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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown - Tyranena Brewing Company

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown

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636 Ratings

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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 12.03%

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:
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(Beer added by: Winter on 11-13-2004)
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Photo of tasteegood


3.48/5  rDev -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

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2010 04:31:11 | More by tasteegood
Photo of accordselux


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. It is sweet and easy drinking.

A little on the dark side for a brown ale. A nice head, dissipates but carbonation remains present.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla. I can tell that this has some barrel aging to it.

Taste: the creamy vanilla flavor begins, with a strong coconut flavor. Very sweet. The end is a little more bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, and walnut flavors. Toasty.

Mouthfeel is good- creamy but still light enough to drink easy. I'd be happy to work through several bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2012 02:51:48 | More by accordselux
Photo of SurlyMe


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into snifter

A - Pours a deep amber/brown color with the slightest amount of light penetration. a semi-hard pour yields a fizzy, off white, 2 finger head which thins to a light skimming as you drink and doesnt leave much lacing.

S - not much going on here; faint smells of caramel, vanilla, sugar, marshmallows. i had to really get my nose in it to smell anything.

T - follows the nose with bourbon barrel, caramel, vanilla, sugary sweetness, nutty, nice residual flavor on the finish.

M - medium to light in body, nice carbonation level, slightly dry finish

D - phenomenal, the drinkability is the best part of this beer. It has enough flavor to keep you intrigued and not so much that you can only have a few, definately sessionable IMO

Overall I really like this beer, it's one of my "go to's" for something darker with a nice flavor and not too expensive. It could benefit from a little more body and a stronger scent but it's still a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2010 04:26:34 | More by SurlyMe
Photo of wryepicures


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
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
Photo of kruthar


4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought this in for a weekly tasting witha group of buds and was pleasantly suprised.

A - Deep brown color looks like a coke initially, clear brown and reddish, no head what so ever, i even pour it straight down the middle of the glass, but it was just me other people were getting small amounts of head.

S - it has a strong vanilla cookie profile that doesn't dominate, surprisingly little bourbon aroma.

T - strong wood taste is the first thing that hits me, again not much borbon, hints of vanilla and a small pinch of nutty goodness, the thought of cola before i tasted this may have thrown me off a little.

M - served very cold so there was initial a bubbly bite, but as it settled the had a silky smooth mouthfeel

D - ultra drinkable most drinkable BA beer ive ever had, gulpable

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 03:45:47 | More by kruthar
Photo of mrseano


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with retaining head and some lacing.

S: Great smell, could pick up on bourbon and coffee-like notes. Complex enough where you can pick up on multiple scents each smell.

T: Tasty beer. This balances the bourbon flavor with vanilla and a hint of mocha/coffee. Impressed so far!

M: Medium-to-full bodied, thicker than your average brown ale.

O: Good, tasty beer. Would definitely try again soon if I can find it on tap again. Tried at Il Gatto during happy hour in Minneapolis. The coffee notes/tastes surprised me and the bourbon (toned down from full bourbon taste unlike other bourbon beer I've had) was pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 01:29:38 | More by mrseano
Photo of JCDenver


3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a fridge-cold bottle into a tulip. Color is an opaque medium brown. There was a minimal, chocolate tinged head that stuck around, along with some bubbles and thin lacing.

Bourbon notes are there, also got brown sugar and vanilla. Finish is very dry with a touch of bitterness.

The body is lighter than I thought it'd be and almost crisp. Carbonation is fine.

Taste is more brown sugar with some vanilla, unimpressive to start. However, both the smell and taste of this beer improved dramatically as it warmed. I picked up burnt sugars and toffee flavors with a hint of booze, along with richer bourbon aromas.

Ultimately, the biggest issue I had with this beer is that the style just couldn't stand up to the barrel, and the flavors it imparted. Nevertheless, this was an enjoyable beer, and paired to a stronger base, it could have been great.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 20:25:28 | More by JCDenver
Photo of eddocron


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 01:59:19 | More by eddocron
Photo of uberez8


2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured a nice clear brown, very carbonated with a two finger head which had me worried. Sure enough the aroma continued this doubt with a weak punch. As for the taste and mouthfeel, Not overly impressed again, the carbonation gets in the way of the flavor, hitting back a malty, nutty simpleness with a watery feel. It's not a bad brown ale by any means but it just suffers from being far to average and simple.

Maybe my mistake with this brew was starting off with Tyranena's brewer's gone wild series and Down n' Dirty stouts, both fantastic in their own ways. This brown ale, on the other hand, not so much.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:03:24 | More by uberez8
Photo of Belgianbeerbunny


3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown with maroon undertones. Head quickly dissipates to less than 1/2 inch.

S - Slightest hint of bourbon. Malt, too.

T - Barely perceptible bourbon taste. Some vanilla.

M - Found it thin for a beer that is so dark.

O - I am a big fan of the bourbon barrel-aged beers and was looking for a little more bourbon here. The color and the scent made me optimistic, but the taste and mouth-feel left me feeling as flat as this ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:03:35 | More by Belgianbeerbunny
Photo of Malty_Matty


3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Huge disappointment. The bourbon flavor completely overwhelms the beer. I would suggest a bolder brown ale base to this beer. I have to give them props, I love a good Brown ale, and bourbon could definitely jive with the style, I just don't know if there is a brown up to the task.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 00:26:01 | More by Malty_Matty
Photo of patelc75


4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this from a nearby grocery store called Green Grocer in Chicago with tons of regional (Midwest) brews. This beer is a perfect combination of bourbon strength (pure alcohol taste) and a brown roast malt taste. It is not as strong as other bourbon beers, which makes it even better.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2010 22:50:23 | More by patelc75
Photo of curtiswvu


3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourced into a stemless white wine glass

appearance: dark brown with a read hue. About 1 finger of dirty white head.

smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, candy

taste: Too sweet and the bourbon just mixes in poorly, reminds me of chasing a shot of Jim with a Newcastel.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation much to thin to hold up to barrel aging.

overall: Unremarkable in my opinion. As usual though most brown ales just leave me wishing I had bought a stout.
Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:18:38 | More by curtiswvu


3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and retention. Smell is mostly nuts with some roasted notes and just a hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly thick, mild carbonation although I don't know how old the bottle is. Taste is roasted nuts followed by a very subtle bourbon sweetness. I really like the balance on this. Finishes fairly dry and sweet with some hop bitterness. Overall, interesting brown ale concept executed well. Would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:03:04 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
Photo of Jae27


4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 22:32:58 | More by Jae27
Photo of bdo894


3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking brown beer. Clear with a soft creamy head.
Smells of hops and malt. Maple.
Pretty bitter beer upon tasting. Also butterscotch and malt.
Kinda rough mouthfeel.
Pretty good beer. I was given an outstanding recommendation not sure if I agree.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 20:13:46 | More by bdo894
Photo of DimensionX


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Clean brown/copper color minimal head and lacing.

S: Bourbon coming through as it warms with a hint of esters. Vanilla and oak also present

T: Toffee and vanilla, decent ammount of bourbon oak coming though, not overpowering but clearly present. Rich toasted malts as you would expect from a brown ale.

M: Average/medium mouthfeel. not really noticable but accurate for the style.

O: Pretty good but nothing incredible, seemed fairly well executed but I think the style just isn't a great fit for a bourbon barrel. I would drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2013 02:40:54 | More by DimensionX
Photo of AndrewD1022


3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2009 00:49:01 | More by AndrewD1022
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 07:16:20 | More by garretthetzel
Photo of volkswankin


3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slightly translucent amber brown. Thin film and head.

S - Almost imperceptible notes of bourbon and butterscotch. You really have to search to find any type of nose on this beer.

T - For a bourbon brown, there isn't much bourbon here. You can taste it upfront, the finish definitely lacks. A tad of malts and wood with limited complexity. It does have nice flash of bourbon and butterscotch on the finish however. One of the redeeming qualities of this beer. Otherwise not a beer I would seek out.

M - Very light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable beer, smooth with a lightly creamy quality.

Overall, kind of a disappointment from Tyranena. It would have been nice if they had aged this longer in bourbon barrels. I think they sacrificed the bourbon flavors for drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2011 19:28:28 | More by volkswankin
Photo of AlphaKevo


4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

out the bottle into a pint glass

A: Looks like a brown ale. you know what i mean.

S: At first not much to smell. let it open up a bit, it'll get going...i get a tiny bit of the bourbon. A nice woody smell more than anything. smells like a brown ale too.

T: Humm...taste. Everyone says butterscotch...i get a hint, but i think it's only cause it's been put in my head by everyone else...sorry! everyones hatin on the bourbon flavor, i get a bit, along with the wood, but the bourbon is there, i done tasted it. you know what? it tastes a bit like a brown ale too. its good folks, and i'm not a brown ale fan. could use more bourbon but its damn good for what it is!

M: Goes down smooth, drinkable as can be! Could do with a little bit more creaminess...but still good!

D:Over all a good beer, and im not a fan of brown ales, or a big tyranena fan! the only fault would be that only part of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels...hum...maybe they sould save some and age IT in bourbon barrels!

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 07:32:34 | More by AlphaKevo
Photo of troyboy79


2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Pours a chestnut brown. A little head but No lacing.

S - Not much of a nose here. Some hints of vanilla but lacks much character.

T - Watery roasted malts. After that there is some watered down brown sugar. I was let down by the fact it was supposedly barrell aged.

M - Way too watery. Very thin on the palette.

D - I'm not very excited and probably wouldnt go out of my way to drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:48:35 | More by troyboy79
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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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