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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
92
outstanding

550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 75
Gots: 42 | 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 mikecharley
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from memory

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

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

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

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

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

mikecharley, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Alacy
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

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

S- sweet caramel, vanilla, whiskey

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

M- a little thin, almost no carbonation

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

Alacy, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of dgugliuzza
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

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

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

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

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

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

dgugliuzza, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of bugaboo416
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a 2nd Shift tasting glass.

A: Black as night. Light head that disappeared when I turned around.

S: Whisky , coffee/roasted malt

T: roasted malt, hint of coffee, boozy, cocoa nibs at the end, slightly dry

M: medium body but still light, smooth and silky

O: This is an excellent example of a porter but the booziness needs to be hidden a bit more because it was evident throughout the taste. Otherwise, it has everything I expect in a porter: light of body and roasted malt, with some additional complexity of flavor to it. I wish my palate could actually taste the rye aside from the slight dryness at the end.

bugaboo416, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

xnicknj, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

elgiacomo, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of dubinsky
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

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

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

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

dubinsky, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of Wadsey
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty Old Man

Served in New Belgium globe glass. 

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

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

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

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

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

Wadsey, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

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

Knapp85, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours pitch black with one finger tan head. Head has okay retention and leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S - Plentiful roasted malts with subtle whiskey notes. Not getting much rye spiciness in the nose.

T - Similar to smell with the addition of a bit of spice from the rye.

M - Medium mouhfeel with an earthy dry finish.

O - Enjoyable. The whisky notes work well with the roasted malt.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my pint mug generated a thick, dense head that came right to the edge, and not over... like it was designed for this glass. A nice, persistent head as well. Good aroma, with lots of cocoa notes, and a touch of whisky... I like that it's not overpowering like many whisky-aged beers. Very solid taste. Caramel, chocolate flavor comes first, and is delightful. The malt is not overdone, and it balances pretty darn well despite the "over the top" image the label implies. Enough bitterness is present, both from the roast malt and the hops, that it dries out well in the middle.

The rye whisky flavor develops right at the end, and it's just an added bonus. This is probably the single best whisky-barrel aged beer I've had, since almost every other one hit you over the head with it. This allows it to be one taste component among many--among equals, I might say. I don't get any rye character, but that's ok. Rye malt is relatively subtle, and disappears into the background when other strong flavors are present. Definitely worth buying again.

allengarvin, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of raznug
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

raznug, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of CurtisLoew
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Pours dark brown/black. Brown head.

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

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

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

CurtisLoew, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

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

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

taste: whiskey, vanilla, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice barreled porter with lots of flavor.

Cheers,
the CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

domtronzero, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

1Adam12, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a thick, opaque black. Barely even a 1/4 inch of brown head forms and then immediately disappears. Minimal wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roast, and light rye and whiskey.

T: Taste is - wow, not sure how long this has been sitting. I was expecting a lot of heat on this one but it's perfect. Light mild chocolate at the forefront with hints of vanilla creeping in. Roasted notes with a well balanced raisin sweetness flavoring. The finish is a fantastic mocha, and a chocolate note that reminds me of the dry Nestle milk chocolate powder (you know, if you just ate a spoonful? I can't be the only one who's done that...) before some more roast notes, and a nice coffee flavoring come through. In the aftertaste you can taste the light whiskey mingling with the coffee aftermath that really adds character but neither dominates or burns.

M: Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy body with a sticky somewhat chewy finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mildly filling, nice kick and a nice representation of style. I often try beers aged in whiskey, bourbon, etc barrels and the heat usually take from what the beer could be. Perhaps not aged long enough - but this one was spot on for me and I would love more!

Jayli, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Bierguy5, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Huhzubendah, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

plumcrazyfx, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of Khazadum
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Khazadum, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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!

portia99, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

drabmuh, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

InebriatedJoker, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of black13
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

black13, Jun 16, 2011
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.