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Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Ratings: 282
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 104
Gots: 36 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrels filled with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and our chocolate oatmeal double stout.

(Beer added by: beerwolf77 on 11-12-2010)
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Photo of tewaris
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier
Barrel Aged Chocolate Vanilla Double Stout
Tyranena Brewing Company LLC

Late 2010 bottled 12 oz bottle with a screw off cap poured into a Three Philosophers glass on 10/02/2011.

Appearance 3/5

The first thing you notice is that this beer is not all that stout-y looking: visibly thin, a lighter shade of brown than most stouts, and while it's hard to talk about the clarity of this kind of beer, it seems murkier than most. Still, there's nothing horrible about the way it looks, and I might be nitpicking. Not big on head, head retention or lacing either but that's forgivable for a barrel aged beer I guess.

Aroma 4/5

A complex and very well rounded aroma: coffee, chocolate, perhaps vanilla. Bourbon is present but not overpowering. The thing about the aroma of a well done beer of this kind is that the flavors complement each other so well that it's tough to point out what's lending what.

Taste 4.5/5

Equally delicious as the aroma, but much stronger, the taste is a great combination of complementing elements: coffee, chocolate and later, vanilla. Bitter, acidic, and smooth, this is a great tasting beer. A clean, long finish, full of desserty deliciousness. There's not much roast involved here but I am not complaining. Some alcohol shows up towards the end.

Mouthfeel 3/5

Silky and low on carbonation as would be preferred for a flavor profile like this, this beer is very well done in that respect but is awfully thin: so much that nothing can make up for it. Agreed that the alcohol is on the lower side, but still, there are examples with similar alcoholic strength but better body.

Drinkability 5/5

I could drink more than one and not regret it in any way. An underdog that I would describe as "poor man's KBS!"

tewaris, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of alcstradamus
2.73/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a near black with a late rising quarter finger of head.

The aroma is mostly dry dusty cocoa and oak. The vanilla sweetness is also quite prominent.

The flavor is a pretty big letdown based on what this beer is. Not really complex despite the barrel aging. Dusty cocoa and oak dominate with some citrusy hops. The vanilla sweetness is a bit cloying.

The body is medium and carbonation is low and somewhat watery. Overall this beer is pretty average and quite disappointing.

alcstradamus, Feb 10, 2011
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!

orbitalr0x, Feb 10, 2011
Photo of zhanson88
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this beer as an extra in a trade with accordelux. Thanks!

Appearance: This beer pours out a medium brown color that appears an opaque black when settled in the glass, with a slight amount of brown around the edges. About half a finger of light tan head forms; retention time is pretty short and a thin film remains afterward. Lacing is decent. Overall it definitely doesn't look as intense as many imperial stouts that I've had.

Smell: Roasted malts, cocoa, vanilla, and slight bourbon barrel quality are prevalent. Not too bad at all.

Taste: Slight roasted malt, cocoa and vanilla show up, as well as a hint of bourbon barrel quality. The flavors are pretty good but less concentrated than other elite imperial stouts.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: The body on the beer is medium which I find pretty light. There is a fair amount of carbonation but I don't think it retracts from the feel much. Overall this beer has some nice flavors but just isn't as rich and flavorful as others out there in the same category. It is pretty drinkable in the end though due to lower ABV.

zhanson88, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of Wasatch
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to injuredreserve for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, some carbonation, little fizzy tan head, with minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, sweet, lots of chocolate/toffee notes, nice touch of vanilla. The taste is sweet, malty, lots of chocolate/toffee. Medium body. Very Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Tyranena.

Wasatch, Feb 03, 2011
Photo of salvo
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours midnight black and opaque from the bottle into my Sam Adams beer glass. Very small tan head quickly dissipates to a tan ring around the edge. Tiny, tiny bubbles emerge from the murk and hold the sides of the glass.

Smells of rich, earthy, roast malts and molasses. Some faint vanilla and chocolate in the nose. Bourbon asserts itself more as the motor-oil-like liquid begins to warm. Roasty and malty in the front of the mouth where it tingles, thick and almost milky over the tongue, and then lightly peppery and tingly (alcohol or carbonation? perhaps both?) on the back of the tongue.

Coats the tongue and lets the tastes linger: wood, chocolate, vanilla, whiskey roughly in that order. Very drinkable and actually light in alcohol (at 7.5%) for the size and richness of the mouthfeel.

Caveat emptor: I am not a lover of stout, so your milage may vary. (For instance, I do not enjoy Dark Lord, though I do love KBS and Bell's Bourbon Barrel Stout, so it's not like I don't have taste buds. Just prefer the d/I/IPA side of things.)

salvo, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of MbpBugeye
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Not much of a head on this one. It seems like quite a big stout. An oily, thick liquid pours out and settles quickly. Lots of veins streaking down my snifter.

S- This smells like how I wish all beers smelled. Loaded to the brim with rich milk chocolate, roasted coffee beans and some vanilla smoothing it all out.

T- A slight touch of boozy bourbon keeps this one moving though my mouth slowly as rich chocolate and roasted malts compel me to drink faster.

What a nice, creamy stout. I wish I could buy this locally.

MbpBugeye, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of Axic10
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to BarrytheBear for this brew. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark black (no light comes through this when held up to light) with a half finger of mocha head that quickly settles.

Smell: Chocolate cake, fudge, roasted malt, vanilla and some notes of oak.

Taste: Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, roasted malt and sweet fudge. Tastes great.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied and really really smooth.

Drinkability: I was very impressed by this beer. I think I will have to seek this out again. Very enjoyable, smooth barrel aged stout that has flown under the radar.

Axic10, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of boomer31
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally tracked this down after what seemed months of searching. I really enjoy most Tyranena has to offer especially off their Brewer's Gone Wild releases. I'm glad to see they are back (hopefully not too breifly) on the barrel aged beers.

A - Pours black with brown around the edges and nearly no head. A thin lace of beige bubbles around the rim, a touch of stick on the glass.

S - Chocolate, wood and vanilla with a hint of roast. Very nice nose, not overwhelmingly bourbony though there is some but it blends well with the other more pronounced flavors

T - More chocolate up front with a hint of roasted malt then vanilla and bourbon in the back. The vanilla make this seem very sweet as does the bourbon. Nothing takes center stage rather its a great melody of all things stout and bourbon.

M - A bit thin on the tongue, nice low carb, perhaps sweet or at least you get the notion it's sweet

D - There is a lot going on in this beer especially at only 7.5%. Very easy to drink

Overall I'm impressed with this beer. I love barrel aged beers and this does not disappoint. I hope Tyranena continues it barrel aged beers as this one is their finest offering yet.

boomer31, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of birchstick
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - poured aggressively into a snifter. Good black color without much head to speak of.

S - really nice cocoa and chocolate aromas come through with a really nice touch of molasses from the bourbon at first. Hidden beneath them are hints of vanilla and oak.

T - Starts off with the chocolate and cocoa flavor. This fades to a strong molasses and vanilla flavors from the bourbon and vanilla beans. A tinge of oak hangs over the middle portion of the palate as well. The cocoa flavor returns on the finish which is complemented a touch of roasted character. The cocoa nibs are definitely the main flavor in here, with everything else complementing it really nicely. Really good stuff!

M - nice, full body that goes down well

D - Usually cocoa and vanilla beers can be disappointing - Tyranena nailed it with this example. I would easily put this up there with other barrel aged beers and cocoa beers. Having tried a couple others from the Brewers Gone Wild! series, this is my favorite to date.

birchstick, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of mondegreen
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

mondegreen, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of nickd717
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

nickd717, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of thebierbrewery
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 12oz bottle

A- Dark, dark brown/blackish color. No head retention.

S- Bourbon, toast, vanilla, with some roast malt and maltiness

T- Bourbon, roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, balanced but towards to bourbon. Almost has a lingering bourbon sweetness. Not overpowering

M- Slight carbonation, medium-full body, oily slickness from the bourbon barrel.

D- Fairly drinkable, more than a couple could get you in trouble.

thebierbrewery, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Poured into a pint glass a dark, inky brown color with a slight coastered tan head. Nice rich bourbon notes in the nose along with dark chocolate. The flavor is pretty in your face with the bourbon being front and center followed by a sweet chocolate smoothness. Lingering vanilla and chocolate notes. Medium/heavy mouthfeel. Surprisingly easy drinking. This is a pretty good one and I'm excited I got to try it.

kbutler1, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of nwu008
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich brown, thin head. Nice looking stong stout.

S - Chocolate, then vanilla, with just a whiff of bourbon

T - Very balanced. Vanilla, chocolate, roasty malt, and bourbon notes all there but none overwhelms. Drier than many bourbon barrel stouts, very nice.

M - Rich but not syrupy.

D - Good for an imperial stout. Could have several in an evening.

nwu008, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of ejyoung
3.45/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice black color with a small head that quickly disappeared, leaving only a light ring around the edges of the glass. Smell is of oak, bourbon, and cocoa. Taste follows the smell as there is a nice blend of cocoa, vanilla and bourbon. Mouthfeel is lacking for this type of stout as it is pretty light. This lightness does make it easy to drink though. Overall, a pretty nice stout but nothing too special.

ejyoung, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out jet black dark awesomeness into a snifter. Very little head, reasonable lacing. Seems a bit low on the carbonation from appearance.

Smell is bittersweet chocolate, slightly more sweet than bitter. Roasted bread.

taste is really smooth bittersweet chocolate, some light vanilla notes, dark fruit dates flavor. kind of like a warm neopolitan ice cream.

Very smooth big mouthfeel. Silky, with very low carbonation that works well here.

Highly drinkable stout with nice flavor profile. the sweetness from the chocolate can be a bit much though.

pdoran10, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful black. Dark and opaque. A good amount of light brown frothy head that hangs around for quite a while. great lacing on the sides of the glass. Smells of roasted malts with a lot of coffee hints of vanilla on the nose with no bourbon on the nose. Tastes of vanilla and coffee. Roasted malts and maybe a hint of oak but no real bourbon. A bit too bitter for me but other than that great taste. Thick solid mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. A very drinkable beer

Urbancaver, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of cavedave
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It pours a beautiful opaque black topped by a fleeting light brown head that turns to an active skim, and then to just a ring. Nice resiny cling leaves spots of lace and oily film on glass

Aroma is full of chocolate, with lighter scents of vanilla, oak, alcohol, and even a touch of tart and bready yeast.

The sip starts sweet and chocolaty, but quickly picks up some tannic bitter, booze, vanilla, a bit of herbal hoppiness, and ends with some roast kicking in with the other flavors for a finish that is balanced between juicy and dry. Very clean flavor profile, quite delicious. Not a lot of barrel, nor vanilla, in the taste.

Mouthfeel is a touch thin for a stout with so much flavor and such a big look. Low carb. is spot on, and the creaminess makes this very pleasant on palate. Very good finish, but could be better with a bit more dry to it.

Drinkability is rated as an easy to sip stout with big punch and big flavor.

Impression: My first Tyranena beer and it is really fine. I am sure to seek out others. This beer is a taste treat, and I recommend it.

cavedave, Jan 09, 2011
3.25/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

GDBEERMAN, Jan 08, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I suppose I should make a note to myself and all of my loyal followers that this is in fact my 1500th review but I'm working through a 10 review backlog so this is more of a technicality than anything else. 2000 by August? Perhaps.

Beer is shared at a recent brew day. Beer is dark brown and opaque at the corners of the glass with a off white to tan head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Head has some retention but eventually breaks and pulls toward the glass.

The aroma is mildly sweet with a nice almost milk chocolate scent to it. There is some nice subtle notes of candy and vanilla as well.

Beer is pretty thick in body, medium to high with a creaminess to the feel. There is some sweetness at the lead off but it's not very powerful and overall it's a nice accent to the mild bitterness at the back of the mouth from the chocolate. The middle of the palate it's pretty chocolatey. There is some liquor components to the whole thing without being hot. Mild oak. This one was fun, I really really enjoyed it and would have it again. Thanks Oach for throwing this into my Secret Santa box.

drabmuh, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very tasty stout. Sweet milk chocolate is a big player on the aroma and the taste...I am reminded of malted milk balls...the barrel aging complements perfectly with notes of oak, bourbon, vanilla and nougat but all in light doses....

Dark brownish black...light reddish/brown head on top....

Light side of full bodied...creamy and smooth drinking....

Quite a treat!! Very well done.

ZAP, Jan 05, 2011
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt!

A: Near black, the beer appears a very dark brown near the crest. The head is a half inch thick and beige in color, with average retention and some OK lacing left on the glass.

S: Roasted malt, vanilla, chocolate, alcohol.

T: The bourbon component is prominent and the beer has a rich, bold taste. Chocolate and vanilla are both distinguishable and add some great flavors into the mix. The beer is very well balanced, complex, drinkable, and enjoyable.

M: Medium bodied and very smooth, with a moderate amount of carbonation.

D: A delicious beer. I would be happy to drink this again.

Huhzubendah, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Brez07
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of oach. Bottled on 11/4/10. Poured into a Maine Beer Company glass

A: Dark chocolate brown pour. Initially leaves no head, but a swirl garners a small amount. Lacing is sporadic

S: Cocoa and vanilla are the main players here. The mix reminds me of hot chocolate a bit. Not as sweet as I thought it would be. Subtle oak and bourbon

T: Similar to the nose where cocoa/vanilla are the most present. Seems like there is some oat here too. Not many, if any, bourbon characteristics. Has some nice roastiness to it

M: Medium to full bodied. Some bitterness in the finish. Very smooth drinking

D: Seems like a good stout, but as a barrel aged stout it doesn't really compare to the leaders in that category. Glad to see it wasn't overly sweet. I'd revisit this one

Brez07, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a tulip.

Pours a very dark brown color with almost no light escaping. The head is tan and pretty good with some moderate lacing as it goes down. The nose brings a really strong amount of chocolate that I really enjoyed along with a small amount of vanilla underneath some nicely-roasted malt. The taste is enhanced by a rich, thick body that really brings out all the chocolate goodness in this one. The bourbon helps to round out all the flavors. Drinks quite well. Incredible that this was available on the shelf. A very fine barrel-aged brew.

Thorpe429, Jan 04, 2011
Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier from Tyranena Brewing Company
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