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

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Ratings: 565
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 204
Gots: 37 | 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:
Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.

(Beer added by: Winter on 02-10-2007)
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Photo of mikesgroove
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Photo of Beertron
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!!!) poured into my Delirium snifter, The Devil Made Me Do It! is a dark blackish bron with a tight tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is huge coffee, wow. Duane warned me this had been aging for a bit and the coffee might have faded, but no such problem here! Just pure coffee, I've had my share of coffee beers, but never had one so distinct.

Taste is also big coffee, but with some nice depth to it, bakers chocolate and some caramel for sure. Just a super tasty coffee porter, super fresh and intense, I'm in heaven. And frankly, shocked. I never thought coffee beers aged well. I'm not entirely sure how old this is, but it's not fresh, but sure taste like it, coffee wise!

Mouthfeel is super smooth, a study in oatmeal for the uninitiated. Medium heavy body.

Drinkability is high. Wow. Fantastic beer. And a great value to boot, huge props to Tyranena for keeping it real with the price - with this much coffee flavor they must have gotten quite the hook up, thanks for passing it down!

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as $2.79 singles in St Paul last week. The beer is dark brown to black color with a thin dark tan wet head. The smell is coffee and malt, very similar to Breakfast Stout. The taste is also similar to some other good coffee beers, but keeps a little originality: Loads of coffee, maybe greater than Breakfast Stout but less than Peche Mortel. Much more malty sweetness than either of these competitors, enough so that this is preferable to my tastes. The body is thicker than I'd expect for a porter, with creamy presence probably due to the oatmeal. This is fantastic, a top tier beer from Tyranena.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep black color with an average sized, creamy, meringue, cafe colored head. Average retention leaving a nice lacing on the finish.

S - Wonderful aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, dark baker's chocolate, and roasted oat. Not a sharp, astringent burnt aroma but a very smooth, slightly sweet aroma. It even smells like it will be a creamy, coffee treat. Very enticing.

T - Follows the nose. Starts with a very strong roasted coffee bean flavor. That quickly gives way to the dark, slightly bitter chocolate, roasted oat, earthy flavors. This provides a flavorful, savory/earthy flavor with the coffee in the background. Finally, there is a slightly sweet chocolate, mocha flavor on the finish. Hints of bittersweet chocolate linger on the tongue after the sip. Very tasty.

M - Medium body with just a touch below average carbonation. Velvety and creamy feel with just a touch of chewiness.

D - Very easy to drink beer. Works well as a beer to sip on, but I keep coming back for another sip right after I finish savoring its predecessor. Great balance between a slight sweetness, bitterness, and earthiness. No astringency or harshness. Just bold flavors that meld together very well.

Notes: Wonderful coffee porter. Loads of roasted coffee flavor but no astringency or undue bitterness. I love the combination of oatmeal and coffee when done right in beers (and for breakfast) and this was done right. Flavors blend together perfectly with no off-putting aspects. Definitely rivals Founder's Breakfast Stout for a beautiful, dark, breakfast beer. Well done.

Photo of ncvbc
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, near black. A little dark for a porter with a thin tan head. Minimal carbonation and not much lacing. Just a potent looking porter.
Smell was mostly of coffee, sweetened a little bit with oatmeal and chocolate. I can't wait to take the first sip, seeing that I'm a coffee lover.
Taste is freaking excellent. Haven't seen many 5's but I can't give it less. Even though it's listed under a different style, this rivals Breakfast Stout in terms of taste. Sweet flavors of chocolate and possibly a hint of caramel. Strong sweet coffee then comes through. Lovely!
Mouthfeel is excellent. Near medium with just the right carbonation. I'm sure I'll be tasting coffee until I fall asleep. Silky and creamy.
Drinkability is very high. This is an interesting porter for sure and stands up to the best of them. I honestly think this is very similar to BS and can't even decide which one I'd prefer.

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Thank you so much mnjeff for a great beer trade and this beauty!

Poured into a Duvel glass this coffee porter is everything you'd want it to be and more. I wish FBS tasted this good! This beer looks like it's around the same color and consistency as brewed coffee (dark roast) with a toffee infused tan head.

The aroma is of freshly brewed columbian roast. Light chocolate in the nose and sweet coffee malt. Smells delicious.

If you like coffee you'll love this. This is one amazing coffee porter (which edges toward a stout...perhaps a little lighter in the mouth). There is a lot of hop and coffee bitterness up front and this is supported by a huge malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is dry like an Irish stout but the coffee biterness hides it well. The alcohol is almost not felt in the any aspect of this beer but gives a small amount of viscosity.

As coffee porters go this one is about as drinkable as you'll find - dangerously so. I loved this one and I think you will too. I'm drinking it on a 98 degree day in middle Mississippi and loving it - that says a lot as far as the flexibility this beer gives you. Enjoy!

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Winter
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thick creamy light brown head. Wonderful nose exhibits an aroma of fresh ground coffee beans, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and caramel. Delightful mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with just a touch of carbonation around the edges. It goes down so smooth, it's amazing. Initial impression of coffee emerges and is followed by a deep dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Middle turns dry and carries into the finish. Mild hints of fruit remind you that this is still a porter. Espresso flavor gets stronger toward the back and has some great staying power into the finish.

One of the best coffee brewed beers I have ever tasted. Tyranena is 2 for 2 with their Imperial Porters in the Brewers Gone Wild Series ("Who's Your Daddy", being the other). A strong challeger to another great coffee-oatmeal beer; Founder's Breakfast Stout. I would love to do a side-by-side pairing of these two. The Devil Made Me Do It should be added to Tyranena's permanent rotation, in addition to aforementioned Who's Your Daddy. What a great beer!

Photo of aforbes10
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought just a single bottle of this at Discount in Milwaukee...and should have bought many many more. Pours almost black with only a hint of light making it through the ink. Huge lacing and a big brown head that disappates as i drink. SMells of expresso beans, warm caramel, and dark chocolate. Creamy cappuchino/expresso milkshake flavor. Smooth and milky, but also bitter and coffee like on the finish. Flavor lingers and thats a good (great) thing. A fantastic beer, warming and full bodied. Comforting.

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4.65/5  rDev +11%

Photo of letsgopens
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter"; I believe it to be impossible that these words can be spoken in any manner that does not sound delicious to me. Needless to say I had high hopes for this beer, and it did not disappoint.

It pours deep black/brown with amber highlights. The light brown head recedes in a minute with a little lace.

The aroma is simply phenomenal. Heavy notes of dark cocoa, and deep earthy French roasted coffee. The flavor is heavily bitter dark chocolate with a great bold coffee finish that lingers well. Not terribly complex but what it does it does well, that's for sure. Its much of what I expected but even more so.

Extremely flavorful; milky and deep. Dark cocoa and roasted malt. Less coffee than would be expected from the nose, but not missed.

The mouthfeel is dense and smooth; dessert-like. It leaves a great thickness on the palate. A MUST try beer.

Photo of GilGarp
4.63/5  rDev +10.5%
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 jhartley
4.61/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled on November 18, 2013.

A-Pours a beautiful deep brown to black body. 1/2 finger tan head. Held up to the light it has a slight cola look to it around the edges.

S-COFFEE! Some roasted malts. This is just awesome smells. You know you're going to be drinking a coffee porter.

T/M-Awesome flavors of coffee, smooth and rounded out with a slight carbonation and the oatmeal gives the body a nice smoothness. Nice and easy drinker.

O-Loved this beer! Coffee stouts/porters I am a sucker for and anything brewed with oatmeal too. Love that smoothness that it adds to a beer. If you can find or get this beer I suggest you do, I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift from lonewolfcry and I am glad he sent it!

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
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 MPLS
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Best coffee flavored beer I can say I have had to date. Bought this after unconcernedly browsing the Wisconsin brews.

A:Nice sable/brown coloring with a nice roasty mustache defying head.

S: I smell roasted coffee, malt, oatmeal.

T: Good lord I love coffee and good lord I love beer, this is the perfect mix. The coffee is dominant initially, but fades with a nice oatmeal palate bath. Stay away if you don't like coffee.

M: Medium bodied.

D: My good sir, you say you like coffee and beer? Yes please, very easy drinking coffee beer that is quite sessionable and reasonably priced.

Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dense black with a smallish capping of sandy browned foam on top. Lace fills in the glass surface nicely with big gobby strings and things.

Morning nose of sweet roasted espresso-like coffee and oatmeal waffles; some black malt, burnt chocolate cookies, and a tiny bit of peppery spice. Very attractive nose to this one.

Taste is refined within a terrific draw of pale black malt sweetness, whole grain cereal, and a lot of chocolate enduced coffee roastedness right upfront; then spent milk rounds off with a creamy center, and a lovely little hop note spicing up the back end with leftover returns of coffee and chocolate. The bitterness is perfectly fitting within the roasted character all the way through, which makes this one heavenly yummy treat and a great drinker. Nice mix of chocolate and coffee parts.

Body is mediumish to full with an extended creamyness that plays well with what roasted and bitter notes tend to keep on sticking on the palate. Chocolate milk spikes with a nice rounded coffee really takes the whole thing and puts it together once its sat a while. Which isn't long, cuz this stuff is a real treat to behold and drink down. Solid stuff by Tyranena. Nice to see they do something other then the yummy IPA's they do.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid dense black with the slightest mahogany highlights when held to the light and a thick oily brown head that disappears to an oil slick of creamy patchy lacing.

S - Fresh roasted black coffee. I was almost expecting steam coming out of this one it smelled so fresh. The aroma filled the room before I had even finished pouring. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt round out the aroma.

T - Black roasted coffee, creamy espresso, roasted malts with a hint of chocolate, creme and oats in the background.

M - Creamy and smooth with a slight slickness from the oatmeal. I was expecting more body to stand up to the bold flavors but it is probably just right for a porter.

D - Would be even better if I drank coffee. This as a very tasty bold porter. Keep them coming Rob.

Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer. Thin creamy brown head. Lace is adequate. This beer smells awesome. Exactly the way it should. Black coffee. Spent coffee grounds. Milk chocolate. Roasted malts. A little caramel. It all comes together perfectly. First sip gives me everything the nose offered. First off, there's the coffee. Smacks you right in the face. But a nice sweetness follows that bitterness to give this beer a nice contrast of tastes. The roastiness is perfect. And the bitterness that lingers comes from the coffee and roasted malts. Goes back and forth from bitter coffee/roasted notes to sweet caramel back to coffee... Mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and smooth. Medium to medium-full body. This is one of the best "coffee" brews I've had.

Photo of Synergy87
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this beer in a 4 pack at Otto's Elm Grove Liquor Wisconsin. I was looking for something unique and tasty, and a porter, since I've been in the porter binge mood lately.

Appearance - Standard pour, then again appearance is not something I care much about as long as its healthy looking beer such as this with some lacing, slight tan head, again its a dark beer, so nothing else to say other than its dark brown or black.

Smell - Fresh local Wisconsin coffee grinds and I'm not talking Alterra. I'd like to say more here, but its simply coffee grinds.

Taste - Here is where the complexity comes in. First comes the strong black coffee flavor with a punch of bitterness from the coffee, yes its definitely from the coffee, which is awesome in my book. Then comes the oatmeal malty backbone with that signature porter finish.

Mouthfeel - SIlky and lightly carbonated and smooth.

Overall - I have to say, I was not expecting to enjoy this quite this much, this truly is an amazing beer. I do have to admit you must enjoy the coffee flavors, as it is quite strong, though not overpowering in my opinion, and is quite sessionable. This is a must try for any beer advocate and I strongly recommend, and will be saving some to bring with me to Dark Lord Day this year. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of Ri0
4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 565 ratings.