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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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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

543 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 205
Gots: 33 | 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:
Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.

(Beer added by: Winter on 02-10-2007)
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Photo of hellcatsjg
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell: Sweet coffee. That is a theme here.

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

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

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

hellcatsjg, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of BlindPig
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

BlindPig, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of brdc
3.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

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

brdc, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of seaoflament
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Initiative for the trade.

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

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

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

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

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

seaoflament, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass.

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

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

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

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

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

BattleRoadBrewer, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of westweasel
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Schneid for this beer!

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

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

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

westweasel, Sep 09, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

franksnbeans, Sep 08, 2007
Photo of Monsone
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is full and smooth. Not too dry either.

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

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

Monsone, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of cokes
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

cokes, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Imstillthegman, Jul 30, 2007
Photo of Westsidethreat
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a super dark brown, almost ebony brew with no opacity. Head and carbonation overall is on the light side, but a decent ring does form around the glass made up of dark beige bubbles.

S: Massive coffee aroma, cream, bitter baking chocolate and some vanilla.

T: Start out smooth, real smooth. Little bit of tobacco mixed with robust yet rounded coffee flavor. The oatmeal flavor is superb; totally smooth with vanilla, angel food cake and latte. Delicious. This flavor just lingers for a real long time before minor chocolate roastedness. Man, this is a fairly simple brew but totally tasty.

M: Medium body with a medium mouthfeel. Could go for a bit more fullness.

D: I could kill another glass of this easy. Really enjoyed drinking this beer. Amazingly smooth.

Westsidethreat, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, no retention, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, molases.

T: Plenty of coffee, with underlying flavours of brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a slight orange zest.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth. Carbonation is lower than average.

D: Good.

Derek, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, Derek's fresh bottle. Bit of burnt coffee and molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Soft creamy and full mouthfeel, silky smooth. black,with lots of head. Well malted, milk chocolate, and gets all the bitterness down.A great representative of its style, and I wish I saved one for breakfast.
Bottle a year later not as great.

Sammy, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my 700th beer (not counting dupes), I saved this one for the occasion. It is worthy...

Appearance - I started pouring this into a tasting glass and didn't see much head forming. SO, I went a bit rougher on the pour and noticed the start of the volcano...uh-oh. I stopped pouring with room to spare in the glass but the foam was rising with momentum. To prevent a mess, well, I had to do the right thing and take in a fat mouthful of foam. I'll get to that part in a minute, but as for the beer, it is almost completely dark except for some burgundy touches at the bottom edge of the glass. The huge mocha cap settles down, looking like melted ice cream. It has this dense, smooth look to it and lays a full layer of suds around the glass as it recedes.

Aroma - awesome rich coffee nose. Like coffee ice cream and with great resilience.

On the pour, I got my first taste rather unexpectedly. I sucked in the blooming foam to prevent the impending mess. It was like having a mouthful of melted cappucino ice cream. Incredibly flavorful, it hit every part of my taste buds at once. That set the stage for the actual beer sampling.

Taste - roasty malts underneath robust chocolate and intense coffee flavors that are nothing short of dazzling. The swallow has a touch of alcohol, followed by more layers of roasted coffee beans. Balancing hops on the aftertaste, barely, providing some drying and clarifying the grains a bit. A long, long finish, the flavors resonate for a minute at least. An absolute gem.

Mouthfeel - the oatmeal makes for one silky smooth delivery. Heavy, creamy, muted carbonation.

Drinkability - high fives all around for this one. Major props to both thefatkid13 and Erdinger2003 for bringing me some of this at Dark Lord Day '07.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAs ThomasHardy and flybison for the brew's.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is big time coffee, malty, there's also some toffee/caramel thrown in. The taste is also a big coffee flavor at the get go, slightly sweet/bitter afterwards, nice touch of malts as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome tasting brew, highly recommended.

Wasatch, Jul 13, 2007
Photo of Grundle20
4.3/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance:
It's another one of those stout/porters that definitely falls in the motor oil category, thick, black, and viscous. There's a minimal tan head to the beer that has a delayed appearance from a rough pour.

Smell:
Big and malty smells build the nose. Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and just a touch of cherry cordials.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
This beer is ridiculously thick, porter you eat with a spoon so to speak. Up front there's big malty flavors, kind of like super bitter chocolate but I'm actually leaning more towards charred pork. Mid drink some fruity tones of raisins and black cherries pop up but they are quickly consumed by a wave of milk chocolate flavor. This finish is expectedly dirty and there's a strong malt presence long in to the aftertaste.

Drinkablility:
I don't think that term really applies here, I believe edible is far more befitting of this beer. This beer is thick and foody like no beer I have ever had. Highly sustaining although I don' think I could put down too many of these in a sitting.

Bottom Line:
Stout and porter fans bow down, this beer is crazy. This is seriously a wet dream for you darkies out there so I highly suggest you snag this up.

Brew compliments of WankerWeasel and the Brews-N-Tunes BIF summer '07.

Grundle20, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of akorsak
4.85/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.

A: The ale pours a dark, DARK color of night, a night without the glorious benefit of the monn of course. Consistent with the black of night, light does not escape this ale. The head that rests atop it was around a finger and a half on pour and has left hints of lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a subtle coffee aroma, much paler than the Kona Pipeline Porter than preceded it. Despite that, the aroma is quite strong with a slight bitterness. Some vanilla and oatmeal sweetness add to the mix as well.

T: The beer has a distinct bitterness, taking a position close to that of a good porter with a clear roasted body. This one, however, throws things for a loop by tossing in a strong coffee taste. Unlike the nose, which paled vs. Pipeline, this one shines. The coffee is strong and dominant over the beer as a whole. It does get a run for its money from the oatmeal sweetness that nicely complinents the bitterness and maintains the drinkability. The finish transitions from oatmeal sweet to porter roasted grains rather nicely.

M: Oatmeal! Coffee! Imperial! Porter! Did four words ever taste so well together? I am sure that, in the miserable annals of the Earth, four words did, but this is one fine drink.

D: This is an awesome drink. The oatmeal and coffee shine atop a deliciously roasted malt porter body. Well done by the Tyranena crew. Get your hands on a bottle if you can.

akorsak, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of trevorwideman
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Pours completely opaque black with a 3/4 inch tan head that leaves a good bit of lace, medium carbonation. Aroma is simply delicious, and exactly as advertised. Tons of roasted Coffee with a bit of mocha sweetness, some buttery notes, some dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. Very rich aroma.

Taste is sweeter than I imagined it would be, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate and vanilla all in the forefront. Tons of espresso bean flavour, with cocoa and a nutty malt flavour back it up, and a slight lactic acidity keeping things in check. Alcohol is evident in the flavour as well. Mouthfeel is oatmeal-smooth but not overly thick which is really nice. Carbonation is medium, and there's a pretty acidic bite about it, but it dries nicely and gets sticky going down. This is a drinkable brew, very flavourful, and a little boozy-seeming, but one more couldn't hurt....

trevorwideman, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger tan head that resists fading. Some lacing present.

The smell reminds me of a Dunken' Donuts Iced Coffee beverage. A highly roasted character with a hint of chocolate (actually that's probably the oatmeal at work toning things down). A little bit Porter- frightening; maybe someday there will be a Coffee-Porter or a more general Flavored-Porter category. Otherwise i'd score it "4.0".

Full bodied, the mouth feel is quite creamy. Adequately carbonated, the texture from the oatmeal offsets what might otherwise be a bitter coffee nature. Finishes with a really minor coffee, and some, after taste.

Everything up front is very suggestive of a strong coffee beverage, but the flavor stays between the 'porter' lines in my opinion. I think the oatmeal is successfully intervening here with respect to the coffee.

Drinkability - This is a good drinker. Many cues had me thinking that this would be another product overwhelmed by a coffee character, but thankfully it isn't. Scoring complexity points. Well done interpretation; wish i could expect these to be around during the cooler months.

jjayjaye, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of aforbes10
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought just a single bottle of this at Discount in Milwaukee...and should have bought many many more. Pours almost black with only a hint of light making it through the ink. Huge lacing and a big brown head that disappates as i drink. SMells of expresso beans, warm caramel, and dark chocolate. Creamy cappuchino/expresso milkshake flavor. Smooth and milky, but also bitter and coffee like on the finish. Flavor lingers and thats a good (great) thing. A fantastic beer, warming and full bodied. Comforting.

aforbes10, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of blitz134
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body. Quarter inch of light brown head. Reduced to only a skim layer of bubbles though with a ring around the glass. Not really any lacing.

Aroma is strong with dark chocolate, dry coffee grounds, toffee, a little charred wood and a slightest touch of caramel.

Taste is much the same as the aroma. I wouldn't describe it any differently really except that the oatmeal "graininess"/astringincy comes out. A bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. A little carbonation adds a touch of tingle on the tongue. Coats the mouthwell. Has a bit of a dry finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt. Lots of nice stouty/porter flavors. I'd love to have this more often. I like the dark charred characteristics and the coffee is in the right proportion. A must try for dark beer lovers.

blitz134, Jun 12, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Hooked up via BC2 by JeffKrenner and bax72!

Pours a deep dark black, no light escapes, huge thick light brown head forms, settles to a thin layer, massive lacing, really nice looking. Smell is insane, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle, tons of chocolate, coffee roast, toffee, toasty, bit of alcohol, very rich. Taste is very rich too, coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, toast, really nice roasty character, some caramel, super smooth flavour, bit of alcohol in the finish, I get almost a lactic sourness in the finish as well, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth carbonation, really just slides down. Awesome beer, tons of flavour and insanely drinkable. Thanks Jeff and Chris!

Viggo, Jun 06, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to EliteDigger for this as an extra!!!

Poured a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a nonic.

Complete darkness, how this style should be! Very nice fluffy two finger tan head that slowly dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is all over the glass, won't let go. Smell is of what else, fresh ground coffee beans. Smooth, malty goodness tingles the nose. I sense no alcohol at all in the nose. Taste is basically the same. Coffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and chocolate...god this is delicious. I bet they could subsitute this at Starbucks and not many would notice. Mouthfeel is medium body with little carbonation, very smooth going down. I would love to find out what the abv on this one is because I haven't the slightest. Drinkability is way too good. If you're a coffee drinker, get your hands on this for sure. If you just love good beer, pick this up now!

BeerTruth, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy head of light tan that last for the full beer and does a bit of lacing after each sip. No sign of light or carbonation in this body.

S- The smell of cold coffee grounds is soft when the beer is cold but comes through when it is warm. There is a slight earthy note to the dark malt in the background but it is pretty light.

T- This beer has a dark roasted malt flavor with a softer coffee ground flavor followed by a light hint of soy sauce. There is a soft hint of wet wood and a tart earthy note to the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture.

D- This beer has some big coffee notes but I don't taste any imperial qualities, but there are some oatmeal qualities that are nice.

rhoadsrage, May 28, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep black color porter with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not in an exceeding way which sometime render coffee flavoured beer a bit gross. Taste of medium roasted malt with subtle bitter notes with some coffee which brings dry notes. I would have preferred a bit more chocolate notes and maybe a touch of sweetness to balance the dryness of the coffee but this beer is still very enjoyable. Full body with some light carbonation which fits the style.

Phyl21ca, May 25, 2007
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 543 ratings.