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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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Reviews: 351
Hads: 565
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
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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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Reviews: 351 | Hads: 565
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 tmoneyba
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with shigadeyo.

Pours clear dark brown color with a moderater frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted dark chocolate, woody and bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture. Heavy bourbon & wood bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout porter. (363 characters)

Photo of patrick16o
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same sunflower yellow bottle labels as the rest of the "Brewers Gone Wild" series of beers. Dirty old stick figure man says "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Statement of Composition:
40% Malt Beverage aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
60% Malt Beverage

Pours a rich black color, hints of deep reds are visible when the beer is thinned out. Rather shallow tan crown

Strong aroma, lots of dark chocolate flavors, cherry, alcohols.

Delicious, rich complex flavor, with similarities to an imperial stout. Roasted malts, a definite rye whiskey character, and dark chocolate flavors. Some alcohol at the end along with a bit of oak barreled aftertaste. Good full body beer. Very tasty. (668 characters)

Photo of capra12
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Speedwayjim for this one, Thanks buddy.

Poured into an East End pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a dark MOHAGUNDY, with 1 finger of head that dissiaptes slowly leaving a film of head.

Smell: Whoa.. dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Reflects the nose, opens with a almost iced coffee with a shot of dark malts and toffee. The rye in this really comes through in the middle to end as a malty dark grain finishes this brew leaving a coffee and malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth with a drying finish,

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, and recommend this to rye and porter lovers.. great blend of the two flavor profiles. (732 characters)

Photo of MNHazmat
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review so please be kind...

A gentle pour into a goblet produced very little head. What head there was gripped the sides well leaving a nice ring after each sip. Despite the lack of head it is well carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Dark, very dark. Absolutely NO light transmission though the glass even when using a bright LED flashlight and an aiming laser!

Dark grains, well roasted and plenty of alchohol on the tongue. Bourbon hits the back of my throat but fades quickly under pressure from the dark grains and chocolate.

A first rate brew that I'll be sharing with friends, and an excellent value for the price. I'll be buying out the supply at my local shop. (681 characters)

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing the bottle.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace either.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, coffee are all there like a good porter. Then some wood comes in from the barrel, and once this warms a bit plenty of bready rye. Lots of depth in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with more of a roasted malt character. Chocolate, sweet toffee, and some coffee. Light wood flavors, and bread. biscuit and rye. Really nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Cream and smooth. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

An excellent barrel aged porter. Both the wood and rye are there, but very subtle. Which complements the porter perfectly. Very nice, and highly recommended. (772 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 dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, got a 4 pack at the lovely Steve's on University

appearance: flashy yellow label per the usual, poured into a snifter, dark mahogany body, nice tan head and solid retention

smell: dark chocolate, big roasty aromas, whisky, a touch smoky

taste: comparisons can be made to the "who's your daddy porter" - but this one definitely has some toasted rye buried beneath providing a touch bitter kick, dark chocolate, caramel, whisky, more caramel...quite tasty

mouthfeel: smooth medium body, bitter tones

drinkability: good (534 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Poured into a short tumbler, the beer is black with a big light brown head.

It made a great dessert beer. With delicious, smooth, and subtle flavors. The aroma is a mix of rich chocolate with mellow rye whiskey. The flavor is similar, but with a touch of barrel oak, licorice, toffee, and a coffee finish. Yum, this is a great late-night sipper. Check this beer out is you get a chance. It does a great job of balancing the barrel and porter character. (495 characters)

Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 20FEB12 on neck in dark ink. 12 oz bottled poured into Dogfish Head signature snifter. Thanks to Mark for this one.

a- a dark, dark, chocolate color bordering on black, with a velvety head resembling that of moccacino foam, and a thin film for lacing. great looking beer.

s- coffee, vanilla, very slight whiskey, roasted malts.

t- oaky malts and chocolate sweetness, noticeable amount of coffee but not nearly like in FIS/FBS, the whiskey is there, but it's very subtle, contributing the nice spiciness in the beer rather than booziness.

m- velvety. it's viscous and thick on the surface, but ends up being thinner and lighter, almost mousse like. low carbonation. Very drinkable.

o- I would love to have this again. I haven't had very many BA porter. The whiskey barrel aging isn't as prominent as in other BA beers I've had. I expected a more aggressive whiskey character, but I'm not disappointed. This is a great beer. (936 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (765 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 Wisconsin
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring into my pint glass a slow tan head slowly rises from the beer. At first, just a small offering but finally culminating in finger thick, frothy head that sticks around for quite some time. The body is rich, dark, and luscious. Black in every aspect, it omits no light whatsoever. Five minutes after pouring the head has faded to a nice ring and lace.

S - As much as I liked the look, the smell follows suit. Dark roasted malts, rich bitter-like chocolate and toffee notes are also present. A deeper whiff brings about the rye whiskey smell, that seems to blend well with the bitter malts and coffee notes.

T - Initially as I drink this beer it seems a bit strong in the whiskey aspect and lacking with the roasted malts and bitter coffee notes. Peat, rye, and whiskey aspects subdue themselves as this beer warms however, and the other characteristics come to life. Somewhat surprising to me is the lack of cream or toffee notes in this beer. I sense a slight amount of cream, but nothing like I was expecting. If that were a little stronger and could play with the coffee and roasted malts, Tyranena might have something great here.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that fits this beer well. Entering the mouth there are plenty of roasted malts, bitter coffee notes and a hint of cream. Cream could be improved here, but as the beer warms it seems to hold up well. A slight amount of carbonation arrives, and with it comes a the peat, rye, and whiskey aspect of this unique beer. Finish is somewhat smooth with a slight whiskey edge to it.

D - This is an interesting offering from Tyranena no doubt. I would like to see a couple things improved, but this is still a solid beer regardless. Keep making these solid BGW American Porters and I will continue to buy. Excellent stuff, and for the price it's hard to pass up. (1,910 characters)

Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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! (516 characters)

Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks go out to MPLS for trading this wonderful beer to me. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter. Review is from notes taken on 1/28/2010.

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown/near black; no head to speak of, just a thin ring around the surface and a very thin whisp in the center; body is entirely opaque and shows some light mahogany highlights near the surface; spotty and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice deep dark burnt roasty malts with a slight hint of chocolate; an earthy and bitter hoppiness is lingering in the back as well; a nice caramel scent starts to creep in as it warms; scents are quite robust.

Taste: Quite wonderful -- the dark roasty and burnt coffee-like malts and a bittersweet chocolate flavor; slightly earthy/dirty hoppiness is blended lightly in with the maltiness; there is a very faint flavor of bourbon and a sweet woody vanilla presence that rounds out the mouth; much like the smell, as it warms a bit there is a definite caramel presence that starts to sneak out.

Mouthfeel: Body is quite smooth and moderately thick; carbonation is quite present, but soft to keep the body lively but still creamy; a nice coating is left on the roof of the mouth; chest and belly are left warm.

Drinkability: This beer is outstanding - I love the smell, flavors, balance and mouthfeel -- just great all around. It sits a little heavy and the ABV, while unknown, packs a slight punch, but those are the only downfalls (if they could really be considered downfalls). (1,522 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lordsloth for the bottle.

Pours a thick dark maple brown color with very little head and a sharp ring of lacing.

Scent of rye, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. This has a nice balance and complexity, but it isn't too intense.

Taste of chocolate, coffee, rye, anise, and oak. Finishes with oak and vanilla flavors, damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty heavy, carbonation is pretty light. (426 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle with no freshness dating or ABV information drank from a standard pint glass. a blend of 40% barrel aged beer/60% non aged.

A- this one pours a black colored body with a small beige colored head. the head fades to little more than a crown after a minute or two and leaves behind small spotty lacing after every sip.

S- dark roasted malts. spicy rye. chocolate and coffee in small doses. faint whiskey and vanilla from the barrel. the smell opens up as the beer warms.

T- the chocolate and coffee work well with the rye and all come through stronger than in the nose. the barrel makes itself known as well adding an oaky/vanilla aspect to this one. the whiskey still comes off as faint but its nice that its not too overdone.

M- medium to full bodied. mouth coating. moderate warming from the alcohol. well carbonated.

D- easy to polish off this bottle and i look forward to the others. check this out if you get the chance. its a little different but well thought out and well executed. (1,007 characters)

Photo of thetomG
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color with a layer of tan head that leaves lots of spotty lacing around the glass. Vanilla, chocolate and rye come through on the nose with a gentle hint of booze.

Flavor follows the nose nicely, but with more boldness all around. The whiskey flavors are nice and smooth - a sentiment I can relate to all aspects of this beer.

Mouthfeel is great as well - smooth, smooth, smooth!

Easy to drink and very enjoyable, this is a beer I'd highly recommend to anyone. (479 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (609 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - almost jet black in appearance but when the light hits it there is some nice auburn hues. The thin white head goes quickly and leaves a halo of off-white film around the liquid level.

Aroma - lots of chocolate and fudge up front with vanilla and bourbon in the back. The chocolate aroma is quite formidable which was a bit of surprise really. This does however smell incredible with some nice alcoholic heat tickling the nose.

Taste - oh man is that good. Big chocolate malt sweetness on the tongue is followed by some slightly acidic bourbon flavors, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. The finish is very much like red wine, its dry and vinous. There is some nice spiciness to this as well that comes out more as it warms. Absolutely delicious beer with multiple layers of awesomeness.

Overall - this really impressed me. So much flavor and velvety smooth on the tongue. The bourbon barrel aging was just right for the style, not too overpowering and it let the sweet maltiness of this porter shine as well as the subtle rye spice. Outstanding work from the folks at Tyranena. What I wouldn't do to try their most recent offering from their "Brewers Gone Wild" line which is a "Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter". Wow!

Would I buy more of it? - again, I wish I could. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this in the cellar. (1,342 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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! (698 characters)

Photo of zook74
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
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... (516 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 Kegatron
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,205 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from brian23456 as an extra. Assuming it is from the new batch. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant cascading light mocha foam that has incredible retention and glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some ruby highlights and mild transparency when held to the light. Pretty much perfect for the style.

S - Spicy rye bread, light whiskey, a touch of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caraway seed. My main knocks are that it isn't super-intense, even when it warms up, and that it's a bit unbalanced in the spicy direction.

T - Again it's heavy on the slightly spicy and sour rye taste, with a bit of whiskey, milk chocolate, and a surprising amount of floral hoppiness. Finishes with a blend of vanilla and a slight sourness from both the malt and the whiskey that lingers into the aftertaste. Not as well-integrated as the nose, but definitely more potent.

M - This is one of the lowest carbonated porters I've had. It's also a bit thin and watery for the style, even not knowing the actual ABV. Beyond that it's quite smooth and pleasant - refreshing even.

D - These Tyranena beers are a steal at $2 each. This isn't quite as good as Devil Over A Barrel, but it's a unique and excellent beer in its own right. The lighter texture and low carbonation make this insidiously drinkable, and aside from the light barrel-aging I'm not picking up much in the way of alcohol. I've heard this is 8%, but you wouldn't be able to tell. (1,478 characters)

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