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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 CHSLBrew
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter early New Year's Eve.

A-Deep, dark brown, looks to be quite opaque. Head is virtually nonexistent, with sparse bubbles of the light brown variety.

S-Nuanced whiskey and oak aromas on the pour, which continue to show up here and there through duration of this beer. The main aromas are chocolate and roasty malts, also with hints of bready malt.

T-Hearty, big, and roasty with a bit of coffee, and almost a little chocolate character. Spicy/funky rye character is present, with oak and whiskey barrel mingling in. Bitterness is detectable and provides some balance. Finishes with a slight whiskey appearance trailing to a dry finish.

M-Low carbonation is velvety, allowing for subtle flavors to emerge; perhaps a slightly higher level would have provided a nicer feel, though. Slow-moving in my mouth, with a kind-of fine-grain viscosity (if that makes sense). There is a warmth going down, remniscent of a sip of liquor, especially with the slight whiskey barrel character.

D-This one is hard to judge. This beer is enjoyable, but I wasn't wholly digging the whiskey barrel characters all too much, as I'm not a huge fan of the liquor. That said, I like how the character comes through subtley, without actually offending my palate. So, although I'm not the biggest fan, I think it's well done and drinkable.

CHSLBrew, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

MichPaul, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of EROCK75
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

EROCK75, May 11, 2012
Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- came to the table a dead black at the bar today, tannish brown head and clear for a dark beer.

S- roasted flavors were pretty strong, malty and a light scent of rye, balanced with hops.

T- first off a very strong malty dark flavor with a chocolate scents and the rye undertone. The rye is surprizingly light for how much they say they put into it, however it is clearly there and blends in spectacularly with the rest of the porter style. very smooth and delicious flavor

M- pretty thick as an imperial porter with rye in it, lingers on the tongue pretty well, and leaves a nice aftertaste. medium carbonation

D- very smooth and i think a great heavy beer.

Atron67, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of malcontent
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deepest garnet body with just touches of transparency around the edges. A bit of tan head around the top but not much else.

Rye is quite subtly blended with the charcoal/chocolaty nose. Hints of vanilla and dark fruit on the finish.

Sharp rye dryness melts instantly into a rich coffee/vanilla body finishing with a great interplay of charcoal with a rye reprise. This is what makes barrel aging worthwhile.

Rich, smooth texture with a long, dry finish. It's a big beer with a ton going on so I couldn't see drinking more than two in a sitting. Still, this is by far the best beer I've tried from Tyrenena.

malcontent, May 30, 2008
Photo of johnhenryconway
4/5  rDev -3.6%

johnhenryconway, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of EStreet20
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.

A - Very dark brown with about a half finger of off white head. Couldn;t coax any more head out of this one, even with a pretty hard pour.

S - Smells pretty nice. Some oaky notes on top of chocolate aroma.

T - Taste is very nice here. Chocolates, with a tiny roasty kick, and a nice oaky flavor make this one a winner. A sweet baltic porter with some interesting flavors going on.

M - This one has a nice body. Fairly full with low carbonation.

D - Very smooth with the big body. The barrel aging flavor is a hit with this brew.

EStreet20, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep black with slightest light coming through. Tan head was never really present but formed slight ring.

S-Nice notes of sweetly roasted malts. The oak is present but not overpowering. Wonderful overall aroma but I wish there was a bit more going on.

T-A sharp dark fruit is met with a dry roasted malt flavor. Big hits of cocoa. The rye is subdued in the background, but it seems to be prefectly balanced. The oak brings out a very nice vanilla profile. The whiskey aging is much better balanced than many other barrel aged beers on the market.

M-Big depth in the mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with the rye making its presence in the finish. Wonderfully dry.

D-At room temp this stuff goes down like water! A memorable beer for sure.

ALESwhatCURESya, May 02, 2008
Photo of photomike
5/5  rDev +20.5%

photomike, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of bird22
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

bird22, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of leprakhan
5/5  rDev +20.5%

leprakhan, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of AwYeh
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into 16oz snifter; big thanks to seeswo for sending me this in the Black Booty 2011 BIF. I'm a big fan of both rye beers and porters, so I really appreciate it.

A: Black/dark brown with a half finger of tan head which dissipates fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malts are prominent here, along with some woody and slight nutty flavors. A bit of sweet whisky, but not as much as I was considering, even considering that only 40% of the beer made it into the whisky barrels

T: Roasty malts really dominate the flavor here; there's a bit of rye, but not as much as I was expecting considering that this is a rye beer aged in rye barrels... at least until the beer warms up to about room temperature. Vanilla does seep in a bit as the beer warms, along with a bit of coffee and dark chocolate. I recommend drinking this one starting at about 60º and letting it warm to room temperature to fully enjoy it.

M: Thin body for a barrel aged porter, without a notable finish. A smooth beer, but I'm looking for something heavier, more syrupy, and sticky to really keep the rye/whisky finish around for a while. Little carbonation, almost flat.

D: Even if my other scores weren't outstanding, this is a very easy beer to get down; considerably high for something (partially) barrel-aged. Wouldn't mind having a pint of this at the bar with some friends- it contains a lot of the qualities of great beers, without really putting everything together. Definitely worth a try; it could easily be someone else's favorite beer.

AwYeh, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of demcorhip
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special in the looks department. Very thin tan head on a fairly gentle pour, quickly gives way to a thin collar. The black body almost allows some light through the edges. Quite mildly and finely carbonated. Despite the relatively poor head and thin collar this is a well laced brew with thin sticky sheets that give way to intricate webbings, and made me bump up the score from 3.5 to a 4.

Boozy scents of oaky vanilla overtop of roasted aromas of milk chocolate and espresso. The earthy spice of rye grain and decaying leafy hops are less prominent but add significant complexity and depth to the overall olfactory presentation.

Much like the nose as far as taste goes. A hint of dark fruits reveals itself just before the finish.

There is alot going on here in this medium bodied brew, but the noticeable alcohol heat detracts somewhat. The boozy oakiness is the predominant element in this brew, from the aroma to the taste as well as the feel. There is a nice creaminess which serves as a decent counterpoint to the alcohol heat. The rye seems almost lost in this, or perhaps it just blends too well into the other flavours.

This is most likely best sipped and savoured. The boozy heat and alcohol just wouldnt have it any other way. As a big fan of rye beers I was really looking forward to this but the damn alcohol heat just keeps preventing me from really enjoying this one, and limiting its drinkablility. Another solid brew from Tyranena, some fine tuning or perhaps some age could turn this good beer into a great one.

demcorhip, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of dumptruck81
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

dumptruck81, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of robbyc1
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm really starting to love all these porters from the big T. They all make me appreciate the style.

Deep dark black, no sign of highlights, with a small tan head.

Nose combines Chocolate malt, rye malt, and a hint of whiskey. These carry through nicely to the taste as well. It's as robust as many stouts I've had, deep chocolate, hopped well to balance the sweetness of the malt. The spicy rye gives it a nice zing, and the whiskey is a light touch that caps the flavor and heats it a bit. Overall a very well done combination of flavors.

Smooth and creamy, lightly carbonated, a sipper for sure, but an easy drinker leaving you wanting more than one bottle. Well done.

robbyc1, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of chanokokoro
4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. No bottle date.

Pours the darkest brown possible with a one finger head that lingers for several minutes. An aroma of chocolate, espresso, with undertones of whiskey. Taste is chocolate up front transitioning into bold roasted malts and coffee finishing dry with mild whiskey alcohol. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Pleasant carbonation and nearly perfect medium body that is like velvet in your mouth. Overall, this is one of the better American Porters I've had recently. Although barrel-aged, the barrel doesn't dominate, but the accents of rye whiskey are clearly discernable. This brew is highly recommended.

chanokokoro, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of wmobley
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

wmobley, Mar 14, 2013
Photo of theghost3
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown--almost black--with a 2-finger, creamy cafe au lait head. A little lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with rich coffee. The taste is vanilla, coffee, and a hint of whisky; rather subdued. The mouthfeel was thick, oily with a crisp carbonation. Mouthfeel is more like a double stout as opposed to a porter.

This is a drinkable beer with a great aroma and a descent whisky flavor. Goes well with chocolate.

theghost3, May 28, 2011
Photo of Davit
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Davit, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of MSchae1017
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours jet black with hints of amber and a cappuchino like off white head that holds and laces well. The aroma is full of chocolate and oak. The flavor, however is where the rye really stands out adding a distinctly grainy spiciness to the characteristics already displayed in the aroma. The body is full and the carbonation is smooth. OVerall I really like the added dimension of the rye to the chocolate flavors and the oakynes of the whiskey barrels really rounds it off. Quite a tasty beer.

MSchae1017, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Schlais
4/5  rDev -3.6%

Schlais, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a thin but dense tan head that slowly fades into a thin cap. Nice leopard-spot tracing rims the glass as the level drops.
S-Aroma is predominantly sour rye flour with back tones of chocolate, coffee, and faint raisin and fig.
T-Attack is strong and of bitter rye with coffee that flows smoothly into a midpalate that brings out faint whiskey and more bitter coffee and liberally toasted malts. I'm picking up some of the rustic earthy tones I've found characteristic of the last two varieties from this brewery, again, not sure if this is from specialty malts, or the yeast. It's a very pleasant trait, but not for the squeamish...you either like it or you don't. Finish is surprisingly clean after all the powerful and strong flavors take a backseat to a smooth vanilla texture, and crisp slightly hoppy ending. The lingering aftertaste with its cafe-mocha notes is excellent.
M-Perfect. The smooth and silky heavier-side-of-medium body is just right to carry all of the flavors, and the carbonation is right at the ideal point...not too strong, but present enough to lend the right amount of backbone to a porter that packs a lot of flavor. This stuff is almost creamy.
D-I need to get my ass to this brewery. It's a new favorite of mine, and it's not far away. So far, three for three, and I would gladly spend my hard-earned money on a six-pack or a growler if I can get a hold of one.

BoitSansSoif, Apr 20, 2008
Photo of soze47
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle in Wisconsin in December, 2011. Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, black in the middle. Nice amount of head, but the beer looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: I smell that rye tang smell I get in many rye forward beers. It plays well with the roasted malts and nuttiness. It has a warm tone too.

Taste: There is an almost burnt caramel quality to this beer. The smoke it here in a perfect amount. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to change the more pedestrian flavors. Not sure if I love this, or am kind of meh on it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very big body on this. The sometimes large flavor in this beer are handled well. For as rich as this beer feels in the mouth, it is not viscous.

Overall: I like the unique flavors of this beer. It comes a little to close to flying off the rails a few times, but overall this is a nice, unique beer to reach for in the future.

soze47, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of Pauly2X
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Black with a half finger tan head with decent staying power.

S- Sweet malts, dried fruits and roasted malt.

T- Slightly sweet complex malt flavor up front with strong hop flavor and bitterness coming though in the middle. A slight touch of sweetness then smooth hop bitterness/dryness wrap things up.

M- Very smooth and rich, almost viscous.

D- I'll prolly grab some more.

While not the best, but defineatly worth a try if you're a fan of the style.

Pauly2X, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

robear, May 24, 2014
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.