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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
outstanding

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
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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Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Tyranena Dirty Old Man from the Brewers Gone Wild Series poured dark brown - almost black. A hard pour produced a 2-finger foamy tan head that held very well and formed rings of foamy lacing around my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by dark chocolate, coffee and toffee with rye whiskey in the background. The [burnt] flavor is of dark chocolate, woody and finishes with light rye whisky spiciness. The body is medium to full, with a smoother mouth feel and light carbonation. Flavor really comes through as the beer warms so don't consume too cold. Dirty Old Man goes well paired with barbecue potato chips.

Label reads: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels - 60% malt beverage. It sure would be interesting if they transposed the percentages [60% aged in rye whiskey barrels] - nonetheless, a very drinkable and flavorful American Porter. Well done Tyranena!

bushbeer75, Feb 22, 2011
Photo of MarcatGSB
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Bought at Woodman's in Madison WI for around $10 a four pack. No bottled on date. Purchased in early February 2011.

Apperance: Pours jet black, with very minimal head. Small lacing, that does not stay around long.

Smell: Great coffee aroma's. Roasted oak, sweet vanilla notes, and nice rye spice.

Taste: Great rye, roasted porter flavor. I like the use over un-aged and aged Porter, the mix is great. The un-aged Rye spice really comes through, and the nice vanilla oak aging mellows it out. Coffee comes through on the back, I really like the nice roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is relatively low, therefore coming across a bit flat. Even after warming, the moutfeel lacks a tad.

Drink and overall: Overall, a nice beer. Nothing too great, although very enjoyable. I like the idea of a rye porter, and aging in Rye casks. Give credit to the breweres on this one.

MarcatGSB, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of thetomG
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

thetomG, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours two shades shy of black with a thin band around the edges of the bowl. No head or lacing on this one, just a slightly oily slick across the surface. Big barrel-aged nose, a trace of booze/ethanol - extremely sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, molasses, a slightly vinous quality and raisins and prunes. Taste is more subdued than suggested by the nose - dark chocolate comes out and the barrel-aged quality dissipates. Some roast is also expressed as the brew warms. All this on a rich and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light), with a slightly oily/slightly watery consistency. Carbonation is light and even with a little dryness at the finish that seems attributable to the alcohol. A solid brew - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite good and with a well-hidden abv.

Jwale73, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; big thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. I'm a big fan of both rye beers and porters, so I really appreciate it.

A: Black/dark brown with a half finger of tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts are prominent here, along with some woody and slight nutty flavors. A bit of sweet whisky, but not as much as I was considering, even considering that only 40% of the beer made it into the whisky barrels

T: Roasty malts really dominate the flavor here; there's a bit of rye, but not as much as I was expecting considering that this is a rye beer aged in rye barrels... at least until the beer warms up to about room temperature. Vanilla does seep in a bit as the beer warms, along with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. I recommend drinking this one starting at about 60º and letting it warm to room temperature to fully enjoy it.

M: Thin body for a barrel aged porter, without a notable finish. A smooth beer, but I'm looking for something heavier, more syrupy, and sticky to really keep the rye/whisky finish around for a while. Little carbonation, almost flat.

D: Even if my other scores weren't outstanding, this is a very easy beer to get down; considerably high for something (partially) barrel-aged. Wouldn't mind having a pint of this at the bar with some friends- it contains a lot of the qualities of great beers, without really putting everything together. Definitely worth a try; it could easily be someone else's favorite beer.

AwYeh, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
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.

brewmudgeon, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: 04FEB08

This is a deep, dark, brown colored liquid. Very close to black. A very thin head of foam covers the surface, not much more, but it sticks around, which is nice. Lacing is in sticky, medium-sized strands.

Nice chocolate notes and some cocoa powder come through. Light notes of dark coffee beans. Good traces of rye spiciness. Good oak and whiskey presence is still here.

The rye whiskey notes have begun to fade somewhat. It's still present, just much more mellow than when it was fresh. It's actually much better integrated, at this point. It blends much more evenly with the chocolate and coffee notes brought about by the porter, as well as the spiciness from the rye.
Very tasty and well-balanced.

This is medium-bodied with a medium-to-high carbonation level. It has a touch of 'prickliness' to it.

This is still tasty and drinkable, but I don't think that I'd hold onto it much longer (if I had anymore, that is). I think that it's at it's peak now and is about to start declining. Just my opinion, though.

coldmeat23, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep black with faint choc. brown up to the light, one finger head, and some damn fine lacing.

S: malt, roasted nuts, oak, chocolate, maybe licorice.

T: smokey scotch velvet with chocolate and coffee taste, hint of bitter at the end, but so subtle.

M: medium, creamy full body, with average carbonation.

D: Not a session beer, but delicious and fun to share. I would recommend this to porter or stout fans.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

BeerLover99, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

tpd975, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of arboristfish
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a tan head that fades fast. The aroma of this beer smells of booze, caramel and roasted malts. The flavor is earthy with a faint hint of booze. There is also a flavor of caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, and overall is a drinkable beer.

arboristfish, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Meantile tulip. Bottled on 09NOV09, no info.

A - A tall pour is suspiciously quiet and offers up no more than a sliver of tan foam. No lace is disappointing as is the poor retention. The beer is completely black otherwise.

S - Dirty is right. The aroma reeks of crusty old dirt. A hint of smoke is reminiscent of both BBQ and bonfire which I like. Roasted malts and a very light hint of woody whiskey. Not boozy in the least though. A teeny chocolate chunk can be smelled floating around in there.

T - The rye has a slight bite in the flavor but the age in the barrels must have been fairly weak. No whiskey comes through but the wood adds a nice characteristic to the roasted chocolate malts. Nice porter flavor.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, the opposite of a dirty old man's skin. Very dry in the finish and just as bitter as a grumpy old fart. Lots of acrid bitterness in this one. No alcohol involvement surprisingly.

D - The sponge bath the label's stick-figure requests is out of the question, but I wouldn't mind putting another one of these beers down. Better fresh, more whiskey involvement, smooth and satisfying with age. What's the ABV? Is this really an 'Imperial'?

BeerFMAndy, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of PTMcB
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black oil like poor with a chocolate tinted head. Very light head.

S - The smell is excellent and of chocolate.

T - Chocolate malty rye heaven! You can most certainly get the hint of whisky! Outstanding!

M - Smooth and creamy!

D - Surprisingly good for an American Porter. I think I could take on two of these in a row if I could get these anytime. But this is a beer soon to be extinct. I am proud to have had this special and unique drink. Thanks Duff!

PTMcB, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night. Kind of a mocha colored small head. Minimal lacing. I really like the way this one pours and looks.

S- This is where the rye aspect really makes its presence known.

T- Some chocolate malts present. I get a small sample of the whiskey notes but nothing overpowering at all.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very nice.

D/O- Somewhat too much to handle beyond this one bottle. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this Tyranena offering. Glad I had the opportunity to try it as it may never be brewed again.

Duff27, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

jjanega08, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
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.

Bubba83, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a dirty white head that is short-lived.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and has the distinct earthy, musty character that rye can impart. More of a chocolate malt leaning porter than a roasted, coffee porter. Somewhat similar to chocolate chip cookies with a softer, milk chocolate smell that I would attribute to the barrel effect.

Light chocolate and caramel malt are the primary contributors to the flavor, which is also a bit more roasted than it smelled. In addition to a little coffee, there's also vanilla, wood tannin and a distinctive rye character. Like the aroma, I notice the barrel effect, but fail to pick up any whiskey. Would guess that is due to combination of the beer being a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged porter and having some age on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not really as thick or chewy as one might like to accompany the flavor. At worst, it seems at least adequate for a porter. Carbonation level is medium.

Overall, there are a few minor flaws you can find with this beer, but it hits the mark where it counts - flavor. Not much whiskey if that's what you're hoping for, but I love the rye contribution. Can't go wrong with Tyranena.

GeezLynn, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Benji's brew needed a companion in my fridge, and this one looked about right to fit that bill. It pours an opaque burnt sienna topped by a slowly-forming finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and walnuts. The taste ramps up the whiskey and the oak, adds some burnt biscuits and sharp black pepper, and lessens the impact of just about anything else, though a light breeze of roasted malts makes it through the forest. The body is fairly hefty, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid brew based on a solid idea, but a bit overdone, I feel.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of stouty1
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I found this in the back of my fridge tonight. Hidden gem I forgot I had and can't remember where I got.
A: Dark rose red poured into Sam's Adams glass. Very little head lacing around the rim.
S: Roasted malt
T: Chocolatey yumminess.
M: Thick and swishable
D: As it goes down it gets smoother.

stouty1, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle courtesy of a trade.
Pours a dark brown with reddish edges. Head was two-finger which settled to a coating lasting throughout. Taste was coffee, vanilla, chocolate, some coconut but with a boozy rye whiskey overcoming in the end. Mouthfeel was robust and full-bodied. A fair amount of carbonation was observed and felt. This was a very good porter and it's sad it was a one-time offering. If you can still get it, try it!

regspeir, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of Macky20
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from Oach after he learned how much I love this brewery... Thanks!

Poured into pint glass from bottle. I was somewhat disappointing in the lack of head ...Oh well. Color is a dark coffee brown with no transparency. Consistency looks great for a tasty porter.

Aroma is somewhat faint, I expected a bit more from a Rye, but there are still hints of molasses and whiskey mostly, maybe some honey in there.

As for the taste, I immediately notice licorice, coffee.. with a little bit of tartness on the tongue. You do taste a bit of coffee and sweet malt in this as well. As always, I love the smooth whiskey hint at the end of these aged beers.

Mouthfeel is just ok for a porter. It poured a bit then, and feels this way in the mouth as well. For my preference, it lacks some carbonation.

Drinkability is always hard for me to judge. There is a very suttle alcohol taste on the back of the tongue which doesn't put me off at all, but I wouldn't drink more than one. Not a bad porter overall, but I've certainly had better... especially barrel aged. I am glad I got to try it.

Macky20, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance -- Pours a deep brown with a thin layer of brown head.

Smell -- Whiskey, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Not especially aromatic, but it's pleasant.

Tate -- Dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, whiskey, dark brown sugar, licorice, malted milk, vanilla. Nice balance of burnt bitterness and roast malt sweetness. The rye barrel is very downplayed, much to this beer's advantage.

Mouthfeel -- Full in body with mild carbonation. Chewy, smooth, creamy. Very mild oak astringency/dryness.

Drinkability -- The partial barrel aging worked exceptionally well in this beer; lends a lot of depth, but doesn't put a dent in the drinkability. The abv isn't listed on this beer. I can't make a good guess, either. This is concerning...

yeahnatenelson, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oakbluff hooked me up with one of these in our recent trade. Cheers!

From a bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium-thick tan colored head with good retention. Pours out dark brown and sits black in the glass with zero carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a good wisp. A ring remains until the end and leaves dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Roasted malts, bourbon and vanilla, as well as some oak from the barrels. Hints of milk chocolate in there as well. Mild nose, but very nicely put together.

TASTE: Roasted malts with some more bourbon and vanilla flavors. A good dose of milk chocolate as well, integrated nicely with the rest. The mild but lingering aftertaste is plenty milk chocolaty, with notes of bourbon and vanilla in there as well.

PALATE: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Good feel.

OVERALL: Another good offering from Tyranena. Compared to the chipotle porter, I think I enjoyed this one a little more. A solid barrel aged imperial porter. Thanks for chance to try this retired brew oakbluff.

Jeffo, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of dbossman
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Black--quite black--with a great medium tan head that has amazing, steady retention

S: The spicy rye quality is first evident but then the whiskey comes sweeping in; there is also a steady roasted malt presence and coffee seems to peak through at the last moment

T: The rye and whiskey hit the taste buds first but that's followed by a wave of flavors from vanilla to chocolate to coffee to roasted--and perhaps a bit burnt--malts; very good flavors but there is a subtle watery thinness that distracts a bit

F: Creamy but yet again, thin toward the end

D: A very drinkable, strong porter with little effect--in the flavors--from the alcohol; good porter...damn good

dbossman, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of Strix
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.

Strix, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
THe beer pours a clear mahogany with thin beige head going to an edge layer almost immediately.
Aroma is some coffee bean and hints of whisky and oak, with just a dab of smoke in the background.
First sip reveals a fine tingly carbonationwith a thick hearty body and chewy texture.
Flavor is similar to nose advertisement with a little dark chocolate sprinkled in and some brown sugar with the whisky notes. No smoke on the nose and the flavor is not as robust as the aroma. Not a bad thing just a little more mild than the big nose.
I dont get any hops as this is a big malty brew. A bit of a sipper, but one that I enjoy thoroughly, go find a bottle of this and you wont be let down.

sulldaddy, Jul 25, 2010
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.