High Class Broad
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Brown Ale - American
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Ranked #6,539
4.07 | pDev: 8.35%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Murky dark amber to brown in color. Two fingers of light mocha head, retention is good. Some lacing. Fruit esters from the brandy are prominent on aroma. Notes of sweet malt and oak. On taste, malt, chocolate, fruity esters, oak. Complex and delicious. Medium full body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish. Slightly bitter. Very impressed, this is a great brown and the brandy barrels add an interesting complexity.

Feb 25, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Plenty of brandy flavor with a lot of brown sugar and vanilla. Looks like most other brown ales with a nice head that quickly fades away. Does not come across like a 9%+ abv beer in either the aroma or flavor.

Feb 14, 2017
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head cooper color.

Caramel, oak, vanilla and rum. Chocolate with a hint of roast. Raisins, plums, and molasses. Very sweet. Toffee.

Medium bodied. Fairly easy to drink.

Nov 24, 2016
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yesterdayfaraway from Missouri

3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: pours brown, can see through the glass a dark red. Small off white head
S: sweetness, smokiness, char
T: sweetness from the barrel, and the typical "brown ale" flavors
F: thin/ watery
O: it was an extra in a trade and should be treated as such

Aug 04, 2016
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bound4er from Wisconsin

3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Dark amber appearance with a two finger light tan head. Smells like booze, brandy and roasted nuts and peat. Taste is rather soulless - some fruity oak influences, dried fruit and warming alcohol. Feel is on the medium side with low carbonation. Not one of Rob's better BGW beers - I'll take Wrath of Rocky over this any day.

Jul 22, 2016
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4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 fl oz stubby bottle sealed with Tyranena logo pressure cap.

poured into unbranded snifter.

Appearance: Tawny brown bodied beer with 2 full fingers of thick and creamy white head. Nice head retention and lacing from the head clings to the side of the glass.

Smell: Huge nutty and toasted malt in the nose of this beer. Dark fruits, cocoa powder, brown sugar, and caramel. Nice waft of oak barrel. Smelling this is an off the charts experience!

Taste: Rich and sweet. Lots of dry oak upfront combine with rich and decadent dark fruits. Nutty and toasted malts that taste slightly dry. Caramel, raisins, brown sugar, and chocolate or cocoa powder / cocoa nibs. Big splash of brandy. More oak slightly drying up the finish and cutting the rich flavors in this beer.

Mouthfeel: modium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. Smooth despite the big brandy character in the flavor. Creamy carbonation. Slightly dry finish, yet the beer coats the palate with rich flavors.

Overall: The nose is ridiculous on this beer. The brandy is monstrously big without being overbearing or boozy; yet the beer is flavorful without being too big in mouthfeel department. I really enjoyed this recent installment of the brewers gone wild series, but as far as the barrel aged brown rift goes I like Island Booty just a little bit more than High Class Broad. Its not by much though.

Jul 13, 2016
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Austin32 from Wisconsin

4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Another great offering from the brewers gone wild series. The brandy aging comes through without being overly sweet. Well balanced but potent, highly recommend if you can get some.

Jul 11, 2016
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Ri0 from Wisconsin

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Cola brown with some dark amber highlights and a 2.5 finger sandy colored head. Head is foamy and holds retention with webs of lacing on my glass. Aroma is sweet with the caramel and bread malts. Some nutty notes along with dried fruit and oak. Flavor is deep and rich with sweet bread, caramel, brown sugar followed by the brandy, dried fruit and oak. Feel is smooth and medium bodied with soft carbonation. I found the imperial brown to impart the brandy notes nicely and make this enjoyable to sip.

Jul 10, 2016
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mjpolzin from Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the one hand I love that Tyranena keeps cranking out new beers. On the other hand, I am growing somewhat weary of the barrel aged brown ales. Especially when other than Wrath of Rocky; the barrel age character is not noticeable enough to make a huge difference. This one for example, had a slight sweet, brandy barrel characteristic but otherwise was just a nice imperial brown ale.

Jul 02, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2016 edition. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a dark cola coloured brown body, one finger white head, short retention, minimal lacing, no film. Becomes eventually very placid, without a trace of carbonation in a short amount of time. Smells of rich sweet brandy, a nice toasted barley sweetness, touch of milk chocolate, sweet toffee, earthy bitterness and a bit of oak. Smells on the sweeter side. Flavour is however a bit less sweet, although the brandy imparts a fair bit of sweet complexity, with a bit of bright, sweet caramel spirit-like complexity, milk chocolate, toasted cereal, earthy bitterness, oak. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, lower carbonation, a sipper and an appropriate aperitif. Mild cereal sweetness and earthy bitterness mixes with a bit of brandy flavour (but no heat) on the finish. A very nice imperial brown ale with what seems to be the right amount of barrel to complement the base beer. Brandy seems to win it for me, here.

Jun 15, 2016
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mikesgroove from South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

brown with a huge creamy head and a huge lace down the side, this looks very inticing to say the least! Smell was of roasted nuts with a hint of hops. Caramel sweetness undertones as well, smells thick and very fresh. The taste was very full. Nice roasted tones and caramel was the predominant flavors. Very complex though as there was much hoppiness at both the beginning and the finish.

Aug 03, 2011
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ckeegan04 from Texas

4.44/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy nut brown with hints of caramel around the edges. Very thin brown foam rings the top. Quickly fades a leaves little smatterings of lace on the glass.

S - Big boozy brandy aroma. Hints of oak and lightly roasted malts. A touch of vanilla comes through as the beer warms more.

T - Roasted malts quickly followed by a solid brandy taste. Not too boozy at all unlike the nose. Hints of vanilla and oak. Light alcohol burn. Tastes have come together incredibly well with a couple years of age on it. I was worried about how it would hold up, but it has been great.

M/D - Medium bodied with a very slick feel. Leaves a slight burn in the mouth. Excellent drinkability.

Jan 29, 2010
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CrellMoset from Virginia

4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. stubby brown bottle, courtesy of czoch75 - thanks, Clint, for this longtime want for a guy who's obsessed with "completing series." High-Class Broad is poured in to a 12 oz. brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby brown, a somewhat "watered down" brown ale kind of look - or perhaps I'm just saying that because I don't drink too many brown ales, imperial or otherwise - that's thoroughly hazed, though you can far enough in to it to know that it's not hazed due to suspended particulates and instead because the beer is dark enough, relatively speaking, to actively block the passage of light. The initial half-finger head fades relatively quickly, a combination of barrel aging and latent high alcohol, but the lacing is actually very nice for a beer with those aforementioned characteristics. Smooth, thin strands of lace slink below the rim of the glass and patches or moist and glittery yet nonetheless somehow sticky bubbles float on the glass above a thin and very creamy looking collar. It all evens out to a fairly nice though by no means spectacular-looking brew.

Aroma: Slightly spicy, slightly sweet, slightly fruity brandy is large and on the nose. The beauty of this one seems to be in its simple straightforwardness - the underlying beer is on the sweeter side of things for an Imperial Brown, showcasing an array of malts from slightly roasted caramel to brown sugar to darker toffees. You don't get anything in here even remotely burned, and the way in which this slew of caramelized sugars melds with the fruity brandy notes is wonderful. The brandy adds a handful of sweet, concentrated fructose sugars, dates, raisins, cherries, raspberries, peaches, and even heavy apple notes, blending with the caramelized notes like they do in a good, solid apple pie. The barrel adds a little bit of toasty coconut.

Taste: An ever so slight stepdown from the aroma. Everything described above is still here. The base beer is on the sweet side of things, with whatever hop presence was here having largely faded - heavily caramelized sugars dominate, with tons of toffee, slight butterscotch, relatively light brown sugar, and bread crusts. The brandy - itself essentially concentrated fruit sugars - blends amazingly well with the other concentrated, caramelized sugars, somewhat well attenuated, with hints of peach, apples, grapes, cherries, and plums. The toasted coconut borrowed from the barrels is still present, as well. The one downside is a definite warming alcohol note that not only comes on fairly strong in the finish, but lingers in the throat for a little while - these was some fresh brandy barrels Tyranena got their hands on. However, the heat dies as this one warms and the sugars become more pronounced, thicker, more intense.

Mouthfeel: A surprisingly thin body - again, probably a result of both the higher alcohol as well as the barrel aging - that works fairly well, all things considered, with the estery fruity notes, the light but potent brandy addition, and does a lot to cut what could have been a heavy, sticky cloying characteristic had this one been too much thicker. The natural downsides of a thinner beer hold true though, namely that it can be a little uneven with the latent carbonation (slight inner-mouth agitation results in a fluffy though delicious mess).

Drinkability: This beer did a lot for me. I'm not a man who drinks a lot of liquor - I'll drink gin and tonics, vodka tonics, the occasional rum or jack and coke. If there's one spirit I have occasionally indulged in, it's bourbon - as such, I can (somewhat) identify bourbon notes, and (fortunately for the quality of my reviews, perhaps) bourbon barrel-aging is the most common form of barrel-aging. However, I've had a few brandy barrel-aged beer - Angel's Share (though flat) and FW12/13 come to mind - and though I've been able to sort of tease the brandy out, I've never had a brew where the brandy featured so strongly, so prominently.

This is both a drawback and a positive. It's a positive in that it's a wonderful illustration how brandy interplays with the sweetness of the various malts, the carbonation, the barrel notes, etc. On the other hand, it's a drawback in that - yes - the brandy dominates pretty thoroughly. Some people prefer their -bal beers to be bombs - I don't, really, but I also don't mind it when they are. So it's a bit of a mixed bag. I don't know what the abv% on this one is, though I'd imagine pretty high - 8 - 9%, easily, and 2.5 years of age seems to have no reduced the heat on this one much. So, yes, that's a knock, but this one paired fantastically with some aged gouda nonetheless. So is it a great beer? Yes. Was it a great learning tool? Yes. Do I hope Tyranena brings it back? Hell yes.

Jan 13, 2010
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tmoneyba from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by shigadeyo.

Poured hazy dark brown with a moderate frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Heavy toasted, woody, vanilla and cherry with a small alcohol aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky texture and flat carbonation. Medium to heavy sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout beer.

Oct 20, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Thanks go to brewcrew76 for trading me this back during DLD '08. Been sitting in the cellar since.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with a finger of foamy light tan head. This quickly peters down into some thin fizzy bunching around the edges that leaves a smattering of spotty foam back. Brandy greets the nose first in the aroma, but is quickly matched by an equally pervasive sweet mix of chocolate and toffee. I'm pleased to find that digging a little deeper, reveals an addtional layer of smoked malt and wet tobacco notes. Nice.

The taste is unfortunately a bit less complex than the nose was. Mostly brandy and sticky malts. Lots of toffee, with some light cocoa and roast mixed in. There is a pretty good evenness here between the beer and barrel, before the brandy once again exerts itself in the finish with a dry boozy feel that spreads out along the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is overall medium bodied, but is definitely a bit watery and light in spots. The carbonation is lower feeling, with a definite slick feel. There is a bit of a sting to this, but it seems to be mostly coming from the brandy.

This was good overall. While the aroma seemed to be unaffected, I think that some cellar time might have actually taken away some of complexity of the taste. This was a decent sipper, with there cetainly not being a lack of brandy present.

Aug 04, 2009
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emerge077 from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cellared for awhile, probably two years plus. Dark brown body with a glint of ruby shining through. Lasting skim of tan foam. Slightly oxidized yet still hugely malty nose. No longer the excellently fruity, boozy brandy aroma I remember. Flavor still has some hint of brandy, layered expertly over the toasted malt and possibly some rye. Rich, full body. Long aftertaste that has lingering toffee and brandy accents. It's definitely more malt forward now, with the alcohol in the background. A sipper for sure. Hope they bring it back someday, in a less boozy incarnation.

Jun 10, 2009
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gford217 from Georgia

4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle courtesy of iowaherkeye poured into a tulip.

Pours a dark mahogany in the glass that shows a hazy copper when held up to the light. An aggressive pour yields a small off-white head that recedes quickly to ring and leaves some delicate lacing on the way down.

The smell is fantastic with the base sweet malts but the brandy really comes out and mixes well with the base aromas perfectly. The sweet fark fruits also come out with figs and raisins and a hint of booze in the nose.

The taste is just as good as the aroma with a big sweet dark fruit kick up front and then plenty of caramel malts and toffee. The finish has the brandy coming out a little more.

The mouthfeel is very smooth with soft carbonation and plenty of barrel presence with a slightly dry finish and some alcohol.

This is a great brown ale, one of the best I've had recently. I love what the brandy brings to the table and turn this into a really original beer. Loved it.

Apr 01, 2009
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Faro was exceedingly generous in a recent trade. Thank you, Jeff, for a 2.5 year old bottle of what will be my first brandy barrel beer!

A: Clear ruby red with a finger-thick tan head that recedes to a disk rather quick. Some patchy lace.

S: Rich oxidation and sweet brandy open things up along with caramel, toffee and a little alcohol on the finish

T: Opens up with a surprisingly sharp alcohol bite! Booze, sherry-like oxidation and alcohol open this up. Once my palate gets used to the booziness, brown sugar and some fruitiness - figs, plums - before some alcohol appears on the finish.

M: A little thin mid-palate, but otherwise, this beer is fine. Medium bodied, soft carbonation and a rather boozy finish

D: This one is a sipper if there was one.

Mar 30, 2009
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sholland119 from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from unclejedi in Powerball. Thanks, Jim!

A-Pours a hazy medium brown with a thin white head that leaves a surprising amount of lacing.

S-Brandy barrel aging takes the fore. Lots of fig, caramel and raisins. Excellent!

T- Just as good as promised by the aroma. Rich flavors of dark fruits, brown sugar and caramel with just the right touch of alcohol warmth.

M-Surprisingly light on the tongue, almost light in body for the flavor.

D-Flavorful, easy to drink, wonderful.


Mar 25, 2009
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of JAYW.

A: The brown ale is dark, the best color that I can equate it to is a Hershey's dark chocolate. The ale is rather still, even the pour didn't stir up any amount of head.

S: The nose nicely combines nutty malts with rich brandy. The brandy adds a fruity twist, grapes and ripe green fruits (think apples), and a mild dose of vanilla.

T: The brandy was a divine choice. The fortified flavors really take over the brown ale in a way that bourbon may not have been able to. Alcohol is present but it sits behind full red wine flavors. The brandy is, let me say it again, intense and damn near perfect. The only drawback is that as the brandy fades, nothing steps in to take its place. No caramel or nutty malts, no hops, nothing. The finish retains some of the brandy flavor, it just needs something to pair with it.

M: The lush brandy feel is great, boozy and warm. The wood has smoothed out the taste, leaving a great complexity.

D: The ale comes across very heavy, loaded with alcohol. Perhaps the perception of alcohol, driven by the barrels, is all that there is. Despite the mid-sip lull, this is a great ale.

Jan 03, 2009
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NoLiberty from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

App: Pours smooth and flat into a half pint glass. Slightly cloudy with residual light coming through. Deep amber brown but thick and muddy appearance. Does look like it's come from the barrels. No head but with slight foam fringe around the edge. Overall flat but soft carbonation sneaking through on a light swirl.

Aroma: Dried fruit, alcohol and vanilla warming aromas. Very nice. Underlying sweet spicy aromas. Definite oakiness with vanilla and earthy notes.

Taste: Strong malty sweet notes up front with a solid oak backbone with warm alcohol and vanilla notes on top that give a a very balanced overall flavor. The beer finishes on a slow flavor fadeout that settles into a mild hop or roasted malt bite that's just subtle enough to let the overall character of the imperial brown remain strong. Aftertaste is a little strong on the alcohol, but overall very nice.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation comes through more prominently in the mouthfeel than in the appearance. Light bodied.

Drinkability: Good. The flavors are almost too much but it's balanced well and with time, which this particular bottle has, the vanilla and brown sugar sweetness have settled in well.

Dec 07, 2008
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beckje01 from Minnesota

3.17/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from 2ish year old notebook that resurfaced.

The appearance is good exactly what I would expect, the smell is nice a good malt smell. Taste turns out well lots of booze in the taste. Very strong woody ending, which is very nice. This wouldn't be a session beer by any means. But overall its drinkable and good, not spectacular but good.

Aug 13, 2008
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ppoitras from Massachusetts

3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the cloudy reddish brown brew. Head falls at a moderate pace, with average lacing. Aroma is grains coupled with alcohol and oak character. Taste is dominated by the barrel character. There's vanilla upfront, fruits and malt in the middle, and alcohol owning the close. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Hard to pin this with a style, but regardless, I'm liking.

Aug 11, 2008
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CharlesDarwin from Rhode Island

3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 Oz bottle. Aroma glows with a rich, fat brandy and cream husk. Barrel noticeable immediately. Pours a middle brown, with edges of amber and rim of white. Flavor is an interesting dense, caramelized malt, with higher barrel alcohols, but not overly hot. Crazy amounts of complex vanilla, tannins and oak. But, this is good barrel use. It's not harsh or biting. Sure, it's dominating, there's really not that much left of the base brown ale (what a weird style to barrel, it's not surprising it sopped up all the brandy and lost a lot of its original character). There is still some soft, supple warm nut character. Drops of honey. Loads of butterscotch (no, not diacetyl). Really, pretty decent.

Aug 07, 2008
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feloniousmonk from Minnesota

4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"There's a port on a western bay
And it serves a hundred ships a day
Lonely sailors pass the time away
And talk about their homes

And there's a girl, in this harbor town
And she works, laying whiskey down
They say "Brandy, fetch another round"
She serves them whiskey and wine

The sailors say "Brandy, you're a fine girl
What a good wife you would be
Yeah your eyes could steal a sailor
From the sea."

Poured into a Delirium Tremens goblet, which, I just noticed, has cracks. Well, brave soldier, after holding this ale in your ribs, off you go to that eternal rest of beer glasses whose time has come.

Ruby red, dark brown appearance...nice white head.

Sweet nose, brandy hits right off the bat, plus sweet malt, nutty notes, ...rich maltiness, barleywine-esque.
Taste: bold, brash, bright. Dark malt, few hops, liquor has taken over, though very smooth. Dry, toasty oak flavor comes through. Full bodied, but not thick in the slightest.
rich and delicious.

I have to wonder how this was fresh. I got to try it courtesy of chocolatier & Tyranena fan who came to my bar for a tapping event. He had aged for about a year. Seems to have done wonders. This is beautiful.

Jun 30, 2008
High Class Broad from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 94 ratings