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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 goodbyeohio
4.19/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.69/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of walleye
4.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes to Ughsmash for this. poured black with a tan head that left some lacing. aromathe bourbon came out strong, than out came the bourbon, than hints of coffee with hazelnut cream in it, some hints of malts, toasty,flavor, wow the bourbon I had the make sure I didn’t pour some jack into the glass, vanilla, with hints of chocolate and malts.I can not believe this is only 8% abv like the label says whos your daddy.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily black with deep ruby highlights. Thin brown head. Actually has legs in the glass like bourbon.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, hint of chocolate and hazelnut. The porter and bourbon aspects blend wonderfully for an excellent aroma.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, hints of caramel and toffee. Slightly sweet but works well with the bourbon flavor dominance. The alcohol is warming but is very well hidden.

M - Creamy, maybe just a tad thin. Not much carbonation which works very well.

D - I love bourbon aged beers and this is one of the best I have tasted. The bourbon aspects might be just a tad too dominant but I am extremely disappointed I was only able to obtain a 4 pack. If this one let just a bit more of the porter characteristics shine through the bourbon it could be straight 5's.

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Photo of Callenak
4.62/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubbie. Pours a deep brown to black color with a finger of light tan hread , There are a few bubbles cascading up the side of the glass that help maintain the head around a quarter inch tall. Aroma is chocolate, oaky vanilla, a kiss of bourbon, and a moderate dark fruity sweetness. Not too shabby. Flavor is incredibly sweet and bourboney, with notes of cocoa, and an incredible vanilla note that really dominates the brew. This one is definately a bourbon beer. Its almost a little overwhelming, and defintaly dominates the porter aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a light syrupy slickness. Carbonation is light to moderate. Overall, I think the bourbon aging really affected this one. Its got a lot of vanilla . I like the cocoa notes, but would like to see the vanilla and oak to be more subdued and playing a supporting role. Its okay, but I don't know if I'd make this a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.17/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of mcallister
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for trading me this at Dark Lord Day.

Mean and dark. Nearly black with a 2 inch tan head that fades into very sticky consuming lace.

Aromas of coffee, choclate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, roasted malt hints and some nice hop smells also.

Lovely job of integrating the bourbon barrel aging. Added another point of depth to this very complex porter. Big caramel roasted malt flavor, with toasty oak, hazlenut, bitter dark choclate. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the chest on the finish.

A very complex porter done right with the bourbon barrel aging. Delicious.

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Photo of OldSock
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of assurbanipaul
4.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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

Pours dark brown with a think creamy brown head. The aroma consists of caramel, bourbon, oak and vanilla. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with sharp carbonation. The taste is delicious! Vanilla and malt sweetness start things off. Bourbon arrives midway throughin combination with a deep oakiness. Roasted malt bitterness finishes things off, in addition to the return of the bourbon flavor. A hint of alcohol in the back too. This is easily one of Tyranena's best!!

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.92/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of amatuerbeerguy
4.32/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of beveragecaptain
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle. This beer pours out nearly black with almost no head. The aroma is caramel, coconut, oak, hazlenuts, and chocolate. It's a fine aroma, but could be slightly stronger. The taste, on the other hand, is huge. Lots of chocolate and caramel. Bourbon comes in with coconut and hazlenut flavors, and really enhances this beer. Just enough roastiness to combat the sweetness. A tad fruity with a grape flavor. Hops are noticable, but not very strong. The mouthfeel is perfect. So smooth with almost no astringency. Alcohol is nowhere to be found. I loved this brew. It's a perfect example of how bourbon barrels can enhance a beer's flavor. I better go seek out more before it is gone.

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Photo of heyitsbyron
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of Skidz
4.4/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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Photo of Frozensoul327
4.46/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Crap, Man! This is what a good porter should be!!! Thanks goes out to grynder33 for the sample. That man knows good beers. Pours out to a coffee black color with a short lived head of foam. Lots of lace, and a lower lever of carbonation. Aromas of smokey roasted malts and grain, wood, dark chocolate and earth. Nice. Taste was full bodied and totally embracing; chocolate, coffee, malt, earth, mild woody notes, sour sweetness, with a bourbon backbone that isn't to prevailant. Perfectly done. Bravo. Mouthfeel was good; some more thickness wouldn't hurt, but I guess if we went that route, we'd be at "stoutville". Good drinkability. This is one of the top 5 porters i've ever had. Highly Recommended.

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Photo of grynder33
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of murrayswine
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of iron78
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
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.


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.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.53/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

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