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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

550 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

mattmarka1, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +14.5%

MSandahl23, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of jaxon53
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

jaxon53, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

warnerry, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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 ffejherb
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

ffejherb, Apr 19, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

tommyguz, Jan 03, 2014
Photo of Deuane
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Deuane, May 25, 2008
Photo of prototypic
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

prototypic, May 10, 2009
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4.4/5  rDev +6%
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!

msubulldog25, Dec 12, 2008
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4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

ehammond1, Sep 04, 2012
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4.03/5  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.

brewdlyhooked13, Jun 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

Exiled, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
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!

birchstick, Oct 23, 2011
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of dark chocolates, booze, and dark fruits. Very nice nose on this one. It's a powerhouse of awesome smells.

Taste is big just the like the aromas. Starts with some oak and booze flavors. Then it settles into some dark bitter chocolates, sweet roasted grains, fruits, and some whiskey flavors. The spiciness from the rye is there as well, and helps balance out a lot of the sweetness. Finish is warm, and biting from the alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.

About my only nit pick with this one is the mouthfeel. It's not bad, but the finish is a little weak, and the beer feels a bit too watery for such a big flavorful porter. But it is quite smooth, and feels nice in the mouth. I'd give this a 3.75 if it was available... but I'll bump it up to 4.

Drinkability is good. This is an excellent take on the Baltic / Imperial Porter style. I'd happily drink another of these. Not in on setting though.

The is my first beer from Tyranena Brewing, and I'm impressed. I'll have to track some more of their beers down.

flexabull, Aug 08, 2008
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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
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4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Dope, May 17, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was intrigued when reading about this brew, I was happy to see it at my local liquor store for a very reasonable price.

A: Pours dark brown/black. Not as viscous as some imperial porters/stouts, but just as dark. a tannish brown head forms and hangs around throughout. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: This smell is incredible. I pick up a lot of rye that is balanced with sweet malts from the whiskey barrels. The sweetness from the whiskey and the boldness from the rye seem to be in concert with each other. Some notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A very roasted malt profile is present. The rye lends a smokiness that is very nice.

T: the tastes starts just like the nose... somewhat sweet with notes of vanilla, the taste then takes a plunge into intense rye flavors. Notes of burnt rye, coffee and chocolate linger in the mouth. I definitely pick up more from the whiskey barrels on the nose than the tongue. That is the way I like it as I don't care for the boozy flavors to dominate the beer. This is very well balanced. Regardless of the mysterious ABV, it is well hidden and very well balanced.

M: mouthfeel is appropriate for style. Lower carbonation and a silky body makes for a great MF. Not as chewy of a texture as I would have expected, but it is nice.

D: Wow, this beer has caught me by surprise. It definitely delivers what it set out to do. I am finding the more and more I try rye beers, the more I like them. I really like the way rye flavors balance in stouts and porters, and this is a good example of why. I will have to grab a few more 4pks next time I'm at the store as this one seems like a steal. I'll be interested to see what a little bit of age does to it.

homebrew311, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

4DAloveofSTOUT, Mar 23, 2011
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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 allengarvin
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my pint mug generated a thick, dense head that came right to the edge, and not over... like it was designed for this glass. A nice, persistent head as well. Good aroma, with lots of cocoa notes, and a touch of whisky... I like that it's not overpowering like many whisky-aged beers. Very solid taste. Caramel, chocolate flavor comes first, and is delightful. The malt is not overdone, and it balances pretty darn well despite the "over the top" image the label implies. Enough bitterness is present, both from the roast malt and the hops, that it dries out well in the middle.

The rye whisky flavor develops right at the end, and it's just an added bonus. This is probably the single best whisky-barrel aged beer I've had, since almost every other one hit you over the head with it. This allows it to be one taste component among many--among equals, I might say. I don't get any rye character, but that's ok. Rye malt is relatively subtle, and disappears into the background when other strong flavors are present. Definitely worth buying again.

allengarvin, Aug 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

ADTaber, Jun 23, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Hanzo, Sep 30, 2013
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
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.