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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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90
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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 37
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 114
Photo of buschbeer
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is tea colored with chunks of yeast settling to the bottom of my glass. It is topped briefly by an inch of tan head. There is no lacing.

S - There is a big caramel and toffee smell.

T - The taste is loaded with caramel as well. The oak taste is modest. The melding of caramel, toffee, and vanilla make for a decadent combination. I get some bourbon in the aftertaste.

M - Medium and velvety smooth.

O - The more barrel aged Scotch ales I have the more I like them. I don't think I have had a bad one yet. This beer is fantastic. I wish I had about 23 more of them instead of a single bottle. I love it and would highly recommend.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is clear burnt brown with red hues and a light yellowish head. Nose is strong charred wood and fairly deep malt aromas. Chocolate, bourbon, burnt caramel and brown sugar. Taste is the same, chocolate, woody, cooked caramel and brown sugar, notes of peat and bourbon through the finish. Body is soft and airy, not too thick with good carbonation but thins out in finish and a little watery. Not a bad beer.

Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, golden with little head

S: Vanilla, Carmel toffee smell, not too much bourbon

T: Follows the nose with some coffee in the after taste

M: carbonated and creamy. Not too heavy

O: very delicious glad I got to try this one. Would definitely seek out again.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a trade, into a Deschutes snifter and split with my brother.

A: Clear gold with minimal head.

S: Earthy wet wood and soil, definite peat characteristics...damp campfire, caramel, peanut butter, roasted barley...honey, bourbon, vanilla...sweeter malt, toffee, bready.

T: Same as the nose, sweeter body with plenty of caramel and bready malt, peaty, smoky earth, oak, campfire, vanilla and toffee.

MF: Closer to medium that full, alcohol is deceptive and barely perceptible.

O: Really good, just as nice as Central Waters version, though definitely different with the smoky component. Right up there with the best BA Scotch ales I would think.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle received as an extra from awesome all-around BA maximun12.

Relatively clear, maple syrup-colored elixir poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. Rock steady off-white, full finger head. Plenty of lacing.

Caramel, toffee, vanilla and hint of bourbon.

Wonderful compilation. Nice toffee malt and vanilla at the forefront, smooth bitterness and bourbon at the end.

Medium body, almost slick, well carbonated.

Well done, one to seek out.

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: A high, straight pour produces only a thin wisp of tan foam atop the clear, deep orange-brown body. What head there is forms a thin but solid ring; no lace. Ok.

S: Rich toasty malt, solid toffee, charred oak, mild bourbon, and vanilla. Pleasant and balanced.

T: Sweet toffee and vanilla up front, with oaky bourbon and moderate booziness on the finish. Excellent at first, but ultimately just a bit too hot for a 70% barrel-aged brew. Still great, but not as great as it promised at first.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated medium-full body. Great.

O: Excellent beer, but I wish they hadn't cut the barrel-aged portion. I could have dealt with significantly more barrel presence, and a more central bourbon character would have made the booziness far more palatable. Still delicious, but oh how great it could be.

Cheers!

Photo of zeledonia
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Most recent bottling, from spring 2013. Tasted 7 July 2013.

Pours a very muddy amber brown with reddish tones. Translucent at the edges, though. Just a thin layer of off-white head, despite an aggressive pour. Not bad, but not great either.

Smell is interesting. Wood, earth, smoke, and vanilla. I only get a touch of the bourbon, and if it didn't say so on the bottle, I wouldn't guess this was bourbon-barrel aged. It's nice, but the pieces don't really come together, and I'm left with a bunch of spare parts rather than a working whole. Kinda like a woody smoky scotch ale with a dash of vanilla.

Taste is leaps and bounds beyond the smell. Starts with a lovely earthy/sweet scotch ale, then bursts through with a grainy-sweet bourbon barrel pop. Has just a touch of that character that the best bourbon-barrel-aged beers have, that rich sweet kaboom that always wows me. Here it's not quite so potent or impressive, but half-way to amazing is still pretty darn good.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, persisting as a slick watery film. Carbonation starts out low, then surges up to sting the roof of my mouth.

The flavor carries this beer, as everything else about it is good but not outstanding. I'm delighted by the varied sweet flavors, from the malts, the bourbon, and a little extra from the combination. Good stuff.

Photo of jegross2
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing Shaggin' In The Woods from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Score: 82

2013 vintage bottle served in an Upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Dark bourbon color, pours a thin layer of tan head. Poor lacing and retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Caramel, cocoa, fruity malt and oak. Faint vanilla, hops too. 4/5

Taste: Caramel, malt and oak. Sweet (but not bold) bourbon flavor with vanilla. Not complex at all. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low-medium carbonation. Malty and sweet. Way too thin for what it's trying to offer; it's practically watery. 1.5/5

Overall: Solid flavor and aroma, marred by a horrible mouthfeel. This brew lacks any semblance of viscosity.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012 bottle.

A - Pours a dark, ruby brown color with a one fingered head and dies down to a thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Light aroma: toasted toffee, caramel, bourbon, and some vanilla. I really have to dig into my snifter to get anything in the nose.

T - Toasted toffee, light vanilla, and bourbon.

M - Medium body and lots of initial carbonation which creates an airy sensation on the tongue, slightly sticky.

O - Decent. Next time I'd rather try a fresh bottle, perhaps it mellowed too much over the past year?

Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber, one finger head off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Nice bourbon, vanilla notes, some peat, dirt, caramel and molasses.

T-Rather malty, caramel, vanilla, moderate bourbon, good balance, grass, dirt and caramel.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A nice barrel aged scotch ale. Not as good as Backwoods Bastard but good none the less.

Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date information
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazed dark amber color. Layer of light off white head. Forms a collar. Seems to be carbonated.

S: Burnt sugar. Caramel. Toffee. Slight butterscotch maybe? Not getting straight up bourbon and vanilla. Slight infection? I don't know what is a little off here.

T: You get that butterscotch first and foremost. Really takes away from the scotch ale character. Drain poured half the bottle. Dry finish with Werthers Original close.

M: Full bodied. Big mouthfeel.

Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-05 in Munster, IN at Three Floyd's

A - pretty clear copper-brown with 1-finger tan head and very good lace.

S - Scottish malt. Not too peaty. Mild roasted bitterness. Light bourbon. Balanced. Inviting.

T - Delicious. Rich. Chocolate. Vanilla. Earthy spice. Light bourbon.

M - thick body. Light carb. Milkshake thick.

O - Lip smackin' good. First beer from this brewery. Impressive.

Photo of mjc3151
4.69/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - dark brown, cloudy

S - smells of sweet roasted malts

T - first i get a sweetness from the malts, then i get the bourbon flavor. the bourbon is not too overpowering, yet is powerful enough to overtake the initial sweet flavors

M - medium body, medium carbonation

O - If you like bourbon-barrel-aged beers, you will LOVE this beer. The Scotch Ale style is the perfect style to age in bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavors mesh very well with the sweet roasted malts of the scotch ale style. Everyone should try this beer. I am looking forward to trying more of Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series.

Photo of Benish
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep copper brown - almost like ice tea. No head and lacings present. The smell is definitely the most interesting part of this beer. It had a tea component to it, some form of black brewed tea or another one of those herbal tea's. I also get some burnt wood, likely from the barrels and I also get some toffee.

The taste had a sharp tang to it, just as if you ate a 5 year old extra sharp cheddar cheese (but different flavor). The flavor profile is so strong and unique that I can hardly describe it. It my first try at a Wee Heavy. This is plenty of malt and a somewhat burnt oaky taste. I do get bourbon at the aftertaste. It definitely is bitter yet mildly sweet. There is a big punch to it when you take a sip.

Great beer, I cannot compare it to other Wee Heavy beers, but I did enjoy it!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Ri0. Thanks Jared!

A- Beautiful red colour, small and fast disappearing head of foam, considering that...pretty good lacing.

S- Nice complex smell of Bourbon, caramel malt, and vanilla. It smells balanced.

T- Good Bourbon notes, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Nice tasty Scotch Ale, a style I find I'm generally really tough on.

M- Lowish level of carbonation + medium body= no complaints.

O- I dig this Scotch Ale. A nice use of Bourbon barrels for the style, me thinks.

Photo of Etan
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, recent vintage.

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

S: Dry peat, egg cream, cardboard, light nuttiness and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is substantially sweeter, with raisins, vanilla and toffee, caramelized grain, brown bread.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Pretty decent overall, but a few flaws in the aroma and mouthfeel put this one behind the better scotch ales around.

Photo of JamesMN
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown with an almost nonexistent off-white head but some visible effervescence. Decently translucent.

Aroma: Immediately hit with a nutty mocha aroma that is quite nice. Vanilla and toffee layering underneath that. A very inviting aroma.

Taste: What a great flavor! It stays consistent throughout with flavors matching the aroma exactly. The rich toffee/nutty character is the high point. Not sure if it comes from the malt bill or the bourbon barrel-aging (or both) but it comes through in an almost understated way that begs to be enjoyed. Hints of vanilla, raisin, and a hop presence that adds a bright note without much bitterness keep the flavor complex but work together extremely well. Finish is mild and smooth, aftertaste of rich chocolate, toffee, and a touch of oak. Since the specks about this beer (ABV, IBU, etc.) are not listed anywhere on the bottle or online, I'd estimate the ABV to be in the 8-9% range. It's difficult to put a number on it because there is no alcohol present in the taste and really only a faint warmth in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under full in body but not to thin by any means. Smooth carbonation and great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm starting to really dig Scotch Ales. I actually only tried Shaggin' In The Wood because an employee at the beer store recommended it to me. So glad I bought the bottle and will be going back for more if it's not sold out! This seems to be one of those great beers that no one knows about which is a rare find. Would I drink it again? Yes.

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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a snifter. The body is a deep murky brown with a small vanilla colored head. It smells of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The taste follows nicely with added flavor of toffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. It's got a relatively light mouthfeel but it's carbonated nicely. There is a slight warming effect that helps balance out the sweetness of the finish.

Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date but of 2013 vintage, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 4/19/2013.

Aroma: Vanilla and a little bit of oak in the beginning. As it warms, I get more toffee, and a sweet chocolate nose. Nice smell and promises to be a sweet, oaky experience. Not too strong but definitely not a weak one. (4)

Colour: Cola colour, more of a lighter brown body that pours with a minimal head despite a reasonably vigorous pour. Thin off-white collar. Small bits of lacing, otherwise a very placid looking brew. (3)

Flavour: Very nice, very mellow overall. Starts with a small bit of vanilla, a bit more of oak but mostly sweet black tea, toffee and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. There is a little bit of a bourbon hit at the end, more apparently as it warms. Very tasty. (4)

Mouthfeel: A thinner medium bodied beer that feels somewhat resinous, like a good IPA. The finish is smooth, clean and not too dry. The aftertaste is mainly a sweet toffee and bitter chocolate with a bourbon-oaky finish that stays on the tongue for a bit. Very mellow and smooth drinking. (5)

Overall: Tasty scotch ale that is complemented well by the barrel, but I feel like it could be an even better brew if it wasn't blended. Despite this, its a very easy drinking scotch ale that would probably go well with a meal. (4)

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4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, but my beer store just got this in fresh. An exciting new beer to try from Tyranena. I haven't tried the original Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale that this beer was derived from, but I am looking forward to it now to distinguish the differences between the two. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields about three fingers of creamy off-white / tan colored head on top of a dark burnt orange / reddish / chestnut colored body. Almost a glowing orangey color reminiscent of a fine whiskey when held under the light. Some thin wispy strands of lace.

S - Smell is nutty, earthy wood, vanilla, charred bourbon barrel characteristics. Bit of toasty malt / smoke kind of scent.

T - Full-bodied, smooth, and cloudy. Creamy, silky vanilla with a hint of milk chocolate type presence. Some smoked wood, earth, and bourbon barrel characteristics are in there also. Some alcohol warmth presents itself, although this beer's abv doesn't seem to be listed anywhere, although I am guessing it is near the 7.70% abv of it's parent beer, the Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale. The beer definitely has a peanut / walnut type flavor going on as well. Very interesting.

M - Feel is sleek, bitter, and creamy, with a bit of coffee bean / vanilla presence lingering in the background.

Overall, a tasty, complex, and interesting endeavor from Tyranena Brewing Co. Bourbon barrel aged beers are definitely my thing, and this one is no exception. Somewhat reminiscent of the Tyranena Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown, but with a few more subtle complexities. Glad I picked up this four pack, although it is probably a beer that I will not again after I finish with these four bottles.

Tyranena Shaggin' In The Wood Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale ---4/5.

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4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- Pours a very murky deep amber orange. Not much of an off white head.

S- A big caramel and molasses. A touch of dark fruit. A tiny bit of bourbon and an oak character. A touch of grain and roasted malt.

T- A big chewy caramel at first. A dark molasses and roasted undertone to the beer. There is a lot of fig and plum notes in this beer. A sugary sweetness on the back end. The bourbon is noticeable but not quite that dominant in the beer. There is a touch of oak in this beer that really dries out the palate.

M- Very thick and chewy. Drinkable yet warming and flavorful. I would guess 7.5-8.5% ABV.

O- A very nice drinking Scotch ale. My only gripe is that there isn't enough bourbon. No idea why this is only 70% barrel aged. 100% would be perfect.

Photo of Ri0
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark copper and ruby liquid fills my snifter with a thin light tan head that dissipates quickly, but is present around the edge. Very minimal lacing

S: Hints of bourbon, sweet bread, vanilla. It is very pleasant aroma.

T: First sip reveals a subdued bourbon and caramel. The sweet bread flavor mixed with vanilla, and a hint of oak. Really enjoy the taste, even though I prefer even more bourbon flavor in my BA beers.

M: It is a tad thin and watery for a scotch ale. It is expected since it has been BA. Medium carbonation.

This is a blended 70% BA scotch ale, but an all around solid BA scotch ale from Tyranena. I would really like to taste it 100% BA since I enjoy the bourbon and vanilla flavors. I'm sure there are many that will like that the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other flavor or aroma.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I cellared this one for ... at least a year and a half. I think it was longer, but it got a little lost in the back of the cellar. Obviously, the basement trolls that are supposed to keep track of my beers are not doing their job. With this failure noted, the beer was poured into a snifter with a dark brown appearance. A generous head of close to an inch crowned the glass, leaving a generous lacing as it receded. It looked like a the empty sides of an cup after a chocolate milk shake had been finished. A big bourbon aroma was present with hints of grape and vanilla in the background. The bourbon establishes itself early in the initial taste. The sweetness of the scotch ale stays in the background leaving a nice backbone. Notes of tobacco, grape skin, sweet malts are present and make an impression. I am a little surprised by the intensity of the carbonation on this one. The taste did not last as long as I would have liked, but the intensity of the taste compensated for the endurance. In the aftertaste, the bourbon mellows leaving a mild warming sensation. This is not surprising since the Brewers Gone Wild line of Tyranena typically is not high in ABV. Darker fruits emerge with a greater intensity as the sweet malts fade to the back of the throat. This beer aged quite well, though I recall it was also very good in a more fresh state.

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3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Brewers Gone Wild offering from Tyranena; here’s hoping it’s more of a Dirty Old Man and less of a Hop Whore, as far as experience goes.

Brewed less than four months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLE ON 31JAN11” on the bottle).

A: Pours with little to no effort from the carbonation, as if it just fell out of the bottle – it reminded me of pouring coffee. The body is a hazy maroon-orange, a unique shade of reddish amber, with a very limited white fizz head. It ends up with nothing more than a few bubbles in my chalice, with only a spot or two of lacing.

S: Hot damn, there is an awesome nose on this beer. It smells just like it is: a foundation of Scotch ale scents with a layer of lovely barrel on top. The base is that fundamentally malty aroma of warm, fresh toffee, butterscotch, plum, cocoa, caramel apple, and cinnamon-raisin bread; a spectacular array of Scotch ale scents that I love, without a huge influence of cough-syrup alcohol that this style is prone to. And that barrel does wonders: lush maple syrup, slightly burnt oak, and vanilla.

T: Smoky, buttery, fruity, and maple-forward – a tasty Scotch ale. It’s a sugary-roasty exhibition of butter on cinnamon toast, oaken barrel, thin smoke, caramel apple, butterscotch candy, and vanilla pastry, on a bed of maple syrup. Alcohol comes through clean and clear, like vodka, and the cough syrup tastes come on thick as the beer warms. The more I drink, the stranger this beer tastes, and not in the mode of complexity – it goes down like flat Dr. Pepper, with dull cherry that mixes with the artificial alcohol tastes. Finishes thick and mildly peppery, with light spice and a fruit syrupiness.

M: Unfortunately thin. The carbonation lack makes this one feel a lot like flat soda, like the palate indicates.

O: This is one of those beers that started great, but ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Good rendition of a Scotch ale, though, especially in the nose.

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3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap @ busters

A- pours a solid brown mahogany color with a tan head and nice lacing

S- roasted malts, with infused toffee/vanilla bean some chocalate, some fruit and wood

T- follows the nose but is sweeter with the toffee/malt again some wood taste with a little alcohol burn present

M- medium carbonation but full flavored on the palate

O- not a style i like that much but this was good

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.