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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 682
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 40
Gots: 33 | 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 lightindarkness


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

Thanks yet again to boilerbeer for sharing generously after his WI trip.

Pours a deep burnt umber brown with great looking depth and clarity. Nice full head settles to a very well kept layer of patchy bubbles and a thick ring around the edge. Some nice patchy hanging lace.

Nose is of earthy malts, a little mossy with plenty of grain and woodiness. Very mild bourbon barrel on the nose, with a lot of grain filling in. Who'd have thought you could barrel age some beer and then try to balance it? Huh.

Flavor is extremely satisfying and very nicely blended. Starts up front with an earthy grainy toasted bread flavor with a fair amount of wood and earthy depth along with a slight bitterness. Somewhere around the finish all this gives way to a smooth nutty vanilla bourbon flavor that hangs softly on the palate. Not an overwhelming barrel aged beer at all, with a very mellow and pleasant bourbon flavor.

Medium bodied with full on tingly carbonation. A little slick and sticky at the finish, clinging a bit, but adding some fullness and a satisfying feel to the overall character.

Brown Ales aren't particularly my favorite, but there's something addicting about the mid-sip transition between solid brown ale and bourbon mellowness that I love in this one. I could probably put down a few of these before I realized it.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 22:40:19 | More by lightindarkness
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South Carolina

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

Another very nice extra I received in a trade recently. I had not yet sampled this one from Tyreana but was thrilled to be able to get the chance. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/31/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich looking brown, with nice clarity and some reddish tints to the sides and bottom of the glass. Light carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom. There was a decent sized, maybe three quarters of an inch of off white foam that came across the top and hung for the remainder of the session, creating some nice ripples of side glass lace.

The aroma was light, lots of nuttiness and light grain in there. Faint hint of vanilla and some light cocoa as well. Maybe a touch of figs way in the back mixed in with an earthy roasted malt. The flavor was very smooth with a nice medium bodied brown ale that still served up very well in the carbonation department. Initial flavor was of caramel and hazelnut, with a touch of oak and bourbon. Nothing really overblown here at all which led to it still being amazingly session able. Light aftertaste of roasted nuts and caramel with hints of vanilla and a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice and solid brown ale here.

Overall I have to admit this was not bad at all. I was really impressed that the bourbon tones were not overblown, but were in fact nicely put together as more of an accent to a already solid beer. Really a very well done brown ale that I would be happy to try any day!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 15:10:24 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BoitSansSoif


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

A-Dark brownish-amber w/thin beige head. Nice lacing and retention.
S-Smell is not very apparent. Faint hazelnut, lightly toasted specialty malt, caramel, coffee.
T-Sweet malt, caramel, coffee, chocolate, faint hazelnut, black cherry (some sort of fruit that is hard to pin down), nice hops in finish that impart faint citrus notes. The bourbon barrel is slightly apparent.
M-Medium body w/nice moderate carbonation to balance. Malts dominate but hops still restore a sense of equilibrium that makes for a nice brew.
D-Very enjoyable. I tried this on tap today before picking up some bottles. For some reason I prefer the bottled version.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 00:19:24 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of Ragingbull


4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with light wispy head and above average prickle. Smooth malty nose. Smooth sweet attack. Nice flavor with sweet tones tempered by a "roasted" flavor and mild hop like character at the finish with actual hops presentation. As the finish turns to aftertaste it leaves you wishing there was more taste in the sip. Excellent by my count. No real bourbon notes, but I really like bourbon and would welcome it so its possibly understated to me. Incredibly complex beer in a great way. It is on a short list of my favorite beers I have tried in the past few years.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:42:28 | More by Ragingbull
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a medium amber, with a decent head that recedes to a nice lace.

Aroma is a bit fruity, lends itself to the hops being used. Hops are there subtle though they are.

Taste is smoky up front. the malt character here is huge. There is a heaviness that I don't expect from a brown ale. I swear this is a swartzbier. Vanilla is HUGE here, in the fore front with the smokiness. This beer is like a vanilla scotch ale. Excellent!!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, leaving a nice oily coating on the tongue.

This one surprised me!!! The vanilla and smoke undertones were excellent...I like !!!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 02:03:22 | More by wheatyweiss


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

12 oz stubby into a 16oz goblet. Vigorous pour produced a short lived foamy, pillowy banana colored head that reduced to a bubble ring & a thin oily film. Cola brown color. A late swirl 2/3 through the glass produced a decent secondary head.

Creamy sweet malts, damp tannic oak barrel smell with a
faint boozey aroma. Inviting enough to continue...

Taste is a little nutty, smokey & mildly bitter with oily grassy hops, nuts, caramel & coffee with a nice warm finish. The barrel presence presents more than the mild 6% ABV would indicate. All blends fairly well.

Medium body....carbonation is a little weak. A not too dry, sharp spicy finish & a oily film on the lips & tongue. Not a whole lotta punch....

While not a preferred style it's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 05:26:21 | More by TATTORSO
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3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample shared courtesy of Thickerfreakness. Thanks!
Pours maroon to brownish with a malty browl ale like toasty, caramel, and vanilla malt. Taste is somewhat mild however, and while good, I got no indication of bourbon, but some tart, bitter brown ale like malt. Some bittering hops playing a part in the taste to balance. Drinkable, but not one of Tyranena's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 20:57:05 | More by JDV
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red with a beige head that slowly recedes leaving a pleasing lace.

S: Sweet caramel with some nut, toffee. Faint bourbon.

T: Wonderfully balanced with caramel, toffee. Bourbon and a faint oak note appear before a soft, sweet finish takes over.

M: Rather low on carbonation and a little sweeter than i like my browns.

D: Goes down fairly easy and the bourbon gives it a nice touch

*Notes from 11th August 2009. Got this bottle from Faro, thanks!**

Head retention is poor, and the beer deserves a 3.5 instead, which I've corrected to from a 4. The nose is great, with a combination of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and mild oxidation. 4/5
Palate is great, with brown sugar, dark honey, caramel and vanilla. Bourbon presence is mild, and is noticeable mid palate. The finish is dry with notes of vanilla and bourbon, with some light brown sugar. The lower level of carbonation works for the beer, but the finish is a little watery before the presence of bourbon and vanilla is felt. 4+3.5+4

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:15:31 | More by DefenCorps
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3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampling a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer porus a clear deep mahogany color with creamy beige head that fades quickly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is brown sugar, bourbon, some oak and a bit of caramel. Very sweet overall, with hints of booze to, but probably from bourbon not he actual liquor.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly watery texture and very fine spacious carbonation. Texture is a little disappointing.
Flavor is similar to nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar mixing with bourbon and some wooden notes as well. There is again booziness but it is mostly from the bourbon no actual heat.
The beer is drinkable but wish the body had more umph and carried the beer a little more versus the heavier bourbon notes.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:52:56 | More by sulldaddy
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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Served in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle at Eagan's on Water Street.

A: Pours a tobacco amber with hints of ruby and a two-finger, off-white head with fair retention.

S: Sweet malts, oak and smoke.

T: Opens with a sweet malt foundation punctuated by lingering notes of bourbon that finish bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

D: Moderate drinkability.

Food Notes: Pairs well with a half-dozen Delaware Bluepoints.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2008 22:37:00 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of largadeer


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

Appearance: Clear pale brown, not far off from the color of bourbon in fact. Head retention is great, leaving trails of lace as it descends.

Smell: Vanilla, coconut, toffee, toasted nuts. Wow, this stuff smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted malt, caramel and vanilla, hazelnuts, maple syrup; definitely on the malty side but not actually overly sweet. The bourbon barrel aging makes its presence known in a subtle way, adding richness and complexity without overpowering the actual beer. A touch of boozy astringency is present as well, but it's minimal and not enough to detract from the otherwise excellent flavor. This is some fine stuff and I greatly enjoyed it.

Notes: Thanks to mully for yet another great extra.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 21:21:07 | More by largadeer
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this into my Duvel tulip. An aggressive pour leads to a light brown head for a nice amber brown beer. It leaves little lacing in the glass. The smell is of roasted malts and a little bit of the bourbon. The taste is really nice for a brown ale. I get plenty of roasted malts and a great accent of bourbon and vanilla. the mouthfeel is a bit above average and its a nice and drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 01:27:55 | More by thickerfreakness
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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy brown head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice little touch of bourbon for a 6% ABV brew, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big malt flavor, bourbon (very nice), with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this was a treat to drink, very nicely done. Love the brew's from Tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 01:16:05 | More by Wasatch
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cola brown with thin white head.

S: Heavy on the vanilla/bourbon, with some brown sugar in the background. The bourbon note really overpowers everything else.

T/M: To me, this beer was just a bit dosjointed. It did not seem strong enough to hold up to the aging. Taste is malt up front fading to strong vanilla and oak note note fading into some hop bite and alchol. Relatively straight forward with little depth.

Ovr: I actually like some Tyranena beers, especially some of their "brewers gone wild" series, but this in't one of their best. It just seems like a relatively weak beer what cannot stand up to againg. I could only fins this as a 12 pack, so I'll keep trying it and see how it ages.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 21:49:06 | More by ejquin
Photo of Buebie


1.7/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Its a bourban barrel aged brown ale.
I have come to the conclusion that beer from this brewer is not for me.
I'm not even going to do a traditional review of this one. I'm a little ticked at my money spent.

I pick up malt in the nose, go to taste it...and get flavor of bourban, some wood and then blamo! Chalk and sour old cheese, and waaaay over carbonated.. I think they might have a problem with their water.

I'm pissed, but its a lesson learned. I'll Stay away from this brewery, I still have 2 more flavors to review from them too.
I hate chugging beer, but had to with this, I didnt want to dump out another one.

They got their revenge allright...on my tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 00:18:37 | More by Buebie
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4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass the liquid is brown with very good carbonation. The head is 3 fingers bark tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt, with all the small complexities of fine bourbon too boot.

The taste follows very nicely. The roasty toastiness of the malt hits you first then the bourbon oak barrel, What a nice brew to sip.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, This is another one of those beers you just can't set down.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 20:47:34 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the Tyranena tasting room.

Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice dense creamy off white head. The aroma isn't as strong as I'd like at all. It featured a touch of bourbon but was pretty faint overall. The flavor is a great blend of bourbon and beer though. The flavor of the bourbon comes through very nicely but isn't overpowering at all. There is a good amount of maltiness and a touch of nuttiness from the brown ale. The bourbon adds a bunch to the mouthfeel, giving a sharper edge than a brown ale normally would. Pretty good drinkability all around.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2008 03:50:42 | More by drseamus
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a twist off bottle bought in Madison, WI. Pours with a nice head, which reduces down to a light lacing. Looks light for a brown ale. Pick up some malts and slight hop smell. Taste is the same, but has a heavier hop presence and a little vanilla. Mouthfeel is light. Could drink alot of these. Definitely a good beer and interpretation of an American Brown Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 02:45:36 | More by wardough
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3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice-looking beer with a very thin head, not even covering the entire top of the glass. Looks brown in the glass, but when held up to the light has a definite reddish hue to it.

Smells great, even with my poor nose. I can smell the bourbon more than I can taste it. Speaking of which, I'm not a huge fan of browns, but I really enjoy the subtle bourbon taste, which could be a little less subtle. Taste is pretty laid-back compared to some other bourbon-barrel aged beers I've had (especially the barrel-aged Bender!). All of the taste of the beer hits the front of my tongue, & every flavor in it is tangled up; nothing jumps out at me except the faint bourbon aftertaste. I like that. I'm still trying to figure out whether I like the more aggressively bourboned-up beers or something like this. My wife likes this better!

Overall very drinkable, & I like the bourbon sneaking up in the back of my throat the more the beer disappears. I'd put this one in the category of one of my favorite browns, which puts it in the middle of the pack beer-wise for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 01:57:26 | More by maximum12
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3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thankyou to Faro, for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '07. Served this one a bit chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, that has dark ruby highlights when held to the light. A thick, creamy, two finger off white head was the result of a somewhat hard pour. Head slowly faded into a thick ring in the glass, leaving behind some soapy rings of lace.

Smell: Tons of really sweet malty aromas really stand out. Some dark fruits, a touch of chocolate show themselves as well. Just a small hint of oak bourbon barrels. Great nose, just very faint.

Taste: Great blend of flavors here. Tons of plum and cherry, and a thick sweet maltiness out front. A little bit of caramel or toffee sweeten this up a little more. A little more of the faint oak and borbon finish this beer off nicely, with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Quite dry. I like that the bourbon flavor isn't obnoxious like in some other beers.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and crisp. A bit watery but clean.

Drinkability: Great drinkability thanks to the lower ABV. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2008 14:09:27 | More by jaxon53
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cola colored transparent brown with hints of ruby red when held to the light. A pretty 1" thick cream colored foam soon settles peacefully to a long lasting 1/8" finely bubbled head.
S-Aroma is faint but has hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a vague sense of bourbon.
T-More chocolate, sweet malt, crackers?, with a slightly bitter roasted dryness to the finish.
M-Nicely carbonated and smooth. Maybe a tad on the watery side, but not bad.
D-Decent tasting, pleasant mouthfeel, and a lower ABV make this easily sessionable and highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 04:44:32 | More by EliteDigger
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4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive looking brown ale. The head settles to a thick cap and stays there. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit weak but I pick up malt, vanilla, bourban, nuts, and caramel.

I can definately tell this was barrel aged as soon as it touches my tongue. In this beer it is not overpowering compared to many barrel-aged beers. The malt and nuts complement the bourban flavors nicely. It has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Overall an enjoyable and approachable barrel-aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 00:17:30 | More by morimech
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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pours very dark amber with small head. Smelled was light chocolate/caramel, may have been the bourbon. Too light to really say for sure. Taste was typical brown ale, medium bitterness, with sweetness at the end. Felt slightly fizzy. Pretty good for an amber, not usually my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 06:40:18 | More by ibashmuck
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4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a red tint. A thin tan head leaves some rims of lace around my glass.

The nose is a nice mixture of sweetness and toasted earthiness. Sweet vanilla and brown sugar mingle with oak, toasted grains, and earthy nuts.

The taste picks up a subtly pleasant nose. Starts out sweet of chocolate malts up front with a solid toasted malt backbone. The finish is where it's at though. A touch of dark fruits on the back edges of my tongue. Bitter cocoa, toasted nuts, and earthy oak all show up to the party and stick around for a little while after everyone else has left. A light-medium body leaves this brew very sessionable.

Rocky's Revenge is a damn solid brown. I didn't pick up on much bourbon, but it's still a damn good brown.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 04:51:42 | More by Slynger
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4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery, into one of their English style American pint glasses...

A - Good head with good retention. Brown body with amber tint.

S - Nice mild vanilla dominated aroma, sweet and simple. Not a classic, but pleasent.

T - This tastes like a nice brown ale, with a entry that screams vanilla, and a finish that shows nice balence between the brown ale and the bourbon finish. Again, not a classic, but what one would expect from a bourbon barrel finished session ale.
M - Standard for style.

D - This is a fun session ale. I would want quite a few more. Wish I could get it here.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 02:18:05 | More by SammyDavisJrJrJr
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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