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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
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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Reviews: 115 | Hads: 256
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: A copperish brown that is a translucent. Thin white head that leaves some spotty lacing and a white ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Oak and smoke and booze! Nice fruity notes too.

Taste: Huge vanilla. Butterscotch notes are in there too; playing off the vanilla sweetness. Hint of smokiness and its fruity too. Good dose of peat moss in the malt profile. Earthy hops. A lingering taste of oak and bourbon taste after swallowing. You get both elements of the Scotch ale and the barrels contributions to the beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has moderate carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Very smooth BA beer.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable and delicious. Another fanatastic BGW series beer. I love Tyranena BGW Series! Nice complexity and an easy drinker for a BA Scotch Ale. Its way better than Founders backwoods bastard and probably a little lesser know. Its also a better value than the Founders backwoods bastard too. One of my favorite BA Scotch ales!

revisited this beer on 4/17/2013. batch 2 is just as good as the first batch.

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep tawny mahogany. Capped mediumly with a dark beige crown of tight creamy based foam that slips off semi quickly. Some spotty lacing is flecked about.

Aroma is maple syrup over fresh hotcakes with a bit of vanilla and a bit of deep and dark oakyness. Warming attributes emerge within the mapleyness as it sits. Nice!

Solid malt base taster that pulls in deep, dark, sweet sided maple tones with hints to vanilla, butter cream, caramelized sugars, and a wonderfully warming roundedness that oozes smooth, creamy, silken maltyness soaking across the palate with a delicate oak twist in the trunk. Delish!

Smooth, heavenly thick and creamy with a malty thick gooeyness that covers the palate quickly with its heavier medium body and girth. Soaks right in and fills the palate with a yummy rich tone of mapley maltyness with a nice touch of warmth in the middle.

Yum, yum, yummy! One awesome Wee Heavy on display here. Tyranena makes another top notch drinker with great flavor, tone, and body. I can and will drink alot of this stuff! YUM!

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Photo of gford217
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a tan head that reduces, but leaves a little lace.

Bourbony, vanilla, toffee and plenty sweet smelling.

The taste is much like the smell. Pretty complex flavor but is a bit dilluted. A nice dessert like taste with the bourbon standing out well.

The body is a bit thin feeling, but otherwise is smooth.

A poor man's Backwoods Bastard at a lower pricepoint and a much higher drinkability. Not a poor beer by any means however.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date but of 2013 vintage, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 4/19/2013.

Aroma: Vanilla and a little bit of oak in the beginning. As it warms, I get more toffee, and a sweet chocolate nose. Nice smell and promises to be a sweet, oaky experience. Not too strong but definitely not a weak one. (4)

Colour: Cola colour, more of a lighter brown body that pours with a minimal head despite a reasonably vigorous pour. Thin off-white collar. Small bits of lacing, otherwise a very placid looking brew. (3)

Flavour: Very nice, very mellow overall. Starts with a small bit of vanilla, a bit more of oak but mostly sweet black tea, toffee and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. There is a little bit of a bourbon hit at the end, more apparently as it warms. Very tasty. (4)

Mouthfeel: A thinner medium bodied beer that feels somewhat resinous, like a good IPA. The finish is smooth, clean and not too dry. The aftertaste is mainly a sweet toffee and bitter chocolate with a bourbon-oaky finish that stays on the tongue for a bit. Very mellow and smooth drinking. (5)

Overall: Tasty scotch ale that is complemented well by the barrel, but I feel like it could be an even better brew if it wasn't blended. Despite this, its a very easy drinking scotch ale that would probably go well with a meal. (4)

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012 bottle.

A - Pours a dark, ruby brown color with a one fingered head and dies down to a thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Light aroma: toasted toffee, caramel, bourbon, and some vanilla. I really have to dig into my snifter to get anything in the nose.

T - Toasted toffee, light vanilla, and bourbon.

M - Medium body and lots of initial carbonation which creates an airy sensation on the tongue, slightly sticky.

O - Decent. Next time I'd rather try a fresh bottle, perhaps it mellowed too much over the past year?

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Photo of morimech
3.29/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: A high, straight pour produces only a thin wisp of tan foam atop the clear, deep orange-brown body. What head there is forms a thin but solid ring; no lace. Ok.

S: Rich toasty malt, solid toffee, charred oak, mild bourbon, and vanilla. Pleasant and balanced.

T: Sweet toffee and vanilla up front, with oaky bourbon and moderate booziness on the finish. Excellent at first, but ultimately just a bit too hot for a 70% barrel-aged brew. Still great, but not as great as it promised at first.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated medium-full body. Great.

O: Excellent beer, but I wish they hadn't cut the barrel-aged portion. I could have dealt with significantly more barrel presence, and a more central bourbon character would have made the booziness far more palatable. Still delicious, but oh how great it could be.


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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber, one finger head off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Nice bourbon, vanilla notes, some peat, dirt, caramel and molasses.

T-Rather malty, caramel, vanilla, moderate bourbon, good balance, grass, dirt and caramel.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A nice barrel aged scotch ale. Not as good as Backwoods Bastard but good none the less.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
4.19/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-05 in Munster, IN at Three Floyd's

A - pretty clear copper-brown with 1-finger tan head and very good lace.

S - Scottish malt. Not too peaty. Mild roasted bitterness. Light bourbon. Balanced. Inviting.

T - Delicious. Rich. Chocolate. Vanilla. Earthy spice. Light bourbon.

M - thick body. Light carb. Milkshake thick.

O - Lip smackin' good. First beer from this brewery. Impressive.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark clear copper color with white head, some retention, spotty lacing,

S: familiar scotch ale malts up front with notes of peat, next come a considerable dose of vanilla and oak. This maintains the aroma of a scotch ale with a nice amount of whiskey character in the background.

T: sweet malts up front, notes of caramel, toffee, this followed up by delicate notes from the barrel with emphasis on vanilla. The spirit character is well restrained and balances nicely with the base.

MF: medium body, perhaps a tad lighter than expected. Medium carbonation.

D: another awesome value barrel aged beer from Tyranena. This is similar to Backwoods Bastard, but much more mellow on the spirit and the malt character. Worth a try!

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Photo of buschbeer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is tea colored with chunks of yeast settling to the bottom of my glass. It is topped briefly by an inch of tan head. There is no lacing.

S - There is a big caramel and toffee smell.

T - The taste is loaded with caramel as well. The oak taste is modest. The melding of caramel, toffee, and vanilla make for a decadent combination. I get some bourbon in the aftertaste.

M - Medium and velvety smooth.

O - The more barrel aged Scotch ales I have the more I like them. I don't think I have had a bad one yet. This beer is fantastic. I wish I had about 23 more of them instead of a single bottle. I love it and would highly recommend.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, but my beer store just got this in fresh. An exciting new beer to try from Tyranena. I haven't tried the original Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale that this beer was derived from, but I am looking forward to it now to distinguish the differences between the two. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Aggressive pour yields about three fingers of creamy off-white / tan colored head on top of a dark burnt orange / reddish / chestnut colored body. Almost a glowing orangey color reminiscent of a fine whiskey when held under the light. Some thin wispy strands of lace.

S - Smell is nutty, earthy wood, vanilla, charred bourbon barrel characteristics. Bit of toasty malt / smoke kind of scent.

T - Full-bodied, smooth, and cloudy. Creamy, silky vanilla with a hint of milk chocolate type presence. Some smoked wood, earth, and bourbon barrel characteristics are in there also. Some alcohol warmth presents itself, although this beer's abv doesn't seem to be listed anywhere, although I am guessing it is near the 7.70% abv of it's parent beer, the Tyranena Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale. The beer definitely has a peanut / walnut type flavor going on as well. Very interesting.

M - Feel is sleek, bitter, and creamy, with a bit of coffee bean / vanilla presence lingering in the background.

Overall, a tasty, complex, and interesting endeavor from Tyranena Brewing Co. Bourbon barrel aged beers are definitely my thing, and this one is no exception. Somewhat reminiscent of the Tyranena Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown, but with a few more subtle complexities. Glad I picked up this four pack, although it is probably a beer that I will not again after I finish with these four bottles.

Tyranena Shaggin' In The Wood Bourbon Barrel-Aged Scotch Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/amber color, beautiful 1 finger head, delightful lacing

S: smoked/roasted nuts, bourbon barrel, malt.

T: sweet smoke and roasted nuts and malt, hint of boozy bourbon,mild bitter finish

M: medium body, smooth, nice carbonation

D: Tyranena has done it AGAIN! I really enjoy this brewery. Their seasonal and regular beers are good, but their Brewers Gone Wild Series is EXCELLENT! This is a mighty fine Wee Heavy, the 9% ABV is well hidden and will sneak up on ya.

VERY NICE! Pick this up.

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour generates a reasonable tan head atop a translucent reddish brown body. Smells of vanilla, the faintest touch of smoke and sugary malts. Smells pretty good. The taste is somewhat disappointing, there's a bit of dryness and a hint of an unidentifiable off-flavor in the finish with limited flavor of vanilla and otherwise very little in the way of bourbon. As a scotch ale, it is somewhat bland and uninteresting. The blended barrel aging offers only slight improvement. The beer is also slightly under carbonated and doesn't take on the expected creaminess from the barrel aging. It does leave a sugary feeling on the tongue, In spite of these things, this beer is relatively drinkable. I've had much better from this series.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.57/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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