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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
THE BROS
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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 gford217
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of MeLikeBeer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours dark brown, almost black, with ruby hints when held up to light. Nearly non-existent head which builds only a slight swirl hanging around throughout leaving moderate lacing.

S: Big aroma of roasted coffee and dark chocolate with hints of the wood in there. Some other sweet dark fruits and vanilla also show up in the nose along with dark malts.

T: Roasted malts hit up front on the taste followed closely by roasted coffee and chocolate. Interestingly, I can detect the rye in the taste balanced with the thick sweetness of the caramel and vanilla.

M: To say the mouthfeel is thick would be an understatement as this one is smooth and viscous throughout. Very little carbonation as far as I could tell.

D: This is definitely a sipper - big, thick and syrupy but with a great taste. It's a little to syrupy to top my list of porters, but it's nice.

gford217, May 24, 2008
Photo of Gobzilla
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark brown in color with brownish yellow highlights and a thin khaki colored bubbly head that left a thin collar of lacing sticking to the glass after every sip.

S: chocolate sweetness was definitely noticeable upfront in the aroma with no much rye character but did manage to sniff out a little molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, whiskey barrel wood and good roastiness.

T; the whiskey barrel character was more pronounced on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, molasses, brown sugar maple syrup sweetness, good amount of booze heat, a touch of vanilla but not too much rye spice flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, very slight rye, wood barrel, semi boozy, mild dark fruity and creamy finish.

O: definitely one of the more interesting beers of the night but not disappointed at all. Glad to have another offering from tyranena.

Gobzilla, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of illidurit
3.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy Diomede, I think. Pours a ruby brown color with a small tan head. Chocolatey bready aroma, lots of roastiness too. Earthy roasty flavor with some cocoa and caramel, a little acidity. Spirit influence is mild but there, sort of thins out the body a bit.

illidurit, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of aasher
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This just arrived so it was a must buy at the end of the work day. It pours a medium bodied midnight black with a light, dark khaki head that dissipates within a minute or two and laces the glass. For a porter I'm surprised even at how dark it is. It smells of dark roasted malts, caramel malt, rye (but not whiskey), and light alcohol. It has a musty aroma to it too, kind of like a garage after a rain. It's not bad, just worth mentioning. The flavors are a nice milk of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, dark malts, and light whiskey. The whiskey is subtle. Altogether everything is really well blended. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It's medium bodied and velvety smooth. It's perfect really for the style. I'm convinced that Tyranena can do no wrong in their Brewers Gone Wild series. This further confirmed my thoughts.

aasher, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours two shades shy of black with a thin band around the edges of the bowl. No head or lacing on this one, just a slightly oily slick across the surface. Big barrel-aged nose, a trace of booze/ethanol - extremely sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, molasses, a slightly vinous quality and raisins and prunes. Taste is more subdued than suggested by the nose - dark chocolate comes out and the barrel-aged quality dissipates. Some roast is also expressed as the brew warms. All this on a rich and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light), with a slightly oily/slightly watery consistency. Carbonation is light and even with a little dryness at the finish that seems attributable to the alcohol. A solid brew - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite good and with a well-hidden abv.

Jwale73, Feb 16, 2011
Photo of popery
4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a medium-sized blanket of light brown foam. Good head retention. Lots of fine bubbles cling together in clumps as I work my way through the glass. The aroma has a lot of chocolatey malt with a healthy dose of rye spice and some nice though mild barrel characteristics. I'm also getting some coffee, blackberries, dates and blueberries. The barrel-aging contributes a sweet, vanilla rye flavor. It's very toned down, which I generally like. Taste-wise, it's sweet and rich. Lots of fruit and chocolate. More rye spice. Light oak with that pleasant vanilla-forward spirit flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly thick. Another solid beer from Tyranena, though I still prefer Devil Made Me Do It by a bit.

popery, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shazzam! Mmmm.... Wow, killer beer. Poured with a fine creamy and reminiscent of angelfood candy. Full. rich, and very balanced aroma and flavor. Even maybe a little too subtle. Extremely drinkable. Fine quality. This could easily be served in a gourmet meal along side a sumptuous seared rib eye steak. The whiskey characteristics show up only in the highlights of the beer which is fine by me. Good beer to serve your significant other and prep em for some lust. heh heh. cheers.

drpimento, Apr 22, 2008
Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

enelson, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of DmanGTR
4/5  rDev -3.6%

DmanGTR, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

pathman, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid bodied, the darkest mauve-brown possible. In simpler terms, it's black unless held to a light source. The head is small and brown, and resides for most of the time as a collar.
Fudge brownie aroma, with a persistence of toasted grain, which only slowly hints at rye. Traces of cappuccino, as char and the vanilla barrel-aging traits arise. It smells very Italian-desert-y, and delicious, but on the whole, the rye-whiskey barrel thing seems somewhat impotent, scent-wise, aside from this and some intermittent peppery wafts.
It rolls across the tongue a liquid fudge bath, stayed from a dooming sweetness by a prickly graininess...but only partially. It's like rolling a wet Tootsie Roll in flecks of rye. The peppery, spicy qualities of the grain are ultimately usurped by the sweet chocolate fudginess of the candy. And so it is here. Rye is a bit player, both grain-wise and whiskey-barrel-wise. The fudge is so dense and bullying as to not let anything else play. The barrel shows up late with heavily toasted coconut, caramel, and hazelnuts. Rye Whiskey and Bourbon are very closely related, and this does not tease out the subtle differences, other than it is marginally drier than Who's Your Daddy. The close is a continuation of fudge, inching towards chocolate milk, and a groping oaky vanilla woodiness. If you are looking for hops, you'll need to recalibrate your GPS system.
Full bodied, and basically obese in the mouth. Carbonation is virtually nil. For what it is, it fits perfectly. This is liquid dessert. Like sucking tiramisu through a straw. It's a great nightcap, but drinking it in succession might be asking too much.

As a fan of Rye in both its beer and whiskey forms, I was hoping for more of it in the profile. This is a blend of 40% Rye whiskery barreled beer and 60% unbarreled. Who's Your Daddy remains better because the barrel adds more, and I'd wager the blending percentages are vastly different.
As it stands now, the rye doesn't live up to its billing. It fails to show up in the grain bill, and the barrel hues lack complexity. I'll probably never say this again, but it needs more barrel influence to tease out the rye subtleties. For instance, take a sip of Sazerac Rye (6 or 18 year old, or better yet, the barrel-proof Thomas H. Handy), and ponder what any of those barrels would do to the profile and complexity here. It needs more unique aspects, not just rote barrel aged approximations. I can't wait to try the straight, unblended version at the taproom in Lake Mills in hopes to achieve something of the sort, because I have a suspicion the blend might be a culprit.

That's all nitpicking, obviously. This is very good, no question. As a big, gooey sweet imperial porter, it hits all the notes with general precision. If you liked Who's You Daddy and The Devil Made Me Do It, you'll like this, as it sits right in the middle.
But it's press description fits my personal preferences so well that anything less than remarkable is a failure.
I want the rye to shine much brighter in all its forms.

Oh...I want to love this, and it is soooo close...

cokes, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -3.6%

whartontallboy, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to the BA who traded me this in person at DLD!

A: A slow, steady, high pour results in a thick black body underneath a mere half inch of frothy light-brown head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not terrible, but pretty darn average.

S: Quite oaky, with vanilla and tannins on top of whiskey, chocolate, and mildly spicy rye. Somehow it's both mellow and piquant at the same time; complex. Very nice.

T: More chocolate and rye malt than the nose, with an accompanying decline in the barrel characteristics (although the whiskey and oak both come through powerfully on the finish, which is both good and bad - it's definitely a trifle hot for being under 8%). Sweet, spicy, and good.

M: Smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Very nice.

O: I really wasn't a fan of Rocky's Revenge, as I found the bourbon to be overpowering compared to the base brown ale. This beer is much more in sync (and much tastier, period), although I'm a bit disappointed in the ratio of booziness to ABV. Even though the rye whiskey wasn't an overpowering flavor, it certainly leant a decidedly spiritous element to the beer - and there just wasn't quite enough heft in the beer itself to stand up to this. Still, this is a minor complaint, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of this.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of blackie
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: head is minimal and disappears with a quickness, the beer is a deep chestnut brown in color

s: big creamy roasted barley aroma, full and rich, semisweet chocolate, nice sweet oak-vanilla though the bourbon is limited, a little spicy rye in the background, hops very light and on the earthy side

m: low-medium carbonation, full creamy body

t: full with dark roasted barley and dark chocolates that stick around well into the finish; certainly not the bourbon-wood bomb I'd hoped for...doesn't come through much at all really save for around the edges, but it works; earthy hops, a little rye spice, a little boozy

d: easy enough

from dirtylou

blackie, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of BGsWo22
4/5  rDev -3.6%

BGsWo22, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of maximum12
4.53/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, Dirty Old Man. Often consumed, never reviewed. Just had the Extra Dirty Old Man this weekend at the Tyranena tasting room & it rocked!

Pours jet black with bare minimum of head. Smells faintly of whiskey.

Love the Dirty Old Man, one of the best from one my favorite breweries. Malty, with just a touch of coffee & that suble whiskey kick in the back of the throat that leaves a nice warm inside.

Feels like there's little carbonation, smooth, dark, rich, yummy. Call me a Dirty Old Man devotee.

Tyranena. Consistently excellent beer. Can't wait to see what they have coming next.

maximum12, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of mynie
4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye Porter aged in whiskey barrels."

If that phrase does not pique your interest then you have no right calling yourself a beer person.

Pours like I expect a strong porter to pour--dark and limp. Opaque, no ruby hues or none of that shit.

Smells like a goddamn forest fire but the forest was full of nazis and those nazis were baking cookies. Not only did they deserve to die but the whole thing just smells so wonderful that you don't care about anything else, you have killed for its intensity and you would kill again for its intensity. Smoke, strong bitter rye, hellacious raw porter malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Oh man oh man this is gonna burn my tongue off...

Or no it's not, actually. It tastes a whole hell of a lot tamer than it smells. This isn't bad, not by any means. But it is a little offputting, after the fire of the aroma.

The taste is sweet and smooth. Big chocolate nodes up front moving into a more traditional strong, raw porter grain in the middle. The bourbon and rye both come in only on the aftertaste, and they actually balance each other out quite well.

Fantastically bold beer, right. Not quite perfectly executed but it's damn close.

mynie, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -3.6%

eawolff99, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
4.15/5  rDev 0%
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.

EgadBananas, May 29, 2011
Photo of tpd975
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

tpd975, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 12, 2008
Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

AngusOg, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

tigg924, Aug 13, 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
Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 549 ratings.