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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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Reviews: 141
Hads: 356
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 15.44%
Wants: 58
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 141 | Hads: 356
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown, black with 1" tan head. Some chunkees in it. Aroma was powder cocoa, like when you'd smell the inside of the chocolate milk powder can.

Smooth taste, another great use of oatmeal, mild roast flavor, chocolate malt complimenting the cocao. Chewy. Great meld together, an easy drinking stout. Something like this, I have no idea how people can't like it, its really easy to drink, sturdy and flavorful. Not really a "chocolate" beer, but the light cocao feel and the oatmeal make it an easy drinker.

Solid beer at a solid price. Would recommend to fans of the style and noobs alike.

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Photo of aasher
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I never thought I'd see this one, let alone get to try it. Tyranena has been in Indiana for awhile but this was the first time I saw this one. I love the BGW version so this was a must try. It poured a velvety smooth black with no head, just khaki bubbles that laced the glass. The aromas aren't as bold as I imagined. The coffee is actually really light and kind of subtle. The featured aroma is really bitter chocolate. It has some light funk to it. The flavor is both sweet and bitter chocolates with a light coffee roast. It's drinkable and not too sweet. It's a good beer but it really makes me want a Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier. This beer put the sequel in proper perspective. I'm glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of klikger, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a decent tan head.

Aromas are of roasted malts, almost smells a little burnt. Definitely some coffee notes, bakers chocolate, and some oatmeal.

Taste is very nice. There is a nice general smooth character from the oatmeal, light creamy malt flavors, and a bakers chocolate. Finish has a light coffee flavor, and hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a little thin.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty stout. Could use a little more body, but other than that, this is a winner.

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Photo of flyingspatula
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena's Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout is a wonderful stout. It pours with little head (like most stouts I guess), and has a rich black color.The smell and taste are great. It has a coffee type bitterness, which is quite yummy. Don't taste much chocolate though. The mouth feel is typical for a stout. It is very rich, and has a complexity that is very nice. I think Tyranena is a good brewery! Haven't had anything form them that wasn't pretty good! Very toasty roast flavor. Will definitely get this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I enjoyed the beefed-up version of this (BGW series, baby!), so I had to try the usual one. It pours a matte onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, light molasses, and a touch of smoke in the background. The taste darkens things decidedly, including deepening the roast, lightly acidifying the coffee, further darkening the chocolate, and slightly amping up the smoke character. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, though it felt a bit on the light side for my tastes, this was a pretty solid stout.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color and had a thin tan head to it that mostly stuck to the edges of the glass. The head settled out without leaving much for lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Some bitter-sweet, dark chocolate is present and mixes with a roasted, bitter and slightly burnt malt. It has just some hints of coffee coming through as well. The oats come through and smooths things out some.

It shows the bitter-sweet chocolate as well as a bit of a milk chocolate milk like flavor to it up front in the taste. Towards the finish a bit of the roasted, bitter and very slightly burnt flavors come through. The oats give it a nice smoothness and bring everything together. Have I mentioned I love oats before?

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and everything came together very nicely. The chocolate was nicely done and was pretty well balanced out with the bitterness. The oats brought everything together and added a very nice smoothness to it. A very flavorful beer overall and a very good choice to sip on after dinner this evening.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black color with a massive tan head that had excellant retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left on the glass.

Rich aromas of semi-sweet chocolate, oats, and a little roasted malt.

Turns out this is not a very sweet tasting stout. The roasted bitterness counters the chocolate sweetness. Nice chocolate flavor without being over-the-top. The oatmeal part of this stout is slightly lost.

I expected a fuller and more creamy mouthfeel. Still nice and has carbonation that compliments the flavors.

I am seldom let down by a Tyranena beer. I certainly was not let down by this one. Not quite a dessert beer.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is clear yet opaque in the glass with better than a full finger foamy tan head that fades slowly leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing behind each mouthful. The nose is dominated by that semisweet NECCO malt chocolate grainy oatmeal. The mouth feel is well carbonated, medium full body that adds a smooth texture to compliment the oatmeal and roasted malt flavors that clean up pretty quickly. At 6.3% ABV this one is a nice drinker. Enjoyed considering it; many thanks Pops!

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Always good to have beers from Tyranena.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of milk chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of coffee mixed into the aroma. Overall, a very strong, nice aroma.

The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate. I also get some roasted malt, but that is about it. Even with all of the malt, the beer is very dry. It is also a bit chalky tasting, but that is not a bad thing as the beer tastes very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a conical pint.

A: Pours a dark brown with a quickly fading off-white head.

S: Rich chocolate and roast. A bit of coffee and sweetness in the back.

T: Chocolate is overcome by the oat twang a little too much, but the roast and typical stout flavours come through as well.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and flavours blend well. Easy to down a couple due to the lower ABV.

Overall: A decent oatmeal stout. Not the best in the style and certainly doesn't hold a candle to Founder's, but this is a nice little American stout.

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Photo of Dipakid
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
a dark black brown pour- two finger light brown head
aroma and taste of chocolate ,coffee,caramel,sweet
long sweet bitter chocolate finish
overall a really good stout full of chocolate flavour with a nice head that stays and lacings up and down the glass

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Photo of tapman
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black with a large, dark brown head, though it subsides to a thin lacing.

Smells like toasted oats, though not very large, and some subtle, earthy hops. A little warm alcohol, though not much.

Bold chocolate malt flavor. Not-too-astringent roastiness and a good amount of residual sweetness to support the roast. Well balanced.

Rich and full, especially for one this low in abv.

A good example, though a bit light on the aroma, taste and mouthfeel categories for myself.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, chocolate/toffee notes galour. Medium body, a nice smooth brew, with a slight bitter finish. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Tyranena.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown, black beer. It exhibits ruby highlights throughout. Brown head was 2-finger off the pour and sustained nicely through my enjoying this drink.

S-Chocolatey sweetness with some smooth stout characters. Slightly roasty.

T-Thick choco-roasty flavor, lingering coffee bitterness. Slight cara-toffee sweetness under the roasted flavor. Tastes almost rich.

M-Silky feel, medium-light body, dances around my mouth. Carbonation is smooth, lower-level.

D-A very tasty oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Kbogac
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, looks heavy. Nice tan colored thick foam which is short lived. Nice film with a ring last throughout the drink. Smell is a sweet caramel and chocolate. Taste is malt and chocolate with a little oatmeal maybe. Not too intense. Mouthfeel is almost creamy with moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer. Well balanced and easy drinking.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black all the way, with a medium tan head. Beautiful and ornate lace!

Aroma is definitely dark chocolate. Like a slab of silky Belgian confection.

Flavor is smooth, with chocolate-coffee tones and a slight bitterness in the finish. Very tasty and worth doing again. I will drink these happily and perhaps pick up more again.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for tossing me this freebie. Never turn down free beer :)

Pours black, some tan foam with mocha dimples in it here and there. Sheets of lacing coat the glass, dripping from an initial halo left by the pour. Retention is good, the creamy foam seems to stick around for awhile.

Distinct dry chocolate in the aroma, not sweet. Must be the cocoa nibs shining through. Some mild roast and woody tobacco round things out.

Roasty with a hint of cocoa and bitterness. Lingering mild ashy aftertaste. Seems pretty clean and easy drinking, I have no issue with the carbonation. Fairly smooth due to the oatmeal content i'm guessing. Not too filling, but a substantial brew that's big on flavor. Nice job Tyranena...

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stubs. Pours a nearly black, dark brown color with a small off-white head, no lacing. Average aroma, nothing really sticks out here. Some light chocolate is buried deep in there somewhere underneath the light sweetness. Taste is great. Smooth, silky chocolate, light graham cracker, toasty, dry finish. The oats really add an excellent silkiniess to this brew, and it's incredibly easy to drink. Soft, yet has a nice hop bitterness on the backside. Good oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brownish black, a bit of dark red at the edges, very thick tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals and spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate milk, light roast and some sweet fruitiness, oats, a touch vinous with some sour grapes, dry cocoa, a bit of spiciness in the background, not bad.

Taste is similar, caramel and a bit of booze up front, dry cocoa powder and chocolate wafer, a touch of dry roast, oatmeal, a touch of fruit juice, biscuit, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth and silky from the oats. A bit plain but a nice stout. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of Lunch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with kbutler1 as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/13/10)

A: Pours a dark and rich brown that is nearing black. Capped with a light tan head of about 1 finger that had some decent retention and spotty lace. Rather thick and oily.

S: Bouquet of oats, coffee and chocolate. Some rich milk chocolate and a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

T:The flavor follows that nose with lots of oats and milk chocolate. Pretty rich, but the bitter dark chocolate and coffee adds some nice bitterness and balance.

M: On the fuller side of medium-bodied with some appropriate creamy carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and no real hint of the 6.3% abv. at all.

Overall this was another really nice beer from Tyranena Brewing. Thanks again, Kevin! Recommended.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of tight looking milk chocolate colored head. This settles down into a rich foamy layer that throws a good bit of thick spotty froth and light brown oils up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nice thickness to it in the nose, with smokey chocolate roast, sweet toffee, and a crunchy layer of coffee all being present. Some green earthy hop character adds some tanginess to the proceedings. Good even mix of burnt roast and a sweeter twang going on here.

The taste is a chewy blend of chocolate and caramel malts up front, with hops spreading earthy bitterness and green citrus out into the other flavors. Burnt and blackened roast just soaks the back portion of the profile with an charred and dry acrid bitterness that I'm surprisingly really digging on. Oatmeal adds a mellow sweetness to this that really holds the profile together. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with smooth creaminess to it from the oats but there is some slight underlying sharpness to this as well. This overall just has a nice thickenss to it in the mouth, which nicely matches up with the deepness of the flavors here.

Roasty, and bitter, yet still very smooth, this was definitely a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout to savor and enjoy. I haven't had a bad dark beer from these guys yet. Really nice offering here from Tyranena.

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Photo of mobius387
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into new belguim snifter

appearance: pours jet black and forms a barely-there thin chocolate head

aroma: nice nose of chocolate and some coffee/malty undertones

palate: sits surprisingly light in the mouth, but not too light. medium bodied, flavor spreads well

taste: good chocolate flavors with a light creamy base to it. not a heavy stout by any means

overall: another great brew by a great brewery. i found this 6 pack last week on the shelves, so it must have gotten lost in the back of the liquor store cause this beer is released in march i believe. still tastes great, so it has aged well so far id say.

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 141 ratings.