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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

549 Ratings
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Ratings: 549
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 Arenbeer
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%

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 +1.2%

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 -7.2%

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 -15.7%

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 -7.2%

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 +1.7%

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 -19.8%

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 -11.3%

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 +3.1%

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 +1.7%

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 +5.5%

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 -1.2%

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 -4.1%

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 -1.2%

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 -8.9%

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 +9.6%

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 +1.7%

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
Photo of shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Tyranena Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter pours a disk of tan foam over a thick, inky black brew. Nose is powdery chocolate, coffee and molasses notes. The flavor is rich semi-sweet dark malts, rye bread, mocha, coffee, and dark fruity notes, with a bit of charred toast (in a good way), off the back for balance. Mouthfeel is round and velvety, with a dry-ish nutty aftertaste. This is the absolute best Tyranena I've ever had. I feel that in the past they've tended to go a little too strong on the hops in some of their offerings- but in this case they wisely let the malts tell the tale (as they should), with just a little roasty bitterness for balance. Really outstanding- get some while you can!

shadow1961, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tempest
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Poured into a short tumbler, the beer is black with a big light brown head.

It made a great dessert beer. With delicious, smooth, and subtle flavors. The aroma is a mix of rich chocolate with mellow rye whiskey. The flavor is similar, but with a touch of barrel oak, licorice, toffee, and a coffee finish. Yum, this is a great late-night sipper. Check this beer out is you get a chance. It does a great job of balancing the barrel and porter character.

tempest, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of crossovert
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz twist off bottle.

Pours a dark brown with lighter shades on the friges when held to the light. The head is creamy and light tan.

There is a lot going on in hte nose. Theres a lot of dark sugary notes, but also some roasted malt, coffee, and the obvious hints of rye whiskey and oak.

The taste is big and bold, with a heap of coffee, roasted malts, caramel, and rye whiskey. It has a lot of rye bread character as well. The taste was not as sweet as I would have expected from the scent. The mouthfeel is full and exquisite. It is creamy but has enough carbonation to really carry the flavors well. The only thing keeping it form a 5 is the slight coating on the roof of my mouth that has made it feel like latex or something.

This is a great big special release brew, it suffers only in the fact that it isn't as complex as it could be, a different barrel aged to non barrel aged blend ratio would have suited this beer well. As of now it is 60% non barrel aged and 40% barrel aged, it would be better if they reversed the two. The drinkablity is low here, this stuff just weighs down my tummy so bad.

crossovert, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of joepais
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Thanks to Jay23 for sending this my way.
Bottle poured into a tulip glass produced two fingers worth of tan head that settled to a thin lace. The brew had a black colored body to it.

The aromas of roasted malts with a slight hit of rye whisky are what stuck out to me. I also got a slight sourness at the end I recommend drinking this now if you have one in the cellar. The sourness didn't transfer over to the taste. It was a lot lighter in the roasted bitter flavors than I expected and must say that it was delightful to drink. It had a lightly sweet chocolate flavor with a smooth drying finish. The only complaint was it was a tad light in my mouth it felt more like a lager in some ways than a porter. The carbonation was light which is the way I like my porters as well.

A highly drinkable brew easy to sip and relax with and well worth the time

joepais, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

Awesome extra received from brian23456 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a thick deep black with no head at all. There's just a thin tan ring around the edge. Though this leaves some lace on the glass. The nose is not that bold at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, and maybe some coffee whiffs.

Big full-bodied beer here. Carbonation level is moderate-to-low. Creamy, chewy mouth. Nice. Flavor is also not as bold as expected. Roasted coffee, some mild cocoa notes, and hints of mellowing wood on the finish. I expected more from this with the addition of rye and being aged in whiskey barrels, but alas, it was not so. Still, this was a better Porter than many. I could have another.

Onenote81, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%

A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color with little to no head. There were some small, tan bubbles at the surface of the beer.

S - It smelled of bourbon, rye and mild chocolate notes.

T - It tasted of coffee, rye and quite a bit of boozy bourbon. There was a sweet caramel and chocolate flavor that emerged as it continued to warm up.

M - It was soft and smooth with a sticky mouthfeel. It was medium to full-bodied.

D - This is an interesting beer. There are so many unique flavors.

zeff80, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of Maction
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%

A:  Looks black until I hold it up to the light, when it shows a very deep garnet with a thin mocha head.

S:  Coffee and sweet nougat with big vanilla, very sweet.

T:  Spicy cola and sweet coffee.  A little bittersweet lemon on the finish.  Not a lot of barrel in the mouth, it's more in the nose.

M:  Just enough carbonation and weight to support the flavors.  Not quite as thick or viscous as I'd expect for an imperial beer.

D:  An easy drinker on a chilly afternoon.  I'm not getting the high alcohol i thought would be here.  I wish it had an ABV on the bottle.

Overall, a nice nose, but flavor and mothfeel was very similar to a couple other high quality Midwest porters: Bell's and Great Lakes.

Maction, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of samie85
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A-Pours a deep black with a brown, one finger head.

S-Spicy rye and whiskey are at the forefront with some chocolate and bit of oak.

T-Chocolate and roasted malt with spicy rye and some oak.

M-Thick and smooth, this has low carbonation.

D-Pretty easy drinking and tasty, but i was expecting it to be a little more complex. I really like the rye aspect though.

samie85, Jan 02, 2010
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.