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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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Photo of jegross2
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber brown with virtually no head, just a thin white ring at the outside.

S-Dark fruit with some caramel and brown sugar. Not much barrel presence that I can detect but still nice.

T-Sweet malt with dark fruit, caramel and bready malt. As in the nose I was expecting a bourbon presence that is largely absent.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O-A nice beer.


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Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date information
Riedel tulip

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.

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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 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 alleykatking
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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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 Soneast
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, copper/brown color. Grows a quarter-inch, cream colored head that dissipates rapidly to a bubbly ring, leaving some pretty decent lace.

I actually get a lot of chocolate on the nose, presumably from roast malt they used for coloration. Aside from that there is a fair amount of caramel character and some mild wood notes of toasted marshmallow and just a hint of bourbon.

The flavor certainly tastes like a nice Wee Heavy, with a lot of malt flavors coming through, caramels and a bit of roast, almost chocolate like flavors. Some nice oak notes round the flavor profile out, bringing a bit of vanilla and a very well balanced bourbon presence, ultimately ending on quite a sweet note.

The mouthfeel seems a tad thin, almost watery. The flavors are right in line, but very low carbonation and a lacking body knocks this one down a tad. The finish is very sweet, which I guess is to be expected, but it's maybe a touch too much for me. Other than that, I thought Shaggin' In The Wood was pretty decent . I liked that the bourbon and oak notes were tamed and not overpowering.

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tannish, sort of brick red color. Hazy, with little carbonation. Not much head after the pour, just a thin ring really. I detect a whole array of smells in this beer. Toffee and buttered popcorn, boozy vanilla, even some tangy fruit notes. It's very inviting and I think I could sniff on this all day, but on to the first sip.

The amazing layers detected in the smell don't play out the same in the taste. The beer has a dull caramel sweet maltiness with hints of fruit. The vanilla is only mildly present, and I think it could actually use a bit more alcohol heat to enhance the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't help any as it falls a bit flat and is syrupy.

There was certainly promise for this beer, but that wonderful buttered toffee character didn't show up enough in the flavor. Overall there ends up being not that much more to offer compared to your average Scotch Ale. I suppose not every Brewer's Gone Wild beer can be stellar. Worth a try...

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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.99/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

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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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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Brewers Gone Wild offering from Tyranena; here’s hoping it’s more of a Dirty Old Man and less of a Hop Whore, as far as experience goes.

Brewed less than four months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLE ON 31JAN11” on the bottle).

A: Pours with little to no effort from the carbonation, as if it just fell out of the bottle – it reminded me of pouring coffee. The body is a hazy maroon-orange, a unique shade of reddish amber, with a very limited white fizz head. It ends up with nothing more than a few bubbles in my chalice, with only a spot or two of lacing.

S: Hot damn, there is an awesome nose on this beer. It smells just like it is: a foundation of Scotch ale scents with a layer of lovely barrel on top. The base is that fundamentally malty aroma of warm, fresh toffee, butterscotch, plum, cocoa, caramel apple, and cinnamon-raisin bread; a spectacular array of Scotch ale scents that I love, without a huge influence of cough-syrup alcohol that this style is prone to. And that barrel does wonders: lush maple syrup, slightly burnt oak, and vanilla.

T: Smoky, buttery, fruity, and maple-forward – a tasty Scotch ale. It’s a sugary-roasty exhibition of butter on cinnamon toast, oaken barrel, thin smoke, caramel apple, butterscotch candy, and vanilla pastry, on a bed of maple syrup. Alcohol comes through clean and clear, like vodka, and the cough syrup tastes come on thick as the beer warms. The more I drink, the stranger this beer tastes, and not in the mode of complexity – it goes down like flat Dr. Pepper, with dull cherry that mixes with the artificial alcohol tastes. Finishes thick and mildly peppery, with light spice and a fruit syrupiness.

M: Unfortunately thin. The carbonation lack makes this one feel a lot like flat soda, like the palate indicates.

O: This is one of those beers that started great, but ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Good rendition of a Scotch ale, though, especially in the nose.

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Photo of Etan
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark copper and ruby liquid fills my snifter with a thin light tan head that dissipates quickly, but is present around the edge. Very minimal lacing

S: Hints of bourbon, sweet bread, vanilla. It is very pleasant aroma.

T: First sip reveals a subdued bourbon and caramel. The sweet bread flavor mixed with vanilla, and a hint of oak. Really enjoy the taste, even though I prefer even more bourbon flavor in my BA beers.

M: It is a tad thin and watery for a scotch ale. It is expected since it has been BA. Medium carbonation.

This is a blended 70% BA scotch ale, but an all around solid BA scotch ale from Tyranena. I would really like to taste it 100% BA since I enjoy the bourbon and vanilla flavors. I'm sure there are many that will like that the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other flavor or aroma.

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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 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 craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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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 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 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 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 Vdubb86
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 3 Floyds pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for donating one of his bottles to me

The appearance is a nice amber color, but that is lighter than I'm used to seeing many other scotch ales. The aroma is quite pleasant there is the distinct butterscotch and caramel notes that are commonly associated with the style, but this adds a light amount of the pleasant vanilla aroma perhaps from oak barrels, or perhaps from vanilla addition. The taste pretty much follows that same profile as was found in the aroma. There is a stronger maltiness on the palate though as compared to the nose. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and astringent, then I let it warm up probably to around 60 degrees and the mouthfeel became buttery and sweet. The fact is though that it took a lot of waiting for the bottle to get up to that temperature, almost as if I should have drank it straight from the cellar rather than waste time chilling it in the fridge. Still a very nice beer and I enjoyed the end product.

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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