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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92
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558 Ratings
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Ratings: 558
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 75
Gots: 41 | 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 woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to the BA who traded me this in person at DLD!

A: A slow, steady, high pour results in a thick black body underneath a mere half inch of frothy light-brown head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not terrible, but pretty darn average.

S: Quite oaky, with vanilla and tannins on top of whiskey, chocolate, and mildly spicy rye. Somehow it's both mellow and piquant at the same time; complex. Very nice.

T: More chocolate and rye malt than the nose, with an accompanying decline in the barrel characteristics (although the whiskey and oak both come through powerfully on the finish, which is both good and bad - it's definitely a trifle hot for being under 8%). Sweet, spicy, and good.

M: Smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Very nice.

O: I really wasn't a fan of Rocky's Revenge, as I found the bourbon to be overpowering compared to the base brown ale. This beer is much more in sync (and much tastier, period), although I'm a bit disappointed in the ratio of booziness to ABV. Even though the rye whiskey wasn't an overpowering flavor, it certainly leant a decidedly spiritous element to the beer - and there just wasn't quite enough heft in the beer itself to stand up to this. Still, this is a minor complaint, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of this.

Cheers!

Photo of monitorpop
3.55/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle which has now been aged for about 5-6 months. It certainly has improved over the fresh one for me.  

A: Black. Tan head quickly dissipated tan ring around sniffer.

S: Faint coffee and whisky

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate with a very faint whisky. Without age it had a bit bitterness that I was not particularly fond of.

M: Starts creamy with medium carbonation forming soon after. Leaves a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

O: Could be a bit more complex, but it's a decent beer with some age on it.

Photo of Ungertaker
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium snifter from a 12 oz bottle.

A- dark, jet black body. Thin coating of light beige head that quickly dissipates, leaving lines of lacing and a small mound where the carbonation is bubbling to the surface.
S- molasses, whiskey, toasted malt, vanilla, coffee
T- vanilla, rye, very slight hop presence, dark chocolate. The spiciness of the rye comes through more as the beer warms up.
M- thick, medium carbonation. Goes down smooth, especially for how thick it is.
O- This beer has aged very well. It has gotten better every time I have had it. The Brewers Gone Wild series has had some great beers in it. I would put this one up at the top with Doubly Down and Even Dirtier.

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of nhindian
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, cheers!

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with about 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Retention is around a few minutes before dissolving into a small cap. Very nice lacing with generous thickness around the edges. Although too dark to see carbonation through the liquid, I can see some bubbles bunching up around the sides.

S - The aroma starts with a lot of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Some inherent rye spiciness, but certainly nothing over the top; it actually doesn't come through as much as I would've thought. The whiskey is surprisingly subtle and understated, almost to the point of being inconsequential.

T - In the flavors, I'm getting more of the barrel than I did in the nose, but it's still quite faint until it almost hits room temperature. The espresso returns to give some nice roast and the chocolate turns a little sweeter here. Next comes the barrel in the form of oak and vanilla and some of the rye spice combines with the front-half of the flavors to liven them up. The finish contains the malts, whiskey, and some alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high-ish carbonation. Still goes down smoothly and the head aids in this endeavor.

D/O - Drinkability is medium. My qualm with this beer is similar to that I had with Tyranena's 'Shaggin' in the Wood'. They aren't afraid to barrel-age their beers, but by blending it with a non-barrel version of the base, it loses some of that emphasis. While subtlety is nice to have since you aren't getting kicked in the face by the oak or whiskey, I feel a bit of barrel would do wonders. So either forget blending the barrel-aged product with the base, or tweak the blend ratio. Or add your own whiskey to taste!

Photo of pdoran10
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty old man pours out a mostly opaque very dark brown color into a snifter. I get less than half a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is plum, and whiskey fusel alchohol. A bit of roast. The barrel aging is very present in the smell.

The taste is a silky chocolate porter with big yet smooth vanilla whiskey notes. A bit of spice from the rye. The flavors meld well. The dark fruit from the nose is not present. This finishes with an earthy oak presence.

The moutheel is medium bodied with a creamy moutheel. I get moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the excellent flavors in this beer carry it to a great rating. Really exceptional character from the barrel aging with a great porter to begin with. Unique and tasty.

Photo of oline73
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown/almost black with just a little light coming through at the edges. There is a layer of tan head that dissipates to just a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Sweet and mildly roasty. Hints of dark fruit and cocoa. Some rye(the liquor) in there as well.

Taste: Roasty with some burnt malt and coffee as well. A bit sweet with hints of dark chocolate and dark fruits. Some alcohol from the rye, and some spice from the rye grain. Roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Body is a bit on the thick side with prickly carbonation. The finish is a bit dry.

Overall: I enjoyed this one, but I don't know that I'll be searching it out again. I liked the barrel aging with the flavors, but nothing wowed me. Good but not great.

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 mikecharley
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from memory

Poured a redish brown. Certainly not ruddy, but certainly not clear. No head, or lacing to speak of.

Nose is pretty bland, not much rye, and honestly, not much barrel.

I does taste stronger than it smells. Nice notes of some very subtle rye and oak, and the spirit is very subtle as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty nice. Medium would sum it up best.

Overall, this beer was pretty decent. Nothing spectacular about it, though. I would much rather have He'brews RIPA on rye. That is by far the superior beer.

Photo of Alacy
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A- very dark black, almost no carbonation, no lacing

S- sweet caramel, vanilla, whiskey

T- nice amount of sweetness, roasted malt, caramel, vanilla, whiskey

M- a little thin, almost no carbonation

O- really enjoyed this one, pleasant amount of booze, nice sweetness, glad I have a couple of these.

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a deep muddy brown with a thin film of tan head. Low to medium carbonation.

Smells of dark roasted malts and brown sugar followed by a faint whiskey aroma. Coffee and chocolate are also layered in. Nice array of malty sweet aromas.

Explosion of roasted malts, coffee and rye with a subtle bourbon whiskey finish. The whiskey is perfectly placed and does not over power. Has a nice brown sugar/chocolate sweetness with a slight bitter oak finish. Well balanced and delicious.

Medium mouthfeel and abundant creaminess. Has more carbonation than I was expecting. Leaves a pleasant tingly sensation. Quite smooth and easy to drink for a big beer. The mouthfeel is every bit as satisfying as the flavor.

This is one of those under the radar fantastic beers. Has an abundance of dark, delicious aromas with an excellent complimentary rye whiskey twang. Highly recommended and definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of bugaboo416
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to SteelersX

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost blacked out color. Very thin head dissolves almost immediately, with some cloudy film left behind.

Roasted dark malts in the nose, plenty of nuttiness too. Hints of chocolate bark and coffee beans with a softer scent of booze.

Nutty and roasty up front with a substantial amount of malt character. Warm malts with caramel, chocolate, and faint coffee beans. Hint of rye spice towards the middle, followed by some nutty and chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a bit of oaky booze and rye tones.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A solid porter, although I was expecting more flavor from the barrel.

Photo of elgiacomo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottled April 7, 2011. Served at around cellar temperature.

Pours dark brown to black with a one finger brown head that leaves some sheets of lacing and holds a persistent creamy cap.

Aroma is whiskey, wood, chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, vanilla, rye, some caramel and toffee, and maybe a touch of grassy hops. Very good strength, very nice aroma.

Flavor is chocolate, roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, wood, coffee, some caramel and a nice rye spice kick on the finish. Very similar to the aroma although the chocolate is more forward in the taste whereas the whiskey is more forward on the nose. A bit of alcohol, but really well hidden. Nice.

Mouthfeel is medium/full bodied, creamy, velvety, soft carbonation.

Damn this is some good stuff! Blended in just the right proportions which keeps the barrel aging from overpowering the base beer. Great to look at, great to smell, tastes wonderful and has a fantastic mouthfeel. My first Tyranena brew and they’ve certainly got my attention now!

Photo of dubinsky
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired as an extra from makdeco. Poured from 12ox bottle into a tulip.

A – A normal pour resulted in the biggest head I have ever seen. Not sure what I did wrong here, but as I poured this completely black liquid into my tulip almost emptying the bottle, the dark khaki head started to form out of nowhere and almost escaped the glass had it not been for my ninja skills I would have dumped it all over my floor. The head is very think and frothy, leaving some insane lacing as it eventually recedes.

S – Dark malts give way to milk chocolate, very obvious rye whiskey on the finish. Smells a bit like ashes.

T – Roasted malts give way to bittersweet chocolate. A bit woody and earthy with some vanilla and caramel notes. I think there is some lactose in this beer which makes it very desert like.

M – Smooth, thick and creamy with fairly low carbonation. Almost like a nitro stout. Amazing mouth-feel. Very rich and decadent

O – I had no expectations going into this tasting and I was pleasantly surprised. Its a good tasting beer with an even better texture and mouth-feel. Its not the best imperial porter by any stretch, but its different and for that I give it credit. Its well balanced and well made, but the smell is a bit off-putting.

Photo of Wadsey
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty Old Man

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

A: Pours deep, deep brown with big, light-brown head. Standard looking stout. 

S: Dark chocolate and toasted rye bread dominate smell. Additional aromas include damp wood and alcohol, perhaps whiskey. 

T: Roasted malts definitely eclipse toasted rye bread, although that is still present, especially before the beer warms up. Intense dark chocolate and roasted coffee hog palate's attention. Smoke, damp wood and some alcohol figure in taste, too. Medium bitterness. Finish is powdered chocolate and espresso coffee grinds. 

M: Medium-heavy body and medium carbonation. Has a velvety mouthfeel. Not particularly warming. 

O: I'm coming to the conclusion that all the darker versions of the Brewers Gone Wild series are simply variations on a theme and that the variations themselves tend to be slight. With that said, Tyranena does wonderful work with roasted malts. Dirty Old Man is another solid stout. 

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was sent to me as part of a trade from ThomasHardy. I was very excited to try this just by reading the label it sounds pretty awesome.

The beer poured out as a very deep brown color, there wasn't much head on this beer which is a bummer. I'm not sure how old the bottle might be and perhaps some of the carbonation has escaped over time. The smell of the beer is a mix of rye and chocolate with some hints of alcohol. The taste of the beer could pass as a stout in my opinion. It's roasted and chocolatey with a nice spicy rye taste that blends quite well here. The mouthfeel is thick but it doesn't really have the carbonation I was hoping for. Overall I would like to try this on tap or a fresh bottle for sure. This beer would be great I think if it was fresh.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
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 raznug
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dirty Old Man pours a nice shade of black with a finger of tanish head that dissipates quickly.4.5
Smell: I can smell roasted malt, coffee, and maybe a hint of toffee. I love how this smells.4.5
Taste: Wow this tastes great it has nowhere near the coffee flavor that was in the nose. I get a lot of a toffee almost a roasted crème brule flavor. The aging kicks in after it warms and the whisky and some alcohol flavors blend in nicely.4.5
Mouthfeel: This beer flows excellent around the mouth but like good beers do it is thick enough to stick on the taste buds.4

Photo of CurtisLoew
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. I'm not sure what Tyranena's future plans are, but I hope they include more of this beer.

Pours dark brown/black. Brown head.

Great aroma. Coffee, dark chocolate, nice rye undertones.

Taste is great! Coffee, dark chocolate, malty, rye undertones. Subdues whiskey barrel flavors.

Example of how much I liked this beer: I bought it on a whim because I like rye beers. Went back three days later and bought another 4-pack. Went back a week later and bought three more 4-packs. Awesome stuff.

Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a orange hue and 1 finger mocha head

smell: whiskey, roast, caramel, toffee, vanilla,

taste: whiskey, vanilla, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice barreled porter with lots of flavor.

Cheers,
the CPJ

Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark brown colored with a big, long lasting, tannish head. Lots of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet malts, a little bready and toasty. Light chocolate and roasted malts. Subtle vanilla and caramel.

F/M - Chocolate malts, caramelly bready and a little roasty. Light vanilla lends a nice candy sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but does not overshadow any of the other flavors. Lingering roasty chocolate flavor, almost coffee-like. Medium bodied with a silky, rich mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry.

O - Another great offering from Tyranena. Chocolatey, malty, rich, with a nice balance of subtle barrel flavors. Quite tasty and very enjoyable beginning to end.

Photo of 1Adam12
3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours either dark brown, or light black, however you want to look at it. Small reddish head. Smells malty. Smells of rye and whiskey as well, with a bit of chocolate. I love the rye in the taste. Also hints of chocolate, malt, a bit of coffee, and just a slight whiskey flavor on the finish. I would've liked a bit more whiskey flavor, but this is blended pretty well, however not layered really. I taste everything all at once. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonate, and slightly creamy. Pretty decent porter.

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!

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