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

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93
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527 Ratings
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Ratings: 527
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 204
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 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
Photo of ncvbc
4.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, near black. A little dark for a porter with a thin tan head. Minimal carbonation and not much lacing. Just a potent looking porter.
Smell was mostly of coffee, sweetened a little bit with oatmeal and chocolate. I can't wait to take the first sip, seeing that I'm a coffee lover.
Taste is freaking excellent. Haven't seen many 5's but I can't give it less. Even though it's listed under a different style, this rivals Breakfast Stout in terms of taste. Sweet flavors of chocolate and possibly a hint of caramel. Strong sweet coffee then comes through. Lovely!
Mouthfeel is excellent. Near medium with just the right carbonation. I'm sure I'll be tasting coffee until I fall asleep. Silky and creamy.
Drinkability is very high. This is an interesting porter for sure and stands up to the best of them. I honestly think this is very similar to BS and can't even decide which one I'd prefer.

ncvbc, May 24, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glossy motor oil black that permits almost no light to penetrate its edges. The pour produces an expansive crown of whipped creamy foam that is the exact color of German chocolate cake. In spite of a near glacial rate of descent, the head is beginning to deposit a thin veil of mocha colored lace. This is pretty much how an Imperial porter ought to look.

If you're a fan of strong, roasted coffee, then you'll be a huge fan of The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Please Mr. Devil, don't make me type that entire name every time. Like many smoked or coffee-brewed porters and stouts, there's very little porter or stout personality emanating from the beer. Even though I'm not a java fan, the nose does what it's supposed to do.

TDMMDICIOP is good beer whether you love both beer and coffee or whether you love the first and tolerate the second, like me. It isn't as overwhelmingly coffee-saturated as Peche Mortel, but then what is? (with the possible exception of a pint glass of espresso to which a thimbleful of stout has been added).

Underneath the huge roastiness of the Sumatran and Costa Rican beans is a large splash of melted bittersweet chocolate and a slightly smaller splash of dark caramel... and perhaps a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Without those additional flavor elements, this beer wouldn't be nearly as delicious.

Keeping style firmly in mind, the mouthfeel hits the exact center of the bull's eye. It's full and supremely smooth without the slightly bit of chalkiness. This is a big beer that I could drink a lot of based on mouthfeel alone. Assuming the 7.5% ABV didn't get me first.

The Devil Made Me Do It! is the best beer that I've had yet from the Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild! series. What's the deal with these guys and exclamation points?! For a hophead, that's saying something. The brewery is crazy if they don't release this one on a regular basis.

BuckeyeNation, May 23, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a viscous, oily looking black colour with copper shades (straight out blood red when you swirl it). You can swirl the glass once or twice and just watch the head rise long after. The head exists in a rustic, tawny brown. Great looking. Leaves a coating of dots as lacing. The aroma is a straight up astringent, roasted (nay, burnt) coffee that's been sitting out for some time; it's both very aggressive and astringent. The mouthfeel continues to be increasingly, more and more aggressively astringent.The tastes coat the mouth with evolving flavours long after the finish. A light bitterness with some creamy texture. The oatmeal is there, the malts are there (in full robust roasted form) and there is no shortage of flavour. In all honesty I'm ensure where to place this one... it's lovely and tasteful. But also, as a non-coffee drinker I find it a little astringent and aggressive (which I like...)
Bottom line: yea, this is damn good stuff. SINFULLY good. DAMN good. Once again the devil gets the cooler of things. Thanks Harry!

biegaman, May 18, 2007
Photo of orfeu
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big ups to flyingbison for including this extra in our last trade. Poured into my nonic, this is one deep, dark porter. Almost entirely black the whole way through, save for a slight ring of cherrywood-hued light coming through around the bottom of the glass. Nice, big, fluffy sand-colored head, too. Nose is vanilla, cocoa powder, sourish black malts, and, yes, plenty of coffee. The taste and mouthfeel are hard to separate for me here. This is like drinking a mocha milkshake in it's beer disguise. This must be absolutely the thickest, most viscous porter to ever have crossed my lips. Silky smooth oatiness, coffee aftertaste lingering. Chocolate truffles infused with raisin and espresso essence. An interesting experience for sure, and in the end rather enjoyable. However, it's not something I'd reach for on a regular basis. An outstanding hybrid, all the same.

orfeu, May 18, 2007
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle acquired from grynder33; my second try from this brewery and first from the "Brewers Gone Wild" series. Bottled on: 02Feb07, consumed 10May07.

A: Viscous black pour with trails of copper-orange behind it. Only a thin 1/4 creamy tan head. When held to light, beer is very dark brown with red-orange highlights, and many streams of tiny carbonation. Lace left behind in small sticky bands.

S: Huge coffee aroma...strong from 3 feet away. Besides roasted beans, there's fudgy chocolate-dipped raisins and a subtle rolled oat aroma. A little vinous, astringent tingle in the nose, like freshly ground coffee - very appealing aroma.

T: Flavor is dominated by coffee beans with hints of vanilla, oak tannin, and sour/lactic dark chocolate. As a fan of black coffee, I really enjoyed this...

M: Silky and a little slick/oily with a building bitterness that fills the mouth, coats the teeth and grips the tongue. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A very tasty beer, fantastic coffee flavor. But as good as it is for a try, it was somewhat one-dimensional...good to sip on and have on occasion, maybe not a beer I'd want too often though...thanks again, Tom.

msubulldog25, May 15, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter"; I believe it to be impossible that these words can be spoken in any manner that does not sound delicious to me. Needless to say I had high hopes for this beer, and it did not disappoint.

It pours deep black/brown with amber highlights. The light brown head recedes in a minute with a little lace.

The aroma is simply phenomenal. Heavy notes of dark cocoa, and deep earthy French roasted coffee. The flavor is heavily bitter dark chocolate with a great bold coffee finish that lingers well. Not terribly complex but what it does it does well, that's for sure. Its much of what I expected but even more so.

Extremely flavorful; milky and deep. Dark cocoa and roasted malt. Less coffee than would be expected from the nose, but not missed.

The mouthfeel is dense and smooth; dessert-like. It leaves a great thickness on the palate. A MUST try beer.

letsgopens, May 11, 2007
Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, part of the Brewers Gone Wild Series. Solid black in color, no highlights at all. Thick tan creamy head, which holds together very nicely. A great looking beer in all.

Nice roast coffee aroma, leaning towards espresso, with hints of milk chocolate following. Not much in the way of hops.

Sharp, dry, roasty flavor up front, with some lingering milk chocolate. The espresso kicks in near the end.

Very smooth, creamy feel to it, although the body only seems to be about medium rather than full. Lower carbonation. Overall, some great coffee flavor. Very enjoyable.

Bierguy5, May 10, 2007
Photo of oakbluff
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark pour- some hints of garnite when put to light. Chocolate milk head with good retention.
Smell- espresso and chocolate. Yum!
Taste- very coffee forward with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Roast is smoootthh. Gotta be the oatmeal! No cloying or sweetness which is much appreciated. Hops are present but more in the background. The porter is style works well with the coffee - nice change over a big stout. A beer with such strong coffee needs a solid malt base, and this has it. Great drinkability and tasty as all hell. Fastastic brew!

oakbluff, May 07, 2007
Photo of grub
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

got this one from autumnaldave. thanks dave!

12oz bottle, bottled 02FEB07.

pours very dark brown, not quite black. a dense light brown head forms, then quickly fades to a ring around the glass. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. coffee and dark chocolate. bit of roast. light caramel sweetness. bready malt. a bit fruity too, almost smells like cherries.

taste is great. coffee and bittersweet chocolate. light roast. bit of caramel. bit of alcohol. bready malt.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. light well integrated carbonation. above average body that works well.

drinkability is good. balanced and quite enjoyable.

grub, May 07, 2007
Photo of hoppymeal
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black to cola brown around the edges, a faint light tan head dissipates quickly. Deliciously rich coffee and sweetness in the aroma. Twangy roastiness and soft vanilla also in the aroma. Flavor shows a nice acidic tanginess from the roast flavors mixing with a milky hit of alcohol and a cola-like sweetness. Medium to heavy in body from the malty sugars a hint of a tingle on the tongue fades to a small amount of dryness in the finish with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Outstanding and quite easy to drink, I'd guess the alcohol in the 7% range as there is just a hint in the taste and the beer goes down easy with little damage. Very nice, but I am a sucker for (well done) coffee beers.

hoppymeal, May 06, 2007
Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big coffee/java beer guy but this is quite impressive.
A big ol black pour...amber head...

It has a massive aroma or coffee grounds but also has a roasted maltiness to the smell as well.

Taste begins heavy with the coffee, but what is impressive is the way it softly blends in with a flavorfull roasted malt/milk chocolate flavor..

Body is medium...creamy and smooth...no lingering bitterness...not particularly dry...

This is one of the best coffee/java beers I have tried...this would be perfect with some fried eggs and sausage while camping in the northwoods of Wisconsin or Minnesota...this is a dandy...and if you like this type of beer I'm guessing you will be in Nirvanna

ZAP, Apr 27, 2007
Photo of dfried
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say the name of this beer is a little wordy, but damn it caught my eye. Pretty mush jet black, just a tiny deep brown can be seen when held to a light. The head was spectacular, creme brule colored, tiny bubbles and it lasted as a perfect half centimeter cap until there was no more black underneath it. The aroma had a lot going on, the first thing I noticed was rich creamy milk and dark chocolate, which was surprising considering the slap in the face of fresh ground coffee and espresso beans that jumped out at me next. Charred malty grains provided some sweetness and the oatmeal showed some milky sweetness as well. Outstanding aroma.

The taste is medium to full bodied upfront, and slides down smooth and silky like. Good use of oatmeal so smooth it out. dry, charred flavors remain in the aftertaste, plenty of coffee flavor more than in a lot of coffee beers, and other charred malty, chocolaty, grains. Some hops linger in the background and never become too obvious, partly because the coffee itself is quite bitter. The mouthfeel ends up kind of sticky from a more sugary sweetness from the oatmeal I think than a malty sweetness from barley like in stouts.

Overall: this beer was very aesthetically pleasing, it looked and smelled awesome. The taste was really good two, coffee oatmeal porter, so simple but so genius. A lot of caffeine, to the drinkability takes a hit, but I was very impressed with this beer overall.

dfried, Apr 25, 2007
Photo of Beertron
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of all, I think Tyranena is a stand-up brewery. I drank a lot of their brews when I lived in the southern part of the state. They only moved into this market in the past 6 months and it seems like they're doing well. Good for them. These Brewers Gone Wild brews have been a hoot and I'm always looking forward to trying them. I particularly like their Blackhawk porter, so I'm really coming at this beer with a ton of positive expectations. Pouring from bottle to pint glass. Don't let me down, 'nena!

A - Vigorous pour yielded 1/2" thick pale brown head with a few scattered large bubbles. This beer is opaque as f--k -- when I held it against a light, not even a shred of it was apparent. If there's any sort of carbonation going on inside the glass, I surely ain't gonna see it.

S - This is nice. I tire slightly of these bold beers that rely too heavily on the aroma and flavor of coffee. This certainly has a blatant coffee scent, but it's intermingled with vanilla, cherry and chocolate scents. I'll be damned -- this smells like a sundae! Some light alcohol notes mixed with that cherry again give reminisces of cough syrup but this is actually made enjoyable by that vanilla (bourbon vanilla, to be exact) which seems to effectively tie the two scents together. Yeast? Malt? Hops? Who cares? This smells friggin' yummy!!

T - Ah ha. There's a bit more coffee on the tongue than there was in the nose but, as the smells suggests, it's well-layered with the cherry, chocolate and vanilla each adding their own little notes. It has a dry, dark sweetness of a 70+ chocolate but the more acidic sweetness from the cherries help balance this out. This is pretty much the Queen of the beer world -- fantastic at striking a solid four-part harmony. Bold and balanced.

M - This is silky, velvety and smooth. There is a slight dryness and a bit of residual heat left on the palate but, overall, it just shows a striking smoothness.

D - For this style, the drinkability is out of this world. Most beers in this style, even if they're incredible, cause me to follow them up with something lighter and less-overbearing. The level of smoothness and balance this attains makes it friendly enough that I could actually drink two, possibly even three, of The Devil in a row and that's saying a lot.

F - This beer could mix well with a few different things but, overall, it's just one of those beers that you might want to enjoy on its own. If you're doing food, the right use of spicy heat would really lend a beneficial component here. I could see this going especially well with steak-au-poivre or espresso-dusted meats. Admittedly, this would probably work better as a dessert beer though. If I really wanted perfection, I'd probably go with a New York-style cheesecake (heavy on the vanilla) with a cayenne chocolate sauce. This way, the cayenne adds it's own little magic while the lack of fruit in the dessert allows the cherry flavors in the beer to shine.

O - I came at this thing with colossal expectations and was still impressed. This beer is a work of art. It's bold and beautiful but doesn't feel the need to impress by punching your taste buds in the face. This is subdued and elegant and amongst some of the very best beers I've ever had. Top notch!

Beertron, Apr 23, 2007
Photo of tavernjef
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dense black with a smallish capping of sandy browned foam on top. Lace fills in the glass surface nicely with big gobby strings and things.

Morning nose of sweet roasted espresso-like coffee and oatmeal waffles; some black malt, burnt chocolate cookies, and a tiny bit of peppery spice. Very attractive nose to this one.

Taste is refined within a terrific draw of pale black malt sweetness, whole grain cereal, and a lot of chocolate enduced coffee roastedness right upfront; then spent milk rounds off with a creamy center, and a lovely little hop note spicing up the back end with leftover returns of coffee and chocolate. The bitterness is perfectly fitting within the roasted character all the way through, which makes this one heavenly yummy treat and a great drinker. Nice mix of chocolate and coffee parts.

Body is mediumish to full with an extended creamyness that plays well with what roasted and bitter notes tend to keep on sticking on the palate. Chocolate milk spikes with a nice rounded coffee really takes the whole thing and puts it together once its sat a while. Which isn't long, cuz this stuff is a real treat to behold and drink down. Solid stuff by Tyranena. Nice to see they do something other then the yummy IPA's they do.

tavernjef, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a little bit of spicy, cut green pepper character to the remarkably realistic espresso-like nose of Tyranena's "The Devil Made Me Do It!". Not that that's a bad thing because it's not... I'm not sure where it comes from, but I've smelled the same thing in fresh, deeply roasted coffee beans. Apart from that, there's a little bit of softly sweet dark chocolate underneath, an edge of burnt brown sugar, and a bit of nuttiness. Not surprisingly, all of these follow through into the flavor which is pretty much just as rich and intense. It doesn't taste like espresso though, although it's close. The bitterness isn't THAT bold, and it's richer, fuller, and sweeter with the chocolatey dark malts coming through nicely. The bitterness is bold but far from brash, and it's just not needed as the roastiness lends it a bit of an edge. Some hops seem to sneak around in the background - a little bit grassy, earthy, and leafy - but they never really show up on their own. It finishes dry and roasty with lots of lingering coffee and a touch of sweetish vanilla and some nuts to boot (hazelnuts, walnuts, filberts) - maybe even some maple syrup. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden until the end of the glass, but the caffeine is not! I could feel my heartbeat picking up a notch halfway into it! Impressive! It's exciting, rich, engaging, and satiating. Very nicely done! The best coffee beer I've had to date. Certainly worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Apr 15, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Looking for something sort of sweet tonight so I pulled this one out of the fridge.
Poured a very, very dark amber...almost black, with a half finger tan head that melted to a tan ring.
Aroma is all coffee to me...wonderful coffee.
Taste is much more dimensional than the aroma. Roasted dark malts, espresso type coffee, bittersweet chocolate with a bit of cream, very light citrus hops and then alcohol to finish it off.
Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice little bite from the tiny carbonation.
Aftertaste is coffee and cream with the alcohol warmth filling your torso. Reminds me a lot of a coffee/liquor afterdinner drink, like Irish Coffee or Coffee and Baileys.
Nice.

IntriqKen, Apr 15, 2007
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 527 ratings.