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 Duff27
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Half inch fizzy head over a clear dark red/brown beer. Decent head retention and lacing. A lot of effervescence if you look close.

S- Cola, vanilla/bourbon amalgamation.

T-Sweet and malty. The very end of each sip, the hint bourbon and vanilla perhaps, takes some getting used to.

M- Smoth. Adequate carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- Drinks bigger than 6%abv. While bourbon beers are generally alright with this guy, this one just didn't tickle my fancy. It wasn't overpowering, just showed more than I would have liked in a "sessionable" beer. Better browns out there.

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Photo of Thedaver4220
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. Bottle poured in a pint glass

Rockys revenge poured a murky brown with some ruby highlights with about a 1.5 finger head. It smelled of sweet malt with a little vanilla. The taste was just like it smelled. Malty sweet with vanilla notes. Not much bourbon taste though. There was some alcohol heat but not much. I was expecting more barrel flavor, but was let down. It's not a bad brew, but it could have been much more.

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Photo of mikey711
3.3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown and slightly see through. It was carbonated for a second, but quickly dropped down to a very thin layer of lace.

S: I guess there is some bourbon in there. Slightly smokey and roasty with a bit of chocolate and toffee sweetness

T: Slight sweetness of toffee and chocolate with a a bit of a raisiny flavor. No bourbon or vanilla that I can really find. There is a mild roastiness, but most of the flavors seem a bit subdued.

M: Very watery. slightly harsh and acidic. More body would have been nice

D: I think I could drink a lot of this if I really wanted to.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. It looked pretty nice, a rich brown color with a small tan head, decent lacing and head retention. Kind of a boozy, bourbony nose, some sweet malts, an oak note perhaps. Not the nicest flavor; there’s definitely a prominent bourbon taste, but it overwhelms the rest of the beer. Not that this is super-boozy, because it isn’t, it just tastes like a bourbon barrel and the base brown ale seems too meek to support it. Some bready malt, oak, caramel and/or toffee sweetness detected underneath. Not bad, per se, but just a bit unabalanced and unsatisfying.

The feel was pretty good, medium body and carbonation, somewhat smooth and creamy. But I can’t say it was particularly enjoyable or tasty or that I’d seek this one out again.

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Photo of mcallister
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazlenut in color with many floaties and signs of carbonation. Hard pour resulted in a minute tan head that did leave some thin filmy lace.

Dark malty and tea aromas stand forward with a very light bourbon and vanilla at the end. Hints of wood as well. Slightly sweet esters poking through.

Well tastes like carbonated tea as well. Only traces of bourbon noticeable with some nutty character and fine malts. Lacking in complexity but the good carbonation and tea flavors help out drink ability somewhat.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/22/2014. Served in a snifter 2/18/2015.

A-Cola brown body, half finger offwhite head with average retention, spots of lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Sweet brown ale base is present, mild smoky bourbon aromas. Some cereal graininess.

F- Mild bourbon flavours, a bit of oak, small amount of vanilla. Mostly toffee, a bit of coffee, plenty of caramel sweetness. It's a sweet beer, but the bourbon helps cut it a bit. The finish is a bit off with a non-descript astringency that isn't quite attributable to the bourbon.

M- Medium-thin bodied, OK carbonation, a bit sticky. Finish is cereal grains and that astringency, perhaps the combination of the cereal and the bourbon.

O- It's alright. A bit different than the other stuff on the market, but really nothing exceptional.

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Photo of aaronh
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Medium brown body, very clear, topped by a sand colored head. The head shows good retention and clings nicely to the sides of the glass. Aroma is mostly caramelized brown sugar, molasses, and malt sweetness with a touch of vanilla and mint. Flavor is amazingly smooth, with a surprising amount of vanilla-inflected bourbon coming through. Herbal bitterness cleans away any residual sweetness on the finish. More and more malt sweetness that again follows the caramelized, nearly burnt sugar notes form the aroma becomes more evident with subsequent sips. Mouthfeel is a bit thin; a slightly heavier body would enhance the experience. This has the components of a big beer in a slightly smaller format. Drinkability is OK. A nice, somewhat unique brown ale. Thanks to Tim at Heritage Liquors for the recommendation.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Opaque with a small head, light lace, few carbonation points throughout the beer. Burnt orange color, getting darker at the top.

S- Strong pineapple initially, caramel and toaster malts hidden. Blended together, they give notes of apple pie. Pretty interesting, and no hints of bourbon.

T- A strong pina colada taste? Slight toasted malts with a hint of caramel malts. Still no hint of bourbon. Very strong taste, slightly bitter. The esters are very strong and remain unchanged throughout.

M- Medium to heavy body, with average carbonation. Sticks to your palette for a long time.

D- Unique beer, and more complex than I was expecting from a twist off. Drinkable but I could not drink more than one.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, trace head, very little lacing.

S: bourbon, smoke, nuts, caramel.

T: sweet malt, vanilla, nutty, caramel smooth finish

D: med/light body, big carbonation

O: Solid brown ale, not amazing, but not bad.
Good session brown ale, perhaps, fine newbie brown ale.


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Photo of Todd
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright, brown/garnet with a quick slightly off-white foam lacing, retention, and stick.

Grainy/steely in the nose. Mineral and light fresh grist. Soft floral in the background.

Medium-bodied, firm water feel. Nutty malts. Quite dry from the bourbon barrel aging, but some thin residual sweetness remains. Light chocolate, toasted bread crusts, faint vanilla/coconut. Bourbon is only slightly detectable on the palate, becoming more pronounced at the swallow point and in general as the beer warms. Lifting semi-citric sharpness provides bitterness and is amplified by some prickly carbonation that also creates a quick lived creamy feel on the palate. Thin bourbon flavors linger for quite sometime. Dry/nutty finish.

Interesting, but not overly interesting as far as bourbon aged beers go. This could have used more malt backbone, but I did like the subtle bourbon flavor. Perhaps a bit too subtle, but the levels worked for this Brown Ale. Just enough to seep into the palate and let you know it’s there.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
3.36/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lightly chilled 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint. Bottling date 12.20.11.

Look- Pours a rosy medium brown topped with three fingers of loose, frothy, off-white foam. Head fell fairly quickly in a lopsided way to a thin film, leaving a moderate amount of sticky lacing.

Smell- Interesting gingerbread/pizza-dough mixture with the faintest hints of cocoa and citrus. It really has a spicy yeasty aroma that I would associate with light Belgians. Interesting.

Taste- Cola, light coffee, and semi-sweet cocoa take turns at bat, with some maple thrown in for fun. Lighter graham cracker and biscuit come out in the middle, which I actually quite like. Bourbon is there, but comes across as a back-of-the-mouth tannic/oaky twang towards the end rather than anything overt. Aftertaste is fairly nondescript medium malt, with a lingering touch of bitterness as well as a distinct mineral character. It's got the complexity I'd expect from a barrel-aged brew, but the flavors are all fairly subdued.

Mouthfeel- Drinks something like what I imagine flat cola mixed with antacid tablets would be like. Lightly syrupy at first, presents a light to medium body with a similarly described dose of carbonation. Quickly turns chalky, drying, and mildly astringent. I'm not sure if it's the water they use or the bourbon casking showing itself, but the cotton ball feeling is strong and builds as the brew goes down. I don't think I'd want to drink more than one of these without some serious interim rehydration.

Overall- It's alright, and worth trying, but I had a tough time finishing the 12 oz., and I don't think I'd try it again. Flavor-wise, it's actually quite good, but if you're looking for a brown with a rich bourbon palate, I'd look elsewhere.

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Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium brown with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of some oak/bourbon with a vague "brown ale" backing. Mild.

The taste is of vague brown sugar, mild sweet malt with oak/vanilla bourbon in the finish. An alcohol bite comes through.

It is fairly smooth despite alcohol showing. A firmer, richer malt support would certainly add to the beer's complexity, but in this case might overshadow the bourbon aspect.

It's worth trying - decent to good.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampling a room temp bottle poured into a pint glass. The beer porus a clear deep mahogany color with creamy beige head that fades quickly to a sturdy surface layer.
Aroma is brown sugar, bourbon, some oak and a bit of caramel. Very sweet overall, with hints of booze to, but probably from bourbon not he actual liquor.
First sip reveals an average body with slightly watery texture and very fine spacious carbonation. Texture is a little disappointing.
Flavor is similar to nose with sweet caramel and brown sugar mixing with bourbon and some wooden notes as well. There is again booziness but it is mostly from the bourbon no actual heat.
The beer is drinkable but wish the body had more umph and carried the beer a little more versus the heavier bourbon notes.

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Photo of bdo894
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking brown beer. Clear with a soft creamy head.
Smells of hops and malt. Maple.
Pretty bitter beer upon tasting. Also butterscotch and malt.
Kinda rough mouthfeel.
Pretty good beer. I was given an outstanding recommendation not sure if I agree.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear cola brown color, hints of red, light tan head and nice lace.

S-the nose is a little faint, notes of toffee and caramel with some light hints of bourbon.

T-the taste is better, still a little light. lots of caramel, notes of burnt toffee, underlying bourbon character with a touch of black malt and chocolate.

M-very smooth on the palate but a little thin on the feel, light carbonation might be a factor. prickly on the back of the throat; but the body seems to fall off.

D-not a bad beer, light notes of bourbon but lack of any barrel, some maltiness to it but falls a little short.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark ruby color with a short off white head and decent lacing.

Scent of brow sugar, a hint of cinnamon, and a bit of bourbon and oak.

Taste of brown sugar, some bourbon and malts. Some fruits come in for a bit as well as some oak. Watery as well, falls short of what I expected.

Mouthfeel is light and thin, unimpressive.

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Photo of Franz4
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- nice dark burn sienna brown, off white head settles to nothing quickly.

S- malty, nutty, and bready on the nose, just slightly musty

T- toasted grains, some nuttiness--almonds, mustiness comes through as well. If you serve this cold the bourbon is nowhere to be found, as the beer warms you get more hints of a mild bourbon flavor.

M- carbonation is good, weight is nice for the style, well done here.

O- This is a nice, basically average beer, glad I was able to try it, wish I could try more from the brewery, as it is I need to rely on traveling friends to bring more my way.

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Photo of regspeir
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a trade with wnoble.
Pours a reddish brown with a one-finger head that settled to a frothy coating that lasted. There was decent lacing throughout. Nose was maple, vanilla, bourbon, molasses, and caramel. The taste included some oak, vanilla, caramel malt, molasses, and brown sugar. The finish is sweet with some alcohol tinge. The moutfeel is on the light side of medium, decent carbonation, creamy and a little sticky. This wasn't a bad beer but not one I would go out of my way to have again.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a fun little brown ale, but not overly exciting. The partial use of bourbon barrels adds only a very slight hint of bourbon flavor to it which makes it a little more interesting. Otherwise, it is a fairly pedestrian brown ale with a touch of bitterness. There is a little nuttiness on the finish.

It is a little light bodied which makes it easier to drink than some other, sweeter browns. Not too much sticky aftertaste on the tongue.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown in color with very little head.

Smell: Just a hint of bourbon and some nice maltiness.

Taste: Slight chocolate before turning over to a little bourbon.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied.

Drinkability: Pretty decent beer. Another good outing by Tyranena.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Clear body the color of maple syrup underneath a full inch of frothy, coarse tan foam. Retention isn’t the best, but the head does recede into a solid, sticky ring; light lace. Pretty solid.

S: Bourbon certainly comes through, but it isn’t all that strong; even so, it’s clearly the dominant aroma. There’s some caramel and chocolate malt balanced with light, slightly fruity hops as well, but overall this is a fairly underpowering beer smell-wise. Nothing bad at all, but nothing to praise too highly, either.

T: Bourbon starts and finishes things here, with some chocolate and citrus peeking out midway through. Long, slightly boozy finish from the barrel. Some dry oak on the aftertaste. Enjoyable, but again a little weak and unbalanced: only a portion of this beer was aged in barrels, and yet the malt still can’t quite stand up to the bourbon influence.

M: Much like the appearance, this one is overly coarse and foamy; what body I can feel is somewhat sticky and of a medium consistency. Not that great.

O: This is a pretty solid Brown Ale overall, and it’s really exciting to find a bourbon-barrel beer at this kind of price point; that said, I’d much rather drink Tyranena’s own Headless Man if I wanted a nicely malty, balanced brew. The barrel just doesn’t mesh well with the base beer in this case, making me a bit worried about trying the other partially –bal aged beers from this brewery. Here’s hoping the stronger stuff holds its own better than this one did. If I want to drink something that tastes like watered-down bourbon, I’ll just water down some bourbon.


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Photo of ROBORB
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Deniz, thanks man!

This beer poured a translucent brown with a thin 1 inch head. The head died quickly and left a little lacing on the glass. The smell of bourbon is prevalent, as is caramel. I found the taste matched the smell. This beer was very thin for me and I didn't enjoy that aspect of it. Overall, this beer is a great session beer and nothing more.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light mahogany color. Sweet malt on the nose with maybe just the slightest smell of bourbon, but barely. Tastes pretty much like it smells. The bourbon is present, but just barely, with mostly sweet malt. Very light mouthfeel, not much body. Also very little carbonation, which fits the beer. I think any more carbonation would ruin it entirely. I've had this before, but not since I've gotten in to craft beers. Just a so so beer. I won't be buying this dude again.

Edit: Now that my nose and pallet are growing, I smell vanilla, and it has a slight vanilla on the pallet as well. I like this better now than I did before. I'm changing the smell, taste, and overall to a 3.5 and apparently I did buy this dude again. It is now my favorite go to beer. Whoda thunk it?

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Photo of shanblur
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown with some reddish hues. Small white head quickly fades to a ring.

S - Caramel malts with just a hint of bourbon. Faint hops.

T - Sweet malt flavor and caramel with a nice bourbon flavor evident on the finish. Not an overpowering flavor of bourbon. Perhaps I would like a bit more of the bourbon showing.

M - Light body with a light carbonation

I enjoyed this beer. Have never had a brown ale with bourbon barrel aging. I would have liked a bit more bourbon flavor.

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Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample shared courtesy of Thickerfreakness. Thanks!
Pours maroon to brownish with a malty browl ale like toasty, caramel, and vanilla malt. Taste is somewhat mild however, and while good, I got no indication of bourbon, but some tart, bitter brown ale like malt. Some bittering hops playing a part in the taste to balance. Drinkable, but not one of Tyranena's better brews.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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