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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

550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 42 | 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 Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The black beer erects a good sized brown cap of froth. The retention is outstanding as are the lacing properties. I like the nose quite a bit. Lots of chocolate notes and fudge and tootsie roll like characteristics. Light scents of whiskey add a nice little accent as well. Chocolate is pretty huge on the palate as well. Definitely the dominant flavor characteristic. A little roasted and rye bitterness in the aftertaste. Whiskey is subtle, but nice nonetheless. A little bit of vanilla comes out every once in a while. And alcohol is only slightly noticeable. The body is medium or so and the liquid flows naturally over the tongue giving a very polished feel to it.

Bighuge, Feb 28, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown pour, slight tan head, about 1/2" deep. Nice mild bourbon and chocolate aroma. Nothing too heavy or boozy. Well put together.

The taste is even better, chocolate is even bigger, still the bourbon remains noticeable, yet nowhere near dominating. Smooth, bitterness stays down. A great beer for introducing people to barrel aged stuff, but also plenty decadent for experienced drinkers to have at the same time. The rye is a great experience, seems to bring out a little more sweetness with whiskey flavors, as opposed to a dry peppery when used in non barrel aged beers.

There is a reason why I trade so much rarity andwhatnot between the Bruery and the Eclipse beers out to my Wisconsin/Marquette peeps, I get a ton of great beer quantity wise. Seriously, Tyranena could put this in a 22 or 750 bottle and people would pay $15 bucks for it anyday. At like $10 for a 4 pack, this is just a phenomenal beer.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of KAF
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

KAF, Jan 18, 2012
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

iL0VEbeer, Apr 10, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from BigDaddyWil. Pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark brown head. There is little lacing or retention. The aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Other aromas are of black coffee, and a very pleasant whisky note. Alcohol is noticeable.

The roasted malt imparts certain sweetness to the beer that is nicely balanced by a dry bitterness. I'm once again reminded of chocolate and coffee. The whisky barrel aging is apparent. The alcohol is well hidden for its strength, which I believe is 7.9%. The finish is dry and reminiscent of whisky.

Medium full bodied with a dry and sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

HopHead84, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of Derek
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" is certainly a big porter, but I wouldn't call it a Baltic. Probably more of an American Porter.

A: Black with a tan head; no retention; only a hint of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar, wood, alcohol & a light spicing.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate & wood; spicy; molasses; slightly bready; warming alcohol; good bitterness.

M: Really well-attenuated, moderate body is slightly chalky with a dry finish.

D: Big and bold.

Derek, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, no translucence, with a thin light tan head that had no retention and low lacing.

Very nice roasted aromas greet the nose. I didn't pick up any Rye in the scent. The flavors were pretty typical for a big Porter, and there was a bit of the Rye sharpness I was expecting.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, May 13, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip

A - Dark brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate and some coffee. A nice balance of the bourbon barrel and the base beer.

T - Big roast up front with loads of sweet chocolate. Bourbon and light vanilla flavours come through next. The finish is dark roasted coffee. Fairly sweet overall. Some char and spiciness show up at time. The bourbon is very much secondary in the palate as the base beer flavours take centre stage.

M - Medium to full body. Somewhat thick. Light carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a orange hue and 1 finger mocha head

smell: whiskey, roast, caramel, toffee, vanilla,

taste: whiskey, vanilla, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice barreled porter with lots of flavor.

Cheers,
the CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, got a 4 pack at the lovely Steve's on University

appearance: flashy yellow label per the usual, poured into a snifter, dark mahogany body, nice tan head and solid retention

smell: dark chocolate, big roasty aromas, whisky, a touch smoky

taste: comparisons can be made to the "who's your daddy porter" - but this one definitely has some toasted rye buried beneath providing a touch bitter kick, dark chocolate, caramel, whisky, more caramel...quite tasty

mouthfeel: smooth medium body, bitter tones

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -33.7%

chippo33, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black brew with maybe a patch or two of blood colored highlights. Nice one finger head after the pour thats lasts to a thin, yet complete film o' foam. The aroma is dark super grainy and gristy, with the added bonus of bread and oak aged booze. Lots of subtleties in the aroma, but still very alluring. Chocolate smeared on 4-grain bread hits the taste buds first. Then some chocolate and spice (must be the rye) mix up the middle. While he finish i creamy coffee with a splash of whiskey warmth and flavor. Very dark yet warm palate to this beer. Ths bitterness is really just a combo of the heavily roasted, almost burnt malts, and alcohol. Avery great beer to be enjoyed and savored.

scruffwhor, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to SteelersX

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost blacked out color. Very thin head dissolves almost immediately, with some cloudy film left behind.

Roasted dark malts in the nose, plenty of nuttiness too. Hints of chocolate bark and coffee beans with a softer scent of booze.

Nutty and roasty up front with a substantial amount of malt character. Warm malts with caramel, chocolate, and faint coffee beans. Hint of rye spice towards the middle, followed by some nutty and chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a bit of oaky booze and rye tones.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A solid porter, although I was expecting more flavor from the barrel.

xnicknj, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of Bitterbill
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a near black(some reddish hues) with a 2 finger head of tan foam. Very god head retention and the lacing is impressive.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some rye but...I really had to struggle to get them as the nose is very light.

The taste, on the other hand, is very assertive.
I'm tasting a lot of rye with big portions of roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. I'm also getting some caramel malt that I didn't notice in the first couple of sips. They're tasty flavours but I'm also being hit my some noticeable alcohol that gives me quite the warming effect during and after the swallow. I reckon this one would benefit from some aging as this bottle is pretty darned fresh.(bottled Feb 4, 2008)

It's a bit light bodied but the carbonation is also light so that works for me.

Overall, I like where the brewer went with this beer and I'd certainly drink it again. Good stuff!

Bitterbill, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of ccrida
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Dirty Old Man is a super dark garnet/brown, with a tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweeter crystal malt and bourbon, with clean alcohol vapors coming out as it warms.

Taste is also rather malty, a bit strong on the iced tea notes I get from crystal, but with strong rye whiskey notes and a really nice, light smokiness, and spicy rye finish. Frankly, they could have marketed this as wee heavy or old ale, these strong dark American style barrel aged beers are pretty much a style of their own. This one really grew on me by the finish though, very nice, in spite of my preference for more chocolate then caramel notes in a strong porter.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, really lush, creamy carbonation, medium body, slightly dry, tannic finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not my favorite of the Tyranena's Duane hooked me up, I'd like more vanilla from the barrels and chocolate from the malts, but for what it claims to be, an Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels, it's really a tasty beer that I'd be happy to have again.

ccrida, May 14, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Meantile tulip. Bottled on 09NOV09, no info.

A - A tall pour is suspiciously quiet and offers up no more than a sliver of tan foam. No lace is disappointing as is the poor retention. The beer is completely black otherwise.

S - Dirty is right. The aroma reeks of crusty old dirt. A hint of smoke is reminiscent of both BBQ and bonfire which I like. Roasted malts and a very light hint of woody whiskey. Not boozy in the least though. A teeny chocolate chunk can be smelled floating around in there.

T - The rye has a slight bite in the flavor but the age in the barrels must have been fairly weak. No whiskey comes through but the wood adds a nice characteristic to the roasted chocolate malts. Nice porter flavor.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, the opposite of a dirty old man's skin. Very dry in the finish and just as bitter as a grumpy old fart. Lots of acrid bitterness in this one. No alcohol involvement surprisingly.

D - The sponge bath the label's stick-figure requests is out of the question, but I wouldn't mind putting another one of these beers down. Better fresh, more whiskey involvement, smooth and satisfying with age. What's the ABV? Is this really an 'Imperial'?

BeerFMAndy, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that went away quickly. There isn't much lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of vanilla. It's a nice but slightly weak aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, but luckily the taste is stronger. Unfortunately I still don't pick up much of any rye whiskey in the aroma or flavor of this brew, other than some vanilla. It's tasty, but I wish I could taste and smell more rye whiskey in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with decent carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, but it was a bit disappointing. Maybe Tyranena should age more than just 40% of this in rye whiskey barrels in their next batch.

bluejacket74, May 22, 2011
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an espresso dark dark brown color (cannot see any light through this thick brown) with a small but sturdy beige head leaving some ample spotting of lace.

Aromas begin with dominant roasted grains; coffee, dark chocolate, light molasses and burnt brown sugar with a little charred/burnt grain smell.

The tastes begin with coffee and a dark chocolate element that grows increasingly bitter and spicy by mid-palate. The dark flavors aren't overly aggressive however as you get nice notes of molasses and vanilla. As it warms you get a little of the rye barrel flavors with some wood and spice but I am really reaching for them and wish they were more prevalent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate but higher carbonation than I expected because the Tyranena beers I have had to date have been borderline flat. Finish is sticky and lingering thanks to the ample roasted malts and apparent barrel aging.

Overall this was a good beer, but if I didn't know before hand, wouldn't have been aware of the barrel aging. I mean I really liked the flavor profile and I have been against porters and overly roasted beers lately, and I enjoyed this, so that is definitely a plus. Maybe the rye barrels added the nice vanilla flavors I am getting... can't be sure. Not totally sure the age on this but it is really delicious just not what I was expecting. Is that bad or good, you be the judge. A pass for someone looking for substantial barrel/bourbon flavors but recommended for someone looking to branch into this style because of the quality of the base beer with the nice minimal barrel flavors.

claspada, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, nice tan head, decent retention. Fades to a decent looking ring.

S - Some rye, but not tons, not spicy like some beers. Chocolate, whiskey, little vanilla, little coffee.

T - Nice tasting, some bakers cocoa, and a little bit of rye. Little bit of whiskey in there, but it's pretty mellow. Rye comes through on the end more than anywhere else.

M - Little bit of carbonation bite. Pretty smooth, viscous, medium bodied.

O - Pretty nice and enjoyable, I didn't like the finish a ton, but it was still a good beer.

AgentZero, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown, nearly black, with a ghostly cast of maroon hinting in certain lighting and angles. Soft, firm, smooth light tanned foam sits atop at a finger high and leaves thick stringy lacing across the glass.

Lovely aroma of chocolate cookie dough and bourbony goodness. Hints of vanilla, fig, and raisin play lightly with a bit of dryness of grains as it warms.

Taste is quite nice with a delicate nature of chocolate mixing with dryish dark grainy goodness and the fluff of a chocolate covered pastry. Some chewy dark fruits entangle a raisin, fig, and date or two within the chocolatey goodness. There's just a touch of the bourbon racing around warming things up towards the finish as does some drying tones of grains and vanilla. But this sucker is all about the chocolate and is just lovely to let unfold after each sip and/or gulp.

Favorably mild taster with a bold stature of heavy bodied richness and creamy goodness thats quite slick in the body which carries this into the realm of wellhandled wholesome goodness and a wonderful ease of downability.

Oh the chocolate...so what I needed.
A damn solid porter of chocolatey goodness with subtle plays of dry bakery bourbonyness. Yum! Another winner by Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild.
More like this please!

tavernjef, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night. Kind of a mocha colored small head. Minimal lacing. I really like the way this one pours and looks.

S- This is where the rye aspect really makes its presence known.

T- Some chocolate malts present. I get a small sample of the whiskey notes but nothing overpowering at all.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very nice.

D/O- Somewhat too much to handle beyond this one bottle. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this Tyranena offering. Glad I had the opportunity to try it as it may never be brewed again.

Duff27, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle received from brewdlyhooked13 at Dark Lord Day. Thanks! Poured into my Duvel tulip

A: Black with a thin light cappuccino head that recedes quickly leaving a teeny ring

S: Mmm...roasted malts, bourbon, cream, rye bread, chocolate, vanilla. Nice stuff, this. Coffee and pleasant oxidation comes through as this warms up.

T: Roasted flavors start things off with a nice burnt bitterness coming through. Rye is present and bourbon comes through pleasantly with a very nice balance. Unlike some bourbon beers, this one's very nicely balanced. I'm also probably hyper-sensitive to oxidation as i do taste port-like notes on this but this is one of the few cases where i see it's added to the character of the beer. Tyranena are onto something here, learning to blend barrel aged beers with the un-aged beers to produce a delicious result.

M: Fairly light in body but in a pleasant way. The bourbon, oxidation and bitterness all contribute to a great finish. The carbonation is a tad low but it's not a detriment here

D: I'd gladly drink another!

***2nd August 2009***
Thanks to Faro, I have a chance to revisit this beer.

The head retention and lacing is a *lot* better this time round, and I'd up the appearance to 4.
On the nose, this beer has a delectable combination of dark chocolate, coffee, plums, whiskey. Rich and thick with some oak in the back. While I am no rye whiskey connoisseur, this beer has a great spicy rye character. I feel my original score of 4.5 was too much, so I guess it evens out.
On the palate, it looks like this beer hasn't evolved too much. Of course, back in the day, I mistook the rye whiskey for bourbon, and my tolerance for oxidation has increased. Great chocolate character, with the spicy rye working very well with it. Great stuff, the mouthfeel is great too, with a wonderful slickness and a great finish with a little heat, a little whiskey and some burnt chocolate bitterness. Very good stuff. 4+4.5

DefenCorps, Jun 20, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive but not outstanding.

Positive=Nice subtle rye whisky aroma...not overpowering...just about perfect

Negative=Too subtle of a rye whisky dimension on the taste.

Positive=Creamy and smooth drinking

Negative=Just doesn't seem big and substantial enough to be a true Baltic Porter.

Positive=Nice overall taste...coffee liqouer? Check....sweet milk chocolate? Check? Spicy rye whisky? Check...everything blends nicely

Negative=Much of the flavor is subtle..This is not a big assertive tasting baltic porter.

Overall I like this, but I would like it to be a little bolder in body and taste.

ZAP, Apr 07, 2008
Photo of barnzy78
4/5  rDev -3.6%

barnzy78, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing the bottle.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace either.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, coffee are all there like a good porter. Then some wood comes in from the barrel, and once this warms a bit plenty of bready rye. Lots of depth in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with more of a roasted malt character. Chocolate, sweet toffee, and some coffee. Light wood flavors, and bread. biscuit and rye. Really nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Cream and smooth. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

An excellent barrel aged porter. Both the wood and rye are there, but very subtle. Which complements the porter perfectly. Very nice, and highly recommended.

champ103, May 09, 2011
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.