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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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Reviews: 270
Hads: 630
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 10.1%
Wants: 215
Gots: 52 | 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:
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: 630
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This imperial coffee oatmeal porter pours out very dark and opaque with a finger of fairly long-lasting light tan head. The nose has some really nice roasted malt and coffee notes without being a ``coffee bomb''. I also detect a creamy sweetness underneath.

Nice medium-full body and a real ``roast-forward'' flavor. Up front I get dark chocolate and some rich, nutty malt. At mid-palate lots of appetizing bitterness from the coffee and the roasted malt comes in and adds a nice complexity to the flavor. The underlying sweetness stays on the palate, smooths it out, and brings it together nicely, but overall the beer has a characteristic rich, porter-like roastiness. The coffee and roast linger on the finish, especially the coffee, which leaves behind a rich ``cold press'' coffee flavor dripping from the roof of your mouth.

A superb porter. I spend so much time with IPAs and Imperial Stouts that I often forget just how much I enjoy this style. This one is very traditional in its feel, flavor, and body and is as good as a porter gets. I'd love to someday conduct side-by-side comparisons with this one, Founders Porter, and GL Edmund Fitzgerald. Right now, I'd rank this one ahead of Founders without a second thought. It would be a toss-up as to whether it finished ahead of Edmund Fitzgerald. (1,353 characters)

Photo of jhartley
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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! (760 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
4.51/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a North Coast tulip. Dark with a good tan head. Some lacing down the glass. Coffee aroma. Bitter dark chocolate taste and some coffee. The oatmeal gives this a thicker mouthfeel. Overall a great beer. If it had a higher abv I would lay it down to age. (265 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very small caramel head which did not stick around to long, light lacing

Smell is coffee, coffee, espresso, roasted notes, dark chocolate

Taste is bitter black coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malt, cappuccino, espresso, light earthy hop note, a little sweet vanilla like flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium full, silky carbonation, finishes dryish just like a cup of coffee

Wow, Tyranena really hits it out of the park with there dark beers, a lot of flavor for a reasonable abv! Get it if you can, on par with FBS if not a notch above. (560 characters)

Photo of bound4er
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark brown with a nice two finger tan head. Average amount of lacing.

S. Not the most expressive nose - some coffee and roasted malt lead the way.

T. Loads of roasted malt and coffee with a nice lingering, coffee infused semi-bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied with just a hint of carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess.

O. This is a great tasting and easy to drink coffee porter. Not the most complex beer you'll stumble across but it is tasty and at $8.50 a 4-pack it is a great deal too. Worth seeking out. (521 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, but still a little translucent. Forms a small tan colored head. Some light lacing. Aroma is strongly of coffee and coffee ground with some woodsy, earthy notes in the mix. Maybe just a hint of citrus. Taste is similar with a moderate sweetness, more coffee, and some roasted malts. Heavy-medium body. Coffee-like bitterness. A more than decent brew. (370 characters)

Photo of raznug
3.66/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This porter pours a black color and is topped with 1” of tan colored head that has great retention.
Smell: The roastiness of this porter is very evident once you pour and the coffee just blasts your nose like a gun.
Taste: The taste is not quite what I was expecting it has a bit of coffee flavor but it lacks in any depth, there is just nothing else there like I was hoping.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit thin bodied but it makes it easy drinking, too bad the flavor lacks. (481 characters)

Photo of beatenbyjacks
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, no light coming through and pours with an inch thick head. No lacing which would have given it higher rating.

Smell - coffee, coffee, coffee.... Rich bitter coffee is all over this one!

Taste - rich smooth bitter coffee. Almost a cold espresso beer and delicious.

Mouthfeel - malty rich that leaves you tongue with a iced coffee type flavor

Overall - wow is this a great coffee beer. Quite delicious. Glad I got to try this one via a trade! (463 characters)

Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

The Devil Made Me Do It poured a black hole into my snifter. This beer does not let one bit of light shine through. I think it's actually making the room darker. A one finger tan head formed and quickly fell to a thick ring of head with a floating island of chunk. Leaves chunky lacing after each sip. This is one of those beers that looks like it'll be packed with flavor.

This beer smells great. Mounds of the finest freshly ground coffee beans greet the nose. Roasted malts are there along with a shot of cream and 2 cubes of sugar. Smells like a quality freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Again, a freshly brewed cup of coffee as soon as this beer hits the tongue. Mild vanilla and cream add a nice sweetness that accompanies the coffee perfectly. Moderate coffee bitterness on the swallow that's always welcome.

Creamy mouthfeel from the addition of oatmeal. Actually has a little prickliness in there that awakens the tongue and really lets the flavors take hold.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I can see myself drinking this anytime of the day whether it's with breakfast or after dinner.

Tyranena makes some great beers and this is no exception. A porter that's missing the porter aspect and filled with roasty delicious coffee.

Reviewed: 5/12/07 (1,315 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring. One finger off white head.

S-Woah. Loads of coffee, balanced out with oats and roasted malt. Slight dark chocolate.

T-Starts with lots of coffee, has roasted malt and oats. Dark chocolate is very slight. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, smooth yet a tad creamy.

O-Another solid BGW beer from them. Can't believed I waited so long to pick up a bottle. Easily worth a try. (429 characters)

Photo of BobZ
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise. (Thanks to GHB for the extra!)

Appearance: Dark brown a nice 1" head that recedes to cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee lots of roasted coffee.

Taste: Very rich for a porter, a nice surprise. Strong roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth, well carbonated, again good body especially for a porter, and clean on the palate.

Overall: This was a very, very, good coffee porter. Very enjoyable with a nice creamy consistency. (509 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev 0%
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. (369 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an immense, super dense, tan head that is surprisingly persistent with a touch of lacing. Amazing aroma of coffee; roasted, floral, and acidic. Pitch black. Whoa. This starts toasted, acidic, slighty sweet. There is a soft hop bitterness behind the assertive coffee acidity. As the bitterness subsides, it becomes noticeably fruitier as the coffee takes hold. That lighter consistency than a stout is here, and works well. The finish is a nice medley of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. As the acidity vanishes, I begin to love the flavors.

Not too bad, overall. I'm still not a huge fan of porters, but I think if you were, this would be amazing. (658 characters)

Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -13%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and pretty opaque. Small beige head recedes quickly. Slight lacing and little retention.

Nice roasted coffee aroma backed by chocolate and cocoa. Not terribly complex, but solid.

Similar flavor. Tug of war between the coffee and cocoa mostly with chocolate in the background. Coffee element seems stronger while it's cold and as it approaches room temperature cocoa and chocolate come more to the forefront. Whichever flavors are more prevalant, a nice roasty bitterness pervades.

Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Not the most complex beer I've ever had, but still a very tasty one and well made. Good yin and yang between the roastiness and maltiness. (670 characters)

Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,067 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (416 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 BasterdInABasket
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into New Belgium Globe Glass
A- Opaque black in color, one finger light brown head dissipates quickly, little retention and lacing
S- Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, chocolate dominates more as it warms, overall good aroma but not much depth
T- Dominated by coffee and cocoa taste, good balance between the two, roasted and and slight bitterness
M- Medium body, nice creaminess, pretty smooth, some carbonation
O- I remember this being a big coffee bomb when it was realeased (early Nov I believe?), chocolate and roasted malt character seems more prevalant now, overall a very good but not great coffee beer three months old. (648 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 mkotsayfan
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a silky dark black with a nice light mocha head. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolate and coffee, with some slight roasted malts. The taste is very much like the aroma, with some bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on for a porter, medium bodied with good carbonation.

A surprisingly nice oatmeal porter, must say I'm impressed with Tyranena, this is my first beer I've had of theirs. (469 characters)

Photo of Jayman931
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "Raise Your Pints Mississippi" snifter. Only the best for my beer!

Appearance- Dark and opaque. No light coming through it at all. Black Gold

Smell-Lots of Chocolate...backed up by a nice coffee scent....waiting a bit to let it warm up a little...to cold at the moment....

Smell Part Deux-Smells have calmed down alittle but it still is a very good dark beer which I love drinking on a winter night.

The beer is waaayyyy better than the Bowl Game I am watching.... Kent St vs Arkansas St...how is this the 2nd to last bowl game? Anyways...The beer should alwasys be better than the game!

Taste-Nice....just like the smell....nice cocoa taste finishing with coffe....little bitterness due to the coffee and cocoa. Not getting much of the Oatmeal...as it is a Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Still it is very good.

Mouthfeel- I like it....I would say its medium. Might be heavy to some. For those of you who have had FFF Baller Stout it would be a light mouth feel...but the mouthfeel suites this beer perfectly. I actually just bumped my rating of Mouthfeel up to 4.5

Overall: Would buy this beer again in an instant. Very Solid. As far as Porters go I think it is well above average.

Cheers (1,204 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pitch black, with nice, thick, and sturdy head of slowly-dissipating tan bubbles. Beautiful web-lattice lace.

Immediate aroma of coffee and a hint of mocha. Delectable!

Taste is smooth and creamy coffee and more mocha-cocoa tones. With some room-temperature warming, I get some fruity character, too.

While Tyranena is pretty reliable in creating some worthy brews, this one is world class, with plenty of complexity and easy drinkability. A home run here, and this is perhaps my favorite Tyranena brew yet! (518 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown - might be a touch of red. Pretty dark, but appears clear. Thin light brown head with little persistence.

Smell - Rich dark roast malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee dominate. A little raisin too.

Taste - Sweet dark malt and coffee. Rich malty sweetness - toast, chocolate, raisin. Coffee character is quite prominent (and slightly bitter) and melds nicely with malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too? Not noticing any alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Smooth.

Overall - Dark and rich, perfect for our bitter Midwestern winters (at least this year so far). Flavors work together nicely, a satisfying slow sippin' treat. (657 characters)

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