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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Photo of jrallen34
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into my Rodenbach tulip... The body is a dark brown, almost black, looks good settled but as its pours its much lighter and blah. A light tan head that is gone right away only leaving the thinest of rings and no lacing... The aroma is disappointing, the front is tons of peat and very hot, only on the back end do I get some really nice chocolate notes. The chocolate is nice but I'm disappointed I don't get any nice creamy notes from the oatmeal. Slightly better as it warms... The taste is much better than the aroma, flavors are much more integrated, cocoa nibs, chocolate, and a bit of alcohol. A decent creaminess in taste and feel... The mouthfeel is a bitter warmer and full than a typical oatmeal stout... A touch too much alcohol presents for a stout that I would just love to crush.

This is above average but nothing special. Didn't expect much form Tyranena so it actually exceeded by expectations.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Black in color, barely permeable to light, with faint garnet highlights. Relatively clear. Thin tan head with fair retention.

Aroma-Coffee grounds, slight smoke, some chocolate and cocoa. Plum and prune fruit esters.

Flavor-Super roasty, coffee, and chocolate flavors. The mid-palate has bittersweet dark chocolate and plum flavors, and the finish is roasty coffee grounds. Slight tart flavor as well.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderate carbonation. Creamy and silky smooth. The finish is bone dry from the dark malt, but it doesn't quite reach astringency.

This was a weird beer experience. The first half of the bottle I drank had low carbonation, which made the beer seem flat, made the roast a bit over harsh, and made the body feel thin and watery. The second pour out of the bottle was moderately carbonated, and all of the other elements of the beer swung into balance. I think the beer doesn't hold its carbonation particularly well, but right out of the bottle its pretty damn good.

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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

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

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A- Pours solid black with a thin 1 finger tan head that doesn't last other than a nice thin coating on the top. Not much lacing other than some small spots.

S- Dark roasted malts with some nice sweet oatmeal and chocolate. Definitely some coffee in there with a slight nuttiness.

T- Just like it smells. Tons of roasted malts with a nice bittersweet dark chocolate. Nice fullness and flavor from the oats definitely some coffee in there.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a nice bitter finish but not bad.


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Photo of BeerLover99
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: black and deep brown body, big 2 finger head, lovely lacing

S: roasted nuts, hint of cocoa nibs, oats

T: sweet chocolate, oats, mild roasted bitter finish

M: heavy body, smooth, chewy, low carbonation

D: Very nice oatmeal stout, delicious Tyranena brew. One of my favorite breweries and this is rather tasty beer. I could have more than a few. Great for the Winter months of The Great Lakes near the fireplace after dinner.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have drank this beer many times, but finally reviewing it!

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Black beer with a light mocha brown head that dissapates quickly.

Smell: Roasty coffee and chocolate.

Taste: a nice balance of light coffee that give a mild bitter flavor and a dry bittersweet chocolate flavor. Nice! Lingering bittersweet chocolate aftertaste that is enjoyable making you want another sip.

Mouthfeel: This is a nice smooth moderate body stout. Carbonation is right on and not over the top.

Drinkability: It is a great stout that drinks well. This is a great stout coming from Wisconsin! Cheers!

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Dark brown, black beer. It exhibits ruby highlights throughout. Brown head was 2-finger off the pour and sustained nicely through my enjoying this drink.

S-Chocolatey sweetness with some smooth stout characters. Slightly roasty.

T-Thick choco-roasty flavor, lingering coffee bitterness. Slight cara-toffee sweetness under the roasted flavor. Tastes almost rich.

M-Silky feel, medium-light body, dances around my mouth. Carbonation is smooth, lower-level.

D-A very tasty oatmeal stout.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle. Always good to have beers from Tyranena.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The aroma is a mix of milk chocolate and roasted malt. I also get a little bit of coffee mixed into the aroma. Overall, a very strong, nice aroma.

The flavor is heavy on the milk chocolate. I also get some roasted malt, but that is about it. Even with all of the malt, the beer is very dry. It is also a bit chalky tasting, but that is not a bad thing as the beer tastes very nice.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

A black as ink stout with no highlights, well maybe one ...yeah black. Has a nice light brown head and a little bit of lace. Notes of chocolate and coffee jump from the glass as you pour the beer in. Hints of molasses in the background tempt you even further. Deep roasted malt notes dominate the flavor with hints of bittersweet chocolate and black coffee in the background. Silky smooth on the tongue with a good roasted malt bitterness on the finish. This is a good one.

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Photo of twoheadedboy
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown with a delicious chocolate head.

Smell is strong with chocolate and coffee as well as some dark fruits; very intense, in a good way. Taste took me a few more sips than usual for it to really sink in, but when it did it was worth it. Absolutely delicious with dry chocolate, caramel and nuts. The expected roasted malt is there in force, with some mild vanilla as well. Finishes great with a smooth sweetness.

Overall a really complex, fantastic stout, one I'd be happy coming back to over and over. Glad I have five more.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Guinness pint glass, body is black with a bit of brown showing through. Full tan head with excellent retention.

Smell is straightforward and simple - roasted and chocolate malt, leaning more towards the chocolate with slight mustyness.

Flavor is a potent combination of charred malt and oats with just a touch of sweetness. Chocolate flavor is pretty minimal for me. Finish is long and roasty.

Mouthfeel is as full as you can ask for in the style, although carbonation is a little rough and takes away from the smoothness.

Flavor was not all that chocolaty as the name would suggest, but easily one of the better oatmeal stouts I've had in a while.

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

A - Very dark walnut color with about average sized, foamy, frothy, slightly sticky, dark cafe head. Average carbonation with a thin foamy lace left.

S - Pretty sweet aroma with sweet chocolate and malt and oat. Also caramel flavors. Hints of spice and a nice nutty and slightly earthy aroma.

T - Follows the nose. A lot of chocolate with sweet chocolate outweighing the bittersweet chocolate. Roasted oat and some roasted malt also present. Touch of smoked nut, earthy flavors, and a hint of coffee. Chocolate dominates though, and it is sweet (not cloying though).

M - What I want in an oatmeal stout. Medium body with about average carbonation. Incredibly smooth and creamy feel.

D - Easy to drink oatmeal stout. Sweet chocolate but a nice balance with roasted oat and malt to balance it out. Tasty and a great mouthfeel.

Notes: A wonderful oatmeal stout. A touch on the sweet side, but it works well. A very nice beer with plenty of chocolate flavor. Definitely worth a try.

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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.

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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 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.

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

12 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours an opaque dark brownish black, a bit of dark red at the edges, very thick tan head forms and settles down to a medium ring and layer around the glass, some lace spirals and spots stick.

Smell is neat, sweet and malty, caramel, chocolate milk, light roast and some sweet fruitiness, oats, a touch vinous with some sour grapes, dry cocoa, a bit of spiciness in the background, not bad.

Taste is similar, caramel and a bit of booze up front, dry cocoa powder and chocolate wafer, a touch of dry roast, oatmeal, a touch of fruit juice, biscuit, dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth and silky from the oats. A bit plain but a nice stout. Thanks Russ!

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

EliteDigger hooked me up with this one. thanks scott!

12oz bottle. sampled aug 8/2010.

pours deep dark brown, nearly black but showing good clarity around the edges. a thin layer of very fine brown head forms, dropping quickly and leaving a bit of spotty lace.

aroma is good. light alcohol. dark and milk chocolate. bit of coffee. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. biscuit. earthy. bit of woody character. touch of caramel. slightly fruity.

taste is good. bittersweet and dark chocolate. bit of milk chocolate. alcohol. toasted multi-grain bread. bit of cracker and biscuit. coffee. lightly fruity. bit of caramel and toffee. medium-low bitterness level, more chocolatey than hoppy. earthy. a bit of woody vanilla character.

mouthfeel is great. just over medium body. right around medium carbonation level, very fine and silky smooth.

drinkability is good. well balanced. good depth. nice chocolate character.

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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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Photo of Bubba83
4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Many a thank you goes out to Kegatron for sending me another Tyranena beer to try. Bottle marked Feb 2010.

Poured at 50 degrees into a snifter. The body is almost completely black, a very dark brown licorice color perhaps, topped off by an espresso colored creamy 2 finger width head. Head dissipates fairly quick, but leaves a good medium sized ring with good lacing.

Super complex aromas are wafting out of the glass. Where do I start? Black licorice, cocoa nibs, heaps of roast, vanilla, dark caramel, coffee grounds, burnt toast and finally a little bit of pine.

Chocolate and vanilla flavors start the party off right, but transition into big and roasty very quickly. There is a slightly astringent sourness here that reminds me a little of Guinness. Caramel rears its head underneath the roast, but only mildly so. Finishes up with a piney kick in the pants, and a little bit of warming alcohol character that rounds things out well.

Lovely feel on this guy, medium bodied, smooth as silk, yet still well carbonated. Quite dry too which is a good thing.

Drinks really well for being so roasty. I'm a huge sucker for huge roast if it's pulled off correctly, and this is a great example. A lot of beers with such a roasty profile get really astringent, but not this beer. It seems like the cocoa nibs help balance things out a little bit to counter the roast, but ultimately it's pretty lopsided on the roasty side, and I love that. If there was a little more dark caramel flavor in the mid-range, I could easily see this contending for one of the best stouts of any kind I've ever had. Tyranena delivers some REALLY terrific dark beers.

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Photo of theghost3
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to XaulZan11 for this.

Pours a deep, opaque dark brown, almost black. There's a 2-finger, creamy beige head and moderate lacing.

Smell is strong of burnt coffee at first, but then I pick up dark chocolate, oatmeal and some nutiness; very much like a cowboy cookie. The flavor is sweet yet also bitter chocolate with pecans, oatmeal, and even some cinnamon. There's some coffee present, but it's not nearly as prevalent as it is in the aroma. Mouthfeel is creamy, thick, and just barely carbonated.

This is a very nice oatmeal stout. Perfectly sweet and bitter, yet messy in that the flavor and aromas are all over the place. Great for an oatmeal stout. Goes great with chocolate or dark fruit like cherries.

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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 steve8robin
3.42/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Extra in a recent trade. Off we go...

A: Carbonated black looking with a small mocha head that quickly fades to a lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: Smells of heavy roasty oatmeal upfront blended with hints of vanilla in the middle and cocao coffee on the backend. Good.

T: I get a watery bitter roasty oatmeal upfront blended with some coffee flavors. Kind of awkwardly placed carbonation in the flavor. Kind of takes away from this one. I get some vanilla on the backend. Ok.

M: A little too heavy on the carbonation on this one. Decent.

D: It doesn't go down as good as hoped. The watery bitter oatmeal and awkward carbonation makes this one a little harder to get through. Decent.

All in all, this brew was a let down. Not worth hunting and definitely not a top line stout. I am so tempted to pull a BCS from the fridge to make up for this one. We'll see...

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Photo of flexabull
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of klikger, thanks again!

Pours a flat black color with a decent tan head.

Aromas are of roasted malts, almost smells a little burnt. Definitely some coffee notes, bakers chocolate, and some oatmeal.

Taste is very nice. There is a nice general smooth character from the oatmeal, light creamy malt flavors, and a bakers chocolate. Finish has a light coffee flavor, and hints of mineral hops.

Mouthfeel is ok, but a little thin.

Drinkability is good, this is a tasty stout. Could use a little more body, but other than that, this is a winner.

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

A: Pours black with dark brown hues on the edges. 1 Finger of dark tan head. Some spotted lacing and a thin film on top.

S: Lots of roasty malts and dark chocolate. Little burnt coffee bean aroma.

T: Lots of sweetness up front. Almost like a milk stout. Love the roastiness of this beer in the finish. Little bit of chocolate comes through, but not as much as I would have liked. Roasted coffee is present, but I feel like something is missing.

M: Very smooth, but just a tad on the thin side. Carbonation is present but the silkiness of the mouthfeel is nice.

D: This was a nice surprise. Wasnt expecting too much, but I enjoyed this beer. Very drinkable. Glad I picked up this Wisconsin brew

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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.

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Down 'N Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout from Tyranena Brewing Company
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