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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
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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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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Beezee, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of GregSVT
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours a dark brown with a really big and thick light brown head that fades to a small layering and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. The head was so thick I couldn't swirl the beer at first until it go to about a 1/4 of an inch tall.

S: The nose is good for a regular porter but this is partially aged in barrels so I expected a bit more. Most bakers chocolate, cocoa, and chocolate milk. There's really no rye at all in this but that doesn't surprise me after 4 years.

T: The taste is very similar to the nose with very little barrel influence but a lot of nice flavors. There are notes of cocoa, vanilla, coffee, hops, and maybe a touch of rye spice in the background.

M: Probably one of the best mouthfeels I've had on a beer. Big, thick, and creamy with beautiful slow rolling carbonation.

O: I wanted to love this one and while it was pretty dang tasty I still think it could be better if it was 100% barrel aged. This is the 2nd time I have said this about a Tyranena beer so hopefully they'll start releasing these as unblended in the future.

GregSVT, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of martyl1000
4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Oh, yeah. That's the stuff. On tap at Greenbush Bar (Madison). so fortunate to live in Madison and find this on tap in a few places. It's far, far superior to the bottle version. On tap, so rich, so complex, so sweet, yet so roasty. The rye whiskey flavor is nice here, not that tinny tartness you get in the bottle version.
This is simply the perfect use of barrel-aging.

martyl1000, May 20, 2012
Photo of Lunch
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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 shadow1961
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 EasyReader
3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

EasyReader, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of GeezLynn
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark black with a dirty white head that is short-lived.

Aroma is heavy on the chocolate and has the distinct earthy, musty character that rye can impart. More of a chocolate malt leaning porter than a roasted, coffee porter. Somewhat similar to chocolate chip cookies with a softer, milk chocolate smell that I would attribute to the barrel effect.

Light chocolate and caramel malt are the primary contributors to the flavor, which is also a bit more roasted than it smelled. In addition to a little coffee, there's also vanilla, wood tannin and a distinctive rye character. Like the aroma, I notice the barrel effect, but fail to pick up any whiskey. Would guess that is due to combination of the beer being a blend of barrel aged and non-barrel aged porter and having some age on the bottle.

Mouthfeel is smooth, but not really as thick or chewy as one might like to accompany the flavor. At worst, it seems at least adequate for a porter. Carbonation level is medium.

Overall, there are a few minor flaws you can find with this beer, but it hits the mark where it counts - flavor. Not much whiskey if that's what you're hoping for, but I love the rye contribution. Can't go wrong with Tyranena.

GeezLynn, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BeersAndBears
4/5  rDev -3.6%

BeersAndBears, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The roast and chocolate notes are present. The smell from the barrels is noticeable in vanilla and oak notes.

T: Roasted malts pop out first. There is a nice hop background and the sourness of the rye plays along through the whole experience.

D: Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the alcohol is covered and the beer drinks easy. There is no ABV information, but I would guess around 7.5 - 8.0 ABV.

Overall: A solid beer from a solid series. I like the rye in this one - it really added to the essence of the brew. If Tyranena could only figure out the mouthfeel, these brews would be epic.

JohnnyChicago, May 27, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

tourdot, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of sammo
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

sammo, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of Hopsiam14
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Hopsiam14, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -15.7%

zenwatts, May 06, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.5%

Pellinore1, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BigPlay1824
3.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a mug

A: pours a coffee black color with a thin finger of medium tan colored head that is very fine and lingers nicely, pours completely thick and non translucent
S: coffee beans and a thin bit of whiskey scent that hits in right at the end
T: black coffee malts, toffee, molasses, finishes with a slight woddy taste
M: thick thick thick, gentle carbonation tingle, smooth all the way through just so thick, slight burn right at the end
O: a nice porter, lacking a bit on the taste aspect, not as complex as i like to see, drinks nice, extremely thick which i find enjoyable, not bad

BigPlay1824, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Greggy
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- After a fairly vigorous pour I'm left with a 1 finger tan head. The body is black with no light showing through. As the head recedes, it leaves some lacing.

S- Very nice sweet chocolate, coffee, cream, vanilla, oak and whiskey/bourbon notes, although not clearly evident until I got further into the glass.

T- Starts with a dark chocolate and sweet bourbon notes then moves into mainly dark chocolate/coffee notes and then finally finishes with a fresh hopiness paired with chocolate. Sweet bourbon notes coat the palette after the long finish.

M- Low carbonation is in the right place. The sweet bourbon notes are nice on the palette.

D- This was a little bit more drinkable than the devil over the barrel but with a definite trade-off. The devil had a great deal more complexity so although this was easier to drink, I'd rather have the devil.

Greggy, Oct 07, 2008
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

hinemk76, Nov 27, 2012
Photo of mikey711
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black in color with a inch and a half thick layer of head from a hard pour. Nice rings of lace are left behind.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla from the barrel. Very pleasant but not powerful.

T: Roasted and burnt chocolate flavors with a slight hint of vanilla. It is good but I don't get much of the rye or and the whiskey flavor is very minimal.

M: A bit chalky. Good amount of body and creaminess.

D: Obviously it is only partially Barrel aged but the flavors all seem slightly dull. It is tasty but just seems like it is missing something.

mikey711, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of mgbickel
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Cigar City snifter. A single finger of dark sand head formed on top of the black with brownish edges body. The head lasted forever and retained it size, despite leaving huge amounts of lace behind.

The nose has lots of rye...toasted grains and burnt cocoa.

The taste is really nice...coffee with creamer, roasted malts and oak with a grainy rye backbone. A great combo that works well.

This has one of the best mouth feels ever. Somewhere on the thick/medium line, super creamy with tight, smooth carbonation. Wow.

The flavors and mouth feel make this a super offering. Well balanced and easy to drink...I really wish this was offered around Western PA.

mgbickel, Nov 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

gueuzedreg, Jun 20, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Stoutfan23DJ, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the color was black with streak of auburn streaking through the beer. A slight mocha head topped the beer leaving lacing in the glass as the beer disappeared from the glass. A whiff of rye is most noticeable, though vanilla and a certain woodiness follow. Initially, one taste a limited level of rye, raisins, burned malts, and a hint of caramel. The rye aging becomes a little more apparent in the aftertaste as the dark fruits fade. Only a mild taste of alcohol is detectable, with little warming sensation to be noticed. Mouthfeel is impressive in the Dirty Old Man. It is thick enough to linger in the mouth for several minutes, as the rye notes mellow. I let this bottle mellow for about a year and a half. I think the taste and smell were a little more potent then, but this is still an enjoyable beer. In my experience, this beer did not age as well as I would have anticipated. Even though my current sampling is not fresh, I still love this beer.

JohnnyHopps, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

hopswap1, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown with some ruby hues to it. nice subtle khaki colored head. Modereate head retention, and nice clingy lacing.

S: massive roasted malt aromas with some hints of rye in the back. great notes from the barrels, sweetness of vanilla and rye, with some cherries in the back.

T: Holy crap! this beer is phenomenal. Great flavors of coffee, toffee and some burnt caramel. Not too much rye, a little but in the way back. good barrel aging characteristics, light vanilla, but big coconut and especially big cherries. More vanilla comes through as it warms.

M: very robust and full-bodied porter. Carbonation is a little higher than I would like, but still on for the style. the flavors stay on the palate for a ridiculously long time.

D: I could drink tons of this stuff, wish I had it on tap at my house, but then I wouldn't go to work. Outstanding beer. Get it, got it, good!

paulthebeerguru, Oct 23, 2008
Photo of nhindian
3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Bottle provided by MilwaukeeCrusher, cheers!

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown with about 1.5 fingers of light tan head. Retention is around a few minutes before dissolving into a small cap. Very nice lacing with generous thickness around the edges. Although too dark to see carbonation through the liquid, I can see some bubbles bunching up around the sides.

S - The aroma starts with a lot of espresso and bittersweet chocolate. Some inherent rye spiciness, but certainly nothing over the top; it actually doesn't come through as much as I would've thought. The whiskey is surprisingly subtle and understated, almost to the point of being inconsequential.

T - In the flavors, I'm getting more of the barrel than I did in the nose, but it's still quite faint until it almost hits room temperature. The espresso returns to give some nice roast and the chocolate turns a little sweeter here. Next comes the barrel in the form of oak and vanilla and some of the rye spice combines with the front-half of the flavors to liven them up. The finish contains the malts, whiskey, and some alcohol.

M - The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with high-ish carbonation. Still goes down smoothly and the head aids in this endeavor.

D/O - Drinkability is medium. My qualm with this beer is similar to that I had with Tyranena's 'Shaggin' in the Wood'. They aren't afraid to barrel-age their beers, but by blending it with a non-barrel version of the base, it loses some of that emphasis. While subtlety is nice to have since you aren't getting kicked in the face by the oak or whiskey, I feel a bit of barrel would do wonders. So either forget blending the barrel-aged product with the base, or tweak the blend ratio. Or add your own whiskey to taste!

nhindian, Aug 31, 2011
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.