Monday, January 4, 2010

Singular: Tyranena's Dirty Old Man Porter

It's fun to be blown away by a beer. I've written about Tyranena Brewing before when I wrote a mash letter/blog post regarding their tastelessly named Hop Whore IPA, a sensational beer. Today, I come to you with another brilliant entry from perhaps the brightest brewing star in Wisconsin, although New Glarus Brewing certainly makes a run at the top.

Let me just say that Tyranena's Dirty Old Man rye porter is one of the most unique beers I've ever tried. I had it on tap. Brewed in Lake Mills, WI, as part of their "Brewers Gone Wild" series of specialty releases (which includes Hop Whore), this one grabs at your attention like a Doberman and continues gnawing with every sniff and sip. Dirty Old Man is a milky to moderate brown and pours a white foamy head. The aroma is on the sweeter malt end, but, brother, don't be fooled. It kicks in with a rich, nutty malt flavor that is steadily overtaken by sharp, grainy rye flavors. The combination of toffee-like malts and toasted rye is stunning and unprecedented. Each flavor makes you desire more of the other. This is surely a "stare at your beer" beer as you ponder how the brewer achieved this level of unique mastery of flavors. It's pretty incredible and I hope to see it again someday. You could pair this with a burger on a rye bun or English muffin, or even team it with dessert; but, why bother? A beer this good should not have its flavors compromised by food and it needs no enhancement.

HOLY WATER, DRINK OR POUR DOWN THE SINK: This is first ballot holy water, a singular drinking experience.

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