Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

very good
881 Ratings
Read the review
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

For Trade:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 881 |  Reviews: 374
Photo of EmptyPockets
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of DMB
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bigaltemple
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a perfectly clear amber with a brown hue on there. Head is tan. Flavor is interesting. Kind of a tangy, earthy and sour edge on there. Inky a bit too. Get a slight burn from boozy tones. A nutty edge seems to be peeking from around the corner. Feel has nipping carbonation and the liquid is thick enough. Interesting to drink. The flavors don't seem to be meshing all that well as there are some unusual things going on here. But it's not undrinkable. Interesting enough to try once I guess.

 497 characters

Photo of mja1982
3.76/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I used the pour, settle, pour method advocated by Randy Mosher in Tasting Beer, which I just read, and consider me a convert. "Pouring down the side is for sissies"

A: Poured a 2 finger light tan head that subisided in not a long time to a thin but creamy head, leaving a little lacing. The beer is clear and clean, but has surprisingly little active carbonation. It's sort of a watered down cola color that I would put around 19 SRM.

S: Hmmm, vanilla and caramel, maybe some bread and also a touch of chocolate. I get no hops what soever as of yet. It's not terribly strong. The bourbon comes across mostly as vanilla, and increases as the beer warms. Substantially, and nicely augmented by the malts.

T: Taste is much stronger than smell. It's very smooth, though there is a roasted bitter in the swallow. Sort of a cooked candy or even a very mild cooking chocolate. Hmm. Maybe burnt chocolate chip cookies. Not badly burnt, just a little. More bourbon/vallina in the retro-olfactory smelling. A very interesting brown ale. I like the bourbon and I like the fact it is clean of any nuttiness. I would like to have more hops, as I get none in here.

M: Very smooth and slick, but lacks carbonation. Really a sort of let down there. This would be nice with some carbonation to make a bit sharper.

D: Very drinkable, would go nicely with some foods. A good compromise also for those who do and don't like sweet beers I think.

 1,429 characters

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jampics2
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter.

Rocky's revenge is a dark brown beer with red edges. It's an attractive color. A ring of foam and spotty lace are all that exist in terms of head. The beer has a nice color but just an average overall look. It is almost opaque but a touch of light makes it through when held to the window.

The beer smells of mild hops, but the main elements are sweet caramelized malt and some mild roast. The slightest notes of bourbon and vanilla are also present. The nose is very pleasant but could be more expressive. There could be a lot more bourbon.

The taste has similar elements as the smell. Sweet and roasted malt provide the base, giving the impressions of chocolate dipped in caramel. Some elements of bourbon barrel aging are present - wood is prominent but whiskey and vanilla are just barely there. The finish is watery.

The mouthfeel is characterized by low carbonation and a medium body. Some lingering sweetness, whisky and water end the experience. This beer falls short of the mark for me, but is still much better than many brown ales out there.

 1,084 characters

Photo of RickS95
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a thin looking, dark chestnut beer. If it wasn't so dark, I'd guess it to be fairly clear. The head forms nicely, but is fleeting. However, it's an attractive white set of large and small bubbles the provides a nice contrast, even though for not very long, to the dark beer.

The nose is about what you'd expect...nutty and malty. A combination of earthy nuts and caramel malts, with some savory hops.

The first sip packs a welcomed punch of flavor. Lots of woody tastes, for the low ABV you can pick up the bourbon notes. Similar to the nose, there is a tango between caramel malts and nutty flavors. Again, savory hops fill out the finish. The bourboniness is quite prevalent, making me think twice about the 6% ABV.

Mouthfeel is pleasant, with complexity. Sweetness is present, but never is aggressive. Very earthy, with a nice hop addition creating good balance. Kind of a lingering, smoky feel in the finish.

This marks another beer from Tyranena that I enjoy. I'm not normally a brown ale fan, but this had flavor aplenty. If they made an imperial version of this with 8-10% ABV as a winter warmer or Christmas beer, it would be off the hook.

 1,157 characters

Photo of GbVDave
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

Bottled on: Apr. 7 2008

A: Pours a relatively clear ruby-brown color with a small, creamy, light-tan dallop of foam on top. The head doesn't stick around for very long but it leaves behind some very nice rings and sheets of lace.

S: Hard to pull a big nose from this, although caramel, toasted bread, and dark chocolate were apparent.

T: Caramel and toasted malt, along with dark chocolate, dark fruit, and biscuits. I barely noticed any kind of bourbon presence, however I did find an oaky type flavor lingering in the background.

M: Starts a little thin but thickens a bit as it warms. Dry and roasty. Nice. Slightly peppery finish.

D: Good drinkability. A little bit underwhelming but enjoyable.

 794 characters

Photo of herman77
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brown with a ruby red hue. Creamy, khaki colored head. Nice lacing.

S: Sweet toffee malt, a touch nutty and bourbon too. By the description I would think that I would like the nose more, but thats not the case. Something is slightly off about it, can't figure out what exactly.

T: Semi-sweet toffee and bready/nutty malt. Hints of oak. Sweet bourbon is present. The bourbon taste is not too strong, nor is it not too weak. Seems just right for this. A hint of hop bitterness in the finish mixed with a slightly odd coco flavor.

M/D: Creamy. Medium to light body. Silky soft carbonation. It does seem a bit thin though. Decent drinkability. I would get tired after 2 or so.

 679 characters

Photo of wardough
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a twist off bottle bought in Madison, WI. Pours with a nice head, which reduces down to a light lacing. Looks light for a brown ale. Pick up some malts and slight hop smell. Taste is the same, but has a heavier hop presence and a little vanilla. Mouthfeel is light. Could drink alot of these. Definitely a good beer and interpretation of an American Brown Ale.

 370 characters

Photo of dexterk1
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ri0
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Tyranena snifter

A - Dark brown body with almond color and a creamy 1.5 finger head. Thin ring clings to the glass and there are patches of lacing.

S - Slight bourbon note, bit of caramel, some nuttiness, wood and bready malt with a faint dried fruit note.

T - Brown malt, caramel, and nutty flavors. Hints of bourbon, wood, and a nice caramel, brown sugar taste. Just a bit of bitter to round it off and keep it from being too sweet.

M - Medium bodied which is typical for a brown. Decent carbonation.

D - Overall a nice blended brown ale. 40% barrel aged mixed back to the original base. It is easy drinking and lower ABV, but always tasty. Great beer to drink drink in the fall months.

 719 characters

Photo of DimensionX
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle served in a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A: Clean brown/copper color minimal head and lacing.

S: Bourbon coming through as it warms with a hint of esters. Vanilla and oak also present

T: Toffee and vanilla, decent ammount of bourbon oak coming though, not overpowering but clearly present. Rich toasted malts as you would expect from a brown ale.

M: Average/medium mouthfeel. not really noticable but accurate for the style.

O: Pretty good but nothing incredible, seemed fairly well executed but I think the style just isn't a great fit for a bourbon barrel. I would drink it again.

 594 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from session notes.

A. Pours out darker (yet still transparent) mahogany with a rapidly dispersing single finger head and no real lacing to speak of.

S. I can pick out the aroma of chocolate bars with peanuts and marzipan as well as a mildly toasted breadiness underneath the mild bourbon / vanilla / coconut tones.

T,M. The flavor has a more mild bourbon level than the nose would indicate. Dry caramel malt and nuts get joined up with the gentle bourbon tones and some milk chocolate tones with the finish allowing the nutty tones to dance on the palate nearly solo long after the bourbon has faded out. Body is somewhat thinner and spritzier than expected, carbonation is slightly sluggish for the flavors.

 722 characters

Photo of dbossman
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark copper hue with a thin half-inch head but steady head and okay lacing

S: Lots of bready, toffee, and caramel malts but pretty simple and subdued all around; perhaps a hint of bourbon but that may just be an effect of the power of suggestion

T: The bourbon is actually prevalent in the flavors and really plays well off the slightly sweet bready malts; really quite balanced and tasty

F: Creamy, medium body that is even slightly chewy on the finish

O: A subtle bourbon beer and one that's perfect for enjoying a couple of pints of--which is different for a bourbon-forward beer; the flavors complement each other nicely--nice beer

 642 characters

Photo of SF_Posse
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Rilesmiles
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnofUpton
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thin, light-tan head that very quickly reduced to wispiness. Color was a clear, deep-brown with ruby highlights. The nose was malty-sweet with undercurrents of bourbon. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. I could definitely sense the bourbon in the mouth, but the finish was unmistakably bourbon. I liked the taste, despite not being a distilled spirits drinker. I would drink this again, but it would not be my first choice. Warming, the bourbon presence began to give off vanilla notes in the nose and then became even more evident in the mouth.

 596 characters

Photo of beer4caitlin
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger, beige head. The head recedes after a minute and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some light bourbon notes. It's apparent from the understated bourbon that only a portion of the beer was aged in barrels. Some alcohol and earthy hops are also present. The taste is sweet and the bourbon is more pronounced here than it was in the aroma. There is enough hop bitterness accompanying the caramel sweetness to make this well balanced. The bourbon element is nice but it could be more pronounced. The alcohol is here but it's not overwhelming and it mostly lingers in the finish, a nice touch.

Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. An easy drinking beer.

 717 characters

Photo of Urbancaver
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish red. Not much head dissipates quickly. Smells a bit oaky and vanilla heavy. Tastes not so strong. The vanilla is pretty prominent on the tongue as well. The brown ale flavours come through in the back of the tongue. Overall, interesting and fairly drinkable

 275 characters

Photo of brewandbbq
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark mahogany with a ruby hue when held to the light. Some fine particulates in suspension underneath a half inch head of tan froth. Lacework and retention is better than average, with a fiarly solid skim coat on the surface for the duration, and some ripped sheets of foam.

Aromatics lead off with juicy malt, grape jam, bourbon, and caramel.
Hints of sherry, vanilla, and chocolate follow through.

Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel. A bit sticky and slightly syrupy.

Malt forward on the palate, with caramel and red fruits following through. Shades of bourbon, woody tannins, and more fruit step forward.

Finishes with a wave of warming booze, sweet malt, and grape jam.

Tasty, but the bourbon character is quite subdued, and the base beer is a bit weak.

 771 characters

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.