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%
 
 
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82
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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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Photo of CooperEllis
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into the Southampton RIS party snifter.

Lovely bourbon notes in the aroma. Lots of malt, a touch of the rye and vanilla notes. Good wood notes and a bit of oatmeal.

Dark in the glass, very nice tan lacing.

This may well need to age more. It is very very strong w/ booze. In addition to the bourbon, the 7.9% feels a touch more like 10.9% or possibly 109%. Those notes dominate the taste and that's disappointing because there is just not much of anything else here.

Good mouthfeel, the booze makes it a bit of a mess. This was something that got better in the glass as warming it brought more than booze to the front. Warm oatmeal, but there isn't much else still.

It's certainly bourbon aged. And, um, it's light enough in the body to qualify as a porter.

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Photo of jsh420
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottled 09 apr 11

poursdark brown with a 1+ finger tan head that had good retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of milk chocolate and dark roasted malt

taste is nice - semi spiced rye malt loads of chocolate and dark roasted malt - tiny bit of coffee - no real barrel aged flavors?

mouthfeel is near perfection - medium heavy body velvety smooth - good carbonation

overall - i am angry that i did not know how old this was(could not read the date with beer in bottle) - i do think the aging (which the store had it in the cooler) might have taken away some flavor - in the end this beer was still very solid and will be cracking open the other 3 very soon

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Photo of jegross2
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing the Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company. This beer is billed as a "imperial rye aged porter aged in rye whiskey barrels."
Score: 91

Bottled April 08, 2011. Served in a small pour brandy snifter and enjoyed on 01/31/12.

Appearance: Pours a jet black color with a finger of creamy tan head that slowly settles into a ring around the glass. The beer is opaque with a microscopic thin layer of brown highlights atop the glass when held up to light. Average lacing as the beer is consumed, though the receding head from the pour left a solid coating of creamy lacing along the side of the glass. 4/5

Smell: Cocoa nibs, creamy chocolate, acidic used coffee grounds, and rye. Astringent "whiskey alcohol" esters rounds out the nose, but it's not a boozy nose. 4/5

Taste: Loads of chocolate flavors and roasted malt with a rye finish. A light amount of dark roast coffee comes out on the midpalate and towards the finish. The chocolate flavors seem like a blend of milk chocolate, dried cocoa mix and chocolate milk. A very mellow Jack Daniels-like whiskey flavor lingers in the background of the finish along with creamy raw chocolate. The whiskey flavors are very subtle and complementary. Absolutely no alcohol is present in the taste, which was surprising given the "warm" alcohol esters of the aroma. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus mouthfeel, very light carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth, rich and creamy. The mouthfeel seems to get thicker and creamier as the beer layers. Finishes dry and a touch bitter. 4.5/5

Overall: Easily the best beer that I have ever had from Tyranena, ahead of Hop Whore and Bitter Woman IPA. I am going to have to go back to the store and buy the rest of this currently out of production brew.

Recommendation: Fans of porters and stouts should seek this one out. This is one of Wisconsin's better craft beers.

Pairings: Roasted marshmallows or vanilla cake.

Cost: $2.99 for 12 oz bottle.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a goblet

A: Pours dark, dark brown - a shade away from black. Less than a half finger of dark tan carbonation, even with a vigorous pour. When agitated, I get a decent amount of carbonation form. Looks viscous.

S: Fairly strong roasted malts with a good amount of caramel and dark fruit sweetness. Quite smokey as well. The more I smell the more I get a strong grape fruitiness and the more faint the roasted malts are.

T: Mild, but well balanced. Spicy rye flavor with light milk chocolate, roasted malts, and caramel. I don't get much of the fruitiness I smelled in this beer. There is a good amount of oxidation in this beer, too, but it's pleasant at this point. As the beer warms, I get more and more whiskey.

M: Medium to thick body with very creamy carbonation. This might be the creamiest carbonation I've ever had - almost like a nitrogenated beer.

O: Quite mild for a BA Imperial Porter. I assume the flavors have mellowed over time. A lot of caramel sweetness has come to the forefront, and there is no sign of alcohol whatsoever.

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Photo of gatornation
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ busters

A- pours a dark brown color with a tan head, loads of lacing

S- oak,smoke,chocolate,malt vanilla,some whiskey

T- very nice, coffee and malt with some wood and whiskey a lingering smoke

M- was smooth texture with an abundance of b4 mentioned tastes

O- solid robust still smooth and tasty a great brew on tap

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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

Bottle into my New Belgium Globe snifter.

Murky reddish brown... rather brackish in fact. Big fluffy 3 finger head of creamy caramel bubbles. Nice lacing and retention.

Smells of chocolate, caramel, rum-soaked raisin-like notes, and whiskey. The flavor is much the same; it starts sweet and then dries up at the back with some nice barrel flavors-- dry boozy whiskey with a touch of sweet vanilla and some light oak. I get a touch of honey in the flavor as well.

The feel is thick and luxurious. Velvety is a good word. Lots of carbonation considering the barrel aging, and it works quite well.

Overall-- this is certainly the best I've had from Tyraneena. This beer isn't quite as good as Barrel Aged Shipwreck Porter, but this is half the price and twice as easy to find.
This one has a lot going for it-- so if you usually pass on offerings from this brewery, you owe it to yourself to give this one a shot!

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Photo of soze47
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up this bottle in Wisconsin in December, 2011. Poured into a stemless red wine glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown, black in the middle. Nice amount of head, but the beer looks very sticky on the glass.

Aroma: I smell that rye tang smell I get in many rye forward beers. It plays well with the roasted malts and nuttiness. It has a warm tone too.

Taste: There is an almost burnt caramel quality to this beer. The smoke it here in a perfect amount. Not enough to overwhelm, but enough to change the more pedestrian flavors. Not sure if I love this, or am kind of meh on it.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very big body on this. The sometimes large flavor in this beer are handled well. For as rich as this beer feels in the mouth, it is not viscous.

Overall: I like the unique flavors of this beer. It comes a little to close to flying off the rails a few times, but overall this is a nice, unique beer to reach for in the future.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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2.33/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown, almost opaque. Medium brown head, bubbly and thin. Head dissipates to nothing ... looks flat.

Aroma is kind of dank wood. Little vanilla, smoke, and burnt malt.

Taste is bitter roasted malts, a little wood, roasted coffee, and a little caramel sweetness. Bitter, burnt, smokey finish with a little vanilla. Lingering roastyness.

Light to medium body, a bit watery. Low carbonation.

Kind of weak in all aspects. No real bourbon presence. Too burnt and smokey. Body is too thin. Drinkable, but not that good.

6/23/2011

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to tulip glass.

A: Dark coffee brown which cannot be seen through, about a half finger of light khaki head which lasts for a bit, leaving behind a ring of head and a still surface. Good retention but no lacing.

S: Oak up front, smokey, chocolate and malt, with some secondary whiskey. The smoke is an interesting touch. Smells really nice.

T: Pretty smokey again; though a mellow smokiness, it covers the other characteristics. Some oak and vanilla are discernible underneath at the backend, but not a ton else. Basically, this isn't bad if you just thought you were drinking a porter, rather than a barrel aged one.

M: Very creamy texture. Medium-full body and medium-light carbonation.

O: Pretty drinkable for a smoke-forward porter. I can't really taste the barrel, but the beer is tasty and a good value nonetheless.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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