High Class Broad - Tyranena Brewing Company
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Reviews by BlindPig:
4.33/5 rDev +5.4%
A- Thin light tan head on a murky dark brown body.
S- Big brandy, wood, vanillia, big malt body, grass hops, alcohol, hint of nuts, and just a touch of cherries.
T- Follows the aroma. Brandy and wood flavors. A nice blend of flavors and the barrel age IMO is perfect. They did it just the right length of time. It's not over whelming but it is present. Malts and light grass hops with a hint of nuts. Light bitterness on tongue from grass hops. Wood, alcohol, sweet malt body, and just hint of grass all linger around in the after taste.
M- Medium body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I think it is a great a great beer. Nice blend of the barrel age. Not to sure how good the base beer would be without it though.
09-16-2007 04:26:05 | More by BlindPig
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4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
On tap at the brewery one fine Wisconsin Saturday. Brandy Barrel Aged thats a new one for me
Pours a nice true brown color with a thick and lasting, uber creamy just off white head. In the right light there appear to be purple hues.
Aroma: Sweet cherries and oak barrel vanilla. Tannin rich esters over a solid biscuit/caramel base.
Taste: Sweet caramel back bone is highlighted by the sweeter cherry flavors. A deep earthy/spiciness balances everything out. The barrel aging is much less pronounced then it is in many of Tyranenas other beers. This is certainly no Rockys and I think thats a good thing. This is a much more drinkable beer. Its lighter then most BBAed beers and the natural flavors of the malt are allowed to fully shine. They are just accented by some nice vanilla and cherry flavors.
Ive said it before and Ill say it again, I dont care much for barrel aging. If I wanted Bourbon or brandy, Id go and drink some. Still, I couldnt help but enjoy this little ditty. Shes really pretty and drinkable. I think the folks at Tyranena really have the BBAing process down cold. It does get boozy at the end and it's not a pleasant booziness. I would drink this one quickly and don't let it warm up too much. Overall though, nice job
03-26-2007 13:28:17 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
12oz stubby bottle. Imperial brown ale aged in brandy barrels. Glad I finally found some of this one. Pours into my tulip glass a dark muddy brown with a touch of red. A half inch of light tan head tops it off. Aromas start out with nutty caramel laced with vanilla. An amalgamation of dark fruits and mellow oak. There's plenty of big sweet brandy notes lurking in here as well.
First sip brings a caramel, toffee, nutty malt rush that's followed by cherry and vanilla notes. It flows down with mellow oak hints and a good helping of brandy. Somewhat sweet throughout but no overly so. Finishes smooth with a lingering brandy and some brown sugar. Not much noticeable alcohol either. A yummy brandy aged brew.
Mouthfeel is big, chewy and full bodied. Goes down pretty easily with a steady stream of carbonation. Leaves me wondering what the ABV of this one might actually be. Overall, a tasty brandy aged brew. I've enjoyed the few brandy barrel beers I've had the chance to try and look forward to more. This one is worth seeking out and I'm glad I have a few more.
05-12-2007 00:25:37 | More by orbitalr0x
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
Hmmm...isn't this an interesting brew.
Poured a very dark tea color with a nice 2 finger white head that melted quickly to sticky lacing and a nice top of bubbles that lasted most of the drink.
Aromas are caramel malts and alcohol...sweet alcolhol. Interesting.
Flavor is sweet candy caramels and sweet dark fruits, very sweet raisins and sweet alcohol. This isn't to say it is cloying or too sweet...it is merely a sweet style and very nice at that. Everything seems balanced and nice.
Decent rich Brown to get drunk with.
Wow....this beer has warmed now and the oak barrel and bourbon aging is really coming through.
Flavors mellow incredibly.
Aromas are heavenly.
DON"T drink this too cold.
Warm just below room temperature and love it.
04-22-2007 00:45:12 | More by IntriqKen
4.78/5 rDev +16.3%
Glowing dark rust with a healthy light khaki head of good retention.
Titanic nose of dark breads, walnuts, honeyed cereal grains, toasted oak/toasted coconut/vanilla/hazelnut oak exclamations, and muted figgy, grapey booze squeals of Brandy.
Into the mouth, it initially present itself as a stately, mannered, and well-organized Brown Ale, with it modest toasted grains, distinct walnut and almond nuttiness (honey-glazed, of course), kilned tobacco, and background carob/cocoa nuances. Then it goes all supernova, spilling light and energy of splintery oak, and wood and vanilla and hazelnut. Malt seems to exponentially duplicate itself, along the way cloning Tootsie Rolls, Krispie Kreme Donuts, Gingerbread, Frosted Sweet Rolls, Toffee Hard Candies, and Apple Fritters. Brandy is sucked through the nebula, spinning out an encore of the oak traits as well as bolstered grape vinous booziness. A flickering tea-like hop note concludes things and adds a well-placed counterpunch, if little else.
Nearly full bodied, but the steady carbonation jettisons this through the esophagus in hearty subsequent bursts.
Damn near flawless, and very different than almost anything out there. This is a fucking gem. My opinion of Brandy just rose several pegs.
08-15-2007 08:40:10 | More by cokes
4.15/5 rDev +1%
12oz, bought a 4 pack over at Steve's on University as i have some catching up to do on the Wisco scene
appearance: pours into a brandy snifter...nice burgundy body with a garnet tint, creamy beige head with decent lacing and retention. lovely looking beer indeed
smell: very nice and relatively subtle nose...brandy and oak lead the way with coffee grounds and roasted malts following shortly after
taste: nice brandy soaked oak that is not overpowering or obtrusive...not usually a fan of brown ales but the brandy and oak make this certainly interesting enough for a try. coffee and mild chocolate roasty notes serve as a solid base...very nice!
mouthfeel: smooth and coating, light warming
07-06-2007 01:03:02 | More by dirtylou
3.93/5 rDev -4.4%
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks go to brewcrew76 for trading me this back during DLD '08. Been sitting in the cellar since.
Pours a deep clear ruby, with a finger of foamy light tan head. This quickly peters down into some thin fizzy bunching around the edges that leaves a smattering of spotty foam back. Brandy greets the nose first in the aroma, but is quickly matched by an equally pervasive sweet mix of chocolate and toffee. I'm pleased to find that digging a little deeper, reveals an addtional layer of smoked malt and wet tobacco notes. Nice.
The taste is unfortunately a bit less complex than the nose was. Mostly brandy and sticky malts. Lots of toffee, with some light cocoa and roast mixed in. There is a pretty good evenness here between the beer and barrel, before the brandy once again exerts itself in the finish with a dry boozy feel that spreads out along the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied, but is definitely a bit watery and light in spots. The carbonation is lower feeling, with a definite slick feel. There is a bit of a sting to this, but it seems to be mostly coming from the brandy.
This was good overall. While the aroma seemed to be unaffected, I think that some cellar time might have actually taken away some of complexity of the taste. This was a decent sipper, with there cetainly not being a lack of brandy present.
08-04-2009 17:23:31 | More by Kegatron
3.85/5 rDev -6.3%
Poured from a 12 Oz bottle. Aroma glows with a rich, fat brandy and cream husk. Barrel noticeable immediately. Pours a middle brown, with edges of amber and rim of white. Flavor is an interesting dense, caramelized malt, with higher barrel alcohols, but not overly hot. Crazy amounts of complex vanilla, tannins and oak. But, this is good barrel use. It's not harsh or biting. Sure, it's dominating, there's really not that much left of the base brown ale (what a weird style to barrel, it's not surprising it sopped up all the brandy and lost a lot of its original character). There is still some soft, supple warm nut character. Drops of honey. Loads of butterscotch (no, not diacetyl). Really, pretty decent.
08-07-2008 21:39:03 | More by CharlesDarwin
3.8/5 rDev -7.5%
Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. The label is the same yellow with black chalk-like writing of the BGW series. Imprint on neck says this was bottled 23MAR07.
Appearance: Pours with only 1/4 inch tan head. This falls quickly to nothing. The etching itn he Duvel glass keeps a small isalnd of foam in the glass for the duration. The beer itself is a fairly dark brown, like muddy water. Unable to see through my glass when held to the light.
Smell: Well, what did you expect? A strong brandy aroma along with many of the aromas associated with brandy: cherry, vanilla, and oak. I wish I could find the ABV of this, I would like to see how it ages. Certainly smells liek a decently high ABV.
Taste: Sweet cherry tobacco alcohol flavor upfront, really without alcohol bite. A nutty, okay finish that doesn't linger too long.
Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is okay.
Drinkability: I like the flavor combination of cherry, vanilla, oak, and tobacco here, goes well with the mild maltiness of a brown ale. Seems like the brown ale is a good canavs upon which to paint the rest of this beer's picture.
06-15-2007 01:41:36 | More by beveritt
4.38/5 rDev +6.6%
A 12 oz bottle courtesy of JAYW.
A: The brown ale is dark, the best color that I can equate it to is a Hershey's dark chocolate. The ale is rather still, even the pour didn't stir up any amount of head.
S: The nose nicely combines nutty malts with rich brandy. The brandy adds a fruity twist, grapes and ripe green fruits (think apples), and a mild dose of vanilla.
T: The brandy was a divine choice. The fortified flavors really take over the brown ale in a way that bourbon may not have been able to. Alcohol is present but it sits behind full red wine flavors. The brandy is, let me say it again, intense and damn near perfect. The only drawback is that as the brandy fades, nothing steps in to take its place. No caramel or nutty malts, no hops, nothing. The finish retains some of the brandy flavor, it just needs something to pair with it.
M: The lush brandy feel is great, boozy and warm. The wood has smoothed out the taste, leaving a great complexity.
D: The ale comes across very heavy, loaded with alcohol. Perhaps the perception of alcohol, driven by the barrels, is all that there is. Despite the mid-sip lull, this is a great ale.
01-03-2009 02:49:44 | More by akorsak
4.05/5 rDev -1.5%
Cellared for awhile, probably two years plus. Dark brown body with a glint of ruby shining through. Lasting skim of tan foam. Slightly oxidized yet still hugely malty nose. No longer the excellently fruity, boozy brandy aroma I remember. Flavor still has some hint of brandy, layered expertly over the toasted malt and possibly some rye. Rich, full body. Long aftertaste that has lingering toffee and brandy accents. It's definitely more malt forward now, with the alcohol in the background. A sipper for sure. Hope they bring it back someday, in a less boozy incarnation.
06-10-2009 01:49:46 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev -2.7%
Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of brandy. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some nice touch of brandy without any alcohol being noticeable. I thought it resemble more of a barley wine then a brown ale but very good nonetheless. Body is a bit light with good carbonation and no alcohol. Interesting beer from an interesting brewer that I am just discovering.
09-13-2007 17:23:57 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev -5.1%
brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish.
08-03-2011 02:01:26 | More by mikesgroove
4.1/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to NoLiberty for this...
Appears a mahogany toned amber with a small, beige head that fades into a mild cap. It leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and brandy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, vanilla, and toffee leading the way.
Mouthfeel is creamy, yeasty, and sugary.
07-06-2007 16:52:16 | More by weeare138
4.13/5 rDev +0.5%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!
A: Pours a hazy/opaque, orange-brown color with a 1/2 finger head that leaves a decent amount of sticky lace.
S: A restrained bourbon aroma dominates the nose along with some sweet caramel malt and molassas.
T: Pretty close to the nose on this one with the addition of some vanilla. The bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and molassas do a nice job of not stepping all over each other.
M: Smooth and oily upfront, with a bitter prickly finish.
D: Shockingly good.
04-29-2007 16:46:53 | More by GbVDave
4.03/5 rDev -1.9%
Acquired via trade from Scoobydank, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a medium brown color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of caramel, brown sugar, dark fruit, a little hops along with a strong overtone of alcohol. It smells a lot like a Barleywine to me. The labels reads “Imperial Brown Ale Aged In Brandy Barrels” so maybe that’s what I’m smelling.
T: The taste starts out malty and sweet with flavors of caramel, brown sugar & dark fruit. There’s a significant alcohol sting that quickly follows. Although this tastes a lot like a Barleywine, it’s more like and English style because there’s only a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.
M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Tasty, goes down dangerously easily, not very filling, strong kick, nice representation of style while taking it to the next level (“Imperial Brown Ale” as the label reads). This beer is a very good one to chill out with until the ABV catches up with you; even though it’s not listed you can tell it’s pretty strong.
10-25-2007 01:48:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.98/5 rDev -3.2%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with average lacing. Aroma is grains coupled with alcohol and oak character. Taste is dominated by the barrel character. There's vanilla upfront, fruits and malt in the middle, and alcohol owning the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Hard to pin this with a style, but regardless, I'm liking.
08-11-2008 00:36:43 | More by ppoitras
4.43/5 rDev +7.8%
got this bottle in a trade with autumnaldave at dark lord day. thanks dave!
12oz bottle, bottled 23MAR07.
pours deep red-brown with a dense off-white head. head drops slowly and leaves spotty lace.
aroma is great. alcohol. biscuit malt. nice vinous character. dark fruit - raisin and date. vanilla. brandy.
taste is great. oak and vanilla. brandy. bit of alcohol. almost coconut. big biscuit malt. touch of roast. dark chocolate. raisin and date. touch of caramel.
mouthfeel is good. medium-big body. moderate well integraded carbonation.
drinkability is great. well balanced and really good.
05-07-2007 00:13:11 | More by grub
4.2/5 rDev +2.2%
Wow, what a fine beer. Small white lacing upon the pour. Great noseburst of fruitcake and raisin. The taste is very sweet with a lingering alcohol bite. While the alchohol is not as hidden as I would like, it is a great beer. Nice smooth mouthfeel. I am picking up a bit of Dogfish Raison in here for some reason. Recommended.
01-09-2008 01:12:16 | More by Jdiddy
3.28/5 rDev -20.2%
12 oz stubby bottle poured into my stouts pint glass.
Poured a dark, nutty brown with very little head. There is just a minimal skim coating over the top as a drink.
Smell is raisin and brandy with a woody character to it.
Wow, taste is brandy up front right off. Following that there is a sweetness of raisin and some other dark fruits, plum, fig. Lots of malty sweetness. The finish has hints of vanilla with alot of woody, earthy sweetness and a slightly warming alcohol/bourbon finish even though it is brandy barrel not bourbon. No hops to speak of in this one.
The mouthfeel is medium to thick. Could use a tad more carbonation and/or more hops to cut huge amount of sweetness going on in this beer. This feels more like an after dinner/bedtime hot tottie rather than a beer.
This is certainly not an everyday drinker. This is an occasional beer for bourbon/brandy lovers. Just slight "hotter" than I prefer, but perhaps some age would have done it well, although it was already almost too sweet.
06-03-2008 02:23:34 | More by tayner
4.15/5 rDev +1%
nchrist13 sent me 2 bottles in a trade.
Pours a hazy dark brown into my Kuhnhenn tulip. Small head with a few constantly rising bubbles.
Smells of oak, booze, and crystal malts.
Tastes sweet and brandyish. A hint of alcohol but it's not harsh. Oaky finish. Full bodied, creamy, and smooth.
Great offering. I'm glad I got a chance to try this. I'm impressed with Tyranena far.
03-29-2008 04:48:33 | More by TheBlackMallard
3.63/5 rDev -11.7%
Faro was exceedingly generous in a recent trade. Thank you, Jeff, for a 2.5 year old bottle of what will be my first brandy barrel beer!
A: Clear ruby red with a finger-thick tan head that recedes to a disk rather quick. Some patchy lace.
S: Rich oxidation and sweet brandy open things up along with caramel, toffee and a little alcohol on the finish
T: Opens up with a surprisingly sharp alcohol bite! Booze, sherry-like oxidation and alcohol open this up. Once my palate gets used to the booziness, brown sugar and some fruitiness - figs, plums - before some alcohol appears on the finish.
M: A little thin mid-palate, but otherwise, this beer is fine. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a rather boozy finish
D: This one is a sipper if there was one.
03-30-2009 03:59:29 | More by DefenCorps
4.28/5 rDev +4.1%
A - Poured out a dark brown color with a small, short-lived head. It left minimal amounts of lace.
S - It smelled of tons of malt!! Also, a good dose of rich, chocolate.
T - It tasted very malty, roasted malt. It also had an oaky quality.
M - It was very smooth and soft. A medium-bodied beer.
D - This was very good. The smell was unbelievable! It also seemed like an RIS or a Porter.
08-07-2007 01:44:37 | More by zeff80
High Class Broad from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.