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

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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 204
Gots: 33 | FT: 4
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 thagr81us
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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of baconsausage
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.

baconsausage, Jun 07, 2011
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
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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.

brewerburgundy, Mar 07, 2011
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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!

jlindros, Dec 21, 2010
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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.

ibbjamin, Dec 15, 2010
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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!

Bubba83, Nov 09, 2010
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 Brent
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.

Brent, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of Bendurgin
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Sean for throwing this generous extra in our recent trade. Bottle dated November 6, 2008 and putting this into my tulip. The pour is black with a thin mocha colored head that vanishes quickly. Thin lacing on this one. The smell is clearly lots of coffee. It's a nice roasty coffee that finish with slight bitterness and just a faint aroma of oats bittersweet chocolate. The taste is rich and very bold. Earthy coffee that finishes with a slight bitter hint tickled with grains and a slight hint of cocoa. This is very tasty. This is a pretty heavy beer in my opinion, however not unexpectedly or wanted. I really like the warmth of this. I'd love to get my hands on a few more of these.

Bendurgin, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of CooperEllis
3.35/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to HeadyHops81 for adding it to a trade.

This was 12oz bottle into an oversized snifter (DFH, maybe 16oz). The head pops up initially but dissipated quickly leaving no 'lacing' behind. Faint bubbles around the far edges. As you would think, dark, porter-y color. Seriously, if I was looking at a wall this color I would say 'that wall is porter colored'.

The aroma is very nice. While strong coffe notes. I smell a little vanilla bean, but that may be because I smell vanilla bean where there is a faint trace of alcohol. I think this is from baking with vanilla extract.

Taste - I don't drink coffee anymore so to me this is very very strongly flavored with coffee. In fact, I had a hard time discerning any other flavors. I certainly didn't taste any 'oatmeal'. Since I've stopped drinking coffee I've had a lot of coffee beers, this strikes me as one of the most coffee flavored.

Mouthfeel is secondary to the very acrid flavor I'm getting at the end of the sip. The more full 'oatmealiness' is present right at the death. It is lighter than the color suggests.

Drinkability - well, I would like to grab a few more and put them away for a while to let the coffee mellow a bit. It is light enough and flavored nicely that I'd reach for it again but I think it may be better another few months down the road.


CooperEllis, Aug 25, 2010
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2.17/5  rDev -48.2%
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?

sweemzander, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.23/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena- The Devil Made Me Do It.

A- Deep dark brownish black with a small tan head. Sticky light lacing.
S- Heavy fudge and chocolate with heavy roasted black coffee and chocolate malt.
T- Thick sugary fudge and dark chocolate with a good heaping dose of black coffee/ espresso. Heavy sugary caramel malt with bitter chocolate. Light touch of alc.
M- Very thick and sweet. Heavy sweet malt dominates with a slight bitter coffee bean touch. Creamy body with a super sugary sweet finish. Slight touch of alc.

Overall- Amazing tasting porter thats just a tad too sweet. Very good regardless.

NJpadreFan, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Bung
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. From the Beerman7s, thanks Steve.
A dark brown pour with just a smidgen of off white bubbles. Fairly viscous looking, not a ton sticking though.
Aroma is solid porter, sweeter malt, caramel, peatyness and light chocolate.
Taste has more roast showing up, including the coffee. It is an accessory though with the malt, caramel and earthy smoked peat. A real great balance and blending of flavors. Coffee and caramel linger nicely through the finish. Especially the coffee.
A bit lighter bodied than you would expect, but it drinks extreamly well. Borders on creamy with the oats. Abv just mid by nowadays standards is non-existant.
Waiting for a little while for this one, though not going out of my way to find, deserving of a high place in the standard American porter ranks.

Bung, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of Popkas
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour is black. An aggressive pour yields a finger of caramel head.

S: Smell is of roasted malt and heavy roasted coffee.

T: Taste is much like the nose with big roasted malts, hints of chocolate and a big punch of coffee especially at the swallow.

M: The body is medium yet chewy.

D: Drinkability is very good. Nice brew

Popkas, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Jmoore50
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love this style. I love dark beers with coffee. So naturally, this was a winner.

The appearance is a dark brown with cocoa head. Not a very big head, one finger or so. It has no lacing. The color is a very murky brown, and it is fairly thick.

The smell is very good, it had dark sweet prunes and peaches. There is a bitter espresso smell as well.

The taste is of burnt coffee, roasted grains, a little bit of hops as well. There is a slight citrus hop characteristic that throws me off guard. It is espresso bitter, but knowing that this uses coffee beans it comes across a little burnt. There are hints of chocolate that make this a well rounded oatmeal porter. Delicious.

THe mouthfeel is a bit thin, contrary to my belief that it was a thicker brew from the pour. Drinkability is good as well. All around enjoyable.


Jmoore50, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on my trip home from MN. I was excited to see it as I have not seen it in Chicago.

A: Pours a thick black with almost no head. What is there of the head is a thin white outline of the glass.

S: the dominant smell is sweet chocolate, along with some gourmet coffee beans, and a noticeable amount of oatmeal

T: The coffee takes center stage on the flavor profile. The coffee is bold and the chocolaty notes balance nicely with it. The oatmeal on the finish as a very nice touch. Delicious beer!

MF: thick body, chewy texture, creamy

D: Another winner from Tyranena- they are rapidly becoming one of my favorite breweries as I have not been disappointed with any of their beers. This one is a little more mellow on the coffee and has more of a sweet finish than FBS or Peche Mortel. With that being said, it is quite drinkable, although it is somewhat filling.

homebrew311, Dec 31, 2009
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.