The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +19.3%
For my 700th beer (not counting dupes), I saved this one for the occasion. It is worthy...
Appearance - I started pouring this into a tasting glass and didn't see much head forming. SO, I went a bit rougher on the pour and noticed the start of the volcano...uh-oh. I stopped pouring with room to spare in the glass but the foam was rising with momentum. To prevent a mess, well, I had to do the right thing and take in a fat mouthful of foam. I'll get to that part in a minute, but as for the beer, it is almost completely dark except for some burgundy touches at the bottom edge of the glass. The huge mocha cap settles down, looking like melted ice cream. It has this dense, smooth look to it and lays a full layer of suds around the glass as it recedes.
Aroma - awesome rich coffee nose. Like coffee ice cream and with great resilience.
On the pour, I got my first taste rather unexpectedly. I sucked in the blooming foam to prevent the impending mess. It was like having a mouthful of melted cappucino ice cream. Incredibly flavorful, it hit every part of my taste buds at once. That set the stage for the actual beer sampling.
Taste - roasty malts underneath robust chocolate and intense coffee flavors that are nothing short of dazzling. The swallow has a touch of alcohol, followed by more layers of roasted coffee beans. Balancing hops on the aftertaste, barely, providing some drying and clarifying the grains a bit. A long, long finish, the flavors resonate for a minute at least. An absolute gem.
Mouthfeel - the oatmeal makes for one silky smooth delivery. Heavy, creamy, muted carbonation.
Drinkability - high fives all around for this one. Major props to both thefatkid13 and Erdinger2003 for bringing me some of this at Dark Lord Day '07.
07-14-2007 20:32:34 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.97/5 rDev +18.6%
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.
02-10-2007 03:41:44 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.9/5 rDev +16.9%
Damn, this is a great beer. Pours jet black but barely any head. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt are all wrapped up in a wicked creamy body. The smoothness is crazy for this style of beer. A touch thin in body if I had to complain about something but still nice and thick. Amazing drinkability.
01-19-2008 00:53:29 | More by drseamus
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.
A: The ale pours a dark, DARK color of night, a night without the glorious benefit of the monn of course. Consistent with the black of night, light does not escape this ale. The head that rests atop it was around a finger and a half on pour and has left hints of lacing throughout the glass.
S: The nose is a subtle coffee aroma, much paler than the Kona Pipeline Porter than preceded it. Despite that, the aroma is quite strong with a slight bitterness. Some vanilla and oatmeal sweetness add to the mix as well.
T: The beer has a distinct bitterness, taking a position close to that of a good porter with a clear roasted body. This one, however, throws things for a loop by tossing in a strong coffee taste. Unlike the nose, which paled vs. Pipeline, this one shines. The coffee is strong and dominant over the beer as a whole. It does get a run for its money from the oatmeal sweetness that nicely complinents the bitterness and maintains the drinkability. The finish transitions from oatmeal sweet to porter roasted grains rather nicely.
M: Oatmeal! Coffee! Imperial! Porter! Did four words ever taste so well together? I am sure that, in the miserable annals of the Earth, four words did, but this is one fine drink.
D: This is an awesome drink. The oatmeal and coffee shine atop a deliciously roasted malt porter body. Well done by the Tyranena crew. Get your hands on a bottle if you can.
07-02-2007 01:21:08 | More by akorsak
4.85/5 rDev +15.8%
12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head hangs on, with leggy average lace. Aroma is lightly smoky, roasty dark malt. Taste is sweet coffee upfront, the faintest twinge of fruit in the middle, and an oaty close that allows the alcohol to peek through a bit. Mouthfeel way smooth and creamy, and drinkability is incredible for the style. Find it. Drink it. Yum.
12-16-2007 02:18:00 | More by ppoitras
4.75/5 rDev +13.4%
Amazing beer. This is my first review so I will get the nuances down later but I will put this up with Founders Breakfast any day.
Appearance (4) - Opaque with a minimal tan head.
Smell (4.5) - Coffee and more coffee. Should have poured this into a mug for breakfast
Taste (5) - Sweet malts balanced by hops and more coffee bitterness. Beautiful.
Mouthfeel (4) - medium to full bodied.
Overall - Can't say enough about this beer. I came up to the WI Northwoods looking to bring back NG beers but glad I got this one. Gonna replace all of the average NG beers with this and bring back Black Top and as much of this as I can find.
12-30-2012 07:16:34 | More by ditka311
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
I had been waiting a long time to try this one. Coffee beers are by far my favorite. So seeing this one pp up, I was all over it. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/02/2009.
The pour was very nice. Rich dark brown in color and nearly completely opaque. A huge brown head then rose up over the top of it and took forever to settle down, only actually fading below an inch after five or so minutes and depositing large amounts of side glass lacing.
The aroma was HUGE. Lots of wonderful coffee notes, fresh brewed coffee with that delicate sweetness added in that just made the whole thing really come together wonderfully. Smooth mellow taste here. Coffee right up in your face, but suprisingly not very bitter at all. Smooth notes of sugar mixed in along with hints of light vanilla. Wonderful feel here with deleicate carbonation that avoided the too filling side of it. No hint of the ABV in here at all, in fact it was almost too good, and too easy to drink, this went down way too fast.
Overall a very solid coffee porter, this was a favorite of the night for me for sure, I would not mind having this one again any day!
01-03-2009 16:21:08 | More by mikesgroove
4.7/5 rDev +12.2%
First of all, I think Tyranena is a stand-up brewery. I drank a lot of their brews when I lived in the southern part of the state. They only moved into this market in the past 6 months and it seems like they're doing well. Good for them. These Brewers Gone Wild brews have been a hoot and I'm always looking forward to trying them. I particularly like their Blackhawk porter, so I'm really coming at this beer with a ton of positive expectations. Pouring from bottle to pint glass. Don't let me down, 'nena!
A - Vigorous pour yielded 1/2" thick pale brown head with a few scattered large bubbles. This beer is opaque as f--k -- when I held it against a light, not even a shred of it was apparent. If there's any sort of carbonation going on inside the glass, I surely ain't gonna see it.
S - This is nice. I tire slightly of these bold beers that rely too heavily on the aroma and flavor of coffee. This certainly has a blatant coffee scent, but it's intermingled with vanilla, cherry and chocolate scents. I'll be damned -- this smells like a sundae! Some light alcohol notes mixed with that cherry again give reminisces of cough syrup but this is actually made enjoyable by that vanilla (bourbon vanilla, to be exact) which seems to effectively tie the two scents together. Yeast? Malt? Hops? Who cares? This smells friggin' yummy!!
T - Ah ha. There's a bit more coffee on the tongue than there was in the nose but, as the smells suggests, it's well-layered with the cherry, chocolate and vanilla each adding their own little notes. It has a dry, dark sweetness of a 70+ chocolate but the more acidic sweetness from the cherries help balance this out. This is pretty much the Queen of the beer world -- fantastic at striking a solid four-part harmony. Bold and balanced.
M - This is silky, velvety and smooth. There is a slight dryness and a bit of residual heat left on the palate but, overall, it just shows a striking smoothness.
D - For this style, the drinkability is out of this world. Most beers in this style, even if they're incredible, cause me to follow them up with something lighter and less-overbearing. The level of smoothness and balance this attains makes it friendly enough that I could actually drink two, possibly even three, of The Devil in a row and that's saying a lot.
F - This beer could mix well with a few different things but, overall, it's just one of those beers that you might want to enjoy on its own. If you're doing food, the right use of spicy heat would really lend a beneficial component here. I could see this going especially well with steak-au-poivre or espresso-dusted meats. Admittedly, this would probably work better as a dessert beer though. If I really wanted perfection, I'd probably go with a New York-style cheesecake (heavy on the vanilla) with a cayenne chocolate sauce. This way, the cayenne adds it's own little magic while the lack of fruit in the dessert allows the cherry flavors in the beer to shine.
O - I came at this thing with colossal expectations and was still impressed. This beer is a work of art. It's bold and beautiful but doesn't feel the need to impress by punching your taste buds in the face. This is subdued and elegant and amongst some of the very best beers I've ever had. Top notch!
04-23-2007 17:37:49 | More by Beertron
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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