Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon BrownRocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Winter on 11-13-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
374
Ratings:
867
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
11.2%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
94
For Trade:
1
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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bourbon barrel brown, eh? About time, I've had it with the whiskey-fied stouts and barleywines...feh! Time for a change!
Clear, bright red/nearly brown color, with a slim, fuzzy tannish head.
Nose shows the whiskey right off the bat, rustic, leathery, roasted nuts, fermented fruits,oak and vanilla, slick, wicked, delicious, and deep.
Poweful mouthfeel, smooth and substantial, but overly felt. Feels rather light, but maintains a significant presence. So, what am I trying to say here? Let's luxuriate in it for a moment and consider a more cogent summation...
Medium bodied, with a long,fruity, nutty finish...this is exactly what it ought to be, and utterly unique: a light, yet fully flavored, smooth-drinking brown ale, with a whisper of whiskey-ness filling out the edges, and occasionally floating on top.
Certainly the greatest bourbon barrel-aged brown ale named after a legendary lake-dwelling dinosaur, known to man!
Much thanks to cokes for the bottle!

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Photo of Tone
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a clear brown. 1/4 inch head of an off-white. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, hops, hint of roasted malt, hint of biscuit, hint of pine, and a hint of alcohol. Mouth feel is smooth and clean with an average carbonation. Fits the style of an American Brown Ale. Tastes of sweet malt, slight caramel malt, hops, hint of pine, hint of alcohol, hint of liquor, and a hint of wood. Overall, decent appearance, good aroma, good blend, and good complexity.

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

Extra sent to me by Dave, thanks! 12 ounce bottle poured into a DFH signature glass.

A: Deep brown/mahogany, almost Cola colored body with an off-white one finger head. The dissipation was rapid and the lacing is somewhat sporadic on the walls. Thin retention ring with nothing in the center.

S: Roasted malts, caramel, toffee, nuts, oak and bourbon towards the back. It has all the traditional qualities for the style, but the woodiness and slight sweet bourbon notes give this an entirely new (and refreshing) dimension.

T: Starts off like any typical Brown Ale would, slightly sweet and malty with some roasted qualities. Nuts and molasses are midway, and then a faint sweet bourbon comes in on the back end. The oak comes through too, leaving a trail well into the finish.

M: Carbonation is good, a little high but that's not atypical for a standard Brown at this ABV point. Sweet in the linger without any dryness.

I really am not a fan of most Brown Ales but having a portion aged in bourbon barrels took this to another level. It was just enough to give it some depth of flavor without going overboard into a bourbon-bomb; not that there is anything wrong with that but for this beer it worked well not to.

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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 tempest
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You have to appreciate a beer like this at least a little for just plain being different. I certainly don't know of any other bourbon browns out there.

That said, this might not be the best beer to be bourbon aging. The bourbon dominated the aroma and flavor, yet wasn't that strong. Sure there was a little vanilla and oak in there too, but this beer was surprisingly low-flavor. That's not to say it isn't tasty or highly drinkable, because it is, it just has a lot of potential in my mind that it doesn't live up to.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice clean/clear dark brown color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy brown head, which does leave some nice sticky lacing. The nose is malty, nice little touch of bourbon for a 6% ABV brew, with some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, big malt flavor, bourbon (very nice), with some caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this was a treat to drink, very nicely done. Love the brew's from Tyranena.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear light brown color with a tan head. The aroma is grain, caramel malt and little wood. The flavor is caramel with some chocolate and toffee. I don't get much bourbon in the aroma or flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. A hazed, murky dark ruby in color. A hard pour yields a small off white head which recedes to a fine layer of foam. Some lace forms around the brandy snifter I thought was appropriate for a bourbon barrel aged brew.

Smell: Lofty malts, brown sugar, some caramel and an ever so gentle touch of bourbon.

Taste: Wonderfully balanced. Nutty malt flavors also a hint of caramel. Hops lend an earthy bitterness. Vanilla and oak flavors present, delivering a nice woodsy note. A bit of roasted malt peeks through as well. Complex as it is simple, a very nice brown. Everything just works and really blends nicely together.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, nice semi-dry malty finish.

Drinkability: For an American Brown Ale, this is about as good as they come. No doubt time and care was put into this brew, compliments to the brewer on a job well done. Got this from a friend who traveled to Wisconsin and its sad I never would had heard of it otherwise.

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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 JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from the cellar.. poured into my New Belgium snifter... sorry I forget who sent me this one.

Nice 1.2" head.. clear medium brown with reddish hues.

Aroma is brown malts.. a little toastiness and some yeasty fruitiness.. low caramel with miled interplaying bourbon notes.

Flavor is more significant than the nose.. fairly thick caramel with oaky lite raison toward the end of the palate and a lite but lingering bourbon presence... very nice balance... more chocolate and nuttiness notes as it warms... body is a little thin for a brew with this much flavor... light body but still very smooth... fairly low bitterness and only a trace of earthy hops.

This is the 3rd time I've had this brew, 1st was when I visited Madison in July of '05.. my notes say about the same thing, but I liked it more this time around.... Really a pretty good beer.. nice complexity.. reminds me of a West Coast brown.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weird beer. It looked pretty nice, a rich brown color with a small tan head, decent lacing and head retention. Kind of a boozy, bourbony nose, some sweet malts, an oak note perhaps. Not the nicest flavor; there’s definitely a prominent bourbon taste, but it overwhelms the rest of the beer. Not that this is super-boozy, because it isn’t, it just tastes like a bourbon barrel and the base brown ale seems too meek to support it. Some bready malt, oak, caramel and/or toffee sweetness detected underneath. Not bad, per se, but just a bit unabalanced and unsatisfying.

The feel was pretty good, medium body and carbonation, somewhat smooth and creamy. But I can’t say it was particularly enjoyable or tasty or that I’d seek this one out again.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark amber with a 1 finger, beige head. The head recedes after a minute and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is of sweet caramel malt and some light bourbon notes. It's apparent from the understated bourbon that only a portion of the beer was aged in barrels. Some alcohol and earthy hops are also present. The taste is sweet and the bourbon is more pronounced here than it was in the aroma. There is enough hop bitterness accompanying the caramel sweetness to make this well balanced. The bourbon element is nice but it could be more pronounced. The alcohol is here but it's not overwhelming and it mostly lingers in the finish, a nice touch.

Medium bodied with pretty good carbonation. An easy drinking beer.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.14/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a clear chestnut burgundy color with an ultra thing lacing band.

S - Caramel malt aroma with musty nuts.

T - Besides faint malt, I'm digging deep to get any flavor out of this.

M - Medium thin body.

O - Would not buy again. Over and out. (!!!!)

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.99/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured slow, boring and dark brown with some reddish highlightss. Small white head quickly fades to a ring around the glass.

S: Light vanilla, toffee, caramel malt and hints if bourbon

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. Some nuts, light vanilla and toffee provide some flavor but this beer was rather muddy.

M: Medium body with a light carbonation, not okay for the style.

O: Not impressed, not bad but probably would not drink again. Besides the poor carbonation and muddled flavors it was not bad.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. No bottled date. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for yet another trade!

(A)- Pours a clear dark brown color that produces an off-white to gray colored head that dissipated quickly.

(S)- Chocolate dusted raisins and creamy vanilla-ish molasses.

(T)- Nice creamy chocolate with raisin cinnamon bread characters. Rather sweet.

(M)- Great carbonation with a silky yet creamy mouthfeel.

(D)- A straightforward but enjoyable brown ale that has a delicate creaminess to it that is rather nice. Really sweet though; more dessert- like in my opinion. Good stuff.

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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 akorsak
4.27/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of CH3CH2OH.

A: The brown ale is just that - brown. When held to light some brighter amber colors are revealed. The head is fairly restrained on pour and does not lace much.

S: A part of the beer has been aged in bourbon barrels and that comes through in the nose. There is a slightly sweet bourbony character that mixes well with the nuttier brown ale malt.

T: When cold, the bourbon character in the ale really stands out. It provides an immediate buttery alcohol component that spices up the nutty malts of the brown ale. I like that only a portion of the ale was aged in bourbon barrels, it prevents the sweetness from overtaken the ale entirely. The maltiness manages to sneak out periodically, providing a balance to the bourbon. The one thing that I can't really find in the ale is a hoppy profile.

M: I am really impressed with the restraint of the bourbon character. While I can appreciate the all-out strength of a good bourbon-aged beer, I really like how subtle this one is.

D: Few bourbon beers are as drinkable as this one. The soft bourbon buttery notes are very enjoyable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH goblet, the beer pours mostly brown with a tinge of red, along with a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is roasted malt, brown sugar and toffee, along with some nuts and molasses. I don't notice any bourbon at all in the aroma, but it's still a nice smelling brew. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there is a little bit of a woody/oak taste too. But with a beer that's partially aged in bourbon barrels, I expected more bourbon to be noticable in both the aroma and taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit creamy and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is OK enough. I think it's a solid, but not impressive overall brew, it's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on tap at Pat’s Tap. L: Brilliant chestnut crowned by a ½” tan tinted cream colored foam collar. S: The aromas are not huge but contain traces of chocolate, caramel, bourbon and vanilla. T: Starts nutty sweet with dark sugars, a hint of vanilla and caramel then bourbon, drying with a bitter emphasis on the end. F: Fine soft carbonation, medium to medium full body. O: A flavorful bourbon barrel aged beer with a nice creamy body.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle dated 12/22/2014. Served in a snifter 2/18/2015.

A-Cola brown body, half finger offwhite head with average retention, spots of lacing.

S- Toffee, caramel, a bit of vanilla. Sweet brown ale base is present, mild smoky bourbon aromas. Some cereal graininess.

F- Mild bourbon flavours, a bit of oak, small amount of vanilla. Mostly toffee, a bit of coffee, plenty of caramel sweetness. It's a sweet beer, but the bourbon helps cut it a bit. The finish is a bit off with a non-descript astringency that isn't quite attributable to the bourbon.

M- Medium-thin bodied, OK carbonation, a bit sticky. Finish is cereal grains and that astringency, perhaps the combination of the cereal and the bourbon.

O- It's alright. A bit different than the other stuff on the market, but really nothing exceptional.

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

Pours a clear but dark brown color with khaki colored head. Roasted malts, oak, vanilla, some light whiskey notes, and a little caramel on the nose; follows onto the palate. Medium to full bodied. Finishes with roast and caramel woody sweetness.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" light tan head over the mostly clear reddish brown brew. Frothy head hangs around nicely, and lacing is very nice. Aroma is lightly of grains, but more or less too sedate for me here. Taste is upfront with brown malts, moving into some fruitiness, and a bourbon flavor at the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both good. I'm not a real big fan of the extreme browns, which this one seems to almost aspire to, but it's an enjoyable and interesting brew, for sure.

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Photo of tigg924
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark brown in color, hazy, minimal head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and coconut

Taste: complex-chocolate, vanilla, oaking from the whiskey and a touch of coconut taste

Mouthfeel: sweet with a dry end, moderate carbonation, medium-heavy bodied

Overall: One of the best beers I had on my recent trip out west. I love the complexity and there is a bit of a taste of coconut that really makes this stand apart. This one reminds me almost of a good candy bar mixed with beer--may not sound good but is fantastic. This would be a regular staple in my fridge if I could get it here. Fantastic beer.

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

Served on-tap in Milwaukee, WI.

Appearance is brown with close to finger of auburn head. It has a smell of malts, toffee and bourbon. Taking a sip of this and I taste vanilla, bourbon, chocolate, some roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium, a dry finish to it, some of the sweetness lingers too. A more interesting brown ale than most others in my opinion and one that is certainly enjoyable.

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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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