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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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92
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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008)
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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vitters03, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this deliciousness in Milwaukee at Discount Liquors for around $8. I had one of these not long ago on a Metra ride into downtown Chicago and it was pretty damn good. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish crimson with a soft sand colored head that has porn star like staying power. The cap and collar remain thick and leave loads of chunky lacing.
Smell- Not the in-my-face explosion I was wanting but still nice. Light coffee and chocolate are noticeable but barely. The whiskey is light as well but probably the focal point of the nose after it warms a bit. Some caramel and darkly kilned malts add touches of roasted goodness.
Taste- I remembered that there was something slightly different about this brew that I totally dug. There is a sort of a rich caramely chocolate brownie deliciousness mixed with bits of booze soaked cherries. The whiskey is fairly intense considering only 40% of the Porter was aged before the regular was mixed. The woody smoothness of the brew is also more vanilla-ee (?) than any other beer of the sort I've tried. The alcohol is a tad tingly on the sides of my tongue. Awesome.
Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth with a nice full body and light tinges of carbonation. I don't really get that spicy kick I expect from the Rye out of this brew though.
Drinkability- Just a really nice, really unique beer that I like quite a damn bit. It doesn't really taste like any other beer that I've ever had. I'm not sure about the "Baltic" part of the Porter but after something is aged in whiskey barrels for god knows how long, it's bound to lose some of that identity. Really good beer that I'd highly recommend!

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a chalice. Thanks to tizzod, midwest beer guide.

Inky black, just a thin rim of beige foam is raised and remains a ring. Wispy clouds of lace.

The aroma immediately brings chocolate and whiskey to mind, with a heapin' helping of oaky vanilla. Creamy, yet spicy and crisp, cool, perhaps some alcohol heat in the mouth...yet what a sucker i am for these deliciously gigantic imperial porters. All bitter dark chocolate enrobing a shot of rye whiskey, a dessert, but sweetness perfectly modulated by spicy rye sourness and black coffee/cocoa nib bitterness. For sipping in th eevening, this style can't be beat. rye and the woody tannins imparted by the barrel add up to an excellent beer i will gladly enjoy again.

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kenito799, May 16, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color that shines thru as pretty damn clear when tilted and held to the light. A very small cap of foam makes a brief appearance and falls to leave behind a low tan collar and a six pointed spiderweb of bubbles on the surface of the beer.

S - Very boozy on the nose...lots of whiskey over the top of wood and some vanilla. Sweet overall with some caramel, coffee with sweet cream and dark roasted malt...even a bit smokey as it warms up. This smells potent!

T - Much smoother than I was expecting coming from the aroma. Flavor is filled with sweet cream and vanilla at the base, layered with roasted malts and coffee and topped like a syrup of concentrated whiskey, caramel and sugar. This is very dessert like. The heavy vanilla really smooths this out and makes it almost candy like. This is pretty tasty.

M - Thick and syrupy in feel...smooth and creamy with a low carbonation to enhance the vanilla-y notes and fill the body out completely on this. So much like a rich dessert.

O - I went into this beer figuring it would be really good, but this really exceeded my expectations. This might be my perfect dessert beer. Loaded with sweet candy like flavors in a syrupy feeling beer - but somehow remains "balanced"...not sickenly sweet, just loaded with flavors that play off each other very well. Outstanding!

portia99, Jun 23, 2011
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours black with a ruby glow and a very thick, frothy tan head with tremendous lace. The aroma is highly chocolately, as well as roasty and sweet with a hint of alcohol. The flavor is moderately bittersweet, a bit spicy along with roast and chocolate, rather complex. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and body/carbonation are medium. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall an impressive brew with great mouthfeel, complex flavors and impressive drinkability for a big beer.

uwmgdman, Mar 08, 2008
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle on my last trip to Milwaukee and got this at Discount Liquors. Bottled on date reads 04Feb08.

A: Pours almost completely black with any bit of brown only showing at the edges. Has only a half centimeter of of mocha/darker khaki colored head and leaves a little lacing as I drink.

S: Smells like spicy chocolate, roasted malts, pepper, some whiskey or bourbon type smells, vanilla, coffee...very interesting and pleasant aroma

T: Really good, that's for sure! Similar to the smells, but not as intense as the smell would leave you to believe, which is good to me. Roasted malts, chocolate, a little coffee, some spiciness/pepper notes from the rye, and then some minor whiskey and bourbon flavors with not much bite from them, but defintely some vanilla and other barrel aging flavors.

M: This has lower carbonation, which probably went even lower because this beer has been sitting for almost a year and a half. This is one of the creamiest american porters I've had, it's not thick per say, but really full and mouth coating feel.

D: Highly drinkable despite my expectation when I read the bottle. I wouldn't think that this "Imperial Rye Porter Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" would be very drinkable. There is nothing harsh about this beer as the title would lead you to believe. The alcohol is higher (hey, it's imperial) but you can't really tell in the flavor and it tastes good enough to keep drinking it.

dukedevil0, Jul 15, 2009
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4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye Porter aged in whiskey barrels."

If that phrase does not pique your interest then you have no right calling yourself a beer person.

Pours like I expect a strong porter to pour--dark and limp. Opaque, no ruby hues or none of that shit.

Smells like a goddamn forest fire but the forest was full of nazis and those nazis were baking cookies. Not only did they deserve to die but the whole thing just smells so wonderful that you don't care about anything else, you have killed for its intensity and you would kill again for its intensity. Smoke, strong bitter rye, hellacious raw porter malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Oh man oh man this is gonna burn my tongue off...

Or no it's not, actually. It tastes a whole hell of a lot tamer than it smells. This isn't bad, not by any means. But it is a little offputting, after the fire of the aroma.

The taste is sweet and smooth. Big chocolate nodes up front moving into a more traditional strong, raw porter grain in the middle. The bourbon and rye both come in only on the aftertaste, and they actually balance each other out quite well.

Fantastically bold beer, right. Not quite perfectly executed but it's damn close.

mynie, Aug 26, 2008
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Brugge Brasserie Indianapolis. Pours very dark, with dark mocha head, pretty impressive.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma and taste, not as heavy as it looks, pretty easy drinker really, but good porter profile, not weak by any stretch. Definitely get a little smokiness from the aging, but didn't get as much rye as expected, but very impressed nonetheless.

DAllspaw, May 22, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 2nd Shift tasting glass.

A: Black as night. Light head that disappeared when I turned around.

S: Whisky , coffee/roasted malt

T: roasted malt, hint of coffee, boozy, cocoa nibs at the end, slightly dry

M: medium body but still light, smooth and silky

O: This is an excellent example of a porter but the booziness needs to be hidden a bit more because it was evident throughout the taste. Otherwise, it has everything I expect in a porter: light of body and roasted malt, with some additional complexity of flavor to it. I wish my palate could actually taste the rye aside from the slight dryness at the end.

bugaboo416, Aug 22, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This just arrived so it was a must buy at the end of the work day. It pours a medium bodied midnight black with a light, dark khaki head that dissipates within a minute or two and laces the glass. For a porter I'm surprised even at how dark it is. It smells of dark roasted malts, caramel malt, rye (but not whiskey), and light alcohol. It has a musty aroma to it too, kind of like a garage after a rain. It's not bad, just worth mentioning. The flavors are a nice milk of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, dark malts, and light whiskey. The whiskey is subtle. Altogether everything is really well blended. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It's medium bodied and velvety smooth. It's perfect really for the style. I'm convinced that Tyranena can do no wrong in their Brewers Gone Wild series. This further confirmed my thoughts.

aasher, Apr 16, 2011
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep translucent brown; like the color of a brown glass bottle. It is capped with a scant head, no real lace to speak of.

S - Some barrel, a good dose of roast, a fair amount of oxidation, rounded out by soy sauce, raisin and cinnamon.

T - The taste is at first quite reminiscent of a nice RIS with a little age on it. The Porter begins to show up as it airs out and develops; I find the line between Porter and Stout to be tangible but frequently inarticulate in nature. Anyhow, heavily roasted character is the mainstay of the flavor profile; rugged notes of milk chocolate, raisin, char, and oxidation fuse with smooth barrel nuances of oak and vanilla.

M - Very creamy feel; velvety-rich, it feels like it coats your whole throat.

D - Very easily quaffed. The people of Wisconsin are up to their eyeballs in world-class beer.

ktrillionaire, Jul 16, 2010
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4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark sand head formed on top of the black with brownish edges body. The head lasted forever and retained it size, despite leaving huge amounts of lace behind.

The nose has lots of rye...toasted grains and burnt cocoa.

The taste is really nice...coffee with creamer, roasted malts and oak with a grainy rye backbone. A great combo that works well.

This has one of the best mouth feels ever. Somewhere on the thick/medium line, super creamy with tight, smooth carbonation. Wow.

The flavors and mouth feel make this a super offering. Well balanced and easy to drink...I really wish this was offered around Western PA.

mgbickel, Nov 11, 2011
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.