Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout | Tyranena Brewing Company

Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal StoutDown 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout
BA SCORE
79.2%
Liked This Beer
3.93 w/ 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:
#6,048
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
380
Liked:
301
Avg:
3.93/5
pDev:
9.92%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
62
Gots:
39
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 380 |  Reviews: 147
Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up a six-pack of bottles for my dad the other day at the Trig's Cellar 70 in Rhinelander. No freshness date that I can see, but it's safe to say this one is at least three months old. Poured right from the fridge into an imperial pint glass.

L: Pours a deep coffee brown with about a half-inch of tan head that dissipates fairly quickly to a thin film and ring that leaves nice lacing on the glass. Healthy visible carbonation at the edges where the light strikes through.

S: Very nice aroma on this one--roasted malts and coffee are the most prominent notes. There's also some nice dark chocolate and vanilla coming through, as well. A bit of earthiness and the slightest boozy aroma in the mix.

T: Roasted malts are big up front. They're accompanied by a rich coffee flavor, as well as some of that dark chocolate from the nose. In the middle, the vanilla emerges, along with a bit of tartness and earthiness. The back end has more of the coffee and chocolate notes, with the tartness developing into a more overt bitter--this works quite well with the dark chocolate flavor. Though there is bitter, there isn't much of a lingering aftertaste--it's really more of an astringent sensation.

F: Medium-bodied and quite creamy, thanks in part to a nice level of carbonation. The middle and close have that tart astringency with the bitter. This one isn't syrupy, but it does have just a bit of stick.

O: Tyranena continues to impress me with their brews. This one isn't a game-changer, but it is a very solid and enjoyable stout. I'll be returning to this one again.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark brown almost black like oil with similar viscosity and khaki colored head. Chocolate, and lots of it, oats, and a little roast on the nose; follows onto the palate. Full bodied and nice mouthfeel. Finishes with more chocolate and a nice balance of bitterness and sweetness.

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Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MonkeyPilates
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Warren2621
3.73/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.29/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's like creamy sweet coffee that has a bitter dark chocolate bite to it at the end. It has pretty thick body to it, well done.

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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 egrace84
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PG2G
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.66/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of magicmoose66
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of einman
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lesingnon
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Photo of a_f7
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KevChiTown
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tim007007
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Chris-1911
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tommy5
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Kramerwtmf
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bfrank8
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hendrick24
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of scruffwhor
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 79.2% out of 100 with 380 ratings
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