Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 70
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 7.42%
Wants: 131
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

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American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006

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3.63/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pour is opaque dark brown with a tight creamy brown head. Nose is heavy roast coffee, notes of bourbon and chocolate. Taste is bourbon up front, light wood, notes of dry chocolate and a touch of coffee rind, a bit charred in back. Body is thick and rich up front but thins a little and back, soft carbonation, becomes a touch sweet in finish.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Wonder’s Pub in Madison’s wonderful Atwood neighborhood at a Madison Homebrewers and Tasters Guild meeting.

Holy stinking Mouthfeel Batman! This is so wonderfully silky. It just coats the tongue and mouth. Superbly drinkable, did someone say this was an imperial, and barrel aged none the less…no way.

I am incredibly impressed here. This is the best beer I’ve had from this brewery bar none. I was hesitant at first because generally I find bourbon barrel to mean Jim Beam like sludge. Now, I don’t care for Jim Beam and I really don’t like sludge so usually I don’t like Bourbon Barrel stuff. This is different.

The Bourbon is very subtle and more oaky than Bourbonish. The chocolates are huge and plentiful. This is very clearly a porter. The bourbon comes second.

This was my first try and I was frankly too blown away by the MF, Drinkability, and Chocolate in the nose and taste too notice much else. I will try this one several times more and rereview soon.

Oh, the Appearance…nearly perfect. Dark, thick, beautiful and with a nice cream lacing crown.

A very fine beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Who's Your Daddy Imperial Porter pours from the bottle a deep onyx with creamy cap of tan head on top. Sticky lacing, the brew shows dark brown highlights when held to the light. Aromas begin with big dark roasty malts engulfed in a mix of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak and light bourbon notes. A nice melding of flavors, though a bit mellow overall.

First sip brings a rush of rich roasted dark malts colliding with a heavy helping of vanilla, subtle notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee work their way in. The bourbon/oak flavors move in on the way down and add a really nice element to the brew. Finishes slightly slick with a subtle nuttiness. A tasty brew to be had here!

Mouthfeel is big and bold, fills the mouth quite nicely, while still going down smoothly. Good steady carbonation adds to the experience. One of the easier drinking bourbon barrel brews I've tried...still it's not something I'd have more than two of in any one sitting. Overall, a tasty brew that I'm glad I had the chance to try. I look forward to more in the Brewers Gone Wild series from Tyranena!

Photo of grynder33
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Next to Bitter Woman,the finest beer ever to come out of Tyranena.The aroma is subtle but distinct chocolate,coffe vanilla, maple, and just the slightest hint of the bourbon. The color is as black as Zorro's cape. If you have let this warm to 58,59 degrees, you will taste all the flavors in the aroma,plus a little licorice, and the bourbon and the cask wood are a little more evident. It is on the swallow when the full but not at all overpowering richness of the bourbon comes through. What a beautiful aftertaste. Four or five times I have heard"I am not a huge fan of Bourbon aged beers,but I would buy this" And that is a 5.0 for mouthfeel. You have to experience the smoothness of this elexiar to believe it. It is the talk of the Wisconsin beer community,and I hope the rest of the country is lucky enough to secure a bottle from the rapidly diminishing supply

Photo of badbeer
4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a light tan head that retains decent and leaves some lacing as well. Smell is outstanding; chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, French roast coffee, and a little molasses. Taste opens with some vanilla that leads right into some chocolate, toffee, and coffee notes. It's not done there though, there is also some oak and bourbon as well as vanilla. Both smell and taste are 6 out of 5, just amazing. Lower carbonation and full bodied makes this an excellent sipper. I could sip on one of these every night, I just wish I had another so I could enjoy this masterpiece again.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a definate black with a half finger tan head that melts to rim hugging lacing.
Aromas are vanilla, caramel, lightly alcohol.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, sweet chocolate (very prominately), just a hint of dark candied fruits and then alcohol.
Mouthfeel is unbelievably rich, thick, and creamy...VERY creamy.
Aftertaste of vanilla and milk chocolate with a little alcohol.
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Man, this is heaven...absolutely the best desert beer I have ever had.
Thanks so much nflmvp for this wonderful experience.

Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a black-aping darkest brown-orange topped with a thin but sticky beige lid.
Full bore chocolate bourbon nasal assault. Enormous vapors of vanilla, hazelnut, toasted oak, caramel nougat and fudge.
Enters the mouth, and proves true all those things that the nose promised. Huge Bourbon-induced vanillins, charred wood, toasted coconuts, and hazelnuts...especially hazelnuts. At this point, every knows what to expect out of a Bourbon barrel aged beer. This sets itself apart with a fat Tootsie Roll maltiness that provides the perfect canvas for the barrel's strokes. There are minor espresso notes late, but this is all about the sweet, and as such, it is perfectly harmonized.
Rotund in the mouth, portly sweet, but never sticky. Carbonation is appropriately low. This is the type of dessert beer that will make you want to skip you meal.

Hopefully this one gets revisited in the BGW series.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison.

Pours an oily black with an inch of mocha tan, rocky head. No lacing to speak of. Nose is a wonderful blend of warm vanilla and bourbon-soaked wood and hazelnut cream. Taste follows with a standard yet mellow vanilla/bourbon oak and warming alcohol with notes of sweet toffee and mocha with a sublime Ferrero Rocher hazelnut finish. Certainly on the sweet side, but not overbearing or cloying. Mouthfeel is smooth and perhaps a little thinnish, but still satisfying - leading to exceptional drinkability. I wish I had a 4-pack instead of this lonely single. A truly delicious impy porter. I can't wait to try some of the other Brewer's Gone Wild Series beers.

Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, picked up a 4-pack at Star Liquor for $6.99 i believe

apperance: interesting labels for the new series of big beers from tyranena (which i am extraordinarily excited for)...pours a rich dark brown colour with a glorious fluffy chocolate brown head into my snifter, lacing is pretty nice as well

smell: upon first smell, i knew this was a winner...smooth and sweet chocolate, glorious aroma only produced by the effects of bourbon barrel aging, light vanilla, maple, slight licorice, delicate woodyness, cocoa powder, coffee

taste: delicious! i absolutely love bourbon barrel aged brews and this one knocks the standard tyranena bourbon brown out of the ballpark. the balance is great...sweet milky chocolate, bold licorice flavours, oak woodiness, smooth caramel, hazelnut coffee blend, toffee, defined malt roastiness. A great effort from tyranena! Thank goodness this should be readily available in my area, because it is certainly worthy of re-purchase

mouthfeel: very smooth, great balance, slight cocoa bitterness

drinkability: mmmm, so fucking good, its a joy to drink

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black without much of a head. A few solitary islands on the surface. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbony as hell. Lots of the liquor. Chocolate and some fudginess.

Taste - Still really bourbony. Raw bourbon flavor. Fudgy chocolate. Roasty. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Not really thick, as I'd expect from a porter. The slightest bit too thin for the barrel.

Overall - Tasty, but tons of bourbon. Bourbon is the best part, but the beer has just enough to stand up to the barrel.

Photo of thagr81us
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to StayWhatYouAre2 for sending me this one in a recent box! Served from bottle into a COAST Willi. Poured a massively dark brown with a one finger dark tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, cream, sugar, milk chocolate, wood, vanilla, and subtle sweet alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, vanilla, wood, milk chocolate, subtle dark chocolate, cream, and very subtle sweet alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This brew gave me high hopes going into it as I have thoroughly enjoyed some of these offerings from them in the past. This one did not disappoint. What I found was a really well rounded porter with an added touch of a bourbon barrel that was integrated beautifully. I just wish this one had a little more of a thick mouthfeel to take it to a whole new level. Really well done guys and I can’t wait to try more things form this series in the future!

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Who's Your Daddy? Imperial Porter pours up with a certain intrepidity. The light to moderate carbonation creates a small creamish-tan colored head that sits uneasily atop the seal brown-nearly black colored body. The roasted malt aroma is dominated by a big chocolate (café mocha, cocoa nibs, truffle) & caramel (brown sugar, butter toffee, crème brûlée) nut (Macadamia) presence with hints of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, vanilla beans, licorice root, and charred oak. Maybe some of the woody character could be attributed to the hops as well? The big, roasty flavor starts off mildly sweet, toasty, and nutty but eventually gives way to some earthy bitterness which brings balance to this adventurous brew. The lingering bittersweet coffee finish is vinous & cheek warming. This medium-full bodied Robust-Imperial Porter is a "rough & rugged" interpretation of the style that is worthy of the Brewer's Gone Wild! moniker. Definitely worth seeking out. This beer will leave you asking, "Who's Your Daddy!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Poured in to tulip.

A - Black with a 1/4" of light brown head.

S - Roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and chocolate.

T - Barrel up front with bourbon, oak and sweet vanilla notes coming through. The base beer adds chocolate fudge and hint of coffee. Really good balance of the base beer and the barrel.

S - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

Photo of jegross2
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Who's Your Daddy? Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. This is the first time this beer has been brewed since 2006.
Score: 96

October 2012 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 11/28/12.

Appearance: Pours an ink black color with a finger-plus of beige foamy head that slowly recedes to a thin layer atop the glass. Awesome lacing sticks to the side of the glass like white on rice. 5/5

Smell: Chocolate, marshmallows, and a hint of coffee. Faint caramel and a light hoppiness too. There is not very much bourbon in the nose at all. There's a sweetness in the nose that reminds me of fresh 2011 Darkness in a good way. For whatever reason, the scent of a box of theater candy "malted milk balls" also comes to mind. As it warms, and maybe this is because I am crazy, I also get a faint note of cherry in the aroma as well. More chocolate comes out in the nose as the beer warms up. 4.5/5

Taste: The nose is substantially more nuanced and subtle than the taste. Milk chocolate and fig flavor followed by a wave of bold bourbon and a light vanilla flavor. There's some dark fruit and mild caramel flavor with residual bourbon. Most of the chocolate flavor is up front, but there is definitely some lingering cocoa-like residual in the aftertaste. There is a light alcohol warmth on the palate, but this is hardly boozy at all. Quite smooth, balanced and bold, with a light leaning towards sweet. There is a faint hint of coffee flavor towards back half too. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with an incredibly silky and creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Balanced, but slightly sweet from the vanilla and bourbon characters. Very light alcohol warmth on the back of the palate. No booziness whatsoever. 4.5/5

Overall: What more could you ask for in an imperial porter? It's silky smooth, easy drinking and bold in flavor! Prost!

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out while you can. Only 120 cases were bottled.

Pairings: Mocha meltaway chocolate truffles.

Cost: $9.99 for a four pack.

Photo of jmarsh123
4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours jet black with a small beige head receding to a wisp. Great lacing all down the glass.

Sweet sweet vanilla on the nose. Big barrel presence. Vanilla and bourbon with chocolate, marshmellow and good roasty malts. Vanilla is definitely stronger than the light detectable bourbon as far as the barrel though especially as it warms.

Huge flavor to match then surpass the nose. Rich milk chocolate up front. Loads of vanilla again. This is a total vanilla bomb although the roasted malts and cocoa like bitterness restrain it was being sweet. There is noticable bourbon, but it's very well integrated and doesn't overpower the more nuanced flavors. Incredibly balanced and delicious.

Medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Smooth rich and creamy. Low but present carbonation. A light booze presence, but hardly detectable and well blended.

This is hands down one of the best beers I've had in a long time. I wish I would've traded for a 4 pack of this instead of Fifteen. So good.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hick black as night opaque oil color with a nice two inch head that ever so slowly faded and stayed at about a half inch until the bottom. Very nice thick lace down the sides, gooey and creamy, very nice look to it. Smell took a while to warm up, at first was strong alcohol and caramel sweetness. As it warmed some more subtle smells started to come through, hints at chocolate and coffee started to overtake, and the alcohol quickly faded, leaving a very nice overall aroma. The taste followed the smell with the caramel hitting first. Nice flavors of coffee followed, maybe even a hazelnut hint in there, well rounded. Some warming due to the alcohol, but it was welcomed and did not impact negatively at all. Very good fell on this one, not too thick, went down very smoothly. Great consistency on this, and good carbonation. This was an excellent porter, and I would not turn this down if it was offered.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very thick pour. Appears to be pitch black, no highlights at all. Thick frothy tan head. Very stout-like in appearance. Smells include vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of chocolate. There is a lot of sweetness in this beer. Oaky flavors, dark caramel and chocolate, and coconut. Finish is a bit like toasted coconut. Full body, low carbonation. Very well done, and not overwhelming. A real gem. Thanks to BA macallister for this brew!

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, dark khaki head that steadily turns to just a ring around the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Though I would have usually given this beer a 4 for smell, I had to go up given the pure strangeness/ingenuity of it. A big blend of hazelnut, cocoa, hardwood, vanilla, and an alcoholic aroma that is obviously bourbon.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around the high side of the medium range, and the body a lighter heavy.

taste: Upfront flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted barley, and fresh hazelnut. Not too sweet...actually, the sweetness is in just about perfect balance with the moderate bitterness, which creeps up towards the finish, lingering with some roasted flavors. Not much hop flavor detectable. After the swallow, I get some considerable flavors of bourbon fumes in the mouth, which could be tempered a little more...maybe with some more malt.

drinkability: A great beer, but drinkability is limited by the abrasive ethanol presence and rich quality.

Shipped to me from WI by dirtylou

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.87/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice thick head that retains really really well. Lacing is concrete good. The smell is great! Wow, this smells so sweet and nice. Chocolate coffee with some vanilla. The nose reminds me a a great Irish Cream...one that you'd pay $13 for. The taste is slightly bourbon, but not at all overpowering. It actually makes me want to try bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, I could sip on this all night. I wish to have more.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with brown around the edges. Absolutely no head to speak of. Smell is lots of bourbon and some roasted chocolate notes. Taste is much of the same and boy is it good. There is a nice roasted flavor profile coming from the coffee. This is without a doubt my favorite Tyranena offering. Definitely needs to be brewed again.

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours an opaque black colored beer with a tan near light brown colored head.

Smell is slightly sweet and malty with a strong chocolate aroma and a lesser coffee scent. Not really fruity but lots of sugar scents and coconut.

Taste is Coconut, strong too from the first sip. VERY interesting strong coconut and vanilla flavors here that pretty much dominate everything else. Coconut flavored Kahlua sums up the taste of this beer perfectly, and I love coconuts. Fairly sweet beer too.

Mouthfeel is OK.

After a while the coconut flavor wears you down on this one. One glass is enough.

Photo of Ri0
4.76/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tyranena snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Head doesn't last long and forms a thin ring around the glass that stays until the end.

S - Big bourbon smell, with oak, vanilla and some chocolate. The smell is fantastic.

T - The taste is a nice vanilla and big bourbon flavor. I get oak and some bitter chocolate with roasted malt. Booze is somewhat present but not overwhelming. This is one of my favorite BA Porters.

M - Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, but there is a chewiness to it. Carbonation is low as one would expect from the aging.

O - A delicious and tasty chocolate oatmeal Porter with good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Well done Tyranena; wish this were brewed more than every 5 years or so.

Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Ok, so tipping the bottle onto my desk and keyboard wasn' the best start I've ever had, but anyways.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades at a moderate pace, with average lacing, both of which are still impressive for a barrel-aged brew. Aroma is malt sweetness and vanilla and bourbon, very nice. Flavor is similar to the nose, dark grains upfront, with some vanilla in the middle, and bourbon coming on in the close, warming all the way down. For the style, and being barreled, mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. To visit this one again? If could, would.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into snifter glass.

Vintage 2012!

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with a nice 2 fingers of medium tan colored head. Head drops quick to a thin cap. A little bit better than spotty lace, but not heavy enough to coat the glass. It has that cola quality to it, but a little bit stickier.

Smell: Nice oak and whiskey note. It got a bit of a spicy booze kick to it, but in a really good way. Hint of chocolates and vanilla. Maybe some roasted dark malts too.

Taste: This is a wonderful barrel aged porter! The beer is whiskey forward with barrel notes really coming at you right away! The whiskey flavor in this beer is both mellow and delicious. Its well complimented with oak, vanilla, and chocolate notes that start to make an appearance about mid palate. The whiskey continues all the way through this beer. The beer finishes with more whiskey and a hint of roasted coffee and a touch of nuttiness that tastes like hazelnuts! The beer is really well balanced with nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: this beer is on the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its fantastically drinkable BA porter, but on the flip side its just a touch thin. There is an ever so slight whiskey burn and warming sensation from this beer, but I think it adds to the overall effect in a positive way. It not even close to being harsh at all.

Overall: This beer looks great, smells great, and tastes great! Mouthfeel wasnt quite as silky as I expected this barrel aged porter from Tyranena to be. If this was a fuller bodied porter with a silkier mouthfeel this beer would be world class no doubt. Its the only thing that could hold this beer back. Its still an awesome beer from one of my favorite breweries of Wisconsin. Glad that Tyranena brew this beer a 2nd time, so that I would get the oppurtunity to try it out. Another great BGW series beer from Tyranena, glad that I stocked up on this one for the winter!

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a one finger head that lasted a minute or so, then dissipated, leaving some lace.

Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, just a smidge of burnt and coffee character rounds out the aroma.

The taste brings out more of the burnt, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Bourbon tops it off. There's a nice bitterness that balances out the sweetness well. Perhaps some dark fruits too (plums, cherries, raisins).

Body is slick, sweet, and thick, alcohol is obvious and warming.

A very nice imperial porter. Delicious.

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Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.