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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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254 Ratings
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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 36
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 114
Reviews by cokes:
Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze with a low-slung tan head that fades away quickly, leaving some lace.
It carries an aroma of toasted grain, toffee, and light barrelled notes of vanilla, buttered coffee, black cherry, and charred oak. The nose feels a bit washed-out, given what it is.
The malt hits the mouth with caramel, grain, and earthen smokiness. The barrel brings cherry, buttered toast, toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. And the barrel traits are much more focused here than in the nose. It's not a bourbon bomb necessarily, but the spirit traits do override the Scotch Ale traits as much as ups the overall flavor. It rides out with lingering oak and an upswell of coffee. I like how it finishes as much as anything.
Medium full in the mouth, with steady, slighly high amount of CO2.
Overall, this struck me as a beefed-up version of their (Barrel-Aged) Rocky's Revenge. It's drinkable, considering, but it doesn't wow. Regardless, it's solid enough, and a bit more agile than most Bourbon Barrel offerings.

More User Reviews:
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The thin wisp of head sits on a slightly dense glowing brown body with a red hue at the base.

S- The dry toasted malt flavor has some support from biscuit malt and a softer lightly roasted malt and vanilla note in the finish.

T- The blend of dry roasted and toasted malts have a slightly oaky tartness in the finish with some vanilla oaky notes coming through as the beer warms and a spicy note to follow.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture on the tongue and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- The dry malt has some good depth and a slight sweetness to the oak and vanilla notes make this very easy to drink with some nice character.

Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the brewery.

Poured a darker brown color with a hint of red in it as well. Very little head on this beer.

Smell is caramel malt with a bit of the bourban coming through.

The caramel malt taste comes through up front with maybe some toffee as well. A bit of a smokey taste to this beer too and a slight alcohol taste in the finish.

Medium bodied beer that goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're into this style.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy brown color, reminds me of apple cider actually, with no head on top or any lacing.

S: Certainly get some of the bourbon, a lot of vanilla and chocolate, as well as some caramel and toffee.

T: Very rich, reminds me of Backwoods Bastard. The vanilla is very strong with some toffee and a little bit of coffee. Not as much chocolate or bourbon as the aroma indicated.
Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed a touch thin. Low carbonation.

O: I was very impressed with this beer. It has a nice, complex flavor profile and is quite drinkable.

Photo of secondtooth
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark copper in color, with a thick head. No lace.

Nice sweet aroma of vanilla and maple. Quite impressive.

Flavor is quite strong on the vanilla and oak, with an alcohol burn at the finish. 70% of this is Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels, and unlike some other bourbon barrel-aged ales, this one seems to have really soaked up some of that oak and bourbon quality. I get a lot of wood (hah), with bourbon and vanilla tones. Really impressive!

Photo of dirtylou
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, stray bottle consumed pre-move

appearance: served in delirium chalice, much lighter than anticipated - deep copper-amber body, minimal beige film lace

smell: toffee, sweet caramel, earthy, peat, light bourbon

taste: smooth and less over the top as some others in the series - the bourbon is quite smooth and pairs well with the toffee flavors in the scotch ale. Caramel, vanilla, light chocolate and some dark fruits round out the flavor profile. Not very woody, despite the name.

mouthfeel: very smooth, well disguised alcohol

overall: good

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber, copper brown color with dim reddish highlights. Excellent clarity.Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Smells no where near as bourbony as expected, which came as a pleasant surprise, as I find that most bal-aged beers overdo it. Rich, caramel and toffee malt, with some darker notes of molasses and brown sugar, and some bourbon complexity. Oak and vanilla aromas abound. Subtle dark fruits (prunes) and alcohol are notable as well.

Flavor-In the flavor, the bourbon flavors show a greater presence, but are still in balance with the scotch ale. Bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel, some toasted character, and sticky molasses are dried out by smooth alcohol flavors in the finish, leading to a toffee bourbon finish touched with smoke, that lingers on for quite some time.

Medium full to full, but not quite chewy. Carbonation is moderately low. Smooth and with substantial alcohol warmth.

I really liked this. I think they did a fantastic job with the barrel aging, and produced a beer that still resembles the style it came from, while simultaneously showcasing some very nice bourbon notes. Bravo.

Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown pour, moderately opaque. Thin white head.

S-Lots of bourbon initially, very easy to habituate. Molasses, toasted nuts, some vanilla and caramel.

T-Bourbon at first then mostly oak from the barrel. Lots of caramel, toasted malt, some vanilla. This tastes like a much more mellow backwood's bastard. It is delicious and so well balanced.

M-I enjoyed this a lot but I felt it could have used a little more of a bite. It feels very syrupy but is still quite smooth. Tyranena does a great job though of making not over the top barrel aged beers with a decent abv.

O-I would love to try this one again. It is very drinkable and I wish I knew how potent it was but it is not listed. It may be a little high but I don't know. Once again I must say that they did a great job on this barrel aged scotch ale.

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 morimech
3.29/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crimson/brown color with a very small head that quickly disappeared. Just a ring of bubbles hang around. Just a few specks of lacing.

Aroma of caramel and toffee with hints of vanilla and a slight bourbon and boozy note. I was expecting much more than vanilla from the bourbon barrel.

The flavor is a profile of the malt. Caramel, toffee, and a slightly toasted hint. I pick up a lot of vanilla as well. The bourbon comes through at the finish as well as some alcohol.

Feels a little thin and undercarbonated.

Comparison to Founders Backwood Bastard is inevitable. Unfortunately this is not anywhere in the same league. Tyranena seldom disappoints with their barrel aged beers. This is definately a disappointment.

Photo of alleykatking
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinneVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a darker amber color. One finger off white head shows low retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass but show a little legs to it.

S- Lots of caramel and toffee malts in the front of the nose. Some light roasted goodness in there as well but mostly just in hints. Vanilla and burnt sugar come in next with tiny hints of oaky barrel.

T- Big bready caramel notes in the front of the beer. Interesting I think that I pick up both light roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Middle of the beer is some burnt sugar with vanilla undertones. Toffee flavors come in the backend with bourbon barrel tones and sweet alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of sweet malts with hints of vanilla left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, barrel notes, and toffee malts. Flavors were actually very well put together with the barrel notes really blending to the base beer. No off flavors were noticed while drinking. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a good drinkable beer. I liked the sweetness to it but it wasn't overly sweet. The ABV could be tasted at times in the beer but I would easily drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Photo of Ek0nomik
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

I just toured Tyranena over the weekend. It's only fitting that I have one of their beers this week.

Appearance: The color is burnt umber and falu red with very little head making an appearance. I'm suspecting the lack of head is a result of the alcohol presence in this. A little leg showing up on the side of my glass and very little lace.

Smell: Caramel malts, vanilla, a bit of bourbon and a little smoky as well.

Taste: The tasting starts out with sweet caramel malt coming through. The bourbon does make an appearance in this with the sweetness starting to roll off and a little more alcohol and vanilla comes through. The alcohol just barely comes through, and is very well hidden in this.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, carbonation was just right after cracking open the bottle.

Drinkability: I can't handle heavy, sweeter beers like this too often, so one of these in an evening will do just fine. This was a great try though, and had it not been for a trade I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I did.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
Bottled on 31JAN11, no info.

A - Even a dangerously tall pour didn't coax much head from this. A short-lived finger of tan foam left a smattering of lace above the mostly clear ruby-mahogany brew. Still sexy looking though!

S - At first whiff, no barrel presence comes through. Maybe the barrel was on it's last fill? As it warms, very subtle notes of bourbon and vanilla peek out. Slight notes of wood lift up the very lightly peat smoked caramel malt. Subtle, very subtle.

T - Way elevated in taste, the toasted and slightly smoky caramel malt flavor is profound with a very well-matched light bourbon barrel experience. Mild alcohol solvent pokes out with vanilla essence and a sticky caramel cube finish.

M - Very smooth on the tongue, this is a soft, gentle beer that has a kind nudge of alcohol heat to the supple finish.

O - A very good beer, Tyranena shows, once again, that they know how to barrel age with subtlety, as opposed to the punch-in-the-face most other breweries offer. A delicious scotch ale!

Photo of scaliasux
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium - dark brown. Appears somewhat hazy. Moderate creamy off-white head that persists.

Smell - Rich caramel malt. Maybe a little whiskey and vanilla.

Taste - Heavy dose of roasted malts per style. Sweet roasted caramel is the primary flavor. Bourbon is certainly present, but restrained - vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavors meld nicely - the bourbon flavors could easily have been overdone, but not here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Creamy.

Drinkability - Nice twist on an already fantastic beer. Could have used this one a little earlier in the winter - really takes the edge off a cold winter's night.

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 mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one sent to me via an extra. gotta love it as i never would have ended up trying this one. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a rich hazy hazelnut brown with a minimal tan head that faded fast but had a nice overall full look to it. Rich aroma of clove and heather almost, with a solid base of caramel and nuts. The flavor was a bit sharp, not as polished, but very mush in the game. Started with a light fruity note, hints of hops, piney almost with a nice earthy tone to it and a rich caramel note. Lots of nutty tones in the fnish with lots of fresh flower like flavors mixed in. Nice creamy bosy with a smooth easy drinking feel

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 Another6Pack
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this in February '11 and drank two immediately. Reviewing the third bottle today. Bottled on 1/31/11 - thank you Tyranena for dating your product!

Pour is a rich, dark caramel color with a very thin head and very little lacing. Smell is fantastic - toffee, bourbon, and caramel are present.

Taste is super. Sweet toffee/butterscotch start, fairly dry finish with a caramel aftertaste. Love it. I'm not a big fan of supersweet beers, and this one is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy at the start, though there is plenty of tight carbonation to dry out the finish. I thought I would want to have the 4th bottle in the same sitting, but decided it was enough of a dessert beer to stop at one.

I do like complex beers when they're done well, and this is one of them.

Photo of CBlack85
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

Pours a hazy, deep mahogany/brown color with a very respectable rocky tan head, that recedes quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

Lots of sweet malty aromas; caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild amount of smoked peat. There is a small bourbon presence, but the oak shines through quite nicely.

Fairly sweet with a good amount of oaky vanilla as well. I get some caramel and toffee notes, a rich malty beer that melds well with the bourbon and barrell notes. Medium bodied and creamy on the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, it reminded me of a smaller version of Backwoods Bastard. I would love to see it be just a little bolder. But all in all it is very tasty

Photo of mfnmbvp
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.

Photo of baconsausage
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks Maximum12!

Pours an russet amber with a thin white head that laces down the glass. Smell is muted, some sweet, almost maple aroma and a little bit o' bourbon. Taste is muted as well, with cereal, chocolate and carmel along-side the mellowed bourbon taste. a little thin in the mouth, I would drink this again, but would seek out a fresh bottle, if only to see how it differs.

Photo of Gfunk720
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in my DFH glass. Shared with my roomate.

A- A very nice reddish amber color, on the darker side. It is not at all cloudy, crisp and clear. Little to no head, a ring retains around the edge of the glass.

S- I get a lot of metal. A little sweetness and molasses, but not much.

T- Very smooth, creamy caramel flavor. Not bad for the style, and a good strong aftertaste. I don't get much barrel, maybe a touch of oak in the aftertaste. Also a little hops on the aftertaste.

M- It's a bit watery. The flavor is just rather flat, and there is almost no carbonation. The aftertaste is probably the best part.

O- Overall this is by no means a bad beer, but didn't really take much from the barrels. I wouldn't turn it down if offered, but probably would actively pursue.

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 jcnd9803
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper hue with literally no head whatsoever. Very rarely do I like a beer with this little of a head and lacing, but I'll give it a shot.

S: Ahhh, there we go. Sweet caramel and vanilla, but also finishes with some woodsy oak.

T: The nose does not mislead. Sweet caramel malt and vanilla come in strong. The barrel aging adds a nice oaky finish that isn't too overpowering to take away from the outstanding base of this beer.

M: Amazingly somewhat light with no carbonation. However, even without this, it avoids tasting syrupy.

One of the most drinkable barrel aged beers I think I've ever had. I think I could easily finish a few of these in a sitting!

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Le Cheval Blanc pint glass. Pours a clear reddish amber with a scant head, leaves a mere wisp of foam.

Aromas of bourbon, vanilla, oak, deep rich caramel malts. No hops to speak of.

Flavors of rich sweet, caramel maltiness, hints of bourbon, oak and vanilla. Vanilla dominates in the finish. No hop flavor to speak of.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and malty. Sweet but not cloying.

Overall a very nice beer. Good balance, nothing too extreme. Just enough bourbon flavor to let you know it's there, but not being hot.

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