Shaggin' In The Wood | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Shaggin' In The WoodShaggin' In The Wood

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of billshmeinke
3.18/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ruby/brown clear body. Finger of white head that dies down to a ring on the edge of the glass.

Smells lightly woody and campfire like. Light caramel malts. A little underwhelming.

Chewy caramel and toffee, toasted oak, and a touch of dark fruitiness. Some leather too.

Sweetness is quite minimal and smokey tannins cut the sweetness quite a bit as well. Full bodied and round as well.

So I was a little disappointed based on the description on the bottle. Bourbon notes are virtually undetectable. Mostly comes through as oak, and I would have preferred more malt sweetness as well. It's just a little too mellow for what I would have expected.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Date: 04/01/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2010
Glassware: Portsmouth Tulip

Poured a light brown in color w/ ruby highlights, w/ a skim coat white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of bourbon, oak, vanilla, peat, and light caramel/toffee. Taste was of very mild bourbon, oak, peat(roastiness), caramel/toffee, w/ a finish of maple syrup bite. Thin bodied and very smooth. I drank this w/ ease and could have had another few bottles. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Enjoyable brew that I would gladly drink again.

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Photo of beerhan
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown pour, moderately opaque. Thin white head.

S-Lots of bourbon initially, very easy to habituate. Molasses, toasted nuts, some vanilla and caramel.

T-Bourbon at first then mostly oak from the barrel. Lots of caramel, toasted malt, some vanilla. This tastes like a much more mellow backwood's bastard. It is delicious and so well balanced.

M-I enjoyed this a lot but I felt it could have used a little more of a bite. It feels very syrupy but is still quite smooth. Tyranena does a great job though of making not over the top barrel aged beers with a decent abv.

O-I would love to try this one again. It is very drinkable and I wish I knew how potent it was but it is not listed. It may be a little high but I don't know. Once again I must say that they did a great job on this barrel aged scotch ale.

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Photo of craytonic
3.3/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: dark caramel-amber pour, small tan head

Smell: Sweet and oaky, touches of vanilla, toffee, bourbon and coffee

Taste: Oak, whiskey barrels, vanilla, maple syrup, toffee, caramel, cocoa powder, molasses. But not in a good way. Flavors are not integrated, seem to be competing with each other. The oak seems more cheap chardonnay staves than good french oak bourbon. Odd peaty element also.

Mouthfeel: Thinner than it should be and slightly under-carbonated

Overall: I had a hard time enjoying this one, just something sub-par about it.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber, copper brown color with dim reddish highlights. Excellent clarity.Moderate beige head with decent retention.

Aroma-Smells no where near as bourbony as expected, which came as a pleasant surprise, as I find that most bal-aged beers overdo it. Rich, caramel and toffee malt, with some darker notes of molasses and brown sugar, and some bourbon complexity. Oak and vanilla aromas abound. Subtle dark fruits (prunes) and alcohol are notable as well.

Flavor-In the flavor, the bourbon flavors show a greater presence, but are still in balance with the scotch ale. Bourbon, sweet toffee and caramel, some toasted character, and sticky molasses are dried out by smooth alcohol flavors in the finish, leading to a toffee bourbon finish touched with smoke, that lingers on for quite some time.

Medium full to full, but not quite chewy. Carbonation is moderately low. Smooth and with substantial alcohol warmth.

I really liked this. I think they did a fantastic job with the barrel aging, and produced a beer that still resembles the style it came from, while simultaneously showcasing some very nice bourbon notes. Bravo.

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Photo of Pellinore1
3.92/5  rDev -2%
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 PurpleCloud
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Chestnut brown with bits of scarlet, translucent, thin but persistent head.

S: Nutty with hints of vanilla perhaps.

T: Nutty taste with sweet caramel flavor and vanilla, brought together by a faint yet distinct bourbon flavor.

M: Very smooth.

Overall: An absolute treat of a beer! It's got a distinct nutty taste with fantastic sweetness from the caramel. The bourbon is faint, but it seems to be exactly right! Highly recommended! Tyranena has outdone themselves. A big thanks goes to Wisrarebeer for this one!

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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 jwinship83
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. always excited to try anything form the brewers gone wild series. drank from my duvell tulip.

A- this one pours out a dark brown colored body with a slight haze to it. there is a small cream colored head on top that quickly fizzles away to nothing. no lacing left behind.

S- very sweet smelling. lots of caramel malts up front, along with some toffee. definite hints of maple and light vanilla from the oak. the bourbon remains hidden.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel and toffee malts that i could smell. after that i get some maple syrup and light vanilla notes from the oak. the bourbon comes in very faintly at the end.

M- on the lighter side of medium bodied. very low level of carbonation. it could use a little more. the sweetness lingers.

D- like all the brewers gone wild series, this was enjoyable and easy to finish. ill be looking to grab some more of this before its gone for good, and ill also be looking to see what comes out next. i also like the fact that the alcohol by volume isnt crazy high. id guess just under 8% with this one.

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Photo of scaliasux
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Medium - dark brown. Appears somewhat hazy. Moderate creamy off-white head that persists.

Smell - Rich caramel malt. Maybe a little whiskey and vanilla.

Taste - Heavy dose of roasted malts per style. Sweet roasted caramel is the primary flavor. Bourbon is certainly present, but restrained - vanilla and a little alcohol. Flavors meld nicely - the bourbon flavors could easily have been overdone, but not here.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Creamy.

Drinkability - Nice twist on an already fantastic beer. Could have used this one a little earlier in the winter - really takes the edge off a cold winter's night.

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Photo of larsenju
3.07/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Brown body with slight hints of amber, almost no head, no lacing.

S-A little bourbon and peat smoke, maybe some oak and caramel.

T-Toffee, some bourbon, vanilla, caramel, and a much fainter peat note than I got in the nose. Very sugary with some higher alcohols.

M-Thick and sugary with very low carbonation.

D-I have been pretty impressed with the BGW series thus far, but this was really a disappointment. It is just way to thick with sugars, and I am not really sure that bourbon was a good addition to the beer, maybe if it was blended in a lower ratio.

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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 KarlHungus
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a mahogany color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing (which is alright of a bourbon barrel aged beer). The aroma reminds me of a chocolate shop that makes its own chocolates and caramels. There is caramel, vanilla, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, nougat, bourbon, and wood. I could smell this beer all day long. It is, perhaps, the only beer that I have ever wanted to grant a 5.5 score for aroma here on BeerAdvocate. The taste is a bit milder than the aroma. There is less caramel, vanilla and chocolate, with the bourbon and wood staying at about the same intensity. It is still really good, but it isn't great in the way the aroma is. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and moderate carbonation. I have a feeling this beer would be better with a slightly full body, and very low carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer though, and I would highly recommend it to others.

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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 bound4er
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Clear amber appearance with an off white two finger head. Leaves heavy lacing.

S. Earthy (peat and dirt), vanilla and cream barrel influences along with some bourbon and maple. Smells quite nice.

T. Mostly sweet malt flavors with vanilla, oak and bourbon. There is a nice mid-palate maple syrup note. Finishes a bit odd but with good length.

M. For a high ABV beer this is really nice and light bodied.

D. This is a damn drinkable Wee Heavy that really hides its ABV well. The barrel aging is done about right for my tastes - it is there but not overpowering. Good, solid beer from Tyranena.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

shaggin in the wood. no date, 2.79 at ridgeview gb

a 3.5-4 the bottle opened with a very faint pff. ruddy caramel color with peach highlights. no head, hint of a ring, very still looking. touch of spotty lace manages to remain here and there.

s 4-4.5 general woodyness, whiskey, hints of smoke, caramel. i'm guessing the barrels contained bourbon for at least 8 years due to the impartation of more wood than corny bourbon aroma. some butterscotch is revealed with warming. all in all warrants the higher score.

t 4 kind of a timid beer for a, umm, big ballsy brew. but by now i'm used to that from this series. these are flavorful beers, no doubt, though not even close to what many people in the U.S. consider "big" these days.

the sweet caramel mingles with a little bourbon, some herbal(?) hops. a faint alcohol presents wafts through on rare occasions. sweet scorched caramel finish.

m 4 medium+ bodied, low carbonation but surprisingly enough to lay down a tickly bed of bubbles. some filmy coating. a little stickyness in the glass.

d 4 not sure what the abv is (these brewers gone wild tend to be lower abv than one might expect) but this drinks quite easily. in the final analysis, is it too approachable, not challenging enough, too sweet? wouldn't really want more than one at a time, but this does seem worth returning to now and again. and after all it nearly did disappear faster than i could review it.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Deep tawny mahogany. Capped mediumly with a dark beige crown of tight creamy based foam that slips off semi quickly. Some spotty lacing is flecked about.

Aroma is maple syrup over fresh hotcakes with a bit of vanilla and a bit of deep and dark oakyness. Warming attributes emerge within the mapleyness as it sits. Nice!

Solid malt base taster that pulls in deep, dark, sweet sided maple tones with hints to vanilla, butter cream, caramelized sugars, and a wonderfully warming roundedness that oozes smooth, creamy, silken maltyness soaking across the palate with a delicate oak twist in the trunk. Delish!

Smooth, heavenly thick and creamy with a malty thick gooeyness that covers the palate quickly with its heavier medium body and girth. Soaks right in and fills the palate with a yummy rich tone of mapley maltyness with a nice touch of warmth in the middle.

Yum, yum, yummy! One awesome Wee Heavy on display here. Tyranena makes another top notch drinker with great flavor, tone, and body. I can and will drink alot of this stuff! YUM!

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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 boomer31
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glad to be trying another Tyranena BGW brew. Most I've had have been very good.

A - Pours a rich brown, transparent with a white lacing and no stick on the glass. Why are these twist off caps??

S - A good amount of smoke in the nose then a hint of wood

T - Nice maltiness and caramel followed by some sweetness in the back. As it warms the bourbon somes thru just a touch mostly in vanilla. The smoke form the nose creeps in as well when this warms which adds another layer of complexity.

M - Sweet and rather full bodied, not what I was expecting. Sweetness clings just a touch

D - The bourbon is not overwhelming, which I don't like, but it is very well balanced. The smokiness in the nose keeps you wanting more.

Overall another good beer from Tyranena. Not spectacular but balanced enough to make me save one for a few months down the line. When I took the our I was stacks of barrels aging...hoping I'd be able to get some. Glad I did.

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Photo of bertram
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color, with almost no head whatsoever. Surprisingly though, this brew has a good mouthfeel, with a great carbonation hitting the tongue.

The smell is solid, but not outstanding - there are some roasted malt and wood smells coming through, but more of a sweet smell than a bourbon smell.

The taste though - wow. This is where you can catch some of the bourbon flavor. It's there, more an undertone and not overpowering. The taste comes through as sweet, with hits of vanilla and roasted nuts.

A solid beer that I'll look forward to enjoying again as it ages a bit.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.44/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark copper in color, with a thick head. No lace.

Nice sweet aroma of vanilla and maple. Quite impressive.

Flavor is quite strong on the vanilla and oak, with an alcohol burn at the finish. 70% of this is Scotch ale aged in bourbon barrels, and unlike some other bourbon barrel-aged ales, this one seems to have really soaked up some of that oak and bourbon quality. I get a lot of wood (hah), with bourbon and vanilla tones. Really impressive!

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Photo of Soneast
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
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 homebrew311
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: dark clear copper color with white head, some retention, spotty lacing,

S: familiar scotch ale malts up front with notes of peat, next come a considerable dose of vanilla and oak. This maintains the aroma of a scotch ale with a nice amount of whiskey character in the background.

T: sweet malts up front, notes of caramel, toffee, this followed up by delicate notes from the barrel with emphasis on vanilla. The spirit character is well restrained and balances nicely with the base.

MF: medium body, perhaps a tad lighter than expected. Medium carbonation.

D: another awesome value barrel aged beer from Tyranena. This is similar to Backwoods Bastard, but much more mellow on the spirit and the malt character. Worth a try!

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep brown/amber color, beautiful 1 finger head, delightful lacing

S: smoked/roasted nuts, bourbon barrel, malt.

T: sweet smoke and roasted nuts and malt, hint of boozy bourbon,mild bitter finish

M: medium body, smooth, nice carbonation

D: Tyranena has done it AGAIN! I really enjoy this brewery. Their seasonal and regular beers are good, but their Brewers Gone Wild Series is EXCELLENT! This is a mighty fine Wee Heavy, the 9% ABV is well hidden and will sneak up on ya.

VERY NICE! Pick this up.

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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 266 ratings.
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