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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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634 Ratings

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Ratings: 634
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:
No notes at this time.

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

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with a minimal off white head that doesn't stick around for very long but leaves some lacing on the way down. Aroma is a bit vinous, maybe I'm picking up a bit of the barrel. I smell some caramel and a little roast deep in the back. Taste is an oakey, boozy, malty affair. Finishes with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Finished dry, medium to thin in body. Certainly an interesting brew although I think my bottle may be a bit old. I'd love to revisit this one fresh because I think it may be fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2008 00:24:44 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of alexgash


4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Ruddy amber body. Clean, clear. Ephemeral small finger width of light khaki head. Decent lacing. Sweet, caramel malt nose with additional notes of maple syrup, candied yams, vanilla, brown sugar, smoke, and a little oaky bourbon. Good complexity and depth.

Toasted malt and nuts briefly up front. Big caramel and light maple syrup sweetness quickly follow. Bourbon and fruit mid-palate, with notes of vanilla and oak. Light tannin bitterness in the finish. Lingering caramel and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with lushly carbonated, smooth feel. A touch on the sweet side, but the bourbon and wood notes help balance it out. Delicious!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2010 00:55:22 | More by alexgash
Photo of AgentZero


3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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."

Serving type: on-tap

10-19-2009 21:16:48 | More by AgentZero
Photo of maximum12


3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

I got a bottle of this brew in a trade with Scoobydank, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - amber color with a tight beige head that hung around as a light layer and left some bits of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and malty, light chocolate and creamy caramel flavors, slight bourbon taste goes well with the sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - a very tasty brew that's highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 00:47:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of ffejherb


3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle into tulip on 2/1/10.

A - Poured a medium brown with deep ruby and rose-colored tints and a finger's width of bubbly beige head that quickly settled into a thin patch

S - Caramel, vanilla, molasses, bourbon and slight oak notes make up the foundation of the aroma. A tinge of earthy, woody hops also emerge as the liquid reached room temperature.

T - The bourbon character is very subtle; however, it persists throughout the flavor profile. There is also quite a bit of oaky astringency present. Earthy bitter hops and a tinge of bourbon notes comprise the finish, although accompanied by a slightly off-putting sourness that I wasn't expecting.

M - Medium bodied with lively carbonation and a part oily-part watery texture. Finishes with mild woody astringency on the palate.

D - I get a slight sense of oxidization and sourness with this. Perhaps its slightly infected. It wasn't offensive, but something just didn't sit right for the style. The carbonation was a little too heavy for a BA Brown Ale. I'd like to try this on tap at some point.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:46:00 | More by ffejherb
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug.

3.5 A: Clear medium brown color. One and a half fingers of creamy/frothy off-white head. About average retention and some spotty lacing.

3.5 S: Dusty, dry earthy nuttiness. Bourbon component is mild, but vanilla and oak are very apparent. Not bad.

3.5 T: Again, dry earthy nuttiness. Toffee and a bit of caramel. Bourbon isn't even detectable in the taste, but the vanilla and oak are there again to an extent. A touch of butterscotch. Not overly complex, but not bad either.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation that is pleasantly spritzy. Could use some more body and be creamier.

3.5 D: Not a bad beer, but I'm not sure that the bourbon barrels added anything. I prefer the bourbon components to supplement an already tasty beer, but in this case, the bourbon isn't even a player.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2011 00:55:01 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of cpetrone84


3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 02:05:21 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a murky brown, a finger and a half or ceam-colored foam. Thins out but holds at a complete cover. Scattered and plentiful lacing.

Aroma - nutty, doughy grain, a wisp of cocoa. Settles to a maltier, more crackery aroma.

Taste - the nuttiness and sweetness remind me of coconut macaroon cookies. Some butterscotch flavor as well. Balancing hops are present after the swallow and there is a mild warmness in the tummy. Tasty. Some increased liquer-like booziness as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and solid body, carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability - I would dig this anywhere, anytime. Thanks jj!

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2007 19:41:53 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of tigg924


4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and coconut

Taste: complex-chocolate, vanilla, oaking from the whiskey and a touch of coconut taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry end, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: One of the best beers I had on my recent trip out west. I love the complexity and there is a bit of a taste of coconut that really makes this stand apart. This one reminds me almost of a good candy bar mixed with beer--may not sound good but is fantastic. This would be a regular staple in my fridge if I could get it here. Fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 17:23:04 | More by tigg924
Photo of KarlHungus


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color. The head is large, thick and light tan in color. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, chocolate malt, and a hint of caramel. The taste is like the aroma, but more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a nice velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer. The bourbon flavor is not as overpowering as it has been in other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had, and I think that adds to its drinkablity.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 02:02:06 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of GbVDave


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of morimech


4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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
Photo of emmasdad


3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 00:48:37 | More by emmasdad
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.08/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 13:46:19 | More by Hojaminbag
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3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pour is a deep red with a dense 1 finger head, some splotchy lacing, great retention and clarity, seems a little too red for a brown ale

S: roasted malts, mellow bourbon with vanilla and oak both present, bready Malts come in to play as well

T: picking up some hop character up front that I didn't notice on the nose followed by a significant malt profile which features delicate notes of chocolate and caramel. The bourbon comes in at the end and makes for a mellow and vanilla forward finish

Mf: light body, creamy texture

O: well balanced brown ale with nice flavor. The blending provides some of what I love about bourbon aged beers, but everything stays light and drinkable

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 01:40:27 | More by homebrew311
Photo of grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 01:49:45 | More by grub
Photo of WoodBrew


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena Brew Co....the beer pours a nice clear brownish amber with thin slightly off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Dealing with congestion right now so the scent for me is faint....certainly the presence of biscuit/bread. The taste carries maple syrup, touches of oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good easy going beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2013 02:50:34 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of sweemzander


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 17:39:33 | More by sweemzander
Photo of garymuchow


3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma shows mild brown ale qualities. Malty but not strong or overpowering. Initially the bourbon isn't present in the aroma, but it slowly presents in time. Fairly straight forward and uncomplicated.
I really like how the head builds slowly and then is firm and dense and creamy. Clear and brown with highlights of mahagony.
Bourbon shows a stronger presence in the flavor and it's pretty immediate. The flavor balance trades back and forth between the bourbon and brown ale flavors. Nice malty sweetness up front that moves to a caramel before the bourbon kicks in with a nice hop bitterness. The beer closes with a hoppy, bourbon dryness. The bourgon and malt mix to create a vanilla flavor which briefly a bit much, but it didn't last.
Fairly well carbonated, that makes it a bit filling. Decently smooth. Slightly thin, but I like the lack of heavines.
A nice beer overall. Easy to have more than one in terms of heaviness, although the bourbon flavor may become too much in time (I'm not a great fan of bourbon).
Update - 4/17/13 - finishing off a 6 pack. This is a nice drinking beer. The bourbon is balanced nicely with a consistent presence that is not too much or over-powering.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 17:44:28 | More by garymuchow
Photo of Chaney

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this one from BeerFMAndy as part of an amazing East Coast/Wisconsin trade. Thanks Andy!

A: Pours a semi-hazy reddish-brown with ruby highlights when held up to the light and about a 1.5+ inch head. Nice retention!

S: Brown sugar, subdued bourbon, and candy malt scent.

T: Sweet, but no too. The bourbon adds a hint of a sort of oaky, nutty quality, especially on the aftertaste that I find delicious.

M: Not too sweet or syrupy and the carbonation lays very well on the palate. I'll credit the bourbon for adding to this brew's smoothness.

D: I see why so many people I've talked too when I bring up Tyranena mention this beer first as sort of their bridge beer. This is a damn fine brown ale....I'll go out on a limb and say it is one of the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 17:29:11 | More by Chaney
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3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
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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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 21Jun2010

A: pours a brown ale with cherry hues and brilliant clarity. Single finger of off-white head falls to a decent sheet of the same. Spotty lacing.

S: Raisins, raisins, malts, bourbon and raisins. Sweet and stony fruits. Slightly peppery and herbal nose touches and sweet with molasses as well. anise. Nutty. I like this nose.

T: Dry and nutty. Bourbon is present and obvious - and I imagine that the bourbon was ferocious a year ago. Herbal, tea flavors, vanilla, brown sugar, oaky, decent.

M: Medium to thin for the style with medium carbonation. Slightly slicking on the palate.

O: Decent, but brown ales don't really benefit from a barrel really. Still has a slight hint of alcohol. Plenty of fruits on this - indicating to me that the beer wouldn't age particularly well. This is a good attempt, but theres something missing. At 6% abv, the beer doesn't really hold up.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 16:45:06 | More by harrymel
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3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. brown bottle into my Sly Fox shaker "pint" glass. Appears a medium dark brown color with a finger of light tan head. The bourbon is evident in the nose as well as some wood (oak), and vanilla. Tastes of toasted coconut, a hint of almond, vanilla and alcohol. A notch above medium in body and carbonation. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2007 15:12:58 | More by ClockworkOrange
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel-amber hue, with a thin layer of persistent ivory froth, deposits spotty lace.

S - Basic toasted maltiness, barely a hint of Bourbon. It smells kind of nutty and slighty of cocoa.

T - Taste is delicious; some chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, but in a brown ale sort-of-way. Bourbon barrel per se is not apparent, but I think it definitely imparted some enhancing characteristics. As it airs out, Bourbon becomes vaguely perceptible. Brown Ale is a delicious and underrated style, and this is a good one.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, very easy drinking. A little more creaminess or body wouldn't hurt.

D - Very hard to do this one justice with poetic waxing; you've just got to drink it.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:27:55 | More by ktrillionaire
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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