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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147
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19
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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From 10/15/12 Tasting Notes...

Poured from 12 oz bottle into CBS snifter. Served just slightly chilled.

A) Black brew with a small khaki head that settled to a thin collar. Light lacing and some legs.

S) Nice... A pleasant sweetness that consists of vanilla, caramel, and light brown sugar. There is some distant barrel cask to the aroma as well.

T) Matches the nose, with added elements such as light coffee, bourbon, a bit woody, and a little nutty too. Lots of flavors mingling together here quite nicely. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) A medium body with moderate carbonation. This was definitely lighter than I expected. Smooth and easy drinking for the most part. Good finish + aftertaste.

O) Really nice barrel aged effort from Tyranena. Very enjoyable... Perhaps my favorite offering from this fine brewery. Glad to recommend...

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of derkfromwi
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Dactrius
4/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of silentjay
4/5  rDev -6.8%

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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Photo of kawilliams81
4.07/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 8 oz snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger tan head. Small speckles and trails of lacing on the glass.

S- big chocolate, bourbon and vanilla. Slight maple syrup also.

T- bourbon, dark chocolate, roasted malts, some pine bitterness at the finish.

M- medium body and carbonation. Has a fizziness at first but smooths out some.

O- very good BA porter. Not super complex but has nice aroma and flavors. Wish there was a little more body and creaminess.

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Photo of InVinoVeritas
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of thebigredone
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.09/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jet black with a one finger head that lasted a minute or so, then dissipated, leaving some lace.

Oak, bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malts, just a smidge of burnt and coffee character rounds out the aroma.

The taste brings out more of the burnt, chocolate and vanilla flavors. Bourbon tops it off. There's a nice bitterness that balances out the sweetness well. Perhaps some dark fruits too (plums, cherries, raisins).

Body is slick, sweet, and thick, alcohol is obvious and warming.

A very nice imperial porter. Delicious.

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Photo of plumcrazyfx
4.5/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle from the latest release. Locals helping locals is still alive and well thankfully. Into my Central Waters tulip.

Pours dark brown with mahogany highlights at the edges. A bit of soapy brown head lasts throughout and some spotted lacing spatters the glass.

Dark chocolate, dab of coffee, gooey caramel, and marachino cherry. A somewhat light but enticing nose.

Front end of the beer is melted s'mores: marshmallow, chocolate, and some graham cracker. The middle moves in the melted caramel which moves into a snappy licorice finish. Mild but firm bourbon heat on the back end lends a little fire.

A mild gripe is the lighter end body, but the flavors really hold up well throughout.

I've now had two of these this week and cannot express how happy I am to see Tyranena go back to its previously diverse and occasionally spectacular well. Please continue releasing your older portfolio or some new beers. I would happily continue to support this brewery.

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Photo of ncketchum
4.54/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 vintage, served cellar temp in a Tyranena snifter

A - pours jet black with a thin head that stays for a moment, then disappears

S - Fantastic aroma, heavy on the bourbon - oak, vanilla, a bit of booze - followed by cocoa and a hint of malt.

T - Vanilla, chocolate, malt, maybe a little of dark cherry, followed by coffee, no hint of alcohol.

M - Smooth. Not as thick as I would have liked or expected, but no hint of alcohol whatsoever.

O - What a great offering from Tyranena. The BGW series continues to impress me with each release. Maybe they'll make this one a more frequent release along with Hop Whore and Dirty Old Man

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into snifter glass.

Vintage 2012!

Appearance: dark brown to light black bodied beer with a nice 2 fingers of medium tan colored head. Head drops quick to a thin cap. A little bit better than spotty lace, but not heavy enough to coat the glass. It has that cola quality to it, but a little bit stickier.

Smell: Nice oak and whiskey note. It got a bit of a spicy booze kick to it, but in a really good way. Hint of chocolates and vanilla. Maybe some roasted dark malts too.

Taste: This is a wonderful barrel aged porter! The beer is whiskey forward with barrel notes really coming at you right away! The whiskey flavor in this beer is both mellow and delicious. Its well complimented with oak, vanilla, and chocolate notes that start to make an appearance about mid palate. The whiskey continues all the way through this beer. The beer finishes with more whiskey and a hint of roasted coffee and a touch of nuttiness that tastes like hazelnuts! The beer is really well balanced with nice complexity.

Mouthfeel: this beer is on the light end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Its fantastically drinkable BA porter, but on the flip side its just a touch thin. There is an ever so slight whiskey burn and warming sensation from this beer, but I think it adds to the overall effect in a positive way. It not even close to being harsh at all.

Overall: This beer looks great, smells great, and tastes great! Mouthfeel wasnt quite as silky as I expected this barrel aged porter from Tyranena to be. If this was a fuller bodied porter with a silkier mouthfeel this beer would be world class no doubt. Its the only thing that could hold this beer back. Its still an awesome beer from one of my favorite breweries of Wisconsin. Glad that Tyranena brew this beer a 2nd time, so that I would get the oppurtunity to try it out. Another great BGW series beer from Tyranena, glad that I stocked up on this one for the winter!

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Photo of smurfbeer
5/5  rDev +16.6%

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 edk218
5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of bpfrush
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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Photo of coldmeat23
4.67/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 55 degrees
Thanks goes out to Beertracker for this sweet b'day gift!

Pours black with some deep crimson highlights, when backlit. A finger of dark brown foam recedes to a surface ring, rather quickly. The lacing is in thin strands, but is nicely sticky.

Smells phenomenal.
Loads of bourbon and hazelnuts hit me first. Lots of vanilla and some light traces of toasted oak follow. Nice hints of milk chocolates and roasted malts. Caramels, english toffee and brown sugars make brief appearances. Mild hints of dark coffee.

Taste follows the nose quite well. Everything is very smooth and balanced, at this point. The bourbon is still prominent, yet is not really overwhelming. All of the flavors play very well together.

Full-bodied with a mild carbonation level. This helps make it silky smooth, yet it lacks in creaminess, which I think it would surely benefit from.

I've got no idea what the abv is on this one, but it drinks like it's about 4.50%, or something. I'm sure that it's probably more than that and would likely sledgehammer you into unconciousness, if you weren't careful with it. It sure would be a fun ride getting to that point, though!
Delicious!

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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 Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Who's Your Daddy? Imperial Porter pours up with a certain intrepidity. The light to moderate carbonation creates a small creamish-tan colored head that sits uneasily atop the seal brown-nearly black colored body. The roasted malt aroma is dominated by a big chocolate (café mocha, cocoa nibs, truffle) & caramel (brown sugar, butter toffee, crème brûlée) nut (Macadamia) presence with hints of Buffalo Trace Bourbon, vanilla beans, licorice root, and charred oak. Maybe some of the woody character could be attributed to the hops as well? The big, roasty flavor starts off mildly sweet, toasty, and nutty but eventually gives way to some earthy bitterness which brings balance to this adventurous brew. The lingering bittersweet coffee finish is vinous & cheek warming. This medium-full bodied Robust-Imperial Porter is a "rough & rugged" interpretation of the style that is worthy of the Brewer's Gone Wild! moniker. Definitely worth seeking out. This beer will leave you asking, "Who's Your Daddy!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottle.

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Photo of cokes
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a black-aping darkest brown-orange topped with a thin but sticky beige lid.
Full bore chocolate bourbon nasal assault. Enormous vapors of vanilla, hazelnut, toasted oak, caramel nougat and fudge.
Enters the mouth, and proves true all those things that the nose promised. Huge Bourbon-induced vanillins, charred wood, toasted coconuts, and hazelnuts...especially hazelnuts. At this point, every knows what to expect out of a Bourbon barrel aged beer. This sets itself apart with a fat Tootsie Roll maltiness that provides the perfect canvas for the barrel's strokes. There are minor espresso notes late, but this is all about the sweet, and as such, it is perfectly harmonized.
Rotund in the mouth, portly sweet, but never sticky. Carbonation is appropriately low. This is the type of dessert beer that will make you want to skip you meal.

Hopefully this one gets revisited in the BGW series.

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Photo of brdc
4.32/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to stousnipas for this one.
It is a nice-looking, pitch black brew with a crimson hue, but little tan head which was probably my fault for serving this one a bit too cold.
The aroma, also initially faint likely given the low temperature, improves as it warms up, with an alcoholic bourbon-like smell, followed by chocolate, coffee, oak, vanilla and multiple nut-like nuances.
Taste also improved as it warmed up, my first sip was a bit "too alcoholic", but it evolved nicely. It is firm, even rich, and at times sweetish, candy-like, at times warmingly alcoholic, and then choclate sweet, coffe-like bittersweet, and then some hazelnut, vanilla, and oak. Little carbonation.
Very close to the description in the bottle.

It went well with spicy food, and it would probably go well with chocolate.
Well done.

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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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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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