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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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351 Reviews
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Reviews: 351
Hads: 565
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 39 | 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:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Reviews: 351 | Hads: 565
Photo of martyl1000
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from SteelersX; thanks Joe! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low carbonation evident. Looks thick.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, and some light toasted malts. Very nice mix of coffee and whiskey; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, oak, cream, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts. Taste is a little bitter and has some nice dark fruits, and less whiskey then the nose. Different then the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbon. Creamy body, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good BA porter; another winner from Tyranena. The nose has a nice amount of whiskey and coffee, while the taste has more bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Pretty easy to drink; just a well made beer. Would like to have it again. (1,013 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. I have had very few offerings from Tyranena and each of them thus far have been enjoyable and unique. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with 2 fingers of tan head. The cap is frothy and slowly recedes coating the entire surface of the glass with a thick coating of lace. What remains is a rich froth that is almost nitrogen-like in appearance with its tiny bubble formation that is very creamy looking.

The aroma opens up with a light tang, perhaps from the rye whiskey inclusion. It is pleasantly roasted with a rich, dark grainy character that is deeply earthy like heavily kilned coffee with a slight touch of citrus aspect. The roast transcends from coffee quality to bitter chocolate and then on to dark fruits like raisins, molasses and a touch of tobacco. The alcohol falls in and out of being noticed with a mild accent to the dark fruity quality of this aroma. Overall, this is a very pleasant smelling brew.

The taste of this brew opens up with a pleasant bitterness that is quite reminiscent of unsweetened cacao. A bit of earthy quality mixes with a roast like fresh coffee. Some dark fruity quality and alcohol is present with a raisin-like touch of character. A touch of tobacco fills out the middle. The backend has a mild touch of barrel presence with tannins and oak quality that flirts with a mild vanilla flavor but doesn't quite get there. As the brew gets warmer, a bit of tangy alcohol touch starts to get increasingly more and more noticeable. It isn't distracting by any means but its also not my favorite aspect of this sort of brew.

This is a rich, medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a slick, smooth feel that almost goes with the predescribed look of almost being like it is a nitro deliver but not quite that smooth and silky. I get a little funny about porters and stouts that have dark fruit flavors but this one had enough of roasty bitterness and other character that it really formed a solid, enjoyable package. Thanks again for this one Heath! (2,088 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gimme a sponge bath! Love the mascot & bottle design.

Nice appearance. Great roasty aroma with toffee and hints of whiskey. Dry porter-esque finish. Slightly oxidized.

Decent flavor profile; more imperial stout-like than portery. Oily body is plenty thick. A decent brew, but I'd choose FBS every time instead. (312 characters)

Photo of brydeen
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy looking dark brown, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.

S: A nice smooth mixture of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Nice roasty flavor up front. Loads of bittersweet chocolate, with a very pleasant smoothing finish from the barrel aging. Not even a hint of booziness here.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, with very light, subtle carbonation.

O: One of the easiest drinking barrel-aged beers around. Not going to wow anybody, but is really really solid. (477 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (653 characters)

Photo of wisrarebeer
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tyranena's brewery/tap room.

A: dark, opaque, clear with little head
S: milder nose, had some barrel nose, roasted malt
T: creamy, not overly roasted, subtle barrel qualities
M: not intense but nice and mellow, well balanced, creamy, easy drinking for ABV
O: I liked this beer but was expecting just a bit more barrel qualities (338 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a beer that was recommended to me offhandedly while shopping around the liquor store the other day. A rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels sounds great, anyway, especially for a rye-lover like me.

Brewed less than a month ago (“BOTTLED ON 20FEB2012” on the neck of the bottle), though there was definitely some age on this one before it left the brewery.

A: This one pours chocolaty brown, rich with a shining darkness. The head is a one-and-a-half finger of brown suds, though it’s soon down to nothing more than some tan cream along the edge of the glass. Lacing is light and very oily, with only a small minority of foam strings staying around for more than a few seconds. It doesn’t look very carb-heavy at first, but a quick swirl makes some pillow-foam materialize from the deep body.

S: Wonderful: rich and sweet, it starts with robust aromas of salted caramel, roasted peanuts, toffee, chocolate sauce, and coffee. It’s so brazenly attractive – extraordinarily warm and inviting. That powerhouse of flavors gets augmented by some complex grain aromas, with smooth dark cherry and baked apple wheat scents over a thin layer of roasted pumpkin and pumpernickel bread. Some of the barrel shines through soon after – grain whiskey and charred wood, mainly. Great character on a beer of this style.

T: Full-on cocoa powder and coffee with cream are all over the front of this bold palate, bittersweet and roasty. That, plus caramel nougat, dark fruits, and a handful of peanut brittle really makes its upfront character very candy-like. Even so, there’s a spicy alcohol character behind that never gives up its mission: vanilla, big char tastes, and just plain old whiskey flavors appear to showcase their moderate hit of complexity. The barrel-aging isn’t readily apparent, unfortunately, but the alcohol spice is strong enough to notice. It finishes on a dry note, almost citrusy in its hop presence, and with some smokiness and acidity.

M: Smooth and rich: it fills out like a stout while always remaining drinkable. It definitely has its porter moments, though, with a characteristically light wateriness.

O: You’d think that a beer like this would have a rich, slow-sipping profile; fortunately, that’s not the case. I say “fortunately” because a light, drinkable character is what completely defines this beer: simply put, it’s enjoyable. Not too big and not too heavy, it remains a pleasure to drink at every sip. If this beer had more rye character, I’d have a constant supply of this beer in my fridge. (2,563 characters)

Photo of Kbogac
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown, completely opaque. Nice light brown foam that dissolves to a ring and some film. Minimal lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon.

Taste is up from roasted malt. Nice caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Very light alcohol towards the end. Kind of a chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Nice.

Overall outstanding beer. Wonderful flavors throughout. (454 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black in appearance, with a slowly-rising head of tan bubbles. Spotty lace.

Nose has hints of chocolate and a little oak. Not bad, and not nearly as over-the-top as I'd expected. Nice.

Taste is big and malty sweet, with more of the chocolate tones up front. I get a little bit of the rye sharpness in there, too, but it's near the finish. Alcohol content is well-masked by the unusually well-balanced flavor profile.

A delicious and very enjoyable brew. Recommended! (479 characters)

Photo of david131
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The mocha head is initially thick and creamy but settles to a thin covering.

S- Chocolate, smoke, cocoa, rye, and a touch of rye whiskey.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the rosary aspects. The rye whiskey barrel aspect is pretty mild.

M- Abundant carbonation keeps it light, but here is also a nice body to it. The finish has a lot of lingering flavors.

O- A very unique take on the style. I enjoy the lower alcohol barrel aged aspect to this beer. Drinks rather nicely. (559 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into the Southampton RIS party snifter.

Lovely bourbon notes in the aroma. Lots of malt, a touch of the rye and vanilla notes. Good wood notes and a bit of oatmeal.

Dark in the glass, very nice tan lacing.

This may well need to age more. It is very very strong w/ booze. In addition to the bourbon, the 7.9% feels a touch more like 10.9% or possibly 109%. Those notes dominate the taste and that's disappointing because there is just not much of anything else here.

Good mouthfeel, the booze makes it a bit of a mess. This was something that got better in the glass as warming it brought more than booze to the front. Warm oatmeal, but there isn't much else still.

It's certainly bourbon aged. And, um, it's light enough in the body to qualify as a porter.

(171st) (785 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 09 apr 11

poursdark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and dark roasted malt

taste is nice - semi spiced rye malt loads of chocolate and dark roasted malt - tiny bit of coffee - no real barrel aged flavors?

mouthfeel is near perfection - medium heavy body velvety smooth - good carbonation

overall - i am angry that i did not know how old this was(could not read the date with beer in bottle) - i do think the aging (which the store had it in the cooler) might have taken away some flavor - in the end this beer was still very solid and will be cracking open the other 3 very soon (668 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company. This beer is billed as a "imperial rye aged porter aged in rye whiskey barrels."
Score: 91

Bottled April 08, 2011. Served in a small pour brandy snifter and enjoyed on 01/31/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass. The beer is opaque with a microscopic thin layer of brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Average lacing as the beer is consumed, though the receding head from the pour left a solid coating of creamy lacing along the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, acidic used coffee grounds, and rye. Astringent "whiskey alcohol" esters rounds out the nose, but it's not a boozy nose. 4/5

Taste: Loads of chocolate flavors and roasted malt with a rye finish. A light amount of dark roast coffee comes out on the midpalate and towards the finish. The chocolate flavors seem like a blend of milk chocolate, dried cocoa mix and chocolate milk. A very mellow Jack Daniels-like whiskey flavor lingers in the background of the finish along with creamy raw chocolate. The whiskey flavors are very subtle and complementary. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the taste, which was surprising given the "warm" alcohol esters of the aroma. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. The mouthfeel seems to get thicker and creamier as the beer layers. Finishes dry and a touch bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Easily the best beer that I have ever had from Tyranena, ahead of Hop Whore and Bitter Woman IPA. I am going to have to go back to the store and buy the rest of this currently out of production brew.

Recommendation: Fans of porters and stouts should seek this one out. This is one of Wisconsin's better craft beers.

Pairings: Roasted marshmallows or vanilla cake.

Cost: $2.99 for 12 oz bottle. (1,954 characters)

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours dark, dark brown - a shade away from black. Less than a half finger of dark tan carbonation, even with a vigorous pour. When agitated, I get a decent amount of carbonation form. Looks viscous.

S: Fairly strong roasted malts with a good amount of caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Quite smokey as well. The more I smell the more I get a strong grape fruitiness and the more faint the roasted malts are.

T: Mild, but well balanced. Spicy rye flavor with light milk chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel. I don't get much of the fruitiness I smelled in this beer. There is a good amount of oxidation in this beer, too, but it's pleasant at this point. As the beer warms, I get more and more whiskey.

M: Medium to thick body with very creamy carbonation. This might be the creamiest carbonation I've ever had - almost like a nitrogenated beer.

O: Quite mild for a BA Imperial Porter. I assume the flavors have mellowed over time. A lot of caramel sweetness has come to the forefront, and there is no sign of alcohol whatsoever. (1,063 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- pours a dark brown color with a tan head, loads of lacing

S- oak,smoke,chocolate,malt vanilla,some whiskey

T- very nice, coffee and malt with some wood and whiskey a lingering smoke

M- was smooth texture with an abundance of b4 mentioned tastes

O- solid robust still smooth and tasty a great brew on tap (328 characters)

Photo of AleWatcher
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into my New Belgium Globe snifter.

Murky reddish brown... rather brackish in fact. Big fluffy 3 finger head of creamy caramel bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, rum-soaked raisin-like notes, and whiskey. The flavor is much the same; it starts sweet and then dries up at the back with some nice barrel flavors-- dry boozy whiskey with a touch of sweet vanilla and some light oak. I get a touch of honey in the flavor as well.

The feel is thick and luxurious. Velvety is a good word. Lots of carbonation considering the barrel aging, and it works quite well.

Overall-- this is certainly the best I've had from Tyraneena. This beer isn't quite as good as Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter, but this is half the price and twice as easy to find.
This one has a lot going for it-- so if you usually pass on offerings from this brewery, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot! (914 characters)

Photo of soze47
3.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle in Wisconsin in December, 2011. Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, black in the middle. Nice amount of head, but the beer looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: I smell that rye tang smell I get in many rye forward beers. It plays well with the roasted malts and nuttiness. It has a warm tone too.

Taste: There is an almost burnt caramel quality to this beer. The smoke it here in a perfect amount. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to change the more pedestrian flavors. Not sure if I love this, or am kind of meh on it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very big body on this. The sometimes large flavor in this beer are handled well. For as rich as this beer feels in the mouth, it is not viscous.

Overall: I like the unique flavors of this beer. It comes a little to close to flying off the rails a few times, but overall this is a nice, unique beer to reach for in the future. (933 characters)

Photo of soughtbygod
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer as an extra in a trade and i a glad i did it was great.

This beer poured a dark black with a whole hand tan head overflowed my glass haha.

tasted like coffee, and liquorice

smells were of toffee, roasted caramel

overall decent beer. (258 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
2.33/5  rDev -43%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Medium brown head, bubbly and thin. Head dissipates to nothing ... looks flat.

Aroma is kind of dank wood. Little vanilla, smoke, and burnt malt.

Taste is bitter roasted malts, a little wood, roasted coffee, and a little caramel sweetness. Bitter, burnt, smokey finish with a little vanilla. Lingering roastyness.

Light to medium body, a bit watery. Low carbonation.

Kind of weak in all aspects. No real bourbon presence. Too burnt and smokey. Body is too thin. Drinkable, but not that good.

6/23/2011 (539 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: Dark coffee brown which cannot be seen through, about a half finger of light khaki head which lasts for a bit, leaving behind a ring of head and a still surface. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Oak up front, smokey, chocolate and malt, with some secondary whiskey. The smoke is an interesting touch. Smells really nice.

T: Pretty smokey again; though a mellow smokiness, it covers the other characteristics. Some oak and vanilla are discernible underneath at the backend, but not a ton else. Basically, this isn't bad if you just thought you were drinking a porter, rather than a barrel aged one.

M: Very creamy texture. Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable for a smoke-forward porter. I can't really taste the barrel, but the beer is tasty and a good value nonetheless. (838 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of MaxSpang
3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a viscus deep black. The bubbles took awhile before they creaped up to form the 2 finger head, which was a mocha brown. This beer looks like it's a lot bigger then expected.

SMELL

Tons of roasted malt and chocolate in this one. It's a bitter dark chocolate aroma, and it's followed by some slight espresso. The whiskey comes in quite a bit, but I was expecting more. It smells pretty balanced, with no aroma overpowering any other.

TASTE

Not quite as intense as expected, but very nice. There's a lot of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, which is followed by some slight coffee. The rye is subtle but welcomed, and the whiskey is a little underwhelming. The whiskey flavor is a lot more intense in the aroma, but there is enough flavor to satisfy a whiskey-lover's toungue.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel is fairly thick without making the beer sweet and syrupy. The only way I k ow how to describe it is that it reminds my of the leftover water in a bowl of oatmeal - thick but not sweet. There's a little carbonation which helps clear the mouth a bit.

OVERALL

This is a barrel-aged beer that is pretty easy drinking. Being used to big whiskey-barrel stouts, this brew feels almost watery. However, it's not a bad thing. It makes for a beer that could be enjoyed relatively quickly, but also could be sipped and savored. It's sort of sweet yet earthy, and big yet small. It's a solid beer all around.

Cheers. (1,470 characters)

Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of room in my 20oz tulip for the huge 3 finger head, that maybe would have stayed there all day if I didn't push it along by taking a few gulps of foam. Lacing is all good, great retention. Whiskey is present in the nose accompanied by chocolate malt and vanilla. Peppery, spicy alcohol coats the mouth right away. I am picking up mocha/java and butter in the middle and then more prominent and warming whiskey notes in the end. The feel is a buttery smooth, but a little on the thin side. This is one hell of a good porter. Complex and warming, a wonderful sipper and good companion by the fire. Glad I bought a four pack. Cheers! (638 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark black with a thin layer of creamy dark tan head.

The smell is has an oxidized and mineral quality to it with a touch of burnt malt trying to creep out.

It starts out with a big burnt malt flavor that really seems to dominate all other aspects of this beer, some mild chocolate along with some earthy hop flavors sort of work there way past the roasted barley a bit as it warms, but it still seems one dimensional.

The mouthfeel has a very dry mouthfeel, this is the only area of the beer where the oak aging is really apparent.

This beer was underwhelming at best. (582 characters)

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.