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 TasteTester
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of monitorpop
3.55/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is my second bottle which has now been aged for about 5-6 months. It certainly has improved over the fresh one for me.  

A: Black. Tan head quickly dissipated tan ring around sniffer.

S: Faint coffee and whisky

T: Roasted malts, dark chocolate with a very faint whisky. Without age it had a bit bitterness that I was not particularly fond of.

M: Starts creamy with medium carbonation forming soon after. Leaves a slight alcohol burn in the finish.

O: Could be a bit more complex, but it's a decent beer with some age on it.

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Photo of jaidenjb
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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 jonbonfondle
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a fat stubby bottle to a snifter, The liquid is dark brown with good carbonation. The head is nice mocha brown 2 fingers and leaves nice lace.

The smell is big, lots of malt and bourbon aroma, chocolate and coffee notes as well.

The taste follows and is quite good indeed. Lots of big malt, coffee and chocolate flavors are great. Bourbon barrel aging is also very good and done just right.

The mouthfeel is great, very good the carbonation is just right and the body is perfect for this style. Rich, smooth and creamy, what a delight.

The drinkability is excellent, this is a very very good brew, I hope you can get some.

Prosit und Zum Wohl, MK

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

Looks dark brown at a glance, but glows like port when held to the light. Not much head to speak of here.

Smells of milk chocolate and maraschino cherries with a touch of sour booze and a hint of coffee.

Tastes much like cocoa again, but more like chocolate pudding. There really isn't much here other than a milky chocolate blended into an ambiguous boozy dryness. In the finish, a lactic sweetness coats my mouth and I'm left with a touch of black licorice. Looking over some of the other reviews to see what I'm missing, I agree that there may be a bit of peanut butter here, but I still say that this one is a bit dull.

Feels sticky and huge with a ton of thickening micro-bubbles.

I think I missed the point of this one. Perhaps a year in the cellar may bring this one around.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of sukwonee
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: For an "American porter", this beer looks quite thick with very very little head. Very little lacing. Dark brown/black body.

S: Very much bourbon front, Coffee, Roasted malt. Some sweetness.

T: Wow. This is awesome. Very long lasting flavor for a porter and quite a bit of sweetness in the back. Bourbon is there, but is much more subtle in the taste than in the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, roated malt, and brown sugar.

M: This feels more like an oatmeal stout but thicker. It's not really "syrupy" but it's chewy. Hard to articulate it, but there is that oatmeal stout consistency. Quite thick beer for the style.

O: What a surprise. This is a great beer, imo. Thank you Beermefitz for throwing this in as an extra.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle thanks to Emerge.

Pours a very dark brown, near black in color. There's a very nice reverse cascading head the develops on the pour, but is quickly gone before I get back to my seat.
Smell is heavenly. Some whiskey, some dark roasted malts and just a hint of alcohol. This is what I'm about.
This is one absolutely delicious beer! I've not enjoyed a Tyranena beer this much since the "Who's Your Daddy". Nice, roasted flavors along with the whiskey barrel. A nice hit of oak and vanilla. Amazing and complex. I could drink this all day long. I wish Tyranena was local to me, this is one amazing beer. Getting a bit of cocoa in there as well. Don't know where it's coming from, but it's there and I like it. Somewhat bitter from the roast, but still incredibley smooth and complex. I could drink a whole lot of this beer. Simple and amazing, what a beer.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice 1 1/2 finger head with good retention and a dark brown color.

Smell is of coffee beans and a hint of malt. I'm guessing Perle hops were used. The smell is heavenly with a hint of bourbon.

The taste is of slight minty undertones with a bit of coffee bitterness. The body is a bit thin at first, but is a bit better as the beer warms.

I wish the body on this one was a bit bigger and the carbonation was a bit lower.

This is a very awesome coffee beer. The only bad thing is that the body is a bit thing.

VERY MUCH THANKS to Deuane for such an awesome sample.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - almost jet black in appearance but when the light hits it there is some nice auburn hues. The thin white head goes quickly and leaves a halo of off-white film around the liquid level.

Aroma - lots of chocolate and fudge up front with vanilla and bourbon in the back. The chocolate aroma is quite formidable which was a bit of surprise really. This does however smell incredible with some nice alcoholic heat tickling the nose.

Taste - oh man is that good. Big chocolate malt sweetness on the tongue is followed by some slightly acidic bourbon flavors, vanilla extract and cocoa powder. The finish is very much like red wine, its dry and vinous. There is some nice spiciness to this as well that comes out more as it warms. Absolutely delicious beer with multiple layers of awesomeness.

Overall - this really impressed me. So much flavor and velvety smooth on the tongue. The bourbon barrel aging was just right for the style, not too overpowering and it let the sweet maltiness of this porter shine as well as the subtle rye spice. Outstanding work from the folks at Tyranena. What I wouldn't do to try their most recent offering from their "Brewers Gone Wild" line which is a "Chipotle Smoked Imperial Porter". Wow!

Would I buy more of it? - again, I wish I could. I'd love to have a few more bottles of this in the cellar.

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Photo of younger35
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack of this deliciousness in Milwaukee at Discount Liquors for around $8. I had one of these not long ago on a Metra ride into downtown Chicago and it was pretty damn good. Drank from my Ithaca Excelsior tulip.

Appearance- Pours a dark brownish crimson with a soft sand colored head that has porn star like staying power. The cap and collar remain thick and leave loads of chunky lacing.
Smell- Not the in-my-face explosion I was wanting but still nice. Light coffee and chocolate are noticeable but barely. The whiskey is light as well but probably the focal point of the nose after it warms a bit. Some caramel and darkly kilned malts add touches of roasted goodness.
Taste- I remembered that there was something slightly different about this brew that I totally dug. There is a sort of a rich caramely chocolate brownie deliciousness mixed with bits of booze soaked cherries. The whiskey is fairly intense considering only 40% of the Porter was aged before the regular was mixed. The woody smoothness of the brew is also more vanilla-ee (?) than any other beer of the sort I've tried. The alcohol is a tad tingly on the sides of my tongue. Awesome.
Mouthfeel- Velvety smooth with a nice full body and light tinges of carbonation. I don't really get that spicy kick I expect from the Rye out of this brew though.
Drinkability- Just a really nice, really unique beer that I like quite a damn bit. It doesn't really taste like any other beer that I've ever had. I'm not sure about the "Baltic" part of the Porter but after something is aged in whiskey barrels for god knows how long, it's bound to lose some of that identity. Really good beer that I'd highly recommend!

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Photo of phishbone23
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees

This is a deep, dark, brown colored liquid. Very close to black. A very thin head of foam covers the surface, not much more, but it sticks around, which is nice. Lacing is in sticky, medium-sized strands.

Nice chocolate notes and some cocoa powder come through. Light notes of dark coffee beans. Good traces of rye spiciness. Good oak and whiskey presence is still here.

The rye whiskey notes have begun to fade somewhat. It's still present, just much more mellow than when it was fresh. It's actually much better integrated, at this point. It blends much more evenly with the chocolate and coffee notes brought about by the porter, as well as the spiciness from the rye.
Very tasty and well-balanced.

This is medium-bodied with a medium-to-high carbonation level. It has a touch of 'prickliness' to it.

This is still tasty and drinkable, but I don't think that I'd hold onto it much longer (if I had anymore, that is). I think that it's at it's peak now and is about to start declining. Just my opinion, though.

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5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

seemingly lifeless to start but an aggressive pour paid dividends as a crop of good fizz rose to the top en masse. not quite black but an opaque deep brown

fine nutty aromas and depth of caramel sweetness. and the oh-so-lovely rye funky zing. notes of coffee

it's got a robust mouthfeel that carries an immense sweetness. the brewers made a respectable attempt at curtailing the extent of the sweetness, with hops and rye, but it is still a VERY sweet brew (yeah, dessert sweet). the bitterness is just about overwhelmed like a Louisiana levee; rye doesn't do much to fight the sweetness back, so much as try to convince that there's something other than malt going on. i get ever so slight an indication of molasses (certainly not blackstrap--no sulfur). coffee and oaky (and slightly funky) vanilla. in the end it's just a little too sweet

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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of bamadog
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Special thanks go out to MPLS for trading this wonderful beer to me. Pour is from the bottle to a snifter. Review is from notes taken on 1/28/2010.

Appearance: Pours the darkest brown/near black; no head to speak of, just a thin ring around the surface and a very thin whisp in the center; body is entirely opaque and shows some light mahogany highlights near the surface; spotty and loose lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell: Nice deep dark burnt roasty malts with a slight hint of chocolate; an earthy and bitter hoppiness is lingering in the back as well; a nice caramel scent starts to creep in as it warms; scents are quite robust.

Taste: Quite wonderful -- the dark roasty and burnt coffee-like malts and a bittersweet chocolate flavor; slightly earthy/dirty hoppiness is blended lightly in with the maltiness; there is a very faint flavor of bourbon and a sweet woody vanilla presence that rounds out the mouth; much like the smell, as it warms a bit there is a definite caramel presence that starts to sneak out.

Mouthfeel: Body is quite smooth and moderately thick; carbonation is quite present, but soft to keep the body lively but still creamy; a nice coating is left on the roof of the mouth; chest and belly are left warm.

Drinkability: This beer is outstanding - I love the smell, flavors, balance and mouthfeel -- just great all around. It sits a little heavy and the ABV, while unknown, packs a slight punch, but those are the only downfalls (if they could really be considered downfalls).

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4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Dirty Old Man pours up with a certain intrepidity. The light to moderate carbonation creates a small creamish colored head that sits stagnite atop the dark brown-nearly black colored body. The roasted malt aroma is dominated by a big chocolate (café mocha, cocoa nibs, truffle) & caramel (brown sugar, butter toffee, crème brûlée) nut (Macadamia) presence with hints of Old Rip Van Winkle Bourbon, vanilla bean, licorice root, and charred oak. The big, roasty flavor starts fairly sweet, toasty, and nutty but eventually gives way to some earthy bitterness and drying rye character which brings balance to this adventurous brew. The lingering bittersweet chocolate finish is vinous & cheek warming. This medium-full bodied Baltic Porter is a "bold & ballsy" interpretation of the style that is worthy of the Brewer's Gone Wild! moniker. Definitely worth seeking out. This beer will leave you asking for a "sponge bath" you Dirty Old Man!"

CHEERS! Beertracker

*Taster's Note: Special thanks to ThomasHardy for the bottles.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque dark brown color with a big stiff tan head that fades back to drink like a Guinness pour. It generates heavy lacing patterns, some 3D. The smell is really nice; chocolate, caramel and an underlying vanilla combination that shouts out 'get ready for one heck of a creamy texture'. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy smooth. There is also an interesting complexity coming from the barrel treated component. Full flavored, the taste matches the nose. Finishes with cherry vanilla warmth that lingers nicely. This is way too easy to drink! A subtle warmth to the chest on the way down. Nicely done. I hate to be a curve breaker, but this one's for me. Scoring additional points with me for imagination. Highly Recommended. Shout out to Pitmonkey for the opportunity to consider this one; Thanks.

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Photo of pwoods
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Atron67 for this brew.

12oz. stubby brown bottle poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Pours pitch black, no lighting. A rough pour gets a big ass head in the snifter with some light cascading. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Actually a bit light on the smell. Some cola and grape-y notes. Maybe a bit of coffee. Very subtle.

T/M: I definitely get some of the rye alcohol. Not overpowering or even potent but just a nice twist to things. Rich malts all over the place. More from the nose but with a touch more coffee and some sweet milky and chocolate notes. And my favorite part about Baltic Porters... the rich, creamy, velvety, smooth body. Not too heavy, but just right.

D: Goes down easy and lends a great twist on an already interesting style.

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