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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

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

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

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Reviews: 145 | Ratings: 373
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerwolf77 for this brew.

Pours a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy tan head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with a nice touch of chocolate/toffee. The taste is sweet, malty, chocolate/toffee notes galour. Medium body, a nice smooth brew, with a slight bitter finish. Drinkable, another very tasty brew from Tyranena.

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Photo of herman77
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours black with a creamy light brown head. Nice bubbly lacing.

S: Subtle notes of roasted malt, coffee, bittersweet chocolate and a touch of smoke.

T: Slightly sweet and a little bitter from the roasted malt. Coffee with a natural tasting coco. Not bittersweet chocolate and not milk/sweet chocolate, it just tastes natural, in a pure form. A little sweeter than most oatmeal stouts, but still very good.

M/D: Fuller body, fine carbonation bubbles makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little on the high side for this style. Very drinkable.

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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.

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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 SpeedwayJim
3.12/5  rDev -21%
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 Lunch
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12oz. bottle acquired from a trade with kbutler1 as a generous extra (Thanks!) into my Brooklyn snifter at the appropriate temperature (04/13/10)

A: Pours a dark and rich brown that is nearing black. Capped with a light tan head of about 1 finger that had some decent retention and spotty lace. Rather thick and oily.

S: Bouquet of oats, coffee and chocolate. Some rich milk chocolate and a bit of bitter dark chocolate.

T:The flavor follows that nose with lots of oats and milk chocolate. Pretty rich, but the bitter dark chocolate and coffee adds some nice bitterness and balance.

M: On the fuller side of medium-bodied with some appropriate creamy carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and no real hint of the 6.3% abv. at all.

Overall this was another really nice beer from Tyranena Brewing. Thanks again, Kevin! Recommended.

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Photo of Brettster
4.27/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I finially found the variety pack. Tyranena variety packs have been hard to find since they hit Indiana shelves. Pours a very dark brown nearly black with a short dark tan head. Smells like roasted malts and chocolate. The coffee stands out the most in the taste to me. A nice medium body. The oatmeal gives it a very smooth and creamy feel. Not too heavy at all. I could have another. The drinkability of this makes it a beer for nearly any occasion.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a black cola color with a tan head that fades to a nice ring and leaves lacing all over the glass.

S: The nose is roasty chocolate malts and a slight coffee aroma. Nothing too complex but it smells good.

T: The taste is huge amounts of chocolate, coffee, malt, and a slight hop bitterness on the finish but nothing overwhelming. There's also a dark fruit characteristic that I can't quite put my finger on. I can also taste a bit of booziness which is strange in a 6% beer.

M: Creamy and on the fuller side of medium bodied. Excellent feel...

D: I'd love to have more of this if it was available in my area. The ABV is good to have more than 1 and it's very flavorful.

Highly recommended if you like chocolate or coffee style stouts.

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

The beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is a dark brown. Lots of ruby opaqueness to light. The head is a burnt creamed coffee coloration. The head resolves to a thin sheen. Thick lacing remains behind on my glass.

Smell: Very nice earthy smoked tones couple well with dark roasted coffee aromas. A whiff of dry cocoa rides the waves. very nice.

Taste: Darkly roasted malt with a near char lead the way. A bit of smoke flashes across my palate. Not really getting the chocolate but honestly I dont care this is a nice stout.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is super smooth!... The carbonation is low and works really well with the beers character. This is a super nice Oatmeal Stout. I would buy this beer often if it was in the Cincinnati market.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.2/5  rDev -19%
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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Photo of levifunk
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - very dark, no light shows through. good thick head.

smell - malts and cocoa.

taste - not a very strong flavor. smooth and balanced. slightly more dry and bitter than expecting.

mouth - medium consistency, not too thick and the carbonation keeps it light. lacks a bit of body.

overall - very drinkable beer. sweetness is balanced by the bitterness. good everyday beer.

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Photo of bruachan
3.48/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice froth you have there, mr. beverage

smells like chocolate roastiness. molasses

not big, and the oatmeal smoothness makes the beer megadrinkable. strong bitterness keeps things in balance and ensures this is no dessert beer. honestly, i think it's too strong: the beer isn't so rich that it risks being syrupy or cloying. reel it in so i can enjoy the oatmeal and chocolate

tasty for sure but not what i have come to expect from Tyranena.

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Photo of Dipakid
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle
a dark black brown pour- two finger light brown head
aroma and taste of chocolate ,coffee,caramel,sweet
long sweet bitter chocolate finish
overall a really good stout full of chocolate flavour with a nice head that stays and lacings up and down the glass

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Photo of kbutler1
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into a tulip glass a deep brown almost balck color with a very nice 2 finger fluffy tan tan. The aroma is everywhere! I just poured it and can smell sitting here at the computer. Smells of dark roast, chocolate, and something slighly bitter. The flavor is extremely smooth. The roasted malt is well balanced and smooth. Dark chocolate after taste with a touch of coffee bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Alcohol flavor not present.
I bought this to give out as extras since it is local but decided to crack to see how it was and I was very surprised! Very good!

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Photo of SykDoc
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. It pours a dark brown that appears almost black and is opaque when held to the light. A 1/2 inch tan head forms and reduces to a nice swirly lacing.

The aroma is quite good with a pleasant blend of somewhat dark chocolate bitterness (hard to explain), a hint of roasted coffee, and a bit of oats too.

The taste again included a dark chocolate with more prominent bitterness and an earthy oats components that balances nicely. Combine this with a hint of roasted coffee, good but quite great.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied. Carbonation is solid and it has a pleasantly velvet like texture. Modestly creamy and leaves a nice dryness at the end.

Overall, this is a good beer with each component having its strength but no one single outstanding part either. Definitely enjoyable and I could easily enjoy a couple in an evening.

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Photo of ZAP
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark brown/black...nice tan head and lacing

S-Pretty interesting.... real unique smoked java/burnt chocolate aroma..never smelled anything like this...

T-Again...very interesting...chocolate for sure but not bitter dark chocolate and not artificial sweet milk chocolate....moreo fa natural cocoa flavor...It is pleasant...not cloying at all...but not bitter either...mild notes of smoked java as well...

M-Creamy and smooth...not quite velvet like but a god texture to this.

D-I've enjoyed drinking this. It is a unique take on this style. Well done.

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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.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The pour is clear yet opaque in the glass with better than a full finger foamy tan head that fades slowly leaving a good amount of Belgian lacing behind each mouthful. The nose is dominated by that semisweet NECCO malt chocolate grainy oatmeal. The mouth feel is well carbonated, medium full body that adds a smooth texture to compliment the oatmeal and roasted malt flavors that clean up pretty quickly. At 6.3% ABV this one is a nice drinker. Enjoyed considering it; many thanks Pops!

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Photo of robbyc1
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a rich, very drinkable beer. I would put in the sessionable stout section, if there was one.

Pours a deep black with a tight brown head, more like root beer than anything else.

Deep malty nose gives way to a rich, roasty flavor with more than a hint of chocolate and silkiness of oatmeal. Deep subtle chocolate makes this parable with dessert, and the finish is nicely balanced, not sweet at all. Superb. Light yet heavy mouthfeel, silky and smooth. I am loving this as an alternative to those 12oz stouts that I feel I must share because of the abv power. This one I could have a few of my own. Well done.

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Photo of mynie
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pints on tap at the brewery.

Pours dark ruby with a small head. Par for the course with a non-nitro stout.

Smells really oatmealy. The usual rough sourness of an oatmeal is here cranked pleasantly up a couple of notches, set against a little wisp of dark chocolate bitterness.

Tastes pretty much the same as it smells. Rough oatmeal, smooth chocolate. Medium sour and medium sweet. Very nice and rich.

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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.

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Photo of RJay
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours extremely dark brown/black, when held up to the sky no light came through. Very dark, just the way I like a stout! It poured with a one finger head that lingers and leaves a coating of lacing on the side of the glass.

S- Heavy roasted malt/chocolate aroma. I do not pick up any hops aroma. Smells a bit like chocalate milk.

T- It tastes similar to the smell with a slight coffee bitterness lingering at the back of the throat.

M- Very smooth, but I was hoping it would be a little more grittier and thicker. The carbonation was also a little sharp.

D- Easy to drink and I could definitely kick back a few. I will purchase it again when I am looking for a lighter stout.

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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 scaliasux
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black. Apparently opaque. Medium tall, dark brown, creamy head that persists.

Smell - Dark roasted malts. A little bit of coffee and chocolate. Not getting any hops.

Taste - Begins with a mild roasted sweet. Strong dark coffee or unsweetened chocolate-like bitterness. Just a hint of citrusy hops in the finish. Flavor of this is just right for me - a least when I want a rather dark beer.

Mouthfeel - Full. Very smooth.

Drinkability - Tyranena is perhaps Wisconsin's best brewer. This might be their best beer. Not quaffable, but a few of these should make the night go better.

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 373 ratings.
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