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

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal PorterThe Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter

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Ratings: 479
Reviews: 252
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.05%

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 baconsausage


3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it is 11am, I have nothing better to do and no job to go to. Lets have a coffee beer. This ones been kicking around the fridge for a while now.
Pours a dark brown with wispy tan bubbles floating around on top. Nose is faint sweet malts and cold coffee, with a bit of wet earth. It is apperant that this has some age on it, but may have been good to mellow out the flavors described in other reviews. Taste is a nice roasty porter, some vanilla notes mingle with the cold coffee bitterness. Avery faint sourness, that is now aperent in the nose, probably due to the age as well. A little dry for the style imo. also a little thin in the mouth, does not coat the palate. Over all a good beer to have with my brunch, and possibly my favorite in this series.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2011 15:35:27 | More by baconsausage
Photo of JohnnyHopps


3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, the porter was a nice black color with no head to measure. A slight mocha lacing surrounded the sides of the glass. The aroma demonstrates big coffee. One can almost visualize coffee grounds from the smell. In the initial taste, one gets smokey coffee, a smooth miky texture, and dark chocolate. It has a nice smoothness, but it is certainly not overwhelmingly smooth and creamy. In the aftertaste, one detects a grainy dark chocolate note and very slight warming aftertaste. I generally find the Brewers Gone Wild line to be exciting and interesting. The Devil Made Me Do It! is a pretty middle of the packet coffee porter. There is nothing exceptionally wild about it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 02:02:27 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of rhoadsrage


3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2007 04:04:35 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of DarkerTheBetter


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

This beer pours a dark brown that glows a foggy ruby russet when held to the light. The head is a thin collar of dirty tan.

Smells of 2% milk, smooth coffee, red licorice and canned mandarin oranges all pleasantly blended together.

Tastes a little more dry with the same coffee and milk but with a hint of bourbon in the background that pulls out some of the dryer coffee notes and a touch of pungent rye. Finishes with a numbing bourbon sting and dry coffee.

Feels a tad heavy with a micro-carbonation that thickens this one up quite a bit.

This one's tasty and I appreciate drinking it, but it may just be a little too busy for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2008 01:10:47 | More by DarkerTheBetter
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter, poured at a bit below cellar temp and allowed to warm before reviewing. Beer peaked at warmer (i.e., room) temps. Bottled on date of 9/08. Another thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for the bottle!

Pours black, showing brown around the edges, with some cola-like bubbles around the edge. Not the most impressive looking stout, really looks like extra black cola more than beer.

Nose is strong on the espresso, though more in a slightly organic coffee beans sort of way, a bit vegetal. Kind of thin smelling.

Taste is very lightly acidic up front, a bit thin, but with nice molasses, cocoa, and (most prominently) roasty coffee notes. Some caramelized brown sugar in there as well, which is quite nice. Medium thinnish body. Really nice finish though, that shows some pleasant coffee and even cocoa notes and carries through to a great exhale.

Mouthfeel was, again, a bit thin in body, but with a nice, light, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad. The lighter body actually may make this one even more quaffable. Still decently pleasant, but you can tell that it was once, and should be still, a bit better than it is.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 16:21:53 | More by JohnQVegas
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3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 04:21:06 | More by jeonseh
Photo of Treebs


3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brixie's. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a thick tan head forming on the pour. The head has nice retention and leaves nice splotchy lace behind.

S: Coffee grounds up front with a little bitter roast. Some milk chocolate as well. Toasted cereal grains in the periphery.

T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Pure coffee beans, lingering chocolate and some toasted grains. A little roasted malts with a slight astringency to it.

M: Pretty thin with a medium coffee presence on the finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A little to thin for me overall. It detracted from the drinkability somewhat. Nice flavors overall though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2013 00:50:53 | More by Treebs
Photo of CH3CH2OH

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is overwhelmingly coffee - it brings to mind a carafe left too long in a drip coffee maker. Pours a deep black with a brown, long lasting head. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, and drinkability is high for a beer of this type.

I compared this to a Breakfast stout; this is a bit less layered, as the coffee is so prominent. But, it is an excellent, assertive porter that would go great at the end of a meal in lieu of coffee and dessert.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2007 02:04:19 | More by CH3CH2OH
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Rhode Island

3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again ThirstyBird. Served in a tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with an off-white head that didn't really linger very long. Nose was decaying coffee grounds - somewhat vegetal. Taste, however, was definitely coffee, as well as a hint of oats. Mouthfeel was medium and lightly effervescent. Alcohol was well-hidden. All and all, a very nice porter; however, I preferred Devil Over a Barrel.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 14:42:02 | More by Jwale73
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3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick and rich opaque brown with small tan head.

German chocolate cake with coffee.

Rich toasted malt, hint of chocolate, moderate amount of coffee. Has a nutty flavor as well. Not as big as the nose suggests.

Nice smooth, heavier medium bodied feel. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation to open up the flavors.

This is as drinkable a porter as I've had. Goes down easy, flavors don't overpower and alcohol isn't noticed. Nicely done porter.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:37:39 | More by jera1350
Photo of KarlHungus


3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch cap of foam. The aroma is coffee grounds with hints of roasted malt underneath, but mostly in is very one dimensional. The taste has more malt than the aroma, which is refreshing. There is still a lot of coffee, but the malt really adds some depth. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and nice, low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee porter that I will certainly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2008 02:18:08 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of beveritt


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a stnadard pint glass. The label describes this as "a big ol' black beer with oatmeal silkiness, full bodied with soothingly rich coffee flavors." No brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, even after a hard pour. A tan ring around the glass is all I get, this sticks around for the whole beer. The beer itself is black, if you look hard enough you can just see the barest amount of light through it. Dark ruby.

Smell: Overwhelming coffee smell; a foot away from the glass. Almost a green coffee smell to it, bitter yet slightly vegetal. Hints of chocolate and soy sauce.

Taste: Once again, coffee is the overwhelming flavor here. Dark, rich roastiness, like I mixed a half beer, half coffee drink. Very little noticeable hop bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste from the coffee. Undertone of sweet, chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation. Mouthfeel is okay, maybe a little thin for an oatmeal beer.

Drinkability: A thoroughly tasty sipper.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 00:56:38 | More by beveritt
Photo of FtownThrowDown


3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium tulip glass.
Pours a dark very dark brown color with only the slightest head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is coffee. Predominantly nothing but coffee. But it's good and no problem at all.
Taste is again very good coffee. There are some roasted flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is full, robust and pretty tasty for the amount of coffee that comes through. Has a very good taste, mouthfeel for being a porter. This could hang with most of the coffee stouts that are out there right now. Another very good, solid porter from Tyranena. It's safe to say they understand their porters!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 01:57:45 | More by FtownThrowDown
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3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for Tyler for this one. 'Devil' pours a dark dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a very thin head. Smells strongly of coffee. Tastes strongly of coffee (but not too strongly) and a healthy dose of roasted malt and (as it warms up) a bit of charred flavor. Could use just a tad more carbonation I think, but a nice creamy feel for a porter. Solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 16:58:39 | More by PhxHorn
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal cream colored head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and big peppercorn. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, cream, and slight peppercorn. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This is one of the first Porters I've come across where I got peppercorn on it. It was a pretty nice touch if I am completely honest. The aroma wasn't very complex which was a letdown, but the flavor was a little bit to help make up for that fact. A pretty well done brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 19:20:31 | More by thagr81us
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3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Lawson's snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one!

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a very thin layer of mocha brown head that recedes very fast. Fairly low carbonation, but consistent sporadic bubbles. Light lacing.

S- Coffee, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate. Decently aromatic, coffee smell is slightly stale (imagine it was probably a tiny bit better a little bit fresher).

T- Coffee (like smell not the freshest), dark bitter chocolate, lightly creamy, roasted espresso beans. Good for an imperial oatmeal porter, however I felt like the coffee taste was slightly stale in it. Not as rich or fresh tasting as other coffee porters I've had.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, easy drinking, slightly velvety, decent feel for a porter.

O- This was a decent coffee oatmeal porter, however I wasn't a huge fan of how the coffee tasted in it. Overall it was well done, but I felt like the coffee taste wasn't as good as other coffee porters I've had. I'd recommend checking this out, you probably won't be disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 01:41:00 | More by jaasen64
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep black color porter with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not in an exceeding way which sometime render coffee flavoured beer a bit gross. Taste of medium roasted malt with subtle bitter notes with some coffee which brings dry notes. I would have preferred a bit more chocolate notes and maybe a touch of sweetness to balance the dryness of the coffee but this beer is still very enjoyable. Full body with some light carbonation which fits the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 14:37:59 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of Monsone


3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a hard pour producing only a small brown head that quickly dissapears.

Smell is all coffee. You could have put a Starbuck in front of me and it might not smell this much like coffee.

Taste is big coffee flavors all over the place. There are notes of chocolate, vanilla and carmel malt to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Not too dry either.

Drinkability would be high for coffee lovers. Not so much for others.

Good beer. Nice overall imperial porter. If you love coffee you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:09:58 | More by Monsone
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Reddish black, absolutely no head. Very inky.

S. Coffee and toffee for sure. Creamy with an "oatmeal with sugar and butter" smell with a touch of cinnamon and sugar.

T. Sweet, smoky, and malty. Coffee and cocoa follow up. Prunes are in the aftertaste with over ripened cherries.

M. Thick to medium in the mouth and no carbonation. It is sort of slick and silky.

D. Very tasty, but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2008 16:34:59 | More by MMAJYK
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by CrellMoset... split it with dkachur

A: Deep chocolatey brown, but with a bit of a short head. Leaves a nice little trim around the edges of the glass.

S + T: Deep roasted malts, and a slightly sweetened coffee flavour. Cocoa and a nice oatmeal smoothness that I often overlook in oatmeal brews.

M + D: Soft smoothness in the body, with a moderate bit of carbonation. A feeling of alcohol warmth on the way down, so I don't imagine the ABV is low.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 01:09:37 | More by Proteus93
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3.95/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 00:13:18 | More by brewerburgundy
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

My own personal speculation leads me to believe the devil ain't too bad a guy after all... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is dominated by coffee, but some minor roasted malts and toasted oats come through at times, as well. Still, pretty damn enjoyable. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toast and roast come through a bit stronger, and a few shavings of bitter dark chocolate appear, too. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Frankly, it seems to be leaning a bit toward the watery side, just a bit too thin. Still, overall, this is a fine coffee porter, indeed.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2012 01:33:53 | More by TMoney2591
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3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't an overly complex beer as coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor. It really works well though as this is a great, easy drinking coffee beer. The coffee taste and smell are the most dominant things in this beer and the coffee is just the right mix of being bold but not overpowering. I thought it compared favorably to Founders Breakfast Stout which is great because that beer is pretty highly respected.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 04:16:17 | More by mjpolzin
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Pours an abyss-like pitch black with a tan head that drops rather quickly. Nice ring lacing around the glass.

S: strong rich, sweet roasted malt aroma with a big coffee nose. Some oatmeal characteristics make the nose very pleasant. A lot of chocolate and toffee as well.

T: chocolate and coffee of the bat. The oatmeal really smoothes this brew out very well. Big toffee flavors are the primary ones in this brew. Some hints of vanillas as well, along with some serious caramel.

M: not as thick as I anticipated. Mild carbonation level. Very intense palate.

D: A very tasty and drinkable porter. It kind of reminds me of Gonzo, but not nearly as hoppy. A solid brew in my opinion, especially with the additional ingredients. Definitely worth of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 06:38:54 | More by paulthebeerguru
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3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (almost seems like a murkier ruby at times if you hold it the right way), with a finger of foamy mocha head. This dissipates quickly, leaving back a light foaminess around the edges and some gentle spotty lace down the sides of the glass. Coffee sits with some presence in the aroma, and even though it seems to have mellowed a bit, this still gives off a flavorful burnt roastiness. This is balanced in the nose by notes of chocolate, caramel, and green citric hops, which all combine to give this an underlying roasty tang.

The coffee still has a bitter and burnt bite left to it in the taste as well, backed up by leafy citric hops and then balanced across the back of the profile by a sticky mix of cocoa and toffee. Espresso sticks hard to the tongue in the finish, with a smoky acrid bitterness that is hard to shake. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and initially prickly in the mouth, but then achieves more of a creamy chewiness the longer it sits in the mouth. This actually gets downright oily by the time it nears the back of the throat and combines with a well hid ABV to leave a smooth final impression.

I'm not sure of the age of this bottle (when I bought it up in WI last summer, it already gave me the impression that it had been sitting on the shelf for a while) but I was pleased to find that the coffee character was still going strong here. It had mellowed a bit but seemed to have integrated itself in well with those additional notes of sweet malt and lightly faded citric hop character. I'm hoping that they brew this one again. I'd love to have a fresh bottle to compare.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 19:21:21 | More by Kegatron
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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