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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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Reviews: 270
Hads: 639
Avg: 4.17
pDev: 8.63%
Wants: 218
Gots: 55 | 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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Reviews: 270 | Hads: 639
4.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Looks like a beautiful stout when you pour it. Body is thin but very much black and lets no light through. Head is two inches of thick foamy milk chocolate colored froth. It stays amazingly long, almost like a styrofoam brick. A wonderful rich nose with strong coffee and chocolate oats notes. Slightly smokey. Enters the mouth with smooth malty coffee tones. Very rich and silky all the way through the palate. Mouthfeel comes off like a chocolate hard candy. Coffee is nice and evened out by the oatmeal. Super drinkable. This is a very good beer, I just wish it was available localy. Thanks to Badbeer for this trade.

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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Very dark mahogany brown liquid. Thin on finger creamy tan head that slowy fades into a ring around the glass.

S – Booming coffee right away, wow this is the best smelling coffee beer I have had. Some roast malt and chocolates are present, but take a back seat to the coffee.

T – Surprise, there is big coffee flavor up front! Hints of chocolate, roasted malts and sweetness round out this delicious beer. I was licking my glass to get the last drops out I enjoyed it so much.

M – A medium creamy feel that is smooth with some carbonation.

O – This fresh is better than FBS, because the coffee is much more bold and present. I can understand how reviews drop off on this one as it ages. Still a solid beer with age, but the coffee flavors definitely fade. It is only brewed every 5 years or so. I wish Tyranena would brew this more often as it is my favorite coffee beer.

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4.57/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a thick color. After an aggressive pour you only get a super thin head but before you know it a nice 2 finger tan/brown head emerges from the black under-layer. Big sticky lacing coats the glass.

S- Holy fresh coffee. I mean fresh. Beyond the immense coffee, there is a nice vanilla and chocolate.

T- Starts out with a big chocolate and huge coffee. Next some big caramel comes into play. Almost creme brulee-esque. The finish offers up some bits of vanilla, dark coffee grounds and bakers chocolate.

M- Just a light bit of carbonation peaks its head out. The beer leaves the palette coated with great flavor.

D- I have no clue on the ABV but I'd guess 6-7%. Either way, this is damn good. Will definitely have again.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a short-stemmed tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark mocha brown with a velvety two finger light beige head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. Holy coffee on the nose! The combination of deep aromatic espresso and roasted malt is very inviting, indeed. Opens with roasted malt notes that slowly take hold, joined with rich espresso. Finishes with a pleasant level of bitterness undoubtedly a combination of the contributions of the hops and coffee. Velvetly, silky and creamy medium body that is exceptionally pleasing on the palate. Perfectly carbonated. This beer is nothing short of impressive. The use of coffee is masterful. The coffee perfectly complements the base beer, elevates it, and the result is an incredibly well-balanced beer. One of the best American Porters, frankly one of the best beers overall, that make use of coffee that I've enjoyed.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open a 12 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. Opaque black with a very thin brown head. After a few sips lacing is apparent and doesn't seem to go away. In terms of aroma: coffee, coffee, and some more coffee. A little bit of caramel sweetness seeps in but mostly this is a coffee lovers dream. In terms of taste, I'd have to put this beer somewhere in my top ten. Starts with a caramel, chocolate malty sweetness and then moves to coffee. The finish is a rich creaminess from the oatmeal. The smooth cream mouthfeel from the oatmeal can not be understated. I've had plenty of beers brewed with oatmeal but this is something else. This beer is amazing.

If this beer is available to you, please try it.

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4.55/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured an opaque black ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and oak and toasted oats, with some deep vanilla and bitter chocolate. It tasted like strong and rich roasted coffee, with old oak and bitter chocolate and burnt oats. It was thin with a hint of carbonation, and had a smooth bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very rich and complex and tasty beer with strong but delicate flavor. It had good body for the style, and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. But you definitely want to sip this one. I believe this was aged, but I couldn't find a date on the bottle to see exactly how old it was. Either way, I loved it. What really sets it apart is how good the coffee flavor was, and how smooth and clean it was in the aftertaste (while a lot of strongly coffee flavored beers have a more harsh bitterness in the aftertaste). This is a fantastic beer with great craftsmanship in the brew.

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4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours pitch black with small brown head. Recedes quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the beer.

S--Smells like fresh coffee, like sticking your nose in a bag of ground coffee beans. One of the freshest smelling coffee brews for sure.

T--Roast malts and big coffee taste. Bold flavor but not overwhelming at all. Bitterness in the finish balances things nicely. As the beer warms up more flavor creeps in and the coffee taste mellows out even more. This isn't a flavor blast like the biggest imperial stouts, but what is there is amazing.

M--Very smooth with carbonation kept at moderate levels. Ordinary for an oatmeal porter or stout

D--This is as easy drinking as any coffee beer I've had, probably would prefer 2 or 3 in a sitting

As I drink this beer I wonder how it is only rated A- (not that that is bad). Maybe people come in expecting something that smacks you in the face with huge flavor and left disappointed in the subtlety. This is really a wonderful, balanced beer and I can't wait to try the coveted barrel aged version.

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4.54/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Whistle Binkies last night. Review from napkin notes.

A- Dark Brown, almost black, no head, no lacing

S- Dark, roasty aroma, coffee aroma is light when cold but develops as it warms, very nice

T- Coffee flavor is very prevalent, tasty mix of coffee and chocolate, plenty of roastiness, lightly bitter

M- Silky smooth, viscous, gulpable

D- Strong coffee flavor is great but makes this beer a one and done. Very good stuff.

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4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Black in color with 2 fingers of brownish head. The head dissipates to about a fingers worth. In the center the head resembles a rootbeer float and whats left of the ice cream. Nice sticky lacing!

Smell- Mounds of coffee, chocolate, coco and sweet goodness. A slight hop hint is present.

Taste- So good ecspecially if you are a chocolate lover. Hershey chocolate, fresh coffee, and a tiny coffee bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick, almost chocolate milk like. A nice quick dry finish that leaves me wanting more!

Overall- I was amazed with the ability to make such a delish beer with basically no hop balance. This is a smack in the mouth of chocolate and coffee that leaves me wanting more.Really think Southern Tier Choklat with less biterness and more sweetness.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Tyranena makes some of the finest porters in the country. If you have not tried the other beers in their Brewers Gone Wild! imperial series, then you are missing out.

Score: 96

Bottled 10/26/12. Served in a Leinekugel's Big Eddy snifter and enjoyed on 12/08/12.

Appearance: Black as ink. Pours a finger of tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass and patchy fog that covers most of the top of the glass. Above average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Tons of roasted coffee, hot cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and raw coffee beans. There is some "molasses" that reminds me more of the complexities of the Diablo roast coffee from Intelligensia than actual, straight up molasses. Absolutely wonderful nose; rivals Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes almost exactly like it smells, with a strong lingering coffee finish. There's a smooth unsweetened chocolate backbone behind the coffee. There is only a hint of that "molasses" character that I detected in the nose. Some 20 or 30 seconds after the swallow, there is still some coffee breath flavor floating on the palate. This one does everything you could possibly want in an oatmeal porter, and it does it excellently. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly chewy, modestly dry finish. Slightly acidic, modestly bitter. Not overly so of either. 5/5

Overall: This one gives Founders Breakfast Stout and Terrapin Wake-n-Bake a serious run for their money. Cheers to yet another outstanding porter, Tyranena!

Recommendation: Fans of oatmeal stouts and coffee beers need to seek this one out while it's still on the shelf.

Pairings: Cranberry walnut biscotti.

Cost: $10 for a four pack.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark coffee brown body, a bunch of little bastard swimming around in there... thick khaki head, good lacing.

Beautiful roasty coffee qualities, brownie, vanilla, bittersweet... really nice smelling beer.

Creamy mellow coffee flavors, oatmeal cookies, milk chocolate, just an awesome use of the coffee bean... I think in hindsight I'd prefer this to FBS.

Perfect mouthfeel.

Delightful stuff.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I want to thank kmpitz2 for this great beer! Cheers

12 oz. bottle into a pilzner glazz. Sorry the Devil Made Me Do It!!!

Pours a black sludge with very little head. I would say it was only about a quarter of an inch. It looks fantastic though. Its smells of coffee and coffee with a hint of coffee. Oh did I mention it smelled like coffee? (enough of that) The taste is bold and full. It's without a doubt the best porter Ive had or probably ever will. The mouthfeel is pretty good but what shocked me is its super drinkable considering its full flavor. Here's the thing. Porters are very hard to do. With that said this beer is amazing and certainly worth a try. If you get a chance or a great trading BA get this brew. Thanks again Kevin!

Overall: This is a very well done porter. Its full of flavor and super drinkable. Grab one and give it a try.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So I acquired this in a trade and the coffee flavored stouts/porters have been popular w/ me lately and this is my 666th so the Devil Made Me Do It! seemed apropos.

Poured chilled (salivating in ancipation as beads of sweat form on the bottle)
A - A devil of a dark brew -ebony in hue and 3.5 fingers of tightly beaded sandy foam crowning the porter. The top is rocky and the cylinder-like rings of lace are beautiful like petals that cling tightly to the tulip.

S - A rich yet slightly fruity ale scent- the roast note is intense yet not overdone in the nose and sweet malt cushions the coffee's bold aroma but there is an oatmeal scent that is a bit like dark red apples and plum. The subtle vanilla ting in the middle of the rich coffee pulls the elemnts of ale and coffee together.

M - Roasted beans and slightly piney hops embrace the palate w/ a creamy feel of oats guiding the texture. The malt is slightly sweet as the carbonation is moderate. It finishes soft, roasty and slightly malty with sweetness lingering.

T - The silky smoothness of the malt of this porter is enhanced by the oatmeal - a very smooth and mildly roasty flavor w/ a subtle hint of vanilla spice behind the coffee's roasted bean flavors. The dark caramel malt creeps in and envelopes the tasty bean which is a delicious accent to fruitiness of the ale. The coffee has more of a role in the aroma, naturally, but doesn't dissapoint with a nice medium roast flavor and the chocolate malt marries well w/ some depth and a little earthiness to balance the sweet and roasted barley flavors. a nice bonus to the complexity the porter's coffee note is a subtle smokiness from the combination of roasted beans and malts.

D - A fantastic beer - very well brewed(in both senses), substantially packed w/ full porter flavor. A tad less coffee taste than I hoped for overall, but not lacking in drinkability at all. The finish is sweet as expected after 12oz it is noticeable, but a great beer and I would really dig tasty this again! Well worth trading for and I am glad Tyranena brushed the angel off their shoulder and listened to the demon. The Devil Made Me Do it! was a great example of what an excellent combination coffee and porter make.

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4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very small caramel head which did not stick around to long, light lacing

Smell is coffee, coffee, espresso, roasted notes, dark chocolate

Taste is bitter black coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malt, cappuccino, espresso, light earthy hop note, a little sweet vanilla like flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium full, silky carbonation, finishes dryish just like a cup of coffee

Wow, Tyranena really hits it out of the park with there dark beers, a lot of flavor for a reasonable abv! Get it if you can, on par with FBS if not a notch above.

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4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a North Coast tulip. Dark with a good tan head. Some lacing down the glass. Coffee aroma. Bitter dark chocolate taste and some coffee. The oatmeal gives this a thicker mouthfeel. Overall a great beer. If it had a higher abv I would lay it down to age.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a silky dark black with a nice light mocha head. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolate and coffee, with some slight roasted malts. The taste is very much like the aroma, with some bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on for a porter, medium bodied with good carbonation.

A surprisingly nice oatmeal porter, must say I'm impressed with Tyranena, this is my first beer I've had of theirs.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours an exquisit jet black with the slightest of ruby tinting towards the sides and botttom of the glass. Creamy and dense, brown colored, two finger head that leaves some lace in the glass.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the nose in this. Fantastic aromas!

T: Massive interplay between the coffee and chocolate. Also squeaking around in there is some vanilla, roasted malt, and the perfect amount of bittering hops.

M: Not a trace of the standard "thin" porter mouthfeel. Very rich and creamy thanks to the oats.

D: I likes me some coffee beers and this ranks right up there with my personal favorites (Founders Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel, Goose Island Black Cat Stout, etc...). In fact, this is my favorite coffee porter. Unbelievable!

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big coffee/java beer guy but this is quite impressive.
A big ol black pour...amber head...

It has a massive aroma or coffee grounds but also has a roasted maltiness to the smell as well.

Taste begins heavy with the coffee, but what is impressive is the way it softly blends in with a flavorfull roasted malt/milk chocolate flavor..

Body is medium...creamy and smooth...no lingering bitterness...not particularly dry...

This is one of the best coffee/java beers I have tried...this would be perfect with some fried eggs and sausage while camping in the northwoods of Wisconsin or Minnesota...this is a dandy...and if you like this type of beer I'm guessing you will be in Nirvanna

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

The Devil Made Me Do It poured a black hole into my snifter. This beer does not let one bit of light shine through. I think it's actually making the room darker. A one finger tan head formed and quickly fell to a thick ring of head with a floating island of chunk. Leaves chunky lacing after each sip. This is one of those beers that looks like it'll be packed with flavor.

This beer smells great. Mounds of the finest freshly ground coffee beans greet the nose. Roasted malts are there along with a shot of cream and 2 cubes of sugar. Smells like a quality freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Again, a freshly brewed cup of coffee as soon as this beer hits the tongue. Mild vanilla and cream add a nice sweetness that accompanies the coffee perfectly. Moderate coffee bitterness on the swallow that's always welcome.

Creamy mouthfeel from the addition of oatmeal. Actually has a little prickliness in there that awakens the tongue and really lets the flavors take hold.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I can see myself drinking this anytime of the day whether it's with breakfast or after dinner.

Tyranena makes some great beers and this is no exception. A porter that's missing the porter aspect and filled with roasty delicious coffee.

Reviewed: 5/12/07

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to ncketchum, for another Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild offering to try.
This was poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at near room temperature.

A) This is a black brew, that had a big old dark tan head. It was over 2 fingers, nearly reaching the top of the snifter. The head settled rather quickly to a dusting, leaving a fair amount of lacing in it's path. Quite an attractive brew...

S) Dark malt, freshly ground morning coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal with a light dusting of brown sugar. The main attraction is the coffee.

T) Follows the nose nicely. There is just a kiss of earthy hops on the backend, to let you know it's there, but this is really in the background. There is no hint of alcohol at all. Again the coffee is the focus, and it tastes fresh and lively. The aftertaste is roasted coffee, not over powering though.

M) Full bodied with light carbonation, certainly lighter than I expected after the pour. My goodness is this soft on the palate. Quite an exceptionally smooth drinking experience.

O) This is an excellent beer. Easily my favorite from Tyranena. You may not feel the same way if coffee beers are not your thing, but if they are, then this will likely really impress you. Glad to recommend this beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours very dark with a two-finger light brown head with good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Strong coffee with very creamy notes. The bourbon comes out fairly strong as well. There are also small chocolate, earth, and vanilla tones.

T: Not as good as it smells. Tastes about what it smells but not as strong or as pleasant, still good flavor but not as much as the nose leads you to believe. Strong coffee with earth notes and cream flavors all with a bourbon overtone.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, well carbonated. The drinkibility is amazing on this beer, for the alcohol and what you would think should be a huge flavor ends up being a non-overpowering drink.

Note: This is 10x better on-tap if you're able to find it.

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 270 ratings.