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Shaggin' In The Wood | Tyranena Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by darklordlager on 01-19-2010

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115
Ratings:
257
Avg:
4
pDev:
14.5%
 
 
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Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with just a layer of off white head. The carbonation is very delicate. A ring of carbonation remains around the edge of the glass.

Smell: More chocolate/cocoa than I would have expected. Nutty with some caramel and toffee. Not picking up hardly any bourbon, but smells quite good.

Taste: Not nearly as much cocoa as there was in the smell. Strong notes of toffee and vanilla. Some bourbon shows up later on along with some oak. Would have like a little more bourbon, but still quite good.

Mouthfeel: On the thick side of medium body. Very delicate carbonation, quite smooth. Sticks to mouth with a slick finish.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It doesn't get a higher rating because I would have liked a little more bourbon, but still quite nice. I'd definitely like to have another.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

another new one sent to me via an extra. gotta love it as i never would have ended up trying this one. poured into a pint glass.

Poured a rich hazy hazelnut brown with a minimal tan head that faded fast but had a nice overall full look to it. Rich aroma of clove and heather almost, with a solid base of caramel and nuts. The flavor was a bit sharp, not as polished, but very mush in the game. Started with a light fruity note, hints of hops, piney almost with a nice earthy tone to it and a rich caramel note. Lots of nutty tones in the fnish with lots of fresh flower like flavors mixed in. Nice creamy bosy with a smooth easy drinking feel

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Photo of womencantsail
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for sharing this one Bobby, I've been wanting to try it for awhile now.

A: Pours a dark amber color, perhaps brown, with a finger of tan head to go with it.

S: Tons of vanilla and chocolate aromas to the beer which are just great. A mild peatiness and some sweet toffee and caramel. Not as much bourbon as you might expect, but there is a fair amount of oak aroma.

T: Rich and creamy vanilla really dominates the beer, but I don't find it overwhelming. Sweet toffee and vanilla along with cocoa powder add additional sweetness. Again, minimal bourbon flavor, but there is a substantial charred oak flavor, particularly on the back end.

M: Medium in body with a smooth, medium carbonation.

O: This is one of the best, and most under the radar breweries out there, and the Brewers Gone Wild series have been winners across the board.

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Photo of mothman
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours hardly any head. Just a thin ring around the glass. Color is clear mahogany copper.

Aroma: Very sweet. Notes of toffee, caramel, and vanilla. The bourbon blends in and comes off sweet as well. It has an amaretto type flavor as well that I like. It is kind of nutty.

Taste: Again, it is fairly sweet. It is also toasted. Has some marshmallow and vanilla flavors with some cocoa. Tastes kind of like a candy bar. Some nutty flavors here. Caramel and toffee. The bourbon is light, but it shows just enough. Awesome taste.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy. Medium to full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a little dry and sweet.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It wasn't as roasty as a normal scotch ale and it was more sweet, but I liked it. It was really drinkable and enjoyable. I swear I was picking up a coconut flavor while drinking this beer and it tasted like a mounds bar. Mmmm!

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Dammit, I miss using my thistle goblet. ..Then again, I'm far too lazy to go into the box in the basement and retrieve it, so... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunrise ruby topped by a finger of light sandstone foam. The nose comprises oak, caramel, light toffee, light vanilla, and a touch of liquor. The taste doesn't seem to want to deviate from this winning formula, though the oak is a bit more pronounced, and hints of chocolate and mild dark greens come through near the finish, tying things up quite nicely. The body is a sleek medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, one of the better barrel-aged editions put out through the BGW series. I would definitely enjoy this one again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes:

A: Pours a hazy brown color, reminds me of apple cider actually, with no head on top or any lacing.

S: Certainly get some of the bourbon, a lot of vanilla and chocolate, as well as some caramel and toffee.

T: Very rich, reminds me of Backwoods Bastard. The vanilla is very strong with some toffee and a little bit of coffee. Not as much chocolate or bourbon as the aroma indicated.
Very tasty.

M: Medium bodied, but seemed a touch thin. Low carbonation.

O: I was very impressed with this beer. It has a nice, complex flavor profile and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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 mdfb79
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind beer #6 from Kyle. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep reddish mahogany color with one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like maybe another red/amber ale?

s - Smells of lots of malts. Some caramel malts, fruity malts, toasted and bready malts, toffee, oak, and light sugar. A bit sweet and the toasted/burnt malts come out quite a bit. Still thinking this one might be a red ale, though the oak makes me think it's wood aged.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, more oak, toffee, toasted and burnt malts, sweet fruit, light sugar, and bready malts. Pretty much follows the nose to a tee, though the taste had much more of that caqramel and tofee, as well as the oak. Light bitterness to it, but not much at all. Thinking some sort of oak aged red ale?

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth and easy to drink; very enjoyable.

o - Overall a pretty nice beer heavy on the malts. Definitely a little sweet but in a good way; nothing overbearing about it. Lots of caramel and oak in the taste as well, and definitely some toasted/burnt malts as well. I'm going to guess this is some sort of 8-9% ABV oak aged red/amber ale, but I don't know any like that so no idea what beer it is.

And the beer is...Tyranena's Shaggin in the Woods, a bourbon barrel aged scotch ale. Awesome, thanks Kyle! Always love trying new Tyranena beers. Now knowing the style the caramel/toffee definitely makes sense, and the barrels definitely came through as I got a lot of wood in the taste. Surprisingly I didn't get any bourbon in the nose at all and just a tiny bit in the taste. I'm thinking that sweetness in now vanilla after seeing the label's description. Overall I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Binny's. Served in a Half Acre pint glass.

A - Pours with a a half-finger of light tan foam that settles to a thick collar and a wisp of foam, but minimal lace. Transparent golden reddish brown color.

S - Heavy in oaky vanilla, caramel apple, chocolate fudge, brown sugar, and a light bourbon aroma that imparts a bit of bite. It's nice, but could use a bit more potency, as I had to jam my nose way into the glass, even after letting it warm for a bit.

T - Taste is also quite nice. Starts with roasted malts, oak, vanilla, milk chocolate, and faint bourbon, but finishes with sweet chewy caramel. Alcohol is well-hidden.

M - Carbonation is odd, as it initially feels as if it has low carbonation but after it sits on the palate it's surprisingly tingly. I don't know the ABV, but this seems a bit undersized for the style and flavor, and clocks in at a slightly watery medium bodied. Finishes quite sticky and chewy, with minimal barrel tannins and mild alcohol warming.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit. I may have to buy another 4-pack, as the rest of my bottles are committed to a trade. It's definitely one of the better Brewers Gone Wild beers in recent memory. It's nice to see someone do a barrel-aged Scotch Ale that doesn't taste like harsh wood and alcohol.

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yes, finally the next beer in the Brewers Gone Wild series! On the bottle it says that this is 70% Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels and 30% Scotch ale.

This one poured a very clear burnt amber in color with a light off white head which laced my snifter. The aromas are of toffee, hazelnut, caramel, light bourbon, butterscotch, and vanilla. The flavors consist of vanilla, toffee, light bourbon, and sweet malts. If you like the Sheepshagger, you'll really like this one. This beer looked so light while pouring, and is very clear in the glass. It's really surprising how it thickens up a little, to drink a very nice and smooth medium in body. I'm not sure of the content of this one but it's just as drinkable as the Sheepshagger, perhaps even more due to the increased complexity. This is yet another really good beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- The thin wisp of head sits on a slightly dense glowing brown body with a red hue at the base.

S- The dry toasted malt flavor has some support from biscuit malt and a softer lightly roasted malt and vanilla note in the finish.

T- The blend of dry roasted and toasted malts have a slightly oaky tartness in the finish with some vanilla oaky notes coming through as the beer warms and a spicy note to follow.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a dry texture on the tongue and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- The dry malt has some good depth and a slight sweetness to the oak and vanilla notes make this very easy to drink with some nice character.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a nonic. Bottled Jan 31, 2011.

(A)- Pours a fairly thick dark brown amber color. Produced some tan froth and bubbles.

(S)- A rich nutty aroma, like walnut and almond with some subtle brown sugar and a dry woody oak and vanilla profile.

(T)- Very similar to the smell, only even richer. A malty caramel and brown sugar profile with an oaky hazelnut character.

(M)- A smooth and mellow carbonation level. Rich and malty without being too sweet. Mellow barrel aged components fit this really well.

(D)- A solid scotch ale. Easily enjoyable for what it is. The % of barrel aging was just the right amount; doesnt overpower the other flavors this beer has to offer. Well-done.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dulled and murky scarlet red body. Thing beige head leaves sparse malt. Aroma is sweet and malty with a little peatiness as well. Flavor is smootha and richly sweet with accents of vanilla as well. Bourbon notes are subdued, but this is very drinkable for a Wee Heavy. Medium-full body with no impression of alcohol on the buds. Lightly carbonated and quite drinkable for the style.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aggressive pour into a snifter.

Appearance: A copperish brown that is a translucent. Thin white head that leaves some spotty lacing and a white ring around the side of the glass.

Smell: Oak and smoke and booze! Nice fruity notes too.

Taste: Huge vanilla. Butterscotch notes are in there too; playing off the vanilla sweetness. Hint of smokiness and its fruity too. Good dose of peat moss in the malt profile. Earthy hops. A lingering taste of oak and bourbon taste after swallowing. You get both elements of the Scotch ale and the barrels contributions to the beer.

Mouthfeel: This beer has moderate carbonation and a medium bodied beer. Very smooth BA beer.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable and delicious. Another fanatastic BGW series beer. I love Tyranena BGW Series! Nice complexity and an easy drinker for a BA Scotch Ale. Its way better than Founders backwoods bastard and probably a little lesser know. Its also a better value than the Founders backwoods bastard too. One of my favorite BA Scotch ales!

revisited this beer on 4/17/2013. batch 2 is just as good as the first batch.

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Photo of claspada
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 jzeilinger
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
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?

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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 Stevedore
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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)

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Photo of Jwale73
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours a deep amber with a loose, quarter inch head that dissipates into a frothy band and a thin skim. Slashes and spots of lacing are exposed on the tilt side of the glass. Nose is buttery, sugary and expresses a light boozy character. Taste reveals rich butterscotch flavors initially, but quickly becomes somewhat thin and watery with a slightly grainy quality to the flavor profile. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with a mild, even carbonation and a buttery/oily/creamy texture. Decent, but not what I would consider style consistent. Nonetheless an interesting brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Again, a huge thanks to Onslow for the sample. Review from notes.

A: Pours that same dark mahogany color as the base. A tiny bubbly tan head forms, but is gone in a second. Not lace. Looks a little under carbonated...
S: Light buttery notes, toffee sweetness, bread, and biscuit aromas. Wood, bourbon and maple syrup.
T: Follows the nose. Very sweet with lots of toffee. Wood, vanilla, maple syrup.
M/D: A medium body this is a bit under carbonated. A little thin for my tastes. Not hard to drink. What ever alcohol is there, you can not detect. Though a bigger body would make this much more enjoyable for me to drink.

I really like this. Though I like the base Scotch Ale much better. If this had a fuller body and a little more carbonation it would be great. Very much worth a try, but Sheep Shagger is the superior product IMO.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

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Photo of maximum12
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite my fondness for Tyranena, somehow I've managed to avoid digging this out of the fridge for months. Why? Why does a bear...oh never mind.

Pours a big, lovely dark red. Out of the glass flows big notes of vanilla & burning peat bog, with scorched malts, too. Nice.

Shaggin' in the Wood didn't nasty in the forest for very long. The barrel is stronger in the nose than in the taste, which is dominated by caramel & toffee. Smokiness wanders around the middle of the beer, & the woody bourbon waves breezily, but it's a nice finishing touch. The midly attractive girl of barrel-agged scotch ales, this is hugely approachable & very drinkable.

Why did I wait so long to try this? Why do the Israelis & Palestinians...anyways, this is an excellent brew. Subtle, deep, complex, & yet comes across as the girl next door. Another winner from the Brewers Gone Wild! series. Keep it up!

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.
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