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: 622
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 212
Gots: 52 | 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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Photo of klewis
1.76/5  rDev -58%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this one.

A: Pours black with a tan head that quickly fizzes away. Light lacing.

S: Big smell of coffee grounds and a harsh metallic aroma.

T: Like the smell. Harsh and astringent with bitter coffee flavors and some sort of vegetal and metallic off-flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Practically no carbonation. Flat.

D: Bad smell. Bad taste. Bad mouthfeel. In total, quite awful.

Photo of sweemzander
2.18/5  rDev -48%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled Feb 2, 2007.

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a good foaming light brown head with decent retention. Left a bit of lacing behind.

(S)- Smells like moldy cheese with bits of molasses & raisin.

(T)- The same moldy cheese with some bits of chocolate coated oatmeal & molasses. Seriously moldy.

(M)- A good carbonation level. its just not right with the mold aspect to it.

(D)- Had promise, but clearly has something wrong with it. It couldnt be too old. . an infection issue?

Photo of ArrogantB
2.43/5  rDev -42%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle received in a trade with a ratebeerian. Pours a nice black with a creamy tan head. It looks really good. The smell is very heavy on the coffee. The taste was overwhelming with coffee and not in a good way. this was so bad I had to pour out three quarters of the beer. They need to take some notes from Founder's Breakfast Stout

Photo of BrewBoone
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured dark and beautiful.

Smell was slightly acrid from the coffee aging. No bourbon to speak of.

Taste acrid and no coffee or oak to speak of again. was like an old porter.

Mouthfeel was decent.

Not one I'd try again. Ofcourse from the reviews seems like the regular might be one to check out.

Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 18 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black in the glass. It might have some color, but I can't see it. Half-finger of medium tan head, okay retention, little lacing. Okie dokie, but not great. Where's the head?

Smell initially reminds me of FBS, though it doesn't take long before that impression fades. The coffee is sharper, the oatmeal less rich. The coffee is really dominant, and it's not bad, but it's definitely very dark roast, which makes me worried about the flavors it'll bring.

Yeah, taste is pretty much what I was expecting; the main surprise is that it's a lot lighter-flavored than I thought it would be. The malts feel more like those of a black ale than a porter or stout. And I'm getting only the faintest hint of the oatmeal. Mostly I get watery slightly-over-roasted coffee. A whole lot of dark bitter, from the coffee and malts, and I have to guess the hops. Low on rich and sweet, and I really want more of those.

Mouthfeel is a problem. It's watery, undercarbonated, and just very little like a porter. What went wrong here? This has oatmeal in it? Where's the body? I'm displeased.

This beer is okay, but it's so much less than it could be. The mouthfeel is thin, the flavor is dominated by not-so-good coffee, and there's not a whole lot redeeming about it. That initial comparison to FBS is looking way off base.

Photo of pants678
2.99/5  rDev -28.6%
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.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.03/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $7.99 for a 4pack of12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. I let this one age for just under 2 years and poured into a snifter to review.

An aggressive pour yields no head and naturally no retention. Dark, dark brown in color which is only noticeable when held to light. Not much lacing.

Strong coffee and sweet, lightly roasted malts in the nose. Earthy and robust, there are also woody and chocolate hints.

Strong coffee, dark chocolate. The aging has given this a much more rich, malty taste, but the beer has become flat in the process.

Mouthfeel is flat and lacking enough carbonation. Medium body and a short, malty and coffee/chocolate finish.

Don't recommend aging this one much.

Photo of brdc
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle.
Dark brown, almost black, with an almost non-existent tan head, and the little is there, goes away quite fast.
Smell and taste are unidimensional; coffee, more coffee, too much coffee. Very silky mouthfeel, but I could not finish it. Too much coffee, overpowering and obscuring everything else. Lacks balance, but if you want an iced coffee with alcohol, this might be your stuff.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a nonic. Bottled on 02FEB07.

Thanks to Sweemzander for sharing another bottle!

A - The pour is really black with a dense tan head resting on top. Unfortunately it has low retention with small bits of lacing left over.

S - The aroma is mild with roasted coffee and black malts being the focus. A cold refrigerator aroma pokes out of bitter chocolate in the background. A tiny moldy hint resembles a basement forgotten about.

T - Lots of roasted malts impart chocolaty-mocha notes and pair well with the coffee bean flavor that slightly overshadows the bittersweet chocolate. The faint moldy flavor makes an unfortunate appearance ruining what good is going for this.

M - The texture is really dry and fairly bitter with a medium body and a smooth finish.

D - This beer is a bit old and undoubtedly better fresh but even so, it's still got a lot going for it despite the off flavors. I need to find a fresh bottle of this.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Tan colored head that dissolved rather quickly. All coffee on the aroma. Big coffee note up front, good roasted malt porter body, astringent coffee finish. This beer has been eaten by a wet coffee grind paper filter monster. Bittersweet and dry

Photo of CooperEllis
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for adding it to a trade.

This was 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter (DFH, maybe 16oz). The head pops up initially but dissipated quickly leaving no 'lacing' behind. Faint bubbles around the far edges. As you would think, dark, porter-y color. Seriously, if I was looking at a wall this color I would say 'that wall is porter colored'.

The aroma is very nice. While strong coffe notes. I smell a little vanilla bean, but that may be because I smell vanilla bean where there is a faint trace of alcohol. I think this is from baking with vanilla extract.

Taste - I don't drink coffee anymore so to me this is very very strongly flavored with coffee. In fact, I had a hard time discerning any other flavors. I certainly didn't taste any 'oatmeal'. Since I've stopped drinking coffee I've had a lot of coffee beers, this strikes me as one of the most coffee flavored.

Mouthfeel is secondary to the very acrid flavor I'm getting at the end of the sip. The more full 'oatmealiness' is present right at the death. It is lighter than the color suggests.

Drinkability - well, I would like to grab a few more and put them away for a while to let the coffee mellow a bit. It is light enough and flavored nicely that I'd reach for it again but I think it may be better another few months down the road.

(6)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unexpected bonus beer in a trade from Initiative--thanks!!!

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass.

Poured thick and black, almost still--I raised the bottle way above the glass and managed to coax a nice 1 inch high chocolate-milk head that left loads of sticky lacing.

Aroma is dominated by musky hops in front, with acrid roasted malts and some coffee in the mix.

Flavor is all over the place, somewhat unbalanced, or should I say unsettled.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but lacks lustre, sort of only fills the back of the mouth, leaving the front of the tongue wanting.

At the end it's very drinkable, and what's more, it gets tastier and more balanced as it warms up. Be sure to enjoy this one at cellar temperature.

Photo of dfillius
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields very little head. Thin ring of dark tan head remains, more head please. Almost black liquid has a tiny amount of dark brown showing.
S: Fresh brewed coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate, maybe some orange juice notes? Very tasty smelling, almost "natural flavor" coffee smell though.
T: Coffee, bitter roastiness, alcohol, sweet, but maybe a bit too sweet. Almost fakely sweet :-( Cloying saccharine flavor.
M: Surprisingly thin, a bit oily. The weakest part of this beer. I would call it watery even!
D: Enjoyable, but not great. This beer is kind of all over the place but also too strong on coffee.

Photo of TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in trade with pitmonkey - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. This is a one-time brew from early 2007 that was re-released. No date on the bottle but pretty sure this is new batch and not cellared. It was pitch black in color with little carb and slight lacing. It had a small dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar.

The aroma was coffee x3 plus alcohol. I don't like to drink coffee but I do like the aroma so good marks there. But it was a bit much after awhile. Needed something else besides the alcohol aroma to offset it. After drinking a lot of coffee beers this year, I'm starting to get a taste for coffee but still not there so while the taste is good I'm not ready to down a whole one without some effort. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good beer and I do recommend especially if you like coffee aroma and/or taste. Heard good things about Tyranena so glad that I got to try one. Look forward to trying some more next time I go to the land of cheese, brats and beer.

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
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-

Photo of AaronHomoya
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brugge in Indy. Went pretty nicely with my duck confit and frites.

Appearance is a pretty solid porter. A bit 'lighter' looking than I expected from an imperial coffee named beer. The smell is very roasty and the coffee clearly comes through. The taste is also dominated by roasted coffee. Too much so, for my tastes. More like a cup of coffee than a malty beer. The theme continues in the mouthfeel, as it's a little thin and more coffee-like. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but I would have preferred more malt flavor and body.

Photo of maximum12
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Avery IPA glass just to make the beer a little uncomfortable.

Black black black with 100% light-blocking powers & a tiny head which vanished betwixt the kitchen & the keyboard.

Smells just like my wife's Columbian grounds. I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. Speaking of which, The Devil Made Me Do It! didn't wow me, especially compared to Tyranena's other fine brews. It weighs in too heavy for a porter for my taste, going more like a sipping stout.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied & taking up a lot of bandwidth in along the teeth & gums. Drinkability is average, I'd much rather follow this up with the regular old Tyranena Porter or something a little heavier.

Dang. I really like their porter & had high hopes for this one. Pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations.

Photo of demcorhip
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
A thich black liquid, similar to motor oil that definitely needs to be changed. Its dark, black body doesnt let any light through. A one finger brown head formed on a fairly vigorous pour. A thin, fine collar of intricate lacings ring my pint glass.

Aroma
Huge aroma of coffee and roasted grain dominates the nose. Some treacle and oat also present, as well as earthy hop bitterness.

Taste
Full of flavours. Strong coffee and roasted barley flavours much like the coffee almost overwelm a mild, creamy nuttiness and the oats. Treacle flavours emerge from the black depths of this brew, as well as slight hints of anise, and a more pronounced smokiness. Finishes in a subdued leafy and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
An almost full bodied porter, with perhaps too much going on in it. The emphasis is certainly on the coffee and roasted barley flavours, and not on the oats. Would have appreciated more oats to provide for more of a velvety mouthfeel. The alcohol's presence is also not subtle, as a decent dose of alcohole heat is evident, warming the roof of the mouth to the back of the throat. Wondering if this one will sort itself out with the help of time.

Drinkability
A good effort, but perhaps there is just too much going on here. Hopefully age will allow the flavours to find more of a balance. It is certainly a rich and tasty sipper, even with the predominant flavours of coffee and roasted barley.

Photo of Crosling
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours brown out of the bottle, but appears black in the glass. Powerful nose, dominated by coffee. Fairly nice flavor, also dominated by coffee. Mild hints of fruits after the mid-palate. Would love to taste more decadent malt (chocolate or caramel, etc.) None of the Brewers Gone Wild beers have been super impressive. They’re good brews, just not great.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a motor oil-hued color with a thin, tan cap that laces well.

S: Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with initial hits of bitter, roasted coffee followed by sweet hints of caramel and suggestions of black strap molasses. Finishes with a snap of licorice and a lingering bite of alcohol.

M: Creamy smooth and silky on the palate. Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

D: Somewhat of a sipper. A solid Porter, but I've had better, richer and more intense coffee offerings before -- usually in the form of Stouts.

Photo of westweasel
3.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Schneid for this beer!

The beer poured out an extremely dark brown/dark ruby. It is so dark that it is almost opaque. It has almost no head and pours out very thick. The aroma is all coffee and roasty malts.

The taste is like very strong coffee! It has some bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel is very full.

As far as drinkability goes, I can't give it a real high rating. I'm not much of a fan of coffee, and there's not much else here.

Photo of zac16125
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light, and 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head. Leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.

S: Coffee, heavy cream, roasted malt. Very nice, but not a lot going on.

T: Dark fruits upfront, followed by a big creamed coffee flavor on that back end. Medicinal phenolic notes. A flat-cola like character. Coffee lingers for a long time after each sip.

M/D: Very heavily carbonated, which I do not like. Rather thin mouthfeel. ABV completely masked. Drinkability is good, but limited by the heavy carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent beer. Simple yet nice aroma. Some astringent phenolic characters in the taste and a thin and over carbonated mouthfeel pull the rating down a bit. Worth a try but not FBS or Wake N Bake.

Photo of kmeves
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is medium sweet with coffee, sugar and roast. Flavor is big coffee, some sugar, earthy and roasted malt. Nice bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture. Good beer but I don't get the hype. Perhaps a 2nd taste is in order.

Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a two finger tan head with very good retention and lacing. Smells like coffee, dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earth. The earth smell reminds me of the inside of a cave.

tastes like coffee, dark roasted malt, and oats. I am not picking up the cocoa I found in the aroma. There is no sweetness, but there is plenty of bitterness from the coffee and dark roasted malt. Tastes pretty good, but lacks sweetness to balance the bitterness. Tastes pretty much one dimensional.

Less than medium bodied with below average carbonation, and a bitter, almost burnt aftertaste. Not a bad beer by any means, but not top notch either.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet extra!). No bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours dark, near black, brown with a thick half finger of khaki head. A decent bit of lacing.

Smells of rich coffee, sweet cream and roasty malt.

Big, bitter burnt coffee is bold and out front. Other flavors include dark cocoa powder, burnt caramel, smoked oats and faint sweet cream.

Smooth, creamy medium body with just a bit too much carbonation. Long coffee-infused finish.

Very in-your-face coffee taste and silky smooth feel but little else going on to seperate this good brew from herd and make it great. I'm a sucker for imperial coffee stouts/porters and as such I'd definately enjoy this again. But it can't quite compete with upper echelon in the style.

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 622 ratings.