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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
4.13/5
Exceptional
598 Ratings
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:
#1,933
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
598
pDev:
8.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of russpowell
4.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from feloniousmonk, cheers Andy!

Pours mahogany with a finger of mocha head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Dark fruits, bourbon,

T: Dark fruit, peppery notes, vanilla & oakyness up front. Dryness, more whisky notes, hints of dark chocolate as this warms, plus some rye presence or is it pumpernickel?? Finishes with rich dark chocolate, spicyness & a bit of plummyness

MF: Chewy with moderate carbonation, rich richness to the body

Drinks great, pretty good hybrid take on the style

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Photo of duceswild
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Toasted pumpernickel brown with burnt orange accents peeking through at the edges. The caramel colored crown is surprisingly large and is immensely creamy. As the foam slowly deflates, a thick coating of lace can be seen forming from the rim of the glass downward. There are no two ways about it, this beer is a looker.

The nose is more than solid as well. Roasted malt dominates, as bittersweet chocolate shares the spotlight with black coffee. If the rye whiskey was more prominent and the aroma was a little deeper and richer, the next highest score would have been easily achieved.

Dirty Old Man isn't quite as ballsy as the label would suggest. Actually, given the name, that's a visual that no one needs. To be fair, the tagline...'A Series of Big, Bold, Ballsy Beers'... is used for all of the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup. This is unquestionably good beer, but I'm not blown away.

The base beer (60%) tastes like a well-crafted Imperial porter. Specifics include devil's food cake soaked in chocolate liquor, coffee with cream, vanilla beans and a tendril of smoke. The rye whiskey barrel-aged beer (40%) contributes a modest spiciness and a hint of caramelized sugar. Suggestion for Tyranena: reverse the proportions the next time around. If there is a next time.

The mouthfeel is big enough for the style without being over the top. Asking for more heft and more creaminess might be nitpicking, but I'll do it anyway. Time and warming smooth things out even more and may even add a bit of light chewiness. Carbonation that knows enough to stay in the background is a definite plus.

Dirty Old Man is a delicious, highly drinkable, not quite great, IRPAIRWB (Imperial rye porter aged in rye whiskey barrels). For my money, The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter is still the best Brewers Gone Wild! brew yet. You're doing a wonderful job Tyranena, but ease up on the adjectives and the exclamation points already!

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra from SteelersX; thanks Joe! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a very dark brown, almost black color, with one inch of dark tan head that leaves quickly and low carbonation evident. Looks thick.

s - Smells of roasted malts, whiskey, vanilla, oak, coffee, chocolate, and some light toasted malts. Very nice mix of coffee and whiskey; I like it a lot.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, bitter chocolate, dark fruits, whiskey, oak, cream, vanilla, coffee, toasted malts. Taste is a little bitter and has some nice dark fruits, and less whiskey then the nose. Different then the nose, but still very nice.

m - Medium body and low to moderate carbon. Creamy body, but not quite as thick as I was expecting.

o - Overall I thought this was a very good BA porter; another winner from Tyranena. The nose has a nice amount of whiskey and coffee, while the taste has more bitter chocolate and dark fruit. Pretty easy to drink; just a well made beer. Would like to have it again.

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Photo of Zaphog
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this one as an extra in a trade recently and have been waiting to give it a try. I have thoroughly enjoyed the rest of the lineup so far, and I was hoping this one would be no exception, as I am a huge fan of the style. The typical 12oz bottle was served slightly bellow cellar temp and then allowed to warm up in an over-sized wine glass. The pour was nice with a deep dark brown, essentially black liquid being presented in front of me. Really no light going through at all. A nice hard pour left behind about two inches of sticky side glass lace that really just clung to the glass and gave it a good thick look.

The aroma was sweet, lots of molasses and hints of vanilla being noticed right away on this one. Not as much in the nose as far as the Whiskey barrel aging as I thought there would be. Nice chocolate and coffee notes, as well as a decent amount of roasted malts. The flavor followed suit right away, with a rich mixture of molasses and vanilla, Hints of coffee coming through and some nice, dark fruit notes, plums perhaps? The finish was loaded with coffee tones, with a nice touch of bitterness and a great follow through that left that nice semi-sweet, plum lace molasses flavor lingering for the rest of the night. The feel was a touch thin to be honest, but nothing terribly distracting, just thought it would have been a bit bigger. It was still very smooth and creamy, just needed that little bit extra to throw it over the top. Nice smooth drinkable Baltic porter though, I am not sure what the BAV was, but it sure did not come off very high at all. I could have easily thrown down a second one with no trouble at all.

Overall not a bad beer, but needed just that little bit extra to make it really great. There is no doubt I would love to try this one again, and in fact would definitely purchase it if I saw it.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Thanks to Alicia for this one. I've yet to have a bad Tyranena beer so I had been looking forward to this one.

A: The beer pours a very dark brown color, nearing black in the right lighting, with a modest brown head.

S: Plenty of roast and coffee on the nose. A nice hit of chocolate and maybe even a bit of smokiness as well. The rye provides an interesting spicy quality, but I don't pick up the whiskey too much.

T: The barrel aged portion comes through more in the flavor. A hint of vanilla goes well with the heavy roast, chocolate, and coffee flavors. A nice balance of sweet and bitter.

M: The body is maybe a bit on the thin side for what you would expect from an imperial porter, but a low smooth carbonation redeems things on the mouthfeel.

D: Another Tyranena beverage that does not disappoint. Glad I have another one of these to enjoy at a later date.

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Photo of dfhhead25
3.68/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Thorpe429 for Matt's baby shower tasting. Thanks!

The beer is dark brown, approaching black, with a thin, tan head. The aroma offers roast, bourbon, sweet malt, booze, brown sugar, and oak. The beer is sweet, with a healthy whiskey presence throughout. The body is thinner than expected, with moderately low carbonation. Overall, a decent brew. If the body was a bit thicker and the flavor less sweet, I would enjoy it more.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Benji's brew needed a companion in my fridge, and this one looked about right to fit that bill. It pours an opaque burnt sienna topped by a slowly-forming finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises toffee, oak, vanilla, whiskey, and walnuts. The taste ramps up the whiskey and the oak, adds some burnt biscuits and sharp black pepper, and lessens the impact of just about anything else, though a light breeze of roasted malts makes it through the forest. The body is fairly hefty, with a light carbonation and a nearly chewy feel. Overall, a solid brew based on a solid idea, but a bit overdone, I feel.

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Photo of chippo33
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of stakem
3.61/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. I have had very few offerings from Tyranena and each of them thus far have been enjoyable and unique. Poured into a tulip, the brew appears black in color with 2 fingers of tan head. The cap is frothy and slowly recedes coating the entire surface of the glass with a thick coating of lace. What remains is a rich froth that is almost nitrogen-like in appearance with its tiny bubble formation that is very creamy looking.

The aroma opens up with a light tang, perhaps from the rye whiskey inclusion. It is pleasantly roasted with a rich, dark grainy character that is deeply earthy like heavily kilned coffee with a slight touch of citrus aspect. The roast transcends from coffee quality to bitter chocolate and then on to dark fruits like raisins, molasses and a touch of tobacco. The alcohol falls in and out of being noticed with a mild accent to the dark fruity quality of this aroma. Overall, this is a very pleasant smelling brew.

The taste of this brew opens up with a pleasant bitterness that is quite reminiscent of unsweetened cacao. A bit of earthy quality mixes with a roast like fresh coffee. Some dark fruity quality and alcohol is present with a raisin-like touch of character. A touch of tobacco fills out the middle. The backend has a mild touch of barrel presence with tannins and oak quality that flirts with a mild vanilla flavor but doesn't quite get there. As the brew gets warmer, a bit of tangy alcohol touch starts to get increasingly more and more noticeable. It isn't distracting by any means but its also not my favorite aspect of this sort of brew.

This is a rich, medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a slick, smooth feel that almost goes with the predescribed look of almost being like it is a nitro deliver but not quite that smooth and silky. I get a little funny about porters and stouts that have dark fruit flavors but this one had enough of roasty bitterness and other character that it really formed a solid, enjoyable package. Thanks again for this one Heath!

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Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of AlexFields
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of a77cj7
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

A massive thank you goes out to GrandQ on this one. I've wanted to try anything from this brewery for quite some time and he surprises me with one of my favorite styles. That's some beer love my friends, and I can't really say how grateful I am to be able to try this one.

As I poured this one, I thought for a second that it had no carbonation. Then the head started to grow and build up and got huge. Had to save a wee bit of it from gushing out of the glass. Thick malty nose. Flavor is thick as well. A very, very slightly roast going on. Some molasses is there as well. I almost want to say there is some honey. But more of a darker honey. Call it a mix of molasses and honey perhaps. This is pretty on par with the other Baltic porters I have tried in the past. Liquid feel is thick and smooth. Carbonation feels low, but it's nice. Overall this is a nice one to drink.

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Photo of Duff27
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours black as night. Kind of a mocha colored small head. Minimal lacing. I really like the way this one pours and looks.

S- This is where the rye aspect really makes its presence known.

T- Some chocolate malts present. I get a small sample of the whiskey notes but nothing overpowering at all.

M- Silky smooth. Medium to light mouthfeel. Very nice.

D/O- Somewhat too much to handle beyond this one bottle. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this Tyranena offering. Glad I had the opportunity to try it as it may never be brewed again.

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

Dirty Old Man
"Gimme A Sponge BAth!"
Nearly turning the corner on 40, I wonder if this is where I'm headed...et tu, Rob?

Dark brown in color, beautiful,. toasty tan head keeps command above...lovely looking...

I get the rye, roasty and dry...nicely toasted. Dusted cocoa powder...

Taste: a chocolate bomb, with a muted explosion, dry rye reigns it in. Simply put: someone put peanut butter in my chocolate!
Cool, classical, and utterly satisfactory...not too sweet, not too rich, but with very prominent booziness.
Rye porters seem to be the way to go...put some in a whiskey barrel and you've got me on a leash!
Cool...lightly sweet, big time dry, full on flavor, expanse satisfaction.
Hotcha!

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Photo of aasher
4.43/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This just arrived so it was a must buy at the end of the work day. It pours a medium bodied midnight black with a light, dark khaki head that dissipates within a minute or two and laces the glass. For a porter I'm surprised even at how dark it is. It smells of dark roasted malts, caramel malt, rye (but not whiskey), and light alcohol. It has a musty aroma to it too, kind of like a garage after a rain. It's not bad, just worth mentioning. The flavors are a nice milk of milk chocolate, bitter chocolate, dark malts, and light whiskey. The whiskey is subtle. Altogether everything is really well blended. This beer is exceptionally smooth. It's medium bodied and velvety smooth. It's perfect really for the style. I'm convinced that Tyranena can do no wrong in their Brewers Gone Wild series. This further confirmed my thoughts.

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

Thanks goes out to Monsone for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tan head, which does leave some sticky lacing around. The nose is malty, very slight whiskey, toffee/coffee, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet (very nice), vanilla, malts, whiskey (nice touch), and caramel. Medium body, the alcohol is hidden very well. Very drinkable, this is a tasty one, thanks Eric.

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

Photo of MasterSki
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from brian23456 as an extra. Assuming it is from the new batch. Served in my Stone pint glass.

A - Pours with a giant cascading light mocha foam that has incredible retention and glass-coating lacing. Body is a very dark brown that reveals some ruby highlights and mild transparency when held to the light. Pretty much perfect for the style.

S - Spicy rye bread, light whiskey, a touch of vanilla, coffee, chocolate, and caraway seed. My main knocks are that it isn't super-intense, even when it warms up, and that it's a bit unbalanced in the spicy direction.

T - Again it's heavy on the slightly spicy and sour rye taste, with a bit of whiskey, milk chocolate, and a surprising amount of floral hoppiness. Finishes with a blend of vanilla and a slight sourness from both the malt and the whiskey that lingers into the aftertaste. Not as well-integrated as the nose, but definitely more potent.

M - This is one of the lowest carbonated porters I've had. It's also a bit thin and watery for the style, even not knowing the actual ABV. Beyond that it's quite smooth and pleasant - refreshing even.

D - These Tyranena beers are a steal at $2 each. This isn't quite as good as Devil Over A Barrel, but it's a unique and excellent beer in its own right. The lighter texture and low carbonation make this insidiously drinkable, and aside from the light barrel-aging I'm not picking up much in the way of alcohol. I've heard this is 8%, but you wouldn't be able to tell.

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

A: poured dark brown in color with brownish yellow highlights and a thin khaki colored bubbly head that left a thin collar of lacing sticking to the glass after every sip.

S: chocolate sweetness was definitely noticeable upfront in the aroma with no much rye character but did manage to sniff out a little molasses, maple syrup, dark fruit, whiskey barrel wood and good roastiness.

T; the whiskey barrel character was more pronounced on the palate alongside dark fruit accents, molasses, brown sugar maple syrup sweetness, good amount of booze heat, a touch of vanilla but not too much rye spice flavor.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, roasty, very slight rye, wood barrel, semi boozy, mild dark fruity and creamy finish.

O: definitely one of the more interesting beers of the night but not disappointed at all. Glad to have another offering from tyranena.

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