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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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Reviews: 73
Hads: 149
Avg: 4.3
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 138
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006

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Reviews: 73 | Hads: 149
Photo of Ri0
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of brdc
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, near-black body with a thin, khaki-colored head.

Smell: An unmistakably bourbon-esque aroma, with full notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, brown sugar, and smoke.

Taste: Rich, velvety chocolate taste combined with vanilla beans and the smooth, subtle taste of bourbon. Lesser hints of coffee and anise. Finishes with a bit more bourbon and a light roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a perfectly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a treat to finally come across a beer that didn't allow the bourbon barrel-aging to totally crush the load-bearing malt flavors underneath.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of badbeer
4.89/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.87/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep black with a thin off-white head. The aroma was strong of both oak and dark malts with just a hint of bourbon. The taste was just a little too strong on the oak. I think what was missing was the roasted barley I'm used to in a barrel aged stout. The taste was all-right, but I have always preferred Imperial Stouts. The beer was rather light and the alcohol was well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, just not a stout.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BuckEyeNation for this brew.

Pours black in color like motor oil, not much carbonation, not much of a head either, nice islands and sticky lacing around the edge of the glass is left. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of vanilla, some nice tones of caramel and toffee. There is a nice warming effect going on with a touch of bourbon, nice clean finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, at first sip the bourbon just took over, but that has gone away and a very tasty/sweet brew comes out. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +12.8%
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.
Man, this is heaven...absolutely the best desert beer I have ever had.
Thanks so much nflmvp for this wonderful experience.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest mahogany with a glimmer of crimson along the bottom edge of the glass. The double fudge mocha cap was three fingers after the pour and doesn't look interested in giving any digits back. It's heavily creamy and is sticky enough to sink in the middle before sinking at the edges. No letdown when it comes to lace either. Who's Your Daddy belongs in the Who's Who of porter appearances.

Fantastic aroma that is some kind of complex and is different enough to impress to an even greater degree. I don't drink coffee, but I've often considered starting when I smell some of those flavored ground beans in the supermarket. That's what this beer smells like. I can appreciate chocolate fudge, java, vanilla, hazelnuts and coconut oil. I love it.

WYDBBAIP is surprisingly sweet. The big blast of rich flavor was expected, but the candyish sweetness wasn't. Since I have a soft spot for well-brewed sweet beer, I don't mind a bit. One at a time will be plenty though. After multiple mouthfuls, I'm not sure if it works quite as well on the palate; it tastes like the brewers were trying too hard and included too much instead of focusing on a few key flavors.

The same flavors are present of the palate as were present in the nose, with hazelnut syrup chief among them. I can't get over the impression that artificial flavorings were used in the brewing of this beer. Maybe not, but it's hard to believe that what greets my taste buds with each sip could be attained with malt, hops and yeast... bourbon barrels or no bourbon barrels.

Speaking of bourbon, whatever benefit might have been gained by aging the beer in charred oak casks was lost by adding whatever the hell they added to get this constellation of flavors. I'm feeling less good about things as the ounces disappear. It's still good beer and I'm glad I bought a 4-pack, but the whacked out flavors and the sweetness are beginning to wear on me. Vanilla extract? Coconut extract? Hazelnut extract?

The mouthfeel is lush and plush and all the things that I look for in big beer. It won't put a scare into a good stout, but for the style, there's nothing not to like. The heavily silky creaminess is accentuated by a welcome lack of bubbles. A definite highlight.

Who's Your Daddy is certainly wild beer and was a good choice to kick off the 'Brewers Gone Wild!' series. As noted above, however, it tries too hard and would be better served by concentrating on just a few flavors rather than by throwing everything but the kitchen sink against the wall and seeing what sticks. Age might help this little bastard grow up, although it's hard to see how age would really help. It'd be nice if he could find his daddy someday.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impentrable, iunky black, creamy, tossled tan head on top. Very nice.

Bourbon hits the nose at first. That mix of charcoal and molasses, sweet elixir mixed with heady booze. Some candyish qualities meld with woodiness, but little porteresque characteristics remain. Not complaining, though...

Let's taste, shall we...Bam, bam, bam! Thick chocolate meets blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, tar, anise, tree bark, ...what else? leather, maple sap...much deeper than the "caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, hazelnut" listed on the label...maybe I'm just tired of those words.

wow, this is a wicked mix on the tonque...these brewers really did go wild, didn't they?

Quite a treat this guy. Loved it, and highly reccomend it.

much thanks to the WankerWeasel.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
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!

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Photo of beerinator
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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

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Photo of aforbes10
4.17/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.85/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grynder33 for this Wisconsin gem. Dark black pour, not much head on this brew, just a thin film. The aroma is mildly strong, with vanilla and toffee notes and a slight hint of bourbon, certainly not much like a typical porter. The strong vanilla and toffee flavor continue in the taste, with coffee flavor and more notice of the bourbon flavoring. The finish is a bit unremarkable though, fairly clean with just a mild alcohol flavor. Bitterness is low overall. Medium thick in mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Intensely smooth, likely from the barrel aging. Drinkablility is nice. This brew may be fairly stong in ABV yet it's not too noticible. It needs a bit more balance from the finish, but has still has a nice unique flavor up front.

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Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -12.8%
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.

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Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.