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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 77
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of mgbickel
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark sand head formed on top of the black with brownish edges body. The head lasted forever and retained it size, despite leaving huge amounts of lace behind.

The nose has lots of rye...toasted grains and burnt cocoa.

The taste is really nice...coffee with creamer, roasted malts and oak with a grainy rye backbone. A great combo that works well.

This has one of the best mouth feels ever. Somewhere on the thick/medium line, super creamy with tight, smooth carbonation. Wow.

The flavors and mouth feel make this a super offering. Well balanced and easy to drink...I really wish this was offered around Western PA.

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just re-released.

Pours a very dark, cherry brown and reveals a thick, foamy bronze head.

Aroma has a touch of spice, perhaps cinammon? Maybe a little chocolate too.

Tastes wonderful! A slight note of cherry and milk chocolate with a bitter finish. An ever-so slight hint of hops is barely detectable.

Would be a good candidate to pair with a cigar.

As it warms in the glass, the wood starts to come through and the mouthfeel becomes a bit creamier. Coffee notes start to come out. Bitter and sour as it approaches room temperature.

This is VERY easy to drink for an imperial porter. I believe the ABV is 7.9% but you wouldn't know it. This is "almost" sessionable. It is the best example yet to come out of Tyranena.

Photo of Flyer
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dense black with not much head, though it clings in concentric rings. Wonderful whiskey aroma. The porter flavors are almost understated, though the rye and some coffee does come through. Surprisingly, this works well with the heavy overlay of whiskey. The mouthfeel is just perfest, silky and just dense enough. Very, very enjoyable.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep translucent brown; like the color of a brown glass bottle. It is capped with a scant head, no real lace to speak of.

S - Some barrel, a good dose of roast, a fair amount of oxidation, rounded out by soy sauce, raisin and cinnamon.

T - The taste is at first quite reminiscent of a nice RIS with a little age on it. The Porter begins to show up as it airs out and develops; I find the line between Porter and Stout to be tangible but frequently inarticulate in nature. Anyhow, heavily roasted character is the mainstay of the flavor profile; rugged notes of milk chocolate, raisin, char, and oxidation fuse with smooth barrel nuances of oak and vanilla.

M - Very creamy feel; velvety-rich, it feels like it coats your whole throat.

D - Very easily quaffed. The people of Wisconsin are up to their eyeballs in world-class beer.

Photo of JDV
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks man!
Pours dark black with a big lasting creamy, light brown head. Smell is rich, roasty and malty with light creamy coffee notes and a hint of whickey. Just a fantastic smell on this. Taste is really smooth, dark roasty and creamy with a nice light whiskey influence that doesn't overpower at all, or let off any harsh alcohol. A hint of bitterness, and a fairly quick finish. Could be a tad more full flavored, and perhaps the rye is keeping it from being too rich. Still a fantastic beer!

Photo of CurtisLoew
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I'm not sure what Tyranena's future plans are, but I hope they include more of this beer.

Pours dark brown/black. Brown head.

Great aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, nice rye undertones.

Taste is great! Coffee, dark chocolate, malty, rye undertones. Subdues whiskey barrel flavors.

Example of how much I liked this beer: I bought it on a whim because I like rye beers. Went back three days later and bought another 4-pack. Went back a week later and bought three more 4-packs. Awesome stuff.

Photo of aforbes10
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise gift form Kkulacki. thanks, Konrad! Pours brown to black, half inch head, long, sticky legs. Looks very viscous, very nice. Smells of chocolate malt sundaes and whiskey. Hint of vanilla, carob beans. Tastes is..mmm....devestatingly smooth chocolate whiskey flavor with a touch of bready rye tartness. super-smooth, alcohol there but quite reserved. Hint of a medicinal flavor at one point but it didnt linger. Full bodied, almost to the point of being too thick. coats the mouth. A very nice addition to the series. the rye and whiskey are nice touches to the style.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

A- dark, jet black body. Thin coating of light beige head that quickly dissipates, leaving lines of lacing and a small mound where the carbonation is bubbling to the surface.
S- molasses, whiskey, toasted malt, vanilla, coffee
T- vanilla, rye, very slight hop presence, dark chocolate. The spiciness of the rye comes through more as the beer warms up.
M- thick, medium carbonation. Goes down smooth, especially for how thick it is.
O- This beer has aged very well. It has gotten better every time I have had it. The Brewers Gone Wild series has had some great beers in it. I would put this one up at the top with Doubly Down and Even Dirtier.

Photo of joe1510
4.41/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz Stubby
$7.99 4-Pack
Steve's Mineral Point

Dirty Old Man is a rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. This concoction gurgles out of the bottle a coffee and cream brown but occupies the glass black without letting any light shine through. The head grew one finger high and was cocoa colored. As the head fell to a thick cap it became creamy and left solid sheet lacing here and there. You can see the carbonation crawling up the sides of the glass and keep the head alive.

The nose of this beer is big and distinct. There's a definite rye presence from both the porter and barrel aging that extends throughout the aroma. Coffee, roasty malts, and dark berries combine nicely to add layer upon layer of complexity. The oak is in there but seems more a component of the spicy rye then an aroma working by itself. I can hardly pull my nose from the glass.

The flavor of this beer is just as complex and delicious as the nose suggested. All the porter notes hit at first. Dark chocolate, mildly roasted malts, and dark berries lead the way in that order. The rye is in there as well with notes from the porter and the barrel. The rye lasts throughout the drink. Mild damp whiskey soaked oak shows up mid palate and a very welcoming vanilla bean presence comes along on the swallow. There's great depth of flavor here. The chocolate, dark berries, and vanilla make this beer delicious and the rye spiciness adds even more flavor.

The body of this beer is on the lighter side of heavy which is helped by the carbonation making it incredibly velvety and smooth. There's an ample amount of carbonation but it always manages to stay calm, making the body massage its way through the mouth.

This is a sipper just from the depth of flavor. It's a beer I would love to sip all night. Dirty Old Man is one of those beers that could be opened at any time of the day and fully enjoyed. I don't want my glass to empty, this is my last bottle.

Dirty Old Man is a great beer. One I would love to see available on a rotating basis. Hopefully this one gets made again. Of course I do love rye whether it be whiskey, beer, bread, or whatever. Tyranena has been doing some really incredible things with their Brewers Gone Wild series lately. They're quickly becoming one of the top tier breweries in the country. I can't get enough of their stuff.

Reviewed: 6/30/08

Photo of jmarsh123
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of coffee head fading into a wisp. Excellent coating all the way down the glass.

Bourbon, vanilla, wood and some dark fruits in the aroma.

Starts out with a good slightly coffee kick. Loads of vanilla and wood with only a slight bourbon/whiskey flavor. Finishes a little sweet with some dark fruits and some more vanilla.

Not quite as chewy as I wold like, but by no means bad.

Another good beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series. I haven't had much from them besides lots of Hop Whore and am impressed so far.

Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iasanlee for this one.

I was really stoked to get this in a recent trade. Its one of the few Brewers Gone Wild series beers I haven't been able to try and probably the one I wanted to try the most. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a oily black velvet with a 2-inch beige cap that leaves soap like lacing down the sides of my snifter. When held to the light mahogany hues show through the edges. Whoa. I stuck my nose in the glass for the first sniff and dang, that's a whole lot of rye whiskey. Whiskey and rye pepper followed closely by rich chocolate cake, cocoa powder, and some black strap molasses. The taste is exactly the same minus the Rye. I know its a blended beer, something like 60% normal 40% barrel aged but its like the 40% came out in the nose and the 60% is the flavor profile. The flavor reminds me of one of those 3 layer super dense chocolate cake that's been wrapped in sweet chocolate icing. It's a desert in a bottle. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but leaves just a slight cocoa powder dryness at the tail of the mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for dry beers. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I had a 4 pack.

Photo of siege06nd
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, funhog, for this awesome extra. Appreciate it, Jim! A Rye Whiskey barrel aged porter?!? Amazing!

A. It's basically black, maybe the deepest, darkest of tobacco browns. A thin but persistent quarter finger of light brown head. Very nice lacing down the sides. This is a thing of beauty in my snifter.

S. Healthy dose of chocolate, coffee, and spicy rye. Also detecting some vanilla and even caramel in the background. It's a straightforward, somewhat simple bouquet, but it is well-integrated and very inviting.

T. Chocolate, rye, some whiskey sweetness, and traces of coffee roast. Fairly light on the palate, this is a porter after all, but the barrel treatment adds a nice, spicy, wood character. Excellent.

M. It's just a little bit thin. I don't really think it's the carbonation, because that seems spot on. But it could be that the base beer just doesn't lend enough body to withstand the barrel treatment. Flavors are all really nice, but it's got a mildly flabby flavor profile.

O. Wow, what an intriguing beer. I admire the fact that Tyranena decided to barrel-age a porter as opposed to a stout. A stout may have been just as excellent, but what they have here is a relatively light drinking (7.9% for real?!?) barrel aged porter. It has wonderful roasted qualities characteristic of the style, but the rye whiskey barrels add a lovely texture of spice and sweetness to the whole affair. Outstanding creativity on display here.

Photo of sukwonee
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: For an "American porter", this beer looks quite thick with very very little head. Very little lacing. Dark brown/black body.

S: Very much bourbon front, Coffee, Roasted malt. Some sweetness.

T: Wow. This is awesome. Very long lasting flavor for a porter and quite a bit of sweetness in the back. Bourbon is there, but is much more subtle in the taste than in the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, roated malt, and brown sugar.

M: This feels more like an oatmeal stout but thicker. It's not really "syrupy" but it's chewy. Hard to articulate it, but there is that oatmeal stout consistency. Quite thick beer for the style.

O: What a surprise. This is a great beer, imo. Thank you Beermefitz for throwing this in as an extra.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to UngerTaker for beauty. Poured into snifter...

A- Almost black. Pours a dense creamy looking head, brown color, dissipates quickly.

S- I love this aroma. Rye awesomeness. There is a solid roasty base porter and an incredibly woody bourbon blend. Some nice esters and sweet toffee malt.

T/M- So smooth. So roasty. So creamy and barrel aged. Very delicious rye dark beer. All the components are there, they just don't pop out individually, rather they mesh and melds together. Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation to style; very well made.

O- This beer surpassed my expectations. I would love to get some more. It just had everything I would want in a rye whiskey aged beer. It drank incredibly smooth and though it had a touch oud alcohol, it spent drink like 8%. Only good things to say about this beer; however if comparing BA Imperial Porters, then CCB wins with a Stranahan KO

Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet almost black with a thick creamy tan head that holds long retention. some spotty thin lacing enamors itself to my snifter as the head slowly fades.

Chocolate, rye, vanilla, and toasted oak at the forefront, with bourbon notes, some black fruits, roasted malt, hints of coffee and burnt caramel rounding things out.

This is probably my fourth or fifth bottle of this and I love the beer. Complex, rich, creamy, well rounded, barrel aged and only 7.9%ABV!! Milk chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cocoa, caramel, roasty malts, anise, black currant and other black fruits domintate the middle and dry out on the finish with wood tannins and earthy hops, and then some of the sugary bourbon notes open back up late and leave things semi sweet.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, emptied to a pint glass. Bottled on: 04FEB08; a huge 'thank you' to milwaukeeclassic for sharing the wealth.

An 'Imperial Rye Porter, Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels' - probably my first of THAT style! :)

A: Outstanding look from the start; a deep chocolaty blackness, topped with a thick creamy cloud of a head. builds to two fingers, perhaps a little more and holds steady for a couple minutes before slowly ebbing. Leaves thick curtains of lace. Whether there's carbonation or not? Impossible to tell, visually...

S: Sweet caramel and dried fruit. Dusting of cocoa and a spiced mocha sweetness. Barrel-aging imparts some woody warmth, not terribly strong. Pleasant and appealing.

T: Fudge-y chocolate, sweetened coffee, toasted and spiced dark bread. A decadent cake; a rich, bittersweet hot chocolate; a liqueur-filled candy. Any of these will do as a descriptor. Add in a slightly boozy and toffee-like whiskey and some 'barrel' smokiness and you've got a hell of a tasty brew.

M: Smooth, quite creamy. Carbonation is soft, a very fine grit left behind, the kind you find after a piece of fine chocolate or a taste of french press coffee. Mouth-filling coating and medium-fullness - a fine feel.

D: 9 months in the bottle. Perfect for sipping and savoring. Enjoyable in every way and highly recommended. Thanks, Duane!

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep dark black with hints of dark brown on the edges. A quarter inch of tan foam on top that leaves spotty lacing on the way down. Aromas start out with well roasted, slightly burnt, spicy malt tones. A mix of coffee and chocolate work in along with more mellow woody whiskey tones. A touch of vanilla as well. Quite robust overall. The spicy, bready nature of the rye really shines through.

First sip brings a big roasty, toasty, spicy dark malt body upfront. It moves into a mix of coffee and chocolate flavors with vanilla notes as well. Woody undertones meld in with a kiss of whiskey. As it flows down the bready, spicy rye aspect really kicks in. It finishes off dry, with a nice bitterness and a lingering whiskey afterthought. Just a good, rich brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice hefty chewiness brought on by the rye bill I am guessing. Slightly coarse on the palate. This one goes down smooth and is like a meal in a glass. Overall, a darn good rye porter from Tyranena. I enjoy the fact that the barrel aging accentuates it instead of taking over. I would gladly drink many more of these!

Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EliteDigger hooked me up with some of these. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled june 4/08.

pours opaque very dark brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is great. vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey up front. slightly sweet caramel and molasses. toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. alcohol. light orange and tangerine. i get almost a mocha almond fudge ice cream thing in it.

taste is great. coffee. rye whiskey. lots of vanilla. bittersweet chocolate. bit of caramel and molasses. raw oak. alcohol. nearly burnt toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. as it warms the malt deepens and the chocolate fills out a little too, showing a bit more milk chocolate. the fruit comes out a little more too, with shades of dark fruit and light citrus.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is good. the barrel character blends in well. i like the rye character, both from the whiskey and the grain. the alcohol is hidden pretty well too. good stuff.

Photo of DrDogbeer
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to whichever awesome BA sent this to me as an extra!! Poured into a tulip. pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that does not last long but produces some thin lacing. This beer is slick! Smell is initially whiskey, alcohol and some oak. As it mellows- more coffee than anything else. Taste is very strong- lots of bitter coffee, alcohol, some chocolate, slight whiskey and oak finish. this beer really shines in the mouthfeel department. I normally do not love oily, slick beers, but this one is wonderful in the way it coats your mouth. Very warming and quite a sipping treat. Wish I had more!

Photo of dustine
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-black with a little bit of a dark tan head. Pretty cool looking lacing that sticks for quite a while but doesn't follow you down the glass. Stouty.

S: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and the graininess from the rye.

T: Pleasant whiskey alcohol taste. More of that dark chocolate about halfway with an intense sweetness towards the end. Like eating chocolate chips straight from the bag. Satisfyingly bitter from the I-don't-know-what hops while I think the carbonation might also add to this; very sharp. As it warms, plum fruit becomes more apparent as it overtakes the chocolate.

M: Pretty well carbonated for a porter but a possible distraction from the other complexities here. The alcohol burn from the whiskey is super welcome as I've always been a fan of barrel-aged beers that really include the liquor feel. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while.

D: I would definitely drink several more of these in a sitting, but that's just the little chocolate-addicted alcoholic baby in me. The richness of the taste and the alcohol hint however might scare other pussies away into switching beers immediately.

Photo of TheDTrain
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ballsy craft from Tyranena! Medium bodied porter with a whole lot of character. Roast malts are the backbone of the aroma with great uplifting whiskey tones. Creamy feel with some heat. The whiskey/coco blend really bring it over the top. Although not as rye as I would have liked, still one of the best Tyranena's out there right now!

Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Beerwolf77 for this one!!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a solid dark dark brown with a thin light brown head that didn't leave much lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee up front with a decent whiskey backround and slight vanilla. Little bit of spice in there but not to much.

T- Roasted malts and coffee hit you up front with a solid whiskey and vanilla backround. Slight rye flavor in there but not as much as expected. Slight chocolate also comes out a bit as well as a some alcohol flavor as it warms but suprisingly not bad at all, it's covered up well.

M- Definitely a full bodied porter. Fair amount of carbonation with a slight dry and bitter finish but not bad.

SkÅL!

Photo of boothbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with nice fluffy, medium dark tan head. Not much lacing, but head retention is nice.

S: Roastiness up front. Lots of rye and some spiciness as well. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate peek through.

T: Great taste. Lots of roastiness and rye up front that lingers after you swallow. Good chocolate flavor. Hint of whiskey barrels blends in nicely.

M: Nice body. This is actually thicker than I expected. Good example for the style.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Somewhat of a surprise to me, and I'm glad I picked this up in Milwaukee on my last trip up there. Can't say I've ever had a rye porter, but this one set the bar high.

Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently purchased by a good buddy in Minneapolis. No born on/best by date on bottle.
Slow rising mocha head on top of the dark brown liquid. Tan ring stays on throughout the tasting.
Toffee on the nose, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, rye whiskey and faint oak.
Smooth as hell. The rye whiskey playing on the roasted malt on the creamy milk chocolate flavor. Bitter in the middle, even some hoppiness detected.
Unreal drinkability! One of the better whiskey beers I've had.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my New Belgium Globe snifter.

Murky reddish brown... rather brackish in fact. Big fluffy 3 finger head of creamy caramel bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, rum-soaked raisin-like notes, and whiskey. The flavor is much the same; it starts sweet and then dries up at the back with some nice barrel flavors-- dry boozy whiskey with a touch of sweet vanilla and some light oak. I get a touch of honey in the flavor as well.

The feel is thick and luxurious. Velvety is a good word. Lots of carbonation considering the barrel aging, and it works quite well.

Overall-- this is certainly the best I've had from Tyraneena. This beer isn't quite as good as Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter, but this is half the price and twice as easy to find.
This one has a lot going for it-- so if you usually pass on offerings from this brewery, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot!

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.