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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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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 77
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye Porter aged in whiskey barrels."

If that phrase does not pique your interest then you have no right calling yourself a beer person.

Pours like I expect a strong porter to pour--dark and limp. Opaque, no ruby hues or none of that shit.

Smells like a goddamn forest fire but the forest was full of nazis and those nazis were baking cookies. Not only did they deserve to die but the whole thing just smells so wonderful that you don't care about anything else, you have killed for its intensity and you would kill again for its intensity. Smoke, strong bitter rye, hellacious raw porter malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Oh man oh man this is gonna burn my tongue off...

Or no it's not, actually. It tastes a whole hell of a lot tamer than it smells. This isn't bad, not by any means. But it is a little offputting, after the fire of the aroma.

The taste is sweet and smooth. Big chocolate nodes up front moving into a more traditional strong, raw porter grain in the middle. The bourbon and rye both come in only on the aftertaste, and they actually balance each other out quite well.

Fantastically bold beer, right. Not quite perfectly executed but it's damn close.

Photo of xymyl
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thin tan film of a head, inky blackness with dark reddish brown edges. Swirl it a bit and head thickens up and gets much darker but settles and lightens again shortly.

Smell is complex plum, cherry, oak, earth, chocolate, coffee, raisins, and spicy hops.

Taste is big chocolate covered cherries, followed by a wall of dark chocolate followed by coffee that mixes with the hop bitterness at the end as this beer trails off.

There is more complexity to this extremely enjoyable beer but I'm currently enjoying the beer more by reviewing it less (as I have been doing quite often lately). Would I have known that it was aged in rye whiskey oak? Probably not. A perfect use of the cask in my opinion, added complexity without being overpowered.

Rich and full mouthfeel yet infinitely drinkable. A new favorite!

Photo of biegaman
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A so called 'imperial rye porter' with an unknown alcohol strength. Forty percent of the blend was aged in whiskey barrels. A huge thanks to Grub for sharing!

A sexy charcoal black colour with sleek inky overtoning. Its bubbles adorn a gray tinge although its edges are rustic brown. Swirling will bring about a seriously creamy bit of chocolate milk coloured mousse. A dirty old man has never looked so good, through my eyes anyhow.

I smelt just a bit of cheap instant coffee that didn't make for a promising first impression, although soon notes of milky chocolate and bitter cocoa beans would take over the show. The actual whiskey barrels weren't downright obvious, but definite notes of wood became rather prominent, especially after some warming.

Warming would also bring out more of the whiskey character in both the flavour and mouthfeel, each of which had a fair bit to begin with. The oak was especially pronounced alongside lesser notes of bittersweet cocoa, powdered chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Eventually it would begin to taste more like vanilla beans and pumpernickel bread.

With much warming some sips began to taste entirely of whiskey. The "heat" typical of a stiff whiskey drink would also accompany it. This difference between whiskey barrel aging and bourbon barrel aging was pronounced, this certainly had elements distinct from bourbon.

This was an enjoyable and very well crafted beer, which can also be said of the other 'Brewers Gone Wild' offerings I've tried. It would be both unfair and stupid for me to make any harsh criticisms of the beer, frankly there aren't really any to make. That said, however, I didn't feel I was enjoying it as much as I should have been...

Barrel aging often has wonderful results for beer. The fact that whiskey is a fellow alcohol beverage fermented from the same ingredients (maize and/or rye and/or malted barley) makes perfect sense that this experiment should work wonderfully. Although I'm not sure it did. I'd be more than happy to give this one another try, and I hope to see more whiskey barrel offerings to come, but for now I'll be sticking to bourbon as my flavoured cask of choice.

Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the trade Packforever1976. A rich and tasty porter, owing to the inclusion of the rye which gives it a spicy rye and vanilla and some chocolate and malty sweetness. Whiskey in the finish. A baltic? well I don't know. Well Above average mouthfeel.

Photo of Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark brown (pretty much black) with a finger of darkish tan head. Nice full ½ finger of retention that flares up immediately when swirled, leaving a nice smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by the Bourbon character (with a good bit of vanilla and oak making itself known) but I'm also picking up some of the Porter notes as well, including chocolate, caramel, coffee, and even a little rye and spice in the back.

The taste starts out with the Rye Porter character that is much more up front than the nose was, with spicy rye that imparts a light bitterness and dryness which balances out some of the sweeter chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes. It also helps bring in some of the bourbon in the finish which isn't quite as pungent as it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a viscous and slick feel at times. The ABV definitely feels a little on the high side but stills drinks very well.

A really nice take on the Baltic Porter style with an extra bit of warmth and flavor added in from the Bourbon aging for good measure. Another unique and well balanced brew from the "Brewers Gone Wild" series.

Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Dirty Old Man. Often consumed, never reviewed. Just had the Extra Dirty Old Man this weekend at the Tyranena tasting room & it rocked!

Pours jet black with bare minimum of head. Smells faintly of whiskey.

Love the Dirty Old Man, one of the best from one my favorite breweries. Malty, with just a touch of coffee & that suble whiskey kick in the back of the throat that leaves a nice warm inside.

Feels like there's little carbonation, smooth, dark, rich, yummy. Call me a Dirty Old Man devotee.

Tyranena. Consistently excellent beer. Can't wait to see what they have coming next.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew a while back as an extra in a trade, Thanks Dude!

L - black color with a fairly small light brown head that thinned to a ring around my pint glass.

S - smokey, roasted cocoa aroma.

T - cocoa powder, espresso coffee and a hint of whiskey.

F - full bodied and velvety smooth.

D - a good, slow-sipping brew.

Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Andy!

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Dark fruits, bourbon,

T: Dark fruit, peppery notes, vanilla & oakyness up front. Dryness, more whisky notes, hints of dark chocolate as this warms, plus some rye presence or is it pumpernickel?? Finishes with rich dark chocolate, spicyness & a bit of plummyness

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, rich richness to the body

Drinks great, pretty good hybrid take on the style

Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of dark chocolates, booze, and dark fruits. Very nice nose on this one. It's a powerhouse of awesome smells.

Taste is big just the like the aromas. Starts with some oak and booze flavors. Then it settles into some dark bitter chocolates, sweet roasted grains, fruits, and some whiskey flavors. The spiciness from the rye is there as well, and helps balance out a lot of the sweetness. Finish is warm, and biting from the alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.

About my only nit pick with this one is the mouthfeel. It's not bad, but the finish is a little weak, and the beer feels a bit too watery for such a big flavorful porter. But it is quite smooth, and feels nice in the mouth. I'd give this a 3.75 if it was available... but I'll bump it up to 4.

Drinkability is good. This is an excellent take on the Baltic / Imperial Porter style. I'd happily drink another of these. Not in on setting though.

The is my first beer from Tyranena Brewing, and I'm impressed. I'll have to track some more of their beers down.

Photo of Flyer
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dense black with not much head, though it clings in concentric rings. Wonderful whiskey aroma. The porter flavors are almost understated, though the rye and some coffee does come through. Surprisingly, this works well with the heavy overlay of whiskey. The mouthfeel is just perfest, silky and just dense enough. Very, very enjoyable.

Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Minimal head/lacing.

S: Roasty malt. Boozy. Caramel. Vanilla. mmm....

T/M: Follows the smell. Long finish with the vanilla, but not over-powering. Nicely subtle. Easily drinkable...would be good with creme brulee!

Photo of FreightTrain
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Pitmonkey for this!

Pours a very dark red/brown that allows almost no light to penetrate. Tan head dissipates very quickly.

Smell is chocolate, coffee, whisky, and maybe I'm just imagining this, but I could swear that just sniffing it puts a spiciness in the back of my throat.

Very smooth, rich and creamy mouthfeel, light but frothy carbonation. Taste is like milk chocolate spiked with rye, which may not sound appetizing, but it's pretty good. There's plenty of sweetness from the malt, but a strong bite from the booze, which is actually a little numbing on the tongue after a few sips, and rye.

A pretty easy beer to drink--for the category. It's damn smooth but too simple and the flavor doesn't really linger the way you expect it to. Nice but not super memorable.

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving little lace.

Smell: Subtle but full of depth. Coconut macaroons, chocolate, rye, butterscotch. Very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and malty with a good deal of barrel character despite being a 60/40 blend of fresh and aged ale. Flavors of coconut rum, earthy rye, milk chocolate and charred grain make for an interesting sweet/bitter dynamic. Carbonation is medium-low, which I find fairly ideal for a beer like this. A bit of whiskey heat leads to a coffee-flavored finish. Impressive stuff; Tyranena seem to have an excellent grasp on how to make barrel-aged beers that aren't overwhelmed by character of the oak or the spirit.

Notes: Got this one from maximum12 - thanks!

Photo of ncvbc
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Mdog
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of EStreet20
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of BgThang
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottles.

Photo of Crosling
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.