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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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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 206
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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11-29-2011 23:46:45 | More by Exiled
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4/5  rDev -4.5%

11-22-2011 18:42:16 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

11-18-2011 21:38:28 | More by brandoman63
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11-15-2011 08:06:30 | More by ScreamForMe
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11-14-2011 14:13:17 | More by shuajw
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South Carolina

3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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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3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 19:21:21 | More by Kegatron
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3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Levifunk.

A snowy, cold, windy afternoon, and I'm home working on the house. This seemed like the perfect afternoon beer to keep me awake and warm.

Pours super dark and syrupy looking, with a very light brown head covering, for what shows up fades pretty quickly.The beer is thick and pitch black, and leaves nice long legs on the sides of the glass.

Nose is beautiful, tons of chocolate, a bit of baker's chocolate, little dark, some chocolate milk, and even hot cocoa. SOme oatmeal behind that add a nice heavy feel for the aroma too. Some light roast and a bit of coffee under that, but not as much as I expected for coffee at least. A bit of a powdered like aroma, like powdered chocolate. Some dark malts, a bit of caramel, and even vanilla. No real booze either, which I almost wish this had a little more boozy aroma. As it warms I'm starting to get more coffee grinds, ground into a fine powder like.

Taste starts thick and luscious and quickly coats the mouth, more of the powdered chocolate and powdered coffee grinds. A little bit of a burnt coffee taste. The chocolate comes out a lot too, but a little less than the aroma, bringing more cocoa and chocolate milk, but a bit of baker's chocolate. Some espresso flavors, and plenty of roasted malt. A bit of baked chocolate brownie even. Fairly sweet but just dancing on the boarder of not enough and too much, and pretty thick. The oatmeal flavor comes out a bit, but it really comes out on the feel. Some bitterness, but not overly, and just a hint of a acidic acrid burnt coffee flavor. Finish lasts a while as the mouth coating doesn't break down quickly. It dries a bit, but not a lot, and leaves a slight sticky mouth feel since it's so thick. A bit of the chocolate lingers, with some roast and a hint of coffee, and the bitterness comes through more, bitterness from roasted malts mostly, but I get a hint of earthy and spicy hops.

Mouth is very thick, rich, a little velvety and pretty smooth, no real boozy effect either, with lower carbonation, but decent for the style. The oatmeal in full effect here.

Drinkability is pretty good, it does coat the mouth and leave a slight sticky resin behind which slows down the drinking a bit. No real booze though, which I kinda wish this did have a bit more boozy feel, but the effect it gets without that booze is great. A bit more carbonation, and a nice head, would have made this beer amazing!

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 20:25:35 | More by jlindros
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3.05/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Paid $7.99 for a 4pack of12oz bottles from Discount Liquor in Milwaukee, WI. I let this one age for just under 2 years and poured into a snifter to review.

An aggressive pour yields no head and naturally no retention. Dark, dark brown in color which is only noticeable when held to light. Not much lacing.

Strong coffee and sweet, lightly roasted malts in the nose. Earthy and robust, there are also woody and chocolate hints.

Strong coffee, dark chocolate. The aging has given this a much more rich, malty taste, but the beer has become flat in the process.

Mouthfeel is flat and lacking enough carbonation. Medium body and a short, malty and coffee/chocolate finish.

Don't recommend aging this one much.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 04:32:43 | More by ibbjamin
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sent via the Kegatron Express.

Poured into a snifter at about 50 degrees. Dark brown body topped off by a fine looking light tan head. Only about a finger width after a quick pour. Retains a small ring and laces well.

The aroma is nearly all coffee. I'm digging it, but kind of missing some other smells I'd expect from a big porter at the same time. I guess there is some faint chocolate cake too.

A bit more complex on the tongue than in the nose. Semi-sweet, chocolate chips hit first, followed quickly by a big dose of coffee and an underlying vanilla. Finishes with a decent dash of juniper bush for a last minute zing. Well done.

The mouthfeel seems about the right consistency, about medium. It could feel a bit creamier, for having oatmeal, I am surprised it's not a bit better off in that department. Finishes somewhere between wet and dry, in the middle, really. Good carbonation levels.

Overall I liked this a lot. It could use some more complexity overall, particularly in the nose, but it's very tasty. I do have to say Devil Over a Barrel was quite a bit better, but this is still very worthy of seeking out and drinking often!

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 06:18:27 | More by Bubba83
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:01:52 | More by Thorpe429
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coffee, coffee, and then a bit more coffee. Too much of a good thing? Almost, but not quite. Semi-sweet chocolate bats cleanup. Oatmeal lends a bit of chewyness to the malt. Some astringency moves in toward the finish with a somewhat dry note at the end. A bold beer, no question.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 15:25:02 | More by Brent
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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