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

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Reviews: 270
Hads: 631
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 215
Gots: 54 | FT: 5
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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: 631
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (808 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAs ThomasHardy and flybison for the brew's.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is big time coffee, malty, there's also some toffee/caramel thrown in. The taste is also a big coffee flavor at the get go, slightly sweet/bitter afterwards, nice touch of malts as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome tasting brew, highly recommended. (459 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.

A: The ale pours a dark, DARK color of night, a night without the glorious benefit of the monn of course. Consistent with the black of night, light does not escape this ale. The head that rests atop it was around a finger and a half on pour and has left hints of lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a subtle coffee aroma, much paler than the Kona Pipeline Porter than preceded it. Despite that, the aroma is quite strong with a slight bitterness. Some vanilla and oatmeal sweetness add to the mix as well.

T: The beer has a distinct bitterness, taking a position close to that of a good porter with a clear roasted body. This one, however, throws things for a loop by tossing in a strong coffee taste. Unlike the nose, which paled vs. Pipeline, this one shines. The coffee is strong and dominant over the beer as a whole. It does get a run for its money from the oatmeal sweetness that nicely complinents the bitterness and maintains the drinkability. The finish transitions from oatmeal sweet to porter roasted grains rather nicely.

M: Oatmeal! Coffee! Imperial! Porter! Did four words ever taste so well together? I am sure that, in the miserable annals of the Earth, four words did, but this is one fine drink.

D: This is an awesome drink. The oatmeal and coffee shine atop a deliciously roasted malt porter body. Well done by the Tyranena crew. Get your hands on a bottle if you can. (1,450 characters)

Photo of Duff27
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Quickly dissipating brown head on a dark brown body. Small collar throughout.

S- Rich coffee on the nose with sweet undertones. Chocolatey delicious.

T- Tastes like a coffee brownie. The coffee used is not a favorite flavor of mine.

M- Lower carbonation, medium mouthfeel.

D/O- I would have liked the mouthfeel to be a little thicker but at "only" 7.5%abv that may be asking too much. Smell was great. With a little tweaking I feel like this could be in the same league as something like Founders Breakfast Stout. Thanks for the extra on a long time want Alex/StayWhatYouAre2! (583 characters)

Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour very dark brown, almost ebony color. Fairly thin head.

Smells excellent, all coffee and sweet malt. I don't know when this was bottled exactly but I was surprised to get so much coffee out of it still.

Flavor is also very good, wonderful coffee taste, wonderful sweetness. There's enough of a roasted backbone to carry the sweetness and abv level without it being cloying, and the coffee obviously helps. Really good balance between sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super creamy. The silky effect from the oatmeal is pronounced and obvious.

This is a great beer, I'm picky about imperial porters as I often find them too sweet, but this one had great balance and I really enjoyed it, finished it wanting more.

8.1/10 (739 characters)

Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to see this one finally make it to Indiana. The Devil Made Me Do It pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger khaki head. The nose features bitter baking chocolate, roasted dark malts, coffee bean, some light dark chocolate, and a moderate bitterness. It smells like a poor mans Breakfast Stout, fitting since this isn't a stout. The flavors are nice and complex. It has all you would expect, the coffee ground, bitter yet slightly sweet chocolate, smooth malts. It drinks medium in body and is easy to drink for being 7.5%. Overall this is a fine porter. I would say that it is most comparable to Terrapins Wake N Bake. This beer is definitely worth trying, especially fresh! (713 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head hangs on, with leggy average lace. Aroma is lightly smoky, roasty dark malt. Taste is sweet coffee upfront, the faintest twinge of fruit in the middle, and an oaty close that allows the alcohol to peek through a bit. Mouthfeel way smooth and creamy, and drinkability is incredible for the style. Find it. Drink it. Yum. (507 characters)

Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, no retention, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, molases.

T: Plenty of coffee, with underlying flavours of brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a slight orange zest.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth. Carbonation is lower than average.

D: Good. (291 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hooked up via BC2 by JeffKrenner and bax72!

Pours a deep dark black, no light escapes, huge thick light brown head forms, settles to a thin layer, massive lacing, really nice looking. Smell is insane, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle, tons of chocolate, coffee roast, toffee, toasty, bit of alcohol, very rich. Taste is very rich too, coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, toast, really nice roasty character, some caramel, super smooth flavour, bit of alcohol in the finish, I get almost a lactic sourness in the finish as well, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth carbonation, really just slides down. Awesome beer, tons of flavour and insanely drinkable. Thanks Jeff and Chris! (710 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (616 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown nearly black hue with a thin half finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket and light light lacing.

S - Aromas of creamy oats, roasted malts, darker chocolate, BIG espresso notes, lightly sweet, not really bitter on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice roast malts, darker chocolate, oats, BIG big bold espresso. Shocked at how much coffee is in this considering its not exactly fresh. Bitter coffee ground finish, no alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, faint faint alcohol burn.

O - Overall this was a very coffee forward beer. Very drinkable even though its in the middle of some summer heat. (740 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at Riley's and havent seen it elsewhere yet as Spank me Baby is still overflowing the shelves.

Given that Whos Your Daddy was one of the finest beers i have ever tasted, i have high hopes for this similar sounding effort

appearance: pours into a snifter...body is absolute darkness, black as night...foamy chocolate head forms and leaves a decent lace around the rim. highly appealing

smell: fresh grounded coffee beans that comes through rather strong, vanilla, hazelnut (OMG not hazelnut!!!), light toffee, creamy chocolate covered coffee beans...dark, robust and mysterious

taste: This is quite good, but I think I wanted it to be too much like Who's Your Daddy. strong roasted coffee dominates the flavor profile - highly roasted, light burnt flavour, vanilla, hazelnut, light oak. The finish leaves a little something to desire if you ask me as it falls a little flat when the initial burst of coffee wears out. I love coffee, i love beer, so this is right up my alley

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, strong rich coffee presence, trace booze in the finish

drinkability: pretty good (1,132 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
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! (1,044 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from nflmvp as an extra. Thanks, Steve! It's Thanksgiving day and I haven't had my cup of coffee yet, maybe this will do the trick? Bottled 2nd Feb 2007.

A: Poured into my snifter, this beer is tar-black with dark brown highlights. Despite a hard pour, there's only a very thin dark brown head that recedes to a ring very quickly. Swirling it around kicks up a bit of a very nascent head.

S: I won't mind less than gorgeous beers if they all smelt as good as this one does. Wonderful dark roasted coffee, very clean in aroma with a mild burnt aroma. Sniffing towards the edge of the glass reveals some cream, dark chocolate and definitely some oatmeal. Pretty freaking good!

T: On the palate, this is all coffee. Dark roasted with some dark chocolate bitterness. Mild oatmeal flavor but the base beer is good and allows the coffee to shine. Plus, this beer opens up the world of coffee that I'd describe as succulent. Excellent

M: Just a little more carbonated than I'd like but the oatmeal slickness and the dry, bitter coffee finish is awesome. Plus the slight heft in body does add to the brew.

D: This is wonderful stuff, I wish i had more.

** 06 August 2009**
I got to try this again, from the November 2008 release thanks to Faro. The appearance on this batch is a lot better, with excellent retention and some lacework. I've upped the score here, but otherwise, the rest of my thoughts stand. (1,426 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (961 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (370 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly opaque black, with just a hint of brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and gently recedes in a minute. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted coffee beans up front and center. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very nice.
T: Again, roasted coffee beans are big and take over from beginning to end. A bit of bitter chocolate and toasted malts. Finishes bitter and slightly acrid.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. I wish the oatmeal would smooth this out more. As is, a rough and kind of grainy mouthfeel. Not hard to drink. I think if this was more rounded and smooth, I could drink this in a second.

A nice coffee stout, but I wish this was more rounded and the acrid coffee less sharp. Founder's Breakfast Stout has this beat on all counts, but I still like it. Not the masterpiece I was hoping this to be, but still very enjoyable. (902 characters)

Photo of sweemzander
2.18/5  rDev -47.6%
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? (542 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
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 (702 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (801 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Thanks to MIBRomeo for the trade! This brew is a dark brown color with touches of ruby around the edges. Medium and rocky light brown head that diminishes steadily, and stringy lacing. Lots of coffee in the nose along with some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a nice roasty character and flavors of coffee and malt backed up by some hops and chocolate. The finish is dry and roasty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Overall this is an enjoyable Porter that I hope to try again some day. (561 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual beer; bordering on Is it genius or is it just being exteme---- Anyway, this beer poured with a nicely textured light tan head and some lace. Opaque. Intense ripe fruit with some chocolate, lots going on - maybe too much. Not too sure about the ripe dark fruit matched with the coffee either, offhand I'd proly choose another. Interesting exercise in extremeism. (369 characters)

Photo of popery
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. It pours coffee black with a thick brown head. It looks like a black coffee with foamed milk floated on the top. Great lacing. Lots of bubbles sticking to the glass. Aroma is wonderfully rich. It's a big mix of chocolate, roast, vanilla, caramel and a complex coffee note. The coffee aroma is about medium strong and blends well into the beer flavors. The vanilla is particularly nice. Taste-wise, the sweetness is significantly toned down. There's a good dose of coffee bitterness and roast. The sweet chocolate and vanilla still show up but take a bit of a back seat. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. A lot of coffee beers seem to thin out, but the oats are clearly working here. This is an excellent porter, one of my very favorites. Tyranena hit this one out of the park, and I hope that they don't wait so long again to make the next batch. (858 characters)

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