Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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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592
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
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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 iRun2Beer
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Poured into a Tulip Glass.

A - Pours pretty thick and straight up black in color. It has very little dark brown head.

S - Dark Roasted Malts, Dark Coffee, and slight whisky and rye too.

T - Big roasted coffee and coffee bitterness, cocoa, whisky, slight rye, and some oxidation. Overall really well balanced and tasty!

M - Kind of on the light side and have good carbonation with a bit of chew to it.

D - This is really quite good. Never had anything from Tyranena before and this is a good way to get started. Recommended!

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

dirty old man

a 4-4.5 motor oil with a very short rusty tan head. spotty lacing.

s 4.5 roast and malt sweetness are evident, rye bour5on much less so, but it's there in intermittent little wafts. improvement with warming. another bottle 4/11, the aroma seems more complex and inviting.

t 4-4.5 sweet roasty malt followed quickly by a roasty twang. apparently only 40% of the beer was put into barrels. maybe the cheap bastards should have put 100%, and left it there til it was ready, then maybe they'd have had something extraordinarily good on their hands. on second tasting 4/11, the whiskey, while tempered, is more pervasive. everything really comes together in this one, though in sort of a mild, welcoming way.

m 4-4.5 big bodied, chewy and viscous (like motor oil, again) but it's pierced a bit by a somewhat sharp carbonation. do like how big and chewy it is. rare that i consider deducting points for a beer being TOO big in mouthfeel.

d 4.5 sure it's good if you like a typical porter evaporated until it's thick and briefly housed in the general vicinity of rye bourbon. ok, it's good, very good. and very drinkable. sometimes i like my bourbon stouts/porters to reek of the spirit, damnit, so i was initially disappointed.
on the plus side, the coffee flavors are subdued and everything is melded together, if a bit blurred. drinks like a beer with age on it. hey wait a minute, how old is this stuff?? bought it barely a week ago and the store had plenty, but now i see "brewed once"--in 2008? wow. i wonder how different it was fresh.

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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 mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra in a trade recently and have been waiting to give it a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the lineup so far, and I was hoping this one would be no exception, as I am a huge fan of the style. The typical 12oz bottle was served slightly bellow cellar temp and then allowed to warm up in an over-sized wine glass. The pour was nice with a deep dark brown, essentially black liquid being presented in front of me. Really no light going through at all. A nice hard pour left behind about two inches of sticky side glass lace that really just clung to the glass and gave it a good thick look.

The aroma was sweet, lots of molasses and hints of vanilla being noticed right away on this one. Not as much in the nose as far as the Whiskey barrel aging as I thought there would be. Nice chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a decent amount of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit right away, with a rich mixture of molasses and vanilla, Hints of coffee coming through and some nice, dark fruit notes, plums perhaps? The finish was loaded with coffee tones, with a nice touch of bitterness and a great follow through that left that nice semi-sweet, plum lace molasses flavor lingering for the rest of the night. The feel was a touch thin to be honest, but nothing terribly distracting, just thought it would have been a bit bigger. It was still very smooth and creamy, just needed that little bit extra to throw it over the top. Nice smooth drinkable Baltic porter though, I am not sure what the BAV was, but it sure did not come off very high at all. I could have easily thrown down a second one with no trouble at all.

Overall not a bad beer, but needed just that little bit extra to make it really great. There is no doubt I would love to try this one again, and in fact would definitely purchase it if I saw it.

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Photo of bushbeer75
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown bottle not dated

Tyranena Dirty Old Man from the Brewers Gone Wild Series poured dark brown - almost black. A hard pour produced a 2-finger foamy tan head that held very well and formed rings of foamy lacing around my tulip glass. The nose was dominated by dark chocolate, coffee and toffee with rye whiskey in the background. The [burnt] flavor is of dark chocolate, woody and finishes with light rye whisky spiciness. The body is medium to full, with a smoother mouth feel and light carbonation. Flavor really comes through as the beer warms so don't consume too cold. Dirty Old Man goes well paired with barbecue potato chips.

Label reads: 40% malt beverage aged in rye whiskey barrels - 60% malt beverage. It sure would be interesting if they transposed the percentages [60% aged in rye whiskey barrels] - nonetheless, a very drinkable and flavorful American Porter. Well done Tyranena!

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Photo of Bubba83
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another Tyranena beer sent along by Kegatron because he knows this brewery is after my own heart. Poured into a Tyranena logo British Imperial pint glass at about 45 degrees.

This is one fine looking beer. It's actually kind of odd, when I was pouring it there was absolutely no head forming at all so I kept pouring more and more vigorously, once I was done pouring, it started SLOWLY rising up and ended up creating this monstrous head with a big cascading guinness like effect that looked incredible. Be careful if your glass is smaller than my imperial pint glass or it will overflow. Light brown super creamy head, easily 3 finger widths tall. Great retention and awesome uniform lacing. The body is a super dark brown, almost black.

I found the smell to be very similar to other dark Tyranena beers I have had, which is a good thing. Chocolate, raisins, some cherry alcohol, dark caramel, hints of roast... A little bit of spicyness from the rye comes out from this one, and some vanilla from the whiskey barrel. Wonderfully complex and has many layers to it. Could contemplate it more but I want to jump right in and soak my tongue in it.

The flavor is not quite as complex as the nose, but still darn tasty. Chocolate, vanilla, and caramel hit first, then raisins, and finally a bit of rye spice, but the rye doesn't contribute as much as I would have thought. A bit of an alcohol cherry kick lingers around.

Actually seems a little bit thin to me for a beer of this nature. It's very creamy and nice, but I just wish it were a bit thicker is all. Kind of reminds me of a low ABV oatmeal stout consistency.

Drinks relatively well. Another winner from Tyranena, I just love what they're doing with their dark beers. Yes, they make a lot of them, and yes, many of them taste a lot a like, but is that really a bad thing? They're all good! Seek it out.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Clear dark brown colored with a big, long lasting, tannish head. Lots of lacing left throughout.

S - Sweet malts, a little bready and toasty. Light chocolate and roasted malts. Subtle vanilla and caramel.

F/M - Chocolate malts, caramelly bready and a little roasty. Light vanilla lends a nice candy sweetness. Moderate bitterness, but does not overshadow any of the other flavors. Lingering roasty chocolate flavor, almost coffee-like. Medium bodied with a silky, rich mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry.

O - Another great offering from Tyranena. Chocolatey, malty, rich, with a nice balance of subtle barrel flavors. Quite tasty and very enjoyable beginning to end.

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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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