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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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep brown (clear ruby lines the edges) with a tight finger of off-white foamy head. Retains with a solid 1/2 finger that stays very frothy in both the retetion and the thick lacing that it leaves behind. The aroma is smokey roast, toffee, and citric hops, wrapped up in notes of vanilla tinged bourbon and the scent of tannic wood character. Overall this is pretty tangy smelling in the nose.

The taste is sticky with sweet malts but also has an extra layer of roasty depth to it, along with a moderately assertive hop presence. Bourbon and lighter woody notes come out in a flush towards the back of the swallow and does a really nice job of blending into the sweeter aspects of the profile. Finishes dry from the barrel but the Brown Ale character isn't forgotton with roast and hops lingering just as boldly. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a bit of creaminess to the carbonation but is overall fairly slick and slippery in the mouth, which fits in perfectly with the sweetness and barrel character that is present.

I enjoyed this. I think that the fact that some of the bourbon aged beer was mixed in with fresh really helped get the flavors across without overdoing it. This was a pleasant one to sip at. I really should have grapped a six pack of this instead of just a single.

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Photo of billab914
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from Sebletije, cheers Seb!

Pours a crimson head chestnut with a finger of tan head. very good head retention & good lacing

S: Toasty malt & vegetal odor

T: Toasty malt, a bit of baker's chocolate & some oakyness up front. Dryness, leafy hops & more nuttyness as this warms. Finishes dry, nutty & with some caramel

MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth & well balanced

Easy drinker, pity about the smell, a nice brown otherwise..

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Photo of woodychandler
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ZEB89
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark bronze with a glass-filling crimson sunburst when backlit. The creamy beige cap is several fingers in height and displays a moonscape surface of variously sized craters. Although the head doesn't appear to be overly tacky, it deposits quite a bit of lace in hugely holey sheets.

It's a decent brown ale nose, but that's as far as it goes. For starters, I'm disappointed in the lack of bourbon aromas. Any beer with the word bourbon in the name ought to at least smell like that spirit. I can appreciate modestly roasted barley, some cocoa... and not much else of note.

It's better on the palate, but Rocky's Revenge isn't the bourbon-flavored brown ale of my dreams. The malt backbone, while acceptable, could be bigger. Unfortunately, there's a sourness present that I also remember tasting in this brewery's Chief BlackHawk Porter. It wasn't all that appealing there and it isn't all that appealing here. I don't mind a sour tang in most beer, depending on the style of course, but this one strikes a discordant note for some reason.

The flavor is lightly chocolate-like with an unsweetened cocoa powder bitterness and a moderate undertow of whiskey. I'm finding it hard to identify the whiskey as bourbon per se, since there's very little vanilla, brown sugar, etc. I do pick up a fair amount of woodiness, but it isn't all that appealing in and of itself. The light-medium body leans toward medium without quite getting there.

Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown is a disappointment, but that's only because my hopes were sky high. It's still good beer, even if the pint of Bourbon Barrel Porter that I had at my local Rock Bottom last month is its clear superior. I'm not sorry that I bought a sixer, but no tears will be shed once I've finished the last one.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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 mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another very nice extra I received in a trade recently. I had not yet sampled this one from Tyreana but was thrilled to be able to get the chance. Served right out of the fridge into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 07/31/2008.

The pour was very nice. A rich looking brown, with nice clarity and some reddish tints to the sides and bottom of the glass. Light carbonation could be seen trickling up from the bottom. There was a decent sized, maybe three quarters of an inch of off white foam that came across the top and hung for the remainder of the session, creating some nice ripples of side glass lace.

The aroma was light, lots of nuttiness and light grain in there. Faint hint of vanilla and some light cocoa as well. Maybe a touch of figs way in the back mixed in with an earthy roasted malt. The flavor was very smooth with a nice medium bodied brown ale that still served up very well in the carbonation department. Initial flavor was of caramel and hazelnut, with a touch of oak and bourbon. Nothing really overblown here at all which led to it still being amazingly session able. Light aftertaste of roasted nuts and caramel with hints of vanilla and a very slight bitterness to it. Very nice and solid brown ale here.

Overall I have to admit this was not bad at all. I was really impressed that the bourbon tones were not overblown, but were in fact nicely put together as more of an accent to a already solid beer. Really a very well done brown ale that I would be happy to try any day!

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of dfhhead25
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WoodBrew
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
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 TMoney2591
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I had to snatch this away before it was sniped by a buddy of mine. (Don't get me wrong, sharing is awesome, but I wanted this bottle for my very own.) It pours a dark ruby-tinted brown topped by half-finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises oak, bourbon, dark wheat, and some watered-down roasted malts, with a kick of alcohol looming in the background. The taste lightens the bourbon, adds a healthy helping of walnuts and greens, and continues the watering-down of the roasted malts. The body is medium, with a light carbonation and a liquid-y feel. Overall, a decently solid bourbon brown, but it falls a bit too short for me to really get excited about it.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

The beer is a beautiful mahogany hue with tinged of russet and ruby. Small beige head. Aromas include oak, bourbon, wet wood, vanilla. Light sweetness with a gentle bourbon character and vanilla. Perhaps toasted almond cookies with a splash of chocolate and brown sugar. Thin body with fairly low carbonation. Lots of flavor packed into a <6% abv brew. Tasty.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy brown with a minimal off white head that doesn't stick around for very long but leaves some lacing on the way down. Aroma is a bit vinous, maybe I'm picking up a bit of the barrel. I smell some caramel and a little roast deep in the back. Taste is an oakey, boozy, malty affair. Finishes with a bit of bourbon and vanilla. Finished dry, medium to thin in body. Certainly an interesting brew although I think my bottle may be a bit old. I'd love to revisit this one fresh because I think it may be fantastic.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of BMart
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stakem
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
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 Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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 imperialking
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of AlexFields
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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