Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter
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Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Rye Whiskey barrels.

Added by Atron67 on 02-10-2008

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Ratings:
592
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
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Photo of Strix
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, some head that fades sort of quickly.

Smells roasty, full of coffee, oak, malt, vanilla, and rye.

Very flavorful. Roasted flavor, a bit of chocolate, a bit of wood and rye. Some more typical porter burnt tastes are present as well. Not as boozy as I expected.

Smooth body.

Nicely done, but didn't touch Devil Over a Barrel.

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of br3wmeister
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- half inch light brown head, that thins to almost nothing in about a minuet, minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black colored beer.

S- Huge malt sweetness and some hints of whiskey to the nose. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and oak. A hint of coconut. Minimal hop aroma.

T- Whiskey and charcoal up front, some bite from the hops then sweet malty flavors come through. Again I get a hint of coconut, Some milk chocolate and and smokey flavors in the end leaving a smokey sweet after taste.

M- thick, milky and smooth almost oily. Very minimal carbonation.

D- Very smooth and drinkable.

Over all a pretty good beer not as bold as I would expect from a imperial porter but it was very drinkable.

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Photo of jslot38
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: From the side, chalky black. From the top has a few brown hues around the side. Barely any head, just a ring around the edges.

Smell: Very nice whiskey notes, vanilla is very up front. While this is the predominate aroma, it does not overwhelm.

Taste: Has a level of tartness (almost fruitiness) found in traditional porters. Mingles well with the vanilla and chocolate flavors. Not totally what I was expecting, but its very balanced and nice. A bit of sweetness from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is nice, has a silky smooth feel. Very good. For a barrel aged porter, this is extremely drinkable. I looked over and was surprised to see that I finished 3/4s of this during the review.

This is a very good example of a barrel aged beer that is well balanced, and really takes on the whiskey flavors well.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from BigDaddyWil. Pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark brown head. There is little lacing or retention. The aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Other aromas are of black coffee, and a very pleasant whisky note. Alcohol is noticeable.

The roasted malt imparts certain sweetness to the beer that is nicely balanced by a dry bitterness. I'm once again reminded of chocolate and coffee. The whisky barrel aging is apparent. The alcohol is well hidden for its strength, which I believe is 7.9%. The finish is dry and reminiscent of whisky.

Medium full bodied with a dry and sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown. In the glass it looks inky black, but when held into the light it's only nearly opaque, with mahagony and ruby light shining through at the extreme edges. A nice 2 finger tan head is produced on the pour, and has excellent retention. It leaves some nice sticky lacing down the sides of the glass.

The nose starts out strong up front with roasted malts. Roasted gives way to sweet, then allowing the earthy and boozy notes of the rye whiskey barrels to come through. Finishes with dark fruits and a bit of toffee/caramel.

Taste is similar to the nose, but I'm just not getting a huge roasted malt character that I was in the nose. It's a lot sweeter, with more subtle whiskey hints. Good, just not spectacular.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a low carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Of all the Brewers Gone Wild beers, I've had, this might be the best. It's definitely up there, and worth a shot.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured dark brown in color with brownish yellow highlights and a thin khaki colored bubbly head that left a thin collar of lacing sticking to the glass after every sip.

S: chocolate sweetness was definitely noticeable upfront in the aroma with no much rye character but did manage to sniff out a little molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, whiskey barrel wood and good roastiness.

T; the whiskey barrel character was more pronounced on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, molasses, brown sugar maple syrup sweetness, good amount of booze heat, a touch of vanilla but not too much rye spice flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, very slight rye, wood barrel, semi boozy, mild dark fruity and creamy finish.

O: definitely one of the more interesting beers of the night but not disappointed at all. Glad to have another offering from tyranena.

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Photo of EStreet20
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, 16 ounce shaker pint.

A - Very dark brown with about a half finger of off white head. Couldn;t coax any more head out of this one, even with a pretty hard pour.

S - Smells pretty nice. Some oaky notes on top of chocolate aroma.

T - Taste is very nice here. Chocolates, with a tiny roasty kick, and a nice oaky flavor make this one a winner. A sweet baltic porter with some interesting flavors going on.

M - This one has a nice body. Fairly full with low carbonation.

D - Very smooth with the big body. The barrel aging flavor is a hit with this brew.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is an imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels. What in that description is there not to like?
This looks real good, a solid chunk of darkness in a cup. I pick up a bit of the roast aroma. Smells great and inviting. Fantastic flavor. I get a bit of the rye spice up front, followed by a roasty, rye finish. Definitely can taste the boozy barrel-aged influence. Seems like it brings this beer together. I like rye, I like whiskey, I like this beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was sent to me as part of a trade from ThomasHardy. I was very excited to try this just by reading the label it sounds pretty awesome.

The beer poured out as a very deep brown color, there wasn't much head on this beer which is a bummer. I'm not sure how old the bottle might be and perhaps some of the carbonation has escaped over time. The smell of the beer is a mix of rye and chocolate with some hints of alcohol. The taste of the beer could pass as a stout in my opinion. It's roasted and chocolatey with a nice spicy rye taste that blends quite well here. The mouthfeel is thick but it doesn't really have the carbonation I was hoping for. Overall I would like to try this on tap or a fresh bottle for sure. This beer would be great I think if it was fresh.

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Photo of Mdog
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Black, small but lasting head.

Smell: Coffee, mocha, wood, vanilla. Nice.

Taste: First hits with the roasted flavors and bitter dark chocolate. As it warms up a nice sweetness comes through along with a little boozy note.

Drinkability: Not really a session beer but not too strong to have a couple in a sitting.

This is a nice flavorful porter. I don't know what the barrel aging did for it but it didn't make it overly boozy. Another good one from Tyranena.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dirty Old Man

Pours amber tinted brown and settles black with a fingers worth of light tan colored head.

The nose offers some roasty aromas up front with some chocolte filled alcohol. There is some vanilla and brown sugar scents as well, probably from the barrel aging.

The taste is much similar to the nose but multiplied. The roasted malts are very bold and then the bourbon cloak of vanilla and butterscotch lingers throughout.

The mouthfeel is very rich and oily, with a prickly carbonation kick at the finish.

Overall, another great brew from Tyranena. The Brewers Gone Wild series is awesome and hasn't let me down yet.

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Photo of koopa
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with a generous BA thanks!

Appearance: Pours super dark mahogany with a 1 finger beige crown that displays little retention but leaves lots of lace everywhere.

Smell: Dark roast malt, chocolate covered bacon, rye, and whiskey. I like the integration.

Taste: Slight whiskey barrel tinge over dark malt that is moderately roasted and balanced with a moderate chocolate note. Hints of toffee and plum round it out nicely.

Mouthfeel: Thin side of heavy bodied with good carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad despite the mouthfeel which is a bit thick.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty old man pours out a mostly opaque very dark brown color into a snifter. I get less than half a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

The smell is plum, and whiskey fusel alchohol. A bit of roast. The barrel aging is very present in the smell.

The taste is a silky chocolate porter with big yet smooth vanilla whiskey notes. A bit of spice from the rye. The flavors meld well. The dark fruit from the nose is not present. This finishes with an earthy oak presence.

The moutheel is medium bodied with a creamy moutheel. I get moderate to high carbonation.

Overall the excellent flavors in this beer carry it to a great rating. Really exceptional character from the barrel aging with a great porter to begin with. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of wschmit
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a perfect pint.

A: A viscous, maple stream pours silently into a dark, clear body of deep brown, slightly red hue. A bit of mocha head fades quickly to a collar of negligible height.

S: For something called "Imperial" porter, I was skeptical, but the nose is spot on. A really thorough roasted smell, like just-spent coffee grounds. The rye whiskey comes through after my nose adjusts to the coffee. Very pleasant.

T: Taste pretty well mirrors the smell. In addition to roasted malt, there's a slightly sour taste, and just a bit of whiskey--would like a touch more, to complement the coffee.

M: There's a bit of heat to this, but it feels quite nice with the fairly viscous, low-carbonated body.

O: Really well executed. "Imperial" made me expect a booze bomb--an ABV would be nice, btw--but this doesn't feel very strong alcoholically. A fine brew all around--hits all the porter notes, and then goes a bit beyond them in a positive way.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, poured into an Allagash flute. Been looking forward to trying this one for a long time!!

Appearance: A thick, deep, sticky, nasty brown mess, like molasses, with a one-finger cocoa head with average retention that fades into a ring of bubbly lace. Lacing is likely alcohol retarded. This one looks off the hook.

Aroma: And smells off the hook! Damn that whiskey really comes through. Woody notes, vanilla, chocolate - cocoa powder, really, dutch process! -

Taste: Not as hot as the aroma, but still pretty good. Smoky, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, coffee grounds - a deep roast, too, heavily - baker's chocolate. The only thing wrong with it is the spicy, slightly burning alcohol that comes in at the end, but it's nice enough to where that doesn't detract enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, devilishly thick, medium-sized bubbles, spicy and prickly, either from hops, malt astringencies, or whiskey. Improves as it warms.

Drinkability: This was a good one. Glad I got a chance to try it. The aroma was absolutely out of this world, and though the rest of the beer didn't quite live up the to the promise of the aroma, it was solid all-around. Alcohol on this one, though unlisted, is probably around 8 or 9%, and was very, very well-hidden. Give it a shot if you're lucky enough to get your hands on it - another winner from the BGW series, of which I've yet to be disappointed by any.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of woosterbill
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. Thanks to the BA who traded me this in person at DLD!

A: A slow, steady, high pour results in a thick black body underneath a mere half inch of frothy light-brown head. Mediocre retention, spotty lace. Not terrible, but pretty darn average.

S: Quite oaky, with vanilla and tannins on top of whiskey, chocolate, and mildly spicy rye. Somehow it's both mellow and piquant at the same time; complex. Very nice.

T: More chocolate and rye malt than the nose, with an accompanying decline in the barrel characteristics (although the whiskey and oak both come through powerfully on the finish, which is both good and bad - it's definitely a trifle hot for being under 8%). Sweet, spicy, and good.

M: Smooth, creamy, and moderately carbonated. Very nice.

O: I really wasn't a fan of Rocky's Revenge, as I found the bourbon to be overpowering compared to the base brown ale. This beer is much more in sync (and much tastier, period), although I'm a bit disappointed in the ratio of booziness to ABV. Even though the rye whiskey wasn't an overpowering flavor, it certainly leant a decidedly spiritous element to the beer - and there just wasn't quite enough heft in the beer itself to stand up to this. Still, this is a minor complaint, and I wouldn't hesitate to buy more of this.

Cheers!

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Photo of Sammy
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for the trade Packforever1976. A rich and tasty porter, owing to the inclusion of the rye which gives it a spicy rye and vanilla and some chocolate and malty sweetness. Whiskey in the finish. A baltic? well I don't know. Well Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to rmalinowski4 for the extra!

Pours black. Head was small, maybe half a finger, tan. Didn't stick around for too long.

Definitely get some zesty rye notes, with a nice bit of oak and whiskey. It's a very nice level; not overpowering but not to subtle. There's nice roasted notes, slight chocolate and coffee.

Lots of wood, whiskey and rye notes up front, moving to nice bitter roasted coffee and chocolate.

A hair thin on the feel, but nice slick and creamy. Finishes clean. Carbonation is good.

Quite an enjoyable Rye Porter. The rye and barrel notes aren't overpowering, but make themselves well know, leaving all the other great porter qualities to have their spot in the limelight too. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of lurpy1
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Split with a bottle with my wife, and I have to say, it might have been in Dirty Old Man's best interest to have my wife do the review, as this is arguably her favorite beer now. If her 6 oz lasted 90 seconds I'd be greatly surprised.

As for me, I very much liked the beer, but not to the extent she did. There was a slight disjointedness between the spark of the rye and the smooth of the barrel. Tasted good, just slightly confusing. Perhaps because it's a blend. I will agree with the wife that the consistency was pretty damn close to perfect.

The BGW series is comically underrated. But I would love to see Tyranena really go wild and offer this as a fully barreled beer instead of as a partially barreled beer. It can't do anything but improve an already very good drink. Recommended.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/27/2011
Type: 12oz. Bottle
Vintage: 2011
Glass: DFH Chalice

Poured a black in color w/ a 1/2 finger tan head that produced light sticky lacing. Aromas of Baker's chocolate, roasted malts, molasses, and earthiness. Taste was of chocolate and molasses up front, leading in oak, and finishing w/ subtle hop bitterness and a touch of whiskey. The mouthfeel was spectacular! Pretty damn full bodied for a Porter, and oh so lush and creamy. Drinkable brew as the ABV is well hidden and the barrel aging is in the background.

Overall, nice stuff! I would drink this again, but nothing to go crazy over. Simply just solid which I find usually the case with Tyranena brews.

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Photo of DucksFan16
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jwale73
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seeswo for the opportunity to try this one. Pours two shades shy of black with a thin band around the edges of the bowl. No head or lacing on this one, just a slightly oily slick across the surface. Big barrel-aged nose, a trace of booze/ethanol - extremely sweet, with aromas of brown sugar, molasses, a slightly vinous quality and raisins and prunes. Taste is more subdued than suggested by the nose - dark chocolate comes out and the barrel-aged quality dissipates. Some roast is also expressed as the brew warms. All this on a rich and malty backbone. Mouthfeel is medium-light (but closer to light), with a slightly oily/slightly watery consistency. Carbonation is light and even with a little dryness at the finish that seems attributable to the alcohol. A solid brew - not my favorite from this brewer, but quite good and with a well-hidden abv.

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Photo of popery
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
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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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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