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 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 WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Trying the Rocky's Revenge from Tyranena Brew Co....the beer pours a nice clear brownish amber with thin slightly off-white head that is not leaving much of a lace. Dealing with congestion right now so the scent for me is faint....certainly the presence of biscuit/bread. The taste carries maple syrup, touches of oak, and bourbon. The mouthfeel is full in body with smooth carbonation. Overall this is a good easy going beer.

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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.


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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.

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Photo of maxcoinage
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

color - very dark brown, off-white head, some decent lacing left on the side of the glass

aroma - rather weak, but some vanilla, toasted oak, slight bourbon

taste - def. better than the aroma would indicate. malty sweetness,a hint of bourbon, vanilla, toffee, dates

mouthfeel - pretty smooth, but dry, medium carb

overall - nice, drinkable brown ale, but nothing too special

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown, with a slight gray cast, largely opaque, with a huge tan head that is very slow to fade and some lacing trace down the glass.

S - Wood and alcohol nose from the barrel, I assume. Slightly acidic nose, but a subtle malt presence lies beneath.

T - The malt comes forward when you take a drink, showing that it is indeed primarily a brown ale, albeit one which includes wood and a mild booziness.

M - Mild carbonation, perhaps a bit too mild. Almost no bitterness, and a light feel so this is easy tipper.

O - With such a mild ABV for a barrel aged brew (at least partially), the main knock here is that it is not terribly complex, sort of a two-note of malt and barrel. The barrel is out front in the nose, the malt in the taste. This was a go-to brew for me for several years, and I still come back, though I've found other browns that satisfy and offer greater depth.

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Photo of raznug
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer pours a deep a brown color and is topped with light tan colored head that tends to hang around quite a ways down the glass.
Smell: This is a quite a tasty smelling brew it has a good malt aroma with hints of the bourbon aging.
Taste: Tasting this beer has my mouth watering, it has a good malt presence in the foreground and good bourbon flavors in the background to follow up the malt.
Mouthfeel: This tends to be a bit on the thin side compared to others I have had but still a good version of a brown ale.

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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.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 3/17/13.

Appearance: Hazy medium brown with a thin light tan head.

Aroma: Typical toasty malts with a touch of grassy hops. Touch of hazelnut coffee.

Taste: Starts with a grassy hop character like in the aroma. It brings a nice lightness to the palate while being complimented beneath by very lightly toasted amber and caramel flavors. Finish gives richer caramel and a very slight bourbon flavor. Rocky's Revenge is only partially aged in bourbon barrels so the oaky bourbon flavor is understandably faint. The aftertaste is the most flavorful part of the experience, giving lots of nutty malt flavor and some hints of coffee and bourbon. All in all it seems a tad on the light side for a 6% ABV beer but not hugely so.

Mouthfeel: Closer to thin than medium in body with excessive carbonation. Fairly drinkable and probably sessionable for fans of the style.

Final Thoughts: Yet another interesting beer from a brewery I'm just beginning to discover. Tyranena never ceases to intrigue with their offerings. Would I drink it again? Maybe on-tap.

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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

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

Tasted in a snifter from a 12 oz bottle on August 1, 2013. This is a beer I revisit at least once a year because the barrel aging process yields slightly different results from batch to batch. Recommended.

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Photo of TheSSG
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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 vette2006c5r
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Rocky's Revenge pours a brownish color with a small lacing head. Their is a oaky aroma, with a nice malty backbone, and hints of coffee. The taste has a nice malty backbone, with hints of oak, and coffee. Nice full flavors, just a weak carbonation. Overall a nice flavorful brown ale.

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Photo of portia99
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - Pours a bit thin in appearance into the black. A murky brown colored liquid settles into the glass with a 1/2 finger of short lived rocky white head. Quickly only an uneven collar and sparse lacing is left as evidence.

S - Nutty and quite roasty in aroma. Medium kilned malt, touch of caramel, lots of earthy hop notes and bitterness. Bottle says a portion is aged in bourbon barrels...not picking anything up to back up this statement in the aroma.

T - Bourbon is subdued but is still quite noticeable in the flavor however. I would say it is the first thing that comes thru in the flavor of the beer. More earthy hops with a lower level bitterness. Plenty of roasted malts and a bit of caramelly sweetness.

M - Body is a bit thin and rather watery in feel. Carbonation is low and barely manages to contribute a pin prick or two on the tongue. Flavors are roasty and earthy and fade to a a mild bourbony kick of booze tingle on the back of the throat at the finish.

O - Not a bad beer at all...pretty decent American brown ale if not overwhelming. Bourbon notes are mild - very mild. If I didn't read it on the bottle I might attribute the flavors to something else. A slightly fuller body and turning the dial up on the bourbon a click or two would do wonders for this beer. Glad to have picked this up on a recent trip to the midwest.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A Pours a fizzy dark brown, no head and little lacing around the sides.

S Smokey, chocolate, oak. Lots of oak. Too much oak.

T Oak taste hits hard. Followed by toffee, caramel, brown sugar. Oak returns along with a bitter aftertaste. The smokiness in the scent is lacking in the flavor.

M Slight fizzy and smooth. Finishes with a bit of carbonation lingering.

O I like the bitterness in the finish but that's about all Rocky's is got going for it. Way off balance, though they try. Very sweet and nothing to counter this. The aging is probably what kills this beer. Too much oak. Not a fan.

Poured into tulip.

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Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a teku. The brew appears a dark cherry to mahogany color with a yellowish tan cap that is quick to fade. When held to the light, the brew appears a brilliant ruby color with almost yellowish orange coloring around the edges. Despite a careful pour, some chunks of yeast particulate find their way into the glass. The cap fades quick but a swirl revives a finger back to the surface. As the cap fades, it leave some spots of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew includes notes of dirty pennies. A bit mineral filled and carbonic with some tangy alcohol notes. A little bit of caramel, toffee and sweet vanilla. As the brew warms up, a bit more focus on toffee and burnt brown sugary character emerges.

The flavor of this brew is herbal with hops, a bit of earthen notes blend with minerals and some carbonic character. A faint amount of barrel presence is there across the back somewhat like vanilla mixed with caramel or toffee and a slight buttery touch before the hops come into play with a neutral fruit flavor.

This is a medium to lighter bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It starts off a bit awkward and then the barrel presence comes into play which is nice. However, this brew doesn't seem to come all the way around and form a cohesive package. I am not that impressed with this but it isn't a terrible brew by any regards.

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Photo of lunarbrew
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A- Pours at a medium syrup colored brown. The beer is mostly clear with about 1/2 inch of milky head. Head retention is medium, which settles down almost completely

S- I don't get a huge scent from this beer. Mostly a caramelly sweet smell with traces of roasted coffee and bourbon.

T- Runs on the malty sweet side with some residual bitterness. A weak hop character with a slightly astringent aftereffect.

M- I expect a little less carbonation with this style. About a medium mouth feel which finishes syrupy.

O- Nothing special. A pretty easy drinking beer despite some acidic and astringent flavors. The beer could have benefitted from a fuller body and a greater balance. Definitely hoping for some more bourbon from a bourbon beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a deep amber almost brown pour with a finger of creme colored head. smells of chocolate, roasted grains, vanilla. this has a nice bourbon flavor to it, nice vanilla notes, and a sweet malty backbone to match up. a very enjoyable beer. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.. feels light for a bourbon barrel aged beer.

overall this is a nice bba porter. sweet, malty, and not too overwhelming on the bourbon. honestly, pretty sessionable beer.

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Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown as expected, but struggles for much head.

Smell: Caramel and chocolate, with some light bourbon.

Taste: Bourbon is noticeable upfront, along with the expected Brown Ale players of chocolate, caramel, cherry and nuts. The finish has floral components, as well as oak.

Feel: Moderately carbonated, medium-bodied beer with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: Pretty much as described, as standard Brown Ale with bourbon, which elevates the good, but not great, base beer. Nice to see bourbon used for a lower alcohol beer.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 01/19/13 notes. Had a bottle of this at Lou Malnati's in Chicago. 12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass, bottled on 12/17/12.

a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of nuts, caramel malts, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla, toasted malts, and roasted malts. Bourbon is there but not overpowering; I like it quite a bit.

t - Tastes of sweet vanilla and chocolate, caramel malts, toffee, bourbon, oak, nuts, toasted malts, roasted malts. Taste is nice and sweet with more vanilla than the nose had; a slight step up for me.

m - Medium body and low carbonation; very smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall I thought this was a really good BA brown ale; the bourbon comes through but doesn't dominate it, and give the taste a lot of vanilla and sweetness. Lots of flavor and easy to drink, would love to have this one again.

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Photo of Malty_Matty
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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Photo of TWStandley
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on NYE.

Drank from the bottle (gasp).

Smelled of light bourbon, dark fruits, and vanilla.

Taste followed the nose. Very tasty brown ale. Vanilla is prevalent and the bourbon, though only slight, takes this beer to the next level. I loved the taste of this one.

Mouth-feel was a bit thin but makes this one very drinkable.

I had little expectations for this one, and it came through huge. Loved the bourbon touch on a tasty brown ale. If you like bourbon barreled stouts, etc., pick this one up for a lighter, more session-able option when you get the barrel-cravings.


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Photo of Belgianbeerbunny
3.25/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown with maroon undertones. Head quickly dissipates to less than 1/2 inch.

S - Slightest hint of bourbon. Malt, too.

T - Barely perceptible bourbon taste. Some vanilla.

M - Found it thin for a beer that is so dark.

O - I am a big fan of the bourbon barrel-aged beers and was looking for a little more bourbon here. The color and the scent made me optimistic, but the taste and mouth-feel left me feeling as flat as this ale.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present.

A - Pours an extremely dark ruby brown color, about a half finger of head on the glass, with some nice lacing coming on down the sides.

S - Smells extremely nutty to me. I get a nice wiff of peanuts up front which is just marvelous. A little bit of an oaked hot boozey smell coming in also from the bourbon barrels.

T - Wonderful vanilla, oak flavor, which is very pleasing since I couldn't really detect some nice subtle vanilla in the nose. Not really tasting much bourbon, but there is a vague hotness that lingers in the end.

M - Nice mouth, not too dry not too moist. The vanilla oak taste kind of lingers for a bit.

Overall, this is a very well made beer, the only one I've had from Tyranena Brewing as of yet. The label is nice to look at, and since I am familiar with the locale, Rock Lake, it makes this beer all the more attractive. I would recommend this to folks who enjoy a nice bourbon aged beer. Overall, this beer is a winner.

Tyranena Brewing Rocky's Revenge ---4/5.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark but clear brown color. There is a light tan head of foam which fades from about one finger to a thick cap. Moderate lacing is a pleasant touch.

S: Not a very potent aroma. Some mild brown malt and just a touch of oak.

T: Woah vanilla! This is one sweet, vanilla heavy beer. Some background oak character. I don't taste any bourbon at all.

M: Smooth, creamy and low carbonation.

O: An interesting effort. No bourbon character despite the advertisement. Very vanilla but not a complex flavor. Mediocre effort overall.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 871 ratings.
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