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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal StoutDown 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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88
very good

340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 140
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.39%
Wants: 60
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Buebie on 02-12-2010

Oatmeal Stout brewed with cocoa nibs. Available: February-March.
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Ratings: 340 | Reviews: 140
Photo of KevChiTown
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average. Bitter unsweetened chocolate. Dry finish with not much bite or thickness.

Photo of Dragyourbone1
3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, ruby edges, thin head, some carb spires. No lacing on the glass- clean film.
S: malted oats, some cocoa - you know what to anticipate.
T: oats, some coffee, and some dark chocolate bittersweetness.
M: med. to thick body with some slight trailing dark chocolate or cocoa bitterness
O: Man is this ever easy drinking (6.5%, 37 IBU). Definitely an easy lifter and sessionable. I really like the fullness and the straightforwardness of it. Not a lot of complexity. It reminds me of my childhood days when I poured Hersheys on my bland oatmeal.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep brown almost black. a very small tan head that doesn't fade one bit and leaves a sticky lacing. dark and opaque.

Smell: chocolate, oatmeal, and some other sweet malts

Taste: lots of chocolate and some chocolate covered oatmeal. a very light but sweet burnt, presumably from dark crystal malts

Mouthfeel: pretty light but slightly over sweet.

Overall: a very sweet and rich stout. a little two rich for my blood. I do like sweeter beers but they are usually stronger than this. perhaps of roasty malts would balance this out nicely.

Photo of larryarms847
3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark and thin.

Smells like chocolate and booze.

Taste is just not there. I'm thinking an imperial or barrel aged version would be awesome, but this just isn't there. Not enough booze to go with the sweet.

Mouthfeel is a bit dull and lacking. Tastes like a melted chocolate bar with no booze bite.

Overall this beer did little to impress me. This beer could have been so much more.

Photo of jwc215
4.37/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque very dark brown to black with a lasting, creamy tan head. A sheet of lacing sticks to the glass.

The smell is of robust chocolate with roasted espresso and a touch of earthy spicing.

The taste is of rich, sweet dark chocolate. Roasted espresso beans add a complex layer and balance to the dark malt character. Earthy, anise-like notes come through the the dry roasted finish.

Oatmeal malt lends smoothness. It has a rich, full body without being too thick.

A rich, hearty chocolate oatmeal stout! Very enjoyable!

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Tyranena Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served chilled...

A) Deep dark brown... A nice little tan head, that settles down to wispy patches. Some traction on the snifter here.

S) A good amount of roasted malt, some chocolate, and a little coffee with a splash of cream.

T) The flavor also provided a whole lot of roast, just a little chocolate. You get the oatmeal. I found this to be pretty bitter on the backend. I would have like a little more sweetness in the flavor.

M) Medium body with mild carbonation. Pretty smooth feel, but could have been a little more supple.

O) Pretty good.... I could see how this would do well with some barrel aging. Too bad I didn't score a bottle.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from bottle poured into cigar city snifter
pours slight head and fairly dark
smell is overpowering heavy chcolate
which the taste follows it is nice smooth
and a medium body mouthfeel not thin and not thick just a nice
representation of the style and once again it is heavy chcolate but not overly sweet
this is nice way to end the night with something good and easy drinking
would definitely get again

Photo of MaximalC
3.57/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a good finger of khaki foam. Aroma smells of roasted black coffee, mild chocolate, and a hint of what almost smells like salt (think salted chocolate). Taste is comparable to the nose, with astringent black coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. The malt is roasted to nearly burnt, which brings a little too much bitterness to the table. Perhaps if there was a stronger milk chocolate presence to balance, it would be more enjoyable. There's also some hop bitterness lurking beneath the coffee bitterness that comes through more in the finish. Even a touch of alcohol manifests as the beer warms. The oatmeal successfully adds a creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is probably the highlight of this brew.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout that tends too strongly to the bitter side for me to truly enjoy it as well as I'd like.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a snifter)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a creamy light tan head that last as a thick ring.

S- The dark roasted malt is earthy with chocolate malt grown and a Sumatra roasted coffee coming through in the finish. There is a fresh raw grain aroma and some green hop aromas that come through as it opens up.

T- The dark roasted black malt has a slight chalk quality to it with some nice bakers chocolate notes and a touch of oats and tartness in the finish. Green woody hops are light but present in the finish.

M- The medium mouthfeel has a chewy texture and no real alcohol heat noticed.

O- The wonderful dry stout has a nice complex roasted profile that is balanced by very nice coffee and chocolate flavors aswell. This is a big beer but it is very easy to drink.

Photo of RickS95
4.07/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle

The pour is almost completly, but not quite, pitch black. Thick and mostly black with just some lighter shades of brown. The head is slow forming, just a film on top initially, before beautifully cascading into a two finger thick pillow of foamy light brown bubbles. A nice, thick lace is left behind.

Smell is a combination of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, with some char thrown in for good measure.

Lots of roasty things make up the taste. Cocoa nibs, coffee and charred barley provide the malty, chocolately, smoked coffee flavors.

Couldn't be any smoother, just what an oatmeal stout should be. A bit more bitter than I'd like, but it is a stout. Chocolate is more for bitter than sweet and bitter dominates any sweetness. No alcohol or hop presence.

Overall it's a good beer from a good brewer and I'm happy to report I've got five more where this bottle came from. It's got some bitterness to it, but it's so smooth it's easy to sip.

Photo of rlee1390
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Black in the glass, but a clear amber when pouring, not much carbonation, one finger off white head

S-Chocolate, roasted malt, some burnt notes and oats.

T-Dark chocolate, lots of roasted malt some burnt notes, not much bitterness.

M-Lighter for a stout with some carbonation.

O-A nice stout but lacking anything to put it over the top.

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a quarter inch of mocha colored fizz which dies out quick. Body is a near black, with some cola brown noticeable near the top. Ring of tiny bubbles along the edge of the glass.

S - Smell is faint. Some subdued toasted oats & a hint of chocolate. Some noticeable alcohol in there also. Otherwise, a tame underwhelming aroma. Has sort of a fishy brine aroma to it also which is off-putting.

T - Taste follows the nose, some light roasted coffee bean presence, toasted oats, and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Taste is pretty tame though; not a lot of flavor happening here. Perhaps some hop bitterness in the finish also.

M - Feel is bitter and dry. Light coffee bean roast lingering.

Overall, a tame chocolate oatmeal stout from Tyranena. Not a style I am a big fan of in the first place, but this beer was just sort of dull and flavorless. I am a fan of many of Tyranena's other beers so I'll stick to those instead.

Tyranena Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout ---3/5.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quick one tonight from the guys in Wisconsin. Cheers!

Brewed two months before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 06FEB13”).

A: One of the only stouts I’ve had that you can actually (sort of) see through; still, a nice muddy brown body with a creamy chestnut head. The foam falls quickly, but leaves a thin layer of retention everywhere it goes.

S: Oreos! Chocolate cookie, vanilla, and a powdered sugar aroma fill the nose with an unmistakable sweetness. It doesn’t smell incredibly rich, as there’s a sustained character of dark bread dough, toasted grain, and mineral water that inch this brew closer and closer to a dark English ale.

T: Starts with all the flint, toffee, and vanilla cream you’d expect in something British, though it’s a character that it holds for just a split-second; soon after, it’s as thick, chocolaty, and bitter as an American stout should be. Chocolate bar, date, and burnt caramel sweeten the palate considerably, bolstering the character to something more akin to the thick stouts I enjoy the most. Hops ride the back end of the sweet wave, coming out with a very subdued tartness that melds with the roasts to form a slightly dry, smoky finish – another aftertaste of sweet oatmeal mellows it out substantially. A balanced palate, with an excellent interpretation of savory, chewy chocolate and caramel.

M: A pub beer in texture, without a doubt: carbonation is almost invisible, while the body swirls back and forth in a light, mildly frothy way.

O: An interesting pairing of American and English beermaking, this oatmeal stout will not leave anyone fan of dark beer disappointed. That said, it probably won’t excite anyone too greatly. The great thing for Tyranena, though, is that their middle-of-the-road beers are better than a lot of beers in the same price range: case in point, Down 'N Dirty.

Photo of Stevedore
3.54/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Bell's tulip, consumed yesterday 3/25/13

Aroma: Full of sweet dark malt that actually comes with a good bit of smokiness that makes me think of when I'm grilling ribs in the backyard. Pretty neat, I really enjoy that. No cocoa or chocolate that I can discern even as it warms up. But that's ok, I find that cocoa nibs tend to contribute to flavour anyway. (4)

Colour: Pours a dark brown/black body, with a 1cm brown head that fades away quickly, leaving an average-sized collar that leaves thick lacing that falls back into the brew as soon as I put the glass down after a drink. Hard to confuse this for something other than a stout. (3)

Flavour: The sweetness of the dark malts are rather prevalent here. There are hints of roast as well, though not a whole lot. For some reason I feel it smells a bit acidic, and that could be from the nibs' contribution. There's a little bit of coffee and chocolate here, but not as much as I would expect. It's a straightforward oatmeal stout as far as my palate is concerned. (3)

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy with solid carbonation. Medium bodied, on the thicker side as befitting an oatmeal stout. Aftertaste is of the dark malt sweetness and some undescribable bitterness that I can't put a finger on. Enjoyable to drink for sure! (4)

Overall: A nice oatmeal stout. Really enjoyed the dark malt flavours. The smooth mouthfeel is probably the best part of the beer, followed by the smoky aroma. It could use a little bit more in the flavour department but I won't mind buying a sixer of this the next time I feel like an oatmeal stout, especially as its a good value. (4)

Photo of Infamous7100
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: as the story on the label states, this beer is dark as swamp muck. Pitch black with quartet finger beige head. Decent lacing.
S: faint notes of chocolate, roasted malts and coffee bean. It's a tad muted and doesn't open up as much as I expected as it warms.
T: far more pronounced than the smell. The first thing that jumps out is the bittersweet chocolate. It melds beautifully with the roasted coffee flavors. It all comes together at the back in a complex semi sweet and bitter finish. This is very tasty.
M: mid to high carbonation that subdues as you enjoy it. Very thick and creamy with a body that sticks to your tongue. Finishes with that semi sweet hang I mentioned before.
O: this is a model example of an oatmeal stout. From its body to its complex flavors it comes through in all the right areas. It's a fantastic beer to sip on and would make a perfect brew to have with breakfast or to close out your night.

Photo of codysjb
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade.
12oz into Duvel Tulip
A: Looks great, nice color and head
S: Smells awesome, a full nose of chocolate and oatmeal with some minor coffee hints. Really a very full smell to a beer
T: Ok, good and theres a bunch of chocolate but it ends up a little watery
M: Some more water, not a lot of flavor in the mouthfull.
O: Promising but overall the actual beer tastes watered down.

Photo of AmitC
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle dated 21st Jan 2012. So almost an year old.

Dark brown while pouring and black inside the glass. Opaque. About two finger thick tan colored head that stays as a thin broken layer. Not much standing. Lacing is sticky and looks good. Light tan colored laces are formed.

Aroma: Roasted malts fill the nose with a hint of chocolate and oatmeal. Malty and sweet in the nose. No booze. Grains are dominant and hops almost absent.

Taste: Very well balanced taste. Enters with chocolate and roasted malty feel. No burning or charring sensation observed from dark malts. Instead a smooth and easy chocolate, malty and oatmeal effect is seen. No hops, no bitterness. Finish is dry with just a tad sweetness. Very little.

Mouth feel: Body is Almost full. Very smooth and easy drinking stout. Silky touches. Very quaffable. No astringency whatsoever. Mellowed and well made stout.

Style Rate: 4.25
Personal Rate: 4

Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Solid black with ruby hues and a big mocha head.

S - Milk chocolate, lactic sweetness, touch of coffee, some smore's qualities.

T - Oatmeal, milk chocolate, lactose, roasty malt.

M - Smooth and silky with lighter carbonation.

D - Tasty, well balanced oatmeal stout.

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a dark brown color with a fairly stable single finger of tan colored head but only minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malt tones blended with milk chocolate and a splash of coffee, tastes more of the milk chocolate than the roastedness from the nose, sadly. Seems overall to be balanced somewhat too sweet for my personal preferences, but YMMV. I just prefer my stouts a little bit less sugary and caramelized than this. Smooth texture and lighter carbonation over a medium-heavy body.

Photo of tobelerone
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and dark brown Colorado bordering on opacity; one finger light brown head that settles slowly and leaves patchy lace. Nicely roasty aroma with prominent bittersweet chocolate and a subtle floral hop note underneath.

Flavor is close to the nose; bitter chocolate is most prominent, followed by roasted malt and hints of coffee and floral, earthy hops. Pretty tasty.

Medium bodied and medium carbonated, with added smoothness and creaminess from the oatmeal. A good chocolate-forward example of the style. Highly drinkable.

Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewing Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company.
Score: 91

Bottled March 07, 2012. Served in a Dogfish Head snifter and enjoyed on 05/06/12.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown syrup, almost black color. Totally opaque save for a thin film strip of caramel highlight at the top of the glass when held up to light. A finger-and-a-half of creamy/seafoam tan head settles to a thin film atop the beer. Good lacing and retention. Nice cling. 4.5/5

Smell: Lots of roast and toasted oats. Cocoa, bitter raw chocolate, coffee and oatmeal. A little creamer. Very breakfast stout-like. 4/5

Taste: Very creamy and roasty. Cocoa, roasted bitter chocolate, creamy oatmeal, and coffee. Oats and a little barley. Light hoppiness on the back end. Very pleasant oatmeal stout. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied, light carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel. Bitter, slightly acidic finish. Modestly dry. Really excellent mouthfeel. 4.5/5

Overall: Really underrated off-the-shelf oatmeal stout from Tyranena Brewing Company. It is very creamy, chocolately and roasty. I would absolutely love to try the barrel aged version of this -- the Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier. Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is better than New Glarus' Road Slush.

Recommendation: Seek a bottle of this out. Even casual beer drinkers should enjoy this one. If you have a non-beer geek friend that loves Guinness, give him a bottle of this to start his craft beer journey.

Pairings: Vanilla bean ice cream.

Cost: $2 for a 12 oz bottle.

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good brau. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized light tan, foamy head that settled after a bit and good lacing. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, heavy roast, coffee. Flavor is similar to nose with nice balance between malt sweet, malt roast, carbonic tang, and malt, hop, yeast bitter. Body is good, ditto carbonation with only little points, yet compensating chewyness. Finish is like flavor, of average length, and very easy to have more. A tip of the hat to the brewer.

Photo of stakem
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers and a big thanks to Kegatron for gifting me with a bottle of this. 12oz stubby brown bottle into a tulip. The brew appears black in color with a tan cap 3 fingers strong. The cap slowly fades leaving an entire wall of lacing effect on the glass. A light swirl revives a finger back to the surface.

The smell of this brew is quite roasty with a very pleasant fresh grain quality like oats. Some mild chocolate inclusion is present along with some coffee quality. There is a little bit of an earthy touch included but overall the big focus of this aroma is roasty chocolate and fresh grain.

The taste is bitter with some roasted grain quality that is somewhat reminiscent of coffee and unsweetened chocolate. That fresh grain quality is present but hidden compared to how bold it is displayed in the aroma. A bit of earth and tobacco flavors are present mid palate with a bit of fruity alcohol like prune or raisins. It finishes bitter and roasty.

This is a medium bodied brew that is silky smooth in the feel. It is rich and quite enjoyable. The alcohol is very well incorporated here. The most excellent aspect of this brew is the fresh grainy chocolate quality captured in the aroma, I really would have liked to seen that transcended into the flavor a bit more. As-is its a nice experience and worth a try.

Photo of martyl1000
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very good. On tap at Cardinal Bar, Madison. Quite pleasurable. I'm totally impressed with this, even after two years since I first tried it.

Photo of Scotchboy
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, born on Jan 31 2012, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Thanks to Aaron for this little gem.

A: Dark dense brown, nearly opaque with some light making it through along the edges...decent dark khaki head forms leaves a little lace.

S: Nose is full of prominent chocolate, oats, and coffee, with strong bitter roasted barley notes...great nose for an oatmeal stout.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, roasted malt, flaky oats, a bit of earthy hop bitterness, coffeehouse, hints of caramel and vanilla sweetness, cocoa.

MF: Bitter, creamy and a touch dry, medium to full mouthfeel.

O: Impressive chocolate-oatmeal stout, full flavored with a good strong nose as well. Its even a bit grimey and 'dirty' with its earthy coffee ground and oatmeal notes. Good stout, recommended.

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.