes and hints of oak. A mild sweet cherry presence.

It starts out quite earthy and nutty. A light malty sweetness comes in. Mild hints of roasted caramels and a touch of vanilla. The bourbon, which is fairly mild, shows up, right at the back-end and leaves a very pleasant aftertaste.

This is a nice medium-bodied brew with a mild-to-medium level of carbonation. It is smooth, but has a nice touch of creaminess to it, which helps it out.

This is a very nice and easy drinking barrel-aged brown ale. The bourbon is done almost exactly right. It is somewhat mild in presence, but if it were any more prominent it would overpower a brown ale, easily.
Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2009 05:21:43 | More by coldmeat23
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes

Pours a deep brown with a finger of head in my tulip. First smell is standard brown ale fare, but digging a little deeper the bourbon barrel treatment starts to become apparent. Obviously only a small portion of this ever touched a barrel, but it is enough to add a nice layer of complexity.

That complexity translates over to the taste nicely. This still is unmistakeably a brown ale (meaning, mostly boring)...but that bourbon background adds a nice spark that makes me really want to grab for the glass often. I wish it was a bit more prominent, but I guess the trade off would be that it would start to taste less and less like a brown ale.

Mouthfeel is a tad fuller than medium with lots of soft carbonation. This is a very nice beer, and right up there with Surly Bender in terms of American Brown Ales.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 00:07:49 | More by alcstradamus
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nlmartin

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is light brown like a watery coke cola. The head is a thin white coloration. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma beer is caramel, lightly nutty toasted malt, vanilla, a whiff of smokey peat very subdued and well paired bourbon.

Taste: This is a well paired brown ale with bourbon barrel. The brown ale retains all the expected caramel, nutty cocoa flavors and pairs really well with subdued bourbon. Well played!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side of medium. Low carbonation works well with the beers body and flavors. This was a very easy to drink beer and it left my glass far too fast. I wish I had a bunch more.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 07:20:14 | More by nlmartin
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up on my last trip to MN. sampled nov 26/09.

pours crystal clear brown, great ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. a small dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody. a bit fruity too. has a bit more of an english feel than american. at first the bourbon doesn't really jump out, but as it warms a little it really starts to show. vanilla and a bit of raw oak too.

taste is good. now the more american brown is coming through. just under medium bitterness level. light roast. dark toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. medium roast coffee. bit of dark chocolate. bourbon and vanilla, but definitely taking a back seat and gently complimenting the brown ale. caramel and a bit of toffee. earthy and woody hops. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. medium carbonation level. slightly drying finish from the barrel, but not overly tannic.

drinkability is excellent. the brown is well balanced, and balanced well against the barrel. this is no heavy handed in-your-face bourbon barrel, more mellow and definitely at a complimentary level. look away for a moment and you may start to lose it, but it's definitely there, filling out the edges and adding a nice depth. good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:49:45 | More by grub
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour yields a sparse white head that disappears immediately, only to return following agitation. Beer is nice dark brown (root beer) color.

Smell is sweet caramel malt with a touch of bourbon. The filled pint glass is really not doing the smell justice, but I really get more of that bourbon from the empty bottle, and eventually the glass as its contents disappear.

Smooth bready flavor with a big vanilla presence. Bourbon is there but at a level appropriate for a brown ale rather than an impy stout. Plenty of hops in there, keeping things balanced to slightly hoppy for the style. Finish is long with bourbon lingering throughl the end.

Good mouthfeel with ample yet fine carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability is high for me with this beer. It isn't massive, yet has plenty to keep your interest through multiple pints. Damn, I miss being able to drink this one regularly. Also I really think this beer belongs up there with the best of the ABA's.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 00:05:46 | More by GeezLynn
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown (clear ruby lines the edges) with a tight finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with a solid 1/2 finger that stays very frothy in both the retetion and the thick lacing that it leaves behind. The aroma is smokey roast, toffee, and citric hops, wrapped up in notes of vanilla tinged bourbon and the scent of tannic wood character. Overall this is pretty tangy smelling in the nose.

The taste is sticky with sweet malts but also has an extra layer of roasty depth to it, along with a moderately assertive hop presence. Bourbon and lighter woody notes come out in a flush towards the back of the swallow and does a really nice job of blending into the sweeter aspects of the profile. Finishes dry from the barrel but the Brown Ale character isn't forgotton with roast and hops lingering just as boldly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess to the carbonation but is overall fairly slick and slippery in the mouth, which fits in perfectly with the sweetness and barrel character that is present.

I enjoyed this. I think that the fact that some of the bourbon aged beer was mixed in with fresh really helped get the flavors across without overdoing it. This was a pleasant one to sip at. I really should have grapped a six pack of this instead of just a single.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2009 18:05:31 | More by Kegatron
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bound4er

Wisconsin

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Dark amber appearance, nice one finger off white head and solid lacing down the glass.

S. Smells somewhat sweet - baking spices come to mind such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Vanilla and bready malts also poke through.

T. Malt, baking spice again, vanilla and just a hint of alcohol. A mild hit of hops finish things off.

M. A tad on the light side but nothing to get excited about. Good carbonation keeps me coming back for another sip.

D. This stuff is infinitely drinkable. The barrel aging is just right - imparting a nice twist to this ale. Two, three, four in a night? Wouldn't be a problem. It's nice to have access to a barrel aged beer that isn't over the top and sky high in ABV.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:47:47 | More by bound4er
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in WI.

Pours a pretty clear dark red, some brownish highlights, bit of chunky proteins floating around, thick and rocky light tan head forms, slowly settles to a medium ring and layer, good lacing all over the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, caramel, biscuit, corn syrup, nuts, lots of fruit, some light bourbon and vanilla, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, nice raisiny/date sweetness, bourbon works well with the base.

Taste is nice, very sweet and fruity, strawberries, brown sugar, caramel, peanut brittle, light bourbon sweetness, vanilla, alcohol, wood, raisin, biscuity malt, nice sweet finish, but still balanced, very nutty in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Body could use a bit more beef but the bourbon barrel worked great especially with the low ABV. I think I might have another!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 00:45:59 | More by Viggo
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robbyc1

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer for a style I'm not in love with. For malt bombs I prefer the scotch ales with the intrigue of smokiness, the straighter American and English types don't do much for me.

This beer however has just the right addition of barrel aging. It has a clear brown golden tinged look, decent head.

Smell is malty with no hops present. Fine for the style.

The taste is a front loaded malt hit, roasty, caramel, followed in the middle with a satisfying bourbon note, and a balanced finish. Well done.

Frothy and heavy, very drinkable, not quite a winter warmer and a bit high for a session-able beer, I could have several of these and be very happy.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 14:12:43 | More by robbyc1
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle received in a trade with BeerFMAndy. Thanks!

Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a clear ruby-tinted brown with a small tan head on top. Little carbonation present. Smells of oak, bread, and whisps of vanilla. The mouth is creamy and smooth. This is a very pleasant sipper. The vanilla notes are more pronounced in the flavor. Big toffee, caramel and vanilla sweetness. Finishes lightly bitter. Not boozy at all, which is nice. I like the addition of the bourbon notes to this style. It's a sweeter take, but it's good. Good job Tyranena! Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 18:36:59 | More by Onenote81
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Arbitrator

California

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Room-temperature 12oz bottle into a Chimay glass. Received in a trade from Buebie. Thanks Brian!

First bottle (chilled): 4.0 / 3.5 / 3.5 / 2.0 / 2.0

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Second bottle: I had this at about 60 F and it was MUCH better than the first.

A: Pours a dark, but clear, brown body. Has a nice two fingers of off-white head in the glass; it retains very well, and leaves thick sheets of lacing down the glass. It's beautiful to watch as the foam collapses evenly.

S: Brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, toasted malt, caramel. I can't smell any bourbon, vanilla, or wood though.

T: I get the bourbon that I couldn't smell, but it's EXTREMELY subtle. I don't get any tannins at all. Most of the flavor is a sweet toffee, caramel, and chocolate flavor with toasted malt supplementing it. The finish carries hints of vanilla and smoke. Niicely done.

M: Light-medium body. Moderate carbonation. Malty finish.

D: I'm not sure what was wrong with the first bottle I had: it was significantly less carbonated, and apparently the "proper" temperature suppressed many of the subtle flavors. But the second bottle is a winner. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 23:14:21 | More by Arbitrator
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown body, very clear, topped by a sand colored head. The head shows good retention and clings nicely to the sides of the glass. Aroma is mostly caramelized brown sugar, molasses, and malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla and mint. Flavor is amazingly smooth, with a surprising amount of vanilla-inflected bourbon coming through. Herbal bitterness cleans away any residual sweetness on the finish. More and more malt sweetness that again follows the caramelized, nearly burnt sugar notes form the aroma becomes more evident with subsequent sips. Mouthfeel is a bit thin; a slightly heavier body would enhance the experience. This has the components of a big beer in a slightly smaller format. Drinkability is OK. A nice, somewhat unique brown ale. Thanks to Tim at Heritage Liquors for the recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 02:10:15 | More by aaronh
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bruachan

District of Columbia

3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the head died (who killed it? the barrel). color is of maple syrup, with a touch of haze (chill? particulate? who knows)

strong oaky aroma, and i really like that the emphasis is on the oak and less the bourbon. the brown ale that lurks beneath certainly surfaces more here than in the flavor: sweet and a little roasty

well...bourbony, but mostly oaky. plenty of vanilla, for sure. i think the risk run by whiskeyoaking a brown ale (as opposed to a porter or stout) is that the brew may not hold up to the process. the bottle says that a "portion" of the batch is aged, so the brewers have acknowledged as much, but the oaking dominates the beverage. a brown ale does shine through

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 04:29:22 | More by bruachan
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Jae27

Ohio

4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up while on a Geology field trip to the Baraboo region of Wisconsin. First got it in a MYO6 and liked it enough to talk Senthil into buying a 6 pounder to take back to Ohio with us.

Poured into a pilsner glass... because thats what was available in the Geo lab.

A: Poured a nice brown red color. 1 3/4 maple bron head with about 1/2 inch through duration and excellent lacing. Carbonation was on the light side with few nucleation points on the bottom of the glass. The color was not striking by any means and that is perfectly fine because this beer dominates in most other categories. Besides its too hard to look at it because it tastes so good.

S: The smell is most strikingly dominated by a maple/brown sugar sweetness that yields to a bourbon scent as you nose into the glass.

T: WOW! This is fantastic. There is a simple complexity to this beer that makes it one of the most intricate yet satisfying beer I have ever had. The initial taste is that of toasted malts with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and a smooth bourbon middle. Then the hops come in which tastes like noble hops or fuggles to me, although I honestly do not know what they use. There is no fruity or floral note in this beer which is something I have recently become accustomed to. Obviously taste is the reason we began drinking beer and there is absolutely something special about this one. It is remarkably flawless from start to finish.

M: Smooth. Silky. The body is setting slightly on the heavy end but is extraordinarily smooth, this may be due to bourbon aging. There is a bitterness that lingers on the back of the palate that is very nice. It is the perfect balance of flavor and drinkability.

D: I generally only drink 4 or 5 beers at the most in a setting. This beer is out of the park on drinkability. I easily handled a six pack and wanted more but had to cut myself off at that point as the taste migrated away. I do no drink for effect but this beer makes that a serious concern. I can't get enough of it.

I can honestly say this is my favorite beer at the moment. This is a Wisconsin beer that I have never seen in Ohio. I would love to have this on hand all the time, unfortunately that is not possible. I strongly suggest picking this up given the opportunity. If you do not like it I will buy it off you. And if you feel the desire please BEER MAIL me this in exchange for Great lakes or something.

Serving type: bottle

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