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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
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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 8.94%
Wants: 74
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 Murchmac
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
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 -13.5%
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 +1.9%
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 +1.9%
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 -3.4%
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%
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 -5.1%
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
Photo of THORN
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Very dark black with red around the edges. Retains quarter inch of light brown frothy head. Leaves frothy lace around pint.
S: Very sweet with chocolate and rye.
T: Toasted nutty malts. Rye sweeps in and is followed by bitter chocolate. Whiskey barrel aging is noticeable, but not overwhelming.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Beer leaves a dry feeling on tongue.
D: Well balanced and enjoyable.

THORN, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks alot to Beerwolf77 for this one!!!!

12oz bottle into a snifter glass

A- Pours a solid dark dark brown with a thin light brown head that didn't leave much lacing.

S- Sweet chocolate and coffee up front with a decent whiskey backround and slight vanilla. Little bit of spice in there but not to much.

T- Roasted malts and coffee hit you up front with a solid whiskey and vanilla backround. Slight rye flavor in there but not as much as expected. Slight chocolate also comes out a bit as well as a some alcohol flavor as it warms but suprisingly not bad at all, it's covered up well.

M- Definitely a full bodied porter. Fair amount of carbonation with a slight dry and bitter finish but not bad.

SkÅL!

Arenbeer, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from brian23456 as an extra. Assuming it is from the new batch. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant cascading light mocha foam that has incredible retention and glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some ruby highlights and mild transparency when held to the light. Pretty much perfect for the style.

S - Spicy rye bread, light whiskey, a touch of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caraway seed. My main knocks are that it isn't super-intense, even when it warms up, and that it's a bit unbalanced in the spicy direction.

T - Again it's heavy on the slightly spicy and sour rye taste, with a bit of whiskey, milk chocolate, and a surprising amount of floral hoppiness. Finishes with a blend of vanilla and a slight sourness from both the malt and the whiskey that lingers into the aftertaste. Not as well-integrated as the nose, but definitely more potent.

M - This is one of the lowest carbonated porters I've had. It's also a bit thin and watery for the style, even not knowing the actual ABV. Beyond that it's quite smooth and pleasant - refreshing even.

D - These Tyranena beers are a steal at $2 each. This isn't quite as good as Devil Over A Barrel, but it's a unique and excellent beer in its own right. The lighter texture and low carbonation make this insidiously drinkable, and aside from the light barrel-aging I'm not picking up much in the way of alcohol. I've heard this is 8%, but you wouldn't be able to tell.

MasterSki, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of sweethome
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour is dark, chocolate bar. Dark brown head leaves nice lace as consumed.

Nose of roast malt and coffee. Just a little whiskey and vanilla.

Smooth and thick entry. Very thick yet creamy. Lactose creaminess. Full and velvety feel on tongue. Rich and robust roast malts with backing of coffee and vanilla. A little alcohol whiskey burn.

Finishes nicely with residual sweetness of the creamy malts. Just a bit of bittering showing through.

The mouthfeel of this beer stands out. I have not had many beers with such a creamy, velvet feel. Lush, flavorful and somewhat comples.

sweethome, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of MPLS
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap a couple of times, this is my first time from a bottle.

A: This beer look pretty fabulous. Poured into a pint glass and the head was quick to billow up with good retention. The body is nearly completely opaque with the exception of some highlights on the top and bottom of the glass. Lacing intact.

S: There is elements of the barrel aging, but they are not real strong. I'm guessing it's because of the beer composition: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels 60% malt beverage. This lends to a graceful bourbon nose, not intense like some of the stouts out there. The rye malts stands out in a bready sort of way. In addition to this there are some roasted chocolate tones and a sort of earthiness mixed in.

T: The taste falls a little short of the facade the nose would suggest. I like the roasted chocolate and rye malt used in it, but the barrel aged blending does not do a great job of enhancing this beer. I am certain there was a stronger presence in the tap offerings. The beer sort of loses itself in the finish: earthy and a tad thin. In fact the more I drink it, the more the alcohol and a sort of metallic acidity comes out.

M: Despite the excellent look it falls a little short. Medium bodied at best, but water at moments and certainly not yield a silky or creamy character.

D: Despite the excitement of whiskey barrel blending this one falls a little short. Tyranena's old barreled offerings were far more impressive. I sill consume a fair amount of their stuff, but the Brewers Gone Wild! series isn't what it used to be.

MPLS, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 12oz. snifter at Bavarian Lodge in Lisle Il

It pours a very dark brown with a tan head that lingers. A generous amount of lacing lines the glass.

I'm picking up a lot of chocolate and coffee notes here with some whiskey in the back-end. Its a strong dominant nose that is inviting.

The upfront taste is very heavy toffee like flavors. It then goes into a strong but not overpowering whiskey. I'm not picking up any rye as I thought I would.

The body and mouthfeel is thinner than i thought given the strong nose. The whiskey may have helped in that.

weatherdog, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of waldoiverson
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: pretty darn dark, only a lil' light comes through and gives the darkness a slightly reddish hue, creamy looking brown-tan head, fine carbonation

S: sweet rye nose, slight molasses, gingerbread, very nice

T: tart chocolate covered cherry, slow bleed into vanilla from the barrel, a bit of alcohol but well balanced

M: nice bite, smooth but not thick, long clean finish for the heavy flavors

D: Put this one in a tulip and let it warm a bit to really get the flavors and aromas to develop, one of these is about all i want in a sitting, but it is a very nice sitting.

waldoiverson, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.33/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a thick, impenetrable dark brown that only fades to a light ruby brown at the edges when held to light. Large dark, reddish tan head that stays forever with evenly sized bubbles. Beautiful.

S - Whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee. A little boozy even for one who loves that profile.

T - Smoky/ashy with loads of whiskey profile. Heavy on the coffee flavor and soy sauce. Too much of a mess right now, maybe it'll calm down with some more time on it - too bad I don't have another bottle.

M - Very thick and oily, too much so for even an "imperial porter."

D - This is without doubt an imperial stout trying to hide in the clothes of an imperial porter. A little too ashy and hot for even me, and I love hot beers. Glad I got to try this, but not one I would seek out again.

NYCWheatFanSC, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a ruby brown color with a small tan head. Chocolatey bready aroma, lots of roastiness too. Earthy roasty flavor with some cocoa and caramel, a little acidity. Spirit influence is mild but there, sort of thins out the body a bit.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks go out to MPLS for trading this wonderful beer to me. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter. Review is from notes taken on 1/28/2010.

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown/near black; no head to speak of, just a thin ring around the surface and a very thin whisp in the center; body is entirely opaque and shows some light mahogany highlights near the surface; spotty and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice deep dark burnt roasty malts with a slight hint of chocolate; an earthy and bitter hoppiness is lingering in the back as well; a nice caramel scent starts to creep in as it warms; scents are quite robust.

Taste: Quite wonderful -- the dark roasty and burnt coffee-like malts and a bittersweet chocolate flavor; slightly earthy/dirty hoppiness is blended lightly in with the maltiness; there is a very faint flavor of bourbon and a sweet woody vanilla presence that rounds out the mouth; much like the smell, as it warms a bit there is a definite caramel presence that starts to sneak out.

Mouthfeel: Body is quite smooth and moderately thick; carbonation is quite present, but soft to keep the body lively but still creamy; a nice coating is left on the roof of the mouth; chest and belly are left warm.

Drinkability: This beer is outstanding - I love the smell, flavors, balance and mouthfeel -- just great all around. It sits a little heavy and the ABV, while unknown, packs a slight punch, but those are the only downfalls (if they could really be considered downfalls).

bamadog, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/23/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of brown capped with a tan of about two fingers. Nice retention leaving about some spotty lace.

S: WOW! The rye whiskey is definitely there leaving a power yet pleasant aroma surrounding some coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Flavor profile is exactly what the was expected from the nose leaving layers of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla engulfed in a blanket of rye whiskey.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of boozienss on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable, but the rye whiskey is quite stong.

Overall this is quite an interesting American Porter which took on the qualities of the barrel aging quite well. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

Lunch, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a .5 finger coarse, chocolate head that dissipates quickly. This one is pretty flat. Beer is a near opaque dark red. Lacing is ample. Decent given the lack of head retention.

S: Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a bit a booziness from the barrel-aging. Nose here is not overwhelming, but rather quite subtle. The requisite odors are there, they're just not that prominent.

T: Big roasted chocolate and coffee upfront with a strong backbone of malty booze. This is damn tasty! Middle tastes of slightly sour roasted malts that carry over to the end. Sweetens again just a tad at the finish with a strong chocolate presence.

M: Medium bodied, rather flat as expected, oily, silky smooth. Finish is watery and messy. Feels like it leaves a coffee-chocolate film as it dissipates.

D: This beer is just downright enjoyable. Coffee and chocolate flavors meld perfectly here and the body makes it exquisitely drinkable. A highly recommended beer. Possibly the best damn porter I've ever had!

SpeedwayJim, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black brew with maybe a patch or two of blood colored highlights. Nice one finger head after the pour thats lasts to a thin, yet complete film o' foam. The aroma is dark super grainy and gristy, with the added bonus of bread and oak aged booze. Lots of subtleties in the aroma, but still very alluring. Chocolate smeared on 4-grain bread hits the taste buds first. Then some chocolate and spice (must be the rye) mix up the middle. While he finish i creamy coffee with a splash of whiskey warmth and flavor. Very dark yet warm palate to this beer. Ths bitterness is really just a combo of the heavily roasted, almost burnt malts, and alcohol. Avery great beer to be enjoyed and savored.

scruffwhor, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of johnkale
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Pours near black with about a finger of dark brown head. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a good amount of lacing.

S - A lot of whiskey in the nose, vanilla, caramel, hints of currant and maple.

T - At serving temperature malts shine through i, caramel and bitter chocolate with a smooth vanilla presence. Some hints of berry and raisin. As it warms bourbon notes shine through, tastes from the wood become more apparent.

M - Fills the mouth, almost syrupy without being cloying. A very chewy, dense beer.

This is an awesome big beer. It has similar affects to a heavy quilt and flannel sheets. Unlike other barrel aged beers I never felt the whiskey presence to be overpowering.

johnkale, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. In the glass it looks inky black, but when held into the light it's only nearly opaque, with mahagony and ruby light shining through at the extreme edges. A nice 2 finger tan head is produced on the pour, and has excellent retention. It leaves some nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose starts out strong up front with roasted malts. Roasted gives way to sweet, then allowing the earthy and boozy notes of the rye whiskey barrels to come through. Finishes with dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, but I'm just not getting a huge roasted malt character that I was in the nose. It's a lot sweeter, with more subtle whiskey hints. Good, just not spectacular.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Of all the Brewers Gone Wild beers, I've had, this might be the best. It's definitely up there, and worth a shot.

Mistofminn, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of darklordlager
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery. From notes:

A: Somewhat opaque, dark brown with ruby hints. Coating of dark tan head.

S: Roasted malt dominates, with some dark fruit and maybe some bitterness from both the roasted malt and hops if you dig.

T: Bourbon comes through here a bit more than the smell. Caramel, roast malt, chocolate malt. Some bitterness from the darker malts. More caramel, and some vanilla.

M: Low carbonation. A bit thinner than expected. Not as "creamy" as it looks like it will be.

darklordlager, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful complex aroma with hints of chocolate, whisky, coffee, and caramel. The rye whisky is much more subdued than what I was expecting. Just a slight hint of alcohol. But in the end it smells very thick and complex. The base of this beer deserves high scores on its own, but adding the barrel aged beer just puts this over the top. Base malts comes through with chocolate and coffee flavors, the barrel aged beer brings rye and vanilla flavor. Alcohol is well disguised. I wonder what this beer could do aged in Scotch Whisky casks? The body is another exceptional quality. A bit thicker than a typical porter with a soft, silky smooth mouthfeel. This is my favorite Tyranena beer. Exceptional.

morimech, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of sleazo
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours a jet black liquid with a thick creamy mocha hued head. The crown takes a while to die down but leaves a good cap on the beer.

S_The aroma comes through as boozy and bourbon like. As it warms, some caramel comes out.

T_The taste is milder than I expected. A creamy rich coffee and roasted malt flavour permeates the mouth. Notes of vanilla, caramel and charred wood come through as well. The aftertaste is vaguely spicy.

M_Thick mouthfeel for a porter, ranging into the stout territory but pleasant nonetheless and suited to this specific beer.

D_This is a complex and well made brew. Very tasty and just the thing on a cold winter's night. The rye barrel aging comes through very clear here but is not the dominant note

sleazo, Jan 13, 2010
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 557 ratings.