Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.41/5 rDev +6.3%
Steve's Mineral Point
Dirty Old Man is a rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. This concoction gurgles out of the bottle a coffee and cream brown but occupies the glass black without letting any light shine through. The head grew one finger high and was cocoa colored. As the head fell to a thick cap it became creamy and left solid sheet lacing here and there. You can see the carbonation crawling up the sides of the glass and keep the head alive.
The nose of this beer is big and distinct. There's a definite rye presence from both the porter and barrel aging that extends throughout the aroma. Coffee, roasty malts, and dark berries combine nicely to add layer upon layer of complexity. The oak is in there but seems more a component of the spicy rye then an aroma working by itself. I can hardly pull my nose from the glass.
The flavor of this beer is just as complex and delicious as the nose suggested. All the porter notes hit at first. Dark chocolate, mildly roasted malts, and dark berries lead the way in that order. The rye is in there as well with notes from the porter and the barrel. The rye lasts throughout the drink. Mild damp whiskey soaked oak shows up mid palate and a very welcoming vanilla bean presence comes along on the swallow. There's great depth of flavor here. The chocolate, dark berries, and vanilla make this beer delicious and the rye spiciness adds even more flavor.
The body of this beer is on the lighter side of heavy which is helped by the carbonation making it incredibly velvety and smooth. There's an ample amount of carbonation but it always manages to stay calm, making the body massage its way through the mouth.
This is a sipper just from the depth of flavor. It's a beer I would love to sip all night. Dirty Old Man is one of those beers that could be opened at any time of the day and fully enjoyed. I don't want my glass to empty, this is my last bottle.
Dirty Old Man is a great beer. One I would love to see available on a rotating basis. Hopefully this one gets made again. Of course I do love rye whether it be whiskey, beer, bread, or whatever. Tyranena has been doing some really incredible things with their Brewers Gone Wild series lately. They're quickly becoming one of the top tier breweries in the country. I can't get enough of their stuff.
08-18-2013 21:56:46 | More by joe1510
4.34/5 rDev +4.6%
A: Pours a nice pitch black with a small but dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with decent retention. Spotty little bits of lacing.
S: Burnt rye bread initially. Pretty much dead on. Hint of rye whiskey when swirled, but very mild. It stands out a decent bit more once the beer has fully warmed. Decently charry.
T: Really nice flavor. Sweet chocolate with rye bread and a little rye whiskey all mixed together up front. Rye flavors fade, leaving the chocolate - a hot fudge type flavor. Yum. Quick hit of rye whiskey in the finish with a little bit of drying charred oak between sips.
M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and mellow. Feels bigger than it really is.
O: I was little underwhelmed at the aroma but the taste really opened my eyes. Nice flavors and great balance - especially the chocolate. Barrel character is mild but adds a subtle layer of complexity. Delicious beer, a great porter.
05-17-2013 02:15:08 | More by Dope
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
A- very dark brown in color with a head that quickly dissipates leaving very little bubbles and a thin burnt orange ring on the edge of the glass. Laces nicely.
S- cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, and rye in that order
T- Figs and raisins on the front end, along with boozy oak characteristics, followed by vanilla accents finishing with a mellow cocoa flavor that lingers pleasantly on the back end. Nicely balanced, and not too boozy.
M- Medium body with low carbonation and creamy texture
O- I expected a fuller body and more complex rye flavor, but this is quite enjoyable. Very nice blend of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. I would have preferred a more prominent rye flavor and perhaps more carbonation. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and would buy it again.
05-16-2013 04:41:20 | More by stooge
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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