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:
#2,117
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
598
pDev:
8.96%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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83
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43
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Ratings: 598 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Apperance -- Pours a deep brown with a thin layer of brown head.

Smell -- Whiskey, dark chocolate, molasses, vanilla. Not especially aromatic, but it's pleasant.

Tate -- Dark chocolate, burnt bread crust, whiskey, dark brown sugar, licorice, malted milk, vanilla. Nice balance of burnt bitterness and roast malt sweetness. The rye barrel is very downplayed, much to this beer's advantage.

Mouthfeel -- Full in body with mild carbonation. Chewy, smooth, creamy. Very mild oak astringency/dryness.

Drinkability -- The partial barrel aging worked exceptionally well in this beer; lends a lot of depth, but doesn't put a dent in the drinkability. The abv isn't listed on this beer. I can't make a good guess, either. This is concerning...

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Photo of Winter
4.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with mahogany highlights. Thick creamy tan head with nice lacing down the glass. Boozy aroma of rye whiskey, alcohol, oak and roasted malt. The mouthfeel is barely medium... a little thinner than I'd expect for a porter.

Dirty Old Man is nice robust porter. Flavors of dark chocolaty malt reveal themselves first. Rye grain arrives midway, with oak and vanilla layered behind it. The finish has a fruitiness to it that ends with alcoholic vapors.

Another decent offering in the Brewers Gone Wild! series. I'm glad to see a return to the barrel-aged brews.

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Photo of robear
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Into a chalice, pours quite nearly pitch black, a little head that hives way shortly but brought back with a swirl, and a lot of spotty lacing. Bourbon and rye are the most obvious aromas, other roasty toasty malty tones, a good aroma, but kind of one dimensional toward the bourbon. Kind of the same story with taste, lots of bourbon and rye, some chocolate too, its a bit warm from the alcohol, full bodied and quite tasty. I've had this one several times, on tap and in bottle, and I've enjoyed it every time.

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Photo of drseamus
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I know that barrel aged beers don't generally have good head retention, but I still wish there was more. Nice dark brown body with barely any light getting through.

S: It's not quite strong enough for me, but still nice. A touch of whiskey is in there with a nice maltiness.

T: The rye whiskey is much more prominant in the flavor than the aroma. It might be a bit over the top, but it's still tasty. Initially, there is a good malty presence from the porter and then the whiskey hits, lasts a second, and then everything fades into a nice light roastiness.

M: Medium bodied initially but seems to thin out at the back of the palate. That seems typical of BA beers.

D: Not too shabby. I was worried about the rye adding too much spiciness but I didn't find that at all. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A: A dark brown color with no head on a nice even pour. Carbonation was just a thin ring around the edge at the top. Minimal if any glass lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts with chocolate, burnt coffee and a sweet candy smell.

T: The roasted flavors come through first with tastes of burnt coffee, dark chocolate, some woody oak flavors and some toasted malts. The middle yields the sweetness from the whiskey barrels which yielded a very strong vanilla sweet flavor coupled with some sweeter chocolate flavor. I actually found it a bit sweet for my taste. Finish was smooth and creamy with the roasted flavors lingering. I was left with some sort of metallic aftertaste I was not really digging.

M: Creamy and smooth, but a bit thin actually. Slight alcohol burn.

D: Really? I didn't think this was a beer I could ever drink more than one of. The sweetness really wore on me.

Overall I was so eager to try this beer, but left disappointed. I just didn't care for how the whiskey barrels changed the flavor with so much sweetness. I love barrel aged beers, but this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of sleazo
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_ Pours a jet black liquid with a thick creamy mocha hued head. The crown takes a while to die down but leaves a good cap on the beer.

S_The aroma comes through as boozy and bourbon like. As it warms, some caramel comes out.

T_The taste is milder than I expected. A creamy rich coffee and roasted malt flavour permeates the mouth. Notes of vanilla, caramel and charred wood come through as well. The aftertaste is vaguely spicy.

M_Thick mouthfeel for a porter, ranging into the stout territory but pleasant nonetheless and suited to this specific beer.

D_This is a complex and well made brew. Very tasty and just the thing on a cold winter's night. The rye barrel aging comes through very clear here but is not the dominant note

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

Presentation: Poured from a stubby 12 oz brown bottle into a Duvel chalice. Label is the classic yellow Tyranena.

Appearance: Pours with 1 1/2 fingers of medium tan head. this settles slowly to a still substantial coating of foam leaving behind nice lacing. The beer itself is a very dark brown and completely opaque.

Smell: Oak and vanilla with mild undertones of bourbon.

Taste: All the flavors of bourbon without the often associated alcohol harshness; vanilla, oak, and underlying roasty malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is good with a nice slickness remaining after swallowing.

Drinkability: This one has a little age on it, so I think that helped to quell some of the alcoholic heat so often found in bourbon beers. Nice drink, but because of distribution, not one I will be able to track down again.

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Photo of IMFletcher
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of zenwatts
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Dovers
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rempo
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of soze47
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
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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Photo of osuskin
2.75/5  rDev -33.4%

Photo of pwoody11
5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head.

S: The roast and chocolate notes are present. The smell from the barrels is noticeable in vanilla and oak notes.

T: Roasted malts pop out first. There is a nice hop background and the sourness of the rye plays along through the whole experience.

D: Mouthfeel is a tad thin, but the alcohol is covered and the beer drinks easy. There is no ABV information, but I would guess around 7.5 - 8.0 ABV.

Overall: A solid beer from a solid series. I like the rye in this one - it really added to the essence of the brew. If Tyranena could only figure out the mouthfeel, these brews would be epic.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to iasanlee for this one.

I was really stoked to get this in a recent trade. Its one of the few Brewers Gone Wild series beers I haven't been able to try and probably the one I wanted to try the most. Poured a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish Head snifter. This beer pours a oily black velvet with a 2-inch beige cap that leaves soap like lacing down the sides of my snifter. When held to the light mahogany hues show through the edges. Whoa. I stuck my nose in the glass for the first sniff and dang, that's a whole lot of rye whiskey. Whiskey and rye pepper followed closely by rich chocolate cake, cocoa powder, and some black strap molasses. The taste is exactly the same minus the Rye. I know its a blended beer, something like 60% normal 40% barrel aged but its like the 40% came out in the nose and the 60% is the flavor profile. The flavor reminds me of one of those 3 layer super dense chocolate cake that's been wrapped in sweet chocolate icing. It's a desert in a bottle. Really tasty stuff. The mouthfeel is full and creamy but leaves just a slight cocoa powder dryness at the tail of the mouthfeel. I'm a sucker for dry beers. This is a fantastic beer. Wish I had a 4 pack.

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Photo of tastymug
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of jriggins6
4.75/5  rDev +15%

Photo of MichPaul
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ncvbc
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep and dark, nearly black. Medium tan head without much retention, falling somewhat quickly to a ring. Smell is somewhat subtle but pretty deep. Wood, vanilla, chocolate, light coffee. Nice taste. Big oak flavors. Vanilla and big, rich chocolate that lingers in the aftertaste. Nice spice as well. Underlying flavors of sour fruit. Excellent balance, creamy and lovely. Rich mouthfeel, full and lasting on the tongue. Overall drinkability is good. An interesting brew that I'm glad to have tried.

Thanks to sholland119 for the chance to try this one.

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Photo of WI-Beer-Man
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lunch
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired in a trade as generous extra from stig (Thanks man!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/23/10).

A: Pours a rather dark shade of brown capped with a tan of about two fingers. Nice retention leaving about some spotty lace.

S: WOW! The rye whiskey is definitely there leaving a power yet pleasant aroma surrounding some coffee, roasted malt and some chocolate.

T: Flavor profile is exactly what the was expected from the nose leaving layers of coffee, roasted malt, chocolate, caramel, and some vanilla engulfed in a blanket of rye whiskey.

M: Fuller-bodied with low and creamy carbonation and a hint of boozienss on the way down.

D: Quite drinkable, but the rye whiskey is quite stong.

Overall this is quite an interesting American Porter which took on the qualities of the barrel aging quite well. Thanks again Kyle for throwing this one in the box!

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Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours out a deep, velvety black and topped with an inch and a half thick, creamy almost nitroginated looking toffee brown head.

S: Dry, dark fruits: woody, slightly sour cherries, splashes of dark chocolate, bourbon, and a dusting of coffee grounds.

T/MF: Rich and toasty, bitter coffee grounds and baker's chocolate, slightly woody like in the nose and touches of bourbon that work in concert with the dry chocolate and coffee flavors. Fruitiness is subdued and comes across as a sort of buttery smoothness that coats the tongue into the finish. Mouthfeel is slick, a bit on the dry side (as I think should already be clear) which provides an interesting balance and makes for an enticing sipper.

D: Not bad, not bad at all. I think I just needed to get away from this beer a little bit to fully appreciate everything it has to offer. Not overpowering in the bourbon department which allows for some exploration into so of the other, deeper, flavors inherent in this beer.

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Photo of ithinkimasofa
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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