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

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93
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523 Ratings
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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 207
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
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 Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, Derek's fresh bottle. Bit of burnt coffee and molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Soft creamy and full mouthfeel, silky smooth. black,with lots of head. Well malted, milk chocolate, and gets all the bitterness down.A great representative of its style, and I wish I saved one for breakfast.
Bottle a year later not as great.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev -4.5%

t0rin0, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -4.5%

djrn2, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a near black color with a thin mocha head. The nose brings quite a bit of coffee as well as roasted malt. Some hints of chocolate. The taste is about the same, with the addition of a nice creamy mouthfeel. Good roasted coffee notes and some pretty deep malt. Mild amounts of chocolate in the background. Quite smooth and easy drinking. A good winter brew.

Thorpe429, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

zestar, Sep 09, 2014
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

nmann08, Apr 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

acurtis, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glossy motor oil black that permits almost no light to penetrate its edges. The pour produces an expansive crown of whipped creamy foam that is the exact color of German chocolate cake. In spite of a near glacial rate of descent, the head is beginning to deposit a thin veil of mocha colored lace. This is pretty much how an Imperial porter ought to look.

If you're a fan of strong, roasted coffee, then you'll be a huge fan of The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Please Mr. Devil, don't make me type that entire name every time. Like many smoked or coffee-brewed porters and stouts, there's very little porter or stout personality emanating from the beer. Even though I'm not a java fan, the nose does what it's supposed to do.

TDMMDICIOP is good beer whether you love both beer and coffee or whether you love the first and tolerate the second, like me. It isn't as overwhelmingly coffee-saturated as Peche Mortel, but then what is? (with the possible exception of a pint glass of espresso to which a thimbleful of stout has been added).

Underneath the huge roastiness of the Sumatran and Costa Rican beans is a large splash of melted bittersweet chocolate and a slightly smaller splash of dark caramel... and perhaps a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Without those additional flavor elements, this beer wouldn't be nearly as delicious.

Keeping style firmly in mind, the mouthfeel hits the exact center of the bull's eye. It's full and supremely smooth without the slightly bit of chalkiness. This is a big beer that I could drink a lot of based on mouthfeel alone. Assuming the 7.5% ABV didn't get me first.

The Devil Made Me Do It! is the best beer that I've had yet from the Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild! series. What's the deal with these guys and exclamation points?! For a hophead, that's saying something. The brewery is crazy if they don't release this one on a regular basis.

BuckeyeNation, May 23, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow! The coffee aroma in this beer is as strong as in any coffee beer that I have ever smelled. If the rest of the beer continues what the aroma started, I'm not getting any sleep tonight.

Very strong coffees that remind me of columbian and exotic Hawaiian and Malaysian blends despite the lables endorsement of Sumatra. Very suble malts make me think English Barleywine with their depth and robust nature. Roasty and toasty is great Stout fashion. Though nice, it seems a bit one-dimensional.

With the aggression of the roasted grains, espresso roast, and acrid bitterness; the sweetness from the malts are difficult to detect but the bready malt taste is full in force. Nutty, lightly buttery (butterscotch) and fruity with licorice, plumbs, dates, figs; even the esters have a difficult time gaining any ground because of the strong coffee taste.

Certainly a bitter Porter with all the hop additions, charred grains, and coffee oils. But the malty richness isn't far behind. Acrid and dry but only to a point. The oats and breadiness helps the beer acheive a heavy cream texture (of which, I would prefer more).

Not as chocolatey as many other Porters, which confuses a little with coffee Stouts. It's all symantics at this point, but if you like coffee and dark beers, then you will certainly find satisfaction with this beer.

Thanks Opethsprite!

BEERchitect, Jul 16, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Texasfan549, Jan 01, 2014
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!

mikesgroove, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

kjkinsey, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of womencantsail
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crazeguy for sharing this bottle from his Secret Santa haul!

A: The pour is dark, dark brown (almost black) with a bit of tan head.

S: The nose is full of coffee with a bit of oatmeal. I don't normally enjoy coffee, but for some reason, in beers like this, it is absolutely amazing.

T: The flavor follows the nose. Strong coffee flavors with a nice roasted malt component and quite a bit of oatmeal flavor to smooth things out.

M: The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation.

D: I am not too much of a fan of coffee on it's own, but it's absolutely amazing in this beer. I wish I had a few bottles of this to drink. A great beer.

womencantsail, Dec 14, 2009
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

ygtbsm94, Jan 29, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

spycow, Mar 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

jaydoc, Jan 28, 2014
Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brownish black color with a fizzy tan head on top. The retention is minimal but leaves a film on top. No real lacing. The smell of there is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer has a very nice coffee, roasted bitterness and creamy finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and smooth, rich creamy finish. Overall very nice.

Knapp85, May 06, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

TMoney2591, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the fine porter, i'm skewed toward the coffee persuasion though.

Black oily pour into a snifter, nice lace is left. Foam bubbles up then settles. Aroma of roast ground coffee. Smooth, not harsh or overdone.

Roasty with mild bitterness, bakers chocolate and coffee. Oatmeal lends itself to a silky mouthfeel, smooth though not chewy like a stout. Some may say it's thin, I say it's just right. Imperial Porters don't always have to rival an RIS to hold their own. Seems to pack a punch with it's hidden ABV and caffeination.

Overall impression is that this is mighty close to Founders Breakfast Stout, with a few nuanced differences.

emerge077, Apr 11, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

largadeer, Nov 19, 2013
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!

NeroFiddled, Apr 15, 2007
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, smoky malts, chocolate and just a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich roasted coffee & oats along with dark malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. There's isn't much of a hops presence but it really isn't needed here. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, decent kick, this is a very nice beer to chill out with for a little while, it might fill you up a bit after a few of them but it's very enjoyable.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
3.98/5  rDev -5%
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.

Kegatron, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of russpowell
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to feloniousmonk for this one!

Pours black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee grounds & coffee

T: Dryness, coffee & chocolate up front. Darker chocolate as this warms, along with semi-charred grain. Finishes roasty with rich mocha & dryness, plus nice roastyness

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied with minimal carbonation. just gets richer as this warms

Pretty damn drinkable, not a huge fan of coffee
beers, but when they have the malt depth like this one, they rock! Another great breakfast beer!

russpowell, Sep 20, 2008
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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.