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

Thanks to Jay23 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark with about an inch of light chocolate colored foam.

Very interesting aroma, rye and chocolate right away with hints of cocoa, citrus, roasted and slightly charred malts, and a subtle whiskey overtone. Nicely done. After the beer settles it has a dry chocolate aroma and it reminds me of chocolate corn flakes cereal. There's also some cherries, vanilla, and malted milk.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, chocolate, dry rye, coffee, hints of whiskey, and also some citrus and tangy flavors in the finish.

Seems a tad thin on the palate but still pretty good.

Really tasty porter!

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of Kadonny
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with no head on a nice even pour. Carbonation was just a thin ring around the edge at the top. Minimal if any glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with chocolate, burnt coffee and a sweet candy smell.

T: The roasted flavors come through first with tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, some woody oak flavors and some toasted malts. The middle yields the sweetness from the whiskey barrels which yielded a very strong vanilla sweet flavor coupled with some sweeter chocolate flavor. I actually found it a bit sweet for my taste. Finish was smooth and creamy with the roasted flavors lingering. I was left with some sort of metallic aftertaste I was not really digging.

M: Creamy and smooth, but a bit thin actually. Slight alcohol burn.

D: Really? I didn't think this was a beer I could ever drink more than one of. The sweetness really wore on me.

Overall I was so eager to try this beer, but left disappointed. I just didn't care for how the whiskey barrels changed the flavor with so much sweetness. I love barrel aged beers, but this one just didn't do it for me.

Photo of Hopsiam14
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

Pours a deep brown. In the glass it looks inky black, but when held into the light it's only nearly opaque, with mahagony and ruby light shining through at the extreme edges. A nice 2 finger tan head is produced on the pour, and has excellent retention. It leaves some nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose starts out strong up front with roasted malts. Roasted gives way to sweet, then allowing the earthy and boozy notes of the rye whiskey barrels to come through. Finishes with dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, but I'm just not getting a huge roasted malt character that I was in the nose. It's a lot sweeter, with more subtle whiskey hints. Good, just not spectacular.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Of all the Brewers Gone Wild beers, I've had, this might be the best. It's definitely up there, and worth a shot.

Photo of Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had a debate as to when this beer was bottled. We decided to go with FlandersNed dating at 12-09. Thanks Flanders.

Looks like the matrix with foam.

Smells barrely with some choco coffee. Like if Count chocola bit Juan Valdez neck.

Tastes a lot better than I thought. Not a lot of whiskey. The Rick Santorum of Juan Valdez and Count Chocula's affair.

Very good Beer Thanks Flanders.

Photo of nathanjohnson
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Khazadum
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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 Beezee
5/5  rDev +20.8%

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

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a really big and thick light brown head that fades to a small layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The head was so thick I couldn't swirl the beer at first until it go to about a 1/4 of an inch tall.

S: The nose is good for a regular porter but this is partially aged in barrels so I expected a bit more. Most bakers chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate milk. There's really no rye at all in this but that doesn't surprise me after 4 years.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with very little barrel influence but a lot of nice flavors. There are notes of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, hops, and maybe a touch of rye spice in the background.

M: Probably one of the best mouthfeels I've had on a beer. Big, thick, and creamy with beautiful slow rolling carbonation.

O: I wanted to love this one and while it was pretty dang tasty I still think it could be better if it was 100% barrel aged. This is the 2nd time I have said this about a Tyranena beer so hopefully they'll start releasing these as unblended in the future.

Photo of tourdot
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TWStandley
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter pours a disk of tan foam over a thick, inky black brew. Nose is powdery chocolate, coffee and molasses notes. The flavor is rich semi-sweet dark malts, rye bread, mocha, coffee, and dark fruity notes, with a bit of charred toast (in a good way), off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is round and velvety, with a dry-ish nutty aftertaste. This is the absolute best Tyranena I've ever had. I feel that in the past they've tended to go a little too strong on the hops in some of their offerings- but in this case they wisely let the malts tell the tale (as they should), with just a little roasty bitterness for balance. Really outstanding- get some while you can!

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The roast and chocolate notes are present. The smell from the barrels is noticeable in vanilla and oak notes.

T: Roasted malts pop out first. There is a nice hop background and the sourness of the rye plays along through the whole experience.

D: Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the alcohol is covered and the beer drinks easy. There is no ABV information, but I would guess around 7.5 - 8.0 ABV.

Overall: A solid beer from a solid series. I like the rye in this one - it really added to the essence of the brew. If Tyranena could only figure out the mouthfeel, these brews would be epic.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a dirty white head that is short-lived.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and has the distinct earthy, musty character that rye can impart. More of a chocolate malt leaning porter than a roasted, coffee porter. Somewhat similar to chocolate chip cookies with a softer, milk chocolate smell that I would attribute to the barrel effect.

Light chocolate and caramel malt are the primary contributors to the flavor, which is also a bit more roasted than it smelled. In addition to a little coffee, there's also vanilla, wood tannin and a distinctive rye character. Like the aroma, I notice the barrel effect, but fail to pick up any whiskey. Would guess that is due to combination of the beer being a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged porter and having some age on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not really as thick or chewy as one might like to accompany the flavor. At worst, it seems at least adequate for a porter. Carbonation level is medium.

Overall, there are a few minor flaws you can find with this beer, but it hits the mark where it counts - flavor. Not much whiskey if that's what you're hoping for, but I love the rye contribution. Can't go wrong with Tyranena.

Photo of EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of hinemk76
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of gueuzedreg
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Pellinore1
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a coffee black color with a thin finger of medium tan colored head that is very fine and lingers nicely, pours completely thick and non translucent
S: coffee beans and a thin bit of whiskey scent that hits in right at the end
T: black coffee malts, toffee, molasses, finishes with a slight woddy taste
M: thick thick thick, gentle carbonation tingle, smooth all the way through just so thick, slight burn right at the end
O: a nice porter, lacking a bit on the taste aspect, not as complex as i like to see, drinks nice, extremely thick which i find enjoyable, not bad

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

A- After a fairly vigorous pour I'm left with a 1 finger tan head. The body is black with no light showing through. As the head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Very nice sweet chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, oak and whiskey/bourbon notes, although not clearly evident until I got further into the glass.

T- Starts with a dark chocolate and sweet bourbon notes then moves into mainly dark chocolate/coffee notes and then finally finishes with a fresh hopiness paired with chocolate. Sweet bourbon notes coat the palette after the long finish.

M- Low carbonation is in the right place. The sweet bourbon notes are nice on the palette.

D- This was a little bit more drinkable than the devil over the barrel but with a definite trade-off. The devil had a great deal more complexity so although this was easier to drink, I'd rather have the devil.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the color was black with streak of auburn streaking through the beer. A slight mocha head topped the beer leaving lacing in the glass as the beer disappeared from the glass. A whiff of rye is most noticeable, though vanilla and a certain woodiness follow. Initially, one taste a limited level of rye, raisins, burned malts, and a hint of caramel. The rye aging becomes a little more apparent in the aftertaste as the dark fruits fade. Only a mild taste of alcohol is detectable, with little warming sensation to be noticed. Mouthfeel is impressive in the Dirty Old Man. It is thick enough to linger in the mouth for several minutes, as the rye notes mellow. I let this bottle mellow for about a year and a half. I think the taste and smell were a little more potent then, but this is still an enjoyable beer. In my experience, this beer did not age as well as I would have anticipated. Even though my current sampling is not fresh, I still love this beer.

Photo of hopswap1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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