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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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351 Reviews
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Reviews: 351
Hads: 565
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 351 | Hads: 565
Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes rather quickly into almost no lacing (which seems to be standard with whiskey aged beers). The aroma is of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste of roasted malt, and whiskey, with more whiskey and coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Overall, I love how the whiskey is balanced into the aroma, but do not like how it dominates the taste. Maybe some age would help with this. I guess I could drink this again when in the mood for something sharp. (643 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyranena's brewery/tap room.

A: dark, opaque, clear with little head
S: milder nose, had some barrel nose, roasted malt
T: creamy, not overly roasted, subtle barrel qualities
M: not intense but nice and mellow, well balanced, creamy, easy drinking for ABV
O: I liked this beer but was expecting just a bit more barrel qualities (338 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is dark, chocolate bar. Dark brown head leaves nice lace as consumed.

Nose of roast malt and coffee. Just a little whiskey and vanilla.

Smooth and thick entry. Very thick yet creamy. Lactose creaminess. Full and velvety feel on tongue. Rich and robust roast malts with backing of coffee and vanilla. A little alcohol whiskey burn.

Finishes nicely with residual sweetness of the creamy malts. Just a bit of bittering showing through.

The mouthfeel of this beer stands out. I have not had many beers with such a creamy, velvet feel. Lush, flavorful and somewhat comples. (577 characters)

Photo of levifunk
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very dark. what little head formed, died quickly.

smell - i pick up chocolate and coffee mostly. i smell what i will assume to be rye (don't know what rye smells like), but I don't pick up the whiskey at all.

taste - surprisingly smooth. there is a sweet beginning with a bitter finish. although the whiskey is subtle, I am able to pick it up.

mouth - low carbonation makes it feel silky.

overall - very interesting beer. the bitterness is pretty strong and keep my mouth feeling try. the ABV is unknown, but it is fairly boozy. (546 characters)

Photo of soze47
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle in Wisconsin in December, 2011. Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, black in the middle. Nice amount of head, but the beer looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: I smell that rye tang smell I get in many rye forward beers. It plays well with the roasted malts and nuttiness. It has a warm tone too.

Taste: There is an almost burnt caramel quality to this beer. The smoke it here in a perfect amount. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to change the more pedestrian flavors. Not sure if I love this, or am kind of meh on it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very big body on this. The sometimes large flavor in this beer are handled well. For as rich as this beer feels in the mouth, it is not viscous.

Overall: I like the unique flavors of this beer. It comes a little to close to flying off the rails a few times, but overall this is a nice, unique beer to reach for in the future. (933 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to SteelersX

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost blacked out color. Very thin head dissolves almost immediately, with some cloudy film left behind.

Roasted dark malts in the nose, plenty of nuttiness too. Hints of chocolate bark and coffee beans with a softer scent of booze.

Nutty and roasty up front with a substantial amount of malt character. Warm malts with caramel, chocolate, and faint coffee beans. Hint of rye spice towards the middle, followed by some nutty and chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a bit of oaky booze and rye tones.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A solid porter, although I was expecting more flavor from the barrel. (736 characters)

Photo of Murchmac
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had a debate as to when this beer was bottled. We decided to go with FlandersNed dating at 12-09. Thanks Flanders.

Looks like the matrix with foam.

Smells barrely with some choco coffee. Like if Count chocola bit Juan Valdez neck.

Tastes a lot better than I thought. Not a lot of whiskey. The Rick Santorum of Juan Valdez and Count Chocula's affair.

Very good Beer Thanks Flanders. (391 characters)

Photo of darklordlager
3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery. From notes:

A: Somewhat opaque, dark brown with ruby hints. Coating of dark tan head.

S: Roasted malt dominates, with some dark fruit and maybe some bitterness from both the roasted malt and hops if you dig.

T: Bourbon comes through here a bit more than the smell. Caramel, roast malt, chocolate malt. Some bitterness from the darker malts. More caramel, and some vanilla.

M: Low carbonation. A bit thinner than expected. Not as "creamy" as it looks like it will be. (491 characters)

Photo of AwYeh
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; big thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. I'm a big fan of both rye beers and porters, so I really appreciate it.

A: Black/dark brown with a half finger of tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts are prominent here, along with some woody and slight nutty flavors. A bit of sweet whisky, but not as much as I was considering, even considering that only 40% of the beer made it into the whisky barrels

T: Roasty malts really dominate the flavor here; there's a bit of rye, but not as much as I was expecting considering that this is a rye beer aged in rye barrels... at least until the beer warms up to about room temperature. Vanilla does seep in a bit as the beer warms, along with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. I recommend drinking this one starting at about 60º and letting it warm to room temperature to fully enjoy it.

M: Thin body for a barrel aged porter, without a notable finish. A smooth beer, but I'm looking for something heavier, more syrupy, and sticky to really keep the rye/whisky finish around for a while. Little carbonation, almost flat.

D: Even if my other scores weren't outstanding, this is a very easy beer to get down; considerably high for something (partially) barrel-aged. Wouldn't mind having a pint of this at the bar with some friends- it contains a lot of the qualities of great beers, without really putting everything together. Definitely worth a try; it could easily be someone else's favorite beer. (1,544 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 09 apr 11

poursdark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and dark roasted malt

taste is nice - semi spiced rye malt loads of chocolate and dark roasted malt - tiny bit of coffee - no real barrel aged flavors?

mouthfeel is near perfection - medium heavy body velvety smooth - good carbonation

overall - i am angry that i did not know how old this was(could not read the date with beer in bottle) - i do think the aging (which the store had it in the cooler) might have taken away some flavor - in the end this beer was still very solid and will be cracking open the other 3 very soon (668 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night. Kind of a mocha colored small head. Minimal lacing. I really like the way this one pours and looks.

S- This is where the rye aspect really makes its presence known.

T- Some chocolate malts present. I get a small sample of the whiskey notes but nothing overpowering at all.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very nice.

D/O- Somewhat too much to handle beyond this one bottle. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this Tyranena offering. Glad I had the opportunity to try it as it may never be brewed again. (539 characters)

Photo of joepais
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced two fingers worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace. The brew had a black colored body to it.

The aromas of roasted malts with a slight hit of rye whisky are what stuck out to me. I also got a slight sourness at the end I recommend drinking this now if you have one in the cellar. The sourness didn't transfer over to the taste. It was a lot lighter in the roasted bitter flavors than I expected and must say that it was delightful to drink. It had a lightly sweet chocolate flavor with a smooth drying finish. The only complaint was it was a tad light in my mouth it felt more like a lager in some ways than a porter. The carbonation was light which is the way I like my porters as well.

A highly drinkable brew easy to sip and relax with and well worth the time (854 characters)

Photo of mikecharley
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from memory

Poured a redish brown. Certainly not ruddy, but certainly not clear. No head, or lacing to speak of.

Nose is pretty bland, not much rye, and honestly, not much barrel.

I does taste stronger than it smells. Nice notes of some very subtle rye and oak, and the spirit is very subtle as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Medium would sum it up best.

Overall, this beer was pretty decent. Nothing spectacular about it, though. I would much rather have He'brews RIPA on rye. That is by far the superior beer. (527 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body and I noted there was a lot of inconsistancy among the 4-pack with the carbonation and head. The best bottle had a good 1 1/2 fingers of head while the worst having barely any at all.

Smell is heavy on the chocolate with a coffee chaser.

The taste was dissapointing. It was good, but the "Imperial Rye Porter Aged In Rye Whiskey Barrels" that I purchased turned out to be just a porter with typical coffee and chocolate flavors. The rye gave off a slightly bready and spicy kick, but if I didn't know it was a rye porter I probably wouldn't have picked it up. As for the barrel aging, it didn't add much to it. There are light vanilla tones, but nothing out of the ordinary for a porter.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy with decent carbonation.

This is ok on the drinkability. I think my disappointment with my expectations resulted in a little boredom. It wasn't hard to drink, just uninteresting. The alcohol shows up a little, but it's not abrasive.

Overall, this is a good beer but I feel misled by the label. The label made it sound unique and interesting when it was just a little better than ordinary. (1,140 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/almost black with just a little light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that dissipates to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and mildly roasty. Hints of dark fruit and cocoa. Some rye(the liquor) in there as well.

Taste: Roasty with some burnt malt and coffee as well. A bit sweet with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Some alcohol from the rye, and some spice from the rye grain. Roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thick side with prickly carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but I don't know that I'll be searching it out again. I liked the barrel aging with the flavors, but nothing wowed me. Good but not great. (794 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Benji's brew needed a companion in my fridge, and this one looked about right to fit that bill. It pours an opaque burnt sienna topped by a slowly-forming finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and walnuts. The taste ramps up the whiskey and the oak, adds some burnt biscuits and sharp black pepper, and lessens the impact of just about anything else, though a light breeze of roasted malts makes it through the forest. The body is fairly hefty, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid brew based on a solid idea, but a bit overdone, I feel. (640 characters)

Photo of illidurit
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a ruby brown color with a small tan head. Chocolatey bready aroma, lots of roastiness too. Earthy roasty flavor with some cocoa and caramel, a little acidity. Spirit influence is mild but there, sort of thins out the body a bit. (268 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a viscus deep black. The bubbles took awhile before they creaped up to form the 2 finger head, which was a mocha brown. This beer looks like it's a lot bigger then expected.

SMELL

Tons of roasted malt and chocolate in this one. It's a bitter dark chocolate aroma, and it's followed by some slight espresso. The whiskey comes in quite a bit, but I was expecting more. It smells pretty balanced, with no aroma overpowering any other.

TASTE

Not quite as intense as expected, but very nice. There's a lot of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, which is followed by some slight coffee. The rye is subtle but welcomed, and the whiskey is a little underwhelming. The whiskey flavor is a lot more intense in the aroma, but there is enough flavor to satisfy a whiskey-lover's toungue.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel is fairly thick without making the beer sweet and syrupy. The only way I k ow how to describe it is that it reminds my of the leftover water in a bowl of oatmeal - thick but not sweet. There's a little carbonation which helps clear the mouth a bit.

OVERALL

This is a barrel-aged beer that is pretty easy drinking. Being used to big whiskey-barrel stouts, this brew feels almost watery. However, it's not a bad thing. It makes for a beer that could be enjoyed relatively quickly, but also could be sipped and savored. It's sort of sweet yet earthy, and big yet small. It's a solid beer all around.

Cheers. (1,470 characters)

Photo of grandq
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows from the bottle completely black with a thick khaki head. Smells of roasty toasty oak, chocolate and coffee. Not getting any rye here really, though there's some faint sweet-sourness cropping up as it warms. The sourness and spice does crop up in the flavor profile though, reflecting the sweet, almost lactic finish to this smooth, creamy baltic porter. Prune, boozy cherries, peppery esters, faint smokiness and cocoa round out the character. All in all, not much of a departure from style standards, I think I expected a bit more deviation, a bit more evidence of the aging. Not wowed, but quite good nonetheless. Being my first from Tyranena, I wouldn't mind exploring more from the brewery. Cheers to autumnaldave for the introduction. (746 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that went away quickly. There isn't much lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of vanilla. It's a nice but slightly weak aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, but luckily the taste is stronger. Unfortunately I still don't pick up much of any rye whiskey in the aroma or flavor of this brew, other than some vanilla. It's tasty, but I wish I could taste and smell more rye whiskey in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with decent carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, but it was a bit disappointing. Maybe Tyranena should age more than just 40% of this in rye whiskey barrels in their next batch. (784 characters)

Photo of Wadsey
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty Old Man

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours deep, deep brown with big, light-brown head. Standard looking stout. 

S: Dark chocolate and toasted rye bread dominate smell. Additional aromas include damp wood and alcohol, perhaps whiskey. 

T: Roasted malts definitely eclipse toasted rye bread, although that is still present, especially before the beer warms up. Intense dark chocolate and roasted coffee hog palate's attention. Smoke, damp wood and some alcohol figure in taste, too. Medium bitterness. Finish is powdered chocolate and espresso coffee grinds. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Has a velvety mouthfeel. Not particularly warming. 

O: I'm coming to the conclusion that all the darker versions of the Brewers Gone Wild series are simply variations on a theme and that the variations themselves tend to be slight. With that said, Tyranena does wonderful work with roasted malts. Dirty Old Man is another solid stout.  (968 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.67/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, no translucence, with a thin light tan head that had no retention and low lacing.

Very nice roasted aromas greet the nose. I didn't pick up any Rye in the scent. The flavors were pretty typical for a big Porter, and there was a bit of the Rye sharpness I was expecting.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it. (455 characters)

Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with no head on a nice even pour. Carbonation was just a thin ring around the edge at the top. Minimal if any glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with chocolate, burnt coffee and a sweet candy smell.

T: The roasted flavors come through first with tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, some woody oak flavors and some toasted malts. The middle yields the sweetness from the whiskey barrels which yielded a very strong vanilla sweet flavor coupled with some sweeter chocolate flavor. I actually found it a bit sweet for my taste. Finish was smooth and creamy with the roasted flavors lingering. I was left with some sort of metallic aftertaste I was not really digging.

M: Creamy and smooth, but a bit thin actually. Slight alcohol burn.

D: Really? I didn't think this was a beer I could ever drink more than one of. The sweetness really wore on me.

Overall I was so eager to try this beer, but left disappointed. I just didn't care for how the whiskey barrels changed the flavor with so much sweetness. I love barrel aged beers, but this one just didn't do it for me. (1,142 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

Looks dark brown at a glance, but glows like port when held to the light. Not much head to speak of here.

Smells of milk chocolate and maraschino cherries with a touch of sour booze and a hint of coffee.

Tastes much like cocoa again, but more like chocolate pudding. There really isn't much here other than a milky chocolate blended into an ambiguous boozy dryness. In the finish, a lactic sweetness coats my mouth and I'm left with a touch of black licorice. Looking over some of the other reviews to see what I'm missing, I agree that there may be a bit of peanut butter here, but I still say that this one is a bit dull.

Feels sticky and huge with a ton of thickening micro-bubbles.

I think I missed the point of this one. Perhaps a year in the cellar may bring this one around. (823 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra received from brian23456 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a thick deep black with no head at all. There's just a thin tan ring around the edge. Though this leaves some lace on the glass. The nose is not that bold at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, and maybe some coffee whiffs.

Big full-bodied beer here. Carbonation level is moderate-to-low. Creamy, chewy mouth. Nice. Flavor is also not as bold as expected. Roasted coffee, some mild cocoa notes, and hints of mellowing wood on the finish. I expected more from this with the addition of rye and being aged in whiskey barrels, but alas, it was not so. Still, this was a better Porter than many. I could have another. (717 characters)

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.