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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Reviews: 70
Hads: 135
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 5.56%
Wants: 133
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  ABV ?

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006

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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 135
Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Sweet coffee, nuts, almost like a very light hint of a dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon comes through and tickles the nose.
T- A blend of bourbon, hints of vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, alcohol warms throat a bit, a nice size bitterness lingers on tip and mid tongue also.
M- Full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- Very nice! I really like this brew and wish I had my own bottle of this.
Thanks luchman for letting me try this one! (477 characters)

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

Opaque black. Smell is rich malty sweetness that includes vanilla tones, roastiness and bourbon. Just a hint of a dairy-like porter smell from the roasted malt. Bourbon and vanilla come thru in the taste along with a nice roasted flavor and some cola-like sweetness. The smell is very inviting and the roasty and sweet flavors balance each other nicely. I can feel the alcohol strength but it is very well hidden in the taste and smell, not sure if the bourbon scents cover it, but it is well balanced. Creamy medium body, this beer really hit the spot. (553 characters)

Photo of Skidz
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep mahogony and sits jet black with barely any light shining through. A big creamy brown head fades slowly to light skim with lacings all around the glass.

Smells robustly chocolatey and easily recognized as barrel-influenced. Sweet vanilla tones seep through along with warm alcohol tones. Dark toffees and deeply roasted malts give this its backbone.

Tastes....rediculous! Huge chocolate and vanilla presence with deep, roasted malt character. This beer is defined through the oaky nuances which reveal a great deal of flavors, bourbon being one of them. Toffee and caramel decorate the mildly bitter finish.

Silky smooth in the mouth with light and fine carbonation. Full bodied.

Absolutely delicious. While the malts clearly dominate, oak just really rounds this all out, adding just a bit of tannins. There is flavor found in every corner. Easily one of Tyranena's best. (899 characters)

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of assurbanipaul
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown-black with a think tan head. Nose is light and porter-y, with dry black patent and chocolate malt elements, some noticeable hops.

Taste is big, bold buttery chocolate and black patent malts. Milky sweet, caramel and molasses, maple syrup tempered with a fine hop bitterness. Strong and dark hazelnut coffee? Full and round flavors, some vanilla and oil, finish is lingering and rather dry. No trace of alcohol at first, but I'm picking up a little in the finish as it warms a little.

Mouthfeel is a little heavy but silky smooth and creamy. Didn't pick up much of the bourbon-barrel aging, but setting a few aside might show it with time. Shares elements with a good milk stout. (703 characters)

Photo of badbeer
4.89/5  rDev +13.2%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.32/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Todd. Thanks!

A: Dark mahogany pour with a very thin ring of light mocha colored head. A decent amount of legs on this one.

N: A very intense espresso rises up from the nose. There's some vanilla, and caramel, but it's more roasted coffee. Chocolate underpins this, and there's some blackberry and cherry, but it's not a rich bouquet of smells.

T: Sweet and roasty with a slight bitterness. There's a slight oaken sourness (not infected, just that kind of 'sharpness'). Bourbon runs through this, but it's missing an extra dimension.

M: On the lighter side given how big it is. Still a medium bodied beer, but I expect a more burly malt character to slosh around on the tongue.

O: A solid beer, and I'm glad to have tried it. Works well as a day to day drinker, but I'd appreciate more dimension throughout because it seems more like a porter and a half than an imperial porter. (904 characters)

Photo of Erdinger2003
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of uvachief
4.44/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a chilled 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours pitch dark black. Zero head. Smells of chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Tastes the same. Bourbon is subtle and well hidden. Dark fruits like cherries. One of THE bests porters I have ever drank. Smooth and delicious. Extremely well balanced. I just taste chocolate, vanilla and bourbon. Just love it. (363 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.43/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received as an extra from maximum12, one of the best traders and all around awesome BAs.

Bottled 11/2012; poured into snifter. Opaque, black elixir, thin tan rim, scattered lacing.

Wonderful aroma of vanilla, bourbon, light burnt malt.

There's a lot mixed in here: the malt and hops duel over the nice bourbon backing, with a hop, bitterness balanced by the vanilla finish.

Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth bittered backing.

Really well constructed brew. Can't believe this would be any better fresh. (524 characters)

Photo of beerinator
4.27/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle; thanks to brewcrew76

Appearance: Thickly dark, very black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Vanilla, caramel mixed strongly with an alcohol laced bourbon aroma. There are hints of roast or black coffee burnt smells. Smells pretty good if you ask me.

Taste: The upfront flavors are roasted with slivers of vanilla-y sweetness. Burnt roasted coffee mixed with dark chocolate seem to be present in the form of the dark roast flavors. The bourbon isn't heavy duty through the flavor, but it seems very balanced with the other flavors here. The mouthfeel is solid and the finish lingers; leaving bits of bourbon and vanilla on your tongue.

Notes: This beer is quite drinkable. There is quite a bit of complexity here and it seems that Tyranena has done a pretty nice job matching the beer up with the barrel here. (834 characters)

Photo of OldSock
4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained in a trade from grynder33, thanks again. Pours black in my snifter, a small tan head sits atop the beer only briefly before sinking back into the brew.

Smell – Rich maltiness with a combination of biscuit and roast. There is also a high alcohol burn I can only assume came from the bourbon barrels. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a hint of yeast produced fruitiness.

Taste – Classic American porter flavor with black patent malt char and loads of thick supporting caramel and toasted malts. The bourbon barrel flavor is subdued and mingled, occasionally I get a taste, but probably the lightest contribution of any bourbon barrel aged beer that I have had. The barrel does add some vanilla flavors as well which really increases the complexity of this one. Compared to most other liquor barrel aged beers the alcohol is relatively hidden in the flavor. The hops provide balance to the big sweetness, but really don't contribute much of their volatile oils in this one.

Mouthfeel – Thick and chewy body with medium carbonation. Carbonation could be lower, but a few swirls in my snifter adjusts it perfectly.

Drinkability & Notes – Lots of complex flavors shoved into a beer that relatively easy to drink, gets my vote every time. My only knock is the strong alcohol aroma, and I'm not sure anything can really be done about that. An excellent effort from Tyranena, I look forward to getting my hands on bottles from the upcoming batches of Brewers Gone Wild series. (1,530 characters)

Photo of ncketchum
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 (638 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, thick - one of the few beers to leave legs on the glass when it's poured. Minimal 1/4 inch, quickly thinned to leave a light cover of suds on the top of the beer. Honey notes as the head resides.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty thick, and I can smell the alcohol from a foot or two away. Vanilla, cocoa, and caramel notes. Roasted espresso finish is balanced by slightly sweet nose. Raisin notes as it warms up. Strong but intriguing.

Taste: Cold, this beer immediately tastes like booze, hazelnuts, and faint hints of espresso. Cocoa aftertaste apparent among the bitters. Some of the initial taste relaxes as the beer warms, mellowing the vanilla and hazelnut, revealing light milk on the middle palate, and allowing the development of more biscuity espresso notes. The hazelnut finish complicates the aftertaste, leaving it a little vegetal and bitter, though this vanishes as the beer warms - this is definitely a beer best drunk at just below room temperature. Sweetness combined with the alcohol might prove distracting to some people.

Mouthfeel: Low/medium carbonation, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Disrupted slightly by the taste of the alcohol, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This beer is so rich that it probably militates against drinking more than two at a time (I'm not sure I could do more than one). The presence of the booze likewise lends this beer a much heavier feel in the stomach than I'm used to finding in other big beers (Mr Mephisto's Stout or a Capital Doppelbock for example), and detracts a little from the flavor. Hopefully aging will mellow some of this finish. For my money, I'd have liked a little more balance, but I still appreciate the imperial aspects of this imperial porter. (1,741 characters)

Photo of grynder33
4.55/5  rDev +5.3%
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 (868 characters)

Photo of murrayswine
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid jet black into my Tyranena Pint glass. It's cliche, but hey, it was clean.
The head was really nice; a light tan color.
The nose is latte, caramel, Jack Daniel's, mollassis, and pepper.
The taste is so damn smooth. WOW. It's all Jack Daniel's to me. A bit too much actually, slightly overpowering. It follows with an Irish cream finish. The coffee roast disappeared? Would have liked a bit more roast, but all in all, the best 6 dollar 4-pack since Old Rasputin. (480 characters)

Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out dark with a tan head, with lots of lacing on the glass.
Aroma of chocolate, vanilla, a little bourbon and some toffee
Taste of chocolate, vanilla bourbon. toffe and caramel
Mouthfeel is smooth, with mild carbonation, low head retention, and alcohol warming
Drinkability is high, absolutely delicious, the mix of flavors and aroma, only the chocolate could be considered overwhelming but as it warms, it blends in nicely with the rest. Excellent (460 characters)

Photo of Callenak
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade from grynder33. Let's just say I am glad he sent me two of these gems!

My first "Imperial" porter. Poured black with very little, but tan head. The smell gets you instantly. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and of course bourbon.

Taste fantastic. Lots of chocolate with a back up coming from the great oak and bourbon presence. Not much in the way of hops, but that is to be expected with the style and the strong malt and oak flavorings.

Mouth feel is perfect. Crisp carbonation, not overtly thick like some imperial stouts.

I would love to open my second one with my Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and see how they compare side by side. (665 characters)

Photo of heyitsbyron
4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single into an imperial pint glass.

Poured thick and viscous, little head-- 1-1.5cm-- with fine bubbles. I could tell this was going to be a mouthful. Darker than I was anticipating, but not as dark as some.

Smells like vanilla and bourbon. Bourbon bourbon bourbon. My gosh, did they just empty a few bottles of Maker's Mark in the brew?

Taste follows smell, but more pronounced roasted flavors. Just assloads of bourbon though. This is remarkable. I've never had a beer that tasted this good. Woody, earthy, coffee too. Just spectacular.

Silky in the mouth and while heavy, not "chunky". Excellent.

Well I say bring it on. I have no idea how much booze is in here and I don't care. Just give me more. I could drink this nightly for the rest of my life. (777 characters)

Photo of iron78
4.53/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Was wandering Woodmans this afternoon looking for something special for tonight. Figured would take a chance on a local.

WOW.

Black. Black. Black. Dark brown head that fades to a thin layer that lingers.

Smells like a very good coffee mocha.

So smooth. So thick. So silky. Slides down easy.

Amazing smooth transition of flavors, blending coffee and chocolate. The Bourbon barrel gives a very mellow tie to all the flavors, just a hint of the oak and vanilla in the back ground. Leaves an after taste like i had a glass of chocolate milk.

Incredible. I'm going back tomorrow for more. (602 characters)

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