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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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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: 598 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from a trade with TPatuto, thanks Tom

A - dark brown with a thin head that fizzes to a thin brown ring around the pint

S - definite porter aromas, some mild coffe and chocolate notes, however the double addition of rye and a singular inclusion of the barrel add some nice aroma combinations, the woodsiness adds a resiny aroma that is quite pleasing, they rye notes are poingnant and earthy without being overdone, the aromas are all understated, mellow and complimentary

T - coffee and chocolate, the backbone of any good porter, are present in the flavor as well, the rye really comes into its own in the taste, especially in the finish and aftertaste, bready and sweet and sour and smoky and resiny all at once

M&D - the flavor and aroma combinations are many, complimentary, and of high quality. this beer is quite smooth and easy down. abv is not listed, i would guess 6-7ish% based on the taste, a very tasty beer

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Homerbag for this treat.

Pours a very nice looking solid incredibly viscous looking black with a cascading head that eventually settles ice creamy tan and hangs around for quite some time. Some slight ruby highlights around the edges of the glass. Lacing is actually minimal, suprisingly, as the head retention is quite solid.

Nose is mostly baltic in nature with some chocolate, roasted malt, grain, and slight alcohol.

Whoa! Very complex taste here. Notes of Creamy chocolate, dark grains, roasted, toasted, grain and rye, whiskey, some slight hazelnut and a bit of coffee. Wow. Very very thick full rich taste. The rye whiskey is actually noticeably different than bourbon, and compliments this one. Almost some peat flavor in here, a slight hint of old ale, but this one is totally dominant, and the base beer seems quite baltic at that. Wood is evident. Flavors get deeper and darker as this warms. Wow. This is a very very complex beer.

Mouthfeel is damn near tomato soup. Except black. Very very thick, viscous, chewy, glugging, blackness.

Drinkability is good here, but the complexity makes it hard to drink this quickly, and more than one would be quite rich.

Overall, I cant beleive the complexity of this beer. So many flavors and characteristics to unlock. Quite good and very interesting. Certainly one i will revisit, just so i can find what i surely missed from this twelve oz bottle. Lucky i have one more for a later (probably quite a bit later) date. A very good beer, and one that everyone should get to try, just for the experience of figuring this bitch out. Very good beer. Now, Its time for my sponge bath...

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a dark brown almost black color. One and a half finger tan head shows good retention. Lacing on the sides of the glass was light webbing.

S- Roasted malts in the front of the beer with a lingering chocolate note in the nose. Notes of oak and vanilla come in the middle. Molasses and coffee in the ending with hitns of alcohol hinting toward the very end.

T- Chocolate notes mixed with a roasted malt come in first with this beer. There is a light caramel malt underbody which shows in the middle of the beer with some light oak flavor as well. A hint of smoked molasses in the ending of the beer goes well with a light roasted coffee flavor. Alcohol shows ever so lightly in the very end.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for hte style. Chocoalte, vanilla, and oak are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol, coffee, hint of vanilla, and molasses. Flavors were blended pretty well making smooth flavors all around. No off flavors were present in the beer while drinking. Medium alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This beer was a great beer which seems to be the norm with this series. The ABV was well hidden which can and will sneak up on you. The flavors were very well balanced which seems to be hard nowadays with barrel aged beer.

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Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours a jet black liquid with a thick creamy mocha hued head. The crown takes a while to die down but leaves a good cap on the beer.

S_The aroma comes through as boozy and bourbon like. As it warms, some caramel comes out.

T_The taste is milder than I expected. A creamy rich coffee and roasted malt flavour permeates the mouth. Notes of vanilla, caramel and charred wood come through as well. The aftertaste is vaguely spicy.

M_Thick mouthfeel for a porter, ranging into the stout territory but pleasant nonetheless and suited to this specific beer.

D_This is a complex and well made brew. Very tasty and just the thing on a cold winter's night. The rye barrel aging comes through very clear here but is not the dominant note

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Photo of RobinLee
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to dug on BA. Nice label, with a stick figure old man saying, "Gimme a sponge bath!"

Pours very dark brown with a medium-sized lasting tan head.

Aroma is very nice: roasted malt and sweet chocolate balanced with subtle oak and whiskey notes.

Flavor is also excellent. They are onto something with the partial -bal aging I think, which adds complexity to the beer without overwhelming it with intense boozy whiskey. Roast, caramel, chocolate, and coffee form the base beer, and the barrels yield whiskey, oak, and vanilla.

Fairly full body with a smooth and creamy mouthfeel with soft carbonation.

You can always count on Tyranena to make a good imperial porter, -bal aged or not. This is no exception.

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a deep, velvety black and topped with an inch and a half thick, creamy almost nitroginated looking toffee brown head.

S: Dry, dark fruits: woody, slightly sour cherries, splashes of dark chocolate, bourbon, and a dusting of coffee grounds.

T/MF: Rich and toasty, bitter coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, slightly woody like in the nose and touches of bourbon that work in concert with the dry chocolate and coffee flavors. Fruitiness is subdued and comes across as a sort of buttery smoothness that coats the tongue into the finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a bit on the dry side (as I think should already be clear) which provides an interesting balance and makes for an enticing sipper.

D: Not bad, not bad at all. I think I just needed to get away from this beer a little bit to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. Not overpowering in the bourbon department which allows for some exploration into so of the other, deeper, flavors inherent in this beer.

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Photo of FishAndBeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought from local liquor store...

Appearance- Dark chocolate pour with a half finger thick mocha colored head.

Smell- Vanilla, roasted malts, chocolate with a hint of rye

Taste- little heat from the rye, followed by a sweet chocolate malt flavor.. there was almost a brown sugar taste thought.

Mouth feel- not as heavy as expected it is very smooth and goes down perfect for the next sip.

Overall- Im very impressed with this beer.. it was delicious for a cool fall day. I am definitely going to buy this again and I would suggest it to anyone!

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Photo of manitouman84
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours thick, molasses like, thin tan/brown 1 finger head and slight turbidity. Retention is mild although nice lacing is left down the glass. Toasty burnt malt/caramel aromas, oaky, vanilla, whiskey and raisin aromas. Less barrel imparted flavors than present in the smell, bitter toasted malt character (rye bread), chocolate, espresso, vanilla pops through in the finish. Nice rounded finish, not too sweet, good sized body that coats the tongue nicely, resinous, rich, boozy and warming down the hatch. Excellent beer here.

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Photo of waldoiverson
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into tulip

A: pretty darn dark, only a lil' light comes through and gives the darkness a slightly reddish hue, creamy looking brown-tan head, fine carbonation

S: sweet rye nose, slight molasses, gingerbread, very nice

T: tart chocolate covered cherry, slow bleed into vanilla from the barrel, a bit of alcohol but well balanced

M: nice bite, smooth but not thick, long clean finish for the heavy flavors

D: Put this one in a tulip and let it warm a bit to really get the flavors and aromas to develop, one of these is about all i want in a sitting, but it is a very nice sitting.

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Photo of tedpeer
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce poured into a chalice.

A - Pours a dark reddish brown. Minimal head, disappears quickly. No lacing.

S - Chocolate & rye & oak.

T - Coffee and Rye. Slight alcohol warmth.

M - Smooth, mild carbonation.

D - It's a sipper, but two to three of these would be no problem.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip. Bought at Woodman's in Madison WI for around $10 a four pack. No bottled on date. Purchased in early February 2011.

Apperance: Pours jet black, with very minimal head. Small lacing, that does not stay around long.

Smell: Great coffee aroma's. Roasted oak, sweet vanilla notes, and nice rye spice.

Taste: Great rye, roasted porter flavor. I like the use over un-aged and aged Porter, the mix is great. The un-aged Rye spice really comes through, and the nice vanilla oak aging mellows it out. Coffee comes through on the back, I really like the nice roasted flavor.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is relatively low, therefore coming across a bit flat. Even after warming, the moutfeel lacks a tad.

Drink and overall: Overall, a nice beer. Nothing too great, although very enjoyable. I like the idea of a rye porter, and aging in Rye casks. Give credit to the breweres on this one.

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Photo of Klym
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What can I say-- klikger is the man. Enjoying this fantastic extra from klikger in a surly nonic compliments of expedition. Cheers!

A: Pours a more translucent black around the edges with a tan 1 finger head and carbonation trickling up throughout the body. Carbonation is more spritzy and less creamy looking.

S: Chocolate, rye, whiskey, wood, oatmeal and a touch of burnt coffee.

T: A good amount of heat comes through that lets you know off the bat you're drinking something out of whiskey barrels. It quickly transitions into a thicker chocolate taste with some coffee bite to suppress most of the sweetness-- more sweetness comes in toward the finish.

M: Medium bodied with lots of prickly carbonation. I find the carbonation a little irritating, and more reminiscent of sprite than any of the flavors I'm getting in the beer. Still, the body itself isn't so bad and is maybe even a little bit exceptionally thick and smooth for a porter.

O: If I had to choose, I think I'd go for the imperial stout from this series, but I'm very glad I got to try the porter as well. This beer did a good job of showing off and integrating its barrel, and like the stout did a great job of staying true to its ingredients. Very happy I got to try this!

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Photo of dfried
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark in color with just a little brown at the edges, thin coco-y head that forms mainly a ring after a couple of minutes. Chocolate fills the aroma, some milk chocolatiness but more like a bitter dark chocolate, some caramel like whiskey notes, dark roasted grains and some coffee hints. The taste is quite roasty and dark chocolatey, the rye stands out quite a bit. There is quite a bit of balancing sweeter notes as well, caramelly, brown sugar, some boozy whiskey. A big beer, but not quite a motor oil, throat coating consistancy to it, though it gets a little stickier as it warms.

Overall: not one I will rant and rave about but make no mistake, this is a top notch brew. I love barrel aging, and the whiskey doesn't show up quite as much as I would like, but that also makes it much more drinkable than sip-able. I like the hyrid niche that is forming, and these guys do it well, beers with some of the characteristics of big extreme beers, but are toned back enough to still be drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the color was black with streak of auburn streaking through the beer. A slight mocha head topped the beer leaving lacing in the glass as the beer disappeared from the glass. A whiff of rye is most noticeable, though vanilla and a certain woodiness follow. Initially, one taste a limited level of rye, raisins, burned malts, and a hint of caramel. The rye aging becomes a little more apparent in the aftertaste as the dark fruits fade. Only a mild taste of alcohol is detectable, with little warming sensation to be noticed. Mouthfeel is impressive in the Dirty Old Man. It is thick enough to linger in the mouth for several minutes, as the rye notes mellow. I let this bottle mellow for about a year and a half. I think the taste and smell were a little more potent then, but this is still an enjoyable beer. In my experience, this beer did not age as well as I would have anticipated. Even though my current sampling is not fresh, I still love this beer.

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Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/23/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of brown capped with a tan of about two fingers. Nice retention leaving about some spotty lace.

S: WOW! The rye whiskey is definitely there leaving a power yet pleasant aroma surrounding some coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Flavor profile is exactly what the was expected from the nose leaving layers of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla engulfed in a blanket of rye whiskey.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of boozienss on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable, but the rye whiskey is quite stong.

Overall this is quite an interesting American Porter which took on the qualities of the barrel aging quite well. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

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Photo of Atron67
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- came to the table a dead black at the bar today, tannish brown head and clear for a dark beer.

S- roasted flavors were pretty strong, malty and a light scent of rye, balanced with hops.

T- first off a very strong malty dark flavor with a chocolate scents and the rye undertone. The rye is surprizingly light for how much they say they put into it, however it is clearly there and blends in spectacularly with the rest of the porter style. very smooth and delicious flavor

M- pretty thick as an imperial porter with rye in it, lingers on the tongue pretty well, and leaves a nice aftertaste. medium carbonation

D- very smooth and i think a great heavy beer.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep black with faint choc. brown up to the light, one finger head, and some damn fine lacing.

S: malt, roasted nuts, oak, chocolate, maybe licorice.

T: smokey scotch velvet with chocolate and coffee taste, hint of bitter at the end, but so subtle.

M: medium, creamy full body, with average carbonation.

D: Not a session beer, but delicious and fun to share. I would recommend this to porter or stout fans.


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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from botlle into pint goblet -No best by date visible.

A: Poured a deep black with half finger head that quickly decended into a thin off white lacing,decent carbonation.

S: Light whiskey hints, slight coffee, deep roasted malts.

T: Slight coffee flavors upfront with whiskey hints,deep roasted malts,chocolate hints as well.

O: Overall this was a pleasure to drink ,The brewers went wild and I reaped the rewards, this was a tasty porter from start to finish, A little complex and got better as it warmed up, would definitly drink again.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jay23 for giving me the opportunity to try this beer.

Pours dark with about an inch of light chocolate colored foam.

Very interesting aroma, rye and chocolate right away with hints of cocoa, citrus, roasted and slightly charred malts, and a subtle whiskey overtone. Nicely done. After the beer settles it has a dry chocolate aroma and it reminds me of chocolate corn flakes cereal. There's also some cherries, vanilla, and malted milk.

Taste is very similar to the aroma, chocolate, dry rye, coffee, hints of whiskey, and also some citrus and tangy flavors in the finish.

Seems a tad thin on the palate but still pretty good.

Really tasty porter!

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Photo of BrewerB
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of arboristfish
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color with a tan head that fades fast. The aroma of this beer smells of booze, caramel and roasted malts. The flavor is earthy with a faint hint of booze. There is also a flavor of caramel and chocolate. The mouthfeel is thick, and overall is a drinkable beer.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" is certainly a big porter, but I wouldn't call it a Baltic. Probably more of an American Porter.

A: Black with a tan head; no retention; only a hint of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar, wood, alcohol & a light spicing.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate & wood; spicy; molasses; slightly bready; warming alcohol; good bitterness.

M: Really well-attenuated, moderate body is slightly chalky with a dry finish.

D: Big and bold.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 598 ratings