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 scruffwhor
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a reddish amber with sparse lacing and ok bubbling. The aroma is a lovely toasted,medium roasted malt. Combine this with a littl would and some bourbony vanilla. Simple mild roasted malts start the flavor off right. The faint bpurbon and wood add a smooth, yet soewhat grainy palate. Flavorful, subtle, and quite drinkable.

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

12oz bottle received from largadeer. Thanks Chris! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Deep red with a beige head that slowly recedes leaving a pleasing lace.

S: Sweet caramel with some nut, toffee. Faint bourbon.

T: Wonderfully balanced with caramel, toffee. Bourbon and a faint oak note appear before a soft, sweet finish takes over.

M: Rather low on carbonation and a little sweeter than i like my browns.

D: Goes down fairly easy and the bourbon gives it a nice touch

*Notes from 11th August 2009. Got this bottle from Faro, thanks!**

Head retention is poor, and the beer deserves a 3.5 instead, which I've corrected to from a 4. The nose is great, with a combination of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, vanilla, and mild oxidation. 4/5
Palate is great, with brown sugar, dark honey, caramel and vanilla. Bourbon presence is mild, and is noticeable mid palate. The finish is dry with notes of vanilla and bourbon, with some light brown sugar. The lower level of carbonation works for the beer, but the finish is a little watery before the presence of bourbon and vanilla is felt. 4+3.5+4

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

dark brown in color, with copper highlights. thin white creamy head. smell is normal brown ale malty aroma with some oak, maybe a little vanilla, maple.
taste follows the aroma. the bourbon taste is subtle. by the wording on the label, this must be just a blend, of which just some of the beer was barrel aged.
good mouthfeel, smooth and creamy
drinkability is good. for those that like bourbon barrel flavor, this is a good alternateive to high ABV BA stouts.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Deep looking auburn/scarlet red blend. Thin and airy light brown head tops it off and sticks around long enough. Lace is moderate and spotty. Nice aroma of roasted chocolate, vanilla bean, wood and sweet, sweet bourbon. There's a really nice brown ale base to this beer. Roasted malts and dry hop tones. Gives the bourbon something to work with....and work it does. By no means is this a high octane Bourban brew. But the bourbon works nicely in this great session brew. It provides a sweet counterpart to the roasted nuttiness that the malts provide. Body is medium at best and the carbonation ever so prickly. I could drink a lot of these fuckers in one sitting.

Thanks for the splash of bourbon cokes.

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

12 oz bottle picked up in WI.

Pours a pretty clear dark red, some brownish highlights, bit of chunky proteins floating around, thick and rocky light tan head forms, slowly settles to a medium ring and layer, good lacing all over the glass.

Smell is nice, sweet and malty, caramel, biscuit, corn syrup, nuts, lots of fruit, some light bourbon and vanilla, wood, brown sugar, alcohol, nice raisiny/date sweetness, bourbon works well with the base.

Taste is nice, very sweet and fruity, strawberries, brown sugar, caramel, peanut brittle, light bourbon sweetness, vanilla, alcohol, wood, raisin, biscuity malt, nice sweet finish, but still balanced, very nutty in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Body could use a bit more beef but the bourbon barrel worked great especially with the low ABV. I think I might have another!

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Photo of maximum12
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice-looking beer with a very thin head, not even covering the entire top of the glass. Looks brown in the glass, but when held up to the light has a definite reddish hue to it.

Smells great, even with my poor nose. I can smell the bourbon more than I can taste it. Speaking of which, I'm not a huge fan of browns, but I really enjoy the subtle bourbon taste, which could be a little less subtle. Taste is pretty laid-back compared to some other bourbon-barrel aged beers I've had (especially the barrel-aged Bender!). All of the taste of the beer hits the front of my tongue, & every flavor in it is tangled up; nothing jumps out at me except the faint bourbon aftertaste. I like that. I'm still trying to figure out whether I like the more aggressively bourboned-up beers or something like this. My wife likes this better!

Overall very drinkable, & I like the bourbon sneaking up in the back of my throat the more the beer disappears. I'd put this one in the category of one of my favorite browns, which puts it in the middle of the pack beer-wise for me.

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

12 oz. the first of the offerings sent from MPLS. Outstanding.

A nice amber/brown pour with a slightly off white head, recedes pretty quickly to a ring.

There is a bourbon/oak aroma there, but more of the usual brown aromas. Malt, earthy nut, peat, leather.

Taste blends the vanilla and caramel barrel into the earthy malt. Finishes a little tea and peat.

No abv present at all, light mid body with nice carbonation.

I have to say this is one of the Best Brown's I've had and a breath of fresh air to a style that is generally pretty much a snoozer.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear ruby brown, one finger almost off white head that tries to leave behind some lacing.

S-Nuts, roasted malt, oak and some bourbon.

T-Roasted malt, nuts, vanilla, oak, bourbon all of which mesh together well.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, smooth.

O-Had at a tailgate and I finally found it to do a formal review, a solid brew. Nothing amazing but I just enjoy drinking this beer.

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

Not as impressive as the non-blended version...but for a brown this is tasty and very solid....this brewery continues to impress me...their brewer has been far from gregarious when I've been there after traveling 500+ miles to his place and describing the journey I had to get there but who gives a shit if he kicks out brews like this.

Great nose of vanilla...bourbon...brown sugar...

Body is about right...not real big but I don't expect it to be..

Taste is more subtle than the full blend I had at the pub...still some nice whiskey notes...and some sweeter vanilla...

Drinkability has to rate high...a lower weight tasty brown ale....not a lot of Brown ales better than this one (except the full blend)..

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

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, malts, sweetness,

taste: caramel, sweet, malts, brown sugar, syrup

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: nice flavor and body. enjoyed this brown ale.


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Photo of n2185
3.09/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a murky brown with not even half a finger of tan head that immediately dissipates with no lacing.

S: vanilla, caramel, and oak on the nose with some oxidized notes as well. Not for sure how old the bottle is.

T: vanilla, oak, and caramel here as well with slight bourbon notes following. The finish is sweet and a little bready.

M: medium body with low carbonation, this beer is a bit watery.

O: an alright beer overall, tbough nothing apecial. It's a bit too simplistic and undercarbonated.

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Photo of ccrida
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the Minneapolis Town Hall, Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown is a ruddy chestnut with a light tan head that leaves scattered lace.

Smell is on the sweeter side, note sugary, but malty,cocoa-cola, with the barrel notes resonating well. Not overly robust, even as it warmed, although the bourbon came through well.

Taste is loads of barrel flavor, lots of coconut, vanilla, it really plays well with the base brown ale. It's tough to pick up a ton of the base brown, a good, clean American style, not overly sweet, though no hops of note either.

Mouthfeel is semi-dry, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, I really like the bourbon barrel treatment on the brown-ale, notable in that both the beer and the barrel are both more restrained then usual, which makes it satisfying without punishing! Yum, I might have to have another.

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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 jera1350
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a typical brown ale color with a thinner tan head. Not much lacing from it.

Nutty, caramel and a nice bourbon scent.

Love the taste. Nice caramel, nutty malt flavor that gets a good kick of bourbon coming in at the back end. Hint of vanilla as well.

Carbonation is a bit harsh, but the overall feel of the beer is just fine.

Drinks very well. Maybe a bit lower than a typical brown ale because of the bourbon, but I still enjoyed it and so did my wife. I will be picking up some more of this one. A very nice and unique brown ale.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a dimple mug. Bottled 25Feb09

A - A light cream-colored head stayed both compact and resilient. It's creaminess was that of Cool-Whip and as it slowly went down it left bits of lacing. The clear beer was ruby-red amber in color with out a lot of bubble action.

S - Toasty malts of light caramel and richer roasted amber with a mild woodiness from the barrel aging I presume. It's definitely unbalanced towards malt with almost no hop aroma whatsoever, but that's ok with me for this one.

T - Toasty malts abound in this brown ale that's almost closer to a porter. A mild caramel sweetness barely off-sets the toasty and roasty nature of the malts. It's very hearty and the barrel aging adds a light nutty woodiness.

M - Creamy and smooth, this is a fantastic sipper for a brown ale. A light carbonation crispness finishes out the swallow. Pretty full-bodied and rich with a little dryness from the roasting. A little alcohol warmth at the end.

D - Definitely one of the best brown ales I've come across, I wish I had a six-pack at my disposal. I'll need to go get more. This would be a fantastic fall warmer on a cool, crisp night with the leaves rustling in the trees. Yeah, I really need a six-pack.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear cola brown color, hints of red, light tan head and nice lace.

S-the nose is a little faint, notes of toffee and caramel with some light hints of bourbon.

T-the taste is better, still a little light. lots of caramel, notes of burnt toffee, underlying bourbon character with a touch of black malt and chocolate.

M-very smooth on the palate but a little thin on the feel, light carbonation might be a factor. prickly on the back of the throat; but the body seems to fall off.

D-not a bad beer, light notes of bourbon but lack of any barrel, some maltiness to it but falls a little short.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a dark brown color. The head is large, thick and light tan in color. The aroma is of oak, bourbon, chocolate malt, and a hint of caramel. The taste is like the aroma, but more pronounced. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a nice velvety texture. Overall, I really like this beer. The bourbon flavor is not as overpowering as it has been in other bourbon barrel aged beers I have had, and I think that adds to its drinkablity.

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Photo of jaxon53
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A big thankyou to Faro, for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '07. Served this one a bit chilled in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Pours out a deep brown, that has dark ruby highlights when held to the light. A thick, creamy, two finger off white head was the result of a somewhat hard pour. Head slowly faded into a thick ring in the glass, leaving behind some soapy rings of lace.

Smell: Tons of really sweet malty aromas really stand out. Some dark fruits, a touch of chocolate show themselves as well. Just a small hint of oak bourbon barrels. Great nose, just very faint.

Taste: Great blend of flavors here. Tons of plum and cherry, and a thick sweet maltiness out front. A little bit of caramel or toffee sweeten this up a little more. A little more of the faint oak and borbon finish this beer off nicely, with plenty of bubbly carbonation. Quite dry. I like that the bourbon flavor isn't obnoxious like in some other beers.

Mouthfeel: A nice medium bodied mouthfeel that is smooth and crisp. A bit watery but clean.

Drinkability: Great drinkability thanks to the lower ABV. Very easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of morimech
4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An attractive looking brown ale. The head settles to a thick cap and stays there. Large amounts of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit weak but I pick up malt, vanilla, bourban, nuts, and caramel.

I can definately tell this was barrel aged as soon as it touches my tongue. In this beer it is not overpowering compared to many barrel-aged beers. The malt and nuts complement the bourban flavors nicely. It has a somewhat creamy mouthfeel and nicely carbonated.

Overall an enjoyable and approachable barrel-aged beer.

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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 popery
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A brown ale with very little head, Rocky's Revenge is a sweet, malty beer that packs a pleasant bourbon barrel twist. While my score isn't too high, this is a really nice example of two styles that I normally dislike: small bourbon barrel-aged beer in normal styles and brown ales. My main criticism of the beer is only that it's all a bit mild, which is definitely unexpected. The brown ale is fairly nutty and spicy. It has a big, sweet malty backbone. I wouldn't want one every night, but it's good stuff. The bourbon barrel aging has been done with a light touch. Within its specifications on paper, I'm not sure that I would change anything. It just doesn't amount to enough for a higher score.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice, think reddish brown color with a fluffy two finger, tan head. Slow dissipation left some nice lacing.

S - Chocolate and toffee. Touch of vanilla, and the bourbon comes through warmly.

T - Tastes like an Irish Car Bomb. The bourbon is present but is more complimentary than overpowering. Very smooth and sweet, solid tasting but drinking a lot of it starts to make it go sour.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, not a ton of carbonation.

D - Gets too sour for me, but starts out really nice, I like the subtlety of the bourbon on this, but it's almost to the point that I wouldn't call it a "bourbon beer."

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

A: A nice brown pour with a large off-white head. Retention is quite good and the lacing is almost a solid wall on the glass.

S: A bit of toasted malt, a little toffee/caramel and creamy sweet vanilla. Very subtle smell.

T: Lots of nuts, toffee, molasses and caramel. Nice toasty malt, almost like pretzels. Some earthy bitterness and vanilla mixing with the nuts in the aftertaste. Touch of oak throughout.

M: Medium bodied, carbonation is just about right. Smooth.

O: Not a bad brown ale. Quite nutty and toasty with just a hint of bourbon.

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

Hazy murked cherrywood rusted brown with a thin platnium blonde cap that lifts off quickly. Moderate lacing in thick strings.

Fair amount of vanilla in the aroma at first then picks up with some topping of roasted malts, coatings of cocoa, and notes of boubony sweetenss.

Nice subtle taster opening with chocolate bread, soft and smooth all over, caramel gets squeezed through, light velvety roast and hazelnut adorns parts of middle and close to the finish where vanilla and boubon sweetness intertwine and fades off with amazing gradual caramel leftovers. Very slight warmth blends at the finish while the sweetness takes hold late. Quite nice. Nothing abtrusive here, very mellowing, subtle, yet actively flavorful.

Medium body, creamy, smooth, partially thin in the front but picks up enough gumption during the middle and finishes well with lots of subtle sweetness and lightly blended bourbon heat.

The overall smoothness makes for some very easy drinkin'. Its a darn nice brown ale with some bite. This beer helps make Tyranena a big time contender for top Wisconsin brewery in my book of 'sconny' breweries.

Thanks jeffboo!

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Photo of RoyalT
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – I don’t find American Browns one of the more visually appealing styles, but this one looks mighty good. The brown body is hazy and clouded, and the head actually came up well and showed good retention.

Smell – The plain malts and light hopping opened up as the ale warmed. The brown and raw sugars came out after ten minutes or so and the toasty bread nicely rounded out this bouquet.

Taste – The malts dominate of course at the taste, with the sugars now stepping back to a mere subtle compliment. There might be some leafy hopping in here as well. This guy doesn’t try to do anything fancy, just fit the style which it nicely does.

This beer is aged in bourbon barrels. A lot of “bourbon barrel aged” beers taste like nothing but bourbon, but here the flavor is very subtle. You might not even notice it if you weren’t looking for it.

Mouthfeel – Rocky’s Revenge is a solid medium-bodied with some cold bitterness throughout the drink.

Drinkability – I enjoyed putting away this Tyranena offering. It’s very even-handed, showing the brewer’s restraint throughout.

Comments – Thanks to BuckeyeNation for laying this one on me.

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Rocky's Revenge Bourbon Brown from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.75 out of 5 based on 868 ratings.
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