Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
12-07-2009 00:07:49 | More by alcstradamus
4.2/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
11-30-2009 07:20:14 | More by nlmartin
4.13/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
11-27-2009 01:49:45 | More by grub
4.25/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
11-22-2009 00:05:46 | More by GeezLynn
4.03/5 rDev +7.8%
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.
11-17-2009 18:05:31 | More by Kegatron
4.08/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
11-12-2009 01:47:47 | More by bound4er
4.28/5 rDev +14.4%
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!
11-04-2009 00:45:59 | More by Viggo
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-29-2009 14:12:43 | More by robbyc1
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-26-2009 18:36:59 | More by Onenote81
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
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
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.
10-23-2009 23:14:21 | More by Arbitrator
3.33/5 rDev -11%
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.
10-22-2009 02:10:15 | More by aaronh
District of Columbia
3.65/5 rDev -2.4%
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
10-21-2009 04:29:22 | More by bruachan
4.8/5 rDev +28.3%
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.
10-20-2009 22:32:58 | More by Jae27
3.48/5 rDev -7%
A - Nice, think reddish brown color with a fluffy two finger, tan head. Slow dissipation left some nice lacing.
S - Chocolate and toffee. Touch of vanilla, and the bourbon comes through warmly.
T - Tastes like an Irish Car Bomb. The bourbon is present but is more complimentary than overpowering. Very smooth and sweet, solid tasting but drinking a lot of it starts to make it go sour.
M - Smooth, medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.
D - Gets too sour for me, but starts out really nice, I like the subtlety of the bourbon on this, but it's almost to the point that I wouldn't call it a "bourbon beer."
10-19-2009 21:16:48 | More by AgentZero
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
Thanks to nkersten for this bottle. Pours a crystal clear, maroon brown color with a one finger sized tan-white head. Pretty good amount of lacing going on and the retention is quite nice as well.
Aroma is slight vanilla and caramel with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon aroma is hidden in the back and is there to add some nuance. Slightly sweet and almost red wine like.
The bourbon comes through a bit more in the flavor than the nose would have predicted. Sweet bourbon with a bit of chocolate. A touch of fruitiness with an earthy hop flavor. The hops really stand out in the finish and pair quite nicely with the bourbon. The hops dont seem to be citrusy or too American but more of the earthy English version. However, the assertive hoppiness and bitterness is certainly more American than British.
Very smooth and velvety feel to the beer. Perfect carbonation. This was one solid broubon brown. I havent had a bourbonized brown but this was certainly a wonderful beer. I havent made up my mind if I want more bourbon in the nose, but the way this one is, it tastes and smells great. Thanks Nate.
10-16-2009 19:06:25 | More by SaCkErZ9
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
Poured from the tap into a typical pint glass.
A - The beer pours brownish red and opaque. The head is about two fingers thick and the color is just a brownish white.
S - Nice malt smell, sweet and has bourbon hits. Great smell gets better as the beer warms. There is somewhat of a vanilla smell as well.
T - Smooth and sweet. Some malty richness, little bit of roasted taste.
M - Smooth, medium body, little carbonation. Taste lingers for a little while.
D - Not too heavy of a bourbon style beer, seems a little too subtle. Wished it was a little stronger.
10-09-2009 00:49:01 | More by AndrewD1022
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
Poured very dark from the bottle, almost no head, just a bit of lacing.
Smells strongly of malt, maybe a bit of coffee or chocolate as well
Tastes very creamy, nice bitter finish on the back of the tongue. It was somewhat bland when first opened, but as it warmed slightly, the flavours really started to come out more. Very nice. Not much for bourbon flavours, maybe just a bit of smokiness on the palate.
Enjoyable beer, would gladly drink another.
09-30-2009 07:16:20 | More by garretthetzel
3.93/5 rDev +5.1%
Pours a very deep copper color with a big light tan head. Head falls to a minimal one leaving a thin lace.
Nice malt aroma. Roasted and sweet.
Sweet malt taste. Bitter hops make themselves known. Slight bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full bodied in the mouth.
Nice brew. Easy drinking, decent.
09-28-2009 14:08:09 | More by dstc
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another trade!
(A)- Pours a clear dark brown color that produces an off-white to gray colored head that dissipated quickly.
(S)- Chocolate dusted raisins and creamy vanilla-ish molasses.
(T)- Nice creamy chocolate with raisin cinnamon bread characters. Rather sweet.
(M)- Great carbonation with a silky yet creamy mouthfeel.
(D)- A straightforward but enjoyable brown ale that has a delicate creaminess to it that is rather nice. Really sweet though; more dessert- like in my opinion. Good stuff.
09-26-2009 17:39:33 | More by sweemzander
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
I used the pour, settle, pour method advocated by Randy Mosher in Tasting Beer, which I just read, and consider me a convert. "Pouring down the side is for sissies"
A: Poured a 2 finger light tan head that subisided in not a long time to a thin but creamy head, leaving a little lacing. The beer is clear and clean, but has surprisingly little active carbonation. It's sort of a watered down cola color that I would put around 19 SRM.
S: Hmmm, vanilla and caramel, maybe some bread and also a touch of chocolate. I get no hops what soever as of yet. It's not terribly strong. The bourbon comes across mostly as vanilla, and increases as the beer warms. Substantially, and nicely augmented by the malts.
T: Taste is much stronger than smell. It's very smooth, though there is a roasted bitter in the swallow. Sort of a cooked candy or even a very mild cooking chocolate. Hmm. Maybe burnt chocolate chip cookies. Not badly burnt, just a little. More bourbon/vallina in the retro-olfactory smelling. A very interesting brown ale. I like the bourbon and I like the fact it is clean of any nuttiness. I would like to have more hops, as I get none in here.
M: Very smooth and slick, but lacks carbonation. Really a sort of let down there. This would be nice with some carbonation to make a bit sharper.
D: Very drinkable, would go nicely with some foods. A good compromise also for those who do and don't like sweet beers I think.
09-18-2009 21:50:26 | More by mdwalsh
3.28/5 rDev -12.3%
A: Dark brown and slightly see through. It was carbonated for a second, but quickly dropped down to a very thin layer of lace.
S: I guess there is some bourbon in there. Slightly smokey and roasty with a bit of chocolate and toffee sweetness
T: Slight sweetness of toffee and chocolate with a a bit of a raisiny flavor. No bourbon or vanilla that I can really find. There is a mild roastiness, but most of the flavors seem a bit subdued.
M: Very watery. slightly harsh and acidic. More body would have been nice
D: I think I could drink a lot of this if I really wanted to.
09-15-2009 23:30:02 | More by mikey711
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Poured into Ommegang Chalice
Pours 1 and a 1/2 fingers of light tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown on the top that fades to a clear copper brown on the bottom.
Aroma: Very typical brown ale: chocolate, coffee, and some roasted flavors. There is a faint bourbon aroma as well. Along with the bourbon comes a touch of vanilla.
Taste: a lot of the same notes as in the aroma. A lot of coffee and roasted malts, chocolate, and again, a very small amount of bourbon and vanilla. I wish there was more bourbon here.
Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with a little heat,but not bad. Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends with a chocolate bourbon flavored aftertaste that is a little sticky.
Overall, not a bad beer. I enjoy bourbon beers so this would be a nice session as it isn't that big. However, I wish it had a little more bourbon in it.
08-19-2009 15:59:51 | More by mothman
4.38/5 rDev +17.1%
12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Bottled 25Feb09
A - A light cream-colored head stayed both compact and resilient. It's creaminess was that of Cool-Whip and as it slowly went down it left bits of lacing. The clear beer was ruby-red amber in color with out a lot of bubble action.
S - Toasty malts of light caramel and richer roasted amber with a mild woodiness from the barrel aging I presume. It's definitely unbalanced towards malt with almost no hop aroma whatsoever, but that's ok with me for this one.
T - Toasty malts abound in this brown ale that's almost closer to a porter. A mild caramel sweetness barely off-sets the toasty and roasty nature of the malts. It's very hearty and the barrel aging adds a light nutty woodiness.
M - Creamy and smooth, this is a fantastic sipper for a brown ale. A light carbonation crispness finishes out the swallow. Pretty full-bodied and rich with a little dryness from the roasting. A little alcohol warmth at the end.
D - Definitely one of the best brown ales I've come across, I wish I had a six-pack at my disposal. I'll need to go get more. This would be a fantastic fall warmer on a cool, crisp night with the leaves rustling in the trees. Yeah, I really need a six-pack.
08-14-2009 20:30:16 | More by BeerFMAndy
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
Pours a perfectly clear amber with a brown hue on there. Head is tan. Flavor is interesting. Kind of a tangy, earthy and sour edge on there. Inky a bit too. Get a slight burn from boozy tones. A nutty edge seems to be peeking from around the corner. Feel has nipping carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. Interesting to drink. The flavors don't seem to be meshing all that well as there are some unusual things going on here. But it's not undrinkable. Interesting enough to try once I guess.
08-13-2009 00:17:10 | More by RblWthACoz
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Picked up a mixed sixer of brews from Casanova's in Hudson Wisconsin on a recent little fishing trip. I always meant to grab a sixer of this in Chicago but never got the opportunity before I left. Drank from my Surly nonic pint glass.
Appearance- Pours a crimson brownish with a nice sized one finger bright white head. A spotty cap and thin collar are left for the majority of the brew but nothing crazy.
Smell- A nice toasted nuttiness is apparent right away. Not overly toasted, just a speck of that hazelnut goodness that I love in Browns. Some light cocoa and a tinge of citrus sneak in every now and again as well. The bourbon or wood is very light and honestly I'm not 100% sure I'd guess it was partially aged from the nose if the bottle didn't say so.
Taste- Like the nose the beer starts with a bit of lightly toasted malts that aren't really as nutty as the nose led me to believe. The hops are quite noticeable as the crisp citric bitterness cuts the malt quickly. Again, the percent of the beer that they age in the barrels must be fairly small because the bourbon doesn't come through at all. Really the only thing reminiscent of any aging is the slight vanilla on the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel- Medium body with a lightly creamy feel and very light carbonation.
Drinkability- Not really what I was expecting but it's hard to say that this brew doesn't go down pretty easy. It's very drinkable but I was hoping for a bit more 'potency'. Either way worth trying and a tasty brew if you're in the mood for a plain ol' Brown.
07-30-2009 16:35:29 | More by younger35
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.