Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Style:
Brown Ale - American
Ranked #453
ABV:
6%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,105
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 11.23%
Reviews:
382
Ratings:
911
From:
Tyranena Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  45
Gots
  109
SCORE
84
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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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Reviews by zkoehn:
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zkoehn from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

Mar 11, 2012
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KYGunner from Kentucky

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.

Sep 13, 2014
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beergoot from Colorado

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.

Apr 05, 2018
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Todd from California

3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, brown/garnet with a quick slightly off-white foam lacing, retention, and stick.

Grainy/steely in the nose. Mineral and light fresh grist. Soft floral in the background.

Medium-bodied, firm water feel. Nutty malts. Quite dry from the bourbon barrel aging, but some thin residual sweetness remains. Light chocolate, toasted bread crusts, faint vanilla/coconut. Bourbon is only slightly detectable on the palate, becoming more pronounced at the swallow point and in general as the beer warms. Lifting semi-citric sharpness provides bitterness and is amplified by some prickly carbonation that also creates a quick lived creamy feel on the palate. Thin bourbon flavors linger for quite sometime. Dry/nutty finish.

Interesting, but not overly interesting as far as bourbon aged beers go. This could have used more malt backbone, but I did like the subtle bourbon flavor. Perhaps a bit too subtle, but the levels worked for this Brown Ale. Just enough to seep into the palate and let you know it’s there.

Mar 02, 2005
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured brown in color but very thin and almost transparent around the edges. Not much of a head, but the head that did form quickly disippitated leaving a thing filmy ring around the edge. Nice and shiny. Alas, no lacing.

Nose was slightly metallic tasting with some strong bourbon tones. I was able to pull out some slight floral tones.

Flavor is first and foremost full of bourbon. Hardly my favorite hard liquor so I find it a bit repulsive. Water flavors then rise up and I really struggle to find any malts. Some hoppiness towards the back end. As an example of the style this beer is lacking. For uniqueness it is interesting though. But the beer flavors are lacking.

Mouthfeel is thin and a bit dry (kind of like licking a two by four). There is a bit of an alcohol burn but I think that might be a mental glitch thanks to the bourbon flavor trying to trick me.

Tough to swallow this beer.

Oct 14, 2005
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, trace head, very little lacing.

S: bourbon, smoke, nuts, caramel.

T: sweet malt, vanilla, nutty, caramel smooth finish

D: med/light body, big carbonation

O: Solid brown ale, not amazing, but not bad.
Good session brown ale, perhaps, fine newbie brown ale.

NOT A MUST HAVE, BUT STILL SOLID!

Apr 14, 2011
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BrownAleMale from Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a Horny Goat pint glass.

Appearance- Very dark brown with red hues. Off white head that dissipates to a small layer on top that leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell- Some raisin, cracker and very very slight nuttiness. Pretty mellow smelling overall.

Taste- Similar to the nose as far as mellowness. Toasted nut and thats about it, very tasteless beer really.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with average carbonation. A little less then average on the drinkability factor.

Overall- Bottom line is that it is a very blase beer with not a lot going on. Would I rather have it then a Miller Lite? Yes, but would I rather have it then a PBR? No!

Sep 15, 2012
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Alex_Weinard from Wisconsin

3/5  rDev -19.8%

May 16, 2014
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RickS95 from Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin looking, dark chestnut beer. If it wasn't so dark, I'd guess it to be fairly clear. The head forms nicely, but is fleeting. However, it's an attractive white set of large and small bubbles the provides a nice contrast, even though for not very long, to the dark beer.

The nose is about what you'd expect...nutty and malty. A combination of earthy nuts and caramel malts, with some savory hops.

The first sip packs a welcomed punch of flavor. Lots of woody tastes, for the low ABV you can pick up the bourbon notes. Similar to the nose, there is a tango between caramel malts and nutty flavors. Again, savory hops fill out the finish. The bourboniness is quite prevalent, making me think twice about the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with complexity. Sweetness is present, but never is aggressive. Very earthy, with a nice hop addition creating good balance. Kind of a lingering, smoky feel in the finish.

This marks another beer from Tyranena that I enjoy. I'm not normally a brown ale fan, but this had flavor aplenty. If they made an imperial version of this with 8-10% ABV as a winter warmer or Christmas beer, it would be off the hook.

Nov 23, 2013
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AndrewD1022 from Florida

3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap into a typical pint glass.

A - The beer pours brownish red and opaque. The head is about two fingers thick and the color is just a brownish white.

S - Nice malt smell, sweet and has bourbon hits. Great smell gets better as the beer warms. There is somewhat of a vanilla smell as well.

T - Smooth and sweet. Some malty richness, little bit of roasted taste.

M - Smooth, medium body, little carbonation. Taste lingers for a little while.

D - Not too heavy of a bourbon style beer, seems a little too subtle. Wished it was a little stronger.

Oct 09, 2009
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RrrStory from Indiana

3/5  rDev -19.8%

Jan 07, 2012
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Jaywalsh20 from Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nov 30, 2015
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DaPeculierDane from Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wonder’s pub.

Appearance: Bright brown with garnet hues. Beautiful stark white head. Lasting. Sticky.

Nose: Minerals and metal, subtle floral notes. Coconut malts (if there is such a thing?)

Taste: Nutty with bits of rye toast, light chocolate, and vanilla. Could use a bit more bourbon. When I have had this beer straight from the brewery, the bourbon was almost overpowering. I loved it yet here at Wonder’s their keg leaves me wanting more. I will admit that this seemingly dumbed down version is more drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Medium bodied. Residual sweetness from the malts but very little.

Drinkability: Quite good, higher than most bourbon beers.

Nov 17, 2005
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jampics2 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Rocky's revenge is a dark brown beer with red edges. It's an attractive color. A ring of foam and spotty lace are all that exist in terms of head. The beer has a nice color but just an average overall look. It is almost opaque but a touch of light makes it through when held to the window.

The beer smells of mild hops, but the main elements are sweet caramelized malt and some mild roast. The slightest notes of bourbon and vanilla are also present. The nose is very pleasant but could be more expressive. There could be a lot more bourbon.

The taste has similar elements as the smell. Sweet and roasted malt provide the base, giving the impressions of chocolate dipped in caramel. Some elements of bourbon barrel aging are present - wood is prominent but whiskey and vanilla are just barely there. The finish is watery.

The mouthfeel is characterized by low carbonation and a medium body. Some lingering sweetness, whisky and water end the experience. This beer falls short of the mark for me, but is still much better than many brown ales out there.

Nov 10, 2010
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thebigredone from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jul 24, 2015
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rspauldi from Texas

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Jan 29, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thin, light-tan head that very quickly reduced to wispiness. Color was a clear, deep-brown with ruby highlights. The nose was malty-sweet with undercurrents of bourbon. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. I could definitely sense the bourbon in the mouth, but the finish was unmistakably bourbon. I liked the taste, despite not being a distilled spirits drinker. I would drink this again, but it would not be my first choice. Warming, the bourbon presence began to give off vanilla notes in the nose and then became even more evident in the mouth.

Aug 30, 2006
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EdFed from Illinois

4/5  rDev +7%

Jun 15, 2014
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damuts222 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Apr 08, 2012
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Carb-Overlord from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +7%

Jun 10, 2014
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wheatyweiss from Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour a medium amber, with a decent head that recedes to a nice lace.

Aroma is a bit fruity, lends itself to the hops being used. Hops are there subtle though they are.

Taste is smoky up front. the malt character here is huge. There is a heaviness that I don't expect from a brown ale. I swear this is a swartzbier. Vanilla is HUGE here, in the fore front with the smokiness. This beer is like a vanilla scotch ale. Excellent!!

Mouthfeel is creamy and full, leaving a nice oily coating on the tongue.

This one surprised me!!! The vanilla and smoke undertones were excellent...I like !!!

Jul 12, 2008
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jmtpi from France

3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Nov 24, 2013
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KBS from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Jun 16, 2015
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color and a sturdy little head that sticks as a ringlet but coats the glass

Smell: Just a hint of the barrel wafts above the brown bread and caramel base

Taste: Opens with a bready, caramel flavor that adds oaky bourbon subtlety by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of cocoa powder sweetness joins the profile, with good persistence from the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: A bourbon beer that is not over the top; nicely balanced

Sep 24, 2008
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ruckus232 from Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Sep 07, 2014
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 911 ratings