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

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 Davit
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of Stoutfan23DJ
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +13%
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!

Photo of nhindian
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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!

Photo of bboven
3.85/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of EROCK75
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.

A - Very dark brown with about a half finger of off white head. Couldn;t coax any more head out of this one, even with a pretty hard pour.

S - Smells pretty nice. Some oaky notes on top of chocolate aroma.

T - Taste is very nice here. Chocolates, with a tiny roasty kick, and a nice oaky flavor make this one a winner. A sweet baltic porter with some interesting flavors going on.

M - This one has a nice body. Fairly full with low carbonation.

D - Very smooth with the big body. The barrel aging flavor is a hit with this brew.

Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black with slightest light coming through. Tan head was never really present but formed slight ring.

S-Nice notes of sweetly roasted malts. The oak is present but not overpowering. Wonderful overall aroma but I wish there was a bit more going on.

T-A sharp dark fruit is met with a dry roasted malt flavor. Big hits of cocoa. The rye is subdued in the background, but it seems to be prefectly balanced. The oak brings out a very nice vanilla profile. The whiskey aging is much better balanced than many other barrel aged beers on the market.

M-Big depth in the mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with the rye making its presence in the finish. Wonderfully dry.

D-At room temp this stuff goes down like water! A memorable beer for sure.

Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special in the looks department. Very thin tan head on a fairly gentle pour, quickly gives way to a thin collar. The black body almost allows some light through the edges. Quite mildly and finely carbonated. Despite the relatively poor head and thin collar this is a well laced brew with thin sticky sheets that give way to intricate webbings, and made me bump up the score from 3.5 to a 4.

Boozy scents of oaky vanilla overtop of roasted aromas of milk chocolate and espresso. The earthy spice of rye grain and decaying leafy hops are less prominent but add significant complexity and depth to the overall olfactory presentation.

Much like the nose as far as taste goes. A hint of dark fruits reveals itself just before the finish.

There is alot going on here in this medium bodied brew, but the noticeable alcohol heat detracts somewhat. The boozy oakiness is the predominant element in this brew, from the aroma to the taste as well as the feel. There is a nice creaminess which serves as a decent counterpoint to the alcohol heat. The rye seems almost lost in this, or perhaps it just blends too well into the other flavours.

This is most likely best sipped and savoured. The boozy heat and alcohol just wouldnt have it any other way. As a big fan of rye beers I was really looking forward to this but the damn alcohol heat just keeps preventing me from really enjoying this one, and limiting its drinkablility. Another solid brew from Tyranena, some fine tuning or perhaps some age could turn this good beer into a great one.

Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; big thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. I'm a big fan of both rye beers and porters, so I really appreciate it.

A: Black/dark brown with a half finger of tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts are prominent here, along with some woody and slight nutty flavors. A bit of sweet whisky, but not as much as I was considering, even considering that only 40% of the beer made it into the whisky barrels

T: Roasty malts really dominate the flavor here; there's a bit of rye, but not as much as I was expecting considering that this is a rye beer aged in rye barrels... at least until the beer warms up to about room temperature. Vanilla does seep in a bit as the beer warms, along with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. I recommend drinking this one starting at about 60º and letting it warm to room temperature to fully enjoy it.

M: Thin body for a barrel aged porter, without a notable finish. A smooth beer, but I'm looking for something heavier, more syrupy, and sticky to really keep the rye/whisky finish around for a while. Little carbonation, almost flat.

D: Even if my other scores weren't outstanding, this is a very easy beer to get down; considerably high for something (partially) barrel-aged. Wouldn't mind having a pint of this at the bar with some friends- it contains a lot of the qualities of great beers, without really putting everything together. Definitely worth a try; it could easily be someone else's favorite beer.

Photo of robbyc1
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really starting to love all these porters from the big T. They all make me appreciate the style.

Deep dark black, no sign of highlights, with a small tan head.

Nose combines Chocolate malt, rye malt, and a hint of whiskey. These carry through nicely to the taste as well. It's as robust as many stouts I've had, deep chocolate, hopped well to balance the sweetness of the malt. The spicy rye gives it a nice zing, and the whiskey is a light touch that caps the flavor and heats it a bit. Overall a very well done combination of flavors.

Smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated, a sipper for sure, but an easy drinker leaving you wanting more than one bottle. Well done.

Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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