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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 352
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 39
Gots: 35 | 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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3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a room temperature pint glass at the Old Fashioned.

Appearance was average for a brown ale, tan lacy head. Strong bourbon smell, but not overpowering as a taste.

Upfront sweet malty caramel taste. Bourbon comes out but is followed/paired with wood smoke. Smooth and drinkable, hops at the end. Light, almost fizzy mouthfeel.

Serving type: on-tap

02-13-2009 02:03:05 | More by wryepicures
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger, beige head. The head recedes after a minute and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some light bourbon notes. It's apparent from the understated bourbon that only a portion of the beer was aged in barrels. Some alcohol and earthy hops are also present. The taste is sweet and the bourbon is more pronounced here than it was in the aroma. There is enough hop bitterness accompanying the caramel sweetness to make this well balanced. The bourbon element is nice but it could be more pronounced. The alcohol is here but it's not overwhelming and it mostly lingers in the finish, a nice touch.

Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. An easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2009 08:42:25 | More by HopHead84
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3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from brewery during Tyranena Beer Run 11/07/08.

Appearance: Poured a brilliantly clear, mahogany color with a nice inch tall off-white heat.

Smell: I detected a very slight grainy, gingerbread smell. That's the best way I can describe it.

Taste: A very nicely balanced brown ale. Hard to pick out one dominant characteristic. Some notes of vanilla with a bourbony aftertaste on the tounge. Nicely put together brown ale, I seemed to pick up on a gingerbread character.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a bit thin and I would have liked just a little less carbonation.

Overall: A very nice brown ale, but I didn't think the beer lived up to the bourbon ageing advertisement on carrier. Would purchase again if given the opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2009 19:45:34 | More by Birchgrove77
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla and bourbon with some light alcohol ester also discernable. Taste is also a mix between some vanilla and some bourbon. Medium body with Ok carbonation and some alcohol was discernable. Probably one of the most complex and satisfying brown ale I ever had if you can truly categorise this beer as such.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2009 20:57:27 | More by Phyl21ca
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bronze with a coarse, thinning beige head.

Aroma: Nutty, toasted aroma, with a sharper hit of bourbon and roasted malt.

Flavour, Mouthfeel, Drinkability: A little caramel sweetness, round in the mouth, enough bitterness to carry it. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2009 20:45:41 | More by KaiMiller
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. Pours mocha with half a finger of cream-colored head. The aroma is bready and slightly nutty, with just a whiff of vanilla from the bourbon barrel. The flavor profile is similar, opening up with straightforward brown ale flavors (grain, hazelnut) and finishing with faint vanilla, faint oak, and even fainter hops.

This is easily the most drinkable bourbon-aged beer I've ever had; maybe too much so, since as much as I enjoyed it, I was left wanting more bourbon flavors and a bigger beer. With that caveat, it's a very tasty beer and (at least in Wisconsin) a readily available one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-29-2008 03:06:36 | More by kajerm
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4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with an off white head that laces pretty well throughout.
Nice woody carmel aroma's dominate, with a touch of bourbon and spicy hops.
Taste is nice and complex, carmel, and some spicy hops. There is also a more pronounced bourbon background that I didn't notice in the bottle.
mouthfeel is good, chewy and creamy.
Definatly a very good Brown and I think this one is spot on for the style. I will definatly keep some of this around.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2008 15:30:50 | More by mnstorm99
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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a two finger head. Beer is dark brown with an off white head. Head dissipates very slowly.

S - Has a chocolately, carmel and hoppy smell.

T - The chocolate and caramel really stands out as you drink this. There is some bitterness that also stands out but overall it is not overbearing. It tastes similiar to an 85% dark chocolate.

M - The chocolate and caramel standout initially but there is some bitterness that comes about towards the end of the beer.

D - I could have a few of these in the sitting, especially during the winter.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 04:19:21 | More by Wisconsin
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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cream colored 1 finger fluffy head. As it recedes, I get some lacing. The body is a lovely brown/copper color. Nice retention is seen on the head.

S- Caramel, toffee, Bourbon, hints of chocolate, butterscotch, slight oakiness.

T- Starts out with a nice deep caramel toffee covered in bourbon. Transitioning to the finish I get some light chocolate notes, and an oaky dryness while still being quite bourbon-esque.

M- Nice lower carbonation. Big full body with nice balance.

D- This is, with the exception of the Devil over a Barrel, in my opinion, Tyranenas best beer in the lineup. It's got some nice balance of malt and the bourbon flavor. Even at 6%, this can be sessionable. Needless to say, will have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 03:41:45 | More by Greggy
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color, almost black in a slightly dark room (I needed to get close to the light to inspect the color). Large, brown head that is quite persistent, dissipating slowly. Nose is full of bourbon and vanilla notes. I keep thinking about which one is more prominent, and vanilla wins. Very sweet aroma. Taste is very malty and sweet. A bit bitter as it's going down. It's got absolutely wonderful bourbon aftertaste. Not too strong though (I'm not a big fan of bourbon, so stronger bourbon notes would've turned me off). Very drinkable. I would not be able to drink a lot of these (not my style), but it's going down quickly and with enjoyment. Nicely carbonated, and surprisingly light. I guess it's medium body, but it feels lighter than I would've expected.

Very good beer. This is my first review after a long pause, and I am not disappointed that I've chosen Rocky's Revenge.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 06:26:44 | More by ikats
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Ruby hued mahogany, half finger head.

S- Rich caramel with hints of vanilla.

T- Caramel and roasted malts intertwine throughout. Vanilla and hazelnut pop up towards the end, leaving the oak character to show up at the very end.

M- Nice and smooth.

D- About par for a brown.

Good, not great. A nice change of pace from your typical brown.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:21:09 | More by Pauly2X
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours a crimson head chestnut with a finger of tan head. very good head retention & good lacing

S: Toasty malt & vegetal odor

T: Toasty malt, a bit of baker's chocolate & some oakyness up front. Dryness, leafy hops & more nuttyness as this warms. Finishes dry, nutty & with some caramel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth & well balanced

Easy drinker, pity about the smell, a nice brown otherwise..

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 23:30:23 | More by russpowell
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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this gift beer from pwoods for allowing him to borrow my suitcase and camera for Darkness Day.

12 oz bottle with a $1.69 label on the side. No freshness date detected on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear, dark maple syrup color with a light tan creamy head. Nice retention and lacing up the walls up the side of my perfect pint glass from Samuel Adams.

S: Smells of sweet, syrupy malts, brown sugar, light molasses and yeast. Light nose flavors overall.

T/M: Medium bodied and medium flavored ale. Smoke and bourbon-like flavoring with moderate, creamy carbonation. Almost like an outdoorsy, tobacco-like flavor, as well - very unique. Per the label, I definite taste the fraction of barrel aging on this one.

Very nice and drinkable - and for a buck sixty nine a single, you can't beat it!!

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 03:21:00 | More by beachbum1975
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby color with a short off white head and decent lacing.

Scent of brow sugar, a hint of cinnamon, and a bit of bourbon and oak.

Taste of brown sugar, some bourbon and malts. Some fruits come in for a bit as well as some oak. Watery as well, falls short of what I expected.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 00:30:55 | More by paco1029384756
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New Hampshire

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

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby hue when held to the light. Some fine particulates in suspension underneath a half inch head of tan froth. Lacework and retention is better than average, with a fiarly solid skim coat on the surface for the duration, and some ripped sheets of foam.

Aromatics lead off with juicy malt, grape jam, bourbon, and caramel.
Hints of sherry, vanilla, and chocolate follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. A bit sticky and slightly syrupy.

Malt forward on the palate, with caramel and red fruits following through. Shades of bourbon, woody tannins, and more fruit step forward.

Finishes with a wave of warming booze, sweet malt, and grape jam.

Tasty, but the bourbon character is quite subdued, and the base beer is a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 23:15:14 | More by brewandbbq
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4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark woody brown with a silky head. Some lacing. The nose has bourbon, roasted malts, oak, vanilla and dark fruits. Quite impressive for a brown ale. The taste is a bit lighter. Mostly the same components, juts a little less impressive. Medium body is well carbonated. A very nice ale indeed. The bourbon really compiments this well.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2008 04:54:27 | More by rye726
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4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. 2 fingers of a light tan colored head. Recedes to a thin layer, with some decent lacing.

Has a very nice caramel flavor, some toasted grains in there and a nice bitter finish, although not incredibly bitter, just a nice finish to an overall sweet, and rich flavor. Definitely an "bourbon"-ey flavor left on the palate. This has a really nice warming alcohol sensation.

This feels really good in the mouth, starts out thin but really thickens up on the tongue after the first gulp. Really nice subtle carbonation. I gotta say, I really like this and could certainly drain a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2008 04:21:52 | More by Soneast
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3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

Bottled on: Apr. 7 2008

A: Pours a relatively clear ruby-brown color with a small, creamy, light-tan dallop of foam on top. The head doesn't stick around for very long but it leaves behind some very nice rings and sheets of lace.

S: Hard to pull a big nose from this, although caramel, toasted bread, and dark chocolate were apparent.

T: Caramel and toasted malt, along with dark chocolate, dark fruit, and biscuits. I barely noticed any kind of bourbon presence, however I did find an oaky type flavor lingering in the background.

M: Starts a little thin but thickens a bit as it warms. Dry and roasty. Nice. Slightly peppery finish.

D: Good drinkability. A little bit underwhelming but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2008 23:34:08 | More by GbVDave
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4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Tyranena beer to date. Fantastic!!! The taste is amazing. It is unlike anything I have ever tried. WOW. After the first bottle, I rushed out and bought 4 more 6 packs.

From start to finish, this beer has it all. I love the Bourbon aftertones. Greatly appreciated.

Pours a dark brown with a thin lacing. The overall appearace and smell don't do this beer justice. One sip and you will be hooked. Unbelieveable!! One of my new favorites.

I could drink this beer all day long and not get tired of it. Very refreshing!

Can you say SMOOTH?

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 05:39:16 | More by schellsbeer
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3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks for this extra from Elric73. Poured into pint glass

A. brown body with nice 2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S. Not a whole lot going on in the smell. Roasted malts, chocolate and a very slight bourbon scent in this.

T. Taste is dominated with chocolate and nuts. sweet finish with a slight bourbon finish. Of all the bourbon barrel aged beers I've tried so far, It shows the least in this one. Not bad at all but if you're looking for the bourbon kick, not a whole lot in it.

M. Good mouth feel to this. Not to thin or thick.

D. I Possibly could've scored this higher but the sweetness of it puts me off on how many of these you could drink. If it's your thing, you could slam these down all night. For me one or two would suffice and I'd be more than happy with this beer.

Overall a very good brown ale. One of the better I've tried in the category.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 11:56:26 | More by EGledhill
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3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Small capped bottle, poured into a pint.

Dark brown, very nice off-white head, good retention and lacing.
Aroma has roasted malts, some chocolate, but no sign of bourbon.
Medium bodied, same notes from the aroma, cocoa, roasted malts, but again, bourbon aging did absolutely nothing noticeable here.
A good brown ale, but no significant contribution from the bourbon barrel aging.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 02:43:46 | More by brdc
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown in color with bright ruby highlights when held up to light. One finger fluffy light brown head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S - Primarily a nutty maltiness in the nose. Lightly toasted grains as well. Very faint aroma of bourbon but not strong enough to be included in the name.

T - Very try nutty sweetness up front with hints of chocolate and roasted malt. The bourbon lingers underneath but never becomes very pronounced. It does become more noticeable as the beer warms.

M/D - A little thin and very dry feel. A good brown ale but not a spectacular beer like so many of the other Tyranena beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 17:47:19 | More by ckeegan04
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North Carolina

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

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color and a sturdy little head that sticks as a ringlet but coats the glass

Smell: Just a hint of the barrel wafts above the brown bread and caramel base

Taste: Opens with a bready, caramel flavor that adds oaky bourbon subtlety by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of cocoa powder sweetness joins the profile, with good persistence from the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: A bourbon beer that is not over the top; nicely balanced

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 01:21:57 | More by brentk56
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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Packforever1976. Thanks dude!

Pours a clear nut brown with a 2-3" tan head. Aroma is slightly metallic but sweet malt, some toasty/roasty oak, and a hint of bourbon sweetness. Taste is straight up brown ale, some moderate bitterness, but the oak gives it a deeper, rounder, drier finish than others in its class. This one is subtle, but very solid, and probably the most drinkable barrel aged beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 20:39:44 | More by trill
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this offering into my Michelob chalice. There was no freshness date on the bottle. I grabbed a six-pack of this stuff when I was in Wisconsin last month and saved a bottle till tonight to review.

A: A vigorous pour gives 2 and 1/2 fingers of solid tan foam, for which "rocky" would be a good descriptor. The body is a clear dark mahogany, with deep blood-red highlights and orange hues on the side. The head leaves a little lacing, but not much.

S: The smell is very weak, but what I get out of it pleases me. It is mostly a malty aroma; earthy oak smells, mixed with sweet chocolate and caramel, roasted grains, alcohol, and wonderful bourbon smells as the head dissipates. There is also a faint aroma of ripe berries. Virtually no hops contributing to the aroma.

T: Bourbon flavor is very present at the first sip. Sweet caramel malt flavor, totally unaccompanied by any hops. However, that is not to say that the bitterness doesn't kick in towards the finish, rounding out this beers character. It is a well-balanced beer, with an interesting bourbon-vanilla twist that lingers in the aftertaste. My only qualm is that the taste is not terribly diverse.

M: Full bodied and smooth. It runs easily over the tongue, leaving behind a small amount of alcohol that numbs the tongue. The hops leave the mouth slightly dry after the swallow.

D: There is something about barrel-aged beer that gets me every time. I love that oak flavor/aroma. It makes me think, as I am sure others do as well, that the finished product is somehow more refined than other beers. Now, I know that is just bullshit, but one could say that the bourbon is imparting the beer with some of its mystical qualities. With that said, I enjoyed my six-pack.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 05:13:44 | More by MusicaleMike
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.