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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
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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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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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 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.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that actually stays around for most of the beer's duration, eventually leaving an oily sheen and spots of stick down the glass.

A pleasant combination of rye whiskey, chocolate, mild roast, and more barrel influence come together very nicely. Very minimal presence of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with good amounts of rye whiskey, chocolate, and roast combining quite pleasantly. There's some sweetness and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate.

I was very much impressed with this one. This one came together very nicely and was a great way to end the night.

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

Appearance: Pours black in color with about a finger of light brown head. You can definitely see some reddish-brown hues if you hold this up to a bright enough light. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.

Aroma: You can smell the rye right way. I'm also getting roasted malts, coco nibs, burnt coffee, and subtle dark fruits.

Taste: There's a nice combination of roasted malt and rye up front that sets the tone for some nice bitterness. The rye adds a spicy kick towards the middle. I'm definitely getting some oak from the barrels towards the back-end. The whiskey shows up in there as well, but it's pretty subtle. Pretty smooth and full bodied finish with nice lingering flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body with a nice creamy feel. Low carbonation level.

Morey's Bottom Line: Pretty tasty stuff to be sure. The rye barrels bring some nice flavors to the party. This bottle was a gift, but I'd definitely buy this if I lived within the distribution area.

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3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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

Pours out a solid dark brown with a brief moment of tan fizzy head that dies back to a 2mm collared ring, no real lacing is present.

Roasted sort of malt and bitter chocolate smell is present in the smell, along with an unusually light whiskey aroma for a barrel-aged beer. Huh. Also the typical 'rye' spicy musky aroma seems a tad underused as well to my nose. But underneath these flaws lies a very nice malty porter aroma blend.

It does have a nice rich chocolatey porter flavor with a nuance of smokiness, rye spice, and bits of tangy rye whiskey showing up now and then as well... but the same issues of not quite enough intensity to suit my tastes shows up again too. However, the flavor of the exceptional porter base underneath really shines through, partially making up for this.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Almost there, just needs a few tweaks on the volume knob in order to truly shine as a "big beer". I was expecting a brew called "Dirty Old Man" to be...well...*dirtier* than this.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and whiskey

Taste: complex-dark chocolate and whiskey dominate, touches of cocoa, and light rye at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A very slow drinker that was executed excellently. Love the complexity here. The oak and chocolate merge better here than what some other brewers have done. I would have this again, but one per night seems about right.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was chilled and served in an Imperial Pint glass.

A- I am a sucker for a dark beer. The body of this beer is black with just a tiny amount of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is thick and a very dark tan almost brown in color. Nice head retention noted. Very thick lacing noted as this beer rapidly vanishes before my eyes.

S- The aroma of the beer consist of darkly toasted, roasted and lightly chared malt, nice cocoa and lightly roasted coffee. A very subtle whiskey aroma rattles around in the aroma.

T- Nicely executed! Dark roasted malts hit all the right dark semi sweet cocoa, coffee and dark fruited notes. A bit of vanilla and a pretty strong whiskey component play about my mouth.

M- The body of the beer is medium and lightly carbonated. Alcohol is nowhere in the mouth. Very satisfying.

O- Tyranena has a wonderful porter as a base to play with. I have enjoyed many variations on the porter and look forward to more. Well done.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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