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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: 588
Reviews: 260
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 204
Gots: 46 | 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 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.

Photo of ROBORB
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a chalice at room temperature this beer left a very small head. It smells of strong coffee and oatmeal. There is still lacing after the first few sips. It tastes first of strong coffee followed by roasted malts and oatmeal. This is a great beer but I wish it was a little thicker in body. It has a clean medium carbonation and makes for a wonderful session beer. Highly recommended.

Photo of CrellMoset
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of natasharai - thanks!! She sent a whole four pack, so I'll be enjoying this one for a while. 12 oz., poured into a similarly-sized brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a thick, dark brown - predictably, perhaps, but nice looking nonetheless, which a few reddish hues around the edges - with a one-finger, dark tan head evolving slowly and fading surprisingly quickly on this one. The lacing is nice - sheetlike, draping and spilling down the sides of the glass with grace - but the head retention definitely leaves something to be desired.

Aroma: Near 5.0 territory here. Just a great, huge, thick, earthy wave of coffee, perfectly roasted, cresting out of a sea of wholesome oatmeal and heavily roasted but not charred or smoky malts, both intensifying and blending with the aforementioned coffee, slightly sweet, slightly creamy. Alright, I'm kickin' it up the half-point. Just one of the most pleasant, authentic coffee beers I've ever smelled, and it hits all the right notes.

Taste: A definite step down from the nose, but still really nice. The coffee is, once again and not surprisingly, front and center, slightly astringent, well roasted, with a definite kiss of dirty earth. The wholesome oatmeal provides a solid, solid addition to the body, additionally comprised largely of heavily toasted malts, fainy cocoa, toasty bread, though any sweetness is well-hidden by the astringent, earthy, dry coffee notes up front.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, resulting in a big, fluffy, slightly creamy but still crisp mouthfeel, even with medium-sized bubbles. Works perfectly with the "coffee feel" of the whole beer.

Drinkability: Give this baby time to warm. I was underwhelmed at first, and now I'm truly impressed. At 7.5% abv, this one's certainly no BL in terms of drinkability (har har), but it's also not over the top by any stretch. Tyranena definitely knows their coffee, too, and this one - though I believe it falls short of DoaB in terms of overall impressiveness - is yet another fantastic coffee-infused brew. There's a lot to like here, and though it doesn't quite qualify as sessionable, it sure does qualify as recommended.

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

Bottle poured into snifter.

A-Brown head rises proudly off the pour, then recedes to a collar with sparse bubbles. Very dark brown beer, opaque and dull in appearance.

S-Fresh-roasted coffee beans is the prominent aroma, with a slight caramel.

T-Coffee flavors dominate, with roasty and chocolate malt characters following in step. Caramel emerges before the aftertaste sets in, which is of coffee and light roasted malt. Hops are not detectable.

M-Silky feel with a luxurious carbonation. Medium-full body.

D-With the coffee taking center stage in the aroma, one may think that this beer was going to be a one-dimensional coffee-centric brew. However, the first sip dashed this assumption with its delicious profile of malt flavors mingling with the coffee. I'd say this one is very drinkable and a wonderful way to start off a relaxing Saturday with a book.

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

pours a dark brown with nice light brown head. Smells overwhelmingly of dark roasted malts, coffee, and chocolate. Very nice aroma. Taste is very nice, a creamy almost milky texture to go along with a well balanced swet roasted malts and bitter intense coffee. This is done very nicely as a porter, interesting choice as a porter instead of a little heavier stout combo, but it works very nicely. Creamy goodness, this is one nice beer.

Photo of darklordlager
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown-almost black color with a thick dark tan head.

Smell is of big coffee (complete with acidity) and dark chocolate. A bit of smokiness-Coffee and Chocolate are the big two here though.

Taste is a marriage of a smoky coffee and chocolate, with noticeable acidity. Very deep flavours, but not that much variety-which is ok. Great balance between the chocolate and coffee. A bit of alcohol lingers in the background with a subtle corn-like taste.

Mouthfeel is a regal velvet (likely due to the oatmeal), coating the mouth with a smooth creamy layer. It leaves me wanting another sip. So smooth. Excellent.

Drinkability- Not so sweet that it is cloying, but just the right amount. Great balance, hits the spot.

Photo of CaptainIPA
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a motor oil-hued color with a thin, tan cap that laces well.

S: Coffee grounds, bittersweet chocolate, caramel, and alcohol.

T: Taste mirrors the nose with initial hits of bitter, roasted coffee followed by sweet hints of caramel and suggestions of black strap molasses. Finishes with a snap of licorice and a lingering bite of alcohol.

M: Creamy smooth and silky on the palate. Medium-bodied and well carbonated.

D: Somewhat of a sipper. A solid Porter, but I've had better, richer and more intense coffee offerings before -- usually in the form of Stouts.

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

Received this in a recent trade.

Pours absol-frickin-lutely jet black. Beige head disappers into about nothing quickly. Thin layer sits on top of the blackness of this beer.

Smells of coffee extra black.

Tastes of black coffee.

Very nice mouthfeel.

A very nice beer from Tyranena. I've been happy with everything I've had from them.

Photo of Soneast
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch brown in color (is that a color? Something between dark brown and pitch black I guess, lol) with about a 1/2 inch light-brown colored head that disappeared relatively quickly leaving just a small bubbly ring.

The aroma is chock full of roasted coffee. Not Folger's mind you but some delicious freshly ground gourmet coffee beans. In addition, there are some pretty typical porter aromas detected as well, slightly roasted malts and some sweet toffees notes as well as a very slight hop profile right at the very end.

The flavor of this beer tastes like....well....coffee, laced with chocolate and some malt sweetness as well. This leaves just a delicious bitter coffee flavor on the palate. Good, good stuff!

A nice thick beer, but not RIS thick, just rich and creamy. It actually really feels like an oatmeal stout on the tongue. The mild carbonation helps to accentuate the coffee flavors. This is just a great original porter, that tastes just as good in the morning with breakfast as it would in the evening in front of a warm fire.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.92/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for Tyler for this one. 'Devil' pours a dark dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a very thin head. Smells strongly of coffee. Tastes strongly of coffee (but not too strongly) and a healthy dose of roasted malt and (as it warms up) a bit of charred flavor. Could use just a tad more carbonation I think, but a nice creamy feel for a porter. Solid beer.

Photo of br3wmeister
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- One inch dark brown head that slowly dissipates with some lacing. The beer is a dark brown almost black color, minimal light can make its way through this dark beer.

S- At first all I could smell was espresso but after I got used to the overwhelming coffee aroma other fragrances became present. Dark chocolate, some smoky aromas, toast and hints of caramel. Some light hoppyness is present as well.

T- This beer has a huge roasty flavor, espresso, dark chocolate and burnt caramel. Some other more subtle favors come through as well, some sweet caramel flavors hints of cherry and other berries. The after taste is of roasted barley and burnt toast. There is a lot of roasty bitterness but also some nice sweetness comes through in the middle that is very refreshing making this a good tasting beer.

M- This beer is very thick almost oily but it has good carbonation and some hop character that adds some bite and helps clean the palate.

Overall- This is a very drinkable beer that has some great things going on in the taste and smell. My only disappointment is that I do not have anymore in my fridge.

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

A-Served myself a pint glass,poured a dark oily looking color with a small ring of dark brown foam around outside of glass.

S-The smell reminds me of grandma and grandpas' kitchen(sweet dark roast coffee)Chocolate malts hiding in there also.Fresh,buttery roasted coffee beans!

T-Huge coffee flavor with a hint of chocolate malt in the finish.There is a slight bitterness from the coffee beans but balances well.

M-Very smooth with a great slick feel and low carbonation.

D-This almost could pass for coffee in both smell and taste but it has a better kick and feel.Well worth checking out.

Photo of KeefD
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Whistle Binkies last night. Review from napkin notes.

A- Dark Brown, almost black, no head, no lacing

S- Dark, roasty aroma, coffee aroma is light when cold but develops as it warms, very nice

T- Coffee flavor is very prevalent, tasty mix of coffee and chocolate, plenty of roastiness, lightly bitter

M- Silky smooth, viscous, gulpable

D- Strong coffee flavor is great but makes this beer a one and done. Very good stuff.

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

I picked this up as $2.79 singles in St Paul last week. The beer is dark brown to black color with a thin dark tan wet head. The smell is coffee and malt, very similar to Breakfast Stout. The taste is also similar to some other good coffee beers, but keeps a little originality: Loads of coffee, maybe greater than Breakfast Stout but less than Peche Mortel. Much more malty sweetness than either of these competitors, enough so that this is preferable to my tastes. The body is thicker than I'd expect for a porter, with creamy presence probably due to the oatmeal. This is fantastic, a top tier beer from Tyranena.

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.