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
Ratings:
592
Reviews:
352
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
82
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For Trade:
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Photo of bdn72
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of THORN
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 Fl. Oz. bottle poured into pint glass. Served 45-50 F.
A: Very dark black with red around the edges. Retains quarter inch of light brown frothy head. Leaves frothy lace around pint.
S: Very sweet with chocolate and rye.
T: Toasted nutty malts. Rye sweeps in and is followed by bitter chocolate. Whiskey barrel aging is noticeable, but not overwhelming.
M: Medium to medium light on tongue. Beer leaves a dry feeling on tongue.
D: Well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of wallrock
5/5  rDev +21.7%

Photo of TheBlackMallard
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small tan head, a lot of lacing left.

Smell: Rye, cocoa, black patent, noble hops, and a bit of coffee and whiskey.

Taste: Chocolate and rye mostly, hints of vanilla and dark fruit. The whiskey is pretty subdued,when it even shows up. Maybe they should have went with a 50/50 blend. Thick, creamy, full bodied.

I really like this but think High Class Broad was a little better(from my limited Tyranena experience.) I'd like a little more whiskey and if it wasn't mentioned I'd have no idea this had any barrel aging involved.

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Photo of brow1901
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Jet black pour with a very impressive thick two finger head. This beer leaves some excellent lacing but the retention isn't up to par.

S- Typical of a porter lots of chocolate, pleanty of coffee. Along with some toasted malts, bordering on burnt. The rye whiskey isn't coming through to me.

T- Not nearly as bitter as a typical porter, much sweeter. Again pleanty of chocolate. I'm pretty disappointed with the barrel aging process this beer went through, it either need more time in the barrels or it was blended to weakly. When the label says whiskey barrel aged I expect to get a hint of it, even a flash of alcohol hotness. But not with this beer, this doesn't make it a bad tasting beer but it didn't meet my expectations.

M- Good and smooth with some appropriate carbonation.

D- Porters are always very drinkable beers, this is not and exception. Tyranena has made a lot of good porters and this is one of them, I was just a little let down by the labels.

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Photo of BgThang
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark color.
Had a 1 finger head that is lasting as I write this review.

The mouthfeel is that of silky smooth delightfulness.

It has roasty, chocolate, rye whisky, raisin.

This is a very nice surprise. I would buy this all the time if it was available.

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Photo of MrTana
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of TheDTrain
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A ballsy craft from Tyranena! Medium bodied porter with a whole lot of character. Roast malts are the backbone of the aroma with great uplifting whiskey tones. Creamy feel with some heat. The whiskey/coco blend really bring it over the top. Although not as rye as I would have liked, still one of the best Tyranena's out there right now!

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Photo of soughtbygod
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I recieved this beer as an extra in a trade and i a glad i did it was great.

This beer poured a dark black with a whole hand tan head overflowed my glass haha.

tasted like coffee, and liquorice

smells were of toffee, roasted caramel

overall decent beer.

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Photo of stouty1
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow! I found this in the back of my fridge tonight. Hidden gem I forgot I had and can't remember where I got.
A: Dark rose red poured into Sam's Adams glass. Very little head lacing around the rim.
S: Roasted malt
T: Chocolatey yumminess.
M: Thick and swishable
D: As it goes down it gets smoother.

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Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours deep, dark brown with garnet hue around the edges, with a creamy, off white head.

S - Mildly smokey, hint of chocolate and spent charcoal.

T - Roasty, hint of smoke, slightly tannic. Very tasty. Nice alcohol warming going on here.

M - Creamy, coats the tongue nicely.

O - Decent beer. I was hoping for more whiskey flavors here, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of grandq
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Flows from the bottle completely black with a thick khaki head. Smells of roasty toasty oak, chocolate and coffee. Not getting any rye here really, though there's some faint sweet-sourness cropping up as it warms. The sourness and spice does crop up in the flavor profile though, reflecting the sweet, almost lactic finish to this smooth, creamy baltic porter. Prune, boozy cherries, peppery esters, faint smokiness and cocoa round out the character. All in all, not much of a departure from style standards, I think I expected a bit more deviation, a bit more evidence of the aging. Not wowed, but quite good nonetheless. Being my first from Tyranena, I wouldn't mind exploring more from the brewery. Cheers to autumnaldave for the introduction.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Dark brown, completely opaque. Nice light brown foam that dissolves to a ring and some film. Minimal lacing.

Smell is rich chocolate, roasted malt and bourbon.

Taste is up from roasted malt. Nice caramel, vanilla and bourbon. Very light alcohol towards the end. Kind of a chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Light carbonation. Nice.

Overall outstanding beer. Wonderful flavors throughout.

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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 NYCWheatFanSC
3.38/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a thick, impenetrable dark brown that only fades to a light ruby brown at the edges when held to light. Large dark, reddish tan head that stays forever with evenly sized bubbles. Beautiful.

S - Whiskey, dark chocolate, roasted malts, burnt coffee. A little boozy even for one who loves that profile.

T - Smoky/ashy with loads of whiskey profile. Heavy on the coffee flavor and soy sauce. Too much of a mess right now, maybe it'll calm down with some more time on it - too bad I don't have another bottle.

M - Very thick and oily, too much so for even an "imperial porter."

D - This is without doubt an imperial stout trying to hide in the clothes of an imperial porter. A little too ashy and hot for even me, and I love hot beers. Glad I got to try this, but not one I would seek out again.

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Photo of BFro
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of schultzi22
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted out of a snifter on 7/22/11.

A: Dark black with a head that quickly dissipates.
N: Strong chocolate hits the nose first, quickly followed by coffee notes. I don't get much whiskey on the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose, but the roasted coffee bitterness stands out more against the chocolate. As a part-time rye whiskey drinker, I was hoping to find more spice in this beer, but it is only barely noticeable in the finish.
M: The mouthfeel is in line with what I was expecting from an imperial porter. Nice carbonation that borders on an excess, but doesn't hurt the beer.
O: This is an outstanding imperial porter, but I am disappointed in the lack of whiskey. I will definitely get another pack of these to share and taste again.

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Photo of dgugliuzza
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter

Pours a deep muddy brown with a thin film of tan head. Low to medium carbonation.

Smells of dark roasted malts and brown sugar followed by a faint whiskey aroma. Coffee and chocolate are also layered in. Nice array of malty sweet aromas.

Explosion of roasted malts, coffee and rye with a subtle bourbon whiskey finish. The whiskey is perfectly placed and does not over power. Has a nice brown sugar/chocolate sweetness with a slight bitter oak finish. Well balanced and delicious.

Medium mouthfeel and abundant creaminess. Has more carbonation than I was expecting. Leaves a pleasant tingly sensation. Quite smooth and easy to drink for a big beer. The mouthfeel is every bit as satisfying as the flavor.

This is one of those under the radar fantastic beers. Has an abundance of dark, delicious aromas with an excellent complimentary rye whiskey twang. Highly recommended and definitely worth seeking out.

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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 spankdog42
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jkirk790
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of MaxSpang
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

APPEARANCE

The beer pours a viscus deep black. The bubbles took awhile before they creaped up to form the 2 finger head, which was a mocha brown. This beer looks like it's a lot bigger then expected.

SMELL

Tons of roasted malt and chocolate in this one. It's a bitter dark chocolate aroma, and it's followed by some slight espresso. The whiskey comes in quite a bit, but I was expecting more. It smells pretty balanced, with no aroma overpowering any other.

TASTE

Not quite as intense as expected, but very nice. There's a lot of roasted malt and bitter dark chocolate, which is followed by some slight coffee. The rye is subtle but welcomed, and the whiskey is a little underwhelming. The whiskey flavor is a lot more intense in the aroma, but there is enough flavor to satisfy a whiskey-lover's toungue.

MOUTHFEEL

The mouthfeel is fairly thick without making the beer sweet and syrupy. The only way I k ow how to describe it is that it reminds my of the leftover water in a bowl of oatmeal - thick but not sweet. There's a little carbonation which helps clear the mouth a bit.

OVERALL

This is a barrel-aged beer that is pretty easy drinking. Being used to big whiskey-barrel stouts, this brew feels almost watery. However, it's not a bad thing. It makes for a beer that could be enjoyed relatively quickly, but also could be sipped and savored. It's sort of sweet yet earthy, and big yet small. It's a solid beer all around.

Cheers.

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Photo of k3n
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.

A: Mahogany brown with reddish highlights. Minimal head/lacing.

S: Roasty malt. Boozy. Caramel. Vanilla. mmm....

T/M: Follows the smell. Long finish with the vanilla, but not over-powering. Nicely subtle. Easily drinkable...would be good with creme brulee!

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Photo of Samwhyz
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of EliteDigger
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-A very forceful pour yields a low 1/4" light cream-cocoa colored head that disappears quickly to a low skim of lacing. Pretty dark brown, almost black color, with dark ruby highlights when held up to the light.
S-Not a whole lot of aroma here... a bit of smoke, sweet malts and a hint of bourbon so mild I almost believe it's my imagination....
T-Bits of earthy smoke, molasses, faint black licorice, tiny bit of tanginess maybe from the rye with a wee bit of hops riding in back, some chocolate hints throughout. Whiskey/Bourbon? Hmmm... it's there, but you have to search a bit. I'm really thinking they cut the rye whiskey barrel aged portion of this too much with the non-barrel aged bit and diluted the most integral part of barrel aged beers.
M-Decent creaminess and thickness. The low carbonation makes this one smooooth.
D-Not sure of the ABV on this one (it doesn't taste overly high). I like the taste and feel like you could drink a couple in a sitting, but they might sneak up on you a bit.
I much prefer their Devil Made Me Do It coffee porter and look forward to it's re-release, but this one is certainly worth seeking out and trying.

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Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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