Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter
Tyranena Brewing Company

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter
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Style:
American Imperial Porter
Ranked #63
ABV:
7.9%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,635
Avg:
4.14 | pDev: 8.94%
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
600
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Wisconsin, United States
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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter
Notes: Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.
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Reviews by MaxSpang:
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3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a viscus deep black. The bubbles took awhile before they creaped up to form the 2 finger head, which was a mocha brown. This beer looks like it's a lot bigger then expected.

SMELL

Tons of roasted malt and chocolate in this one. It's a bitter dark chocolate aroma, and it's followed by some slight espresso. The whiskey comes in quite a bit, but I was expecting more. It smells pretty balanced, with no aroma overpowering any other.

TASTE

Not quite as intense as expected, but very nice. There's a lot of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, which is followed by some slight coffee. The rye is subtle but welcomed, and the whiskey is a little underwhelming. The whiskey flavor is a lot more intense in the aroma, but there is enough flavor to satisfy a whiskey-lover's toungue.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel is fairly thick without making the beer sweet and syrupy. The only way I k ow how to describe it is that it reminds my of the leftover water in a bowl of oatmeal - thick but not sweet. There's a little carbonation which helps clear the mouth a bit.

OVERALL

This is a barrel-aged beer that is pretty easy drinking. Being used to big whiskey-barrel stouts, this brew feels almost watery. However, it's not a bad thing. It makes for a beer that could be enjoyed relatively quickly, but also could be sipped and savored. It's sort of sweet yet earthy, and big yet small. It's a solid beer all around.

Cheers.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.83/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Local in Madison, WI. Served in cheap stemmed red wine glass - the sort you would get your basket of Chianti served in if you were dining in a little Italy. Not really appropriate for beer but I was glad that I didn't get a whole pint of this as it is a rather intense brew and I wasn't really prepared for it.

Appearance: Dark brown, near black and nontransparent with a swirly tan head that resembles the Doppler of a hurricane.

Aroma: Sugary booze, powerful roasted malt and twangy rye notes, hints of oily cheese, Irish coffee, and mocha syrup.

Taste: Sweet and boozy. Lots of chocolate in a syrupy or Godiva liquor sort of way. Coffee comes on luscious and mouth coating too with some pretty fresh bean flavor to boot. Rye offer some twang. There is a general fruitiness that I can't yet place but might after more servings.

Mouthfeel: Robust and full bodied. Warming in a major way. Gives off the quality of being thick like a chocolate malt. Mildly biting coffee/oat bitterness offers some balance but not much. This puppy is rich and sweet with lingering sugar notes and lasting alcohol avidity.

Drinkability: This is a treat but I can't see myself having more than one in a sitting.

Style: This doesn't fit any category. I would have called it an American Porter since that American precursor seems to translate as experimental half of the time. Still, Baltic Porter fits alright since this brew is certainly big enough to be one.

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Photo of maximum12
4.52/5  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.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PrinceDarren
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just re-released.

Pours a very dark, cherry brown and reveals a thick, foamy bronze head.

Aroma has a touch of spice, perhaps cinammon? Maybe a little chocolate too.

Tastes wonderful! A slight note of cherry and milk chocolate with a bitter finish. An ever-so slight hint of hops is barely detectable.

Would be a good candidate to pair with a cigar.

As it warms in the glass, the wood starts to come through and the mouthfeel becomes a bit creamier. Coffee notes start to come out. Bitter and sour as it approaches room temperature.

This is VERY easy to drink for an imperial porter. I believe the ABV is 7.9% but you wouldn't know it. This is "almost" sessionable. It is the best example yet to come out of Tyranena.

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Photo of dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 20FEB12 on neck in dark ink. 12 oz bottled poured into Dogfish Head signature snifter. Thanks to Mark for this one.

a- a dark, dark, chocolate color bordering on black, with a velvety head resembling that of moccacino foam, and a thin film for lacing. great looking beer.

s- coffee, vanilla, very slight whiskey, roasted malts.

t- oaky malts and chocolate sweetness, noticeable amount of coffee but not nearly like in FIS/FBS, the whiskey is there, but it's very subtle, contributing the nice spiciness in the beer rather than booziness.

m- velvety. it's viscous and thick on the surface, but ends up being thinner and lighter, almost mousse like. low carbonation. Very drinkable.

o- I would love to have this again. I haven't had very many BA porter. The whiskey barrel aging isn't as prominent as in other BA beers I've had. I expected a more aggressive whiskey character, but I'm not disappointed. This is a great beer.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of mikereaser
3.84/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pitch black with no foam whatsoever.
The aroma is some chocolate, coffee, maybe a hint of the whiskey and wood with a hint of the rye showing through. Really a nice smelling beer with alot going on.
The taste is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee, wood and the rye all blends nicely
Smooth and creamy mouthfeel with slight carbonation, slightly thin. It has a realy nice taste and I would enjoy having another.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours either dark brown, or light black, however you want to look at it. Small reddish head. Smells malty. Smells of rye and whiskey as well, with a bit of chocolate. I love the rye in the taste. Also hints of chocolate, malt, a bit of coffee, and just a slight whiskey flavor on the finish. I would've liked a bit more whiskey flavor, but this is blended pretty well, however not layered really. I taste everything all at once. Mouthfeel is thin and slightly carbonate, and slightly creamy. Pretty decent porter.

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Jayli
4.17/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a thick, opaque black. Barely even a 1/4 inch of brown head forms and then immediately disappears. Minimal wisps of lacing left on the glass.

S: Nose is chocolate, roast, and light rye and whiskey.

T: Taste is - wow, not sure how long this has been sitting. I was expecting a lot of heat on this one but it's perfect. Light mild chocolate at the forefront with hints of vanilla creeping in. Roasted notes with a well balanced raisin sweetness flavoring. The finish is a fantastic mocha, and a chocolate note that reminds me of the dry Nestle milk chocolate powder (you know, if you just ate a spoonful? I can't be the only one who's done that...) before some more roast notes, and a nice coffee flavoring come through. In the aftertaste you can taste the light whiskey mingling with the coffee aftermath that really adds character but neither dominates or burns.

M: Medium to full bodied, moderate carbonation, silky, creamy body with a sticky somewhat chewy finish.

O: Goes down very easy, very tasty, mildly filling, nice kick and a nice representation of style. I often try beers aged in whiskey, bourbon, etc barrels and the heat usually take from what the beer could be. Perhaps not aged long enough - but this one was spot on for me and I would love more!

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of darklordlager
3.76/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the brewery. From notes:

A: Somewhat opaque, dark brown with ruby hints. Coating of dark tan head.

S: Roasted malt dominates, with some dark fruit and maybe some bitterness from both the roasted malt and hops if you dig.

T: Bourbon comes through here a bit more than the smell. Caramel, roast malt, chocolate malt. Some bitterness from the darker malts. More caramel, and some vanilla.

M: Low carbonation. A bit thinner than expected. Not as "creamy" as it looks like it will be.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4.11/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark oily brown color with a foamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Looks like a very very good porter.

S - Roasted maltiness dominates. Hints of coffee as well. Very light spiciness in the nose but other than that there is little rye or whiskey in the smell.

T - A light chocolate sweetness initially quickly overcome with a nice rye spiciness. Still not picking out any real whiskey flavors but the rye provides a nice kick. Also some hints of sweetened coffee linger after the drink.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy/smooth. Excellent feel. Nice balance in tastes providing good drinkability as well.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.87/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown to black in color with a inch and a half thick layer of head from a hard pour. Nice rings of lace are left behind.

S: Roasted malts and vanilla from the barrel. Very pleasant but not powerful.

T: Roasted and burnt chocolate flavors with a slight hint of vanilla. It is good but I don't get much of the rye or and the whiskey flavor is very minimal.

M: A bit chalky. Good amount of body and creaminess.

D: Obviously it is only partially Barrel aged but the flavors all seem slightly dull. It is tasty but just seems like it is missing something.

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ordered this online from France44.com

Stoked to be breaking in my Jester King snifter glass which arrived as a generous extra courtesy of miikezombie . Pours a dark brown, clear, with a light tan head that didn't hold up well (glass might be dirty).

Nose offers up a tasty mix of dark chocolate, vanilla, and an earthy/tobacco. Spicy. Smooth alcohol.

Deep, rich, dark roast malt flavors showcase cocoa nibs, molasses, and a modest charcoal. Vanilla and oak make a case too though the whiskey maintains restraint and lends complexity. Scant smokiness in the medium finish.

Medium-full bodied with a moderate-low level of carbonation. Alcohol is present but smooth.

Overall this beer drinks well, layered flavors with the robust, dark malt chocolate blending with vanilla, tobacco, spice. One to pour in a snifter and savor for a while.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 600 ratings