Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 103
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 11-12-2010

Bourbon barrels filled with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and our chocolate oatmeal double stout.
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Photo of orbitalr0x
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a deep dark black with a solid half inch of creamy tan head on top. Sticky lacing around the top of the glass. Aromas are a bold mix of rich cocoa, vanilla and deep roasted malts. The chocolate is just great here. Woody oak with just the perfect touch of bourbon. Really lovely aroma.

First sip brings smooth dark roasted malts upfront swimming in rich cocoa flavors. Vanilla makes itself known along with a touch of coffee. The oak notes hit on the way down along with a well integrated bourbon flavor. Well balanced and very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Goes down easy and extremely tasty. This is one of my favorite Brewers Gone Wild beers and I'm hoping to see it brewed again someday! Cheers to Tyranena!

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is very heavy on the chocolate with some roasted malt, oak and bourbon notes thrown in. The barrel-aged notes are stronger in the flavor, where the bourbon and maple is the first thing to come through. I also get a nice amount of chocolate, as well as some vanilla and some alcohol. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of mondegreen
3.91/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle into a Founders Tulip. Bottled on 11/04/10.

Before we get started a quick question. Why is Tyranena bottling this series in twist offs?? Seems a shabby treatment for what appears to be their 'premium' series.

I received this bottle in a trade.

Pours very dark brown with a razor thin head that quickly dissipates. Knocking a half point for the head, as the bottle promises a "thick cocoa head." A little lacing clings to the glass.

Aromas of rich chocolate and oak dominate the nose with hints of bourbon and vanilla lying in wait.

The bourbon really comes out in the taste. The rest of the flavors play supporting role, but they weave together nicely.

This beer is a bit of a letdown in the mouthfeel category. Very thin for the style.

Drinks nicely, could stand a little more heft to carry the flavors, but overall a nice beer.

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mark – much obliged!

Pours one shade from black with a one-finger light brown head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of smooth roasted malts with large amounts of dark and milk chocolate aromas, all balanced by solid amounts of vanilla.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Slightly dry roasted malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by moderate amounts of dark chocolate. Midway through the sip the flavors lighten with the addition of milk chocolate and hints of vanilla. The chocolate and vanilla carry through near the end of the sip, where they join slight amounts of bourbon that lead to a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer – a well done beer that doesn't overdo any singular facet. Well worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a black body with a thin wisp of tan head that fades to a ring and is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has hints of chocolate with a light coffee roast in the finish.

T- The mellow roasted black malt has a soft cocao nibs note to it and a water flavor that grows as the beer opens. The finish has a light chocolate note and some roasted bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The light chocolate flavor and soft stout malt flavors is not nearly as impressive as the bottle describes it. This reminds me of a chocolate Charleston chew without all the chewing.

Photo of mdaschaf
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mnbearsfan, this beer just sounds like something I want to try.

A: Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights. Not head or lacing at all. Very thin ring of foam on top.

S: Lots of bitter/bakers chocolate and vanilla, it hits right away. There is a little bit of roasted malt underneath it. The bourbon isn't very strong, but very subtle.

T: Very tasty. Lots of chocolate mixed with plenty of vanilla with hints of oak. The bourbon is again, rather faint, but adds a nice little kick to it. There is a little bit of cream as well.

M: Medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, rather smooth. With a nice vanilla kick at the end.

O: A very nice beer, lived up to its name. Would definitely drink this one again.

Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Leffe goblet. Pours black, dark brown edges with a thin tan head that fades quickly into a collar, a bit watery looking. Smell is chocolate, coffee bitterness, sweet vanilla, a hint of bourbon. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon, roasted malts, a great melding of flavors as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, medium body and light carbonation. Drinkability is good on this. The low ABV for the style aids in it not having alcohol flavor, smell or warmth in the finish. If this beer was considered an American stout, which i think it is closer to, it would be one of the best in the style.

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, with a slight head of deep tan bubbles. No lace.

On the nose, I get chocolate and wood.

Taste is strong and smooth, with an abundance of vanilla tones, but with some oak and a hint of bourbon-whiskey-alcohol burn.

Delightful and worthy.

3.28/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz into bruges tulip, from notes.
A: Pours a good looking black body with a nice tan head. The head settles into a foamy layer, lacing is left, but lasts longer than the head retention.
S: The aroma is a very strange example for this type of stout. Low on the intensity and overall flavors. A bit of chocolate comes through. A lighter ale aroma is present.
T/M: This is a very light bodied double stout. The front is a smooth and quick mouthfeel of light stout and then hits flavors of the chocolate and vanilla, which are both very subtle. The dry mouthfeel, does not project much of a linger, while I am not finding any notes of barrel aging.
D: This being an average double flavored stout, it does not stand up to the rest of the competition. A middle of the road offering, while not shining too bright.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Not the most carbonated beer. Elevated pour barely yields a thin mocha film atop the brew that dissipates as quickly as it forms. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is nearly non-existant with a spot here or there and little cling.

S: This one is described as a barrel aged chocolate, vanilla imperial stout... I barely get any of those flavors in the nose. Not to say that its not pleasant. Hints of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, and fudge. Slight booziness as I breath deep. Very subtle though and barely detectable.

T: Opens sweet and oily. Notes of sweet booze, chocolate, roasted malt, and raisins. Sweet soy sauciness creeps up towards the middle as the carbonation builds just a bit. Chocolate gets sweeter and is complemented by a subtlely sweet vanilla towards the end. Finish is cocoa and roasted malt bitterness. Aftertaste is more fo the same.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and viscous in the mouth. A surprising amount of bubbles though, given the appearance. Finishi is sticky and drawn out and aftertaste lingers just a bit.

D: I think I was expecting a bit more from the description but this beer actually comes across as very enjoyable and solid overall. Not the most complex and the barrel-aging barely comes through the other flavors but the chocolate and vanilla are detectable and the feel is almost spot on. Worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single - seems like its been a while since the last brewers gone wild brew.

"double stout brewed with cocao nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans"

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, chocolatey brown body, tan head with light retention

smell: chocolate milk, vanilla bean, mild bourbon, oats, subtle roastiness.

taste: Very interesting blend of great flavors - chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, LOTS of chocolate. vanilla bean, oats, fudge cake, bourbon plays nicely but not overpowering. I like this a lot, but some of their other barrel aged efforts have turned out better. Calling this a double stout is pushing it - it's a solid american stout

mouthfeel: a little thin, creamy

drinkability: good

Photo of Bobby12many
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep motor oil brown, near black, with a big refined head that reminds me of a fine chocolate mousse.

S - Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee and roasted malt. The nose almost reminds me of a Chocolate Mocha drink from Starbucks. Incredibly sweet and inviting.

T - Lives up to the nose. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors up front give way to a smooth vanilla roastiness out back. Absolutely delicious.

M - A bit thinner than I would have liked considering the richness of these flavors, and the carbonation finds the door rather quickly. However, it is not watery and still has some chewiness to it.

D - Incredibly drinkable Imperial Stout. I did not find the rich chocolate and vanilla sweetness to be cloying, but can imagine it being so to some peoples palettes. I will be picking up more of this one for sure. 2 or 3 of these in a night doesn't sound like it would be a challenge in the least.

Photo of plfahey
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Jet black in color, totally opaque. Thin brown head with some lacing and fair retention.

Aroma-Wow, kick ass. Complex aroma of roasted malt (coffee, chocolate, and slightly burnt) play in the background of the huge chocolate aroma from the cocoa nibs. Also prominent is a sour-oaky aroma and a light vanilla note. Hops are absent. This smells delicious.

Flavor-This beer is pure dessert. Smooth and complex flavor profile of dark chocolate, vanilla bean, oak, and bourbon is supported by undertones of coffee and roast. Some alcohol shows through in the finish, but is pleasant, and not hot. Sour tang present in the nose is much lighter in the flavor.

Mouthfeel-Full body, though not quite chewy. Moderate carbonation. Moderate alcohol warmth. Silky smooth.

This beer is pretty phenomenal. I don't think I could drink a ton, but its definitely delicious. This would go great with a ton of different desserts, but would also work quite well as a dessert on its own. Fantastic.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super dark brown, black if you have to say it, in color. Thick brown head with ample retention.

Smelled of chocolate and some biscuit. Some sweet caramel to it but I think it was just more mild chocolate.

The chocolate is up front and strong. Very tasty. Vanilla and caramel top it off with bits of toffee and roasted chocolate malt.

This is a smooth and full filling beer. It's got a very creamy mouthfeel and is almost like a slice of chocolate-coffee cake.

This was really good, I wanted another but it was a gift pour from my main craft beer bar and I was appreciative of the tasty treat. Well made brew.

Photo of nickd717
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle thanks to aasher, who sent it to me unsolicited.

Black in color with a one-finger tan head and some good lacing.

The aroma is nice and strong, big chocolate notes go along with roastiness, vanilla, oak, and bourbon.

The taste is damned good. Lots of chocolate, coffee, roast, vanilla, and a great -bal character with bourbon. This is tasty.

Smooth on the mouthfeel with lower carbonation and a little booziness.

Great -bal aged beer, especially at only 7.5%. This hit the spot and made me feel better after a subpar homebrewing session.

Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for including this in a recent exchange. Thanks Jon!

Pours black, maybe a deep brown, with a finger of tight dark mocha head. Swirling this elicits a rich ½ finger of froth, leaving back a robust cascade of thick foamy lacing. The aroma is heavy with the bourbon barrel at first, but then starts to mellow out as this warms, creating a rich mélange of molasses, burnt wood, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and a dash of brown sugars. There's just a delicious complexity to this in the nose.

The barrel is much bolder in the taste, with a dry and charred tannic character that bonds to the roast and citric hops of the base Stout. Chocolate malts add some sticky sweetness to the edges of the profile but this just missing the delicious flavors and complexity of the nose. A warm burnt dryness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller medium bodied, with a mostly mellow creaminess to the carbonation in the mouth. This just seems a touch light for the size and flavors that are involved here, with those tannins from the barrel thinning this out just a bit too much. Any alcohol warmth seems to be coming strictly from the bourbon flavors and not from the body.

This was a bit of a let-down for me, especially considering that I really like the regular Down & Dirty, as the barrel aging just kind of ran over the over flavors at times and couldn't nearly compete with that wonderful aroma. Like all BGW beers from Tyranena, it's definitely worth at least trying but this one just didn't wow me like I thought it would.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This could be interesting, my love of Tyranena Imperial Porters/Stouts vs. my hatred for Coco Nibs in beer. Which will win? Into the Two Brothers Northwind snifter...

A - Dark enough brown to qualify as black, with a rich mocha-looking head. Getting some lacing, and the head retention is quite good for a double/impy stout.

S - Chocolate? Check. Roast? Check. Vanilla? Check. Whiskey? Check. Oak? Check. Anything else? Not so much... The roast does provide some balance to the sweetness though, so it doesn't strike me as 100% diabetes in a bottle.

T - Again, vanilla, sweet chocolate and toasty oak flavors really dominate at the entry. More balanced imperial stout flavors, such as roast and whiskey seem to follow at the midpalate, followed by more whiskey and bitter chocolate at the swallow. The hops provide some bitterness and resin-like flavors in the short finish, allowing for mild lingering vanilla sweetness and whiskey burn.

M - Like most Tyranena Imperial Porters/Stouts, this beer has more carbonation than usual for its style, which makes the viscosity feel lighter.

D - Well, this was a much better experience than I have ever had with coco nibs. Might not qualify as life-changing, but a very nice American Imperial/Double Stout. What it lacks in viscosity, it makes up in drinkability. It might not have great complexity of flavor, but it does do a great job expressing all of the spices added in the beer. The only thing I noticed was that the short finish left me with a bit of an empty sensation at the end of each sip. Still, it's another flavorful, exciting Brewers Gone Wild edition from Tyranena.

Photo of thagr81us
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks goes out to sproser for sending me this one in the Secret Santa '10 BIF! Served from bottle into a Duck-Rabbit snifter. Poured pitch black with a half finger light brown head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of roasted malt, coffee, caramel, cream, and dark chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, vanilla, very slight oak, sweet alcohol, and cream. It had a heavy feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent all-around brew. The flavor was great and very nicely balanced while still being complex enough to keep you guessing what was going on. The aroma was also very nice with the touch of cream and dark chocolate. Just plain good anyway you put it... An absolute must try!

Photo of hopsbreath
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for the hook up here. Twelve ounce bottle dated 11-04-2010 poured into my Terrapin snifter.

A: Dark brown body with cola amber edges, a couple fingers of short lived beige head falls to a wisp ring. No lacing. 2/5

S: Nice notes of bourbon and vanilla are strong with this one. Rich chocolate holds everything on its shoulders. 4/5

T: Bourbon soaked caramel, peppery -bal spice, and milky sweet chocolate. Great in your face sweetness. 4/5

M: A little thinner than what is typical of barrel aged stouts, moderate amount of spritzy carbonation, and appropriately sticky finish. 3/5

O: I really enjoy this beer. To pack so much flavor into a low for the style ABV is pretty impressive. 4/5

Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours and dark chocolate almost black body with a heavy tan head.

S- Smell of Bourbon but not to strong at all with cocoa nibs and vanilla/

T- You can taste the vanilla and cocoa nibs with rich chocolate malts in a good blend of bourbon at the finish.

M- Very heavy almost velvety and creamy with a smoothness of the bourbon and vanilla and cocoa nibs present.

D- Dang this beer is good a pefect blend of flavors nothing is over powering it just blended nicely. Get it and enjoy it like me.


Photo of CruisaC
3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a recent trade with nwu008; thanks Erin.

A fairly wimpy dark khaki head forms with a fairly vigorous pour into my Rodenbach snifter.

Smells a little weak. I get some coffee and chocolate but I find I have to take in a pretty big drag to pick much up. Maybe a hint of bourbon on the end.

Taste is better: tons of chocolate-flavored iced coffee. A bit of bourbon on the back end but I had to let it warm (as I probably should have from the get-to) to get much of this. pleasant overall.

Medium body, good carbonation. Would prefer just a touch thicker but I'm reaching here.

Overall lots of potential here that seemed to just slightly miss the mark. Still pretty tasty and I'm glad to have tried it.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark viscosity into a generic tulip, achieving about a finger of mocha colored head that dissipates at a moderate pace, lacing the sides of the glass nicely.

Smell - Nice coco puffs chocolate aroma with roasted malts, slight vanilla, and oak.

Taste - A very nice flavor. Nothing "jumps out" at me as overwhelming but it seems to be a damn balanced stout. Again, this may take away from its "wow" factor, but it does have some nice flavors. Heavy chocolate, bourbon, just a little of vanilla, and more chocolate.

Mouthfeel - Medium to lighter bodied (if this was a bit thicker I would have enjoyed it a bit more). Lower carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so. Glad I picked up this single and could see myself buying a sixer of these in the future.

Photo of emerge077
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on: 04NOV10

Thin ring of tan stucco up top, spotty flash on the sides. Wispy across the surface. Jet black body. Frothy sticky edges.

Deep and distinguishable aromas, all coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. Softened with age, but still spongy and marshmallow sweet.

Milky sweetness, vanilla and coffee figure largely into the flavor, earthy dark roast coffee bitterness cameos later. Vague hints of char in the aftertaste. Melted dark chocolate intertwines with a light bourbon impression.

Thin, milky, lightly buttery feel, lightly astringent from the roast. Similar to a few other Tyranena stouts of distant memory. Big on flavor, light on body... could beef up a little. A tasty stout, glad to have tried it.

Photo of BHwks
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Bottle is dated November 4, 2010 (a little tricky to see, in black ink right between the base of the neck and where the bottle starts to fatten up)

A - Dark brown/black in color with very little head.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate, some sweet notes in the background, I'm not getting much bourbon or vanilla on the nose.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate, some sweetness on the finish. The bourbon seems to come through on the finish in the sweetness, though not as boozy tasting as some bourbon barrel aged stouts. I'm really not getting much vanilla, if anything it's blending in with the bourbon on the finish.

M - Very smooth and not as rich as many other barrel aged stouts. I'm not sure if I like this - part of me likes how it's not as sweet and cloying as some, and another part of me would like more body.

D - Very good considering the style - this is on the lighter side for an imperial stout, if there is such a thing.

Overall, I really like this beer. It reminds me of their dirty old man rye porter (also a Brewer's Gone Wild series beer) but with more oomph - more flavor and roastiness, which it should have, since it's a stout. I also like the fact that this beer clocks in at 7.5% alcohol and still provides similar flavors to beers in the 10% range. I can't stress enough how smooth this beer is, considering the flavor profile. Tyranena more often than not really strikes gold with their Brewer's Gone Wild series, and at about 9.99 a 4 pack the price makes their beers a good value when compared to similar beers that will get into the $15-20 range per 4 pack. Definitely look out for this one.

Photo of Gumballbrogan
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great dark brown appearance with mocha colored head poured from the tap. Had a great chocolate/vanilla aroma with hints of caramel and mocha. Very slight bourbon taste which takes a backseat to the dominant vanilla/chocolate flavors. Very smooth and palatable. Incedibly drinkable.

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Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier from Tyranena Brewing Company
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