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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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3.93/5
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380 Ratings
Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal StoutDown 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

Style: Oatmeal Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Oatmeal Stout brewed with cocoa nibs. Available: February-March.

Added by Buebie on 02-12-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,436
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
380
pDev:
9.92%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
39
Trade:
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Photo of ohiobeer29
2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Standard oatmeal stout drinks ok

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Photo of yooper920
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of npendres
2/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Photo of eldoctorador
2.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Thickfreakness
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
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 mfnmbvp
2.94/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date present. Poured into a St. Bernardus Watou chalice.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields a quarter inch of mocha colored fizz which dies out quick. Body is a near black, with some cola brown noticeable near the top. Ring of tiny bubbles along the edge of the glass.

S - Smell is faint. Some subdued toasted oats & a hint of chocolate. Some noticeable alcohol in there also. Otherwise, a tame underwhelming aroma. Has sort of a fishy brine aroma to it also which is off-putting.

T - Taste follows the nose, some light roasted coffee bean presence, toasted oats, and a bitter dark chocolate finish. Taste is pretty tame though; not a lot of flavor happening here. Perhaps some hop bitterness in the finish also.

M - Feel is bitter and dry. Light coffee bean roast lingering.

Overall, a tame chocolate oatmeal stout from Tyranena. Not a style I am a big fan of in the first place, but this beer was just sort of dull and flavorless. I am a fan of many of Tyranena's other beers so I'll stick to those instead.

Tyranena Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout ---3/5.

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

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3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Agold
3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
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 SpeedwayJim
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
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 oline73
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
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 sweemzander
3.2/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled on Feb. 05 2010. Thanks to BeerFMAndy for the bottle!

(A)- Pours a very dark brown; almost black color that produced a quickly dissipating gray head.

(S)- Plenty of roasted malts & grainy oatmeal. A touch of dusty cocoa.

(T)- Some roastedness with a huge dry oatmeal/grain profile with a dash of cocoa. Let it warm up a bit.

(M)- A good carbonation level. Was expecting more roasted malts, but the oatmeal really throws its dry self all over the place. A dense bread-like feel.

(D)- Not a bad stout. Definitely alot of oatmeal in this. Definitely denser than I was expecting, but I always like surprises. Gets more bitter as you drink it. Not your average oatmeal stout for sure.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of EmptyPockets
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Duff27 for the bottle!

BOTTLE: 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Nice label art design. Branded maroon screw-off cap. 2015 vintage.

6.5% ABV. 37 IBU.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Expectations are high given the brewery - which has impressed me in the past.

Reviewed live as a chocolate oatmeal stout per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nicely creamy and thick, with a full even consistency and a nice complexion. Could be softer, darker, more expressive, thicker, and creamier. Leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Retention: Average - about 2 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque solid black. I see no yeasty muck.

Overall, it's a pretty standard appearance for an oatmeal stout. Has no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Oats lend it a hint of starchiness but also some umami. Cocoa nibs provide a nice chocolatey touch that never feels artificial or extract-y. Dark malts and chocolate malts give apt sweetness without overdoing it. Cream. Milk chocolate. A kiss of sassafras/root beer aromatics.

A bit of vanilla would set this off nicely. The chocolate presence - while appealing - could easily be deeper and more expressive.

Overall, it's quite appealing for an oatmeal stout, and hits all the fundamentals of the style. I'm excited for the first sip and find it inviting.

Aptly, no yeast, hop character, or alcohol is detectable. There're no off-notes.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE/TEXTURE: The subtle sassafras/root beer notes are unexpected, and work surprisingly well with the rich cocoa nibs and chocolate malts, which together evoke milk chocolate and also the bitterness of baker's chocolate. I would like some vanilla bean in the mix, but overall this is well built and balanced, with the oats filling out the body nicely and providing a nice counterpoint to the dark malt backbone.

It flirts with burnt sugar notes but never quite commits.

The cream is nicely accentuated by the smooth, wet, soft mouthfeel - which is classic oatmeal stout and never ventures too close to feeling like a porter. Carbonation is slightly overdone, but it's still an oddly quenching beer. Aptly medium-bodied, with sufficient heft and weight on the palate. It does dry somewhat on the finish, if only because of the starchiness of the oats.

Not oily, gushed, boozy, hot, scratchy, rough, or silky.

Above average depth of flavour. Average flavour duration and intensity.

My main criticisms don't concern flaws - just opportunities for improvement. It's certainly not the most intricate oatmeal stout, and misses opportunities for further complexity; certainly adding vanilla bean, roasted barley, burnt sugar, coffee, rauch malt, etc. would make it still more interesting. Moreover, the chocolate could be far more expressive; we've all had beers with more evocative chocolate character than this.

That noted, it's a cohesive brew. Just not a gestalt one.

OVERALL: The texture isn't quite harmonizing with the taste, but it complements it well. This is a nice straightforward oatmeal stout with high drinkability and it hides its ABV well. I'd pick this up by the 6 pack if I had ready access to it. More good work from Tyranena, but not a world-class effort. Just a solid oatmeal stout that will satisfy any fan of the style.

Low B- (3.3)

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