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


4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of The_Epeeist
Pours black with a short lived light tan head. Smell is strong sharp coffee. Marshmallow and oatmeal in the nose too. Taste is coffee and oatmeal with some dark chocolate roastiness. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Lasting bitter roast coffee flavor. Nice flavorful cooffe beer with a noticeable oatmeal influence. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:29:53 | More by JDV
Photo of turbine2475


4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Junnila for this extra:
A - Jet black with a dense head that slowly disipated leaving a thick lace.
S - Dark roast and espresso beans straight from the bag. Not much else in the smell but not suprised given the overbearing nature of such a strong coffee scent.
T - Nice deep coffee with an unexpected smoothness brought on by some brown sugar and toasted oatmeal flavors at the end...Not bad.
M - Smooth and velvety with a good balance of carbonation...Thought this brew might have been a little out of wack given it's strong smell but was presently suprised at how balanced this beer was.
D - This beer was very well thought out and executed extremely well. Definately a beer for cold nights and special occasions....like days that end in "y"

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 20:43:19 | More by turbine2475
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I think the Devil designation has mostly, historically gone to Belgian pales and goldens, I might have to allow this exception...

Dark brown coloring, huge, rich, cocoa...it's there in the nose, and it's all over the flavor, this is Huge!
Rich, thick, massive, monumentous...
Silky smooth, as they say...rich and tasty, thick and full, but not too much,...loads of malty promise hanging on the tongue...
massive, really. I write in my second sampling...thick with coffee..immense....magnificent. even from an utter sucker of the coffee porter/stout variety, this is astounding...hey, there's oatmeal, too!


Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 11:36:23 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of maximum12


3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Avery IPA glass just to make the beer a little uncomfortable.

Black black black with 100% light-blocking powers & a tiny head which vanished betwixt the kitchen & the keyboard.

Smells just like my wife's Columbian grounds. I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. Speaking of which, The Devil Made Me Do It! didn't wow me, especially compared to Tyranena's other fine brews. It weighs in too heavy for a porter for my taste, going more like a sipping stout.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied & taking up a lot of bandwidth in along the teeth & gums. Drinkability is average, I'd much rather follow this up with the regular old Tyranena Porter or something a little heavier.

Dang. I really like their porter & had high hopes for this one. Pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 03:18:41 | More by maximum12
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice black appearance with a nice tan head that disipates, but stays around.
Nice aroma's of chocolate, and carmel with just a hint of coffee
Mostly sweet malt flavors of carmel and chocolate, with just a touch of roasted coffee which I wish stood out a little more.
Mouthfeel is great, creamy, and chewy from the oatmeal, almost perfect.
Easy to drink, sweet but not overly sickly sweet, and just a touch of hops to give it an earthy feel.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 14:30:55 | More by mnstorm99
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4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark and viscous. Pours with almost no head. Retreats quickly do a light brown ring.

S: Nose full of cold pressed coffee. Slight hop aroma. Strangely, I'm getting hints of jalapeno peppers.

T: Milk chocolates, brown sugar, caramels, some smoke and oh yeah, COFFEE. Delicious, bitter, complex coffee. Sweetness chases the bitterness out of the finish. Leaves you with nothing but coffee lingering.

M: Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel. The oatmeal gives this a smoothness not usually found.

D: Quite fantastic. I'd like the mouthfeel to be a bit heavier. An all around wonderful brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 02:19:03 | More by esch
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

According to the bottle, this is a Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Pours a pitch black, somewhat viscous color with some black raspberry highlights toward the bottom of the glass. A huge, creamy, thick tan head forms. The lacing is so intense, it is almost as if their is a sold veil of protein on the glass that are impossible to see through. Head retention remains about one finger large for atleast 15 minutes.

Aroma had nice, fresh brewed coffee aromas to it. Some dark roasted grains, but mostly subdued overall. Not a whole lot, as much as I tried.

More coffee flavors. Fresh brewed, fresh roasted coffee. A tiny bit of bitterness that balances well with the slightly sweet flavor. A small amount of fruitiness appears as well.

Quite thin on the mouthfeel and finished dry. The head showed the oatmeal but the mouthfeel was lacking the thickness and stickiness I associate with oatmeal. Sweet in the finish as well. Very drinkable. In fact, really drinkable. ABV is nonexistant, whatever it is. A solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 23:14:38 | More by SaCkErZ9
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New York

4.9/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, this is a great beer. Pours jet black but barely any head. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt are all wrapped up in a wicked creamy body. The smoothness is crazy for this style of beer. A touch thin in body if I had to complain about something but still nice and thick. Amazing drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:53:29 | More by drseamus
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4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew from drseamus in my Big Black Booty loot. This is my first brew from Tyranena but I have the Brewers Gone Wild Barley Wine waiting in the wings. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass while watching the Patriots vs. Jaguars.

Appearance- Pours a ridiculously black hue with a small dark sand head that recedes quickly and leaves a spotty cap and thin collar.
Smell- Well, not surprisingly, coffee is the first thing that jumps out of the nose on this one. Fresh roasted espresso with a side of cream and plenty of sweet milk chocolate. Perhaps a bit nutty with little or no hop that is detectable (by me anyway).
Taste- Starts with a combination of chocolate milk and coffee with plenty of cream/vanilla. Lots of roasted malt adds a bit of graininess (think chocolate Wheaties). Some sweet burnt brown sugar/caramel is present as well along with a bit of a fruitiness toward the finish. That’s about it for the hops. Finishes with a lingering coffee nuttiness.
Mouthfeel- Rich, creamy, chewy and very smooth with light carbonation.
Drinkability- If you like coffee with cream and milk chocolate, then you’re going to love this brew. It’s not quite up to the deliciousness of Kentucky Breakfast Stout or Bells Java Stout, but it’s still damn good. This is a brew that Tyranena needs to start brewing full time. Big thanks again to drseamus!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 17:50:18 | More by younger35
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4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours jet black with a small white head. In the aroma, a small smokeiness and sweet maltiness. In the taste, coffee that is quite large, and a small presence of hops as well. A small dry malty mouthfeel and a dry to swwet malty aftertaste. Nice porter and great coffee taste, nice small smoke in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2008 16:41:15 | More by OWSLEY069
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4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 02:18:00 | More by ppoitras


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

Looks like a beautiful stout when you pour it. Body is thin but very much black and lets no light through. Head is two inches of thick foamy milk chocolate colored froth. It stays amazingly long, almost like a styrofoam brick. A wonderful rich nose with strong coffee and chocolate oats notes. Slightly smokey. Enters the mouth with smooth malty coffee tones. Very rich and silky all the way through the palate. Mouthfeel comes off like a chocolate hard candy. Coffee is nice and evened out by the oatmeal. Super drinkable. This is a very good beer, I just wish it was available localy. Thanks to Badbeer for this trade.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2007 21:55:05 | More by SPLITGRIN
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4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thick, motor oil black color with a light brown frothy slim head. Head mostly goes away and leaves very little lacing. Smell is of coffee, dark chocolate, oats, and dark burned espresso, smells delicious. Taste is initially sweet and light bitter follows. Medium, watery mouthfeeling with a little bit of a chalky aftertaste. This one finishes like a delicious creamy cup of coffee while other sips remind me of a cappuccino.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 02:45:35 | More by genog
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Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, smoky malts, chocolate and just a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich roasted coffee & oats along with dark malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. There's isn't much of a hops presence but it really isn't needed here. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, decent kick, this is a very nice beer to chill out with for a little while, it might fill you up a bit after a few of them but it's very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 04:36:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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4.53/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I want to thank kmpitz2 for this great beer! Cheers

12 oz. bottle into a pilzner glazz. Sorry the Devil Made Me Do It!!!

Pours a black sludge with very little head. I would say it was only about a quarter of an inch. It looks fantastic though. Its smells of coffee and coffee with a hint of coffee. Oh did I mention it smelled like coffee? (enough of that) The taste is bold and full. It's without a doubt the best porter Ive had or probably ever will. The mouthfeel is pretty good but what shocked me is its super drinkable considering its full flavor. Here's the thing. Porters are very hard to do. With that said this beer is amazing and certainly worth a try. If you get a chance or a great trading BA get this brew. Thanks again Kevin!

Overall: This is a very well done porter. Its full of flavor and super drinkable. Grab one and give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:42:12 | More by iconoklaztor
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4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark black beer. No head whatsoever, which detracts a bit from the score.

Smell: Sweet coffee. That is a theme here.

Taste: Sweet coffee and more coffee. Not all that complex, but who needs complexity with something this delicious. Very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness and smoothness, probably from the oatmeal. Very nice.

Drinkability: Very high score here. Like drinking an iced coffee, you don't even notice a hint of alcohol. Could definitely drink several of these. Too bad I only have one more bottle. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 01:45:33 | More by hellcatsjg
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4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours with a thin lighter mocha head on a black body.
S- Blend of pretty big oatmeal, roasted malts, coffee, nuts, and some grass hops.
T- Follows the aroma just the coffee comes out A LOT more. Really strong coffee in the after taste which just over powers the oatmeal and all other flavors in it. Grass hops do manage to break out just a bit so you still have a medium bitterness lingering on the tongue from that.
M- Full/medium body with low carbonation but it does tingle the tongue quite a bit. You don't really get the silk feel from the oatmeal which I was hoping for.
D- I think it is pretty tasty but at times the coffee can over power just a little to much but then it seems like next sip it won't.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 07:22:51 | More by BlindPig
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3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Small capped bottle.
Dark brown, almost black, with an almost non-existent tan head, and the little is there, goes away quite fast.
Smell and taste are unidimensional; coffee, more coffee, too much coffee. Very silky mouthfeel, but I could not finish it. Too much coffee, overpowering and obscuring everything else. Lacks balance, but if you want an iced coffee with alcohol, this might be your stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 20:56:44 | More by brdc
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4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Initiative for the trade.

Pours dark and pours thick, doesn’t seem to make a “splash” as I pour higher to try to get some foam. Foam is minimal, a thin milk coffee colored ring surrounds the glass.

The aroma is big and bold with roasted coffee, very upfront. After the dominant coffee aroma there is some chocolate, hints of vanilla, butterscotch, milk and some roasted malts.

Taste is of bittersweet chocolate or cocoa, coffee, chocolate milkshake, hop bitterness and roasted barley. Pretty good, not the best coffee beer I’ve had but very good for a porter.

Mouthfeel is creamy with the help of the oatmeal and a subtle carbonation, well done in that department—only that the bitter finish obstructs its creamy mouthfeel in a way. Actually the bitterness tones down after the beer warms up a bit which makes it a lot better.

Very good over all and I will definitely enjoy my next one, glad I picked up a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2007 03:33:14 | More by seaoflament
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3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unexpected bonus beer in a trade from Initiative--thanks!!!

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass.

Poured thick and black, almost still--I raised the bottle way above the glass and managed to coax a nice 1 inch high chocolate-milk head that left loads of sticky lacing.

Aroma is dominated by musky hops in front, with acrid roasted malts and some coffee in the mix.

Flavor is all over the place, somewhat unbalanced, or should I say unsettled.

The mouthfeel is thick and smooth, but lacks lustre, sort of only fills the back of the mouth, leaving the front of the tongue wanting.

At the end it's very drinkable, and what's more, it gets tastier and more balanced as it warms up. Be sure to enjoy this one at cellar temperature.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:01:21 | More by BattleRoadBrewer
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3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Schneid for this beer!

The beer poured out an extremely dark brown/dark ruby. It is so dark that it is almost opaque. It has almost no head and pours out very thick. The aroma is all coffee and roasty malts.

The taste is like very strong coffee! It has some bitterness at the end of the swallow. The mouthfeel is very full.

As far as drinkability goes, I can't give it a real high rating. I'm not much of a fan of coffee, and there's not much else here.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 22:18:20 | More by westweasel
Photo of franksnbeans


4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque black with a brown hue. Small cocoa head that dies to a ring with small lacing. Smells of delicious roasted coffee, bam. I love it. Better than I could hope for. Tastes of expresso, molasses and a hint of chocolate malt. Creamy, full mouthfeel, very smooth. Great drinkability. This was an absolute joy to sip on and a tip top representative of the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 01:27:35 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of Monsone


3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a hard pour producing only a small brown head that quickly dissapears.

Smell is all coffee. You could have put a Starbuck in front of me and it might not smell this much like coffee.

Taste is big coffee flavors all over the place. There are notes of chocolate, vanilla and carmel malt to round out the flavor.

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Not too dry either.

Drinkability would be high for coffee lovers. Not so much for others.

Good beer. Nice overall imperial porter. If you love coffee you will love this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 02:09:58 | More by Monsone
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4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is basically as close to black as burnt magenta-orange can get. The head is a fleeting tan, and resides afterwards as a collar.
Once you get past the dark roasted coffee bean nose- and, honestly, you never will-- there's a thick fudge brownie maltiness underneath. I'm a coffee drinker, and I love it, but part of me still thinks that the forward aromas are so acridly roasted as to suggest burnt aspirin.
Espresso beans rush into the mouth. No cream. No sugar. No fancy-pants syrups. Just black, hard, Italian roast. The oatmeal adds a spacey flakiness, and is quickly gobbled up by the aggressive burnt coffee flavors. Malt is mighty, thick and gooey and appropriate over-sweet to attempt balance with it brownies and Tootsie Rolls and caramel glazings. Ultimately, coffee wins out. That is unquestionably what this is all about.
Approaching full bodied as it plods thick roasted carnage across the mouth. It presents as nearly uncarbonated. But still, somehow, stays quite drinkable.
I drink coffee all day long, but still this is more of a "mood" beer for me. It's intense almost to a fault, but it is well structured as it seems to mimic much of the malt load from their previous (and delicious) Imperial Porter, Who's Your Daddy. And as such, it might be worth tossing this into the Ol' Grandad Barrels to see what happens.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2007 07:51:20 | More by cokes
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4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I obtained this bottle from the Great BIF Race 2007. Team Spring, baby!

Pours a deep, opaque brown with just a ring of light brown bubbles for a head.

Strong coffee aroma. Some bitter chocolate, roasted nuts, and a slight hint of some dark fruit.

The flavor mimics the smell. Heavy on the coffee, lighter on the bakers chocolate and nuttiness. Very creamy.

Velvety full bodied brew. Creamy in the mouth and the throat. Tad warm in the belly...but that's a good thing. Drinkability would be higher for me in cooler weather...I'm weird that way. Very good beer but I still don't like the labels.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 22:21:44 | More by Imstillthegman
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 508 ratings.