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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
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544 Ratings
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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 44 | FT: 1
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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jslot38

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the side, chalky black. From the top has a few brown hues around the side. Barely any head, just a ring around the edges.

Smell: Very nice whiskey notes, vanilla is very up front. While this is the predominate aroma, it does not overwhelm.

Taste: Has a level of tartness (almost fruitiness) found in traditional porters. Mingles well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Not totally what I was expecting, but its very balanced and nice. A bit of sweetness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice, has a silky smooth feel. Very good. For a barrel aged porter, this is extremely drinkable. I looked over and was surprised to see that I finished 3/4s of this during the review.

This is a very good example of a barrel aged beer that is well balanced, and really takes on the whiskey flavors well.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 00:24:15 | More by jslot38
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HopHead84

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from BigDaddyWil. Pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark brown head. There is little lacing or retention. The aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Other aromas are of black coffee, and a very pleasant whisky note. Alcohol is noticeable.

The roasted malt imparts certain sweetness to the beer that is nicely balanced by a dry bitterness. I'm once again reminded of chocolate and coffee. The whisky barrel aging is apparent. The alcohol is well hidden for its strength, which I believe is 7.9%. The finish is dry and reminiscent of whisky.

Medium full bodied with a dry and sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2009 01:23:53 | More by HopHead84
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domtronzero

California

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark brown colored with a big, long lasting, tannish head. Lots of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet malts, a little bready and toasty. Light chocolate and roasted malts. Subtle vanilla and caramel.

F/M - Chocolate malts, caramelly bready and a little roasty. Light vanilla lends a nice candy sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but does not overshadow any of the other flavors. Lingering roasty chocolate flavor, almost coffee-like. Medium bodied with a silky, rich mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry.

O - Another great offering from Tyranena. Chocolatey, malty, rich, with a nice balance of subtle barrel flavors. Quite tasty and very enjoyable beginning to end.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:32:18 | More by domtronzero
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:34:06 | More by EStreet20
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a nice dark brown color, nearly black, but I can see a bit of reddish brown highlights. The head is kind of thin, and as slowly as I drank this, it basically disappeared. Looks pretty good I think. The smell is good too. Lots of oaky, woody goodness, that toasted, vanilla (but not too powerful), with a little burn, making your notrils tingle a bit in the end. Exiting I think, but I can really smell the influence of maltose, it's like a bit nutty, somewhat grainy, but nice and roasted and toasted, like nearly burnt dense bread. The taste is good, too. A bit more one-dimensional. It reminds me a bit of like cola poured into whiskey, with just like a splash of coffee on top. But the caramelly sweetness on top of whiskey is the main taste. Very good, still, there is a nice influence of grain, sticky. I think it's good. The body is nice and full. I like it, with a nice little bite of carbonation, that slowly disappears as I get to the bottom of the glass - gets almost syrupy. I think the drinkability is good - despite the ABV. I mean, a sipper, a really sipper, but it's so enjoyable that I wish I had more and more. Really a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 01:02:34 | More by taylorhamrick
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2008 02:08:57 | More by biegaman
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ckeegan04

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark oily brown color with a foamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Looks like a very very good porter.

S - Roasted maltiness dominates. Hints of coffee as well. Very light spiciness in the nose but other than that there is little rye or whiskey in the smell.

T - A light chocolate sweetness initially quickly overcome with a nice rye spiciness. Still not picking out any real whiskey flavors but the rye provides a nice kick. Also some hints of sweetened coffee linger after the drink.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy/smooth. Excellent feel. Nice balance in tastes providing good drinkability as well.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 23:45:52 | More by ckeegan04
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GregSVT

Texas

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a really big and thick light brown head that fades to a small layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The head was so thick I couldn't swirl the beer at first until it go to about a 1/4 of an inch tall.

S: The nose is good for a regular porter but this is partially aged in barrels so I expected a bit more. Most bakers chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate milk. There's really no rye at all in this but that doesn't surprise me after 4 years.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with very little barrel influence but a lot of nice flavors. There are notes of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, hops, and maybe a touch of rye spice in the background.

M: Probably one of the best mouthfeels I've had on a beer. Big, thick, and creamy with beautiful slow rolling carbonation.

O: I wanted to love this one and while it was pretty dang tasty I still think it could be better if it was 100% barrel aged. This is the 2nd time I have said this about a Tyranena beer so hopefully they'll start releasing these as unblended in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 03:30:32 | More by GregSVT
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drseamus

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I know that barrel aged beers don't generally have good head retention, but I still wish there was more. Nice dark brown body with barely any light getting through.

S: It's not quite strong enough for me, but still nice. A touch of whiskey is in there with a nice maltiness.

T: The rye whiskey is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. It might be a bit over the top, but it's still tasty. Initially, there is a good malty presence from the porter and then the whiskey hits, lasts a second, and then everything fades into a nice light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied initially but seems to thin out at the back of the palate. That seems typical of BA beers.

D: Not too shabby. I was worried about the rye adding too much spiciness but I didn't find that at all. A very enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 02:58:58 | More by drseamus
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted pumpernickel brown with burnt orange accents peeking through at the edges. The caramel colored crown is surprisingly large and is immensely creamy. As the foam slowly deflates, a thick coating of lace can be seen forming from the rim of the glass downward. There are no two ways about it, this beer is a looker.

The nose is more than solid as well. Roasted malt dominates, as bittersweet chocolate shares the spotlight with black coffee. If the rye whiskey was more prominent and the aroma was a little deeper and richer, the next highest score would have been easily achieved.

Dirty Old Man isn't quite as ballsy as the label would suggest. Actually, given the name, that's a visual that no one needs. To be fair, the tagline...'A Series of Big, Bold, Ballsy Beers'... is used for all of the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup. This is unquestionably good beer, but I'm not blown away.

The base beer (60%) tastes like a well-crafted Imperial porter. Specifics include devil's food cake soaked in chocolate liquor, coffee with cream, vanilla beans and a tendril of smoke. The rye whiskey barrel-aged beer (40%) contributes a modest spiciness and a hint of caramelized sugar. Suggestion for Tyranena: reverse the proportions the next time around. If there is a next time.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the style without being over the top. Asking for more heft and more creaminess might be nitpicking, but I'll do it anyway. Time and warming smooth things out even more and may even add a bit of light chewiness. Carbonation that knows enough to stay in the background is a definite plus.

Dirty Old Man is a delicious, highly drinkable, not quite great, IRPAIRWB (Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels). For my money, The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter is still the best Brewers Gone Wild! brew yet. You're doing a wonderful job Tyranena, but ease up on the adjectives and the exclamation points already!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2008 13:17:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 03:09:34 | More by Sammy
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lurpy1

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split with a bottle with my wife, and I have to say, it might have been in Dirty Old Man's best interest to have my wife do the review, as this is arguably her favorite beer now. If her 6 oz lasted 90 seconds I'd be greatly surprised.

As for me, I very much liked the beer, but not to the extent she did. There was a slight disjointedness between the spark of the rye and the smooth of the barrel. Tasted good, just slightly confusing. Perhaps because it's a blend. I will agree with the wife that the consistency was pretty damn close to perfect.

The BGW series is comically underrated. But I would love to see Tyranena really go wild and offer this as a fully barreled beer instead of as a partially barreled beer. It can't do anything but improve an already very good drink. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 15:52:05 | More by lurpy1
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Bubba83

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena beer sent along by Kegatron because he knows this brewery is after my own heart. Poured into a Tyranena logo British Imperial pint glass at about 45 degrees.

This is one fine looking beer. It's actually kind of odd, when I was pouring it there was absolutely no head forming at all so I kept pouring more and more vigorously, once I was done pouring, it started SLOWLY rising up and ended up creating this monstrous head with a big cascading guinness like effect that looked incredible. Be careful if your glass is smaller than my imperial pint glass or it will overflow. Light brown super creamy head, easily 3 finger widths tall. Great retention and awesome uniform lacing. The body is a super dark brown, almost black.

I found the smell to be very similar to other dark Tyranena beers I have had, which is a good thing. Chocolate, raisins, some cherry alcohol, dark caramel, hints of roast... A little bit of spicyness from the rye comes out from this one, and some vanilla from the whiskey barrel. Wonderfully complex and has many layers to it. Could contemplate it more but I want to jump right in and soak my tongue in it.

The flavor is not quite as complex as the nose, but still darn tasty. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel hit first, then raisins, and finally a bit of rye spice, but the rye doesn't contribute as much as I would have thought. A bit of an alcohol cherry kick lingers around.

Actually seems a little bit thin to me for a beer of this nature. It's very creamy and nice, but I just wish it were a bit thicker is all. Kind of reminds me of a low ABV oatmeal stout consistency.

Drinks relatively well. Another winner from Tyranena, I just love what they're doing with their dark beers. Yes, they make a lot of them, and yes, many of them taste a lot a like, but is that really a bad thing? They're all good! Seek it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 06:34:01 | More by Bubba83
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dirty old man

a 4-4.5 motor oil with a very short rusty tan head. spotty lacing.

s 4.5 roast and malt sweetness are evident, rye bour5on much less so, but it's there in intermittent little wafts. improvement with warming. another bottle 4/11, the aroma seems more complex and inviting.

t 4-4.5 sweet roasty malt followed quickly by a roasty twang. apparently only 40% of the beer was put into barrels. maybe the cheap bastards should have put 100%, and left it there til it was ready, then maybe they'd have had something extraordinarily good on their hands. on second tasting 4/11, the whiskey, while tempered, is more pervasive. everything really comes together in this one, though in sort of a mild, welcoming way.

m 4-4.5 big bodied, chewy and viscous (like motor oil, again) but it's pierced a bit by a somewhat sharp carbonation. do like how big and chewy it is. rare that i consider deducting points for a beer being TOO big in mouthfeel.

d 4.5 sure it's good if you like a typical porter evaporated until it's thick and briefly housed in the general vicinity of rye bourbon. ok, it's good, very good. and very drinkable. sometimes i like my bourbon stouts/porters to reek of the spirit, damnit, so i was initially disappointed.
on the plus side, the coffee flavors are subdued and everything is melded together, if a bit blurred. drinks like a beer with age on it. hey wait a minute, how old is this stuff?? bought it barely a week ago and the store had plenty, but now i see "brewed once"--in 2008? wow. i wonder how different it was fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 02:28:18 | More by brewmudgeon
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Strix

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, some head that fades sort of quickly.

Smells roasty, full of coffee, oak, malt, vanilla, and rye.

Very flavorful. Roasted flavor, a bit of chocolate, a bit of wood and rye. Some more typical porter burnt tastes are present as well. Not as boozy as I expected.

Smooth body.

Nicely done, but didn't touch Devil Over a Barrel.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 03:32:38 | More by Strix
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. In the glass it looks inky black, but when held into the light it's only nearly opaque, with mahagony and ruby light shining through at the extreme edges. A nice 2 finger tan head is produced on the pour, and has excellent retention. It leaves some nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose starts out strong up front with roasted malts. Roasted gives way to sweet, then allowing the earthy and boozy notes of the rye whiskey barrels to come through. Finishes with dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, but I'm just not getting a huge roasted malt character that I was in the nose. It's a lot sweeter, with more subtle whiskey hints. Good, just not spectacular.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Of all the Brewers Gone Wild beers, I've had, this might be the best. It's definitely up there, and worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 01:36:03 | More by Mistofminn
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Gobzilla

California

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark brown in color with brownish yellow highlights and a thin khaki colored bubbly head that left a thin collar of lacing sticking to the glass after every sip.

S: chocolate sweetness was definitely noticeable upfront in the aroma with no much rye character but did manage to sniff out a little molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, whiskey barrel wood and good roastiness.

T; the whiskey barrel character was more pronounced on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, molasses, brown sugar maple syrup sweetness, good amount of booze heat, a touch of vanilla but not too much rye spice flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, very slight rye, wood barrel, semi boozy, mild dark fruity and creamy finish.

O: definitely one of the more interesting beers of the night but not disappointed at all. Glad to have another offering from tyranena.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 02:40:15 | More by Gobzilla
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mikeyv35

New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/27/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produced light sticky lacing. Aromas of Baker's chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and earthiness. Taste was of chocolate and molasses up front, leading in oak, and finishing w/ subtle hop bitterness and a touch of whiskey. The mouthfeel was spectacular! Pretty damn full bodied for a Porter, and oh so lush and creamy. Drinkable brew as the ABV is well hidden and the barrel aging is in the background.

Overall, nice stuff! I would drink this again, but nothing to go crazy over. Simply just solid which I find usually the case with Tyranena brews.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 14:11:25 | More by mikeyv35
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elNopalero

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. What in that description is there not to like?
This looks real good, a solid chunk of darkness in a cup. I pick up a bit of the roast aroma. Smells great and inviting. Fantastic flavor. I get a bit of the rye spice up front, followed by a roasty, rye finish. Definitely can taste the boozy barrel-aged influence. Seems like it brings this beer together. I like rye, I like whiskey, I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:21:39 | More by elNopalero
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black brew with maybe a patch or two of blood colored highlights. Nice one finger head after the pour thats lasts to a thin, yet complete film o' foam. The aroma is dark super grainy and gristy, with the added bonus of bread and oak aged booze. Lots of subtleties in the aroma, but still very alluring. Chocolate smeared on 4-grain bread hits the taste buds first. Then some chocolate and spice (must be the rye) mix up the middle. While he finish i creamy coffee with a splash of whiskey warmth and flavor. Very dark yet warm palate to this beer. Ths bitterness is really just a combo of the heavily roasted, almost burnt malts, and alcohol. Avery great beer to be enjoyed and savored.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2010 05:04:28 | More by scruffwhor
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2008 22:56:16 | More by Mdog
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ChugginOil

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Old Man

Pours amber tinted brown and settles black with a fingers worth of light tan colored head.

The nose offers some roasty aromas up front with some chocolte filled alcohol. There is some vanilla and brown sugar scents as well, probably from the barrel aging.

The taste is much similar to the nose but multiplied. The roasted malts are very bold and then the bourbon cloak of vanilla and butterscotch lingers throughout.

The mouthfeel is very rich and oily, with a prickly carbonation kick at the finish.

Overall, another great brew from Tyranena. The Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome and hasn't let me down yet.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 04:04:49 | More by ChugginOil
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koopa

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours super dark mahogany with a 1 finger beige crown that displays little retention but leaves lots of lace everywhere.

Smell: Dark roast malt, chocolate covered bacon, rye, and whiskey. I like the integration.

Taste: Slight whiskey barrel tinge over dark malt that is moderately roasted and balanced with a moderate chocolate note. Hints of toffee and plum round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of heavy bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad despite the mouthfeel which is a bit thick.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 02:17:44 | More by koopa
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woosterbill

Connecticut

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!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 02:40:01 | More by woosterbill
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wschmit

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a perfect pint.

A: A viscous, maple stream pours silently into a dark, clear body of deep brown, slightly red hue. A bit of mocha head fades quickly to a collar of negligible height.

S: For something called "Imperial" porter, I was skeptical, but the nose is spot on. A really thorough roasted smell, like just-spent coffee grounds. The rye whiskey comes through after my nose adjusts to the coffee. Very pleasant.

T: Taste pretty well mirrors the smell. In addition to roasted malt, there's a slightly sour taste, and just a bit of whiskey--would like a touch more, to complement the coffee.

M: There's a bit of heat to this, but it feels quite nice with the fairly viscous, low-carbonated body.

O: Really well executed. "Imperial" made me expect a booze bomb--an ABV would be nice, btw--but this doesn't feel very strong alcoholically. A fine brew all around--hits all the porter notes, and then goes a bit beyond them in a positive way.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 03:35:20 | More by wschmit
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.