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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 billab914
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin tan head barely covering the top of the beer. It left some decent lacing on the sides of the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma mixes the boozy whiskey with some darker chocolate and bready, rye flavors. A little bit of a roasty flavor comes out as well. Everything mixes pretty nicely actually and the chocolate really seems to compliment the whiskey.

The taste is pretty big on the chocolate flavors. At first I get more of a milky, sweeter chocolate flavor. That starts to fade into more of a bitter-sweet, cocoa, chocolate flavor midway. The whiskey gives it a little underlying booziness that compliments it very nicely. A bit of the bready, spicy rye flavors come out in the finish. Very nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a very nice beer. I really liked how the whiskey complimented the chocolaty porter characteristics. The rye was a nice addition as well. Very solid beer overall.

Photo of richkrull
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today after work.

Poured a dark black color with a half finger of beige head on it. Some ok lacing as well. Smell is nice - some smoked rye and malt and a hint of coffee coming through. Taste is good as well. Heavy malt up front with some bitter coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is very heavy. This is a thick beer but it tastes great and goes down smooth. I really like this beer a lot. Not sure if it's only served at the brewery but I'll be back again for this one.

Photo of adman08
4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours almost black with a creamy brownish head.
Excellent lacing on the glass.
S-Aromas of chocolate and coffee, fairly light.
T-Outstanding flavors of chocolate, coffee, a hint of vanilla from the barrel aging, Fairly sweet.
M-Creamy and thick, sticky.
Overall, this beer is outstanding. The barrel aging adds some vanilla flavoring and some of the creamy smoothness. Surprisingly drinkable. It's like drinking a liquid brownie with a hint of coffee.

Photo of wschmit
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a perfect pint.

A: A viscous, maple stream pours silently into a dark, clear body of deep brown, slightly red hue. A bit of mocha head fades quickly to a collar of negligible height.

S: For something called "Imperial" porter, I was skeptical, but the nose is spot on. A really thorough roasted smell, like just-spent coffee grounds. The rye whiskey comes through after my nose adjusts to the coffee. Very pleasant.

T: Taste pretty well mirrors the smell. In addition to roasted malt, there's a slightly sour taste, and just a bit of whiskey--would like a touch more, to complement the coffee.

M: There's a bit of heat to this, but it feels quite nice with the fairly viscous, low-carbonated body.

O: Really well executed. "Imperial" made me expect a booze bomb--an ABV would be nice, btw--but this doesn't feel very strong alcoholically. A fine brew all around--hits all the porter notes, and then goes a bit beyond them in a positive way.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Old Man

Pours amber tinted brown and settles black with a fingers worth of light tan colored head.

The nose offers some roasty aromas up front with some chocolte filled alcohol. There is some vanilla and brown sugar scents as well, probably from the barrel aging.

The taste is much similar to the nose but multiplied. The roasted malts are very bold and then the bourbon cloak of vanilla and butterscotch lingers throughout.

The mouthfeel is very rich and oily, with a prickly carbonation kick at the finish.

Overall, another great brew from Tyranena. The Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome and hasn't let me down yet.

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

This just arrived so it was a must buy at the end of the work day. It pours a medium bodied midnight black with a light, dark khaki head that dissipates within a minute or two and laces the glass. For a porter I'm surprised even at how dark it is. It smells of dark roasted malts, caramel malt, rye (but not whiskey), and light alcohol. It has a musty aroma to it too, kind of like a garage after a rain. It's not bad, just worth mentioning. The flavors are a nice milk of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, dark malts, and light whiskey. The whiskey is subtle. Altogether everything is really well blended. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It's medium bodied and velvety smooth. It's perfect really for the style. I'm convinced that Tyranena can do no wrong in their Brewers Gone Wild series. This further confirmed my thoughts.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aggressive pour into a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to black in color. Mocha brown head and solid lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Coffee, whiskey, and rye.

Taste: Slightly bitter coffee that is balanced by sweet tastes of whiskey and vanilla. Even the rye is a player, with subtle hints lingering in background. Hints of dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness continues through entire taste of the beer, but it stays balanced with the sweet flavors of vanilla and whiskey. Bitterness does not overwhelm at any time.

Mouthfeel: Smooth smooth beer! Moderate carbonation and almost a full bodied beer, but moderate body for sure.

Overall: Tyranena is brilliant with Brewers Gone Wild series. They pack so much flavorful into these beers in this series that are smooth and balanced. It is the essence of what wisconsin beers are all about. Cheers!

Photo of jslot38
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the side, chalky black. From the top has a few brown hues around the side. Barely any head, just a ring around the edges.

Smell: Very nice whiskey notes, vanilla is very up front. While this is the predominate aroma, it does not overwhelm.

Taste: Has a level of tartness (almost fruitiness) found in traditional porters. Mingles well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Not totally what I was expecting, but its very balanced and nice. A bit of sweetness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice, has a silky smooth feel. Very good. For a barrel aged porter, this is extremely drinkable. I looked over and was surprised to see that I finished 3/4s of this during the review.

This is a very good example of a barrel aged beer that is well balanced, and really takes on the whiskey flavors well.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to shir0045 for this one.
Pours a deep brown lighter ruby highlight's around the edge. Hard pour created a huge two inch light brown heading. Some tremendous globs of lacing everywhere.

Smell at first has very big lactic chocolate notes. A nice warming liquor aroma is a quick second followed with a beautiful blend of rye bread and some decent bourbon characters. Amazing aroma's.

Taste start's out with the heavy hitter big dark malts with a chocolate liqour taste that lingers throughout the tasting. Nice spicey finish. Somewhat a letdown from the big aromas I was getting in the nose.

Mouth is mid-full bodied almost there to the big boy range but not yet.Extremely smooth with a perfect watery to chew ratio. Very good carbonation for this type of beer (whiskey barrel aged)

This one was a dousy I liked it very much.

Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Tyranena Dirty Old Man from the Brewers Gone Wild Series poured dark brown - almost black. A hard pour produced a 2-finger foamy tan head that held very well and formed rings of foamy lacing around my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by dark chocolate, coffee and toffee with rye whiskey in the background. The [burnt] flavor is of dark chocolate, woody and finishes with light rye whisky spiciness. The body is medium to full, with a smoother mouth feel and light carbonation. Flavor really comes through as the beer warms so don't consume too cold. Dirty Old Man goes well paired with barbecue potato chips.

Label reads: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels - 60% malt beverage. It sure would be interesting if they transposed the percentages [60% aged in rye whiskey barrels] - nonetheless, a very drinkable and flavorful American Porter. Well done Tyranena!

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 thetomG
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice deep brown color with a layer of tan head that leaves lots of spotty lacing around the glass. Vanilla, chocolate and rye come through on the nose with a gentle hint of booze.

Flavor follows the nose nicely, but with more boldness all around. The whiskey flavors are nice and smooth - a sentiment I can relate to all aspects of this beer.

Mouthfeel is great as well - smooth, smooth, smooth!

Easy to drink and very enjoyable, this is a beer I'd highly recommend to anyone.

Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours two shades shy of black with a thin band around the edges of the bowl. No head or lacing on this one, just a slightly oily slick across the surface. Big barrel-aged nose, a trace of booze/ethanol - extremely sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, molasses, a slightly vinous quality and raisins and prunes. Taste is more subdued than suggested by the nose - dark chocolate comes out and the barrel-aged quality dissipates. Some roast is also expressed as the brew warms. All this on a rich and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light), with a slightly oily/slightly watery consistency. Carbonation is light and even with a little dryness at the finish that seems attributable to the alcohol. A solid brew - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite good and with a well-hidden abv.

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

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; big thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. I'm a big fan of both rye beers and porters, so I really appreciate it.

A: Black/dark brown with a half finger of tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts are prominent here, along with some woody and slight nutty flavors. A bit of sweet whisky, but not as much as I was considering, even considering that only 40% of the beer made it into the whisky barrels

T: Roasty malts really dominate the flavor here; there's a bit of rye, but not as much as I was expecting considering that this is a rye beer aged in rye barrels... at least until the beer warms up to about room temperature. Vanilla does seep in a bit as the beer warms, along with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. I recommend drinking this one starting at about 60º and letting it warm to room temperature to fully enjoy it.

M: Thin body for a barrel aged porter, without a notable finish. A smooth beer, but I'm looking for something heavier, more syrupy, and sticky to really keep the rye/whisky finish around for a while. Little carbonation, almost flat.

D: Even if my other scores weren't outstanding, this is a very easy beer to get down; considerably high for something (partially) barrel-aged. Wouldn't mind having a pint of this at the bar with some friends- it contains a lot of the qualities of great beers, without really putting everything together. Definitely worth a try; it could easily be someone else's favorite beer.

Photo of brewmudgeon
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dirty old man

a 4-4.5 motor oil with a very short rusty tan head. spotty lacing.

s 4.5 roast and malt sweetness are evident, rye bour5on much less so, but it's there in intermittent little wafts. improvement with warming. another bottle 4/11, the aroma seems more complex and inviting.

t 4-4.5 sweet roasty malt followed quickly by a roasty twang. apparently only 40% of the beer was put into barrels. maybe the cheap bastards should have put 100%, and left it there til it was ready, then maybe they'd have had something extraordinarily good on their hands. on second tasting 4/11, the whiskey, while tempered, is more pervasive. everything really comes together in this one, though in sort of a mild, welcoming way.

m 4-4.5 big bodied, chewy and viscous (like motor oil, again) but it's pierced a bit by a somewhat sharp carbonation. do like how big and chewy it is. rare that i consider deducting points for a beer being TOO big in mouthfeel.

d 4.5 sure it's good if you like a typical porter evaporated until it's thick and briefly housed in the general vicinity of rye bourbon. ok, it's good, very good. and very drinkable. sometimes i like my bourbon stouts/porters to reek of the spirit, damnit, so i was initially disappointed.
on the plus side, the coffee flavors are subdued and everything is melded together, if a bit blurred. drinks like a beer with age on it. hey wait a minute, how old is this stuff?? bought it barely a week ago and the store had plenty, but now i see "brewed once"--in 2008? wow. i wonder how different it was fresh.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: 04FEB08

This is a deep, dark, brown colored liquid. Very close to black. A very thin head of foam covers the surface, not much more, but it sticks around, which is nice. Lacing is in sticky, medium-sized strands.

Nice chocolate notes and some cocoa powder come through. Light notes of dark coffee beans. Good traces of rye spiciness. Good oak and whiskey presence is still here.

The rye whiskey notes have begun to fade somewhat. It's still present, just much more mellow than when it was fresh. It's actually much better integrated, at this point. It blends much more evenly with the chocolate and coffee notes brought about by the porter, as well as the spiciness from the rye.
Very tasty and well-balanced.

This is medium-bodied with a medium-to-high carbonation level. It has a touch of 'prickliness' to it.

This is still tasty and drinkable, but I don't think that I'd hold onto it much longer (if I had anymore, that is). I think that it's at it's peak now and is about to start declining. Just my opinion, though.

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.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich deep dark black with a tan head. Wonderful retention with thick chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood, coffee, and a touch of whiskey.

T: Nicely charred. Rich chocolate more bitter than sweet but there is some candy brown sugar and toffee sweetness as well. Fresh brewed coffee and old oak. Hints of whiskey and a bit of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Good I like this one.

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

This beer pours a black color with a tan head that fades fast. The aroma of this beer smells of booze, caramel and roasted malts. The flavor is earthy with a faint hint of booze. There is also a flavor of caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, and overall is a drinkable beer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a Meantile tulip. Bottled on 09NOV09, no info.

A - A tall pour is suspiciously quiet and offers up no more than a sliver of tan foam. No lace is disappointing as is the poor retention. The beer is completely black otherwise.

S - Dirty is right. The aroma reeks of crusty old dirt. A hint of smoke is reminiscent of both BBQ and bonfire which I like. Roasted malts and a very light hint of woody whiskey. Not boozy in the least though. A teeny chocolate chunk can be smelled floating around in there.

T - The rye has a slight bite in the flavor but the age in the barrels must have been fairly weak. No whiskey comes through but the wood adds a nice characteristic to the roasted chocolate malts. Nice porter flavor.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, the opposite of a dirty old man's skin. Very dry in the finish and just as bitter as a grumpy old fart. Lots of acrid bitterness in this one. No alcohol involvement surprisingly.

D - The sponge bath the label's stick-figure requests is out of the question, but I wouldn't mind putting another one of these beers down. Better fresh, more whiskey involvement, smooth and satisfying with age. What's the ABV? Is this really an 'Imperial'?

Photo of PTMcB
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

A - Black oil like poor with a chocolate tinted head. Very light head.

S - The smell is excellent and of chocolate.

T - Chocolate malty rye heaven! You can most certainly get the hint of whisky! Outstanding!

M - Smooth and creamy!

D - Surprisingly good for an American Porter. I think I could take on two of these in a row if I could get these anytime. But this is a beer soon to be extinct. I am proud to have had this special and unique drink. Thanks Duff!

Photo of Duff27
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night. Kind of a mocha colored small head. Minimal lacing. I really like the way this one pours and looks.

S- This is where the rye aspect really makes its presence known.

T- Some chocolate malts present. I get a small sample of the whiskey notes but nothing overpowering at all.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very nice.

D/O- Somewhat too much to handle beyond this one bottle. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this Tyranena offering. Glad I had the opportunity to try it as it may never be brewed again.

Photo of jjanega08
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= The pour is a total black out color with a thin tan head coming out of it yet holding some pretty steady retention and lacing. Much darker than I expected.

S= Smells sort of like candy. Waxy in a way if that makes sense. There is a great deal of vanilla to it that I get from the barrel. It smells very very familiar but I can't quite put my nose on it. There isn't a ton of rye spice but it comes through a bit. Chocolate is in it. interesting.

T= The taste has much more rye spice to it as well as vanilla. The factor that I couldn't figure out in the nose is gone from the taste. Loads of vanilla still as well as a great deal of barrel and oak to it. Great roastyness for a porter and actually suprisingly porter like for being an imperial. I love my porters but I think they loose a little when you imperialize them. Not much whiskey to it at all. Tyranena does a real nice job with their barrels I think.

M= A little thin on the mouth but nothing too bad.

D= This is a really great brew. I'm impressed all around with it. The individual aspects of it lead the way for each new part. The porter is well represented as well as the rye and barrel. This is the rare example of a complex beer actually working in harmony.

Photo of Bubba83
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena beer sent along by Kegatron because he knows this brewery is after my own heart. Poured into a Tyranena logo British Imperial pint glass at about 45 degrees.

This is one fine looking beer. It's actually kind of odd, when I was pouring it there was absolutely no head forming at all so I kept pouring more and more vigorously, once I was done pouring, it started SLOWLY rising up and ended up creating this monstrous head with a big cascading guinness like effect that looked incredible. Be careful if your glass is smaller than my imperial pint glass or it will overflow. Light brown super creamy head, easily 3 finger widths tall. Great retention and awesome uniform lacing. The body is a super dark brown, almost black.

I found the smell to be very similar to other dark Tyranena beers I have had, which is a good thing. Chocolate, raisins, some cherry alcohol, dark caramel, hints of roast... A little bit of spicyness from the rye comes out from this one, and some vanilla from the whiskey barrel. Wonderfully complex and has many layers to it. Could contemplate it more but I want to jump right in and soak my tongue in it.

The flavor is not quite as complex as the nose, but still darn tasty. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel hit first, then raisins, and finally a bit of rye spice, but the rye doesn't contribute as much as I would have thought. A bit of an alcohol cherry kick lingers around.

Actually seems a little bit thin to me for a beer of this nature. It's very creamy and nice, but I just wish it were a bit thicker is all. Kind of reminds me of a low ABV oatmeal stout consistency.

Drinks relatively well. Another winner from Tyranena, I just love what they're doing with their dark beers. Yes, they make a lot of them, and yes, many of them taste a lot a like, but is that really a bad thing? They're all good! Seek it out.

Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a dirty white head that is short-lived.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and has the distinct earthy, musty character that rye can impart. More of a chocolate malt leaning porter than a roasted, coffee porter. Somewhat similar to chocolate chip cookies with a softer, milk chocolate smell that I would attribute to the barrel effect.

Light chocolate and caramel malt are the primary contributors to the flavor, which is also a bit more roasted than it smelled. In addition to a little coffee, there's also vanilla, wood tannin and a distinctive rye character. Like the aroma, I notice the barrel effect, but fail to pick up any whiskey. Would guess that is due to combination of the beer being a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged porter and having some age on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not really as thick or chewy as one might like to accompany the flavor. At worst, it seems at least adequate for a porter. Carbonation level is medium.

Overall, there are a few minor flaws you can find with this beer, but it hits the mark where it counts - flavor. Not much whiskey if that's what you're hoping for, but I love the rye contribution. Can't go wrong with Tyranena.

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