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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 730
Reviews: 356
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.8%
Wants: 40
Gots: 49 | 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 zdk9
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Chicago Trip Beer #1
A- Pours into my curvy highball (another traveling review) with a good finger and a half or two of puffy head. Then there's some nice lacing that goes as it down the sides. The color is somewhere between a dark tea and light cola. It's good looking.

S- Nutty, a little musky and vinious. It has a barrel character that reminds me of the Real Ale barrel aged beers. Not a super strong aroma, so that aspect could be better, but it's intriguing enough to entice me for a sip.

T- Some darker nuts- black walnuts. Some slight butternyness. Hints of vanilla and wood. Earthy bitterness all around the back of the mouth (and slightly invading the front). Good.

M- Pretty syrupy. This doesn't match well with the rest of the beer which seemed lighter in flavor.

D- It seems like the barrel aging manifested itself mostly in the mouthfeel, which isn't really where I would like it. The aroma and flavor are good, but underwhelming and not complex enough for my expectations.

zdk9, May 28, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint and shared with capra12.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse, off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is scattered but with decent cling.

S: Toffee, caramel, smoked malt, and a slightly nauseating decaying oak scent. I try to detect the bourbon but its simply not there... what's worse is that's replaced by this moldy, dirty, wood smell... not a good start to the sensory experience.

T: Hints of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness. Bourbon sweetness is present in the background but never overpowers the light complexity of this beer. Booziness is noticeably but pleasantly abset. Finish is slightly messy with a sweet smoked caramel aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and good smoothness. Goes down easy and is slightly watery. Finish is messy but aftertaste, though it lingers, adds a layer of depth to this beer that's much appreciated.

D: This beer makes a good recovery from the initial bad first impression that the nose gives. Appreciably complex yet with a nice, smooth body that helps meld the flavors together. An above average brown ale but all in all, nothing to get too crazy over. A solid offering nonetheless though.

SpeedwayJim, May 27, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear cola brown color, hints of red, light tan head and nice lace.

S-the nose is a little faint, notes of toffee and caramel with some light hints of bourbon.

T-the taste is better, still a little light. lots of caramel, notes of burnt toffee, underlying bourbon character with a touch of black malt and chocolate.

M-very smooth on the palate but a little thin on the feel, light carbonation might be a factor. prickly on the back of the throat; but the body seems to fall off.

D-not a bad beer, light notes of bourbon but lack of any barrel, some maltiness to it but falls a little short.

cpetrone84, May 24, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light brown color with a tan head. The aroma is grain, caramel malt and little wood. The flavor is caramel with some chocolate and toffee. I don't get much bourbon in the aroma or flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Mora2000, May 22, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker, a deep, rich reddish-brown color, with a nice cap of light brown foam. Nice nutty aromas, along with milk chocolate and just a hint of oak. The alleged bourbon barrel aging is not all that noticeable, as this tastes (after 3 bottles) exactly like any other good brown ale--nutty, slightly chocolately and a little bit sweet.

emmasdad, May 13, 2010
Photo of kylehayworth
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a nice deep and translucent brown. The head was minimal, and faded rather quickly.

S: I get a bourbon heavy smell, with back drops of vanilla, oak, and even some cherry, but mostly bourbon.

T: It has a more dominant bourbon taste, with the same mild flavors I get from the nose.

M/D: It has a mild/moderate carbonation. It seems a little watery. It isn't a bad beer, just not really what I expected. I was hoping for a little more. Guess I'll just have to try the chipotle porter next...

kylehayworth, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of iuhophead87
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. I am so glad that Tyranena is now shipping to Indiana.

A- A very dark bronze color that is a little more red than brown when held to light. The tan head is minimal and doesn't stick to the glass what so ever.

S- I was hoping for a little more bourbon aroma. It smells like a typical brown ale with a sweet malty finish. I'm trying to find the bourbon, but it's not there. I hope the bourbon comes through in the flavor.

T- There it is, a subtle hint of bourbon. This is obviously not an over the top high abv bourbon beer. A malty sweetness and dark roasted malts are the primary flavor. A hint of coco can also be detected in the finish.

MF- Very easy on the taster. A little sticky on the back of the throat, but a session beer for sure.

D-Although I am a little disappointed in the "bourbon" portion of this beer, it still is rather enjoyable. In fact, this could be a great session beer. Great flavor and easy to drink. I think I'll grab another.

Overall, I was a little disappointed ! Still a great beer and now that I can get it in Indy I'm sure I will be drinking plenty of this quality brew.

iuhophead87, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. the first of the offerings sent from MPLS. Outstanding.

A nice amber/brown pour with a slightly off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a ring.

There is a bourbon/oak aroma there, but more of the usual brown aromas. Malt, earthy nut, peat, leather.

Taste blends the vanilla and caramel barrel into the earthy malt. Finishes a little tea and peat.

No abv present at all, light mid body with nice carbonation.

I have to say this is one of the Best Brown's I've had and a breath of fresh air to a style that is generally pretty much a snoozer.

Bung, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of trbergman
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the sun and sports one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head.

S - Bready and nutty with hints of chocolate and caramel. There's just the faintest note of bourbon and oak.

T - Classic brown ale flavor with a gentle bite of bourbon. Warm and nutty with a bit of chocolate and fruit esters. Bourbon barrel aging adds some vanilla and I get a hint of tannin. There's a bit of herbal hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. This beer might be better with a few months of age - while the hops are far from overpowering, I'd like the malt to shine a little more. Still, this is a delicious, well-made beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - Rocky's Revenge is certainly a beer that merits regular revisits. It's one of the top American brown ales I've tasted and it must be close to Bender for tops in the region.

trbergman, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical brown ale color with a thinner tan head. Not much lacing from it.

Nutty, caramel and a nice bourbon scent.

Love the taste. Nice caramel, nutty malt flavor that gets a good kick of bourbon coming in at the back end. Hint of vanilla as well.

Carbonation is a bit harsh, but the overall feel of the beer is just fine.

Drinks very well. Maybe a bit lower than a typical brown ale because of the bourbon, but I still enjoyed it and so did my wife. I will be picking up some more of this one. A very nice and unique brown ale.

jera1350, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of wspscott
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle in Sam Adams glass
no date, at least 9 months old since I picked in up in Madison before the Great Taste

A: Pours with a two finger off-white head that drops very quickly, leaves a ton of lace, a dark caramel color, crystal clear.
S: Lots of wood, vanilla, some whiskey, no hops or alcohol.
T: The bourbon is much more apparent on the tongue, there is a little bit of a caramel sweetness along with some graininess. Not a whole lot of malt character. The bourbon definitely dominates here, but it is not over-bearing. My non-whiskey drinking (but brown ale loving) wife liked the sip of this that she tried.
M: More carbonation than I expected, but I suspect that this seems like it should be a bigger/more desert-like beer vs. a brown ale in bourbon barrels. The mouthfeel is on the creamy side, a little unusual for a brown ale, but not at all unpleasant or inappropriate.
D: A very good sippin beer that is not on the heavy/"I can only drink one" side. I would definitely buy this again if it was distribute in KY. Highly recommended, even worth seeking out.

wspscott, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours..well...brown. Sure its a nice color of brown and its got some hints of red and orange, but overall its brown. Its got a nice creamy, white head on it that has a lot of potential to last until this beer is done. Impressive.

The aroma is lots of sweet caramel, rock candy, molasses and plenty of malt. This sort of reminds me of toasted brown bread.

Okay, one sip and I realize that this not your everyday brown ale. Its got a good amount of toasted cereal malt flavor as well as a good deal of sweetness but the big difference is the subtle flavor that the Bourbon barrel aging does for this beer. Its not going to floor you with vanilla and tannins but it will definitely have you thinking whisky. Lots of malt flavor provides a great environment for the remnants of the bourbon and the wood from the barrels. Delicious.

I have to admit, when it comes to whisky barrel aged beers, I think less is more. A little bit of flavor goes a long way and Tyranena did a nice job by making this a reasonable blend for a brown ale (one they release in six-packs nonetheless).

I like it. Its a nice brown ale with an added element that sets it apart from the crowd. Cheers!

indiapaleale, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
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.

ChadQuest, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of KI9A
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.

KI9A, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of ffejherb
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.

ffejherb, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of tasteegood
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

tasteegood, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Jayli
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!

Jayli, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
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...

darklordlager, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of blackenmn
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.

blackenmn, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of ommegoose
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.

ommegoose, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of eddocron
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.

eddocron, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of cvfish
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

cvfish, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of twaddlac
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.

twaddlac, Dec 29, 2009
Photo of coldmeat23
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.

coldmeat23, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of alcstradamus
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.

alcstradamus, Dec 07, 2009
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 730 ratings.