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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.03/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Huge disappointment. The bourbon flavor completely overwhelms the beer. I would suggest a bolder brown ale base to this beer. I have to give them props, I love a good Brown ale, and bourbon could definitely jive with the style, I just don't know if there is a brown up to the task.

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3.04/5  rDev -18.9%

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3.04/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Got this bottle thanks to the man known as CRJMellor

Pours out an amber brown color with copper along the edges. Medium sized head rises and falls kind of quickly. Decent lacing along the sides of my glass.

I inhale and whoa that's a burn! My nostril hairs cringed for a second. What the hell? It's a burning bourbon aroma along with some peat. Very unusual, maybe I'm sensitive to it or something, I liked the uniqueness of the aroma but not really the aroma itself.

Taste is much more restrained. Begins with a brown sugar sweetness then slight, undescript fruits come in underneath. Toffee combines with an earthiness in the middle. A little smoke comes forth then the shot of JD in the end. There's vanilla in there the whole time underneath. The bourbon aspect here almost seems different than the brown ale itself. Like drinking the beer then taking a mini shot while the beer is in your mouth.

This mouthfeel was really solid here even though the alcohol seemed a bit separated. Really creamy and a good thickness to hold the flavors together.

As for drinkability, this was a nice drinker but the sweetness would get to me after awhile. While I spoke of the bourbon being separate I really would like to see a little more bourbon in this to match the sweetness. But maybe I'm being harsh because it did go down rather fast.

This was a unique experience that I'm glad I got to try. Those Wisconsin brewers keep surprising me. Thanks Craig.

Edited 8-14-06
I've had this a few times and it just gets worse and worse to me. Now, it really reminds me of jack and coke. Really fake sweet and really, really whiskey strong. The recent bottles need some barrel control or something like that.

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3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

presentation: 12oz. bottle. label has an oval in the center with an illustration of some fishermen battling a sea serpent. "tyranena brewing co." and "lake mills, wisconsin" encircle the oval. "rocky's revenge" is stamped on the right hand side. a story describing the legend of rocky the serpent is on the left side of the label. "rocky's revenge is an american brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels". there appears to be a fresh by date on the neck label, but the majority of the date didn't get stamped on the label and it's not discernable. no abv displayed.

appearance: pours a deep reddish brown with deep red highlights in a stein mug. 2 inch head that's fluffy and off-white in color. retention and lacing is good. bubbles rise inspired through the fairly clear liquid.

smell: malty, but not overly sweet in the nose. nutty and bready. coconut aroma is detected, but not assigned until after reading about it in other reviews.

taste: grainy bread, nutty and lightly sweet. touches of chocolate and vanilla. bourbon is more and more apparent and warming as the brew warms. i'm getting an odd taste and aroma i'm not used to, and after reading some other reviews, i'm confident it's coconut. finish is very dry. aftertaste is lightly astringent and displays hints of bourbon.

mouthfeel: light-medium body with good carbonation. lightly resinous. rolls around in your mouth a little harshly and swallow clunks a bit.

drinkability: alcohol is well masked, but bourbon flavors slow me a bit. coconut aromas and flavors don't make much sense to me either. mouthfeel is a touch rough. one and done.

overall: first of all, i'd like to thank mlh1227 for the try here. however, this is not my thing. i'm not overly attracted to bourbon flavors. the coconut was a hinderance to me as well. a nice try as i always enjoy trying something new, but i can't give my recommendation.

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3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Easy head generation, giant bubbles cascade up from the cola colored body. It definitely is clear and should be given props for having light pass through, but docked for having a head that is medium to low retention. Good lacing of off-tan colors give me the impression that there is more than meets the eye... they cling on for dear life.

S- Not much going on here. Very, very faint vanilla oak character, a sharp astringency of paper products follows before that. What could be a malty body lies in wait, musty at times like a bathroom. Wish it actually had a nutty or bourbon character to speak of here.

T- First notes to portray themselves are malty, light sweetness. Transitions into a sharpness and bready nature that is more cellulose and less yeasty goodness than I want. Finish is grainy, mildly sweet, mostly bread. Its a sweetness like caramel syrup, but diluted out. After repeated consumption I'm finding a burst of nutty character. Like a handful of mixed nuts, that finishing combination of flavors right after the opening carbonation settles.

M- Crisp, bitingly so right off the cuff. Lingering nature, sticky flavors that I don't want and thin flavors that I do want. Full body at least and very creamy.

When I buy a bourbon barrel brown ale, guess what I want? Not this fucking beer.

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3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

dark brown pour with nothing much going for it other than a bit of keen reddish hue around the edges. murky topper with solid thin foam ring. typical brown ale, regardless of said bourbon aging.

smells strangely sweet, almost belgian. i get no booze, nor do i get any earthy nuttiness that i expect from a (stronger) brown ale. actually, strangely enough, it smells exactly like honey. it's desirable in that way.. just not what i expected at all. it smells like honey spread on toasted whole wheat. i am getting more and more into it as i whiff.

but then i taste it. a buttery bomb of diacetyl is all that defines this beer. infection perhaps? lord knows the base beer has no definition here, and the bourbon in the barrels has long since retired. all i am left with is a funky vanilla coccus with a slight pleasing hint of dryness in the finish. it feels boozy in my digestive tract, but i don't taste any of the barrely goodness that i had expected. it smelled like honey on toast, and it honestly tastes like buttered toast on the tongue. having recently enjoyed bbc's jim brown (JD-imperial brown), i can confidently say that this beer is a complete failure in its mission to meld the sweet subtlety of a brown ale with the aged, hyperfueled notes from a bourbon barrel.

my suggestion to tyranena: amp up the base beer. bring the brown ale to new (imperial?) heights.. and use barrels with less usage. you're getting woody flaws when you should be getting bourbon notes.

this idea has potential (again, see bbc).. and i have dug many tyranena beers in the past. this one just let me down.

ps: had it on tap at the brewery a week ago, and it maintained much more of the booze flavor, which was abrasive due to the limpness of the brown ale.. but was preferable over this bottled version.

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3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle (bottled on 05FEB16)
Cloudy chestnut brown body with virtually no head, just a slight tan clinging bubble ring leaving no lacing.
Aroma is bourbon and toast.
Flavors match with a sugar sweet burnt touch that wakes me out of my enjoyment.
Feel is lighter than expected, medium carbonation, but still creamy.

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3.07/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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