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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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564 Ratings
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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 351
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 77
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of pwoods
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Atron67 for this brew.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black, no lighting. A rough pour gets a big ass head in the snifter with some light cascading. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Actually a bit light on the smell. Some cola and grape-y notes. Maybe a bit of coffee. Very subtle.

T/M: I definitely get some of the rye alcohol. Not overpowering or even potent but just a nice twist to things. Rich malts all over the place. More from the nose but with a touch more coffee and some sweet milky and chocolate notes. And my favorite part about Baltic Porters... the rich, creamy, velvety, smooth body. Not too heavy, but just right.

D: Goes down easy and lends a great twist on an already interesting style.

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

A-Deep black with slightest light coming through. Tan head was never really present but formed slight ring.

S-Nice notes of sweetly roasted malts. The oak is present but not overpowering. Wonderful overall aroma but I wish there was a bit more going on.

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.

M-Big depth in the mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with the rye making its presence in the finish. Wonderfully dry.

D-At room temp this stuff goes down like water! A memorable beer for sure.

Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which does leave some sticky lacing around. The nose is malty, very slight whiskey, toffee/coffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet (very nice), vanilla, malts, whiskey (nice touch), and caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a tasty one, thanks Eric.

Photo of grandq
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows from the bottle completely black with a thick khaki head. Smells of roasty toasty oak, chocolate and coffee. Not getting any rye here really, though there's some faint sweet-sourness cropping up as it warms. The sourness and spice does crop up in the flavor profile though, reflecting the sweet, almost lactic finish to this smooth, creamy baltic porter. Prune, boozy cherries, peppery esters, faint smokiness and cocoa round out the character. All in all, not much of a departure from style standards, I think I expected a bit more deviation, a bit more evidence of the aging. Not wowed, but quite good nonetheless. Being my first from Tyranena, I wouldn't mind exploring more from the brewery. Cheers to autumnaldave for the introduction.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

Looks dark brown at a glance, but glows like port when held to the light. Not much head to speak of here.

Smells of milk chocolate and maraschino cherries with a touch of sour booze and a hint of coffee.

Tastes much like cocoa again, but more like chocolate pudding. There really isn't much here other than a milky chocolate blended into an ambiguous boozy dryness. In the finish, a lactic sweetness coats my mouth and I'm left with a touch of black licorice. Looking over some of the other reviews to see what I'm missing, I agree that there may be a bit of peanut butter here, but I still say that this one is a bit dull.

Feels sticky and huge with a ton of thickening micro-bubbles.

I think I missed the point of this one. Perhaps a year in the cellar may bring this one around.

Photo of blackie
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: head is minimal and disappears with a quickness, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: big creamy roasted barley aroma, full and rich, semisweet chocolate, nice sweet oak-vanilla though the bourbon is limited, a little spicy rye in the background, hops very light and on the earthy side

m: low-medium carbonation, full creamy body

t: full with dark roasted barley and dark chocolates that stick around well into the finish; certainly not the bourbon-wood bomb I'd hoped for...doesn't come through much at all really save for around the edges, but it works; earthy hops, a little rye spice, a little boozy

d: easy enough

from dirtylou

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

Shazzam! Mmmm.... Wow, killer beer. Poured with a fine creamy and reminiscent of angelfood candy. Full. rich, and very balanced aroma and flavor. Even maybe a little too subtle. Extremely drinkable. Fine quality. This could easily be served in a gourmet meal along side a sumptuous seared rib eye steak. The whiskey characteristics show up only in the highlights of the beer which is fine by me. Good beer to serve your significant other and prep em for some lust. heh heh. cheers.

Photo of Tilley4
4.73/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for this incredible brew!!!

Best Baltic porter that I've ever had, easily...

Pitch black with a huge creamy head... Looks like an Imperial Stout..

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, whiskey, and oak...delectable...

Smooth and silky, this is everything I look for in a porter... Loaded with dark rich flavors... Incredibly easy drinking....

Probably one of the best brews that I've ever had... I enjoyed everything about this...

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

Pours a dark brown with a thin but dense tan head that slowly fades into a thin cap. Nice leopard-spot tracing rims the glass as the level drops.
S-Aroma is predominantly sour rye flour with back tones of chocolate, coffee, and faint raisin and fig.
T-Attack is strong and of bitter rye with coffee that flows smoothly into a midpalate that brings out faint whiskey and more bitter coffee and liberally toasted malts. I'm picking up some of the rustic earthy tones I've found characteristic of the last two varieties from this brewery, again, not sure if this is from specialty malts, or the yeast. It's a very pleasant trait, but not for the squeamish...you either like it or you don't. Finish is surprisingly clean after all the powerful and strong flavors take a backseat to a smooth vanilla texture, and crisp slightly hoppy ending. The lingering aftertaste with its cafe-mocha notes is excellent.
M-Perfect. The smooth and silky heavier-side-of-medium body is just right to carry all of the flavors, and the carbonation is right at the ideal point...not too strong, but present enough to lend the right amount of backbone to a porter that packs a lot of flavor. This stuff is almost creamy.
D-I need to get my ass to this brewery. It's a new favorite of mine, and it's not far away. So far, three for three, and I would gladly spend my hard-earned money on a six-pack or a growler if I can get a hold of one.

Photo of icemonkey908
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Sweet smell with some toasty undertones, although not very strong. Roasted taste with apparent vanilla undertones. Chocolate flavor becomes more apparent along with hints of whiskey as the beer is consumed. Roasted malts very apparent in the aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
This is a well crafted beer that does not disappoint.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes rather quickly into almost no lacing (which seems to be standard with whiskey aged beers). The aroma is of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste of roasted malt, and whiskey, with more whiskey and coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Overall, I love how the whiskey is balanced into the aroma, but do not like how it dominates the taste. Maybe some age would help with this. I guess I could drink this again when in the mood for something sharp.

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head, a lot of lacing left.

Smell: Rye, cocoa, black patent, noble hops, and a bit of coffee and whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate and rye mostly, hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The whiskey is pretty subdued,when it even shows up. Maybe they should have went with a 50/50 blend. Thick, creamy, full bodied.

I really like this but think High Class Broad was a little better(from my limited Tyranena experience.) I'd like a little more whiskey and if it wasn't mentioned I'd have no idea this had any barrel aging involved.

Photo of zook74
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic brew!

I'm not much of a porter drinker, so take this all with a grain ;-)

Nice, dark & rich color as to be expected.

The smell is wonderful. My favorite part of this brew. Malty, bourbon-chocolate. Very nice. Very pleasant.

The taste is very nicely rounded if not particularly expectional, but everything blends nicely; the malt, chocolate & coffee notes countered with that pleasant bourbon.

Overall a very nice brew. I'm thouroughlyl enjoying it as is the wifey who first turned her nose up at it...

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown, nearly black, with a ghostly cast of maroon hinting in certain lighting and angles. Soft, firm, smooth light tanned foam sits atop at a finger high and leaves thick stringy lacing across the glass.

Lovely aroma of chocolate cookie dough and bourbony goodness. Hints of vanilla, fig, and raisin play lightly with a bit of dryness of grains as it warms.

Taste is quite nice with a delicate nature of chocolate mixing with dryish dark grainy goodness and the fluff of a chocolate covered pastry. Some chewy dark fruits entangle a raisin, fig, and date or two within the chocolatey goodness. There's just a touch of the bourbon racing around warming things up towards the finish as does some drying tones of grains and vanilla. But this sucker is all about the chocolate and is just lovely to let unfold after each sip and/or gulp.

Favorably mild taster with a bold stature of heavy bodied richness and creamy goodness thats quite slick in the body which carries this into the realm of wellhandled wholesome goodness and a wonderful ease of downability.

Oh the chocolate...so what I needed.
A damn solid porter of chocolatey goodness with subtle plays of dry bakery bourbonyness. Yum! Another winner by Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild.
More like this please!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fat stubby bottle to a snifter, The liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is nice mocha brown 2 fingers and leaves nice lace.

The smell is big, lots of malt and bourbon aroma, chocolate and coffee notes as well.

The taste follows and is quite good indeed. Lots of big malt, coffee and chocolate flavors are great. Bourbon barrel aging is also very good and done just right.

The mouthfeel is great, very good the carbonation is just right and the body is perfect for this style. Rich, smooth and creamy, what a delight.

The drinkability is excellent, this is a very very good brew, I hope you can get some.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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

Impressive but not outstanding.

Positive=Nice subtle rye whisky aroma...not overpowering...just about perfect

Negative=Too subtle of a rye whisky dimension on the taste.

Positive=Creamy and smooth drinking

Negative=Just doesn't seem big and substantial enough to be a true Baltic Porter.

Positive=Nice overall taste...coffee liqouer? Check....sweet milk chocolate? Check? Spicy rye whisky? Check...everything blends nicely

Negative=Much of the flavor is subtle..This is not a big assertive tasting baltic porter.

Overall I like this, but I would like it to be a little bolder in body and taste.

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

Bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks man!
Pours dark black with a big lasting creamy, light brown head. Smell is rich, roasty and malty with light creamy coffee notes and a hint of whickey. Just a fantastic smell on this. Taste is really smooth, dark roasty and creamy with a nice light whiskey influence that doesn't overpower at all, or let off any harsh alcohol. A hint of bitterness, and a fairly quick finish. Could be a tad more full flavored, and perhaps the rye is keeping it from being too rich. Still a fantastic beer!

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

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

Photo of Pauly2X
3.87/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a half finger tan head with decent staying power.

S- Sweet malts, dried fruits and roasted malt.

T- Slightly sweet complex malt flavor up front with strong hop flavor and bitterness coming though in the middle. A slight touch of sweetness then smooth hop bitterness/dryness wrap things up.

M- Very smooth and rich, almost viscous.

D- I'll prolly grab some more.

While not the best, but defineatly worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Photo of scaliasux
4.92/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very dark brown. Appears opaque. Think brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Dark molasses scent most prominent.

Taste - Begins with a dark but sweet malt. Dark chocolate or molasses with a touch of something like banana. Finishes with a prominent but not overwhelming floral hop. Alcohol is noticeable. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. A little alcohol bite.

Drinkability - Very enjoyable beer that's crafted for savoring. This brewer makes some darn fine beers and this is one of them.

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

Nothing special in the looks department. Very thin tan head on a fairly gentle pour, quickly gives way to a thin collar. The black body almost allows some light through the edges. Quite mildly and finely carbonated. Despite the relatively poor head and thin collar this is a well laced brew with thin sticky sheets that give way to intricate webbings, and made me bump up the score from 3.5 to a 4.

Boozy scents of oaky vanilla overtop of roasted aromas of milk chocolate and espresso. The earthy spice of rye grain and decaying leafy hops are less prominent but add significant complexity and depth to the overall olfactory presentation.

Much like the nose as far as taste goes. A hint of dark fruits reveals itself just before the finish.

There is alot going on here in this medium bodied brew, but the noticeable alcohol heat detracts somewhat. The boozy oakiness is the predominant element in this brew, from the aroma to the taste as well as the feel. There is a nice creaminess which serves as a decent counterpoint to the alcohol heat. The rye seems almost lost in this, or perhaps it just blends too well into the other flavours.

This is most likely best sipped and savoured. The boozy heat and alcohol just wouldnt have it any other way. As a big fan of rye beers I was really looking forward to this but the damn alcohol heat just keeps preventing me from really enjoying this one, and limiting its drinkablility. Another solid brew from Tyranena, some fine tuning or perhaps some age could turn this good beer into a great one.

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

Dirty Old Man
"Gimme A Sponge BAth!"
Nearly turning the corner on 40, I wonder if this is where I'm headed...et tu, Rob?

Dark brown in color, beautiful,. toasty tan head keeps command above...lovely looking...

I get the rye, roasty and dry...nicely toasted. Dusted cocoa powder...

Taste: a chocolate bomb, with a muted explosion, dry rye reigns it in. Simply put: someone put peanut butter in my chocolate!
Cool, classical, and utterly satisfactory...not too sweet, not too rich, but with very prominent booziness.
Rye porters seem to be the way to go...put some in a whiskey barrel and you've got me on a leash!
Cool...lightly sweet, big time dry, full on flavor, expanse satisfaction.
Hotcha!

Photo of brdc
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/04/08, so quite fresh.

Very dark brew, one shade under pitch black, with a foamy dark brown head with good retention and amazing lacing coating the glass on its way down.
Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, quite pleasant, with additional chocolate, coffee and dark fruit notes.
Medium bodied, the taste is quite similar, with a bitter roasted opening, a sweet malty medium, and a bitter dry finish (rye?).
Drinkability is as high as you will find for such a tasty beer. Very impressive.

Photo of Winter
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head with nice lacing down the glass. Boozy aroma of rye whiskey, alcohol, oak and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is barely medium... a little thinner than I'd expect for a porter.

Dirty Old Man is nice robust porter. Flavors of dark chocolaty malt reveal themselves first. Rye grain arrives midway, with oak and vanilla layered behind it. The finish has a fruitiness to it that ends with alcoholic vapors.

Another decent offering in the Brewers Gone Wild! series. I'm glad to see a return to the barrel-aged brews.

Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a big stiff tan head that fades back to drink like a Guinness pour. It generates heavy lacing patterns, some 3D. The smell is really nice; chocolate, caramel and an underlying vanilla combination that shouts out 'get ready for one heck of a creamy texture'. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy smooth. There is also an interesting complexity coming from the barrel treated component. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose. Finishes with cherry vanilla warmth that lingers nicely. This is way too easy to drink! A subtle warmth to the chest on the way down. Nicely done. I hate to be a curve breaker, but this one's for me. Scoring additional points with me for imagination. Highly Recommended. Shout out to Pitmonkey for the opportunity to consider this one; Thanks.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 564 ratings.