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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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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 43 | 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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New York

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

08-10-2008 20:17:17 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of bound4er


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Picked up from the brewery today before the Beer Run. Just bottled per sales person.

A - Nearly black with with a solid 2 finger light tan head. I would think the head would be darker given the color of the beer. Laces quite nicely down the glass.

S - Roasted malt, coffee and minor barrel influences (woodiness, earth and some vanilla).

T - Rich, very rich with a hit of bourbon and vanilla off the bat followed by chocolate. Finishes with a slightly bitter, coffee infused finish. Tasty.

M - Medium to full bodied with no syrupyness. Could use a bit more carbonation.

D - Not a session brew - one to savor slowly on a cold night. Tyranena does imperial style porters really well.

11-08-2009 03:00:18 | More by bound4er
Photo of EliteDigger


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

A-A very forceful pour yields a low 1/4" light cream-cocoa colored head that disappears quickly to a low skim of lacing. Pretty dark brown, almost black color, with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light.
S-Not a whole lot of aroma here... a bit of smoke, sweet malts and a hint of bourbon so mild I almost believe it's my imagination....
T-Bits of earthy smoke, molasses, faint black licorice, tiny bit of tanginess maybe from the rye with a wee bit of hops riding in back, some chocolate hints throughout. Whiskey/Bourbon? Hmmm... it's there, but you have to search a bit. I'm really thinking they cut the rye whiskey barrel aged portion of this too much with the non-barrel aged bit and diluted the most integral part of barrel aged beers.
M-Decent creaminess and thickness. The low carbonation makes this one smooooth.
D-Not sure of the ABV on this one (it doesn't taste overly high). I like the taste and feel like you could drink a couple in a sitting, but they might sneak up on you a bit.
I much prefer their Devil Made Me Do It coffee porter and look forward to it's re-release, but this one is certainly worth seeking out and trying.

02-18-2008 22:04:58 | More by EliteDigger
Photo of billab914


4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. It left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma mixes the boozy whiskey with some darker chocolate and bready, rye flavors. A little bit of a roasty flavor comes out as well. Everything mixes pretty nicely actually and the chocolate really seems to compliment the whiskey.

The taste is pretty big on the chocolate flavors. At first I get more of a milky, sweeter chocolate flavor. That starts to fade into more of a bitter-sweet, cocoa, chocolate flavor midway. The whiskey gives it a little underlying booziness that compliments it very nicely. A bit of the bready, spicy rye flavors come out in the finish. Very nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a very nice beer. I really liked how the whiskey complimented the chocolaty porter characteristics. The rye was a nice addition as well. Very solid beer overall.

04-22-2011 01:24:42 | More by billab914
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A - pours pitch black with one finger tan head. Head has okay retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Plentiful roasted malts with subtle whiskey notes. Not getting much rye spiciness in the nose.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of a bit of spice from the rye.

M - Medium mouhfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O - Enjoyable. The whisky notes work well with the roasted malt.

08-15-2011 00:32:29 | More by warnerry
Photo of beertooth


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a goblet/tulip glass.

This beer pours a very dark brown, it's almost black. There's a finger of fizzy khaki head that fades into a thin layer.

The nose is full of roasted malt, twangy burnt rye, a touch of bourbon, vanilla, and ok. I'm also picking up on some coffee and cocoa powder.

The first sip gives me a nice blend of roasted malt and rye. I'm picking up on more coffee, sticky, spicy rye, and a little oak as well. I'm not picking up on much bourbon, but vanilla notes are present. It finishes with some roasty bitterness and is a little dry.

Mouthfeel is soft and full with a medium to low level of carbonation

This beer is really hitting the spot on this chilly evening. I'll have no problem picking up more of these this season. Cheers to Tyranena!

11-22-2009 03:46:51 | More by beertooth
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Appearance - black and rich-looking. A thin light mocha head puts up nice little splashes of lace and maintains a thin layer of bubbles across the top.

Aroma - chocolaty, bourbony, quite boozy. On the lighter side for intensity.

Taste - robust grain front, a twangy grain making a first impression. Some moderate roasty and coffee flavor before the barreling makes its presence known. Woody, sweet and boozy on the swallow, the initial twanginess evolving to mashy bourbon. Abv warmth down to the belly, some chocolate notes and more roastiness as this winds down. Lengthy aftertaste. I like the way the flavors blend here.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and velvety, low carbonation make this one smooth sipper.

Drinkability - very enjoyable beer for sipping rather than sessioning. Thanks to mully for hooking me up with a few of these.

06-15-2008 06:21:29 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Nice black pour, with a tan head that leaves just a small ring in the glass. less lacing than I would have expected.
Aroma is of roasted malts, pretty exclusivly. But I can get a touch of hops out of there, and maybe a little of the rye.
Taste, this is interesting and I really enjoyed the play here (at least in my head). Not sure I am imagining things here, but almost a dirty sock touch to this one, which normally might be ofputting but it balances into a good roasted rye flavor.
Good creamy smooth mouthfeel and this really is a good beer. Not sure if the name came from what I am tasting, but the name helped me enjoy the beer more.

03-03-2008 15:18:09 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of ncvbc

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Deep and dark, nearly black. Medium tan head without much retention, falling somewhat quickly to a ring. Smell is somewhat subtle but pretty deep. Wood, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Nice taste. Big oak flavors. Vanilla and big, rich chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice spice as well. Underlying flavors of sour fruit. Excellent balance, creamy and lovely. Rich mouthfeel, full and lasting on the tongue. Overall drinkability is good. An interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to sholland119 for the chance to try this one.

07-27-2008 23:37:54 | More by ncvbc
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Tasted out of a snifter on 7/22/11.

A: Dark black with a head that quickly dissipates.
N: Strong chocolate hits the nose first, quickly followed by coffee notes. I don't get much whiskey on the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bitterness stands out more against the chocolate. As a part-time rye whiskey drinker, I was hoping to find more spice in this beer, but it is only barely noticeable in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is in line with what I was expecting from an imperial porter. Nice carbonation that borders on an excess, but doesn't hurt the beer.
O: This is an outstanding imperial porter, but I am disappointed in the lack of whiskey. I will definitely get another pack of these to share and taste again.

10-04-2011 00:41:01 | More by schultzi22
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4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pours a rich deep dark black with a tan head. Wonderful retention with thick chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood, coffee, and a touch of whiskey.

T: Nicely charred. Rich chocolate more bitter than sweet but there is some candy brown sugar and toffee sweetness as well. Fresh brewed coffee and old oak. Hints of whiskey and a bit of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Good I like this one.

12-11-2010 21:51:35 | More by tpd975
Photo of THECPJ


4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a orange hue and 1 finger mocha head

smell: whiskey, roast, caramel, toffee, vanilla,

taste: whiskey, vanilla, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice barreled porter with lots of flavor.

the CPJ

07-27-2011 18:23:37 | More by THECPJ
Photo of Schlais


4/5  rDev -3.6%

08-02-2012 00:13:15 | More by Schlais
Photo of DaftPatrick


4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-17-2014 23:49:23 | More by DaftPatrick
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and whiskey

Taste: complex-dark chocolate and whiskey dominate, touches of cocoa, and light rye at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A very slow drinker that was executed excellently. Love the complexity here. The oak and chocolate merge better here than what some other brewers have done. I would have this again, but one per night seems about right.

08-13-2012 17:05:01 | More by tigg924
Photo of Mora2000


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this one to me as an extra.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is rye, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is rye, whiskey, alcohol, roasted malt and coffee. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation with some nice alcohol warming.

03-17-2010 03:44:22 | More by Mora2000
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

06-30-2012 01:34:31 | More by acurtis
Photo of beveritt


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is the classic yellow Tyranena.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. this settles slowly to a still substantial coating of foam leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown and completely opaque.

Smell: Oak and vanilla with mild undertones of bourbon.

Taste: All the flavors of bourbon without the often associated alcohol harshness; vanilla, oak, and underlying roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good with a nice slickness remaining after swallowing.

Drinkability: This one has a little age on it, so I think that helped to quell some of the alcoholic heat so often found in bourbon beers. Nice drink, but because of distribution, not one I will be able to track down again.

11-15-2009 06:00:09 | More by beveritt
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-07-2011 22:45:59 | More by zillo043068
Photo of sjstraub


4/5  rDev -3.6%

12-19-2011 03:38:13 | More by sjstraub
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-18-2012 01:02:55 | More by KnightRider
Photo of Bierguy5


4/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz bottle, bottled on 4/8/11. Very dark brown in color. Tan head holds well for a few minutes, leaving a thin layer.

Roasty malts, dark and milk chocolate in the nose. Hints of dark, ripe fruit, vanilla and whiskey. Nice, complex nose.

Roasty up front, a bit ash-like, with some bittersweet dark chocolate. Rye whiskey feel, with a slight spicy character. Some caramel and vanilla linger towards the end.

On the lighter side of medium body, but with a creamy, almost frothy feel. Alcohol is very well hidden. An interesting beer, with nice complexity.

07-14-2011 00:33:10 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of danwho


4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-24-2013 19:03:12 | More by danwho
Photo of BGsWo22

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%

03-09-2013 01:17:33 | More by BGsWo22
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

Pours an espresso dark dark brown color (cannot see any light through this thick brown) with a small but sturdy beige head leaving some ample spotting of lace.

Aromas begin with dominant roasted grains; coffee, dark chocolate, light molasses and burnt brown sugar with a little charred/burnt grain smell.

The tastes begin with coffee and a dark chocolate element that grows increasingly bitter and spicy by mid-palate. The dark flavors aren't overly aggressive however as you get nice notes of molasses and vanilla. As it warms you get a little of the rye barrel flavors with some wood and spice but I am really reaching for them and wish they were more prevalent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate but higher carbonation than I expected because the Tyranena beers I have had to date have been borderline flat. Finish is sticky and lingering thanks to the ample roasted malts and apparent barrel aging.

Overall this was a good beer, but if I didn't know before hand, wouldn't have been aware of the barrel aging. I mean I really liked the flavor profile and I have been against porters and overly roasted beers lately, and I enjoyed this, so that is definitely a plus. Maybe the rye barrels added the nice vanilla flavors I am getting... can't be sure. Not totally sure the age on this but it is really delicious just not what I was expecting. Is that bad or good, you be the judge. A pass for someone looking for substantial barrel/bourbon flavors but recommended for someone looking to branch into this style because of the quality of the base beer with the nice minimal barrel flavors.

08-31-2011 23:57:39 | More by claspada
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.