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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

538 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 538
Reviews: 347
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%


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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grandq

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows from the bottle completely black with a thick khaki head. Smells of roasty toasty oak, chocolate and coffee. Not getting any rye here really, though there's some faint sweet-sourness cropping up as it warms. The sourness and spice does crop up in the flavor profile though, reflecting the sweet, almost lactic finish to this smooth, creamy baltic porter. Prune, boozy cherries, peppery esters, faint smokiness and cocoa round out the character. All in all, not much of a departure from style standards, I think I expected a bit more deviation, a bit more evidence of the aging. Not wowed, but quite good nonetheless. Being my first from Tyranena, I wouldn't mind exploring more from the brewery. Cheers to autumnaldave for the introduction.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2008 16:18:35 | More by grandq
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

Looks dark brown at a glance, but glows like port when held to the light. Not much head to speak of here.

Smells of milk chocolate and maraschino cherries with a touch of sour booze and a hint of coffee.

Tastes much like cocoa again, but more like chocolate pudding. There really isn't much here other than a milky chocolate blended into an ambiguous boozy dryness. In the finish, a lactic sweetness coats my mouth and I'm left with a touch of black licorice. Looking over some of the other reviews to see what I'm missing, I agree that there may be a bit of peanut butter here, but I still say that this one is a bit dull.

Feels sticky and huge with a ton of thickening micro-bubbles.

I think I missed the point of this one. Perhaps a year in the cellar may bring this one around.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 03:02:23 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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blackie

Virginia

4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: head is minimal and disappears with a quickness, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: big creamy roasted barley aroma, full and rich, semisweet chocolate, nice sweet oak-vanilla though the bourbon is limited, a little spicy rye in the background, hops very light and on the earthy side

m: low-medium carbonation, full creamy body

t: full with dark roasted barley and dark chocolates that stick around well into the finish; certainly not the bourbon-wood bomb I'd hoped for...doesn't come through much at all really save for around the edges, but it works; earthy hops, a little rye spice, a little boozy

d: easy enough

from dirtylou

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2008 04:55:50 | More by blackie
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Tilley4

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Lordsloth for this incredible brew!!!

Best Baltic porter that I've ever had, easily...

Pitch black with a huge creamy head... Looks like an Imperial Stout..

Aroma of chocolate, roasted malts, vanilla, whiskey, and oak...delectable...

Smooth and silky, this is everything I look for in a porter... Loaded with dark rich flavors... Incredibly easy drinking....

Probably one of the best brews that I've ever had... I enjoyed everything about this...

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 19:42:03 | More by Tilley4
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BoitSansSoif

France

4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin but dense tan head that slowly fades into a thin cap. Nice leopard-spot tracing rims the glass as the level drops.
S-Aroma is predominantly sour rye flour with back tones of chocolate, coffee, and faint raisin and fig.
T-Attack is strong and of bitter rye with coffee that flows smoothly into a midpalate that brings out faint whiskey and more bitter coffee and liberally toasted malts. I'm picking up some of the rustic earthy tones I've found characteristic of the last two varieties from this brewery, again, not sure if this is from specialty malts, or the yeast. It's a very pleasant trait, but not for the squeamish...you either like it or you don't. Finish is surprisingly clean after all the powerful and strong flavors take a backseat to a smooth vanilla texture, and crisp slightly hoppy ending. The lingering aftertaste with its cafe-mocha notes is excellent.
M-Perfect. The smooth and silky heavier-side-of-medium body is just right to carry all of the flavors, and the carbonation is right at the ideal point...not too strong, but present enough to lend the right amount of backbone to a porter that packs a lot of flavor. This stuff is almost creamy.
D-I need to get my ass to this brewery. It's a new favorite of mine, and it's not far away. So far, three for three, and I would gladly spend my hard-earned money on a six-pack or a growler if I can get a hold of one.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 12:45:49 | More by BoitSansSoif
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icemonkey908

Minnesota

3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Sweet smell with some toasty undertones, although not very strong. Roasted taste with apparent vanilla undertones. Chocolate flavor becomes more apparent along with hints of whiskey as the beer is consumed. Roasted malts very apparent in the aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
This is a well crafted beer that does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 15:27:45 | More by icemonkey908
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes rather quickly into almost no lacing (which seems to be standard with whiskey aged beers). The aroma is of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste of roasted malt, and whiskey, with more whiskey and coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Overall, I love how the whiskey is balanced into the aroma, but do not like how it dominates the taste. Maybe some age would help with this. I guess I could drink this again when in the mood for something sharp.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 17:32:17 | More by KarlHungus
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TheBlackMallard

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head, a lot of lacing left.

Smell: Rye, cocoa, black patent, noble hops, and a bit of coffee and whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate and rye mostly, hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The whiskey is pretty subdued,when it even shows up. Maybe they should have went with a 50/50 blend. Thick, creamy, full bodied.

I really like this but think High Class Broad was a little better(from my limited Tyranena experience.) I'd like a little more whiskey and if it wasn't mentioned I'd have no idea this had any barrel aging involved.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 06:58:17 | More by TheBlackMallard
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zook74

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fantastic brew!

I'm not much of a porter drinker, so take this all with a grain ;-)

Nice, dark & rich color as to be expected.

The smell is wonderful. My favorite part of this brew. Malty, bourbon-chocolate. Very nice. Very pleasant.

The taste is very nicely rounded if not particularly expectional, but everything blends nicely; the malt, chocolate & coffee notes countered with that pleasant bourbon.

Overall a very nice brew. I'm thouroughlyl enjoying it as is the wifey who first turned her nose up at it...

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2008 03:34:30 | More by zook74
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Solid dark brown, nearly black, with a ghostly cast of maroon hinting in certain lighting and angles. Soft, firm, smooth light tanned foam sits atop at a finger high and leaves thick stringy lacing across the glass.

Lovely aroma of chocolate cookie dough and bourbony goodness. Hints of vanilla, fig, and raisin play lightly with a bit of dryness of grains as it warms.

Taste is quite nice with a delicate nature of chocolate mixing with dryish dark grainy goodness and the fluff of a chocolate covered pastry. Some chewy dark fruits entangle a raisin, fig, and date or two within the chocolatey goodness. There's just a touch of the bourbon racing around warming things up towards the finish as does some drying tones of grains and vanilla. But this sucker is all about the chocolate and is just lovely to let unfold after each sip and/or gulp.

Favorably mild taster with a bold stature of heavy bodied richness and creamy goodness thats quite slick in the body which carries this into the realm of wellhandled wholesome goodness and a wonderful ease of downability.

Oh the chocolate...so what I needed.
A damn solid porter of chocolatey goodness with subtle plays of dry bakery bourbonyness. Yum! Another winner by Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild.
More like this please!

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2008 19:15:41 | More by tavernjef
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fat stubby bottle to a snifter, The liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is nice mocha brown 2 fingers and leaves nice lace.

The smell is big, lots of malt and bourbon aroma, chocolate and coffee notes as well.

The taste follows and is quite good indeed. Lots of big malt, coffee and chocolate flavors are great. Bourbon barrel aging is also very good and done just right.

The mouthfeel is great, very good the carbonation is just right and the body is perfect for this style. Rich, smooth and creamy, what a delight.

The drinkability is excellent, this is a very very good brew, I hope you can get some.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 15:24:28 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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ZAP

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2008 01:44:07 | More by ZAP
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JDV

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of drewbeerme. Thanks man!
Pours dark black with a big lasting creamy, light brown head. Smell is rich, roasty and malty with light creamy coffee notes and a hint of whickey. Just a fantastic smell on this. Taste is really smooth, dark roasty and creamy with a nice light whiskey influence that doesn't overpower at all, or let off any harsh alcohol. A hint of bitterness, and a fairly quick finish. Could be a tad more full flavored, and perhaps the rye is keeping it from being too rich. Still a fantastic beer!

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:11:01 | More by JDV
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objectivemonkey

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2008 03:39:45 | More by objectivemonkey
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Pauly2X

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a half finger tan head with decent staying power.

S- Sweet malts, dried fruits and roasted malt.

T- Slightly sweet complex malt flavor up front with strong hop flavor and bitterness coming though in the middle. A slight touch of sweetness then smooth hop bitterness/dryness wrap things up.

M- Very smooth and rich, almost viscous.

D- I'll prolly grab some more.

While not the best, but defineatly worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2008 14:53:53 | More by Pauly2X
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scaliasux

Wisconsin

4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Very dark brown. Appears opaque. Think brown head that dissipates quickly.

Smell - Dark molasses scent most prominent.

Taste - Begins with a dark but sweet malt. Dark chocolate or molasses with a touch of something like banana. Finishes with a prominent but not overwhelming floral hop. Alcohol is noticeable. Interesting.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. A little alcohol bite.

Drinkability - Very enjoyable beer that's crafted for savoring. This brewer makes some darn fine beers and this is one of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 02:12:25 | More by scaliasux
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special in the looks department. Very thin tan head on a fairly gentle pour, quickly gives way to a thin collar. The black body almost allows some light through the edges. Quite mildly and finely carbonated. Despite the relatively poor head and thin collar this is a well laced brew with thin sticky sheets that give way to intricate webbings, and made me bump up the score from 3.5 to a 4.

Boozy scents of oaky vanilla overtop of roasted aromas of milk chocolate and espresso. The earthy spice of rye grain and decaying leafy hops are less prominent but add significant complexity and depth to the overall olfactory presentation.

Much like the nose as far as taste goes. A hint of dark fruits reveals itself just before the finish.

There is alot going on here in this medium bodied brew, but the noticeable alcohol heat detracts somewhat. The boozy oakiness is the predominant element in this brew, from the aroma to the taste as well as the feel. There is a nice creaminess which serves as a decent counterpoint to the alcohol heat. The rye seems almost lost in this, or perhaps it just blends too well into the other flavours.

This is most likely best sipped and savoured. The boozy heat and alcohol just wouldnt have it any other way. As a big fan of rye beers I was really looking forward to this but the damn alcohol heat just keeps preventing me from really enjoying this one, and limiting its drinkablility. Another solid brew from Tyranena, some fine tuning or perhaps some age could turn this good beer into a great one.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 04:37:40 | More by demcorhip
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dirty Old Man
"Gimme A Sponge BAth!"
Nearly turning the corner on 40, I wonder if this is where I'm headed...et tu, Rob?

Dark brown in color, beautiful,. toasty tan head keeps command above...lovely looking...

I get the rye, roasty and dry...nicely toasted. Dusted cocoa powder...

Taste: a chocolate bomb, with a muted explosion, dry rye reigns it in. Simply put: someone put peanut butter in my chocolate!
Cool, classical, and utterly satisfactory...not too sweet, not too rich, but with very prominent booziness.
Rye porters seem to be the way to go...put some in a whiskey barrel and you've got me on a leash!
Cool...lightly sweet, big time dry, full on flavor, expanse satisfaction.
Hotcha!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 07:14:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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brdc

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into a snifter. Bottled 02/04/08, so quite fresh.

Very dark brew, one shade under pitch black, with a foamy dark brown head with good retention and amazing lacing coating the glass on its way down.
Aroma is mostly of roasted malts, quite pleasant, with additional chocolate, coffee and dark fruit notes.
Medium bodied, the taste is quite similar, with a bitter roasted opening, a sweet malty medium, and a bitter dry finish (rye?).
Drinkability is as high as you will find for such a tasty beer. Very impressive.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 03:03:24 | More by brdc
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Winter

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 02:50:32 | More by Winter
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jjayjaye

New York

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 00:15:43 | More by jjayjaye
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patrick16o

Wisconsin

4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Same sunflower yellow bottle labels as the rest of the "Brewers Gone Wild" series of beers. Dirty old stick figure man says "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Statement of Composition:
40% Malt Beverage aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels
60% Malt Beverage

Pours a rich black color, hints of deep reds are visible when the beer is thinned out. Rather shallow tan crown

Strong aroma, lots of dark chocolate flavors, cherry, alcohols.

Delicious, rich complex flavor, with similarities to an imperial stout. Roasted malts, a definite rye whiskey character, and dark chocolate flavors. Some alcohol at the end along with a bit of oak barreled aftertaste. Good full body beer. Very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 03:53:51 | More by patrick16o
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BeerBelcher

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's a lot of adjectives in this beer name that normally indicates superlative beer, such as "imperial," "rye," "aged," and "whiskey barrels." For all those words, I wasn't tremendously impressed with the beer underneath the label. It was good, but not as good as the Devil Made Me Do It Imperial Porter. Still, I accept that some of these "Brewers Gone Wild!" series beers will be better than others, and this beer hasn't dampened my enthusiasm for this series.

Appearance is black, opaque and foamy. Aroma was a little whiskey-like, a bit grapey, and a bit roasty, but it was also a bit watery. Flavor was less intense than I expected, and the ABV of this beer is lighter than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Not a bad beer, but it didn't live up to my expectations set by other "Brewers Gone Wild!" offerings.

I'd recommend this beer, as I'd recommend any beer in this series, but this is definitely not their best work.

I bought this bottle at 3 Cellars in Franklin, WI.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 01:55:21 | More by BeerBelcher
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 04:48:18 | More by uwmgdman
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botham

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic. pours a deep chocolate opaque brown with phenomenal settling, which takes a couple minutes. head is coffee colored, creamy and rich, and remains for the duration of consumption.

aroma is roasted, with notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee up front. an earthy base gives the brew a warming character, most likely from the whiskey barrel aging. no rye in the aroma.

taste is burnt and roasted, with the same notes of caramel, chocolate and coffee. the whiskey gives the profile an earthy base, much like the aroma would suggest. dark fruit notes are in the background, alongside an alcoholic tinge. wonderful profile.

mouthfeel is very rich and creamy. the brew is full-bodied, with a slight note of alcohol in the background. finishes smooth and on a dry roasted note.

drinkbility is decent, mainly because the brew is so rich and full of flavor, one could very well be enough. that being said, this brew is very well refined on the palate and in the nose. this is a brew worth savoring. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 05:20:49 | More by botham
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 538 ratings.