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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593
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352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
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Photo of Atch
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena bottled 2/4/08

Appearance: Dirty oil black,minimal head,slight lacing.

Smell: Awesome smoky malt scent. Choccolaty.

Taste: Nice and rich, complex. Just a hint of a sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, somewhat chewy. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking beer. This is my first Baltic style Porter, so I don't have much to compare it to. I'm sure the ABV is high, but the alcohol is hidden well.
Tyranena rarely dissapoints in my opinion.

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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 icemonkey908
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown, almost black with a small tan head. Sweet smell with some toasty undertones, although not very strong. Roasted taste with apparent vanilla undertones. Chocolate flavor becomes more apparent along with hints of whiskey as the beer is consumed. Roasted malts very apparent in the aftertaste that lingers for quite some time.
This is a well crafted beer that does not disappoint.

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

Big thanks to maximum12 for this bottle.

a - pours black, no light getting through this one, one-finger medium brown head, light retention around the edges, little lacing

s - dark, high percentage cacao chocolate dominate the nose, definite notes of rye, vanilla and oak present as well

t - vanilla and sweet milk chocolate up front, the midpalate has more deeply roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, finish has some oak and vanilla along with strong notes of fruity rye booziness, wisps of alcohol on your breath, but it's not overwhelming

m - medium-bodied, moderate carbonation, fairly dry on the finish, alcohol warming effect

d - I'd call this one a sipper with its strong rye whiskey presence, the dry finish wears could wear out the palate after awhile

Another very good beer from Tyranena, though it doesn't live up to expectations that Devil Over a Barrel gave me. Well worth seeking out a bottle.

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Photo of kinggimp
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nkersten
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Bottle pours pitch black with a nice cream head that fads to the edges. Not exactly what I was expecting for some reason but fits the profile of a porter perfectly
S- Aroma is dark malts, a little bit of coffee and some spicy hop character.
T- Again, not a lot of barrel aged flavor, even for the 40% blend. Lots of dark malts, some tobacco and coffee flavor, good hop bitterness and a smokey finish. Not sure where the rye is, but this is an excellent porter either way. Would love to try a 100% barrel aged version of this one as a little more of the bourbon flavor would fit in very well with the smokey malt.
M- Big for a porter but not overwhelming. Medium/heavy body, light carbonation.
D- overall great flavor for a porter. I am usually not a big fan of porters but this one can stand up with the best of the darker beers.

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Photo of JohnWaynes44
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plenty of room in my 20oz tulip for the huge 3 finger head, that maybe would have stayed there all day if I didn't push it along by taking a few gulps of foam. Lacing is all good, great retention. Whiskey is present in the nose accompanied by chocolate malt and vanilla. Peppery, spicy alcohol coats the mouth right away. I am picking up mocha/java and butter in the middle and then more prominent and warming whiskey notes in the end. The feel is a buttery smooth, but a little on the thin side. This is one hell of a good porter. Complex and warming, a wonderful sipper and good companion by the fire. Glad I bought a four pack. Cheers!

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle as an extra from Homer321. Big thanks! Pours pitch black with essentially no head at all. Dense as can be. Aroma of big roast, smoke, oak, rye whiskey, spicy grain, chocolate, anise. Very nice. The flavor is very chocolatey roast, spicy rye, whiskey and oak barrel notes, sweet lingering milk chocolate on the palate. Medium plus bodied with light pleasant carbonation. An interesting brew that was not on my radar but am very happy to have the chance to try. A nice way to cap off the night.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with joe1510. Thanks Joe!

This pours a near black(some reddish hues) with a 2 finger head of tan foam. Very god head retention and the lacing is impressive.

The smell has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, and some rye but...I really had to struggle to get them as the nose is very light.

The taste, on the other hand, is very assertive.
I'm tasting a lot of rye with big portions of roasted malt, vanilla, and a bit of chocolate. I'm also getting some caramel malt that I didn't notice in the first couple of sips. They're tasty flavours but I'm also being hit my some noticeable alcohol that gives me quite the warming effect during and after the swallow. I reckon this one would benefit from some aging as this bottle is pretty darned fresh.(bottled Feb 4, 2008)

It's a bit light bodied but the carbonation is also light so that works for me.

Overall, I like where the brewer went with this beer and I'd certainly drink it again. Good stuff!

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

Here’s a beer that was recommended to me offhandedly while shopping around the liquor store the other day. A rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels sounds great, anyway, especially for a rye-lover like me.

Brewed less than a month ago (“BOTTLED ON 20FEB2012” on the neck of the bottle), though there was definitely some age on this one before it left the brewery.

A: This one pours chocolaty brown, rich with a shining darkness. The head is a one-and-a-half finger of brown suds, though it’s soon down to nothing more than some tan cream along the edge of the glass. Lacing is light and very oily, with only a small minority of foam strings staying around for more than a few seconds. It doesn’t look very carb-heavy at first, but a quick swirl makes some pillow-foam materialize from the deep body.

S: Wonderful: rich and sweet, it starts with robust aromas of salted caramel, roasted peanuts, toffee, chocolate sauce, and coffee. It’s so brazenly attractive – extraordinarily warm and inviting. That powerhouse of flavors gets augmented by some complex grain aromas, with smooth dark cherry and baked apple wheat scents over a thin layer of roasted pumpkin and pumpernickel bread. Some of the barrel shines through soon after – grain whiskey and charred wood, mainly. Great character on a beer of this style.

T: Full-on cocoa powder and coffee with cream are all over the front of this bold palate, bittersweet and roasty. That, plus caramel nougat, dark fruits, and a handful of peanut brittle really makes its upfront character very candy-like. Even so, there’s a spicy alcohol character behind that never gives up its mission: vanilla, big char tastes, and just plain old whiskey flavors appear to showcase their moderate hit of complexity. The barrel-aging isn’t readily apparent, unfortunately, but the alcohol spice is strong enough to notice. It finishes on a dry note, almost citrusy in its hop presence, and with some smokiness and acidity.

M: Smooth and rich: it fills out like a stout while always remaining drinkable. It definitely has its porter moments, though, with a characteristically light wateriness.

O: You’d think that a beer like this would have a rich, slow-sipping profile; fortunately, that’s not the case. I say “fortunately” because a light, drinkable character is what completely defines this beer: simply put, it’s enjoyable. Not too big and not too heavy, it remains a pleasure to drink at every sip. If this beer had more rye character, I’d have a constant supply of this beer in my fridge.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out an opaque, very dark brown color with little to no head. There were some small, tan bubbles at the surface of the beer.

S - It smelled of bourbon, rye and mild chocolate notes.

T - It tasted of coffee, rye and quite a bit of boozy bourbon. There was a sweet caramel and chocolate flavor that emerged as it continued to warm up.

M - It was soft and smooth with a sticky mouthfeel. It was medium to full-bodied.

D - This is an interesting beer. There are so many unique flavors.

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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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Photo of AgentZero
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Brown beer, nice tan head, decent retention. Fades to a decent looking ring.

S - Some rye, but not tons, not spicy like some beers. Chocolate, whiskey, little vanilla, little coffee.

T - Nice tasting, some bakers cocoa, and a little bit of rye. Little bit of whiskey in there, but it's pretty mellow. Rye comes through on the end more than anywhere else.

M - Little bit of carbonation bite. Pretty smooth, viscous, medium bodied.

O - Pretty nice and enjoyable, I didn't like the finish a ton, but it was still a good beer.

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Photo of RBuckley73
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stigs
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of adamharbaugh, served in a DFH signature glass

A - poured very silky and silently, almost too much. at most there was just a very thin layer of film on top of the glass, mostly settle to a small floating island. the beer is pretty much pitch black with just a faint amount of light getting through the edges.

S - mmmm warming. ample amounts of dark and slightly bitter chocolate, spicy rye, stale coffee, roasted malts, and finishes very a very nice and smooth whiskey.

T - big and bold. the rye whiskey is very easy to pick out, comes out in force after some initial slightly roasted malts. whiskey is joined by some dark chocolate (think Hershey's syrup) and just a bit of nuttiness. pretty good.

M - very thick body, quite syrupy. carbonation is very minimal, definitely missing some for a bit of texture. very creamy, coats the mouth.

D - bit of an odd one here. like the flavor, just not pretty to look at. the lack of carbonation makes it a bit wearing about halfway through.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

AdamHarbaugh sent this one to me. Thanks Adam.

A very dark brown body that lets some light through even at the very center. A tiny tan head creeps up but disappears almost immediately, leaving no head.

A big malt aroma that mixes a bit of chocolate with molasses. The barrel characteristics are in the background, featuring oak and whiskey.

The chocolate and molasses appear once again in the flavor, and are still the predominant characteristic, but the barrel flavors are stronger than in the odor. An overall rye spiciness, either from the whiskey or the rye malt, permeates the beer. Woody oak comes through, as does whiskey and a hint of vanilla. Pretty well balanced.

Moderate body and carbonation; pretty good.

Good drinkability on this one, another nice beer from the Brewers Gone Wild series.

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Photo of greenmonstah
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle provided as an extra by a very generous trader! Poured into snifter.

A - Jet black with a minute head that dissipates very rapidly

S - Rye whiskey aroma is ever-present. Strongly smells of whiskey. There is a definite roasted malt background, but not much else. Maybe a tiny hint of chocolate.

T - This is a complex one. Wow. Roasted malts and cocoa, then some mellow vanilla and sharp rye components. Some alcohol heat. Finish is spectacular:bittersweet dark chocolate paired with ancient whiskey barrel notes. A masterful flavor profile.

M - Thick and creamy like a stout. Wet with fair amount of carbonation. I enjoy it, but it certainly isn't a porter's mouthfeel.

O - Overall I think that this beer is quite good. The flavor profile is complex and dynamic and really shows off the whiskey barrel component quite well, and pairs it with the beer's already fine tastes.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a glass mug)

A- This beer pours a deep opaque brown body with a thin web of white had the develops into a thick foam of light tan. There is a soft carbonation of tiny bubbles that glide of the side of the glass. The head last for a few sips.

S- The smell of old wet wood has a slight sweet nutty quality and a dry burnt caramel note.

T- The taste of soft brown malt has a soft roasted bitterness to it and a slight spicy bite. The notes of soft wet wood and very faint bourbon hint give way to a slight salty roasted malt finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a slightly full yet slippery texture and an almost peroxide fizz at the finish. There is no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer has a mellow soft roasted malt flavor and not really the punch in the mouth that I would expect from a beer by this name.

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Photo of cokes
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid bodied, the darkest mauve-brown possible. In simpler terms, it's black unless held to a light source. The head is small and brown, and resides for most of the time as a collar.
Fudge brownie aroma, with a persistence of toasted grain, which only slowly hints at rye. Traces of cappuccino, as char and the vanilla barrel-aging traits arise. It smells very Italian-desert-y, and delicious, but on the whole, the rye-whiskey barrel thing seems somewhat impotent, scent-wise, aside from this and some intermittent peppery wafts.
It rolls across the tongue a liquid fudge bath, stayed from a dooming sweetness by a prickly graininess...but only partially. It's like rolling a wet Tootsie Roll in flecks of rye. The peppery, spicy qualities of the grain are ultimately usurped by the sweet chocolate fudginess of the candy. And so it is here. Rye is a bit player, both grain-wise and whiskey-barrel-wise. The fudge is so dense and bullying as to not let anything else play. The barrel shows up late with heavily toasted coconut, caramel, and hazelnuts. Rye Whiskey and Bourbon are very closely related, and this does not tease out the subtle differences, other than it is marginally drier than Who's Your Daddy. The close is a continuation of fudge, inching towards chocolate milk, and a groping oaky vanilla woodiness. If you are looking for hops, you'll need to recalibrate your GPS system.
Full bodied, and basically obese in the mouth. Carbonation is virtually nil. For what it is, it fits perfectly. This is liquid dessert. Like sucking tiramisu through a straw. It's a great nightcap, but drinking it in succession might be asking too much.

As a fan of Rye in both its beer and whiskey forms, I was hoping for more of it in the profile. This is a blend of 40% Rye whiskery barreled beer and 60% unbarreled. Who's Your Daddy remains better because the barrel adds more, and I'd wager the blending percentages are vastly different.
As it stands now, the rye doesn't live up to its billing. It fails to show up in the grain bill, and the barrel hues lack complexity. I'll probably never say this again, but it needs more barrel influence to tease out the rye subtleties. For instance, take a sip of Sazerac Rye (6 or 18 year old, or better yet, the barrel-proof Thomas H. Handy), and ponder what any of those barrels would do to the profile and complexity here. It needs more unique aspects, not just rote barrel aged approximations. I can't wait to try the straight, unblended version at the taproom in Lake Mills in hopes to achieve something of the sort, because I have a suspicion the blend might be a culprit.

That's all nitpicking, obviously. This is very good, no question. As a big, gooey sweet imperial porter, it hits all the notes with general precision. If you liked Who's You Daddy and The Devil Made Me Do It, you'll like this, as it sits right in the middle.
But it's press description fits my personal preferences so well that anything less than remarkable is a failure.
I want the rye to shine much brighter in all its forms.

Oh...I want to love this, and it is soooo close...

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Photo of theghost3
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark brown--almost black--with a 2-finger, creamy cafe au lait head. A little lacing.

Smell is sweet malt with rich coffee. The taste is vanilla, coffee, and a hint of whisky; rather subdued. The mouthfeel was thick, oily with a crisp carbonation. Mouthfeel is more like a double stout as opposed to a porter.

This is a drinkable beer with a great aroma and a descent whisky flavor. Goes well with chocolate.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a recent trade. Pours a dark brown with a minimal cascade of bubbles to the top, leaving a few streaks of lacing down the glass.

Loads of rye whiskey in the nose, reminds me of the Crown and cokes that were popular in university. Sweet, spicy rye, a bit of roasty malt, a hint of sweet brown sugar. Could use a little more heft to counter the rye.

Taste follows suit: rye, rye, roast, brown sugar, molasses, vanilla, hint of coffee,toast, a light bittering hops in the finish, just a faint whiff of alcohol (or at least the rye gives the impression of it). Thinnish body, not a ton of carbonation.

Not a bad beer, second rye whiskey aged beer I've had and this one comes out the winner. Well integrated but could use a little more heft or roast to balance a dominating sweetness. Well done.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 593 ratings.
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