Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
92
outstanding

564 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 564
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 81
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.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 350
Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
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

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Local in Madison, WI. Served in cheap stemmed red wine glass - the sort you would get your basket of Chianti served in if you were dining in a little Italy. Not really appropriate for beer but I was glad that I didn't get a whole pint of this as it is a rather intense brew and I wasn't really prepared for it.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black and nontransparent with a swirly tan head that resembles the Doppler of a hurricane.

Aroma: Sugary booze, powerful roasted malt and twangy rye notes, hints of oily cheese, Irish coffee, and mocha syrup.

Taste: Sweet and boozy. Lots of chocolate in a syrupy or Godiva liquor sort of way. Coffee comes on luscious and mouth coating too with some pretty fresh bean flavor to boot. Rye offer some twang. There is a general fruitiness that I can't yet place but might after more servings.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full bodied. Warming in a major way. Gives off the quality of being thick like a chocolate malt. Mildly biting coffee/oat bitterness offers some balance but not much. This puppy is rich and sweet with lingering sugar notes and lasting alcohol avidity.

Drinkability: This is a treat but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

Style: This doesn't fit any category. I would have called it an American Porter since that American precursor seems to translate as experimental half of the time. Still, Baltic Porter fits alright since this brew is certainly big enough to be one.

Photo of ChuggyMcBeer
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: A pillowy and frothy two-finger mocha head that slowly dissipated, clinging to the walls of the glass as it receded. The body is a dark, but semi-translucent, brown with hints of ruby when held to the light.

S: A decent amount of vanilla in the nose, along with a toasted rye note and a slight nuttiness. Not getting any booziness from the barrel.

T: The rye overpowers everything else that is going on in this beer. The vanilla sweetness of the barrel pokes its head through, but is quickly repressed by the rye. The barrel does not assert itself enough to keep this one in balance.

M: Sticky yet light

D: Pretty drinkable for something that spent time in a barrel.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a solid dark brown with a brief moment of tan fizzy head that dies back to a 2mm collared ring, no real lacing is present.

Roasted sort of malt and bitter chocolate smell is present in the smell, along with an unusually light whiskey aroma for a barrel-aged beer. Huh. Also the typical 'rye' spicy musky aroma seems a tad underused as well to my nose. But underneath these flaws lies a very nice malty porter aroma blend.

It does have a nice rich chocolatey porter flavor with a nuance of smokiness, rye spice, and bits of tangy rye whiskey showing up now and then as well... but the same issues of not quite enough intensity to suit my tastes shows up again too. However, the flavor of the exceptional porter base underneath really shines through, partially making up for this.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Almost there, just needs a few tweaks on the volume knob in order to truly shine as a "big beer". I was expecting a brew called "Dirty Old Man" to be...well...*dirtier* than this.

Photo of bboven
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body bordering on black, slight ruby highlights if you look for thm. Very thin head with little lacing.

Huge vanilla and alcohol aroma, while pleasant, they mask the baltic porter underneath. I can't pick up any of the rye.

Initial vanilla flavor dominates, then at the tail-end you get a bit of roast, coffee, and slight bitterness. Again, the underlying beer seems to be a little overshadowed by the oak aging.

Mouthfeel is near perfect; smooth, low carbonation, just slightly coating and warming. Get this in a cask and it would be prefect.

A good beer that might just need some aging to mellow out the oak. I would really like to taste this beer w/o the oak aging because a rye porter sounds tasty enough, imo.

Photo of birchstick
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours black in color without much of a head on it

S - smells has loads of sweet vanilla, spicy rye malts and booze, and some chocolate notes

T - starts off with sweet cocoa and chocolate malts. These fade to some vanilla flavors that give way to spicy rye malts. The rye gets amped up even more on the finish from the rye barrel aging, which imparts some heat on the finish. Really nice barrel aged rye porter.

M - a little lighter than I expected, however it went down smoothly

D - another winner from Tyranena. Rye whiskey is one of my favorite spirits so I was very excited to try this. I think they pulled it off well, leaving enough porter flavors and given enough room for the rye malts and barrel aging to do their thing without dominating the palate. Recommended!

Photo of mikereaser
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no foam whatsoever.
The aroma is some chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of the whiskey and wood with a hint of the rye showing through. Really a nice smelling beer with alot going on.
The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood and the rye all blends nicely
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with slight carbonation, slightly thin. It has a realy nice taste and I would enjoy having another.

Photo of weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12oz. snifter at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle Il

It pours a very dark brown with a tan head that lingers. A generous amount of lacing lines the glass.

I'm picking up a lot of chocolate and coffee notes here with some whiskey in the back-end. Its a strong dominant nose that is inviting.

The upfront taste is very heavy toffee like flavors. It then goes into a strong but not overpowering whiskey. I'm not picking up any rye as I thought I would.

The body and mouthfeel is thinner than i thought given the strong nose. The whiskey may have helped in that.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours either dark brown, or light black, however you want to look at it. Small reddish head. Smells malty. Smells of rye and whiskey as well, with a bit of chocolate. I love the rye in the taste. Also hints of chocolate, malt, a bit of coffee, and just a slight whiskey flavor on the finish. I would've liked a bit more whiskey flavor, but this is blended pretty well, however not layered really. I taste everything all at once. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonate, and slightly creamy. Pretty decent porter.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Meantile tulip. Bottled on 09NOV09, no info.

A - A tall pour is suspiciously quiet and offers up no more than a sliver of tan foam. No lace is disappointing as is the poor retention. The beer is completely black otherwise.

S - Dirty is right. The aroma reeks of crusty old dirt. A hint of smoke is reminiscent of both BBQ and bonfire which I like. Roasted malts and a very light hint of woody whiskey. Not boozy in the least though. A teeny chocolate chunk can be smelled floating around in there.

T - The rye has a slight bite in the flavor but the age in the barrels must have been fairly weak. No whiskey comes through but the wood adds a nice characteristic to the roasted chocolate malts. Nice porter flavor.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, the opposite of a dirty old man's skin. Very dry in the finish and just as bitter as a grumpy old fart. Lots of acrid bitterness in this one. No alcohol involvement surprisingly.

D - The sponge bath the label's stick-figure requests is out of the question, but I wouldn't mind putting another one of these beers down. Better fresh, more whiskey involvement, smooth and satisfying with age. What's the ABV? Is this really an 'Imperial'?

Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special in the looks department. Very thin tan head on a fairly gentle pour, quickly gives way to a thin collar. The black body almost allows some light through the edges. Quite mildly and finely carbonated. Despite the relatively poor head and thin collar this is a well laced brew with thin sticky sheets that give way to intricate webbings, and made me bump up the score from 3.5 to a 4.

Boozy scents of oaky vanilla overtop of roasted aromas of milk chocolate and espresso. The earthy spice of rye grain and decaying leafy hops are less prominent but add significant complexity and depth to the overall olfactory presentation.

Much like the nose as far as taste goes. A hint of dark fruits reveals itself just before the finish.

There is alot going on here in this medium bodied brew, but the noticeable alcohol heat detracts somewhat. The boozy oakiness is the predominant element in this brew, from the aroma to the taste as well as the feel. There is a nice creaminess which serves as a decent counterpoint to the alcohol heat. The rye seems almost lost in this, or perhaps it just blends too well into the other flavours.

This is most likely best sipped and savoured. The boozy heat and alcohol just wouldnt have it any other way. As a big fan of rye beers I was really looking forward to this but the damn alcohol heat just keeps preventing me from really enjoying this one, and limiting its drinkablility. Another solid brew from Tyranena, some fine tuning or perhaps some age could turn this good beer into a great one.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

younger35 bitch slapped me with this one in the Fight Club BIF, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark molasses with a small one finger tan head that dies down to a thin layer of foam that lasts. No lacing to speak of, a bit disappointing. Smell is wet cardboard, roasted malts, caramel malt, and some spent coffee grinds. Musty hops, cocoa puffs, and smokey oak in the nose as well. Not bad, but the wet cardboard aroma rubs me the wrong way. Super dark chocolate, roasted rye, and espresso up front on the tongue. Smokey grass flavors and a touch of whiskey as well. Aftertaste consists of earthy hops and brown sugar leaving the mouth pretty dry. Medium to full body with a chewy and somewhat smooth feel. A mild carbonation is hidden underneath all that boldness. This beer improves after the first sip, but still falls short to other beers in the series. Thanks again Dan for another Tyranena brew!

Photo of mikey711
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black in color with a inch and a half thick layer of head from a hard pour. Nice rings of lace are left behind.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla from the barrel. Very pleasant but not powerful.

T: Roasted and burnt chocolate flavors with a slight hint of vanilla. It is good but I don't get much of the rye or and the whiskey flavor is very minimal.

M: A bit chalky. Good amount of body and creaminess.

D: Obviously it is only partially Barrel aged but the flavors all seem slightly dull. It is tasty but just seems like it is missing something.

Photo of Maction
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:  Looks black until I hold it up to the light, when it shows a very deep garnet with a thin mocha head.

S:  Coffee and sweet nougat with big vanilla, very sweet.

T:  Spicy cola and sweet coffee.  A little bittersweet lemon on the finish.  Not a lot of barrel in the mouth, it's more in the nose.

M:  Just enough carbonation and weight to support the flavors.  Not quite as thick or viscous as I'd expect for an imperial beer.

D:  An easy drinker on a chilly afternoon.  I'm not getting the high alcohol i thought would be here.  I wish it had an ABV on the bottle.

Overall, a nice nose, but flavor and mothfeel was very similar to a couple other high quality Midwest porters: Bell's and Great Lakes.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a half finger tan head with decent staying power.

S- Sweet malts, dried fruits and roasted malt.

T- Slightly sweet complex malt flavor up front with strong hop flavor and bitterness coming though in the middle. A slight touch of sweetness then smooth hop bitterness/dryness wrap things up.

M- Very smooth and rich, almost viscous.

D- I'll prolly grab some more.

While not the best, but defineatly worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- pours a dark brown color with a tan head, loads of lacing

S- oak,smoke,chocolate,malt vanilla,some whiskey

T- very nice, coffee and malt with some wood and whiskey a lingering smoke

M- was smooth texture with an abundance of b4 mentioned tastes

O- solid robust still smooth and tasty a great brew on tap

Photo of Khazadum
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Insanely creamy and emulsive froth. We have a full finger of head with a retention you rarely see. Thick full curtains of lacing to enjoy! Its got a fullness that just won't quit. Fluffy edges and miniscule bubbles make up the tan cap.

Smells of burnt and acrid grains, cigarette smoke, ashtray remains. Some background noise of ethanol at the very end give it a sharpness only for the last puffs. Hints of dark fruits, cherry specifically.

First flavors are a roasted body, some rankness to it. The aroma made me think of my first experiences with FBS, but this flavor profile... no way. This is more pungent, more wooden. There is a lactose sweetness to the background as well as a bitterness that reminds me of coffee grounds. Spicy bitterness as well. I missed it on the first couple drinks, but after a while I picked up on a sharp dark fruit flavor that blows itself out much like a firecracker on fourth of July. Exciting, but short lived. Finish is all about the acrid nature of charred grains. If you took a corner of burnt toast, dipped it in ethyl alcohol, and let it develop over night you'd find yourself tasting the final verse of this beer.

Feels fantastic. Creamy, full bodied, silky, velvet. Luxurious, rich, sticky. It has the power to maintain its flavors for minutes upon minutes. I'm stuck tasting it all over my tongue, my cheeks, my teeth. What a delightful beer when it comes to physical properties. It has some heat in terms of flavor, but it doesn't feel hot in the least. I couldn't peg it as anything beyond 7 or 8%. The carbonation is very light and present through the first third of each drink. It causes it to tingle and let you know its here, much like an elderly animal. Calm, faithful, and stuck in its ways.

Solid beer. Not amazing flavors, but the aromas and mouth feel are enough to bring this beer into the realm of t-t-t-tasty! I'm happy to have had this beer. Not exact on the style... is it a porter? RIS? I'm leaning towards RIS but can't tell for sure. Reveal is... Brewers Gone Wild Dirty Old Man! Imperial Rye aged in Rye Whiskey eh? Talking about a beer that could use more time in barrels perhaps.

Photo of Atch
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena bottled 2/4/08

Appearance: Dirty oil black,minimal head,slight lacing.

Smell: Awesome smoky malt scent. Choccolaty.

Taste: Nice and rich, complex. Just a hint of a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat chewy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking beer. This is my first Baltic style Porter, so I don't have much to compare it to. I'm sure the ABV is high, but the alcohol is hidden well.
Tyranena rarely dissapoints in my opinion.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours dark, dark brown - a shade away from black. Less than a half finger of dark tan carbonation, even with a vigorous pour. When agitated, I get a decent amount of carbonation form. Looks viscous.

S: Fairly strong roasted malts with a good amount of caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Quite smokey as well. The more I smell the more I get a strong grape fruitiness and the more faint the roasted malts are.

T: Mild, but well balanced. Spicy rye flavor with light milk chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel. I don't get much of the fruitiness I smelled in this beer. There is a good amount of oxidation in this beer, too, but it's pleasant at this point. As the beer warms, I get more and more whiskey.

M: Medium to thick body with very creamy carbonation. This might be the creamiest carbonation I've ever had - almost like a nitrogenated beer.

O: Quite mild for a BA Imperial Porter. I assume the flavors have mellowed over time. A lot of caramel sweetness has come to the forefront, and there is no sign of alcohol whatsoever.

Photo of icemonkey908
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Sweet smell with some toasty undertones, although not very strong. Roasted taste with apparent vanilla undertones. Chocolate flavor becomes more apparent along with hints of whiskey as the beer is consumed. Roasted malts very apparent in the aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
This is a well crafted beer that does not disappoint.

Photo of heliosphann
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Paco123456789. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pours black, with a brownish red tint. Leaves no head whatsoever. Lacing is minimal.

S: Rye whiskey is faint, but present. Some roastiness and malty sweetness is also there, but fairly subdued.

T: Nice roasty, malty base typical of a robust porter. The Rye Whiskey kicks in and is pretty prevalent, especially on the finish. Some sweetness comes into play, adding plenty of vanilla, carmel and some chocolate. Leaves a fairly nice aftertaste, highlighting the whiskey.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but fits perfectly with this style. Feels a little thicker than expected, and that's a good thing. Very cream and smooth. Good stuff.

D: Not sure on the ABV, but I think it's fairly low. I had no trouble polishing off my 12oz, and could probably have another.

A good, but not great beer from Tyranena. I liked the rye whiskey aspects, but would have liked a bit more Porter characteristics to shine through.

Photo of akorsak
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with gford217.

A: The baltic porter is dark, the color of roasted coffee beans that combines both black and dark brown. The ale didn't generate much head on pour and what did bubble up was quick to dissapate away.

S: The nose is dominated by baltic porter aromas, dark malts, vanilla and starchy beans. Following the porter, barrel-aged strength shines through. The aromas are boozy but not nearly as sweet as bourbon. The rye is a nice touch because it isn't so over-the-top.

T: More baltic porter leads off a sip. The dark malts are heavy, smoothed out by the yeast strain. Beans, both the vanilla and kidney varieties, are present. Both add different qualities, one sweet and one drying. The rye adds an oaky flavor, wooden with vanilla and toffee. The rye was an interesting choice because it is similar enough to bourbon to impart some, but not all, of the same flavors.

M: The barrel adds a great deal of smoothness to the beer. I'm not familiar with rye whiskey, so I wasn't sure of what to expect. The outcome does work though.

D: The beer is pretty big with the alcohol catching up to you at the midpoint of the glass. An interesting beer that doesn't work as well as some of Tyranena's other BGW series.

Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to maximum12 for this bottle.

a - pours black, no light getting through this one, one-finger medium brown head, light retention around the edges, little lacing

s - dark, high percentage cacao chocolate dominate the nose, definite notes of rye, vanilla and oak present as well

t - vanilla and sweet milk chocolate up front, the midpalate has more deeply roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, finish has some oak and vanilla along with strong notes of fruity rye booziness, wisps of alcohol on your breath, but it's not overwhelming

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, alcohol warming effect

d - I'd call this one a sipper with its strong rye whiskey presence, the dry finish wears could wear out the palate after awhile

Another very good beer from Tyranena, though it doesn't live up to expectations that Devil Over a Barrel gave me. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

Photo of nkersten
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bottle pours pitch black with a nice cream head that fads to the edges. Not exactly what I was expecting for some reason but fits the profile of a porter perfectly
S- Aroma is dark malts, a little bit of coffee and some spicy hop character.
T- Again, not a lot of barrel aged flavor, even for the 40% blend. Lots of dark malts, some tobacco and coffee flavor, good hop bitterness and a smokey finish. Not sure where the rye is, but this is an excellent porter either way. Would love to try a 100% barrel aged version of this one as a little more of the bourbon flavor would fit in very well with the smokey malt.
M- Big for a porter but not overwhelming. Medium/heavy body, light carbonation.
D- overall great flavor for a porter. I am usually not a big fan of porters but this one can stand up with the best of the darker beers.

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