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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 weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
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.


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Photo of raznug
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dirty Old Man pours a nice shade of black with a finger of tanish head that dissipates quickly.4.5
Smell: I can smell roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of toffee. I love how this smells.4.5
Taste: Wow this tastes great it has nowhere near the coffee flavor that was in the nose. I get a lot of a toffee almost a roasted crème brule flavor. The aging kicks in after it warms and the whisky and some alcohol flavors blend in nicely.4.5
Mouthfeel: This beer flows excellent around the mouth but like good beers do it is thick enough to stick on the taste buds.4

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/27/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produced light sticky lacing. Aromas of Baker's chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and earthiness. Taste was of chocolate and molasses up front, leading in oak, and finishing w/ subtle hop bitterness and a touch of whiskey. The mouthfeel was spectacular! Pretty damn full bodied for a Porter, and oh so lush and creamy. Drinkable brew as the ABV is well hidden and the barrel aging is in the background.

Overall, nice stuff! I would drink this again, but nothing to go crazy over. Simply just solid which I find usually the case with Tyranena brews.

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle on my last trip to Milwaukee and got this at Discount Liquors. Bottled on date reads 04Feb08.

A: Pours almost completely black with any bit of brown only showing at the edges. Has only a half centimeter of of mocha/darker khaki colored head and leaves a little lacing as I drink.

S: Smells like spicy chocolate, roasted malts, pepper, some whiskey or bourbon type smells, vanilla, coffee...very interesting and pleasant aroma

T: Really good, that's for sure! Similar to the smells, but not as intense as the smell would leave you to believe, which is good to me. Roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, some spiciness/pepper notes from the rye, and then some minor whiskey and bourbon flavors with not much bite from them, but defintely some vanilla and other barrel aging flavors.

M: This has lower carbonation, which probably went even lower because this beer has been sitting for almost a year and a half. This is one of the creamiest american porters I've had, it's not thick per say, but really full and mouth coating feel.

D: Highly drinkable despite my expectation when I read the bottle. I wouldn't think that this "Imperial Rye Porter Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" would be very drinkable. There is nothing harsh about this beer as the title would lead you to believe. The alcohol is higher (hey, it's imperial) but you can't really tell in the flavor and it tastes good enough to keep drinking it.

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Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade.
Pours a dark brown with reddish edges. Head was two-finger which settled to a coating lasting throughout. Taste was coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some coconut but with a boozy rye whiskey overcoming in the end. Mouthfeel was robust and full-bodied. A fair amount of carbonation was observed and felt. This was a very good porter and it's sad it was a one-time offering. If you can still get it, try it!

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Photo of MPLS
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap a couple of times, this is my first time from a bottle.

A: This beer look pretty fabulous. Poured into a pint glass and the head was quick to billow up with good retention. The body is nearly completely opaque with the exception of some highlights on the top and bottom of the glass. Lacing intact.

S: There is elements of the barrel aging, but they are not real strong. I'm guessing it's because of the beer composition: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels 60% malt beverage. This lends to a graceful bourbon nose, not intense like some of the stouts out there. The rye malts stands out in a bready sort of way. In addition to this there are some roasted chocolate tones and a sort of earthiness mixed in.

T: The taste falls a little short of the facade the nose would suggest. I like the roasted chocolate and rye malt used in it, but the barrel aged blending does not do a great job of enhancing this beer. I am certain there was a stronger presence in the tap offerings. The beer sort of loses itself in the finish: earthy and a tad thin. In fact the more I drink it, the more the alcohol and a sort of metallic acidity comes out.

M: Despite the excellent look it falls a little short. Medium bodied at best, but water at moments and certainly not yield a silky or creamy character.

D: Despite the excitement of whiskey barrel blending this one falls a little short. Tyranena's old barreled offerings were far more impressive. I sill consume a fair amount of their stuff, but the Brewers Gone Wild! series isn't what it used to be.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: pretty darn dark, only a lil' light comes through and gives the darkness a slightly reddish hue, creamy looking brown-tan head, fine carbonation

S: sweet rye nose, slight molasses, gingerbread, very nice

T: tart chocolate covered cherry, slow bleed into vanilla from the barrel, a bit of alcohol but well balanced

M: nice bite, smooth but not thick, long clean finish for the heavy flavors

D: Put this one in a tulip and let it warm a bit to really get the flavors and aromas to develop, one of these is about all i want in a sitting, but it is a very nice sitting.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty old man pours out a mostly opaque very dark brown color into a snifter. I get less than half a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is plum, and whiskey fusel alchohol. A bit of roast. The barrel aging is very present in the smell.

The taste is a silky chocolate porter with big yet smooth vanilla whiskey notes. A bit of spice from the rye. The flavors meld well. The dark fruit from the nose is not present. This finishes with an earthy oak presence.

The moutheel is medium bodied with a creamy moutheel. I get moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the excellent flavors in this beer carry it to a great rating. Really exceptional character from the barrel aging with a great porter to begin with. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of Homerbag
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of mnstorm99
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
4.87/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

No Date code,m but from the November 2009 batch. Taken from the cellar, and poured into a Two Brothers Pint Glass...

A - Big tan head from a hard pour, with good retention and no lacing. Mildly translucent dark brown body with dark amber highlights.

S - Warming toastiness and spices (nutmeg?) blend excellently with the fantastic grainy and spicy rye notes to highlight a soft chocolate and roasted coffee aroma. Mild apricot-like hop presence in the nose, but it only highlights the big, wonderful malt aroma.

T - This beer starts spicy.... and ends spicy. Big rye bread graininess and spiciness. Great job with the whiskey barrel aging; perfect amount of burn to feel assertive, but not overwhelming or hot. The whiskey adds a prickly quality to the rye spiciness that most other rye beers do not quite achieve. A soft, semi-sweet chocolate flavor rounds out all these rye flavors, like liquid Mole. The mild hops contribute mild apricot notes and a drying finish.

M - Soft, creamy body with less viscosity than expected. Mild carbonation that really suited the flavor and creaminess of the beer.

D - The only thing I would ever even think about changing about this beer would be to beef up the body. And that's just what I think could suit it, but this beer had everything else possible working for it. Fantastic job with the rye, fantastic job with the barrel aging, just a great example of brewing. Easily the best Tyanena beer I have had to date.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty Old Man

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours deep, deep brown with big, light-brown head. Standard looking stout. 

S: Dark chocolate and toasted rye bread dominate smell. Additional aromas include damp wood and alcohol, perhaps whiskey. 

T: Roasted malts definitely eclipse toasted rye bread, although that is still present, especially before the beer warms up. Intense dark chocolate and roasted coffee hog palate's attention. Smoke, damp wood and some alcohol figure in taste, too. Medium bitterness. Finish is powdered chocolate and espresso coffee grinds. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Has a velvety mouthfeel. Not particularly warming. 

O: I'm coming to the conclusion that all the darker versions of the Brewers Gone Wild series are simply variations on a theme and that the variations themselves tend to be slight. With that said, Tyranena does wonderful work with roasted malts. Dirty Old Man is another solid stout. 

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like a nice beer. Poured out like a light syrup. Nice head, color of cappuccino foam. Thins out nicely.

Hot, whiskey aroma. Is this what an Irish Car Bomb is?

Roasted, warming, sensing some vanilla. Very lasting burnt flavor. Creamy, burnt rye bread. Some dried prunes. Dry. Refreshing. Wish I could have this all the time.

Filling, medium to full body. Maybe a bit heavy, but something needs to balance the whiskey.

I think this was expensive, it definitely tastes like it.

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Photo of adman08
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours almost black with a creamy brownish head.
Excellent lacing on the glass.
S-Aromas of chocolate and coffee, fairly light.
T-Outstanding flavors of chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging, Fairly sweet.
M-Creamy and thick, sticky.
Overall, this beer is outstanding. The barrel aging adds some vanilla flavoring and some of the creamy smoothness. Surprisingly drinkable. It's like drinking a liquid brownie with a hint of coffee.

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Photo of jslot38
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the side, chalky black. From the top has a few brown hues around the side. Barely any head, just a ring around the edges.

Smell: Very nice whiskey notes, vanilla is very up front. While this is the predominate aroma, it does not overwhelm.

Taste: Has a level of tartness (almost fruitiness) found in traditional porters. Mingles well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Not totally what I was expecting, but its very balanced and nice. A bit of sweetness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice, has a silky smooth feel. Very good. For a barrel aged porter, this is extremely drinkable. I looked over and was surprised to see that I finished 3/4s of this during the review.

This is a very good example of a barrel aged beer that is well balanced, and really takes on the whiskey flavors well.

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Photo of fropones
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A very very dark reddish brown with a thin mocha head on top.

S - Roasted malt, vanilla, and of course, rye. Some coffee and dark chocolate.

T - Nice roasted malt flavors up front with some spicyness from the rye in the back. Coffee, chocolate, also a hint of smoke.

M - Medium bodied, very smooth and creamy.

D - Good. Wish I knew the abv, but if I had to guess, probably around 7. Different, for me anyways, which is nice.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of brydeen
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

A- dark, jet black body. Thin coating of light beige head that quickly dissipates, leaving lines of lacing and a small mound where the carbonation is bubbling to the surface.
S- molasses, whiskey, toasted malt, vanilla, coffee
T- vanilla, rye, very slight hop presence, dark chocolate. The spiciness of the rye comes through more as the beer warms up.
M- thick, medium carbonation. Goes down smooth, especially for how thick it is.
O- This beer has aged very well. It has gotten better every time I have had it. The Brewers Gone Wild series has had some great beers in it. I would put this one up at the top with Doubly Down and Even Dirtier.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up during my "make a sixer" fest in Madison. Thanks to Steve's Liquors - great people. Since then, Tyranena is in Chicago and I'm looking forward to trying more of their brews.

A: Poured from a 12oz bottle, the color is dark reddish brown - almost black. The head was small, coffee stained and creamy. It dissipated quickly to a ring and a dusting. Glows reddish when held up to the light and has some mahogany on the edges. No lacing to speak of.

S: Whiskey type burn in the rose but does also have a deep roasty malt in the background. Booze is definitely the victor in this battle though.

T: Roasty burned malt flavor which is quickly taken over by the whisky flavor. The booze attacks the palet. The finish and aftertaste is a dry, roasty, coffee/dark chocolate/vanilla with the booze sticking around. A very robust flavor. Roastiness came through stronger as the drink progressed.

M: Nice creamy mouth feel that makes the medium body feel fuller. There is a prickliness from the alcohol and low carbonation.

D: I'm someone who doesn't enjoy overly boozy beer but this was very drinkable. Having said that, I did find that the booze did get in the way of appreciating the porter aspect of the brew. Very nice beer.

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Photo of tedpeer
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown. Minimal head, disappears quickly. No lacing.

S - Chocolate & rye & oak.

T - Coffee and Rye. Slight alcohol warmth.

M - Smooth, mild carbonation.

D - It's a sipper, but two to three of these would be no problem.

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Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet/tulip glass.

This beer pours a very dark brown, it's almost black. There's a finger of fizzy khaki head that fades into a thin layer.

The nose is full of roasted malt, twangy burnt rye, a touch of bourbon, vanilla, and ok. I'm also picking up on some coffee and cocoa powder.

The first sip gives me a nice blend of roasted malt and rye. I'm picking up on more coffee, sticky, spicy rye, and a little oak as well. I'm not picking up on much bourbon, but vanilla notes are present. It finishes with some roasty bitterness and is a little dry.

Mouthfeel is soft and full with a medium to low level of carbonation

This beer is really hitting the spot on this chilly evening. I'll have no problem picking up more of these this season. Cheers to Tyranena!

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Photo of semibaked
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Wisconsin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring into my pint glass a slow tan head slowly rises from the beer. At first, just a small offering but finally culminating in finger thick, frothy head that sticks around for quite some time. The body is rich, dark, and luscious. Black in every aspect, it omits no light whatsoever. Five minutes after pouring the head has faded to a nice ring and lace.

S - As much as I liked the look, the smell follows suit. Dark roasted malts, rich bitter-like chocolate and toffee notes are also present. A deeper whiff brings about the rye whiskey smell, that seems to blend well with the bitter malts and coffee notes.

T - Initially as I drink this beer it seems a bit strong in the whiskey aspect and lacking with the roasted malts and bitter coffee notes. Peat, rye, and whiskey aspects subdue themselves as this beer warms however, and the other characteristics come to life. Somewhat surprising to me is the lack of cream or toffee notes in this beer. I sense a slight amount of cream, but nothing like I was expecting. If that were a little stronger and could play with the coffee and roasted malts, Tyranena might have something great here.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that fits this beer well. Entering the mouth there are plenty of roasted malts, bitter coffee notes and a hint of cream. Cream could be improved here, but as the beer warms it seems to hold up well. A slight amount of carbonation arrives, and with it comes a the peat, rye, and whiskey aspect of this unique beer. Finish is somewhat smooth with a slight whiskey edge to it.

D - This is an interesting offering from Tyranena no doubt. I would like to see a couple things improved, but this is still a solid beer regardless. Keep making these solid BGW American Porters and I will continue to buy. Excellent stuff, and for the price it's hard to pass up.

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