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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
93
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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 75
Gots: 41 | 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:
Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008)
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Photo of Winter
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head with nice lacing down the glass. Boozy aroma of rye whiskey, alcohol, oak and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is barely medium... a little thinner than I'd expect for a porter.

Dirty Old Man is nice robust porter. Flavors of dark chocolaty malt reveal themselves first. Rye grain arrives midway, with oak and vanilla layered behind it. The finish has a fruitiness to it that ends with alcoholic vapors.

Another decent offering in the Brewers Gone Wild! series. I'm glad to see a return to the barrel-aged brews.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance -- Pours a deep brown with a thin layer of brown head.

Smell -- Whiskey, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Not especially aromatic, but it's pleasant.

Tate -- Dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, whiskey, dark brown sugar, licorice, malted milk, vanilla. Nice balance of burnt bitterness and roast malt sweetness. The rye barrel is very downplayed, much to this beer's advantage.

Mouthfeel -- Full in body with mild carbonation. Chewy, smooth, creamy. Very mild oak astringency/dryness.

Drinkability -- The partial barrel aging worked exceptionally well in this beer; lends a lot of depth, but doesn't put a dent in the drinkability. The abv isn't listed on this beer. I can't make a good guess, either. This is concerning...

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Buebie
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 6 pack sampler of BGW series beers. I think I paid $11 for all six, which is a bargain. These sell at about $2.60 per single.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip.
Black in color with no glawing. 2 finger creamy brown head sits for a very long time leaving a good half inch of retention.
This thing leaves nice thick lines of lace all the way down.

I do pick up some tobacco, whiskey and woody aroma are very much present. Whisky is smokey and quite smooth at the knose without any heat or alcahol funes. Theres hints of ceder in there too. Just a touch of chocolate grains...Man that whiskey brings out some really appealing aromas.

Creamy with a slippery feel on the tounge. Just right with carbonation, its there but its smooth and laid back.
Some protein oaty flavors. Lightly toasted oak and at the swallow the whisky comes around. Its hidin behind the oak, but definatly plays a role in the flavor department.
A bit more tobacco in the flavor. Any hops that were added are lost in the spiced whisky oaky flavors. Hints of rye are present through the first few sips up front with just a touch of spice.

This is adelicious. I'm wishing I had more then one bottle. Its definatly not a sessionable beer. The flavors and sweetness had me sipping this down slowly. Quite the delicious desert beer, or after dinner beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

Photo of drseamus
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours a jet black liquid with a thick creamy mocha hued head. The crown takes a while to die down but leaves a good cap on the beer.

S_The aroma comes through as boozy and bourbon like. As it warms, some caramel comes out.

T_The taste is milder than I expected. A creamy rich coffee and roasted malt flavour permeates the mouth. Notes of vanilla, caramel and charred wood come through as well. The aftertaste is vaguely spicy.

M_Thick mouthfeel for a porter, ranging into the stout territory but pleasant nonetheless and suited to this specific beer.

D_This is a complex and well made brew. Very tasty and just the thing on a cold winter's night. The rye barrel aging comes through very clear here but is not the dominant note

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is the classic yellow Tyranena.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. this settles slowly to a still substantial coating of foam leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown and completely opaque.

Smell: Oak and vanilla with mild undertones of bourbon.

Taste: All the flavors of bourbon without the often associated alcohol harshness; vanilla, oak, and underlying roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good with a nice slickness remaining after swallowing.

Drinkability: This one has a little age on it, so I think that helped to quell some of the alcoholic heat so often found in bourbon beers. Nice drink, but because of distribution, not one I will be able to track down again.

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of HopsHopenstein
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of fuzzcherry
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Strix
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, some head that fades sort of quickly.

Smells roasty, full of coffee, oak, malt, vanilla, and rye.

Very flavorful. Roasted flavor, a bit of chocolate, a bit of wood and rye. Some more typical porter burnt tastes are present as well. Not as boozy as I expected.

Smooth body.

Nicely done, but didn't touch Devil Over a Barrel.

Photo of hwwty4
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iasanlee for this one.

I was really stoked to get this in a recent trade. Its one of the few Brewers Gone Wild series beers I haven't been able to try and probably the one I wanted to try the most. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a oily black velvet with a 2-inch beige cap that leaves soap like lacing down the sides of my snifter. When held to the light mahogany hues show through the edges. Whoa. I stuck my nose in the glass for the first sniff and dang, that's a whole lot of rye whiskey. Whiskey and rye pepper followed closely by rich chocolate cake, cocoa powder, and some black strap molasses. The taste is exactly the same minus the Rye. I know its a blended beer, something like 60% normal 40% barrel aged but its like the 40% came out in the nose and the 60% is the flavor profile. The flavor reminds me of one of those 3 layer super dense chocolate cake that's been wrapped in sweet chocolate icing. It's a desert in a bottle. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but leaves just a slight cocoa powder dryness at the tail of the mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for dry beers. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I had a 4 pack.

Photo of BYOFB
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tastymug
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Ri0
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Tyranena snifter

A - Deep, dark burnt chocolate brown bordering on obsidian. Frothy 1.5 finger head, impressive in a beer that is barrel aged and about 9 months aged. Collar around the glass with small spots of lacing.

S - A nice roasty light rye, bready smell. Good hints of whiskey and barrel come through. Bakers chocolate, caramel, and vanilla seem to be hidden along with some sweet brown sugar.

T - Wonderful flavor of sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of whiskey and the barrel mix in with a slight rye spiciness. Sweet caramel, and brown sugar. Very nice as it warms and brings the flavor out even more so.

M - Medium bodied, very rich, smooth and mellow. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a great blended barrel aged porter 40% BA mixed back in to the porter. The rye whiskey barrels were a great choice. Ages very nicely.

Photo of dsauter
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jriggins6
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of BeersAndBears
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a deep, velvety black and topped with an inch and a half thick, creamy almost nitroginated looking toffee brown head.

S: Dry, dark fruits: woody, slightly sour cherries, splashes of dark chocolate, bourbon, and a dusting of coffee grounds.

T/MF: Rich and toasty, bitter coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, slightly woody like in the nose and touches of bourbon that work in concert with the dry chocolate and coffee flavors. Fruitiness is subdued and comes across as a sort of buttery smoothness that coats the tongue into the finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a bit on the dry side (as I think should already be clear) which provides an interesting balance and makes for an enticing sipper.

D: Not bad, not bad at all. I think I just needed to get away from this beer a little bit to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. Not overpowering in the bourbon department which allows for some exploration into so of the other, deeper, flavors inherent in this beer.

Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ncvbc
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and dark, nearly black. Medium tan head without much retention, falling somewhat quickly to a ring. Smell is somewhat subtle but pretty deep. Wood, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Nice taste. Big oak flavors. Vanilla and big, rich chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice spice as well. Underlying flavors of sour fruit. Excellent balance, creamy and lovely. Rich mouthfeel, full and lasting on the tongue. Overall drinkability is good. An interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to sholland119 for the chance to try this one.

Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/23/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of brown capped with a tan of about two fingers. Nice retention leaving about some spotty lace.

S: WOW! The rye whiskey is definitely there leaving a power yet pleasant aroma surrounding some coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Flavor profile is exactly what the was expected from the nose leaving layers of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla engulfed in a blanket of rye whiskey.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of boozienss on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable, but the rye whiskey is quite stong.

Overall this is quite an interesting American Porter which took on the qualities of the barrel aging quite well. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | 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.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.