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: 558
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 75
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
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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 klikger
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Very dark brown with a small amount of brown head and lacing

S - Coffee, rye malt, and whiskey.

T - Whiskey is evident pretty quickly, but isn't overpowering like it is in a lot of barrel-aged beers. Medium-roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate appear next and complement each other well. This isn't nearly as sweet as it could be, which is a surprise (and a plus for me). A generous amount of rye flavor and hops contribute to a pleasing bitter end.

M - Full-bodied for a porter, this is relatively chewy stuff. Not too much carbonation.

D - This is a tasty beverage. I could easily have another, but I'd rather save one for another time.

Tyranena is firing on all cylinders, and this beer is no exception. Easily the best rye beer that I've had (though I've only had a few). I hope this is brewed again in the near future; if you like distinctive porters and can find some, it's a must-try!

Photo of bruachan
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

seemingly lifeless to start but an aggressive pour paid dividends as a crop of good fizz rose to the top en masse. not quite black but an opaque deep brown

fine nutty aromas and depth of caramel sweetness. and the oh-so-lovely rye funky zing. notes of coffee

it's got a robust mouthfeel that carries an immense sweetness. the brewers made a respectable attempt at curtailing the extent of the sweetness, with hops and rye, but it is still a VERY sweet brew (yeah, dessert sweet). the bitterness is just about overwhelmed like a Louisiana levee; rye doesn't do much to fight the sweetness back, so much as try to convince that there's something other than malt going on. i get ever so slight an indication of molasses (certainly not blackstrap--no sulfur). coffee and oaky (and slightly funky) vanilla. in the end it's just a little too sweet

Photo of stxSS07
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle dated 4/11/11 into a Killian's pint

A- Pours black with hints of ruby red through the bottom of the glass with a 1 1/2 finger mocha-colored head. Leaves nice chunky lacing.

S- I get a big hit of whiskey followed by chocolate, coffee, and roasted malts. Great smelling brew.

T- Big whiskey flavor follows the nose, but is tempered by the chocolate and coffee flavors. Simple, but awesome.

M- Thick and extremely creamy with decent carbonation. Flavors linger around for a good while.

O- This is a really tasty beer. I don't think I could call it a porter...seems to cross into stout territory in my book. Either way I really enjoyed this (and everything else I get from Tyranena) and will definitely pick some more up.

Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a thick, opaque black. Barely even a 1/4 inch of brown head forms and then immediately disappears. Minimal wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roast, and light rye and whiskey.

T: Taste is - wow, not sure how long this has been sitting. I was expecting a lot of heat on this one but it's perfect. Light mild chocolate at the forefront with hints of vanilla creeping in. Roasted notes with a well balanced raisin sweetness flavoring. The finish is a fantastic mocha, and a chocolate note that reminds me of the dry Nestle milk chocolate powder (you know, if you just ate a spoonful? I can't be the only one who's done that...) before some more roast notes, and a nice coffee flavoring come through. In the aftertaste you can taste the light whiskey mingling with the coffee aftermath that really adds character but neither dominates or burns.

M: Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy body with a sticky somewhat chewy finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mildly filling, nice kick and a nice representation of style. I often try beers aged in whiskey, bourbon, etc barrels and the heat usually take from what the beer could be. Perhaps not aged long enough - but this one was spot on for me and I would love more!

Photo of brydeen
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a creamy looking dark brown, with a thin, quickly dissipating tan head.

S: A nice smooth mixture of chocolate and roasted malt.

T: Nice roasty flavor up front. Loads of bittersweet chocolate, with a very pleasant smoothing finish from the barrel aging. Not even a hint of booziness here.

M: Medium bodied and creamy, with very light, subtle carbonation.

O: One of the easiest drinking barrel-aged beers around. Not going to wow anybody, but is really really solid.

Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from brian23456 as an extra. Assuming it is from the new batch. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant cascading light mocha foam that has incredible retention and glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some ruby highlights and mild transparency when held to the light. Pretty much perfect for the style.

S - Spicy rye bread, light whiskey, a touch of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caraway seed. My main knocks are that it isn't super-intense, even when it warms up, and that it's a bit unbalanced in the spicy direction.

T - Again it's heavy on the slightly spicy and sour rye taste, with a bit of whiskey, milk chocolate, and a surprising amount of floral hoppiness. Finishes with a blend of vanilla and a slight sourness from both the malt and the whiskey that lingers into the aftertaste. Not as well-integrated as the nose, but definitely more potent.

M - This is one of the lowest carbonated porters I've had. It's also a bit thin and watery for the style, even not knowing the actual ABV. Beyond that it's quite smooth and pleasant - refreshing even.

D - These Tyranena beers are a steal at $2 each. This isn't quite as good as Devil Over A Barrel, but it's a unique and excellent beer in its own right. The lighter texture and low carbonation make this insidiously drinkable, and aside from the light barrel-aging I'm not picking up much in the way of alcohol. I've heard this is 8%, but you wouldn't be able to tell.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with TPatuto, thanks Tom

A - dark brown with a thin head that fizzes to a thin brown ring around the pint

S - definite porter aromas, some mild coffe and chocolate notes, however the double addition of rye and a singular inclusion of the barrel add some nice aroma combinations, the woodsiness adds a resiny aroma that is quite pleasing, they rye notes are poingnant and earthy without being overdone, the aromas are all understated, mellow and complimentary

T - coffee and chocolate, the backbone of any good porter, are present in the flavor as well, the rye really comes into its own in the taste, especially in the finish and aftertaste, bready and sweet and sour and smoky and resiny all at once

M&D - the flavor and aroma combinations are many, complimentary, and of high quality. this beer is quite smooth and easy down. abv is not listed, i would guess 6-7ish% based on the taste, a very tasty beer

Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA. Nice label, with a stick figure old man saying, "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Pours very dark brown with a medium-sized lasting tan head.

Aroma is very nice: roasted malt and sweet chocolate balanced with subtle oak and whiskey notes.

Flavor is also excellent. They are onto something with the partial -bal aging I think, which adds complexity to the beer without overwhelming it with intense boozy whiskey. Roast, caramel, chocolate, and coffee form the base beer, and the barrels yield whiskey, oak, and vanilla.

Fairly full body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

You can always count on Tyranena to make a good imperial porter, -bal aged or not. This is no exception.

Photo of stouty1
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a deep, velvety black and topped with an inch and a half thick, creamy almost nitroginated looking toffee brown head.

S: Dry, dark fruits: woody, slightly sour cherries, splashes of dark chocolate, bourbon, and a dusting of coffee grounds.

T/MF: Rich and toasty, bitter coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, slightly woody like in the nose and touches of bourbon that work in concert with the dry chocolate and coffee flavors. Fruitiness is subdued and comes across as a sort of buttery smoothness that coats the tongue into the finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a bit on the dry side (as I think should already be clear) which provides an interesting balance and makes for an enticing sipper.

D: Not bad, not bad at all. I think I just needed to get away from this beer a little bit to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. Not overpowering in the bourbon department which allows for some exploration into so of the other, deeper, flavors inherent in this beer.

Photo of FishAndBeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from local liquor store...

Appearance- Dark chocolate pour with a half finger thick mocha colored head.

Smell- Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of rye

Taste- little heat from the rye, followed by a sweet chocolate malt flavor.. there was almost a brown sugar taste thought.

Mouth feel- not as heavy as expected it is very smooth and goes down perfect for the next sip.

Overall- Im very impressed with this beer.. it was delicious for a cool fall day. I am definitely going to buy this again and I would suggest it to anyone!

Photo of manitouman84
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, molasses like, thin tan/brown 1 finger head and slight turbidity. Retention is mild although nice lacing is left down the glass. Toasty burnt malt/caramel aromas, oaky, vanilla, whiskey and raisin aromas. Less barrel imparted flavors than present in the smell, bitter toasted malt character (rye bread), chocolate, espresso, vanilla pops through in the finish. Nice rounded finish, not too sweet, good sized body that coats the tongue nicely, resinous, rich, boozy and warming down the hatch. Excellent beer here.

Photo of waldoiverson
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: pretty darn dark, only a lil' light comes through and gives the darkness a slightly reddish hue, creamy looking brown-tan head, fine carbonation

S: sweet rye nose, slight molasses, gingerbread, very nice

T: tart chocolate covered cherry, slow bleed into vanilla from the barrel, a bit of alcohol but well balanced

M: nice bite, smooth but not thick, long clean finish for the heavy flavors

D: Put this one in a tulip and let it warm a bit to really get the flavors and aromas to develop, one of these is about all i want in a sitting, but it is a very nice sitting.

Photo of tedpeer
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown. Minimal head, disappears quickly. No lacing.

S - Chocolate & rye & oak.

T - Coffee and Rye. Slight alcohol warmth.

M - Smooth, mild carbonation.

D - It's a sipper, but two to three of these would be no problem.

Photo of Wisconsin
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring into my pint glass a slow tan head slowly rises from the beer. At first, just a small offering but finally culminating in finger thick, frothy head that sticks around for quite some time. The body is rich, dark, and luscious. Black in every aspect, it omits no light whatsoever. Five minutes after pouring the head has faded to a nice ring and lace.

S - As much as I liked the look, the smell follows suit. Dark roasted malts, rich bitter-like chocolate and toffee notes are also present. A deeper whiff brings about the rye whiskey smell, that seems to blend well with the bitter malts and coffee notes.

T - Initially as I drink this beer it seems a bit strong in the whiskey aspect and lacking with the roasted malts and bitter coffee notes. Peat, rye, and whiskey aspects subdue themselves as this beer warms however, and the other characteristics come to life. Somewhat surprising to me is the lack of cream or toffee notes in this beer. I sense a slight amount of cream, but nothing like I was expecting. If that were a little stronger and could play with the coffee and roasted malts, Tyranena might have something great here.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that fits this beer well. Entering the mouth there are plenty of roasted malts, bitter coffee notes and a hint of cream. Cream could be improved here, but as the beer warms it seems to hold up well. A slight amount of carbonation arrives, and with it comes a the peat, rye, and whiskey aspect of this unique beer. Finish is somewhat smooth with a slight whiskey edge to it.

D - This is an interesting offering from Tyranena no doubt. I would like to see a couple things improved, but this is still a solid beer regardless. Keep making these solid BGW American Porters and I will continue to buy. Excellent stuff, and for the price it's hard to pass up.

Photo of MarcatGSB
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of Klym
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say-- klikger is the man. Enjoying this fantastic extra from klikger in a surly nonic compliments of expedition. Cheers!

A: Pours a more translucent black around the edges with a tan 1 finger head and carbonation trickling up throughout the body. Carbonation is more spritzy and less creamy looking.

S: Chocolate, rye, whiskey, wood, oatmeal and a touch of burnt coffee.

T: A good amount of heat comes through that lets you know off the bat you're drinking something out of whiskey barrels. It quickly transitions into a thicker chocolate taste with some coffee bite to suppress most of the sweetness-- more sweetness comes in toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. I find the carbonation a little irritating, and more reminiscent of sprite than any of the flavors I'm getting in the beer. Still, the body itself isn't so bad and is maybe even a little bit exceptionally thick and smooth for a porter.

O: If I had to choose, I think I'd go for the imperial stout from this series, but I'm very glad I got to try the porter as well. This beer did a good job of showing off and integrating its barrel, and like the stout did a great job of staying true to its ingredients. Very happy I got to try this!

Photo of dfried
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in color with just a little brown at the edges, thin coco-y head that forms mainly a ring after a couple of minutes. Chocolate fills the aroma, some milk chocolatiness but more like a bitter dark chocolate, some caramel like whiskey notes, dark roasted grains and some coffee hints. The taste is quite roasty and dark chocolatey, the rye stands out quite a bit. There is quite a bit of balancing sweeter notes as well, caramelly, brown sugar, some boozy whiskey. A big beer, but not quite a motor oil, throat coating consistancy to it, though it gets a little stickier as it warms.

Overall: not one I will rant and rave about but make no mistake, this is a top notch brew. I love barrel aging, and the whiskey doesn't show up quite as much as I would like, but that also makes it much more drinkable than sip-able. I like the hyrid niche that is forming, and these guys do it well, beers with some of the characteristics of big extreme beers, but are toned back enough to still be drinkable.

Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/23/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of brown capped with a tan of about two fingers. Nice retention leaving about some spotty lace.

S: WOW! The rye whiskey is definitely there leaving a power yet pleasant aroma surrounding some coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Flavor profile is exactly what the was expected from the nose leaving layers of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla engulfed in a blanket of rye whiskey.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of boozienss on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable, but the rye whiskey is quite stong.

Overall this is quite an interesting American Porter which took on the qualities of the barrel aging quite well. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- came to the table a dead black at the bar today, tannish brown head and clear for a dark beer.

S- roasted flavors were pretty strong, malty and a light scent of rye, balanced with hops.

T- first off a very strong malty dark flavor with a chocolate scents and the rye undertone. The rye is surprizingly light for how much they say they put into it, however it is clearly there and blends in spectacularly with the rest of the porter style. very smooth and delicious flavor

M- pretty thick as an imperial porter with rye in it, lingers on the tongue pretty well, and leaves a nice aftertaste. medium carbonation

D- very smooth and i think a great heavy beer.

Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.


Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from botlle into pint goblet -No best by date visible.

A: Poured a deep black with half finger head that quickly decended into a thin off white lacing,decent carbonation.

S: Light whiskey hints, slight coffee, deep roasted malts.

T: Slight coffee flavors upfront with whiskey hints,deep roasted malts,chocolate hints as well.

O: Overall this was a pleasure to drink ,The brewers went wild and I reaped the rewards, this was a tasty porter from start to finish, A little complex and got better as it warmed up, would definitly drink again.

Photo of seaoflament
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark with about an inch of light chocolate colored foam.

Very interesting aroma, rye and chocolate right away with hints of cocoa, citrus, roasted and slightly charred malts, and a subtle whiskey overtone. Nicely done. After the beer settles it has a dry chocolate aroma and it reminds me of chocolate corn flakes cereal. There's also some cherries, vanilla, and malted milk.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, chocolate, dry rye, coffee, hints of whiskey, and also some citrus and tangy flavors in the finish.

Seems a tad thin on the palate but still pretty good.

Really tasty porter!

Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Totally misjudged the pour causing a bit of an overflow. What remains however is a nontransparent black with a huge creamy head of fluff that leaves all kinds of lace coating a snifter.

Getting a very earthy nose. Picking up some rye with a hint of cream and chocolate.

I really enjoy Tyranena porters and this one is no exception. Roasty malts with rye standing out. Chocolate, marshmallow creme, a slight nuttiness with a touch of whiskey. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Amazing mouthfeel. Viscous, rich and creamy without being syrupy.

This is a really nice porter with some originality to it that additionally drinks awesomely. Highly recommended.

Photo of BrewerB
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this online from France44.com

Stoked to be breaking in my Jester King snifter glass which arrived as a generous extra courtesy of miikezombie . Pours a dark brown, clear, with a light tan head that didn't hold up well (glass might be dirty).

Nose offers up a tasty mix of dark chocolate, vanilla, and an earthy/tobacco. Spicy. Smooth alcohol.

Deep, rich, dark roast malt flavors showcase cocoa nibs, molasses, and a modest charcoal. Vanilla and oak make a case too though the whiskey maintains restraint and lends complexity. Scant smokiness in the medium finish.

Medium-full bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation. Alcohol is present but smooth.

Overall this beer drinks well, layered flavors with the robust, dark malt chocolate blending with vanilla, tobacco, spice. One to pour in a snifter and savor for a while.

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 558 ratings.