Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.85/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer all around. The thick brown appearance is crucial. Just the right amount of head. Smells malty. Taste of nut and has wonderful mouthful feeling. Great tasting for a drinkablity to go along at any event. Would recommend this beer to the casual beer drinker for a good time.

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Photo of Jae27
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up while on a Geology field trip to the Baraboo region of Wisconsin. First got it in a MYO6 and liked it enough to talk Senthil into buying a 6 pounder to take back to Ohio with us.

Poured into a pilsner glass... because thats what was available in the Geo lab.

A: Poured a nice brown red color. 1 3/4 maple bron head with about 1/2 inch through duration and excellent lacing. Carbonation was on the light side with few nucleation points on the bottom of the glass. The color was not striking by any means and that is perfectly fine because this beer dominates in most other categories. Besides its too hard to look at it because it tastes so good.

S: The smell is most strikingly dominated by a maple/brown sugar sweetness that yields to a bourbon scent as you nose into the glass.

T: WOW! This is fantastic. There is a simple complexity to this beer that makes it one of the most intricate yet satisfying beer I have ever had. The initial taste is that of toasted malts with hints of brown sugar, molasses, and a smooth bourbon middle. Then the hops come in which tastes like noble hops or fuggles to me, although I honestly do not know what they use. There is no fruity or floral note in this beer which is something I have recently become accustomed to. Obviously taste is the reason we began drinking beer and there is absolutely something special about this one. It is remarkably flawless from start to finish.

M: Smooth. Silky. The body is setting slightly on the heavy end but is extraordinarily smooth, this may be due to bourbon aging. There is a bitterness that lingers on the back of the palate that is very nice. It is the perfect balance of flavor and drinkability.

D: I generally only drink 4 or 5 beers at the most in a setting. This beer is out of the park on drinkability. I easily handled a six pack and wanted more but had to cut myself off at that point as the taste migrated away. I do no drink for effect but this beer makes that a serious concern. I can't get enough of it.

I can honestly say this is my favorite beer at the moment. This is a Wisconsin beer that I have never seen in Ohio. I would love to have this on hand all the time, unfortunately that is not possible. I strongly suggest picking this up given the opportunity. If you do not like it I will buy it off you. And if you feel the desire please BEER MAIL me this in exchange for Great lakes or something.

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Photo of schellsbeer
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite Tyranena beer to date. Fantastic!!! The taste is amazing. It is unlike anything I have ever tried. WOW. After the first bottle, I rushed out and bought 4 more 6 packs.

From start to finish, this beer has it all. I love the Bourbon aftertones. Greatly appreciated.

Pours a dark brown with a thin lacing. The overall appearace and smell don't do this beer justice. One sip and you will be hooked. Unbelieveable!! One of my new favorites.

I could drink this beer all day long and not get tired of it. Very refreshing!

Can you say SMOOTH?

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Photo of patelc75
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got a six pack of this from a nearby grocery store called Green Grocer in Chicago with tons of regional (Midwest) brews. This beer is a perfect combination of bourbon strength (pure alcohol taste) and a brown roast malt taste. It is not as strong as other bourbon beers, which makes it even better.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.53/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - pours a murky brown, a finger and a half or ceam-colored foam. Thins out but holds at a complete cover. Scattered and plentiful lacing.

Aroma - nutty, doughy grain, a wisp of cocoa. Settles to a maltier, more crackery aroma.

Taste - the nuttiness and sweetness remind me of coconut macaroon cookies. Some butterscotch flavor as well. Balancing hops are present after the swallow and there is a mild warmness in the tummy. Tasty. Some increased liquer-like booziness as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth and solid body, carbonation is moderate.

Drinkability - I would dig this anywhere, anytime. Thanks jj!

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Photo of scaliasux
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Thick brownish-tan head.

Smell - Light to moderate caramel/chocolate malt. Makes my mouth water

Taste - Begins with sweet caramel/chocolate malt. Finishes with sour citrusy hops. Very nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Moderate. Finishes dry.

Drinkability -.One of the best beers from a fantastic local brewery. This stuff needs to be drunk by the growlerful. Typically fun marketing.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep looking auburn/scarlet red blend. Thin and airy light brown head tops it off and sticks around long enough. Lace is moderate and spotty. Nice aroma of roasted chocolate, vanilla bean, wood and sweet, sweet bourbon. There's a really nice brown ale base to this beer. Roasted malts and dry hop tones. Gives the bourbon something to work with....and work it does. By no means is this a high octane Bourban brew. But the bourbon works nicely in this great session brew. It provides a sweet counterpart to the roasted nuttiness that the malts provide. Body is medium at best and the carbonation ever so prickly. I could drink a lot of these fuckers in one sitting.

Thanks for the splash of bourbon cokes.

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Photo of dogger6253
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Muddy brown color with hints of cherry, pretty solid color. The head is mocha colored, not really anything more than a ring around the glass though.

Great smell, heavy oak aroma with bits of chocolate and vanilla coming through. There's a bit of a coffee scent going on behind the scenes. Bourbon is noticeable too, sort of nutty as well.

Very buttery taste, also very nutty. There are bits of hops and loads of bourbon and vanilla. Finishes a little sweeter than it starts with caramel, brown sugar and honey flavors coming out. Lots of oak flavor in here too, very pleasant and actually kind of spicy. It has a great kick to it without being very boozy.

The feel is creamy and smooth, a nice, warm, buttery sip. There isn't too much carbonation but there's a lot of buzz in your mouth - hard to describe, sort of tangy in a way. I really like this beer. It's taste is great, feels wonderful in your mouth and doesn't have much of an alcohol presence in the taste. It leaves me comfortably warm and reaching for another. Great stuff.

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Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cream colored 1 finger fluffy head. As it recedes, I get some lacing. The body is a lovely brown/copper color. Nice retention is seen on the head.

S- Caramel, toffee, Bourbon, hints of chocolate, butterscotch, slight oakiness.

T- Starts out with a nice deep caramel toffee covered in bourbon. Transitioning to the finish I get some light chocolate notes, and an oaky dryness while still being quite bourbon-esque.

M- Nice lower carbonation. Big full body with nice balance.

D- This is, with the exception of the Devil over a Barrel, in my opinion, Tyranenas best beer in the lineup. It's got some nice balance of malt and the bourbon flavor. Even at 6%, this can be sessionable. Needless to say, will have again.

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Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright orange brown and sits a crisp, deep amber-brown with a nice off-white head, leaving a good skim on the surface. Some lacings.

Smells nice and toasty, good malt base with an herbal hop aroma. Toffee and roasted nuts mingle about. A hint of woodiness lies beneath.

Tastes sweet and malty up front an soon gains a fair amount of hop bitterness. Toasted malts come through very well, parting a grainy like feel to the beer. Hops provide more than adequate amounts of bitterness and a nice herbal spiciness. Alcohol rises up of the back of the tounge and a light trace of bourbon is noticable, but held in quite well.

Crisp and clean feeling in the mouth, good carbonation, medium body. Nice dryness to that really pairs well with the wooden flavors offered.

One of Tyranena's best. Glad to hear that this will be a staple in their lineup and not just a seasonal offering. Miles ahead of their other Brown ale, and it seems that the key here is only parially aging this in bourbon barrels, rather than doing the whole thing. Well maintained flavors, a real winner.

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Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and coconut

Taste: complex-chocolate, vanilla, oaking from the whiskey and a touch of coconut taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry end, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: One of the best beers I had on my recent trip out west. I love the complexity and there is a bit of a taste of coconut that really makes this stand apart. This one reminds me almost of a good candy bar mixed with beer--may not sound good but is fantastic. This would be a regular staple in my fridge if I could get it here. Fantastic beer.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 ounce rather squat looking brown glass bottle which has a twist off crown cap. Silver and dark purple neck label has an oval that has the words ‘Rocky’s Revenge’ on it and it has a half printed date of ‘OCT04’ on it in black print. The main label lists the beer as ‘Rocky’s Revenge’, which has a picture of a large Sea Monster surfacing aside a small wooden rowing boat that contains two rather scared looking dudes. Lots of marketing blurb to the left of the label and a simpler explanation to the right “Rocky’s Revenge is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels”. No listed strength.

Appearance: Pours with a clear brown body that has some dark red highlights when backlit. Not much of a head on this one, but some super fine carbonation does form a thick looking ½” cream colored cap that rises and soon falls to a broken covering. Average conditioning and minimal lacing.

Nose: The bourbon takes a back seat to Vanilla beans, some light milk chocolate, clotted cream, Devon toffee, some roasted malts and a delicate damp Oak odor. Decent nose.

Taste: What I immediately love about this brew is the low-profile contribution from Bourbon barrels. It’s there, for sure, but it’s subtle and it works. Sometimes discretion really is the better part of valor, and yes, in the US that is not always the case, but thankfully the Bourbon is used to perfection here. A smooth nutty Brown Ale base provides the base for this wonderful creation. A thick vanilla bean middle has lots of damp oak barrel and some milk chocolate all entwined and best promoted with a refreshing bourbon G-String. It works, this is one brew where someone has taken time not to “blag the beer” and soak it to death, rather, the blend brings out the nuance of both the nutty Brown Ale and the Bourbon. Extremely well put together.

Mouthfeel: Thick creamy feel, licks of Vanilla bean and melted milk chocolate, at times it fills the mouth with a Coconut Milk consistency that is slick and luscious. Warming but only like a Hot Chocolate, this is a seriously impressive brew.

Drinkability: This one disappeared in double quick time like a lone shot of Bourbon. I could have handled a whole 22 ounce Bomber of this one no trouble.

Overall: Bloody gorgeous, this one creeps up on you, it’s a winner hands down with many appealing facets but most of all it’s the serene way in which the base Brown Ale synergizes so extremely well with the smooth Bourbon flavoring. Lovely!!!

Another Tyrannical Thanks to BigHuge for this one.

Superb! Cheers Mate!!

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 06/23/2011

A-Light brown body with almost no head whatsoever

S-I said to myself "Oh wow". The bourbon is subtle and pleasant. defineitly not overpowering

t-Sweet bourbon and maltiness, almost a perfect blend.

m-medium body and smooth

O-Wow, a great BA beers that gets no love. Very smooth and subtle but flavorful

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Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown with a hint of crimson. Very slight thin light brown head that seems to lace the glass with a decent amount of creamy foam

S: It has a nice deep and smooth bourbon nose, but nothing over done and with a solid grain backbone that is noticeable and balanced

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Very smooth and sweet bourbon notes that mix nicely with the grain and hops.

M: light-to-medium body, very smooth, and carbonation is at the correct level for this style to really allow the flavor to come through

O: Very nicely done, balanced and a bourbon drinkers best friend.

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Photo of NuclearDolphin
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tyranena Brewery in Lake Mills, WI

Appearance - Hazy Dark Brown with a crimson tinge. 2 finger width brown head with some good lacing

Smell - Sweet caramel, toffee, chocolate, oak and roasted malts. Each scent is very vibrant and rich.

Taste - Chocolate, caramel, oak, vanilla, and toasted malts. The bourbon really shines here and makes the beer all the more enjoyable.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, light carbonation. Very refreshing, crisp and easy to drink!

Overall - I've been a huge fan of Tyranena ever since I tried their Painted Pumpkin Ladies ale last year, and decided to stop in Lake Mills as I moved to Chicago this past weekend. I was very impressed by Rocky's Revenge and even bought a 6 pack there just so I could take it with me. I love Tyranena's beers and I look forward to even more of their offerings in the future!

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.45/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz stubby to a pint glass the liquid is brown with very good carbonation. The head is 3 fingers bark tan and leaves nice lace.

The smell is dark roasted malt, with all the small complexities of fine bourbon too boot.

The taste follows very nicely. The roasty toastiness of the malt hits you first then the bourbon oak barrel, What a nice brew to sip.

The mouthfeel is good better then medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is excellent, This is another one of those beers you just can't set down.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a thick amber/garnet color with smallish tan head but good lacing. Smell and taste are pungent and delicious. Like a cross between a nut brown and a wee-heavy...a brilliant mix in my opinion. Caramel malts, bourbon vapors, a nutty bite, some floral hoppiness, a lovely bouquet. Mouthfeel is typical of an American brown, a little thin, but substantial enough. Drinkable to no end. This was a pleasant surprise without a doubt. Another solid offering from Tyranena which puts out some surprisingly good stuff.

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Photo of Ragingbull
4.37/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Brown in color with light wispy head and above average prickle. Smooth malty nose. Smooth sweet attack. Nice flavor with sweet tones tempered by a "roasted" flavor and mild hop like character at the finish with actual hops presentation. As the finish turns to aftertaste it leaves you wishing there was more taste in the sip. Excellent by my count. No real bourbon notes, but I really like bourbon and would welcome it so its possibly understated to me. Incredibly complex beer in a great way. It is on a short list of my favorite beers I have tried in the past few years.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Bottled 25Feb09

A - A light cream-colored head stayed both compact and resilient. It's creaminess was that of Cool-Whip and as it slowly went down it left bits of lacing. The clear beer was ruby-red amber in color with out a lot of bubble action.

S - Toasty malts of light caramel and richer roasted amber with a mild woodiness from the barrel aging I presume. It's definitely unbalanced towards malt with almost no hop aroma whatsoever, but that's ok with me for this one.

T - Toasty malts abound in this brown ale that's almost closer to a porter. A mild caramel sweetness barely off-sets the toasty and roasty nature of the malts. It's very hearty and the barrel aging adds a light nutty woodiness.

M - Creamy and smooth, this is a fantastic sipper for a brown ale. A light carbonation crispness finishes out the swallow. Pretty full-bodied and rich with a little dryness from the roasting. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

D - Definitely one of the best brown ales I've come across, I wish I had a six-pack at my disposal. I'll need to go get more. This would be a fantastic fall warmer on a cool, crisp night with the leaves rustling in the trees. Yeah, I really need a six-pack.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep caramel-amber hue, with a thin layer of persistent ivory froth, deposits spotty lace.

S - Basic toasted maltiness, barely a hint of Bourbon. It smells kind of nutty and slighty of cocoa.

T - Taste is delicious; some chocolate, hazelnut, vanilla, but in a brown ale sort-of-way. Bourbon barrel per se is not apparent, but I think it definitely imparted some enhancing characteristics. As it airs out, Bourbon becomes vaguely perceptible. Brown Ale is a delicious and underrated style, and this is a good one.

M - Lighter than medium-bodied, very easy drinking. A little more creaminess or body wouldn't hurt.

D - Very hard to do this one justice with poetic waxing; you've just got to drink it.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy brown head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice little touch of bourbon for a 6% ABV brew, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big malt flavor, bourbon (very nice), with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this was a treat to drink, very nicely done. Love the brew's from Tyranena.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nkersten for this bottle. Pours a crystal clear, maroon brown color with a one finger sized tan-white head. Pretty good amount of lacing going on and the retention is quite nice as well.

Aroma is slight vanilla and caramel with a touch of chocolate. The bourbon aroma is hidden in the back and is there to add some nuance. Slightly sweet and almost red wine like.

The bourbon comes through a bit more in the flavor than the nose would have predicted. Sweet bourbon with a bit of chocolate. A touch of fruitiness with an earthy hop flavor. The hops really stand out in the finish and pair quite nicely with the bourbon. The hops dont seem to be citrusy or too American but more of the earthy English version. However, the assertive hoppiness and bitterness is certainly more American than British.

Very smooth and velvety feel to the beer. Perfect carbonation. This was one solid broubon brown. I havent had a bourbonized brown but this was certainly a wonderful beer. I havent made up my mind if I want more bourbon in the nose, but the way this one is, it tastes and smells great. Thanks Nate.

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Photo of AlphaKevo
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

out the bottle into a pint glass

A: Looks like a brown ale. you know what i mean.

S: At first not much to smell. let it open up a bit, it'll get going...i get a tiny bit of the bourbon. A nice woody smell more than anything. smells like a brown ale too.

T: Humm...taste. Everyone says butterscotch...i get a hint, but i think it's only cause it's been put in my head by everyone else...sorry! everyones hatin on the bourbon flavor, i get a bit, along with the wood, but the bourbon is there, i done tasted it. you know what? it tastes a bit like a brown ale too. its good folks, and i'm not a brown ale fan. could use more bourbon but its damn good for what it is!

M: Goes down smooth, drinkable as can be! Could do with a little bit more creaminess...but still good!

D:Over all a good beer, and im not a fan of brown ales, or a big tyranena fan! the only fault would be that only part of the beer is aged in bourbon barrels...hum...maybe they sould save some and age IT in bourbon barrels!

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Photo of alexgash
4.34/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Ruddy amber body. Clean, clear. Ephemeral small finger width of light khaki head. Decent lacing. Sweet, caramel malt nose with additional notes of maple syrup, candied yams, vanilla, brown sugar, smoke, and a little oaky bourbon. Good complexity and depth.

Toasted malt and nuts briefly up front. Big caramel and light maple syrup sweetness quickly follow. Bourbon and fruit mid-palate, with notes of vanilla and oak. Light tannin bitterness in the finish. Lingering caramel and bourbon. Medium-bodied, with lushly carbonated, smooth feel. A touch on the sweet side, but the bourbon and wood notes help balance it out. Delicious!

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Photo of DeeMented
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a glass beer mug.

It poured a clear, dark caramel color with a thin, creamy white head. The head settled to a thin layer, but never entirely dissipated. There was some soapy-looking lacing, but not much.

The aroma was a woody, earthy smell, with a hint of malt. I wasn't able to smell any of the bourbon.

The mouthfeel was creamy. There was a lot of carbonation, but it didn't seem over-carbonated.

The taste starts a bit dry and malty, with a definite woody flavor, and finishes with a nice hops bitterness.

At first, I wasn't able to get much of the bourbon flavor until the hops finish had started fading. Then, there was a definite bourbon aftertaste that hung around a while.

As it warmed, the complexity of the flavors really came through, and the bourbon started to come through more with the hops.

This is one of those beers that will warm you up on a chilly night. The ABV is listed as only 6.0 %, but I found it gave me a flush, like drinking whiskey.

A very good brown, and one that I will definitely be buying more of when the weather cools, but one of these in a sitting is plenty.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
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