Shaggin' In The Wood | Tyranena Brewing Company

Shaggin' In The WoodShaggin' In The Wood
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Shaggin' In The WoodShaggin' In The Wood

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Added by darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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Ratings: 266 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of redleg411
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena to try, this time a scotch ale, 70% of which was aged in bourbon barrels. This pours a dark copper, nearly brown color. Clear with a thin head.

The aroma is toasted malts and caramel, not any smoke unfortunately. The bourbon comes through as a light complement, maybe a little vanilla and oak.

I taste the bourbon a bit more in than expected from the nose, not burning but more medicinal. Not bad, you can pinpoint the barrel characteristics, but I guess it seems too muted in general. Maybe due to mixing in 30% unaged ale.

Light carbonation, smooth mouthfeel. Overall good, not quite great. I wouldn't say no to another though.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a thick brown color that looks like it has a certain chalky character to it, pours with very little head and what it does pour with is gone almost immediately, pours pretty clear with no carbonation bubbles
S: smells more like a stout or a porter in my opinion, coffee, chocolate, toffee, and caramel malts, almost no scotch scent until the very end and little even there
T: what the hell is this beer! its all over the place, hits first with caramel and toffee notes just like the bottle says, then slides over to a bit of woody smokiness from the scotch flavor, then slides out a bit sweet and warm, im so confused here, its so complex it has confused my palate, great taste though, i just don't think it should be classified as any sort of style
M: gentle carbonation, thick through and through, smooth from the beginning straight through to the end, a bit of alcohol burn but that might just be since it is a scotch ale, pleasant and nice
O: this isn't a scotch ale, i could very well be wrong but i just feel that there is so much going on here that it cant be classified at all, a nice brew, tastes great, pours...well pour, but i enjoy it as a brew and would gladly have it again

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another Brewers Gone Wild offering from Tyranena; here’s hoping it’s more of a Dirty Old Man and less of a Hop Whore, as far as experience goes.

Brewed less than four months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLE ON 31JAN11” on the bottle).

A: Pours with little to no effort from the carbonation, as if it just fell out of the bottle – it reminded me of pouring coffee. The body is a hazy maroon-orange, a unique shade of reddish amber, with a very limited white fizz head. It ends up with nothing more than a few bubbles in my chalice, with only a spot or two of lacing.

S: Hot damn, there is an awesome nose on this beer. It smells just like it is: a foundation of Scotch ale scents with a layer of lovely barrel on top. The base is that fundamentally malty aroma of warm, fresh toffee, butterscotch, plum, cocoa, caramel apple, and cinnamon-raisin bread; a spectacular array of Scotch ale scents that I love, without a huge influence of cough-syrup alcohol that this style is prone to. And that barrel does wonders: lush maple syrup, slightly burnt oak, and vanilla.

T: Smoky, buttery, fruity, and maple-forward – a tasty Scotch ale. It’s a sugary-roasty exhibition of butter on cinnamon toast, oaken barrel, thin smoke, caramel apple, butterscotch candy, and vanilla pastry, on a bed of maple syrup. Alcohol comes through clean and clear, like vodka, and the cough syrup tastes come on thick as the beer warms. The more I drink, the stranger this beer tastes, and not in the mode of complexity – it goes down like flat Dr. Pepper, with dull cherry that mixes with the artificial alcohol tastes. Finishes thick and mildly peppery, with light spice and a fruit syrupiness.

M: Unfortunately thin. The carbonation lack makes this one feel a lot like flat soda, like the palate indicates.

O: This is one of those beers that started great, but ended up leaving a bad taste in my mouth. Good rendition of a Scotch ale, though, especially in the nose.

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Photo of cokes
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tarnished bronze with a low-slung tan head that fades away quickly, leaving some lace.
It carries an aroma of toasted grain, toffee, and light barrelled notes of vanilla, buttered coffee, black cherry, and charred oak. The nose feels a bit washed-out, given what it is.
The malt hits the mouth with caramel, grain, and earthen smokiness. The barrel brings cherry, buttered toast, toasted coconut, vanilla, and oak. And the barrel traits are much more focused here than in the nose. It's not a bourbon bomb necessarily, but the spirit traits do override the Scotch Ale traits as much as ups the overall flavor. It rides out with lingering oak and an upswell of coffee. I like how it finishes as much as anything.
Medium full in the mouth, with steady, slighly high amount of CO2.
Overall, this struck me as a beefed-up version of their (Barrel-Aged) Rocky's Revenge. It's drinkable, considering, but it doesn't wow. Regardless, it's solid enough, and a bit more agile than most Bourbon Barrel offerings.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased At: Steve's (Madison, WI)

I just toured Tyranena over the weekend. It's only fitting that I have one of their beers this week.

Appearance: The color is burnt umber and falu red with very little head making an appearance. I'm suspecting the lack of head is a result of the alcohol presence in this. A little leg showing up on the side of my glass and very little lace.

Smell: Caramel malts, vanilla, a bit of bourbon and a little smoky as well.

Taste: The tasting starts out with sweet caramel malt coming through. The bourbon does make an appearance in this with the sweetness starting to roll off and a little more alcohol and vanilla comes through. The alcohol just barely comes through, and is very well hidden in this.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied, carbonation was just right after cracking open the bottle.

Drinkability: I can't handle heavy, sweeter beers like this too often, so one of these in an evening will do just fine. This was a great try though, and had it not been for a trade I probably wouldn't have picked it up, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. Caramel brown in color with a thin white head clinging to the edges of the glass.

I get a good amount of chocolaty notes coming through in the aroma. A sweeter, malty, caramel flavor is there as well. The barrel character is very light, almost un-noticeable. Not what I expected at all, but still a pretty good aroma.

The taste has more of a sweeter, malty flavor up front with some caramel and cocoa to it. The barrel aging comes through more towards the finish with vanilla, oak and a touch of bourbon.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being low. Overall it was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. The bourbon barrel character was a little lighter than I hoped, but it was still very flavorful and easy drinking beer for the style. Very nice overall.

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Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to maximum12 for the chance to try this one.

A-Pours a fairly clear amber brown with virtually no head, just a thin white ring at the outside.

S-Dark fruit with some caramel and brown sugar. Not much barrel presence that I can detect but still nice.

T-Sweet malt with dark fruit, caramel and bready malt. As in the nose I was expecting a bourbon presence that is largely absent.

M-Medium bodied with low carbonation.

O-A nice beer.


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Photo of lunarbrew
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dirtylou
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, stray bottle consumed pre-move

appearance: served in delirium chalice, much lighter than anticipated - deep copper-amber body, minimal beige film lace

smell: toffee, sweet caramel, earthy, peat, light bourbon

taste: smooth and less over the top as some others in the series - the bourbon is quite smooth and pairs well with the toffee flavors in the scotch ale. Caramel, vanilla, light chocolate and some dark fruits round out the flavor profile. Not very woody, despite the name.

mouthfeel: very smooth, well disguised alcohol

overall: good

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 3 Floyds pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for donating one of his bottles to me

The appearance is a nice amber color, but that is lighter than I'm used to seeing many other scotch ales. The aroma is quite pleasant there is the distinct butterscotch and caramel notes that are commonly associated with the style, but this adds a light amount of the pleasant vanilla aroma perhaps from oak barrels, or perhaps from vanilla addition. The taste pretty much follows that same profile as was found in the aroma. There is a stronger maltiness on the palate though as compared to the nose. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and astringent, then I let it warm up probably to around 60 degrees and the mouthfeel became buttery and sweet. The fact is though that it took a lot of waiting for the bottle to get up to that temperature, almost as if I should have drank it straight from the cellar rather than waste time chilling it in the fridge. Still a very nice beer and I enjoyed the end product.

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Photo of Florida9
3.87/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear red tinted brown in color. Forms only a minimal surface coating of head that quickly disappears to absolutely nothing leaving a flat, uninteresting looking beer behind in the glass. No retention/no lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, and vanilla. Oak to a lesser extent. A faint hint of bourbon.

T: Extremely malty. Lots of malty fruit, caramel, and toffee. Some vanilla, a little oak and bourbon. A minimal hint of alcohol on the finish.

M: Beer itself is medium bodied, but considering it is virtually flat, the feel is, well, flat. Not syrupy - just flat. A little alcoholic heat on the finish, but it passes quickly.

O: Most of the time I enjoy Tyranena's barrel aged beers for the fact that their barrel aging is typically quite reserved. This beer is no different and for the most part it is a good beer, except for the total lack of carbonation.

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

Had on-tap at the brewery. From notes:
A: Poured a clear dark caramel colour, with a small crown of bubbles.

S: Layered caramel malt, vanilla, and bourbon. A bit of hop bitterness as well.

T: Caramelly bourbon character with hints of vanilla. The caramel malt character does a great job supporting the bourbon, providing it with a firm base.

M: Lighter than expected. Not syrupy, but has a bit of a spirit-like mouthfeel.

D: Overall I would say that the caramelized dark fruits and loads of caramel malt usually at the forefront in a wee heavy were taken over by the barrel characteristics (not that I mind). A very nice beer.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%

Photo of Soneast
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, copper/brown color. Grows a quarter-inch, cream colored head that dissipates rapidly to a bubbly ring, leaving some pretty decent lace.

I actually get a lot of chocolate on the nose, presumably from roast malt they used for coloration. Aside from that there is a fair amount of caramel character and some mild wood notes of toasted marshmallow and just a hint of bourbon.

The flavor certainly tastes like a nice Wee Heavy, with a lot of malt flavors coming through, caramels and a bit of roast, almost chocolate like flavors. Some nice oak notes round the flavor profile out, bringing a bit of vanilla and a very well balanced bourbon presence, ultimately ending on quite a sweet note.

The mouthfeel seems a tad thin, almost watery. The flavors are right in line, but very low carbonation and a lacking body knocks this one down a tad. The finish is very sweet, which I guess is to be expected, but it's maybe a touch too much for me. Other than that, I thought Shaggin' In The Wood was pretty decent . I liked that the bourbon and oak notes were tamed and not overpowering.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromas of toffee and strong nutty maltiness. There are much lighter notes of sweet caramel malts and a subtle vanilla smell.
The taste begins with sweet caramel maltiness and brown sugar flavors mixed in on the end. Loads of vanilla and some lesser coconut as this warms. The alcohol and wood flavors are extremely subtle and well integrated. This is less than complex, but the balance is impressive more than a detriment.
The mouthfeel could be fuller in my opinion for the higher alcohol level (I assume it's around the 7.7% that the base beer is). It is borderline watery for the flavor profile but I sill love this style so I will not knock it.
Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. No detection of higher ABV, great subtle barrel aging (too subtle for some); far too drinkable and delicious. My first beer from this brewery but I have heard all their Brewer's Gone Wild beer are great so I look forward to sampling many more to come.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, coppery brown, producing a bit of light tan head. This fades fairly quickly, leaving just a hint of lacing.

I smell sweet malt and caramel, and a bit of vanilla. The oak is more evident in the aroma than the bourbon.

The taste is very much like the smell. It opens with sweet, nutty malt and caramel, then finishes with vanilla and oak. The bourbon is there, but quite subdued.

The mouthfeel is quite smooth, with just a little carbonation. It almost feels like a beer served on cask.

This beer was quite pleasant overall, and one of the most drinkable bourbon-aged beers I've tried.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with no head

smell: vanilla, bourbon, toffee, malts,

taste: vanilla, bourbon, toffee, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a tasty brew. reminds me of a mellower version of Founders Backwoods Bastard which I love. so give it a try.


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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Shaggin' In The Wood, 70% Scotch Ale Aged in Bourbon Barrels, 30% Scotch Ale. A complex blend of flavors, The rich caramel and toffee flavors of Sheep Shagger Scotch Ale symphonies with the oak, bourgeon, and vanilla flavors bestowed by the barrel."

Lightly hazed, caramel-colored in appearance, slim head.

Sweetness in the nose, vanilla, oak, hints of bourbon, caramel malt. Toffee, yep. Some espresso, even.

Taste: rich and complex, deep and delicious, dense flavors of whiskey, vanilla, oak, caramel, toffee, sweet and decadent. Woody malt bomb. Butterscotch and bourbon bonanza.
Sleek and succulent. Totally tasty.
Mmm, mmm, good. Nicely done, Rob & Co.

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Photo of jera1350
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber with a tan head that reduces, but leaves a little lace.

Bourbony, vanilla, toffee and plenty sweet smelling.

The taste is much like the smell. Pretty complex flavor but is a bit dilluted. A nice dessert like taste with the bourbon standing out well.

The body is a bit thin feeling, but otherwise is smooth.

A poor man's Backwoods Bastard at a lower pricepoint and a much higher drinkability. Not a poor beer by any means however.

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Photo of richkrull
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the brewery.

Poured a darker brown color with a hint of red in it as well. Very little head on this beer.

Smell is caramel malt with a bit of the bourban coming through.

The caramel malt taste comes through up front with maybe some toffee as well. A bit of a smokey taste to this beer too and a slight alcohol taste in the finish.

Medium bodied beer that goes down fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Definitely worth a try, especially if you're into this style.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .3L Lettich Balloon glass/snifter. Head is about 1 finger high and creamy off-white. Fades a bit, but manages to stick around for a bit as well. Lace is mild. The beer's color is reddish or caramel brown.

The aroma is pretty nice. Malty at first, with some fruity notes, some dark, pitted fruit as well, then I get more of the bourbon, oak, light vanilla, caramel, and hints of toffee and chocolate. Bourbon smells are moderate. A nice smell in that you can definitely pick up what seems to be the base beer along with the barrel aging.

The taste follows the aroma pretty well. Sweet and generously malty, caramel, toffee, and dark fruits up front with bourbon, light oak and light vanilla following close behind. In the back are those hints of chocolate, cocoa, and maybe even slight coffee. Tasty but not as bourbon forward as I would have liked. Definitely can pick up what seems to be the base beer mixing well with the barrel aging, though.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Creamy full consistency, medium-ish carbonation, medium bordering on full body, and a subtle but slightly lingering finish.

Overall, this is definitely a good beer. Not a bourbon bomb by any means, but pretty darn good. I would have preferred more bourbon in the taste and slightly more in the aroma, but that's just me and my love affair with Founders Backwoods Bastard, which has some similar qualities but obviously a different beer. Bottom line, this is worth a try!

Thanks so much to funhog for sending this as an extra in our recent trade!

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88% out of 100 with 266 ratings
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