Rocky’s Revenge (Tyranena Brewing Company)

Rocky’s Revenge is an American brown ale with a portion aged in bourbon barrels.  The name of this beer comes from a mythical sea serpent that is said to roam Rock Lake (which is a fact that I absolutely love).  This beer has 30 IBUs and a starting ABV of  5.75% (before bourbon barrel aging).

There is a huge right up about this beer and its unique name at the Tyranena website.

Rocky’s Revenge pours an expectable brown color with noticeable amber highlights. Head is an eggshell white and it hangs around for a minute or two.

I was surprised to find that the nose on this beer was really muted, which is odd for a bourbon barrel aged beer.  I did however pick up mild chocolate and peanut smells. No bourbon to be found.

The taste is a different story. Roasted chocolate notes are at the front of the taste, with bourbon taking over the rear. Unlike some beers that use barrel aging, the bourbon flavors mixed quite nicely with the chocolate, creating a delicious flavor. However, I wish there was more roastiness/nuttiness.

Mouthfeel is medium and slightly sticky.  A syrupy sweetness comes through as the beer warms. Rocky’s Revenge leaves a good taste in your mouth.

This is a tasty beer.  Not one to drink all night, but a perfect sipper beer. A bourbon barrel aged beer that doesn’t overpower with the alcohol flavors, Rocky’s Revenge is my first Tyranena beer, but I hope it’s not my last.

Overall: 8 out of 10

As a BROWN ALE: 7 out of 10

FOR FANS OF: Dogfish Head PALO SANTO MARRON, Surly BENDER, Sierra Nevada TUMBLER

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