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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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517 Ratings
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Ratings: 517
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 207
Gots: 34 | FT: 6
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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:
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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.4/5  rDev +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.

05-23-2007 15:52:09 | More by BuckeyeNation
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +6.2%

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!

05-18-2007 00:52:31 | More by biegaman
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orfeu

New Mexico

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

05-17-2007 23:28:07 | More by orfeu
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msubulldog25

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev -0.2%

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.

05-15-2007 20:29:50 | More by msubulldog25
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letsgopens

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +11%

"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.

05-10-2007 23:46:27 | More by letsgopens
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Bierguy5

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

05-10-2007 11:48:03 | More by Bierguy5
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +6.7%

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!

05-07-2007 00:54:20 | More by oakbluff
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

05-07-2007 00:35:59 | More by grub
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hoppymeal

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

05-06-2007 19:23:30 | More by hoppymeal
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

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

04-27-2007 06:36:41 | More by ZAP
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dfried

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

04-25-2007 19:11:35 | More by dfried
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Beertron

Wisconsin

4.7/5  rDev +12.2%

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!

04-23-2007 17:37:49 | More by Beertron
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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.

04-15-2007 18:30:18 | More by tavernjef
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

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!

04-15-2007 03:37:32 | More by NeroFiddled
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IntriqKen

California

4.38/5  rDev +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.

04-15-2007 02:23:02 | More by IntriqKen
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kmpitz2

Tennessee

4.05/5  rDev -3.3%

12 oz stubby. The brew is deep deep brown with only the faintest ruby highlight at the bottom to show that it is not black. There is a nice deep tan head over top that sits nicely even after 10 minutes of resting and a few stray bubbles work up in the glass. Nice looking brew here. The aroma is very nice. It is dominated by the coffee with a mild creamyness from the oats along with a light chocolate. Everything blends really well togther. The flavor is more mellow. It hits first with coffee that fades quickly to a creamy oat character moving to a lighter coffee and mild pine hop bitter on the finish. It starts really strong but fades off pretty quick. It is a little of a let-down after the uber strong nose. Mouthfeel is velvety thick and chewy. It is a meal in a glass and it works really well with the nose. Overall, I think this is a nice brew. I would like it to have a little more stamina in the flavor; I think the oat character is what is dominating the flavor and muting the other flavors.

04-15-2007 00:41:35 | More by kmpitz2
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soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

4.13/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: Chocolatey black with a rouge-amber tinge, with a small and fleeting but smooth coffee-stained beige head.

Smell: Wow! You can smell the coffee from a mile away! It's kind of spicy, earthy, and rich, not at all unlike walking into a coffee shop. Draw your nose closer to the source and you'll pick up sweet caramel, chocolate-covered espresso beans, chocolate pudding, delicate hoppy esters, burnt marshmallows, vanilla, a hint of rum and lots more coffee. The beer for Kahlúa lovers?

Taste: Balanced and rich but not as "big" as I expected. Espresso, brownies, caramelized sugars, everything is here but notably subdued compared to the aroma, except the hops and alcohol, which add a small, unexpected bite. Hops throw some nice fruity and floral esters into the mix, and the finish is bittersweet with mocha and hoppy spice dominating. Where's all that coffee hiding?

Mouthfeel: Thanks to the oatmeal, this is ridiculously smooth. Really, it just slips and slides all over the palate like a silk sheet, with a light spicy zip just before the finish. Medium body keeps this in porter territory as opposed to stout.

Drinkability: I don't know how much alcohol is in this, but however much it is, it's well-hidden. Very drinkable, but even more sniffable.

04-13-2007 08:21:44 | More by soulgrowl
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Crosling

Colorado

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

12 ounce bottle. Pours brown out of the bottle, but appears black in the glass. Powerful nose, dominated by coffee. Fairly nice flavor, also dominated by coffee. Mild hints of fruits after the mid-palate. Would love to taste more decadent malt (chocolate or caramel, etc.) None of the Brewers Gone Wild beers have been super impressive. They’re good brews, just not great.

04-13-2007 00:48:17 | More by Crosling
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WeisGuy

New York

4.3/5  rDev +2.6%

Big thanks to akorsak for this bottle.

a - pours black with a one-finger dark tan head, retention around the edges, not much by way of lacing

s - big aroma of dark roasted coffee, lots of burnt malt, slight alcohol and sweetness

t - big dark roasted coffee hits the palate right up front, body has some burnt malt and more coffee, finish is fairly sweet with a lingering coffee taste, not much alcohol detectable, turns a bit dry on the finish after awhile

m - mild carbonation, medium-to-full bodied, coats the mouth well, somewhat dry finish with the coffee

d - I'm not sure what the abv is, but I really can't detect much alcohol, quite drinkable for a big porter

Great beer from the guys at Tyranena. Tastes more like a double stout than a porter to me. A lot like drinking a really good alcoholic iced coffee. Makes me really anxious to try Who's Your Daddy. Well worth seeking out.

04-12-2007 02:56:03 | More by WeisGuy
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emerge077

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

This is quite the fine porter, i'm skewed toward the coffee persuasion though.

Black oily pour into a snifter, nice lace is left. Foam bubbles up then settles. Aroma of roast ground coffee. Smooth, not harsh or overdone.

Roasty with mild bitterness, bakers chocolate and coffee. Oatmeal lends itself to a silky mouthfeel, smooth though not chewy like a stout. Some may say it's thin, I say it's just right. Imperial Porters don't always have to rival an RIS to hold their own. Seems to pack a punch with it's hidden ABV and caffeination.

Overall impression is that this is mighty close to Founders Breakfast Stout, with a few nuanced differences.

04-11-2007 03:46:22 | More by emerge077
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

4.38/5  rDev +4.5%

Took a bottle from the fridge and poured it directly into a clean glass. Completely black with a nice thick brown head that stuck around. The lacing wasn't great, but at least it was there. Smell of coffee was the first thing I detected, and probably the first thing I tasted, and this baby was smooth. Very enjoyable beer. I kind of liked the little alcohol warmth after taking a drink as well.

04-07-2007 02:04:18 | More by BeerCheese
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

A: Pours an exquisit jet black with the slightest of ruby tinting towards the sides and botttom of the glass. Creamy and dense, brown colored, two finger head that leaves some lace in the glass.

S: Roasted coffee and chocolate dominate the nose in this. Fantastic aromas!

T: Massive interplay between the coffee and chocolate. Also squeaking around in there is some vanilla, roasted malt, and the perfect amount of bittering hops.

M: Not a trace of the standard "thin" porter mouthfeel. Very rich and creamy thanks to the oats.

D: I likes me some coffee beers and this ranks right up there with my personal favorites (Founders Breakfast Stout, Peche Mortel, Goose Island Black Cat Stout, etc...). In fact, this is my favorite coffee porter. Unbelievable!

04-04-2007 23:22:09 | More by GbVDave
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Blybloke

Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev +5%

Secured this on a recent jaunt to Wisconsin.

A relatively hard pour gave this one a about an inch of wet-sand head that fell after about 5 minutes. Nice sticky lacing. The beer itself is what one would expect from the style: deep brown, almost black, with just a touch of red at the edge.

Smell of bark and some chocolate with a little coffee. I was expecting to have more coffee in the nose. There is some there, but it isn't as pronouced as I would have hoped.

The taste. Oh the taste. Wonderful. This is a prime example of the style. The oatmeal and chocolate and coffee merge together and fall over each other on repeated sips.

The mouthfeel was wonderfully slick. The oatmeal doing what it does best. The carbonation was near perfect.

No ABV was listed, but there was a definite alcohol warming as I drained it. I would have this again and again if it were readily available.

This is my favorite porter. Anchor, Rogue, O'Fallon, and Summitt need to take heed. The gauntlet on the style has been laid. At least it has for this beer drinker. If you like adventurous beers, The Devil Made Me Do It is an experience you shouldn't miss.

03-30-2007 23:34:03 | More by Blybloke
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orbitalr0x

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -1%

12oz bottle courtesy of DaPeculiarDane during the 2nd CTA pub crawl. Pours into my glass a deep black that hardly lets any light through except for a bit of dark brown on the edges. A half inch of light tan head tops it off. Aromas rush at me with smoky, roasted coffee well in the forefront. Chocolate is present as well as some rich dark malts.

First sip brings a super smooth rush of roasted dark malts enveloped in coffee beans. Somewhat smoky with a wonderful slightly oily slickness from the oatmeal. Chocolate and light vanilla notes mix in on the way down. It finishes off slightly dry with a lingering brewed black coffee flavor. Quite a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a good steady carbonation. Rolls across the palate with ease. This is a tasty coffee porter for sure, the oatmeal adds a nice slickness. I wish I had more than this one bottle. Another tasty brew in the Brewers Gone Wild series from Tyranena. Just another reason to visit Wisconsin!!

03-28-2007 03:01:34 | More by orbitalr0x
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demcorhip

Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance
A thich black liquid, similar to motor oil that definitely needs to be changed. Its dark, black body doesnt let any light through. A one finger brown head formed on a fairly vigorous pour. A thin, fine collar of intricate lacings ring my pint glass.

Aroma
Huge aroma of coffee and roasted grain dominates the nose. Some treacle and oat also present, as well as earthy hop bitterness.

Taste
Full of flavours. Strong coffee and roasted barley flavours much like the coffee almost overwelm a mild, creamy nuttiness and the oats. Treacle flavours emerge from the black depths of this brew, as well as slight hints of anise, and a more pronounced smokiness. Finishes in a subdued leafy and earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel
An almost full bodied porter, with perhaps too much going on in it. The emphasis is certainly on the coffee and roasted barley flavours, and not on the oats. Would have appreciated more oats to provide for more of a velvety mouthfeel. The alcohol's presence is also not subtle, as a decent dose of alcohole heat is evident, warming the roof of the mouth to the back of the throat. Wondering if this one will sort itself out with the help of time.

Drinkability
A good effort, but perhaps there is just too much going on here. Hopefully age will allow the flavours to find more of a balance. It is certainly a rich and tasty sipper, even with the predominant flavours of coffee and roasted barley.

03-25-2007 14:19:30 | More by demcorhip
The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 517 ratings.