The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal PorterThe Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter

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Reviews: 269
Hads: 626
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 213
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 02-10-2007

Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.
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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smells of sweet dark fruit. It's lacking coffee and flavor in general. Pretty water, taste more like a dark ale than a coffee porter / stout. This has let me down for sure as a imperial porter. (195 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expectations are sky high given the brewery and series; I've adored past beers in the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup.

BOTTLE: Courtesy of Duff27 - thanks! 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label design. Branded maroon twist-off cap.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal porter per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and frothiness. Thick enough, with a coating ring of lacing forming on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice complexion. Consistency is even. Could be softer looking and darker/richer.

Retention is nice - ~4 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. There's no visible yeasty muck or anything.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking imperial porter, but I wouldn't call it a unique or special appearance.

AROMA: Has some nice java/coffee character with hints of roastiness as well as near-ideal coffee bean bitterness. The coffee is complemented nicely by hints of chocolate/cocoa powder, chocolate malts, oats, muted hazelnut, and dark malts. Hints of malted milk balls/whoppers edge this closer to milk stout territory than I would have guessed, but the sweetness/bitterness balance seems right on the money. Cream and a whisper of dark fruit round out the complex aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is above average. No booziness or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The coffee dominates just as it should, with rich java blends evoking roast as well as fresh coffee bean. The coffee is nicely balanced with the milk chocolate, cream, and dark malt/chocolate malt base. On the sweeter end for a coffee porter in spite of its coffee bitterness, with no real hop presence or roasted barley presence. There's a muted hint of hazelnut and maybe some dark fruit (plum?), but otherwise this is a pretty straightforward build for the style. The oats don't lend much in terms of flavour, and are instead evidenced only in the mouthfeel.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. This is a cohesive coffee porter build, but the beer isn't gestalt. There's some seamless layering of flavour (the coffee and chocolate seem inseparable), but still more intricacy would benefit the beer: vanilla bean, marshmallow, roasted barley, espresso...these would all fill it out with even more complexity. And the coffee could be far more expressive than it is; it's pretty average in its depth of flavour as-is.

TEXTURE: Smooth, creamy, wet, soft, medium-bodied, and near ideally thick and hefty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is great, with near perfect carbonation and a somewhat silky feel. This texture coaxes out more of that malted milk ball taste, to its benefit.

This texture doesn't quite elevate the beer as a whole, but it does complement the taste nicely and helps coax out additional nuance from the flavour profile. Well-executed.

OVERALL: A nice offering from an underappreciated brewery, The Devil Made Me Do It! is a lovely imperial porter that will satisfy even the most discerning fans of the style. However, it won't impress, and isn't Tyranena's strongest work in this series. As much as I like it and will enjoy finishing it, I'd sooner reach for more widely available offerings like Ballast Point's Victory At Sea in the imperial porter category. An inspired effort, and absolutely worth trying - but not a world-class offering, nor a paragon in its style. Highly drinkable.

High B- (3,561 characters)

Photo of Coldstorage
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Motor oil black pour with almost no head and what is there is gone in a blink of an eye.
S: Troublesome overly sweet coffee smell makes me brace myself for the dreaded "frappuccino beer" flavors.
T: Fears were unfounded. Massive roasted coffee flavor. A bit of cocoa and malted porter tastes pop their head in briefly.
F: Nice medium body. Coats the mouth.
O: Delicious Coffee porter avoiding most of the pitfalls associated with the style. (443 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and creamy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, smoke, oats, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some cherry and raisin. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a roasty and creamy dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate along with some oats, smoke, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and some creamy vanilla notes. Light dark fruit undertones of fig and cherry. Subtle earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a coffee beer. Big coffee and chocolate flavor with a nice creaminess. (1,237 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with no light penetration. A quarter inch of khaki colored head sits on top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of bitter roasted coffee is present. The flavor is intensely bitter dark coffee and dark malt. The mouth is thick,oily,and viscous. (265 characters)

Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black as night but with a solid tan head and great lacing. You can see the bobbles from the carb slightly coming to the top.
Smell - Spicy very toasted oatmeal and coffee.
Taste - Toasty sweet slightly bitter coffee and oatmeal and a spice that comes in the aftertaste.
Feel - Smooth with a medium body and mild carbonation. The spice give the tongue a little something if you wait for a min.
Overall - Great very different complex beer. The only thing I think it really needs is a little more body but it's not worth complaining about. (546 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Weak head with minimal retention and no lacing.

Roasted, spicy, coffee, oatmeal and chile pepper aroma.

Moderately bitter roasted malt with coffee added. Oats mellow the palate. Hot chile peppers in the back of the mouth.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Coarse texture. (304 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter

It pours jet black. Like a black hole this beer swallows up all light. This beer never really developed a head. It was more like a mocha film that was gone before I got a good glimpse of it.

Coffee aroma was noticeable as I poured. It is a sweetened coffee smell like coffee and cream. There were some roasted malt notes, but the coffee took center stage.

There is a strong coffee presence in the taste. It is not a bitter coffee flavor. Much like the aroma, the taste has a sweetness to it. Fresh roast coffee with a little cream.

It is full bodied with low carbonation.

Another great offering from the Brewers Gone Wild series. The stouts and porters have been fantastic. (722 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. A new one to me from Tyranena, an "imperial oatmeal porter brewed with coffee beans". No abv listed on the bottle.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - It pours a deep dark cola brown body with about a finger of thick mocha head. Leaves behind some okay scattered lacing.

S - The aroma is occupied by tons of authentic fresh cold coffee / coffee bean roast, and notes of chocolate / powdery cocoa. The African coffee varietals come through nice and distinctly on the aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose - tons of authentic fresh cold roasted coffee bean presence, with notes of chocolate, cocoa, vanilla, caramel, and wood. Mild alcohol warmth.

M - The feel is rich, smooth, thick, & creamy. Lingering notes of vanilla / caramel / woodsiness. Medium-fullish in body, with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a very nice borderline-stout porter from Tyranena, definitely an exceptional example of the style.

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter -----4/5. (1,048 characters)

Photo of Dragyourbone1
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Trying to sample some different Oatmeal Stouts and picked this one up as well - This is my first Imperial Oatmeal Porter. The overall feeling is similar to a good Oatmeal Stout so I'm a little confused and need some more education on this matter. This is also part of Tyranena's 'Brewer gone wild' series, so not sure how long this will be around, but if they make it part of their regular or seasonal offers, I'm a buyin'.
Sampled this while making tacos for the fam, so I was able to taste at various F degrees.
A: Opaque with a half-inch thick pocketed head that reminded me of an old sepia picture of the lunar surface. The head dissipated within a couple of minutes to a slight film. Tilting the glass left the film clinging to the walls - impression 'heavy'.
S: Roasted coffee and malts - not strong
T: Malts, coffee with a slight bitterness on the tail - very drinkable.
M: Thick, soft fullness - filling.
After letting it sit the coffee flavor and scent became a little more pronounced, but not pungent or overwhleming - just pleasant.
O: Glad I tried this one. Not overwhelming with the coffee flavor and very smooth. (1,128 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly opaque black, with just a hint of brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and gently recedes in a minute. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted coffee beans up front and center. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very nice.
T: Again, roasted coffee beans are big and take over from beginning to end. A bit of bitter chocolate and toasted malts. Finishes bitter and slightly acrid.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. I wish the oatmeal would smooth this out more. As is, a rough and kind of grainy mouthfeel. Not hard to drink. I think if this was more rounded and smooth, I could drink this in a second.

A nice coffee stout, but I wish this was more rounded and the acrid coffee less sharp. Founder's Breakfast Stout has this beat on all counts, but I still like it. Not the masterpiece I was hoping this to be, but still very enjoyable. (902 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty sure the bottling date is October 24, 2013. Whoops.

A: Black pour with a small medium brown head. Kinda fizzy. Head dissipates quickly with no lacing.

S: Plenty of coffee in there. Nice roasted coffee beans and notable sweet grainy oatmeal. Bittersweet chocolate and just a hint of soy sauce.

T: Really nice combination of bitter coffee, bittersweet chocolate and sweet, creamy oatmeal. Turns a little extra bitter in the finish as the coffee takes over for a little bit. Bitter coffee grinds and semi-sweet chocolate lingers forever in the dry finish.

M: Medium bodied, lightly bitter and dry. Smooths out with the oatmeal to an extent, however.

O: Really nice coffee oatmeal porter. Nice balance of bitter, sweet and creamy flavors that all compliment each other. Coffee is not overpowering but that may be the age on the bottle. Instead it is smooth and easy drinking. Very nice. (897 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown nearly black hue with a thin half finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket and light light lacing.

S - Aromas of creamy oats, roasted malts, darker chocolate, BIG espresso notes, lightly sweet, not really bitter on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice roast malts, darker chocolate, oats, BIG big bold espresso. Shocked at how much coffee is in this considering its not exactly fresh. Bitter coffee ground finish, no alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, faint faint alcohol burn.

O - Overall this was a very coffee forward beer. Very drinkable even though its in the middle of some summer heat. (740 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee.

Served alongside the barrel-aged version.

Dark brown body with a small beige head. Lovely aroma, consisting of rich coffee, freshly ground coffee beans, bready malts, roast, chocolate - everything you'd expect from reading the label. Nice flavor. Oats and coffee play so well together. Super smooth while maintaining a bold and assertive coffee presence throughout. A fine example of a coffee porter / stout. (453 characters)

Photo of pants678
2.99/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Black body, off-white head recedes.

Burned coffee, roasted malts.

The edges are sweet like toffee or molasses but coffee's the focus. Outside of that, nothing pops out at me. The distinct nose does help but taste is sill lacking. Hardly off-putting but hardly distinctive.

Some more density would go a long way. (315 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours pitch black with just the thinnest mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse. No legs. Pretty average.

Nose is molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa and liquorice. Moderately aromatic. Good.

Opens roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa. Coffee and espresso in the middle with some molasses and more dark chocolate towards the end. Finishes roasty with a light tartness. Coffee and chocolate finish. Pretty straightforward but tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slightly prickly but smooth in the mouth and silky going down. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Solid.

A pretty middle of the road porter that... to its credit, is very quaffable. Certainly worth having and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it. (860 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 25 Oct 2013 that I picked up today at Riley's to try before the recently released Devil over a Barrel (the partially BA version of this beer). Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/17/2014.

A- Opaque dark cola brown body. Doesn't illuminate at all. Comes with a one finger off-white head. Good retention, halfway sticky lacing.

S- Lots of rich black coffee, baker's chocolate, roast malt. Milk chocolate sweetness, almost like a lactose addition. Smells better than I expected.

F- Black drip coffee, milk chocolate, roast malts and a rich nuttiness that complements the coffee well. A lactose-like sweetness balances the coffee bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side as it is slightly watery in feel, but not in flavour. Good carbonation, expected for the style. Finish is nicely balanced- not too dry nor is it watery, but it is also simultaneously sweet (milk chocolate sweetness) and bitter (black coffee). Would have liked the body to be more substantial, especially as this has adjunct oatmeal.

O- Very good imperial porter with a very rich malt profile that blends coffee in very well. A very good buy at $10/4-pack. Looking forward to trying the partially BA version of this. (1,239 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, with dark brown highlights, and short head of light tan, and slight lacing.

S - Mostly roasty, but with some coffee.

T - Fat coffee and roasted malts and toasted grains. Mid-point is bright, with a subtle sourness and coffee acidity. Close runs out with a bitter line, and lovely, abiding toasted malt.

M - Moderate feel, silky, but still fairly light.

O - A rock solid porter with a big coffee bite. Tasty and fun, a delicious brew that makes me wish it were part of Tyranena's standard line-up. (514 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

The Devil made me do it pours a black color with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. There is a huge rich, and creamy coffee aroma. The taste has a nice bold coffee flavor, but is very creamy and has a nice oatmeal flavor. Very drinkable, good flavors, just the smallest bit watery. Overall a very rich and creamy coffee beer. (333 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - rigorous pour reveals a syrupy dark brown ale topped with a thinner tan head
S - rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, oats, roasted barley
T - coffee, chocolate, oats, roasty, very rich, caramel
F - super creamy, full body, easy to drink
O - excellent beer, but it does remind me of a certain other popular coffee chocolate oatmeal stout. This is very good nonetheless. (370 characters)

Photo of OldRickSputin
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cap is a twist off- just FYI?

Underrated beer IMO. There are a lot of nice flavors going on here without getting too crazy. Obviously coffee is the primary tone.

This is one I always make sure to have on hand. Perfect for mornings with a little oatmeal. (259 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Brown, near black body that swallows all light. Honeycomb-like composition to the bubbles in the tan, creamy head. Sticky lacing. Label is uninspiring, tacky, but the product itself looks nice.

S: Coffee bean, chocolate. Quite bitter. Rich and deep.

T: Coffee, chocolate, burnt malts. Pretty bitter, without any sweetness to balance- but that is coffee for ya.

M: Velvety and smooth, carbonation is present but somehow stays in the background to only provide zest.

O: It'll bring the coffee. (499 characters)

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

Picked a 4-pack of this up when I trekked back to the Midwest region over the holidays.

A: Poured a pitch black color (or lack thereof), with a slight mocha head that was a mere shade or two lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Not espresso, more like mocha, but damn good. Soft, Frapuccino-esque flair on the nose.

T: Mocha buttercream. One would have to have a microscope to detect any roast on this porter, but it was still damn tasty. So, so, so smooth!

M: Only a few lines of lacing left settling on the glass, this wasn't over carbonated in any way, and the coffee wasn't bitter at all, quite the contrary.

O: I actually had a Founders Breakfast Stout right before this and I actually prefer this one. I'll let that endorsement speak for itself. (756 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thicker and richer than I expected. One finger khaki head.

Aroma is full a black coffee. Robust sweetness.

Tastes of rich black coffee. Long big and roasty finish. Fairly bitter with just enough sweetness.

Coating creamy mouthfeel.

Great coffee beer. (260 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This imperial coffee oatmeal porter pours out very dark and opaque with a finger of fairly long-lasting light tan head. The nose has some really nice roasted malt and coffee notes without being a ``coffee bomb''. I also detect a creamy sweetness underneath.

Nice medium-full body and a real ``roast-forward'' flavor. Up front I get dark chocolate and some rich, nutty malt. At mid-palate lots of appetizing bitterness from the coffee and the roasted malt comes in and adds a nice complexity to the flavor. The underlying sweetness stays on the palate, smooths it out, and brings it together nicely, but overall the beer has a characteristic rich, porter-like roastiness. The coffee and roast linger on the finish, especially the coffee, which leaves behind a rich ``cold press'' coffee flavor dripping from the roof of your mouth.

A superb porter. I spend so much time with IPAs and Imperial Stouts that I often forget just how much I enjoy this style. This one is very traditional in its feel, flavor, and body and is as good as a porter gets. I'd love to someday conduct side-by-side comparisons with this one, Founders Porter, and GL Edmund Fitzgerald. Right now, I'd rank this one ahead of Founders without a second thought. It would be a toss-up as to whether it finished ahead of Edmund Fitzgerald. (1,353 characters)

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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