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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

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 Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 for Matt's baby shower tasting. Thanks!

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a thin, tan head. The aroma offers roast, bourbon, sweet malt, booze, brown sugar, and oak. The beer is sweet, with a healthy whiskey presence throughout. The body is thinner than expected, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. If the body was a bit thicker and the flavor less sweet, I would enjoy it more.

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

Pours a dark black with just the edges showing brown. Smell has that characteristic porter roast smell with a sweet note that hits you right between the eyes. The rye might be there but it's not obvious - in fact it may just be perfect with this style. I can't pick out the rye from the barrel but it may impart a bit of the roundness to the finish that I get here. It's definately not overpowering or even something I'd notice unless someone pointed it out to me. Definately not to the level of something found in a Black Butte, for example.

The Mouthfeel is where this one shines. Heavier than most porters - it's heavier than most standard stouts I run across. It's a very smooth mouthfeel where the sweet roast coats the tongue. When I started out here on BA, porter was a style I'd drink often. But as I went along I moved to heavier and heavier beers unil only BA Stouts seemed to wow me. This is a great beer without being too heavy. A couple would surely be enough before switching to something lighter but this is a great beer.

Many times I find myself comparing Tyranena to Founders due to some similarities (Backwoods vs. Shaggin', Breakfast vs. Downer and Dirtier, etc.). In most cases Founders ends up ahead - but in this case Tyranena has a definate winner and a porter that kicks butt on most others that I've come across. All of this for a $9 4-pack - they're doing something right.

Photo of Khazadum
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Insanely creamy and emulsive froth. We have a full finger of head with a retention you rarely see. Thick full curtains of lacing to enjoy! Its got a fullness that just won't quit. Fluffy edges and miniscule bubbles make up the tan cap.

Smells of burnt and acrid grains, cigarette smoke, ashtray remains. Some background noise of ethanol at the very end give it a sharpness only for the last puffs. Hints of dark fruits, cherry specifically.

First flavors are a roasted body, some rankness to it. The aroma made me think of my first experiences with FBS, but this flavor profile... no way. This is more pungent, more wooden. There is a lactose sweetness to the background as well as a bitterness that reminds me of coffee grounds. Spicy bitterness as well. I missed it on the first couple drinks, but after a while I picked up on a sharp dark fruit flavor that blows itself out much like a firecracker on fourth of July. Exciting, but short lived. Finish is all about the acrid nature of charred grains. If you took a corner of burnt toast, dipped it in ethyl alcohol, and let it develop over night you'd find yourself tasting the final verse of this beer.

Feels fantastic. Creamy, full bodied, silky, velvet. Luxurious, rich, sticky. It has the power to maintain its flavors for minutes upon minutes. I'm stuck tasting it all over my tongue, my cheeks, my teeth. What a delightful beer when it comes to physical properties. It has some heat in terms of flavor, but it doesn't feel hot in the least. I couldn't peg it as anything beyond 7 or 8%. The carbonation is very light and present through the first third of each drink. It causes it to tingle and let you know its here, much like an elderly animal. Calm, faithful, and stuck in its ways.

Solid beer. Not amazing flavors, but the aromas and mouth feel are enough to bring this beer into the realm of t-t-t-tasty! I'm happy to have had this beer. Not exact on the style... is it a porter? RIS? I'm leaning towards RIS but can't tell for sure. Reveal is... Brewers Gone Wild Dirty Old Man! Imperial Rye aged in Rye Whiskey eh? Talking about a beer that could use more time in barrels perhaps.

Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color that shines thru as pretty damn clear when tilted and held to the light. A very small cap of foam makes a brief appearance and falls to leave behind a low tan collar and a six pointed spiderweb of bubbles on the surface of the beer.

S - Very boozy on the nose...lots of whiskey over the top of wood and some vanilla. Sweet overall with some caramel, coffee with sweet cream and dark roasted malt...even a bit smokey as it warms up. This smells potent!

T - Much smoother than I was expecting coming from the aroma. Flavor is filled with sweet cream and vanilla at the base, layered with roasted malts and coffee and topped like a syrup of concentrated whiskey, caramel and sugar. This is very dessert like. The heavy vanilla really smooths this out and makes it almost candy like. This is pretty tasty.

M - Thick and syrupy in feel...smooth and creamy with a low carbonation to enhance the vanilla-y notes and fill the body out completely on this. So much like a rich dessert.

O - I went into this beer figuring it would be really good, but this really exceeded my expectations. This might be my perfect dessert beer. Loaded with sweet candy like flavors in a syrupy feeling beer - but somehow remains "balanced"...not sickenly sweet, just loaded with flavors that play off each other very well. Outstanding!

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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 black13
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Brian23456 for this tasty brew.

Poured an almost motor oil black into my Dogfish Head signature glass.
A one finger mocha colored head formed, but quickly faded.

The first aroma to shine through is the whisky, which is very pleasant. After that smell subsided, coffee, chocolate, and a roasted maltiness are present. All these together fortell a good beer is about to be consumed.

All the aromas noted above come through nicely in this one. I really enjoyed the whisky flavor but could have used less coffee. Fortunately as it warms up the coffee flavors mellow out, or the whisky gets stronger.

Good mouthfeel but it could be a little thicker. Had more of a stout feel than a porter.

This was a very drinkable beer that was enjoyed from start to finish. Would enjoy another one of these in a few months, but enjoyed getting at least this one.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone for sending me this bottle a ways back. Served in a SAVOR snifter at a recent tasting.

Pours nearly black with a short mocha head and a good collar on the way down. The nose carries a bit of bourbon along with some roast and brown sugar. Mild oaky character there as well. The flavor is hampered by a really thin body, but brings a fairly-nice whiskey presence and some roast and chocolate. Pretty light body, especially considering the style, and light carbonation. Nice flavor overall, but far too thin.

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

Newest batch (2011). Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light mocha, fizzy foam that slowly develops into a half inch thick mocha head. Pitch black with decent, splotchy lacing.

S - Roast, oak and whiskey. Rye, caramel and bready malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Bits of burnt charcoal.

T - Sweeet roast with hints of brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey soaked oak. A bit charred, but overly roasty.

M - Nice and creamy. Carbonation is good, but over the top. Just a tiny bit of heat from the barrel, but overall, the ABV is well hidden. Really smooth and has a good suprising drinkability.

O - I like this brew. I think it is really well done and well rounded. Not anything that blows your socks off, but for something sitting on the shelf for $9 a 4pack I have no problem supporting Tyranena with this brew.

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

Many thanks to rmalinowski4 for the extra!

Pours black. Head was small, maybe half a finger, tan. Didn't stick around for too long.

Definitely get some zesty rye notes, with a nice bit of oak and whiskey. It's a very nice level; not overpowering but not to subtle. There's nice roasted notes, slight chocolate and coffee.

Lots of wood, whiskey and rye notes up front, moving to nice bitter roasted coffee and chocolate.

A hair thin on the feel, but nice slick and creamy. Finishes clean. Carbonation is good.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Porter. The rye and barrel notes aren't overpowering, but make themselves well know, leaving all the other great porter qualities to have their spot in the limelight too. Very enjoyable.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color. One and a half finger tan head shows good retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass was light webbing.

S- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with a lingering chocolate note in the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla come in the middle. Molasses and coffee in the ending with hitns of alcohol hinting toward the very end.

T- Chocolate notes mixed with a roasted malt come in first with this beer. There is a light caramel malt underbody which shows in the middle of the beer with some light oak flavor as well. A hint of smoked molasses in the ending of the beer goes well with a light roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol shows ever so lightly in the very end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for hte style. Chocoalte, vanilla, and oak are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, coffee, hint of vanilla, and molasses. Flavors were blended pretty well making smooth flavors all around. No off flavors were present in the beer while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a great beer which seems to be the norm with this series. The ABV was well hidden which can and will sneak up on you. The flavors were very well balanced which seems to be hard nowadays with barrel aged beer.

Photo of theghost3
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown--almost black--with a 2-finger, creamy cafe au lait head. A little lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with rich coffee. The taste is vanilla, coffee, and a hint of whisky; rather subdued. The mouthfeel was thick, oily with a crisp carbonation. Mouthfeel is more like a double stout as opposed to a porter.

This is a drinkable beer with a great aroma and a descent whisky flavor. Goes well with chocolate.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The roast and chocolate notes are present. The smell from the barrels is noticeable in vanilla and oak notes.

T: Roasted malts pop out first. There is a nice hop background and the sourness of the rye plays along through the whole experience.

D: Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the alcohol is covered and the beer drinks easy. There is no ABV information, but I would guess around 7.5 - 8.0 ABV.

Overall: A solid beer from a solid series. I like the rye in this one - it really added to the essence of the brew. If Tyranena could only figure out the mouthfeel, these brews would be epic.

Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/27/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produced light sticky lacing. Aromas of Baker's chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and earthiness. Taste was of chocolate and molasses up front, leading in oak, and finishing w/ subtle hop bitterness and a touch of whiskey. The mouthfeel was spectacular! Pretty damn full bodied for a Porter, and oh so lush and creamy. Drinkable brew as the ABV is well hidden and the barrel aging is in the background.

Overall, nice stuff! I would drink this again, but nothing to go crazy over. Simply just solid which I find usually the case with Tyranena brews.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.
Bottled on 4/12/2011

Aroma: Big malty molasses aroma, accented by smoke, bourbon, and green leaf lettuce hop note.

Appearance: Dark tan 1/2 finger head drops quickly to a thin layer of foam. Bold coffee with dark ruby red color around the edges.

Flavor: Semi-sweet chocolate malt with an oaked, smoky flavor. A slight peppery heat, and a dry, smoky finish characteristic of a rye ale. Bitterness lingers well through finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and silky. Full-bodied. The look of a porter, but the body of a stout.

Overall: A unique, complex porter w/ lots of great things goin on. Wile I wouldn't call this a session ale by any means, it's one that I would go back to time and time again.

Photo of Avagadro
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Special thanks to aasher for throwing this in as an extra.

A: Deep black, with a swelling mocha head upon the pour that is active and appealing.

S: Robust bouquet, with molasses, fire-roasted marshmallow, and anise.

T: Full flavored and deliciously roasty; this brew has the perfect level of sweetness to offset the bitter roast. Along with the flavors suggested in the nose, it also displays hints of spicy pumpernickel, and a touch of bourbon sweetness.

M: Full bodied without being sticky, and great carbonation to mellow the intense roast. Right on point.

O: I am happy to see a barrel aged brew that isn't incredibly boozy. The ABV isn't given, but I'd put it in the 5.5%-6.5% range. Great flavor, both in depth and breadth, and well supported by aroma and mouthfeel. This brew is incredibly well crafted, and is definitely worth a try.

Photo of DAllspaw
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at Brugge Brasserie Indianapolis. Pours very dark, with dark mocha head, pretty impressive.

Roasted malt and coffee aroma and taste, not as heavy as it looks, pretty easy drinker really, but good porter profile, not weak by any stretch. Definitely get a little smokiness from the aging, but didn't get as much rye as expected, but very impressed nonetheless.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Served in a DFH Signature Glass, the beer pours dark brown with a 1/4 inch tan head that went away quickly. There isn't much lacing left behind on the glass. Aroma is caramel, chocolate, roasted malt and a bit of vanilla. It's a nice but slightly weak aroma. The taste is similar to the aroma, but luckily the taste is stronger. Unfortunately I still don't pick up much of any rye whiskey in the aroma or flavor of this brew, other than some vanilla. It's tasty, but I wish I could taste and smell more rye whiskey in this beer. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and creamy with decent carbonation. I think it's a solid overall brew, but it was a bit disappointing. Maybe Tyranena should age more than just 40% of this in rye whiskey barrels in their next batch.

Photo of auroracrisis
3.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a Maudite snifter.

Pours pitch black with a 2 finger mocha colored head that dissipates to a collar of foam and some small bubbles on top of the brew. A bit of red around the edges of the liquid too. Had to pour a bit aggressively to get the beer to achieve this head.

The smell is a pretty dry combination of cocoa powder and caramel at first but once it warms up notes of black coffee and black liquorice become apparent. Not too much barrel in this, and not real spicy on the nose like other rye beers. Just smells like a normal porter to me.

The taste is a little better. Spicy cocoa with caramel, a bit of vanilla and bakers chocolate. Not too different than the smell really. Not terribly complex but you can tell it's a bit different than a regular porter.

Mouthfeel is pretty damn good. A little dry with low carbonation.

Overall, this is an average porter in my opinion. Nothing too special here but certainly not a bad beer. It could use a little more of the barreled beer in the blend.

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no foam whatsoever.
The aroma is some chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of the whiskey and wood with a hint of the rye showing through. Really a nice smelling beer with alot going on.
The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood and the rye all blends nicely
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with slight carbonation, slightly thin. It has a realy nice taste and I would enjoy having another.

Photo of champ103
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing the bottle.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace either.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, coffee are all there like a good porter. Then some wood comes in from the barrel, and once this warms a bit plenty of bready rye. Lots of depth in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with more of a roasted malt character. Chocolate, sweet toffee, and some coffee. Light wood flavors, and bread. biscuit and rye. Really nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Cream and smooth. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

An excellent barrel aged porter. Both the wood and rye are there, but very subtle. Which complements the porter perfectly. Very nice, and highly recommended.

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

A ballsy craft from Tyranena! Medium bodied porter with a whole lot of character. Roast malts are the backbone of the aroma with great uplifting whiskey tones. Creamy feel with some heat. The whiskey/coco blend really bring it over the top. Although not as rye as I would have liked, still one of the best Tyranena's out there right now!

Photo of JLeege
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours very deep brown with a creamy tan head. Great retention, decent lace.

Smell- Toasted and lightly roasted malts. Caramel and rye. Subtle dark fruits a hint of maple syrup.

Taste- Follows the aroma very well. Rye, toasted malts, subtle chocolate and roast. A little rye whisky, with hints of vanilla and possibly cherry. I tad spicy I suppose.

Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth. Not sure on the ABV’s but there is no heat at all.

Overall- I wanted to be blown away by this one. Rye aged in rye whiskey barrels, that’s one of my top 10 fantasies! Solid beer, but I was hoping for a bit more. I wish the rye was more predominant and added more of a spicy character to this, but that’s just me. Overall, another solid beer in the BGW series.

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