High Class Broad | Tyranena Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DaPeculierDane on 03-26-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
62
Ratings:
78
Avg:
4.06
pDev:
9.61%
 
 
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17
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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 78
Reviews by NoLiberty:
Photo of NoLiberty
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery one fine Wisconsin Saturday. Brandy Barrel Aged…that’s a new one for me…

Pours a nice true brown color with a thick and lasting, uber creamy just off white head. In the right light there appear to be purple hues.

Aroma: Sweet cherries and oak barrel vanilla. Tannin rich esters over a solid biscuit/caramel base.

Taste: Sweet caramel back bone is highlighted by the sweeter cherry flavors. A deep earthy/spiciness balances everything out. The barrel aging is much less pronounced then it is in many of Tyranena’s other beers. This is certainly no Rocky’s and I think that’s a good thing. This is a much more drinkable beer. It’s lighter then most BBAed beers and the natural flavors of the malt are allowed to fully shine. They are just accented by some nice vanilla and cherry flavors.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I don’t care much for barrel aging. If I wanted Bourbon or brandy, I’d go and drink some. Still, I couldn’t help but enjoy this little ditty. She’s really pretty and drinkable. I think the folks at Tyranena really have the BBAing process down cold. It does get boozy at the end and it's not a pleasant booziness. I would drink this one quickly and don't let it warm up too much. Overall though, nice job

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz stubby bottle. Imperial brown ale aged in brandy barrels. Glad I finally found some of this one. Pours into my tulip glass a dark muddy brown with a touch of red. A half inch of light tan head tops it off. Aromas start out with nutty caramel laced with vanilla. An amalgamation of dark fruits and mellow oak. There's plenty of big sweet brandy notes lurking in here as well.

First sip brings a caramel, toffee, nutty malt rush that's followed by cherry and vanilla notes. It flows down with mellow oak hints and a good helping of brandy. Somewhat sweet throughout but no overly so. Finishes smooth with a lingering brandy and some brown sugar. Not much noticeable alcohol either. A yummy brandy aged brew.

Mouthfeel is big, chewy and full bodied. Goes down pretty easily with a steady stream of carbonation. Leaves me wondering what the ABV of this one might actually be. Overall, a tasty brandy aged brew. I've enjoyed the few brandy barrel beers I've had the chance to try and look forward to more. This one is worth seeking out and I'm glad I have a few more.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IntriqKen
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hmmm...isn't this an interesting brew.
Poured a very dark tea color with a nice 2 finger white head that melted quickly to sticky lacing and a nice top of bubbles that lasted most of the drink.

Aromas are caramel malts and alcohol...sweet alcolhol. Interesting.

Flavor is sweet candy caramels and sweet dark fruits, very sweet raisins and sweet alcohol. This isn't to say it is cloying or too sweet...it is merely a sweet style and very nice at that. Everything seems balanced and nice.

Decent rich Brown to get drunk with.
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Wow....this beer has warmed now and the oak barrel and bourbon aging is really coming through.
Flavors mellow incredibly.
Aromas are heavenly.
DON"T drink this too cold.
Warm just below room temperature and love it.

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Photo of cokes
4.77/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Glowing dark rust with a healthy light khaki head of good retention.
Titanic nose of dark breads, walnuts, honeyed cereal grains, toasted oak/toasted coconut/vanilla/hazelnut oak exclamations, and muted figgy, grapey booze squeals of Brandy.
Into the mouth, it initially present itself as a stately, mannered, and well-organized Brown Ale, with it modest toasted grains, distinct walnut and almond nuttiness (honey-glazed, of course), kilned tobacco, and background carob/cocoa nuances. Then it goes all supernova, spilling light and energy of splintery oak, and wood and vanilla and hazelnut. Malt seems to exponentially duplicate itself, along the way cloning Tootsie Rolls, Krispie Kreme Donuts, Gingerbread, Frosted Sweet Rolls, Toffee Hard Candies, and Apple Fritters. Brandy is sucked through the nebula, spinning out an encore of the oak traits as well as bolstered grape vinous booziness. A flickering tea-like hop note concludes things and adds a well-placed counterpunch, if little else.
Nearly full bodied, but the steady carbonation jettisons this through the esophagus in hearty subsequent bursts.
Damn near flawless, and very different than almost anything out there. This is a fucking gem. My opinion of Brandy just rose several pegs.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz, bought a 4 pack over at Steve's on University as i have some catching up to do on the Wisco scene

appearance: pours into a brandy snifter...nice burgundy body with a garnet tint, creamy beige head with decent lacing and retention. lovely looking beer indeed

smell: very nice and relatively subtle nose...brandy and oak lead the way with coffee grounds and roasted malts following shortly after

taste: nice brandy soaked oak that is not overpowering or obtrusive...not usually a fan of brown ales but the brandy and oak make this certainly interesting enough for a try. coffee and mild chocolate roasty notes serve as a solid base...very nice!

mouthfeel: smooth and coating, light warming

drinkability: nice

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Photo of Kegatron
3.94/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of CharlesDarwin
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of beveritt
3.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel glass. The label is the same yellow with black chalk-like writing of the BGW series. Imprint on neck says this was bottled 23MAR07.

Appearance: Pours with only 1/4 inch tan head. This falls quickly to nothing. The etching itn he Duvel glass keeps a small isalnd of foam in the glass for the duration. The beer itself is a fairly dark brown, like muddy water. Unable to see through my glass when held to the light.

Smell: Well, what did you expect? A strong brandy aroma along with many of the aromas associated with brandy: cherry, vanilla, and oak. I wish I could find the ABV of this, I would like to see how it ages. Certainly smells liek a decently high ABV.

Taste: Sweet cherry tobacco alcohol flavor upfront, really without alcohol bite. A nutty, okay finish that doesn't linger too long.

Mouthfeel: Average level of carbonation. Body is okay.

Drinkability: I like the flavor combination of cherry, vanilla, oak, and tobacco here, goes well with the mild maltiness of a brown ale. Seems like the brown ale is a good canavs upon which to paint the rest of this beer's picture.

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Photo of Austin32
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of tourdot
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Hendrick24
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Monger: Poured a clear deep copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with some hints of brandy. Taste is dominated by some sweet malt with some nice touch of brandy without any alcohol being noticeable. I thought it resemble more of a barley wine then a brown ale but very good nonetheless. Body is a bit light with good carbonation and no alcohol. Interesting beer from an interesting brewer that I am just discovering.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
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

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of teamwiggum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to NoLiberty for this...
Appears a mahogany toned amber with a small, beige head that fades into a mild cap. It leaves spotty lacing around the glass.
Smell is of vanilla, caramel, cream, brown sugar, and brandy.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with caramel, vanilla, and toffee leading the way.
Mouthfeel is creamy, yeasty, and sugary.

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Photo of papat444
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Flashback #215

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Photo of Drew26
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ri0
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into two small white wine glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a hazy/opaque, orange-brown color with a 1/2 finger head that leaves a decent amount of sticky lace.

S: A restrained bourbon aroma dominates the nose along with some sweet caramel malt and molassas.

T: Pretty close to the nose on this one with the addition of some vanilla. The bourbon, caramel, vanilla, and molassas do a nice job of not stepping all over each other.

M: Smooth and oily upfront, with a bitter prickly finish.

D: Shockingly good.

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High Class Broad from Tyranena Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.
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