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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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610 Ratings
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Ratings: 610
Reviews: 270
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.59%
Wants: 207
Gots: 50 | 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:
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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Ratings: 610 | Reviews: 270
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.

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.

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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.

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