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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 115
Hads: 256
Avg: 4
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 37
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 256
Photo of mjc3151
4.69/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep tawny mahogany. Capped mediumly with a dark beige crown of tight creamy based foam that slips off semi quickly. Some spotty lacing is flecked about.

Aroma is maple syrup over fresh hotcakes with a bit of vanilla and a bit of deep and dark oakyness. Warming attributes emerge within the mapleyness as it sits. Nice!

Solid malt base taster that pulls in deep, dark, sweet sided maple tones with hints to vanilla, butter cream, caramelized sugars, and a wonderfully warming roundedness that oozes smooth, creamy, silken maltyness soaking across the palate with a delicate oak twist in the trunk. Delish!

Smooth, heavenly thick and creamy with a malty thick gooeyness that covers the palate quickly with its heavier medium body and girth. Soaks right in and fills the palate with a yummy rich tone of mapley maltyness with a nice touch of warmth in the middle.

Yum, yum, yummy! One awesome Wee Heavy on display here. Tyranena makes another top notch drinker with great flavor, tone, and body. I can and will drink alot of this stuff! YUM!

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer pours a dark amber to ruby brown with a 1” off-white sticky foam collar. S: Dark sugars, malt, traces of bourbon, vanilla and oak. T: Rich caramel and toffee flavors with vanilla, bourbon and oak. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation. O: Desert in a glass.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really think Tyranena does a kick-ass job with their barrel aged beers and this is another one. I like a strong barrel impression and this has it. A lot of vanilla, nougat and oak...blended with a nice sticky sweet scotch ale....not much of a peated malt smokiness...if it has some it is muted by the barrel aged impressions...Body feels full....like I said a little sticky sweet....excellent aroma and excellent taste. Great beer.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mahogany color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing (which is alright of a bourbon barrel aged beer). The aroma reminds me of a chocolate shop that makes its own chocolates and caramels. There is caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nougat, bourbon, and wood. I could smell this beer all day long. It is, perhaps, the only beer that I have ever wanted to grant a 5.5 score for aroma here on BeerAdvocate. The taste is a bit milder than the aroma. There is less caramel, vanilla and chocolate, with the bourbon and wood staying at about the same intensity. It is still really good, but it isn't great in the way the aroma is. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. I have a feeling this beer would be better with a slightly full body, and very low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer though, and I would highly recommend it to others.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
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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Photo of beereality
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vigorous pour produces a foam glass from top to bottom, with a nice reverse cascading head that turns into a beautiful crisp clear almost red ale. Nice sticky residue left behind. It smells almost chocolate like. I get a little bourbon wood smell in with it, little malt and vanilla as well. Very nice smooth mouth feel. Wow this is very nice. Way to easy to drink. It does not list ABV, but sheep shagger is 7.70. This beer reminds me of a fairy tale, its not too strong and its not too light, its just right. Pick it up if you find it.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.44/5  rDev +11%
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!

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine ale pours a reddish-brown color with very little head and sticky lacing. The nose brings scents of roasted and sweet malt with an rich caramel tone. This beer is absolutely delishous! Sweet caramel with burnt sugars and molasses. Vanilla and bourbon are present as well. Big time malt presence that knocks my socks off with each sip. Awesome. The creamy mouthfeel is great and fulfilling. I could swirl this one around in my mouth all day! There isnt a listed ABV but I am assuming this is a strong one based on the title alone but there is 0 booze burn. Amazing

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Photo of scaliasux
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of Another6Pack
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of zrab11
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rich Brown/amber color with a off white small head

S- Smells of bourbon, Toffee, vanilla and butterscotch with alittle hint of hops

T- THis tastes so good. Hits you with toffee and vanilla up front then in themiddle it has a oak burbon flavor then finish with some caramel and smoothness

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation

D-OVerall this is an amazing beer. If this is what this style has to offer im super excited to try more. This beer has soo many flavors going on in it but is soo well balanced. I love this beer. Will be picking up 6 ers of this all the time. Try this if you havent yet.

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Photo of JamesMN
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
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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Photo of sidetracked
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, ruby brown with a thin cream head. Head dissipates quickly but lingers around the edges.

Aroma is a little bourbon, wood, and vanilla. Slightly sweet raisin and brown sugar with a little alcohol heat.

Taste upfront is sweet brown sugar and light caramel. Toasty bready malt middle. Finish is bourbon, wood, and vanilla, mixed with sweet brown sugar and toasted malts. Some earthy woodiness also. Lingering toasted malts and bourbon.

Light to medium body and syrupy. Medium carbonation. Clean finish.

Really nice mix of bourbon and scotch ale attributes--great balance. Vanilla compliments the brown sugar malt sweetness really well. Body is slightly thin, but works well for the beer. Great beer--the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other flavor or aroma.


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Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Benish
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulled and murky scarlet red body. Thing beige head leaves sparse malt. Aroma is sweet and malty with a little peatiness as well. Flavor is smootha and richly sweet with accents of vanilla as well. Bourbon notes are subdued, but this is very drinkable for a Wee Heavy. Medium-full body with no impression of alcohol on the buds. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of adman08
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Very nice copper color but little head.

Smell-Good scotch ale smell, malty, light smoke aroma and a hint of vanilla.

Taste-Not a strong bourbon flavor, I get more vanilla than anything, along with the very nice sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel-Sweet amd slightly sticky. Not as thick as most scotch ales I'm used to.

Drinkability-I really enjoy this beer. I typically prefer a thicker, darker scotch ale such as lake louie reserve scotch ale but this is delicious. The vanilla flavor from the bourbon barrel aging is excellent. I would prefer a little more bourbon flavor but this is a very tasty beer.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite my fondness for Tyranena, somehow I've managed to avoid digging this out of the fridge for months. Why? Why does a bear...oh never mind.

Pours a big, lovely dark red. Out of the glass flows big notes of vanilla & burning peat bog, with scorched malts, too. Nice.

Shaggin' in the Wood didn't nasty in the forest for very long. The barrel is stronger in the nose than in the taste, which is dominated by caramel & toffee. Smokiness wanders around the middle of the beer, & the woody bourbon waves breezily, but it's a nice finishing touch. The midly attractive girl of barrel-agged scotch ales, this is hugely approachable & very drinkable.

Why did I wait so long to try this? Why do the Israelis & Palestinians...anyways, this is an excellent brew. Subtle, deep, complex, & yet comes across as the girl next door. Another winner from the Brewers Gone Wild! series. Keep it up!

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Photo of JKIRBY
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim, figured it to be something along the lines of Backwoods Bastard. Turns out to be the opposite to me.

Appearance was a beautiful deep red copper. Not much of a head.

Nose was a little weak, but I immediately noted that the bourbon wasn't the first thing my nose found.

Taste was fantastic. I got the Scotch Ale first and thought I was going to be disappointed by the lack of bourbon barrel flavors. Then the Vanilla and Caramel and Bourbon hit on the back end of the flavors. This is why I say it was the opposite of BB.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability is high, I'm looking forward to the rest of this 4 pack!

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
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