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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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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 271
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 209
Gots: 51 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
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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Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 271
Reviews by GeezLynn:
Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep impenetrable black with a slight, goopy tan head and a few yeasties slowly settling out.
S: Rich, heavily roasted malts, earthy coffee, and herbal hops. Musty.
T: Dark roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate (bittersweet/baker’s) and prominent earthy hop presence. Definitely more of an ashy, earthy flavor. Seems to have a touch of lactose. Finishes dry with a flurry of bitterness.
M: full bodied with plenty of fine carbonation that gives it a full mouthfeel.

Overall, not my favorite Tyranena beer on account of the somewhat rough coffee flavor, but a good stout nonetheless.

More User Reviews:
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle courtesy of DaPeculiarDane during the 2nd CTA pub crawl. Pours into my glass a deep black that hardly lets any light through except for a bit of dark brown on the edges. A half inch of light tan head tops it off. Aromas rush at me with smoky, roasted coffee well in the forefront. Chocolate is present as well as some rich dark malts.

First sip brings a super smooth rush of roasted dark malts enveloped in coffee beans. Somewhat smoky with a wonderful slightly oily slickness from the oatmeal. Chocolate and light vanilla notes mix in on the way down. It finishes off slightly dry with a lingering brewed black coffee flavor. Quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good steady carbonation. Rolls across the palate with ease. This is a tasty coffee porter for sure, the oatmeal adds a nice slickness. I wish I had more than this one bottle. Another tasty brew in the Brewers Gone Wild series from Tyranena. Just another reason to visit Wisconsin!!

Photo of nayelurena
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Perfect beer, it took me back to a Sunday morning whit freshly brewed coffee.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter an imposing obsidian with a thick brown head. Crown slowly descends to a thin soap skim with a ring around the glass.

Strong aroma of fresh coffee with hints of vanilla, strawberries, cane sugar, and just a touch of hazelnut.

Tastes like a very nice cup of coffee sweetened with stevia. Fruity center, sweet and wet on the palate with a nice chocolate/coffee/oatmeal bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Very bitter after feel/taste. Superb feel. Light bodied, almost tangy with a carbonation bite that can’t be beaten. Trace amounts of booze. Feels pretty strong but the ABV is well hidden for the most part.

Through and through a fine beer and a great addition to the Brewer’s Gone Wild Series.

Photo of sgoodship
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my Steve's Liquors "make a 6" extravaganza the last time I visited Madison.

A: Almost black. Some small carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Pretty dense stuff. A little ruby red coming through on the edges against the light. Delivered a small tan colored, bubbly head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Some porter sourness and graininess. Just not getting a read on much coffee. As it warmed up, there is a little more coffee and dark fruit but still pretty subtle.

T: First taste was a subtle grainy flavor, followed by a substantial coffee, possibly a little hop and that takes you into a very bitter coffee finish. The aftertaste is oaty, nutty and dry coffee with a hint of cocoa. As it warmed, I started to taste a touch of alcohol but the cocoa comes in on the finish making this just sublime.

M: Medium body. Feels nice and creamy and round. The carbonation is low but there is just enough there to keep it lively.

D: Really nice but it felt like it was missing some backbone. Beyond the nit picking though, I'd love to have more of this. I think it would grow on me even more. Very enjoyable.

Photo of blitz134
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body. Quarter inch of light brown head. Reduced to only a skim layer of bubbles though with a ring around the glass. Not really any lacing.

Aroma is strong with dark chocolate, dry coffee grounds, toffee, a little charred wood and a slightest touch of caramel.

Taste is much the same as the aroma. I wouldn't describe it any differently really except that the oatmeal "graininess"/astringincy comes out. A bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. A little carbonation adds a touch of tingle on the tongue. Coats the mouthwell. Has a bit of a dry finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt. Lots of nice stouty/porter flavors. I'd love to have this more often. I like the dark charred characteristics and the coffee is in the right proportion. A must try for dark beer lovers.

Photo of ROBORB
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice at room temperature this beer left a very small head. It smells of strong coffee and oatmeal. There is still lacing after the first few sips. It tastes first of strong coffee followed by roasted malts and oatmeal. This is a great beer but I wish it was a little thicker in body. It has a clean medium carbonation and makes for a wonderful session beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of Jayman931
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "Raise Your Pints Mississippi" snifter. Only the best for my beer!

Appearance- Dark and opaque. No light coming through it at all. Black Gold

Smell-Lots of Chocolate...backed up by a nice coffee scent....waiting a bit to let it warm up a little...to cold at the moment....

Smell Part Deux-Smells have calmed down alittle but it still is a very good dark beer which I love drinking on a winter night.

The beer is waaayyyy better than the Bowl Game I am watching.... Kent St vs Arkansas St...how is this the 2nd to last bowl game? Anyways...The beer should alwasys be better than the game!

Taste-Nice....just like the smell....nice cocoa taste finishing with coffe....little bitterness due to the coffee and cocoa. Not getting much of the Oatmeal...as it is a Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Still it is very good.

Mouthfeel- I like it....I would say its medium. Might be heavy to some. For those of you who have had FFF Baller Stout it would be a light mouth feel...but the mouthfeel suites this beer perfectly. I actually just bumped my rating of Mouthfeel up to 4.5

Overall: Would buy this beer again in an instant. Very Solid. As far as Porters go I think it is well above average.

Cheers

Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of jeonseh
3.89/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown and opaque. One finger of mocha colored head settles down to foam only on the sides of the glass.

S - An amazing nose with vanilla, sweet coffee, light milk chocolate, slight hazelnut, and sweet cream. Very strong and great nose on thising his one.

T - Dark chocolate up front with slight vanilla sweetness. There is a lot of bitter and roasted coffee and malt in the finish as well as slight cream. While this is good, there is not as much flavor as I'd hope from the nose. It's actually a bit thin in the flavor profile.

MF - Light body and a bit watery. Finish is slightly astringent as the coffee rules this part.

O - This is a solid beer with an amazing nose. If it tasted like it smelled, it'd be amazing but unfortunately, it doesn't. It's also a bit too thin for my tastes. I heard some people call this a KBS killer but not even close in my opinion.

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.14/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, no light coming through and pours with an inch thick head. No lacing which would have given it higher rating.

Smell - coffee, coffee, coffee.... Rich bitter coffee is all over this one!

Taste - rich smooth bitter coffee. Almost a cold espresso beer and delicious.

Mouthfeel - malty rich that leaves you tongue with a iced coffee type flavor

Overall - wow is this a great coffee beer. Quite delicious. Glad I got to try this one via a trade!

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy head of light tan that last for the full beer and does a bit of lacing after each sip. No sign of light or carbonation in this body.

S- The smell of cold coffee grounds is soft when the beer is cold but comes through when it is warm. There is a slight earthy note to the dark malt in the background but it is pretty light.

T- This beer has a dark roasted malt flavor with a softer coffee ground flavor followed by a light hint of soy sauce. There is a soft hint of wet wood and a tart earthy note to the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture.

D- This beer has some big coffee notes but I don't taste any imperial qualities, but there are some oatmeal qualities that are nice.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for something sort of sweet tonight so I pulled this one out of the fridge.
Poured a very, very dark amber...almost black, with a half finger tan head that melted to a tan ring.
Aroma is all coffee to me...wonderful coffee.
Taste is much more dimensional than the aroma. Roasted dark malts, espresso type coffee, bittersweet chocolate with a bit of cream, very light citrus hops and then alcohol to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice little bite from the tiny carbonation.
Aftertaste is coffee and cream with the alcohol warmth filling your torso. Reminds me a lot of a coffee/liquor afterdinner drink, like Irish Coffee or Coffee and Baileys.
Nice.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena- The Devil Made Me Do It.

A- Deep dark brownish black with a small tan head. Sticky light lacing.
S- Heavy fudge and chocolate with heavy roasted black coffee and chocolate malt.
T- Thick sugary fudge and dark chocolate with a good heaping dose of black coffee/ espresso. Heavy sugary caramel malt with bitter chocolate. Light touch of alc.
M- Very thick and sweet. Heavy sweet malt dominates with a slight bitter coffee bean touch. Creamy body with a super sugary sweet finish. Slight touch of alc.

Overall- Amazing tasting porter thats just a tad too sweet. Very good regardless.

Photo of GilGarp
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from a trip to MN about a year ago. I have no idea when it was bottled but it does have some age on it.

Poured chilled in a pint glass, it has a nice dark brown color with good clarity evident around the edges. No head formation even though I poured straight into the middle of the glass.

Aroma is really nice with obvious coffee influences and great roasty smells.

Flavor is excellent, especially for someone like me who loves their coffee. It's obviously a great porter with nice roasty malt and the appropriate bitterness. Then on top of that wonderful base beer, is a great healthy dose of coffee. Not so much that it detracts from the beer but the two compliment eachother perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. Bordering on flat but for a big stout, I don't mind it.

This is a great coffee porter and, if I ever see it again, I'll snatch up the lot.

Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is basically as close to black as burnt magenta-orange can get. The head is a fleeting tan, and resides afterwards as a collar.
Once you get past the dark roasted coffee bean nose- and, honestly, you never will-- there's a thick fudge brownie maltiness underneath. I'm a coffee drinker, and I love it, but part of me still thinks that the forward aromas are so acridly roasted as to suggest burnt aspirin.
Espresso beans rush into the mouth. No cream. No sugar. No fancy-pants syrups. Just black, hard, Italian roast. The oatmeal adds a spacey flakiness, and is quickly gobbled up by the aggressive burnt coffee flavors. Malt is mighty, thick and gooey and appropriate over-sweet to attempt balance with it brownies and Tootsie Rolls and caramel glazings. Ultimately, coffee wins out. That is unquestionably what this is all about.
Approaching full bodied as it plods thick roasted carnage across the mouth. It presents as nearly uncarbonated. But still, somehow, stays quite drinkable.
I drink coffee all day long, but still this is more of a "mood" beer for me. It's intense almost to a fault, but it is well structured as it seems to mimic much of the malt load from their previous (and delicious) Imperial Porter, Who's Your Daddy. And as such, it might be worth tossing this into the Ol' Grandad Barrels to see what happens.

Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, Derek's fresh bottle. Bit of burnt coffee and molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Soft creamy and full mouthfeel, silky smooth. black,with lots of head. Well malted, milk chocolate, and gets all the bitterness down.A great representative of its style, and I wish I saved one for breakfast.
Bottle a year later not as great.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.17/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a 4-pack of this a block away at the Lake Mills Sentry. Yeah, I'm bragging, as Tyranena is half the reason I moved to this town.

At any rate the review:

A: Black, with a huge medium tan colored head. The head itself drops at a leisurely pace, leaving some intricate lacing around the glass. The oatmeal surely plays a part in the tremendous head. It's a lovely sight, but I usually prefer a darker head. For some reason I associate it with a deep, rich flavor profile. We'll see.

S: Coffee, and a bit of ale fruitness. A lot of coffee. I involuntarily swallow, mouth flooded with saliva, in anticipation.

T: Coffee flavor rushes into my mouth, I seem to taste if before it hits my tongue, but that's impossible, isn't it? Who knows, the devil seems to be at work here. Roasty, with quite a bit of sweetness. Like an after dinner coffee, all that's missing is some doughnuts, or maybe some coffeecake. Little apparent hop bitterness, however, it does seem balanced, so maybe I'm just confusing hop bitterness with coffee bitterness. Either way, pretty darn delicious.

M: Medium to low carbonation, you'll really get the malty flavors here. Smooth and velvety. A little thin on the body, though not enough to complain about.

D: It seems tame enough, ABV-wise. But you never know. The devil is the king of lies and all. But this devil won't steer you wrong. Get some. I've got 1 bottle left, and I'll give it a go in 3-6 months, depending on my patience.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple 4-packs at Riley's here in Madison. If this is anything like their Who's Your Daddy with coffee I think I might just faint.

Pour: deep, rich coffee black under 3 fingers of chunky, thick, cocoa-tinted foam that fades to a creamy cappuccino foam leaving solid lacing down the walls of my Duvel tulip.

Nose: fresh roasted double-strength coffee, charred coffee grounds, chicory, vanilla-oak, toffee and cocoa nibs. Just a luscious aroma.

Taste: smooth espresso, vanilla creme, roasted malt, rich toffee, some sweet dark fruits, toasted grain and a lingering coffee bean/dark cocoa bitterness. Simply luxurious on the palate.

Feel: silky smooth and thinner than I expected, but that's a good thing.

Drinkability/Overall: Another Imperial Porter home run by Tyranena. A mash-up of Founders Breakfast Stout and their vanilla/hazelnut bomb, Who's your Daddy that mixes the best of both while muting their over-the-top characteristics. Two 4's are definitely not enough for this one. I will be stocking up post-haste. I'd say hurry up and get this but I want it all for myself.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled on 11/6/08. Thank you for the extra, Craig.

There was a big pop hiss when I twisted off the cap, but that appears to been about the sum of CO2 for this one. It poured an amazingly still very dark, almost obsidian brown. There is no head, just occasional bubbles surfacing. I was going for a 2.5, but after two years, three months I'll give it a small break.

Coffee aroma has held up, dark roast beans are mixed up with soy sauce and patent malt. There's a chocolate presence too.

The flavors continue on in the same vein. Slightly salty chocolate covering espresso beans and almonds. Some soy sauce, oxidation, and sweetened espresso. A good dose of roast with more of a charred bitterness.

The lack of carbonation is not at all a problem on the palate. The oatmeal grants it a full, smooth body even though it looks like it's filtered. It is not flat, some small bubbles remain and probably keep the finish from being too sweet and sticky.

I'm not sure I would be able to tell that this is over two years old. The coffee is still a central feature and nice, though at the level of the top coffee Stouts/Porters/Brown Ales. I suppose it's not available anymore, but it's worth a try.

Photo of secondtooth
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, with nice, thick, and sturdy head of slowly-dissipating tan bubbles. Beautiful web-lattice lace.

Immediate aroma of coffee and a hint of mocha. Delectable!

Taste is smooth and creamy coffee and more mocha-cocoa tones. With some room-temperature warming, I get some fruity character, too.

While Tyranena is pretty reliable in creating some worthy brews, this one is world class, with plenty of complexity and easy drinkability. A home run here, and this is perhaps my favorite Tyranena brew yet!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a little bit of spicy, cut green pepper character to the remarkably realistic espresso-like nose of Tyranena's "The Devil Made Me Do It!". Not that that's a bad thing because it's not... I'm not sure where it comes from, but I've smelled the same thing in fresh, deeply roasted coffee beans. Apart from that, there's a little bit of softly sweet dark chocolate underneath, an edge of burnt brown sugar, and a bit of nuttiness. Not surprisingly, all of these follow through into the flavor which is pretty much just as rich and intense. It doesn't taste like espresso though, although it's close. The bitterness isn't THAT bold, and it's richer, fuller, and sweeter with the chocolatey dark malts coming through nicely. The bitterness is bold but far from brash, and it's just not needed as the roastiness lends it a bit of an edge. Some hops seem to sneak around in the background - a little bit grassy, earthy, and leafy - but they never really show up on their own. It finishes dry and roasty with lots of lingering coffee and a touch of sweetish vanilla and some nuts to boot (hazelnuts, walnuts, filberts) - maybe even some maple syrup. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden until the end of the glass, but the caffeine is not! I could feel my heartbeat picking up a notch halfway into it! Impressive! It's exciting, rich, engaging, and satiating. Very nicely done! The best coffee beer I've had to date. Certainly worth trying!

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at Riley's and havent seen it elsewhere yet as Spank me Baby is still overflowing the shelves.

Given that Whos Your Daddy was one of the finest beers i have ever tasted, i have high hopes for this similar sounding effort

appearance: pours into a snifter...body is absolute darkness, black as night...foamy chocolate head forms and leaves a decent lace around the rim. highly appealing

smell: fresh grounded coffee beans that comes through rather strong, vanilla, hazelnut (OMG not hazelnut!!!), light toffee, creamy chocolate covered coffee beans...dark, robust and mysterious

taste: This is quite good, but I think I wanted it to be too much like Who's Your Daddy. strong roasted coffee dominates the flavor profile - highly roasted, light burnt flavour, vanilla, hazelnut, light oak. The finish leaves a little something to desire if you ask me as it falls a little flat when the initial burst of coffee wears out. I love coffee, i love beer, so this is right up my alley

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, strong rich coffee presence, trace booze in the finish

drinkability: pretty good

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