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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%


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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mnstorm99

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice black pour, with a tan head that leaves just a small ring in the glass. less lacing than I would have expected.
Aroma is of roasted malts, pretty exclusivly. But I can get a touch of hops out of there, and maybe a little of the rye.
Taste, this is interesting and I really enjoyed the play here (at least in my head). Not sure I am imagining things here, but almost a dirty sock touch to this one, which normally might be ofputting but it balances into a good roasted rye flavor.
Good creamy smooth mouthfeel and this really is a good beer. Not sure if the name came from what I am tasting, but the name helped me enjoy the beer more.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 15:18:09 | More by mnstorm99
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The black beer erects a good sized brown cap of froth. The retention is outstanding as are the lacing properties. I like the nose quite a bit. Lots of chocolate notes and fudge and tootsie roll like characteristics. Light scents of whiskey add a nice little accent as well. Chocolate is pretty huge on the palate as well. Definitely the dominant flavor characteristic. A little roasted and rye bitterness in the aftertaste. Whiskey is subtle, but nice nonetheless. A little bit of vanilla comes out every once in a while. And alcohol is only slightly noticeable. The body is medium or so and the liquid flows naturally over the tongue giving a very polished feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 03:30:03 | More by Bighuge
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Atch

Wisconsin

3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 21:52:45 | More by Atch
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drseamus

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I know that barrel aged beers don't generally have good head retention, but I still wish there was more. Nice dark brown body with barely any light getting through.

S: It's not quite strong enough for me, but still nice. A touch of whiskey is in there with a nice maltiness.

T: The rye whiskey is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. It might be a bit over the top, but it's still tasty. Initially, there is a good malty presence from the porter and then the whiskey hits, lasts a second, and then everything fades into a nice light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied initially but seems to thin out at the back of the palate. That seems typical of BA beers.

D: Not too shabby. I was worried about the rye adding too much spiciness but I didn't find that at all. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 02:58:58 | More by drseamus
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dirtylou

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, got a 4 pack at the lovely Steve's on University

appearance: flashy yellow label per the usual, poured into a snifter, dark mahogany body, nice tan head and solid retention

smell: dark chocolate, big roasty aromas, whisky, a touch smoky

taste: comparisons can be made to the "who's your daddy porter" - but this one definitely has some toasted rye buried beneath providing a touch bitter kick, dark chocolate, caramel, whisky, more caramel...quite tasty

mouthfeel: smooth medium body, bitter tones

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 00:18:50 | More by dirtylou
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Homerbag

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pitch black body with thin tan head that sticks around as a ring.

Smell and Taste are very complex and take several takes to try and figure out what is going on here. I get notes of booze, lots of malt, coffee, dark chocolate, dark fruit. The rye whisykey is there but I felt it would be more of a player since it was put on the label. Feel is rich and luxurious. Coats the tounge and lets the flavors soak in.

This is a perfect nightcap beer. Farthest thing from a session beer. I wish I could enjoy another, but one is enough. For a brewery known as hop masters, this is a great beer to round them out to be know as masters. I look forward to the next Tyranena brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 20:27:00 | More by Homerbag
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EliteDigger

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A very forceful pour yields a low 1/4" light cream-cocoa colored head that disappears quickly to a low skim of lacing. Pretty dark brown, almost black color, with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light.
S-Not a whole lot of aroma here... a bit of smoke, sweet malts and a hint of bourbon so mild I almost believe it's my imagination....
T-Bits of earthy smoke, molasses, faint black licorice, tiny bit of tanginess maybe from the rye with a wee bit of hops riding in back, some chocolate hints throughout. Whiskey/Bourbon? Hmmm... it's there, but you have to search a bit. I'm really thinking they cut the rye whiskey barrel aged portion of this too much with the non-barrel aged bit and diluted the most integral part of barrel aged beers.
M-Decent creaminess and thickness. The low carbonation makes this one smooooth.
D-Not sure of the ABV on this one (it doesn't taste overly high). I like the taste and feel like you could drink a couple in a sitting, but they might sneak up on you a bit.
I much prefer their Devil Made Me Do It coffee porter and look forward to it's re-release, but this one is certainly worth seeking out and trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 22:04:58 | More by EliteDigger
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid bodied, the darkest mauve-brown possible. In simpler terms, it's black unless held to a light source. The head is small and brown, and resides for most of the time as a collar.
Fudge brownie aroma, with a persistence of toasted grain, which only slowly hints at rye. Traces of cappuccino, as char and the vanilla barrel-aging traits arise. It smells very Italian-desert-y, and delicious, but on the whole, the rye-whiskey barrel thing seems somewhat impotent, scent-wise, aside from this and some intermittent peppery wafts.
It rolls across the tongue a liquid fudge bath, stayed from a dooming sweetness by a prickly graininess...but only partially. It's like rolling a wet Tootsie Roll in flecks of rye. The peppery, spicy qualities of the grain are ultimately usurped by the sweet chocolate fudginess of the candy. And so it is here. Rye is a bit player, both grain-wise and whiskey-barrel-wise. The fudge is so dense and bullying as to not let anything else play. The barrel shows up late with heavily toasted coconut, caramel, and hazelnuts. Rye Whiskey and Bourbon are very closely related, and this does not tease out the subtle differences, other than it is marginally drier than Who's Your Daddy. The close is a continuation of fudge, inching towards chocolate milk, and a groping oaky vanilla woodiness. If you are looking for hops, you'll need to recalibrate your GPS system.
Full bodied, and basically obese in the mouth. Carbonation is virtually nil. For what it is, it fits perfectly. This is liquid dessert. Like sucking tiramisu through a straw. It's a great nightcap, but drinking it in succession might be asking too much.

As a fan of Rye in both its beer and whiskey forms, I was hoping for more of it in the profile. This is a blend of 40% Rye whiskery barreled beer and 60% unbarreled. Who's Your Daddy remains better because the barrel adds more, and I'd wager the blending percentages are vastly different.
As it stands now, the rye doesn't live up to its billing. It fails to show up in the grain bill, and the barrel hues lack complexity. I'll probably never say this again, but it needs more barrel influence to tease out the rye subtleties. For instance, take a sip of Sazerac Rye (6 or 18 year old, or better yet, the barrel-proof Thomas H. Handy), and ponder what any of those barrels would do to the profile and complexity here. It needs more unique aspects, not just rote barrel aged approximations. I can't wait to try the straight, unblended version at the taproom in Lake Mills in hopes to achieve something of the sort, because I have a suspicion the blend might be a culprit.

That's all nitpicking, obviously. This is very good, no question. As a big, gooey sweet imperial porter, it hits all the notes with general precision. If you liked Who's You Daddy and The Devil Made Me Do It, you'll like this, as it sits right in the middle.
But it's press description fits my personal preferences so well that anything less than remarkable is a failure.
I want the rye to shine much brighter in all its forms.

Oh...I want to love this, and it is soooo close...

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 12:03:47 | More by cokes
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh, yeah. That's the stuff. On tap at Greenbush Bar (Madison). so fortunate to live in Madison and find this on tap in a few places. It's far, far superior to the bottle version. On tap, so rich, so complex, so sweet, yet so roasty. The rye whiskey flavor is nice here, not that tinny tartness you get in the bottle version.
This is simply the perfect use of barrel-aging.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 02:51:35 | More by martyl1000
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wisrarebeer

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 00:53:33 | More by wisrarebeer
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6%
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

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2012 21:47:04 | More by gatornation
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warnerry

Michigan

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with one finger tan head. Head has okay retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Plentiful roasted malts with subtle whiskey notes. Not getting much rye spiciness in the nose.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of a bit of spice from the rye.

M - Medium mouhfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O - Enjoyable. The whisky notes work well with the roasted malt.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2011 00:32:29 | More by warnerry
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DAllspaw

Indiana

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Brugge Brasserie Indianapolis. Pours very dark, with dark mocha head, pretty impressive.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma and taste, not as heavy as it looks, pretty easy drinker really, but good porter profile, not weak by any stretch. Definitely get a little smokiness from the aging, but didn't get as much rye as expected, but very impressed nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 01:30:14 | More by DAllspaw
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today after work.

Poured a dark black color with a half finger of beige head on it. Some ok lacing as well. Smell is nice - some smoked rye and malt and a hint of coffee coming through. Taste is good as well. Heavy malt up front with some bitter coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is very heavy. This is a thick beer but it tastes great and goes down smooth. I really like this beer a lot. Not sure if it's only served at the brewery but I'll be back again for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-20-2011 22:07:19 | More by richkrull
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weatherdog

Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2010 14:17:40 | More by weatherdog
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darklordlager

Wisconsin

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery. From notes:

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

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

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

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

Serving type: on-tap

01-19-2010 18:56:18 | More by darklordlager
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Stubs.

Served in a pint glass.

Light brown colored head. No retention or lace. Color is a dark brown.

Aroma: Chocolate, rye, roasted malts, some whiskey notes, and coffee. Pretty decent.

Taste: Roasted malts, coffee, rye and whiskey, oak, lots of malts, some grassy hops to balance it out, and a touch of heat.

Mouthfeel: hot, creamy, and very warming for the style. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, maybe a little low. Ends dry and malty.

Overall, a solid brew. I'd easily buy more of this. I really like what they did with this porter. Glad I got to try this one.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 03:20:44 | More by mothman
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Tyranena pint glass at the brewery. It pours a deep dark brown and forms a 1/2 inch tan head that reduces to a mild lacing. Opaque when held to the light.

The aroma seemed a bit weak at first and powered through with warmth. Primarily oak and vanilla hit my nose with perhaps a bit of rye.

The taste was very good. It included healthy doses of oak, vanilla, currant cherry, and burnt rye, as well as some chocolate notes. Complex and delicious. Alcohol is not prominent.

The mouthfeel is mildly low in carbonation but smooth and creamier as it goes. It definitely leaves some texture on the tongue and a lingering bitterness that caps off a great beverage.

This is an easily drinkable beer. It is well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and pleasant overall, I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys porters.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2009 00:23:03 | More by SykDoc
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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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drpimento

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 23:30:56 | More by drpimento
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DaPeculierDane

Wisconsin

3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 15:24:58 | More by DaPeculierDane
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Atron67

Wisconsin

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

A- came to the table a dead black at the bar today, tannish brown head and clear for a dark beer.

S- roasted flavors were pretty strong, malty and a light scent of rye, balanced with hops.

T- first off a very strong malty dark flavor with a chocolate scents and the rye undertone. The rye is surprizingly light for how much they say they put into it, however it is clearly there and blends in spectacularly with the rest of the porter style. very smooth and delicious flavor

M- pretty thick as an imperial porter with rye in it, lingers on the tongue pretty well, and leaves a nice aftertaste. medium carbonation

D- very smooth and i think a great heavy beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2008 03:00:24 | More by Atron67
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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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