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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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 rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tall white wine glass)

A- This beer has a walnut brown body with a slight haze and a creamy head that is a bit thin. There is a good strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light bourbon note with a faint dried fruit note.

T- There are flavors of oak with a light wet wood note that blend with the brown malt flavors. There is a faint note of caramel malt that has a hint of brown sugar that is not overly sweet. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel.

D- This beer has good depth, nice oaky flavors and some good sweetness also.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This cloudy brown ale I'd never seen nor heard of, but it packs a wicked punch. Starting with the endearingly cool "sea monster" bottle art with local legend on the label doesn't hurt. But what matters most is the taste, and "Rocky's Revenge" hit me straight away with a strong nutty, hoppy kick. There's some chocolate notes, too, most definitely, but none of the coffee-like tones of a porter. It's sweet and malty, but, like, heavy, man. A real winner and a unique beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of antiqued-ivory froth that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is cocoa-ish, nutty, and a touch toasty.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a dextrinous, medium body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is surprisingly complex as well, considering it's a brown ale. It starts sweetly cocoaish with a note of vanilla; a touch of yeasty fruitiness; and a mild, dark-roasted chocolatey edge. Occassional flashes of Bourbon appear, but they're limited. Some nuttiness follows along with some more vanilla, a bit of toastiness, and even an occassional note of cocoanut. Once it crosses the palate it dries quickly, partly due to its firm bitterness, and partly due to its drying, woody edge. Still, some more cocoa and nuts remain, as well as a swirl of dark dried fruit, and a long lingering, dull and semi-mild bitterness.

Interesting, enjoyable, and not overdone with bourbon-barrel character.

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Photo of lackenhauser
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice, deep copper color-some killer lacing on the glass as it goes down. Somewhat nutty, decent malty aroma. very solid malt flavor. Nice touch of toasted malt going on. Enough of a barrel aged flavor but not overwhelmingly so. Mild malt sweetness. Nice body and a damn easy drinkability. Could be a nice session beer even at 6% for this kid. One of the better browns I have had. Yummy...

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Single bottle from Famous Wines in Lombard, IL.

A: Pours dark brown with perhaps a slight reddish tint and just off-white/very light khaki colored head that laces the glass nicely.

S: Smells of molasses, nuttiness, brown sugar, some vanilla, oak, caramel malts

T: Very similar flavors as the smell, with a bit of bourbon esque bite. Nuttiness, brown sugar, molasses, slight vanilla and oak and of course caramel malts

M: This is one of the best brown ales in terms of mouthfeel as I've had (although I haven't had many browns). Nice and creamy with a good amount of small bubble smooth carbonation.

D: Very drinkable as the flavor is nice, but that little bit of bourbon flavor and bite might keep someone from downing a ton of this...only a slight deduction there.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a Duvel tulip...should be interesting because American brown ales are definitely not a favorite of mine and I don't really like bourbon barrel beers. Appearance is a rich reddish brown with a goodly sized head. Tons of bourbon in the nose, but not sickly sweet like some beers that emerge from a bourbon barrel. Balanced. Lots of bourbon on the tongue too and a refreshing medium malt backbone. Mouthfeel is excellent. Recommended. Within the confines of the style, this is an excellent beer.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was chilled and poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is light brown like a watery coke cola. The head is a thin white coloration. The head quickly resolves to a ring of foam.

Smell: The aroma beer is caramel, lightly nutty toasted malt, vanilla, a whiff of smokey peat very subdued and well paired bourbon.

Taste: This is a well paired brown ale with bourbon barrel. The brown ale retains all the expected caramel, nutty cocoa flavors and pairs really well with subdued bourbon. Well played!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is on the lighter side of medium. Low carbonation works well with the beers body and flavors. This was a very easy to drink beer and it left my glass far too fast. I wish I had a bunch more.

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Photo of breakingbland
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
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 scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with sparse lacing and ok bubbling. The aroma is a lovely toasted,medium roasted malt. Combine this with a littl would and some bourbony vanilla. Simple mild roasted malts start the flavor off right. The faint bpurbon and wood add a smooth, yet soewhat grainy palate. Flavorful, subtle, and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a beautiful mahogany hue with tinged of russet and ruby. Small beige head. Aromas include oak, bourbon, wet wood, vanilla. Light sweetness with a gentle bourbon character and vanilla. Perhaps toasted almond cookies with a splash of chocolate and brown sugar. Thin body with fairly low carbonation. Lots of flavor packed into a <6% abv brew. Tasty.

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Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale brown, not far off from the color of bourbon in fact. Head retention is great, leaving trails of lace as it descends.

Smell: Vanilla, coconut, toffee, toasted nuts. Wow, this stuff smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted malt, caramel and vanilla, hazelnuts, maple syrup; definitely on the malty side but not actually overly sweet. The bourbon barrel aging makes its presence known in a subtle way, adding richness and complexity without overpowering the actual beer. A touch of boozy astringency is present as well, but it's minimal and not enough to detract from the otherwise excellent flavor. This is some fine stuff and I greatly enjoyed it.

Notes: Thanks to mully for yet another great extra.

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Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a red tint. A thin tan head leaves some rims of lace around my glass.

The nose is a nice mixture of sweetness and toasted earthiness. Sweet vanilla and brown sugar mingle with oak, toasted grains, and earthy nuts.

The taste picks up a subtly pleasant nose. Starts out sweet of chocolate malts up front with a solid toasted malt backbone. The finish is where it's at though. A touch of dark fruits on the back edges of my tongue. Bitter cocoa, toasted nuts, and earthy oak all show up to the party and stick around for a little while after everyone else has left. A light-medium body leaves this brew very sessionable.

Rocky's Revenge is a damn solid brown. I didn't pick up on much bourbon, but it's still a damn good brown.

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Photo of Winter
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena started bottling the Bourbon Barrel Brown and in doing so resurrected the "Rocky's Revenge" name also. Pours a transluscent dark brown with a rocky stone colored khaki head that settles to the surface. Medium-bodied mouthfeel. Aroma consists of nut, bourbon, oak, feint chocolate caramel, molasses, alcohol and brown sugar. Wow, there's a lot going on there!

This is a bourbon lover's delight (although hardly a substitute for a good bourbon), it makes a delicious beer. The bourbon flavor is prominent upfront, in addition to oak, in which the brown ale aged. Vanilla and caramel emerge in the midtones. Just a touch of tabacco toward the back. Dry oak flavor returns this finishes with a burnt brown sugar taste.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Minneapolis Town Hall, Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown is a ruddy chestnut with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, note sugary, but malty,cocoa-cola, with the barrel notes resonating well. Not overly robust, even as it warmed, although the bourbon came through well.

Taste is loads of barrel flavor, lots of coconut, vanilla, it really plays well with the base brown ale. It's tough to pick up a ton of the base brown, a good, clean American style, not overly sweet, though no hops of note either.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really like the bourbon barrel treatment on the brown-ale, notable in that both the beer and the barrel are both more restrained then usual, which makes it satisfying without punishing! Yum, I might have to have another.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/19/13 notes. Had a bottle of this at Lou Malnati's in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled on 12/17/12.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Bourbon is there but not overpowering; I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of sweet vanilla and chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, oak, nuts, toasted malts, roasted malts. Taste is nice and sweet with more vanilla than the nose had; a slight step up for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good BA brown ale; the bourbon comes through but doesn't dominate it, and give the taste a lot of vanilla and sweetness. Lots of flavor and easy to drink, would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Atron67
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- poured a pretty dark brown/black that was pretty flat and didnt give rise to much head, but that stayed a long time as a thin film on top

S- grainy malts dont really notice the bourbon, hops are balancing

T- tastes pretty good, has a nice undertone of the bourbon, although maybe a little too light, but the brown ale base for this bourbon barrell works very well for it. the chocolate malts blend well and provide a nice backbone.

M- a solid flow over the tongue, a light carboantion work well

D- a solidly drinkable brown ale with a nice bourbon note

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color. The head is large, thick and light tan in color. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, chocolate malt, and a hint of caramel. The taste is like the aroma, but more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a nice velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer. The bourbon flavor is not as overpowering as it has been in other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had, and I think that adds to its drinkablity.

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Photo of salvo
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another departure for me, this dark-brown, dark chocolate, almost mahogany beer is lighter in body than I expected. Poured out of the bottle with a full inch of off-white head into an imperial pint.

Smell was earthy malt, burnt sugar, almost molasses, with a very clean overall complexity. First taste was clean and crisp: none of the muddiness I've come to expect from beers this dark, and I drank almost half the bottle quite quickly. Very drinkable. Taste was clean, crisp, malty as in ice-cream-shake malty; malt-ball malty. Refreshing: more like the black lagers I've tried recently than the bigger/heavier dark beers I've grown used to.

Light while being satisfying on the tongue; very drinkable. Barrel aging came through later in the pint, perhaps as it warmed. The bottle says "potions" were barrel aged: I'm wondering if there are new and barrel aged beers mixed for bottling? I've got to wonder what all barrel-aged beer would taste like!

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Photo of rye726
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark woody brown with a silky head. Some lacing. The nose has bourbon, roasted malts, oak, vanilla and dark fruits. Quite impressive for a brown ale. The taste is a bit lighter. Mostly the same components, juts a little less impressive. Medium body is well carbonated. A very nice ale indeed. The bourbon really compiments this well.

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Photo of cjacobsen
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip snifter glass

Poured a rich dark brown with a thin off white head. Looked almost stout-like.

Smells of hints of sweetness and roasted malt. Somewhat a hearty earthy. Full.

You can taste the bourbon soaked oak. A little chocolate, heavy on the roasted malt. Had a slight coffee note toward the end, but that could have been the malt.

I thought it almost had a small bite to it, very small though. Not rough, but not super smooth. It's what to be expected from a bourbon aged dark beer though.

Very tasty, can't have too much though.

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Photo of ZAP
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as impressive as the non-blended version...but for a brown this is tasty and very solid....this brewery continues to impress me...their brewer has been far from gregarious when I've been there after traveling 500+ miles to his place and describing the journey I had to get there but who gives a shit if he kicks out brews like this.

Great nose of vanilla...bourbon...brown sugar...

Body is about right...not real big but I don't expect it to be..

Taste is more subtle than the full blend I had at the pub...still some nice whiskey notes...and some sweeter vanilla...

Drinkability has to rate high...a lower weight tasty brown ale....not a lot of Brown ales better than this one (except the full blend)..

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Photo of vande
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very deep, dark, nice brown-black pour with a dirty looking layer of foam...maybe a finger think, floating calmly on the top..but i think less...but fades rather quickly...

S: Smoky nuts topped with a bit of glazed caramel and and just enough bourbon to be hinted nicely...

T: Nutty, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, light bourbon [by that I mean, not heavy bourbon in comparison to other BBA beers like Ivan or GIBCS, etc]... Very drinkable...

M: medium to light body...

O: a good brown ale, and the bourbon seems to be a nice added touch, very likable!!

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Photo of ryantupy
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nut brown huw with a bubbly off white head and good retention.
S - Smells of oily hops, smoky and roasted malts, dark coffee, with hints of barell aged bourbon.
T - A nice malty sweetness, light hops in the finish, dark roasted coffee, smokey bourbon.
M - Dry with a smoky finish and slightly acidic.
D - Very smooth and easily drinkable has a slightly hoppy finish and is a great beer to sip on.

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Photo of jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical brown ale color with a thinner tan head. Not much lacing from it.

Nutty, caramel and a nice bourbon scent.

Love the taste. Nice caramel, nutty malt flavor that gets a good kick of bourbon coming in at the back end. Hint of vanilla as well.

Carbonation is a bit harsh, but the overall feel of the beer is just fine.

Drinks very well. Maybe a bit lower than a typical brown ale because of the bourbon, but I still enjoyed it and so did my wife. I will be picking up some more of this one. A very nice and unique brown ale.

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Photo of grub
4.11/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle picked up on my last trip to MN. sampled nov 26/09.

pours crystal clear brown, great ruby and garnet hues when held to the light. a small dense dark tan head forms, dropping slowly and leaving plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. toasted multi-grain bread and biscuit. bit of cracker. light alcohol. earthy and woody. a bit fruity too. has a bit more of an english feel than american. at first the bourbon doesn't really jump out, but as it warms a little it really starts to show. vanilla and a bit of raw oak too.

taste is good. now the more american brown is coming through. just under medium bitterness level. light roast. dark toasted multi-grain bread. biscuit. medium roast coffee. bit of dark chocolate. bourbon and vanilla, but definitely taking a back seat and gently complimenting the brown ale. caramel and a bit of toffee. earthy and woody hops. bit of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. right around medium body. medium carbonation level. slightly drying finish from the barrel, but not overly tannic.

drinkability is excellent. the brown is well balanced, and balanced well against the barrel. this is no heavy handed in-your-face bourbon barrel, more mellow and definitely at a complimentary level. look away for a moment and you may start to lose it, but it's definitely there, filling out the edges and adding a nice depth. good stuff.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 866 ratings.
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