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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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768 Ratings

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Ratings: 768
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 11.53%
Wants: 43
Gots: 56 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Brown Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter glass

Poured a rich dark brown with a thin off white head. Looked almost stout-like.

Smells of hints of sweetness and roasted malt. Somewhat a hearty earthy. Full.

You can taste the bourbon soaked oak. A little chocolate, heavy on the roasted malt. Had a slight coffee note toward the end, but that could have been the malt.

I thought it almost had a small bite to it, very small though. Not rough, but not super smooth. It's what to be expected from a bourbon aged dark beer though.

Very tasty, can't have too much though.

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

Another departure for me, this dark-brown, dark chocolate, almost mahogany beer is lighter in body than I expected. Poured out of the bottle with a full inch of off-white head into an imperial pint.

Smell was earthy malt, burnt sugar, almost molasses, with a very clean overall complexity. First taste was clean and crisp: none of the muddiness I've come to expect from beers this dark, and I drank almost half the bottle quite quickly. Very drinkable. Taste was clean, crisp, malty as in ice-cream-shake malty; malt-ball malty. Refreshing: more like the black lagers I've tried recently than the bigger/heavier dark beers I've grown used to.

Light while being satisfying on the tongue; very drinkable. Barrel aging came through later in the pint, perhaps as it warmed. The bottle says "potions" were barrel aged: I'm wondering if there are new and barrel aged beers mixed for bottling? I've got to wonder what all barrel-aged beer would taste like!

Photo of kirkpjr
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A generous extra from Skye1024

A: Pours a rather thin, murky brown with 1 finger head. A little light creeps through the dark body. Head settles into a thin ring with small spots of lace.

S: Sweet caramel malts and a few dark fruits surprisingly. No real bourbon detected at first. Smells very similar to a Belgian Strong Dark.

T: Roasted malts upfront, with some vanilla and oak flavors coming through in the finish. Still can't really detect the bourbon here, which is definitely not a bad thing. Good twist on a rather bland style though - the oak adds a nice bite. Edit: as the beer warms some subtle hints of bourbon character come through.

M: Moderate carbonation and a little thin on the body.

D: Still can't believe this has been in bourbon barrels - now I understand everyone's statements on this being one of the most drinkable bbl aged beer out there. Smooth and easy drinking brown ale.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held up to the light. One finger beige head that had light retention. Light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice light roasted malt upfront to this. Oaky notes (very light) and some light bourbon aroma as well. Some light chocolate and vanilla come into play as well.

T- The taste is much better than the aroma. Light roasted malts and chocoalte notes. A light toast flavor as well with some brown sugar and vanilla. Oaky flavors come out in a bitter woody flavor. Bourbon notes are there and in the very backend of the beer itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on a little higher level than most brown ales. Creamy in the mouth most of the time. Roasted malts left on the palate. Some slight bourbony notes in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended well and with a barrel aged beer more so. Alcohol drys the palate with each sip.

D- This brown ale is very good. There is a certain non-barrel age flavor to it but the ABV on this doesn't make this beer less drinkable. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan but Tyranena makes one that I have a hard time putting down!

Photo of Beejay
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

M: Medium bodied, with very high carbonation.

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

Photo of beerwolf77
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Hojaminbag
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of regspeir
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH goblet, the beer pours mostly brown with a tinge of red, along with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar and toffee, along with some nuts and molasses. I don't notice any bourbon at all in the aroma, but it's still a nice smelling brew. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there is a little bit of a woody/oak taste too. But with a beer that's partially aged in bourbon barrels, I expected more bourbon to be noticable in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK enough. I think it's a solid, but not impressive overall brew, it's certainly worth a try.

Photo of theghost3
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks again to XaulZan11 for this one.

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

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

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

Photo of GregSVT
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of herman77
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

Photo of SeasonalBrew
2.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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...

Photo of iuhophead87
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of wspscott
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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!

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 768 ratings.