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 fastpass17
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Brown bottle.

A: Chestnut brown with orange and red highlights. Crystal clear appearance with a one finger head that last through the drink, and medium carbonation.

S: Light brown sugar appears first, followed by a slightly tart sherry likeness. Lastly there is a small malt push with a touch of caramel.

T: Vanilla and bourbon come up very pleasantly in the beginning. The middle of the drink the classic brown character come in. Finishes off with a kiss of wood and spice.

M,O: Wonderfully drinkable bourbon aged beer. I wish there were more beers of this strength put into a barrel. A brewery closer to home has to make a beer of this ilk.

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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 twbrewer
3.52/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poured a deep red/dark brown color very little head but it was there for awhile.

The smell was slightly bourbon with a hint of chocolate,black malt.

At first the taste was chocolate then smoothly turns to bourbon and oak with no bad aftertastes.

It was a nice bodied beer that was not too sweet but the malt and bourbon blended nicely for a smooth finish.

It is a very drinkable beer that would be a good warmer on cold fall or winter night.

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Photo of BeerCheese
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one poured the color of a watered down cola with a nice pillowy head and nice lacing. Head retention was very good. A nice subtle sweet aroma with maybe a hint of citrus. Light carbonation, medium body, nice balance in the taste with a little more hop bitterness than malt sweetness. Didn't really taste the alcohol, but could feel the warmth going down. Very drinkable beer.

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Photo of iuhophead87
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. I am so glad that Tyranena is now shipping to Indiana.

A- A very dark bronze color that is a little more red than brown when held to light. The tan head is minimal and doesn't stick to the glass what so ever.

S- I was hoping for a little more bourbon aroma. It smells like a typical brown ale with a sweet malty finish. I'm trying to find the bourbon, but it's not there. I hope the bourbon comes through in the flavor.

T- There it is, a subtle hint of bourbon. This is obviously not an over the top high abv bourbon beer. A malty sweetness and dark roasted malts are the primary flavor. A hint of coco can also be detected in the finish.

MF- Very easy on the taster. A little sticky on the back of the throat, but a session beer for sure.

D-Although I am a little disappointed in the "bourbon" portion of this beer, it still is rather enjoyable. In fact, this could be a great session beer. Great flavor and easy to drink. I think I'll grab another.

Overall, I was a little disappointed ! Still a great beer and now that I can get it in Indy I'm sure I will be drinking plenty of this quality brew.

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Photo of ROBORB
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Deniz, thanks man!

This beer poured a translucent brown with a thin 1 inch head. The head died quickly and left a little lacing on the glass. The smell of bourbon is prevalent, as is caramel. I found the taste matched the smell. This beer was very thin for me and I didn't enjoy that aspect of it. Overall, this beer is a great session beer and nothing more.

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

Big thanks for this extra from Elric73. Poured into pint glass

A. brown body with nice 2 finger head with good retention and lacing.

S. Not a whole lot going on in the smell. Roasted malts, chocolate and a very slight bourbon scent in this.

T. Taste is dominated with chocolate and nuts. sweet finish with a slight bourbon finish. Of all the bourbon barrel aged beers I've tried so far, It shows the least in this one. Not bad at all but if you're looking for the bourbon kick, not a whole lot in it.

M. Good mouth feel to this. Not to thin or thick.

D. I Possibly could've scored this higher but the sweetness of it puts me off on how many of these you could drink. If it's your thing, you could slam these down all night. For me one or two would suffice and I'd be more than happy with this beer.

Overall a very good brown ale. One of the better I've tried in the category.

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

A-Pours a cola colored transparent brown with hints of ruby red when held to the light. A pretty 1" thick cream colored foam soon settles peacefully to a long lasting 1/8" finely bubbled head.
S-Aroma is faint but has hints of chocolate, sweet malts, and a vague sense of bourbon.
T-More chocolate, sweet malt, crackers?, with a slightly bitter roasted dryness to the finish.
M-Nicely carbonated and smooth. Maybe a tad on the watery side, but not bad.
D-Decent tasting, pleasant mouthfeel, and a lower ABV make this easily sessionable and highly drinkable.

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

Poured this into my Duvel tulip. An aggressive pour leads to a light brown head for a nice amber brown beer. It leaves little lacing in the glass. The smell is of roasted malts and a little bit of the bourbon. The taste is really nice for a brown ale. I get plenty of roasted malts and a great accent of bourbon and vanilla. the mouthfeel is a bit above average and its a nice and drinkable beer.

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Photo of blackenmn
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint glass:

Appearance and Smell:Poured a dark copper with a 1/4" off white head after an aggressive pour. The head diminished fairly quickly but left a decent collar quite a bit of lacing down the glass. Smelled of nut, caramel malt, and the feint bourbon which almost came through as spice on the nose which helped differentiate it just a bit from the typical brown ale. This brew had a pretty sweet, enjoyable scent overall.

Taste and Mouthfeel:Tasted of plenty of caramelized malt with a bit of bourbon present on the back end and feint citrus like hops presence hiding in there. This was almost like a light bodied scottish ale. Pretty fluffy feeling brew, really stuck around the mouth and tongue probably due to plenty of carmelization.

Drinkability:This was definitely a tasty beer. I'm kind of a sucker for BBA brews although this was only "partially BBA'd" keeping the vanilla like tones or anything else extremely sweet to be extracted into the brew. This was most likely a good thing because it would of probably overwhelmed this. I'd definitely recommend trying this. This will most likely find its way to my fridge again sometime soon.

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Photo of PrinceDarren
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a fun little brown ale, but not overly exciting. The partial use of bourbon barrels adds only a very slight hint of bourbon flavor to it which makes it a little more interesting. Otherwise, it is a fairly pedestrian brown ale with a touch of bitterness. There is a little nuttiness on the finish.

It is a little light bodied which makes it easier to drink than some other, sweeter browns. Not too much sticky aftertaste on the tongue.

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Photo of Newglarusguy
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation 12 oz bottle poured into a frosted pint glass.

Appearance: Darkish red colour that creates a frothy head that sticks around for quite some time.

Smell: Vanilla oats that smell of bourbon stench with a nice hint of pale malts and nasally no hops detected here.

Taste and mouthfeel: Dark chocolate taste with a nice hint of caramel and 2 row malts and a taste of northern brewers hops not bad but not great overall and appealing beer that should be enjoyed by all.

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

A: Brown with retaining head and some lacing.

S: Great smell, could pick up on bourbon and coffee-like notes. Complex enough where you can pick up on multiple scents each smell.

T: Tasty beer. This balances the bourbon flavor with vanilla and a hint of mocha/coffee. Impressed so far!

M: Medium-to-full bodied, thicker than your average brown ale.

O: Good, tasty beer. Would definitely try again soon if I can find it on tap again. Tried at Il Gatto during happy hour in Minneapolis. The coffee notes/tastes surprised me and the bourbon (toned down from full bourbon taste unlike other bourbon beer I've had) was pleasant.

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Photo of twaddlac
3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Opaque with a small head, light lace, few carbonation points throughout the beer. Burnt orange color, getting darker at the top.

S- Strong pineapple initially, caramel and toaster malts hidden. Blended together, they give notes of apple pie. Pretty interesting, and no hints of bourbon.

T- A strong pina colada taste? Slight toasted malts with a hint of caramel malts. Still no hint of bourbon. Very strong taste, slightly bitter. The esters are very strong and remain unchanged throughout.

M- Medium to heavy body, with average carbonation. Sticks to your palette for a long time.

D- Unique beer, and more complex than I was expecting from a twist off. Drinkable but I could not drink more than one.

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3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubby into a 16oz goblet. Vigorous pour produced a short lived foamy, pillowy banana colored head that reduced to a bubble ring & a thin oily film. Cola brown color. A late swirl 2/3 through the glass produced a decent secondary head.

Creamy sweet malts, damp tannic oak barrel smell with a
faint boozey aroma. Inviting enough to continue...

Taste is a little nutty, smokey & mildly bitter with oily grassy hops, nuts, caramel & coffee with a nice warm finish. The barrel presence presents more than the mild 6% ABV would indicate. All blends fairly well.

Medium body....carbonation is a little weak. A not too dry, sharp spicy finish & a oily film on the lips & tongue. Not a whole lotta punch....

While not a preferred style it's certainly worth a try.

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

12 ounce bottle form a sampler apck. Bottled date read July 2008.

The appearance of thsi was pretty dark, but not completely dark. Taste has a definite bourbon flavor, but was not overpowering. Drinkability is good, probably my favorite year round Tyranena.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my SA perfect pint glass

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a thin cream colored head. Retention is minimal, but it does leave a little lacing. Not bad overall, just not anything impressive.

S: Honestly, the first scent that I pick up is bittersweet chocolate and oak.. maybe a slight bourbon nose. Some nuttiness, too. I expected more, though.

T: Ok, I know this is fresh.. we just started getting this in Indiana.. the taste is really unappealing. I'm considering a drain pour. I get the taste of stale malts and rotting oak and then it just fall flat. blah

M: Medium bodied, and enjoyable. It's a shame the taste doesn't hold up.

D: Well, unless you have a severe cold and can't really smell or taste this beer, then I wouldn't really consider it drinkable. At least not enjoyable.

I will stick to the rest of the Tyranena line-up, which is fantastic!

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Photo of CurtisLoew
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Described as an american nut brown partially aged in bourbon barrels. I love american nut browns, I love boubon aged beers, sounds perfect!

Pours a thick brown color (not real dark brown) with a fluffy white head that disapates quickly. Nice deep ruby color through the light.

Smells like an american brown ale, not much bourbon in the smell.

Taste is good. A decent american brown and a hint of bourbon. The bourbon is not really prominent, which is ok. Very sweet tasting, with malts Showing predominantly. No real trace off hops. I've been on a malty-beer kick lately, so i'm really enjoying this.

Based on my expectations, I was slightly disapointed. The description just sounded so good to me. But, this was still a very good beer, and a unique twist to an american nut brown. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Birchgrove77
3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from brewery during Tyranena Beer Run 11/07/08.

Appearance: Poured a brilliantly clear, mahogany color with a nice inch tall off-white heat.

Smell: I detected a very slight grainy, gingerbread smell. That's the best way I can describe it.

Taste: A very nicely balanced brown ale. Hard to pick out one dominant characteristic. Some notes of vanilla with a bourbony aftertaste on the tounge. Nicely put together brown ale, I seemed to pick up on a gingerbread character.

Mouthfeel: Seemed a bit thin and I would have liked just a little less carbonation.

Overall: A very nice brown ale, but I didn't think the beer lived up to the bourbon ageing advertisement on carrier. Would purchase again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.82/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tyranena has better beers, specifically the Bitter Woman IPA. This is not bad, but I was hoping for something better. It pours a nice brown color, pretty much what I expected. Not much head. It has a really sweet wang to it. It's not terrible though. It is a very malty beer, not much hops flavor, not that I would expect that. I wonder if it really has bourbon...hmmmm.

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Photo of trill
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one is courtesy of Packforever1976. Thanks dude!

Pours a clear nut brown with a 2-3" tan head. Aroma is slightly metallic but sweet malt, some toasty/roasty oak, and a hint of bourbon sweetness. Taste is straight up brown ale, some moderate bitterness, but the oak gives it a deeper, rounder, drier finish than others in its class. This one is subtle, but very solid, and probably the most drinkable barrel aged beer I've had.

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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 accordselux
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderful beer. It is sweet and easy drinking.

A little on the dark side for a brown ale. A nice head, dissipates but carbonation remains present.

Smells of chocolate and vanilla. I can tell that this has some barrel aging to it.

Taste: the creamy vanilla flavor begins, with a strong coconut flavor. Very sweet. The end is a little more bitter, dark chocolate, coffee, and walnut flavors. Toasty.

Mouthfeel is good- creamy but still light enough to drink easy. I'd be happy to work through several bottles.

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Photo of eatabagofbooger
3.12/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a snifter

A: Like a typical brown ale. Rusty brown with slight ruby hints. Very little head that doesn't stick around long. Nothing special, but I don't really expect much from this style in terms of appearance. Put simply, it's adequate

S: Bourbon, bourbon, bready malts, bourbon. Good thing I like the smell of bourbon! Maybe a little bit of black tea

T: A LOT more going on here than I would expect from the nose. Very tannic and woody, with a hint of herbal hops. Bourbon is there, but nowhere near as strong as in the nose. It's actually pretty subdued. Not too much from the malts, though. Lots going on, but none of it too interesting.

M: Here's where things fall apart. This beer could really use more carbonation OR a thincker mouthfeel. As it is, it's both slick and thin, which is a terrible combination.

O: I'm rating this a bit high just because I really like the idea of a beer that gets some good bourbon, oak, tannins in at a moderate abv and in a 12oz format to boot. These give the beer a pretty damn good "drinkability", even if it isn't such a great example of a brown ale or a barrel aged beer.

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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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