Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier | Tyranena Brewing Company

Doubly Down 'N Even DirtierDoubly Down 'N Even Dirtier
321 Ratings
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 matttttYCE
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Deschutes snifter glass. Thanks to MooreHopps for this one! Just reading the description, "Double stout brewed with cocoa nibs and aged in Bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans" makes my mouth water!

Appearance - It's another one that's pitch black and pours pretty thick. That's to be expected. A pretty aggressive pour yields only a slight covering of dark tan bubbles. Head was probably only 4-5 mm! Probably one of the weaker heads I've ever seen from an aggressive pour out of the bottle. Carbonation seems pretty low but not flat by any means. Just seems lower than most double/imperial stouts. If I had to use one word to describe the appearance, it would be lackluster. Hence the 2.5 out of 5 rating.

Smell - At first smell I wouldn't guess this was a Bourbon barrel aged beer, but it's got many other things going on. Up front is mostly cocoa/sweeter milk chocolate, vanilla and it almost smells like there was coffee added (but apparently there wasn't). Next you get more of those oak, bourbon notes but they aren't as in your face as I was expecting, but I prefer the subtler Bourbon. Also getting some caramel smell and of course dark roasted malt. As the beer warms, more of the Bourbon smell comes out, but still not too much, and I'm even more drawn to it!

Taste - Even though the smell wasn't heavy Bourbon I kind of expected to get alot of Bourbon taste. Nope. This is probably one of the more balanced Bourbon barrel aged beers I've had. The taste is really like they took a nice imperial stout with all its roasted malt/chocolate malt goodness and mixed in the perfect amounts of Bourbon, oak, chocolate/cocoa nibs, and vanilla flavors! Also tasting and (still) smelling notes of coffee. Maybe its all the vanilla and cocoa, I don't know. I don't get as much of a sweet taste as the nose would lead you to expect either. For me, this is almost a 5.0 out of 5.0, but not quite. I just can't bring myself to say that it's phenomenal, but it is really good!

Mouthfeel - Not quite heavy/thick, but a bit below that. Smooth would probably be the best description. For as much as I thought the carbonation was lacking in the appearance, it seems to be pretty good in the mouthfeel, though it really could be a bit higher on the carbonation. Otherwise it's nice and I'd say a bit above average. Also ends with a nice dryer taste, but nowhere near bone dry, and it leaves the palate wanting more.

Overall - The appearance and mouthfeel could be better, so they drag this rating down a bit. I'm a little torn between giving this a 3.5 or a 4.0 overall, but I think because of the wonderful taste and smell, it's more deserving of a 4.0. So that's that.

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Photo of hopsbreath
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to sweemzander for the hook up here. Twelve ounce bottle dated 11-04-2010 poured into my Terrapin snifter.

A: Dark brown body with cola amber edges, a couple fingers of short lived beige head falls to a wisp ring. No lacing. 2/5

S: Nice notes of bourbon and vanilla are strong with this one. Rich chocolate holds everything on its shoulders. 4/5

T: Bourbon soaked caramel, peppery -bal spice, and milky sweet chocolate. Great in your face sweetness. 4/5

M: A little thinner than what is typical of barrel aged stouts, moderate amount of spritzy carbonation, and appropriately sticky finish. 3/5

O: I really enjoy this beer. To pack so much flavor into a low for the style ABV is pretty impressive. 4/5

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Photo of bennetj17
3.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average looking stout, dark black, not overly thick, with barely enough foam to make a head. The aroma is less sweet smelling than expected for a chocolate and vanilla stout. I get more bitter chocolate and notes of charred, roasted malt. It smells like it could be heavy on alcohol too.

Strange how the overall flavor is kind of muttled. It's a boorish, semi-sweet stout, and while the vanilla wants to come through, it never really does. Unfortunately the beer starts and finishes the same way for the most part, and starts to get cloying after awhile. It could have used some more bitterness/alcohol at the back for contrast. The carbonation plays out too softly also, making it seem watery despite the actual thickness.

Perhaps I am too spoiled by some of the other Brewers Gone Wild beers, but this one is just a letdown. The beer itself can't live up to it's name...

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Boulevard tasting glass on 5/7/11
Sampled at the 1st NoVA BA Tasting Extravaganza
*From notes

A: Reasonably dark, yet the head is a bit thin and not much lacing sticks to the side of the glass.

S: The best part of this brew - it features hints of crushed vanilla bean and charry, chocolately malt.

T: Slightly spicy, as an inviting woody presence hits the forepalate. The mid is like chocolate malt, though the tannin won't completely let go. As it finishes, bold flavors of French Vanilla black coffee leave their mark.

M: A bit overcarbonated, but given the ABV it's not too shabby. Thinner then I'd typically like, but it allows the beer to be drank, rather then just sipped.

O: Tyranena's Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier is a pretty good beer, and one that I'd return to if offered. I would like it though if Tyranena would do a better job branding each of their "Brewers Gone Wild" beers, as it's hard to tell them apart strictly by the label. Give each brew it's own personality, as what's in the bottle certainly deserves it.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pitch black, with a slight head of deep tan bubbles. No lace.

On the nose, I get chocolate and wood.

Taste is strong and smooth, with an abundance of vanilla tones, but with some oak and a hint of bourbon-whiskey-alcohol burn.

Delightful and worthy.

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Photo of soze47
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle I've been sitting on since the holidays. I think this was brewed in November, 2010, making this about seven months old. Drinking from a standard pint.

Appearance: Pitch black for the most part with perhaps a tad of brown on the edges. No light is getting through this beer. There is very little if any head on this beer. The little amount that is there sticks to the glass like glue. At first, I thought this one may have gone flat with the lack of activity on the pour, but nope. That is just the way it is.

Aroma: Milk chocolate is the biggest scent right after the pour. As it warms, the vanilla and bourbon come out. I get faint whiffs of the wood too. Not a robust smell overall, but it definitely smells like you'd think a Chocolate Vanilla BB double stout would.

Taste: There is a little more complexity here than in the nose. The sweetness, both vanilla and milk chocolate pop out first, but a bourbony wood flavor combined with a nice coffee bitterness helps reign it in. The bitter aspects stay on the linger. This beer gets sweeter as it warms, but it is balanced enough to keep it from being too much so.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: For something so heavy in body, this beer is surprisingly drinkable. This beer is rich, but not too cloying. Chewy is the word I'd use. I could see why someone would think it is a little to heavy with the bitterness that sets in after several drinks, but I like the palette assault.

Overall: I like a big chewy sweet stout, so this one is good in my book. The flavors are as advertised. I enjoy the bourbon and vanilla notes in a smaller double stout too.

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Photo of harrymel
3.73/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled Nov 4, 2010

A: Pours dark/black ale with little to no translucency. Small, transient light latte head falls away within seconds. The head falls to, well, broken and spotty surface foam. No lacing.

S: Lots of chocolate, milk chocolate. Coffee is subdued yet present. The vanilla is a good accent to the rest of the beer. Bourbon is sweet, subtle and nice. Plenty of rye bread base malts. Biscuit flavors.

T: Again, quite a bit of milk chocolate flavors here, very sweet. Biscuits, vanilla much more up front in the beer. The coffee seems like is comes through on the back end and resonates. The beer is really, really sweet. As the beer warms, the bourbon comes through with a vengeance.

M: Thick yet hollow, interesting. Moderate to high carbonation for the style.

O: Nice beer. The amount of modifications from the style makes it more of a novelty to me, but nonetheless delicious. I can say if this was local to me, I would make a batch of brownies with this beer.

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Photo of benpopper
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pure black without any head whatsoever. Leaves a slight oily film on the side of the glass. No head, no lace.

Smells very roasty up front, but as it warms the vanilla really comes out strong where as at the beginning it is just sweet.

Taste is very sweet off the bat but finishes with a great coffee. Really great.

Feels really smooth, but has almost absolutly not carbonation so seems a little thick. Wish there was just a little more bubbles in it on my tounge.

Overall, pretty good, but nothing special in my opinion.

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Photo of mothman
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into chalice. Pours no head. color is a deep brown-hued black.

Aroma: Bourbon, vanilla, oak, chocolate, caramel. Awesome nose. A light roast.

Taste: Lighter level of bourbon. Kind of creamy. Chocolate and cocoa, caramel, light roast again, vanilla, and oak. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and roasted. Warming. Medium to full bodied with a medium to low amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry and roasted.

Overall: A pretty solid offering in the series. I wish the taste was as good as the nose, but still a fine beer. Pretty drinkable as well.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is a deep, dark brown with a small tan head that quickly dissipates and leaves little to no lacing.

S: The smell has some nice notes, roasted malts paired with dark chocolates, a bit of vanilla and the slightest hint of bourbon.

T: The taste was kind of a let down for me, it wasn't as bold and flavorful as I was expecting. There are roasted malts up front, slight chocolates and a bit of bourbon in the finish.

M: Thin medium bodied with little carbonation. Slight roasted and chocolate feel.

D: Overall, this is a decent beer. As mentioned above I was expecting a more flavorful beer, the bottle makes it sound excellent but I was disappointed.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of FrankenBrew, thanks Nick! Aggressive pour yields a small tan head upon a black-as-night brew. Retention and lacing are both poor.

Chocolate, vanilla, caramel and oatmeal with very little interference from fruit and other yeastly influences. Smells amazing and delicious. Peanut butter, light bourbon and toffee as it warms.

Taste is very smooth, with the chocolate and vanilla flavors combining like I have never tasted before! Bourbon influence is light and the roast is notably low for a stout of this caliber - I am fine with that here as there is plenty else going on. Like Nutella with the hazelnut/chocolate thing going on. Very minor complaints, but I wouldn’t mind seeing some more sweetness and a richer feel. That said, this is an awesome beer, I would love to have about a case of this stuff lying around.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.55/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours black with a solid one finger tan head. About par for the course, really. Lacing is great, solid and all the way around.

S- a lot of chocolate, with hints of vanilla in there as well. Smells like it would be a hell of a dessert beer...damn good, but hopefully the taste won't be overwhelming

T- super sweet from the combination of vanilla and chocolate. Getting a little roasted coffee in the finish. The characteristics of the barrel are coming through very well, but all that vanilla is killing my palate

M- yeah, it's thick. Thankfully, not too syrupy. Too much with all that vanilla

O- the vanilla is choking the everloving hell out of me. I think I may need to start trading away my bal-aged stouts

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)

A- This beer has a black body with a thin wisp of tan head that fades to a ring and is a bit to dense to see any carbonation.

S- The clean aroma has hints of chocolate with a light coffee roast in the finish.

T- The mellow roasted black malt has a soft cocao nibs note to it and a water flavor that grows as the beer opens. The finish has a light chocolate note and some roasted bitterness that lingers for a moment.

M- This beer has a full mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- The light chocolate flavor and soft stout malt flavors is not nearly as impressive as the bottle describes it. This reminds me of a chocolate Charleston chew without all the chewing.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours like I'd expect from a Tyranena stout, pitch black with a small tan head with a few stray bubbles in it. Retention is decent.

Aroma is nice, tons of milk chocolate, roasted malts and definitely some vanilla. I can get some sweet bourbon and oak but it's subtle. Really nice aroma.

The taste isn't quite as impressive but still really solid. There is sweet chocolate malts, roasted coffee and vanilla beans. Nice roasty finish.

Mouthfeel is decent but probably a little thin. To be expected from a <8% impy stout.

This is a great impy stout and would probably be world class if they tamped up the ABV and body. As it is, it's an exceptionally drinkable impy stout.

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Photo of TStron
3.51/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Decent size head of tan, almost white, head. Black body.

S - Chocolate and vanilla aroma. Nothing really strong. Pleasant.

T - Initial thoughts is this has a root-beer like flavor. Like the aroma nothing to overpowering here. Low on the bitterness as well as sweetness.

M - Lots of carbonation here and very noticeable on the tongue.

O - A good stout with plenty of flavor for enjoyment but nothing too powerful to have multiple glasses in a sitting.

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Photo of jefferz5000
4.39/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very welcome extra from 321jeff. A want of mine taken care of by a great partner.

Pours a deep brown, near black hue, that's transparent while pouring. Small tan head, even with aggressive pour, fizzles away quickly, eventually to nothing.

Aroma of much cocoa, fudge, vanilla, caramel-corn, a bit of roastiness and very slight barrel. I'm digging this a lot already.

Taste echoes the nose and is oh so tasty. The barrel presence is very light, but it's there, more on the finish. This is a smooth well-blended beer, imo. I'm liking it a lot. Tons of chocolate, especially as it warms. Every mentioned in the smell comes through nicely.

Feels good, medium body. Could stand to be a tad heavier, but that's not really a complaint. Smooth with a slightly drying finish.

Overall, this is a very tasty and drinkable beer. Would love to have more of it. Surprisingly easy drinking for 7.5%. Hopefully I'll be able to score a few more bottles.

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Photo of billab914
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured black in color with a thin, tan lacing scattered across the top of the beer. A little bit of lacing was left on the glass as I drank it as well.

The aroma shows a lot of the chocolaty, cocoaflavors to it. The vanilla comes through to give a nice sweet, creaminess to the chocolate. A bit of roasty, bitter, coffee flavors are there as well. The barrel character is pretty light in the aroma overall, but I get a little of it. Pretty nice aroma overall.

The taste shows a little more of the barrel character to it with some bourbon and woody notes throughout the beer. I get a lot of the chocolate coming through with a nice touch of vanilla sweetness. I get some roasty, bitter, coffee like flavors coming out in the finish. Very flavorful beer overall.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side and moderately creamy. Carbonation is a on the lower side, and pretty nice for the style. Overall I really enjoyed the beer. The chocolate and vanilla flavors meshed very well together and the roasty, bitter finish really helped balance out the sweetness. The barrel characters were nice in that they added some subtle complexity, but didn't overwhelm the beer. Very solid beer overall.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to McDiddypop for bringing this one over.

A - It pours a chestnut-mahogany hue and is capped with an inch of khaki head.

S - The nose is roasty and coffeeish at first; after it airs out for a few minutes, huge notes of vanilla are discernible, coupled with barrel and chocolate.

T - Good-tasting brew; lots of chocolate and vanilla, a little bit of booze and barrel, some roastiness and cafe mocha tones as well. The more I sip, the more I like it; the vanilla impression is so rich that it is like vanilla fudge (the confection, not the band.)

M - Lighter of body for the style, but in this case it works well. Low carbonation suits the thinner brew.

D - This is a really solid beer by a really solid brewer. I've liked most Tyranena stuff; I like this one more.

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Photo of Trilogy31
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black with a touch of muddy red at the rim. A thick head dissipates quickly to leave heavy lacing. The nose reveals toasted coconut, bakers chocolate, bitter espresso and some slightly smoked malts. Taste is of rich semi sweet chocolate and fresh baked chocolate cookies, smoky rich malts and cafe con leche, with slight caramel barrel notes. Very rich and tasty beer, not quite kbs but a damn good beer.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this one as part of a recent trade with FrankenBrew. Poured from the bottle a medium black color with a small, creamy tan head. Aromas of bourbon, roasted malt, cocoa nibs and vanilla. Medium to full bodied, drinkable, with bourbon, chocolate, oak, vanilla and roasted malt.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Black with a bit of cherry highlight and a sparse white collar.

S: light bourbon, chocolate, and roasted malt. Starts out a little weak, but improves noticeably after a few minutes of sitting out.

T: Rich blend of roasted malt and chocolate with just the right amount of sweetness. There's also vanilla and a bit of coffee. Subtle bourbon barrel flavors follow and carry through the finish with a slight alcohol bite. Great balance.

M: Thick bodied with low to medium carbonation. Could be a little more smooth, but still pretty solid.

Overall, a great beer. Am kicking myself that I didn't buy more.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.77/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Big thanks go to goodstrongbeer for including this in a recent exchange. Thanks Jon!

Pours black, maybe a deep brown, with a finger of tight dark mocha head. Swirling this elicits a rich ½ finger of froth, leaving back a robust cascade of thick foamy lacing. The aroma is heavy with the bourbon barrel at first, but then starts to mellow out as this warms, creating a rich mélange of molasses, burnt wood, vanilla, chocolate, coffee, and a dash of brown sugars. There's just a delicious complexity to this in the nose.

The barrel is much bolder in the taste, with a dry and charred tannic character that bonds to the roast and citric hops of the base Stout. Chocolate malts add some sticky sweetness to the edges of the profile but this just missing the delicious flavors and complexity of the nose. A warm burnt dryness lingers in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller medium bodied, with a mostly mellow creaminess to the carbonation in the mouth. This just seems a touch light for the size and flavors that are involved here, with those tannins from the barrel thinning this out just a bit too much. Any alcohol warmth seems to be coming strictly from the bourbon flavors and not from the body.

This was a bit of a let-down for me, especially considering that I really like the regular Down & Dirty, as the barrel aging just kind of ran over the over flavors at times and couldn't nearly compete with that wonderful aroma. Like all BGW beers from Tyranena, it's definitely worth at least trying but this one just didn't wow me like I thought it would.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another extra from surlytwinsfan.

Pours black, very thin beige head forms after an aggressive pour, becomes a slight cap and ring quickly, not much lacing.

Pretty typical stout stuff in the nose leaning towards the sweet side of things. Cocoa, caramel, oak, a bit of bourbon/booze.

Taste has big cocoa and oats up-front, roasted malt, oak, and a decent vanilla presence. The oatmeal stout base is still obvious which is good. Molasses and some caramel. Bourbon is kept on the down low but is a little more noticeable in the finish. Pretty sweet and a bit breakfast-y.

Oily mouthfeel, not very lively, carbonation is on the low side, feels a bit 'meh' combined with the great flavors. A bit of alcohol heat.

Basically an oatmeal stout with a bit of 'oomph' rather then your typical barrel-aged stout which is a nice change. Pretty good flavors overall but a bit weak in other aspects of the beer.

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Photo of dbennett04
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass at around 45-50 degrees.

A - Poured jet black, no light coming through at all. I noticed the slightest hint of ruby towards the top of the pour. Very minimal head with no lacing on the glass.

S - Caramel and chocolate with a hint of vanilla. Roasted malts.

T - Smooth vanilla at the beginning and a spicy chocolate toward the end. Very complex throughout. Hints of bourbon and coffee.

M - Incredibly smooth. Some carbonation, but by no means overwhelming. Not as thick as I thought it would be, given the pour.

D - Very drinkable. Alcohol was very understated. Complex flavors and character make me want to open another bottle to see what else is lurking.

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Photo of mcallister
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours nearly black with a tan head close to mocha but slightly off. Small and fading quickly.

Wonderful aromas of vanilla, cocoa, roasted malts, unmalted barley, hints of bourbon and oak with light milk chocolate and plum character.

Very nice, easy drinking beer. Rich and roasty with tannins and hop bitterness throughout the mouth. Love the drinkability on a beer like this only being 7.5%. Sweet vanilla, cocoa, milk chocolate, hints of coffee, lead into a pruney plum flavor in the back of the palate. At the finish the bourbon lingers on the tongue with some nice oaky presence. Mouth seems only slightly thin but otherwise a damn good beer.

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Doubly Down 'N Even Dirtier from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 321 ratings
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