Shaggin' In The Wood
Tyranena Brewing Company

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Style:
Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy
Ranked #29
ABV:
not listed
Score:
90
Ranked #5,192
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 9.36%
Reviews:
120
Ratings:
270
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Tyranena Brewing Company
 
Wisconsin, United States
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From old, undated notes; poured from the bottle.

Clear orange-red color.

White head; strong lace.

Coffee, cream & caramel in the nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Oak and bourbon notes join a caramel coffee taste explosion.

Normally these flavors could be quite cloying, but this is delicious. Home run.

Sep 18, 2019
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Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

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

From a 12 oz bottle to a snifter.
L - Brown tinting toward red, light head that stays for a bit.
S - Smells sweet and a bit woody.
T - oaky bourbon, with toffee at the end that's really nice.
F - Middle body, works well with this beer, which I wouldn't want to be too thick.
O - Tyranena knows how to use a barrel for a beer that's not an high ABV stout better than just about any brewery I've come across.

Jan 18, 2019
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BSiegs from Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Murky ruby to brown in color, mostly opaque. Off white head with solid retention. Aroma is subdued but nice. Sweet malt, bourbon, oak. Flavor has more pop. Bourbon first, then notes of malt, oak, vanilla. Body is medium-full, low-moderate carbonation, and a smooth, slightly dry finish. Overall, this is a good bourbon barrel scotch ale, will definitely enjoy the four pack!

Feb 04, 2017
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Lucular from Maryland

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really nice bourbon barrel Scotch ale. The dominant flavors are toffee, caramel, and vanilla, with some oakiness in there as well. Not very heavy on the bourbon. The feel is much lighter than some BB Scotch ales such as BWB but without being thin. A well-made and different take on the style.

Feb 04, 2017
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DocSuds from Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Having sex in the woods is central Wisconsin’s equivalent to having sex on the beach. It sounds romantic – a return to Edan, where surrounded by flowers and birdsong, innocent pleasures bloom beneath Earth’s singular, naked moon. In reality, however, forest coitus is pretty miserable. Mosquitos, spiders and ticks attack plump and supple regions. Humans invented beds, hammocks, futons, cots and mats for a reason, as sticks, twigs, dirt, and bark grinding into one’s hands, back and buttocks will have a couple wishing for the seediest motel mattress. And every leaf crunch or branch shake becomes an approaching stranger that ruins the mood.

Tyranena’s beer thankfully doesn’t embody its namesake’s wretchedness. Before taking a sip, a sweet blend of bourbon and sugar greet the nose. Then slick mixture of vanilla, honey, peat and a tinge of smoke greats the tongue. After each swallow, bourbon haunts the mouth the way a former lover’s presence remains on your pillow long after she left you. While it could be thicker, and the malt profile has slightly coppery notes, drinking this beer is still infinitely more pleasurable than actually shagging in the woods where instead of a nice buzz, you risk a terrible case of poison ivy on your crotch.

Aug 13, 2016
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: The beer pours a dark amber to ruby brown with a 1” off-white sticky foam collar. S: Dark sugars, malt, traces of bourbon, vanilla and oak. T: Rich caramel and toffee flavors with vanilla, bourbon and oak. F: Medium full body, medium carbonation. O: Desert in a glass.

Aug 17, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is tea colored with chunks of yeast settling to the bottom of my glass. It is topped briefly by an inch of tan head. There is no lacing.

S - There is a big caramel and toffee smell.

T - The taste is loaded with caramel as well. The oak taste is modest. The melding of caramel, toffee, and vanilla make for a decadent combination. I get some bourbon in the aftertaste.

M - Medium and velvety smooth.

O - The more barrel aged Scotch ales I have the more I like them. I don't think I have had a bad one yet. This beer is fantastic. I wish I had about 23 more of them instead of a single bottle. I love it and would highly recommend.

Jun 21, 2014
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pour is clear burnt brown with red hues and a light yellowish head. Nose is strong charred wood and fairly deep malt aromas. Chocolate, bourbon, burnt caramel and brown sugar. Taste is the same, chocolate, woody, cooked caramel and brown sugar, notes of peat and bourbon through the finish. Body is soft and airy, not too thick with good carbonation but thins out in finish and a little watery. Not a bad beer.

Feb 02, 2014
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dhbiker0889 from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Dark brown, golden with little head

S: Vanilla, Carmel toffee smell, not too much bourbon

T: Follows the nose with some coffee in the after taste

M: carbonated and creamy. Not too heavy

O: very delicious glad I got to try this one. Would definitely seek out again.

Dec 10, 2013
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Scotchboy from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle from a trade, into a Deschutes snifter and split with my brother.

A: Clear gold with minimal head.

S: Earthy wet wood and soil, definite peat characteristics...damp campfire, caramel, peanut butter, roasted barley...honey, bourbon, vanilla...sweeter malt, toffee, bready.

T: Same as the nose, sweeter body with plenty of caramel and bready malt, peaty, smoky earth, oak, campfire, vanilla and toffee.

MF: Closer to medium that full, alcohol is deceptive and barely perceptible.

O: Really good, just as nice as Central Waters version, though definitely different with the smoky component. Right up there with the best BA Scotch ales I would think.

Dec 09, 2013
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CaptCleveland from Ohio

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

12oz bottle received as an extra from awesome all-around BA maximun12.

Relatively clear, maple syrup-colored elixir poured into Hoppin' Frog snifter. Rock steady off-white, full finger head. Plenty of lacing.

Caramel, toffee, vanilla and hint of bourbon.

Wonderful compilation. Nice toffee malt and vanilla at the forefront, smooth bitterness and bourbon at the end.

Medium body, almost slick, well carbonated.

Well done, one to seek out.

Nov 20, 2013
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woosterbill from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Gandhi-Bot tulip.

A: A high, straight pour produces only a thin wisp of tan foam atop the clear, deep orange-brown body. What head there is forms a thin but solid ring; no lace. Ok.

S: Rich toasty malt, solid toffee, charred oak, mild bourbon, and vanilla. Pleasant and balanced.

T: Sweet toffee and vanilla up front, with oaky bourbon and moderate booziness on the finish. Excellent at first, but ultimately just a bit too hot for a 70% barrel-aged brew. Still great, but not as great as it promised at first.

M: Creamy, well-carbonated medium-full body. Great.

O: Excellent beer, but I wish they hadn't cut the barrel-aged portion. I could have dealt with significantly more barrel presence, and a more central bourbon character would have made the booziness far more palatable. Still delicious, but oh how great it could be.

Cheers!

Sep 06, 2013
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zeledonia from Washington

4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Most recent bottling, from spring 2013. Tasted 7 July 2013.

Pours a very muddy amber brown with reddish tones. Translucent at the edges, though. Just a thin layer of off-white head, despite an aggressive pour. Not bad, but not great either.

Smell is interesting. Wood, earth, smoke, and vanilla. I only get a touch of the bourbon, and if it didn't say so on the bottle, I wouldn't guess this was bourbon-barrel aged. It's nice, but the pieces don't really come together, and I'm left with a bunch of spare parts rather than a working whole. Kinda like a woody smoky scotch ale with a dash of vanilla.

Taste is leaps and bounds beyond the smell. Starts with a lovely earthy/sweet scotch ale, then bursts through with a grainy-sweet bourbon barrel pop. Has just a touch of that character that the best bourbon-barrel-aged beers have, that rich sweet kaboom that always wows me. Here it's not quite so potent or impressive, but half-way to amazing is still pretty darn good.

Feel is good. Medium-bodied, persisting as a slick watery film. Carbonation starts out low, then surges up to sting the roof of my mouth.

The flavor carries this beer, as everything else about it is good but not outstanding. I'm delighted by the varied sweet flavors, from the malts, the bourbon, and a little extra from the combination. Good stuff.

Jul 08, 2013
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jegross2 from Illinois

3.37/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.25

Reviewing Shaggin' In The Woods from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

Score: 82

2013 vintage bottle served in an Upland snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/13. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Dark bourbon color, pours a thin layer of tan head. Poor lacing and retention. 3.5/5

Smell: Caramel, cocoa, fruity malt and oak. Faint vanilla, hops too. 4/5

Taste: Caramel, malt and oak. Sweet (but not bold) bourbon flavor with vanilla. Not complex at all. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low-medium carbonation. Malty and sweet. Way too thin for what it's trying to offer; it's practically watery. 1.5/5

Overall: Solid flavor and aroma, marred by a horrible mouthfeel. This brew lacks any semblance of viscosity.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

Jul 06, 2013
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Vintage 2012 bottle.

A - Pours a dark, ruby brown color with a one fingered head and dies down to a thick toffee colored lacing ring.

S - Light aroma: toasted toffee, caramel, bourbon, and some vanilla. I really have to dig into my snifter to get anything in the nose.

T - Toasted toffee, light vanilla, and bourbon.

M - Medium body and lots of initial carbonation which creates an airy sensation on the tongue, slightly sticky.

O - Decent. Next time I'd rather try a fresh bottle, perhaps it mellowed too much over the past year?

Jun 13, 2013
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Clear amber, one finger head off white head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Nice bourbon, vanilla notes, some peat, dirt, caramel and molasses.

T-Rather malty, caramel, vanilla, moderate bourbon, good balance, grass, dirt and caramel.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A nice barrel aged scotch ale. Not as good as Backwoods Bastard but good none the less.

May 26, 2013
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inlimbo77 from Delaware

3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz, no date information
Riedel tulip

A: Slightly hazed dark amber color. Layer of light off white head. Forms a collar. Seems to be carbonated.

S: Burnt sugar. Caramel. Toffee. Slight butterscotch maybe? Not getting straight up bourbon and vanilla. Slight infection? I don't know what is a little off here.

T: You get that butterscotch first and foremost. Really takes away from the scotch ale character. Drain poured half the bottle. Dry finish with Werthers Original close.

M: Full bodied. Big mouthfeel.

May 10, 2013
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2013-05-05 in Munster, IN at Three Floyd's

A - pretty clear copper-brown with 1-finger tan head and very good lace.

S - Scottish malt. Not too peaty. Mild roasted bitterness. Light bourbon. Balanced. Inviting.

T - Delicious. Rich. Chocolate. Vanilla. Earthy spice. Light bourbon.

M - thick body. Light carb. Milkshake thick.

O - Lip smackin' good. First beer from this brewery. Impressive.

May 05, 2013
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mjc3151 from Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A - dark brown, cloudy

S - smells of sweet roasted malts

T - first i get a sweetness from the malts, then i get the bourbon flavor. the bourbon is not too overpowering, yet is powerful enough to overtake the initial sweet flavors

M - medium body, medium carbonation

O - If you like bourbon-barrel-aged beers, you will LOVE this beer. The Scotch Ale style is the perfect style to age in bourbon barrels. The bourbon flavors mesh very well with the sweet roasted malts of the scotch ale style. Everyone should try this beer. I am looking forward to trying more of Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series.

Apr 29, 2013
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Benish from Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep copper brown - almost like ice tea. No head and lacings present. The smell is definitely the most interesting part of this beer. It had a tea component to it, some form of black brewed tea or another one of those herbal tea's. I also get some burnt wood, likely from the barrels and I also get some toffee.

The taste had a sharp tang to it, just as if you ate a 5 year old extra sharp cheddar cheese (but different flavor). The flavor profile is so strong and unique that I can hardly describe it. It my first try at a Wee Heavy. This is plenty of malt and a somewhat burnt oaky taste. I do get bourbon at the aftertaste. It definitely is bitter yet mildly sweet. There is a big punch to it when you take a sip.

Great beer, I cannot compare it to other Wee Heavy beers, but I did enjoy it!

Apr 28, 2013
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle thanks to Ri0. Thanks Jared!

A- Beautiful red colour, small and fast disappearing head of foam, considering that...pretty good lacing.

S- Nice complex smell of Bourbon, caramel malt, and vanilla. It smells balanced.

T- Good Bourbon notes, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be. Lots of vanilla and toffee. Nice tasty Scotch Ale, a style I find I'm generally really tough on.

M- Lowish level of carbonation + medium body= no complaints.

O- I dig this Scotch Ale. A nice use of Bourbon barrels for the style, me thinks.

Apr 25, 2013
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Etan from Wisconsin

3.52/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz, recent vintage.

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown with a small off-white head.

S: Dry peat, egg cream, cardboard, light nuttiness and a bit of malt sweetness.

T: Taste is substantially sweeter, with raisins, vanilla and toffee, caramelized grain, brown bread.

M: Between light and medium-bodied with light carbonation.

O: Pretty decent overall, but a few flaws in the aroma and mouthfeel put this one behind the better scotch ales around.

Apr 23, 2013
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JamesMN from Minnesota

4.41/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a deep red/brown with an almost nonexistent off-white head but some visible effervescence. Decently translucent.

Aroma: Immediately hit with a nutty mocha aroma that is quite nice. Vanilla and toffee layering underneath that. A very inviting aroma.

Taste: What a great flavor! It stays consistent throughout with flavors matching the aroma exactly. The rich toffee/nutty character is the high point. Not sure if it comes from the malt bill or the bourbon barrel-aging (or both) but it comes through in an almost understated way that begs to be enjoyed. Hints of vanilla, raisin, and a hop presence that adds a bright note without much bitterness keep the flavor complex but work together extremely well. Finish is mild and smooth, aftertaste of rich chocolate, toffee, and a touch of oak. Since the specks about this beer (ABV, IBU, etc.) are not listed anywhere on the bottle or online, I'd estimate the ABV to be in the 8-9% range. It's difficult to put a number on it because there is no alcohol present in the taste and really only a faint warmth in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Just under full in body but not to thin by any means. Smooth carbonation and great drinkability.

Final Thoughts: I'm starting to really dig Scotch Ales. I actually only tried Shaggin' In The Wood because an employee at the beer store recommended it to me. So glad I bought the bottle and will be going back for more if it's not sold out! This seems to be one of those great beers that no one knows about which is a rare find. Would I drink it again? Yes.

Apr 21, 2013
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mnphish from Minnesota

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

12oz bottle served in a snifter. The body is a deep murky brown with a small vanilla colored head. It smells of sweet caramel malts, vanilla, bourbon, and oak. The taste follows nicely with added flavor of toffee, chocolate, and dark fruit. It's got a relatively light mouthfeel but it's carbonated nicely. There is a slight warming effect that helps balance out the sweetness of the finish.

Apr 21, 2013
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no bottling date but of 2013 vintage, poured into a Bell's snifter and quaffed today, 4/19/2013.

Aroma: Vanilla and a little bit of oak in the beginning. As it warms, I get more toffee, and a sweet chocolate nose. Nice smell and promises to be a sweet, oaky experience. Not too strong but definitely not a weak one. (4)

Colour: Cola colour, more of a lighter brown body that pours with a minimal head despite a reasonably vigorous pour. Thin off-white collar. Small bits of lacing, otherwise a very placid looking brew. (3)

Flavour: Very nice, very mellow overall. Starts with a small bit of vanilla, a bit more of oak but mostly sweet black tea, toffee and a bit of dark chocolate bitterness. There is a little bit of a bourbon hit at the end, more apparently as it warms. Very tasty. (4)

Mouthfeel: A thinner medium bodied beer that feels somewhat resinous, like a good IPA. The finish is smooth, clean and not too dry. The aftertaste is mainly a sweet toffee and bitter chocolate with a bourbon-oaky finish that stays on the tongue for a bit. Very mellow and smooth drinking. (5)

Overall: Tasty scotch ale that is complemented well by the barrel, but I feel like it could be an even better brew if it wasn't blended. Despite this, its a very easy drinking scotch ale that would probably go well with a meal. (4)

Apr 20, 2013
Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 270 ratings