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
BEER INFO

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
Gots:
19
For Trade:
1
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Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

A-

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Photo of oline73
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mendvicdog
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, near-black body with a thin, khaki-colored head.

Smell: An unmistakably bourbon-esque aroma, with full notes of vanilla, burnt toffee, brown sugar, and smoke.

Taste: Rich, velvety chocolate taste combined with vanilla beans and the smooth, subtle taste of bourbon. Lesser hints of coffee and anise. Finishes with a bit more bourbon and a light roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with a perfectly smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Its a treat to finally come across a beer that didn't allow the bourbon barrel-aging to totally crush the load-bearing malt flavors underneath.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Darkest mahogany with a glimmer of crimson along the bottom edge of the glass. The double fudge mocha cap was three fingers after the pour and doesn't look interested in giving any digits back. It's heavily creamy and is sticky enough to sink in the middle before sinking at the edges. No letdown when it comes to lace either. Who's Your Daddy belongs in the Who's Who of porter appearances.

Fantastic aroma that is some kind of complex and is different enough to impress to an even greater degree. I don't drink coffee, but I've often considered starting when I smell some of those flavored ground beans in the supermarket. That's what this beer smells like. I can appreciate chocolate fudge, java, vanilla, hazelnuts and coconut oil. I love it.

WYDBBAIP is surprisingly sweet. The big blast of rich flavor was expected, but the candyish sweetness wasn't. Since I have a soft spot for well-brewed sweet beer, I don't mind a bit. One at a time will be plenty though. After multiple mouthfuls, I'm not sure if it works quite as well on the palate; it tastes like the brewers were trying too hard and included too much instead of focusing on a few key flavors.

The same flavors are present of the palate as were present in the nose, with hazelnut syrup chief among them. I can't get over the impression that artificial flavorings were used in the brewing of this beer. Maybe not, but it's hard to believe that what greets my taste buds with each sip could be attained with malt, hops and yeast... bourbon barrels or no bourbon barrels.

Speaking of bourbon, whatever benefit might have been gained by aging the beer in charred oak casks was lost by adding whatever the hell they added to get this constellation of flavors. I'm feeling less good about things as the ounces disappear. It's still good beer and I'm glad I bought a 4-pack, but the whacked out flavors and the sweetness are beginning to wear on me. Vanilla extract? Coconut extract? Hazelnut extract?

The mouthfeel is lush and plush and all the things that I look for in big beer. It won't put a scare into a good stout, but for the style, there's nothing not to like. The heavily silky creaminess is accentuated by a welcome lack of bubbles. A definite highlight.

Who's Your Daddy is certainly wild beer and was a good choice to kick off the 'Brewers Gone Wild!' series. As noted above, however, it tries too hard and would be better served by concentrating on just a few flavors rather than by throwing everything but the kitchen sink against the wall and seeing what sticks. Age might help this little bastard grow up, although it's hard to see how age would really help. It'd be nice if he could find his daddy someday.

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Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hick black as night opaque oil color with a nice two inch head that ever so slowly faded and stayed at about a half inch until the bottom. Very nice thick lace down the sides, gooey and creamy, very nice look to it. Smell took a while to warm up, at first was strong alcohol and caramel sweetness. As it warmed some more subtle smells started to come through, hints at chocolate and coffee started to overtake, and the alcohol quickly faded, leaving a very nice overall aroma. The taste followed the smell with the caramel hitting first. Nice flavors of coffee followed, maybe even a hazelnut hint in there, well rounded. Some warming due to the alcohol, but it was welcomed and did not impact negatively at all. Very good fell on this one, not too thick, went down very smoothly. Great consistency on this, and good carbonation. This was an excellent porter, and I would not turn this down if it was offered.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black without much of a head. A few solitary islands on the surface. Thin collar.

Smell - Bourbony as hell. Lots of the liquor. Chocolate and some fudginess.

Taste - Still really bourbony. Raw bourbon flavor. Fudgy chocolate. Roasty. Hot finish.

Mouthfeel - Not really thick, as I'd expect from a porter. The slightest bit too thin for the barrel.

Overall - Tasty, but tons of bourbon. Bourbon is the best part, but the beer has just enough to stand up to the barrel.

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Photo of BMart
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dfhhead25
3.73/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Impentrable, iunky black, creamy, tossled tan head on top. Very nice.

Bourbon hits the nose at first. That mix of charcoal and molasses, sweet elixir mixed with heady booze. Some candyish qualities meld with woodiness, but little porteresque characteristics remain. Not complaining, though...

Let's taste, shall we...Bam, bam, bam! Thick chocolate meets blackstrap molasses, brown sugar, tar, anise, tree bark, ...what else? leather, maple sap...much deeper than the "caramel, toffee, vanilla, toasted oak, hazelnut" listed on the label...maybe I'm just tired of those words.

wow, this is a wicked mix on the tonque...these brewers really did go wild, didn't they?

Quite a treat this guy. Loved it, and highly reccomend it.

much thanks to the WankerWeasel.

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Photo of Duff27
3.77/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short lives mocha head on a brown bodied beer.

Vanilla goodness on the nose

Bourbon makes its presence felt but not overpowering like. Cool vanilla, some roastiness. Would guess at 10%abv.

Mouthfeel is medium with low but adequate carbonation.

Good vanilla BA stout. Vanilla is a tad on the sweet side but just a minor complaint. Recommended. Thanks 4DAloveofSTOUT!

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BuckEyeNation for this brew.

Pours black in color like motor oil, not much carbonation, not much of a head either, nice islands and sticky lacing around the edge of the glass is left. The nose is of sweet malts, slight hops, vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts, and toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of vanilla, some nice tones of caramel and toffee. There is a nice warming effect going on with a touch of bourbon, nice clean finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, at first sip the bourbon just took over, but that has gone away and a very tasty/sweet brew comes out. Highly recommend if you can get your hands on some.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Robbie for this bottle! Poured in to tulip.

A - Black with a 1/4" of light brown head.

S - Roast, bourbon, vanilla, oak and chocolate.

T - Barrel up front with bourbon, oak and sweet vanilla notes coming through. The base beer adds chocolate fudge and hint of coffee. Really good balance of the base beer and the barrel.

S - Medium body. Creamy. Light to moderate carbonation.

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4.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Zorro
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 Oz bottle sampled through the efforts of dirtylou and The No BS BIF.

Pours an opaque black colored beer with a tan near light brown colored head.

Smell is slightly sweet and malty with a strong chocolate aroma and a lesser coffee scent. Not really fruity but lots of sugar scents and coconut.

Taste is Coconut, strong too from the first sip. VERY interesting strong coconut and vanilla flavors here that pretty much dominate everything else. Coconut flavored Kahlua sums up the taste of this beer perfectly, and I love coconuts. Fairly sweet beer too.

Mouthfeel is OK.

After a while the coconut flavor wears you down on this one. One glass is enough.

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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