Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Deep and dark, nearly black. Medium tan head without much retention, falling somewhat quickly to a ring. Smell is somewhat subtle but pretty deep. Wood, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Nice taste. Big oak flavors. Vanilla and big, rich chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice spice as well. Underlying flavors of sour fruit. Excellent balance, creamy and lovely. Rich mouthfeel, full and lasting on the tongue. Overall drinkability is good. An interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried.
Thanks to sholland119 for the chance to try this one.
07-27-2008 23:37:54 | More by ncvbc
3.88/5 rDev -6.5%
younger35 bitch slapped me with this one in the Fight Club BIF, thanks man!
12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.
Pours a dark molasses with a small one finger tan head that dies down to a thin layer of foam that lasts. No lacing to speak of, a bit disappointing. Smell is wet cardboard, roasted malts, caramel malt, and some spent coffee grinds. Musty hops, cocoa puffs, and smokey oak in the nose as well. Not bad, but the wet cardboard aroma rubs me the wrong way. Super dark chocolate, roasted rye, and espresso up front on the tongue. Smokey grass flavors and a touch of whiskey as well. Aftertaste consists of earthy hops and brown sugar leaving the mouth pretty dry. Medium to full body with a chewy and somewhat smooth feel. A mild carbonation is hidden underneath all that boldness. This beer improves after the first sip, but still falls short to other beers in the series. Thanks again Dan for another Tyranena brew!
07-23-2008 01:07:51 | More by BeerTruth
4.1/5 rDev -1.2%
Appearance: Black, small but lasting head.
Smell: Coffee, mocha, wood, vanilla. Nice.
Taste: First hits with the roasted flavors and bitter dark chocolate. As it warms up a nice sweetness comes through along with a little boozy note.
Drinkability: Not really a session beer but not too strong to have a couple in a sitting.
This is a nice flavorful porter. I don't know what the barrel aging did for it but it didn't make it overly boozy. Another good one from Tyranena.
07-19-2008 22:56:16 | More by Mdog
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.
A - Very dark brown with about a half finger of off white head. Couldn;t coax any more head out of this one, even with a pretty hard pour.
S - Smells pretty nice. Some oaky notes on top of chocolate aroma.
T - Taste is very nice here. Chocolates, with a tiny roasty kick, and a nice oaky flavor make this one a winner. A sweet baltic porter with some interesting flavors going on.
M - This one has a nice body. Fairly full with low carbonation.
D - Very smooth with the big body. The barrel aging flavor is a hit with this brew.
07-12-2008 05:34:06 | More by EStreet20
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
My first in the Brewers Gone Wild series. My bad for not pursuing the earlier ones more aggressively (I guess the rest of my life can be a distraction at times).
Starts with a nice classic porter aroma providing hints of bourbon on the edges. It is not strong or intense in any way, rather more soft and pleasant like a soft summer breeze in the evening. Hints of vanilla show up
Really dark brown/black with no hints of other hues in the light. Tan head that starts shallow and persists as a smear on a petri dish (that sounds worse than it looks). The ring on the edge is a persistent one too.
The mess of flavors starts right off. Dark malt, bourbon, hints of rye, and vanilla again. As with the aroma the experience is neither intense or vacuous. Alcohol shows in time and seems to show at the same time as a slight acidity. I like the dark roast, almost burnt flavors that are quietly present and linger nicely.
Somewhat heavy, especially for style (as listed - baltic porter). Strongly moderately heavy feel almost approaching chewy, which allows me to gum my tongue and mouth like a dentureless old man as I savor the really long finish (that's not the dirty old man part is it?).
Ignoring Gueuzedude's advise I roused it some in an attempt to capture more of the "imperial' traits of the drink. This captured a "funk" but also more of the rye qualities of the drink, which unfortunately are still to subtle overall and overwhelmed by the bourbon flavors. Nonetheless there is definitely an "imperial" quality to the drink reminiscent of an RIS that I like and it keeps me from drinking this too quickly and therefore savoring the experience.
I like this. This is good. And I look forward to sitting on a bottle or two for awhile and see what comes up.
07-11-2008 01:41:27 | More by garymuchow
3.93/5 rDev -5.3%
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!
06-25-2008 00:06:46 | More by Bitterbill
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours a deep dark color.
Had a 1 finger head that is lasting as I write this review.
The mouthfeel is that of silky smooth delightfulness.
It has roasty, chocolate, rye whisky, raisin.
This is a very nice surprise. I would buy this all the time if it was available.
06-23-2008 23:19:23 | More by BgThang
4.13/5 rDev -0.5%
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
06-20-2008 02:42:39 | More by DefenCorps
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
Tyranena's Dirty Old Man pours up with a certain intrepidity. The light to moderate carbonation creates a small creamish colored head that sits stagnite atop the dark brown-nearly black colored body. The roasted malt aroma is dominated by a big chocolate (café mocha, cocoa nibs, truffle) & caramel (brown sugar, butter toffee, crème brûlée) nut (Macadamia) presence with hints of Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon, vanilla bean, licorice root, and charred oak. The big, roasty flavor starts fairly sweet, toasty, and nutty but eventually gives way to some earthy bitterness and drying rye character which brings balance to this adventurous brew. The lingering bittersweet chocolate finish is vinous & cheek warming. This medium-full bodied Baltic Porter is a "bold & ballsy" interpretation of the style that is worthy of the Brewer's Gone Wild! moniker. Definitely worth seeking out. This beer will leave you asking for a "sponge bath" you Dirty Old Man!"
*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottles.
06-19-2008 05:56:17 | More by Beertracker
3.2/5 rDev -22.9%
Light brown pour but appears fairly dark in the glass. Large, light mahogany colored head. Sparse aromas of hazelnut and mocha, with a touch of sweet whiskey. Flavors of sweet whiskey and some dark malts notes. I don't care for these Tyranena barrel aged beers. They seem so dead to me in character and they lack texture.
06-19-2008 03:39:25 | More by Crosling
British Columbia (Canada)
4.18/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
06-18-2008 02:06:44 | More by Derek
4.35/5 rDev +4.8%
A massive thank you goes out to GrandQ on this one. I've wanted to try anything from this brewery for quite some time and he surprises me with one of my favorite styles. That's some beer love my friends, and I can't really say how grateful I am to be able to try this one.
As I poured this one, I thought for a second that it had no carbonation. Then the head started to grow and build up and got huge. Had to save a wee bit of it from gushing out of the glass. Thick malty nose. Flavor is thick as well. A very, very slightly roast going on. Some molasses is there as well. I almost want to say there is some honey. But more of a darker honey. Call it a mix of molasses and honey perhaps. This is pretty on par with the other Baltic porters I have tried in the past. Liquid feel is thick and smooth. Carbonation feels low, but it's nice. Overall this is a nice one to drink.
06-17-2008 03:43:22 | More by RblWthACoz
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
A- Pours a dark brown or black with very little head at first and then it pops up at of no where and is a a tannish color that leave very little lacing.
S- Charcoal, coffee, chocolate, rye malts, and a woody smell not bad at all.
T- A sharp dark fruit is met with a dry roasted malt flavor. Big hits of cocoa. The rye is subdued in the background, but it seems to be prefectly balanced. The oak brings out a very nice vanilla profile. The whiskey aging is much better balanced than many other barrel aged beers on the market. Very unique here and also very good. I quite enjoyed this one.
M- Medium in body and also silky smooth.
D- I wish I could pick these up in Ohio. Very nice brew.
06-16-2008 08:45:37 | More by nrbw23
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
Appearance - black and rich-looking. A thin light mocha head puts up nice little splashes of lace and maintains a thin layer of bubbles across the top.
Aroma - chocolaty, bourbony, quite boozy. On the lighter side for intensity.
Taste - robust grain front, a twangy grain making a first impression. Some moderate roasty and coffee flavor before the barreling makes its presence known. Woody, sweet and boozy on the swallow, the initial twanginess evolving to mashy bourbon. Abv warmth down to the belly, some chocolate notes and more roastiness as this winds down. Lengthy aftertaste. I like the way the flavors blend here.
Mouthfeel - very smooth and velvety, low carbonation make this one smooth sipper.
Drinkability - very enjoyable beer for sipping rather than sessioning. Thanks to mully for hooking me up with a few of these.
06-15-2008 06:21:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.22/5 rDev +1.7%
12 ounce poured into a chalice.
A - Pours a dark reddish brown. Minimal head, disappears quickly. No lacing.
S - Chocolate & rye & oak.
T - Coffee and Rye. Slight alcohol warmth.
M - Smooth, mild carbonation.
D - It's a sipper, but two to three of these would be no problem.
06-09-2008 23:25:38 | More by tedpeer
4.43/5 rDev +6.7%
A surprise gift form Kkulacki. thanks, Konrad! Pours brown to black, half inch head, long, sticky legs. Looks very viscous, very nice. Smells of chocolate malt sundaes and whiskey. Hint of vanilla, carob beans. Tastes is..mmm....devestatingly smooth chocolate whiskey flavor with a touch of bready rye tartness. super-smooth, alcohol there but quite reserved. Hint of a medicinal flavor at one point but it didnt linger. Full bodied, almost to the point of being too thick. coats the mouth. A very nice addition to the series. the rye and whiskey are nice touches to the style.
06-07-2008 15:05:02 | More by aforbes10
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Big thanks to grub for cracking this one open.
Pours an opaque blackish brown, some dark red in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is wicked, chocolate, whiskey, rye spiciness, toffee, wood, nice roast, dark fruits, bit of alcohol, really nice. Taste is chocolate, toffee, rye, alcohol, heavy wood middle, alcohol, roast and figs, biscuits, fruity finish, balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit hot, feels a bit thin, but pretty nice, rich flavours. Thanks Russ!
06-05-2008 02:13:25 | More by Viggo
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
EliteDigger hooked me up with some of these. thanks scott!
12oz bottle. sampled june 4/08.
pours opaque very dark brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.
aroma is great. vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey up front. slightly sweet caramel and molasses. toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. alcohol. light orange and tangerine. i get almost a mocha almond fudge ice cream thing in it.
taste is great. coffee. rye whiskey. lots of vanilla. bittersweet chocolate. bit of caramel and molasses. raw oak. alcohol. nearly burnt toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. as it warms the malt deepens and the chocolate fills out a little too, showing a bit more milk chocolate. the fruit comes out a little more too, with shades of dark fruit and light citrus.
mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-large body.
drinkability is good. the barrel character blends in well. i like the rye character, both from the whiskey and the grain. the alcohol is hidden pretty well too. good stuff.
06-05-2008 02:08:39 | More by grub
4.38/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours into my glass a deep dark black with hints of dark brown on the edges. A quarter inch of tan foam on top that leaves spotty lacing on the way down. Aromas start out with well roasted, slightly burnt, spicy malt tones. A mix of coffee and chocolate work in along with more mellow woody whiskey tones. A touch of vanilla as well. Quite robust overall. The spicy, bready nature of the rye really shines through.
First sip brings a big roasty, toasty, spicy dark malt body upfront. It moves into a mix of coffee and chocolate flavors with vanilla notes as well. Woody undertones meld in with a kiss of whiskey. As it flows down the bready, spicy rye aspect really kicks in. It finishes off dry, with a nice bitterness and a lingering whiskey afterthought. Just a good, rich brew overall.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice hefty chewiness brought on by the rye bill I am guessing. Slightly coarse on the palate. This one goes down smooth and is like a meal in a glass. Overall, a darn good rye porter from Tyranena. I enjoy the fact that the barrel aging accentuates it instead of taking over. I would gladly drink many more of these!
06-03-2008 23:49:03 | More by orbitalr0x
3.9/5 rDev -6%
Big thanks to maximum12 for this bottle.
a - pours black, no light getting through this one, one-finger medium brown head, light retention around the edges, little lacing
s - dark, high percentage cacao chocolate dominate the nose, definite notes of rye, vanilla and oak present as well
t - vanilla and sweet milk chocolate up front, the midpalate has more deeply roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, finish has some oak and vanilla along with strong notes of fruity rye booziness, wisps of alcohol on your breath, but it's not overwhelming
m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, alcohol warming effect
d - I'd call this one a sipper with its strong rye whiskey presence, the dry finish wears could wear out the palate after awhile
Another very good beer from Tyranena, though it doesn't live up to expectations that Devil Over a Barrel gave me. Well worth seeking out a bottle.
06-02-2008 01:32:54 | More by WeisGuy
4/5 rDev -3.6%
Obtained in a trade from DontCallMeSurly. Thanks, Noah.
A-Pours a deep murk brown, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.
S-Smells of malts with toffee, caramel and coffee.
T-Roasted coffee with some vanilla sweetness mixing with the coffee in the end. A bit of rye graininess is present but a bit faint. A bit of alcohol warmth in the end but rather well hidden.
M-Nicely fizzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.
A very tasty baltic porter.
06-01-2008 23:13:12 | More by sholland119
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Deepest garnet body with just touches of transparency around the edges. A bit of tan head around the top but not much else.
Rye is quite subtly blended with the charcoal/chocolaty nose. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.
Sharp rye dryness melts instantly into a rich coffee/vanilla body finishing with a great interplay of charcoal with a rye reprise. This is what makes barrel aging worthwhile.
Rich, smooth texture with a long, dry finish. It's a big beer with a ton going on so I couldn't see drinking more than two in a sitting. Still, this is by far the best beer I've tried from Tyrenena.
05-30-2008 07:10:14 | More by malcontent
4.08/5 rDev -1.7%
Opaque black brown with a beautiful thick tan/cream head that's slow to develop but rushes in after the pour. Fun to watch. Drink me!
Roasted rye malts, hints of smooth roast coffee and chocolate. A substantial thwack of alcohol to the nose.
Wow this is a unique porter. A bit hotter on the alcohol than I was expecting due to aging but it works well with the beer and doesn't overpower. The roasted rye character is a unique characteristic of this beer and is very interesting, although it might be a bit much for some. It really cuts through the aftertaste for a new experience. Quite a bit of spice that builds throughout the beer. Some woody profiles towards the end. Not much in the way of hops. I wish the notes of chocolate and coffee had played more prominently into the flavor profile.
Minimal carbonation and medium mouthfeel. This is spot on for a porter.
A little too much rye for me to want to continue drinking this after one. It drinks well enough but the huge flavors of rye and barrel aged alcohol notes beg for a new experience after finishing the glass. The rye malts literally sits on your tonuge until the next sip and are a bit drying. Credit goes where credit's due however and this is a very unique offering from Tyranena that will keep me as a patron of their Brewers Gone Wild series.
05-30-2008 04:02:26 | More by ebit
4.05/5 rDev -2.4%
Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a sturdy beige head that throws a few shards of lace around the pint glass
Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and charcoal
Taste: Opens with a fruity chocolate element that grows increasingly bitter and spicy by mid-palate, with molasses, vanilla and woody notes joining the fray; after the swallow, the wood and chocolate flavors mellow out the brew, with the spicy rye aspect lingering above
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth
Drinkability: This beer took a while to settle down; when it was young the flavors were brash and somewhat unbalanced; with age, the flavors have mellowed and come together quite nicely
Thanks, Atron67, for the bonus
05-27-2008 00:49:17 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks to nflmvp for busting this one out!
A-Dark brown with a medium tan head that leaves nice lace.
S-Roasted malt and those "typical" bourbon notes (vanilla/oak/brown sugar). Also hints of chocolate and black coffee.
T-Plenty of malt with muted flavours of coffee and chocolate. Bourbon levels are spot on....not too much, not too little. Very well done.
M-Medium-heavy body with a rich, smooth and creamy feel. Very enjoyable.
D-An excellent sipper. This is a very nicely done BBA brew. Well done Tyranena!
05-25-2008 08:56:34 | More by Deuane
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.