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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 250
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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Photo of zrab11
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

zrab11, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

BeerFMAndy, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of sweemzander
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

sweemzander, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of AJacob81
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter.

A - Bronze, clear, minimal head and lacing.

S - English Toffee, vanilla, bourbon barrel, and a hint of caramel/butterscotch. Mild aromatic hops as well.

T - A very well-balanced brew. The expected toffee and molasses notes from a Wee Heavy blend seamlessly with the oak, char, and vanilla flavors imparted by the barrel. I enjoy this more with each sip.

M and D - Silky smooth, creamy medium-bodied mouthfeel. This drinks so well up front, but becomes merely sippable toward the end, as the alcohol asserts itself. Enjoyable throughout, however.

This is pretty mild for a bourbon-barreled beer, but that actually adds to the charm for me. If this was year-round, I'd grab it on the regular.

AJacob81, Apr 10, 2011
Photo of Arbitrator
2.55/5  rDev -37%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Arbitrator, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

MasterSki, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze with a low-slung tan head that fades away quickly, leaving some lace.
It carries an aroma of toasted grain, toffee, and light barrelled notes of vanilla, buttered coffee, black cherry, and charred oak. The nose feels a bit washed-out, given what it is.
The malt hits the mouth with caramel, grain, and earthen smokiness. The barrel brings cherry, buttered toast, toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. And the barrel traits are much more focused here than in the nose. It's not a bourbon bomb necessarily, but the spirit traits do override the Scotch Ale traits as much as ups the overall flavor. It rides out with lingering oak and an upswell of coffee. I like how it finishes as much as anything.
Medium full in the mouth, with steady, slighly high amount of CO2.
Overall, this struck me as a beefed-up version of their (Barrel-Aged) Rocky's Revenge. It's drinkable, considering, but it doesn't wow. Regardless, it's solid enough, and a bit more agile than most Bourbon Barrel offerings.

cokes, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of jcnd9803
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper hue with literally no head whatsoever. Very rarely do I like a beer with this little of a head and lacing, but I'll give it a shot.

S: Ahhh, there we go. Sweet caramel and vanilla, but also finishes with some woodsy oak.

T: The nose does not mislead. Sweet caramel malt and vanilla come in strong. The barrel aging adds a nice oaky finish that isn't too overpowering to take away from the outstanding base of this beer.

M: Amazingly somewhat light with no carbonation. However, even without this, it avoids tasting syrupy.

One of the most drinkable barrel aged beers I think I've ever had. I think I could easily finish a few of these in a sitting!

jcnd9803, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

billshmeinke, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of mikeyv35
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/01/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a light brown in color w/ ruby highlights, w/ a skim coat white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, peat, and light caramel/toffee. Taste was of very mild bourbon, oak, peat(roastiness), caramel/toffee, w/ a finish of maple syrup bite. Thin bodied and very smooth. I drank this w/ ease and could have had another few bottles. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Enjoyable brew that I would gladly drink again.

mikeyv35, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of beerhan
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown pour, moderately opaque. Thin white head.

S-Lots of bourbon initially, very easy to habituate. Molasses, toasted nuts, some vanilla and caramel.

T-Bourbon at first then mostly oak from the barrel. Lots of caramel, toasted malt, some vanilla. This tastes like a much more mellow backwood's bastard. It is delicious and so well balanced.

M-I enjoyed this a lot but I felt it could have used a little more of a bite. It feels very syrupy but is still quite smooth. Tyranena does a great job though of making not over the top barrel aged beers with a decent abv.

O-I would love to try this one again. It is very drinkable and I wish I knew how potent it was but it is not listed. It may be a little high but I don't know. Once again I must say that they did a great job on this barrel aged scotch ale.

beerhan, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of craytonic
3.28/5  rDev -19%
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.

craytonic, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one Bobby, I've been wanting to try it for awhile now.

A: Pours a dark amber color, perhaps brown, with a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Tons of vanilla and chocolate aromas to the beer which are just great. A mild peatiness and some sweet toffee and caramel. Not as much bourbon as you might expect, but there is a fair amount of oak aroma.

T: Rich and creamy vanilla really dominates the beer, but I don't find it overwhelming. Sweet toffee and vanilla along with cocoa powder add additional sweetness. Again, minimal bourbon flavor, but there is a substantial charred oak flavor, particularly on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: This is one of the best, and most under the radar breweries out there, and the Brewers Gone Wild series have been winners across the board.

womencantsail, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber, copper brown color with dim reddish highlights. Excellent clarity.Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Smells no where near as bourbony as expected, which came as a pleasant surprise, as I find that most bal-aged beers overdo it. Rich, caramel and toffee malt, with some darker notes of molasses and brown sugar, and some bourbon complexity. Oak and vanilla aromas abound. Subtle dark fruits (prunes) and alcohol are notable as well.

Flavor-In the flavor, the bourbon flavors show a greater presence, but are still in balance with the scotch ale. Bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel, some toasted character, and sticky molasses are dried out by smooth alcohol flavors in the finish, leading to a toffee bourbon finish touched with smoke, that lingers on for quite some time.

Medium full to full, but not quite chewy. Carbonation is moderately low. Smooth and with substantial alcohol warmth.

I really liked this. I think they did a fantastic job with the barrel aging, and produced a beer that still resembles the style it came from, while simultaneously showcasing some very nice bourbon notes. Bravo.

plfahey, Mar 29, 2011
Photo of Pellinore1
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, coppery brown, producing a bit of light tan head. This fades fairly quickly, leaving just a hint of lacing.

I smell sweet malt and caramel, and a bit of vanilla. The oak is more evident in the aroma than the bourbon.

The taste is very much like the smell. It opens with sweet, nutty malt and caramel, then finishes with vanilla and oak. The bourbon is there, but quite subdued.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, with just a little carbonation. It almost feels like a beer served on cask.

This beer was quite pleasant overall, and one of the most drinkable bourbon-aged beers I've tried.

Pellinore1, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of PurpleCloud
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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!

PurpleCloud, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a deep amber with a loose, quarter inch head that dissipates into a frothy band and a thin skim. Slashes and spots of lacing are exposed on the tilt side of the glass. Nose is buttery, sugary and expresses a light boozy character. Taste reveals rich butterscotch flavors initially, but quickly becomes somewhat thin and watery with a slightly grainy quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a mild, even carbonation and a buttery/oily/creamy texture. Decent, but not what I would consider style consistent. Nonetheless an interesting brew.

Jwale73, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

jwinship83, Mar 21, 2011
Photo of scaliasux
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium - dark brown. Appears somewhat hazy. Moderate creamy off-white head that persists.

Smell - Rich caramel malt. Maybe a little whiskey and vanilla.

Taste - Heavy dose of roasted malts per style. Sweet roasted caramel is the primary flavor. Bourbon is certainly present, but restrained - vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavors meld nicely - the bourbon flavors could easily have been overdone, but not here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Creamy.

Drinkability - Nice twist on an already fantastic beer. Could have used this one a little earlier in the winter - really takes the edge off a cold winter's night.

scaliasux, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of larsenju
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

larsenju, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of champ103
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, a huge thanks to Onslow for the sample. Review from notes.

A: Pours that same dark mahogany color as the base. A tiny bubbly tan head forms, but is gone in a second. Not lace. Looks a little under carbonated...
S: Light buttery notes, toffee sweetness, bread, and biscuit aromas. Wood, bourbon and maple syrup.
T: Follows the nose. Very sweet with lots of toffee. Wood, vanilla, maple syrup.
M/D: A medium body this is a bit under carbonated. A little thin for my tastes. Not hard to drink. What ever alcohol is there, you can not detect. Though a bigger body would make this much more enjoyable for me to drink.

I really like this. Though I like the base Scotch Ale much better. If this had a fuller body and a little more carbonation it would be great. Very much worth a try, but Sheep Shagger is the superior product IMO.

champ103, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mahogany color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing (which is alright of a bourbon barrel aged beer). The aroma reminds me of a chocolate shop that makes its own chocolates and caramels. There is caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nougat, bourbon, and wood. I could smell this beer all day long. It is, perhaps, the only beer that I have ever wanted to grant a 5.5 score for aroma here on BeerAdvocate. The taste is a bit milder than the aroma. There is less caramel, vanilla and chocolate, with the bourbon and wood staying at about the same intensity. It is still really good, but it isn't great in the way the aroma is. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. I have a feeling this beer would be better with a slightly full body, and very low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer though, and I would highly recommend it to others.

KarlHungus, Mar 14, 2011
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Shaggin' In The Wood, 70% Scotch Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels, 30% Scotch Ale. A complex blend of flavors, The rich caramel and toffee flavors of Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale symphonies with the oak, bourgeon, and vanilla flavors bestowed by the barrel."

Lightly hazed, caramel-colored in appearance, slim head.

Sweetness in the nose, vanilla, oak, hints of bourbon, caramel malt. Toffee, yep. Some espresso, even.

Taste: rich and complex, deep and delicious, dense flavors of whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, sweet and decadent. Woody malt bomb. Butterscotch and bourbon bonanza.
Sleek and succulent. Totally tasty.
Mmm, mmm, good. Nicely done, Rob & Co.

feloniousmonk, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of bound4er
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

bound4er, Mar 07, 2011
Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.