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Shaggin' In The Wood - Tyranena Brewing Company

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254 Ratings
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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

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Beer added by: darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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Photo of Lare453
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena to try, this time a scotch ale, 70% of which was aged in bourbon barrels. This pours a dark copper, nearly brown color. Clear with a thin head.

The aroma is toasted malts and caramel, not any smoke unfortunately. The bourbon comes through as a light complement, maybe a little vanilla and oak.

I taste the bourbon a bit more in than expected from the nose, not burning but more medicinal. Not bad, you can pinpoint the barrel characteristics, but I guess it seems too muted in general. Maybe due to mixing in 30% unaged ale.

Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall good, not quite great. I wouldn't say no to another though.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Ri0. Thanks Jared!

A- Beautiful red colour, small and fast disappearing head of foam, considering that...pretty good lacing.

S- Nice complex smell of Bourbon, caramel malt, and vanilla. It smells balanced.

T- Good Bourbon notes, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Nice tasty Scotch Ale, a style I find I'm generally really tough on.

M- Lowish level of carbonation + medium body= no complaints.

O- I dig this Scotch Ale. A nice use of Bourbon barrels for the style, me thinks.

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 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 aasher
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, finally the next beer in the Brewers Gone Wild series! On the bottle it says that this is 70% Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels and 30% Scotch ale.

This one poured a very clear burnt amber in color with a light off white head which laced my snifter. The aromas are of toffee, hazelnut, caramel, light bourbon, butterscotch, and vanilla. The flavors consist of vanilla, toffee, light bourbon, and sweet malts. If you like the Sheepshagger, you'll really like this one. This beer looked so light while pouring, and is very clear in the glass. It's really surprising how it thickens up a little, to drink a very nice and smooth medium in body. I'm not sure of the content of this one but it's just as drinkable as the Sheepshagger, perhaps even more due to the increased complexity. This is yet another really good beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series.

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 BeerFMAndy
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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!

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Photo of champ103
3.74/5  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.

Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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 cpetrone84
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is clear burnt brown with red hues and a light yellowish head. Nose is strong charred wood and fairly deep malt aromas. Chocolate, bourbon, burnt caramel and brown sugar. Taste is the same, chocolate, woody, cooked caramel and brown sugar, notes of peat and bourbon through the finish. Body is soft and airy, not too thick with good carbonation but thins out in finish and a little watery. Not a bad beer.

Photo of MSandahl23
4/5  rDev -1%

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 DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Photo of whartontallboy
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of woosterbill
4.04/5  rDev 0%
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.

Cheers!

Photo of KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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