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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 9.65%
Wants: 36
Gots: 38 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
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...

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  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

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Caramel brown in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a good amount of chocolaty notes coming through in the aroma. A sweeter, malty, caramel flavor is there as well. The barrel character is very light, almost un-noticeable. Not what I expected at all, but still a pretty good aroma.

The taste has more of a sweeter, malty flavor up front with some caramel and cocoa to it. The barrel aging comes through more towards the finish with vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. The bourbon barrel character was a little lighter than I hoped, but it was still very flavorful and easy drinking beer for the style. Very nice overall.

Photo of ncmussell
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, stray bottle consumed pre-move

appearance: served in delirium chalice, much lighter than anticipated - deep copper-amber body, minimal beige film lace

smell: toffee, sweet caramel, earthy, peat, light bourbon

taste: smooth and less over the top as some others in the series - the bourbon is quite smooth and pairs well with the toffee flavors in the scotch ale. Caramel, vanilla, light chocolate and some dark fruits round out the flavor profile. Not very woody, despite the name.

mouthfeel: very smooth, well disguised alcohol

overall: good

Photo of mooselvlt
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured fro 12 oz bottle into a stange

A - Clear, reddish copper color. Very small head with little retention. Light lacing lingers at the edges

S - I love the smell. Oak, vanilla, grains....very pleasant nose!

T - Nice oak presence, almost smoky oak taste. Nice grainy malts. A warm alcohol finish.

M - Carbonated, light to medium bodied and pretty smooth.

O - The more I drink it, the more I like it. Very unique, love the smoky oak presence. I'm surprised its as carbonated as it is. I could definitely see this one growing on me!

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Another6Pack
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a four-pack of this in February '11 and drank two immediately. Reviewing the third bottle today. Bottled on 1/31/11 - thank you Tyranena for dating your product!

Pour is a rich, dark caramel color with a very thin head and very little lacing. Smell is fantastic - toffee, bourbon, and caramel are present.

Taste is super. Sweet toffee/butterscotch start, fairly dry finish with a caramel aftertaste. Love it. I'm not a big fan of supersweet beers, and this one is very well balanced.

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy at the start, though there is plenty of tight carbonation to dry out the finish. I thought I would want to have the 4th bottle in the same sitting, but decided it was enough of a dessert beer to stop at one.

I do like complex beers when they're done well, and this is one of them.

Photo of mcallister
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulled and murky scarlet red body. Thing beige head leaves sparse malt. Aroma is sweet and malty with a little peatiness as well. Flavor is smootha and richly sweet with accents of vanilla as well. Bourbon notes are subdued, but this is very drinkable for a Wee Heavy. Medium-full body with no impression of alcohol on the buds. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable for the style.

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really think Tyranena does a kick-ass job with their barrel aged beers and this is another one. I like a strong barrel impression and this has it. A lot of vanilla, nougat and oak...blended with a nice sticky sweet scotch ale....not much of a peated malt smokiness...if it has some it is muted by the barrel aged impressions...Body feels full....like I said a little sticky sweet....excellent aroma and excellent taste. Great beer.

Photo of MbpBugeye
2.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Strikertown for this one.

Appearance
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.

Aroma
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.

Taste
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.

Mouthfeel
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.

Overall
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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

Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours hardly any head. Just a thin ring around the glass. Color is clear mahogany copper.

Aroma: Very sweet. Notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. The bourbon blends in and comes off sweet as well. It has an amaretto type flavor as well that I like. It is kind of nutty.

Taste: Again, it is fairly sweet. It is also toasted. Has some marshmallow and vanilla flavors with some cocoa. Tastes kind of like a candy bar. Some nutty flavors here. Caramel and toffee. The bourbon is light, but it shows just enough. Awesome taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and sweet.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't as roasty as a normal scotch ale and it was more sweet, but I liked it. It was really drinkable and enjoyable. I swear I was picking up a coconut flavor while drinking this beer and it tasted like a mounds bar. Mmmm!

Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The thin wisp of head sits on a slightly dense glowing brown body with a red hue at the base.

S- The dry toasted malt flavor has some support from biscuit malt and a softer lightly roasted malt and vanilla note in the finish.

T- The blend of dry roasted and toasted malts have a slightly oaky tartness in the finish with some vanilla oaky notes coming through as the beer warms and a spicy note to follow.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture on the tongue and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- The dry malt has some good depth and a slight sweetness to the oak and vanilla notes make this very easy to drink with some nice character.

Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.