Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
884 Ratings
Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of EddieJoe
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +21%
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 Zatch90
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
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 +20.2%
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 +20.2%
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 +20.2%
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 +20.2%
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 +19.6%
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 +17.5%
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 +17.5%
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 +16.9%
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 +16.9%
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 +16.9%
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 +16.9%
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 +16.7%
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 +16.7%
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 +16.4%
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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Photo of mrseano
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brown with retaining head and some lacing.

S: Great smell, could pick up on bourbon and coffee-like notes. Complex enough where you can pick up on multiple scents each smell.

T: Tasty beer. This balances the bourbon flavor with vanilla and a hint of mocha/coffee. Impressed so far!

M: Medium-to-full bodied, thicker than your average brown ale.

O: Good, tasty beer. Would definitely try again soon if I can find it on tap again. Tried at Il Gatto during happy hour in Minneapolis. The coffee notes/tastes surprised me and the bourbon (toned down from full bourbon taste unlike other bourbon beer I've had) was pleasant.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice brown pour with an off white head that laces pretty well throughout.
Nice woody carmel aroma's dominate, with a touch of bourbon and spicy hops.
Taste is nice and complex, carmel, and some spicy hops. There is also a more pronounced bourbon background that I didn't notice in the bottle.
mouthfeel is good, chewy and creamy.
Definatly a very good Brown and I think this one is spot on for the style. I will definatly keep some of this around.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It pours a nice brown amber with a nice head. It smells of Jim Beam primarily with "brown ale" grain notes. The taste is of root beer, cherry candy, caramel, molasses, butterscotch and cola. Very complex, sort of hard to get used to, but it gets better as you drink it. Mouthfeel is good and velvety. Drinkability is good, like I said gets easier the more you drink it. Great idea, unusual to find experiments like this bottled in six packs.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel brown, eh? About time, I've had it with the whiskey-fied stouts and barleywines...feh! Time for a change!
Clear, bright red/nearly brown color, with a slim, fuzzy tannish head.
Nose shows the whiskey right off the bat, rustic, leathery, roasted nuts, fermented fruits,oak and vanilla, slick, wicked, delicious, and deep.
Poweful mouthfeel, smooth and substantial, but overly felt. Feels rather light, but maintains a significant presence. So, what am I trying to say here? Let's luxuriate in it for a moment and consider a more cogent summation...
Medium bodied, with a long,fruity, nutty finish...this is exactly what it ought to be, and utterly unique: a light, yet fully flavored, smooth-drinking brown ale, with a whisper of whiskey-ness filling out the edges, and occasionally floating on top.
Certainly the greatest bourbon barrel-aged brown ale named after a legendary lake-dwelling dinosaur, known to man!
Much thanks to cokes for the bottle!

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a brown color. Light red hues on the sides of the glass when held up to the light. One finger beige head that had light retention. Light soapy lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- There is a nice light roasted malt upfront to this. Oaky notes (very light) and some light bourbon aroma as well. Some light chocolate and vanilla come into play as well.

T- The taste is much better than the aroma. Light roasted malts and chocoalte notes. A light toast flavor as well with some brown sugar and vanilla. Oaky flavors come out in a bitter woody flavor. Bourbon notes are there and in the very backend of the beer itself.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is on a little higher level than most brown ales. Creamy in the mouth most of the time. Roasted malts left on the palate. Some slight bourbony notes in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended well and with a barrel aged beer more so. Alcohol drys the palate with each sip.

D- This brown ale is very good. There is a certain non-barrel age flavor to it but the ABV on this doesn't make this beer less drinkable. I'm not the biggest brown ale fan but Tyranena makes one that I have a hard time putting down!

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. the first of the offerings sent from MPLS. Outstanding.

A nice amber/brown pour with a slightly off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a ring.

There is a bourbon/oak aroma there, but more of the usual brown aromas. Malt, earthy nut, peat, leather.

Taste blends the vanilla and caramel barrel into the earthy malt. Finishes a little tea and peat.

No abv present at all, light mid body with nice carbonation.

I have to say this is one of the Best Brown's I've had and a breath of fresh air to a style that is generally pretty much a snoozer.

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Photo of lightindarkness
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks yet again to boilerbeer for sharing generously after his WI trip.

Pours a deep burnt umber brown with great looking depth and clarity. Nice full head settles to a very well kept layer of patchy bubbles and a thick ring around the edge. Some nice patchy hanging lace.

Nose is of earthy malts, a little mossy with plenty of grain and woodiness. Very mild bourbon barrel on the nose, with a lot of grain filling in. Who'd have thought you could barrel age some beer and then try to balance it? Huh.

Flavor is extremely satisfying and very nicely blended. Starts up front with an earthy grainy toasted bread flavor with a fair amount of wood and earthy depth along with a slight bitterness. Somewhere around the finish all this gives way to a smooth nutty vanilla bourbon flavor that hangs softly on the palate. Not an overwhelming barrel aged beer at all, with a very mellow and pleasant bourbon flavor.

Medium bodied with full on tingly carbonation. A little slick and sticky at the finish, clinging a bit, but adding some fullness and a satisfying feel to the overall character.

Brown Ales aren't particularly my favorite, but there's something addicting about the mid-sip transition between solid brown ale and bourbon mellowness that I love in this one. I could probably put down a few of these before I realized it.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 884 ratings
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