Shaggin' In The Wood | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a gorgeous clear copper hue, although the head leaves a little to be desired.

Heavy vanilla and caramel in the smell as promised on the bottle along with a touch of toasted and chocolate malt. Started off a bit subdued, but picks up a little intensity with time.

Sweet caramel malt and vanilla lead the way, along with a little toast and smoke. The barrel aging rounds the edges off nicely. Although there's just a touch of alcohol noticeable, I'm really struggling to pick up the bourbon here.

Body is medium to light and carbonation is low, which works well with the light flavors.

A very polished, easy drinking wee heavy. I could easily see having 3 or 4 of these in a sitting. If you're expecting much in the way of bourbon however, this probably won't get it done for you.

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Photo of Dhren1979
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vintage: 2011

Serving Type: On Draft @ Geneva Ale House poured into a sniffer.

A: Pours a blood-orange color that does not have any hazey characteristics. Head is light & foamy.

S: A slight bitter hop aroma at 1st, but not strong. Roasted malts in the aroma that holds strong.

T: A weak, bitterness is observed; however, the roasted malts and oaty-malts prevail! Sweet fruit also can be detected.

M: A heavier, medium body beer. Slight alcohol heat & decent carbonation.

D: A nice sipper over a nice hearty meal (I had the Black Forest panini). This can also be consumed fairly quickly if you also choose to. At 9% ABV you will feel it once done!

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Photo of adman08
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Very nice copper color but little head.

Smell-Good scotch ale smell, malty, light smoke aroma and a hint of vanilla.

Taste-Not a strong bourbon flavor, I get more vanilla than anything, along with the very nice sweet malt flavor.

Mouthfeel-Sweet amd slightly sticky. Not as thick as most scotch ales I'm used to.

Drinkability-I really enjoy this beer. I typically prefer a thicker, darker scotch ale such as lake louie reserve scotch ale but this is delicious. The vanilla flavor from the bourbon barrel aging is excellent. I would prefer a little more bourbon flavor but this is a very tasty beer.

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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 JKIRBY
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on a whim, figured it to be something along the lines of Backwoods Bastard. Turns out to be the opposite to me.

Appearance was a beautiful deep red copper. Not much of a head.

Nose was a little weak, but I immediately noted that the bourbon wasn't the first thing my nose found.

Taste was fantastic. I got the Scotch Ale first and thought I was going to be disappointed by the lack of bourbon barrel flavors. Then the Vanilla and Caramel and Bourbon hit on the back end of the flavors. This is why I say it was the opposite of BB.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with appropriate carbonation.

Drinkability is high, I'm looking forward to the rest of this 4 pack!

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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 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 alleykatking
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to VinneVanGogh for this bottle.

A- Pours a darker amber color. One finger off white head shows low retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass but show a little legs to it.

S- Lots of caramel and toffee malts in the front of the nose. Some light roasted goodness in there as well but mostly just in hints. Vanilla and burnt sugar come in next with tiny hints of oaky barrel.

T- Big bready caramel notes in the front of the beer. Interesting I think that I pick up both light roasted malt and hints of chocolate. Middle of the beer is some burnt sugar with vanilla undertones. Toffee flavors come in the backend with bourbon barrel tones and sweet alcohol.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Tons of sweet malts with hints of vanilla left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly warming alcohol, barrel notes, and toffee malts. Flavors were actually very well put together with the barrel notes really blending to the base beer. No off flavors were noticed while drinking. Medium high alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This was a good drinkable beer. I liked the sweetness to it but it wasn't overly sweet. The ABV could be tasted at times in the beer but I would easily drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark amber with a small off-white head that fades to a ring leaving no lacing.

S: The nose is sweet & bready with a roasty malt aroma in there as well. Not really picking up the barrel here besides maybe a tiny whiff of vanilla.

T: The taste is toffee and slightly roasty malt with a vanilla flavor in there as well. This tastes like Fat Tire with a vanilla flavor.

M: The feel is about the best part of this...on the fuller side of medium and oily. Could use a bit more carbonation though.

D: This is just an average Scotch ale. I was expecting something close to Backwoods Bastard and this fell well short of that mark.

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Photo of seeswo
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour generates a reasonable tan head atop a translucent reddish brown body. Smells of vanilla, the faintest touch of smoke and sugary malts. Smells pretty good. The taste is somewhat disappointing, there's a bit of dryness and a hint of an unidentifiable off-flavor in the finish with limited flavor of vanilla and otherwise very little in the way of bourbon. As a scotch ale, it is somewhat bland and uninteresting. The blended barrel aging offers only slight improvement. The beer is also slightly under carbonated and doesn't take on the expected creaminess from the barrel aging. It does leave a sugary feeling on the tongue, In spite of these things, this beer is relatively drinkable. I've had much better from this series.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This fine ale pours a reddish-brown color with very little head and sticky lacing. The nose brings scents of roasted and sweet malt with an rich caramel tone. This beer is absolutely delishous! Sweet caramel with burnt sugars and molasses. Vanilla and bourbon are present as well. Big time malt presence that knocks my socks off with each sip. Awesome. The creamy mouthfeel is great and fulfilling. I could swirl this one around in my mouth all day! There isnt a listed ABV but I am assuming this is a strong one based on the title alone but there is 0 booze burn. Amazing

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Photo of aasher
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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 BarrytheBear
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a just landed four pack pours red with some spotty lacing and nearly no head despite a somewhat vigorous dump.

Smell is ridiculously rich toffee, carmelized sugary sweetness, and a touch of vanilla from the barrel aging. I'm quite fond of this.

Once again, Tyranena release an accessible, nuanced barrel aged beer. If you're looking for a big ballsy bourbon barreled experience, this isn't it. If you're searching for a solid scotch ale that has a kind vanilla and mellow tannins imparted by a barrel, then this is a winner.

Certainly thinned from the base through the barrel again, but there's a pillowy softness here that helps this beer settle softly on the tongue. Nice.

Alcohol is well hidden really only remotely evident towards the bottom of the glass as it reaches room temperature. Nicely done Tyranena.

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Photo of beereality
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Vigorous pour produces a foam glass from top to bottom, with a nice reverse cascading head that turns into a beautiful crisp clear almost red ale. Nice sticky residue left behind. It smells almost chocolate like. I get a little bourbon wood smell in with it, little malt and vanilla as well. Very nice smooth mouth feel. Wow this is very nice. Way to easy to drink. It does not list ABV, but sheep shagger is 7.70. This beer reminds me of a fairy tale, its not too strong and its not too light, its just right. Pick it up if you find it.

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Photo of jds1469
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Guy at the store told me to try this while I was waiting on the KBS to come in this year. Really I figured the name would be the best part of the beer. Lets see.

A - This as a decent looking beer, but it was lighter in color then I had expected. No real head to speak of but the beer does lace down the side of my glass.

S - Using the two sniff method, the first sniff was bitter and the second sniff quickly went to sweet. You could smell the caramel malts and maybe a little bit of vanilla.

T - This is woodsy with caramel, chocolate and a little booze.

M- Just right, not too thick but it sticks on your tongue long enough to get a great taste.

D - Could drink this all night long.

This is a really young beer. This would be great if it had a few years on it.

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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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Shaggin' In The Wood from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.04 out of 5 with 266 ratings