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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 567
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 81
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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: 567
Photo of blackie
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: head is minimal and disappears with a quickness, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: big creamy roasted barley aroma, full and rich, semisweet chocolate, nice sweet oak-vanilla though the bourbon is limited, a little spicy rye in the background, hops very light and on the earthy side

m: low-medium carbonation, full creamy body

t: full with dark roasted barley and dark chocolates that stick around well into the finish; certainly not the bourbon-wood bomb I'd hoped for...doesn't come through much at all really save for around the edges, but it works; earthy hops, a little rye spice, a little boozy

d: easy enough

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a dirty white head that is short-lived.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and has the distinct earthy, musty character that rye can impart. More of a chocolate malt leaning porter than a roasted, coffee porter. Somewhat similar to chocolate chip cookies with a softer, milk chocolate smell that I would attribute to the barrel effect.

Light chocolate and caramel malt are the primary contributors to the flavor, which is also a bit more roasted than it smelled. In addition to a little coffee, there's also vanilla, wood tannin and a distinctive rye character. Like the aroma, I notice the barrel effect, but fail to pick up any whiskey. Would guess that is due to combination of the beer being a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged porter and having some age on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not really as thick or chewy as one might like to accompany the flavor. At worst, it seems at least adequate for a porter. Carbonation level is medium.

Overall, there are a few minor flaws you can find with this beer, but it hits the mark where it counts - flavor. Not much whiskey if that's what you're hoping for, but I love the rye contribution. Can't go wrong with Tyranena.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was intrigued when reading about this brew, I was happy to see it at my local liquor store for a very reasonable price.

A: Pours dark brown/black. Not as viscous as some imperial porters/stouts, but just as dark. a tannish brown head forms and hangs around throughout. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: This smell is incredible. I pick up a lot of rye that is balanced with sweet malts from the whiskey barrels. The sweetness from the whiskey and the boldness from the rye seem to be in concert with each other. Some notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A very roasted malt profile is present. The rye lends a smokiness that is very nice.

T: the tastes starts just like the nose... somewhat sweet with notes of vanilla, the taste then takes a plunge into intense rye flavors. Notes of burnt rye, coffee and chocolate linger in the mouth. I definitely pick up more from the whiskey barrels on the nose than the tongue. That is the way I like it as I don't care for the boozy flavors to dominate the beer. This is very well balanced. Regardless of the mysterious ABV, it is well hidden and very well balanced.

M: mouthfeel is appropriate for style. Lower carbonation and a silky body makes for a great MF. Not as chewy of a texture as I would have expected, but it is nice.

D: Wow, this beer has caught me by surprise. It definitely delivers what it set out to do. I am finding the more and more I try rye beers, the more I like them. I really like the way rye flavors balance in stouts and porters, and this is a good example of why. I will have to grab a few more 4pks next time I'm at the store as this one seems like a steal. I'll be interested to see what a little bit of age does to it.

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Photo of dustine
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-black with a little bit of a dark tan head. Pretty cool looking lacing that sticks for quite a while but doesn't follow you down the glass. Stouty.

S: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and the graininess from the rye.

T: Pleasant whiskey alcohol taste. More of that dark chocolate about halfway with an intense sweetness towards the end. Like eating chocolate chips straight from the bag. Satisfyingly bitter from the I-don't-know-what hops while I think the carbonation might also add to this; very sharp. As it warms, plum fruit becomes more apparent as it overtakes the chocolate.

M: Pretty well carbonated for a porter but a possible distraction from the other complexities here. The alcohol burn from the whiskey is super welcome as I've always been a fan of barrel-aged beers that really include the liquor feel. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while.

D: I would definitely drink several more of these in a sitting, but that's just the little chocolate-addicted alcoholic baby in me. The richness of the taste and the alcohol hint however might scare other pussies away into switching beers immediately.

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Photo of TheDTrain
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ballsy craft from Tyranena! Medium bodied porter with a whole lot of character. Roast malts are the backbone of the aroma with great uplifting whiskey tones. Creamy feel with some heat. The whiskey/coco blend really bring it over the top. Although not as rye as I would have liked, still one of the best Tyranena's out there right now!

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Beerwolf77 for this one!!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a solid dark dark brown with a thin light brown head that didn't leave much lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee up front with a decent whiskey backround and slight vanilla. Little bit of spice in there but not to much.

T- Roasted malts and coffee hit you up front with a solid whiskey and vanilla backround. Slight rye flavor in there but not as much as expected. Slight chocolate also comes out a bit as well as a some alcohol flavor as it warms but suprisingly not bad at all, it's covered up well.

M- Definitely a full bodied porter. Fair amount of carbonation with a slight dry and bitter finish but not bad.


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Photo of boothbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with nice fluffy, medium dark tan head. Not much lacing, but head retention is nice.

S: Roastiness up front. Lots of rye and some spiciness as well. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate peek through.

T: Great taste. Lots of roastiness and rye up front that lingers after you swallow. Good chocolate flavor. Hint of whiskey barrels blends in nicely.

M: Nice body. This is actually thicker than I expected. Good example for the style.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Somewhat of a surprise to me, and I'm glad I picked this up in Milwaukee on my last trip up there. Can't say I've ever had a rye porter, but this one set the bar high.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently purchased by a good buddy in Minneapolis. No born on/best by date on bottle.
Slow rising mocha head on top of the dark brown liquid. Tan ring stays on throughout the tasting.
Toffee on the nose, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, rye whiskey and faint oak.
Smooth as hell. The rye whiskey playing on the roasted malt on the creamy milk chocolate flavor. Bitter in the middle, even some hoppiness detected.
Unreal drinkability! One of the better whiskey beers I've had.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my New Belgium Globe snifter.

Murky reddish brown... rather brackish in fact. Big fluffy 3 finger head of creamy caramel bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, rum-soaked raisin-like notes, and whiskey. The flavor is much the same; it starts sweet and then dries up at the back with some nice barrel flavors-- dry boozy whiskey with a touch of sweet vanilla and some light oak. I get a touch of honey in the flavor as well.

The feel is thick and luxurious. Velvety is a good word. Lots of carbonation considering the barrel aging, and it works quite well.

Overall-- this is certainly the best I've had from Tyraneena. This beer isn't quite as good as Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter, but this is half the price and twice as easy to find.
This one has a lot going for it-- so if you usually pass on offerings from this brewery, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really starting to love all these porters from the big T. They all make me appreciate the style.

Deep dark black, no sign of highlights, with a small tan head.

Nose combines Chocolate malt, rye malt, and a hint of whiskey. These carry through nicely to the taste as well. It's as robust as many stouts I've had, deep chocolate, hopped well to balance the sweetness of the malt. The spicy rye gives it a nice zing, and the whiskey is a light touch that caps the flavor and heats it a bit. Overall a very well done combination of flavors.

Smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated, a sipper for sure, but an easy drinker leaving you wanting more than one bottle. Well done.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Newest batch (2011). Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light mocha, fizzy foam that slowly develops into a half inch thick mocha head. Pitch black with decent, splotchy lacing.

S - Roast, oak and whiskey. Rye, caramel and bready malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Bits of burnt charcoal.

T - Sweeet roast with hints of brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey soaked oak. A bit charred, but overly roasty.

M - Nice and creamy. Carbonation is good, but over the top. Just a tiny bit of heat from the barrel, but overall, the ABV is well hidden. Really smooth and has a good suprising drinkability.

O - I like this brew. I think it is really well done and well rounded. Not anything that blows your socks off, but for something sitting on the shelf for $9 a 4pack I have no problem supporting Tyranena with this brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first in the Brewers Gone Wild series. My bad for not pursuing the earlier ones more aggressively (I guess the rest of my life can be a distraction at times).
Starts with a nice classic porter aroma providing hints of bourbon on the edges. It is not strong or intense in any way, rather more soft and pleasant like a soft summer breeze in the evening. Hints of vanilla show up
Really dark brown/black with no hints of other hues in the light. Tan head that starts shallow and persists as a smear on a petri dish (that sounds worse than it looks). The ring on the edge is a persistent one too.
The mess of flavors starts right off. Dark malt, bourbon, hints of rye, and vanilla again. As with the aroma the experience is neither intense or vacuous. Alcohol shows in time and seems to show at the same time as a slight acidity. I like the dark roast, almost burnt flavors that are quietly present and linger nicely.
Somewhat heavy, especially for style (as listed - baltic porter). Strongly moderately heavy feel almost approaching chewy, which allows me to gum my tongue and mouth like a dentureless old man as I savor the really long finish (that's not the dirty old man part is it?).
Ignoring Gueuzedude's advise I roused it some in an attempt to capture more of the "imperial' traits of the drink. This captured a "funk" but also more of the rye qualities of the drink, which unfortunately are still to subtle overall and overwhelmed by the bourbon flavors. Nonetheless there is definitely an "imperial" quality to the drink reminiscent of an RIS that I like and it keeps me from drinking this too quickly and therefore savoring the experience.
I like this. This is good. And I look forward to sitting on a bottle or two for awhile and see what comes up.

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Photo of david131
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The mocha head is initially thick and creamy but settles to a thin covering.

S- Chocolate, smoke, cocoa, rye, and a touch of rye whiskey.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the rosary aspects. The rye whiskey barrel aspect is pretty mild.

M- Abundant carbonation keeps it light, but here is also a nice body to it. The finish has a lot of lingering flavors.

O- A very unique take on the style. I enjoy the lower alcohol barrel aged aspect to this beer. Drinks rather nicely.

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Photo of BgThang
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark color.
Had a 1 finger head that is lasting as I write this review.

The mouthfeel is that of silky smooth delightfulness.

It has roasty, chocolate, rye whisky, raisin.

This is a very nice surprise. I would buy this all the time if it was available.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a deep muddy brown with a thin film of tan head. Low to medium carbonation.

Smells of dark roasted malts and brown sugar followed by a faint whiskey aroma. Coffee and chocolate are also layered in. Nice array of malty sweet aromas.

Explosion of roasted malts, coffee and rye with a subtle bourbon whiskey finish. The whiskey is perfectly placed and does not over power. Has a nice brown sugar/chocolate sweetness with a slight bitter oak finish. Well balanced and delicious.

Medium mouthfeel and abundant creaminess. Has more carbonation than I was expecting. Leaves a pleasant tingly sensation. Quite smooth and easy to drink for a big beer. The mouthfeel is every bit as satisfying as the flavor.

This is one of those under the radar fantastic beers. Has an abundance of dark, delicious aromas with an excellent complimentary rye whiskey twang. Highly recommended and definitely worth seeking out.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black with slightest light coming through. Tan head was never really present but formed slight ring.

S-Nice notes of sweetly roasted malts. The oak is present but not overpowering. Wonderful overall aroma but I wish there was a bit more going on.

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.

M-Big depth in the mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with the rye making its presence in the finish. Wonderfully dry.

D-At room temp this stuff goes down like water! A memorable beer for sure.

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Photo of PTMcB
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black oil like poor with a chocolate tinted head. Very light head.

S - The smell is excellent and of chocolate.

T - Chocolate malty rye heaven! You can most certainly get the hint of whisky! Outstanding!

M - Smooth and creamy!

D - Surprisingly good for an American Porter. I think I could take on two of these in a row if I could get these anytime. But this is a beer soon to be extinct. I am proud to have had this special and unique drink. Thanks Duff!

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shazzam! Mmmm.... Wow, killer beer. Poured with a fine creamy and reminiscent of angelfood candy. Full. rich, and very balanced aroma and flavor. Even maybe a little too subtle. Extremely drinkable. Fine quality. This could easily be served in a gourmet meal along side a sumptuous seared rib eye steak. The whiskey characteristics show up only in the highlights of the beer which is fine by me. Good beer to serve your significant other and prep em for some lust. heh heh. cheers.

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4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours jet black with hints of amber and a cappuchino like off white head that holds and laces well. The aroma is full of chocolate and oak. The flavor, however is where the rye really stands out adding a distinctly grainy spiciness to the characteristics already displayed in the aroma. The body is full and the carbonation is smooth. OVerall I really like the added dimension of the rye to the chocolate flavors and the oakynes of the whiskey barrels really rounds it off. Quite a tasty beer.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with just the edges showing brown. Smell has that characteristic porter roast smell with a sweet note that hits you right between the eyes. The rye might be there but it's not obvious - in fact it may just be perfect with this style. I can't pick out the rye from the barrel but it may impart a bit of the roundness to the finish that I get here. It's definately not overpowering or even something I'd notice unless someone pointed it out to me. Definately not to the level of something found in a Black Butte, for example.

The Mouthfeel is where this one shines. Heavier than most porters - it's heavier than most standard stouts I run across. It's a very smooth mouthfeel where the sweet roast coats the tongue. When I started out here on BA, porter was a style I'd drink often. But as I went along I moved to heavier and heavier beers unil only BA Stouts seemed to wow me. This is a great beer without being too heavy. A couple would surely be enough before switching to something lighter but this is a great beer.

Many times I find myself comparing Tyranena to Founders due to some similarities (Backwoods vs. Shaggin', Breakfast vs. Downer and Dirtier, etc.). In most cases Founders ends up ahead - but in this case Tyranena has a definate winner and a porter that kicks butt on most others that I've come across. All of this for a $9 4-pack - they're doing something right.

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Photo of bennetj17
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours leaving tan foam that is short-lived. The beer looks very syrupy and dark black with some faint light about the edges. The aroma seems right on for a Baltic Porter. Sort of a powdery-sweet chocolae with a nice smokiness mixed in. Smells like it could be rather decadent.

The flavor indeed has a nice balance and complexity. The chocolate malt sweetness is superb, and the barrel aging is very apparent as alot of smokey wood comes through. I am amazed I don't get any alcohol to overwhelm things. The mouthfeel has a chewiness which works very well for this beer. It's thick and hearty yet goes down pretty easy.

Another amazing beer from this series. Considering it's "Brewers Gone Wild", there is actually a good balance for such a rich beer. Nothing here is overdone. Recommended...

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into my glass a deep dark black with hints of dark brown on the edges. A quarter inch of tan foam on top that leaves spotty lacing on the way down. Aromas start out with well roasted, slightly burnt, spicy malt tones. A mix of coffee and chocolate work in along with more mellow woody whiskey tones. A touch of vanilla as well. Quite robust overall. The spicy, bready nature of the rye really shines through.

First sip brings a big roasty, toasty, spicy dark malt body upfront. It moves into a mix of coffee and chocolate flavors with vanilla notes as well. Woody undertones meld in with a kiss of whiskey. As it flows down the bready, spicy rye aspect really kicks in. It finishes off dry, with a nice bitterness and a lingering whiskey afterthought. Just a good, rich brew overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice hefty chewiness brought on by the rye bill I am guessing. Slightly coarse on the palate. This one goes down smooth and is like a meal in a glass. Overall, a darn good rye porter from Tyranena. I enjoy the fact that the barrel aging accentuates it instead of taking over. I would gladly drink many more of these!

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EliteDigger hooked me up with some of these. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled june 4/08.

pours opaque very dark brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is great. vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey up front. slightly sweet caramel and molasses. toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. alcohol. light orange and tangerine. i get almost a mocha almond fudge ice cream thing in it.

taste is great. coffee. rye whiskey. lots of vanilla. bittersweet chocolate. bit of caramel and molasses. raw oak. alcohol. nearly burnt toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. as it warms the malt deepens and the chocolate fills out a little too, showing a bit more milk chocolate. the fruit comes out a little more too, with shades of dark fruit and light citrus.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is good. the barrel character blends in well. i like the rye character, both from the whiskey and the grain. the alcohol is hidden pretty well too. good stuff.

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4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to whichever awesome BA sent this to me as an extra!! Poured into a tulip. pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that does not last long but produces some thin lacing. This beer is slick! Smell is initially whiskey, alcohol and some oak. As it mellows- more coffee than anything else. Taste is very strong- lots of bitter coffee, alcohol, some chocolate, slight whiskey and oak finish. this beer really shines in the mouthfeel department. I normally do not love oily, slick beers, but this one is wonderful in the way it coats your mouth. Very warming and quite a sipping treat. Wish I had more!

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4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet almost black with a thick creamy tan head that holds long retention. some spotty thin lacing enamors itself to my snifter as the head slowly fades.

Chocolate, rye, vanilla, and toasted oak at the forefront, with bourbon notes, some black fruits, roasted malt, hints of coffee and burnt caramel rounding things out.

This is probably my fourth or fifth bottle of this and I love the beer. Complex, rich, creamy, well rounded, barrel aged and only 7.9%ABV!! Milk chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cocoa, caramel, roasty malts, anise, black currant and other black fruits domintate the middle and dry out on the finish with wood tannins and earthy hops, and then some of the sugary bourbon notes open back up late and leave things semi sweet.

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