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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

538 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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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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Morey

Pennsylvania

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

Appearance: Pours black in color with about a finger of light brown head. You can definitely see some reddish-brown hues if you hold this up to a bright enough light. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: You can smell the rye right way. I'm also getting roasted malts, coco nibs, burnt coffee, and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: There's a nice combination of roasted malt and rye up front that sets the tone for some nice bitterness. The rye adds a spicy kick towards the middle. I'm definitely getting some oak from the barrels towards the back-end. The whiskey shows up in there as well, but it's pretty subtle. Pretty smooth and full bodied finish with nice lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. Low carbonation level.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty tasty stuff to be sure. The rye barrels bring some nice flavors to the party. This bottle was a gift, but I'd definitely buy this if I lived within the distribution area.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:28:03 | More by Morey
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 22:05:31 | More by WastingFreetime
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and whiskey

Taste: complex-dark chocolate and whiskey dominate, touches of cocoa, and light rye at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A very slow drinker that was executed excellently. Love the complexity here. The oak and chocolate merge better here than what some other brewers have done. I would have this again, but one per night seems about right.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 17:05:01 | More by tigg924
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nlmartin

Ohio

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

This beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- I am a sucker for a dark beer. The body of this beer is black with just a tiny amount of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is thick and a very dark tan almost brown in color. Nice head retention noted. Very thick lacing noted as this beer rapidly vanishes before my eyes.

S- The aroma of the beer consist of darkly toasted, roasted and lightly chared malt, nice cocoa and lightly roasted coffee. A very subtle whiskey aroma rattles around in the aroma.

T- Nicely executed! Dark roasted malts hit all the right dark semi sweet cocoa, coffee and dark fruited notes. A bit of vanilla and a pretty strong whiskey component play about my mouth.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is nowhere in the mouth. Very satisfying.

O- Tyranena has a wonderful porter as a base to play with. I have enjoyed many variations on the porter and look forward to more. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2012 09:16:45 | More by nlmartin
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sukwonee

Washington

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: For an "American porter", this beer looks quite thick with very very little head. Very little lacing. Dark brown/black body.

S: Very much bourbon front, Coffee, Roasted malt. Some sweetness.

T: Wow. This is awesome. Very long lasting flavor for a porter and quite a bit of sweetness in the back. Bourbon is there, but is much more subtle in the taste than in the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, roated malt, and brown sugar.

M: This feels more like an oatmeal stout but thicker. It's not really "syrupy" but it's chewy. Hard to articulate it, but there is that oatmeal stout consistency. Quite thick beer for the style.

O: What a surprise. This is a great beer, imo. Thank you Beermefitz for throwing this in as an extra.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 01:40:50 | More by sukwonee
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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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dejrrma

Georgia

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

Dated 20FEB12 on neck in dark ink. 12 oz bottled poured into Dogfish Head signature snifter. Thanks to Mark for this one.

a- a dark, dark, chocolate color bordering on black, with a velvety head resembling that of moccacino foam, and a thin film for lacing. great looking beer.

s- coffee, vanilla, very slight whiskey, roasted malts.

t- oaky malts and chocolate sweetness, noticeable amount of coffee but not nearly like in FIS/FBS, the whiskey is there, but it's very subtle, contributing the nice spiciness in the beer rather than booziness.

m- velvety. it's viscous and thick on the surface, but ends up being thinner and lighter, almost mousse like. low carbonation. Very drinkable.

o- I would love to have this again. I haven't had very many BA porter. The whiskey barrel aging isn't as prominent as in other BA beers I've had. I expected a more aggressive whiskey character, but I'm not disappointed. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 05:46:33 | More by dejrrma
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, funhog, for this awesome extra. Appreciate it, Jim! A Rye Whiskey barrel aged porter?!? Amazing!

A. It's basically black, maybe the deepest, darkest of tobacco browns. A thin but persistent quarter finger of light brown head. Very nice lacing down the sides. This is a thing of beauty in my snifter.

S. Healthy dose of chocolate, coffee, and spicy rye. Also detecting some vanilla and even caramel in the background. It's a straightforward, somewhat simple bouquet, but it is well-integrated and very inviting.

T. Chocolate, rye, some whiskey sweetness, and traces of coffee roast. Fairly light on the palate, this is a porter after all, but the barrel treatment adds a nice, spicy, wood character. Excellent.

M. It's just a little bit thin. I don't really think it's the carbonation, because that seems spot on. But it could be that the base beer just doesn't lend enough body to withstand the barrel treatment. Flavors are all really nice, but it's got a mildly flabby flavor profile.

O. Wow, what an intriguing beer. I admire the fact that Tyranena decided to barrel-age a porter as opposed to a stout. A stout may have been just as excellent, but what they have here is a relatively light drinking (7.9% for real?!?) barrel aged porter. It has wonderful roasted qualities characteristic of the style, but the rye whiskey barrels add a lovely texture of spice and sweetness to the whole affair. Outstanding creativity on display here.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 18:47:02 | More by siege06nd
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mdfb79

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from SteelersX; thanks Joe! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low carbonation evident. Looks thick.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, and some light toasted malts. Very nice mix of coffee and whiskey; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, oak, cream, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts. Taste is a little bitter and has some nice dark fruits, and less whiskey then the nose. Different then the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbon. Creamy body, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good BA porter; another winner from Tyranena. The nose has a nice amount of whiskey and coffee, while the taste has more bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Pretty easy to drink; just a well made beer. Would like to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 23:25:34 | More by mdfb79
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. I have had very few offerings from Tyranena and each of them thus far have been enjoyable and unique. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with 2 fingers of tan head. The cap is frothy and slowly recedes coating the entire surface of the glass with a thick coating of lace. What remains is a rich froth that is almost nitrogen-like in appearance with its tiny bubble formation that is very creamy looking.

The aroma opens up with a light tang, perhaps from the rye whiskey inclusion. It is pleasantly roasted with a rich, dark grainy character that is deeply earthy like heavily kilned coffee with a slight touch of citrus aspect. The roast transcends from coffee quality to bitter chocolate and then on to dark fruits like raisins, molasses and a touch of tobacco. The alcohol falls in and out of being noticed with a mild accent to the dark fruity quality of this aroma. Overall, this is a very pleasant smelling brew.

The taste of this brew opens up with a pleasant bitterness that is quite reminiscent of unsweetened cacao. A bit of earthy quality mixes with a roast like fresh coffee. Some dark fruity quality and alcohol is present with a raisin-like touch of character. A touch of tobacco fills out the middle. The backend has a mild touch of barrel presence with tannins and oak quality that flirts with a mild vanilla flavor but doesn't quite get there. As the brew gets warmer, a bit of tangy alcohol touch starts to get increasingly more and more noticeable. It isn't distracting by any means but its also not my favorite aspect of this sort of brew.

This is a rich, medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a slick, smooth feel that almost goes with the predescribed look of almost being like it is a nitro deliver but not quite that smooth and silky. I get a little funny about porters and stouts that have dark fruit flavors but this one had enough of roasty bitterness and other character that it really formed a solid, enjoyable package. Thanks again for this one Heath!

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2012 02:35:46 | More by stakem
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brystmar

Texas

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

Gimme a sponge bath! Love the mascot & bottle design.

Nice appearance. Great roasty aroma with toffee and hints of whiskey. Dry porter-esque finish. Slightly oxidized.

Decent flavor profile; more imperial stout-like than portery. Oily body is plenty thick. A decent brew, but I'd choose FBS every time instead.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 03:45:31 | More by brystmar
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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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chanokokoro

Illinois

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date.

Pours the darkest brown possible with a one finger head that lingers for several minutes. An aroma of chocolate, espresso, with undertones of whiskey. Taste is chocolate up front transitioning into bold roasted malts and coffee finishing dry with mild whiskey alcohol. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Pleasant carbonation and nearly perfect medium body that is like velvet in your mouth. Overall, this is one of the better American Porters I've had recently. Although barrel-aged, the barrel doesn't dominate, but the accents of rye whiskey are clearly discernable. This brew is highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 03:22:27 | More by chanokokoro
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a beer that was recommended to me offhandedly while shopping around the liquor store the other day. A rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels sounds great, anyway, especially for a rye-lover like me.

Brewed less than a month ago (“BOTTLED ON 20FEB2012” on the neck of the bottle), though there was definitely some age on this one before it left the brewery.

A: This one pours chocolaty brown, rich with a shining darkness. The head is a one-and-a-half finger of brown suds, though it’s soon down to nothing more than some tan cream along the edge of the glass. Lacing is light and very oily, with only a small minority of foam strings staying around for more than a few seconds. It doesn’t look very carb-heavy at first, but a quick swirl makes some pillow-foam materialize from the deep body.

S: Wonderful: rich and sweet, it starts with robust aromas of salted caramel, roasted peanuts, toffee, chocolate sauce, and coffee. It’s so brazenly attractive – extraordinarily warm and inviting. That powerhouse of flavors gets augmented by some complex grain aromas, with smooth dark cherry and baked apple wheat scents over a thin layer of roasted pumpkin and pumpernickel bread. Some of the barrel shines through soon after – grain whiskey and charred wood, mainly. Great character on a beer of this style.

T: Full-on cocoa powder and coffee with cream are all over the front of this bold palate, bittersweet and roasty. That, plus caramel nougat, dark fruits, and a handful of peanut brittle really makes its upfront character very candy-like. Even so, there’s a spicy alcohol character behind that never gives up its mission: vanilla, big char tastes, and just plain old whiskey flavors appear to showcase their moderate hit of complexity. The barrel-aging isn’t readily apparent, unfortunately, but the alcohol spice is strong enough to notice. It finishes on a dry note, almost citrusy in its hop presence, and with some smokiness and acidity.

M: Smooth and rich: it fills out like a stout while always remaining drinkable. It definitely has its porter moments, though, with a characteristically light wateriness.

O: You’d think that a beer like this would have a rich, slow-sipping profile; fortunately, that’s not the case. I say “fortunately” because a light, drinkable character is what completely defines this beer: simply put, it’s enjoyable. Not too big and not too heavy, it remains a pleasure to drink at every sip. If this beer had more rye character, I’d have a constant supply of this beer in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 03:06:37 | More by BarryMFBurton
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Kbogac

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown, completely opaque. Nice light brown foam that dissolves to a ring and some film. Minimal lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon.

Taste is up from roasted malt. Nice caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Very light alcohol towards the end. Kind of a chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Nice.

Overall outstanding beer. Wonderful flavors throughout.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 03:23:28 | More by Kbogac
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secondtooth

Indiana

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black in appearance, with a slowly-rising head of tan bubbles. Spotty lace.

Nose has hints of chocolate and a little oak. Not bad, and not nearly as over-the-top as I'd expected. Nice.

Taste is big and malty sweet, with more of the chocolate tones up front. I get a little bit of the rye sharpness in there, too, but it's near the finish. Alcohol content is well-masked by the unusually well-balanced flavor profile.

A delicious and very enjoyable brew. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 06:27:19 | More by secondtooth
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david131

California

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:37:12 | More by david131
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CooperEllis

New York

3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into the Southampton RIS party snifter.

Lovely bourbon notes in the aroma. Lots of malt, a touch of the rye and vanilla notes. Good wood notes and a bit of oatmeal.

Dark in the glass, very nice tan lacing.

This may well need to age more. It is very very strong w/ booze. In addition to the bourbon, the 7.9% feels a touch more like 10.9% or possibly 109%. Those notes dominate the taste and that's disappointing because there is just not much of anything else here.

Good mouthfeel, the booze makes it a bit of a mess. This was something that got better in the glass as warming it brought more than booze to the front. Warm oatmeal, but there isn't much else still.

It's certainly bourbon aged. And, um, it's light enough in the body to qualify as a porter.

(171st)

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:00:39 | More by CooperEllis
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jsh420

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 09 apr 11

poursdark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and dark roasted malt

taste is nice - semi spiced rye malt loads of chocolate and dark roasted malt - tiny bit of coffee - no real barrel aged flavors?

mouthfeel is near perfection - medium heavy body velvety smooth - good carbonation

overall - i am angry that i did not know how old this was(could not read the date with beer in bottle) - i do think the aging (which the store had it in the cooler) might have taken away some flavor - in the end this beer was still very solid and will be cracking open the other 3 very soon

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 06:29:48 | More by jsh420
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jegross2

Illinois

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

Reviewing the Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company. This beer is billed as a "imperial rye aged porter aged in rye whiskey barrels."
Score: 91

Bottled April 08, 2011. Served in a small pour brandy snifter and enjoyed on 01/31/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass. The beer is opaque with a microscopic thin layer of brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Average lacing as the beer is consumed, though the receding head from the pour left a solid coating of creamy lacing along the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, acidic used coffee grounds, and rye. Astringent "whiskey alcohol" esters rounds out the nose, but it's not a boozy nose. 4/5

Taste: Loads of chocolate flavors and roasted malt with a rye finish. A light amount of dark roast coffee comes out on the midpalate and towards the finish. The chocolate flavors seem like a blend of milk chocolate, dried cocoa mix and chocolate milk. A very mellow Jack Daniels-like whiskey flavor lingers in the background of the finish along with creamy raw chocolate. The whiskey flavors are very subtle and complementary. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the taste, which was surprising given the "warm" alcohol esters of the aroma. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. The mouthfeel seems to get thicker and creamier as the beer layers. Finishes dry and a touch bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Easily the best beer that I have ever had from Tyranena, ahead of Hop Whore and Bitter Woman IPA. I am going to have to go back to the store and buy the rest of this currently out of production brew.

Recommendation: Fans of porters and stouts should seek this one out. This is one of Wisconsin's better craft beers.

Pairings: Roasted marshmallows or vanilla cake.

Cost: $2.99 for 12 oz bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 07:19:28 | More by jegross2
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 02:25:39 | More by coreyfmcdonald
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AleWatcher

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 02:57:26 | More by AleWatcher
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soze47

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle in Wisconsin in December, 2011. Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, black in the middle. Nice amount of head, but the beer looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: I smell that rye tang smell I get in many rye forward beers. It plays well with the roasted malts and nuttiness. It has a warm tone too.

Taste: There is an almost burnt caramel quality to this beer. The smoke it here in a perfect amount. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to change the more pedestrian flavors. Not sure if I love this, or am kind of meh on it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very big body on this. The sometimes large flavor in this beer are handled well. For as rich as this beer feels in the mouth, it is not viscous.

Overall: I like the unique flavors of this beer. It comes a little to close to flying off the rails a few times, but overall this is a nice, unique beer to reach for in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 20:17:30 | More by soze47
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soughtbygod

California

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer as an extra in a trade and i a glad i did it was great.

This beer poured a dark black with a whole hand tan head overflowed my glass haha.

tasted like coffee, and liquorice

smells were of toffee, roasted caramel

overall decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 22:09:07 | More by soughtbygod
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.