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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout - Tyranena Brewing Company

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

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  6.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Stout brewed with cocoa nibs. Available: February-March.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 02-12-2010)
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Photo of scaliasux


4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black. Apparently opaque. Medium tall, dark brown, creamy head that persists.

Smell - Dark roasted malts. A little bit of coffee and chocolate. Not getting any hops.

Taste - Begins with a mild roasted sweet. Strong dark coffee or unsweetened chocolate-like bitterness. Just a hint of citrusy hops in the finish. Flavor of this is just right for me - a least when I want a rather dark beer.

Mouthfeel - Full. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Tyranena is perhaps Wisconsin's best brewer. This might be their best beer. Not quaffable, but a few of these should make the night go better.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:02:28 | More by scaliasux
Photo of Snow81


4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Super dark brown body

Head: Frosty dark tan head

Smell: Roosted malts with coffee malts and a little heat

Taste: Light coco bean with big malts and a bit of a hops on the backend

Weight: Medium body with low carbonation

Finish: Smokey malts with subtle hop notes in the back

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 03:00:42 | More by Snow81
Photo of wisrarebeer


4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Tyranena's brewery/taproom.

A: opaque, clear, little head except on side of glass
S: great nose, dense rich roasted chocolate with coffee undertones, when warmed a bit the malt quality took on a whole new dimension
T: deep rich roasted malt, good hop balance
M: chocolate, dry, well-made

Serving type: on-tap

03-13-2012 00:48:53 | More by wisrarebeer
Photo of Buebie


4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle from a mix and match. Wanted to try it before buying more.
I looked on Tyranena's website and could not find any additional info, other then whats printed on the label of the bottle.

Poured from a brown stubby 12oz twist off bottle, into a pub glass. A thick inky consistancy noticeable while pouring. Creating a frothy tan colored 1'' head. Receding to leave a cap of retention and lace ring streaks all the way down.
Black as night, no light penetration.

Aroma is pungent with oaty deliciousness. Also noticeable is a charred chocolate grain aroma, charcoal and malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a velevety smooth texture, mixing with very laid back carbonation. This is one of the greatest mouthfeels for the style I think I have ever experienced. Textbook.
Taste is also textbook, nothing extra ordinary or Darklord like about it, its just perfect and what this style should taste like. Its not overly bitter, or overly puckering. But some good bakers chocolate bitters coming through, mixing well with the flavors of oats. A bit of a woody peat smoked flavor here, and only of the slightest bit in that reguard. But still noticeable.
Finishing with some very light hop leaf earthy flavors, oats, bitter chocolate and grain taste.

Great example of the style. I would guess that the abv is in the 4 to 5% range.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 20:29:02 | More by Buebie
Photo of GbVDave


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to StevePens for the hook-up!

Bottled on 01FEB10

A: Pours a dark brownish black with some hints of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Two full fingers of gorgeous, pillowy, light brown head retains for quite a while and leaves a bunch fo sticky lace behind.

S: Right off the bat, there's loads of roasty malt and chocolate. As it warms, aromas of brown sugar, toasted oats, and cocoa dusted fudge come out.

T: Pretty much just as above, with the addition of some tangy dark fruit/citrus flavors as well as a tiny hint of espresso.

M: Really thick and sticky, allowing the flavor to linger and develop in the finish. I felt it to be a tad drier and more bitter than I would've hoped.

D: Excellent stout! How cool would it be for Tyranena to throw a batch of this in some Bourbon barrels...just to see what would happen?

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 00:53:14 | More by GbVDave
Photo of AmberMan22


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ, Madison WI

Pours a heavily-dark brown -- not black, just like I keep insisting my hair isn't black. Nice yet short, tan head to it that recedes a little quickly.

Smell is heavenly. After having a few prime examples of oatmeal stouts (not enough though), it really leaves a good impression. Almost smells like a porter, given the smokiness, but a solid addition of oats and a great dark malt backbone.

Taste is wonderful as well. Smoky, plenty of oats outline the entire feel, and dark maltyness.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, which I guess is good, but I could go for a bit more thickness.

Overall, a fantastic beer, I'd highly recommend it. First one I've had from Tyranena, which seems to be a relatively new brewery, but I'll eagerly look for from them in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

02-27-2010 01:26:31 | More by AmberMan22
Photo of twoheadedboy


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a delicious chocolate head.

Smell is strong with chocolate and coffee as well as some dark fruits; very intense, in a good way. Taste took me a few more sips than usual for it to really sink in, but when it did it was worth it. Absolutely delicious with dry chocolate, caramel and nuts. The expected roasted malt is there in force, with some mild vanilla as well. Finishes great with a smooth sweetness.

Overall a really complex, fantastic stout, one I'd be happy coming back to over and over. Glad I have five more.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 04:24:07 | More by twoheadedboy
Photo of KarlHungus


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nearly opaque black color. The head is one inch of light tan foam that recedes slowly into a small cap of lacing. The aroma is of roasted malt, dark and milk chocolate, cocoa powder, graham cracker, and a hint of vanilla. There is a lot going on in this beers aroma. The taste is just as chocolaty as the aroma. Milk chocolate comes through during the sip with lingering dark chocolate in the finish. There is also nice backing roasted malt and graham cracker. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate, fine carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very good stout that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2011 20:28:15 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Greggy


4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Very dark chesnut body/black when not held to the light. Head is tan, creamy, and 1.5 finger in height. Lacing is present.

S- Coffee, huge creaminess from oatmeal and chocolate of course. A bit of oatmeal as well. S'more?

T- Starts out with big smooth rich oatmeal and chocolate, incredible smooth and rich.

M- Sublte carbonation, incredible smooth.

O- Great beer. Excellent with chocolate cake.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 06:15:29 | More by Greggy
Photo of Scotchboy


4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 14:35:25 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Bubba83


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many a thank you goes out to Kegatron for sending me another Tyranena beer to try. Bottle marked Feb 2010.

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter. The body is almost completely black, a very dark brown licorice color perhaps, topped off by an espresso colored creamy 2 finger width head. Head dissipates fairly quick, but leaves a good medium sized ring with good lacing.

Super complex aromas are wafting out of the glass. Where do I start? Black licorice, cocoa nibs, heaps of roast, vanilla, dark caramel, coffee grounds, burnt toast and finally a little bit of pine.

Chocolate and vanilla flavors start the party off right, but transition into big and roasty very quickly. There is a slightly astringent sourness here that reminds me a little of Guinness. Caramel rears its head underneath the roast, but only mildly so. Finishes up with a piney kick in the pants, and a little bit of warming alcohol character that rounds things out well.

Lovely feel on this guy, medium bodied, smooth as silk, yet still well carbonated. Quite dry too which is a good thing.

Drinks really well for being so roasty. I'm a huge sucker for huge roast if it's pulled off correctly, and this is a great example. A lot of beers with such a roasty profile get really astringent, but not this beer. It seems like the cocoa nibs help balance things out a little bit to counter the roast, but ultimately it's pretty lopsided on the roasty side, and I love that. If there was a little more dark caramel flavor in the mid-range, I could easily see this contending for one of the best stouts of any kind I've ever had. Tyranena delivers some REALLY terrific dark beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 06:52:28 | More by Bubba83
Photo of GregSVT


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a black cola color with a tan head that fades to a nice ring and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is roasty chocolate malts and a slight coffee aroma. Nothing too complex but it smells good.

T: The taste is huge amounts of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish but nothing overwhelming. There's also a dark fruit characteristic that I can't quite put my finger on. I can also taste a bit of booziness which is strange in a 6% beer.

M: Creamy and on the fuller side of medium bodied. Excellent feel...

D: I'd love to have more of this if it was available in my area. The ABV is good to have more than 1 and it's very flavorful.

Highly recommended if you like chocolate or coffee style stouts.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 05:39:54 | More by GregSVT
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black as ink stout with no highlights, well maybe one ...yeah black. Has a nice light brown head and a little bit of lace. Notes of chocolate and coffee jump from the glass as you pour the beer in. Hints of molasses in the background tempt you even further. Deep roasted malt notes dominate the flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee in the background. Silky smooth on the tongue with a good roasted malt bitterness on the finish. This is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2010 18:43:11 | More by ybnorml
Photo of WoodBrew


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying the Tyranena Down & Dirty Oatmeal Stout after a very cool June day here in the Chicagoland area. The appearance is typical of a good stout...rich deep dark color with thin/no-existen ecru head. The smell has a roastness to it with a slight blend of hersey's chocolate kiss. The taste is really good. I like this stout. It has a nice full body that is not over powered by ABV. The roast with chocolate undertones really balance nicely. I could session this during any winter night. On a hot day it might be tough.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:40:54 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of jwc215


4.38/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 23:32:52 | More by jwc215
Photo of Mistofminn


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, pitch black with a light brown cap sitting on top. Retention is great and lacing is even better.

The nose is lighter than I expected, with chocolate and soft oat notes in the background. It's sort of light for a stout, but it's still enjoyable. It's just a brew to have at the beginning of the night because after a few IPA's this doesn't have much aroma to it.

The chocolate and smooth oatmeal feel come out much more in the taste. Creamy chocolate with light roasted malts, vanilla and a soft earthiness. The smooth oatmeal really makes this brew.

Lighter in mouthfeel than I expected, with a soft carbonation and a creamy fell. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid stout coming from Tryanena, whom I've come to expect great things from. Glad I got a chance to try this on tap, as I will definitely be revisiting this in bottles.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2010 08:46:43 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of largadeer


4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra from kbutler1. Thanks!

Black and opaque, quite viscous with a small tan cap that recedes to a ring.

Very grainy aroma; nougat and chocolate, a bit like breakfast cereal or sweet biscuits. There's a slight nuttiness, a hint of vanilla and oatmeal cookie - this has surprising depth.

Roasted and chocolate malt are immediately apparent on the palate. As the nose suggests, it's quite grainy and malty, pleasantly so, with wholesome bread and biscuit flavors along with more subtle tones of vanilla and black licorice. It's full-bodied, quite rich and flavorful for the relatively modest ABV. Go figure, another great Tyranena beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 06:59:07 | More by largadeer
Photo of pasdachuri


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, with two solid fingers of tan foam floating on top.

A strong aroma of roasted chocolate malt smacks you in the face, along with a coffee after thought. Very strong and appetizing scent.

Tastes very similar to a Founders Breakfast Stout. Chocolate and coffee flavors are not as strong and overwhelimg as this brews' aroma suggested. Very well balanced and a very tasty beer.

A very thick and chewy, just what I was expecting and perfect for the style

A very solid beer that has just thrusted Tyranena near the top of my favorite brewers list. Am now on a mission to find other selections from them.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 21:32:00 | More by pasdachuri
Photo of alleykatking


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks go out to VinnieVanGogh for the bottle.

A- Pours a deep dark brown...pretty much black. One finger tan head shows medium retention. Streaks of lace show up on the glass after ever sip.

S- There was a nice oat like aroma in the front of the beer with a hint of roast as well. Chocolate comes through next with a nice big cocoa bite. Roasted malts come through next with a strong coffee like aroma. Alcohol comes through in the ending but doesn't affect the overall aroma.

T- Light roasted malts in the front with a good dose of oats. Middle of the beer shows a strong cocoa chocolate like flavor. This remeinds me of like chocolate milk powder. Ending is mostly coffee roast with hints of chocoalte. Alcohol shows up in the final part of the beer with a hint of heat.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Oats, chocoalte and coffee are left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly alcohol, chocolate, and coffee. Flavors are very well balanced for what it said it was suppose to be. No off flavors are present when I drink this one. Medium alcohol drying on the palate from each sip.

O- This beer was a delight to drink. It was very smooth and left you wanting more after each sip. I really liked the balance of the extra chocolate and coffee overload. I will be looking for this beer again and again on the shelves.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 04:41:46 | More by alleykatking
Photo of beerwolf77


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting for this one. I'm so glad it's finally out.

Poured into my Tyranena english pint glass the beer is dark brown almost black. The initial blast of tan head climbs to a full three fingers with a cascade shower that looks like a down pour of chocolate rain. Nice lace webbing left all around the glass.

The aroma is full on roasted chocolate malt. Along with hints of coffee. That's about it. Straight forward and to the point.

The flavor starts with a healthy dose of chocolate then slowly melds into roasted malts. The finish is comes on with a very coffee like taste. Just the right amount of sweetness for my money.

Medium smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer. Easy drinker for sure. I will have no trouble finishing the rest of the bottles I bought.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 23:52:20 | More by beerwolf77
Photo of Brettster


4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finially found the variety pack. Tyranena variety packs have been hard to find since they hit Indiana shelves. Pours a very dark brown nearly black with a short dark tan head. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate. The coffee stands out the most in the taste to me. A nice medium body. The oatmeal gives it a very smooth and creamy feel. Not too heavy at all. I could have another. The drinkability of this makes it a beer for nearly any occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2010 12:55:08 | More by Brettster
Photo of jera1350


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Syrupy thick and jet black with a thin, but tight head on top that shrinks to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of lacing.

Huge nose which consists of dark chocolate, toasted malt a hint of mocha and even some hops. Big malt, big chocolate.

Tastes just like it smells. Big roasty flavors with lots of chocolate and a strong presence of bitter hops. Really tasty.

This has a really big mouthfeel. Nice smoothness from the oatmeal with some mostly creamy carbonation. A bit prickly on the tongue.

Very drinkable and goes down quickly. I would have to guess this is around 6% alcohol which is more than your typical OS. Really great representation of style here with a unique touch of bigger body and chocolate. Highly recommend.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 23:49:21 | More by jera1350
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with a chocolate colored frothy head, leaves splotchy bits of foam on the glass, when held to the light you can see some lighter brown...overall very dark

S: chocolate and roasted barley take center stage on the aroma, nice sweetness on the nose that is balanced by roasted notes, some coffee

T: pretty similar to the nose, chocolate notes are a little more bitter on the palate, again very heavy on the roasted notes, very bold and robust

MF: thick and chewy, perfect for the style, low carbonation

D: yet another winner from Tyranena. They really have some impressive beers and this is no exception. I look forward to any stout or porter they may come out with

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 00:34:29 | More by homebrew311
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4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new beer from Tyranena and it's a good one.

A. Dark brown to black appearance with a tan head that slowly recedes to thin film. Decent lacing is left behind.

S. Real nice dark roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate undertones.

T. Dark roasted malts in a pretty big way with nice hop bitterness on the finish.

M. Medium bodied and silky smooth with low carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer really adds to its drinkability.

D. This is an impressive offering from Tyranena. It is well made and really easy to drink. A nice change from so many "big" stouts that hit the market this time of year. Having 3 or 4 of these beers in a night would not be a chore. Worth seeking out - recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 03:20:15 | More by bound4er
Photo of jcnd9803


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Black with an almost brown hue and tan head. Nice lacing stays.

S. Milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness. Amazingly finds a way to do this without being too sharp.

T. Roasty and malty. It leaves a nice chocolate coffee flavor in the mouth. And, finds a way to bring a subtle hop flavor end.

M. Silky smooth and medium bodied.

D. This is a great offering. I'm a big fan of Tyranena, and this is probably my new favorite by them, and may be my favorite oatmeal stout.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 03:30:50 | More by jcnd9803
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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
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