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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: 600
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 8.83%
Wants: 206
Gots: 47 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Winter on 02-10-2007

Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.
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Photo of kmeves
3.6/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a amber black with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is medium sweet with coffee, sugar and roast. Flavor is big coffee, some sugar, earthy and roasted malt. Nice bitter finish. Medium body, creamy texture. Good beer but I don't get the hype. Perhaps a 2nd taste is in order.

Photo of TexIndy
3.48/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in trade with pitmonkey - many thanks! Poured from a 12oz bottle (no dating info) into a pint glass. This is a one-time brew from early 2007 that was re-released. No date on the bottle but pretty sure this is new batch and not cellared. It was pitch black in color with little carb and slight lacing. It had a small dark brown head that quickly settled into a collar.

The aroma was coffee x3 plus alcohol. I don't like to drink coffee but I do like the aroma so good marks there. But it was a bit much after awhile. Needed something else besides the alcohol aroma to offset it. After drinking a lot of coffee beers this year, I'm starting to get a taste for coffee but still not there so while the taste is good I'm not ready to down a whole one without some effort. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, a pretty good beer and I do recommend especially if you like coffee aroma and/or taste. Heard good things about Tyranena so glad that I got to try one. Look forward to trying some more next time I go to the land of cheese, brats and beer.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
4.12/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fortunately for me, this beer and most of Tyranena's lineup is easily accessible to me. Like most of the BGW brews, this one did not disappoint. A pure black body with slowly rising layer of mocha head that disappeared quite quickly. Body appears to be semi-thin. The aroma makes this beer! If you had any doubts about the inclusion of coffee in this beer, it is reconfirmed with a vengeance at first whiff. If you are not a fan of coffee, this beer is probably not for you. Deep, dark roasted coffee grounds create a nice touch to the other burnt attributes in this porter. The taste mimics the aroma with coffee being prevalent. Although the deep roasted flavors are plentiful, the body seems a bit thin for such a robust beer. The oats definitely smooth out the mouthfeel but the the heart of the body is a bit lighter than I was expecting. This beer is very good and a must try for coffee beer lovers.

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

12oz bottle received from nflmvp as an extra. Thanks, Steve! It's Thanksgiving day and I haven't had my cup of coffee yet, maybe this will do the trick? Bottled 2nd Feb 2007.

A: Poured into my snifter, this beer is tar-black with dark brown highlights. Despite a hard pour, there's only a very thin dark brown head that recedes to a ring very quickly. Swirling it around kicks up a bit of a very nascent head.

S: I won't mind less than gorgeous beers if they all smelt as good as this one does. Wonderful dark roasted coffee, very clean in aroma with a mild burnt aroma. Sniffing towards the edge of the glass reveals some cream, dark chocolate and definitely some oatmeal. Pretty freaking good!

T: On the palate, this is all coffee. Dark roasted with some dark chocolate bitterness. Mild oatmeal flavor but the base beer is good and allows the coffee to shine. Plus, this beer opens up the world of coffee that I'd describe as succulent. Excellent

M: Just a little more carbonated than I'd like but the oatmeal slickness and the dry, bitter coffee finish is awesome. Plus the slight heft in body does add to the brew.

D: This is wonderful stuff, I wish i had more.

** 06 August 2009**
I got to try this again, from the November 2008 release thanks to Faro. The appearance on this batch is a lot better, with excellent retention and some lacework. I've upped the score here, but otherwise, the rest of my thoughts stand.

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

First off, I hope there isnt alot of coffee in here, cause I want to sleep tonight.

Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter. Balck in color. 2 finger brownish mocha head. Spotty thin lace, with a nice thin layer of retention.

Aroma is very much coffee dominant. Some chocolate malts with wiffs of peanut butter. A nutty peanut like shell aroma with walmuts as part of the smell. Some earthy hop aroma as well.

Taste and mothfeel is smooth and creamy, with mild un noticeable carbonation. This is what coffee should be every morning. Very much present, but non dominant dark roasted coffee flavors, agains with a mixed nuts flavor. Staying sweet with a smooth balanced lingering of flavors.

Good lord this is to die for! Very fortunate that I can just walk into a store and pick this up. Great brew.

Photo of tmoneyba
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with alexsdad06.

Pours clear dark brown color with a moderater frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Heavy toasted dark chocolate and oatmeal aroma. Medium to full body with a thick smooth texture. Heavy chocolate bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy coffee bittersweet finish of long duration.

This is a standout porter.

Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to iowaherkeye over at RB for hooking me up with this one. Devil over a Barrel is an absolute favorite, so I was looking forward to trying this one. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours dark, dark brown out of the bottle with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly to a ring.

The aroma is big on sweet dark malts and roasted coffee with some chocolate thrown in on top. There are hints of dark fruit and molasses as well.

The taste is fairly sweet up front with some chocolate malts and that smooth oat flavor. But the bitter coffee takes over after the sweetness leaving a lingering bitterness through the finish. Complex and yummy.

The mouthfeel is off-the-charts creamy, like a dessert with good carbonation that coats the mouth in the coffee and malts. Wonderful palate.

This a great porter, if not quite as good as the barrel version. Nonetheless, Tyranena is at the top of their game with the BGW series. Highly recommended.

Photo of MMAJYK
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Reddish black, absolutely no head. Very inky.

S. Coffee and toffee for sure. Creamy with an "oatmeal with sugar and butter" smell with a touch of cinnamon and sugar.

T. Sweet, smoky, and malty. Coffee and cocoa follow up. Prunes are in the aftertaste with over ripened cherries.

M. Thick to medium in the mouth and no carbonation. It is sort of slick and silky.

D. Very tasty, but definitely a sipper.

Photo of russpowell
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to feloniousmonk for this one!

Pours black with a thumb of mocha colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee grounds & coffee

T: Dryness, coffee & chocolate up front. Darker chocolate as this warms, along with semi-charred grain. Finishes roasty with rich mocha & dryness, plus nice roastyness

MF: Fairly creamy, medium bodied with minimal carbonation. just gets richer as this warms

Pretty damn drinkable, not a huge fan of coffee
beers, but when they have the malt depth like this one, they rock! Another great breakfast beer!

Photo of Atron67
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- almost dead head with a thin brown film that built up, and quickly fell to just a thin head again, dead black body all over again.

S- big coffee and chocolate notes all over. strong maltiness. very strong scents especially for such an old beer.

T- the coffee and chocolate malts seem to have mellowed pretty well, has become very smooth and tasty,with a kick of coffee at the finish. very tasty, but not as strong and doesn't have as much of a 'punch' anymore.

M- still thick as hell and low carbonation,

D- pretty good, i would recommend drinking soon but still very tasty.

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

Pours a solid black with a thin tan head that dissipates immediately. Smells of coffee. In fact that's all I can smell. Tastes of roasted malts, little bit of chocolate, and oh yeah some coffee. Thick creamy body, smooth silky mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, oh yeah and some coffee. Great coffee, er uh I mean beer. I actually enjoyed this brew, but I think I let it sit in the cellar to long, I'd have loved to try this fresher.

Photo of GClarkage
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/08/08- Shared with BA member Talisker.

Presentation- 12oz bottle poured into s Duvel tulip. Did not look for a freshness code on the bottle.

Appearance- Deep brown colored pour with a large inch plus root beer float type head. Dense and whipped cream like. Left behind nice lace chunks and patches.

Smell- Definite coffee nose. Not burnt, but a deep coffee bean nose in which you would smell on a 4 hour old pot of coffee. That's about it...all coffee and all very nice.

Taste- Should have had this beer on it's own rather than having it after a Full Sail Imperial Porter. Seemed a tad watered down, but that was because of the last beer I am assuming. Very nice coffee-espresso flavor. Has some vanilla notes and some dark roasted caramel. Milk chocolate is there, but could use a touch more.

Mouthfeel- Mid range, a touch thin, but maybe not. No real hops to speak of. A bit chalky like a porter should be.

Drinkability- Overall a very good beer which I would love to try again in the future. Coffee lovers will really like this beer.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Into a pint glass, pours a definite pitch black, with a creamy dark an head of a quarter to half inch, not much lacing. The aroma has some shades of classic porter, but is mostly coffee. The taste is a little better rounded, the coffee most apparent but also a palatable core of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, vanilla bean, the oatmeal giving it a smooth body. The mouth is fairly smooth, has some gentle carbonation that leaves the tongue a little bit buzzed through the finish. The taste, the nose, the look, nothing truly remarkable, just quite good, but its an inc readably drinkable beer, one I'd be happy to have a big stash of.

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

The beer pours opaque black with a thin tan head that quickly diminished to a skim. The aroma is intensely coffee-like, quite roasty and moderately chocolately. The flavor is very coffee-like upfront with moderate bitterness followed by chocolate malt/slight alcohol warmth at the swallow. The mouthfeel is quite creamy with a bit of an acidic bite, body is full and carbonation moderate. Overall an exceptionally well done coffee beer and even with it's bigness, the drinkability is high due to appropriate dryness to balance the full, creamy body.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tyranena The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter
12oz. brown bottle

A: snifter. Pours an abyss-like pitch black with a tan head that drops rather quickly. Nice ring lacing around the glass.

S: strong rich, sweet roasted malt aroma with a big coffee nose. Some oatmeal characteristics make the nose very pleasant. A lot of chocolate and toffee as well.

T: chocolate and coffee of the bat. The oatmeal really smoothes this brew out very well. Big toffee flavors are the primary ones in this brew. Some hints of vanillas as well, along with some serious caramel.

M: not as thick as I anticipated. Mild carbonation level. Very intense palate.

D: A very tasty and drinkable porter. It kind of reminds me of Gonzo, but not nearly as hoppy. A solid brew in my opinion, especially with the additional ingredients. Definitely worth of a try.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

This beer pours a dark brown that glows a foggy ruby russet when held to the light. The head is a thin collar of dirty tan.

Smells of 2% milk, smooth coffee, red licorice and canned mandarin oranges all pleasantly blended together.

Tastes a little more dry with the same coffee and milk but with a hint of bourbon in the background that pulls out some of the dryer coffee notes and a touch of pungent rye. Finishes with a numbing bourbon sting and dry coffee.

Feels a tad heavy with a micro-carbonation that thickens this one up quite a bit.

This one's tasty and I appreciate drinking it, but it may just be a little too busy for its own good.

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

Black with a small tan head of foam that quickly dissipates and leaves minimal lacing and legs. Aromas of coffee, oatmeal, and malt with a nice big bready biscuity malt character and some great chocolate and coffee/toffee notes. Taste is acidic and chalky acrid coffee/chocolate with a great malt balance and a slight green herbal hop back kick. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, almost too thin, but it works. Drinkability is very good. My guess at the abv is 9.2%

Photo of JDV
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of The_Epeeist
Pours black with a short lived light tan head. Smell is strong sharp coffee. Marshmallow and oatmeal in the nose too. Taste is coffee and oatmeal with some dark chocolate roastiness. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well. Lasting bitter roast coffee flavor. Nice flavorful cooffe beer with a noticeable oatmeal influence. Very good beer.

Photo of turbine2475
4.24/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Junnila for this extra:
A - Jet black with a dense head that slowly disipated leaving a thick lace.
S - Dark roast and espresso beans straight from the bag. Not much else in the smell but not suprised given the overbearing nature of such a strong coffee scent.
T - Nice deep coffee with an unexpected smoothness brought on by some brown sugar and toasted oatmeal flavors at the end...Not bad.
M - Smooth and velvety with a good balance of carbonation...Thought this brew might have been a little out of wack given it's strong smell but was presently suprised at how balanced this beer was.
D - This beer was very well thought out and executed extremely well. Definately a beer for cold nights and special occasions....like days that end in "y"

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.18/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

While I think the Devil designation has mostly, historically gone to Belgian pales and goldens, I might have to allow this exception...

Dark brown coloring, huge, rich, cocoa...it's there in the nose, and it's all over the flavor, this is Huge!
Rich, thick, massive, monumentous...
Silky smooth, as they say...rich and tasty, thick and full, but not too much,...loads of malty promise hanging on the tongue...
massive, really. I write in my second sampling...thick with coffee..immense....magnificent. even from an utter sucker of the coffee porter/stout variety, this is astounding...hey, there's oatmeal, too!


Photo of maximum12
3.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Avery IPA glass just to make the beer a little uncomfortable.

Black black black with 100% light-blocking powers & a tiny head which vanished betwixt the kitchen & the keyboard.

Smells just like my wife's Columbian grounds. I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. Speaking of which, The Devil Made Me Do It! didn't wow me, especially compared to Tyranena's other fine brews. It weighs in too heavy for a porter for my taste, going more like a sipping stout.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied & taking up a lot of bandwidth in along the teeth & gums. Drinkability is average, I'd much rather follow this up with the regular old Tyranena Porter or something a little heavier.

Dang. I really like their porter & had high hopes for this one. Pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations.

Photo of mnstorm99
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice black appearance with a nice tan head that disipates, but stays around.
Nice aroma's of chocolate, and carmel with just a hint of coffee
Mostly sweet malt flavors of carmel and chocolate, with just a touch of roasted coffee which I wish stood out a little more.
Mouthfeel is great, creamy, and chewy from the oatmeal, almost perfect.
Easy to drink, sweet but not overly sickly sweet, and just a touch of hops to give it an earthy feel.

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

A: Dark and viscous. Pours with almost no head. Retreats quickly do a light brown ring.

S: Nose full of cold pressed coffee. Slight hop aroma. Strangely, I'm getting hints of jalapeno peppers.

T: Milk chocolates, brown sugar, caramels, some smoke and oh yeah, COFFEE. Delicious, bitter, complex coffee. Sweetness chases the bitterness out of the finish. Leaves you with nothing but coffee lingering.

M: Low carbonation, medium mouthfeel. The oatmeal gives this a smoothness not usually found.

D: Quite fantastic. I'd like the mouthfeel to be a bit heavier. An all around wonderful brew.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks go out to nflmvp for this one.

According to the bottle, this is a Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Pours a pitch black, somewhat viscous color with some black raspberry highlights toward the bottom of the glass. A huge, creamy, thick tan head forms. The lacing is so intense, it is almost as if their is a sold veil of protein on the glass that are impossible to see through. Head retention remains about one finger large for atleast 15 minutes.

Aroma had nice, fresh brewed coffee aromas to it. Some dark roasted grains, but mostly subdued overall. Not a whole lot, as much as I tried.

More coffee flavors. Fresh brewed, fresh roasted coffee. A tiny bit of bitterness that balances well with the slightly sweet flavor. A small amount of fruitiness appears as well.

Quite thin on the mouthfeel and finished dry. The head showed the oatmeal but the mouthfeel was lacking the thickness and stickiness I associate with oatmeal. Sweet in the finish as well. Very drinkable. In fact, really drinkable. ABV is nonexistant, whatever it is. A solid beer.

Photo of drseamus
4.89/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Damn, this is a great beer. Pours jet black but barely any head. The aroma is amazing. Chocolate, coffee, and a touch of roasted malt are all wrapped up in a wicked creamy body. The smoothness is crazy for this style of beer. A touch thin in body if I had to complain about something but still nice and thick. Amazing drinkability.

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.