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

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Ratings:
165
Reviews:
73
Avg:
4.29
pDev:
7.46%
 
 
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Photo of BlindPig
4.65/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head on a black body.
S- Sweet coffee, nuts, almost like a very light hint of a dark fruit, alcohol, bourbon comes through and tickles the nose.
T- A blend of bourbon, hints of vanilla, coffee, light chocolate, alcohol warms throat a bit, a nice size bitterness lingers on tip and mid tongue also.
M- Full body with medium/low carbonation.
D- Very nice! I really like this brew and wish I had my own bottle of this.
Thanks luchman for letting me try this one!

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Photo of badbeer
4.89/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours out black with a light tan head that retains decent and leaves some lacing as well. Smell is outstanding; chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, French roast coffee, and a little molasses. Taste opens with some vanilla that leads right into some chocolate, toffee, and coffee notes. It's not done there though, there is also some oak and bourbon as well as vanilla. Both smell and taste are 6 out of 5, just amazing. Lower carbonation and full bodied makes this an excellent sipper. I could sip on one of these every night, I just wish I had another so I could enjoy this masterpiece again.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice thick head that retains really really well. Lacing is concrete good. The smell is great! Wow, this smells so sweet and nice. Chocolate coffee with some vanilla. The nose reminds me a a great Irish Cream...one that you'd pay $13 for. The taste is slightly bourbon, but not at all overpowering. It actually makes me want to try bourbon. Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, I could sip on this all night. I wish to have more.

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

A: Pours a jet black lost in a basement color with a frothy one finger caramel colored head. Slight retention with a bit hugging the edges of the glass.
S: Dark fruit, caramel, chocolate, and slight bourbon notes. Sweetness to the aromas. Slight boozy jim bean like notes with a bit of vanilla also.
T/M: Wow--extra smooth and creamy. Nice vanilla notes coupled with slight jim bean barrel bourbon flavors. Coffee, toffee, molasses, and caramel flavors also part of the roasted malt profile with vanilla smoothing everything out. Earthyness that almost takes on a rootbeer like presence. It's almost like the vanilla takes on a milky like presence. Slightly bitter finish. Above average body to this brew. Nice level of carbonation.
D: Another great beer by Tyranena. I wish they were local as this brewery pumps out everyday great beers. Glad I got to try this impy porter and I wish I knew the abv.---those bourbon barrel's probably confused me as I tried to figure out the true level of this brew.

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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 ppoitras
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Ok, so tipping the bottle onto my desk and keyboard wasn' the best start I've ever had, but anyways.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" dark brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head fades at a moderate pace, with average lacing, both of which are still impressive for a barrel-aged brew. Aroma is malt sweetness and vanilla and bourbon, very nice. Flavor is similar to the nose, dark grains upfront, with some vanilla in the middle, and bourbon coming on in the close, warming all the way down. For the style, and being barreled, mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. To visit this one again? If could, would.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a definate black with a half finger tan head that melts to rim hugging lacing.
Aromas are vanilla, caramel, lightly alcohol.
Taste is vanilla, caramel, sweet chocolate (very prominately), just a hint of dark candied fruits and then alcohol.
Mouthfeel is unbelievably rich, thick, and creamy...VERY creamy.
Aftertaste of vanilla and milk chocolate with a little alcohol.
...
Man, this is heaven...absolutely the best desert beer I have ever had.
Thanks so much nflmvp for this wonderful experience.

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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 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 Bierguy5
4.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very thick pour. Appears to be pitch black, no highlights at all. Thick frothy tan head. Very stout-like in appearance. Smells include vanilla, oak, bourbon and a hint of chocolate. There is a lot of sweetness in this beer. Oaky flavors, dark caramel and chocolate, and coconut. Finish is a bit like toasted coconut. Full body, low carbonation. Very well done, and not overwhelming. A real gem. Thanks to BA macallister for this brew!

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Photo of beerinator
4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle; thanks to brewcrew76

Appearance: Thickly dark, very black with a thin brown head.

Aroma: Vanilla, caramel mixed strongly with an alcohol laced bourbon aroma. There are hints of roast or black coffee burnt smells. Smells pretty good if you ask me.

Taste: The upfront flavors are roasted with slivers of vanilla-y sweetness. Burnt roasted coffee mixed with dark chocolate seem to be present in the form of the dark roast flavors. The bourbon isn't heavy duty through the flavor, but it seems very balanced with the other flavors here. The mouthfeel is solid and the finish lingers; leaving bits of bourbon and vanilla on your tongue.

Notes: This beer is quite drinkable. There is quite a bit of complexity here and it seems that Tyranena has done a pretty nice job matching the beer up with the barrel here.

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Photo of expatsteve
3.48/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, thick - one of the few beers to leave legs on the glass when it's poured. Minimal 1/4 inch, quickly thinned to leave a light cover of suds on the top of the beer. Honey notes as the head resides.

Aroma: The aroma is pretty thick, and I can smell the alcohol from a foot or two away. Vanilla, cocoa, and caramel notes. Roasted espresso finish is balanced by slightly sweet nose. Raisin notes as it warms up. Strong but intriguing.

Taste: Cold, this beer immediately tastes like booze, hazelnuts, and faint hints of espresso. Cocoa aftertaste apparent among the bitters. Some of the initial taste relaxes as the beer warms, mellowing the vanilla and hazelnut, revealing light milk on the middle palate, and allowing the development of more biscuity espresso notes. The hazelnut finish complicates the aftertaste, leaving it a little vegetal and bitter, though this vanishes as the beer warms - this is definitely a beer best drunk at just below room temperature. Sweetness combined with the alcohol might prove distracting to some people.

Mouthfeel: Low/medium carbonation, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Disrupted slightly by the taste of the alcohol, but not overly so.

Drinkability: This beer is so rich that it probably militates against drinking more than two at a time (I'm not sure I could do more than one). The presence of the booze likewise lends this beer a much heavier feel in the stomach than I'm used to finding in other big beers (Mr Mephisto's Stout or a Capital Doppelbock for example), and detracts a little from the flavor. Hopefully aging will mellow some of this finish. For my money, I'd have liked a little more balance, but I still appreciate the imperial aspects of this imperial porter.

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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 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 bennetj17
3.85/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to grynder33 for this Wisconsin gem. Dark black pour, not much head on this brew, just a thin film. The aroma is mildly strong, with vanilla and toffee notes and a slight hint of bourbon, certainly not much like a typical porter. The strong vanilla and toffee flavor continue in the taste, with coffee flavor and more notice of the bourbon flavoring. The finish is a bit unremarkable though, fairly clean with just a mild alcohol flavor. Bitterness is low overall. Medium thick in mouthfeel, subtle carbonation. Intensely smooth, likely from the barrel aging. Drinkablility is nice. This brew may be fairly stong in ABV yet it's not too noticible. It needs a bit more balance from the finish, but has still has a nice unique flavor up front.

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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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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 Westsidethreat
4.69/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a thick, fantastic oatmeal colored head. Body is deep dark opaque brown. The head has fallen to a repectable ring around the glass with healthy wisps across the top. Scattered lace reminds me of sips passed.

S: Smells of vanilla, bourbon. Hints of licorice, espresso grounds, boysenberries and bakers chocolate. Aggresive, seductive...what am I in for?

T: Holy bourbon batman. Right up front with vanilla and big alcohol nose. Custard aftertaste dominates, and this is a very good thing. Hints of oak, french pastries and chocolate grenache.

M: Solid body and very silky. Creamy head adds tp smooth texture.

D: This beer is REALLY good. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of walleye
4.06/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks goes to Ughsmash for this. poured black with a tan head that left some lacing. aromathe bourbon came out strong, than out came the bourbon, than hints of coffee with hazelnut cream in it, some hints of malts, toasty,flavor, wow the bourbon I had the make sure I didn’t pour some jack into the glass, vanilla, with hints of chocolate and malts.I can not believe this is only 8% abv like the label says whos your daddy.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.75/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours an oily black with deep ruby highlights. Thin brown head. Actually has legs in the glass like bourbon.

S - Vanilla, bourbon, hint of chocolate and hazelnut. The porter and bourbon aspects blend wonderfully for an excellent aroma.

T - Bourbon, vanilla, oak, hints of caramel and toffee. Slightly sweet but works well with the bourbon flavor dominance. The alcohol is warming but is very well hidden.

M - Creamy, maybe just a tad thin. Not much carbonation which works very well.

D - I love bourbon aged beers and this is one of the best I have tasted. The bourbon aspects might be just a tad too dominant but I am extremely disappointed I was only able to obtain a 4 pack. If this one let just a bit more of the porter characteristics shine through the bourbon it could be straight 5's.

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Photo of Callenak
4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired in a trade from grynder33. Let's just say I am glad he sent me two of these gems!

My first "Imperial" porter. Poured black with very little, but tan head. The smell gets you instantly. Chocolate, oak, vanilla, and of course bourbon.

Taste fantastic. Lots of chocolate with a back up coming from the great oak and bourbon presence. Not much in the way of hops, but that is to be expected with the style and the strong malt and oak flavorings.

Mouth feel is perfect. Crisp carbonation, not overtly thick like some imperial stouts.

I would love to open my second one with my Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout and see how they compare side by side.

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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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Photo of kmpitz2
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz stubbie. Pours a deep brown to black color with a finger of light tan hread , There are a few bubbles cascading up the side of the glass that help maintain the head around a quarter inch tall. Aroma is chocolate, oaky vanilla, a kiss of bourbon, and a moderate dark fruity sweetness. Not too shabby. Flavor is incredibly sweet and bourboney, with notes of cocoa, and an incredible vanilla note that really dominates the brew. This one is definately a bourbon beer. Its almost a little overwhelming, and defintaly dominates the porter aspect of the beer. Mouthfeel is moderate to thick, with a light syrupy slickness. Carbonation is light to moderate. Overall, I think the bourbon aging really affected this one. Its got a lot of vanilla . I like the cocoa notes, but would like to see the vanilla and oak to be more subdued and playing a supporting role. Its okay, but I don't know if I'd make this a regular in my fridge.

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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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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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