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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352
Ratings:
589
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
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Photo of allengarvin
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A vigorous pour into my pint mug generated a thick, dense head that came right to the edge, and not over... like it was designed for this glass. A nice, persistent head as well. Good aroma, with lots of cocoa notes, and a touch of whisky... I like that it's not overpowering like many whisky-aged beers. Very solid taste. Caramel, chocolate flavor comes first, and is delightful. The malt is not overdone, and it balances pretty darn well despite the "over the top" image the label implies. Enough bitterness is present, both from the roast malt and the hops, that it dries out well in the middle.

The rye whisky flavor develops right at the end, and it's just an added bonus. This is probably the single best whisky-barrel aged beer I've had, since almost every other one hit you over the head with it. This allows it to be one taste component among many--among equals, I might say. I don't get any rye character, but that's ok. Rye malt is relatively subtle, and disappears into the background when other strong flavors are present. Definitely worth buying again.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, emptied to a pint glass. Bottled on: 04FEB08; a huge 'thank you' to milwaukeeclassic for sharing the wealth.

An 'Imperial Rye Porter, Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels' - probably my first of THAT style! :)

A: Outstanding look from the start; a deep chocolaty blackness, topped with a thick creamy cloud of a head. builds to two fingers, perhaps a little more and holds steady for a couple minutes before slowly ebbing. Leaves thick curtains of lace. Whether there's carbonation or not? Impossible to tell, visually...

S: Sweet caramel and dried fruit. Dusting of cocoa and a spiced mocha sweetness. Barrel-aging imparts some woody warmth, not terribly strong. Pleasant and appealing.

T: Fudge-y chocolate, sweetened coffee, toasted and spiced dark bread. A decadent cake; a rich, bittersweet hot chocolate; a liqueur-filled candy. Any of these will do as a descriptor. Add in a slightly boozy and toffee-like whiskey and some 'barrel' smokiness and you've got a hell of a tasty brew.

M: Smooth, quite creamy. Carbonation is soft, a very fine grit left behind, the kind you find after a piece of fine chocolate or a taste of french press coffee. Mouth-filling coating and medium-fullness - a fine feel.

D: 9 months in the bottle. Perfect for sipping and savoring. Enjoyable in every way and highly recommended. Thanks, Duane!

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Photo of homebrew311
4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was intrigued when reading about this brew, I was happy to see it at my local liquor store for a very reasonable price.

A: Pours dark brown/black. Not as viscous as some imperial porters/stouts, but just as dark. a tannish brown head forms and hangs around throughout. Leaves moderate lacing.

S: This smell is incredible. I pick up a lot of rye that is balanced with sweet malts from the whiskey barrels. The sweetness from the whiskey and the boldness from the rye seem to be in concert with each other. Some notes of vanilla, coffee, and chocolate. A very roasted malt profile is present. The rye lends a smokiness that is very nice.

T: the tastes starts just like the nose... somewhat sweet with notes of vanilla, the taste then takes a plunge into intense rye flavors. Notes of burnt rye, coffee and chocolate linger in the mouth. I definitely pick up more from the whiskey barrels on the nose than the tongue. That is the way I like it as I don't care for the boozy flavors to dominate the beer. This is very well balanced. Regardless of the mysterious ABV, it is well hidden and very well balanced.

M: mouthfeel is appropriate for style. Lower carbonation and a silky body makes for a great MF. Not as chewy of a texture as I would have expected, but it is nice.

D: Wow, this beer has caught me by surprise. It definitely delivers what it set out to do. I am finding the more and more I try rye beers, the more I like them. I really like the way rye flavors balance in stouts and porters, and this is a good example of why. I will have to grab a few more 4pks next time I'm at the store as this one seems like a steal. I'll be interested to see what a little bit of age does to it.

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Photo of ehammond1
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2012)

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

(Aged for 6 months)

Black throughout with a small dark brown head that actually stays around for most of the beer's duration, eventually leaving an oily sheen and spots of stick down the glass.

A pleasant combination of rye whiskey, chocolate, mild roast, and more barrel influence come together very nicely. Very minimal presence of alcohol in the aroma.

The flavor follows the aroma, with good amounts of rye whiskey, chocolate, and roast combining quite pleasantly. There's some sweetness and a low level of bitterness.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very appropriate.

I was very much impressed with this one. This one came together very nicely and was a great way to end the night.

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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 SpeedwayJim
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Captain Lawrence pint glass.

A: Heavy pour yields a .5 finger coarse, chocolate head that dissipates quickly. This one is pretty flat. Beer is a near opaque dark red. Lacing is ample. Decent given the lack of head retention.

S: Roasted coffee beans, dark chocolate, a bit a booziness from the barrel-aging. Nose here is not overwhelming, but rather quite subtle. The requisite odors are there, they're just not that prominent.

T: Big roasted chocolate and coffee upfront with a strong backbone of malty booze. This is damn tasty! Middle tastes of slightly sour roasted malts that carry over to the end. Sweetens again just a tad at the finish with a strong chocolate presence.

M: Medium bodied, rather flat as expected, oily, silky smooth. Finish is watery and messy. Feels like it leaves a coffee-chocolate film as it dissipates.

D: This beer is just downright enjoyable. Coffee and chocolate flavors meld perfectly here and the body makes it exquisitely drinkable. A highly recommended beer. Possibly the best damn porter I've ever had!

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Photo of flexabull
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of warriorsoul, thanks again!

Pours a dark brown, almost black color, with a decent white head.

Aromas are of dark chocolates, booze, and dark fruits. Very nice nose on this one. It's a powerhouse of awesome smells.

Taste is big just the like the aromas. Starts with some oak and booze flavors. Then it settles into some dark bitter chocolates, sweet roasted grains, fruits, and some whiskey flavors. The spiciness from the rye is there as well, and helps balance out a lot of the sweetness. Finish is warm, and biting from the alcohol. This is a complex and tasty beer.

About my only nit pick with this one is the mouthfeel. It's not bad, but the finish is a little weak, and the beer feels a bit too watery for such a big flavorful porter. But it is quite smooth, and feels nice in the mouth. I'd give this a 3.75 if it was available... but I'll bump it up to 4.

Drinkability is good. This is an excellent take on the Baltic / Imperial Porter style. I'd happily drink another of these. Not in on setting though.

The is my first beer from Tyranena Brewing, and I'm impressed. I'll have to track some more of their beers down.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark brown or black with very little head at first and then it pops up at of no where and is a a tannish color that leave very little lacing.

S- Charcoal, coffee, chocolate, rye malts, and a woody smell not bad at all.

T- A sharp dark fruit is met with a dry roasted malt flavor. Big hits of cocoa. The rye is subdued in the background, but it seems to be prefectly balanced. The oak brings out a very nice vanilla profile. The whiskey aging is much better balanced than many other barrel aged beers on the market. Very unique here and also very good. I quite enjoyed this one.

M- Medium in body and also silky smooth.

D- I wish I could pick these up in Ohio. Very nice brew.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

VERY NICE, WORTH TRYING!

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Photo of richkrull
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the brewery today after work.

Poured a dark black color with a half finger of beige head on it. Some ok lacing as well. Smell is nice - some smoked rye and malt and a hint of coffee coming through. Taste is good as well. Heavy malt up front with some bitter coffee on the finish. Mouthfeel is very heavy. This is a thick beer but it tastes great and goes down smooth. I really like this beer a lot. Not sure if it's only served at the brewery but I'll be back again for this one.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to maximum12 for this bottle.

a - pours black, no light getting through this one, one-finger medium brown head, light retention around the edges, little lacing

s - dark, high percentage cacao chocolate dominate the nose, definite notes of rye, vanilla and oak present as well

t - vanilla and sweet milk chocolate up front, the midpalate has more deeply roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, finish has some oak and vanilla along with strong notes of fruity rye booziness, wisps of alcohol on your breath, but it's not overwhelming

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, alcohol warming effect

d - I'd call this one a sipper with its strong rye whiskey presence, the dry finish wears could wear out the palate after awhile

Another very good beer from Tyranena, though it doesn't live up to expectations that Devil Over a Barrel gave me. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with a nice brown head. Aromas of chocolate, mostly, with some light rye whiskey notes. A bit spicy on the palate, as I get a bit of the rye whiskey (although not nearly as much as I would like), a touch of coffee and more rich chocolate. Nice mouthfeel, good carbonation. A fairly well balanced porter, though I would have liked a bit more whiskey.

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Photo of Soneast
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a pint or two of this at the brewery.

Pours a black color with some barely perceptible brown edges in the sun light. The head grows to about 1 inch in size, but turns into a thick creamy layer, that lasts through the whole beer, leaving sheets of bubbles on the glass as it recedes.

A fair amount of roasted quality on the nose, with some definite chocolate notes and a bit-o-marshmallow, which combined, forms a nice coffee-like aroma. There are also some very mild whiskey notes and a touch of spiciness.

I felt the barrel qualities of the beer were more evident in the flavor, with a definite whiskey quality, the earthy, slightly spicy booziness that warms the the belly, punctuated by a bit of vanilla. All this being encompassed by an overall, chocolatey, slightly roasted malt character, finishing smoothly, with a bitter coffee flavor.

The texture of this beer was great, so smooth and velvety. I hope it retains that perfect body out of the bottles. I enjoyed the heck out of this beer, so much so, that I had two pints of this and decided not to try the Blueberry Lambic that was available, as I had a sample of it at the Great taste and wasn't very impressed.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AdamHarbaugh sent this one to me. Thanks Adam.

A very dark brown body that lets some light through even at the very center. A tiny tan head creeps up but disappears almost immediately, leaving no head.

A big malt aroma that mixes a bit of chocolate with molasses. The barrel characteristics are in the background, featuring oak and whiskey.

The chocolate and molasses appear once again in the flavor, and are still the predominant characteristic, but the barrel flavors are stronger than in the odor. An overall rye spiciness, either from the whiskey or the rye malt, permeates the beer. Woody oak comes through, as does whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Pretty well balanced.

Moderate body and carbonation; pretty good.

Good drinkability on this one, another nice beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of mcallister
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep russet almost black with a thick creamy tan head that holds long retention. some spotty thin lacing enamors itself to my snifter as the head slowly fades.

Chocolate, rye, vanilla, and toasted oak at the forefront, with bourbon notes, some black fruits, roasted malt, hints of coffee and burnt caramel rounding things out.

This is probably my fourth or fifth bottle of this and I love the beer. Complex, rich, creamy, well rounded, barrel aged and only 7.9%ABV!! Milk chocolate, toasted oak, vanilla bean, cocoa, caramel, roasty malts, anise, black currant and other black fruits domintate the middle and dry out on the finish with wood tannins and earthy hops, and then some of the sugary bourbon notes open back up late and leave things semi sweet.

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Photo of grub
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

EliteDigger hooked me up with some of these. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled june 4/08.

pours opaque very dark brown, not quite black, with a small dense dark brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves a few spots of lace behind.

aroma is great. vanilla, oak, and rye whiskey up front. slightly sweet caramel and molasses. toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. dark and milk chocolate. hint of coffee. alcohol. light orange and tangerine. i get almost a mocha almond fudge ice cream thing in it.

taste is great. coffee. rye whiskey. lots of vanilla. bittersweet chocolate. bit of caramel and molasses. raw oak. alcohol. nearly burnt toasted rye bread. bit of cracker. as it warms the malt deepens and the chocolate fills out a little too, showing a bit more milk chocolate. the fruit comes out a little more too, with shades of dark fruit and light citrus.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. well integrated medium carbonation level. medium-large body.

drinkability is good. the barrel character blends in well. i like the rye character, both from the whiskey and the grain. the alcohol is hidden pretty well too. good stuff.

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Photo of nickd717
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Onenote81
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome extra received from brian23456 in a recent trade. Thanks!

Poured into my pint glass. Pours a thick deep black with no head at all. There's just a thin tan ring around the edge. Though this leaves some lace on the glass. The nose is not that bold at all. I'm getting some chocolate notes, and maybe some coffee whiffs.

Big full-bodied beer here. Carbonation level is moderate-to-low. Creamy, chewy mouth. Nice. Flavor is also not as bold as expected. Roasted coffee, some mild cocoa notes, and hints of mellowing wood on the finish. I expected more from this with the addition of rye and being aged in whiskey barrels, but alas, it was not so. Still, this was a better Porter than many. I could have another.

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Photo of Crosling
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light brown pour but appears fairly dark in the glass. Large, light mahogany colored head. Sparse aromas of hazelnut and mocha, with a touch of sweet whiskey. Flavors of sweet whiskey and some dark malts notes. I don't care for these Tyranena barrel aged beers. They seem so dead to me in character and they lack texture.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick and black in appearance, with a slowly-rising head of tan bubbles. Spotty lace.

Nose has hints of chocolate and a little oak. Not bad, and not nearly as over-the-top as I'd expected. Nice.

Taste is big and malty sweet, with more of the chocolate tones up front. I get a little bit of the rye sharpness in there, too, but it's near the finish. Alcohol content is well-masked by the unusually well-balanced flavor profile.

A delicious and very enjoyable brew. Recommended!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Here’s a beer that was recommended to me offhandedly while shopping around the liquor store the other day. A rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels sounds great, anyway, especially for a rye-lover like me.

Brewed less than a month ago (“BOTTLED ON 20FEB2012” on the neck of the bottle), though there was definitely some age on this one before it left the brewery.

A: This one pours chocolaty brown, rich with a shining darkness. The head is a one-and-a-half finger of brown suds, though it’s soon down to nothing more than some tan cream along the edge of the glass. Lacing is light and very oily, with only a small minority of foam strings staying around for more than a few seconds. It doesn’t look very carb-heavy at first, but a quick swirl makes some pillow-foam materialize from the deep body.

S: Wonderful: rich and sweet, it starts with robust aromas of salted caramel, roasted peanuts, toffee, chocolate sauce, and coffee. It’s so brazenly attractive – extraordinarily warm and inviting. That powerhouse of flavors gets augmented by some complex grain aromas, with smooth dark cherry and baked apple wheat scents over a thin layer of roasted pumpkin and pumpernickel bread. Some of the barrel shines through soon after – grain whiskey and charred wood, mainly. Great character on a beer of this style.

T: Full-on cocoa powder and coffee with cream are all over the front of this bold palate, bittersweet and roasty. That, plus caramel nougat, dark fruits, and a handful of peanut brittle really makes its upfront character very candy-like. Even so, there’s a spicy alcohol character behind that never gives up its mission: vanilla, big char tastes, and just plain old whiskey flavors appear to showcase their moderate hit of complexity. The barrel-aging isn’t readily apparent, unfortunately, but the alcohol spice is strong enough to notice. It finishes on a dry note, almost citrusy in its hop presence, and with some smokiness and acidity.

M: Smooth and rich: it fills out like a stout while always remaining drinkable. It definitely has its porter moments, though, with a characteristically light wateriness.

O: You’d think that a beer like this would have a rich, slow-sipping profile; fortunately, that’s not the case. I say “fortunately” because a light, drinkable character is what completely defines this beer: simply put, it’s enjoyable. Not too big and not too heavy, it remains a pleasure to drink at every sip. If this beer had more rye character, I’d have a constant supply of this beer in my fridge.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again to shir0045 for this one.
Pours a deep brown lighter ruby highlight's around the edge. Hard pour created a huge two inch light brown heading. Some tremendous globs of lacing everywhere.

Smell at first has very big lactic chocolate notes. A nice warming liquor aroma is a quick second followed with a beautiful blend of rye bread and some decent bourbon characters. Amazing aroma's.

Taste start's out with the heavy hitter big dark malts with a chocolate liqour taste that lingers throughout the tasting. Nice spicey finish. Somewhat a letdown from the big aromas I was getting in the nose.

Mouth is mid-full bodied almost there to the big boy range but not yet.Extremely smooth with a perfect watery to chew ratio. Very good carbonation for this type of beer (whiskey barrel aged)

This one was a dousy I liked it very much.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my nonic pint glass. Appears a nearly opaque dark brown color with about a finger of ecru foam. Smells of molasses, cocoa, caramel, and mild whiskey notes. Tastes of bittersweet chocolate, coffee, touch of coconut, oak and whiskey. Alcohol is muted. Medium in body with mild to medium carbonation. The mild whiskey and alcohol notes make this one quite drinkable for my tastes.

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Photo of portia99
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours an extremely dark brown color that shines thru as pretty damn clear when tilted and held to the light. A very small cap of foam makes a brief appearance and falls to leave behind a low tan collar and a six pointed spiderweb of bubbles on the surface of the beer.

S - Very boozy on the nose...lots of whiskey over the top of wood and some vanilla. Sweet overall with some caramel, coffee with sweet cream and dark roasted malt...even a bit smokey as it warms up. This smells potent!

T - Much smoother than I was expecting coming from the aroma. Flavor is filled with sweet cream and vanilla at the base, layered with roasted malts and coffee and topped like a syrup of concentrated whiskey, caramel and sugar. This is very dessert like. The heavy vanilla really smooths this out and makes it almost candy like. This is pretty tasty.

M - Thick and syrupy in feel...smooth and creamy with a low carbonation to enhance the vanilla-y notes and fill the body out completely on this. So much like a rich dessert.

O - I went into this beer figuring it would be really good, but this really exceeded my expectations. This might be my perfect dessert beer. Loaded with sweet candy like flavors in a syrupy feeling beer - but somehow remains "balanced"...not sickenly sweet, just loaded with flavors that play off each other very well. Outstanding!

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Photo of gordavidson
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights when held to a light. The mocha head is initially thick and creamy but settles to a thin covering.

S- Chocolate, smoke, cocoa, rye, and a touch of rye whiskey.

T- Same as the aroma with an emphasis on the rosary aspects. The rye whiskey barrel aspect is pretty mild.

M- Abundant carbonation keeps it light, but here is also a nice body to it. The finish has a lot of lingering flavors.

O- A very unique take on the style. I enjoy the lower alcohol barrel aged aspect to this beer. Drinks rather nicely.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 589 ratings.
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