Shaggin' In The Wood | Tyranena Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
266
Reviews:
118
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
40
For Trade:
3
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Photo of bigbluebeerguy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.57/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Lightly chilled bottle into a glass. I tried this when it was shared by nickd717, and I received another from lurchingbeast (thanks!) to confirm my impressions.

A: Pours a dark amber shade, though the body is quite clear with reddish highlights. Retention is short; the off-white head vanishes quickly into a thin bead with no lace.

S: It's more woody than bourbony. It has a rustic, slightly spicy note that reminds me of apple cider in a ski lodge (yes, that specific impression came to mind). Caramel. I prefer the nose on Backwoods Bastard or Berkshire's Bourbon-Barrel Scotch Ale, if I had to compare apples to apples.

T: Taste is a little weak. The scotch ale comes through, mostly in caramel malts and some green apple. But the bourbon pickup is quite mild. Instead, the barrel seems to impart a noticeable oaky vanilla presence.

M: Light-medium bodied, and at times it feels watery. No major alcohol heat, though there is a light bite at the finish. Carbonation is quite low.

D: This is all right. I didn't have strong feelings about it either way. As mentioned above, there are stronger examples of the style.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.14/5  rDev +3.5%
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 ktrillionaire
3.55/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big thanks to TurdFurgison for the share

A - It pours a tawny amber hue, and is capped with a tan filmy froth of large bubbles.

S - The nose is mostly nutty malt, accentuated with hints of peat, wood, and whiskey. It seems like the barrel had very little life left, or that the beer spent a scant amount of time in said barrel.

T - The brew is just a basic Wee Heavy, and a wee light, at that. Nuances of toffee, peat, astringent oak, vanilla, and carob are all available, but underwhelming.

M - Just average. Medium-thin body, soft carbonation; neither grating nor impressive.

O - Tyranena makes a good beer, and sometimes a great one. This one is just good overall.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of jegross2
3.37/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of vande
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of sholland119
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

HV

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Photo of Ri0
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A dark copper and ruby liquid fills my snifter with a thin light tan head that dissipates quickly, but is present around the edge. Very minimal lacing

S: Hints of bourbon, sweet bread, vanilla. It is very pleasant aroma.

T: First sip reveals a subdued bourbon and caramel. The sweet bread flavor mixed with vanilla, and a hint of oak. Really enjoy the taste, even though I prefer even more bourbon flavor in my BA beers.

M: It is a tad thin and watery for a scotch ale. It is expected since it has been BA. Medium carbonation.

This is a blended 70% BA scotch ale, but an all around solid BA scotch ale from Tyranena. I would really like to taste it 100% BA since I enjoy the bourbon and vanilla flavors. I'm sure there are many that will like that the bourbon doesn't overwhelm the other flavor or aroma.

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Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of jplopez21
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.48/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of alleykatking
3.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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 AleWatcher
2.77/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottled Jan 31 2011.

Very murky cloudy reddish brown. Very light off-white colored head of 2 fingers. Weak retention. Spotty lacing.

Smells lightly oxidized, but I can get by it... The nose holds lots of malt with a bit of booze. Some dark fruit comes across too.
The flavor is about the same, but with less biocides than I'd expected.

Feels a little syrupy. Sugary. Meh.

Overall-- pretty unimpressed. Not a drainpour, but not worth drinking.

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Photo of ajzy
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of bennetj17
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tannish, sort of brick red color. Hazy, with little carbonation. Not much head after the pour, just a thin ring really. I detect a whole array of smells in this beer. Toffee and buttered popcorn, boozy vanilla, even some tangy fruit notes. It's very inviting and I think I could sniff on this all day, but on to the first sip.

The amazing layers detected in the smell don't play out the same in the taste. The beer has a dull caramel sweet maltiness with hints of fruit. The vanilla is only mildly present, and I think it could actually use a bit more alcohol heat to enhance the finish. The mouthfeel doesn't help any as it falls a bit flat and is syrupy.

There was certainly promise for this beer, but that wonderful buttered toffee character didn't show up enough in the flavor. Overall there ends up being not that much more to offer compared to your average Scotch Ale. I suppose not every Brewer's Gone Wild beer can be stellar. Worth a try...

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Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Photekut
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of emottram
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CCutch
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of plumcrazyfx
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of neckbracesub
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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