Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company
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2.55/5 rDev -36.9%
Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. I tried this when it was shared by nickd717, and I received another from lurchingbeast (thanks!) to confirm my impressions.
A: Pours a dark amber shade, though the body is quite clear with reddish highlights. Retention is short; the off-white head vanishes quickly into a thin bead with no lace.
S: It's more woody than bourbony. It has a rustic, slightly spicy note that reminds me of apple cider in a ski lodge (yes, that specific impression came to mind). Caramel. I prefer the nose on Backwoods Bastard or Berkshire's Bourbon-Barrel Scotch Ale, if I had to compare apples to apples.
T: Taste is a little weak. The scotch ale comes through, mostly in caramel malts and some green apple. But the bourbon pickup is quite mild. Instead, the barrel seems to impart a noticeable oaky vanilla presence.
M: Light-medium bodied, and at times it feels watery. No major alcohol heat, though there is a light bite at the finish. Carbonation is quite low.
D: This is all right. I didn't have strong feelings about it either way. As mentioned above, there are stronger examples of the style.
04-07-2011 23:22:49 | More by Arbitrator
2.78/5 rDev -31.2%
Bottled Jan 31 2011.
Very murky cloudy reddish brown. Very light off-white colored head of 2 fingers. Weak retention. Spotty lacing.
Smells lightly oxidized, but I can get by it... The nose holds lots of malt with a bit of booze. Some dark fruit comes across too.
The flavor is about the same, but with less biocides than I'd expected.
Feels a little syrupy. Sugary. Meh.
Overall-- pretty unimpressed. Not a drainpour, but not worth drinking.
01-11-2012 04:08:32 | More by AleWatcher
2.98/5 rDev -26.2%
Thanks to Strikertown for this one.
A bit thinner and lighter than I want from a Wee Heavy. Its a clear mahogany red. Not much of a head, whats there fades out quickly leaving the glass stagnant.
Probably the best part of the beer is it's aroma, but thats still not much. It does have nice barrel notes of vanilla and oak with obscure suggestions of bourbon. Toffee and caramelly malts comprise the bulk of the aroma. Dark fruits are in no short order either, they come in the form of sugared raisins. There is a presiding aroma of steeped grains.
Very grainy. The steeped grain flavors come on strong, giving the beer a bready, bran flake flavor. Bourbon oak is there giving off subtle notes of vanilla, wood and bourbon with a little dash of charcoal.
Not much in the way of carbonation. This bottle isn't flat, I think the beer is just under carbonated. Luckily it suits the style decently well and little harm is done. The body is in the thinner side of medium. Things finish clean and abruptly.
Not exciting, but certainly not bad. I really thought this was going to be a superb beer, however. In that respect, this is a bit of a let down.
05-05-2011 19:28:07 | More by MbpBugeye
3.03/5 rDev -25%
A-Brown body with slight hints of amber, almost no head, no lacing.
S-A little bourbon and peat smoke, maybe some oak and caramel.
T-Toffee, some bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a much fainter peat note than I got in the nose. Very sugary with some higher alcohols.
M-Thick and sugary with very low carbonation.
D-I have been pretty impressed with the BGW series thus far, but this was really a disappointment. It is just way to thick with sugars, and I am not really sure that bourbon was a good addition to the beer, maybe if it was blended in a lower ratio.
03-15-2011 03:23:28 | More by larsenju
3.1/5 rDev -23.3%
12oz bottle into a snifter
A: Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that fades to a ring leaving no lacing.
S: The nose is sweet & bready with a roasty malt aroma in there as well. Not really picking up the barrel here besides maybe a tiny whiff of vanilla.
T: The taste is toffee and slightly roasty malt with a vanilla flavor in there as well. This tastes like Fat Tire with a vanilla flavor.
M: The feel is about the best part of this...on the fuller side of medium and oily. Could use a bit more carbonation though.
D: This is just an average Scotch ale. I was expecting something close to Backwoods Bastard and this fell well short of that mark.
02-18-2011 03:01:27 | More by GregSVT
3.18/5 rDev -21.3%
A vigorous pour generates a reasonable tan head atop a translucent reddish brown body. Smells of vanilla, the faintest touch of smoke and sugary malts. Smells pretty good. The taste is somewhat disappointing, there's a bit of dryness and a hint of an unidentifiable off-flavor in the finish with limited flavor of vanilla and otherwise very little in the way of bourbon. As a scotch ale, it is somewhat bland and uninteresting. The blended barrel aging offers only slight improvement. The beer is also slightly under carbonated and doesn't take on the expected creaminess from the barrel aging. It does leave a sugary feeling on the tongue, In spite of these things, this beer is relatively drinkable. I've had much better from this series.
02-16-2011 05:04:38 | More by seeswo
3.18/5 rDev -21.3%
Ruby/brown clear body. Finger of white head that dies down to a ring on the edge of the glass.
Smells lightly woody and campfire like. Light caramel malts. A little underwhelming.
Chewy caramel and toffee, toasted oak, and a touch of dark fruitiness. Some leather too.
Sweetness is quite minimal and smokey tannins cut the sweetness quite a bit as well. Full bodied and round as well.
So I was a little disappointed based on the description on the bottle. Bourbon notes are virtually undetectable. Mostly comes through as oak, and I would have preferred more malt sweetness as well. It's just a little too mellow for what I would have expected.
04-05-2011 00:15:42 | More by billshmeinke
3.23/5 rDev -20%
12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, thanks!
A - Pours a very dark orange with splashes of red and brown. It's relatively clear, with a multitude of a small carbonation bubbles. Really a pretty body. A foamy, 1.5-finger head rests on top with decent retention. Lacing is sparse at best, only covering a few bare spots on the side of the glass opposite to my drinking surface.
S - As this beer has 30% of the non-barrel-aged Sheep Shagger base in it, it's still rich in the original nose that is surprisingly not very full of bourbon. Think lots of sweet malts with toffee, while toying of the idea of oak and vanilla, and a hint of smoke. Some of the bourbon does come through at the end, but it's faint.
T - Continuing from the nose, the taste has a noticeable lack of bourbon to it. For those who would rather get more of the barrel in the form of vanilla and wood, then this is a good step, but I am not getting much bourbon flavor. The driving force behind this beer is the malts, which are plentiful and potent, leaving a long lasting impression of caramel and toffee. Finishes with a dash of cocoa.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with low carbonation. Slick feeling over the palate. Smooth especially so given the head.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I'm not sure what kind of expectations I came into this beer with, but the only other bourbon-aged Scotch ale I had was Founder's Backwoods Bastard and this is certainly more 'mild' than that. I would've loved to see more bourbon notes here, as the vanilla and barrel certainly played their part.
08-16-2011 03:02:43 | More by nhindian
District of Columbia
3.28/5 rDev -18.8%
Appearance: dark caramel-amber pour, small tan head
Smell: Sweet and oaky, touches of vanilla, toffee, bourbon and coffee
Taste: Oak, whiskey barrels, vanilla, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, molasses. But not in a good way. Flavors are not integrated, seem to be competing with each other. The oak seems more cheap chardonnay staves than good french oak bourbon. Odd peaty element also.
Mouthfeel: Thinner than it should be and slightly under-carbonated
Overall: I had a hard time enjoying this one, just something sub-par about it.
04-01-2011 02:46:31 | More by craytonic
3.3/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
08-20-2011 23:29:59 | More by morimech
3.3/5 rDev -18.3%
Received this one in a recent trade with FrankenBrew. I have been for the most part quite impressed with the others in this series; not so much here. Poured a nice copper color, beige head. Aromas of malt, chocolate, vanilla and light bourbon. On the palate, fairly full bodied, with flavors of milk chocolate, vanilla and caramel.
04-29-2011 00:45:49 | More by emmasdad
3.35/5 rDev -17.1%
Reviewing Shaggin' In The Woods from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.
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.
07-06-2013 13:52:59 | More by jegross2
3.46/5 rDev -14.4%
12oz, no date information
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.
05-10-2013 15:23:06 | More by inlimbo77
3.48/5 rDev -13.9%
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.
02-18-2011 23:12:39 | More by alleykatking
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
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.
04-24-2011 20:37:14 | More by baconsausage
3.5/5 rDev -13.4%
Was hoping for better things from this beer. Taste is relatively straight forward for a scotch ale. You can't really detect much of the bourbon barrel aging on this beer which was disappointing to me. Relatively small head and decent nose. Have a few more that I will try over time but wont seek out again despite the pretty good price on these. Overall, tasty scotch ale but no barrel aging presence so a little thin in that regard.
06-22-2011 19:40:39 | More by ncmussell
3.53/5 rDev -12.6%
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
03-31-2012 20:00:46 | More by gatornation
3.54/5 rDev -12.4%
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.
04-23-2013 02:32:52 | More by Etan
3.55/5 rDev -12.1%
Big thanks to TurdFurgison for the share
A - It pours a tawny amber hue, and is capped with a tan filmy froth of large bubbles.
S - The nose is mostly nutty malt, accentuated with hints of peat, wood, and whiskey. It seems like the barrel had very little life left, or that the beer spent a scant amount of time in said barrel.
T - The brew is just a basic Wee Heavy, and a wee light, at that. Nuances of toffee, peat, astringent oak, vanilla, and carob are all available, but underwhelming.
M - Just average. Medium-thin body, soft carbonation; neither grating nor impressive.
O - Tyranena makes a good beer, and sometimes a great one. This one is just good overall.
05-08-2011 23:20:53 | More by ktrillionaire
Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.