YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hell of a long name for a beer but a good beer it is. Dark brown with a foamy beige head. Aroma was dark choclate, caramel, vanilla, wood, whiskey, and roasted coffee. The flavor evidenced the rye whiskey but not so overwhelming that the other elements of chocolate and coffee and caramel weren’t tasted. Good beer. We Dirty Old Men have to stick together.
Stine (1441) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chocolate brown with a lovely, creamy head of tan. Aroma of rye whisky is soft and inviting; hints of French toast, maple, chocolate frosting, and dark nuts. Barreling here is well integrated and never stands out as a dominant characteristic. Flavor is similarly reserved and balanced; body of cinnamon, hazelnut, quiet dark fruit suggestions of blackberry and cherry, and oaky vanilla, toasted caramel and rich tobacco. Hard to describe in terms of distinct impressions, because it is for the most part so much more balanced than a typical barrel aged offering that comes off as a fight between the flavors of the malts and the flavors of the wood and liquor. Warming, with good malt character. Palate is rich and polished; medium to full in body. A swell of cocoa precedes a finish that shows black licorice and anise, and some cola. A nice surprise.
twindadplus2 (569) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2008
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Deep black in color with a small, light brown head. Very sweet aroma of molasses, vanilla and bourbon. Flavor of dark roasted malt, chocolate, coffee and rye. Long bittersweet chocolate finish with a smooth, creamy palate. Full bodied enough to serve by the slice. Another ’Brewers Gone Wild’ hit from Tyranena.
drewbeerme (3807) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 25, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. longest beer name ever. pours dark brown with tan head. the aroma has lots of roast with rye and chocolate, nuts, and some butter and oak seemingly coming from the whiskey barrels. flavors of rye, chocolate, slightly whiskey and coffee finish. body is medium to heavy. the mouth feel was fizzy at first but many swirls and the carbonation seemed to smooth out nicely.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 25, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This one reminds me alot of the "Who’s Your Daddy" in the malt backbone. Strong flavours of candied fruit and dates. A very prevalent dark rum and molasses character present. The hop bitterness coincides sharply with notes of bittersweet bakers chocolate and coffee. It’s all a bit too forward on the initial sip and could stand to mellow with some cellaring. Overall, still very malt-forward and the barrel-aging is decently done. As others have said, I appreciate the fact that the barrel does not dominate the experience, but I think this could stand a bit of aging to bring the flavours more subtly together. Nice slick and oily mouthfeel with a very creamy palate. Wow, lot’s of rye here. I’m mean a serious amount of rye. Rye in the nose, rye in the malt, rye in the whiskey portion, rye on the finish. Like doing a shot of rye whiskey and following that up with a loaf of pumpernickel rye bread with a bit of sea salt sprinkled on top. I can see if you’re not into rye beers that this one will send you running. However, I have no such aversion and this is right up my alley. Easily one of my favourites from this brewery.
sthlm (1255) - Iowa, USA - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
[Bottle] Pours dark brown with a very small tan head. Aroma is quite sweet--a lot of vanilla, chocolate, and of course the rye whiskey. Taste is heavy on the chocolate but also a hint of coffee, some roasted malt, and the rye whiskey again. Good, thick mouthfeel and a long chocolate finish. By far my favorite Tyranena product and overall a very good beer.
Guerde (1111) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
(bottle thanks OSLO) Pours out a dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, dark chocolate, with some rye bread and a light fruit (cherry) scent. Tastes of roasted malt, coffee upfront, but then switches to strong chocolate, with a brief taste of vanilla, and a roasted malt and bread-like finish. Very good mouthfeel on this one. One of the better Tyranena products I’ve tried, and the barrel-aging was done quite well.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Dark brown, good sized tan head. Complex but light aroma of roasted malt, chocolate, rye whiskey, and a touch of coffee. Nice flavor, good mouthfeel. Very good porter.
incutrav (577) - Woodbury, Minnesota, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Super dark brown. Foamy head. Smells slightly of coffee, then some rye bread. A little sweetness from the barrell is there, but not to much in the way of whisky. The rye comes threw the most, but still not near as much as i thought it would. Very tasty overall, and really goes down easy does it.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Thanks to elitedigger for this one. Pours dark brown, somewhat viscous, medium brown head that fades quick. Smells a bit smokey, a bit malty, not much whiskey on the nose. Tastes dark and malty up front, smokey. Towards the finish is when the vanilla and whiskey appear. Very smooth, mellow, and the best part, balanced. Full bodied, smooth, smooth, smooth. Silky. Mellow carbonation. One of the better BA brews I’ve had.