Carnal Knowledge In The Wood
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Style:
Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #633
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
93
Ranked #2,348
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 5.71%
Reviews:
31
Ratings:
218
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Tyranena Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
93
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Notes: Give yourself over to ultimate pleasure. Black, smooth, silky. The decadent flavors from roasted malts like caramel, chocolate, and coffee. Enhance with the allure of rye whiskey barrel-aging. A voluptuous pleasure.
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ZebulonXZogg from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2-3 years old. Poured a very dark brown, very little carbonation, however it left a nice oily residue on the glass. Mildly boozy aroma, hints of cocoa and ash. Moderate whiskey notes, some chocolate, coffee and toffee. Very creamy texture. I'd love to see this again.

Apr 21, 2018
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Bum4ever from California

4.34/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is dark black with a small tan head that lasted a good amount
Smell of rye whiskey and wood, with chocolate and molasses. Also getting a hint of vanilla on the end. Also has a overall scent of booze.
Very nice mix of flavors here with nothing over-powering. I thought from the smell that the whiskey would dominate but that is not the case. Getting oak and whiskey with chocolate, toffee and a hint of vanilla.
Feel light bodied and smooth, has a nice creamy feel (why I love oatmeal stouts) with a nice carb balance.
Overall I am really enjoying this beer at the moment and think it is a great example of a oatmeal stout.

Mar 26, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.92/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Viscous black with a short but dense tan foam that dies to nothing but can be swirled back to life for a short while.

Smell is peppery and spicy, with some cola, charred wood, whiskey, molasses and nutty roast.

Taste is nutty and roasty, nearing peanut butter with chocolate, complemented but not taken over by light wood and bourbon notes. A bit of a cola note keeps this from not being a full on, big boy stout, but it's pretty close. Some raisin, cigarette ash and acidic-like coffee emerge as it warms.

Feel is medium bodied with a soft carbonation and dry finish. It thins out, oddly enough, as it warms.

Sep 23, 2017
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AlarmClock314 from Wisconsin

4.04/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bartels & Co in Monroe, WI on 7/29/17. Review from notes. Appears mostly black. Smells and tastes of sweet caramel, cocoa, roasted malt, rye barrel, and dark fruit; below average intensity. Pretty sweet with a mild bitterness/dryness. Higher carbonation and below average body for the style. Overall, it's a decent stout but could use more intensity and rye bitterness for balance.

Jul 30, 2017
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Eamonn-Cummings3 from New York

4.39/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speiglau barrel aged glass.

Look is pitch black with a tan half.

A little burn from the alcohol on the nose, but with a nice vanilla roasty note at the end.

Lots of whiskey in the taste like having a shot with a Guinness. delicious.

Jul 24, 2017
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Flounder57 from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle was poured into a shifter.

Appearance: A one finger mocha head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of anything. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Vanilla, roasted, milk chocolate, toffee, some booze, and caramel.

Taste: Silky, creamy, vanilla, toffee, caramel, milk chocolate, slight booze, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light bodied, creamy, light bitterness, medium carbonation, some booze, and a little chewy.

Overall: Nice barrel aged imperial stout. Good, but a little more body and barrel flavor would be good.

Jun 17, 2017
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mdfb79 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown color with an inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.
Milk chocolate, dark chocolate, toffee and caramel, roasted malts. Taste has some cherries and dark fruits. Coffee is light, more whiskey in the taste than nose. Nuts in the nose too. Thick full body and moderate carbonation; a little less, carbonation and it'd be perfect.

Overall a strong but tasty BA stout. If you big their BGW series stouts this is another winner.

May 16, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

this is one of those breweries who impressed me every time i have one of their beers, especially in this series, and somehow they still seem to not really be on the radar of the beer nerds. more for me i guess. this is a great stout, and one that has me thinking for sure that in many instances i prefer rye whiskey barrels to bourbon, instead of the heavy wood and vanilla sweetness bourbon often provides, this instead has a spicy rye complexion, a little honey to it, and the wood without the sugars, which flatters the roasted barley a little more i think, keeps it earthy and grounded, and lets nuances from the malt come through in a different way. fresh ground coffee and bakers chocolate abound in this one. my only real critique of this beautiful beer is that its just a little hot, even for what it is, the alcohol comes out at me a little bit, not a problem, just an observation. perhaps a little less body than some of its peers, but i dont mind that so much, there is plenty for the flavors to cling to. great use of rye barrels, quality base beer, and a delightful drinking experience. i wish we got their stuff out here in colorado, i have yet to have a brewers gone wild series beer that i didnt really dig...

May 02, 2017
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Just-the-sip from California

4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First brew from Tyranena. I'm impressed smell is vanilla, coffee, caramel. Taste sweet up front. Carnal again then bitter dark coffee on the back end. Feel is a little thin for a stout with a 9%abv but otherwise, it's amazingly drinkable and smooth. Well done.

Apr 23, 2017
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Tone from Missouri

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black color. 1/4 inch head of a tan color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of chocolate, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, and oatmeal. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with a low carbonation level. Tastes of chocolate, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, alcohol, hint of hops, hint of earthiness, and oatmeal. Overall, weak appearance, limited aroma, good body, feel, and blend.

Apr 09, 2017
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richj1970 from Alabama

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint.

A: Inky black with smallish one finger tan head that settles to a thin cap. Some light lacing.

S: Nice burst of chocolate, coffee, oats, and vanilla hit me immediately after opening.

T: Rich roasty malts mixed with chocolate and coffee. Hints of vanilla and oats.

M: Full body with light carbonation. Texture is a blend between chewy and creamy with a slightly bitter finish.

O: Excellent stout. Nicely executed and very enjoyable.

May 22, 2016
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ONovoMexicano from New Mexico

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter.

Minimal head produced from the pour. Sort of a lacy, sudsy layer settles over the brownish/black body. Trickling carbonation cuts through the darkness. A cocoa-colored film sprawls across the top of the beer after a few moments. 4

This smells imposing. Big aroma. Tons of coffee and dark chocolate and caramel and oats and vanilla. It even gives off an oaken vibe. Is this barrel-aged? A rich-smelling beer that sets up some big expectations for the tastebuds. 4.25

Still rich in coffee and dark roast malts and dark chocolate. But there are more layers here. Dark fruit and dried tobacco and tasty caramel and vanilla and sweet oatmeal. There's a nice contrast of dark, roasty and bitter and sweet and creamy. The finish offers a ton of baker's chocolate and chocolate syrup. 4.25

Covered this on the taste, but this displays a great mix of sweet and creamy, bitter and roasty. It drinks far too easy. No booze anywhere. 4.25

This is great. I could use more of these.

Sep 27, 2015
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scaliasux from Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L - Black. Opaque. Thin light brown head with some retention.
S - Dark malts. Rich chocolate and coffee aroma. A little dark fruit.
T - Sweet and malty. Principally dark malt flavors, especially coffee and dark chocolate. Some prune and citrus.

Sep 19, 2015
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majorbase2 from Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a Snifter.

This beer is black. Pours with a motor oil-like consistency. Small thick, chocolatey head that quickly dissipates, leaving nothing but a small ring of lacing around the edge. No lacing on the sides.

Wow. Aroma punches you right in the face (with brass knuckles) with burnt coffee and booze. Some chocolate, molasses. Mocha, vanilla, and roasted nuts. This would be a perfect aroma for a cold winter morning.

Taste packs a nice punch of it's own, as well. The taste is a little more chocolate based, with the coffee still present but now taking a backseat. Mocha is still featured rather strongly, playing alongside the roasted nuts. Roasted nut, mocha, and vanilla flavors continue to intensify as it warms. Very sweet, with a sweet, bitter bite on the finish. Despite the alcohol being very much evident in the aroma, it is well hidden in the taste.

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Rich and creamy. A little bit thin for the style.

Overall, another excellent brew for, in my opinion, Wisconsin's most underrated brewery. Solid in every aspect. A perfect winter beer. I would strongly recommend this one to any fans of the style. It may not be revolutionary, but every aspect is well executed.

Aug 29, 2015
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cjgator3 from Florida

4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a deep dark black color with a nice tan colored head. The aroma is dark roasted malts, unsweetened chocolate, and coffee. The taste like the aroma is dark and roasty up front with some sweetness coming in lingering well into the finish. The mouthfeel is thicker than expected for an 8% beer which was a pleasant surprise. Overall, Carnal Knowledge is a really solid double oatmeal stout.

Aug 02, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Jeff for this one. Always up for a Tyranena imperial stout. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is thick, opaque and pitch black. Lacing is spotty and stringy with good stick and thin but oily legs. Very good.

Nose has hints of mocha, chocolate, cocoa powder, roast, liquorice, and a chewy tobacco and fudge. Very deep and enticing.

Opens chocolate, fudge and cocoa. Some peanut butter, espresso, molasses and tobacco in the middle with a light roastiness towards the end. Light smoky bitterness balances the chocolate malt body perfectly. Finishes sweet with a lingering, roasty sweet aftertaste. Excellent.

Full bodied with low carbonation. Thick and smooth on the palate and goes down rich and viscous. Finishes rich with a slightly lingering aftertaste. Sooo smooth and not too heavy.

In a world with so many barrel, double barrel and super flavor infused imperial stouts, there's something to be said for an offering that is perfectly balanced with a great body that is super easy to drink. Certainly a criminally underrated beer.

Jun 05, 2015
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martyl1000 from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle at Green Owl. Very, very good. Two years ago, when I was still a double stout addict, I would've been overjoyed to try this for the first time.

May 29, 2015
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uvachief from Virginia

4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours dark pitch black. Smells of coffee, vanilla, caramel and maybe a dark fruit? Tastes much the same. Very subtle abv burn. Smooth with more vanilla and caramel with a little rye whiskey barrel flavor on the back end. Little thin but otherwise just great. Excellent.

Apr 25, 2015
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jera1350 from Minnesota

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid black with a massive head with loads of lacing. Smells of milk chocolate and a hint of espresso and caramel. Taste of chocolate, toffee, coffee bean, vanilla and roasty malt. Delish. The feel is smooth and the carbonation velvety, but feels thin for the style. The only low point of the beer. Awesome flavor, wonderful beer.

Mar 19, 2015
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bowzer4birdie from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I've read other reviews on this beer and all I can say is what a difference one batch, one bottle makes from the rest. I like my beers boozy up front and this one, for its ABV (whatever that is) was quite distinct. Almost too much! Nonetheless, it's a very good barrel-aged beer that is worth a try.

Mar 18, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Didn’t even know this was coming to Minneapolis until I saw a four-pack languishing at France44 – the only bottles I ever saw. Wham! In my mouth. C’mere, beauty. 12 oz. stubby.

The pour is black with plenty of carbonation, despite nary a whisper when I twist its head clean off. I have to swirl this madly to get anything going nose-wise & end up with only suggestive whispers of chocolate, vanilla, & roast. I’m pretty sure.

Carnal Knowledge doesn’t give you the full Dirk Diggler, but who can take that anyways? The rye whiskey tosses aside the curtain for a full frontal, much more aggressive than your standard BGW! offering from the last few years. After the whiskey there’s soft vanilla, roast with the edges sanded off, deep sweetness, touch of alcohol (in a Tyranena beer??). Roast reasserts on the end, although the smoothness on this goes to 11. Drinkieness is the high point, I’m pounding this like Lisa Ann is live on stage.

Lovely. Tyranena rarely disappoints, & that makes one more. Very good beer.

Feb 26, 2015
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deadonhisfeet from Kentucky

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Double oatmeal stout aged in rye whiskey barrels. Poured from a bottle into a Bruery snifter. Very black pour, not too viscous, and sports about a finger of rocky tan head. I'm digging the nose on this beer. Lots of rich coffee, dark chocolate, some toasted oak, a hint of toffee, and a wisp of whiskey.

My God, does this taste good! It's not crazy complex, but GOD - it tastes good!!! Medium-full body, firm feel, and a delicious flavor. I get toffee, toasted oak, vanilla, rich coffee, and dark chocolate up front, then just enough of a whiskey note to warm things up and enrich all that candy sweetness. No real booziness, just that wonderfully rich whiskey flavor to complement the oak, coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. I don't get any rye spiciness, but who the hell cares. This is just heaven in a bottle.

This beer is a freaking home run. It's a perfect after-dinner beer. Sweet, savory, and sinful without being too heavy or filling. I especially love the way the coffee, chocolate, toasted oak, and whiskey all sort of balance out without any one of them becoming overpowering. A heart thanks to Ri0 for sending me this one.

Feb 24, 2015
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Nice khaki head. Wispy surface and a thick collar.

Smell - Buckets of oatmeal. Light whiskey aroma. Chocolate and coffee.

Taste - Whisky is much more prominent. Milk chocolate. Oatmeal. Creamy finish with a bit of oak.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not very heavy on the barrel and very heavy on the oatmeal. Makes for a nice creamy stout.

Feb 23, 2015
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BarrytheBear from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tap....Just when I'm about to write off Tyranena....smooth, rich, full bodied, supple, with notes of nuts and chopped coconut. Smooth barrel integration, great feel...really good beer.

Feb 06, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Unlike other BGW's, this does not say it's blended, so maybe they went the distance on this one.

Nice color, a dark brown. Minimal head,a little film on top. Smells of roasted malts, charred wood, a hint of sulfur. And yeah, I like it. Tastes of roasted malts, chocolate, rye and a little coffee. Has a nice bitterness to it. Leaves a really nice aftertaste. Solid body for what I'm guessing the ABV is, feels good in the mouth. Very smooth.

I'm a huge fan of the BGW porters and this fits right in with those, as a stout. This is a really good beer and I wish there would have been more of it available (got 3 bottles and feel lucky). Hope you were able to get a few.

Jan 19, 2015
Carnal Knowledge In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 218 ratings