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

Thanks for the trade Packforever1976. A rich and tasty porter, owing to the inclusion of the rye which gives it a spicy rye and vanilla and some chocolate and malty sweetness. Whiskey in the finish. A baltic? well I don't know. Well Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to someone for sending me this bottle a ways back. Served in a SAVOR snifter at a recent tasting.

Pours nearly black with a short mocha head and a good collar on the way down. The nose carries a bit of bourbon along with some roast and brown sugar. Mild oaky character there as well. The flavor is hampered by a really thin body, but brings a fairly-nice whiskey presence and some roast and chocolate. Pretty light body, especially considering the style, and light carbonation. Nice flavor overall, but far too thin.

Thorpe429, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.6%

acurtis, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown color with a sturdy beige head that throws a few shards of lace around the pint glass

Smell: Coffee, dark chocolate, molasses and charcoal

Taste: Opens with a fruity chocolate element that grows increasingly bitter and spicy by mid-palate, with molasses, vanilla and woody notes joining the fray; after the swallow, the wood and chocolate flavors mellow out the brew, with the spicy rye aspect lingering above

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation and some warmth

Drinkability: This beer took a while to settle down; when it was young the flavors were brash and somewhat unbalanced; with age, the flavors have mellowed and come together quite nicely

Thanks, Atron67, for the bonus

brentk56, May 27, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted pumpernickel brown with burnt orange accents peeking through at the edges. The caramel colored crown is surprisingly large and is immensely creamy. As the foam slowly deflates, a thick coating of lace can be seen forming from the rim of the glass downward. There are no two ways about it, this beer is a looker.

The nose is more than solid as well. Roasted malt dominates, as bittersweet chocolate shares the spotlight with black coffee. If the rye whiskey was more prominent and the aroma was a little deeper and richer, the next highest score would have been easily achieved.

Dirty Old Man isn't quite as ballsy as the label would suggest. Actually, given the name, that's a visual that no one needs. To be fair, the tagline...'A Series of Big, Bold, Ballsy Beers'... is used for all of the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup. This is unquestionably good beer, but I'm not blown away.

The base beer (60%) tastes like a well-crafted Imperial porter. Specifics include devil's food cake soaked in chocolate liquor, coffee with cream, vanilla beans and a tendril of smoke. The rye whiskey barrel-aged beer (40%) contributes a modest spiciness and a hint of caramelized sugar. Suggestion for Tyranena: reverse the proportions the next time around. If there is a next time.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the style without being over the top. Asking for more heft and more creaminess might be nitpicking, but I'll do it anyway. Time and warming smooth things out even more and may even add a bit of light chewiness. Carbonation that knows enough to stay in the background is a definite plus.

Dirty Old Man is a delicious, highly drinkable, not quite great, IRPAIRWB (Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels). For my money, The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter is still the best Brewers Gone Wild! brew yet. You're doing a wonderful job Tyranena, but ease up on the adjectives and the exclamation points already!

BuckeyeNation, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout witha nice fomay bhead with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of whiskey notes with some warmimg notes. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt with some notes of whiskey. Full body with some good carbonation and light alcohol noticeable. Lacking complexity but still very enjoyable.

Phyl21ca, Dec 27, 2008
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, May 07, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra in a trade recently and have been waiting to give it a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the lineup so far, and I was hoping this one would be no exception, as I am a huge fan of the style. The typical 12oz bottle was served slightly bellow cellar temp and then allowed to warm up in an over-sized wine glass. The pour was nice with a deep dark brown, essentially black liquid being presented in front of me. Really no light going through at all. A nice hard pour left behind about two inches of sticky side glass lace that really just clung to the glass and gave it a good thick look.

The aroma was sweet, lots of molasses and hints of vanilla being noticed right away on this one. Not as much in the nose as far as the Whiskey barrel aging as I thought there would be. Nice chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a decent amount of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit right away, with a rich mixture of molasses and vanilla, Hints of coffee coming through and some nice, dark fruit notes, plums perhaps? The finish was loaded with coffee tones, with a nice touch of bitterness and a great follow through that left that nice semi-sweet, plum lace molasses flavor lingering for the rest of the night. The feel was a touch thin to be honest, but nothing terribly distracting, just thought it would have been a bit bigger. It was still very smooth and creamy, just needed that little bit extra to throw it over the top. Nice smooth drinkable Baltic porter though, I am not sure what the BAV was, but it sure did not come off very high at all. I could have easily thrown down a second one with no trouble at all.

Overall not a bad beer, but needed just that little bit extra to make it really great. There is no doubt I would love to try this one again, and in fact would definitely purchase it if I saw it.

mikesgroove, May 16, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -3.6%

kjkinsey, May 07, 2012
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 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 westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -3.6%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Benji's brew needed a companion in my fridge, and this one looked about right to fit that bill. It pours an opaque burnt sienna topped by a slowly-forming finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and walnuts. The taste ramps up the whiskey and the oak, adds some burnt biscuits and sharp black pepper, and lessens the impact of just about anything else, though a light breeze of roasted malts makes it through the forest. The body is fairly hefty, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid brew based on a solid idea, but a bit overdone, I feel.

TMoney2591, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this when it first came out a couple seasons ago, and it seemed like it needed time for the alcohol to mellow. Pours black into a small tasting glass. When backlit, it has a ruby glint. Initial head of foam has a creamy surface, leaving intricate drippy lace that resembles the logo of the metal band Darkthrone.

Sweet chocolate, minor touches of corn/sour mash from the barrel. Earth and spice from the Rye, hint of plum or other dark fruit, it mingles nicely with the smooth chocolate from the Porter end. Well integrated, it has a creamy finish, with a nice long aftertaste. The liquid itself seems slightly thin, a characteristic i've noticed with other Porters in the series. Otherwise it's pretty easy drinking, the alcohol seems to have bowed out gracefully from the forefront.

emerge077, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of largadeer
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nearly black with a small tan head that dissipates pretty quickly, leaving little lace.

Smell: Subtle but full of depth. Coconut macaroons, chocolate, rye, butterscotch. Very nice.

Taste & mouthfeel: Sweet and malty with a good deal of barrel character despite being a 60/40 blend of fresh and aged ale. Flavors of coconut rum, earthy rye, milk chocolate and charred grain make for an interesting sweet/bitter dynamic. Carbonation is medium-low, which I find fairly ideal for a beer like this. A bit of whiskey heat leads to a coffee-flavored finish. Impressive stuff; Tyranena seem to have an excellent grasp on how to make barrel-aged beers that aren't overwhelmed by character of the oak or the spirit.

Notes: Got this one from maximum12 - thanks!

largadeer, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

JAHMUR, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Acquired from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, rye spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and sweet with flavors of rye malt, coffee, dark fruit. There's a very mild hops presence but it works very well for this beer. Despite being so sweet, it's excellently balanced. The after-taste is sweet. I'm surprised that I don't have more to say about a taste that seems to have such a good complexity to it.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with a well-done twist of rye malt, this is an excellent beer to drink for a very long time if you're looking for a poundable, flavorful and stronger-than-average dark beer.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thank you goes out to GrandQ on this one. I've wanted to try anything from this brewery for quite some time and he surprises me with one of my favorite styles. That's some beer love my friends, and I can't really say how grateful I am to be able to try this one.

As I poured this one, I thought for a second that it had no carbonation. Then the head started to grow and build up and got huge. Had to save a wee bit of it from gushing out of the glass. Thick malty nose. Flavor is thick as well. A very, very slightly roast going on. Some molasses is there as well. I almost want to say there is some honey. But more of a darker honey. Call it a mix of molasses and honey perhaps. This is pretty on par with the other Baltic porters I have tried in the past. Liquid feel is thick and smooth. Carbonation feels low, but it's nice. Overall this is a nice one to drink.

RblWthACoz, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Pours an extremely dark brown (pretty much black) with a finger of darkish tan head. Nice full ½ finger of retention that flares up immediately when swirled, leaving a nice smattering of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by the Bourbon character (with a good bit of vanilla and oak making itself known) but I'm also picking up some of the Porter notes as well, including chocolate, caramel, coffee, and even a little rye and spice in the back.

The taste starts out with the Rye Porter character that is much more up front than the nose was, with spicy rye that imparts a light bitterness and dryness which balances out some of the sweeter chocolate, caramel, and vanilla notes. It also helps bring in some of the bourbon in the finish which isn't quite as pungent as it was in the aroma. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a viscous and slick feel at times. The ABV definitely feels a little on the high side but stills drinks very well.

A really nice take on the Baltic Porter style with an extra bit of warmth and flavor added in from the Bourbon aging for good measure. Another unique and well balanced brew from the "Brewers Gone Wild" series.

Kegatron, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of russpowell
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Andy!

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Dark fruits, bourbon,

T: Dark fruit, peppery notes, vanilla & oakyness up front. Dryness, more whisky notes, hints of dark chocolate as this warms, plus some rye presence or is it pumpernickel?? Finishes with rich dark chocolate, spicyness & a bit of plummyness

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, rich richness to the body

Drinks great, pretty good hybrid take on the style

russpowell, Aug 08, 2008
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
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
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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.