Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
884 Ratings
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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Ratings: 884 |  Reviews: 375
Photo of shadow1961
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tyranena Brewing Companys Rocky's Revenge, named for
a purported lake monster in the Lake Mills, Wisconsin area,
pours a fluffy tan head over an almost opaque brown brew.
The nose is dark malts and mocha- carbonation is hard to
guage due to the darkness of the brew. The flavor is rich
dark malts up front, with notes of mocha, molasses, and dark
fruit, all balanced by a grassy hop finish. The label states that
a portion of the brew was aged in bourbon barrels, and I believe
it- there does seem to be a suggestion of oak and booze in this
stuff. Mouthfeel is crisp yet round and finishes a bit dry, and lace
clings to the glass all the way down. A smooth, drinkable brown

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Photo of zkoehn
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of hoppymeal
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and clear with reddish hues in the light. Initial smells are sweet vanilla with caramel malts. A peppery alcohol taste is up front with some wheat bread and light vanilla flavors as well. Fairly smooth and creamy with a little tingle from the alcohol in the taste. Fairly drinkable brown.

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Photo of myuncle
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Skidz
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright orange brown and sits a crisp, deep amber-brown with a nice off-white head, leaving a good skim on the surface. Some lacings.

Smells nice and toasty, good malt base with an herbal hop aroma. Toffee and roasted nuts mingle about. A hint of woodiness lies beneath.

Tastes sweet and malty up front an soon gains a fair amount of hop bitterness. Toasted malts come through very well, parting a grainy like feel to the beer. Hops provide more than adequate amounts of bitterness and a nice herbal spiciness. Alcohol rises up of the back of the tounge and a light trace of bourbon is noticable, but held in quite well.

Crisp and clean feeling in the mouth, good carbonation, medium body. Nice dryness to that really pairs well with the wooden flavors offered.

One of Tyranena's best. Glad to hear that this will be a staple in their lineup and not just a seasonal offering. Miles ahead of their other Brown ale, and it seems that the key here is only parially aging this in bourbon barrels, rather than doing the whole thing. Well maintained flavors, a real winner.

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Photo of Jd2391
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours a thick amber/garnet color with smallish tan head but good lacing. Smell and taste are pungent and delicious. Like a cross between a nut brown and a wee-heavy...a brilliant mix in my opinion. Caramel malts, bourbon vapors, a nutty bite, some floral hoppiness, a lovely bouquet. Mouthfeel is typical of an American brown, a little thin, but substantial enough. Drinkable to no end. This was a pleasant surprise without a doubt. Another solid offering from Tyranena which puts out some surprisingly good stuff.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 WolfsbaneBloom
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of beachbum1975
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this gift beer from pwoods for allowing him to borrow my suitcase and camera for Darkness Day.

12 oz bottle with a $1.69 label on the side. No freshness date detected on the bottle.

A: Pours a clear, dark maple syrup color with a light tan creamy head. Nice retention and lacing up the walls up the side of my perfect pint glass from Samuel Adams.

S: Smells of sweet, syrupy malts, brown sugar, light molasses and yeast. Light nose flavors overall.

T/M: Medium bodied and medium flavored ale. Smoke and bourbon-like flavoring with moderate, creamy carbonation. Almost like an outdoorsy, tobacco-like flavor, as well - very unique. Per the label, I definite taste the fraction of barrel aging on this one.

Very nice and drinkable - and for a buck sixty nine a single, you can't beat it!!

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Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of billhelm
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Greggy
4.5/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cream colored 1 finger fluffy head. As it recedes, I get some lacing. The body is a lovely brown/copper color. Nice retention is seen on the head.

S- Caramel, toffee, Bourbon, hints of chocolate, butterscotch, slight oakiness.

T- Starts out with a nice deep caramel toffee covered in bourbon. Transitioning to the finish I get some light chocolate notes, and an oaky dryness while still being quite bourbon-esque.

M- Nice lower carbonation. Big full body with nice balance.

D- This is, with the exception of the Devil over a Barrel, in my opinion, Tyranenas best beer in the lineup. It's got some nice balance of malt and the bourbon flavor. Even at 6%, this can be sessionable. Needless to say, will have again.

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Photo of emwild12
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of scaliasux
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown. Appears clear. Thick brownish-tan head.

Smell - Light to moderate caramel/chocolate malt. Makes my mouth water

Taste - Begins with sweet caramel/chocolate malt. Finishes with sour citrusy hops. Very nice brown ale.

Mouthfeel - Moderate. Finishes dry.

Drinkability -.One of the best beers from a fantastic local brewery. This stuff needs to be drunk by the growlerful. Typically fun marketing.

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Photo of Slynger
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear chestnut brown with a red tint. A thin tan head leaves some rims of lace around my glass.

The nose is a nice mixture of sweetness and toasted earthiness. Sweet vanilla and brown sugar mingle with oak, toasted grains, and earthy nuts.

The taste picks up a subtly pleasant nose. Starts out sweet of chocolate malts up front with a solid toasted malt backbone. The finish is where it's at though. A touch of dark fruits on the back edges of my tongue. Bitter cocoa, toasted nuts, and earthy oak all show up to the party and stick around for a little while after everyone else has left. A light-medium body leaves this brew very sessionable.

Rocky's Revenge is a damn solid brown. I didn't pick up on much bourbon, but it's still a damn good brown.

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Photo of TheSSG
2.98/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a huge, dense, off-white head that has great persistence. Initial aroma is floral hops with a distinct wood and oak notes; bright and floral as the head settles. Deep burnt umber color. Starts with a nice mix of toasted malt, floral hops, and bitterness. Good amount of metallic as things mellow, then notes of oak and wood come forward from the shadows. Finish is metallic hops and toasted malt with lingering complexity of oak wood.

There are some really great things going on here, but there's also just too much of a metallic presence coming in and out to allow this to reach its full potential. If the metallic aspect were gone, this would get a score bump of a full point.

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Photo of mikey711
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
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 NSXAG
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DoctorDog
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of ChadQuest
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A:Nice looking mahogany brown with rather nice robust sticky head with a surprising amount of lacing.impressive.

S&T:Sweet malts and vanilla is most prominent standout, other sweet ness from caramel and maple syrupy, very subtle oaky notes backing it up. Has a certain light Earthy and Peat aspect to it behind all the bright sweetness, probally from the barrel,not much "bourbon" at all, which is understandable since only a small percent is actually aged in the barrels.

M: Not lacking carbination that's for sure, medium body and slick.

D: It's an interesting brew at first, but the sweetness may seem pretty one dimensional after more then one. i think with this one hunting the Wood & Bourbon out is the game, which is hard, and leaves most dissapointed.

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Photo of briiguy
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of larbush
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 884 ratings
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