Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye PorterDirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
592
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
82
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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
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 -6.6%
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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Photo of thebouch01
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of sukwonee
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +11.2%
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 +3.9%
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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Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of indiapaleale
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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 +8.3%
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 -2.7%

Photo of coldmeat23
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BOTTLED ON: 04FEB08

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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Photo of jkane101
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bruachan
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of fuzzcherry
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of Beertracker
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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 bamadog
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of jjayjaye
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 -4.6%
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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Photo of Rand_ale_Thor
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of danwho
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of lonewolfcry
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 SFLpunk
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist-top brown glass. Neck dated Bottled On 09NOV09.

Pours ruddy black with a thin layer of tan bubbles. Nose is fairly closed but smells of black coffee and dark pumpernickel bread. Palate is full bodied but lifted or ethereal at the same time, presumably because of the alcohol content. Flavors of toasty bread, bitter chocolate malt balls, and spicy rye. Carbonation is all but non-existent. Sharp alcohol bites the tip of the tongue.

The Whiskey barrel part escaped me until I lre-read the lable and saw that the used Rye Whiskey barrels. The spicy rye is largely present, but I figured it was from the malt, not the barrel.

Nicely balanced between sweet, spicy and bitter. Thick and rich but spicy and sharp at the same time.

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Photo of BeerTruth
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

younger35 bitch slapped me with this one in the Fight Club BIF, thanks man!

12 oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

Pours a dark molasses with a small one finger tan head that dies down to a thin layer of foam that lasts. No lacing to speak of, a bit disappointing. Smell is wet cardboard, roasted malts, caramel malt, and some spent coffee grinds. Musty hops, cocoa puffs, and smokey oak in the nose as well. Not bad, but the wet cardboard aroma rubs me the wrong way. Super dark chocolate, roasted rye, and espresso up front on the tongue. Smokey grass flavors and a touch of whiskey as well. Aftertaste consists of earthy hops and brown sugar leaving the mouth pretty dry. Medium to full body with a chewy and somewhat smooth feel. A mild carbonation is hidden underneath all that boldness. This beer improves after the first sip, but still falls short to other beers in the series. Thanks again Dan for another Tyranena brew!

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Photo of aforbes10
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A surprise gift form Kkulacki. thanks, Konrad! Pours brown to black, half inch head, long, sticky legs. Looks very viscous, very nice. Smells of chocolate malt sundaes and whiskey. Hint of vanilla, carob beans. Tastes is..mmm....devestatingly smooth chocolate whiskey flavor with a touch of bready rye tartness. super-smooth, alcohol there but quite reserved. Hint of a medicinal flavor at one point but it didnt linger. Full bodied, almost to the point of being too thick. coats the mouth. A very nice addition to the series. the rye and whiskey are nice touches to the style.

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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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