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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
92
outstanding

544 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 44 | 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:
Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008)
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 13:17:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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ehammond1


4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 03:19:02 | More by ehammond1
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prototypic

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 00:59:16 | More by prototypic
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mdvatab

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 02:38:35 | More by mdvatab
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:35:08 | More by SpdKilz
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip

A - Dark brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate and some coffee. A nice balance of the bourbon barrel and the base beer.

T - Big roast up front with loads of sweet chocolate. Bourbon and light vanilla flavours come through next. The finish is dark roasted coffee. Fairly sweet overall. Some char and spiciness show up at time. The bourbon is very much secondary in the palate as the base beer flavours take centre stage.

M - Medium to full body. Somewhat thick. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 15:35:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:44:03 | More by EgadBananas
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semibaked

Kentucky

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours pretty thick and straight up black in color. It has very little dark brown head.

S - Dark Roasted Malts, Dark Coffee, and slight whisky and rye too.

T - Big roasted coffee and coffee bitterness, cocoa, whisky, slight rye, and some oxidation. Overall really well balanced and tasty!

M - Kind of on the light side and have good carbonation with a bit of chew to it.

D - This is really quite good. Never had anything from Tyranena before and this is a good way to get started. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 21:19:10 | More by semibaked
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was sent to me as part of a trade from ThomasHardy. I was very excited to try this just by reading the label it sounds pretty awesome.

The beer poured out as a very deep brown color, there wasn't much head on this beer which is a bummer. I'm not sure how old the bottle might be and perhaps some of the carbonation has escaped over time. The smell of the beer is a mix of rye and chocolate with some hints of alcohol. The taste of the beer could pass as a stout in my opinion. It's roasted and chocolatey with a nice spicy rye taste that blends quite well here. The mouthfeel is thick but it doesn't really have the carbonation I was hoping for. Overall I would like to try this on tap or a fresh bottle for sure. This beer would be great I think if it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 23:34:37 | More by Knapp85
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color. One and a half finger tan head shows good retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass was light webbing.

S- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with a lingering chocolate note in the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla come in the middle. Molasses and coffee in the ending with hitns of alcohol hinting toward the very end.

T- Chocolate notes mixed with a roasted malt come in first with this beer. There is a light caramel malt underbody which shows in the middle of the beer with some light oak flavor as well. A hint of smoked molasses in the ending of the beer goes well with a light roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol shows ever so lightly in the very end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for hte style. Chocoalte, vanilla, and oak are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, coffee, hint of vanilla, and molasses. Flavors were blended pretty well making smooth flavors all around. No off flavors were present in the beer while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a great beer which seems to be the norm with this series. The ABV was well hidden which can and will sneak up on you. The flavors were very well balanced which seems to be hard nowadays with barrel aged beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 05:15:38 | More by alleykatking
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:34:45 | More by JohnnyChicago
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stooge

Michigan

4.18/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 04:41:20 | More by stooge
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" is certainly a big porter, but I wouldn't call it a Baltic. Probably more of an American Porter.

A: Black with a tan head; no retention; only a hint of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar, wood, alcohol & a light spicing.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate & wood; spicy; molasses; slightly bready; warming alcohol; good bitterness.

M: Really well-attenuated, moderate body is slightly chalky with a dry finish.

D: Big and bold.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 02:06:44 | More by Derek
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-09-2009 23:22:07 | More by Soneast
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pdoran10

Minnesota

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 04:50:17 | More by pdoran10
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zook74

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic brew!

I'm not much of a porter drinker, so take this all with a grain ;-)

Nice, dark & rich color as to be expected.

The smell is wonderful. My favorite part of this brew. Malty, bourbon-chocolate. Very nice. Very pleasant.

The taste is very nicely rounded if not particularly expectional, but everything blends nicely; the malt, chocolate & coffee notes countered with that pleasant bourbon.

Overall a very nice brew. I'm thouroughlyl enjoying it as is the wifey who first turned her nose up at it...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:34:30 | More by zook74
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AKBelgianBeast

Alaska

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Homerbag for this treat.

Pours a very nice looking solid incredibly viscous looking black with a cascading head that eventually settles ice creamy tan and hangs around for quite some time. Some slight ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Lacing is actually minimal, suprisingly, as the head retention is quite solid.

Nose is mostly baltic in nature with some chocolate, roasted malt, grain, and slight alcohol.

Whoa! Very complex taste here. Notes of Creamy chocolate, dark grains, roasted, toasted, grain and rye, whiskey, some slight hazelnut and a bit of coffee. Wow. Very very thick full rich taste. The rye whiskey is actually noticeably different than bourbon, and compliments this one. Almost some peat flavor in here, a slight hint of old ale, but this one is totally dominant, and the base beer seems quite baltic at that. Wood is evident. Flavors get deeper and darker as this warms. Wow. This is a very very complex beer.

Mouthfeel is damn near tomato soup. Except black. Very very thick, viscous, chewy, glugging, blackness.

Drinkability is good here, but the complexity makes it hard to drink this quickly, and more than one would be quite rich.

Overall, I cant beleive the complexity of this beer. So many flavors and characteristics to unlock. Quite good and very interesting. Certainly one i will revisit, just so i can find what i surely missed from this twelve oz bottle. Lucky i have one more for a later (probably quite a bit later) date. A very good beer, and one that everyone should get to try, just for the experience of figuring this bitch out. Very good beer. Now, Its time for my sponge bath...

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 01:55:31 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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klikger

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Very dark brown with a small amount of brown head and lacing

S - Coffee, rye malt, and whiskey.

T - Whiskey is evident pretty quickly, but isn't overpowering like it is in a lot of barrel-aged beers. Medium-roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate appear next and complement each other well. This isn't nearly as sweet as it could be, which is a surprise (and a plus for me). A generous amount of rye flavor and hops contribute to a pleasing bitter end.

M - Full-bodied for a porter, this is relatively chewy stuff. Not too much carbonation.

D - This is a tasty beverage. I could easily have another, but I'd rather save one for another time.

Tyranena is firing on all cylinders, and this beer is no exception. Easily the best rye beer that I've had (though I've only had a few). I hope this is brewed again in the near future; if you like distinctive porters and can find some, it's a must-try!

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 22:19:52 | More by klikger
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bruachan

District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

seemingly lifeless to start but an aggressive pour paid dividends as a crop of good fizz rose to the top en masse. not quite black but an opaque deep brown

fine nutty aromas and depth of caramel sweetness. and the oh-so-lovely rye funky zing. notes of coffee

it's got a robust mouthfeel that carries an immense sweetness. the brewers made a respectable attempt at curtailing the extent of the sweetness, with hops and rye, but it is still a VERY sweet brew (yeah, dessert sweet). the bitterness is just about overwhelmed like a Louisiana levee; rye doesn't do much to fight the sweetness back, so much as try to convince that there's something other than malt going on. i get ever so slight an indication of molasses (certainly not blackstrap--no sulfur). coffee and oaky (and slightly funky) vanilla. in the end it's just a little too sweet

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2009 04:14:15 | More by bruachan
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stxSS07

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 4/11/11 into a Killian's pint

A- Pours black with hints of ruby red through the bottom of the glass with a 1 1/2 finger mocha-colored head. Leaves nice chunky lacing.

S- I get a big hit of whiskey followed by chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Great smelling brew.

T- Big whiskey flavor follows the nose, but is tempered by the chocolate and coffee flavors. Simple, but awesome.

M- Thick and extremely creamy with decent carbonation. Flavors linger around for a good while.

O- This is a really tasty beer. I don't think I could call it a porter...seems to cross into stout territory in my book. Either way I really enjoyed this (and everything else I get from Tyranena) and will definitely pick some more up.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2011 23:45:20 | More by stxSS07
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a thick, opaque black. Barely even a 1/4 inch of brown head forms and then immediately disappears. Minimal wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roast, and light rye and whiskey.

T: Taste is - wow, not sure how long this has been sitting. I was expecting a lot of heat on this one but it's perfect. Light mild chocolate at the forefront with hints of vanilla creeping in. Roasted notes with a well balanced raisin sweetness flavoring. The finish is a fantastic mocha, and a chocolate note that reminds me of the dry Nestle milk chocolate powder (you know, if you just ate a spoonful? I can't be the only one who's done that...) before some more roast notes, and a nice coffee flavoring come through. In the aftertaste you can taste the light whiskey mingling with the coffee aftermath that really adds character but neither dominates or burns.

M: Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy body with a sticky somewhat chewy finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mildly filling, nice kick and a nice representation of style. I often try beers aged in whiskey, bourbon, etc barrels and the heat usually take from what the beer could be. Perhaps not aged long enough - but this one was spot on for me and I would love more!

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 02:40:14 | More by Jayli
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brydeen

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy looking dark brown, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.

S: A nice smooth mixture of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Nice roasty flavor up front. Loads of bittersweet chocolate, with a very pleasant smoothing finish from the barrel aging. Not even a hint of booziness here.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, with very light, subtle carbonation.

O: One of the easiest drinking barrel-aged beers around. Not going to wow anybody, but is really really solid.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 00:33:04 | More by brydeen
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from brian23456 as an extra. Assuming it is from the new batch. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant cascading light mocha foam that has incredible retention and glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some ruby highlights and mild transparency when held to the light. Pretty much perfect for the style.

S - Spicy rye bread, light whiskey, a touch of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caraway seed. My main knocks are that it isn't super-intense, even when it warms up, and that it's a bit unbalanced in the spicy direction.

T - Again it's heavy on the slightly spicy and sour rye taste, with a bit of whiskey, milk chocolate, and a surprising amount of floral hoppiness. Finishes with a blend of vanilla and a slight sourness from both the malt and the whiskey that lingers into the aftertaste. Not as well-integrated as the nose, but definitely more potent.

M - This is one of the lowest carbonated porters I've had. It's also a bit thin and watery for the style, even not knowing the actual ABV. Beyond that it's quite smooth and pleasant - refreshing even.

D - These Tyranena beers are a steal at $2 each. This isn't quite as good as Devil Over A Barrel, but it's a unique and excellent beer in its own right. The lighter texture and low carbonation make this insidiously drinkable, and aside from the light barrel-aging I'm not picking up much in the way of alcohol. I've heard this is 8%, but you wouldn't be able to tell.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 05:57:19 | More by MasterSki
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with TPatuto, thanks Tom

A - dark brown with a thin head that fizzes to a thin brown ring around the pint

S - definite porter aromas, some mild coffe and chocolate notes, however the double addition of rye and a singular inclusion of the barrel add some nice aroma combinations, the woodsiness adds a resiny aroma that is quite pleasing, they rye notes are poingnant and earthy without being overdone, the aromas are all understated, mellow and complimentary

T - coffee and chocolate, the backbone of any good porter, are present in the flavor as well, the rye really comes into its own in the taste, especially in the finish and aftertaste, bready and sweet and sour and smoky and resiny all at once

M&D - the flavor and aroma combinations are many, complimentary, and of high quality. this beer is quite smooth and easy down. abv is not listed, i would guess 6-7ish% based on the taste, a very tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 01:08:41 | More by sinstaineddemon
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nickd717

California

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA. Nice label, with a stick figure old man saying, "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Pours very dark brown with a medium-sized lasting tan head.

Aroma is very nice: roasted malt and sweet chocolate balanced with subtle oak and whiskey notes.

Flavor is also excellent. They are onto something with the partial -bal aging I think, which adds complexity to the beer without overwhelming it with intense boozy whiskey. Roast, caramel, chocolate, and coffee form the base beer, and the barrels yield whiskey, oak, and vanilla.

Fairly full body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

You can always count on Tyranena to make a good imperial porter, -bal aged or not. This is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

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