Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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4.13/5
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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
Ranking:
#2,082
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
598
pDev:
8.96%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of scruffwhor
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a black brew with maybe a patch or two of blood colored highlights. Nice one finger head after the pour thats lasts to a thin, yet complete film o' foam. The aroma is dark super grainy and gristy, with the added bonus of bread and oak aged booze. Lots of subtleties in the aroma, but still very alluring. Chocolate smeared on 4-grain bread hits the taste buds first. Then some chocolate and spice (must be the rye) mix up the middle. While he finish i creamy coffee with a splash of whiskey warmth and flavor. Very dark yet warm palate to this beer. Ths bitterness is really just a combo of the heavily roasted, almost burnt malts, and alcohol. Avery great beer to be enjoyed and savored.

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Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of 2beerdogs
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of champ103
4.26/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thanks to tjmodica for sharing the bottle.

A: Pours a near opaque black color. A small tan head forms that recedes to nothing. Not much lace either.
S: Toasted malt, chocolate, coffee are all there like a good porter. Then some wood comes in from the barrel, and once this warms a bit plenty of bready rye. Lots of depth in the nose.
T: Follows the nose with more of a roasted malt character. Chocolate, sweet toffee, and some coffee. Light wood flavors, and bread. biscuit and rye. Really nice.
M/D: A medium to full body. Low on the carbonation. Cream and smooth. Easy to drink. A great beer to sip on.

An excellent barrel aged porter. Both the wood and rye are there, but very subtle. Which complements the porter perfectly. Very nice, and highly recommended.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive but not outstanding.

Positive=Nice subtle rye whisky aroma...not overpowering...just about perfect

Negative=Too subtle of a rye whisky dimension on the taste.

Positive=Creamy and smooth drinking

Negative=Just doesn't seem big and substantial enough to be a true Baltic Porter.

Positive=Nice overall taste...coffee liqouer? Check....sweet milk chocolate? Check? Spicy rye whisky? Check...everything blends nicely

Negative=Much of the flavor is subtle..This is not a big assertive tasting baltic porter.

Overall I like this, but I would like it to be a little bolder in body and taste.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The black beer erects a good sized brown cap of froth. The retention is outstanding as are the lacing properties. I like the nose quite a bit. Lots of chocolate notes and fudge and tootsie roll like characteristics. Light scents of whiskey add a nice little accent as well. Chocolate is pretty huge on the palate as well. Definitely the dominant flavor characteristic. A little roasted and rye bitterness in the aftertaste. Whiskey is subtle, but nice nonetheless. A little bit of vanilla comes out every once in a while. And alcohol is only slightly noticeable. The body is medium or so and the liquid flows naturally over the tongue giving a very polished feel to it.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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 jera1350
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Totally misjudged the pour causing a bit of an overflow. What remains however is a nontransparent black with a huge creamy head of fluff that leaves all kinds of lace coating a snifter.

Getting a very earthy nose. Picking up some rye with a hint of cream and chocolate.

I really enjoy Tyranena porters and this one is no exception. Roasty malts with rye standing out. Chocolate, marshmallow creme, a slight nuttiness with a touch of whiskey. Alcohol is nearly undetectable.

Amazing mouthfeel. Viscous, rich and creamy without being syrupy.

This is a really nice porter with some originality to it that additionally drinks awesomely. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to grub for cracking this one open.

Pours an opaque blackish brown, some dark red in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops to a thin ring, some lace spots on the glass. Smell is wicked, chocolate, whiskey, rye spiciness, toffee, wood, nice roast, dark fruits, bit of alcohol, really nice. Taste is chocolate, toffee, rye, alcohol, heavy wood middle, alcohol, roast and figs, biscuits, fruity finish, balanced. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit hot, feels a bit thin, but pretty nice, rich flavours. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brown pour, slight tan head, about 1/2" deep. Nice mild bourbon and chocolate aroma. Nothing too heavy or boozy. Well put together.

The taste is even better, chocolate is even bigger, still the bourbon remains noticeable, yet nowhere near dominating. Smooth, bitterness stays down. A great beer for introducing people to barrel aged stuff, but also plenty decadent for experienced drinkers to have at the same time. The rye is a great experience, seems to bring out a little more sweetness with whiskey flavors, as opposed to a dry peppery when used in non barrel aged beers.

There is a reason why I trade so much rarity andwhatnot between the Bruery and the Eclipse beers out to my Wisconsin/Marquette peeps, I get a ton of great beer quantity wise. Seriously, Tyranena could put this in a 22 or 750 bottle and people would pay $15 bucks for it anyday. At like $10 for a 4 pack, this is just a phenomenal beer.

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Photo of mynie
4.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Imperial Rye Porter aged in whiskey barrels."

If that phrase does not pique your interest then you have no right calling yourself a beer person.

Pours like I expect a strong porter to pour--dark and limp. Opaque, no ruby hues or none of that shit.

Smells like a goddamn forest fire but the forest was full of nazis and those nazis were baking cookies. Not only did they deserve to die but the whole thing just smells so wonderful that you don't care about anything else, you have killed for its intensity and you would kill again for its intensity. Smoke, strong bitter rye, hellacious raw porter malt, bourbon, and chocolate. Oh man oh man this is gonna burn my tongue off...

Or no it's not, actually. It tastes a whole hell of a lot tamer than it smells. This isn't bad, not by any means. But it is a little offputting, after the fire of the aroma.

The taste is sweet and smooth. Big chocolate nodes up front moving into a more traditional strong, raw porter grain in the middle. The bourbon and rye both come in only on the aftertaste, and they actually balance each other out quite well.

Fantastically bold beer, right. Not quite perfectly executed but it's damn close.

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Photo of drpimento
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shazzam! Mmmm.... Wow, killer beer. Poured with a fine creamy and reminiscent of angelfood candy. Full. rich, and very balanced aroma and flavor. Even maybe a little too subtle. Extremely drinkable. Fine quality. This could easily be served in a gourmet meal along side a sumptuous seared rib eye steak. The whiskey characteristics show up only in the highlights of the beer which is fine by me. Good beer to serve your significant other and prep em for some lust. heh heh. cheers.

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Photo of MSandahl23
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an espresso dark dark brown color (cannot see any light through this thick brown) with a small but sturdy beige head leaving some ample spotting of lace.

Aromas begin with dominant roasted grains; coffee, dark chocolate, light molasses and burnt brown sugar with a little charred/burnt grain smell.

The tastes begin with coffee and a dark chocolate element that grows increasingly bitter and spicy by mid-palate. The dark flavors aren't overly aggressive however as you get nice notes of molasses and vanilla. As it warms you get a little of the rye barrel flavors with some wood and spice but I am really reaching for them and wish they were more prevalent.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate but higher carbonation than I expected because the Tyranena beers I have had to date have been borderline flat. Finish is sticky and lingering thanks to the ample roasted malts and apparent barrel aging.

Overall this was a good beer, but if I didn't know before hand, wouldn't have been aware of the barrel aging. I mean I really liked the flavor profile and I have been against porters and overly roasted beers lately, and I enjoyed this, so that is definitely a plus. Maybe the rye barrels added the nice vanilla flavors I am getting... can't be sure. Not totally sure the age on this but it is really delicious just not what I was expecting. Is that bad or good, you be the judge. A pass for someone looking for substantial barrel/bourbon flavors but recommended for someone looking to branch into this style because of the quality of the base beer with the nice minimal barrel flavors.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of morimech
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with a large tan head that had excellant retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Wonderful complex aroma with hints of chocolate, whisky, coffee, and caramel. The rye whisky is much more subdued than what I was expecting. Just a slight hint of alcohol. But in the end it smells very thick and complex. The base of this beer deserves high scores on its own, but adding the barrel aged beer just puts this over the top. Base malts comes through with chocolate and coffee flavors, the barrel aged beer brings rye and vanilla flavor. Alcohol is well disguised. I wonder what this beer could do aged in Scotch Whisky casks? The body is another exceptional quality. A bit thicker than a typical porter with a soft, silky smooth mouthfeel. This is my favorite Tyranena beer. Exceptional.

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Photo of jaxon53
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't remember who sent me this beer, thank you to whoever it is. Served this at cellar temperature, in a snifter, from a stubby, twelve ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Dirty Old Man pours out a thick looking, deep black. Absolutely no light could pass through this black mass of a beer. A hard pour resulted in about a half inch of tan head, that was a bit fluffy. Head faded quickly into a thin brown ring. Some streaky, thin lace was left behind.

Smell: Awesome nose. Faintly resembles Bourbon County Stout. Strong whiskey aroma with hints of charred wood. Touches of chocolate and coffee. Has a nice roasted malt aroma behind the whiskey. A bit of booze rounds out the nose.

Taste: Quite boozy out front. Definitely taste the whiskey, followed by oak and char. Sweet roasted malt flavor seems to cut into the whiskey, taming it a bit. Hints of bitter dark chocolate and black coffee linger in the background. Finishes warm with another shot of whiskey. Quite smooth.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish, medium body. Lower carbonation fits this beer perfectly. Almost silky.

Drinkability: Drinks nicely. A bit boozy, but nice. Very smooth.

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Photo of ccrida
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!) poured into my Deschutes snifter, Dirty Old Man is a super dark garnet/brown, with a tan head that leaves decent lace.

Smell is sweeter crystal malt and bourbon, with clean alcohol vapors coming out as it warms.

Taste is also rather malty, a bit strong on the iced tea notes I get from crystal, but with strong rye whiskey notes and a really nice, light smokiness, and spicy rye finish. Frankly, they could have marketed this as wee heavy or old ale, these strong dark American style barrel aged beers are pretty much a style of their own. This one really grew on me by the finish though, very nice, in spite of my preference for more chocolate then caramel notes in a strong porter.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, really lush, creamy carbonation, medium body, slightly dry, tannic finish.

Drinkability is pretty good. Not my favorite of the Tyranena's Duane hooked me up, I'd like more vanilla from the barrels and chocolate from the malts, but for what it claims to be, an Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels, it's really a tasty beer that I'd be happy to have again.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.29/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

L - It pours very dark brown with less than an inch of tan head that disappears quickly.

S - The smell is interesting. I get some chocolate from the porter. There is a woody, earthy aroma from the barrel, and I get a rye bread aroma from the rye malt and possibly the rye whiskey. I like it!

T - This beer has a lot going on. It has some chocolate notes while being a bit dry from the rye. I also get some caramel and vanilla from the barrel aging. Each sip is delicious and adds more complexity.

M - Full and velvety smooth.

O - This is a very good beer. The rye adds a nice layer to the flavors going on in this beer. Another great installment from the Brewers Gone Wild series. I look forward to trying more.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very dark brown, almost black, color. The head is half an inch in height, tan in color, and recedes rather quickly into almost no lacing (which seems to be standard with whiskey aged beers). The aroma is of chocolate, whiskey, coffee, and roasted malt. The taste of roasted malt, and whiskey, with more whiskey and coffee in the finish. The mouthfeel is full bodied with an appropriately low level of carbonation. Overall, I love how the whiskey is balanced into the aroma, but do not like how it dominates the taste. Maybe some age would help with this. I guess I could drink this again when in the mood for something sharp.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a orange hue and 1 finger mocha head

smell: whiskey, roast, caramel, toffee, vanilla,

taste: whiskey, vanilla, roast, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a nice barreled porter with lots of flavor.

Cheers,
the CPJ

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Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz single, got a 4 pack at the lovely Steve's on University

appearance: flashy yellow label per the usual, poured into a snifter, dark mahogany body, nice tan head and solid retention

smell: dark chocolate, big roasty aromas, whisky, a touch smoky

taste: comparisons can be made to the "who's your daddy porter" - but this one definitely has some toasted rye buried beneath providing a touch bitter kick, dark chocolate, caramel, whisky, more caramel...quite tasty

mouthfeel: smooth medium body, bitter tones

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Meantile tulip. Bottled on 09NOV09, no info.

A - A tall pour is suspiciously quiet and offers up no more than a sliver of tan foam. No lace is disappointing as is the poor retention. The beer is completely black otherwise.

S - Dirty is right. The aroma reeks of crusty old dirt. A hint of smoke is reminiscent of both BBQ and bonfire which I like. Roasted malts and a very light hint of woody whiskey. Not boozy in the least though. A teeny chocolate chunk can be smelled floating around in there.

T - The rye has a slight bite in the flavor but the age in the barrels must have been fairly weak. No whiskey comes through but the wood adds a nice characteristic to the roasted chocolate malts. Nice porter flavor.

M - Full-bodied and smooth, the opposite of a dirty old man's skin. Very dry in the finish and just as bitter as a grumpy old fart. Lots of acrid bitterness in this one. No alcohol involvement surprisingly.

D - The sponge bath the label's stick-figure requests is out of the question, but I wouldn't mind putting another one of these beers down. Better fresh, more whiskey involvement, smooth and satisfying with age. What's the ABV? Is this really an 'Imperial'?

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Photo of Dope
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice pitch black with a small but dense medium brown head. Head fades slowly with decent retention. Spotty little bits of lacing.

S: Burnt rye bread initially. Pretty much dead on. Hint of rye whiskey when swirled, but very mild. It stands out a decent bit more once the beer has fully warmed. Decently charry.

T: Really nice flavor. Sweet chocolate with rye bread and a little rye whiskey all mixed together up front. Rye flavors fade, leaving the chocolate - a hot fudge type flavor. Yum. Quick hit of rye whiskey in the finish with a little bit of drying charred oak between sips.

M: Medium bodied, very very smooth and mellow. Feels bigger than it really is.

O: I was little underwhelmed at the aroma but the taste really opened my eyes. Nice flavors and great balance - especially the chocolate. Barrel character is mild but adds a subtle layer of complexity. Delicious beer, a great porter.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into dfh signature glass - thanks to SteelersX

Pours a deep mahogany brown, almost blacked out color. Very thin head dissolves almost immediately, with some cloudy film left behind.

Roasted dark malts in the nose, plenty of nuttiness too. Hints of chocolate bark and coffee beans with a softer scent of booze.

Nutty and roasty up front with a substantial amount of malt character. Warm malts with caramel, chocolate, and faint coffee beans. Hint of rye spice towards the middle, followed by some nutty and chocolate sweetness. Finishes with a bit of oaky booze and rye tones.

Fuller body, decent carbonation, chewy and sticky on the tongue. A solid porter, although I was expecting more flavor from the barrel.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 598 ratings