Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 115
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Avg: 4
pDev: 14.5%
Wants: 37
Gots: 37 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

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Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Trilogy31
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hued brown with really no head to speak of and light carbonation. Nose of roasted nuts, caramel popcorn, butter toffee and the faintest hint of buttery chardonnayesque oak. Taste has an impressive array of coffe, milk chocolate, toffee and caramel apple with a very smooth creamy finish, no wood noticed at all on the palate. Another tasty beer that i received as an extra from i brewery that i am glad to have discovered.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a just landed four pack pours red with some spotty lacing and nearly no head despite a somewhat vigorous dump.

Smell is ridiculously rich toffee, carmelized sugary sweetness, and a touch of vanilla from the barrel aging. I'm quite fond of this.

Once again, Tyranena release an accessible, nuanced barrel aged beer. If you're looking for a big ballsy bourbon barreled experience, this isn't it. If you're searching for a solid scotch ale that has a kind vanilla and mellow tannins imparted by a barrel, then this is a winner.

Certainly thinned from the base through the barrel again, but there's a pillowy softness here that helps this beer settle softly on the tongue. Nice.

Alcohol is well hidden really only remotely evident towards the bottom of the glass as it reaches room temperature. Nicely done Tyranena.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear copper hue, although the head leaves a little to be desired.

Heavy vanilla and caramel in the smell as promised on the bottle along with a touch of toasted and chocolate malt. Started off a bit subdued, but picks up a little intensity with time.

Sweet caramel malt and vanilla lead the way, along with a little toast and smoke. The barrel aging rounds the edges off nicely. Although there's just a touch of alcohol noticeable, I'm really struggling to pick up the bourbon here.

Body is medium to light and carbonation is low, which works well with the light flavors.

A very polished, easy drinking wee heavy. I could easily see having 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. If you're expecting much in the way of bourbon however, this probably won't get it done for you.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dammit, I miss using my thistle goblet. ..Then again, I'm far too lazy to go into the box in the basement and retrieve it, so... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise ruby topped by a finger of light sandstone foam. The nose comprises oak, caramel, light toffee, light vanilla, and a touch of liquor. The taste doesn't seem to want to deviate from this winning formula, though the oak is a bit more pronounced, and hints of chocolate and mild dark greens come through near the finish, tying things up quite nicely. The body is a sleek medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, one of the better barrel-aged editions put out through the BGW series. I would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

Pours a deep, clear amber, close to copper with a smallish tan head that recedes to a small collar.

Aroma is textbook scotch ale with sweet caramel malts, toasted a bit, with vanilla and toffee complimenting things. The bourbon is subtle and I get just as much oak as bourbon.

Taste is sweet as well with the dominant caramel malts and vanilla. There is some toffee and toasted bread in the background, and the finish actually brings the bourbon in for the first time.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. I was probably expecting s little more body but it's certainly not watery. Really smooth.

This is another solid Brewers Gone Wild brew from Tyranena, who can seemingly do no wrong in that series. Not in the top tier of BA scotch ales (step forward Alesmith BA Wee Heavy), but better than most.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled Jan 31, 2011.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick dark brown amber color. Produced some tan froth and bubbles.

(S)- A rich nutty aroma, like walnut and almond with some subtle brown sugar and a dry woody oak and vanilla profile.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only even richer. A malty caramel and brown sugar profile with an oaky hazelnut character.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. Rich and malty without being too sweet. Mellow barrel aged components fit this really well.

(D)- A solid scotch ale. Easily enjoyable for what it is. The % of barrel aging was just the right amount; doesnt overpower the other flavors this beer has to offer. Well-done.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled January 31st, 2011. Served at cellar temperature.

Pours hazy reddish brown with a one finger beige head that leaves some sheets and a lot of spots of lacing and maintains a small creamy cap.

Aroma is vanilla, bourbon, oak, rich caramel & strong toffee, nuts, toasted bread, and some dark fruit. Very good strength.

Flavor is vanilla, caramel, toffee, nuts, some dark fruits, a bit of bourbon, pretty sweet, little to no bitterness. Minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, very soft and creamy with mild carbonation.

Super tasty and super drinkable barrel aged Scotch Ale. This and Dirty Old Man were my first Tyranena brews and both were mighty impressive! Not quite as bold as Backwoods Bastard nor quite as much of a bourbon bomb as this is more vanilla-forward, but still one of the best Scotch Ales I’ve had.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Pours a deep amber/mahogany color. I could only muster a quarter finger of beige head, but it fell quickly and left no lacing.

4.5 S: My first thought was, "Is this actually barrel aged?" I then took a peak at the label to find that only 70% of the beer was put in a barrel. It seems more like 10% to me. Anyway, despite the lack of bourbon influence, this smells wonderful, though not much like a Scotch ale. Rather, this has brown ale written all over it. By far the strongest aroma is a dry, musky nuttiness. Behind that is a graininess and toastiness. Behind that I finally get to the toffee and farther back from that the caramel. I'm sure the bourbon and barrel are in there somewhere and add complexity without being explicit about it. Oak is the most apparent barrel contribution.

4.0 T: Again, I'm not sure how this is a Scotch and not a brown. It's at least as dry as it is sweet with the most apparent flavor again being the dry, musky nuttiness. The caramel and toffee, however, are definitely more perceptible though. Grainy and toasty again. Also, the bourbon and barrel finally poke through. There's a considerable vanilla component and the oak can also be found throughout, but the bourbon itself is reserved toward the finish and into the aftertaste. Somewhat peaty with a subtle booziness.

4.0 M: For a Scotch ale, this is a good bit underbodied. However, it feels pretty good for what it actually is. Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess and super smooth.

4.5 D: I liked this quite a bit. Not overly complex, but good strong flavors. Solid nutty and grainy contributions with a subtle, yet meaningful barrel contribution. Would love to drink again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
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!

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Photo of jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. always excited to try anything form the brewers gone wild series. drank from my duvell tulip.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a slight haze to it. there is a small cream colored head on top that quickly fizzles away to nothing. no lacing left behind.

S- very sweet smelling. lots of caramel malts up front, along with some toffee. definite hints of maple and light vanilla from the oak. the bourbon remains hidden.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and toffee malts that i could smell. after that i get some maple syrup and light vanilla notes from the oak. the bourbon comes in very faintly at the end.

M- on the lighter side of medium bodied. very low level of carbonation. it could use a little more. the sweetness lingers.

D- like all the brewers gone wild series, this was enjoyable and easy to finish. ill be looking to grab some more of this before its gone for good, and ill also be looking to see what comes out next. i also like the fact that the alcohol by volume isnt crazy high. id guess just under 8% with this one.

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