Wrath Of Rocky
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
Ranked #23
Ranked #3,652
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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Notes: The imperialized father of Rocky's Revenge. A dark brown ale on the sweeter side with vanilla and oak characteristics from barrel aging.
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timmy2b from New York

3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown. Small off white head. Bourbon in the nose is present and nice. Taste is of bourbon and vanilla lingers for a while in the aftertaste. Slightly heavy, even for a double brown. Decent beer, but likely would have been better with another couple months on it.

Nov 22, 2018
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great bourbon taste - nose isn't quite as good - bourbon followed by vanilla & oak. The taste just blows me away and this is easily one of the best brown ales I've ever had!

Jul 20, 2018
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woemad from Washington

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of the generosity of @Ri0. My first from Tyranena. For whatever reason, I’m always thinking I’m misspelling their name when I’m not. Oh, and can anyone shed some light on the mustachioed sea monster food on the neck label?

Poured into an Iron Goat snifter, this was the color of darkness until held up to light, when it took on a surprisingly clear, but still very dark ruby shade. There was briefly a noisy, sudsy tan head, but it fell rapidly, receding to a thin foamy collar in record time. No lace at all could be found on the sides of the glass.

Big, bourbon-y aroma to this. There’s also some sweet, vanilla-like scent from the oak, but it’s not overpowering.

Bigger bourbon flavor to this than I expected, considering the relatively low abv (at least compared to most BBA beers). It tastes boozier than one would expect for a 7.5% beer, but I wouldn’t call it a “hot” beer exactly. It’s more like the flavor of bourbon is strongly present, but without the massive amount of alcohol one normally encounters in bourbon. While it tastes great (over the last 3-4 years, I’ve become a fan of bourbon whiskeys), there is a downside. There’s not much else happening with this beer. I imagine that is due to generally (at least in my experience), a brown ale isn’t that terribly strong on flavor, and tends toward easy drinking. Well, that’s accomplished, but with the end result is it tastes like a beery bourbon instead. I’m okay with that, but I wish it had a little more character. Once past the bourbon flavor, the beer finishes with a sweet, slightly bland caramel and brown sugary flourish.

Medium bodied, with a slightly thin, watery mouthfeel that seems at odds with all the sweet and bourbon-y flavor, but is proof that not all big, dark beers have to be heavy.

I really like this beer, and am amazed how bourbon-like the flavor is for something as comparatively light as it is, but the sweetness and lack of overall character beyond those aspects (a complaint I’ve long made about brown ales in general; I’m just not a big fan of the style) keep it from becoming something I’d want to drink regularly if it were available in my neck of the woods. Still, the bourbon barrel aging itself is something I’m definitely digging, and look forward to the other bba Tyranena Ri0 sent me. They are a brewery that is definitely on my radar now.

May 22, 2016
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soze47 from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice example of a smaller abv beer that can carry bourbon flavor well. It's a beaut in the glass with lots of nice lacing. Body looks loose with a slight viscosity on the swirl. I wouldn't call this a nuanced beer - it hits first with lots of sweet vanilla bean, creamy coffee and dark brown sugar followed by a wash of nutty wood and only slightly warm bourbon heat. It opens up a bit more as it warms with notes of outright caramel coming into play as lingering flavor. Fun beer that I would revisit again for sure as I love the base beer and think they got the aging down for this one.

Jan 16, 2016
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joe1510 from Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle
$10.99 4-pack
4 Seasons Liquors

Wrath of Rocky borders black but upon closer inspection shows of some of those handsome chestnut highlights. The khaki foam rises to a sturdy finger in height before slowly fading to a thick crown and leaving sheet lacing on its way down. Each drink leaves behind not only sheet lacing but chunky drink lines on top of the already solid foam. Good lookin' beer, right here.

Ahh, Tyranena knows how to build a barrel aged beer. The base brown ale is on the sweeter side with pralines, chocolate chip cookies, and cookie dough. Maybe even a sprinkle of light brown sugar and some sates. The barrel adds complimentary notes that in no way overshadow the beer. Sticky caramel, soft vanilla, and damp oak all round it out nicely.

The flavor follows the aroma and while it leans toward the sweeter side and I use all those sweet descriptors, it's not overly sweet by a long shot. There's a bit of roasty malt present that cuts through the praline and chocolate chips. It's still a little doughy, which I dig. The barrel aging, again, simply rounds it out with ghost-like vanilla, a soft booziness, damp oak, and a caramel drizzle. This is damn good beer.

The body sits between moderate and full on the weight scale with a respectable viscosity fitting for a beer of this style. There's a slight roasty bitterness that cuts the residual sugars and actually dries up a few seconds after the drink. For a barrel aged beer this is crazy easy to put away.

Every barrel aged beer I've had from Tyranena has been top notch, most other offerings too, and I've been drinking them for a lot of years now. Great barrel integration with an already delicious base beer and for the price it's nearly impossible to beat. Highly recommended.

Nov 28, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Served in a snifter glass 11/17/2015.

Pours a dark cola brown body, one finger white head that is very short-lived. No retention or lacing. It's not completely still by any means, but the head just doesn't want to stick around at all. That's okay, it's barrel-aged. Smells of bourbon, oak, toffee, a bit of vanilla, molasses. There is a lot of barrel in this, which is nice. Caramel and a slight metallic aroma that dissipates as the beer warms. Flavour is similarly barrel-forward, which is nice. Bourbon, toffee, oak. These are the dominant flavours up front, and it relaxes a bit to let the caramel, brown sugar and even a bit of vanilla come out. Not bad, not complicated but a nice barrel treatment. Mouthfeel is full bodied for a brown ale; it's nice and substantial, a bit slick, not sticky nor dry but somewhere in between. Good carbonation. A solid barrel-aged brown ale; these don't come around too often but this is significantly better than the base Wrath of Rocky.

Nov 18, 2015
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kbwalters from Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured cold into a libby stout glass. Consumed on week of release.
Look = 4.25 Pours brown into dark brown in glass with 1.5 fingers of thick off white head; dense. Retains a nice halo with good spotty lace.
Aroma = 4.25 Super sweet aroma; caramel malts balanced nicely with strong bourbon and vanilla notes.
Taste = 4.0 Solid caramel malt backbone thoughout the taste; vanilla comes in in the middle and throughout the finish, mixes with bourbon notes on the backend and some boozy burn.
Feel = 4.25 Medium bodied, very smooth and low to medium carbonation.
Drinkability = 3.75 Strong bourbon presence but easier drinking then most heavy BB stouts
Overall = 4.1125 I think I like my brown ales better with some bourbon barrel aging, adds some interest to an otherwise pretty boring style

Oct 31, 2015
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stortore from Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a snifter.

Pours a fairly clear dark amber, with a quickly dissipating one finger head, some soapy lacing. Smell brings oak, malt, bourbon, vanilla, maybe some cherry. Taste gives bourbon- more as it warms, malt, vanilla, oak, caramel, butterscotch. Still getting a touch of cherries. Not thin, but could use a little more body and carbonation.

This is good, it's enjoyable, but there's something missing for me. Could use a little more malt to give it more support for the bourbon. I'm not a big brown ale fan, maybe it's as simple as that.

Oct 21, 2015
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A big thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger light cream colored head with low retention. Beer is a clear dark mahogany. Lacing is stringy and spotty with good cling and thin, oily legs. Solid.

Nose is molasses, brown sugar, nutty and with a touch of booziness. Rather subtle but really well integrated.

Opens rich molasses, caramel and toffee. Hints of brown sugar in the middle integrated with hazelnut, vanilla and a light booziness. Sweet molasses and more layers of caramel and vanilla in the finish. Same aftertaste with just a touch of sweet bourbon. Fantastic!

Medium bodied with low carbonation. Smooth and warm in the mouth and goes down rich and slick. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. Awesome!

Another hidden treasure for sure, this brown ale is one of the best beers I've had all year never mind the best brown ale. Certainly worth trying. Super complex but drinkable at the same time. Just fantastic!

Aug 22, 2015
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champ103 from Texas

3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark, turbid brown that is not quite opaque. A one finger white head forms, and recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Oak, bourbon liquor, vanilla, light chocolate. Kind of a wet cloths aroma as well, which is odd. Not much else in the nose.
T: More barrel character here than anything else. Vanilla, light chocolate, wood. Not much from the base beer, outside of a large sweetness. Basically everything is from the barrel. Even slightly tannin like. Not a bad thing, and fairly enjoyable overall, but one dimensional.
M/O: A medium to full body. High carbonation for the style, but as this breaths it becomes smoother. Tannin like as well. Maybe a bit to much barrel for the base beer. Not hard to drink, and something I will have no problem finishing. Let alone enjoying the rest of the 4 pack.

An enjoyable bourbon/wood/vanilla bomb. If that is what you want, no need to care if the base beer comes through. While, I would enjoy this much more if that was the case, it is still worthy. If not my favorite barrel aged offering, not bad at all.

Jul 30, 2015
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Sweffin from Wisconsin

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Really cool beer. Great bourbon character and crazy light mouthfeel, reminiscent of Rochefort 10. I'd almost certainly think that this was a barrel aged dubbel or quad with minimal belgian character if someone handed this to me.

Jul 28, 2015
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Monkeyknife from Missouri

4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a dark mahogany brown with ruby red highlights. One finger of creamy beige head on top and sticky lacing left behind.

The first thing that hit my nose was bourbon barrel-oak followed by light vanilla and sweet malts.

Creamy notes of vanilla and bourbon barrel hit the palate with every sip. More boozy warmth in the finish than expected with a 7.5% abv.

Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Jul 24, 2015
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rlee1390 from Indiana

3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Someone dumped a bag of dark brown sugar into this beer. Much too sweet. The bourbon, vanilla and brown ale base do not get a chance to shine. I would assume age would do the beer some good.

Jul 23, 2015
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely fantastic. I wish I had more of this beer than having just split a four pack with my brother in law.

The bourbon smell and taste were as powerful as any Tyranena barrel aged beer I have had. Usually their barrel flavor isn't as strong and complex as I'd like but this was one another level. Brown ales aren't my favorite and I know there aren't a lot of examples of barrel aged browns but I can't imagine anyone doing this any better.

Jul 12, 2015
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JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - The appearance is a murky brown color.

Smell - I would describe the nose as a wall of booze with a hint of raisin.

Taste - At the beginning, I notice the booze. The brown ale is evident with hints of vanilla, raisin, and caramel. It is slightly warm, but overall well-balanced.

Mouthfeel - It seems thin for a barrel aged beer, but it is only a brown ale.

Overall - I like Rocky's Revenge in a drunken rage.

Jul 04, 2015
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maximum12 from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always happy to see another new brew from Tyranena, & surprised to see it show up just across the river…it sounded like a “tap-room” only brew. But here it is! 12 oz. stubby goin’ down.

The pour is dark brown with red highlights, which are definitely my favorite. Head down quickly. Nose is pretty typical for the brewery, quiet, with sweet malts & a stronger vanilla presence that anything since Devil Over a Barrel. Tame.

Wrath of Rocky’s smaller brother was one of my first barrel-aged beers, so I was jazzed to get to try this one. It doesn’t disappoint as a bigger version: big-time vanilla fronts this brew, though the actual bourbon is more of an afterthought in the back of throat than an actual taste. The brown base comes through as mildly sweet, brown sugar, hint of nostalgia, root beer. As the beer warms further the bourbon does a Peeping Tom routine just at the end. The lower ABV probably contributes to the happy drinkability; it’s smooth, silky, & goes down quicker than a casting couch victim.

Sometimes trying to play the good guy sucks: now I wish I would have picked up both of the four packs that were left rather than just one, because this is an excellent beer. I crave the big, bold, liver punishing stouts put out by Surly, The Bruery, Voodo, & others, but lighter barrel-aged fare like this is always welcome. Another win for the BGW series.

Jun 28, 2015
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bound4er from Wisconsin

4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber appearance w/ an off white to light tan head of 1 finger. Somewhat muted nose of sweet vanilla, bourbon, oak and cherry. Smooth and sweet upon entry with vanilla, faint bourbon and sweet malt. Finishes with an indescribable spritz on the tongue. Feel is on the lighter side for a BA beer but actually increases its drinkability. Overall this is an excellent new offering from Tyranena. It perfectly balances the base beer and the barrel aging - showcasing nice flavors of vanilla and oak without going too far. I wish all BA beers were this balanced.

Jun 04, 2015
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kkleu357 from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the brewery. Came in a snifter glass. Mild brown to black in color. Big aroma of oak and vanilla. Taste was very sweet. Lots of vanilla taste from the barrels. Slight Bourbon flavor, but not too present.

May 28, 2015
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EvilMidnightBomber from Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brown ale is one of my favorite styles, but I've been mostly disappointed by the various "big" brown ales I've tried, especially the barrel aged ones. All those misses were finally rewarded: Wrath of Rocky is the beer I've been searching for, and it might be my perfect beer. I resisted the urge to give all 5s, as it doesn't look like much (you could mistake it for a glass of root beer) and you really have to stick your nose into the glass to seek out aromas. But the flavor is perfect. Sweet brown malts balanced nicely with a touch of bourbon. Unlike most barrel aged brown ales, you can actually taste the beer under the barrel character, and as you let the beer warm up everything is amplified until those last few sips are dessert in a glass. It works as an all-evening sipper, like a barrel aged stout, but it's so easy drinking it makes for a great dinner beer too.

May 27, 2015
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TheStoutHound from Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with minimal head. Nose of subtle bourbon and vanilla with heavy malt aroma. Best tasting brown ale I've had; great barrel character with substantial vanilla coming though. This is overall medium bodied but pretty full for a brown ale and it is very smooth. I don't care for Rocky's Revenge but this one is in a whole different ball park and has become my favorite brown ale hands down.

May 10, 2015
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter. Limited release from Tyranena

A - Very deep, dark brown with a 1.5 finger light brown head. Fades into a thick collar and leaves behind spotted lacing.

S - Nice bourbon, vanilla, oak, wood, and caramel malt scents. Smells very nice.

T - Starts of as a big bourbon vanilla bomb over the brown ale base. Sweet caramel and toffee, bread and malt. Not much in the wood or oak for flavor compared to the nose. I do not detect any booze.

M - It is medium bodied, with good carbonation. It is easy to drink and smooth.

O - Tyranena really nailed this beer and what I like so much is that it has all the flavor of bourbon, but is much lower in ABV so you can just sit back and sip away.

May 10, 2015
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 122 ratings