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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 36
Gots: 37 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010)
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Mscarpen, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of sidetracked
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

6/14/2011

sidetracked, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a thick brown color that looks like it has a certain chalky character to it, pours with very little head and what it does pour with is gone almost immediately, pours pretty clear with no carbonation bubbles
S: smells more like a stout or a porter in my opinion, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel malts, almost no scotch scent until the very end and little even there
T: what the hell is this beer! its all over the place, hits first with caramel and toffee notes just like the bottle says, then slides over to a bit of woody smokiness from the scotch flavor, then slides out a bit sweet and warm, im so confused here, its so complex it has confused my palate, great taste though, i just don't think it should be classified as any sort of style
M: gentle carbonation, thick through and through, smooth from the beginning straight through to the end, a bit of alcohol burn but that might just be since it is a scotch ale, pleasant and nice
O: this isn't a scotch ale, i could very well be wrong but i just feel that there is so much going on here that it cant be classified at all, a nice brew, tastes great, pours...well pour, but i enjoy it as a brew and would gladly have it again

BigPlay1824, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Florida9
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red tinted brown in color. Forms only a minimal surface coating of head that quickly disappears to absolutely nothing leaving a flat, uninteresting looking beer behind in the glass. No retention/no lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Oak to a lesser extent. A faint hint of bourbon.

T: Extremely malty. Lots of malty fruit, caramel, and toffee. Some vanilla, a little oak and bourbon. A minimal hint of alcohol on the finish.

M: Beer itself is medium bodied, but considering it is virtually flat, the feel is, well, flat. Not syrupy - just flat. A little alcoholic heat on the finish, but it passes quickly.

O: Most of the time I enjoy Tyranena's barrel aged beers for the fact that their barrel aging is typically quite reserved. This beer is no different and for the most part it is a good beer, except for the total lack of carbonation.

Florida9, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of sholland119
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

HV

sholland119, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

elgiacomo, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of morimech
3.3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

morimech, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of nhindian
3.23/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

nhindian, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
4.13/5  rDev +2%
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.

mdaschaf, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of bennetj17
3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
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...

bennetj17, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of maximum12
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

maximum12, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with no head

smell: vanilla, bourbon, toffee, malts,

taste: vanilla, bourbon, toffee, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a tasty brew. reminds me of a mellower version of Founders Backwoods Bastard which I love. so give it a try.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

oline73, Jun 24, 2011
Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.