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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 76
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, poured into an Allagash flute. Been looking forward to trying this one for a long time!!

Appearance: A thick, deep, sticky, nasty brown mess, like molasses, with a one-finger cocoa head with average retention that fades into a ring of bubbly lace. Lacing is likely alcohol retarded. This one looks off the hook.

Aroma: And smells off the hook! Damn that whiskey really comes through. Woody notes, vanilla, chocolate - cocoa powder, really, dutch process! -

Taste: Not as hot as the aroma, but still pretty good. Smoky, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, coffee grounds - a deep roast, too, heavily - baker's chocolate. The only thing wrong with it is the spicy, slightly burning alcohol that comes in at the end, but it's nice enough to where that doesn't detract enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, devilishly thick, medium-sized bubbles, spicy and prickly, either from hops, malt astringencies, or whiskey. Improves as it warms.

Drinkability: This was a good one. Glad I got a chance to try it. The aroma was absolutely out of this world, and though the rest of the beer didn't quite live up the to the promise of the aroma, it was solid all-around. Alcohol on this one, though unlisted, is probably around 8 or 9%, and was very, very well-hidden. Give it a shot if you're lucky enough to get your hands on it - another winner from the BGW series, of which I've yet to be disappointed by any.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark oily brown color with a foamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Looks like a very very good porter.

S - Roasted maltiness dominates. Hints of coffee as well. Very light spiciness in the nose but other than that there is little rye or whiskey in the smell.

T - A light chocolate sweetness initially quickly overcome with a nice rye spiciness. Still not picking out any real whiskey flavors but the rye provides a nice kick. Also some hints of sweetened coffee linger after the drink.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy/smooth. Excellent feel. Nice balance in tastes providing good drinkability as well.

Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to the BA who traded me this in person at DLD!

A: A slow, steady, high pour results in a thick black body underneath a mere half inch of frothy light-brown head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not terrible, but pretty darn average.

S: Quite oaky, with vanilla and tannins on top of whiskey, chocolate, and mildly spicy rye. Somehow it's both mellow and piquant at the same time; complex. Very nice.

T: More chocolate and rye malt than the nose, with an accompanying decline in the barrel characteristics (although the whiskey and oak both come through powerfully on the finish, which is both good and bad - it's definitely a trifle hot for being under 8%). Sweet, spicy, and good.

M: Smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Very nice.

O: I really wasn't a fan of Rocky's Revenge, as I found the bourbon to be overpowering compared to the base brown ale. This beer is much more in sync (and much tastier, period), although I'm a bit disappointed in the ratio of booziness to ABV. Even though the rye whiskey wasn't an overpowering flavor, it certainly leant a decidedly spiritous element to the beer - and there just wasn't quite enough heft in the beer itself to stand up to this. Still, this is a minor complaint, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of this.

Cheers!

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the trade Packforever1976. A rich and tasty porter, owing to the inclusion of the rye which gives it a spicy rye and vanilla and some chocolate and malty sweetness. Whiskey in the finish. A baltic? well I don't know. Well Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rmalinowski4 for the extra!

Pours black. Head was small, maybe half a finger, tan. Didn't stick around for too long.

Definitely get some zesty rye notes, with a nice bit of oak and whiskey. It's a very nice level; not overpowering but not to subtle. There's nice roasted notes, slight chocolate and coffee.

Lots of wood, whiskey and rye notes up front, moving to nice bitter roasted coffee and chocolate.

A hair thin on the feel, but nice slick and creamy. Finishes clean. Carbonation is good.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Porter. The rye and barrel notes aren't overpowering, but make themselves well know, leaving all the other great porter qualities to have their spot in the limelight too. Very enjoyable.

Photo of lurpy1
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split with a bottle with my wife, and I have to say, it might have been in Dirty Old Man's best interest to have my wife do the review, as this is arguably her favorite beer now. If her 6 oz lasted 90 seconds I'd be greatly surprised.

As for me, I very much liked the beer, but not to the extent she did. There was a slight disjointedness between the spark of the rye and the smooth of the barrel. Tasted good, just slightly confusing. Perhaps because it's a blend. I will agree with the wife that the consistency was pretty damn close to perfect.

The BGW series is comically underrated. But I would love to see Tyranena really go wild and offer this as a fully barreled beer instead of as a partially barreled beer. It can't do anything but improve an already very good drink. Recommended.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/27/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produced light sticky lacing. Aromas of Baker's chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and earthiness. Taste was of chocolate and molasses up front, leading in oak, and finishing w/ subtle hop bitterness and a touch of whiskey. The mouthfeel was spectacular! Pretty damn full bodied for a Porter, and oh so lush and creamy. Drinkable brew as the ABV is well hidden and the barrel aging is in the background.

Overall, nice stuff! I would drink this again, but nothing to go crazy over. Simply just solid which I find usually the case with Tyranena brews.

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours two shades shy of black with a thin band around the edges of the bowl. No head or lacing on this one, just a slightly oily slick across the surface. Big barrel-aged nose, a trace of booze/ethanol - extremely sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, molasses, a slightly vinous quality and raisins and prunes. Taste is more subdued than suggested by the nose - dark chocolate comes out and the barrel-aged quality dissipates. Some roast is also expressed as the brew warms. All this on a rich and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light), with a slightly oily/slightly watery consistency. Carbonation is light and even with a little dryness at the finish that seems attributable to the alcohol. A solid brew - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite good and with a well-hidden abv.

Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium-sized blanket of light brown foam. Good head retention. Lots of fine bubbles cling together in clumps as I work my way through the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolatey malt with a healthy dose of rye spice and some nice though mild barrel characteristics. I'm also getting some coffee, blackberries, dates and blueberries. The barrel-aging contributes a sweet, vanilla rye flavor. It's very toned down, which I generally like. Taste-wise, it's sweet and rich. Lots of fruit and chocolate. More rye spice. Light oak with that pleasant vanilla-forward spirit flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly thick. Another solid beer from Tyranena, though I still prefer Devil Made Me Do It by a bit.

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Poured a dark brown body with thin quarter-inch tan head that receded to a patchy film and left behind some spotty lace.

S - Vanilla and oak up front with hints of chocolate and iced coffee. Some roasty malt and earthy hop notes also emerge.

T - Chocolatey and malty with an oaky character that provides a slight dryness. Subtle bitter coffee notes emerge in the middle that are complemented by vanilla sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a roasted malt character and a good bit of earty hop bitterness.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish with moderate bitterness and mild alcohol sting on the palate.

D - Very drinkable, unique brew with lots of flavors that complement each other. Another fine offering from Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series.

Photo of dbossman
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black--quite black--with a great medium tan head that has amazing, steady retention

S: The spicy rye quality is first evident but then the whiskey comes sweeping in; there is also a steady roasted malt presence and coffee seems to peak through at the last moment

T: The rye and whiskey hit the taste buds first but that's followed by a wave of flavors from vanilla to chocolate to coffee to roasted--and perhaps a bit burnt--malts; very good flavors but there is a subtle watery thinness that distracts a bit

F: Creamy but yet again, thin toward the end

D: A very drinkable, strong porter with little effect--in the flavors--from the alcohol; good porter...damn good

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head, a lot of lacing left.

Smell: Rye, cocoa, black patent, noble hops, and a bit of coffee and whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate and rye mostly, hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The whiskey is pretty subdued,when it even shows up. Maybe they should have went with a 50/50 blend. Thick, creamy, full bodied.

I really like this but think High Class Broad was a little better(from my limited Tyranena experience.) I'd like a little more whiskey and if it wasn't mentioned I'd have no idea this had any barrel aging involved.

Photo of nrbw23
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown or black with very little head at first and then it pops up at of no where and is a a tannish color that leave very little lacing.

S- Charcoal, coffee, chocolate, rye malts, and a woody smell not bad at all.

T- A sharp dark fruit is met with a dry roasted malt flavor. Big hits of cocoa. The rye is subdued in the background, but it seems to be prefectly balanced. The oak brings out a very nice vanilla profile. The whiskey aging is much better balanced than many other barrel aged beers on the market. Very unique here and also very good. I quite enjoyed this one.

M- Medium in body and also silky smooth.

D- I wish I could pick these up in Ohio. Very nice brew.

Photo of drseamus
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I know that barrel aged beers don't generally have good head retention, but I still wish there was more. Nice dark brown body with barely any light getting through.

S: It's not quite strong enough for me, but still nice. A touch of whiskey is in there with a nice maltiness.

T: The rye whiskey is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. It might be a bit over the top, but it's still tasty. Initially, there is a good malty presence from the porter and then the whiskey hits, lasts a second, and then everything fades into a nice light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied initially but seems to thin out at the back of the palate. That seems typical of BA beers.

D: Not too shabby. I was worried about the rye adding too much spiciness but I didn't find that at all. A very enjoyable beer.

Photo of ebit
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance
Opaque black brown with a beautiful thick tan/cream head that's slow to develop but rushes in after the pour. Fun to watch. Drink me!

Aroma
Roasted rye malts, hints of smooth roast coffee and chocolate. A substantial thwack of alcohol to the nose.

Taste
Wow this is a unique porter. A bit hotter on the alcohol than I was expecting due to aging but it works well with the beer and doesn't overpower. The roasted rye character is a unique characteristic of this beer and is very interesting, although it might be a bit much for some. It really cuts through the aftertaste for a new experience. Quite a bit of spice that builds throughout the beer. Some woody profiles towards the end. Not much in the way of hops. I wish the notes of chocolate and coffee had played more prominently into the flavor profile.

Mouthfeel
Minimal carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This is spot on for a porter.

Drinkability/Overall Impression
A little too much rye for me to want to continue drinking this after one. It drinks well enough but the huge flavors of rye and barrel aged alcohol notes beg for a new experience after finishing the glass. The rye malts literally sits on your tonuge until the next sip and are a bit drying. Credit goes where credit's due however and this is a very unique offering from Tyranena that will keep me as a patron of their Brewers Gone Wild series.

Photo of hayesez
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent as an extra from brewCzar - thanks for sharing!

Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren Chalice. Poured a deep brown with surprisingly little head. A small amount of ruby comes through when held up to the light...but just a little!

The first sniff was extremely heavy on the vanilla - whew! I was surprised to get no part of the barrel...so I kept trying - but no luck. It almost smells sweet, but more overly malty. A small amount of molasses and chocolate are present as well.

The beer is dominated by the malts. Although there is a bit of vanilla in there, it's not nearly what the smell would leave one to believe. The rye does offer a woody taste to the beer. Combined, these mask the alcohol quite impressively, and make for a very tasty brew.

A medium-bodied beer that is fairly heavy, with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer. I certainly wouldn't mind having a few of these in my fridge to enjoy from time to time. Thanks again, brewCzar!

Consumed on 11/21/2009

Photo of SFLpunk
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-top brown glass. Neck dated Bottled On 09NOV09.

Pours ruddy black with a thin layer of tan bubbles. Nose is fairly closed but smells of black coffee and dark pumpernickel bread. Palate is full bodied but lifted or ethereal at the same time, presumably because of the alcohol content. Flavors of toasty bread, bitter chocolate malt balls, and spicy rye. Carbonation is all but non-existent. Sharp alcohol bites the tip of the tongue.

The Whiskey barrel part escaped me until I lre-read the lable and saw that the used Rye Whiskey barrels. The spicy rye is largely present, but I figured it was from the malt, not the barrel.

Nicely balanced between sweet, spicy and bitter. Thick and rich but spicy and sharp at the same time.

Photo of nlmartin
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- I am a sucker for a dark beer. The body of this beer is black with just a tiny amount of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is thick and a very dark tan almost brown in color. Nice head retention noted. Very thick lacing noted as this beer rapidly vanishes before my eyes.

S- The aroma of the beer consist of darkly toasted, roasted and lightly chared malt, nice cocoa and lightly roasted coffee. A very subtle whiskey aroma rattles around in the aroma.

T- Nicely executed! Dark roasted malts hit all the right dark semi sweet cocoa, coffee and dark fruited notes. A bit of vanilla and a pretty strong whiskey component play about my mouth.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is nowhere in the mouth. Very satisfying.

O- Tyranena has a wonderful porter as a base to play with. I have enjoyed many variations on the porter and look forward to more. Well done.

Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up during my "make a sixer" fest in Madison. Thanks to Steve's Liquors - great people. Since then, Tyranena is in Chicago and I'm looking forward to trying more of their brews.

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle, the color is dark reddish brown - almost black. The head was small, coffee stained and creamy. It dissipated quickly to a ring and a dusting. Glows reddish when held up to the light and has some mahogany on the edges. No lacing to speak of.

S: Whiskey type burn in the rose but does also have a deep roasty malt in the background. Booze is definitely the victor in this battle though.

T: Roasty burned malt flavor which is quickly taken over by the whisky flavor. The booze attacks the palet. The finish and aftertaste is a dry, roasty, coffee/dark chocolate/vanilla with the booze sticking around. A very robust flavor. Roastiness came through stronger as the drink progressed.

M: Nice creamy mouth feel that makes the medium body feel fuller. There is a prickliness from the alcohol and low carbonation.

D: I'm someone who doesn't enjoy overly boozy beer but this was very drinkable. Having said that, I did find that the booze did get in the way of appreciating the porter aspect of the brew. Very nice beer.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown with garnet hue around the edges, with a creamy, off white head.

S - Mildly smokey, hint of chocolate and spent charcoal.

T - Roasty, hint of smoke, slightly tannic. Very tasty. Nice alcohol warming going on here.

M - Creamy, coats the tongue nicely.

O - Decent beer. I was hoping for more whiskey flavors here, but tasty nonetheless.

Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company. This beer is billed as a "imperial rye aged porter aged in rye whiskey barrels."
Score: 91

Bottled April 08, 2011. Served in a small pour brandy snifter and enjoyed on 01/31/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass. The beer is opaque with a microscopic thin layer of brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Average lacing as the beer is consumed, though the receding head from the pour left a solid coating of creamy lacing along the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, acidic used coffee grounds, and rye. Astringent "whiskey alcohol" esters rounds out the nose, but it's not a boozy nose. 4/5

Taste: Loads of chocolate flavors and roasted malt with a rye finish. A light amount of dark roast coffee comes out on the midpalate and towards the finish. The chocolate flavors seem like a blend of milk chocolate, dried cocoa mix and chocolate milk. A very mellow Jack Daniels-like whiskey flavor lingers in the background of the finish along with creamy raw chocolate. The whiskey flavors are very subtle and complementary. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the taste, which was surprising given the "warm" alcohol esters of the aroma. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. The mouthfeel seems to get thicker and creamier as the beer layers. Finishes dry and a touch bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Easily the best beer that I have ever had from Tyranena, ahead of Hop Whore and Bitter Woman IPA. I am going to have to go back to the store and buy the rest of this currently out of production brew.

Recommendation: Fans of porters and stouts should seek this one out. This is one of Wisconsin's better craft beers.

Pairings: Roasted marshmallows or vanilla cake.

Cost: $2.99 for 12 oz bottle.

Photo of JLeege
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours very deep brown with a creamy tan head. Great retention, decent lace.

Smell- Toasted and lightly roasted malts. Caramel and rye. Subtle dark fruits a hint of maple syrup.

Taste- Follows the aroma very well. Rye, toasted malts, subtle chocolate and roast. A little rye whisky, with hints of vanilla and possibly cherry. I tad spicy I suppose.

Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth. Not sure on the ABV’s but there is no heat at all.

Overall- I wanted to be blown away by this one. Rye aged in rye whiskey barrels, that’s one of my top 10 fantasies! Solid beer, but I was hoping for a bit more. I wish the rye was more predominant and added more of a spicy character to this, but that’s just me. Overall, another solid beer in the BGW series.

Photo of fropones
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very very dark reddish brown with a thin mocha head on top.

S - Roasted malt, vanilla, and of course, rye. Some coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Nice roasted malt flavors up front with some spicyness from the rye in the back. Coffee, chocolate, also a hint of smoke.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D - Good. Wish I knew the abv, but if I had to guess, probably around 7. Different, for me anyways, which is nice.

Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A-Pours a deep black with a brown, one finger head.

S-Spicy rye and whiskey are at the forefront with some chocolate and bit of oak.

T-Chocolate and roasted malt with spicy rye and some oak.

M-Thick and smooth, this has low carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking and tasty, but i was expecting it to be a little more complex. I really like the rye aspect though.

Photo of Morey
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours black in color with about a finger of light brown head. You can definitely see some reddish-brown hues if you hold this up to a bright enough light. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: You can smell the rye right way. I'm also getting roasted malts, coco nibs, burnt coffee, and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: There's a nice combination of roasted malt and rye up front that sets the tone for some nice bitterness. The rye adds a spicy kick towards the middle. I'm definitely getting some oak from the barrels towards the back-end. The whiskey shows up in there as well, but it's pretty subtle. Pretty smooth and full bodied finish with nice lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. Low carbonation level.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty tasty stuff to be sure. The rye barrels bring some nice flavors to the party. This bottle was a gift, but I'd definitely buy this if I lived within the distribution area.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.