Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial PorterWho's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter
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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by DaPeculierDane on 03-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.46%
 
 
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148
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19
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1
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Photo of OldSock
4.12/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – 12 oz bottle obtained in a trade from grynder33, thanks again. Pours black in my snifter, a small tan head sits atop the beer only briefly before sinking back into the brew.

Smell – Rich maltiness with a combination of biscuit and roast. There is also a high alcohol burn I can only assume came from the bourbon barrels. Not much in the way of hops, but there is a hint of yeast produced fruitiness.

Taste – Classic American porter flavor with black patent malt char and loads of thick supporting caramel and toasted malts. The bourbon barrel flavor is subdued and mingled, occasionally I get a taste, but probably the lightest contribution of any bourbon barrel aged beer that I have had. The barrel does add some vanilla flavors as well which really increases the complexity of this one. Compared to most other liquor barrel aged beers the alcohol is relatively hidden in the flavor. The hops provide balance to the big sweetness, but really don't contribute much of their volatile oils in this one.

Mouthfeel – Thick and chewy body with medium carbonation. Carbonation could be lower, but a few swirls in my snifter adjusts it perfectly.

Drinkability & Notes – Lots of complex flavors shoved into a beer that relatively easy to drink, gets my vote every time. My only knock is the strong alcohol aroma, and I'm not sure anything can really be done about that. An excellent effort from Tyranena, I look forward to getting my hands on bottles from the upcoming batches of Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of tgates
4.13/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of kojevergas
4.14/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with stylish appealing orange label and branded pressure cap* served into a taster glass in me gaff in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired from the very gracious Duff27 in a trade. Expectations are through the roof; a trusted friend told me this was amazing stuff. This is my first beer from Tyranena. "Imperial Porter aged in Bourbon Barrels." No ABV listed.

*Looking at the neck after I opened it, this might have been a screw-top. Whoops.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Paired with Swiss chocolate.

A: Pours a lovely 1.5 finger rich tan colour head of great cream and thickness and very good retention (5+ minutes) for what I assume is a high ABV. Body colour is a dark solid cola-black. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Opaque. I love the soft cream of the head. It's quite an appealing appearance all around. I can't wait to try it.

Sm: Vanilla forward - it comes off as actual vanilla bean, not some vanillicin flavour extract added or anything artificial like that. Chocolate. Oak. Bourbon. Caramel. The notes are subtle and evocative; there's a richness here. It's everything I look for in a bourbon barrel aged beer, yet a bit muted. Cream. Balanced and very appealing. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Maybe light spice; anise perhaps? Some lovely buried roast. I don't get any coffee off the aroma per se. Hazelnut when I look for it (suggested on the label). Dark malts. I wish it were a bit stronger; it's a light to mild aroma. But it's near perfect for the style.

T: Wow. Lots of vanilla, but authentic vanilla as if from a bean. I like the vanilla notes here even better than those of Ballast Point's Victory At Sea. Milk chocolate, marshmallow. Rich and perfectly balanced. No alcohol or heat here. Any roast is well buried. I don't get any coffee. Light hazelnut. The oak isn't quite as prominent or toasty as I'd like, but it's there lending a guiding woody tone to the whole beer and giving it a clear focus. Caramel. Cocoa. Maybe a hint of fudge. Light light subtle fig - that's incredibly well done. Dark malts are seamlessly integrated here. It's subtly executed and well put together; maybe it's not as complex as other imperial porters and stouts, but damn is it well done. Bourbon barrel aging is masterfully done here; these guys know what they're doing.

I do get some warmth in the stomach as I drink, but I'd call it pleasant. There's zero alcohol or heat in the flavour profile itself.

Constructively, the sweetness is just a touch too high; this one flirts with dessert beer territory. I'd like to see them tone down the sweetness just a biteen.

Mf: Silky smooth. Wet. Not at all too heavy or burdening on the palate; it's surprisingly light. Feels custom-tailored to the flavour profile. Really impressive. Carbonation is perfect. Soft. It's got a good feel to it that encourages me to come back. Plenty of body too. Wow.

Dr: Insanely drinkable for what I assert is a high ABV. It executes the idea of a bourbon barrel aged imperial porter almost perfectly. I really love this stuff. I'd definitely have it again. Hides its alcohol content very well. A surprisingly solid brew from Tyranena. I'll have to look out for more beers from this brewery; they clearly know what they're doing. I'd buy lots of this for personal consumption if I had the opportunity (and the cash). So glad I got to try this one; I owe it all to Duff27. I'd highly recommend trying this beer. I'll be recommending it to friends. This one gives Victory At Sea a serious run for its money; off memory I'd say this is better. A side by side would be a great idea for a tasting.

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Photo of johnyb
4.16/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a near pitch black with brown around the edges. Absolutely no head to speak of. Smell is lots of bourbon and some roasted chocolate notes. Taste is much of the same and boy is it good. There is a nice roasted flavor profile coming from the coffee. This is without a doubt my favorite Tyranena offering. Definitely needs to be brewed again.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really dark, not opaque...looks like guinness, but thinner and with a weaker head. Smells like an imperial stout. alcohol and chocolate nose with dark fruits. Chocolate malt flavor with vanilla undertones (i think this might be the first time i've ever noticed vanilla in a beer that claims to have vanilla flavors). What really sticks with me is the burnt flavor with the vanilla. very interesting. A different spin on a porter for sure. fairly memorable.

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Photo of atsprings
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep black with a thin off-white head. The aroma was strong of both oak and dark malts with just a hint of bourbon. The taste was just a little too strong on the oak. I think what was missing was the roasted barley I'm used to in a barrel aged stout. The taste was all-right, but I have always preferred Imperial Stouts. The beer was rather light and the alcohol was well hidden. This is a very enjoyable beer, just not a stout.

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Photo of hoppymeal
4.17/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Opaque black. Smell is rich malty sweetness that includes vanilla tones, roastiness and bourbon. Just a hint of a dairy-like porter smell from the roasted malt. Bourbon and vanilla come thru in the taste along with a nice roasted flavor and some cola-like sweetness. The smell is very inviting and the roasty and sweet flavors balance each other nicely. I can feel the alcohol strength but it is very well hidden in the taste and smell, not sure if the bourbon scents cover it, but it is well balanced. Creamy medium body, this beer really hit the spot.

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Photo of tourdot
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a minimal head and lacing. Smell is pretty mild initially but barrel notes come out when as it warms. The oak and bourbon is still pretty subtle; not sure if this is 100% aged or a blend. Tons of roasted malts coming through on the first sip. Some light coffee and vanilla coming in on the back end. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin for an imperial version but it is smooth. Very drinkable and over all well done.

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Photo of mcallister
4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to nflmvp for trading me this at Dark Lord Day.

Mean and dark. Nearly black with a 2 inch tan head that fades into very sticky consuming lace.

Aromas of coffee, choclate, vanilla, bourbon, toffee, roasted malt hints and some nice hop smells also.

Lovely job of integrating the bourbon barrel aging. Added another point of depth to this very complex porter. Big caramel roasted malt flavor, with toasty oak, hazlenut, bitter dark choclate. Velvety smooth mouthfeel. Slight alcohol burn in the chest on the finish.

A very complex porter done right with the bourbon barrel aging. Delicious.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.19/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

here is a barrel aged beer that is, well, done right. 12oz.

pours a thick brown, but not too thick. slick and oily, but see-thru around the edges and not overflowing with head. a sticky ring sits atop the glass and an island of bubbles directly in the center. hazy specks of tan scatter around the surface. mellow and laid-back in appearance. basic.

molasses, candied hops and tart tannins make first impact aromawise, slowly transitioning into the distinct vanilla bean and bourbon flavors of a rich, hearty barrel. it has that mellow smokiness but a nice foil of fresh beer still crying to escape the wood. wonderful balance.

the bourbon really makes a showing, playing carefully off the roasted, charred malt flavors here. this is a malty base beer which really takes beautiful hold of the boozy elements. the beer has a slightly metallic edge, which is a bit distracting, but overall a pleasant taste experience. reminds me almost of a whiskey and coke, the syrupy coca flavors representing that metallic tinge. a bit thin for the flavor though, i wish it was creamier.

still, easy to drink and im sure a bit lower on the abv scale for this style of beer, which helps. a decent brewery doing something novel with impressive results.. keep it up, looking forward to the bitter/hell.

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Photo of Elumbeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour gives a low, dark khaki head that steadily turns to just a ring around the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface. The beer is a very dark brown in color.

smell: Though I would have usually given this beer a 4 for smell, I had to go up given the pure strangeness/ingenuity of it. A big blend of hazelnut, cocoa, hardwood, vanilla, and an alcoholic aroma that is obviously bourbon.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is around the high side of the medium range, and the body a lighter heavy.

taste: Upfront flavors of milk chocolate, cocoa powder, roasted barley, and fresh hazelnut. Not too sweet...actually, the sweetness is in just about perfect balance with the moderate bitterness, which creeps up towards the finish, lingering with some roasted flavors. Not much hop flavor detectable. After the swallow, I get some considerable flavors of bourbon fumes in the mouth, which could be tempered a little more...maybe with some more malt.

drinkability: A great beer, but drinkability is limited by the abrasive ethanol presence and rich quality.

Shipped to me from WI by dirtylou

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Photo of Ri0
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Tyranena snifter.

A - Pours a deep brown/black with a thin tan head. Head doesn't last long and forms a thin ring around the glass that stays until the end.

S - Big bourbon smell, with oak, vanilla and some chocolate. The smell is fantastic.

T - The taste is a nice vanilla and big bourbon flavor. I get oak and some bitter chocolate with roasted malt. Booze is somewhat present but not overwhelming. This is one of my favorite BA Porters.

M - Mouthfeel is medium for a porter, but there is a chewiness to it. Carbonation is low as one would expect from the aging.

O - A delicious and tasty chocolate oatmeal Porter with good amount of bourbon and vanilla. Well done Tyranena; wish this were brewed more than every 5 years or so.

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Photo of murrayswine
4.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a solid jet black into my Tyranena Pint glass. It's cliche, but hey, it was clean.
The head was really nice; a light tan color.
The nose is latte, caramel, Jack Daniel's, mollassis, and pepper.
The taste is so damn smooth. WOW. It's all Jack Daniel's to me. A bit too much actually, slightly overpowering. It follows with an Irish cream finish. The coffee roast disappeared? Would have liked a bit more roast, but all in all, the best 6 dollar 4-pack since Old Rasputin.

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Photo of SheboyganLager1869
4.21/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Zatch90
4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Who's Your Daddy Imperial Porter pours from the bottle a deep onyx with creamy cap of tan head on top. Sticky lacing, the brew shows dark brown highlights when held to the light. Aromas begin with big dark roasty malts engulfed in a mix of chocolate, roasted coffee beans, vanilla, oak and light bourbon notes. A nice melding of flavors, though a bit mellow overall.

First sip brings a rush of rich roasted dark malts colliding with a heavy helping of vanilla, subtle notes of chocolate, caramel and coffee work their way in. The bourbon/oak flavors move in on the way down and add a really nice element to the brew. Finishes slightly slick with a subtle nuttiness. A tasty brew to be had here!

Mouthfeel is big and bold, fills the mouth quite nicely, while still going down smoothly. Good steady carbonation adds to the experience. One of the easier drinking bourbon barrel brews I've tried...still it's not something I'd have more than two of in any one sitting. Overall, a tasty brew that I'm glad I had the chance to try. I look forward to more in the Brewers Gone Wild series from Tyranena!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of FalconA
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of wmobley
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of hoppymcgee
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Thanx4AllDaFish
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of bismarksays
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Brewzma
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Who's Your Daddy? Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.29 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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