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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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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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sidetracked

Illinois

2.28/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Medium brown head, bubbly and thin. Head dissipates to nothing ... looks flat.

Aroma is kind of dank wood. Little vanilla, smoke, and burnt malt.

Taste is bitter roasted malts, a little wood, roasted coffee, and a little caramel sweetness. Bitter, burnt, smokey finish with a little vanilla. Lingering roastyness.

Light to medium body, a bit watery. Low carbonation.

Kind of weak in all aspects. No real bourbon presence. Too burnt and smokey. Body is too thin. Drinkable, but not that good.

6/23/2011

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 17:40:50 | More by sidetracked
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: Dark coffee brown which cannot be seen through, about a half finger of light khaki head which lasts for a bit, leaving behind a ring of head and a still surface. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Oak up front, smokey, chocolate and malt, with some secondary whiskey. The smoke is an interesting touch. Smells really nice.

T: Pretty smokey again; though a mellow smokiness, it covers the other characteristics. Some oak and vanilla are discernible underneath at the backend, but not a ton else. Basically, this isn't bad if you just thought you were drinking a porter, rather than a barrel aged one.

M: Very creamy texture. Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable for a smoke-forward porter. I can't really taste the barrel, but the beer is tasty and a good value nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 04:53:05 | More by pmarlowe
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

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

Brown pour, slight tan head, about 1/2" deep. Nice mild bourbon and chocolate aroma. Nothing too heavy or boozy. Well put together.

The taste is even better, chocolate is even bigger, still the bourbon remains noticeable, yet nowhere near dominating. Smooth, bitterness stays down. A great beer for introducing people to barrel aged stuff, but also plenty decadent for experienced drinkers to have at the same time. The rye is a great experience, seems to bring out a little more sweetness with whiskey flavors, as opposed to a dry peppery when used in non barrel aged beers.

There is a reason why I trade so much rarity andwhatnot between the Bruery and the Eclipse beers out to my Wisconsin/Marquette peeps, I get a ton of great beer quantity wise. Seriously, Tyranena could put this in a 22 or 750 bottle and people would pay $15 bucks for it anyday. At like $10 for a 4 pack, this is just a phenomenal beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 02:22:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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MaxSpang

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a viscus deep black. The bubbles took awhile before they creaped up to form the 2 finger head, which was a mocha brown. This beer looks like it's a lot bigger then expected.

SMELL

Tons of roasted malt and chocolate in this one. It's a bitter dark chocolate aroma, and it's followed by some slight espresso. The whiskey comes in quite a bit, but I was expecting more. It smells pretty balanced, with no aroma overpowering any other.

TASTE

Not quite as intense as expected, but very nice. There's a lot of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, which is followed by some slight coffee. The rye is subtle but welcomed, and the whiskey is a little underwhelming. The whiskey flavor is a lot more intense in the aroma, but there is enough flavor to satisfy a whiskey-lover's toungue.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel is fairly thick without making the beer sweet and syrupy. The only way I k ow how to describe it is that it reminds my of the leftover water in a bowl of oatmeal - thick but not sweet. There's a little carbonation which helps clear the mouth a bit.

OVERALL

This is a barrel-aged beer that is pretty easy drinking. Being used to big whiskey-barrel stouts, this brew feels almost watery. However, it's not a bad thing. It makes for a beer that could be enjoyed relatively quickly, but also could be sipped and savored. It's sort of sweet yet earthy, and big yet small. It's a solid beer all around.

Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 02:53:45 | More by MaxSpang
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JohnWaynes44

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of room in my 20oz tulip for the huge 3 finger head, that maybe would have stayed there all day if I didn't push it along by taking a few gulps of foam. Lacing is all good, great retention. Whiskey is present in the nose accompanied by chocolate malt and vanilla. Peppery, spicy alcohol coats the mouth right away. I am picking up mocha/java and butter in the middle and then more prominent and warming whiskey notes in the end. The feel is a buttery smooth, but a little on the thin side. This is one hell of a good porter. Complex and warming, a wonderful sipper and good companion by the fire. Glad I bought a four pack. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 19:59:51 | More by JohnWaynes44
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bashiba

Iowa

2.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark black with a thin layer of creamy dark tan head.

The smell is has an oxidized and mineral quality to it with a touch of burnt malt trying to creep out.

It starts out with a big burnt malt flavor that really seems to dominate all other aspects of this beer, some mild chocolate along with some earthy hop flavors sort of work there way past the roasted barley a bit as it warms, but it still seems one dimensional.

The mouthfeel has a very dry mouthfeel, this is the only area of the beer where the oak aging is really apparent.

This beer was underwhelming at best.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 00:46:23 | More by bashiba
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elNopalero

Texas

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. What in that description is there not to like?
This looks real good, a solid chunk of darkness in a cup. I pick up a bit of the roast aroma. Smells great and inviting. Fantastic flavor. I get a bit of the rye spice up front, followed by a roasty, rye finish. Definitely can taste the boozy barrel-aged influence. Seems like it brings this beer together. I like rye, I like whiskey, I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 22:21:39 | More by elNopalero
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of coffee head fading into a wisp. Excellent coating all the way down the glass.

Bourbon, vanilla, wood and some dark fruits in the aroma.

Starts out with a good slightly coffee kick. Loads of vanilla and wood with only a slight bourbon/whiskey flavor. Finishes a little sweet with some dark fruits and some more vanilla.

Not quite as chewy as I wold like, but by no means bad.

Another good beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series. I haven't had much from them besides lots of Hop Whore and am impressed so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 01:27:08 | More by jmarsh123
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beagle75

Iowa

3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque black at the core showing darkest brown color where light is transmitted at the edges. A fine peripheral ring of beige bubbles is all that passes for head formation. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fairly prominent bourbon and vanilla are complimented by mild roast and a fine thread of dark fruit. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with rough brown malt that is charred and slightly roasty. Early acidity is fairly pronounced, but more felt than tasted. Some figgy fruit and dark citrus stands out amidst the presence of acidity. In the middle the malt flavors become unctuous and chocolatey, clearly finding their range with some diacetyl flair. Bitterness is on the conservative side of moderate, with other flavors nutty, slightly spirituous with bourbon, and even a touch briny.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This is a fairly unpretentious barrel-aged beer, not really coming across as an extreme contribution, but not eliciting a 'why bother' reaction, either. It does seem elevated by the influence of the bourbon, probably because it is born from a mediocre imperial porter recipe.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 01:10:34 | More by beagle75
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mgbickel

Pennsylvania

4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark sand head formed on top of the black with brownish edges body. The head lasted forever and retained it size, despite leaving huge amounts of lace behind.

The nose has lots of rye...toasted grains and burnt cocoa.

The taste is really nice...coffee with creamer, roasted malts and oak with a grainy rye backbone. A great combo that works well.

This has one of the best mouth feels ever. Somewhere on the thick/medium line, super creamy with tight, smooth carbonation. Wow.

The flavors and mouth feel make this a super offering. Well balanced and easy to drink...I really wish this was offered around Western PA.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 00:18:00 | More by mgbickel
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FishAndBeer

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from local liquor store...

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 23:27:45 | More by FishAndBeer
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BrewerB

Florida

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this online from France44.com

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 03:57:34 | More by BrewerB
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greenmonstah

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided as an extra by a very generous trader! Poured into snifter.

A - Jet black with a minute head that dissipates very rapidly

S - Rye whiskey aroma is ever-present. Strongly smells of whiskey. There is a definite roasted malt background, but not much else. Maybe a tiny hint of chocolate.

T - This is a complex one. Wow. Roasted malts and cocoa, then some mellow vanilla and sharp rye components. Some alcohol heat. Finish is spectacular:bittersweet dark chocolate paired with ancient whiskey barrel notes. A masterful flavor profile.

M - Thick and creamy like a stout. Wet with fair amount of carbonation. I enjoy it, but it certainly isn't a porter's mouthfeel.

O - Overall I think that this beer is quite good. The flavor profile is complex and dynamic and really shows off the whiskey barrel component quite well, and pairs it with the beer's already fine tastes.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 00:39:53 | More by greenmonstah
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n2185

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: some roasted malt at first followed by a lot of creamy chocolate and vanilla. There are some cocoa notes in there along with a hint of smoke. A slight sour aroma peeks through as it warms

T: Roasted malts up front followed by some creamy milk chocolate flavors. The finish tastes of smoked peat, char, and a fairly faint dry whiskey flavor.

M: Thick body with lowish carbonation, this beer is quite thick and creamy, especially for a porter which I tend to think of as having more carbonation.

O: A decent beer, but it doesn't really stand out much from other porters and the whiskey notes are very faint. I'd like a bit more depth to the aroma and flavor along with a bit more whiskey presence. Still, it's not bad.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 02:18:00 | More by n2185
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Pours a dark chocolate color into a tulip. About half a finger of mocha colored head is achieved that dissipates quickly.

Smell – Vanilla, oak, coffee, molasses, bittersweet cocoa, and rye.

Taste – Quite roasty, slight heat, spicy rye, nice real vanilla, slight whiskey, and bittersweet cocoa

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied though quite creamy. Silky smooth.

Overall – Wow, very impressed with this beer. I really am enjoying this immensely.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 02:35:08 | More by SpdKilz
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birchstick

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours black in color without much of a head on it

S - smells has loads of sweet vanilla, spicy rye malts and booze, and some chocolate notes

T - starts off with sweet cocoa and chocolate malts. These fade to some vanilla flavors that give way to spicy rye malts. The rye gets amped up even more on the finish from the rye barrel aging, which imparts some heat on the finish. Really nice barrel aged rye porter.

M - a little lighter than I expected, however it went down smoothly

D - another winner from Tyranena. Rye whiskey is one of my favorite spirits so I was very excited to try this. I think they pulled it off well, leaving enough porter flavors and given enough room for the rye malts and barrel aging to do their thing without dominating the palate. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 03:42:43 | More by birchstick
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to UngerTaker for beauty. Poured into snifter...

A- Almost black. Pours a dense creamy looking head, brown color, dissipates quickly.

S- I love this aroma. Rye awesomeness. There is a solid roasty base porter and an incredibly woody bourbon blend. Some nice esters and sweet toffee malt.

T/M- So smooth. So roasty. So creamy and barrel aged. Very delicious rye dark beer. All the components are there, they just don't pop out individually, rather they mesh and melds together. Creamy medium body, moderate carbonation to style; very well made.

O- This beer surpassed my expectations. I would love to get some more. It just had everything I would want in a rye whiskey aged beer. It drank incredibly smooth and though it had a touch oud alcohol, it spent drink like 8%. Only good things to say about this beer; however if comparing BA Imperial Porters, then CCB wins with a Stranahan KO

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 18:32:41 | More by TheGordianKnot
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear very dark brown body with a khaki head.

Some heat from the whiskey on the nose. Bready spice from the rye. Molasses and caramel.

Creamy soft roasted malt, vanilla, caramel, and milk chocolate combo. More of that rye in there. Light whiskey heat but flavorful . Very tasty beer, lacking in some overall complexity.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 14:57:59 | More by BearsOnAcid
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RocPorterFanatic

Ohio

4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown with garnet hue around the edges, with a creamy, off white head.

S - Mildly smokey, hint of chocolate and spent charcoal.

T - Roasty, hint of smoke, slightly tannic. Very tasty. Nice alcohol warming going on here.

M - Creamy, coats the tongue nicely.

O - Decent beer. I was hoping for more whiskey flavors here, but tasty nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 23:39:00 | More by RocPorterFanatic
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manitouman84

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 04:26:16 | More by manitouman84
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schultzi22

Indiana

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a snifter on 7/22/11.

A: Dark black with a head that quickly dissipates.
N: Strong chocolate hits the nose first, quickly followed by coffee notes. I don't get much whiskey on the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bitterness stands out more against the chocolate. As a part-time rye whiskey drinker, I was hoping to find more spice in this beer, but it is only barely noticeable in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is in line with what I was expecting from an imperial porter. Nice carbonation that borders on an excess, but doesn't hurt the beer.
O: This is an outstanding imperial porter, but I am disappointed in the lack of whiskey. I will definitely get another pack of these to share and taste again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:41:01 | More by schultzi22
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MrTopher

California

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim (ratedz) this wasn’t expected but is really appreciated!
Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A – Pours a nice dark brown color, on the edge of black but not 100% black. A small ½ inch tan head develops. Almost impossible to see through, so good thickness.

S – Coffee, a little rye, a little chocolate and I think that’s whiskey but don’t know for sure. There is a lot going on with this one.

T – Dark coffee flavor, a little rye flavor, and some smoke. There is a nice sweetness that is hard to nail down, and a very small hint of whiskey, but it’s small.

M – This was a little more on the thick side, and that caught me off guard, but it must have been from the barrel aging process. Very low on the carbonation also.

O – Decently enjoyable, if I could find this locally I would share this with some friend in the winter months. Not really a spring or summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 18:21:33 | More by MrTopher
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mcallister

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet almost black with a thick creamy tan head that holds long retention. some spotty thin lacing enamors itself to my snifter as the head slowly fades.

Chocolate, rye, vanilla, and toasted oak at the forefront, with bourbon notes, some black fruits, roasted malt, hints of coffee and burnt caramel rounding things out.

This is probably my fourth or fifth bottle of this and I love the beer. Complex, rich, creamy, well rounded, barrel aged and only 7.9%ABV!! Milk chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cocoa, caramel, roasty malts, anise, black currant and other black fruits domintate the middle and dry out on the finish with wood tannins and earthy hops, and then some of the sugary bourbon notes open back up late and leave things semi sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 19:58:06 | More by mcallister
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BigPlay1824

New York

3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a coffee black color with a thin finger of medium tan colored head that is very fine and lingers nicely, pours completely thick and non translucent
S: coffee beans and a thin bit of whiskey scent that hits in right at the end
T: black coffee malts, toffee, molasses, finishes with a slight woddy taste
M: thick thick thick, gentle carbonation tingle, smooth all the way through just so thick, slight burn right at the end
O: a nice porter, lacking a bit on the taste aspect, not as complex as i like to see, drinks nice, extremely thick which i find enjoyable, not bad

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 00:26:39 | More by BigPlay1824
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AgentZero

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, nice tan head, decent retention. Fades to a decent looking ring.

S - Some rye, but not tons, not spicy like some beers. Chocolate, whiskey, little vanilla, little coffee.

T - Nice tasting, some bakers cocoa, and a little bit of rye. Little bit of whiskey in there, but it's pretty mellow. Rye comes through on the end more than anywhere else.

M - Little bit of carbonation bite. Pretty smooth, viscous, medium bodied.

O - Pretty nice and enjoyable, I didn't like the finish a ton, but it was still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 03:16:52 | More by AgentZero
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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