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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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Ratings: 316
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.62%
Wants: 57
Gots: 22 | 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:
Oatmeal Stout brewed with cocoa nibs. Available: February-March.

(Beer added by: Buebie on 02-12-2010)
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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.

alleykatking, May 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, May 06, 2011
Photo of TheDTrain
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was really excited to try this brew...mostly because of the name. In my opinion, if you're going to call your brew Down n Dirty Oatmeal Chocolate Stout, you'd better bring your A game because you're going to have to throw down with Founders, Rouge, Southern Tier, etc. which make incredible chocolate stouts. Down n Dirty was good and quite drinkable, but is not in the same league as the others. Nose was pretty faint. Body was a little thin IMO. The roasty malts, light coco, mild earthy and oats are good but not enough to grease my train wheels.

TheDTrain, May 06, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

Deep dark brown pour with a nice inch of tan head on top. Slow fade left behind a minmal head but some decent side glass lacing. The aroma was rich with roasted malts, hints of molasses and burnt caramel and a touch of a smoke like note as well. Even feel here with a lighter side of dull but still nice feel on it. The flavor came through nicely balanced with a rich profile that was not over the top and a mellow finish that really hit the spot

mikesgroove, May 05, 2011
Photo of stxSS07
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Killian's pint

A- Pours a deep brown with a 1 1/2 finger khaki head that recedes and stays at about 1/2 finger. Decent lacing hangs around. Nice looking beer.

S- Like an oatmeal stout on choco-coffe-roids. Oats coming though with a big hit of coffee followed up with some dark chocolate.

T- Dead on oatmeal stout followed up with a kick of bitter coffee and chocolate notes. Amazing.

M- Medium bodied and creamy. Coats the mouth and allows you to reflect on the taste.

O- A fine brew. Since I tried this last year it has been one of my favorite oatmeal stouts. I just wish it was year-round, that and Tyranena got more out to my area!

stxSS07, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of HoppyHachey
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

HoppyHachey, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of dbossman
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
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

dbossman, Apr 16, 2011
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.

secondtooth, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of brian44556
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a Stone Tulip. Bottled on Feb. 09, 2011.

Pours a pitch black, with a small tan head that diminishes rather quickly. The lacing though on this beer is amazing. There is a constant lace ring around the beer the whole time. Smells of roasted barley, oatmeal, chocolate, bread, and smoke. The smell isn't anything to write home about, but works. The taste is phenomenal. Strong hints of roasted barley, sweet chocolate, and oatmeal. Mouthful is pretty thin and there isn't much carbonation there. Overall I love this beer. There are a few characteristics that don't make this beer world-class, but the taste makes up for those and puts this into an elite category of good beers. I will definitely have this on my radar to grab in the future.

brian44556, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of Brunite
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Brunite, Apr 14, 2011
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.

KarlHungus, Apr 11, 2011
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.

TMoney2591, Apr 06, 2011
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

Snow81, Apr 06, 2011
Photo of treehouse
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

smells like a light barleywine...some sweet chocolate...

mouthed....brownies and barleywine..heavy sugared coffee beans....that sticks with you....uplifting at 6.3%...rather then a kbs that lulls you into gentle sleep....not much depth to this but rather varying flavors floating about on their own....

treehouse, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of dciBA
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to boxcar01 for this extra....

Poured from the 12oz bottle into my heavy bottomed pint glass. Color is black with mahogany on the edges. A vigorous pour brings out a 1/4" of tan head that fades quickly to just a skimming. Thin wispy lacing.

Smell is dominated by a coffee like roastiness. There's some milk chocolate in there as well. Simple smell, but well done.

Taste is a little more complex. Roasted coffee beans are the strongest flavor. The chocolate mixes in nicely, although I wouldn't mind it being stronger. The beer finishes with a nice dark fruit flavor.

Body is on the thin side for style but doesn't detract too much. Carbonation is good, with a fairly slick mouthfeel. Finish is a little sweet. Flavor doesn't last too long on the palate. A good beer no doubt, not sure I'd advertise the chocolate part. Maybe just call it an oatmeal stout and let the drinker discover the chocolate.

dciBA, Mar 30, 2011
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.

morimech, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of aasher
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

aasher, Mar 24, 2011
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.

JohnnyChicago, Mar 22, 2011
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.

tapman, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark dark brown with a little caramel highlights - 1+finger tan head that left lacing down glass

smells of strong chocolate and oatmeal - the only thing that is missing is the coffee and i would have thought this was FBS

taste is just like the nose - bitter chocolate oatmeal and a slight coffee taste - not as good as FBS but still very solid

mouthfeel is light medium good carb very smooth and creamy

drinkability is good - this is a solid oaty stout and a fine substitute for FBS

jsh420, Mar 13, 2011
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.

flyingspatula, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of jrallen34
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Rodenbach tulip... The body is a dark brown, almost black, looks good settled but as its pours its much lighter and blah. A light tan head that is gone right away only leaving the thinest of rings and no lacing... The aroma is disappointing, the front is tons of peat and very hot, only on the back end do I get some really nice chocolate notes. The chocolate is nice but I'm disappointed I don't get any nice creamy notes from the oatmeal. Slightly better as it warms... The taste is much better than the aroma, flavors are much more integrated, cocoa nibs, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. A decent creaminess in taste and feel... The mouthfeel is a bitter warmer and full than a typical oatmeal stout... A touch too much alcohol presents for a stout that I would just love to crush.

This is above average but nothing special. Didn't expect much form Tyranena so it actually exceeded by expectations.

jrallen34, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black in color, barely permeable to light, with faint garnet highlights. Relatively clear. Thin tan head with fair retention.

Aroma-Coffee grounds, slight smoke, some chocolate and cocoa. Plum and prune fruit esters.

Flavor-Super roasty, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The mid-palate has bittersweet dark chocolate and plum flavors, and the finish is roasty coffee grounds. Slight tart flavor as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and silky smooth. The finish is bone dry from the dark malt, but it doesn't quite reach astringency.

This was a weird beer experience. The first half of the bottle I drank had low carbonation, which made the beer seem flat, made the roast a bit over harsh, and made the body feel thin and watery. The second pour out of the bottle was moderately carbonated, and all of the other elements of the beer swung into balance. I think the beer doesn't hold its carbonation particularly well, but right out of the bottle its pretty damn good.

plfahey, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of imagese
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single purchased @ Famous in Lombard, IL

A- Dark dark ruby that lets the slightest bit of light thru. Lighter on the edges. Two finger thin head faded fast and lefy soft lacing

S- Dry cocoa, licorice, and earthy hop

T- bitter chocolate followed by a dry grainy oatmeal taste. Hop bitterness hangs around at the end

M- medium body, but a little oily. Carbonation is a tad high, but not too bad

D- Glad I tried it, but doubt I'd seek it out again. Way better options in the realm of American Stouts from the region

imagese, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of Arenbeer
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A- Pours solid black with a thin 1 finger tan head that doesn't last other than a nice thin coating on the top. Not much lacing other than some small spots.

S- Dark roasted malts with some nice sweet oatmeal and chocolate. Definitely some coffee in there with a slight nuttiness.

T- Just like it smells. Tons of roasted malts with a nice bittersweet dark chocolate. Nice fullness and flavor from the oats definitely some coffee in there.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish but not bad.


Arenbeer, Mar 06, 2011
Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 316 ratings.