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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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93
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508 Ratings
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Ratings: 508
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 207
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
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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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 400 reviews, I feel like trying something different – nothing too crazy, just a switch up. As opposed to the standard ASTMO style, this review is in the same vein as Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele.

Brewed three weeks before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 26OCT12”).

Appearance: Dark coffee brown, opaque body with just traces of fizzy head; glittery golden-brown color to what little foam remains. Small globs of lacing dot the glass.

Aroma: Deep roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, luscious chocolate truffle, and faint black cherry. A coffee-forward nose backed by a creamy cinnamon oatmeal base.

Taste: Front end is loaded with slick porter chocolate tastes and roasted coffee kicks, lush caramel, maple, and vanilla under a smoky blanket of burnt toast and mocha. Coffee is acidic enough to always be present, drying for the duration; fortunately, hearty fruit flavors of raisin and dried cherries fill in the gaps, keeping each sip as full as the last. Finishes with dry cola and toast tastes, a good representation of both this beer’s sweetness and its coffee character.

Palate: Classic porter smoothness augmented with a touch of oatmeal, but with coarse, delicious coffee depth (especially toward the front of the profile). Never goes down cloying, though it does have the pleasing sweetness of fine chocolates to each sip.

Overall: Best beer Tyranena has released so far, in my opinion (of the ones I’ve tried). The coffee really makes this one, so I doubt it would age well – still, there’s a big yeast slug in the bottom of the bottle, so it’s a possibility. Each sip melds sweet and roasty flavors in essentially equal portions, making this one beer uniquely satisfying. To other beers like this, the coffee may seem timid, but that’s what makes it so balanced and enjoyable to me.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 05:33:12 | More by BarryMFBurton
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 20:50:07 | More by zeledonia
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ramblinman03

Illinois

4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-18-2012 17:57:07 | More by ramblinman03
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plumcrazyfx

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-18-2012 12:53:07 | More by plumcrazyfx
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popery

California

4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 05:43:13 | More by popery
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chanokokoro

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a short-stemmed tulip glass

Pours a deep, dark mocha brown with a velvety two finger light beige head. Excellent retention and abundant lacing. Holy coffee on the nose! The combination of deep aromatic espresso and roasted malt is very inviting, indeed. Opens with roasted malt notes that slowly take hold, joined with rich espresso. Finishes with a pleasant level of bitterness undoubtedly a combination of the contributions of the hops and coffee. Velvetly, silky and creamy medium body that is exceptionally pleasing on the palate. Perfectly carbonated. This beer is nothing short of impressive. The use of coffee is masterful. The coffee perfectly complements the base beer, elevates it, and the result is an incredibly well-balanced beer. One of the best American Porters, frankly one of the best beers overall, that make use of coffee that I've enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 23:57:26 | More by chanokokoro
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-15-2012 15:36:44 | More by thebigredone
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Lukafer

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-13-2012 23:29:10 | More by Lukafer
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enelson

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-13-2012 15:27:19 | More by enelson
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jrpapajcik

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-13-2012 05:31:03 | More by jrpapajcik
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Hopstout

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-13-2012 02:43:13 | More by Hopstout
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Synergy87

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found this beer in a 4 pack at Otto's Elm Grove Liquor Wisconsin. I was looking for something unique and tasty, and a porter, since I've been in the porter binge mood lately.

Appearance - Standard pour, then again appearance is not something I care much about as long as its healthy looking beer such as this with some lacing, slight tan head, again its a dark beer, so nothing else to say other than its dark brown or black.

Smell - Fresh local Wisconsin coffee grinds and I'm not talking Alterra. I'd like to say more here, but its simply coffee grinds.

Taste - Here is where the complexity comes in. First comes the strong black coffee flavor with a punch of bitterness from the coffee, yes its definitely from the coffee, which is awesome in my book. Then comes the oatmeal malty backbone with that signature porter finish.

Mouthfeel - SIlky and lightly carbonated and smooth.

Overall - I have to say, I was not expecting to enjoy this quite this much, this truly is an amazing beer. I do have to admit you must enjoy the coffee flavors, as it is quite strong, though not overpowering in my opinion, and is quite sessionable. This is a must try for any beer advocate and I strongly recommend, and will be saving some to bring with me to Dark Lord Day this year. I really, thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 01:14:54 | More by Synergy87
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks again to ncketchum, for another Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild offering to try.
This was poured from a 12oz bottle into a CBS snifter. Served at near room temperature.

A) This is a black brew, that had a big old dark tan head. It was over 2 fingers, nearly reaching the top of the snifter. The head settled rather quickly to a dusting, leaving a fair amount of lacing in it's path. Quite an attractive brew...

S) Dark malt, freshly ground morning coffee, milk chocolate, oatmeal with a light dusting of brown sugar. The main attraction is the coffee.

T) Follows the nose nicely. There is just a kiss of earthy hops on the backend, to let you know it's there, but this is really in the background. There is no hint of alcohol at all. Again the coffee is the focus, and it tastes fresh and lively. The aftertaste is roasted coffee, not over powering though.

M) Full bodied with light carbonation, certainly lighter than I expected after the pour. My goodness is this soft on the palate. Quite an exceptionally smooth drinking experience.

O) This is an excellent beer. Easily my favorite from Tyranena. You may not feel the same way if coffee beers are not your thing, but if they are, then this will likely really impress you. Glad to recommend this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 03:49:45 | More by RoamingGnome
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bmquin

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

11-11-2012 03:33:58 | More by bmquin
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Ri0

Wisconsin

4.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – Very dark mahogany brown liquid. Thin on finger creamy tan head that slowy fades into a ring around the glass.

S – Booming coffee right away, wow this is the best smelling coffee beer I have had. Some roast malt and chocolates are present, but take a back seat to the coffee.

T – Surprise, there is big coffee flavor up front! Hints of chocolate, roasted malts and sweetness round out this delicious beer. I was licking my glass to get the last drops out I enjoyed it so much.

M – A medium creamy feel that is smooth with some carbonation.

O – This fresh is better than FBS, because the coffee is much more bold and present. I can understand how reviews drop off on this one as it ages. Still a solid beer with age, but the coffee flavors definitely fade. It is only brewed every 5 years or so. I wish Tyranena would brew this more often as it is my favorite coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 18:25:42 | More by Ri0
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UWBadgerFan4Life

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +13.4%

11-08-2012 13:45:53 | More by UWBadgerFan4Life
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kawilliams81

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a AleSmith Horny Devil Snifter.

A- pours black with a 1 finger dark tan head. Massive leopard spotting on the glass.

S- huge coffee aroma off the bat, dark chocolate and some roastiness.

T- dark chocolate, bitter coffee and roasted malts. Not too sweet or bitter.

M- medium body and carbonation. Lighter body than other coffee stouts but makes it very drinkable.

O- nice coffee stout but thinner than others like FBS. Definitely worth picking up a 4-pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2012 03:20:01 | More by kawilliams81
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koopa

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-06-2012 03:13:28 | More by koopa
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Wiscivore


4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-06-2012 02:43:28 | More by Wiscivore
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 1 finger of light mocha head. Drops quickly to no head at all.

Smell: This smells like super concentrated expresso. Just like a gourmet coffee bean is being roasted in your beer glass! Yeah the nose is a bit one demensional, but its working for me!

Taste: moderate bitterness upfront. Big roasty expresso that just goes on forever and ever! Also borderline on burnt versus being super roasty. The coffee taste like its super fresh. Not for the faint of heart! For beer nerds that love coffee beers here is a word of warning- you need this beer...

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer is really drinkable despite the huge roasty coffee flavor in this beer. Nice silky feel to it. Not a hint of alcohol in this beer at all.

Overall: Honestly, I like this better than Founders Breakfast Stout because the coffee notes are just out of control and it so drinkable. Tyranena you guys are awesome; keep on rolling with the BGW series! Everytime you guys have a fresh BGW beer released...I always gotta get a few 4 packs!

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 04:30:19 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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Schlais

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -4.5%

09-11-2012 03:09:02 | More by Schlais
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imperialking

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

07-03-2012 18:30:51 | More by imperialking
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bespin15

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-11-2012 05:31:32 | More by bespin15
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codynevels

California

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

03-01-2012 01:52:53 | More by codynevels
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stoutlover1978

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

02-27-2012 03:37:24 | More by stoutlover1978
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.