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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 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madvike (2905) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2010
Bottle - Pours deep and dark with next to no head. Smoky and roasty on the nose, but not really getting the chocolate. Hints of peat and charcoal--this one is definitely dark and roasty. Taste is roughly the same, with dark roast, smoke, charcoal, and some espresso and dark chocolate notes--real bitter. Smooth, chewy, and velvety, this is the sort of dark beer that Tyranena has traditionally done well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1139) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
Pours a rich dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is of milk chocolate, light hops, lightly roasted grain and light milk sugar. Taste is much the same. Creamy mouthfeel and full bodied this is a solid offering from Tyranena.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 5, 2010
Thanks for the bottle, bro! Pours black with a thin mocha head which fades quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Aroma is largely coffee roasts, chocolate, and oatmeal. Really is a very splendid aroma. Taste is much the same slightly dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
17thfloor (2433) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 4, 2010
12oz bottle. Pours a thinner dark cola color with a thin fizzy sudsy cola head. Aroma is a little strange, grassy, bitter chocolate, gritty, earthy, tobacco, seemingly dry, toasted oats, maybe a touch vegetal/buttery. Flavor is nice of toasted oats and chocolate syrup, really strong toasted oat flavor, rich dark chocolate finishing fairly bitter, flavors are very clear and well translated, toasted oats and dark chocolate syrup, very dark, but still with a rich kick, quick aftertaste, touch of coffee bitterness. Medium/full bodied, full mouthful, carbonation is a bit too soda poppy and sharp for the fullness, a bit syrupy which contrasts oddly with the rich fullness. Too sweet for me and the burnt over toasted like tannic bitterness isn’t doing it for me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2010
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Riley’s Wines of the World in Madison, Wisconsin. Pours an opaque dark brown colored brew with a creamy beige head that slowly dissipates and leaves behind some excellent lacing. Aroma of toasted dark malt, chocolate, roasted oatmeal, and a hint of coffee. Taste is medium bodied, toasted dark malt flavors with dry Bakers chocolate, coffee, a hint of charred wood and oatmeal. Finish is semi-dry with a mild bitterness and then a slight metallic aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2010
Dark brown with ruby hues and a two finger foamy tan topper that leaves some lace. Aroma of noble hops? Up front with cocoa, oatmeal, chocolate, dark malts and a hint of smoke. Taste of cocoa, chocolate, grains and dark malt. A touch bitter, a touch acidic and it seems to finish better than it drinks with a chocolaty finish. This was based on pretty damn black stout which was pretty good, but the cocoa nibs seem to knock it down several notches, almost like forced chocolate rather than getting the flavor from the malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - FEB 24, 2010
Bottle from guyinchicago. Thanks Chuck!! Super dark brown pour wtih a dark tan head. Nice and creamy head. Oats, chocolate and roast on the nose. Flavor is creamy and full of very bitter chocolate. Oats give the brew nice body. Nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
3Faveryrogue (181) - Aslip, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Only 11 ratings before me?!? Nice. As a Chicagoan, I am quite thankful that this brew is made available to me so fresh and very quickly. Awesome. 12 oz.. A - Oats, chocolate, and coffee on the nose. Pleasing. Nothing huge. But damn good. Full nose here. A - Watery brown pour, sitting nearly black in glass. Light showing through around the edges. Short lived tan head. Looks like a cup of weak coffee. Which, is not a bad look for a beer. F - This comes off as oats. Immediately. Then a hint of chocolate in the middle, followed by an oaty coffee ground bitter. Nice characteristics. Not very sweet, per se. This is quite sessionable in my book. Still, quite roasty, with a crisp bitter hiding underneath everything else going on here. P - Again, quite drinkable. Nice coffee presence. Mild-bodied. O - Great Tyranena. Possibly the best I’ve had from them. Nice rendition. Not as big as Founder’s Breakfast, but worth it. Would drink regularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BVery (6974) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Tap. Very dark pour. Coffee on the nose. A little thin on body. Coffee and chocolate taste with a little hop kick. Very nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Headbanger (3388) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2010
12oz bottle 2/22/10 (Binny’s Naperville)-46° in English Pint-Pours a dark brown with some amber tints on a medium tan head. Aroma of coffee, roasted malt, and chocolate. Taste of the same with more chocolate and a smooth overall feeling. This full bodied brew is very well balanced and tasty. Another great brew from Tyranena. Kick butt.

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