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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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92
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561 Ratings
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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.2%
Wants: 77
Gots: 41 | 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:
Beer added by: Atron67 on 02-10-2008

Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes rather quickly into almost no lacing (which seems to be standard with whiskey aged beers). The aroma is of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste of roasted malt, and whiskey, with more whiskey and coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Overall, I love how the whiskey is balanced into the aroma, but do not like how it dominates the taste. Maybe some age would help with this. I guess I could drink this again when in the mood for something sharp.

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rmalinowski4 for the extra!

Pours black. Head was small, maybe half a finger, tan. Didn't stick around for too long.

Definitely get some zesty rye notes, with a nice bit of oak and whiskey. It's a very nice level; not overpowering but not to subtle. There's nice roasted notes, slight chocolate and coffee.

Lots of wood, whiskey and rye notes up front, moving to nice bitter roasted coffee and chocolate.

A hair thin on the feel, but nice slick and creamy. Finishes clean. Carbonation is good.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Porter. The rye and barrel notes aren't overpowering, but make themselves well know, leaving all the other great porter qualities to have their spot in the limelight too. Very enjoyable.

Photo of mattmarka1
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and whiskey

Taste: complex-dark chocolate and whiskey dominate, touches of cocoa, and light rye at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A very slow drinker that was executed excellently. Love the complexity here. The oak and chocolate merge better here than what some other brewers have done. I would have this again, but one per night seems about right.

Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a rich deep dark black with a tan head. Wonderful retention with thick chunks of lace.

S: Aromas of rich roasted malt, bitter chocolate, wood, coffee, and a touch of whiskey.

T: Nicely charred. Rich chocolate more bitter than sweet but there is some candy brown sugar and toffee sweetness as well. Fresh brewed coffee and old oak. Hints of whiskey and a bit of dark fruit.

M: Medium in body, smooth, good carbonation.

D: Good I like this one.

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jaxon53
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who sent me this beer, thank you to whoever it is. Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a stubby, twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Dirty Old Man pours out a thick looking, deep black. Absolutely no light could pass through this black mass of a beer. A hard pour resulted in about a half inch of tan head, that was a bit fluffy. Head faded quickly into a thin brown ring. Some streaky, thin lace was left behind.

Smell: Awesome nose. Faintly resembles Bourbon County Stout. Strong whiskey aroma with hints of charred wood. Touches of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice roasted malt aroma behind the whiskey. A bit of booze rounds out the nose.

Taste: Quite boozy out front. Definitely taste the whiskey, followed by oak and char. Sweet roasted malt flavor seems to cut into the whiskey, taming it a bit. Hints of bitter dark chocolate and black coffee linger in the background. Finishes warm with another shot of whiskey. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish, medium body. Lower carbonation fits this beer perfectly. Almost silky.

Drinkability: Drinks nicely. A bit boozy, but nice. Very smooth.

Photo of tommyguz
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I got this brew a while back as an extra in a trade, Thanks Dude!

L - black color with a fairly small light brown head that thinned to a ring around my pint glass.

S - smokey, roasted cocoa aroma.

T - cocoa powder, espresso coffee and a hint of whiskey.

F - full bodied and velvety smooth.

D - a good, slow-sipping brew.

Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Poured a dark brown body with thin quarter-inch tan head that receded to a patchy film and left behind some spotty lace.

S - Vanilla and oak up front with hints of chocolate and iced coffee. Some roasty malt and earthy hop notes also emerge.

T - Chocolatey and malty with an oaky character that provides a slight dryness. Subtle bitter coffee notes emerge in the middle that are complemented by vanilla sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a roasted malt character and a good bit of earty hop bitterness.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish with moderate bitterness and mild alcohol sting on the palate.

D - Very drinkable, unique brew with lots of flavors that complement each other. Another fine offering from Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

aggressive pour into a snifter glass.

Appearance: dark brown to black in color. Mocha brown head and solid lacing that sticks to the glass.

Smell: Coffee, whiskey, and rye.

Taste: Slightly bitter coffee that is balanced by sweet tastes of whiskey and vanilla. Even the rye is a player, with subtle hints lingering in background. Hints of dark chocolate or bittersweet chocolate. The bitterness continues through entire taste of the beer, but it stays balanced with the sweet flavors of vanilla and whiskey. Bitterness does not overwhelm at any time.

Mouthfeel: Smooth smooth beer! Moderate carbonation and almost a full bodied beer, but moderate body for sure.

Overall: Tyranena is brilliant with Brewers Gone Wild series. They pack so much flavorful into these beers in this series that are smooth and balanced. It is the essence of what wisconsin beers are all about. Cheers!

Photo of jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another fine beer courtesy of BuckeyeNation. You're the man, Brad. Thanks.

Dirty Old Man appears to be very dirty, indeed. It's dark chocolate brown and is nearly opaque. There's faint garnet highlights due to a little light getting through. Not much at all though. A mocha colored patch of bubbles covers the surface. It's not quite enough to call it a head. It receded quickly, leaving trace amounts of lace behind.

The nose is interesting 40% of Dirty Old Man is aged in rye whiskey barrels, yet none is appreciable on the nose, at least as far I can tell. A nice blend of roasted and chocolate malts are the primary features. It doesn't smell sweet, but is very, very malty. A little molasses and coffee are noted at the secondary level. They add nice depth and complement the malts nicely. Alcohol is blended very well and is not noticeable. I don't the abv on this one, but it doesn't smell strong at all. All told, it's a nice smelling beer. But, the effect of the rye whiskey barrel aging is noticeably absent. I suspect its presence would've improved it, perhaps dramatically.

The flavor profile is a little deeper than the nose, but suffers from the same problem. There's a hint of whiskey and spiciness, but it's very muted and faint. Primarily, it's roasted and chocolate malt heavy. It has a nice bittersweet chocolate and cocoa-ish flavor rather being sweet. Light roasted coffee and molasses are secondary, but their roles nicely. There's a hint of vanilla here, as well. It features slight yeasty and bready flavors on the tail. Alcohol is not at all noted. Nice job there. This one has a nice flavor overall and is a good beer. No question. But, again, the effect of the barrel aging is minimal. It doesn't exactly suffer as a result, but it sure as hell misses a grand opportunity.

Its body is on the lighter side of full and is very smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained resulting in a very satisfying feel. This is probably Dirty Old Man's greatest asset. Drinkability is very high. Despite my slight complaints about the flavor, it is good, goes down easy, and doesn't appear to be too strong. I'd gladly had another.

Dirty Old Man is a bit of a misnomer. In fact, he's mild mannered and relatively tame. This release from Tyranena is no doubt a success, but is far from their best work. My biggest complaint about it is obviously the lack of flavor attributable to the barrel aging. I believe I'd like to try a version where 100% is barrel aged. 40% apparently doesn't have the effect it needs. Having said that, Dirty Old Man is a nice beer that's well worth checking out.

Photo of Deuane
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for busting this one out!

A-Dark brown with a medium tan head that leaves nice lace.

S-Roasted malt and those "typical" bourbon notes (vanilla/oak/brown sugar). Also hints of chocolate and black coffee.

T-Plenty of malt with muted flavours of coffee and chocolate. Bourbon levels are spot on....not too much, not too little. Very well done.

M-Medium-heavy body with a rich, smooth and creamy feel. Very enjoyable.

D-An excellent sipper. This is a very nicely done BBA brew. Well done Tyranena!

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ADTaber
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, emptied to a pint glass. Bottled on: 04FEB08; a huge 'thank you' to milwaukeeclassic for sharing the wealth.

An 'Imperial Rye Porter, Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels' - probably my first of THAT style! :)

A: Outstanding look from the start; a deep chocolaty blackness, topped with a thick creamy cloud of a head. builds to two fingers, perhaps a little more and holds steady for a couple minutes before slowly ebbing. Leaves thick curtains of lace. Whether there's carbonation or not? Impossible to tell, visually...

S: Sweet caramel and dried fruit. Dusting of cocoa and a spiced mocha sweetness. Barrel-aging imparts some woody warmth, not terribly strong. Pleasant and appealing.

T: Fudge-y chocolate, sweetened coffee, toasted and spiced dark bread. A decadent cake; a rich, bittersweet hot chocolate; a liqueur-filled candy. Any of these will do as a descriptor. Add in a slightly boozy and toffee-like whiskey and some 'barrel' smokiness and you've got a hell of a tasty brew.

M: Smooth, quite creamy. Carbonation is soft, a very fine grit left behind, the kind you find after a piece of fine chocolate or a taste of french press coffee. Mouth-filling coating and medium-fullness - a fine feel.

D: 9 months in the bottle. Perfect for sipping and savoring. Enjoyable in every way and highly recommended. Thanks, Duane!

Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pitch black with a small but dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with decent retention. Spotty little bits of lacing.

S: Burnt rye bread initially. Pretty much dead on. Hint of rye whiskey when swirled, but very mild. It stands out a decent bit more once the beer has fully warmed. Decently charry.

T: Really nice flavor. Sweet chocolate with rye bread and a little rye whiskey all mixed together up front. Rye flavors fade, leaving the chocolate - a hot fudge type flavor. Yum. Quick hit of rye whiskey in the finish with a little bit of drying charred oak between sips.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and mellow. Feels bigger than it really is.

O: I was little underwhelmed at the aroma but the taste really opened my eyes. Nice flavors and great balance - especially the chocolate. Barrel character is mild but adds a subtle layer of complexity. Delicious beer, a great porter.

Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that actually stays around for most of the beer's duration, eventually leaving an oily sheen and spots of stick down the glass.

A pleasant combination of rye whiskey, chocolate, mild roast, and more barrel influence come together very nicely. Very minimal presence of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with good amounts of rye whiskey, chocolate, and roast combining quite pleasantly. There's some sweetness and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate.

I was very much impressed with this one. This one came together very nicely and was a great way to end the night.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - black and rich-looking. A thin light mocha head puts up nice little splashes of lace and maintains a thin layer of bubbles across the top.

Aroma - chocolaty, bourbony, quite boozy. On the lighter side for intensity.

Taste - robust grain front, a twangy grain making a first impression. Some moderate roasty and coffee flavor before the barreling makes its presence known. Woody, sweet and boozy on the swallow, the initial twanginess evolving to mashy bourbon. Abv warmth down to the belly, some chocolate notes and more roastiness as this winds down. Lengthy aftertaste. I like the way the flavors blend here.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and velvety, low carbonation make this one smooth sipper.

Drinkability - very enjoyable beer for sipping rather than sessioning. Thanks to mully for hooking me up with a few of these.

Photo of birchstick
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - pours black in color without much of a head on it

S - smells has loads of sweet vanilla, spicy rye malts and booze, and some chocolate notes

T - starts off with sweet cocoa and chocolate malts. These fade to some vanilla flavors that give way to spicy rye malts. The rye gets amped up even more on the finish from the rye barrel aging, which imparts some heat on the finish. Really nice barrel aged rye porter.

M - a little lighter than I expected, however it went down smoothly

D - another winner from Tyranena. Rye whiskey is one of my favorite spirits so I was very excited to try this. I think they pulled it off well, leaving enough porter flavors and given enough room for the rye malts and barrel aging to do their thing without dominating the palate. Recommended!

Photo of Exiled
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.