Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
Tyranena Brewing Company

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
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American Brown Ale
Ranked #438
Ranked #31,995
3.74 | pDev: 11.23%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
Notes: Deep in the darkest depths of Rock Lake dwells a great saurian known today as Rocky. The legend of Rocky is old. The ancient inhabitants of Aztalan warned of the beast by building a giant serpent mound at the lake's edge. The early residents of Lake Mills were forewarned of a guardian placed in its lake to protect its sacred stone tepees. And history tells of numerous encounters with Rocky, who became a source of great worry and fear. Although not seen for over a century, divers still experience a feeling of dread and being watched. Enjoy Rocky's Revenge, our offering to this legendary protector of Tyranena.
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Photo of Eyedoc27
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Some malt and a light hint of bourbon which I feel sets this brown ale apart from some of the others. I was impressed by this one. Reminds me of Kentucky bourbon barrel ale. Bottle

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from $8.29 6-pack, poured into Carpe Brew'Em Snifter.

Light brown pour, I'm talking really light brown, forming into a medium brown pool with a thin ring of creamy head.

Aroma is of chocolate and roasted aromas with slight nuts, slight general sweetness, and grain dust.

Flavor is much the same - a hint of milk chocolate, both pale and roasted barley, mixed nuts, and a very small hint of sharp whiskey in the background. Finishes on chocolate dusted cashew.

Feel is sharp and carbonated, with a slight slickness and oil, with a roasty drying finish.

Overall not surprised since the ratings were so low, but I had to try this anyways. It's an okay brown ale but don't expect any barrel out of this one.

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Photo of flockofjay
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not special, but drinkable. A portion of the beer is barrell aged, it would be better if the entire batch were aged. The contrast is a little off putting.

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Photo of beergoot
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber body; one-finger thick head. A bit of nutty aroma; some roasted grain quality. Excellent malted grain flavor; some brown sugar, maple syrup, and vanilla. Medium body; smooth; semi-sweet mouthfeel.

A solid brown ale, malty with a nice touch of rich sweetness, nicely balanced with a mild hop bitterness.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

$ 12.83 (Including tax)/four pack ($ 0.269/oz) at Chalet Party Shoppe, Middlebury, IN.
Bottled Mar 2017. Store at 42 degrees. Served at 42 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester king snifter.
Aroma – chocolate and bourbon, but the bourbon is not overpowering.
Head – average (Maximum 3.8 cm, aggressive pour), light tan, average density, short retention, diminishing to a two mm ring and a partial layer.
Lacing – none.
Body – dark reddish-amber, clear.
Flavor – initially rather harsh bourbon which smooths into vanillin from the oak. The chocolate from the nose is not present. Malt is strictly in the background. However, when warmed in the mouth, the chocolate appears. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl.
Palate – medium, watery, lively carbonation.

Actually a decent take on a brown ale. The partial bourbon barrel aging dispels some of the sweetness typical of brown ales. The lack of lacing is typical of BBA brews.

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.25, Palate 3.75, Overall 4.

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Photo of REVZEB
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bourbon is subtle and is part of the malt backbone. The flavors that lead are oats, brown sugar, bakers chocolate, and raisin. The smell is what fell a little short, with no one ingredient wanting to take the spotlight, leaving a sweet malty smell. The body could use a little more breadiness as well, but still, a nice beer for boating

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Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: poured a dark brown with a tint of burnt red.
Aroma: starts out with a hint of bourbon. It's not subtle but not excessive. You know it's there. Then the malty sweetness, kind of like some baked sweet bread.
Taste: the light bourbon comes up first. Then the malty sweetness comes through. Slightly bready with brown sugar. The mild bourbon persists till the finish with a slight bitterness.
Mouthfeel: medium-bodied and smooth.
Overall: love the bourbon in this beer. It's there but doesn't overpower. One of those beer where you could pour another.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (bottled on 05FEB16)
Cloudy chestnut brown body with virtually no head, just a slight tan clinging bubble ring leaving no lacing.
Aroma is bourbon and toast.
Flavors match with a sugar sweet burnt touch that wakes me out of my enjoyment.
Feel is lighter than expected, medium carbonation, but still creamy.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have Had a dozen of these over the last five years. It is one of my favorite American Browns.
It may be the subtle bourbon/vanilla/oak flavoring that sets this apart. It certainly is the sweet malt that has just enough hops to balance the ale so it is not cloying.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear but dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, oak, vanilla, some light whiskey notes, and a little caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with roast and caramel woody sweetness.

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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark chestnut with a light, golden tan head.

S: Lightly spicy, herbal hops with a touch of caramel malt.

T: Some caramel with whiskey overtones and faint vanilla. Long, bitter aftertaste.

F: Medium body with light carbonation, slightly dry.

O: Good, but not great, for a barrel aged beer. I prefer my barrel aged beer a little sweeter than this.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.14/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear chestnut burgundy color with an ultra thing lacing band.

S - Caramel malt aroma with musty nuts.

T - Besides faint malt, I'm digging deep to get any flavor out of this.

M - Medium thin body.

O - Would not buy again. Over and out. (!!!!)

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Pat’s Tap. L: Brilliant chestnut crowned by a ½” tan tinted cream colored foam collar. S: The aromas are not huge but contain traces of chocolate, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. T: Starts nutty sweet with dark sugars, a hint of vanilla and caramel then bourbon, drying with a bitter emphasis on the end. F: Fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body. O: A flavorful bourbon barrel aged beer with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of Emersonio
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 12oz bottle into a nonic pint. Appearance: Dark brown with an off colored and thin head. Aroma: Malty and slightly oak-like. Bourbon makes an appearance as well. Flavor: Light oaky bourbon quality. Hints of malt. Aftertaste: Lingering bourbon and oak. very consistent. Overall: love the light bourbon and strong consistency of this beer. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle as a transparent ruby with scant head. The aroma is not strong but is roasty sweet with the slightest hint of oak. The taste follows but with the addition of black coffee and then smooth unsweetened chocolate. The bourbon barrel aged character is subtle but comes out more as the beer warms but remains in perfect balance.

Overall, this is one of the best bb aged beers that I've had. The oak, vanilla and bourbon notes remain as components of the taste profile rather than dominating the taste.

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Photo of martywagner
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard for a brown. Maybe a little lighter in flavor than most. Light in carbonation. I would prefer a touch more, but similar to most browns.

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Photo of pianoguy
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I am revisiting my review from a few years ago armed with a fresh sample.
Whenever The Seahawks and the Packers meet I have a beer bet with my nephew in Wisconsin. This is a staple...

12 oz bottle

Pours a brown-cola body with a slightly off white head . Decent lacing and retention.

Malt forward scent with roasted nuts with a little sweetness

Taste follows with a slight vanilla sweetness. Bourbon really came out on the finish

Medium finish

I'm glad that I took the time to review this beer again. A fresher sample made all the difference !

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown in color with plenty of light seeping through when held up to the light. A moderate amount of minute sediment is suspended within the body. A fingernail of off white to light beige foam covers the vast majority of the top. Light Brussels lacing. Aroma is of chocolate, hazelnut and dark malt. The flavor is muted than the nose would indicate. It is mostly dark malt and hazelnut. I do detect a hint of the sweet bourbon in the aftertaste. The mouth is dry and sticky.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby poured into rocks glass. Mostly clear brown body with red highlights and a tan head. Some retention and a bit of patchy lace. Barrel notes of bourbon and vanilla, roasty and caramel malts, a touch of chocolate. Taste is bready with caramel and roasted nuts, some vanilla and cocoa powder. A good balance between these sweet and bitter components. Medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture, bitter oak and roast finish.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/22/2014. Served in a snifter 2/18/2015.

A-Cola brown body, half finger offwhite head with average retention, spots of lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Sweet brown ale base is present, mild smoky bourbon aromas. Some cereal graininess.

F- Mild bourbon flavours, a bit of oak, small amount of vanilla. Mostly toffee, a bit of coffee, plenty of caramel sweetness. It's a sweet beer, but the bourbon helps cut it a bit. The finish is a bit off with a non-descript astringency that isn't quite attributable to the bourbon.

M- Medium-thin bodied, OK carbonation, a bit sticky. Finish is cereal grains and that astringency, perhaps the combination of the cereal and the bourbon.

O- It's alright. A bit different than the other stuff on the market, but really nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky brown with a nice foamy head. Nice nutty malt smell with just a hint of the barrel smell. Taste is normal malty nutty with a hop finish. I catch on to the vanilla which blends well with the bourbon. I am not a fan of this style, but I like this combination. This company keeps surprising me. The finish is extremely smooth. Do I detect cinnamon?

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings. people should know, that according to the label only a portion of this beer was actually aged in bourbon barrels, then blended in, so its intentionally subtle, and i for one like and respect that approach to this. its got all the vanilla and bourbon character you could want in the finish, but it doesnt dominate the whole experience. it lets all the chocolate malt and a hint of coconut come out. lighter in color than expected, it is indeed a brown, not anything darker, and the roast profile is moderate at best. i like its lightness though, and think it shows another side of the bourbon barrel thing, which is the complimentary flavors of the spirit and the chocolate malt. its so often lost to the oak itself or the heavy roast or the alcohol content, and i think this beer does a nice job with all elements together. a little more body would be alright by my, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is appropriately long and mellow. its a little something different, and i like that.

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Photo of simplejj81
4/5  rDev +7%

Very accessible bba beer, no boozy heat because its only 6% abv. Easy to find and inexpensive in WI. I like this beer, but its not nearly as big as i hoped it would be. Then again I can drink more than just one of these in a night.

Pours with 1-2 fingers of head, and an auburn/brown color.
Taste has a bit of coconut, not much bourbon here.
Goes down smooth and easy, not what i expected but I like it.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Not really brown this pours a more auburn like color. The nose is a light divide between barrel and brown. I catch some barley malt, chocolate malt, creamy coconut, vanilla and brownie batter. The flavor is light and the feel a bit thin but it tastes quite good. Coconut is prominent with chocolate malts, brownie, light vanilla, butterscotch and an oak wood. Not a bad choice when looking for a cheaper barrel aged beer.

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a clear brown. 1/4 inch head of an off-white. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of biscuit, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of pine, hint of alcohol, hint of liquor, and a hint of wood. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good blend, and good complexity.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 905 ratings