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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: 600
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 206
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
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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:
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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Photo of womencantsail
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to crazeguy for sharing this bottle from his Secret Santa haul!

A: The pour is dark, dark brown (almost black) with a bit of tan head.

S: The nose is full of coffee with a bit of oatmeal. I don't normally enjoy coffee, but for some reason, in beers like this, it is absolutely amazing.

T: The flavor follows the nose. Strong coffee flavors with a nice roasted malt component and quite a bit of oatmeal flavor to smooth things out.

M: The body is medium to full with moderate carbonation.

D: I am not too much of a fan of coffee on it's own, but it's absolutely amazing in this beer. I wish I had a few bottles of this to drink. A great beer.

Photo of scray24
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle acquired through trade and shared with family...

Pours deep, dark and opaque - with light it looks like a sooty garnet - with a 1 finger, light tan head that gradually dissipates.

Smell was mostly coffee with some malty notes. This one seems to span the spectrum between stout and a porter - the oatmeal is apparent but not enough to make the mouthfeel slick. Nice notes of coffee, roast, some caramelized toffee and hints of chocolate.

Mouthfeel was smooth but not as much as some oatmeal stouts I've had, carbonation was good.

I could definitely drink a handful of these - they are sippers but not as heavy as you might think.

Photo of jampics2
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Brad - thanks for the extra.

Poured into my Ginger Man pint glass.

A - nice head, dark black, looks very appetizing.

S - a bit light, let it sit and still just didn't get anything great - a light cocoa smell, dark malt, and a bit of coffee, just not enough.

T - taste was AMAZING after the nose made me think this would be weak. Coffee flavor is perfect and makes this a nice sweet/bitter mix. I really enjoyed the flavor of this one!

M - well, it's not bad, just not where it should be for the style IMO. Too creamy - this could easily be a stout with the thicker mouth. Nice, but I'd like to see this keep the flavor and loose a bit of vicosity.

D - could drink a lot of this.

Overall, a nice porter I would like to try super fresh to see how the fresh coffee nose is. But this was good - can't wait to try the BA version Brad sent me as well :)

Photo of ShrLSU
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark black color with a nice off white head. lacing marks the stages of consumption on the way down. roasted coffee and oats come through in the nose. taste is roasted malts, bitter coffee and some slight bitter chocolate. very full bodied and definitely a sipper. overall a beer that stands on its own. one of the better stouts I have had.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black licorice color with a nice full porter body to it. Ever so thin halo of tan head on top for a little extra detail. Nose has a dark roasted coffee scent with a light powdered coco. Very robust coffee flavor smacks you immediately, but a sweet vanilla flavor soothes the bitterness on the back end. Very nice mixture of flavors between bitter and sweet. Mouthfeel has a nice flowing medium feel to it. Could maybe be a little bit heavier, but thats just a small complaint. Damn this is a good sipper, and one i'll definitely come back too.

Photo of GilGarp
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from a trip to MN about a year ago. I have no idea when it was bottled but it does have some age on it.

Poured chilled in a pint glass, it has a nice dark brown color with good clarity evident around the edges. No head formation even though I poured straight into the middle of the glass.

Aroma is really nice with obvious coffee influences and great roasty smells.

Flavor is excellent, especially for someone like me who loves their coffee. It's obviously a great porter with nice roasty malt and the appropriate bitterness. Then on top of that wonderful base beer, is a great healthy dose of coffee. Not so much that it detracts from the beer but the two compliment eachother perfectly.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and very creamy. Bordering on flat but for a big stout, I don't mind it.

This is a great coffee porter and, if I ever see it again, I'll snatch up the lot.

Photo of nickd717
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle via trade.

Pours jet black with a one-finger tan head that leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Aroma is freshly brewed coffee, roast, and oatmeal.

Flavor is fresh coffee, oatmeal, heavy roast, and a hint of dark chocolate.

Palate is smooth despite the coffee bitterness, and a little grainy, which I like in a coffee beer.

Drinkability is very high. Overall a nice breakfast porter, up there with Founders Breakfast Stout and Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast as far as beers I want to drink in the morning go. Oh, who am I kidding, I'm an alcoholic. I'll drink any beer any time of day. The -bal aged version of this beer is just a little better.

Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample at the Most Honorable SuperHappyFun Stout Tasting. Thanks to MIBRomeo for the trade! This brew is a dark brown color with touches of ruby around the edges. Medium and rocky light brown head that diminishes steadily, and stringy lacing. Lots of coffee in the nose along with some roasted malt and chocolate. Medium-bodied with a nice roasty character and flavors of coffee and malt backed up by some hops and chocolate. The finish is dry and roasty with a lingering coffee aftertaste. Overall this is an enjoyable Porter that I hope to try again some day.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Flat black with faint dark ruby highlights around the edge. Almost no foam on top and the little that is there quickly fades to the thinnest light brown ring.

S - Strong aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans. Roasted malts come through a bit as the beer warms but coffee dominates throughout.

T - Strong coffee taste up front. Fresh roasted beans. Coffee taste carries throughout. A light roasted malt taste lingers underneath. I dont pick up much hoppiness at all.

M/D - Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation especially given the limited foaming. Very easy drinking.

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

Chilled bottle into a glass. I believe I received this in a trade from Buebie. Thanks Brian.

A: Pours a nearly opaque mahogany that darkens to pitch black in the center of the glass. It is a translucent ruby-chestnut color at the edges. The pour produces a half-inch of cream-colored head; it collapses over a minute into a moderate collar on the brew. Nice swigs of lace when I sip, but nothing that sticks.

S: Coffee, lots and lots of coffee. Dark chocolate. I can't smell anything else, but that's just fine. Even for a guy who doesn't enjoy coffee beers, there's something alluring, earth, and organic about the smell that works pretty well.

T: Coffee on the taste, as expected. I was pleasantly surprised; I expected this to be acrid and bitter, but chocolate is present in just the right quantities to offset that characteristic. The roasted flavor is also offset by a touch of caramel malt.

M: Full-bodied, low carbonation. Extremely smooth, and it flows like velvet throughout the taste. Wonderful mouthfeel that delivers the flavor impeccably.

D: Coffee beers don't excite me, in general; but I enjoyed this one enough that it's both making me reconsider my opinion and desire more.

Photo of DoctorDog
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Major thanks to beveritt for passing this treasure along!!

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A- Very deep mahogany, and completely opaque. Sturdy pour yields ~1/2 fingers of brown head, which fades into a thin, oily film and a few bubbles for a cap.

S- Wonderfully rich, creamy coffee, and hints of cocoa. Try as I might, I am unable to cull anything beyond this for description. Really hits the mark here for a coffee beer.

T- Roasty, robust coffee/espresso taste. Chocolate notes. Hints of malty sweetness. Really hitting the mark.

M- Moderate carbonation. Moderately full feel. Fairly creamy and smooth.

D- Very good. Pretty easy drinking....great aroma, flavor, and feel...

Future outlook: This is right in line with what I'm hoping for when I have a coffee stout. Now, the problem is...I can't get this stuff around here....

Photo of BrewBoone
2.44/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured dark and beautiful.

Smell was slightly acrid from the coffee aging. No bourbon to speak of.

Taste acrid and no coffee or oak to speak of again. was like an old porter.

Mouthfeel was decent.

Not one I'd try again. Ofcourse from the reviews seems like the regular might be one to check out.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma of coffee of course and some sweet malt and molasses. Flavor is quite loaded with coffee with some sweet oatmeal. Palate is a little thin, I think a coffee imperial porter needs to be a bit more robust. I preferred Devil over a barrel over this original version. It was certainly good, but not as great as I had expected.

Photo of Pencible
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This poured an opaque black ruby with a bit of tan head. It smelled like roasted coffee and oak and toasted oats, with some deep vanilla and bitter chocolate. It tasted like strong and rich roasted coffee, with old oak and bitter chocolate and burnt oats. It was thin with a hint of carbonation, and had a smooth bitter coffee aftertaste. Overall this was a very rich and complex and tasty beer with strong but delicate flavor. It had good body for the style, and hid the alcohol well, so it was easy to drink. But you definitely want to sip this one. I believe this was aged, but I couldn't find a date on the bottle to see exactly how old it was. Either way, I loved it. What really sets it apart is how good the coffee flavor was, and how smooth and clean it was in the aftertaste (while a lot of strongly coffee flavored beers have a more harsh bitterness in the aftertaste). This is a fantastic beer with great craftsmanship in the brew.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours thick jet black with little no head. what little there was barely retains and is cocoa in color. little no no lacing.

huge thick chocolate and coffee blended together. slights hints of bourbon.

very smooth, a nice touch of sweetness holds back the beast that is coffee in this stout. giant coffee flavors and sweet chocolate blend together. a bit of a roasted flavor somewhere in the mix.

very light carbonation that bites the mouth here and there. a pretty full bodied beer.

this is just too good. its a desert in a glass. it almost feels like something i would get from starbucks, only MUCH cooler. amazing.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. pours pitch black with a thin layer of tan head after a hard pour. poor retention and light lacings after a soapy rim is formed.

aroma is full of fresh roasted coffee beans, with notes of dark chocolate and burnt/roasted malt. very roasted in the nose, with a dominating coffee character.

taste is of roasted coffee up front, with roasted malt close behind and a light chocolate note with a touch of vanilla sweetness. nicely composed, with a bit too much coffee that the other flavors get drowned out a bit. finishes on a semi-bitter note of burnt coffee and malts.

mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky smooth texture and a semi-dry and bitter finish.

drinkability is good. the brew itself overdoes the coffee quality a bit, but still comes together into a nice composition overall. fans of coffee will love this brew. the wording on the bottle is perfect: 'coffee imperial oatmeal porter'. coffee up front, with the oatmeal smoothing over all the greatness of a porter. cheers!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy cow! The coffee aroma in this beer is as strong as in any coffee beer that I have ever smelled. If the rest of the beer continues what the aroma started, I'm not getting any sleep tonight.

Very strong coffees that remind me of columbian and exotic Hawaiian and Malaysian blends despite the lables endorsement of Sumatra. Very suble malts make me think English Barleywine with their depth and robust nature. Roasty and toasty is great Stout fashion. Though nice, it seems a bit one-dimensional.

With the aggression of the roasted grains, espresso roast, and acrid bitterness; the sweetness from the malts are difficult to detect but the bready malt taste is full in force. Nutty, lightly buttery (butterscotch) and fruity with licorice, plumbs, dates, figs; even the esters have a difficult time gaining any ground because of the strong coffee taste.

Certainly a bitter Porter with all the hop additions, charred grains, and coffee oils. But the malty richness isn't far behind. Acrid and dry but only to a point. The oats and breadiness helps the beer acheive a heavy cream texture (of which, I would prefer more).

Not as chocolatey as many other Porters, which confuses a little with coffee Stouts. It's all symantics at this point, but if you like coffee and dark beers, then you will certainly find satisfaction with this beer.

Thanks Opethsprite!

Photo of jera1350
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a thick and rich opaque brown with small tan head.

German chocolate cake with coffee.

Rich toasted malt, hint of chocolate, moderate amount of coffee. Has a nutty flavor as well. Not as big as the nose suggests.

Nice smooth, heavier medium bodied feel. Could maybe use a touch more carbonation to open up the flavors.

This is as drinkable a porter as I've had. Goes down easy, flavors don't overpower and alcohol isn't noticed. Nicely done porter.

Photo of RustyDiamond
3.32/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Tan colored head that dissolved rather quickly. All coffee on the aroma. Big coffee note up front, good roasted malt porter body, astringent coffee finish. This beer has been eaten by a wet coffee grind paper filter monster. Bittersweet and dry

Photo of cvfish
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a dark brown color that produced a thin tan head with had decent retention and laced the side of the glass beautifully

S - The aromas produced by this beer were roasted malts, chocolate, dark fruits, and grade A coffee

T - This tasted like a Porter lovers dream, a good roasty malts start, a little bitter chocolate, some dark dried fruits, smooth oatmeal, and a freshly ground coffee flavor that highlights the beer

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a huge and flavorful beer, I like how they took characteristics traditionally associated with Stouts and applied to the Porter, one of my favorite styles to make this wonderful beer

Photo of PerzentRizen
4.67/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

WOW! Thank you so much mnjeff for a great beer trade and this beauty!

Poured into a Duvel glass this coffee porter is everything you'd want it to be and more. I wish FBS tasted this good! This beer looks like it's around the same color and consistency as brewed coffee (dark roast) with a toffee infused tan head.

The aroma is of freshly brewed columbian roast. Light chocolate in the nose and sweet coffee malt. Smells delicious.

If you like coffee you'll love this. This is one amazing coffee porter (which edges toward a stout...perhaps a little lighter in the mouth). There is a lot of hop and coffee bitterness up front and this is supported by a huge malt backbone.

The mouthfeel is dry like an Irish stout but the coffee biterness hides it well. The alcohol is almost not felt in the any aspect of this beer but gives a small amount of viscosity.

As coffee porters go this one is about as drinkable as you'll find - dangerously so. I loved this one and I think you will too. I'm drinking it on a 98 degree day in middle Mississippi and loving it - that says a lot as far as the flexibility this beer gives you. Enjoy!

Photo of jaxon53
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to maximum12 for sending me this beer in the Secret Santa '08 BIF. Served this beer chilled, in a pint glass, from a twelve ounce brown bottle. This is one of the beers from my to do list.

Appearance: The Devil Made Me Do It! pours out a deep, dark brown, just bordering on black. A hard pour yielded about a finger of soapy tan head that faded quite quickly into a thin ring. Not much in the lacing department. Just a few random spots.

Smell: A thick, just ground, roasted coffee aroma is king of the nose. Light touches of semi-sweet chocolate are buried beneath the coffee. Roasted malt aromas also also show themselves. The nose finishes with more strong coffee and a hint of caramel.

Taste: Huge coffee flavor! Maybe intense coffee flavor is a better way to put it. Black coffee, with a bit of sugar. No cream. Big roasted/toasted malt/oat flavors. More chocolate and a bit of toffee. A slight smokey, char like flavor in the background. Alcohol is well masked by the other big flavors. Finishes smooth with some more crazy coffee. A really great tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: Very drinkable in my opinion. A great beer!

Photo of nrbw23
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice light brown colored head. Head turns into a layer of bubbles and leaves a very little lacing.

S- Smells of dark, roasted coffee, burnt toast, brown sugar and caramel.

T- Lots of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, plenty of roasted malts.

M- Medium in body and low carbonation. Very smooth almost silk like.

D- Incredible to drink so easy. Recommended for sure.

Photo of scifan
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently got this in a trade. Thanks deleriumfest. Pours black with a virtually no head at all.
Smells very nice. Getting lots and lots of fresh coffee. there are some nice malt aromas in the back giving it some nice sweetness.
Taste is similar to smell with the coffee being the most dominant. But there are some nice chocolate malts in there to balance out all that coffee and they compliment each other nicely. Just enough to balance out this coffee bomb. But I love a good cup of joe so this is right up my ally.
I thought it a little thin but good carbonation. Nice brew.

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

I poured this one from a stubby 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a deep black-brown with cola-colored highlights around the edges. With an aggressive pour the dark-tan head only rose about one finger then quickly settled to a thick ring. Decent spotty lacing down my glass.

S= Aromas of coffee, dark candied fruit, roasty-chocolatey malts, and a hint of earthiness all present with coffee being the most dominant.

T= Much the same as the smell but a bit more pronounced. The coffee/espresso bean flavor really came through nicely. The other stars were dark chocolate and roasted grains, black cherries, and some oatmeal in the back.

MF= Medium bodied with a solid carbonation that stops short of being fizzy or too crisp.

D= Sometimes a beer with this many ingredients can get a bit muddled but this one really shows off all of the players nicely. This is a damn good porter that I could and will drink more of.

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.