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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: 358
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: 358
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Standard pour yields a 1 finger, fine chocolate head with poor retention. Beer is opaque black. Lacing is patchy but with very little cling.

S: Roasted malt sourness, licquorice, chocolate, and cocoa powder. Nose is very subdued here with nothing really peaking out too far.

T: Roasted malt sourness, cocoa bitterness, dark chocolate overtones. Finishes oily and sticky. Sourness dominates the whole experience, but this one doesn't taste infected, rather, its more of an oatmeal flavor taken a bit too extreme.

M: Medium bodied, little carbonation, oily and smooth. Coats the palate and finishes slightly dry but messy, leaves a slightly sticky residue.

D: Just ok, this Tyranena offering lacks degree of complexity, which is a shame since it definitely has the body to pull it off. Characteristic oatmeal stout flavor dominates everything else leaving little to be enjoyed. I'd give this another go but this isn't really one of Tyranena's winners.

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Photo of jegross2
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Very dark walnut color with about average sized, foamy, frothy, slightly sticky, dark cafe head. Average carbonation with a thin foamy lace left.

S - Pretty sweet aroma with sweet chocolate and malt and oat. Also caramel flavors. Hints of spice and a nice nutty and slightly earthy aroma.

T - Follows the nose. A lot of chocolate with sweet chocolate outweighing the bittersweet chocolate. Roasted oat and some roasted malt also present. Touch of smoked nut, earthy flavors, and a hint of coffee. Chocolate dominates though, and it is sweet (not cloying though).

M - What I want in an oatmeal stout. Medium body with about average carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy feel.

D - Easy to drink oatmeal stout. Sweet chocolate but a nice balance with roasted oat and malt to balance it out. Tasty and a great mouthfeel.

Notes: A wonderful oatmeal stout. A touch on the sweet side, but it works well. A very nice beer with plenty of chocolate flavor. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 February 2011. Been meaning to drink this one for a while, and now that stout season is back, it's time.

Pours deep brown, nearly black, but with some light visible at the edges. Half-finger of coffee-colored head, fades fast, leaves some decent lacing, though.

Smell is good, and exactly as expected based on the beer's name. Dark chocolate, oats, and some nice bitter roasted malts. Has an interesting sugary chocolate syrup aroma, too. There's a reason so many breweries make chocolate oatmeal (+ coffee) stouts - they make a great combination.

Taste is similar to the smell, but with more pronounced bitter chocolate and rich oaty sweetness. Those two elements form rough peaks in an otherwise smooth beer, throwing it a bit out of balance.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Has that wonderful oaty full smooth feeling, but not quite as chewy as I'd like. Carbonation is low.

A good oatmeal stout; the chocolate adds more to the smell than to the flavor. Taste strikes me as a little unbalanced, and the mouthfeel is thin and flat, turning what could be a very good beer into one that's enjoyable, but not super impressive. Hard to choose this when there's Founders Breakfast Stout around (granted that's a bigger beer, but it's everything this is and so much more).

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Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Subtle notes of roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smoke.

T: Slightly sweet and a little bitter from the roasted malt. Coffee with a natural tasting coco. Not bittersweet chocolate and not milk/sweet chocolate, it just tastes natural, in a pure form. A little sweeter than most oatmeal stouts, but still very good.

M/D: Fuller body, fine carbonation bubbles makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the high side for this style. Very drinkable.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
3.03/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into my Darkness snifter.

Dark with brown highlights, hard pour yields a full finger’s width of khaki head that dips after a moment to thin surface skim. Lacing is evident.

Smells and tastes of lactic sweetness and milky chocolate. The oatmeal lends a creaminess and slightly sour note to the finish.

Creamy feel but there’s something here that just doesn’t jive with me. The chocolate just doesn’t mesh well with the lactic qualities here. Leaves a rather distracting and unwelcomed aftertaste of lightly soured and heavily burnt malt.

Tyranena is a brewery that I want to pull for. I’m wondering if the continual assistant brewer turnover there is hindering what this brewery is capable of. Where are the distant BGW gems that this brewery used to put out? Where is the unrealized potential? Kinda tired of the mediocre beers Tyranena seems to be putting out as of late.

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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 alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown. Lots of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The head resolves to a thin sheen. Thick lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: Very nice earthy smoked tones couple well with dark roasted coffee aromas. A whiff of dry cocoa rides the waves. very nice.

Taste: Darkly roasted malt with a near char lead the way. A bit of smoke flashes across my palate. Not really getting the chocolate but honestly I dont care this is a nice stout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is super smooth!... The carbonation is low and works really well with the beers character. This is a super nice Oatmeal Stout. I would buy this beer often if it was in the Cincinnati market.

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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 Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.14/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin wispy tan head and good lacing down the glass.

Aroma is cocoa with a whiff of oatmeal. The cocoa nibs are very present here.

Flavor follows the aroma. Lots of chocolate all the way through.

Smooth and silky with medium carbonation.

Very solid beer. The mouthfeel is sublime and I love the strong chocolate presence.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass a deep brown almost balck color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy tan tan. The aroma is everywhere! I just poured it and can smell sitting here at the computer. Smells of dark roast, chocolate, and something slighly bitter. The flavor is extremely smooth. The roasted malt is well balanced and smooth. Dark chocolate after taste with a touch of coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Alcohol flavor not present.
I bought this to give out as extras since it is local but decided to crack to see how it was and I was very surprised! Very good!

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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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

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Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. that was bottled on the first of february, 2010. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body. very little ruby red can be seen along the edges of the glass when held up to a light. a finger of long lasting and tightly knit tan colored head sits on top. a solid wall of lacing is left behind.

S- roasted malts come on first but not too strong. after that comes the definite scent of oatmeal. both milk and dark chocolate can also be detected. i get a small amount of coffee at the end. very complex and inviting.

T- the taste is just as complex and inviting as the nose. greeted upfront by dark roasted malts that dont come on and cover up other flavors. oatmeal is also a strong player in this one. as are both dark and milk chocolate. a lightly coffee like finish.

M- full bodied with a little too much carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- easy to finish and another success from tyranena. ill check this one out again. it reminds me of a sort of breakfast stout light.

edited once i was shown where the bottled on information was.

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Photo of RickS95
4.07/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.86/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice froth you have there, mr. beverage

smells like chocolate roastiness. molasses

not big, and the oatmeal smoothness makes the beer megadrinkable. strong bitterness keeps things in balance and ensures this is no dessert beer. honestly, i think it's too strong: the beer isn't so rich that it risks being syrupy or cloying. reel it in so i can enjoy the oatmeal and chocolate

tasty for sure but not what i have come to expect from Tyranena.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a recent trade. Off we go...

A: Carbonated black looking with a small mocha head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of heavy roasty oatmeal upfront blended with hints of vanilla in the middle and cocao coffee on the backend. Good.

T: I get a watery bitter roasty oatmeal upfront blended with some coffee flavors. Kind of awkwardly placed carbonation in the flavor. Kind of takes away from this one. I get some vanilla on the backend. Ok.

M: A little too heavy on the carbonation on this one. Decent.

D: It doesn't go down as good as hoped. The watery bitter oatmeal and awkward carbonation makes this one a little harder to get through. Decent.

All in all, this brew was a let down. Not worth hunting and definitely not a top line stout. I am so tempted to pull a BCS from the fridge to make up for this one. We'll see...

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Photo of Scotchboy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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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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 SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

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