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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,911
Reviews:
354
Ratings:
596
pDev:
8.96%
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Ratings: 596 |  Reviews: 354
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev -3.1%

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

Picked up a single at Princeton Liquors. Poured into a short tumbler, the beer is black with a big light brown head.

It made a great dessert beer. With delicious, smooth, and subtle flavors. The aroma is a mix of rich chocolate with mellow rye whiskey. The flavor is similar, but with a touch of barrel oak, licorice, toffee, and a coffee finish. Yum, this is a great late-night sipper. Check this beer out is you get a chance. It does a great job of balancing the barrel and porter character.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to robbiemoy13 for this bottle. Poured in to Founders tulip

A - Dark brown with half a finger of light brown head.

S - Roasted malts, bourbon, oak, sweet chocolate and some coffee. A nice balance of the bourbon barrel and the base beer.

T - Big roast up front with loads of sweet chocolate. Bourbon and light vanilla flavours come through next. The finish is dark roasted coffee. Fairly sweet overall. Some char and spiciness show up at time. The bourbon is very much secondary in the palate as the base beer flavours take centre stage.

M - Medium to full body. Somewhat thick. Light carbonation.

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Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This "Imperial Rye Porter aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels" is certainly a big porter, but I wouldn't call it a Baltic. Probably more of an American Porter.

A: Black with a tan head; no retention; only a hint of lace.

S: Dark chocolate, dark bread, brown sugar, wood, alcohol & a light spicing.

T: Plenty of dark chocolate & wood; spicy; molasses; slightly bready; warming alcohol; good bitterness.

M: Really well-attenuated, moderate body is slightly chalky with a dry finish.

D: Big and bold.

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to TasteTester for sending this one to me as an extra.

The beer pours a dark brown to black color with a cream-colored head. The aroma is rye, bitter coffee, bitter chocolate and roasted malt. The flavor is rye, whiskey, alcohol, roasted malt and coffee. Thick mouthfeel and low carbonation with some nice alcohol warming.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.85/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of enelson
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of Stevedore
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle of the 2016 release. Served in a teku glass. Pours a dark cola brown body, fairly opaque, one finger offwhite head, good carbonation, not much in way of lacing. Smells of spicy rye, a bit of bread, milk chocolate, touch of cocoa, light smoke. Bit of oak also. Flavour follows essentially like a spicy chocolate milk, touch of oak and rye whiskey. Mouthfeel is medium lighter bodied, standard for Tyranena blended barrel aged beers, good chocolate and rye finish. I really enjoyed how drinkable and approachable this beer was, yet with a ton of barrel presence.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
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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4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A so called 'imperial rye porter' with an unknown alcohol strength. Forty percent of the blend was aged in whiskey barrels. A huge thanks to Grub for sharing!

A sexy charcoal black colour with sleek inky overtoning. Its bubbles adorn a gray tinge although its edges are rustic brown. Swirling will bring about a seriously creamy bit of chocolate milk coloured mousse. A dirty old man has never looked so good, through my eyes anyhow.

I smelt just a bit of cheap instant coffee that didn't make for a promising first impression, although soon notes of milky chocolate and bitter cocoa beans would take over the show. The actual whiskey barrels weren't downright obvious, but definite notes of wood became rather prominent, especially after some warming.

Warming would also bring out more of the whiskey character in both the flavour and mouthfeel, each of which had a fair bit to begin with. The oak was especially pronounced alongside lesser notes of bittersweet cocoa, powdered chocolate, brown sugar and molasses. Eventually it would begin to taste more like vanilla beans and pumpernickel bread.

With much warming some sips began to taste entirely of whiskey. The "heat" typical of a stiff whiskey drink would also accompany it. This difference between whiskey barrel aging and bourbon barrel aging was pronounced, this certainly had elements distinct from bourbon.

This was an enjoyable and very well crafted beer, which can also be said of the other 'Brewers Gone Wild' offerings I've tried. It would be both unfair and stupid for me to make any harsh criticisms of the beer, frankly there aren't really any to make. That said, however, I didn't feel I was enjoying it as much as I should have been...

Barrel aging often has wonderful results for beer. The fact that whiskey is a fellow alcohol beverage fermented from the same ingredients (maize and/or rye and/or malted barley) makes perfect sense that this experiment should work wonderfully. Although I'm not sure it did. I'd be more than happy to give this one another try, and I hope to see more whiskey barrel offerings to come, but for now I'll be sticking to bourbon as my flavoured cask of choice.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.46/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid pour produces a three finger thick, chocolate stained, cream-tan colored head in my Tripel Karmeliet tulip glass. The beer is a dark, concentrated chocolate color, that shows just a flash of light through it if held up directly to the light. The aroma is interesting, mainly b/c it is a bit different than I was expecting; there is quite a bit of spiciness from the rye character, a touch of peat smoke, notes of concentrated molasses, burnt caramel notes, some aromas similar to prunes left for too long under the broiler and a finish that has been liberally dusted with coffee grounds, toasted whole grain bread and cocoa powder. There is a touch of earthy, slightly moldy, mustiness in the nose, but it seems to only fleetingly be noticeable. The aroma has hardly any overt whiskey barrel notes to it all though. I made the mistake of swirling my beer, the aroma that emanates from the beer is absolutely foul and smells like a mix of rank toe cheese, heavily moldy, stagnant, swamp-water and cheese that has just gone horribly wrong. Luckily this note seems to dissipate and as long as you don't overly disturb the beer is not all that noticeable in the aroma.

Extremely thick and viscous for a beer of this strength and a definite influence of the rye. The beer has a burnt sweetness to it as well as a finish that provides ample roast grain character in the form of dark cocoa powder, lightly burnt grain husks, dark roast coffee and lightly astringent roast grain. This has quite a bit of tartness to it as well that seems to be product of the carbonation, in fact a swirl of the beer seems to confirm this (even though it releases a noxious cloud of swamp gas) as it becomes much less tart once more of the carbonation is released. Cocoa and coffee notes seem to play a big role in defining the flavor profile, though the texture is heavily influenced by the viscous rye.

It is interesting how much the tartness contributed by the carbonation is played up in this beer. Something about the ingredient mix seems to accentuate the light acidity that is normally contributed by carbonic acid. I am really surprised how un-dominant the Rye-Whisky character is here, though I think the beer is probably better for it being subtle, at least in my book. The aroma has quite a Jekyll and Hyde character to it as well; as long as you don't disturb it, the nose can be decent if not a bit interesting, but if roused it gets aggressively foul really quickly. As a whole I would say the aroma is average; it is decent to enjoyable or on the flip side fairly repugnant. If I hadn't ever roused the beer I would have been reasonably happy with this beer, but then I would have been stuck with the slightly out of place, accentuated carbonic acid bite. Basically beware the aroma on this beast, but it still is a pretty enjoyable experience over all and I would definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is black, not much head, but rich and tasty. I get alcohol, malt sugars, roast malt and rye in the aromas. It has rich malt tastes with deep toffee and you can taste the rye and a little coffee from the roast malts balanced by the whiskey and vanilla from the barrels.

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Photo of rudzud
2.51/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Shared with JLindros. February 2012 vintage

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a rather clear dark brown hue with no real head to speak of or lacing.

S - Aromas of light oxidation, cardboard, old malts, stale whiskey, no real rye to speak of. Very light old chocolate. Ehhh...

T - Taste is more of the same like the nose, stale malts, old chocolate, old whiskey. Really didn't hold up to age at all. Of course it was a screw top so I suppose it was too be expected. Little oxidation too.

M - Mouthfeel is on the thin side, watery.

O - Overall this beer was an enormous let down. Oh well...

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.34/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown pour with just under an inch of dense tiny bubbled beige head. Excellent restraint and deft touches with the appropriate (i.e. not a boilermaker) amount of bourbon and chocolate. Integrated in equal parts.

Taste is real smooth, mild whiskey and chocolate notes, oats, smooth transition, never hot, bitter, yet remaining thick and substantial. Rye seems to offer up just the tiniest amount of sweetness to it.

Wisconsin seems to have the barrel aged under 10% stout game on lock down.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.91/5  rDev -5.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: black in color, opaque, 1 inch head, moderate carbonation

Smell: dark chocolate and whiskey

Taste: complex-dark chocolate and whiskey dominate, touches of cocoa, and light rye at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet, oaky, moderate carbonation, heavy bodied

Overall: A very slow drinker that was executed excellently. Love the complexity here. The oak and chocolate merge better here than what some other brewers have done. I would have this again, but one per night seems about right.

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Photo of beergorrilla
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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 DucksFan16
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev -3.1%

Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 596 ratings
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