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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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115 Reviews
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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 brewmudgeon
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shaggin in the wood. no date, 2.79 at ridgeview gb

a 3.5-4 the bottle opened with a very faint pff. ruddy caramel color with peach highlights. no head, hint of a ring, very still looking. touch of spotty lace manages to remain here and there.

s 4-4.5 general woodyness, whiskey, hints of smoke, caramel. i'm guessing the barrels contained bourbon for at least 8 years due to the impartation of more wood than corny bourbon aroma. some butterscotch is revealed with warming. all in all warrants the higher score.

t 4 kind of a timid beer for a, umm, big ballsy brew. but by now i'm used to that from this series. these are flavorful beers, no doubt, though not even close to what many people in the U.S. consider "big" these days.

the sweet caramel mingles with a little bourbon, some herbal(?) hops. a faint alcohol presents wafts through on rare occasions. sweet scorched caramel finish.

m 4 medium+ bodied, low carbonation but surprisingly enough to lay down a tickly bed of bubbles. some filmy coating. a little stickyness in the glass.

d 4 not sure what the abv is (these brewers gone wild tend to be lower abv than one might expect) but this drinks quite easily. in the final analysis, is it too approachable, not challenging enough, too sweet? wouldn't really want more than one at a time, but this does seem worth returning to now and again. and after all it nearly did disappear faster than i could review it.

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Photo of bound4er
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear amber appearance with an off white two finger head. Leaves heavy lacing.

S. Earthy (peat and dirt), vanilla and cream barrel influences along with some bourbon and maple. Smells quite nice.

T. Mostly sweet malt flavors with vanilla, oak and bourbon. There is a nice mid-palate maple syrup note. Finishes a bit odd but with good length.

M. For a high ABV beer this is really nice and light bodied.

D. This is a damn drinkable Wee Heavy that really hides its ABV well. The barrel aging is done about right for my tastes - it is there but not overpowering. Good, solid beer from Tyranena.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown with bits of scarlet, translucent, thin but persistent head.

S: Nutty with hints of vanilla perhaps.

T: Nutty taste with sweet caramel flavor and vanilla, brought together by a faint yet distinct bourbon flavor.

M: Very smooth.

Overall: An absolute treat of a beer! It's got a distinct nutty taste with fantastic sweetness from the caramel. The bourbon is faint, but it seems to be exactly right! Highly recommended! Tyranena has outdone themselves. A big thanks goes to Wisrarebeer for this one!

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark clear copper color with white head, some retention, spotty lacing,

S: familiar scotch ale malts up front with notes of peat, next come a considerable dose of vanilla and oak. This maintains the aroma of a scotch ale with a nice amount of whiskey character in the background.

T: sweet malts up front, notes of caramel, toffee, this followed up by delicate notes from the barrel with emphasis on vanilla. The spirit character is well restrained and balances nicely with the base.

MF: medium body, perhaps a tad lighter than expected. Medium carbonation.

D: another awesome value barrel aged beer from Tyranena. This is similar to Backwoods Bastard, but much more mellow on the spirit and the malt character. Worth a try!

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Photo of zeledonia
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of bertram
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color, with almost no head whatsoever. Surprisingly though, this brew has a good mouthfeel, with a great carbonation hitting the tongue.

The smell is solid, but not outstanding - there are some roasted malt and wood smells coming through, but more of a sweet smell than a bourbon smell.

The taste though - wow. This is where you can catch some of the bourbon flavor. It's there, more an undertone and not overpowering. The taste comes through as sweet, with hits of vanilla and roasted nuts.

A solid beer that I'll look forward to enjoying again as it ages a bit.

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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Photo of boomer31
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to be trying another Tyranena BGW brew. Most I've had have been very good.

A - Pours a rich brown, transparent with a white lacing and no stick on the glass. Why are these twist off caps??

S - A good amount of smoke in the nose then a hint of wood

T - Nice maltiness and caramel followed by some sweetness in the back. As it warms the bourbon somes thru just a touch mostly in vanilla. The smoke form the nose creeps in as well when this warms which adds another layer of complexity.

M - Sweet and rather full bodied, not what I was expecting. Sweetness clings just a touch

D - The bourbon is not overwhelming, which I don't like, but it is very well balanced. The smokiness in the nose keeps you wanting more.

Overall another good beer from Tyranena. Not spectacular but balanced enough to make me save one for a few months down the line. When I took the our I was stacks of barrels aging...hoping I'd be able to get some. Glad I did.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a a half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick collar and a wisp of foam, but minimal lace. Transparent golden reddish brown color.

S - Heavy in oaky vanilla, caramel apple, chocolate fudge, brown sugar, and a light bourbon aroma that imparts a bit of bite. It's nice, but could use a bit more potency, as I had to jam my nose way into the glass, even after letting it warm for a bit.

T - Taste is also quite nice. Starts with roasted malts, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and faint bourbon, but finishes with sweet chewy caramel. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Carbonation is odd, as it initially feels as if it has low carbonation but after it sits on the palate it's surprisingly tingly. I don't know the ABV, but this seems a bit undersized for the style and flavor, and clocks in at a slightly watery medium bodied. Finishes quite sticky and chewy, with minimal barrel tannins and mild alcohol warming.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. I may have to buy another 4-pack, as the rest of my bottles are committed to a trade. It's definitely one of the better Brewers Gone Wild beers in recent memory. It's nice to see someone do a barrel-aged Scotch Ale that doesn't taste like harsh wood and alcohol.

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Photo of mcallister
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright burgundy, with sporadic carbonation bubbles and very little head that fads quickly into a ring around the glass.

Great nose, bourbon, vanilla, and oak lead into sweet bready malts, peat smoke, date, prune, toffee, and butterscotch, golden raisin.

Very nice. Carbonation in the mouth is much higher than what the pour indicated. Dark bready semi sweet malts, vanilla, toasty oak, bourbon, dark fruits of plum, raisin, prune. Some light peat smokiness. Butterscotch on the finish with a light buttery flavor but not diacetyl. If the carbonation in the mouth was just slightly lighter I think it would have made the palate rounder and creamier and helped out a lot. But nonetheless this is a very nice easy drinking beer. Loved these BA offerings from Tyranena.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.


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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with just a layer of off white head. The carbonation is very delicate. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass.

Smell: More chocolate/cocoa than I would have expected. Nutty with some caramel and toffee. Not picking up hardly any bourbon, but smells quite good.

Taste: Not nearly as much cocoa as there was in the smell. Strong notes of toffee and vanilla. Some bourbon shows up later on along with some oak. Would have like a little more bourbon, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body. Very delicate carbonation, quite smooth. Sticks to mouth with a slick finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It doesn't get a higher rating because I would have liked a little more bourbon, but still quite nice. I'd definitely like to have another.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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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

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #6 from Kyle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like maybe another red/amber ale?

s - Smells of lots of malts. Some caramel malts, fruity malts, toasted and bready malts, toffee, oak, and light sugar. A bit sweet and the toasted/burnt malts come out quite a bit. Still thinking this one might be a red ale, though the oak makes me think it's wood aged.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, more oak, toffee, toasted and burnt malts, sweet fruit, light sugar, and bready malts. Pretty much follows the nose to a tee, though the taste had much more of that caqramel and tofee, as well as the oak. Light bitterness to it, but not much at all. Thinking some sort of oak aged red ale?

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink; very enjoyable.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer heavy on the malts. Definitely a little sweet but in a good way; nothing overbearing about it. Lots of caramel and oak in the taste as well, and definitely some toasted/burnt malts as well. I'm going to guess this is some sort of 8-9% ABV oak aged red/amber ale, but I don't know any like that so no idea what beer it is.

And the beer is...Tyranena's Shaggin in the Woods, a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale. Awesome, thanks Kyle! Always love trying new Tyranena beers. Now knowing the style the caramel/toffee definitely makes sense, and the barrels definitely came through as I got a lot of wood in the taste. Surprisingly I didn't get any bourbon in the nose at all and just a tiny bit in the taste. I'm thinking that sweetness in now vanilla after seeing the label's description. Overall I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: On Draft @ Geneva Ale House poured into a sniffer.

A: Pours a blood-orange color that does not have any hazey characteristics. Head is light & foamy.

S: A slight bitter hop aroma at 1st, but not strong. Roasted malts in the aroma that holds strong.

T: A weak, bitterness is observed; however, the roasted malts and oaty-malts prevail! Sweet fruit also can be detected.

M: A heavier, medium body beer. Slight alcohol heat & decent carbonation.

D: A nice sipper over a nice hearty meal (I had the Black Forest panini). This can also be consumed fairly quickly if you also choose to. At 9% ABV you will feel it once done!

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Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .3L Lettich Balloon glass/snifter. Head is about 1 finger high and creamy off-white. Fades a bit, but manages to stick around for a bit as well. Lace is mild. The beer's color is reddish or caramel brown.

The aroma is pretty nice. Malty at first, with some fruity notes, some dark, pitted fruit as well, then I get more of the bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel, and hints of toffee and chocolate. Bourbon smells are moderate. A nice smell in that you can definitely pick up what seems to be the base beer along with the barrel aging.

The taste follows the aroma pretty well. Sweet and generously malty, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits up front with bourbon, light oak and light vanilla following close behind. In the back are those hints of chocolate, cocoa, and maybe even slight coffee. Tasty but not as bourbon forward as I would have liked. Definitely can pick up what seems to be the base beer mixing well with the barrel aging, though.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Creamy full consistency, medium-ish carbonation, medium bordering on full body, and a subtle but slightly lingering finish.

Overall, this is definitely a good beer. Not a bourbon bomb by any means, but pretty darn good. I would have preferred more bourbon in the taste and slightly more in the aroma, but that's just me and my love affair with Founders Backwoods Bastard, which has some similar qualities but obviously a different beer. Bottom line, this is worth a try!

Thanks so much to funhog for sending this as an extra in our recent trade!

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a tan head that reduces, but leaves a little lace.

Bourbony, vanilla, toffee and plenty sweet smelling.

The taste is much like the smell. Pretty complex flavor but is a bit dilluted. A nice dessert like taste with the bourbon standing out well.

The body is a bit thin feeling, but otherwise is smooth.

A poor man's Backwoods Bastard at a lower pricepoint and a much higher drinkability. Not a poor beer by any means however.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of toffee and strong nutty maltiness. There are much lighter notes of sweet caramel malts and a subtle vanilla smell.
The taste begins with sweet caramel maltiness and brown sugar flavors mixed in on the end. Loads of vanilla and some lesser coconut as this warms. The alcohol and wood flavors are extremely subtle and well integrated. This is less than complex, but the balance is impressive more than a detriment.
The mouthfeel could be fuller in my opinion for the higher alcohol level (I assume it's around the 7.7% that the base beer is). It is borderline watery for the flavor profile but I sill love this style so I will not knock it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. No detection of higher ABV, great subtle barrel aging (too subtle for some); far too drinkable and delicious. My first beer from this brewery but I have heard all their Brewer's Gone Wild beer are great so I look forward to sampling many more to come.

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.