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RATINGS: 184   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.68/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
When the railroad was completed between Madison and Milwaukee in 1882, mucky soils in the glacial swamp near Lake Mills made the tracks most unsteady. A bridge-tender stood guard, 24 hours-a-day, to warn oncoming trains of the danger ahead and caution them to slow their pace. One engineer chose not to heed this warning and the locomotive lost control and tumbled off the bridge into the mud below. The train is said to be forever entombed deep in the muck along the present day Glacial Drumlin trail. We brew Down ‘n Dirty Chocolate Oatmeal Stout thick and black like the glacial muck.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 29, 2010
Bottle. 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5709) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Draft at Old Fashioned. Red-brown color, thin oily head. Medium bodied. Mild hints of earthy spiciness, but otherwise pretty malt centric. Watery body, not a very impressive example of the style. Touches of chocolate malt, but overall sort of bland for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2010
12 oz. bottle. The pour yields a nearly black body that shows just a hint of deep cola brown translucency at the thinnest part of the edge. A small, smooth cap of light brown foam is quickly fleeting, leaving only trace lacing spots and a millimeter-thin surface ring. Aromas are of dark caramel malt, powdered cocoa, and softly toasted oats, hinting also at some nuts, and all smoothed out by mild hints of lactose. Its not particularly hoppy, as the choco-caramel sweetness is countered only by some earthy roast. Flavors largely mirror the nose, giving loads of toasted caramel and nutty brown malts, with a nice cocoa roast backbone and a soft, milk sugar finish. Very smooth, and nicely balanced despite its inherent sweetness. The palate is spot on for the style, medium bodied and kind of pillowy, with a soothing, whipped sort of feel. Toasted nuts linger on the finish. Very solid brew. Something to which most sweet stouts should aspire.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 28, 2010
12oz bottle, thanks chriso. Medium tan head atop brown-black body. Aroma is moderately sweet, cocoa, bittersweet chocolate, light syrup, faint cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, bittersweet chocolate, some cocoa, light sourness. Medium body, fairly smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
votzer (77) - Hixson, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Pours black, with a 1/2 finger tan head, lasting, chocolate malt aroma, roasted and malt and chocolate with alcohol hit, easy carbonation, well blended, smooths out as it warms, burnt flavor, heavy coffee finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Rando7 (778) - Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2010
Bottle pours almost black with a medium-thin bubbly tan head. Aroma roasted malts and coffee. Taste roasted malts, coffee, and less chocolate than I expected based on the name. Palate smooth but a bit thin. Finish fairly clean with mild cocoa bitterness. Alcohol well disguised. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (8149) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 25, 2010
12 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown very nearly black hue with a medium creamy beige head. The aroma is sweet coffee, light grains. The flavor is very nice; rich chocolates and grains, earthy and very milky. Smooth and flavorful. I love the flavors of properly done oats. Very drinkable. I could do a 40 ouncer of this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - AUG 15, 2010
Bottle: Pours a opaque black with a spotty-lacing froth of off-white head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel and chocolate nose with some mild doughy yeasty notes. Starts with good fullness and a sweet chewy caramel and dark chocolate flavor well-balanced with an earthy floral hoppy bitterness before a semi-sweet chocolaty finish. An enjoyable and fairly complex oatmeal stout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nuffield (4033) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 14, 2010
This one went over pretty well. I’ve often found Oatmeal Stouts to be a little off my preferences, perhaps because of the lactic quality. But the chocolate here provided a layer of complexity and a good tingle--not exactly bitterness, but something to make you thoughtful. There’s a decent level of carbonation and the color isn’t exactly my first choice, but the overall effect is satisfying enough. I drank it after a Great Big Sea concert, so I was in a particularly thirsty and happy mood. This fit the bill.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
RSRIZZO (1940) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - AUG 8, 2010
12oz bottle courtesy of Headbanger poured into a English Pint at 44°. Color is black with good carbonation and a small light brown head. Aroma is roasted and earthy. Body is full with a crisp mouth feel. Flavor starts sweet and roasted with a touch of chocolate then some coffee and an even bitterness. After taste is dry. Overall it a very good Stout.

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