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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
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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 sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter.
THe beer pours a clear mahogany with thin beige head going to an edge layer almost immediately.
Aroma is some coffee bean and hints of whisky and oak, with just a dab of smoke in the background.
First sip reveals a fine tingly carbonationwith a thick hearty body and chewy texture.
Flavor is similar to nose advertisement with a little dark chocolate sprinkled in and some brown sugar with the whisky notes. No smoke on the nose and the flavor is not as robust as the aroma. Not a bad thing just a little more mild than the big nose.
I dont get any hops as this is a big malty brew. A bit of a sipper, but one that I enjoy thoroughly, go find a bottle of this and you wont be let down.

sulldaddy, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep translucent brown; like the color of a brown glass bottle. It is capped with a scant head, no real lace to speak of.

S - Some barrel, a good dose of roast, a fair amount of oxidation, rounded out by soy sauce, raisin and cinnamon.

T - The taste is at first quite reminiscent of a nice RIS with a little age on it. The Porter begins to show up as it airs out and develops; I find the line between Porter and Stout to be tangible but frequently inarticulate in nature. Anyhow, heavily roasted character is the mainstay of the flavor profile; rugged notes of milk chocolate, raisin, char, and oxidation fuse with smooth barrel nuances of oak and vanilla.

M - Very creamy feel; velvety-rich, it feels like it coats your whole throat.

D - Very easily quaffed. The people of Wisconsin are up to their eyeballs in world-class beer.

ktrillionaire, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours super dark mahogany with a 1 finger beige crown that displays little retention but leaves lots of lace everywhere.

Smell: Dark roast malt, chocolate covered bacon, rye, and whiskey. I like the integration.

Taste: Slight whiskey barrel tinge over dark malt that is moderately roasted and balanced with a moderate chocolate note. Hints of toffee and plum round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of heavy bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad despite the mouthfeel which is a bit thick.

koopa, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of semibaked
4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours pretty thick and straight up black in color. It has very little dark brown head.

S - Dark Roasted Malts, Dark Coffee, and slight whisky and rye too.

T - Big roasted coffee and coffee bitterness, cocoa, whisky, slight rye, and some oxidation. Overall really well balanced and tasty!

M - Kind of on the light side and have good carbonation with a bit of chew to it.

D - This is really quite good. Never had anything from Tyranena before and this is a good way to get started. Recommended!

semibaked, Jul 11, 2010
Photo of hwwty4
4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iasanlee for this one.

I was really stoked to get this in a recent trade. Its one of the few Brewers Gone Wild series beers I haven't been able to try and probably the one I wanted to try the most. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a oily black velvet with a 2-inch beige cap that leaves soap like lacing down the sides of my snifter. When held to the light mahogany hues show through the edges. Whoa. I stuck my nose in the glass for the first sniff and dang, that's a whole lot of rye whiskey. Whiskey and rye pepper followed closely by rich chocolate cake, cocoa powder, and some black strap molasses. The taste is exactly the same minus the Rye. I know its a blended beer, something like 60% normal 40% barrel aged but its like the 40% came out in the nose and the 60% is the flavor profile. The flavor reminds me of one of those 3 layer super dense chocolate cake that's been wrapped in sweet chocolate icing. It's a desert in a bottle. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but leaves just a slight cocoa powder dryness at the tail of the mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for dry beers. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I had a 4 pack.

hwwty4, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of RustyDiamond
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently purchased by a good buddy in Minneapolis. No born on/best by date on bottle.
Slow rising mocha head on top of the dark brown liquid. Tan ring stays on throughout the tasting.
Toffee on the nose, roasted malt, cocoa nibs, rye whiskey and faint oak.
Smooth as hell. The rye whiskey playing on the roasted malt on the creamy milk chocolate flavor. Bitter in the middle, even some hoppiness detected.
Unreal drinkability! One of the better whiskey beers I've had.

RustyDiamond, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Alicia for this one. I've yet to have a bad Tyranena beer so I had been looking forward to this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, nearing black in the right lighting, with a modest brown head.

S: Plenty of roast and coffee on the nose. A nice hit of chocolate and maybe even a bit of smokiness as well. The rye provides an interesting spicy quality, but I don't pick up the whiskey too much.

T: The barrel aged portion comes through more in the flavor. A hint of vanilla goes well with the heavy roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors. A nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the thin side for what you would expect from an imperial porter, but a low smooth carbonation redeems things on the mouthfeel.

D: Another Tyranena beverage that does not disappoint. Glad I have another one of these to enjoy at a later date.

womencantsail, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a recent trade. Pours a dark brown with a minimal cascade of bubbles to the top, leaving a few streaks of lacing down the glass.

Loads of rye whiskey in the nose, reminds me of the Crown and cokes that were popular in university. Sweet, spicy rye, a bit of roasty malt, a hint of sweet brown sugar. Could use a little more heft to counter the rye.

Taste follows suit: rye, rye, roast, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hint of coffee,toast, a light bittering hops in the finish, just a faint whiff of alcohol (or at least the rye gives the impression of it). Thinnish body, not a ton of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, second rye whiskey aged beer I've had and this one comes out the winner. Well integrated but could use a little more heft or roast to balance a dominating sweetness. Well done.

ritzkiss, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of boothbeer
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours black with nice fluffy, medium dark tan head. Not much lacing, but head retention is nice.

S: Roastiness up front. Lots of rye and some spiciness as well. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate peek through.

T: Great taste. Lots of roastiness and rye up front that lingers after you swallow. Good chocolate flavor. Hint of whiskey barrels blends in nicely.

M: Nice body. This is actually thicker than I expected. Good example for the style.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Somewhat of a surprise to me, and I'm glad I picked this up in Milwaukee on my last trip up there. Can't say I've ever had a rye porter, but this one set the bar high.

boothbeer, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of klikger
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter

A - Very dark brown with a small amount of brown head and lacing

S - Coffee, rye malt, and whiskey.

T - Whiskey is evident pretty quickly, but isn't overpowering like it is in a lot of barrel-aged beers. Medium-roast coffee and semi-sweet chocolate appear next and complement each other well. This isn't nearly as sweet as it could be, which is a surprise (and a plus for me). A generous amount of rye flavor and hops contribute to a pleasing bitter end.

M - Full-bodied for a porter, this is relatively chewy stuff. Not too much carbonation.

D - This is a tasty beverage. I could easily have another, but I'd rather save one for another time.

Tyranena is firing on all cylinders, and this beer is no exception. Easily the best rye beer that I've had (though I've only had a few). I hope this is brewed again in the near future; if you like distinctive porters and can find some, it's a must-try!

klikger, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of dustine
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Brownish-black with a little bit of a dark tan head. Pretty cool looking lacing that sticks for quite a while but doesn't follow you down the glass. Stouty.

S: Dark chocolate with a hint of coffee and the graininess from the rye.

T: Pleasant whiskey alcohol taste. More of that dark chocolate about halfway with an intense sweetness towards the end. Like eating chocolate chips straight from the bag. Satisfyingly bitter from the I-don't-know-what hops while I think the carbonation might also add to this; very sharp. As it warms, plum fruit becomes more apparent as it overtakes the chocolate.

M: Pretty well carbonated for a porter but a possible distraction from the other complexities here. The alcohol burn from the whiskey is super welcome as I've always been a fan of barrel-aged beers that really include the liquor feel. The taste lingers in your mouth for quite a while.

D: I would definitely drink several more of these in a sitting, but that's just the little chocolate-addicted alcoholic baby in me. The richness of the taste and the alcohol hint however might scare other pussies away into switching beers immediately.

dustine, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Totally misjudged the pour causing a bit of an overflow. What remains however is a nontransparent black with a huge creamy head of fluff that leaves all kinds of lace coating a snifter.

Getting a very earthy nose. Picking up some rye with a hint of cream and chocolate.

I really enjoy Tyranena porters and this one is no exception. Roasty malts with rye standing out. Chocolate, marshmallow creme, a slight nuttiness with a touch of whiskey. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Amazing mouthfeel. Viscous, rich and creamy without being syrupy.

This is a really nice porter with some originality to it that additionally drinks awesomely. Highly recommended.

jera1350, May 26, 2010
Photo of beertunes
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to levifunk for this one. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured black, no translucence, with a thin light tan head that had no retention and low lacing.

Very nice roasted aromas greet the nose. I didn't pick up any Rye in the scent. The flavors were pretty typical for a big Porter, and there was a bit of the Rye sharpness I was expecting.

Body and drinkability were both typical for the style. Overall, a decent beer that's worth a shot if you see it.

beertunes, May 13, 2010
Photo of capra12
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Speedwayjim for this one, Thanks buddy.

Poured into an East End pint glass.

Apperance: Pours a dark MOHAGUNDY, with 1 finger of head that dissiaptes slowly leaving a film of head.

Smell: Whoa.. dark roasted malts with hints of coffee, and dark chocolate.

Taste: Reflects the nose, opens with a almost iced coffee with a shot of dark malts and toffee. The rye in this really comes through in the middle to end as a malty dark grain finishes this brew leaving a coffee and malty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and smooth with a drying finish,

Drinkability: I would definitely have this again, and recommend this to rye and porter lovers.. great blend of the two flavor profiles.

capra12, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of indiapaleale
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - almost jet black in appearance but when the light hits it there is some nice auburn hues. The thin white head goes quickly and leaves a halo of off-white film around the liquid level.

Aroma - lots of chocolate and fudge up front with vanilla and bourbon in the back. The chocolate aroma is quite formidable which was a bit of surprise really. This does however smell incredible with some nice alcoholic heat tickling the nose.

Taste - oh man is that good. Big chocolate malt sweetness on the tongue is followed by some slightly acidic bourbon flavors, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. The finish is very much like red wine, its dry and vinous. There is some nice spiciness to this as well that comes out more as it warms. Absolutely delicious beer with multiple layers of awesomeness.

Overall - this really impressed me. So much flavor and velvety smooth on the tongue. The bourbon barrel aging was just right for the style, not too overpowering and it let the sweet maltiness of this porter shine as well as the subtle rye spice. Outstanding work from the folks at Tyranena. What I wouldn't do to try their most recent offering from their "Brewers Gone Wild" line which is a "Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter". Wow!

Would I buy more of it? - again, I wish I could. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this in the cellar.

indiapaleale, Apr 28, 2010
Photo of boatshoes
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a very nice package from my man Roburg, thanks!

Appearance- Pours a nice rich, opaque black out of the bottle with a thin quarter finger dark brown head sitting on top. Head dies back to a thin sheet and then sticks around for the duration of the drink.

Smell- Interesting. I get the usual notes of rich roasted malt for a porter, along with some bitter chocolate. However, the rye and rye whiskey barrel aging really show through in a unique spicy characteristic. I still haven't had that many rye related beers, so my lexicon is a bit weak in describing the exact flavors. I really like it though.

Taste- Lots of rich roasted malts, chocolate, and perhaps the slightest coffeeish taste as per the nose. Again, the rye and rye whiskey really show through in a quite interesting spiciness that lingers throughout. I like it and the beer ends on a note of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is substantial for a porter and adequately carbonated. Drinkability is decent as well, though the alcohol evident in the finish takes a bit away from it the further you get it.

Overall, a very interesting and quite delicious take on a porter. Give this one a try for its uniqueness if you get the chance.

boatshoes, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of levifunk
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - very dark. what little head formed, died quickly.

smell - i pick up chocolate and coffee mostly. i smell what i will assume to be rye (don't know what rye smells like), but I don't pick up the whiskey at all.

taste - surprisingly smooth. there is a sweet beginning with a bitter finish. although the whiskey is subtle, I am able to pick it up.

mouth - low carbonation makes it feel silky.

overall - very interesting beer. the bitterness is pretty strong and keep my mouth feeling try. the ABV is unknown, but it is fairly boozy.

levifunk, Apr 19, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of adamharbaugh, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured very silky and silently, almost too much. at most there was just a very thin layer of film on top of the glass, mostly settle to a small floating island. the beer is pretty much pitch black with just a faint amount of light getting through the edges.

S - mmmm warming. ample amounts of dark and slightly bitter chocolate, spicy rye, stale coffee, roasted malts, and finishes very a very nice and smooth whiskey.

T - big and bold. the rye whiskey is very easy to pick out, comes out in force after some initial slightly roasted malts. whiskey is joined by some dark chocolate (think Hershey's syrup) and just a bit of nuttiness. pretty good.

M - very thick body, quite syrupy. carbonation is very minimal, definitely missing some for a bit of texture. very creamy, coats the mouth.

D - bit of an odd one here. like the flavor, just not pretty to look at. the lack of carbonation makes it a bit wearing about halfway through.

Stigs, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We had a debate as to when this beer was bottled. We decided to go with FlandersNed dating at 12-09. Thanks Flanders.

Looks like the matrix with foam.

Smells barrely with some choco coffee. Like if Count chocola bit Juan Valdez neck.

Tastes a lot better than I thought. Not a lot of whiskey. The Rick Santorum of Juan Valdez and Count Chocula's affair.

Very good Beer Thanks Flanders.

Murchmac, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a nice brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mostly, with some light rye whiskey notes. A bit spicy on the palate, as I get a bit of the rye whiskey (although not nearly as much as I would like), a touch of coffee and more rich chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. A fairly well balanced porter, though I would have liked a bit more whiskey.

emmasdad, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of Wisconsin
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring into my pint glass a slow tan head slowly rises from the beer. At first, just a small offering but finally culminating in finger thick, frothy head that sticks around for quite some time. The body is rich, dark, and luscious. Black in every aspect, it omits no light whatsoever. Five minutes after pouring the head has faded to a nice ring and lace.

S - As much as I liked the look, the smell follows suit. Dark roasted malts, rich bitter-like chocolate and toffee notes are also present. A deeper whiff brings about the rye whiskey smell, that seems to blend well with the bitter malts and coffee notes.

T - Initially as I drink this beer it seems a bit strong in the whiskey aspect and lacking with the roasted malts and bitter coffee notes. Peat, rye, and whiskey aspects subdue themselves as this beer warms however, and the other characteristics come to life. Somewhat surprising to me is the lack of cream or toffee notes in this beer. I sense a slight amount of cream, but nothing like I was expecting. If that were a little stronger and could play with the coffee and roasted malts, Tyranena might have something great here.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that fits this beer well. Entering the mouth there are plenty of roasted malts, bitter coffee notes and a hint of cream. Cream could be improved here, but as the beer warms it seems to hold up well. A slight amount of carbonation arrives, and with it comes a the peat, rye, and whiskey aspect of this unique beer. Finish is somewhat smooth with a slight whiskey edge to it.

D - This is an interesting offering from Tyranena no doubt. I would like to see a couple things improved, but this is still a solid beer regardless. Keep making these solid BGW American Porters and I will continue to buy. Excellent stuff, and for the price it's hard to pass up.

Wisconsin, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA. Nice label, with a stick figure old man saying, "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Pours very dark brown with a medium-sized lasting tan head.

Aroma is very nice: roasted malt and sweet chocolate balanced with subtle oak and whiskey notes.

Flavor is also excellent. They are onto something with the partial -bal aging I think, which adds complexity to the beer without overwhelming it with intense boozy whiskey. Roast, caramel, chocolate, and coffee form the base beer, and the barrels yield whiskey, oak, and vanilla.

Fairly full body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

You can always count on Tyranena to make a good imperial porter, -bal aged or not. This is no exception.

nickd717, Mar 22, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this one to me as an extra.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is rye, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is rye, whiskey, alcohol, roasted malt and coffee. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation with some nice alcohol warming.

Mora2000, Mar 17, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-top brown glass. Neck dated Bottled On 09NOV09.

Pours ruddy black with a thin layer of tan bubbles. Nose is fairly closed but smells of black coffee and dark pumpernickel bread. Palate is full bodied but lifted or ethereal at the same time, presumably because of the alcohol content. Flavors of toasty bread, bitter chocolate malt balls, and spicy rye. Carbonation is all but non-existent. Sharp alcohol bites the tip of the tongue.

The Whiskey barrel part escaped me until I lre-read the lable and saw that the used Rye Whiskey barrels. The spicy rye is largely present, but I figured it was from the malt, not the barrel.

Nicely balanced between sweet, spicy and bitter. Thick and rich but spicy and sharp at the same time.

SFLpunk, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of heliosphann
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Paco123456789. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pours black, with a brownish red tint. Leaves no head whatsoever. Lacing is minimal.

S: Rye whiskey is faint, but present. Some roastiness and malty sweetness is also there, but fairly subdued.

T: Nice roasty, malty base typical of a robust porter. The Rye Whiskey kicks in and is pretty prevalent, especially on the finish. Some sweetness comes into play, adding plenty of vanilla, carmel and some chocolate. Leaves a fairly nice aftertaste, highlighting the whiskey.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but fits perfectly with this style. Feels a little thicker than expected, and that's a good thing. Very cream and smooth. Good stuff.

D: Not sure on the ABV, but I think it's fairly low. I had no trouble polishing off my 12oz, and could probably have another.

A good, but not great beer from Tyranena. I liked the rye whiskey aspects, but would have liked a bit more Porter characteristics to shine through.

heliosphann, Mar 06, 2010
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.