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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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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 69
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 7.87%
Wants: 117
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006)
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Photo of brdc


4.33/5  rDev +0.2%

Thanks to stousnipas for this one.
It is a nice-looking, pitch black brew with a crimson hue, but little tan head which was probably my fault for serving this one a bit too cold.
The aroma, also initially faint likely given the low temperature, improves as it warms up, with an alcoholic bourbon-like smell, followed by chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and multiple nut-like nuances.
Taste also improved as it warmed up, my first sip was a bit "too alcoholic", but it evolved nicely. It is firm, even rich, and at times sweetish, candy-like, at times warmingly alcoholic, and then choclate sweet, coffe-like bittersweet, and then some hazelnut, vanilla, and oak. Little carbonation.
Very close to the description in the bottle.

It went well with spicy food, and it would probably go well with chocolate.
Well done.

07-03-2007 02:16:28 | More by brdc
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.

10-19-2012 00:55:41 | More by kawilliams81
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4.55/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

03-23-2006 05:37:27 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of bismarksays


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

04-14-2014 01:49:29 | More by bismarksays
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

09-15-2013 16:21:32 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
Photo of Dactrius


4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-23-2012 00:53:50 | More by Dactrius
Photo of sirsteve42

New York

4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

10-31-2013 03:37:29 | More by sirsteve42
Photo of Westsidethreat


4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

A: Pours a thick, fantastic oatmeal colored head. Body is deep dark opaque brown. The head has fallen to a repectable ring around the glass with healthy wisps across the top. Scattered lace reminds me of sips passed.

S: Smells of vanilla, bourbon. Hints of licorice, espresso grounds, boysenberries and bakers chocolate. Aggresive, seductive...what am I in for?

T: Holy bourbon batman. Right up front with vanilla and big alcohol nose. Custard aftertaste dominates, and this is a very good thing. Hints of oak, french pastries and chocolate grenache.

M: Solid body and very silky. Creamy head adds tp smooth texture.

D: This beer is REALLY good. I really enjoyed this beer.

05-22-2006 03:04:28 | More by Westsidethreat
Photo of Soneast


4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-07-2013 01:23:43 | More by Soneast
Photo of FtownThrowDown


4.2/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

03-14-2009 01:24:19 | More by FtownThrowDown
Photo of oldvines


4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

11-30-2013 19:22:21 | More by oldvines
Photo of goodbyeohio


4.15/5  rDev -3.9%

here is a barrel aged beer that is, well, done right. 12oz.

pours a thick brown, but not too thick. slick and oily, but see-thru around the edges and not overflowing with head. a sticky ring sits atop the glass and an island of bubbles directly in the center. hazy specks of tan scatter around the surface. mellow and laid-back in appearance. basic.

molasses, candied hops and tart tannins make first impact aromawise, slowly transitioning into the distinct vanilla bean and bourbon flavors of a rich, hearty barrel. it has that mellow smokiness but a nice foil of fresh beer still crying to escape the wood. wonderful balance.

the bourbon really makes a showing, playing carefully off the roasted, charred malt flavors here. this is a malty base beer which really takes beautiful hold of the boozy elements. the beer has a slightly metallic edge, which is a bit distracting, but overall a pleasant taste experience. reminds me almost of a whiskey and coke, the syrupy coca flavors representing that metallic tinge. a bit thin for the flavor though, i wish it was creamier.

still, easy to drink and im sure a bit lower on the abv scale for this style of beer, which helps. a decent brewery doing something novel with impressive results.. keep it up, looking forward to the bitter/hell.

05-22-2006 23:08:35 | More by goodbyeohio
Photo of coldmeat23


4.68/5  rDev +8.3%

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to Beertracker for this sweet b'day gift!

Pours black with some deep crimson highlights, when backlit. A finger of dark brown foam recedes to a surface ring, rather quickly. The lacing is in thin strands, but is nicely sticky.

Smells phenomenal.
Loads of bourbon and hazelnuts hit me first. Lots of vanilla and some light traces of toasted oak follow. Nice hints of milk chocolates and roasted malts. Caramels, english toffee and brown sugars make brief appearances. Mild hints of dark coffee.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Everything is very smooth and balanced, at this point. The bourbon is still prominent, yet is not really overwhelming. All of the flavors play very well together.

Full-bodied with a mild carbonation level. This helps make it silky smooth, yet it lacks in creaminess, which I think it would surely benefit from.

I've got no idea what the abv is on this one, but it drinks like it's about 4.50%, or something. I'm sure that it's probably more than that and would likely sledgehammer you into unconciousness, if you weren't careful with it. It sure would be a fun ride getting to that point, though!

06-16-2010 04:57:16 | More by coldmeat23
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

01-24-2014 02:08:50 | More by vinny21bal
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.

11-07-2012 16:41:29 | More by Scotchboy
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.

10-10-2012 01:28:20 | More by BarrytheBear
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-10-2012 21:37:54 | More by plumcrazyfx
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

10-27-2012 01:54:01 | More by derkfromwi
Photo of Beertracker


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!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

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

02-23-2008 21:01:46 | More by Beertracker
Photo of AdamP


4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

11-10-2012 14:14:58 | More by AdamP
Photo of aforbes10


4.18/5  rDev -3.2%

really dark, not opaque...looks like guinness, but thinner and with a weaker head. Smells like an imperial stout. alcohol and chocolate nose with dark fruits. Chocolate malt flavor with vanilla undertones (i think this might be the first time i've ever noticed vanilla in a beer that claims to have vanilla flavors). What really sticks with me is the burnt flavor with the vanilla. very interesting. A different spin on a porter for sure. fairly memorable.

06-16-2006 15:23:01 | More by aforbes10
Photo of silentjay


4/5  rDev -7.4%

10-20-2012 06:06:52 | More by silentjay
Photo of bjohnson


4.4/5  rDev +1.9%

A: Pours a jet black lost in a basement color with a frothy one finger caramel colored head. Slight retention with a bit hugging the edges of the glass.
S: Dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and slight bourbon notes. Sweetness to the aromas. Slight boozy jim bean like notes with a bit of vanilla also.
T/M: Wow--extra smooth and creamy. Nice vanilla notes coupled with slight jim bean barrel bourbon flavors. Coffee, toffee, molasses, and caramel flavors also part of the roasted malt profile with vanilla smoothing everything out. Earthyness that almost takes on a rootbeer like presence. It's almost like the vanilla takes on a milky like presence. Slightly bitter finish. Above average body to this brew. Nice level of carbonation.
D: Another great beer by Tyranena. I wish they were local as this brewery pumps out everyday great beers. Glad I got to try this impy porter and I wish I knew the abv.---those bourbon barrel's probably confused me as I tried to figure out the true level of this brew.

12-30-2006 05:27:13 | More by bjohnson
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

02-12-2014 19:31:46 | More by gueuzegossage
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

12-05-2012 03:42:50 | More by JimGlonke
Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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