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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
Reviews:
353
Ratings:
580
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
83
Gots:
38
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 353 | Ratings: 580
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 Wisconsin
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A - After pouring into my pint glass a slow tan head slowly rises from the beer. At first, just a small offering but finally culminating in finger thick, frothy head that sticks around for quite some time. The body is rich, dark, and luscious. Black in every aspect, it omits no light whatsoever. Five minutes after pouring the head has faded to a nice ring and lace.

S - As much as I liked the look, the smell follows suit. Dark roasted malts, rich bitter-like chocolate and toffee notes are also present. A deeper whiff brings about the rye whiskey smell, that seems to blend well with the bitter malts and coffee notes.

T - Initially as I drink this beer it seems a bit strong in the whiskey aspect and lacking with the roasted malts and bitter coffee notes. Peat, rye, and whiskey aspects subdue themselves as this beer warms however, and the other characteristics come to life. Somewhat surprising to me is the lack of cream or toffee notes in this beer. I sense a slight amount of cream, but nothing like I was expecting. If that were a little stronger and could play with the coffee and roasted malts, Tyranena might have something great here.

M - Medium to heavy bodied beer with a low amount of carbonation that fits this beer well. Entering the mouth there are plenty of roasted malts, bitter coffee notes and a hint of cream. Cream could be improved here, but as the beer warms it seems to hold up well. A slight amount of carbonation arrives, and with it comes a the peat, rye, and whiskey aspect of this unique beer. Finish is somewhat smooth with a slight whiskey edge to it.

D - This is an interesting offering from Tyranena no doubt. I would like to see a couple things improved, but this is still a solid beer regardless. Keep making these solid BGW American Porters and I will continue to buy. Excellent stuff, and for the price it's hard to pass up.

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

Newest batch (2011). Poured into a pint glass:

A - Pours a light mocha, fizzy foam that slowly develops into a half inch thick mocha head. Pitch black with decent, splotchy lacing.

S - Roast, oak and whiskey. Rye, caramel and bready malts. Hints of chocolate and vanilla. Bits of burnt charcoal.

T - Sweeet roast with hints of brown sugar, vanilla, chocolate and whiskey soaked oak. A bit charred, but overly roasty.

M - Nice and creamy. Carbonation is good, but over the top. Just a tiny bit of heat from the barrel, but overall, the ABV is well hidden. Really smooth and has a good suprising drinkability.

O - I like this brew. I think it is really well done and well rounded. Not anything that blows your socks off, but for something sitting on the shelf for $9 a 4pack I have no problem supporting Tyranena with this brew.

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Photo of stooge
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- very dark brown in color with a head that quickly dissipates leaving very little bubbles and a thin burnt orange ring on the edge of the glass. Laces nicely.

S- cocoa, dark fruit, vanilla, and rye in that order

T- Figs and raisins on the front end, along with boozy oak characteristics, followed by vanilla accents finishing with a mellow cocoa flavor that lingers pleasantly on the back end. Nicely balanced, and not too boozy.

M- Medium body with low carbonation and creamy texture

O- I expected a fuller body and more complex rye flavor, but this is quite enjoyable. Very nice blend of cocoa, vanilla, and dark fruit flavors. I would have preferred a more prominent rye flavor and perhaps more carbonation. That being said, I thoroughly enjoyed this brew and would buy it again.

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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 dejrrma
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dated 20FEB12 on neck in dark ink. 12 oz bottled poured into Dogfish Head signature snifter. Thanks to Mark for this one.

a- a dark, dark, chocolate color bordering on black, with a velvety head resembling that of moccacino foam, and a thin film for lacing. great looking beer.

s- coffee, vanilla, very slight whiskey, roasted malts.

t- oaky malts and chocolate sweetness, noticeable amount of coffee but not nearly like in FIS/FBS, the whiskey is there, but it's very subtle, contributing the nice spiciness in the beer rather than booziness.

m- velvety. it's viscous and thick on the surface, but ends up being thinner and lighter, almost mousse like. low carbonation. Very drinkable.

o- I would love to have this again. I haven't had very many BA porter. The whiskey barrel aging isn't as prominent as in other BA beers I've had. I expected a more aggressive whiskey character, but I'm not disappointed. This is a great beer.

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Photo of xymyl
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thin tan film of a head, inky blackness with dark reddish brown edges. Swirl it a bit and head thickens up and gets much darker but settles and lightens again shortly.

Smell is complex plum, cherry, oak, earth, chocolate, coffee, raisins, and spicy hops.

Taste is big chocolate covered cherries, followed by a wall of dark chocolate followed by coffee that mixes with the hop bitterness at the end as this beer trails off.

There is more complexity to this extremely enjoyable beer but I'm currently enjoying the beer more by reviewing it less (as I have been doing quite often lately). Would I have known that it was aged in rye whiskey oak? Probably not. A perfect use of the cask in my opinion, added complexity without being overpowered.

Rich and full mouthfeel yet infinitely drinkable. A new favorite!

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

Dense black with not much head, though it clings in concentric rings. Wonderful whiskey aroma. The porter flavors are almost understated, though the rye and some coffee does come through. Surprisingly, this works well with the heavy overlay of whiskey. The mouthfeel is just perfest, silky and just dense enough. Very, very enjoyable.

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

A: Pours black with nice fluffy, medium dark tan head. Not much lacing, but head retention is nice.

S: Roastiness up front. Lots of rye and some spiciness as well. Hints of coffee and bitter chocolate peek through.

T: Great taste. Lots of roastiness and rye up front that lingers after you swallow. Good chocolate flavor. Hint of whiskey barrels blends in nicely.

M: Nice body. This is actually thicker than I expected. Good example for the style.

D: Really enjoyed this beer. Somewhat of a surprise to me, and I'm glad I picked this up in Milwaukee on my last trip up there. Can't say I've ever had a rye porter, but this one set the bar high.

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Photo of arboristfish
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 hayesez
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sent as an extra from brewCzar - thanks for sharing!

Poured into a silver-rimmed Westvleteren Chalice. Poured a deep brown with surprisingly little head. A small amount of ruby comes through when held up to the light...but just a little!

The first sniff was extremely heavy on the vanilla - whew! I was surprised to get no part of the barrel...so I kept trying - but no luck. It almost smells sweet, but more overly malty. A small amount of molasses and chocolate are present as well.

The beer is dominated by the malts. Although there is a bit of vanilla in there, it's not nearly what the smell would leave one to believe. The rye does offer a woody taste to the beer. Combined, these mask the alcohol quite impressively, and make for a very tasty brew.

A medium-bodied beer that is fairly heavy, with a small amount of carbonation.

Overall a very solid beer. I certainly wouldn't mind having a few of these in my fridge to enjoy from time to time. Thanks again, brewCzar!

Consumed on 11/21/2009

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Photo of MrTopher
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Jim (ratedz) this wasn’t expected but is really appreciated!
Served in a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A – Pours a nice dark brown color, on the edge of black but not 100% black. A small ½ inch tan head develops. Almost impossible to see through, so good thickness.

S – Coffee, a little rye, a little chocolate and I think that’s whiskey but don’t know for sure. There is a lot going on with this one.

T – Dark coffee flavor, a little rye flavor, and some smoke. There is a nice sweetness that is hard to nail down, and a very small hint of whiskey, but it’s small.

M – This was a little more on the thick side, and that caught me off guard, but it must have been from the barrel aging process. Very low on the carbonation also.

O – Decently enjoyable, if I could find this locally I would share this with some friend in the winter months. Not really a spring or summer beer.

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

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Very dark black with red around the edges. Retains quarter inch of light brown frothy head. Leaves frothy lace around pint.
S: Very sweet with chocolate and rye.
T: Toasted nutty malts. Rye sweeps in and is followed by bitter chocolate. Whiskey barrel aging is noticeable, but not overwhelming.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Beer leaves a dry feeling on tongue.
D: Well balanced and enjoyable.

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

Pours black with a small tan head, a lot of lacing left.

Smell: Rye, cocoa, black patent, noble hops, and a bit of coffee and whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate and rye mostly, hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The whiskey is pretty subdued,when it even shows up. Maybe they should have went with a 50/50 blend. Thick, creamy, full bodied.

I really like this but think High Class Broad was a little better(from my limited Tyranena experience.) I'd like a little more whiskey and if it wasn't mentioned I'd have no idea this had any barrel aging involved.

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Photo of brow1901
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black pour with a very impressive thick two finger head. This beer leaves some excellent lacing but the retention isn't up to par.

S- Typical of a porter lots of chocolate, pleanty of coffee. Along with some toasted malts, bordering on burnt. The rye whiskey isn't coming through to me.

T- Not nearly as bitter as a typical porter, much sweeter. Again pleanty of chocolate. I'm pretty disappointed with the barrel aging process this beer went through, it either need more time in the barrels or it was blended to weakly. When the label says whiskey barrel aged I expect to get a hint of it, even a flash of alcohol hotness. But not with this beer, this doesn't make it a bad tasting beer but it didn't meet my expectations.

M- Good and smooth with some appropriate carbonation.

D- Porters are always very drinkable beers, this is not and exception. Tyranena has made a lot of good porters and this is one of them, I was just a little let down by the labels.

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

Pours a deep dark color.
Had a 1 finger head that is lasting as I write this review.

The mouthfeel is that of silky smooth delightfulness.

It has roasty, chocolate, rye whisky, raisin.

This is a very nice surprise. I would buy this all the time if it was available.

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

A ballsy craft from Tyranena! Medium bodied porter with a whole lot of character. Roast malts are the backbone of the aroma with great uplifting whiskey tones. Creamy feel with some heat. The whiskey/coco blend really bring it over the top. Although not as rye as I would have liked, still one of the best Tyranena's out there right now!

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer as an extra in a trade and i a glad i did it was great.

This beer poured a dark black with a whole hand tan head overflowed my glass haha.

tasted like coffee, and liquorice

smells were of toffee, roasted caramel

overall decent beer.

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Photo of stouty1
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I found this in the back of my fridge tonight. Hidden gem I forgot I had and can't remember where I got.
A: Dark rose red poured into Sam's Adams glass. Very little head lacing around the rim.
S: Roasted malt
T: Chocolatey yumminess.
M: Thick and swishable
D: As it goes down it gets smoother.

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

A - Pours deep, dark brown with garnet hue around the edges, with a creamy, off white head.

S - Mildly smokey, hint of chocolate and spent charcoal.

T - Roasty, hint of smoke, slightly tannic. Very tasty. Nice alcohol warming going on here.

M - Creamy, coats the tongue nicely.

O - Decent beer. I was hoping for more whiskey flavors here, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of grandq
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows from the bottle completely black with a thick khaki head. Smells of roasty toasty oak, chocolate and coffee. Not getting any rye here really, though there's some faint sweet-sourness cropping up as it warms. The sourness and spice does crop up in the flavor profile though, reflecting the sweet, almost lactic finish to this smooth, creamy baltic porter. Prune, boozy cherries, peppery esters, faint smokiness and cocoa round out the character. All in all, not much of a departure from style standards, I think I expected a bit more deviation, a bit more evidence of the aging. Not wowed, but quite good nonetheless. Being my first from Tyranena, I wouldn't mind exploring more from the brewery. Cheers to autumnaldave for the introduction.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown, completely opaque. Nice light brown foam that dissolves to a ring and some film. Minimal lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon.

Taste is up from roasted malt. Nice caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Very light alcohol towards the end. Kind of a chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Nice.

Overall outstanding beer. Wonderful flavors throughout.

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Photo of heliosphann
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Paco123456789. Served in a Pint Glass.

A: Pours black, with a brownish red tint. Leaves no head whatsoever. Lacing is minimal.

S: Rye whiskey is faint, but present. Some roastiness and malty sweetness is also there, but fairly subdued.

T: Nice roasty, malty base typical of a robust porter. The Rye Whiskey kicks in and is pretty prevalent, especially on the finish. Some sweetness comes into play, adding plenty of vanilla, carmel and some chocolate. Leaves a fairly nice aftertaste, highlighting the whiskey.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is low, but fits perfectly with this style. Feels a little thicker than expected, and that's a good thing. Very cream and smooth. Good stuff.

D: Not sure on the ABV, but I think it's fairly low. I had no trouble polishing off my 12oz, and could probably have another.

A good, but not great beer from Tyranena. I liked the rye whiskey aspects, but would have liked a bit more Porter characteristics to shine through.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a thick, impenetrable dark brown that only fades to a light ruby brown at the edges when held to light. Large dark, reddish tan head that stays forever with evenly sized bubbles. Beautiful.

S - Whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee. A little boozy even for one who loves that profile.

T - Smoky/ashy with loads of whiskey profile. Heavy on the coffee flavor and soy sauce. Too much of a mess right now, maybe it'll calm down with some more time on it - too bad I don't have another bottle.

M - Very thick and oily, too much so for even an "imperial porter."

D - This is without doubt an imperial stout trying to hide in the clothes of an imperial porter. A little too ashy and hot for even me, and I love hot beers. Glad I got to try this, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of schultzi22
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a snifter on 7/22/11.

A: Dark black with a head that quickly dissipates.
N: Strong chocolate hits the nose first, quickly followed by coffee notes. I don't get much whiskey on the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bitterness stands out more against the chocolate. As a part-time rye whiskey drinker, I was hoping to find more spice in this beer, but it is only barely noticeable in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is in line with what I was expecting from an imperial porter. Nice carbonation that borders on an excess, but doesn't hurt the beer.
O: This is an outstanding imperial porter, but I am disappointed in the lack of whiskey. I will definitely get another pack of these to share and taste again.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 580 ratings.
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