Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Tyranena Brewing Company

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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
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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of kojevergas
3.3/5  rDev -16.5%
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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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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Chris for tossing me this freebie. Never turn down free beer :)

Pours black, some tan foam with mocha dimples in it here and there. Sheets of lacing coat the glass, dripping from an initial halo left by the pour. Retention is good, the creamy foam seems to stick around for awhile.

Distinct dry chocolate in the aroma, not sweet. Must be the cocoa nibs shining through. Some mild roast and woody tobacco round things out.

Roasty with a hint of cocoa and bitterness. Lingering mild ashy aftertaste. Seems pretty clean and easy drinking, I have no issue with the carbonation. Fairly smooth due to the oatmeal content i'm guessing. Not too filling, but a substantial brew that's big on flavor. Nice job Tyranena...

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

Photo of largadeer
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An extra from kbutler1. Thanks!

Black and opaque, quite viscous with a small tan cap that recedes to a ring.

Very grainy aroma; nougat and chocolate, a bit like breakfast cereal or sweet biscuits. There's a slight nuttiness, a hint of vanilla and oatmeal cookie - this has surprising depth.

Roasted and chocolate malt are immediately apparent on the palate. As the nose suggests, it's quite grainy and malty, pleasantly so, with wholesome bread and biscuit flavors along with more subtle tones of vanilla and black licorice. It's full-bodied, quite rich and flavorful for the relatively modest ABV. Go figure, another great Tyranena beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.41/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in Bells tulip.

Pours 1 finger of tan brown head. Decent retention with some nice lace left. Color is pretty much black.

Aroma: Not the most chocolate here as I was expecting more. Some peanut flavors. Oats are minimal. Roasted malt flavors. Nothing too spectacular.

Taste: A bit better. More chocolate notes that hit right away, but then fade down very fast. The oats show a bit more here with some roasted malt flavors. Some light caramel flavors.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and crisp. Medium bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends very dry and roasted.

Overall, based off the name I was excited for this beer. But it really didn't pack the flavors that I was expecting. Being let down is an understatement. Not going to be drinking a lot of this.

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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.

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Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one thanks to the generous trader levifunk.

A: A rich creamy almost 2 finger head rises up and fades slowly, with a slight lacing on the glass. The beer is pitch black, blocking all visible light from filtering through it's waves of darkness.

N: I could smell the chocolate as I poured it, billowing out with such rich aromas. There is lots of chocolate malt, bakers chocolate, a little dark chocolate, and even a slight creamy chocolate milk. With that is hints of roasted malt, coffee, oatmeal, and a little earthy charred roasty bitterness. Later I even get some cocoa nibs.

T: Starts with some creamy chocolate milk, smooth rich oatmeal, and roasted malts. Some coffee flavors from the roasted malts, more chocolate malts and hints of bakers chocolate but not as much chocolate as the nose had. Some smooth creamy oatmeal flavors give a nice touch, with a little earthy roasted bitterness to contrast it. A slight sweetness graces the beer, but there is a dry quality about it too. Slight hints of tobacco and leather as well. It definitely has a richness quality. A little caramel flavor sneaks in there too.

M: Mostly heavy with a creamy smooth feel and decent carbonation.

F: FInishes slightly dry with a little hint of lingering sticky sweetness. Even more bitterness this time, again mostly from the earthy charred roasty malts, but a little spicy hop flavor as well this time. Lots of lingering creamy milk or lactose flavors, with oatmeal on the side. The chocolate, roast, and coffee all blend together at the end and come through in the center of the finish but not as prevalent as the initial taste, although the coffee does seem to start to come out a bit more. A little cocoa nibs too on the finish. It drinks pretty well, but the bitterness edges it a little too much.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours black, with 2 fingers of tight looking milk chocolate colored head. This settles down into a rich foamy layer that throws a good bit of thick spotty froth and light brown oils up on the sides of the glass. The aroma has a nice thickness to it in the nose, with smokey chocolate roast, sweet toffee, and a crunchy layer of coffee all being present. Some green earthy hop character adds some tanginess to the proceedings. Good even mix of burnt roast and a sweeter twang going on here.

The taste is a chewy blend of chocolate and caramel malts up front, with hops spreading earthy bitterness and green citrus out into the other flavors. Burnt and blackened roast just soaks the back portion of the profile with an charred and dry acrid bitterness that I'm surprisingly really digging on. Oatmeal adds a mellow sweetness to this that really holds the profile together. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with smooth creaminess to it from the oats but there is some slight underlying sharpness to this as well. This overall just has a nice thickenss to it in the mouth, which nicely matches up with the deepness of the flavors here.

Roasty, and bitter, yet still very smooth, this was definitely a Chocolate Oatmeal Stout to savor and enjoy. I haven't had a bad dark beer from these guys yet. Really nice offering here from Tyranena.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured pretty close to black in color and had a thin tan head to it that mostly stuck to the edges of the glass. The head settled out without leaving much for lacing on the sides of the glass.

The aroma has a nice mix of chocolate and roasted malts. Some bitter-sweet, dark chocolate is present and mixes with a roasted, bitter and slightly burnt malt. It has just some hints of coffee coming through as well. The oats come through and smooths things out some.

It shows the bitter-sweet chocolate as well as a bit of a milk chocolate milk like flavor to it up front in the taste. Towards the finish a bit of the roasted, bitter and very slightly burnt flavors come through. The oats give it a nice smoothness and bring everything together. Have I mentioned I love oats before?

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Drinkability is good, it had some great flavors to it and everything came together very nicely. The chocolate was nicely done and was pretty well balanced out with the bitterness. The oats brought everything together and added a very nice smoothness to it. A very flavorful beer overall and a very good choice to sip on after dinner this evening.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

again i have to give huge thanks to dave for all of these fantastic tyreanna extras. i never would have guessed i would be able to try all of these. muchas gracias.

Deep dark brown pour with a nice inch of tan head on top. Slow fade left behind a minmal head but some decent side glass lacing. The aroma was rich with roasted malts, hints of molasses and burnt caramel and a touch of a smoke like note as well. Even feel here with a lighter side of dull but still nice feel on it. The flavor came through nicely balanced with a rich profile that was not over the top and a mellow finish that really hit the spot

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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 womencantsail
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What do you know, another beer from imperialking. Thanks Jeff!

A: The pour is a dark brown color with a solid tan colored head.

S: Plenty of dark chocolate and coffee aromas to this beer. The oatmeal provides a bit of a "cookie" note which is fantastic.

T: The nose pretty much clues you in on the taste: a lot of dark, somewhat bitter, chocolate along with a touch of coffee. The oatmeal gives the beer a real smoothness to the beer.

M: I love the mouthfeel of a good oatmeal stout. Medium in body with an almost silky feel on the tongue.

D: It was only a few months ago that I had just found out about this brewery, and now, I can't get enough of their beers. Another solid offering!

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

I enjoyed the beefed-up version of this (BGW series, baby!), so I had to try the usual one. It pours a matte onyx topped by a finger of sandstone foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, light coffee, dark chocolate powder, chocolate syrup, light molasses, and a touch of smoke in the background. The taste darkens things decidedly, including deepening the roast, lightly acidifying the coffee, further darkening the chocolate, and slightly amping up the smoke character. The body is a light-feeling medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a fairly smooth feel. Overall, though it felt a bit on the light side for my tastes, this was a pretty solid stout.

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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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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
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