Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

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85
very good
881 Ratings
THE BROS
77
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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
881
Reviews:
374
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.47%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
99
For Trade:
1
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Photo of robbyc1
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good beer for a style I'm not in love with. For malt bombs I prefer the scotch ales with the intrigue of smokiness, the straighter American and English types don't do much for me.

This beer however has just the right addition of barrel aging. It has a clear brown golden tinged look, decent head.

Smell is malty with no hops present. Fine for the style.

The taste is a front loaded malt hit, roasty, caramel, followed in the middle with a satisfying bourbon note, and a balanced finish. Well done.

Frothy and heavy, very drinkable, not quite a winter warmer and a bit high for a session-able beer, I could have several of these and be very happy.

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Photo of trbergman
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Pours a clear chestnut brown with ruby highlights when held to the sun and sports one finger of creamy, rocky light tan head.

S - Bready and nutty with hints of chocolate and caramel. There's just the faintest note of bourbon and oak.

T - Classic brown ale flavor with a gentle bite of bourbon. Warm and nutty with a bit of chocolate and fruit esters. Bourbon barrel aging adds some vanilla and I get a hint of tannin. There's a bit of herbal hop flavor and a moderate bitterness. This beer might be better with a few months of age - while the hops are far from overpowering, I'd like the malt to shine a little more. Still, this is a delicious, well-made beer.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D - Rocky's Revenge is certainly a beer that merits regular revisits. It's one of the top American brown ales I've tasted and it must be close to Bender for tops in the region.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy murked cherrywood rusted brown with a thin platnium blonde cap that lifts off quickly. Moderate lacing in thick strings.

Fair amount of vanilla in the aroma at first then picks up with some topping of roasted malts, coatings of cocoa, and notes of boubony sweetenss.

Nice subtle taster opening with chocolate bread, soft and smooth all over, caramel gets squeezed through, light velvety roast and hazelnut adorns parts of middle and close to the finish where vanilla and boubon sweetness intertwine and fades off with amazing gradual caramel leftovers. Very slight warmth blends at the finish while the sweetness takes hold late. Quite nice. Nothing abtrusive here, very mellowing, subtle, yet actively flavorful.

Medium body, creamy, smooth, partially thin in the front but picks up enough gumption during the middle and finishes well with lots of subtle sweetness and lightly blended bourbon heat.

The overall smoothness makes for some very easy drinkin'. Its a darn nice brown ale with some bite. This beer helps make Tyranena a big time contender for top Wisconsin brewery in my book of 'sconny' breweries.

Thanks jeffboo!

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got a bottle of this brew in a trade with Scoobydank, Thanks Bill!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - amber color with a tight beige head that hung around as a light layer and left some bits of lacing.

S - sweet caramel malt aroma.

T - sweet and malty, light chocolate and creamy caramel flavors, slight bourbon taste goes well with the sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a good carbonation feel.

D - a very tasty brew that's highly drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently this has become one of my "go-to beers" that I keep readily stocked. Bourbon aged beers have become a trend, so bonus points go to this one for its accessability.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, Rocky is a dark brown with a verly slight foamy head. The aroma gives an immediate hint of bourbon with the sours hints of a brown ale. The initial taste is a perfect blend of brown ale balanced with hints of bourbon aging. The bourbon is not overpowering. The oakiness stays in the aftertaste with a slight sourness. The mouthfeel is thick for a brown ale. It coats the tongue allowing the taste to stay in your mouth for a while. The complexity of the taste makes it obvious that this is not a mass produced beer.

This beer makes an excellent intro for those getting into the bourbon aged beer trend. It is not an overwhelming bourbon flavor, but it is accessible and very tasty.

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Photo of Jayli
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from Beerbeagle courtesy of No One Wants to See a Beer Geek Naked #2 so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a deep ruddy rust orange/red color with a one finger of off white head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minimal spotty lacing.

S: Nose is of nicely aged bourbon, brown sugar, molasses, maple, vanilla and strong caramel malts.

T: I've not had a bourbon blended beer that really complimented a beer so well. The bourbon lays as an underlying flavor throughout. Taste starts with an oaked but caramel malt flavoring. Then sweetens to molasses, and brown sugar. The finish is of nice levels of vanilla with a bit of an alcohol spike.

M: Medium body, low to medium carbonation, creamy feel to the body

D: Oddly drinkable, most bourbon beers aren't blended as well as this. Not overpowering, not off the radar, compliments the beer nicely. Not filling, goes down easy, this is a damn good beer with a different take on a brown ale!

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Photo of jcluth
4.29/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deejaydan
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one.

Pours a beautiful deep amber/light brown color witha compact and lasting head on it. Nice lacing as well. Aroma first hits me as wood, then a hint of wiskey. Taste first hits as wiskey, and then fades to a bit of maltiness, then back to wiskey. Well rounded mouthfeel on this one.

Good beer!

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Photo of akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.

A: The brown ale is just that - brown. When held to light some brighter amber colors are revealed. The head is fairly restrained on pour and does not lace much.

S: A part of the beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and that comes through in the nose. There is a slightly sweet bourbony character that mixes well with the nuttier brown ale malt.

T: When cold, the bourbon character in the ale really stands out. It provides an immediate buttery alcohol component that spices up the nutty malts of the brown ale. I like that only a portion of the ale was aged in bourbon barrels, it prevents the sweetness from overtaken the ale entirely. The maltiness manages to sneak out periodically, providing a balance to the bourbon. The one thing that I can't really find in the ale is a hoppy profile.

M: I am really impressed with the restraint of the bourbon character. While I can appreciate the all-out strength of a good bourbon-aged beer, I really like how subtle this one is.

D: Few bourbon beers are as drinkable as this one. The soft bourbon buttery notes are very enjoyable.

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Photo of Viggo
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle picked up in WI.

Pours a pretty clear dark red, some brownish highlights, bit of chunky proteins floating around, thick and rocky light tan head forms, slowly settles to a medium ring and layer, good lacing all over the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, caramel, biscuit, corn syrup, nuts, lots of fruit, some light bourbon and vanilla, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, nice raisiny/date sweetness, bourbon works well with the base.

Taste is nice, very sweet and fruity, strawberries, brown sugar, caramel, peanut brittle, light bourbon sweetness, vanilla, alcohol, wood, raisin, biscuity malt, nice sweet finish, but still balanced, very nutty in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Body could use a bit more beef but the bourbon barrel worked great especially with the low ABV. I think I might have another!

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Photo of Raskolnikov
4.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tvenne
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
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 tyleeis
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Kip4397
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of troyvar
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of harripat
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aggressive pour yields a sparse white head that disappears immediately, only to return following agitation. Beer is nice dark brown (root beer) color.

Smell is sweet caramel malt with a touch of bourbon. The filled pint glass is really not doing the smell justice, but I really get more of that bourbon from the empty bottle, and eventually the glass as its contents disappear.

Smooth bready flavor with a big vanilla presence. Bourbon is there but at a level appropriate for a brown ale rather than an impy stout. Plenty of hops in there, keeping things balanced to slightly hoppy for the style. Finish is long with bourbon lingering throughl the end.

Good mouthfeel with ample yet fine carbonation. Crisp.

Drinkability is high for me with this beer. It isn't massive, yet has plenty to keep your interest through multiple pints. Damn, I miss being able to drink this one regularly. Also I really think this beer belongs up there with the best of the ABA's.

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Photo of ystazi
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of pstam87
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of beerhast
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 881 ratings.
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