Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

BA SCORE
85
very good
881 Ratings
THE BROS
77
okay
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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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to the generous jpm30. Rich brown colour, but unique to get it that way. White head that lasts a while. Bourbon aroma, and bold bourbon taste. We Canadians are not normally into bourbon, but a good effort at it. Sourish by-product, well malted.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

this is better than its ratings. people should know, that according to the label only a portion of this beer was actually aged in bourbon barrels, then blended in, so its intentionally subtle, and i for one like and respect that approach to this. its got all the vanilla and bourbon character you could want in the finish, but it doesnt dominate the whole experience. it lets all the chocolate malt and a hint of coconut come out. lighter in color than expected, it is indeed a brown, not anything darker, and the roast profile is moderate at best. i like its lightness though, and think it shows another side of the bourbon barrel thing, which is the complimentary flavors of the spirit and the chocolate malt. its so often lost to the oak itself or the heavy roast or the alcohol content, and i think this beer does a nice job with all elements together. a little more body would be alright by my, but the carbonation is nice and the finish is appropriately long and mellow. its a little something different, and i like that.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without having a lot of Boubon aged Brown ales, I always thought this would be a very good idea. This beer is a good example of why. The beer looks... ...well, brown, with some ruby highlights mixed in, and a slight haze. Low levels of carbon dioxide release a dainty foamstand, that did last the duration and laced well up front. The aromas give a solid chocolate malt scent with some emphasis on sweetness in the range of caramel, vanilla, and a little lactose. Tastes give much the same with a higher emhasis on the vanilla notes. A mild wood flavor eminatats through the sweetness and balances well with the timid hops and toasted grains. Any boubon flavors remain light and come through late in the finish / aftertaste. The body feels a bit heavy (due to lighter co2), but offers a velvety, milky texture. A really good beer, on the verge of being great. Thanks again Nathan15.

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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.

C+

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4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a cola brown color and a sturdy little head that sticks as a ringlet but coats the glass

Smell: Just a hint of the barrel wafts above the brown bread and caramel base

Taste: Opens with a bready, caramel flavor that adds oaky bourbon subtlety by mid-palate; after the swallow, a bit of cocoa powder sweetness joins the profile, with good persistence from the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; rather creamy

Drinkability: A bourbon beer that is not over the top; nicely balanced

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep burgundy color ale with a small foamy head with average retention and great lacing. Aroma is dominated by vanilla and bourbon with some light alcohol ester also discernable. Taste is also a mix between some vanilla and some bourbon. Medium body with Ok carbonation and some alcohol was discernable. Probably one of the most complex and satisfying brown ale I ever had if you can truly categorise this beer as such.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a dark burgandy color with a soapy, white, one-finger head that left nice lace.

S - It smelled of malt and a light grassiness. It also smelled of hazelnut.

T - It tasted very nutty. It also had a great malty character. There was a little oakiness, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium-bodied beer.

D - This is a very good American Brown. I really like the nutty/malty flavor.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale brown, not far off from the color of bourbon in fact. Head retention is great, leaving trails of lace as it descends.

Smell: Vanilla, coconut, toffee, toasted nuts. Wow, this stuff smells great.

Taste & mouthfeel: Toasted malt, caramel and vanilla, hazelnuts, maple syrup; definitely on the malty side but not actually overly sweet. The bourbon barrel aging makes its presence known in a subtle way, adding richness and complexity without overpowering the actual beer. A touch of boozy astringency is present as well, but it's minimal and not enough to detract from the otherwise excellent flavor. This is some fine stuff and I greatly enjoyed it.

Notes: Thanks to mully for yet another great extra.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Ommegang Chalice

Pours 1 and a 1/2 fingers of light tan head. Decent retention with some splattered lace. Color is a dark brown on the top that fades to a clear copper brown on the bottom.

Aroma: Very typical brown ale: chocolate, coffee, and some roasted flavors. There is a faint bourbon aroma as well. Along with the bourbon comes a touch of vanilla.

Taste: a lot of the same notes as in the aroma. A lot of coffee and roasted malts, chocolate, and again, a very small amount of bourbon and vanilla. I wish there was more bourbon here.

Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth with a little heat,but not bad. Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Ends with a chocolate bourbon flavored aftertaste that is a little sticky.

Overall, not a bad beer. I enjoy bourbon beers so this would be a nice session as it isn't that big. However, I wish it had a little more bourbon in it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours a slightly hazy chestnut brown body beneath a creamy head of antiqued-ivory froth that holds well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass.

The nose is cocoa-ish, nutty, and a touch toasty.

In the mouth it's surprisingly creamy with a dextrinous, medium body and moderate carbonation.

The flavor is surprisingly complex as well, considering it's a brown ale. It starts sweetly cocoaish with a note of vanilla; a touch of yeasty fruitiness; and a mild, dark-roasted chocolatey edge. Occassional flashes of Bourbon appear, but they're limited. Some nuttiness follows along with some more vanilla, a bit of toastiness, and even an occassional note of cocoanut. Once it crosses the palate it dries quickly, partly due to its firm bitterness, and partly due to its drying, woody edge. Still, some more cocoa and nuts remain, as well as a swirl of dark dried fruit, and a long lingering, dull and semi-mild bitterness.

Interesting, enjoyable, and not overdone with bourbon-barrel character.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a bit of an off white head. The pint shows a bit of lacing on the way down. Nose brings brown sugar, caramel, bourbon, and some sweet malt. The taste is somewhat sweet with some boozy bourbon notes and some light caramel and bread. A bit of a nutty characteristic. Medium body with good carbonation and integration. Drinks quite well and is a nice low ABV brown ale, considering all that goes into it.

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Photo of jlindros
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rocky Raccoon checked into his room
Only to find Gideon's bible
Rocky had come equipped with a gun
To shoot off the legs of his rival

So anyways, thank this one quite a bit to erric (BA and Reddit) for a Bourbon barrel aged Tyranena that I can almost guarantee I will enjoy.

An aggressive pour yields a small fizzy head that fades at a med pace to nothing, over semi hazy maroon auburn molasses colored murky looking beer.

nose is actually kinda weird, like a Madeira steak sauce and V8 juice tomato like juice kinda... very weird! Then the typical malts, lots of brown malts, a little toasty with some caramel and molasses, a bit of barrel and woody esters with a little bourbon, the brown malts bring lots of molasses and syrupy like aromas that are what I think relate the weird Madeira and tomato like aromas.

Taste starts with more brown malts, lots of brown malts, bit syrupy, but tons of brown sugar, molasses, and some caramel toffee. Then quickly the bourbon kicks in with a light sweet bourbon flavor, and some barrel flavors. The bourbon adds an almost candy bourbon sauce like flavor. A hint of smoke in there as well. This really makes me think of a nice BBQ meat marinade. As it goes a bit of a juicy like malt flavor comes out, and brings a bit of dark fruits like raisin and date. It finishes drier with more of the lingering malts and light bourbon, and a bit of a bitter earthy hop taste comes out.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

So I've noticed a weird thing happens when you bourbon barrel age a lighter <8% beer. The bourbon seems to take on a new character that is not always great flavoring. This is interesting, but not great, not nearly what I expected it to be. Still tasty and drinkable, some nice bourbon characteristics, some weird ones too esp aroma, nice brown sugar and molasses, caramel, toffee, etc, a nice brown ale, but just too weird.

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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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