Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
On tap at Wonders Pub in Madisons 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 Ive 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 dont care for Jim Beam and I really dont like sludge so usually I dont 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.
03-23-2006 05:37:27 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.28/5 rDev -0.9%
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!
05-11-2006 03:16:47 | More by orbitalr0x
4.55/5 rDev +5.3%
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
03-29-2006 10:21:41 | More by grynder33
4.9/5 rDev +13.4%
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.
05-28-2007 07:57:26 | More by badbeer
4.88/5 rDev +13%
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.
Man, this is heaven...absolutely the best desert beer I have ever had.
Thanks so much nflmvp for this wonderful experience.
10-21-2006 07:05:12 | More by IntriqKen
4.6/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
08-07-2007 06:12:02 | More by cokes
4.93/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
04-13-2006 01:53:01 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.72/5 rDev +9.3%
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
03-30-2006 03:07:44 | More by dirtylou
4.09/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
04-30-2013 02:38:56 | More by Alieniloquium
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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!
01-12-2013 20:09:32 | More by thagr81us
4.33/5 rDev +0.2%
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!"
*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle.
02-23-2008 21:01:46 | More by Beertracker
4.43/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
01-05-2013 15:36:38 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.53/5 rDev +4.9%
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.
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.
11-29-2012 03:42:58 | More by jegross2
Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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