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 supercolter
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Definately a differnet feel to this beer.
The appearance is pretty bland, a nice brown but no head or lacing.
Smell is good, some nice malt backbone with a bit of nut smell.
Taste is really similar to the smell, I think I can taste the burbon flavor too.
Mouthfeel is medium in body with decent carbonation.
Drinkability is ok.

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Photo of BrewnZ
4.09/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This lovely brew was suggested to my by the nice gal working at Frank'n'Stein . A bar/hot dog place in a former funeral home. . . very Halloween. It is across from Stone Fly, has food, and better beer. Bottled only.

It was bottled conditioned, or at least had sediment in the bottom. Medium brown color. Aroma of ripe fruit esters, toasted mellow aroma. This was followed by a rich malt flavor, a bit roasty-toasty, medium bodied, nicely balaced by the bourbon flavor. Just missing the vanilla & wood notes that would have really launched this beer, but perhaps the present balace is more important.

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Photo of hanco005
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled 30 May 06, poured into a pint glass

A—pours mostly solid dark brown with a 1 inch sand colored nead that lasts for several minutes as it dies down to a thin sheet, thick lacing is produced

S—sweet caramel, some chocolate, alcohol aroma is very present, some biscuit tones as well

T—nutty and sweet, some milder semi-sweet chocolate, the alcohol flavor is very strong, but I don’t really “feel” it as I finish the beer. A mild buttery flavor is here, too.

M—a bit dry, medium bodied, good carbonation

D—very good, I’d have another but it’s pretty boozy in the flavor so one more would do it for me.

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Photo of beveritt
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Deep reddish-brown. Initially has 3/4 inch not-so creamy head, bubbles seemed pretty big. The head falls quickly to just the barest hint of foam.

Smell: Nutty and malty, with some sweetness. You can pick out the oak in the nose, just like smelling a Chardonnay.

Taste: Wow! I have to admit, this is my first bourbon barrell aged beer, but I can really taste the bourbon in this beer. In fact, I would say it is the overriding flavor here. I taste in the beginning, middle, and end, and it sticks around as an aftertaste. I think I may get hints of malt and residual sweetness, but the main flavor is definitely bourbon and oak.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, but the beer has decent body.

Drinkability: Not being a big bourbon drinker, I have to admit this beer was more of a sipper for me, took awhile to finish. I liked the flavor, very interesting, but not an everyday drinker.

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Photo of ryantupy
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nut brown huw with a bubbly off white head and good retention.
S - Smells of oily hops, smoky and roasted malts, dark coffee, with hints of barell aged bourbon.
T - A nice malty sweetness, light hops in the finish, dark roasted coffee, smokey bourbon.
M - Dry with a smoky finish and slightly acidic.
D - Very smooth and easily drinkable has a slightly hoppy finish and is a great beer to sip on.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very nice looking brown with a creamy tan head, and it smells good too, with some creamy chocolate and kentucky bourbon and oak odors. And it tastes fine too...its as it should be.... nothing amazing. a regular brown with the advertized bourbon and oak flavors...hints of vanilla, a bit of strange hoppiness, some burnt flavors...a bit thin. its not one i would buy probably but its pretty good and i'm actually pretty glad that tyranena is making this as one of their regular offerings.

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Photo of nouseforotacon
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown bottom, mostly transparent with visible carbonation, with a thin/nearly non-existant head. Leaves very little lacing. Hint of red/amber in the bottom. OK.

Very sweet smell, sticky, and surprise - bourbon. Faint, not overpowering on the nose. Some oak, light vanilla, but a bit underwhelming in my opinion.

Crisp tasting water, sweet and lightly roasted malts, with a discernable bourbon finish. Sweet, bittersweet like dark/baking chocolate with a little vanilla and caramel on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is a little creamy, medium body. Bourbon flavor is very nice, but clean water dominates. This brew has good direction and a good goal, but overall I wish they pushed the flavor a little farther. I'm NOT a bourbon drinker, but I like the effect the aging has done in this brew. Decent brown ale.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
2.85/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this amber colored ale down the center of the glass, and got very little head at all, and what tannish foam was there disappeared quickly. In a strong light, the color is more gold than amber, very light looking, as is the mouthfeel. Watery, but a little something there with the distinct bourbon taste in the beer. It has the nutty, malty flavor of a brown, but not a lot there. Slightly astringent, and maybe a little diacetyl butteriness. Not bad, and the taste is the best part of the beer. Not crazy about the smell--bourbon in an old sock--bit staleish, but again--not excessively bad in any way--just not good or great. I wish I had traded a few more of this six pack for other beers.

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Photo of joe1510
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Rocky's Revenge poured a hazy dark amber with a nice craggy slightly off white head. Carbonation bubbles coming from below. The head sticks around on this one. Stcky white lacing half way through my glass.

The smell is good. Sweet malts come through up front followed by vanilla. There is a nice smoky/roasted scent to finish.

There is a lot of flavors going on. Sweet creamy malt quickly followed by vanilla and oak. The bourbon flavor is right on. After the bourbon this beer finishes with a nice chocolate. A little burnt bitterness comes along after the swallow.

Mouthfeel is good. Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied. Goes down good.

The drinkability suffers a little for the simple fact that this beer is more of a sipper.

Overall Rocky's Revenge is a very good beer. It says on the bottle that a portion is aged in bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavor is right where it should be. Not too strong. If you see this pick it up. It's a good beer to give a try. Hopefully it's still around next time I go up there cause I'll definately be buying more.


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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Sort of the color of caramel. Like a rootbeer but with a bit more yellow. Definately some haze going on, non filtered. The head is a light beige made up of medium sized bubbles.

S: Bourbon for sure. Also some brown sugar, almonds and eggo's.

T: Very astringent bourbon with strong grain characteristics. Bourbon masks most any other flavors until the aftertaste. Very oakey with some overwhelmed nutty notes. Finishes with flashes of vanilla and hits of alcohol.

M: Sort of thin and fizzy.

D: This beer was unbalanced and could have been much better. Certainly not bad though, I

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Photo of Oxymoron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I feel lucky I was able to trade for revenge. The pour was a mostly clear brown with strong amber highlights. Good lacing but does fade, although not completely. Good lacing throughout.

The smell has light notes of the bourbon, as stated on the side with “portions aged in bourbon barrels.” Also other bourbon characters such as raisons and figs, but are not overwhelming. Some malty characteristic such caramel and a touch of roasted qualities.

The taste is subtle with some brown flavors and some bourbon qualities blended well. The first taste is a malty sweet, with a flare of brown sugar. Quickly, vanilla notes come out with notable intensity. Then a more of a oak like and bourbon-esk flavors finish off the beer with a slight citrus hop finish.

The body is light to mid feel but a little wispy with a watery finish. The flavor is good and unique. I will have to take revenge and trade for this again.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting beer. It pours a nice brown amber with a nice head. It smells of Jim Beam primarily with "brown ale" grain notes. The taste is of root beer, cherry candy, caramel, molasses, butterscotch and cola. Very complex, sort of hard to get used to, but it gets better as you drink it. Mouthfeel is good and velvety. Drinkability is good, like I said gets easier the more you drink it. Great idea, unusual to find experiments like this bottled in six packs.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a thin, light-tan head that very quickly reduced to wispiness. Color was a clear, deep-brown with ruby highlights. The nose was malty-sweet with undercurrents of bourbon. The mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant sweetness on the tongue. I could definitely sense the bourbon in the mouth, but the finish was unmistakably bourbon. I liked the taste, despite not being a distilled spirits drinker. I would drink this again, but it would not be my first choice. Warming, the bourbon presence began to give off vanilla notes in the nose and then became even more evident in the mouth.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma shows mild brown ale qualities. Malty but not strong or overpowering. Initially the bourbon isn't present in the aroma, but it slowly presents in time. Fairly straight forward and uncomplicated.
I really like how the head builds slowly and then is firm and dense and creamy. Clear and brown with highlights of mahagony.
Bourbon shows a stronger presence in the flavor and it's pretty immediate. The flavor balance trades back and forth between the bourbon and brown ale flavors. Nice malty sweetness up front that moves to a caramel before the bourbon kicks in with a nice hop bitterness. The beer closes with a hoppy, bourbon dryness. The bourgon and malt mix to create a vanilla flavor which briefly a bit much, but it didn't last.
Fairly well carbonated, that makes it a bit filling. Decently smooth. Slightly thin, but I like the lack of heavines.
A nice beer overall. Easy to have more than one in terms of heaviness, although the bourbon flavor may become too much in time (I'm not a great fan of bourbon).
Update - 4/17/13 - finishing off a 6 pack. This is a nice drinking beer. The bourbon is balanced nicely with a consistent presence that is not too much or over-powering.

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Photo of plaid75
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber hue with a one finger creamy head. There was good retention and nice sticky lacing.

The smell had a heavy air of bourbon. As I am not a bourbon drinker, this aroma put me off a bit.

The taste had a strong bourbon element coupled with a solid malty sweetness. Very dry ffinish as well.

The mouthfeel was average and dry.

Overall an interesting brew. I would imagine that this would appeal to a bourbon drinker.

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

(Served in a tall white wine glass)

A- This beer has a walnut brown body with a slight haze and a creamy head that is a bit thin. There is a good strong carbonation.

S- This beer has a light bourbon note with a faint dried fruit note.

T- There are flavors of oak with a light wet wood note that blend with the brown malt flavors. There is a faint note of caramel malt that has a hint of brown sugar that is not overly sweet. There is a faint hop bitterness in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium light mouthfeel.

D- This beer has good depth, nice oaky flavors and some good sweetness also.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Colour is halfway between cola and cream soda. Head hits the glass just off white, and fluffy at two fingers. Falls at decent rate to one finger, leaveing medium wet lace behind.

Aroma is malt and molasses, with a bourbon undertone

A thin spiciness hits up front, followed quickly by a light bourbon quality. That's followed by a good slid brown ale. Not much more to add. ;)

Carbonation is much higher than I would like, and overshadows a medium liquid.

If you like bourbon aged stuff, this is a great session beer. Only detracor is the carbonation.


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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown pours from the stubby 12oz'er a dark brown with garnet accents. A small khaki head of foam falls quickly to a ring inside the glass. Aromas begin with sweet caramel and a toasted nutty maltiness. A shot of vanilla and a bit of dark fruit. I don't really pull any bourbon out of the aroma.

First sip brings a toasted caramel maltiness upfront with a bit nutty accent. A somewhat strong vanilla flavor moves in that gets to be a bit much halfway through the glass, along with a bit of butterscotch. Subtle notes of cocoa and hops. Finishes with a touch of bourbon.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of fast moving carbonation smooths it out on the way down. An easy drinking beer that just falls off a bit on the flavor profile for me. I don't think I could have more than one or two in a sitting personally. Overall, a unique brown ale that steps outside the norm a bit.

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bodega in La Crosse. Dark amber/brown color with a medium off-white head. Good lacing throughout. Aroma of bourbon, malt and nuts. Medium body with an earthy texture, and the bourbon aging is apparent throughout. Malty, nutty flavors as well. The finish is nutty also with a light alcohol burn left behind. Good all around.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown clear body, head rises and fades befoe i take a sip, leaving moderate lacing. Light roasted malt and some bourbon scents are evident, somewhat woody. The taste is very interesting. The bourbon aging is obvious, something that is usually only seen in larger beers, and different styles. I like it. The malt plays pretty much an equal role as the bourbon flavoring, giving some very nice beradiness in the background. It is a unique beer, and I think the sum of it's parts exceeds the individual compontents. Well above average.

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Photo of Jredner
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel aged brown ale...hehe ohh yeah!

Aroma was mostly just a sweet malty affair with a bit of nuttiness and the barest whiff of wood and bourbon. Light brown/red in color with a thin white film of a head. Fore is low intensity sweet malts, light nuttiness and little else. The finish is all watery bourbon and wood. Not much in the way of range, but not bad tasting and I usually don’t like bourbon.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.72/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, Riley's

appearance: mahogany, cola-esque body, with strong garnet tinting, very little in the way of a cola coloured head with no lacing...leaves a little to be desired visually

smell: smooth, yet agressive, bourbon...toasted malt, caramel, slight cocoa, touch of brown sugar, floral hops buried beneath. a smooth bourbon aroma sticks about above all else

taste: ehh, bourbon is almost "watered down" in the flavour...strong robust toasted malts, caramel malt, nutty, vanilla, slight alcohol present...bold, but not brilliant

mouthfeel: a little thin, smooth

drinkability: pretty drinkable i would say

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Wonder’s pub.

Appearance: Bright brown with garnet hues. Beautiful stark white head. Lasting. Sticky.

Nose: Minerals and metal, subtle floral notes. Coconut malts (if there is such a thing?)

Taste: Nutty with bits of rye toast, light chocolate, and vanilla. Could use a bit more bourbon. When I have had this beer straight from the brewery, the bourbon was almost overpowering. I loved it yet here at Wonder’s their keg leaves me wanting more. I will admit that this seemingly dumbed down version is more drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Dry. Medium bodied. Residual sweetness from the malts but very little.

Drinkability: Quite good, higher than most bourbon beers.

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Photo of Px2GrafX
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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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 867 ratings.
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