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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: 601
Reviews: 266
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 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.

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter, poured at a bit below cellar temp and allowed to warm before reviewing. Beer peaked at warmer (i.e., room) temps. Bottled on date of 9/08. Another thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for the bottle!

Pours black, showing brown around the edges, with some cola-like bubbles around the edge. Not the most impressive looking stout, really looks like extra black cola more than beer.

Nose is strong on the espresso, though more in a slightly organic coffee beans sort of way, a bit vegetal. Kind of thin smelling.

Taste is very lightly acidic up front, a bit thin, but with nice molasses, cocoa, and (most prominently) roasty coffee notes. Some caramelized brown sugar in there as well, which is quite nice. Medium thinnish body. Really nice finish though, that shows some pleasant coffee and even cocoa notes and carries through to a great exhale.

Mouthfeel was, again, a bit thin in body, but with a nice, light, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad. The lighter body actually may make this one even more quaffable. Still decently pleasant, but you can tell that it was once, and should be still, a bit better than it is.

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

12 oz poured into a pint.

A - Poured black with a half inch khaki head. Just a bit of lacing.

S - Coffee.

T - Coffee. Strong enough it hides everything else. Slight bourbon in the finish which is also slightly bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel that's a little silky. Low carbonation.

D - Sipper. If you like coffee, this is one for you.

Photo of dukedevil0
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing at a beer sharing at the BA gathering at goose island. Yes I'm that guy.

A: pours a dark black/brown but porter like not too opaque or black hole-ish. Dark khaki head with lacing.

S: smells like fresh ground coffee beans, slight dark chocolate scents

T: tastes just like the smell, major coffee bean, slight chocolate

M: full like most porters, not too creamy and not too thin

D: let me just say this, one of the most drinkable porters I've had for sure.

Photo of Hophead101
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drank on 5.1.09 - this beer is drinkable by me with mucho thanks to natasharai as an extra.

wow. i will just start off with that. pours a great dark brown, ok black, color. one of the best things i like about porters is the tan head, and indeed this beer had it. a beautiful tan head that stuck around for a decent amount of time. if it lasted a little longer, it would have gotten a 5. there was also some sporadic thin lacing on the glass. it also kept a nice small and thin tan ring around the edges of the glass which was nice so you can see the contrasting tan 'head' throughout the drink. the smell was nice and subtle. burnt toast, coffee and oats - soft and mild, nothing overwhelming, basically giving you enough to want to dive right it. the dark coffee smell is the most predominate.

the taste of this great brew was very clean and fresh. nice medium body (on the lighter side). first impression was the chocolate followed by the coffee. but as you drink more, the chocolate taste is basically gone and the coffee comes to the front of the line. it then transcends in a nice crisp, clean and fresh alcoholic buzz, but not in bad way. malty base is evident but plays a back seat role. the taste spreads throughout your mouth buts leaves quickly without any obtrusive aftertaste. the flavors blend very well and are nicely balanced. this is good sh*t. i am going to have to get my hands on some more of this stuff! thanks natasharai!

Photo of washburnkid
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to natasharai for giving me an opportunity to try this huge beer!

A: Almost a finger of tan head with a very aggressive pour. Pitch black with light brown only visible in the light. Some retention but no lacing.

S: Coffee beans, bitter chocolate, oatmeal, and toasty notes.

T/M: Huge espresso flavors--like drinking a Starbucks doubleshot. Super viscous mouthfeel and low carbonation. Silky smooth to boot. More coffee. A burnt characteristic really comes out as the beer warms. Did I mention coffee?

D: A great sipper, but also incredibly drinkable for such a huge mouthfeel and flavor. Very tasty!

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

12 oz bottle (big thx to milwaukeeclassic!!!) poured into my Delirium snifter, The Devil Made Me Do It! is a dark blackish bron with a tight tan head that leaves nice lace.

Smell is huge coffee, wow. Duane warned me this had been aging for a bit and the coffee might have faded, but no such problem here! Just pure coffee, I've had my share of coffee beers, but never had one so distinct.

Taste is also big coffee, but with some nice depth to it, bakers chocolate and some caramel for sure. Just a super tasty coffee porter, super fresh and intense, I'm in heaven. And frankly, shocked. I never thought coffee beers aged well. I'm not entirely sure how old this is, but it's not fresh, but sure taste like it, coffee wise!

Mouthfeel is super smooth, a study in oatmeal for the uninitiated. Medium heavy body.

Drinkability is high. Wow. Fantastic beer. And a great value to boot, huge props to Tyranena for keeping it real with the price - with this much coffee flavor they must have gotten quite the hook up, thanks for passing it down!

Photo of prototypic
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many, many thanks to buckeyesox for this bottle. Been wanting to try this one for a while.

Pours a very dark mahogany brown color. It's nearly black. There's a hint of light penetrating at the edges revealing nice burgundy highlights. A very thin, light tan head barely covers the surface (after a forceful pour). It dissipated very quickly and left light, thin strands of lace sticking to the glass.

Smells absolutely delicious. It's an absolute delight for us coffee lovers. Roasted coffee and espresso scents are very powerful and greet the nose right away. Everything else pales in comparison to that fragrance. There's some light roasted and chocolate malts lingering in the background. I suspect they'll be more apparent in flavor. That delicious coffee smell simply hides them. Vanilla is very faint and could easily go unnoticed. It's pretty well buried. No alcohol is appreciable. I'm unsure of the abv, but I'm not picking up any. Coffee certainly overwhelms everything else here. But, it smells delicious.

As I suspected, the flavor profile is more diverse. It's probably even a little more impressive than the nose, but not enough to receive the next highest score. Obviously, coffee is a huge player in this beer. Any coffee fan will get into this in a big way. Fortunately, I'm a coffee lover. But, there's enough here to possibly even satisfy the rest of the crowd. Roasted and chocolate malts are very pronounced and complement the strong coffee flavor nicely. The chocolate variety gives it a bittersweet flavor. Vanilla, molasses, and brown sugar are all secondary components that really amp up the flavor and give it loads of character. I'm still not appreciating any alcohol. It has a very nice bittersweet flavor packed with a shot of espresso on the finish. Damn, this is good stuff. I'd really like to award tenths of points here.

It features a full, lush, creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is light and helps to smooth it out a great deal. Very impressive. Drinkability is extremely high. There's a ton of great flavor, depth, and character. It also doesn't present itself as overly strong. I don't know the exact abv, but I'm guessing it's not that high. It's just masked too well. Dangerously drinkable, it is.

Well, I can't say the devil made me do it. I was a very willing participant in this case and am very pleased with the decision to give in. This is one seriously ass kicking beer. To date, it's the best Tyranena brew I've had and that's saying something. Those guys brew some damn good beer. It's very refined and expertly crafted. Sorry, but it's just flat out better than Devil Over a Barrel. It just is. Find a bottle...now. Thanks for the opportunity, Dave. Very much appreciated.

Photo of sgoodship
4.23/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up on my Steve's Liquors "make a 6" extravaganza the last time I visited Madison.

A: Almost black. Some small carbonation bubbles sticking to the sides of the glass. Pretty dense stuff. A little ruby red coming through on the edges against the light. Delivered a small tan colored, bubbly head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Some porter sourness and graininess. Just not getting a read on much coffee. As it warmed up, there is a little more coffee and dark fruit but still pretty subtle.

T: First taste was a subtle grainy flavor, followed by a substantial coffee, possibly a little hop and that takes you into a very bitter coffee finish. The aftertaste is oaty, nutty and dry coffee with a hint of cocoa. As it warmed, I started to taste a touch of alcohol but the cocoa comes in on the finish making this just sublime.

M: Medium body. Feels nice and creamy and round. The carbonation is low but there is just enough there to keep it lively.

D: Really nice but it felt like it was missing some backbone. Beyond the nit picking though, I'd love to have more of this. I think it would grow on me even more. Very enjoyable.

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

Props to JDV for hooking me up with this freebie! 12oz bottle into a Duvel chalice.

Pours a pitchy, oily black body with a sluggish consistency. A hard pour produces little more than a thin veil of dark custard head. Retains as a thin ring of foam around the outside of the glass. Great aroma on this porter, with notes of roast espresso, vanilla beans, dark chocolate, and oat. Dark fruits linger in the background, adding hints of raisin and cherry.

Very nice flavor profile, here. Starts off with a big, dark roasted malt note that suggests coffee beans and chocolate. Gives way to dark fruits, booze, soil, and creamy vanilla oats with a balance of earthen hops along the finish. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a nice carbonation level, but a somewhat watery/chalky finish keeps the drinkability high but the overall impression limited. Still, Devil Over A Barrel is a great porter that I'd gladly have again.

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

Pours pitch black with beautiful brown highlights. Smells of rich strong coffee that easily dominates the deep roasted malts. Damn this I good. The coffee bitterness is from start to finish with the oatmeal adding to the beer's creaminess. There are tones of chocolate and caramel that contribute to the wonderful complexity here.

Photo of kbutler1
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.
Bottled on 11/06/08.
A: Pours a very deep brown but not quite black color. Tan head that quickly dissiapates and leaves a light tan collar around the glass.
Small bubbles
S: Coffee and Dark Chocolate
T: Smooth coffe flavor giving way to bitter chocolate aftertaste. Slight pick up of the bourbon flavor left from the barrels
M: Heavy mouthfeel
D: Absolutely! Very tasty, but be warned that if you don't like coffee or bourbon, this is not the beer for you.

Photo of Opethsprite
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Black as pitch with a serious, mocha head. Wow. That is some intense coffee on the nose! Some very bitter chocolate there with hints of vanilla and some grassy element peaking through. A bit of cherry, as well. It's really hard not to drink this sucker while it's coming up to temp. I've had Tyranena only once before (their cherry porter, on tap), and thoroughly enjoyed it...looking forward to this black beast...

Yeah, that's good. It's significantly more mellow in the coffee than expressed in the nose (...in a good way! Lord knows I'm in it for beer!) The grassy element is more pronounced, and there is some very nice sweet/bitter interplay. The mouthfeel is very good--smooth and thick with touches of pep. Very nice.

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

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a nice coffee colored head. The head on this quickly fades leaving a thin ring around the glass.

Smells of dark, roasted coffee, licorice, burnt toast, brown sugar and caramel. Very roasty and toasty...aroma is great!

Super smooth mouthfeel, lots of dark chocolate, dark roasted coffee, plenty of toasty/roasty malty goodness! Wow, I love the taste of this, all my favorite coffee porter desires have been met!

Absolutely delicious! One of the best coffee stouts/porters I've ever had!

Thanks goes out to akokandy for throwing this one in as an extra!

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

Cracked open a 12 oz bottle and poured into a pint glass. Opaque black with a very thin brown head. After a few sips lacing is apparent and doesn't seem to go away. In terms of aroma: coffee, coffee, and some more coffee. A little bit of caramel sweetness seeps in but mostly this is a coffee lovers dream. In terms of taste, I'd have to put this beer somewhere in my top ten. Starts with a caramel, chocolate malty sweetness and then moves to coffee. The finish is a rich creaminess from the oatmeal. The smooth cream mouthfeel from the oatmeal can not be understated. I've had plenty of beers brewed with oatmeal but this is something else. This beer is amazing.

If this beer is available to you, please try it.

Photo of alcstradamus
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A--Pours pitch black with small brown head. Recedes quickly and leaves a ring around the edge of the beer.

S--Smells like fresh coffee, like sticking your nose in a bag of ground coffee beans. One of the freshest smelling coffee brews for sure.

T--Roast malts and big coffee taste. Bold flavor but not overwhelming at all. Bitterness in the finish balances things nicely. As the beer warms up more flavor creeps in and the coffee taste mellows out even more. This isn't a flavor blast like the biggest imperial stouts, but what is there is amazing.

M--Very smooth with carbonation kept at moderate levels. Ordinary for an oatmeal porter or stout

D--This is as easy drinking as any coffee beer I've had, probably would prefer 2 or 3 in a sitting

As I drink this beer I wonder how it is only rated A- (not that that is bad). Maybe people come in expecting something that smacks you in the face with huge flavor and left disappointed in the subtlety. This is really a wonderful, balanced beer and I can't wait to try the coveted barrel aged version.

Photo of Proteus93
3.94/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by CrellMoset... split it with dkachur

A: Deep chocolatey brown, but with a bit of a short head. Leaves a nice little trim around the edges of the glass.

S + T: Deep roasted malts, and a slightly sweetened coffee flavour. Cocoa and a nice oatmeal smoothness that I often overlook in oatmeal brews.

M + D: Soft smoothness in the body, with a moderate bit of carbonation. A feeling of alcohol warmth on the way down, so I don't imagine the ABV is low.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appears jet black until held up to the light it reveals some red-orange highlighting. A one inch light tan head forms on top and sinks to a skim shortly thereafter.

Aroma is full of deeply roasted coffee tones. It's pretty much the dominant characteristic aside from a mild chocolaty tone and a slight dark fruit character.

Taste is of coffee up front but midway through some more complexities come through. The dark fruit from the aroma is definitely seeming like cherry in the taste, especially in the finish. Again, some chocolate taste in the middle.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, with a smooth and soft touch that makes it feel quite creamy though viscous.

The bourbon barrel aged version is definitely better (it usually is) but this one is very good as well. Thanks to madtowndmb1 for hooking this up.

Photo of mothman
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is basically black. 1 Finger tan head that thins down quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma is a lot of coffee/mocha. Wow, it smells just like a coffee shop. Very malty.

Taste is of malts and coffee. Some earthy hops are slightly present. This tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer. Stunning.

Mouthfeel starts out slightly bitter and then gets really refreshing. Clean aftertaste. Great mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very tasty and great mouthfeel. I could easily enjoy another. I highly recommend!

Photo of corby112
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark pitch black color with a thick foamy beige head. Good retention and nice lacing. Dark roasted coffee aroma with hints of chocolate maltiness, oatmeal and toffee. Roasted oatmeal chocolate maltiness with a nice roasted coffee flavor. Hints of toffee, nut and very subtle hops with a dry finish. Very smooth because the roasted coffee flavor is not overwhelming. Extremely quaffable and delicious.

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

a: viscous pour into my bulbous piraat snifter, deep brown coffee-reduction colored beer, minimal wispy mocha head roused with each tilt of the glass

s: beautifully aromatic coffee stands above a thick base of roasted barley, semisweet chocolate and toffee, bean aromas of spicy wood and bourbon, creamy vanilla bean husk, great start

m: light carbonation within a smoothly full bodied ale

t: woody, bright coffee bean over a body of deep roasted chocolate barley and dark toffee, pleasant sweetness in tune with the various roasts, mildly hopped, nice but a bit under its potential

d: the name gimmick has always been a bit hokey, but the beer speaks for itself, good stuff

bottle shipped down to VA by a man of extreme grunge

Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a thick, viscous blackish-brown w/thin brown head. Retention is average, and fades to a wisp of froth on the surface, and a thin ring around the edge. Faint spotted tracing.

S-Deep roasted coffee and rich dirt off the forest floor. Also notes of dark chocolate, malt, light oatmeal, and there is a thin veil of some sort of citrus lurking underneath...either faint orange or grapefruit.

T-Refreshing blend of roast espresso, earth, bitter chocolate, light oatmeal midway, w/finish of roast coffee, rich dirt, light citrus hops, and coffee and a vegetative earth dominating the aftertaste.

M-Rich-bodied with a pleasant texture of carbonation and earthy espresso. Light sweetness is near-perfect balance for bitter roast and light hops.

D-Another good offering from Tyranena. This is easy to drink, even, and creamy yet rustic.

Photo of dfillius
3.47/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields very little head. Thin ring of dark tan head remains, more head please. Almost black liquid has a tiny amount of dark brown showing.
S: Fresh brewed coffee, maybe a hint of chocolate, maybe some orange juice notes? Very tasty smelling, almost "natural flavor" coffee smell though.
T: Coffee, bitter roastiness, alcohol, sweet, but maybe a bit too sweet. Almost fakely sweet :-( Cloying saccharine flavor.
M: Surprisingly thin, a bit oily. The weakest part of this beer. I would call it watery even!
D: Enjoyable, but not great. This beer is kind of all over the place but also too strong on coffee.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Penn Pilsner pint glass. Got this as an extra in a recent trade. My 2nd offering from this series of beers.

A-The devil pours a deep bold black color. With a sturdy hard pour I only got a minimal light tan head that left before I was finishing pouring the bottle. A few brush strokes of tan color are seen at certain places around the black surface. Very minimal lacing.

S- Devil smells the part with a nice amount of coffee bean aroma but seems muted probably faded with some age, this probably smelled excellent when bottled. The coffee that is their is pleasant. Big roasty malts along with something resembling oatmeal. A bit of chocolate creeps in as well and nothing in terms of hop aroma, again probably faded.

T- This devil is delicious with the coffee being nicely pronounced. Not sure of the blend but I would like some for the morning. A deep roasty factor is up front as well with some of the malts giving a chocolate sense. I guess they have good grains up their in WI as the oatmeal is great. Alcohol not a problem in this 7.5%er. They need to consider to brew this again.

M- A great mouth on this porter and on point for the style with the roast coming through. This devil is slick and smooth with a nice over medium mouth and some carbonation felt under the tounge. Not getting any alcohol but the roast may be off putting to some, not me though. Pretty much a creamy esque feel to it.

D- Not sessionable in alcohol volume but all day and night for the taste. I would polish off a 4-pack of this no problem in a sitting. Too bad I don't live in WI. Would love for this to be brewed again to see what a fresh version has in store but this will do for now. If you like smooth coffee this one is a no brainer.

Impressed with this series so far, the brewers need to go wild some more and brew some more goodness.

Photo of AdmiralDiaz
4.49/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours very dark with a two-finger light brown head with good retention but minimal lacing.

S: Strong coffee with very creamy notes. The bourbon comes out fairly strong as well. There are also small chocolate, earth, and vanilla tones.

T: Not as good as it smells. Tastes about what it smells but not as strong or as pleasant, still good flavor but not as much as the nose leads you to believe. Strong coffee with earth notes and cream flavors all with a bourbon overtone.

Overall: Great mouthfeel, well carbonated. The drinkibility is amazing on this beer, for the alcohol and what you would think should be a huge flavor ends up being a non-overpowering drink.

Note: This is 10x better on-tap if you're able to find it.

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 601 ratings.