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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

329 Ratings
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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 58
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip pint. No date on the bottle but the 12 pack case said "packaged" 3/10. The body was dark brown with a small tan head. A ring and island remained.

Smell was ashy. Dry cocoa powder. Not much else.

Taste was metallic. Roasty bitterness and fairly dry. Semisweet chocolate. Far from too sweet. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, even toward the light side. Smooth with a zippy finish.

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 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 MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black with mahogany highlights. thick light brown head.
S: a bit muted. dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, some dark dried fruit.
T: same as above, light to moderate chocolatey malt sweetness with roasty bitterness balancing it out to a dry finish. some alcohol noted. very dark roasty notes are almost smoky.
M: slick, smooth, medium bodied.
D: good but not great, can't quite put my finger on it. would have liked a bit more chocolate presence given the addition of actual chocolate.

Photo of TheStove
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks awesome, pours an inky black with an opulent foam head, almost like a root beer float. Couldn't smell much beyond some light cocoa and chocolate flavors but they did smell good.

A light sweetness from the chocolate takes control of the initial sip with oatmeal playing the background. The flavors fade to some deep cocoa mixed with toasted malt. Tiny bit of hop interplay finishes on the tongue. Seems to drink thin at first and then foams up halfway through the sip to accent the flavors.

A good oatmeal stout. I can't say it's the best but definitely enjoyable.

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to see Tyranena, whether it's new, old, or someplace in between. Their porters are good to excellent, so looking forward to trying a Tyranena stout with chocolate in it.

Pours black as the depths of Andrew Eldritch's soul. Strong roasted malts, coffee, & a bit of chocolate spring from the nose.

Down 'n' Dirty is a bit surprising, as it's dominated by freshly roasted coffee rather than chocolate or maltiness; I'm curious because glanced through reviews, I see a lot of "chocolate" & it tastes like an afterthought to me. Bitterness rushes in along with the chocolate, & a mild hop mug shot is a bit jarring juxtaposed with the coffee. A little more chocolate might have smoothed this out. The oatmeal, which I expected to smooth the experience, is overshadowed by the clash of titanic flavors.

Well, good beer, but I'm a bit confused by it. The flavors don't come together all that well, & the advertised chocolate is a bit weak. They've made so many excellent beers I always expect the most out of Tyranena, but this one falls short of previous standards they've erected.

Photo of RRC87
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours an extremely dark brown (almost black) that no light can penetrate. It is adorned with about a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half a finger that sticks around.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma with a fair amount of coffee notes. There is hardly any hint of chocolate even though it advertises its' self as a "chocolate oatmeal stout."

T: A fair amount of bitterness is present, but here again just like in thE aroma you have to look for the chocolate to find it. There is a coffee note that shows up at the end.

M: Not as smooth or as much body as I would have hoped for from an oatmeal stout.

D: I find this to be rather drinkable but in a different way than I would have expected from an Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: I don't exactly know what to think about this brew. I certainly like it and will probably drink it again but I don't think that i will reach fro it when I am looking for an Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

Photo of HoppyHachey
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice black color with an average sized tan & chocolate colored head. When held up to the light, nothing gets through. Awesome.

S: Smells like chocolate, plain and simple. I also get a faint smell of maybe coffee beans or something similar.

T: Good flavor, not too strong, not too weak. definitely taste chocolate and now with the taste I'm sticking with the coffee bean being used in it.

MF: Drinks very smooth. Love the flavor my mouth gets. Just really nice and smooth.

O: A great stout to drinks regularly, I would buy this whenever i just wanted a good stout to drink for a reasonable price and easy to get.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Bottled on 05FEB10.

A - Clear on the pour, totally black as muck in the glass. A tall off-white-sepia head of three-fingers lowered a bit too hastily but left some loose lacing.

S - The cocoa nibs add a lot to the aroma of this brew. Behind the roasted malt and rich coffee nose, a thin layer of smoke hovers lightly. No hops found here, just a deep, rich malt nose and mild oats.

T - Smooth oats and roasted malts with a touch of smoke, a sprinkle of coffee grounds, and a thin cocoa flavor. Very average.

M - Exceptionally soft and silky with a low carbonation finish. Dry and bitter from all the roasted malts. Earthy. Full bodied.

D - The mouthfeel makes this beer. Without it, it would be rather bland. The cocoa and additional flavors just seem to be a bit thin to me. It's not bad at all though. A good drinking Oatmeal.

Photo of raznug
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: This beer pours a dark brown with some reddish hues topped with ½” of dark tan head that sticks around quite a while. The head sticks to the glass nicely after each drink.
Smell: The smell of chocolate and roasted coffee combine to make a very tasty smelling porter.
Taste: Roasted flavors dominate the taste with a small amount of chocolate in the background.
Mouthfeel: This beer feels rather watery for a porter not a bad brew just not as good as I was expecting out of this brewery.

Photo of Brunite
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: An extremely dark brown (almost black). About a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half a finger that sticks around.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma. Some coffee notes. There is hardly any notes of chocolate even though it advertises its' self as a "chocolate oatmeal stout."

T: A fair amount of bitterness is present. Likewise the oatmeal is there. This is definitely an oatmeal stout....but no chocolate to speak of.

M: Decent but not as smooth & creamy as I would have expected.

O: A nice beer for an oatmeal stout. A clone of Lost Coast comes to mind. But...points are lost as the "chocolate" is more hyped than delivered. At this price point....I'll be willing to pay more....for more.

Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown with a thin quickly dissipating head; lacing is okay

S: The oats are the show but really it smells earthy, grainy--like wet grains; not all that much going on in the aromas

T: Luckily this tastes better than it smells: chocolate and coffee; roasted malts are the show and this beer gets better with time

F: A bit thin but enough beer sits on the roof of the mouth to make it tolerable

O: This does end up being a nice, session beer; decent beer from Tyranena

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 BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled dated on 2-9-2011 putting this at just over a year old.

Pouring into a 3 Floyds pint glass. Dark brown/black in color with a crop of creamy medium tan foam. Lacing cling to the glass, good retention.

Cocoa powder and a hint of molasses in the initial aromas. Dusting of black pepper spice. Well toasted bready malt and a caramel sweetness arriving later.

Upfront charcoal smoke yields to a dark, bittersweet chocolate in the middle. Modestly malty sweet on the back-end. Bitterness is moderate-high with the dark malts appearing to contribute some of the character. Bitter, over-extracted espresso lingering into the finish.

Nearly oily, medium-full bodied with a moderate-light amount of carbonation. Slight harshness from the roasted malts detracting from the experience.

Bitter chocolate and coffee can sometimes work well together but there's somewhat of a clash going on here. A tad harsh for the style. Not sure if age is playing a factor here but I'd like a shift away from the dark/bitter roasty malts towards some sweetness to help increase session enjoyment.

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.

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
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