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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal StoutDown 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States | website

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: 146 | Ratings: 373
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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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jcnd9803 for adding this one as an extra!

The beer pours an especially dark shade of black with a moderate head and some nice lacing.

The smell is a wonderful blend of chocolate, coffee, and a little light tobacco. Very nice.

The taste follows the smell for the most part, but with a little sweetness added. Great aftertaste.

In the mouth it has a nice and creamy texture. Nice carbonation to boot.

I could see this one going into my regular rotation if it was available locally. Very drinkable.

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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 sweethome
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pour is rather dark, some crimson coming through the light view. A very nice tan head with great retention - nice job for a bottled stout.

Nose picks up the chocolate, a bit of roast malt and lactose.

Rather soft entry gets hit with a balance of bittering, not quite expected for this style - chocolate rounds out the flavors. Hops present in finish also.

Some similar flavors to the Chief Balckhawk porter...just with more of chocolate malt presence and bit smoother, but still has the astringency and hop balance.

Nice flavors, easy drinking. ABV sneaks up on you.

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Photo of pasdachuri
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, almost black, with two solid fingers of tan foam floating on top.

A strong aroma of roasted chocolate malt smacks you in the face, along with a coffee after thought. Very strong and appetizing scent.

Tastes very similar to a Founders Breakfast Stout. Chocolate and coffee flavors are not as strong and overwhelimg as this brews' aroma suggested. Very well balanced and a very tasty beer.

A very thick and chewy, just what I was expecting and perfect for the style

A very solid beer that has just thrusted Tyranena near the top of my favorite brewers list. Am now on a mission to find other selections from them.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. that was bottled on the first of february, 2010. drank from a standard pint glass.

A- this one pours out a very dark brown colored body. very little ruby red can be seen along the edges of the glass when held up to a light. a finger of long lasting and tightly knit tan colored head sits on top. a solid wall of lacing is left behind.

S- roasted malts come on first but not too strong. after that comes the definite scent of oatmeal. both milk and dark chocolate can also be detected. i get a small amount of coffee at the end. very complex and inviting.

T- the taste is just as complex and inviting as the nose. greeted upfront by dark roasted malts that dont come on and cover up other flavors. oatmeal is also a strong player in this one. as are both dark and milk chocolate. a lightly coffee like finish.

M- full bodied with a little too much carbonation. leaves the mouth feeling dry.

D- easy to finish and another success from tyranena. ill check this one out again. it reminds me of a sort of breakfast stout light.

edited once i was shown where the bottled on information was.

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Photo of jcnd9803
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Black with an almost brown hue and tan head. Nice lacing stays.

S. Milk chocolate with some coffee bitterness. Amazingly finds a way to do this without being too sharp.

T. Roasty and malty. It leaves a nice chocolate coffee flavor in the mouth. And, finds a way to bring a subtle hop flavor end.

M. Silky smooth and medium bodied.

D. This is a great offering. I'm a big fan of Tyranena, and this is probably my new favorite by them, and may be my favorite oatmeal stout.

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Photo of KeefD
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Stubs. Pours a nearly black, dark brown color with a small off-white head, no lacing. Average aroma, nothing really sticks out here. Some light chocolate is buried deep in there somewhere underneath the light sweetness. Taste is great. Smooth, silky chocolate, light graham cracker, toasty, dry finish. The oats really add an excellent silkiniess to this brew, and it's incredibly easy to drink. Soft, yet has a nice hop bitterness on the backside. Good oatmeal stout.

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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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Photo of Mistofminn
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass, pitch black with a light brown cap sitting on top. Retention is great and lacing is even better.

The nose is lighter than I expected, with chocolate and soft oat notes in the background. It's sort of light for a stout, but it's still enjoyable. It's just a brew to have at the beginning of the night because after a few IPA's this doesn't have much aroma to it.

The chocolate and smooth oatmeal feel come out much more in the taste. Creamy chocolate with light roasted malts, vanilla and a soft earthiness. The smooth oatmeal really makes this brew.

Lighter in mouthfeel than I expected, with a soft carbonation and a creamy fell. Drinkability is good.

Overall, a solid stout coming from Tryanena, whom I've come to expect great things from. Glad I got a chance to try this on tap, as I will definitely be revisiting this in bottles.

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Photo of AmberMan22
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brickhouse BBQ, Madison WI

Pours a heavily-dark brown -- not black, just like I keep insisting my hair isn't black. Nice yet short, tan head to it that recedes a little quickly.

Smell is heavenly. After having a few prime examples of oatmeal stouts (not enough though), it really leaves a good impression. Almost smells like a porter, given the smokiness, but a solid addition of oats and a great dark malt backbone.

Taste is wonderful as well. Smoky, plenty of oats outline the entire feel, and dark maltyness.

Mouthfeel is medium-heavy, which I guess is good, but I could go for a bit more thickness.

Overall, a fantastic beer, I'd highly recommend it. First one I've had from Tyranena, which seems to be a relatively new brewery, but I'll eagerly look for from them in the future.

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Photo of cokes
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Damn near black, with gradients of burgundy at the very edges when the glass is held against a light. The mocha brown head is massive, and recedes moderately to leave the glass stained in lace.
Roasty nose, full of espresso and smoke, with underlying caramel and dark chocolate.
It brings a quick caramel-chocolate sweetness at the beginning of the sip, and this stays the course, reappearing on the close, where it is more concentrated and noticeable. In between, it hits with a big roasted graininess, coffee grounds, cigar ash, and burnt wood. Even with the added cocoa nibs, this focuses on the stout aspects, the added flavoring is subtle and well-intregrated. Hops add some tail end bitterness, and a vague suggestion of pine and mint.
Medium bodied, inching fatter, but stunted with a lively (if tiny)CO2. It's actually a touch too much, and rends apart a developing creaminess that would be more fitting. Regardless, its hugely drinkable and a great cold weather session choice.
Minor carbonation gripe aside, this is an all-around very impressive stout.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer at Lakeview Binny's - been slowly working through them over the last few days. Served in a Pisgah pint glass.

A - Pours with one finger of chocolate mocha foam that dissipates to a thin cap and ring, as well as a few spots of lace. Very dark brown body with a hint of lighter red-brown at the fringes of the glass.

S - Dark chocolate, roasted malt, a touch of smokiness and char, and some light vanilla notes when it warms. I do get a touch of cereal, but as usual it's hard to pinpoint oats as a flavor.

T - Dark chocolate, fudge, caramel, roastiness, and a bitter coffee finish. Pretty good, but nothing unusual or mind-blowing.

M - Prickly, slightly harsh carbonation, but an otherwise smooth and oaty texture. Perhaps a little thin, even for 6.3%.

D - Other than the mildly abrasive carbonation this is a very easy beer to drink. It's probably too rich to have more than a few, but as far as stouts go it's session-worthy.

Another solid offering from Tyranena, and an excellent value at $10/sixer.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This black bodied beer has a thick crop of rocky brown froth on top that leaves behind enormous amounts of lace. Good dose of chocolate, oatmeal and roasted barley aromas on the nose. And some liquid caramel for good measure. Not quite as big as some of their other experimental porters and stouts, but nice nonetheless. As it should be, this oatmeal stout is silky smooth and velvety. Medium bodied or so. Nice bitter roasted malt/barley flavor. Bittersweet chocolate character is fairly low. Burnt malts and a little oily smokiness come into the picture as well. As expected, well done. Good depth and complexity.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to StevePens for the hook-up!

Bottled on 01FEB10

A: Pours a dark brownish black with some hints of ruby at the bottom of the glass. Two full fingers of gorgeous, pillowy, light brown head retains for quite a while and leaves a bunch fo sticky lace behind.

S: Right off the bat, there's loads of roasty malt and chocolate. As it warms, aromas of brown sugar, toasted oats, and cocoa dusted fudge come out.

T: Pretty much just as above, with the addition of some tangy dark fruit/citrus flavors as well as a tiny hint of espresso.

M: Really thick and sticky, allowing the flavor to linger and develop in the finish. I felt it to be a tad drier and more bitter than I would've hoped.

D: Excellent stout! How cool would it be for Tyranena to throw a batch of this in some Bourbon barrels...just to see what would happen?

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Photo of beerwolf77
4.31/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've been waiting for this one. I'm so glad it's finally out.

Poured into my Tyranena english pint glass the beer is dark brown almost black. The initial blast of tan head climbs to a full three fingers with a cascade shower that looks like a down pour of chocolate rain. Nice lace webbing left all around the glass.

The aroma is full on roasted chocolate malt. Along with hints of coffee. That's about it. Straight forward and to the point.

The flavor starts with a healthy dose of chocolate then slowly melds into roasted malts. The finish is comes on with a very coffee like taste. Just the right amount of sweetness for my money.

Medium smooth body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall a very good beer. Easy drinker for sure. I will have no trouble finishing the rest of the bottles I bought.

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Photo of bound4er
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A new beer from Tyranena and it's a good one.

A. Dark brown to black appearance with a tan head that slowly recedes to thin film. Decent lacing is left behind.

S. Real nice dark roasted malt aroma with some coffee and chocolate undertones.

T. Dark roasted malts in a pretty big way with nice hop bitterness on the finish.

M. Medium bodied and silky smooth with low carbonation. The mouthfeel of this beer really adds to its drinkability.

D. This is an impressive offering from Tyranena. It is well made and really easy to drink. A nice change from so many "big" stouts that hit the market this time of year. Having 3 or 4 of these beers in a night would not be a chore. Worth seeking out - recommended.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark brown with a chocolate colored frothy head, leaves splotchy bits of foam on the glass, when held to the light you can see some lighter brown...overall very dark

S: chocolate and roasted barley take center stage on the aroma, nice sweetness on the nose that is balanced by roasted notes, some coffee

T: pretty similar to the nose, chocolate notes are a little more bitter on the palate, again very heavy on the roasted notes, very bold and robust

MF: thick and chewy, perfect for the style, low carbonation

D: yet another winner from Tyranena. They really have some impressive beers and this is no exception. I look forward to any stout or porter they may come out with

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Photo of tavernjef
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Darkest of dark brown that captures black and thick with no light getting thru. A soft yielding cocoa tanned foam lifts to about a finger high before fading to a feathery skim and a few blotches of stringy lacing sticking to the glass.

Aroma is nicely soft with lots of complexing subtlety that wraps itself mostly around a dry oatmeal sense and roastyness with nice hints to cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, and sweet roasted almonds.

Flavors are toned well and share the same complexing subtlties that that aroma does. Here in the taste though, the roastyness rules over the dry oaty stuff as its dry and choppy with roasted grains, burnt coffee bits, some light cocoa and a small residual sweet sense way in the back that lends some breadyness, vanilla, and dates.

Feel and structure is a sturdy medium body with a lofty, alluring soft dryness and roastyness thats coated in the back with more of a milky tone.

A very solid brew and drinkably solid too. Tyranena does not disappoint with this new addition to their line up.

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Photo of jera1350
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Syrupy thick and jet black with a thin, but tight head on top that shrinks to a ring around the glass and leaves a bit of lacing.

Huge nose which consists of dark chocolate, toasted malt a hint of mocha and even some hops. Big malt, big chocolate.

Tastes just like it smells. Big roasty flavors with lots of chocolate and a strong presence of bitter hops. Really tasty.

This has a really big mouthfeel. Nice smoothness from the oatmeal with some mostly creamy carbonation. A bit prickly on the tongue.

Very drinkable and goes down quickly. I would have to guess this is around 6% alcohol which is more than your typical OS. Really great representation of style here with a unique touch of bigger body and chocolate. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Buebie
4.47/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single bottle from a mix and match. Wanted to try it before buying more.
I looked on Tyranena's website and could not find any additional info, other then whats printed on the label of the bottle.

Poured from a brown stubby 12oz twist off bottle, into a pub glass. A thick inky consistancy noticeable while pouring. Creating a frothy tan colored 1'' head. Receding to leave a cap of retention and lace ring streaks all the way down.
Black as night, no light penetration.

Aroma is pungent with oaty deliciousness. Also noticeable is a charred chocolate grain aroma, charcoal and malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with a velevety smooth texture, mixing with very laid back carbonation. This is one of the greatest mouthfeels for the style I think I have ever experienced. Textbook.
Taste is also textbook, nothing extra ordinary or Darklord like about it, its just perfect and what this style should taste like. Its not overly bitter, or overly puckering. But some good bakers chocolate bitters coming through, mixing well with the flavors of oats. A bit of a woody peat smoked flavor here, and only of the slightest bit in that reguard. But still noticeable.
Finishing with some very light hop leaf earthy flavors, oats, bitter chocolate and grain taste.

Great example of the style. I would guess that the abv is in the 4 to 5% range.

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