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RATINGS: 185   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 6, 2010
Courtesy of Mr Levi funk. Black pour with medium brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, and creamed coffee. Flavor of dry roasted malt, strong coffee, cocoa powder and slight milk. Yum

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAY 2, 2010
Bottle purchased at Binny’s. Darkest brown/black pour with a thick tan head. Creamy chocolate aroma that is nicely balanced between sweet and roasty bitter. Flavor is roasty at first, but sweet chocolate and cream take over before a bitter finish with hints of coffee. Tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3550) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2010
12 oz bottle
This beer has sitting on the deck long enough. With a quiet evening ahead of me I opened it. The reward was another solidly made stout from a brewer who doesn’t often fail. It is true this particular release is not the best out there but for an affordable daily drinker (or at least as long as it is in circulation) this is nearly perfect.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated murky brown body bubbled with life beneath the surface. A weak cream colored crown graced the top like dirty wave caps. Bittersweet chocolate, cold oatmeal, and strong black coffee create a breakfast mood. The balance is nearly perfect. This reminds me very much of a Breakfast Stout style beer.

Flavor / Palate - The sweet first impression is like a black truffle dipped in rich chocolate. Next comes ash, smoke, and coffee grounds. Finally the finish of warm oatmeal cookies caps a delightful experience. Sweet and fluid this beer has everything you could ask for. If I was still in Wisconsin I’m sure there would be a four or six pack in the fridge right now.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
badgerben (4869) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 24, 2010
Dark brown, pretty much black color with a medium head. Light cocoa aroma. A fairly bitter chocolate taste, with some dry roasted notes and a bit of earthy/piney hop bitterness. Oatmeal doesn’t seem to add much (if any) flavor. This is much more of a dry stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - APR 17, 2010
Bottle. Pour was deep dark with a slightly dark tan head. Aroma was strong with chocolate, light caramel, and some bread characters. Body was medium to full with a smooth oat character along with some more well blended chocolate malt and a nice caramel finish. Real well blended brew. Nice.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mrjaxson (491) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2010
Oh my word is this delicious. Pours to a huge, fluffy head. Aroma is a sweet chocolate but the taste is far more subtle and not as bitter (to my taste) as other reviewers have described. Down and Dirty is a great value because it is a seasonal and not from Tyranena’s Brewers Gone Wild series, meaning you get a full six pack for your money rather than a four pack. And, something to look forward to, the brewer says he is already aging this stout in bourbon barrels with cocoa nibs and vanilla beans from Madagascar to make it part of his BGW series. But we won’t see it until winter 2010-2011. I can’t wait!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 16, 2010
Bottle and served in my Bells snifter Pours almost opaque with a constant beige head which left very nice lacework upon the glassware. The aroma has major overtones of chocolate, charred black malts, tobacco, berries, oats and caramel, and more earthy and woody esters. The taste starts with the expected tour de Cacao Nibs but there is plenty of coffee like bitterness and charred astringency to keep things in check and not overtly sweet. I like the dirty and earthy finish with this brew, it fits the palate profile very well. The mouth feel is smooth and creamy but not heavy, more medium-bodied with a slight ashy tone. A nice sweet stout that delivers plenty of character without going to extremes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - APR 11, 2010
12 ounce bottle-a dark pour -tan head-aroma and taste of-chocolate, coffee, caramel,-long sweet choco finish .nice stout

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
NachlamSie (3279) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle. Pours really dark, looks almost black. The aroma is balanced with a malty body of chocolate and oats. It reminds me of brownies with a splash of coffee. The flavors follows suit perfectly. Very balanced bittersweet chocolate meets the smoothness of oats. Very light bitterness keeps things balanced. Good take on a solid style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MrPickles (438) - Waunakee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 2, 2010
12 oz. Roast, chocolate, and coffee on the nose. Deep dark brown pour, sitting nearly black in glass. Taste is oats hints of chocolate in the middle, followed by an coffee ground bitter. It is more bitter than sweet, but is still fantastic oh and more of the roasty qualities. Quite drinkable. Nice coffee presence and mild mouth feel. Great Tyranena. Another great brew from an underrated brewery. If this was from one of the "big" popular guys it would be in the top 50 and this is now a year round brew. I would and will drink it regularly.

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