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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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115 Reviews
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Reviews: 115
Hads: 256
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 10.03%
Wants: 36
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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 256
Photo of gatornation
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
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 (395 characters)

Photo of CBlack85
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a DFH shaped pint glass

Pours a hazy, deep mahogany/brown color with a very respectable rocky tan head, that recedes quickly, leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

Lots of sweet malty aromas; caramel, vanilla, chocolate, and a very mild amount of smoked peat. There is a small bourbon presence, but the oak shines through quite nicely.

Fairly sweet with a good amount of oaky vanilla as well. I get some caramel and toffee notes, a rich malty beer that melds well with the bourbon and barrell notes. Medium bodied and creamy on the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, it reminded me of a smaller version of Backwoods Bastard. I would love to see it be just a little bolder. But all in all it is very tasty (739 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
2.77/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (451 characters)

Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .3L Lettich Balloon glass/snifter. Head is about 1 finger high and creamy off-white. Fades a bit, but manages to stick around for a bit as well. Lace is mild. The beer's color is reddish or caramel brown.

The aroma is pretty nice. Malty at first, with some fruity notes, some dark, pitted fruit as well, then I get more of the bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel, and hints of toffee and chocolate. Bourbon smells are moderate. A nice smell in that you can definitely pick up what seems to be the base beer along with the barrel aging.

The taste follows the aroma pretty well. Sweet and generously malty, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits up front with bourbon, light oak and light vanilla following close behind. In the back are those hints of chocolate, cocoa, and maybe even slight coffee. Tasty but not as bourbon forward as I would have liked. Definitely can pick up what seems to be the base beer mixing well with the barrel aging, though.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Creamy full consistency, medium-ish carbonation, medium bordering on full body, and a subtle but slightly lingering finish.

Overall, this is definitely a good beer. Not a bourbon bomb by any means, but pretty darn good. I would have preferred more bourbon in the taste and slightly more in the aroma, but that's just me and my love affair with Founders Backwoods Bastard, which has some similar qualities but obviously a different beer. Bottom line, this is worth a try!

Thanks so much to funhog for sending this as an extra in our recent trade! (1,536 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.39/5  rDev +10%
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 (784 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (1,220 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -4%
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 (447 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.29/5  rDev -17.5%
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. (720 characters)

Photo of nhindian
3.2/5  rDev -19.8%
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. (1,592 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -6.3%
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... (952 characters)

Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
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! (889 characters)

Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (321 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.47/5  rDev +12%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +1%
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. (871 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (821 characters)

Photo of ncmussell
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.87/5  rDev -3%
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 (559 characters)

Photo of mooselvlt
4.27/5  rDev +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! (537 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (1,756 characters)

Photo of Another6Pack
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (810 characters)

Photo of mcallister
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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. (672 characters)

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