Wednesday, March 5, 2008

A Trove of New Beer – Day 1 – Tyranena Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

The name says it all. Literally. Thanks to Federal labeling laws, there is more information packed on this bottle than anyone probably needs. Of course, if you can figure out the maze, you can probably make a lot of money explaining it to brewers (because, you know, they're just rolling in the cash).

Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild Series: Dirty Old Man Imperial Rye Porter Aged in Rye Whiskey Barrels

Appearance: pours a thin tan foam that builds up to a dense, mousse-like impressive head; the color is dark brown, almost black, very little carbonation
Aroma: malty, with wafts of roasted coffee; a smoky sweetness brightens the aroma like a fresh breeze, an earthy-rye nose rounds off the finish nicely
Flavor: a jumble of flavors all hit at once fighting for the palate; it's a fight that the taster can't wait to see which wins; the soft rye holds up the woody whiskey sweetness and roasted flavors; a light bitterness creeps through reminding of licorice
Body: soft and thick, like drinking a big malty milkshake
Drinkability: big and thick; would love to drink more than one, but not sure it would be possible
Summary: like drinking coffee in the morning out of the same shot glass from the night before

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