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: 564
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 81
Gots: 40 | 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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Ratings: 564 | Reviews: 350
Photo of richkrull
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today after work.

Poured a dark black color with a half finger of beige head on it. Some ok lacing as well. Smell is nice - some smoked rye and malt and a hint of coffee coming through. Taste is good as well. Heavy malt up front with some bitter coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is very heavy. This is a thick beer but it tastes great and goes down smooth. I really like this beer a lot. Not sure if it's only served at the brewery but I'll be back again for this one.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a .5 finger coarse, chocolate head that dissipates quickly. This one is pretty flat. Beer is a near opaque dark red. Lacing is ample. Decent given the lack of head retention.

S: Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a bit a booziness from the barrel-aging. Nose here is not overwhelming, but rather quite subtle. The requisite odors are there, they're just not that prominent.

T: Big roasted chocolate and coffee upfront with a strong backbone of malty booze. This is damn tasty! Middle tastes of slightly sour roasted malts that carry over to the end. Sweetens again just a tad at the finish with a strong chocolate presence.

M: Medium bodied, rather flat as expected, oily, silky smooth. Finish is watery and messy. Feels like it leaves a coffee-chocolate film as it dissipates.

D: This beer is just downright enjoyable. Coffee and chocolate flavors meld perfectly here and the body makes it exquisitely drinkable. A highly recommended beer. Possibly the best damn porter I've ever had!

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

Poured into a Tyranena pint glass at the brewery. It pours a deep dark brown and forms a 1/2 inch tan head that reduces to a mild lacing. Opaque when held to the light.

The aroma seemed a bit weak at first and powered through with warmth. Primarily oak and vanilla hit my nose with perhaps a bit of rye.

The taste was very good. It included healthy doses of oak, vanilla, currant cherry, and burnt rye, as well as some chocolate notes. Complex and delicious. Alcohol is not prominent.

The mouthfeel is mildly low in carbonation but smooth and creamier as it goes. It definitely leaves some texture on the tongue and a lingering bitterness that caps off a great beverage.

This is an easily drinkable beer. It is well balanced and the alcohol is well hidden. Smooth and pleasant overall, I would recommend this to anybody that enjoys porters.

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.

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

A vigorous pour into my pint mug generated a thick, dense head that came right to the edge, and not over... like it was designed for this glass. A nice, persistent head as well. Good aroma, with lots of cocoa notes, and a touch of whisky... I like that it's not overpowering like many whisky-aged beers. Very solid taste. Caramel, chocolate flavor comes first, and is delightful. The malt is not overdone, and it balances pretty darn well despite the "over the top" image the label implies. Enough bitterness is present, both from the roast malt and the hops, that it dries out well in the middle.

The rye whisky flavor develops right at the end, and it's just an added bonus. This is probably the single best whisky-barrel aged beer I've had, since almost every other one hit you over the head with it. This allows it to be one taste component among many--among equals, I might say. I don't get any rye character, but that's ok. Rye malt is relatively subtle, and disappears into the background when other strong flavors are present. Definitely worth buying again.

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

The black beer erects a good sized brown cap of froth. The retention is outstanding as are the lacing properties. I like the nose quite a bit. Lots of chocolate notes and fudge and tootsie roll like characteristics. Light scents of whiskey add a nice little accent as well. Chocolate is pretty huge on the palate as well. Definitely the dominant flavor characteristic. A little roasted and rye bitterness in the aftertaste. Whiskey is subtle, but nice nonetheless. A little bit of vanilla comes out every once in a while. And alcohol is only slightly noticeable. The body is medium or so and the liquid flows naturally over the tongue giving a very polished feel to it.

Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black in appearance, with a slowly-rising head of tan bubbles. Spotty lace.

Nose has hints of chocolate and a little oak. Not bad, and not nearly as over-the-top as I'd expected. Nice.

Taste is big and malty sweet, with more of the chocolate tones up front. I get a little bit of the rye sharpness in there, too, but it's near the finish. Alcohol content is well-masked by the unusually well-balanced flavor profile.

A delicious and very enjoyable brew. Recommended!

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 shadow1961
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter pours a disk of tan foam over a thick, inky black brew. Nose is powdery chocolate, coffee and molasses notes. The flavor is rich semi-sweet dark malts, rye bread, mocha, coffee, and dark fruity notes, with a bit of charred toast (in a good way), off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is round and velvety, with a dry-ish nutty aftertaste. This is the absolute best Tyranena I've ever had. I feel that in the past they've tended to go a little too strong on the hops in some of their offerings- but in this case they wisely let the malts tell the tale (as they should), with just a little roasty bitterness for balance. Really outstanding- get some while you can!

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

Thanks to Alicia for this one. I've yet to have a bad Tyranena beer so I had been looking forward to this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, nearing black in the right lighting, with a modest brown head.

S: Plenty of roast and coffee on the nose. A nice hit of chocolate and maybe even a bit of smokiness as well. The rye provides an interesting spicy quality, but I don't pick up the whiskey too much.

T: The barrel aged portion comes through more in the flavor. A hint of vanilla goes well with the heavy roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors. A nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the thin side for what you would expect from an imperial porter, but a low smooth carbonation redeems things on the mouthfeel.

D: Another Tyranena beverage that does not disappoint. Glad I have another one of these to enjoy at a later date.

Photo of jaxon53
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who sent me this beer, thank you to whoever it is. Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a stubby, twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Dirty Old Man pours out a thick looking, deep black. Absolutely no light could pass through this black mass of a beer. A hard pour resulted in about a half inch of tan head, that was a bit fluffy. Head faded quickly into a thin brown ring. Some streaky, thin lace was left behind.

Smell: Awesome nose. Faintly resembles Bourbon County Stout. Strong whiskey aroma with hints of charred wood. Touches of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice roasted malt aroma behind the whiskey. A bit of booze rounds out the nose.

Taste: Quite boozy out front. Definitely taste the whiskey, followed by oak and char. Sweet roasted malt flavor seems to cut into the whiskey, taming it a bit. Hints of bitter dark chocolate and black coffee linger in the background. Finishes warm with another shot of whiskey. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish, medium body. Lower carbonation fits this beer perfectly. Almost silky.

Drinkability: Drinks nicely. A bit boozy, but nice. Very smooth.

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

A- After a fairly vigorous pour I'm left with a 1 finger tan head. The body is black with no light showing through. As the head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Very nice sweet chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, oak and whiskey/bourbon notes, although not clearly evident until I got further into the glass.

T- Starts with a dark chocolate and sweet bourbon notes then moves into mainly dark chocolate/coffee notes and then finally finishes with a fresh hopiness paired with chocolate. Sweet bourbon notes coat the palette after the long finish.

M- Low carbonation is in the right place. The sweet bourbon notes are nice on the palette.

D- This was a little bit more drinkable than the devil over the barrel but with a definite trade-off. The devil had a great deal more complexity so although this was easier to drink, I'd rather have the devil.

Photo of jjanega08
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a total black out color with a thin tan head coming out of it yet holding some pretty steady retention and lacing. Much darker than I expected.

S= Smells sort of like candy. Waxy in a way if that makes sense. There is a great deal of vanilla to it that I get from the barrel. It smells very very familiar but I can't quite put my nose on it. There isn't a ton of rye spice but it comes through a bit. Chocolate is in it. interesting.

T= The taste has much more rye spice to it as well as vanilla. The factor that I couldn't figure out in the nose is gone from the taste. Loads of vanilla still as well as a great deal of barrel and oak to it. Great roastyness for a porter and actually suprisingly porter like for being an imperial. I love my porters but I think they loose a little when you imperialize them. Not much whiskey to it at all. Tyranena does a real nice job with their barrels I think.

M= A little thin on the mouth but nothing too bad.

D= This is a really great brew. I'm impressed all around with it. The individual aspects of it lead the way for each new part. The porter is well represented as well as the rye and barrel. This is the rare example of a complex beer actually working in harmony.

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 Ri0
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured 12oz bottle into Tyranena snifter

A - Deep, dark burnt chocolate brown bordering on obsidian. Frothy 1.5 finger head, impressive in a beer that is barrel aged and about 9 months aged. Collar around the glass with small spots of lacing.

S - A nice roasty light rye, bready smell. Good hints of whiskey and barrel come through. Bakers chocolate, caramel, and vanilla seem to be hidden along with some sweet brown sugar.

T - Wonderful flavor of sweet, dark chocolate and roasted malts. Hints of whiskey and the barrel mix in with a slight rye spiciness. Sweet caramel, and brown sugar. Very nice as it warms and brings the flavor out even more so.

M - Medium bodied, very rich, smooth and mellow. No alcohol burn.

O - This is a great blended barrel aged porter 40% BA mixed back in to the porter. The rye whiskey barrels were a great choice. Ages very nicely.

Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pitch black with a small but dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with decent retention. Spotty little bits of lacing.

S: Burnt rye bread initially. Pretty much dead on. Hint of rye whiskey when swirled, but very mild. It stands out a decent bit more once the beer has fully warmed. Decently charry.

T: Really nice flavor. Sweet chocolate with rye bread and a little rye whiskey all mixed together up front. Rye flavors fade, leaving the chocolate - a hot fudge type flavor. Yum. Quick hit of rye whiskey in the finish with a little bit of drying charred oak between sips.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and mellow. Feels bigger than it really is.

O: I was little underwhelmed at the aroma but the taste really opened my eyes. Nice flavors and great balance - especially the chocolate. Barrel character is mild but adds a subtle layer of complexity. Delicious beer, a great porter.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to shir0045 for this one.
Pours a deep brown lighter ruby highlight's around the edge. Hard pour created a huge two inch light brown heading. Some tremendous globs of lacing everywhere.

Smell at first has very big lactic chocolate notes. A nice warming liquor aroma is a quick second followed with a beautiful blend of rye bread and some decent bourbon characters. Amazing aroma's.

Taste start's out with the heavy hitter big dark malts with a chocolate liqour taste that lingers throughout the tasting. Nice spicey finish. Somewhat a letdown from the big aromas I was getting in the nose.

Mouth is mid-full bodied almost there to the big boy range but not yet.Extremely smooth with a perfect watery to chew ratio. Very good carbonation for this type of beer (whiskey barrel aged)

This one was a dousy I liked it very much.

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

aggressive pour into a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to black in color. Mocha brown head and solid lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Coffee, whiskey, and rye.

Taste: Slightly bitter coffee that is balanced by sweet tastes of whiskey and vanilla. Even the rye is a player, with subtle hints lingering in background. Hints of dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness continues through entire taste of the beer, but it stays balanced with the sweet flavors of vanilla and whiskey. Bitterness does not overwhelm at any time.

Mouthfeel: Smooth smooth beer! Moderate carbonation and almost a full bodied beer, but moderate body for sure.

Overall: Tyranena is brilliant with Brewers Gone Wild series. They pack so much flavorful into these beers in this series that are smooth and balanced. It is the essence of what wisconsin beers are all about. Cheers!

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

12oz bottle poured into a penn pilsner pint glass. Bottled Feb 08, thanks to Goryshkewych.

A- Dirty Old Man is indeed dirty coming out of the bottle. Once poured it is a very dark brown bordering on black color. A lot of bubble action resulted in a 1 1/2 inch dark tan head that stuck around. Very condensed that left fuzzy lace after calming down.

S- Perhaps the year in the bottle calmed the scents down some as this was tame but still has the makings of a baltic porter. I got some dirty roasty malt backed with the rye with slight whiskey lingering. Also slight chocolate and old coffee. Maybe some dark berries? A lot of layers to this baltic porter.

T- A nice amount of the whiskey barrel is present & improves with warming as the rye kicks up a notch as well. Oak as well as vanilla which is always welcome by me. The rye is a nice offset to some of the more sweet factors of this beer. A lot of roasty factors come with this. I wonder what this tasted like fresh, as this gives off some heat towards the end. This is delicious beer.

M- Thick and lucious mouthfeel that is quite chewy at times. DOM is very rich with sweet tones creating a smooth texture. A little more carbonation would be nice but this will do. The combo of rye/whiskey creates a nice burn that does not distract. I want to gulp this but sippin is quite fine.

D- Not sure of the ABV on this but I wish I had more. This is my first in this series and it left a great impression. Dirty old man is a nice sweet baltic porter with a identity of it's own with the Rye/Whiskey mix but drinks with a smoothness making you want more.

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

12 oz. bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Dirty Old Man is a super dark garnet/brown, with a tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweeter crystal malt and bourbon, with clean alcohol vapors coming out as it warms.

Taste is also rather malty, a bit strong on the iced tea notes I get from crystal, but with strong rye whiskey notes and a really nice, light smokiness, and spicy rye finish. Frankly, they could have marketed this as wee heavy or old ale, these strong dark American style barrel aged beers are pretty much a style of their own. This one really grew on me by the finish though, very nice, in spite of my preference for more chocolate then caramel notes in a strong porter.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, really lush, creamy carbonation, medium body, slightly dry, tannic finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not my favorite of the Tyranena's Duane hooked me up, I'd like more vanilla from the barrels and chocolate from the malts, but for what it claims to be, an Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels, it's really a tasty beer that I'd be happy to have again.

Photo of buschbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It pours very dark brown with less than an inch of tan head that disappears quickly.

S - The smell is interesting. I get some chocolate from the porter. There is a woody, earthy aroma from the barrel, and I get a rye bread aroma from the rye malt and possibly the rye whiskey. I like it!

T - This beer has a lot going on. It has some chocolate notes while being a bit dry from the rye. I also get some caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging. Each sip is delicious and adds more complexity.

M - Full and velvety smooth.

O - This is a very good beer. The rye adds a nice layer to the flavors going on in this beer. Another great installment from the Brewers Gone Wild series. I look forward to trying more.

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a dark brown color.

Smell is of coffee beans and a hint of malt. I'm guessing Perle hops were used. The smell is heavenly with a hint of bourbon.

The taste is of slight minty undertones with a bit of coffee bitterness. The body is a bit thin at first, but is a bit better as the beer warms.

I wish the body on this one was a bit bigger and the carbonation was a bit lower.

This is a very awesome coffee beer. The only bad thing is that the body is a bit thing.

VERY MUCH THANKS to Deuane for such an awesome sample.

Photo of Kbogac
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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