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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 75
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, rye spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and sweet with flavors of rye malt, coffee, dark fruit. There's a very mild hops presence but it works very well for this beer. Despite being so sweet, it's excellently balanced. The after-taste is sweet. I'm surprised that I don't have more to say about a taste that seems to have such a good complexity to it.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with a well-done twist of rye malt, this is an excellent beer to drink for a very long time if you're looking for a poundable, flavorful and stronger-than-average dark beer.

Photo of xymyl
4.8/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thin tan film of a head, inky blackness with dark reddish brown edges. Swirl it a bit and head thickens up and gets much darker but settles and lightens again shortly.

Smell is complex plum, cherry, oak, earth, chocolate, coffee, raisins, and spicy hops.

Taste is big chocolate covered cherries, followed by a wall of dark chocolate followed by coffee that mixes with the hop bitterness at the end as this beer trails off.

There is more complexity to this extremely enjoyable beer but I'm currently enjoying the beer more by reviewing it less (as I have been doing quite often lately). Would I have known that it was aged in rye whiskey oak? Probably not. A perfect use of the cask in my opinion, added complexity without being overpowered.

Rich and full mouthfeel yet infinitely drinkable. A new favorite!

Photo of WestSideAmish
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of drjacob
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Paul68
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of andrewlampert
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of stpaulsipper07
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Jkirk790
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Tilley4
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for this incredible brew!!!

Best Baltic porter that I've ever had, easily...

Pitch black with a huge creamy head... Looks like an Imperial Stout..

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, whiskey, and oak...delectable...

Smooth and silky, this is everything I look for in a porter... Loaded with dark rich flavors... Incredibly easy drinking....

Probably one of the best brews that I've ever had... I enjoyed everything about this...

Photo of jriggins6
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh, yeah. That's the stuff. On tap at Greenbush Bar (Madison). so fortunate to live in Madison and find this on tap in a few places. It's far, far superior to the bottle version. On tap, so rich, so complex, so sweet, yet so roasty. The rye whiskey flavor is nice here, not that tinny tartness you get in the bottle version.
This is simply the perfect use of barrel-aging.

Photo of orcasteve
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a black that when put up to the light has a redish hue to it, this one had head for days, thick and rich tan in color that runs away scared leaving a thin lacing around the glass, the smell was of burbon and sweet dark malt. the taste at first sip was sweet and a hint fo coffiee, the middle was rich malt and burbon, the finish is sweet alchoal and a hint of hops. this is a dream come true, i need more of these

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown with some ruby hues to it. nice subtle khaki colored head. Modereate head retention, and nice clingy lacing.

S: massive roasted malt aromas with some hints of rye in the back. great notes from the barrels, sweetness of vanilla and rye, with some cherries in the back.

T: Holy crap! this beer is phenomenal. Great flavors of coffee, toffee and some burnt caramel. Not too much rye, a little but in the way back. good barrel aging characteristics, light vanilla, but big coconut and especially big cherries. More vanilla comes through as it warms.

M: very robust and full-bodied porter. Carbonation is a little higher than I would like, but still on for the style. the flavors stay on the palate for a ridiculously long time.

D: I could drink tons of this stuff, wish I had it on tap at my house, but then I wouldn't go to work. Outstanding beer. Get it, got it, good!

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown, nearly black, with a ghostly cast of maroon hinting in certain lighting and angles. Soft, firm, smooth light tanned foam sits atop at a finger high and leaves thick stringy lacing across the glass.

Lovely aroma of chocolate cookie dough and bourbony goodness. Hints of vanilla, fig, and raisin play lightly with a bit of dryness of grains as it warms.

Taste is quite nice with a delicate nature of chocolate mixing with dryish dark grainy goodness and the fluff of a chocolate covered pastry. Some chewy dark fruits entangle a raisin, fig, and date or two within the chocolatey goodness. There's just a touch of the bourbon racing around warming things up towards the finish as does some drying tones of grains and vanilla. But this sucker is all about the chocolate and is just lovely to let unfold after each sip and/or gulp.

Favorably mild taster with a bold stature of heavy bodied richness and creamy goodness thats quite slick in the body which carries this into the realm of wellhandled wholesome goodness and a wonderful ease of downability.

Oh the chocolate...so what I needed.
A damn solid porter of chocolatey goodness with subtle plays of dry bakery bourbonyness. Yum! Another winner by Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild.
More like this please!

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to Emerge.

Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. There's a very nice reverse cascading head the develops on the pour, but is quickly gone before I get back to my seat.
Smell is heavenly. Some whiskey, some dark roasted malts and just a hint of alcohol. This is what I'm about.
This is one absolutely delicious beer! I've not enjoyed a Tyranena beer this much since the "Who's Your Daddy". Nice, roasted flavors along with the whiskey barrel. A nice hit of oak and vanilla. Amazing and complex. I could drink this all day long. I wish Tyranena was local to me, this is one amazing beer. Getting a bit of cocoa in there as well. Don't know where it's coming from, but it's there and I like it. Somewhat bitter from the roast, but still incredibley smooth and complex. I could drink a whole lot of this beer. Simple and amazing, what a beer.

Photo of Dotcubed
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a nice beer. Poured out like a light syrup. Nice head, color of cappuccino foam. Thins out nicely.

Hot, whiskey aroma. Is this what an Irish Car Bomb is?

Roasted, warming, sensing some vanilla. Very lasting burnt flavor. Creamy, burnt rye bread. Some dried prunes. Dry. Refreshing. Wish I could have this all the time.

Filling, medium to full body. Maybe a bit heavy, but something needs to balance the whiskey.

I think this was expensive, it definitely tastes like it.

Photo of brdc
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/04/08, so quite fresh.

Very dark brew, one shade under pitch black, with a foamy dark brown head with good retention and amazing lacing coating the glass on its way down.
Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, quite pleasant, with additional chocolate, coffee and dark fruit notes.
Medium bodied, the taste is quite similar, with a bitter roasted opening, a sweet malty medium, and a bitter dry finish (rye?).
Drinkability is as high as you will find for such a tasty beer. Very impressive.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 7, 2011. Served at around cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a one finger brown head that leaves some sheets of lacing and holds a persistent creamy cap.

Aroma is whiskey, wood, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, rye, some caramel and toffee, and maybe a touch of grassy hops. Very good strength, very nice aroma.

Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, wood, coffee, some caramel and a nice rye spice kick on the finish. Very similar to the aroma although the chocolate is more forward in the taste whereas the whiskey is more forward on the nose. A bit of alcohol, but really well hidden. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, creamy, velvety, soft carbonation.

Damn this is some good stuff! Blended in just the right proportions which keeps the barrel aging from overpowering the base beer. Great to look at, great to smell, tastes wonderful and has a fantastic mouthfeel. My first Tyranena brew and they’ve certainly got my attention now!

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful complex aroma with hints of chocolate, whisky, coffee, and caramel. The rye whisky is much more subdued than what I was expecting. Just a slight hint of alcohol. But in the end it smells very thick and complex. The base of this beer deserves high scores on its own, but adding the barrel aged beer just puts this over the top. Base malts comes through with chocolate and coffee flavors, the barrel aged beer brings rye and vanilla flavor. Alcohol is well disguised. I wonder what this beer could do aged in Scotch Whisky casks? The body is another exceptional quality. A bit thicker than a typical porter with a soft, silky smooth mouthfeel. This is my favorite Tyranena beer. Exceptional.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fat stubby bottle to a snifter, The liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is nice mocha brown 2 fingers and leaves nice lace.

The smell is big, lots of malt and bourbon aroma, chocolate and coffee notes as well.

The taste follows and is quite good indeed. Lots of big malt, coffee and chocolate flavors are great. Bourbon barrel aging is also very good and done just right.

The mouthfeel is great, very good the carbonation is just right and the body is perfect for this style. Rich, smooth and creamy, what a delight.

The drinkability is excellent, this is a very very good brew, I hope you can get some.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Photo of Buebie
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 6 pack sampler of BGW series beers. I think I paid $11 for all six, which is a bargain. These sell at about $2.60 per single.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip.
Black in color with no glawing. 2 finger creamy brown head sits for a very long time leaving a good half inch of retention.
This thing leaves nice thick lines of lace all the way down.

I do pick up some tobacco, whiskey and woody aroma are very much present. Whisky is smokey and quite smooth at the knose without any heat or alcahol funes. Theres hints of ceder in there too. Just a touch of chocolate grains...Man that whiskey brings out some really appealing aromas.

Creamy with a slippery feel on the tounge. Just right with carbonation, its there but its smooth and laid back.
Some protein oaty flavors. Lightly toasted oak and at the swallow the whisky comes around. Its hidin behind the oak, but definatly plays a role in the flavor department.
A bit more tobacco in the flavor. Any hops that were added are lost in the spiced whisky oaky flavors. Hints of rye are present through the first few sips up front with just a touch of spice.

This is adelicious. I'm wishing I had more then one bottle. Its definatly not a sessionable beer. The flavors and sweetness had me sipping this down slowly. Quite the delicious desert beer, or after dinner beer.

Photo of botham
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a deep chocolate opaque brown with phenomenal settling, which takes a couple minutes. head is coffee colored, creamy and rich, and remains for the duration of consumption.

aroma is roasted, with notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee up front. an earthy base gives the brew a warming character, most likely from the whiskey barrel aging. no rye in the aroma.

taste is burnt and roasted, with the same notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. the whiskey gives the profile an earthy base, much like the aroma would suggest. dark fruit notes are in the background, alongside an alcoholic tinge. wonderful profile.

mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. the brew is full-bodied, with a slight note of alcohol in the background. finishes smooth and on a dry roasted note.

drinkbility is decent, mainly because the brew is so rich and full of flavor, one could very well be enough. that being said, this brew is very well refined on the palate and in the nose. this is a brew worth savoring. cheers!

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin but dense tan head that slowly fades into a thin cap. Nice leopard-spot tracing rims the glass as the level drops.
S-Aroma is predominantly sour rye flour with back tones of chocolate, coffee, and faint raisin and fig.
T-Attack is strong and of bitter rye with coffee that flows smoothly into a midpalate that brings out faint whiskey and more bitter coffee and liberally toasted malts. I'm picking up some of the rustic earthy tones I've found characteristic of the last two varieties from this brewery, again, not sure if this is from specialty malts, or the yeast. It's a very pleasant trait, but not for the squeamish...you either like it or you don't. Finish is surprisingly clean after all the powerful and strong flavors take a backseat to a smooth vanilla texture, and crisp slightly hoppy ending. The lingering aftertaste with its cafe-mocha notes is excellent.
M-Perfect. The smooth and silky heavier-side-of-medium body is just right to carry all of the flavors, and the carbonation is right at the ideal point...not too strong, but present enough to lend the right amount of backbone to a porter that packs a lot of flavor. This stuff is almost creamy.
D-I need to get my ass to this brewery. It's a new favorite of mine, and it's not far away. So far, three for three, and I would gladly spend my hard-earned money on a six-pack or a growler if I can get a hold of one.

Photo of adman08
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours almost black with a creamy brownish head.
Excellent lacing on the glass.
S-Aromas of chocolate and coffee, fairly light.
T-Outstanding flavors of chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging, Fairly sweet.
M-Creamy and thick, sticky.
Overall, this beer is outstanding. The barrel aging adds some vanilla flavoring and some of the creamy smoothness. Surprisingly drinkable. It's like drinking a liquid brownie with a hint of coffee.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.