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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: 357
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: 357
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 chanokokoro
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic pint glass

Pours a very dark brown with a two and a half finger beige head. An aroma of chocolate and roasted malt rises from the glass. Some sweetness and chocolate greets the tastebuds and quickly shifts to slightly sweet roasted malt finally finishing with a return to chocolate with roasty bitterness. Fairly creamy and smooth, medium-bodied, dead on for the style. A solid, easy drinking oatmeal stout that delivers.

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Photo of areich6
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours with little head. Appears to be a very dark brown color.

S: Smells great. The chocolate and oatmeal notes are very evident. Can't wait to taste it.

T: Does not taste as strong as I thought it would. It isn't bad at all, however, the chocolate and oatmeal flavor is a little light compared to what the smell promised.

M: Really good. Nice and thick which is how I personally like my stouts. Complements the taste nicely.

O: Pretty good representation of the chocolate oatmeal stout genre of beer. It's highest qualities are the mouthfeel and the smell.

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Photo of pschul4
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cola brown on the pour with a small amount of head in spite of a vigourous pour. Sits dark as sin in the glass

S- Definite oatmeal in the nose with a good hint of chocolate towards the back.

T- Tons of basic oatmeal stout flavor with just enough chocolate to get the job done. Excellent job Tyranena!

M- Very smooth in the front with enough carbonation to leave you begging for more

O- A winner! A brewery I was afraid to try for fear of a let down but this is very impressive!

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, the beer was black as night. Producing a slightly tan head of approximatley half of an inch, the aroma gave hints of chocolate and malt to come. As the aroma would lead you to believe, the initial taste was a chocolate malty flavor. What made this taste interesting was the milkiness that came with the flavor. The texture made this stout smooth going down. The flavor did not have much endurance for lingering in the mouth though. The aftertaste came with toasted oats and strong bitter chocolate taste. To go from smooth to bitter seems a bad way to end a stout.

This is far from my favorite Tyranena brew, but it is still very drinkable.

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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 BrewerB
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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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 Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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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 C2H5
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass black with a fluffy tan head.
Smells delicious the chocolate is right there, along with roasted malts and coffee
Taste is great, roasted malts and creamy chocolate a little alcohol in there to remind you that this is a beer.
Very smooth mouth feel, the texture of this beer is excellent
I really enjoyed this beer, It smells and tastes great!

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Photo of Agold
3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really excited for this beer. Poured very dark dark brown, with a short just off white head. Some light gets through around the edges. There is a bit of spotty lacing, but it is very sparse. The first thing I thought when I smelled this beer was roasty. This is very very roasty with a bit of chocolate and not much else. It is pleasant, but on the way to being too roasty. The flavor, however, is too roasty. It tastes like a ton of burnt malt was in this one. It overwhelms everything else, sort of tastes like eating a handful of patent malt. Not horrible, but very overly roasty, and burnt. Mouthfeel does not give you the creamy smooth texture that I like, and it is a bit light, but it is ok. This beer is really nice, but could definitely be improved upon.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 12 oz. brown, stubby bottle and poured into my Trappistes Rochefort chalice. Thick and black as glacial muck, it is. Micro-head fades to beading. Aromas of chocolate fudge and roasted coffee.

Opens wide with a blast of bitter sweet chocolate followed by a slap of molasses and tickle of licorice. Medium-bodied and dry with moderate carbonation. Silky mouthfeel reveals big notes of cocoa powder. Suggestions of vanilla emerge. As it warms, a hint of bourbon surfaces.

Down N' Dirty is a flavorful oatmeal stout with a complex taste profile that moves far beyond its chocolate essence. Cheers!

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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 Duff27
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Thin near-white head. Average head retention and lacing.

S- Faint cola/oatmeal smell.

T- Smooth. Nice oatmeal stout flavor. Chocolate aftertaste, nice.

M- Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

D/O- Pretty solid oatmeal stout with just enough chocolate to set it apart. Highly drinkable. Recommended to oatmeal stout fans.

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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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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 raznug
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Ungertaker
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- Espresso-colored with 1/8" head and no light penetration.

S- Like a chocolate chip cookie with a hint of coffee and roasted malts.

T- Dark chocolate, coffee, and toffee

M- Medium to thick mouthfeel with a low carbonation level.

O- Solid. Nothing to wrtie home about, but a great beer to just sit down and enjoy

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Photo of oline73
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours almost black with some light coming through at the edges. There is a half finger of light tan head that fades to a ring.

Smell: Sweet malt with strong roast. Dark chocolate and mild coffee.

Taste: Smooth but not super full of flavor. Quite bitter from the roast. Hints of chocolate and coffee. Bitter roasty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: Just ok. Would have liked more body. The taste was a bit too bitter, needs more balance.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 07/29/11 notes. Received in the Gang Bang BIF courtesy of the Chicago group; thanks guys! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SAVOR snifter.

a - Pours a dark brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of chocolate, coffee, vanilla, and roasted malts. Chocolate and coffee up front, and the cream/vanilla is very light.

t - Tastes of coffee, lightly bittter chocolate, roasted malts, cream, vanilla, and bready malts. Lots of coffee jumps out, more so than the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation, with a very smooth and creamy body. Very nice mouthfeel, and very easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice oatmeal stout that is very easy to drink. Lots of coffe up front in the taste, and a great mouthfeel. Would have again.

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Photo of Holland
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Binny's South Loop during a 90+ degree day in Chicago. Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: black, with a tan head that produces some nice lacing. Pretty standard for an oatmeal stout I guess. Looks a bit thin.

S: smells rich, like roasted malts, especially oats. Some hints of chocolate, but I didn't pick up any coffee on this one.

T: no surprises here after smelling it - same malts, with some sweetness that I like with the roasted malts.

M: medium bodied, delicious and smooth.

O: I love this beer and I'd have it again if I had the chance. Stacks up well against any oatmeal stout I've had.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
2.93/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours deep daark brown/black with about a fingers worth of tan creamy head. The fades rather quickly and leaves a nice smattering of lacing.

S- Roasted coffee and Hersheys syrup. Has kind of an artificial chocolate smell. Not horrible, but not really rich and delicious like a good chocolate stout should be.

T- Just like the nose tells you. Thankfully a bit more coffee than fake chocolate flavor. A touch of smokey malt flavor.

M- A touch on the thin side, but nice. The oatmeal thickens the mouthfeel just enough. Certainly not viscous, but not thin and watery either. No real sence of carbonation.

O- Not as good as I was hoping for, but better than the nose led me to think it was gonna be. I probably wouldn't go out of my way to have this again, but I'm glad I did.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle sample- quite dark milk chocolate colour with decent clarity. Had to pour vigoursly to get much head, which disappeared quickly. Nose faint roast and powdered chocolate. Taste- lactic quality from the oatmeal, followed by a more powdered chocolate and roast. Not overly sweet- balanced out with hop/roast bitterness. Nice mouthfeel- as it coats the mouth is a pleasant fashion. Decent, if not unspectacular.

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