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Doubly Down 'N Even DirtierDoubly Down 'N Even Dirtier

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Bourbon barrels filled with cocoa nibs, vanilla beans and our chocolate oatmeal double stout.

Added by beerwolf77 on 11-12-2010

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Photo of garbercury
4.29/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks a ton to Beerwolf77 for his continuing generosity. Valued trader and though I have never met him yet, a friend, yeah Todd!

A--Moderate carbonation, moderate lacing. Dark, opaque stout.

S--Nice, all the flavors come out nicely. Bourbon, Vanilla, Chocolate. This has an excellent nose!!!

T--Excellent! Mild bourbon but not overpowering, enough to get the gist. Vanilla and chocolate are in the finish for sure.

M--Nice, smooth, silky mf.

D--Oh, this is nice one. Highly recommended!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.52/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Matt (mtunnell) for this one. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Darkness snifter.

A: Not the most carbonated beer. Elevated pour barely yields a thin mocha film atop the brew that dissipates as quickly as it forms. Beer is an opaque black. Lacing is nearly non-existant with a spot here or there and little cling.

S: This one is described as a barrel aged chocolate, vanilla imperial stout... I barely get any of those flavors in the nose. Not to say that its not pleasant. Hints of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, cocoa, and fudge. Slight booziness as I breath deep. Very subtle though and barely detectable.

T: Opens sweet and oily. Notes of sweet booze, chocolate, roasted malt, and raisins. Sweet soy sauciness creeps up towards the middle as the carbonation builds just a bit. Chocolate gets sweeter and is complemented by a subtlely sweet vanilla towards the end. Finish is cocoa and roasted malt bitterness. Aftertaste is more fo the same.

M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and viscous in the mouth. A surprising amount of bubbles though, given the appearance. Finishi is sticky and drawn out and aftertaste lingers just a bit.

D: I think I was expecting a bit more from the description but this beer actually comes across as very enjoyable and solid overall. Not the most complex and the barrel-aging barely comes through the other flavors but the chocolate and vanilla are detectable and the feel is almost spot on. Worth trying.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Dark black pour, faint hints of brown around the top edges. Medium tan head of less than a finger.

Big, woody, bourbon notes come off this thing. It's a big aroma, but it's not offensive. The sweet vanilla can still be noticed, along with the chocolate. There's a nice caramel or buttery butterscotch notes coming through a LOT on the back end.

There is a lot going on with the taste. Though, unlike Silva Stout (in terms of loads going on), it doesn't flow as smoothly and seamlessly. The bourbon notes kind of spike at the start, and then bubbles back up on the finish. Midway through you get the chocolate and some espresso, not much in the way of vanilla, or at least hard to pick out. There some bitterness, like bakers chocolate that lends itself to the lingering finish. Some buttery notes are tucked away in there too, similar to the aroma.

The feel is a bit disappointing. Mainly, it's just too thin. It's medium, but with the great aroma and solid taste, it really would have rounded this out nicely with a more chewy feel.

This is good. Loads going on, and though may not be the most fluent, it's tasty and definitely warranting of multiples. The fairly low ABV for the style helps too.

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Photo of nkersten
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Leffe goblet. Pours black, dark brown edges with a thin tan head that fades quickly into a collar, a bit watery looking. Smell is chocolate, coffee bitterness, sweet vanilla, a hint of bourbon. Taste is dark chocolate, vanilla, some bourbon, roasted malts, a great melding of flavors as it warms. Mouthfeel is thin for the style, medium body and light carbonation. Drinkability is good on this. The low ABV for the style aids in it not having alcohol flavor, smell or warmth in the finish. If this beer was considered an American stout, which i think it is closer to, it would be one of the best in the style.

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Photo of GabrielM
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by SuperNova777 in the '10 Secret Santa BIF. Thanks again, Josh! Poured into a tulip.

A - black as night with a a nice 1.25 inch brownish head on top.

S - coffee, chocolate, a bit of vanilla. Not much bourbon present in the nose.

T - just as the nose indicated - coffee is the dominant flavor, followed by chocolate, then some vanilla. Not much bourbon at all yet, but maybe that will change as it warms up.

M - nicely carbonated, very smooth.

D - although the flavors in this brew aren't as pronounced as I expected, it's still damn delicious and smooth. Also, there isn't even a hint of alcohol warmth, which will definitely make it easy to drink.

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Photo of Beerisheaven
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Have picked up a couple bottles of this recently in trades so thanks go to all my Midwest trading buddies for throwing some of these my way.

A - Pours nice and dark, nearly black, but I ding this a bit for having a lot of bark but not much bite when it comes to a rich head which I like for stouts. A thin layer which quickly turns to a bubble party.

S/T - Someone else said it in an earlier review but Tyranea has produced a great line of beers in this series, only issue is that they tend to be very similar across the board. Not sure if you could pick them out if served together. This was a bit of a let-down but DD nicely melds the chocolate, coffee, bourbon, and vanilla. This is a great beer to introduce to someone who might not be a major fan of bourbon aging. Personally, I got much more of the chocolate, coffee, dark roast, then followed by a smidge of vanilla and bourbon. Someone said earlier that they thought this was a good sub for KBS. I did not get that at all, in that the bourbon is here but nicely hidden in the background. All considered, very nice and enjoyable, it would have just been nice to see Ty do something a little different - either feature the bourbon or vanilla more, or something else.

M - A bit on the thin side.

D - Very good in that for a bourbon stout, it feels like you could drink a # of these.

A really nice beer, would just like to see something a little different on the next go round. Thanks to all who have passed my way.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Loterbol tulip.

Bottled On 04NOV10

A: Pours a slick and inky black color with a thin tan layer of foam on top that, while not very inspiring, left an impressive amount of lace stuck to the inside of the glass. In fact, the head completely melts down to a tiny collar. Quite lazily carbonated.

S: Crazy good aroma! Heavy on the vanilla, dark fruit, and bourbon with a lot of help from roasted malt, dark chocolate, dark roast coffee, and a hint of cherry. Picked up some nice oaky notes, as well.

T: Exactly as above with the interesting addition of maple sugar.

M: Interesting in that it feels, at the same time, thick and oily with a slight solvent alcohol thinness. Flavors hang around for ages.

D: Extremely easy to drink. I wish more breweries would do more in the way of "lower" abv barrel aged beers. This was friggin' delicious and I didn't feel like I needed to take a nap afterwards.

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Photo of crossovert
4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist off bottle.

It pours a dense balckish brown with a fizzy light-tan head. The head quickly fizzes away with no lacing.

This one smells really, really good. Everything you see on the ingredients list is pretty much equal, and that includes: Cocoa, Vanilla, Oak, Bourbon, and some roastiness.

The flavor is more dominated by the bourbon as it provides an accute sharpness. With more sips you realize that the chocolate is not far behind, this one is SUPER chocolatey. Unlike some beers the vanilla can really be tasted here, it mixes with the sweetness and provides a smooth backing to the bitter and alcoholic overtones of the bourbon, roasted malts, and chocolate.

The carbonation is a bit too noticeable for the style, but it is pretty nicely bodied, although I'm feeling a thinness that i don't normally find with these beers.

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Photo of aasher
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The description on the bottle reads "Double stout brewed with cocoa nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans".

I was told I had to try this, just had to. It pours a motor oil midnight black with no head at all. It looks to be a black abyss. The smell is instantly of roasted coffee beans and bourbon. It's not overpowering at all and is a perfect combination of the two. The taste is very rich and superbly complex. It begins with sweet chocolate and vanilla before going into the rich flavor of fresh brewed coffee. At the end of the flavor comes the bourbon in a very smooth and appealing manner. The aftertaste leaves you with a bourbon, chocolate, coffee flavor lingering in your mouth. It is top notch to say the least. It drinks very smoothly, full bodied and doesn't have much carbonation. It's milk chocolatey smooth. This beer is phenomenal and very easy to drink, perhaps too easy.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Original review 11/29/2010 of batch 1.

Had a draft pour of this as well as being sampled from the bottle.

Overall Score:4.23

Appearance: Black, but still gets a little bit of light coming through. Tan colored head. 4.00

Smell: Cocoa, vanilla, and bourbon. 4.25

Taste: Cocoa / bitter chocolate, vanilla, and bourbon. Balanced and flavourful! They all work well with each other not any overpowering the other at any time. No cloying sweetness here! 4.50

Mouthfeel: Was a bit thinner than I prefer. Not really that boozy either and no harsh alchol burn, smoothness is nice change from most barrel aged beers. 3.5

Drinkability: Great Drinkability for a double stout, almost a walking contradiction, but works very well for this beer! Dare I say a 7.5% Session beer? 4.0

Another amazing Brewers gone wild series beer! It will go fast and is probably one of my favorite beers of the series!


Batch 2 review; 10/07/2013.

12oz screw top bottle poured into Tyranena tulip glass. Also had a draft pour of this at the brewery on friday when I picked up my "to go" case!

Pick this beer up on Friday 10/4/2013. Batch 2 was bottled on Thursday 10/03/2013.

Appearance: black bodied beer with massive 3 fingers of head. Head has decent staying power and head slowely receeds leaving a better than spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: sweet vanilla and semi bitter cocoa nibs mixed with mellow bourbon and light oak note. Roasty malts and a nuttiness that almost smells like peanut butter!

Taste: Really similiar to the nose. Sweet vanilla and bourbon mixing with baker cocoa and earthy oak notes. Roasty malts and nutiness that is best described as a peanut butter like flavor. Mild sweetness in the finish and lingering oak plus dark chocolate! This beer tastes awesome!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Yeah the body is a little thin, but its really drinkable BA stout. Fairly consistent in the mouthfeel compared to batch 1. Not a hint of alcohol. This beer really get better at room temperature; it becomes silky and slightly creamy.

Overall: A great trip down memory lane. I loved batch 1 of this beer and I think that I enjoyed batch 2 even more. The biggest thing to keep in mind is that this BA stout is not a beer to lay down in the cellar. Its a drink fresh stout that is definately at its best fresh. Rob at Tyranena really does great barrel aged dark beers in the BGW series and at a rediculously reasonable price point; $51 for a case is a great price for this tasty barrel aged stout! I am not going to lie...I am a Tyranena BGW series homer!

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Photo of bound4er
4.02/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Very dark brown to nearly black with a moderate tan head. Light lacing.

S. Dark baking chocolate, cream and coffee and oaky barrel influences. Smells great.

T. The nose carries over to the palate - sweet chocolate, creamy vanilla and coffee. Faint hop bitterness on the finish. Needs a bit more dryness.

M. Very low carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel.

D. Moderate drinkability here - the overall sweetness gets a bit tiring - one is enough in a sitting.

I like most of the Brewers Gone Wild offerings but increasingly I am having a hard time distinguishing many of the porters and stouts from each other. Time to break out of the box.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
3.28/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$2.49 for a single bottle at Discount Liquor in Milwaukee

A: opaque with a nice lacy tan head
S: medium nose, cocoa nibs dominate
T: decent but not as good as some of Tyranena's others of the same style, not a lot of depth, surprisingly thin all-around, nice roasted malt and creamy mouthfeel probably from cocoa nibs, no noticeable barrel-aging taste
M: somewhat thin and creamy
D: okay, but a bit weak for the style and EtOH

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - black w/little head, slight lacing.

S - roasted coffee with chocolate.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate, little sweet. Vanilla and bourbon taste are very subtle kind of in the background.

M - Very smooth, goes down almost too easy. Want to savor this one, must slow down.

D - Lighter side of the Imperial Stout spectrum, still a sipping beer, but could down a few on a cold winter's night in the Midwest.

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Photo of joshuaseresse
4.12/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass:

A - A pour produces no head at first, but eventually forms a tiny bit of a head..although it does dissolve quickly. Light bubbles around the edges. Black center but semi dark brown around the edges. It was weird because I've had this before and other bottles produced more of a solid head, but this one didn't. I'd rank it a 3.75 but I'm rounding down.

S - Oak barrel, coco and coffee. Bits of vanilla and cream. Hints of oatmeal...reminds me of Founders Breakfast Stout but not as strong. I expected to smell more bourboney character, but didn't pick it up as much.

T - Chocolate roast and oats. Oak and earth. Little bits of vanilla and coffee. Not as much bourbon as I wanted but it's ok...

M - Really smooth and velvety. Creamy but more on the lighter side. Not much carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink. Reminds me more of a barrel-aged porter. While it tastes good and goes down easy, I just expected more bourbon. It is tasty though and I do like it but I imagined it a tad different.

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Photo of BHwks
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass. Bottle is dated November 4, 2010 (a little tricky to see, in black ink right between the base of the neck and where the bottle starts to fatten up)

A - Dark brown/black in color with very little head.

S - Roasted coffee, chocolate, some sweet notes in the background, I'm not getting much bourbon or vanilla on the nose.

T - Coffee, dark chocolate, some sweetness on the finish. The bourbon seems to come through on the finish in the sweetness, though not as boozy tasting as some bourbon barrel aged stouts. I'm really not getting much vanilla, if anything it's blending in with the bourbon on the finish.

M - Very smooth and not as rich as many other barrel aged stouts. I'm not sure if I like this - part of me likes how it's not as sweet and cloying as some, and another part of me would like more body.

D - Very good considering the style - this is on the lighter side for an imperial stout, if there is such a thing.

Overall, I really like this beer. It reminds me of their dirty old man rye porter (also a Brewer's Gone Wild series beer) but with more oomph - more flavor and roastiness, which it should have, since it's a stout. I also like the fact that this beer clocks in at 7.5% alcohol and still provides similar flavors to beers in the 10% range. I can't stress enough how smooth this beer is, considering the flavor profile. Tyranena more often than not really strikes gold with their Brewer's Gone Wild series, and at about 9.99 a 4 pack the price makes their beers a good value when compared to similar beers that will get into the $15-20 range per 4 pack. Definitely look out for this one.

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Photo of Bobby12many
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep motor oil brown, near black, with a big refined head that reminds me of a fine chocolate mousse.

S - Chocolate, Vanilla, Coffee and roasted malt. The nose almost reminds me of a Chocolate Mocha drink from Starbucks. Incredibly sweet and inviting.

T - Lives up to the nose. Rich chocolate and coffee flavors up front give way to a smooth vanilla roastiness out back. Absolutely delicious.

M - A bit thinner than I would have liked considering the richness of these flavors, and the carbonation finds the door rather quickly. However, it is not watery and still has some chewiness to it.

D - Incredibly drinkable Imperial Stout. I did not find the rich chocolate and vanilla sweetness to be cloying, but can imagine it being so to some peoples palettes. I will be picking up more of this one for sure. 2 or 3 of these in a night doesn't sound like it would be a challenge in the least.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.62/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours an inky black with no highlights and a thin foamy tan head. Minimal lacing, but coats the glass well.

Smell -- Dark chocolate, coffee with cream, brown sugar, vanilla, bourbon, and a little bit of leather.

Taste -- Cafe mocha, black patent malt, oaky vanilla, brown sugar, gentle bourbon, leather, peat smoke. Lingering flavors of dark chocolate, leather, and oak.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied in body with milder prickly carbonation. Mild oak tannin astringency is present. Needs body big time. Not distracting, but a thicker feel would make this beer so much better.

Drinkability -- Barrel-aged imperial oatmeal stout? Nice. A little on the sweet side, but not cloying. Got to hand it to Tyrenena for really knowing their way around a barrel. The bourbon influence is gentle - partial BA blend? - that tends to accentuate the oaken barrel influence more than the bourbon, keeping drinkability high. They could possibly use a heavier hand with the bourbon influence, but again many brewers could take some notes from these folks.

With all of this good stuff going on in the taste, the mouthfeel becomes a bit of a letdown: a bit thin for the style with gentle carbonation. Had the carbonation or the body been upped a little I'd be more inclined to give this a better overall grade. That said, this is another satisfying Brewers Gone Wild from Tyranena.

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Photo of OleBruin
3.77/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I found this at Whole Foods in Chicago. I see their beers on the shelves more and more as they have pretty good distribution here. I poured into a Unibroue tulip.

A: It doesn't have a very thick head. It leaves a much thinner ring than I would have expected. It is deep mahogany brown and opaque. A thin swirl remains at the surface.

S: Sweet caramel, vanilla and barrel-aged bourbon oaky notes.

T: The taste of Doubly Down is probably why you purchase a barrel-aged chocolate vanilla stout, right? Although I didn't get the mouthfeel I expected or perhaps wanted (oh vanilla bean dark spoiled on DLD), I do encounter the flavors advertised. The vanilla notes are not overly sweet (thank god), but they will satisfy any sweetness craving on my palate. Perhaps because this doesn't have a heaviness to it, these notes certainly are forward. Beneath I detect the barrel aging and a slight tingle from the bourbon and oak. These aren't as powerful a K.O. as, say, a Bourbon County, but ok--I get where you're coming from, DD... just 7.5 ABV. The cocoa nibs are definitely lurking underneath, but I think that the vanilla wins the match--a little hard to discern through the sweetness. I'm not overloaded.

Mf: Not a very thick mouthfeel. It almost feels like a dark lager or closer to their Rocky's Revenge...

D: Ok, so I'm not a very "sweet guy." Sorry. This about as sweet as I can get, and 12 oz o' DD is plenty to satisfy any craving I would have. That said, I have had sweeter beers (i.e. Southern Tier Crème Brûlée) that I know I'll split with someone when I crack it. This doesn't quite fall into that sweet a category, but close. This becomes more evident toward the end of the bottle. However, I will happily enjoy my remaining brews one at a time as the sweet one in the lineup. I am impressed with this beer for what it is and what it ambitiously aspires to be. Vanilla bean Dark Lord it ain't, but--hey--you can actually buy it at Whole Foods in 12 oz bottles. I dig what Tyranena does, and the barrel aged stouts are definitely something that I look for on the shelves. Check it out in tandem with some others.

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Photo of JLeege
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance- Pour is black. With a one finger tan head. When held to the light, nothing enters this, even darker than expected. Head fades to a ring around the surface and leaves good lacing all the way down.

Smell- What do you know... chocolate and vanilla. Some sweet bourbon poking through too.

Taste- Dark roasted malts and chocolate. Vanilla and oaky bourbon noticed. Lots of cocoa. Has a milk stout feel to it, with a hint of bourbon. The tasting notes on the label are basically spot on.

Mouthfeel- lighter than expected, but again it is not a Huge stout. ABV's are not noticed at all. Smooth.

Overall- Solid and afordable barrel aged brew. Velvety smooth going down.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours and dark chocolate almost black body with a heavy tan head.

S- Smell of Bourbon but not to strong at all with cocoa nibs and vanilla/

T- You can taste the vanilla and cocoa nibs with rich chocolate malts in a good blend of bourbon at the finish.

M- Very heavy almost velvety and creamy with a smoothness of the bourbon and vanilla and cocoa nibs present.

D- Dang this beer is good a pefect blend of flavors nothing is over powering it just blended nicely. Get it and enjoy it like me.


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Photo of homebrew311
4.46/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been looking forward to this one!

A: pours pitch black, little to no head with some lacing, appears to be thinner than some impy stouts, but is still quite dark

S: big notes of vanilla up front along with bourbon and oak, these notes meld flawlessly with smooth dark chocolate, everything smells like it is in perfect balance and there is no pronounced booziness like I often find in barrel aged beers.

T: the flavors first presents some big bitter dark chocolate notes and quickly comes into to deliciousness with the follow up of vanilla and bourbon. The vanilla seems to really balance well with the bourbon... it seems to preserve the nice bourbony flavors and keep out some of the harshness. This beer is very delicate and well balanced. My only complaint is that the base beer is a little on the thin side. Either way, this brew tastes amazing.

MF: as I mentioned, this is a little thin and light (7.5%) for an imperial stout. That doesn't take away from the complexity and the amount of flavor.

D: At 8.99 per four pack, this is by far the best value I have ever found in terms of barrel aged stouts. Plus, it drinks smooth and delicious. This is probably my favorite from Tyranena, but that's not to downplay some of the other great brews such as Dirty Old Man, Benji's Smoked Porter, Sheep Shagger, etc etc.

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Photo of GregSVT
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a dark black with a small dark brown head that fades to a ring and leaves only the smallest lacing when you tip the glass up.

S: The nose is roasty chocolate and coffee. I'm not getting any vanilla or barrel aromas here which was unexpected.

T: The taste is cocoa, coffee, and fudge with vanilla and a molasses taste on the finish. Really reminds me of KBS but with a bit more vanilla and chocolate flavors.

M: The feel is actually relatively thick compared to some other reviews I've read. It's thick and coats the mouth with all the flavors.

D: I enjoyed this and given the ABV and the fact that it was pretty cheap compared to other barrel aged beers, I could see me drinking more than 1 if I could buy it locally.

Very tasty and I can't wait to try this with some age. Hopefully the coffee tones down and lets the barrel flavors come through a bit more.

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Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single - seems like its been a while since the last brewers gone wild brew.

"double stout brewed with cocao nibs and aged in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans"

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, chocolatey brown body, tan head with light retention

smell: chocolate milk, vanilla bean, mild bourbon, oats, subtle roastiness.

taste: Very interesting blend of great flavors - chocolate milk, cocoa nibs, LOTS of chocolate. vanilla bean, oats, fudge cake, bourbon plays nicely but not overpowering. I like this a lot, but some of their other barrel aged efforts have turned out better. Calling this a double stout is pushing it - it's a solid american stout

mouthfeel: a little thin, creamy

drinkability: good

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Photo of oreo
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my arcadia tulip.

Picked this beauty up at binny's the other day. 10 bucks for a 4 pack. :D

Pours a deep black with hints of maroon on the edges. Very thin head, deep tan/cocoa color. Decent head retention.

The smell is out of this world. Loaded with chocolate and vanilla. Easily one of the best smelling beers I have personally ever had.

Taste. Wow. Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, and oak all make their presence known. The bourbon is not hot or very up front, but is noticeable in a good way. Tons of chocolate fills my mouth with every sip. The vanilla overpowers the chocolate, but I am a fan of that, so hooray! Drinking it now, when it gets towards room temp the vanilla character in the aroma and taste come through more.

Very thin for a double stout. Wish this one was a bit thicker.

Easy drinker. I am a big stout fan, and this one does not dissapoint. Going back to pick up another 4 pack soon.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Inflatablechair is my homeboy. Sammy just got back from a stint in Chicago and pulled this one out... Thanks buddy. Pours with a thin dark tan head.. okay retention with nice rings of lace.

Aroma is pretty much as advertised... nice dark maltiness.. the chocolate is great!! Lesser vanilla .. thankfully.. but lite oak and roasty malts smoooths things out ... very nice.

Good dark/chocolate malts show before the bourbon.. vanilla is way too much for my palate.... the vanilla helps pull out the chocolate, roasty malts are pretty lite... the oak shows with warmth.. I guess bourbon barrels... but the vanilla just blows things out of the water for me.

Seems pretty thin... medium/lite body.. carbonation is ever present and smooth.. yet the overall presentation is lacking.

Mehhh... I like it... and hope I get a chance to try it again, but I won't cry if not. Thanks. Sammy!! Pretty cool late night Saturday tasting ;-)


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