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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

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
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 mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

mgbickel, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of FishAndBeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from local liquor store...

Appearance- Dark chocolate pour with a half finger thick mocha colored head.

Smell- Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of rye

Taste- little heat from the rye, followed by a sweet chocolate malt flavor.. there was almost a brown sugar taste thought.

Mouth feel- not as heavy as expected it is very smooth and goes down perfect for the next sip.

Overall- Im very impressed with this beer.. it was delicious for a cool fall day. I am definitely going to buy this again and I would suggest it to anyone!

FishAndBeer, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this online from France44.com

Stoked to be breaking in my Jester King snifter glass which arrived as a generous extra courtesy of miikezombie . Pours a dark brown, clear, with a light tan head that didn't hold up well (glass might be dirty).

Nose offers up a tasty mix of dark chocolate, vanilla, and an earthy/tobacco. Spicy. Smooth alcohol.

Deep, rich, dark roast malt flavors showcase cocoa nibs, molasses, and a modest charcoal. Vanilla and oak make a case too though the whiskey maintains restraint and lends complexity. Scant smokiness in the medium finish.

Medium-full bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation. Alcohol is present but smooth.

Overall this beer drinks well, layered flavors with the robust, dark malt chocolate blending with vanilla, tobacco, spice. One to pour in a snifter and savor for a while.

BrewerB, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of greenmonstah
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided as an extra by a very generous trader! Poured into snifter.

A - Jet black with a minute head that dissipates very rapidly

S - Rye whiskey aroma is ever-present. Strongly smells of whiskey. There is a definite roasted malt background, but not much else. Maybe a tiny hint of chocolate.

T - This is a complex one. Wow. Roasted malts and cocoa, then some mellow vanilla and sharp rye components. Some alcohol heat. Finish is spectacular:bittersweet dark chocolate paired with ancient whiskey barrel notes. A masterful flavor profile.

M - Thick and creamy like a stout. Wet with fair amount of carbonation. I enjoy it, but it certainly isn't a porter's mouthfeel.

O - Overall I think that this beer is quite good. The flavor profile is complex and dynamic and really shows off the whiskey barrel component quite well, and pairs it with the beer's already fine tastes.

greenmonstah, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of n2185
3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: some roasted malt at first followed by a lot of creamy chocolate and vanilla. There are some cocoa notes in there along with a hint of smoke. A slight sour aroma peeks through as it warms

T: Roasted malts up front followed by some creamy milk chocolate flavors. The finish tastes of smoked peat, char, and a fairly faint dry whiskey flavor.

M: Thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is quite thick and creamy, especially for a porter which I tend to think of as having more carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but it doesn't really stand out much from other porters and the whiskey notes are very faint. I'd like a bit more depth to the aroma and flavor along with a bit more whiskey presence. Still, it's not bad.

n2185, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of SpdKilz
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip. About half a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Vanilla, oak, coffee, molasses, bittersweet cocoa, and rye.

Taste – Quite roasty, slight heat, spicy rye, nice real vanilla, slight whiskey, and bittersweet cocoa

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied though quite creamy. Silky smooth.

Overall – Wow, very impressed with this beer. I really am enjoying this immensely.

SpdKilz, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours black in color without much of a head on it

S - smells has loads of sweet vanilla, spicy rye malts and booze, and some chocolate notes

T - starts off with sweet cocoa and chocolate malts. These fade to some vanilla flavors that give way to spicy rye malts. The rye gets amped up even more on the finish from the rye barrel aging, which imparts some heat on the finish. Really nice barrel aged rye porter.

M - a little lighter than I expected, however it went down smoothly

D - another winner from Tyranena. Rye whiskey is one of my favorite spirits so I was very excited to try this. I think they pulled it off well, leaving enough porter flavors and given enough room for the rye malts and barrel aging to do their thing without dominating the palate. Recommended!

birchstick, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to UngerTaker for beauty. Poured into snifter...

A- Almost black. Pours a dense creamy looking head, brown color, dissipates quickly.

S- I love this aroma. Rye awesomeness. There is a solid roasty base porter and an incredibly woody bourbon blend. Some nice esters and sweet toffee malt.

T/M- So smooth. So roasty. So creamy and barrel aged. Very delicious rye dark beer. All the components are there, they just don't pop out individually, rather they mesh and melds together. Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation to style; very well made.

O- This beer surpassed my expectations. I would love to get some more. It just had everything I would want in a rye whiskey aged beer. It drank incredibly smooth and though it had a touch oud alcohol, it spent drink like 8%. Only good things to say about this beer; however if comparing BA Imperial Porters, then CCB wins with a Stranahan KO

TheGordianKnot, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear very dark brown body with a khaki head.

Some heat from the whiskey on the nose. Bready spice from the rye. Molasses and caramel.

Creamy soft roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate combo. More of that rye in there. Light whiskey heat but flavorful . Very tasty beer, lacking in some overall complexity.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown with garnet hue around the edges, with a creamy, off white head.

S - Mildly smokey, hint of chocolate and spent charcoal.

T - Roasty, hint of smoke, slightly tannic. Very tasty. Nice alcohol warming going on here.

M - Creamy, coats the tongue nicely.

O - Decent beer. I was hoping for more whiskey flavors here, but tasty nonetheless.

RocPorterFanatic, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of manitouman84
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, molasses like, thin tan/brown 1 finger head and slight turbidity. Retention is mild although nice lacing is left down the glass. Toasty burnt malt/caramel aromas, oaky, vanilla, whiskey and raisin aromas. Less barrel imparted flavors than present in the smell, bitter toasted malt character (rye bread), chocolate, espresso, vanilla pops through in the finish. Nice rounded finish, not too sweet, good sized body that coats the tongue nicely, resinous, rich, boozy and warming down the hatch. Excellent beer here.

manitouman84, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of schultzi22
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a snifter on 7/22/11.

A: Dark black with a head that quickly dissipates.
N: Strong chocolate hits the nose first, quickly followed by coffee notes. I don't get much whiskey on the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bitterness stands out more against the chocolate. As a part-time rye whiskey drinker, I was hoping to find more spice in this beer, but it is only barely noticeable in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is in line with what I was expecting from an imperial porter. Nice carbonation that borders on an excess, but doesn't hurt the beer.
O: This is an outstanding imperial porter, but I am disappointed in the lack of whiskey. I will definitely get another pack of these to share and taste again.

schultzi22, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of MrTopher
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim (ratedz) this wasn’t expected but is really appreciated!
Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A – Pours a nice dark brown color, on the edge of black but not 100% black. A small ½ inch tan head develops. Almost impossible to see through, so good thickness.

S – Coffee, a little rye, a little chocolate and I think that’s whiskey but don’t know for sure. There is a lot going on with this one.

T – Dark coffee flavor, a little rye flavor, and some smoke. There is a nice sweetness that is hard to nail down, and a very small hint of whiskey, but it’s small.

M – This was a little more on the thick side, and that caught me off guard, but it must have been from the barrel aging process. Very low on the carbonation also.

O – Decently enjoyable, if I could find this locally I would share this with some friend in the winter months. Not really a spring or summer beer.

MrTopher, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet almost black with a thick creamy tan head that holds long retention. some spotty thin lacing enamors itself to my snifter as the head slowly fades.

Chocolate, rye, vanilla, and toasted oak at the forefront, with bourbon notes, some black fruits, roasted malt, hints of coffee and burnt caramel rounding things out.

This is probably my fourth or fifth bottle of this and I love the beer. Complex, rich, creamy, well rounded, barrel aged and only 7.9%ABV!! Milk chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cocoa, caramel, roasty malts, anise, black currant and other black fruits domintate the middle and dry out on the finish with wood tannins and earthy hops, and then some of the sugary bourbon notes open back up late and leave things semi sweet.

mcallister, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a coffee black color with a thin finger of medium tan colored head that is very fine and lingers nicely, pours completely thick and non translucent
S: coffee beans and a thin bit of whiskey scent that hits in right at the end
T: black coffee malts, toffee, molasses, finishes with a slight woddy taste
M: thick thick thick, gentle carbonation tingle, smooth all the way through just so thick, slight burn right at the end
O: a nice porter, lacking a bit on the taste aspect, not as complex as i like to see, drinks nice, extremely thick which i find enjoyable, not bad

BigPlay1824, Sep 24, 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 woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to the BA who traded me this in person at DLD!

A: A slow, steady, high pour results in a thick black body underneath a mere half inch of frothy light-brown head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not terrible, but pretty darn average.

S: Quite oaky, with vanilla and tannins on top of whiskey, chocolate, and mildly spicy rye. Somehow it's both mellow and piquant at the same time; complex. Very nice.

T: More chocolate and rye malt than the nose, with an accompanying decline in the barrel characteristics (although the whiskey and oak both come through powerfully on the finish, which is both good and bad - it's definitely a trifle hot for being under 8%). Sweet, spicy, and good.

M: Smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Very nice.

O: I really wasn't a fan of Rocky's Revenge, as I found the bourbon to be overpowering compared to the base brown ale. This beer is much more in sync (and much tastier, period), although I'm a bit disappointed in the ratio of booziness to ABV. Even though the rye whiskey wasn't an overpowering flavor, it certainly leant a decidedly spiritous element to the beer - and there just wasn't quite enough heft in the beer itself to stand up to this. Still, this is a minor complaint, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of this.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of monitorpop
3.55/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle which has now been aged for about 5-6 months. It certainly has improved over the fresh one for me.  

A: Black. Tan head quickly dissipated tan ring around sniffer.

S: Faint coffee and whisky

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate with a very faint whisky. Without age it had a bit bitterness that I was not particularly fond of.

M: Starts creamy with medium carbonation forming soon after. Leaves a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

O: Could be a bit more complex, but it's a decent beer with some age on it.

monitorpop, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of Ungertaker
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

A- dark, jet black body. Thin coating of light beige head that quickly dissipates, leaving lines of lacing and a small mound where the carbonation is bubbling to the surface.
S- molasses, whiskey, toasted malt, vanilla, coffee
T- vanilla, rye, very slight hop presence, dark chocolate. The spiciness of the rye comes through more as the beer warms up.
M- thick, medium carbonation. Goes down smooth, especially for how thick it is.
O- This beer has aged very well. It has gotten better every time I have had it. The Brewers Gone Wild series has had some great beers in it. I would put this one up at the top with Doubly Down and Even Dirtier.

Ungertaker, Sep 03, 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 nhindian
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
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!

nhindian, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty old man pours out a mostly opaque very dark brown color into a snifter. I get less than half a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is plum, and whiskey fusel alchohol. A bit of roast. The barrel aging is very present in the smell.

The taste is a silky chocolate porter with big yet smooth vanilla whiskey notes. A bit of spice from the rye. The flavors meld well. The dark fruit from the nose is not present. This finishes with an earthy oak presence.

The moutheel is medium bodied with a creamy moutheel. I get moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the excellent flavors in this beer carry it to a great rating. Really exceptional character from the barrel aging with a great porter to begin with. Unique and tasty.

pdoran10, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/almost black with just a little light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that dissipates to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and mildly roasty. Hints of dark fruit and cocoa. Some rye(the liquor) in there as well.

Taste: Roasty with some burnt malt and coffee as well. A bit sweet with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Some alcohol from the rye, and some spice from the rye grain. Roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thick side with prickly carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but I don't know that I'll be searching it out again. I liked the barrel aging with the flavors, but nothing wowed me. Good but not great.

oline73, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say-- klikger is the man. Enjoying this fantastic extra from klikger in a surly nonic compliments of expedition. Cheers!

A: Pours a more translucent black around the edges with a tan 1 finger head and carbonation trickling up throughout the body. Carbonation is more spritzy and less creamy looking.

S: Chocolate, rye, whiskey, wood, oatmeal and a touch of burnt coffee.

T: A good amount of heat comes through that lets you know off the bat you're drinking something out of whiskey barrels. It quickly transitions into a thicker chocolate taste with some coffee bite to suppress most of the sweetness-- more sweetness comes in toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. I find the carbonation a little irritating, and more reminiscent of sprite than any of the flavors I'm getting in the beer. Still, the body itself isn't so bad and is maybe even a little bit exceptionally thick and smooth for a porter.

O: If I had to choose, I think I'd go for the imperial stout from this series, but I'm very glad I got to try the porter as well. This beer did a good job of showing off and integrating its barrel, and like the stout did a great job of staying true to its ingredients. Very happy I got to try this!

Klym, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of mikecharley
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from memory

Poured a redish brown. Certainly not ruddy, but certainly not clear. No head, or lacing to speak of.

Nose is pretty bland, not much rye, and honestly, not much barrel.

I does taste stronger than it smells. Nice notes of some very subtle rye and oak, and the spirit is very subtle as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Medium would sum it up best.

Overall, this beer was pretty decent. Nothing spectacular about it, though. I would much rather have He'brews RIPA on rye. That is by far the superior beer.

mikecharley, Aug 26, 2011
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.