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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Reviews: 350
Hads: 564
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 6.6%
Wants: 80
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Reviews: 350 | Hads: 564
Photo of boatshoes
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a nice rich, opaque black out of the bottle with a thin quarter finger dark brown head sitting on top. Head dies back to a thin sheet and then sticks around for the duration of the drink.

Smell- Interesting. I get the usual notes of rich roasted malt for a porter, along with some bitter chocolate. However, the rye and rye whiskey barrel aging really show through in a unique spicy characteristic. I still haven't had that many rye related beers, so my lexicon is a bit weak in describing the exact flavors. I really like it though.

Taste- Lots of rich roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps the slightest coffeeish taste as per the nose. Again, the rye and rye whiskey really show through in a quite interesting spiciness that lingers throughout. I like it and the beer ends on a note of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial for a porter and adequately carbonated. Drinkability is decent as well, though the alcohol evident in the finish takes a bit away from it the further you get it.

Overall, a very interesting and quite delicious take on a porter. Give this one a try for its uniqueness if you get the chance. (1,232 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter early New Year's Eve.

A-Deep, dark brown, looks to be quite opaque. Head is virtually nonexistent, with sparse bubbles of the light brown variety.

S-Nuanced whiskey and oak aromas on the pour, which continue to show up here and there through duration of this beer. The main aromas are chocolate and roasty malts, also with hints of bready malt.

T-Hearty, big, and roasty with a bit of coffee, and almost a little chocolate character. Spicy/funky rye character is present, with oak and whiskey barrel mingling in. Bitterness is detectable and provides some balance. Finishes with a slight whiskey appearance trailing to a dry finish.

M-Low carbonation is velvety, allowing for subtle flavors to emerge; perhaps a slightly higher level would have provided a nicer feel, though. Slow-moving in my mouth, with a kind-of fine-grain viscosity (if that makes sense). There is a warmth going down, remniscent of a sip of liquor, especially with the slight whiskey barrel character.

D-This one is hard to judge. This beer is enjoyable, but I wasn't wholly digging the whiskey barrel characters all too much, as I'm not a huge fan of the liquor. That said, I like how the character comes through subtley, without actually offending my palate. So, although I'm not the biggest fan, I think it's well done and drinkable. (1,335 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (489 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (331 characters)

Photo of beertooth
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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! (795 characters)

Photo of beveritt
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (827 characters)

Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (560 characters)

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,612 characters)

Photo of BearsOnAcid
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear very dark brown body with a khaki head.

Some heat from the whiskey on the nose. Bready spice from the rye. Molasses and caramel.

Creamy soft roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate combo. More of that rye in there. Light whiskey heat but flavorful . Very tasty beer, lacking in some overall complexity. (321 characters)

Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Minimal head/lacing.

S: Roasty malt. Boozy. Caramel. Vanilla. mmm....

T/M: Follows the smell. Long finish with the vanilla, but not over-powering. Nicely subtle. Easily drinkable...would be good with creme brulee! (272 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking this one open.

Pours an opaque blackish brown, some dark red in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is wicked, chocolate, whiskey, rye spiciness, toffee, wood, nice roast, dark fruits, bit of alcohol, really nice. Taste is chocolate, toffee, rye, alcohol, heavy wood middle, alcohol, roast and figs, biscuits, fruity finish, balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit hot, feels a bit thin, but pretty nice, rich flavours. Thanks Russ! (547 characters)

Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Obtained in a trade from DontCallMeSurly. Thanks, Noah.

A-Pours a deep murk brown, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.

S-Smells of malts with toffee, caramel and coffee.

T-Roasted coffee with some vanilla sweetness mixing with the coffee in the end. A bit of rye graininess is present but a bit faint. A bit of alcohol warmth in the end but rather well hidden.

M-Nicely fizzy carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

D-Very drinkable.

A very tasty baltic porter.

HV (470 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from SteelersX; thanks Joe! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low carbonation evident. Looks thick.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, and some light toasted malts. Very nice mix of coffee and whiskey; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, oak, cream, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts. Taste is a little bitter and has some nice dark fruits, and less whiskey then the nose. Different then the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbon. Creamy body, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good BA porter; another winner from Tyranena. The nose has a nice amount of whiskey and coffee, while the taste has more bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Pretty easy to drink; just a well made beer. Would like to have it again. (1,013 characters)

Photo of regspeir
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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! (435 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thorpe brought this over for the baby shower tasting. Thanks. He even waxed it to class up the joint.

Beer is dark brown to black with a wispy head on it of small / tiny brown bubbles. Decent lacing still, mild carbonation.

Beer smells sweet and bourbony but the liquor is not as present as you might think. Lots of malt in there, syrup almost. Smells fine.

Beer is really thin but I like it, the body is so weak that you have to work at getting the flavors out, it is clean and finishes quickly, not dry. The overall impression of the beer is sweetness and bourbon. Need to bump up the FG on this one, then you'll have something special. (641 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive but not outstanding.

Positive=Nice subtle rye whisky aroma...not overpowering...just about perfect

Negative=Too subtle of a rye whisky dimension on the taste.

Positive=Creamy and smooth drinking

Negative=Just doesn't seem big and substantial enough to be a true Baltic Porter.

Positive=Nice overall taste...coffee liqouer? Check....sweet milk chocolate? Check? Spicy rye whisky? Check...everything blends nicely

Negative=Much of the flavor is subtle..This is not a big assertive tasting baltic porter.

Overall I like this, but I would like it to be a little bolder in body and taste. (601 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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. (835 characters)

Photo of Winter
4.01/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head with nice lacing down the glass. Boozy aroma of rye whiskey, alcohol, oak and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is barely medium... a little thinner than I'd expect for a porter.

Dirty Old Man is nice robust porter. Flavors of dark chocolaty malt reveal themselves first. Rye grain arrives midway, with oak and vanilla layered behind it. The finish has a fruitiness to it that ends with alcoholic vapors.

Another decent offering in the Brewers Gone Wild! series. I'm glad to see a return to the barrel-aged brews. (569 characters)

Photo of mnstorm99
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (639 characters)

Photo of gford217
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of MeLikeBeer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with ruby hints when held up to light. Nearly non-existent head which builds only a slight swirl hanging around throughout leaving moderate lacing.

S: Big aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with hints of the wood in there. Some other sweet dark fruits and vanilla also show up in the nose along with dark malts.

T: Roasted malts hit up front on the taste followed closely by roasted coffee and chocolate. Interestingly, I can detect the rye in the taste balanced with the thick sweetness of the caramel and vanilla.

M: To say the mouthfeel is thick would be an understatement as this one is smooth and viscous throughout. Very little carbonation as far as I could tell.

D: This is definitely a sipper - big, thick and syrupy but with a great taste. It's a little to syrupy to top my list of porters, but it's nice. (915 characters)

Photo of ncvbc
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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. (554 characters)

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (396 characters)

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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... (738 characters)

Photo of schultzi22
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (745 characters)

Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (455 characters)

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 350 ratings.