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

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Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial PorterWho's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

127 Ratings
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 118
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006)
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Photo of cpetrone84
3.63/5  rDev -16%

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.

cpetrone84, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of jegross2
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.
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.

jegross2, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of rjacobs6
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

rjacobs6, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of maximum12
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%

Blessings upon the house of jverdo1 for picking this up & dropping it into my clutching hands at Darkness Day. I've been waiting a long, long time for a new Brewers Gone Wild! beer I haven't had, & I'm jazzed to have this one. 12 oz. stubby twist-top.

Poured into a generic, heavy tulip, this looks like a porter. The beer, not the footman. Black all the way through. The smell, oh, the bloody smell. Vanilla & fresh coffee, with a root-ball of sweet malts lays down a gorgeous track. I smell it for a good fifteen minutes. That is close to perfection.

Who's Your Daddy? makes me weep for the loss of the great Devil Over a Barrel, because I miss that beer like I miss my first black lab. First, this is a gulping beer. For those who've never had the pleasure to consume a gulping barrel-aged brew, well, here's your chance. The relatively low ABV & slightly thinner body of the porter work in its favor. The flavor? Glad you asked. Nothing stands out, the integration is outstanding. Lovely coffee, dried caramel, vanilla, a spoonful of real maple syrup, chocolate. Oh, & the bourbon. The bourbon in this beer is an absolute work of art that should be hanging on the wall; it only sneaks into the very finish, but builds into an almost burn in the back of the throat before subsiding. Oak ends it all.

This. Beer. Rocks. Certainly in the top 10, maybe the top 5 of new beers I've sampled this year. Just a splendidly crafted beer where everything works. More. Please.

maximum12, Nov 16, 2012
Photo of tourdot
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

tourdot, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of AdamP
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

AdamP, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of AlexBananas
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

AlexBananas, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%

Incredible extra sent to me from Will (thanks man!). 12oz bottle split with the brothers, my portion into a Deschutes snifter:

A: Dark opaque brown with a good amount of light tan head and impressive lacing for a BA beer.

S: Good amounts of bourbon and oak and vanilla...caramel, chocolate, maybe even molasses/brown sugar as well. Hints of boozy notes from the barrels as well. BA Porter for sure...

T: Falls right in line with the nose, consistent bourbon notes that are a touch more boozy than sweet...bourbon-y vanilla and spirits, faint creamy oak, even a light touch of honey. Chocolate, brown sugar, and buried roasted notes with suggestion of espresso.

MF: Medium feel, alcohol does 'thin' the mouthfeel here. A touch hot.

O: Good barrel notes, this definitely feels more porter-ish than Imperial Stout. Thinner body than I'd prefer and still a touch boozy are my only complaints.

Scotchboy, Nov 07, 2012
Photo of BrettD
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

BrettD, Nov 06, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

dsauter, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev -2.1%

12oz bottle out of a 4-pack thanks to thebigredone. Poured into Founders snifter.

A- Pours a slightly translucent dark mahogany that appears opaque pitch black in the glass. A thin mocha brown head appears that slowly fades away and leaves nice layered lacing. Nice consistently rising small carbonation bubbles.

S- Bourbon balanced nicely with molasses, toffee, oak, vanilla, espresso, and malts. Extremely well balanced without the bourbon dominating too much, nice level of sweetness without being too sweet, above average aroma strength.

T- Bourbon, toffee, molasses, light espresso, some lightly roasted malts, vanilla, a sweet lingering aftertaste of toffee and espresso. Not as good as the smell, but still fantastic. Well balanced, rich and sweet without being overly so. Love the aftertaste.

M- Medium bodied, very easy to drink, a little bit too much carbonation but otherwise great feel.

O- This is a fantastic BA Porter, easily one of the best I've had. Glad I got a 4-pack of this! Has a very nice sweetness to it that is well balanced with the bourbon and the oak from the barrels each imparting their own unique taste to better the beer. I definitely recommend this beer if you like porters and bourbon-barrel aged beers.

jaasen64, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of psychotia
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

psychotia, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of RoamingGnome
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

From 10/15/12 Tasting Notes...

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served just slightly chilled.

A) Black brew with a small khaki head that settled to a thin collar. Light lacing and some legs.

S) Nice... A pleasant sweetness that consists of vanilla, caramel, and light brown sugar. There is some distant barrel cask to the aroma as well.

T) Matches the nose, with added elements such as light coffee, bourbon, a bit woody, and a little nutty too. Lots of flavors mingling together here quite nicely. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. This was definitely lighter than I expected. Smooth and easy drinking for the most part. Good finish + aftertaste.

O) Really nice barrel aged effort from Tyranena. Very enjoyable... Perhaps my favorite offering from this fine brewery. Glad to recommend...

RoamingGnome, Oct 30, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

nmann08, Oct 28, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

derkfromwi, Oct 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

Dactrius, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev -7.4%

silentjay, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

Short lives mocha head on a brown bodied beer.

Vanilla goodness on the nose

Bourbon makes its presence felt but not overpowering like. Cool vanilla, some roastiness. Would guess at 10%abv.

Mouthfeel is medium with low but adequate carbonation.

Good vanilla BA stout. Vanilla is a tad on the sweet side but just a minor complaint. Recommended. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

Duff27, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of kawilliams81
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Small speckles and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- big chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Slight maple syrup also.

T- bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some pine bitterness at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a fizziness at first but smooths out some.

O- very good BA porter. Not super complex but has nice aroma and flavors. Wish there was a little more body and creaminess.

kawilliams81, Oct 19, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

InVinoVeritas, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

thebigredone, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 12, 2012
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

plumcrazyfx, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of BarrytheBear
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%

12 oz bottle from the latest release. Locals helping locals is still alive and well thankfully. Into my Central Waters tulip.

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. A bit of soapy brown head lasts throughout and some spotted lacing spatters the glass.

Dark chocolate, dab of coffee, gooey caramel, and marachino cherry. A somewhat light but enticing nose.

Front end of the beer is melted s'mores: marshmallow, chocolate, and some graham cracker. The middle moves in the melted caramel which moves into a snappy licorice finish. Mild but firm bourbon heat on the back end lends a little fire.

A mild gripe is the lighter end body, but the flavors really hold up well throughout.

I've now had two of these this week and cannot express how happy I am to see Tyranena go back to its previously diverse and occasionally spectacular well. Please continue releasing your older portfolio or some new beers. I would happily continue to support this brewery.

BarrytheBear, Oct 10, 2012
Photo of ncketchum
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%

2012 vintage, served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours jet black with a thin head that stays for a moment, then disappears

S - Fantastic aroma, heavy on the bourbon - oak, vanilla, a bit of booze - followed by cocoa and a hint of malt.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, malt, maybe a little of dark cherry, followed by coffee, no hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth. Not as thick as I would have liked or expected, but no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

O - What a great offering from Tyranena. The BGW series continues to impress me with each release. Maybe they'll make this one a more frequent release along with Hop Whore and Dirty Old Man

ncketchum, Oct 10, 2012
Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 127 ratings.