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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

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Ratings: 875 |  Reviews: 374
Photo of Pellinore1
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of shuajw
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of sjstraub
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of lurpy1
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a wood grain brown with a little bit of head on top. The smell is predominantly bourbon, vanilla, malt. Great flavors, a little muted though. With a bolder introduction, could be great. Taste brings with it more pronounced bourbon, especially when warmed, along with a little bit of nuttiness. Could have benefitted from a bit more carbonation, but Rocky's Revenge is nicely thick.

All in all, heartbreakingly close to great, but still pretty darn good.

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

Pours a light mahogany color, and produced a 1 finger beige head.

The smell was of caramel, malt, and biscuit.

The taste was semi-sweet, with caramel, a hint of bourbon, and a very slight hop taste on the end.

This is a very drinkable beer. Not a great one, but a good one.

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Photo of codsmith
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours very dark brown with a hint of crimson. Very slight thin light brown head that seems to lace the glass with a decent amount of creamy foam

S: It has a nice deep and smooth bourbon nose, but nothing over done and with a solid grain backbone that is noticeable and balanced

T: Taste is a lot like the smell. Very smooth and sweet bourbon notes that mix nicely with the grain and hops.

M: light-to-medium body, very smooth, and carbonation is at the correct level for this style to really allow the flavor to come through

O: Very nicely done, balanced and a bourbon drinkers best friend.

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Photo of Khazadum
3.06/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Easy head generation, giant bubbles cascade up from the cola colored body. It definitely is clear and should be given props for having light pass through, but docked for having a head that is medium to low retention. Good lacing of off-tan colors give me the impression that there is more than meets the eye... they cling on for dear life.

S- Not much going on here. Very, very faint vanilla oak character, a sharp astringency of paper products follows before that. What could be a malty body lies in wait, musty at times like a bathroom. Wish it actually had a nutty or bourbon character to speak of here.

T- First notes to portray themselves are malty, light sweetness. Transitions into a sharpness and bready nature that is more cellulose and less yeasty goodness than I want. Finish is grainy, mildly sweet, mostly bread. Its a sweetness like caramel syrup, but diluted out. After repeated consumption I'm finding a burst of nutty character. Like a handful of mixed nuts, that finishing combination of flavors right after the opening carbonation settles.

M- Crisp, bitingly so right off the cuff. Lingering nature, sticky flavors that I don't want and thin flavors that I do want. Full body at least and very creamy.

When I buy a bourbon barrel brown ale, guess what I want? Not this fucking beer.

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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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3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with minimal head and retention. Smell is mostly nuts with some roasted notes and just a hint of bourbon. Mouthfeel is creamy and mildly thick, mild carbonation although I don't know how old the bottle is. Taste is roasted nuts followed by a very subtle bourbon sweetness. I really like the balance on this. Finishes fairly dry and sweet with some hop bitterness. Overall, interesting brown ale concept executed well. Would drink this again.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Thorpe429 for the bottle. Bottled on 10/26/10. I've had this one for a while, probably should have had it a bit fresher. But here we go anyways.

Pours a good looking deep chestnut color. Small off white head with a bit of lacing.

Decent aroma showcasing some nuts and hints of bourbon. Maybe some cocoa in there too.

Taste is very pleasing. Smooth, mellow bourbon goes along nicely with some nuttiness and caramel. Even with a year on it, flavors are still fairly pronounced.

Smooth, medium bodied with lower carbonation.

Probably should have had this fresher, but still good none the less.

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

Had on tap at the UofC pub. Very rich dark brown with a beige head that faded quickly and the smell of, well, bourbon. The taste is nice--nutty, cocoa, dark roast and drying figs and wood, all with a smooth undertow of bourbon. It's smooth and silky and the bourbon is obviously present without being overdone.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Recently this has become one of my "go-to beers" that I keep readily stocked. Bourbon aged beers have become a trend, so bonus points go to this one for its accessability.

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, Rocky is a dark brown with a verly slight foamy head. The aroma gives an immediate hint of bourbon with the sours hints of a brown ale. The initial taste is a perfect blend of brown ale balanced with hints of bourbon aging. The bourbon is not overpowering. The oakiness stays in the aftertaste with a slight sourness. The mouthfeel is thick for a brown ale. It coats the tongue allowing the taste to stay in your mouth for a while. The complexity of the taste makes it obvious that this is not a mass produced beer.

This beer makes an excellent intro for those getting into the bourbon aged beer trend. It is not an overwhelming bourbon flavor, but it is accessible and very tasty.

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3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type : 12oz. Bottle poured into snifter

Appearance : amber brown in color. Excellent lacing with a long lasting head

Smell : subtle malt aromas and subtle bourbon notes

Taste : not any huge bourbon flavors is a very pleasant beer though. It has a nice malt sweetness

Mouthfeel : medium bodied beer with good carbonation. It has a nice long lasting aftertaste

Overall : this was a good beer overall. I would definitely would like to have another one

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Photo of SkitzIrish3
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rocky's Revenge pours very dark brown with a very appealing two fingers of thick, creamy head.

Pronounced bourbon smell instantly, along with light chocolate and mild floral hop aromas.

First taste is smooth and has a light bourbon in the middle of huge chocolate flavor. Some vanilla sneaks in there after a while, bringing an intriguing combination of chocolate and vanilla. Floral, even slightly citrusy hops along with the lingering bourbon and a very subtle presence of alcohol spice up and balance the combination, and leave the palate dry upon the finish.

While certainly not perfect, Rocky's Revenge is an enjoyable, medium-bodied beer that is smooth, drinkable, and complex enough for the palate to appreciate. A brew I will enjoy again.

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Photo of Klym
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mega-cheers to klikger for the bottle and the surly pint glass I drink from!

On the pour and smell I wasn't so interested in this beer. It looked a little placid and flattish, and the smell was very much a generic-brown smell with a slight kick. The taste though, packed a pleasant surprise. A nicely concentrated generic brown taste profile makes up the core but there's a great bourbon aspect and an unexpected floralness to the beer. Very sessionable with strong, unusual, and well-integrated flavors. Would knock out a six pack of this pretty easily and very happily.

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Photo of tvv375ia
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A-clear chestnut brown with less than1/4" head that vanished quickly with no lacing

S-when first opened I got a lot of bourbon smell but after about 5-10 min in the glass the bourbon smell is gone and I smell vanilla

T-almost like the smell, at first I could taste bourbon and almost nothing else after sitting I have vanilla taste with malt and almost no bourbon

M-doesn't seem to have a lot of carbonation

O-for such a bourbon taste when I first opened the bottle I was amazed at how it disappeared after breathing for just a few minutes if you like the bourbon my advice is drink it quick

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Photo of brew3crew
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle dated 06/23/2011

A-Light brown body with almost no head whatsoever

S-I said to myself "Oh wow". The bourbon is subtle and pleasant. defineitly not overpowering

t-Sweet bourbon and maltiness, almost a perfect blend.

m-medium body and smooth

O-Wow, a great BA beers that gets no love. Very smooth and subtle but flavorful

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Photo of vande
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: very deep, dark, nice brown-black pour with a dirty looking layer of foam...maybe a finger think, floating calmly on the top..but i think less...but fades rather quickly...

S: Smoky nuts topped with a bit of glazed caramel and and just enough bourbon to be hinted nicely...

T: Nutty, brown sugar, hint of vanilla, light bourbon [by that I mean, not heavy bourbon in comparison to other BBA beers like Ivan or GIBCS, etc]... Very drinkable...

M: medium to light body...

O: a good brown ale, and the bourbon seems to be a nice added touch, very likable!!

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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 bluemoonswoon
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Two Brothers imperial pint glass.

I have absolutely no idea why I have been so averse to this beer as it has been avaiable in my neck of the words for about two years now. Maybe it was the thought that a beer aged in bourbon barrels that clocks in under 10% abv couldn't possibly be worth breaking a twenty for.

Pours a clear wood stained maple, topped with a half inch head that sticks in a quarter inch cap that lasts through the duration of the drink. Little to no lacing, but not sure that I should be expecting any.

Well maybe I wasn't wrong for avoiding it, or maybe it's because the beer has been sitting on the shelf for longer than I can remember, but the bourbon aroma seems lacking. I've had this on draft before and the bourbon aromas were far more apparent. Past the weaker barrel aromas are hints of vanilla along with a syrupy sweet toasted maltiness.

Taste is a slight disappointment, light vanilla, touches of cherry, pecan, but these richer, more delicate flavors are marred a bit by a bit of washed out grainy-ness, a bit dusty in taste in feel. Mouthfeel might be the biggest disappointment though, because it certainly doesn't match with how rich this beer tastes. Maybe another review would like the sensation and I do admit it is rather interesting, but the body seems off, that is, the lack of carbonation coupled with how clean the beer (relatively) feels on my tongue makes the beer seem flatter than it actually is. Had the beer been a bit higher in the gravity department such a feeling might be more at home, but in a 6% beer aged in bourbon barrels it just seems off.

I am conflicted with this beer, because I am not sure how to feel about it and maybe that's because of how I normally envision barrel aged beers (ie. thick, black as night, and boozy as hell) so when I encounter a beer like this my balance is thrown off and I think, maybe if I had the opportunity to review some lower ABV barrel aged beers the rating might change, but until that day comes the beer gets the rating it gets.

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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 DmanGTR
3.08/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes during a blind tasting. Thanks to Jeff for bringing this.

Poured maple brown with no head. Aroma is of oxidation, rather dull and weak. Not much to speak of here. Slight fruitiness in the flavor and a bit of caramel. Body is light and slick with a bit of carbonation. This is a perfect example of a beer that isn't offensive, but simply boring. Bland and boring. I couldn't find any hint of bourbon at all in here. Unveiling of the beer left us scratching our heads.

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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 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 CWBlues
4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a gorgeous dark caramel color, just a beautiful brown. Not much of a head.

S: Light caramel and vanilla notes, a bit of sweet maltiness.

T: Caramel on the back of the tongue, a bit of vanilla. Some roastiness. What I like most is the VERY light bourbon in the aftertaste. Too many brews can become overpowering on the bourbon. Don't get me wrong, I love a good bourbon, but this one finds a pretty fantastic balance in its aging.

M: It hangs around in the mouth just as long as I want it to. Good carbonation.

O: I was really happy with this one. I've been trying a lot of bourbon-aged ales lately, and this one is up in my top 3. Very well done. I'd be happy drinking this one again and again. In fact, I just might.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 875 ratings.
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