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

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590
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
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Photo of ffejherb
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into shaker pint on 4/18/09. Thanks to akorsak for sharing.

A - Poured a dark brown body with thin quarter-inch tan head that receded to a patchy film and left behind some spotty lace.

S - Vanilla and oak up front with hints of chocolate and iced coffee. Some roasty malt and earthy hop notes also emerge.

T - Chocolatey and malty with an oaky character that provides a slight dryness. Subtle bitter coffee notes emerge in the middle that are complemented by vanilla sweetness. Minimal alcohol presence. Finishes with a roasted malt character and a good bit of earty hop bitterness.

M - Medium to full-bodied with a slick, oily texture and creamy mouthfeel. Slightly dry finish with moderate bitterness and mild alcohol sting on the palate.

D - Very drinkable, unique brew with lots of flavors that complement each other. Another fine offering from Tyranena's Brewers Gone Wild series.

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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 Birchgrove77
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled: 02/04/08, picked up at Three Cellars in May 2008.

Appearance: Pours very dark brown, bordering on black. Carbonation is noticeable, but only mustered about a 1/2 inch chocolate colored head.

Smell: Probably the best smelling beer I've ever consumed. Smelled of gourmet chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, and cocoa.

Taste: Fantastic. Some spicy notes from the rye. A nice cocoa flavor with a very nice bourbon finish. A very slight fig-like quality plays in the background. The finish is more bourbon than rye, and there is a very nice alcohol warming sensation. Definitely surpassed my expectations.

Mouthfeel: Much stiller than I thought it would be, but that seemed to play in the beers favor. Coated the tongue and the warming effect from the alcohol pleased the palate.

Overall: Wish I had a few more laying around as this was a superb offering from Tyranena. Hopefully, this gets rebrewed in the future.

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

Bottle shared with shigadeyo.

Pours clear dark brown color with a moderater frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted dark chocolate, woody and bourbon aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture. Heavy bourbon & wood bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout porter.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

pours a black that when put up to the light has a redish hue to it, this one had head for days, thick and rich tan in color that runs away scared leaving a thin lacing around the glass, the smell was of burbon and sweet dark malt. the taste at first sip was sweet and a hint fo coffiee, the middle was rich malt and burbon, the finish is sweet alchoal and a hint of hops. this is a dream come true, i need more of these

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Photo of HopHead84
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as an extra from BigDaddyWil. Pours a very dark brown with a one finger dark brown head. There is little lacing or retention. The aroma is of semi-sweet dark chocolate and roasted malt. Other aromas are of black coffee, and a very pleasant whisky note. Alcohol is noticeable.

The roasted malt imparts certain sweetness to the beer that is nicely balanced by a dry bitterness. I'm once again reminded of chocolate and coffee. The whisky barrel aging is apparent. The alcohol is well hidden for its strength, which I believe is 7.9%. The finish is dry and reminiscent of whisky.

Medium full bodied with a dry and sticky, chewy mouthfeel. Carbonation is good.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a penn pilsner pint glass. Bottled Feb 08, thanks to Goryshkewych.

A- Dirty Old Man is indeed dirty coming out of the bottle. Once poured it is a very dark brown bordering on black color. A lot of bubble action resulted in a 1 1/2 inch dark tan head that stuck around. Very condensed that left fuzzy lace after calming down.

S- Perhaps the year in the bottle calmed the scents down some as this was tame but still has the makings of a baltic porter. I got some dirty roasty malt backed with the rye with slight whiskey lingering. Also slight chocolate and old coffee. Maybe some dark berries? A lot of layers to this baltic porter.

T- A nice amount of the whiskey barrel is present & improves with warming as the rye kicks up a notch as well. Oak as well as vanilla which is always welcome by me. The rye is a nice offset to some of the more sweet factors of this beer. A lot of roasty factors come with this. I wonder what this tasted like fresh, as this gives off some heat towards the end. This is delicious beer.

M- Thick and lucious mouthfeel that is quite chewy at times. DOM is very rich with sweet tones creating a smooth texture. A little more carbonation would be nice but this will do. The combo of rye/whiskey creates a nice burn that does not distract. I want to gulp this but sippin is quite fine.

D- Not sure of the ABV on this but I wish I had more. This is my first in this series and it left a great impression. Dirty old man is a nice sweet baltic porter with a identity of it's own with the Rye/Whiskey mix but drinks with a smoothness making you want more.

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Photo of br3wmeister
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- half inch light brown head, that thins to almost nothing in about a minuet, minimal lacing. Dark brown almost black colored beer.

S- Huge malt sweetness and some hints of whiskey to the nose. Chocolate, caramel, brown sugar and oak. A hint of coconut. Minimal hop aroma.

T- Whiskey and charcoal up front, some bite from the hops then sweet malty flavors come through. Again I get a hint of coconut, Some milk chocolate and and smokey flavors in the end leaving a smokey sweet after taste.

M- thick, milky and smooth almost oily. Very minimal carbonation.

D- Very smooth and drinkable.

Over all a pretty good beer not as bold as I would expect from a imperial porter but it was very drinkable.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter early New Year's Eve.

A-Deep, dark brown, looks to be quite opaque. Head is virtually nonexistent, with sparse bubbles of the light brown variety.

S-Nuanced whiskey and oak aromas on the pour, which continue to show up here and there through duration of this beer. The main aromas are chocolate and roasty malts, also with hints of bready malt.

T-Hearty, big, and roasty with a bit of coffee, and almost a little chocolate character. Spicy/funky rye character is present, with oak and whiskey barrel mingling in. Bitterness is detectable and provides some balance. Finishes with a slight whiskey appearance trailing to a dry finish.

M-Low carbonation is velvety, allowing for subtle flavors to emerge; perhaps a slightly higher level would have provided a nicer feel, though. Slow-moving in my mouth, with a kind-of fine-grain viscosity (if that makes sense). There is a warmth going down, remniscent of a sip of liquor, especially with the slight whiskey barrel character.

D-This one is hard to judge. This beer is enjoyable, but I wasn't wholly digging the whiskey barrel characters all too much, as I'm not a huge fan of the liquor. That said, I like how the character comes through subtley, without actually offending my palate. So, although I'm not the biggest fan, I think it's well done and drinkable.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Lordsloth for the bottle.

Pours a thick dark maple brown color with very little head and a sharp ring of lacing.

Scent of rye, oak, chocolate, dark fruits, and coffee. This has a nice balance and complexity, but it isn't too intense.

Taste of chocolate, coffee, rye, anise, and oak. Finishes with oak and vanilla flavors, damn good stuff.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty heavy, carbonation is pretty light.

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Photo of Buebie
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased in a 6 pack sampler of BGW series beers. I think I paid $11 for all six, which is a bargain. These sell at about $2.60 per single.

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a tulip.
Black in color with no glawing. 2 finger creamy brown head sits for a very long time leaving a good half inch of retention.
This thing leaves nice thick lines of lace all the way down.

I do pick up some tobacco, whiskey and woody aroma are very much present. Whisky is smokey and quite smooth at the knose without any heat or alcahol funes. Theres hints of ceder in there too. Just a touch of chocolate grains...Man that whiskey brings out some really appealing aromas.

Creamy with a slippery feel on the tounge. Just right with carbonation, its there but its smooth and laid back.
Some protein oaty flavors. Lightly toasted oak and at the swallow the whisky comes around. Its hidin behind the oak, but definatly plays a role in the flavor department.
A bit more tobacco in the flavor. Any hops that were added are lost in the spiced whisky oaky flavors. Hints of rye are present through the first few sips up front with just a touch of spice.

This is adelicious. I'm wishing I had more then one bottle. Its definatly not a sessionable beer. The flavors and sweetness had me sipping this down slowly. Quite the delicious desert beer, or after dinner beer.

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

A 12 oz bottle from a trade with gford217.

A: The baltic porter is dark, the color of roasted coffee beans that combines both black and dark brown. The ale didn't generate much head on pour and what did bubble up was quick to dissapate away.

S: The nose is dominated by baltic porter aromas, dark malts, vanilla and starchy beans. Following the porter, barrel-aged strength shines through. The aromas are boozy but not nearly as sweet as bourbon. The rye is a nice touch because it isn't so over-the-top.

T: More baltic porter leads off a sip. The dark malts are heavy, smoothed out by the yeast strain. Beans, both the vanilla and kidney varieties, are present. Both add different qualities, one sweet and one drying. The rye adds an oaky flavor, wooden with vanilla and toffee. The rye was an interesting choice because it is similar enough to bourbon to impart some, but not all, of the same flavors.

M: The barrel adds a great deal of smoothness to the beer. I'm not familiar with rye whiskey, so I wasn't sure of what to expect. The outcome does work though.

D: The beer is pretty big with the alcohol catching up to you at the midpoint of the glass. An interesting beer that doesn't work as well as some of Tyranena's other BGW series.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep black color stout witha nice fomay bhead with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of whiskey notes with some warmimg notes. Taste is a mix between some dry roasted malt with some notes of whiskey. Full body with some good carbonation and light alcohol noticeable. Lacking complexity but still very enjoyable.

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

Big thanks to whichever awesome BA sent this to me as an extra!! Poured into a tulip. pours a very dark brown with a thin tan head that does not last long but produces some thin lacing. This beer is slick! Smell is initially whiskey, alcohol and some oak. As it mellows- more coffee than anything else. Taste is very strong- lots of bitter coffee, alcohol, some chocolate, slight whiskey and oak finish. this beer really shines in the mouthfeel department. I normally do not love oily, slick beers, but this one is wonderful in the way it coats your mouth. Very warming and quite a sipping treat. Wish I had more!

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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 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 emerge077
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this when it first came out a couple seasons ago, and it seemed like it needed time for the alcohol to mellow. Pours black into a small tasting glass. When backlit, it has a ruby glint. Initial head of foam has a creamy surface, leaving intricate drippy lace that resembles the logo of the metal band Darkthrone.

Sweet chocolate, minor touches of corn/sour mash from the barrel. Earth and spice from the Rye, hint of plum or other dark fruit, it mingles nicely with the smooth chocolate from the Porter end. Well integrated, it has a creamy finish, with a nice long aftertaste. The liquid itself seems slightly thin, a characteristic i've noticed with other Porters in the series. Otherwise it's pretty easy drinking, the alcohol seems to have bowed out gracefully from the forefront.

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Photo of stumac
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was tasted at Feces Fest '08 with Onslow and my girl Melani.

I just wanna start out by saying WOW!

it pours up a black color with a decent dark tan head. the nose is chocolate, roasted malts, subtle whiskey, some wood, subtle coffee. Oh my God! the taste is the same as the nose but with some very intense rye malt! big oaky flavor, too. full bodied, low smoothe carbo. Such an insanely nice brew!

"Gimme a sponge bath!"

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

Acquired from BuckeyeNation, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color with a very thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is full of roasted malts, coffee, dark fruit, rye spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very malty and sweet with flavors of rye malt, coffee, dark fruit. There's a very mild hops presence but it works very well for this beer. Despite being so sweet, it's excellently balanced. The after-taste is sweet. I'm surprised that I don't have more to say about a taste that seems to have such a good complexity to it.

M: Very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style with a well-done twist of rye malt, this is an excellent beer to drink for a very long time if you're looking for a poundable, flavorful and stronger-than-average dark beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Phocion - thanks!! Split w/ dkachur, poured into an Allagash flute. Been looking forward to trying this one for a long time!!

Appearance: A thick, deep, sticky, nasty brown mess, like molasses, with a one-finger cocoa head with average retention that fades into a ring of bubbly lace. Lacing is likely alcohol retarded. This one looks off the hook.

Aroma: And smells off the hook! Damn that whiskey really comes through. Woody notes, vanilla, chocolate - cocoa powder, really, dutch process! -

Taste: Not as hot as the aroma, but still pretty good. Smoky, toffee, caramel, butterscotch, coffee grounds - a deep roast, too, heavily - baker's chocolate. The only thing wrong with it is the spicy, slightly burning alcohol that comes in at the end, but it's nice enough to where that doesn't detract enough.

Mouthfeel: Medium-to-full bodied, devilishly thick, medium-sized bubbles, spicy and prickly, either from hops, malt astringencies, or whiskey. Improves as it warms.

Drinkability: This was a good one. Glad I got a chance to try it. The aroma was absolutely out of this world, and though the rest of the beer didn't quite live up the to the promise of the aroma, it was solid all-around. Alcohol on this one, though unlisted, is probably around 8 or 9%, and was very, very well-hidden. Give it a shot if you're lucky enough to get your hands on it - another winner from the BGW series, of which I've yet to be disappointed by any.

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Photo of MNHazmat
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first review so please be kind...

A gentle pour into a goblet produced very little head. What head there was gripped the sides well leaving a nice ring after each sip. Despite the lack of head it is well carbonated with a very fine bubble.

Dark, very dark. Absolutely NO light transmission though the glass even when using a bright LED flashlight and an aiming laser!

Dark grains, well roasted and plenty of alchohol on the tongue. Bourbon hits the back of my throat but fades quickly under pressure from the dark grains and chocolate.

A first rate brew that I'll be sharing with friends, and an excellent value for the price. I'll be buying out the supply at my local shop.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.65/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep brown with some ruby hues to it. nice subtle khaki colored head. Modereate head retention, and nice clingy lacing.

S: massive roasted malt aromas with some hints of rye in the back. great notes from the barrels, sweetness of vanilla and rye, with some cherries in the back.

T: Holy crap! this beer is phenomenal. Great flavors of coffee, toffee and some burnt caramel. Not too much rye, a little but in the way back. good barrel aging characteristics, light vanilla, but big coconut and especially big cherries. More vanilla comes through as it warms.

M: very robust and full-bodied porter. Carbonation is a little higher than I would like, but still on for the style. the flavors stay on the palate for a ridiculously long time.

D: I could drink tons of this stuff, wish I had it on tap at my house, but then I wouldn't go to work. Outstanding beer. Get it, got it, good!

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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 ckeegan04
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark oily brown color with a foamy brown head. Good retention and lacing. Looks like a very very good porter.

S - Roasted maltiness dominates. Hints of coffee as well. Very light spiciness in the nose but other than that there is little rye or whiskey in the smell.

T - A light chocolate sweetness initially quickly overcome with a nice rye spiciness. Still not picking out any real whiskey flavors but the rye provides a nice kick. Also some hints of sweetened coffee linger after the drink.

M/D - Full bodied and very creamy/smooth. Excellent feel. Nice balance in tastes providing good drinkability as well.

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Photo of MSchae1017
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours jet black with hints of amber and a cappuchino like off white head that holds and laces well. The aroma is full of chocolate and oak. The flavor, however is where the rye really stands out adding a distinctly grainy spiciness to the characteristics already displayed in the aroma. The body is full and the carbonation is smooth. OVerall I really like the added dimension of the rye to the chocolate flavors and the oakynes of the whiskey barrels really rounds it off. Quite a tasty beer.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 590 ratings.
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