Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Tyranena Brewing Company

BA SCORE
88
very good
380 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
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
Ratings:
380
Reviews:
147
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
9.87%
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
39
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of KAF
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of a_f7
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

 551 characters

Photo of Thorpe429
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to Barrythebear for this extra.

Poured a very dark brown with a decent-sized tan head. The nose has some nice portions to it, with chocolate and a bit of sweetness; however, the roasted character of the malt kind of outshadows everything else, making this fairly one-dimensional. The taste is quite similar, with a bit of hop bitterness added. Mouthfeel is medium with adequate carbonation. Drinkability is okay, definitely affected by the sometimes-harsh character of the beer. Not the best I've had from Tyranena, but one I was certainly glad to try. Thanks again, Barry.

 585 characters

Photo of KevChiTown
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average. Bitter unsweetened chocolate. Dry finish with not much bite or thickness.

89 characters

Photo of Stevedore
3.54/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Bell's tulip, consumed yesterday 3/25/13

Aroma: Full of sweet dark malt that actually comes with a good bit of smokiness that makes me think of when I'm grilling ribs in the backyard. Pretty neat, I really enjoy that. No cocoa or chocolate that I can discern even as it warms up. But that's ok, I find that cocoa nibs tend to contribute to flavour anyway. (4)

Colour: Pours a dark brown/black body, with a 1cm brown head that fades away quickly, leaving an average-sized collar that leaves thick lacing that falls back into the brew as soon as I put the glass down after a drink. Hard to confuse this for something other than a stout. (3)

Flavour: The sweetness of the dark malts are rather prevalent here. There are hints of roast as well, though not a whole lot. For some reason I feel it smells a bit acidic, and that could be from the nibs' contribution. There's a little bit of coffee and chocolate here, but not as much as I would expect. It's a straightforward oatmeal stout as far as my palate is concerned. (3)

Mouthfeel: Quite creamy with solid carbonation. Medium bodied, on the thicker side as befitting an oatmeal stout. Aftertaste is of the dark malt sweetness and some undescribable bitterness that I can't put a finger on. Enjoyable to drink for sure! (4)

Overall: A nice oatmeal stout. Really enjoyed the dark malt flavours. The smooth mouthfeel is probably the best part of the beer, followed by the smoky aroma. It could use a little bit more in the flavour department but I won't mind buying a sixer of this the next time I feel like an oatmeal stout, especially as its a good value. (4)

 1,636 characters

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

 517 characters

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured out a dark brown color with a fairly stable single finger of tan colored head but only minimal lacing. Smells of roasted malt tones blended with milk chocolate and a splash of coffee, tastes more of the milk chocolate than the roastedness from the nose, sadly. Seems overall to be balanced somewhat too sweet for my personal preferences, but YMMV. I just prefer my stouts a little bit less sugary and caramelized than this. Smooth texture and lighter carbonation over a medium-heavy body.

 517 characters

Photo of Cresant
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Guinness tulip pint. No date on the bottle but the 12 pack case said "packaged" 3/10. The body was dark brown with a small tan head. A ring and island remained.

Smell was ashy. Dry cocoa powder. Not much else.

Taste was metallic. Roasty bitterness and fairly dry. Semisweet chocolate. Far from too sweet. Easy to drink.

Mouthfeel was medium in body, even toward the light side. Smooth with a zippy finish.

 447 characters

Photo of MaximalC
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours seal brown with a good finger of khaki foam. Aroma smells of roasted black coffee, mild chocolate, and a hint of what almost smells like salt (think salted chocolate). Taste is comparable to the nose, with astringent black coffee and some bittersweet chocolate. The malt is roasted to nearly burnt, which brings a little too much bitterness to the table. Perhaps if there was a stronger milk chocolate presence to balance, it would be more enjoyable. There's also some hop bitterness lurking beneath the coffee bitterness that comes through more in the finish. Even a touch of alcohol manifests as the beer warms. The oatmeal successfully adds a creamy, chewy mouthfeel that is probably the highlight of this brew.

Overall, this is a decent oatmeal stout that tends too strongly to the bitter side for me to truly enjoy it as well as I'd like.

 850 characters

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep brown almost black. a very small tan head that doesn't fade one bit and leaves a sticky lacing. dark and opaque.

Smell: chocolate, oatmeal, and some other sweet malts

Taste: lots of chocolate and some chocolate covered oatmeal. a very light but sweet burnt, presumably from dark crystal malts

Mouthfeel: pretty light but slightly over sweet.

Overall: a very sweet and rich stout. a little two rich for my blood. I do like sweeter beers but they are usually stronger than this. perhaps of roasty malts would balance this out nicely.

 552 characters

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: black with mahogany highlights. thick light brown head.
S: a bit muted. dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, some dark dried fruit.
T: same as above, light to moderate chocolatey malt sweetness with roasty bitterness balancing it out to a dry finish. some alcohol noted. very dark roasty notes are almost smoky.
M: slick, smooth, medium bodied.
D: good but not great, can't quite put my finger on it. would have liked a bit more chocolate presence given the addition of actual chocolate.

 490 characters

Photo of TheStove
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

Looks awesome, pours an inky black with an opulent foam head, almost like a root beer float. Couldn't smell much beyond some light cocoa and chocolate flavors but they did smell good.

A light sweetness from the chocolate takes control of the initial sip with oatmeal playing the background. The flavors fade to some deep cocoa mixed with toasted malt. Tiny bit of hop interplay finishes on the tongue. Seems to drink thin at first and then foams up halfway through the sip to accent the flavors.

A good oatmeal stout. I can't say it's the best but definitely enjoyable.

 616 characters

Photo of maximum12
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to see Tyranena, whether it's new, old, or someplace in between. Their porters are good to excellent, so looking forward to trying a Tyranena stout with chocolate in it.

Pours black as the depths of Andrew Eldritch's soul. Strong roasted malts, coffee, & a bit of chocolate spring from the nose.

Down 'n' Dirty is a bit surprising, as it's dominated by freshly roasted coffee rather than chocolate or maltiness; I'm curious because glanced through reviews, I see a lot of "chocolate" & it tastes like an afterthought to me. Bitterness rushes in along with the chocolate, & a mild hop mug shot is a bit jarring juxtaposed with the coffee. A little more chocolate might have smoothed this out. The oatmeal, which I expected to smooth the experience, is overshadowed by the clash of titanic flavors.

Well, good beer, but I'm a bit confused by it. The flavors don't come together all that well, & the advertised chocolate is a bit weak. They've made so many excellent beers I always expect the most out of Tyranena, but this one falls short of previous standards they've erected.

 1,094 characters

Photo of RRC87
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours an extremely dark brown (almost black) that no light can penetrate. It is adorned with about a 1.5 finger head that dissipates to about a half a finger that sticks around.

S: Strong roasted malt aroma with a fair amount of coffee notes. There is hardly any hint of chocolate even though it advertises its' self as a "chocolate oatmeal stout."

T: A fair amount of bitterness is present, but here again just like in thE aroma you have to look for the chocolate to find it. There is a coffee note that shows up at the end.

M: Not as smooth or as much body as I would have hoped for from an oatmeal stout.

D: I find this to be rather drinkable but in a different way than I would have expected from an Oatmeal Stout.

Overall: I don't exactly know what to think about this brew. I certainly like it and will probably drink it again but I don't think that i will reach fro it when I am looking for an Chocolate Oatmeal Stout.

 934 characters

Photo of HoppyHachey
3.61/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

 626 characters

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sprecher nonic. Bottled on 05FEB10.

A - Clear on the pour, totally black as muck in the glass. A tall off-white-sepia head of three-fingers lowered a bit too hastily but left some loose lacing.

S - The cocoa nibs add a lot to the aroma of this brew. Behind the roasted malt and rich coffee nose, a thin layer of smoke hovers lightly. No hops found here, just a deep, rich malt nose and mild oats.

T - Smooth oats and roasted malts with a touch of smoke, a sprinkle of coffee grounds, and a thin cocoa flavor. Very average.

M - Exceptionally soft and silky with a low carbonation finish. Dry and bitter from all the roasted malts. Earthy. Full bodied.

D - The mouthfeel makes this beer. Without it, it would be rather bland. The cocoa and additional flavors just seem to be a bit thin to me. It's not bad at all though. A good drinking Oatmeal.

 875 characters

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.

 502 characters

Photo of bschmidt_37
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brunite
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

 702 characters

Photo of DanGeo
3.66/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dbossman
3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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

 476 characters

Photo of codysjb
3.7/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade.
12oz into Duvel Tulip
A: Looks great, nice color and head
S: Smells awesome, a full nose of chocolate and oatmeal with some minor coffee hints. Really a very full smell to a beer
T: Ok, good and theres a bunch of chocolate but it ends up a little watery
M: Some more water, not a lot of flavor in the mouthfull.
O: Promising but overall the actual beer tastes watered down.

 406 characters

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.

 1,086 characters

Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 380 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More