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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: 77
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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Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 351
Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Old Man

Pours amber tinted brown and settles black with a fingers worth of light tan colored head.

The nose offers some roasty aromas up front with some chocolte filled alcohol. There is some vanilla and brown sugar scents as well, probably from the barrel aging.

The taste is much similar to the nose but multiplied. The roasted malts are very bold and then the bourbon cloak of vanilla and butterscotch lingers throughout.

The mouthfeel is very rich and oily, with a prickly carbonation kick at the finish.

Overall, another great brew from Tyranena. The Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome and hasn't let me down yet.

Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours super dark mahogany with a 1 finger beige crown that displays little retention but leaves lots of lace everywhere.

Smell: Dark roast malt, chocolate covered bacon, rye, and whiskey. I like the integration.

Taste: Slight whiskey barrel tinge over dark malt that is moderately roasted and balanced with a moderate chocolate note. Hints of toffee and plum round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of heavy bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad despite the mouthfeel which is a bit thick.

Photo of pdoran10
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty old man pours out a mostly opaque very dark brown color into a snifter. I get less than half a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is plum, and whiskey fusel alchohol. A bit of roast. The barrel aging is very present in the smell.

The taste is a silky chocolate porter with big yet smooth vanilla whiskey notes. A bit of spice from the rye. The flavors meld well. The dark fruit from the nose is not present. This finishes with an earthy oak presence.

The moutheel is medium bodied with a creamy moutheel. I get moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the excellent flavors in this beer carry it to a great rating. Really exceptional character from the barrel aging with a great porter to begin with. Unique and tasty.

Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a perfect pint.

A: A viscous, maple stream pours silently into a dark, clear body of deep brown, slightly red hue. A bit of mocha head fades quickly to a collar of negligible height.

S: For something called "Imperial" porter, I was skeptical, but the nose is spot on. A really thorough roasted smell, like just-spent coffee grounds. The rye whiskey comes through after my nose adjusts to the coffee. Very pleasant.

T: Taste pretty well mirrors the smell. In addition to roasted malt, there's a slightly sour taste, and just a bit of whiskey--would like a touch more, to complement the coffee.

M: There's a bit of heat to this, but it feels quite nice with the fairly viscous, low-carbonated body.

O: Really well executed. "Imperial" made me expect a booze bomb--an ABV would be nice, btw--but this doesn't feel very strong alcoholically. A fine brew all around--hits all the porter notes, and then goes a bit beyond them in a positive way.

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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra in a trade recently and have been waiting to give it a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the lineup so far, and I was hoping this one would be no exception, as I am a huge fan of the style. The typical 12oz bottle was served slightly bellow cellar temp and then allowed to warm up in an over-sized wine glass. The pour was nice with a deep dark brown, essentially black liquid being presented in front of me. Really no light going through at all. A nice hard pour left behind about two inches of sticky side glass lace that really just clung to the glass and gave it a good thick look.

The aroma was sweet, lots of molasses and hints of vanilla being noticed right away on this one. Not as much in the nose as far as the Whiskey barrel aging as I thought there would be. Nice chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a decent amount of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit right away, with a rich mixture of molasses and vanilla, Hints of coffee coming through and some nice, dark fruit notes, plums perhaps? The finish was loaded with coffee tones, with a nice touch of bitterness and a great follow through that left that nice semi-sweet, plum lace molasses flavor lingering for the rest of the night. The feel was a touch thin to be honest, but nothing terribly distracting, just thought it would have been a bit bigger. It was still very smooth and creamy, just needed that little bit extra to throw it over the top. Nice smooth drinkable Baltic porter though, I am not sure what the BAV was, but it sure did not come off very high at all. I could have easily thrown down a second one with no trouble at all.

Overall not a bad beer, but needed just that little bit extra to make it really great. There is no doubt I would love to try this one again, and in fact would definitely purchase it if I saw it.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Tyranena Dirty Old Man from the Brewers Gone Wild Series poured dark brown - almost black. A hard pour produced a 2-finger foamy tan head that held very well and formed rings of foamy lacing around my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by dark chocolate, coffee and toffee with rye whiskey in the background. The [burnt] flavor is of dark chocolate, woody and finishes with light rye whisky spiciness. The body is medium to full, with a smoother mouth feel and light carbonation. Flavor really comes through as the beer warms so don't consume too cold. Dirty Old Man goes well paired with barbecue potato chips.

Label reads: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels - 60% malt beverage. It sure would be interesting if they transposed the percentages [60% aged in rye whiskey barrels] - nonetheless, a very drinkable and flavorful American Porter. Well done Tyranena!

Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena beer sent along by Kegatron because he knows this brewery is after my own heart. Poured into a Tyranena logo British Imperial pint glass at about 45 degrees.

This is one fine looking beer. It's actually kind of odd, when I was pouring it there was absolutely no head forming at all so I kept pouring more and more vigorously, once I was done pouring, it started SLOWLY rising up and ended up creating this monstrous head with a big cascading guinness like effect that looked incredible. Be careful if your glass is smaller than my imperial pint glass or it will overflow. Light brown super creamy head, easily 3 finger widths tall. Great retention and awesome uniform lacing. The body is a super dark brown, almost black.

I found the smell to be very similar to other dark Tyranena beers I have had, which is a good thing. Chocolate, raisins, some cherry alcohol, dark caramel, hints of roast... A little bit of spicyness from the rye comes out from this one, and some vanilla from the whiskey barrel. Wonderfully complex and has many layers to it. Could contemplate it more but I want to jump right in and soak my tongue in it.

The flavor is not quite as complex as the nose, but still darn tasty. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel hit first, then raisins, and finally a bit of rye spice, but the rye doesn't contribute as much as I would have thought. A bit of an alcohol cherry kick lingers around.

Actually seems a little bit thin to me for a beer of this nature. It's very creamy and nice, but I just wish it were a bit thicker is all. Kind of reminds me of a low ABV oatmeal stout consistency.

Drinks relatively well. Another winner from Tyranena, I just love what they're doing with their dark beers. Yes, they make a lot of them, and yes, many of them taste a lot a like, but is that really a bad thing? They're all good! Seek it out.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark brown colored with a big, long lasting, tannish head. Lots of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet malts, a little bready and toasty. Light chocolate and roasted malts. Subtle vanilla and caramel.

F/M - Chocolate malts, caramelly bready and a little roasty. Light vanilla lends a nice candy sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but does not overshadow any of the other flavors. Lingering roasty chocolate flavor, almost coffee-like. Medium bodied with a silky, rich mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry.

O - Another great offering from Tyranena. Chocolatey, malty, rich, with a nice balance of subtle barrel flavors. Quite tasty and very enjoyable beginning to end.

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A so called 'imperial rye porter' with an unknown alcohol strength. Forty percent of the blend was aged in whiskey barrels. A huge thanks to Grub for sharing!

A sexy charcoal black colour with sleek inky overtoning. Its bubbles adorn a gray tinge although its edges are rustic brown. Swirling will bring about a seriously creamy bit of chocolate milk coloured mousse. A dirty old man has never looked so good, through my eyes anyhow.

I smelt just a bit of cheap instant coffee that didn't make for a promising first impression, although soon notes of milky chocolate and bitter cocoa beans would take over the show. The actual whiskey barrels weren't downright obvious, but definite notes of wood became rather prominent, especially after some warming.

Warming would also bring out more of the whiskey character in both the flavour and mouthfeel, each of which had a fair bit to begin with. The oak was especially pronounced alongside lesser notes of bittersweet cocoa, powdered chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Eventually it would begin to taste more like vanilla beans and pumpernickel bread.

With much warming some sips began to taste entirely of whiskey. The "heat" typical of a stiff whiskey drink would also accompany it. This difference between whiskey barrel aging and bourbon barrel aging was pronounced, this certainly had elements distinct from bourbon.

This was an enjoyable and very well crafted beer, which can also be said of the other 'Brewers Gone Wild' offerings I've tried. It would be both unfair and stupid for me to make any harsh criticisms of the beer, frankly there aren't really any to make. That said, however, I didn't feel I was enjoying it as much as I should have been...

Barrel aging often has wonderful results for beer. The fact that whiskey is a fellow alcohol beverage fermented from the same ingredients (maize and/or rye and/or malted barley) makes perfect sense that this experiment should work wonderfully. Although I'm not sure it did. I'd be more than happy to give this one another try, and I hope to see more whiskey barrel offerings to come, but for now I'll be sticking to bourbon as my flavoured cask of choice.

Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a really big and thick light brown head that fades to a small layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The head was so thick I couldn't swirl the beer at first until it go to about a 1/4 of an inch tall.

S: The nose is good for a regular porter but this is partially aged in barrels so I expected a bit more. Most bakers chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate milk. There's really no rye at all in this but that doesn't surprise me after 4 years.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with very little barrel influence but a lot of nice flavors. There are notes of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, hops, and maybe a touch of rye spice in the background.

M: Probably one of the best mouthfeels I've had on a beer. Big, thick, and creamy with beautiful slow rolling carbonation.

O: I wanted to love this one and while it was pretty dang tasty I still think it could be better if it was 100% barrel aged. This is the 2nd time I have said this about a Tyranena beer so hopefully they'll start releasing these as unblended in the future.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted pumpernickel brown with burnt orange accents peeking through at the edges. The caramel colored crown is surprisingly large and is immensely creamy. As the foam slowly deflates, a thick coating of lace can be seen forming from the rim of the glass downward. There are no two ways about it, this beer is a looker.

The nose is more than solid as well. Roasted malt dominates, as bittersweet chocolate shares the spotlight with black coffee. If the rye whiskey was more prominent and the aroma was a little deeper and richer, the next highest score would have been easily achieved.

Dirty Old Man isn't quite as ballsy as the label would suggest. Actually, given the name, that's a visual that no one needs. To be fair, the tagline...'A Series of Big, Bold, Ballsy Beers'... is used for all of the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup. This is unquestionably good beer, but I'm not blown away.

The base beer (60%) tastes like a well-crafted Imperial porter. Specifics include devil's food cake soaked in chocolate liquor, coffee with cream, vanilla beans and a tendril of smoke. The rye whiskey barrel-aged beer (40%) contributes a modest spiciness and a hint of caramelized sugar. Suggestion for Tyranena: reverse the proportions the next time around. If there is a next time.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the style without being over the top. Asking for more heft and more creaminess might be nitpicking, but I'll do it anyway. Time and warming smooth things out even more and may even add a bit of light chewiness. Carbonation that knows enough to stay in the background is a definite plus.

Dirty Old Man is a delicious, highly drinkable, not quite great, IRPAIRWB (Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels). For my money, The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter is still the best Brewers Gone Wild! brew yet. You're doing a wonderful job Tyranena, but ease up on the adjectives and the exclamation points already!

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from brewdlyhooked13 at Dark Lord Day. Thanks! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Black with a thin light cappuccino head that recedes quickly leaving a teeny ring

S: Mmm...roasted malts, bourbon, cream, rye bread, chocolate, vanilla. Nice stuff, this. Coffee and pleasant oxidation comes through as this warms up.

T: Roasted flavors start things off with a nice burnt bitterness coming through. Rye is present and bourbon comes through pleasantly with a very nice balance. Unlike some bourbon beers, this one's very nicely balanced. I'm also probably hyper-sensitive to oxidation as i do taste port-like notes on this but this is one of the few cases where i see it's added to the character of the beer. Tyranena are onto something here, learning to blend barrel aged beers with the un-aged beers to produce a delicious result.

M: Fairly light in body but in a pleasant way. The bourbon, oxidation and bitterness all contribute to a great finish. The carbonation is a tad low but it's not a detriment here

D: I'd gladly drink another!

***2nd August 2009***
Thanks to Faro, I have a chance to revisit this beer.

The head retention and lacing is a *lot* better this time round, and I'd up the appearance to 4.
On the nose, this beer has a delectable combination of dark chocolate, coffee, plums, whiskey. Rich and thick with some oak in the back. While I am no rye whiskey connoisseur, this beer has a great spicy rye character. I feel my original score of 4.5 was too much, so I guess it evens out.
On the palate, it looks like this beer hasn't evolved too much. Of course, back in the day, I mistook the rye whiskey for bourbon, and my tolerance for oxidation has increased. Great chocolate character, with the spicy rye working very well with it. Great stuff, the mouthfeel is great too, with a wonderful slickness and a great finish with a little heat, a little whiskey and some burnt chocolate bitterness. Very good stuff. 4+4.5

Photo of Alacy
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A- very dark black, almost no carbonation, no lacing

S- sweet caramel, vanilla, whiskey

T- nice amount of sweetness, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, whiskey

M- a little thin, almost no carbonation

O- really enjoyed this one, pleasant amount of booze, nice sweetness, glad I have a couple of these.

Photo of taylorhamrick
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark brown color, nearly black, but I can see a bit of reddish brown highlights. The head is kind of thin, and as slowly as I drank this, it basically disappeared. Looks pretty good I think. The smell is good too. Lots of oaky, woody goodness, that toasted, vanilla (but not too powerful), with a little burn, making your notrils tingle a bit in the end. Exiting I think, but I can really smell the influence of maltose, it's like a bit nutty, somewhat grainy, but nice and roasted and toasted, like nearly burnt dense bread. The taste is good, too. A bit more one-dimensional. It reminds me a bit of like cola poured into whiskey, with just like a splash of coffee on top. But the caramelly sweetness on top of whiskey is the main taste. Very good, still, there is a nice influence of grain, sticky. I think it's good. The body is nice and full. I like it, with a nice little bite of carbonation, that slowly disappears as I get to the bottom of the glass - gets almost syrupy. I think the drinkability is good - despite the ABV. I mean, a sipper, a really sipper, but it's so enjoyable that I wish I had more and more. Really a good beer.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black brew with maybe a patch or two of blood colored highlights. Nice one finger head after the pour thats lasts to a thin, yet complete film o' foam. The aroma is dark super grainy and gristy, with the added bonus of bread and oak aged booze. Lots of subtleties in the aroma, but still very alluring. Chocolate smeared on 4-grain bread hits the taste buds first. Then some chocolate and spice (must be the rye) mix up the middle. While he finish i creamy coffee with a splash of whiskey warmth and flavor. Very dark yet warm palate to this beer. Ths bitterness is really just a combo of the heavily roasted, almost burnt malts, and alcohol. Avery great beer to be enjoyed and savored.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that actually stays around for most of the beer's duration, eventually leaving an oily sheen and spots of stick down the glass.

A pleasant combination of rye whiskey, chocolate, mild roast, and more barrel influence come together very nicely. Very minimal presence of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with good amounts of rye whiskey, chocolate, and roast combining quite pleasantly. There's some sweetness and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate.

I was very much impressed with this one. This one came together very nicely and was a great way to end the night.

Photo of brow1901
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black pour with a very impressive thick two finger head. This beer leaves some excellent lacing but the retention isn't up to par.

S- Typical of a porter lots of chocolate, pleanty of coffee. Along with some toasted malts, bordering on burnt. The rye whiskey isn't coming through to me.

T- Not nearly as bitter as a typical porter, much sweeter. Again pleanty of chocolate. I'm pretty disappointed with the barrel aging process this beer went through, it either need more time in the barrels or it was blended to weakly. When the label says whiskey barrel aged I expect to get a hint of it, even a flash of alcohol hotness. But not with this beer, this doesn't make it a bad tasting beer but it didn't meet my expectations.

M- Good and smooth with some appropriate carbonation.

D- Porters are always very drinkable beers, this is not and exception. Tyranena has made a lot of good porters and this is one of them, I was just a little let down by the labels.

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer courtesy of BuckeyeNation. You're the man, Brad. Thanks.

Dirty Old Man appears to be very dirty, indeed. It's dark chocolate brown and is nearly opaque. There's faint garnet highlights due to a little light getting through. Not much at all though. A mocha colored patch of bubbles covers the surface. It's not quite enough to call it a head. It receded quickly, leaving trace amounts of lace behind.

The nose is interesting 40% of Dirty Old Man is aged in rye whiskey barrels, yet none is appreciable on the nose, at least as far I can tell. A nice blend of roasted and chocolate malts are the primary features. It doesn't smell sweet, but is very, very malty. A little molasses and coffee are noted at the secondary level. They add nice depth and complement the malts nicely. Alcohol is blended very well and is not noticeable. I don't the abv on this one, but it doesn't smell strong at all. All told, it's a nice smelling beer. But, the effect of the rye whiskey barrel aging is noticeably absent. I suspect its presence would've improved it, perhaps dramatically.

The flavor profile is a little deeper than the nose, but suffers from the same problem. There's a hint of whiskey and spiciness, but it's very muted and faint. Primarily, it's roasted and chocolate malt heavy. It has a nice bittersweet chocolate and cocoa-ish flavor rather being sweet. Light roasted coffee and molasses are secondary, but their roles nicely. There's a hint of vanilla here, as well. It features slight yeasty and bready flavors on the tail. Alcohol is not at all noted. Nice job there. This one has a nice flavor overall and is a good beer. No question. But, again, the effect of the barrel aging is minimal. It doesn't exactly suffer as a result, but it sure as hell misses a grand opportunity.

Its body is on the lighter side of full and is very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained resulting in a very satisfying feel. This is probably Dirty Old Man's greatest asset. Drinkability is very high. Despite my slight complaints about the flavor, it is good, goes down easy, and doesn't appear to be too strong. I'd gladly had another.

Dirty Old Man is a bit of a misnomer. In fact, he's mild mannered and relatively tame. This release from Tyranena is no doubt a success, but is far from their best work. My biggest complaint about it is obviously the lack of flavor attributable to the barrel aging. I believe I'd like to try a version where 100% is barrel aged. 40% apparently doesn't have the effect it needs. Having said that, Dirty Old Man is a nice beer that's well worth checking out.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip. About half a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Vanilla, oak, coffee, molasses, bittersweet cocoa, and rye.

Taste – Quite roasty, slight heat, spicy rye, nice real vanilla, slight whiskey, and bittersweet cocoa

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied though quite creamy. Silky smooth.

Overall – Wow, very impressed with this beer. I really am enjoying this immensely.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The roast and chocolate notes are present. The smell from the barrels is noticeable in vanilla and oak notes.

T: Roasted malts pop out first. There is a nice hop background and the sourness of the rye plays along through the whole experience.

D: Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the alcohol is covered and the beer drinks easy. There is no ABV information, but I would guess around 7.5 - 8.0 ABV.

Overall: A solid beer from a solid series. I like the rye in this one - it really added to the essence of the brew. If Tyranena could only figure out the mouthfeel, these brews would be epic.

Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a pint or two of this at the brewery.

Pours a black color with some barely perceptible brown edges in the sun light. The head grows to about 1 inch in size, but turns into a thick creamy layer, that lasts through the whole beer, leaving sheets of bubbles on the glass as it recedes.

A fair amount of roasted quality on the nose, with some definite chocolate notes and a bit-o-marshmallow, which combined, forms a nice coffee-like aroma. There are also some very mild whiskey notes and a touch of spiciness.

I felt the barrel qualities of the beer were more evident in the flavor, with a definite whiskey quality, the earthy, slightly spicy booziness that warms the the belly, punctuated by a bit of vanilla. All this being encompassed by an overall, chocolatey, slightly roasted malt character, finishing smoothly, with a bitter coffee flavor.

The texture of this beer was great, so smooth and velvety. I hope it retains that perfect body out of the bottles. I enjoyed the heck out of this beer, so much so, that I had two pints of this and decided not to try the Blueberry Lambic that was available, as I had a sample of it at the Great taste and wasn't very impressed.

Photo of stooge
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark brown in color with a head that quickly dissipates leaving very little bubbles and a thin burnt orange ring on the edge of the glass. Laces nicely.

S- cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, and rye in that order

T- Figs and raisins on the front end, along with boozy oak characteristics, followed by vanilla accents finishing with a mellow cocoa flavor that lingers pleasantly on the back end. Nicely balanced, and not too boozy.

M- Medium body with low carbonation and creamy texture

O- I expected a fuller body and more complex rye flavor, but this is quite enjoyable. Very nice blend of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. I would have preferred a more prominent rye flavor and perhaps more carbonation. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and would buy it again.

Photo of mdvatab
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottled on 4/12/2011

Aroma: Big malty molasses aroma, accented by smoke, bourbon, and green leaf lettuce hop note.

Appearance: Dark tan 1/2 finger head drops quickly to a thin layer of foam. Bold coffee with dark ruby red color around the edges.

Flavor: Semi-sweet chocolate malt with an oaked, smoky flavor. A slight peppery heat, and a dry, smoky finish characteristic of a rye ale. Bitterness lingers well through finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Full-bodied. The look of a porter, but the body of a stout.

Overall: A unique, complex porter w/ lots of great things goin on. Wile I wouldn't call this a session ale by any means, it's one that I would go back to time and time again.

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