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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
92
outstanding

545 Ratings
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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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sammo

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-23-2012 19:58:40 | More by sammo
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Pellinore1

Illinois

5/5  rDev +20.5%

11-15-2011 05:09:45 | More by Pellinore1
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 00:26:39 | More by BigPlay1824
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Greggy

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 02:44:50 | More by Greggy
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zenwatts

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

05-05-2012 23:44:48 | More by zenwatts
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martyl1000

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2012 02:51:35 | More by martyl1000
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pwoody11

Delaware

5/5  rDev +20.5%

12-26-2011 02:05:53 | More by pwoody11
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black in color with a inch and a half thick layer of head from a hard pour. Nice rings of lace are left behind.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla from the barrel. Very pleasant but not powerful.

T: Roasted and burnt chocolate flavors with a slight hint of vanilla. It is good but I don't get much of the rye or and the whiskey flavor is very minimal.

M: A bit chalky. Good amount of body and creaminess.

D: Obviously it is only partially Barrel aged but the flavors all seem slightly dull. It is tasty but just seems like it is missing something.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 00:39:40 | More by mikey711
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EasyReader

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

01-29-2012 20:25:55 | More by EasyReader
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark sand head formed on top of the black with brownish edges body. The head lasted forever and retained it size, despite leaving huge amounts of lace behind.

The nose has lots of rye...toasted grains and burnt cocoa.

The taste is really nice...coffee with creamer, roasted malts and oak with a grainy rye backbone. A great combo that works well.

This has one of the best mouth feels ever. Somewhere on the thick/medium line, super creamy with tight, smooth carbonation. Wow.

The flavors and mouth feel make this a super offering. Well balanced and easy to drink...I really wish this was offered around Western PA.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:18:00 | More by mgbickel
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JohnnyChicago

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 20:34:45 | More by JohnnyChicago
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hinemk76

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-27-2012 01:05:49 | More by hinemk76
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Hopsiam14

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-18-2013 16:31:31 | More by Hopsiam14
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paulthebeerguru

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown with some ruby hues to it. nice subtle khaki colored head. Modereate head retention, and nice clingy lacing.

S: massive roasted malt aromas with some hints of rye in the back. great notes from the barrels, sweetness of vanilla and rye, with some cherries in the back.

T: Holy crap! this beer is phenomenal. Great flavors of coffee, toffee and some burnt caramel. Not too much rye, a little but in the way back. good barrel aging characteristics, light vanilla, but big coconut and especially big cherries. More vanilla comes through as it warms.

M: very robust and full-bodied porter. Carbonation is a little higher than I would like, but still on for the style. the flavors stay on the palate for a ridiculously long time.

D: I could drink tons of this stuff, wish I had it on tap at my house, but then I wouldn't go to work. Outstanding beer. Get it, got it, good!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 17:18:13 | More by paulthebeerguru
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tourdot

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-15-2012 04:34:54 | More by tourdot
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, cheers!

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with about 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Retention is around a few minutes before dissolving into a small cap. Very nice lacing with generous thickness around the edges. Although too dark to see carbonation through the liquid, I can see some bubbles bunching up around the sides.

S - The aroma starts with a lot of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Some inherent rye spiciness, but certainly nothing over the top; it actually doesn't come through as much as I would've thought. The whiskey is surprisingly subtle and understated, almost to the point of being inconsequential.

T - In the flavors, I'm getting more of the barrel than I did in the nose, but it's still quite faint until it almost hits room temperature. The espresso returns to give some nice roast and the chocolate turns a little sweeter here. Next comes the barrel in the form of oak and vanilla and some of the rye spice combines with the front-half of the flavors to liven them up. The finish contains the malts, whiskey, and some alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high-ish carbonation. Still goes down smoothly and the head aids in this endeavor.

D/O - Drinkability is medium. My qualm with this beer is similar to that I had with Tyranena's 'Shaggin' in the Wood'. They aren't afraid to barrel-age their beers, but by blending it with a non-barrel version of the base, it loses some of that emphasis. While subtlety is nice to have since you aren't getting kicked in the face by the oak or whiskey, I feel a bit of barrel would do wonders. So either forget blending the barrel-aged product with the base, or tweak the blend ratio. Or add your own whiskey to taste!

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 03:56:54 | More by nhindian
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bboven

Texas

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep, dark brown body bordering on black, slight ruby highlights if you look for thm. Very thin head with little lacing.

Huge vanilla and alcohol aroma, while pleasant, they mask the baltic porter underneath. I can't pick up any of the rye.

Initial vanilla flavor dominates, then at the tail-end you get a bit of roast, coffee, and slight bitterness. Again, the underlying beer seems to be a little overshadowed by the oak aging.

Mouthfeel is near perfect; smooth, low carbonation, just slightly coating and warming. Get this in a cask and it would be prefect.

A good beer that might just need some aging to mellow out the oak. I would really like to taste this beer w/o the oak aging because a rye porter sounds tasty enough, imo.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:01:25 | More by bboven
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gueuzedreg

Colorado

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-20-2013 16:02:55 | More by gueuzedreg
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CHSLBrew

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter early New Year's Eve.

A-Deep, dark brown, looks to be quite opaque. Head is virtually nonexistent, with sparse bubbles of the light brown variety.

S-Nuanced whiskey and oak aromas on the pour, which continue to show up here and there through duration of this beer. The main aromas are chocolate and roasty malts, also with hints of bready malt.

T-Hearty, big, and roasty with a bit of coffee, and almost a little chocolate character. Spicy/funky rye character is present, with oak and whiskey barrel mingling in. Bitterness is detectable and provides some balance. Finishes with a slight whiskey appearance trailing to a dry finish.

M-Low carbonation is velvety, allowing for subtle flavors to emerge; perhaps a slightly higher level would have provided a nicer feel, though. Slow-moving in my mouth, with a kind-of fine-grain viscosity (if that makes sense). There is a warmth going down, remniscent of a sip of liquor, especially with the slight whiskey barrel character.

D-This one is hard to judge. This beer is enjoyable, but I wasn't wholly digging the whiskey barrel characters all too much, as I'm not a huge fan of the liquor. That said, I like how the character comes through subtley, without actually offending my palate. So, although I'm not the biggest fan, I think it's well done and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 22:09:34 | More by CHSLBrew
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hopswap1

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

12-07-2012 22:36:42 | More by hopswap1
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EROCK75

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

05-11-2012 19:11:19 | More by EROCK75
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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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malcontent

Illinois

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

Deepest garnet body with just touches of transparency around the edges. A bit of tan head around the top but not much else.

Rye is quite subtly blended with the charcoal/chocolaty nose. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

Sharp rye dryness melts instantly into a rich coffee/vanilla body finishing with a great interplay of charcoal with a rye reprise. This is what makes barrel aging worthwhile.

Rich, smooth texture with a long, dry finish. It's a big beer with a ton going on so I couldn't see drinking more than two in a sitting. Still, this is by far the best beer I've tried from Tyrenena.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 07:10:14 | More by malcontent
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Stoutfan23DJ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

09-30-2013 03:21:43 | More by Stoutfan23DJ
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JohnnyHopps

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 03:38:10 | More by JohnnyHopps
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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