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

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Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

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Photo of bashiba
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a semi clear dark brown with light orange highlights, a thin soapy tan head.

The smell is very mild with hints of brown sugar and light bit of peat.

The flavor is very mild and dominate by the light bourbon and oak flavors with just a hint of sweet bready malts coming through. Almost no bitterness and seems a bit out of balance.

The mouthfeel has a dry oaky character to it.

Overall was very average, the beer itself isn't enough to stand up to the barrel aging and it dominates the flavor to a very large degree.

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Photo of DmanGTR
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes during a blind tasting. Thanks to Jeff for bringing this.

Poured maple brown with no head. Aroma is of oxidation, rather dull and weak. Not much to speak of here. Slight fruitiness in the flavor and a bit of caramel. Body is light and slick with a bit of carbonation. This is a perfect example of a beer that isn't offensive, but simply boring. Bland and boring. I couldn't find any hint of bourbon at all in here. Unveiling of the beer left us scratching our heads.

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Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky brown with not even half a finger of tan head that immediately dissipates with no lacing.

S: vanilla, caramel, and oak on the nose with some oxidized notes as well. Not for sure how old the bottle is.

T: vanilla, oak, and caramel here as well with slight bourbon notes following. The finish is sweet and a little bready.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: an alright beer overall, tbough nothing apecial. It's a bit too simplistic and undercarbonated.

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Photo of hardy008
3.11/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear brown with a one finger beige head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma is light with some nuttiness and caramel.

I can taste the Bourbon a little, which I did not pick up in the aroma. There is also some nuttiness, caramel, and earthy malt. Has a little bit of sweetness,and a little bit of bitterness. Tastes somewhat generic.

Medium bodied with light carbonation. There is an earthy malt aftertaste, with a hint of Bourbon. Not bad, but nothing special either.

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Photo of curtiswvu
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pourced into a stemless white wine glass

appearance: dark brown with a read hue. About 1 finger of dirty white head.

smell: Bourbon, brown sugar, candy

taste: Too sweet and the bourbon just mixes in poorly, reminds me of chasing a shot of Jim with a Newcastel.

mouthfeel: mild carbonation much to thin to hold up to barrel aging.

overall: Unremarkable in my opinion. As usual though most brown ales just leave me wishing I had bought a stout.
Serving type: bottle

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter

A: Like a typical brown ale. Rusty brown with slight ruby hints. Very little head that doesn't stick around long. Nothing special, but I don't really expect much from this style in terms of appearance. Put simply, it's adequate

S: Bourbon, bourbon, bready malts, bourbon. Good thing I like the smell of bourbon! Maybe a little bit of black tea

T: A LOT more going on here than I would expect from the nose. Very tannic and woody, with a hint of herbal hops. Bourbon is there, but nowhere near as strong as in the nose. It's actually pretty subdued. Not too much from the malts, though. Lots going on, but none of it too interesting.

M: Here's where things fall apart. This beer could really use more carbonation OR a thincker mouthfeel. As it is, it's both slick and thin, which is a terrible combination.

O: I'm rating this a bit high just because I really like the idea of a beer that gets some good bourbon, oak, tannins in at a moderate abv and in a 12oz format to boot. These give the beer a pretty damn good "drinkability", even if it isn't such a great example of a brown ale or a barrel aged beer.

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Photo of cpolking
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a dark brown but still translucent. The aroma is malty, slightly sweet, a bit of caramel and a hint of bourbon. The taste is exactly like what this is, brown beer with a taste of bourbon from the aging. This beer is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-clear chestnut brown with less than1/4" head that vanished quickly with no lacing

S-when first opened I got a lot of bourbon smell but after about 5-10 min in the glass the bourbon smell is gone and I smell vanilla

T-almost like the smell, at first I could taste bourbon and almost nothing else after sitting I have vanilla taste with malt and almost no bourbon

M-doesn't seem to have a lot of carbonation

O-for such a bourbon taste when I first opened the bottle I was amazed at how it disappeared after breathing for just a few minutes if you like the bourbon my advice is drink it quick

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Photo of mariposafan
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright dark-garnet body topped with a tight, creamy head. Good retention.

Not much aroma. A little roasted maltiness, but that's about it.

Some roastiness in the taste, a little maltiness and a little additional complexity that might comeaform the bourbon barrels. A little too bitter in the aftertaste.

A little watery but with good carbonation.

Not bad drinkability, but not something I'll be likely to revisit since there are brown ales out there that I much prefer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear chestnut burgundy color with an ultra thing lacing band.

S - Caramel malt aroma with musty nuts.

T - Besides faint malt, I'm digging deep to get any flavor out of this.

M - Medium thin body.

O - Would not buy again. Over and out. (!!!!)

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A Pours a fizzy dark brown, no head and little lacing around the sides.

S Smokey, chocolate, oak. Lots of oak. Too much oak.

T Oak taste hits hard. Followed by toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Oak returns along with a bitter aftertaste. The smokiness in the scent is lacking in the flavor.

M Slight fizzy and smooth. Finishes with a bit of carbonation lingering.

O I like the bitterness in the finish but that's about all Rocky's is got going for it. Way off balance, though they try. Very sweet and nothing to counter this. The aging is probably what kills this beer. Too much oak. Not a fan.

Poured into tulip.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pittsburghkid66 for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint and shared with capra12.

A: Moderate pour yields a 1 finger semi-coarse, off-white head with decent retention. Beer is a clear mahogany. Lacing is scattered but with decent cling.

S: Toffee, caramel, smoked malt, and a slightly nauseating decaying oak scent. I try to detect the bourbon but its simply not there... what's worse is that's replaced by this moldy, dirty, wood smell... not a good start to the sensory experience.

T: Hints of caramel, toffee, and nuttiness. Bourbon sweetness is present in the background but never overpowers the light complexity of this beer. Booziness is noticeably but pleasantly abset. Finish is slightly messy with a sweet smoked caramel aftertaste.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and good smoothness. Goes down easy and is slightly watery. Finish is messy but aftertaste, though it lingers, adds a layer of depth to this beer that's much appreciated.

D: This beer makes a good recovery from the initial bad first impression that the nose gives. Appreciably complex yet with a nice, smooth body that helps meld the flavors together. An above average brown ale but all in all, nothing to get too crazy over. A solid offering nonetheless though.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with generally appealing label art and branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at Zipp's Liquor in Minneapolis, MN and served into a stem-tulip. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Reviewed as a brown ale because the label describes it as "an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels." Cost was $1.79 USD for a single. No ABV is listed on the bottle.

Served cold - straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of khaki colour. Nice thickness and creaminess. Has a good smooth consistency and a fairly soft complexion. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes. Little lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a really dark amber-brown. Nontransparent. So dark it's barely translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

Overall, it looks pretty decent for a brown ale. Not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Faint bourbon notes: traces of vanilla and unrefined oak wood. Neither is particularly evocative or rich. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Light hazelnut and pecan. Cream. Brown malts. Light breadiness.

No yeast character, hop character, or alcohol is detectable.

A pleasant aroma of light strength. I'm optimistic.

T: Nuts are (rightfully) dominant, with some nice hazelnut and caramelized pecan notes coming through the most. Bourbon is a bit more faint than would be ideal, and what little there is isn't rich or evocative: I get artificial vanillicin and that's about it. No refined oak or woody tones. Dark malts. Chocolate malt. Brown malts.

A very cohesive build, but by no means gestalt. Fairly balanced. Not real complex or subtle. I think the premise of a bourbon barrel aged nutty brown ale is a great one, but the execution here is a bit disappointing. I do like it, but it seems like wasted potential. There are quite a few elements here that I like (the bourbon, the nut selection, the light breadiness), but they just aren't played up as much as they should be. This beer needs to commit more to its strengths.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character, hop notes, or alcohol come through.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and nicely creamy. Good thickness and body. Nice soft comforting presence on the palate. Overcarbonated. Complements the flavour profile well, but doesn't seem custom-tailored specifically to it.

Not oily, harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, gushed, or rough.

Dr: Quite drinkable. I'm glad I tried it, and I might get it again on the rare occasion that I'm craving a brown ale, but it just doesn't deliver on the potential of the premise. A nice attempt from Tyranena, but it's not up to par with their better bourbon barrel offerings. I could have a few over the course of a night.


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Photo of mnredsoxfan69
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark chestnut with a light, golden tan head.

S: Lightly spicy, herbal hops with a touch of caramel malt.

T: Some caramel with whiskey overtones and faint vanilla. Long, bitter aftertaste.

F: Medium body with light carbonation, slightly dry.

O: Good, but not great, for a barrel aged beer. I prefer my barrel aged beer a little sweeter than this.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark red-brown with a slight head and cola highlights.

Aroma is caramel and toffee with a touch of molasses and soy sauce.

Taste is initially caramel malt and toffee, with a very strong metallic character. Hints of light fruit and a touch of chocolate. Finishes with a vanilla oak quality and only the slightest hint of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall, worth a try. Flavors really seem to change as it warms.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours at a medium syrup colored brown. The beer is mostly clear with about 1/2 inch of milky head. Head retention is medium, which settles down almost completely

S- I don't get a huge scent from this beer. Mostly a caramelly sweet smell with traces of roasted coffee and bourbon.

T- Runs on the malty sweet side with some residual bitterness. A weak hop character with a slightly astringent aftereffect.

M- I expect a little less carbonation with this style. About a medium mouth feel which finishes syrupy.

O- Nothing special. A pretty easy drinking beer despite some acidic and astringent flavors. The beer could have benefitted from a fuller body and a greater balance. Definitely hoping for some more bourbon from a bourbon beer.

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Photo of KI9A
3.22/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: dark brown, some head, some lace

S: bourbon, chocolate, malts.

T: Was expecting waay more here, judging by the nose. Falls flat on it's face, with very, very subtle bourbon, just, well, meh.

M: Light

D: Well, not a fan. I understand it's a bouron barrel "blend", but just not there. Goose Island's Brown Goose kicks this brown in the ass. Won't seek this out again, Tyranene makes much better brews.

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Photo of ibashmuck
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Pours very dark amber with small head. Smelled was light chocolate/caramel, may have been the bourbon. Too light to really say for sure. Taste was typical brown ale, medium bitterness, with sweetness at the end. Felt slightly fizzy. Pretty good for an amber, not usually my favorite style.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra sent to me by Dave, thanks! 12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Deep brown/mahogany, almost Cola colored body with an off-white one finger head. The dissipation was rapid and the lacing is somewhat sporadic on the walls. Thin retention ring with nothing in the center.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, oak and bourbon towards the back. It has all the traditional qualities for the style, but the woodiness and slight sweet bourbon notes give this an entirely new (and refreshing) dimension.

T: Starts off like any typical Brown Ale would, slightly sweet and malty with some roasted qualities. Nuts and molasses are midway, and then a faint sweet bourbon comes in on the back end. The oak comes through too, leaving a trail well into the finish.

M: Carbonation is good, a little high but that's not atypical for a standard Brown at this ABV point. Sweet in the linger without any dryness.

I really am not a fan of most Brown Ales but having a portion aged in bourbon barrels took this to another level. It was just enough to give it some depth of flavor without going overboard into a bourbon-bomb; not that there is anything wrong with that but for this beer it worked well not to.

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Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown with maroon undertones. Head quickly dissipates to less than 1/2 inch.

S - Slightest hint of bourbon. Malt, too.

T - Barely perceptible bourbon taste. Some vanilla.

M - Found it thin for a beer that is so dark.

O - I am a big fan of the bourbon barrel-aged beers and was looking for a little more bourbon here. The color and the scent made me optimistic, but the taste and mouth-feel left me feeling as flat as this ale.

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Photo of Flyer
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like anything bourbon barrel aged, so I like this beer. With that said, this is a nice example of what barrel-aging can do, but not particularly exciting. Pours a nice deep brown that's revealed to be red when you hold it up to the light. Good head with good staying power. Nicely caramel-malty and some nice bourbon notes, with some buttery notes near the finish. Lingering bourbon aftertaste is pleasant.

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Photo of volkswankin
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Slightly translucent amber brown. Thin film and head.

S - Almost imperceptible notes of bourbon and butterscotch. You really have to search to find any type of nose on this beer.

T - For a bourbon brown, there isn't much bourbon here. You can taste it upfront, the finish definitely lacks. A tad of malts and wood with limited complexity. It does have nice flash of bourbon and butterscotch on the finish however. One of the redeeming qualities of this beer. Otherwise not a beer I would seek out.

M - Very light bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - A very drinkable beer, smooth with a lightly creamy quality.

Overall, kind of a disappointment from Tyranena. It would have been nice if they had aged this longer in bourbon barrels. I think they sacrificed the bourbon flavors for drinkability.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P: Served in a 12 oz., brown stubby bottle at Eagan's on Water Street.

A: Pours a tobacco amber with hints of ruby and a two-finger, off-white head with fair retention.

S: Sweet malts, oak and smoke.

T: Opens with a sweet malt foundation punctuated by lingering notes of bourbon that finish bitter.

M: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation.

D: Moderate drinkability.

Food Notes: Pairs well with a half-dozen Delaware Bluepoints.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the University of Chicago Pub, 4 May 2011.

This pours a deep amber with a slightly frothy, cream colored head, leaving just a hint of lace. The nose is weak, though agitation helps a good deal, but there is some caramel malt and a little bit of spicy hops. Where is the bourbon? In the mouth, the caramel malts come out just a little more with a little bit of spice, presumably from hops but perhaps there is some rye here? The hop profile is herbal rather than piny or citrusy, but again, where is the bourbon? The body is medium with a decent finish, but I was expecting so much more from a brown ale, let alone a bourbon barrel brown.

I wouldn't seek this out in the future. It was okay, but there are plenty of other browns worth drinking over this one. If the bourbon had been a bit more prominent, it might have taken a little step forward, but it wasn't.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a teku. The brew appears a dark cherry to mahogany color with a yellowish tan cap that is quick to fade. When held to the light, the brew appears a brilliant ruby color with almost yellowish orange coloring around the edges. Despite a careful pour, some chunks of yeast particulate find their way into the glass. The cap fades quick but a swirl revives a finger back to the surface. As the cap fades, it leave some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes notes of dirty pennies. A bit mineral filled and carbonic with some tangy alcohol notes. A little bit of caramel, toffee and sweet vanilla. As the brew warms up, a bit more focus on toffee and burnt brown sugary character emerges.

The flavor of this brew is herbal with hops, a bit of earthen notes blend with minerals and some carbonic character. A faint amount of barrel presence is there across the back somewhat like vanilla mixed with caramel or toffee and a slight buttery touch before the hops come into play with a neutral fruit flavor.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It starts off a bit awkward and then the barrel presence comes into play which is nice. However, this brew doesn't seem to come all the way around and form a cohesive package. I am not that impressed with this but it isn't a terrible brew by any regards.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 870 ratings.
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