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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: 523
Reviews: 257
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 9.07%
Wants: 207
Gots: 33 | FT: 5
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 emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

emerge077, Apr 11, 2007
Photo of BeerCheese
4.38/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

BeerCheese, Apr 07, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

GbVDave, Apr 05, 2007
Photo of Blybloke
4.4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Blybloke, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!!

orbitalr0x, Mar 28, 2007
Photo of demcorhip
3.53/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

demcorhip, Mar 25, 2007
Photo of klewis
1.73/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to ThomasHardy for this one.

A: Pours black with a tan head that quickly fizzes away. Light lacing.

S: Big smell of coffee grounds and a harsh metallic aroma.

T: Like the smell. Harsh and astringent with bitter coffee flavors and some sort of vegetal and metallic off-flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, smooth and creamy. Practically no carbonation. Flat.

D: Bad smell. Bad taste. Bad mouthfeel. In total, quite awful.

klewis, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of drpimento
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual beer; bordering on Is it genius or is it just being exteme---- Anyway, this beer poured with a nicely textured light tan head and some lace. Opaque. Intense ripe fruit with some chocolate, lots going on - maybe too much. Not too sure about the ripe dark fruit matched with the coffee either, offhand I'd proly choose another. Interesting exercise in extremeism.

drpimento, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of Bighuge
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black beer. Thin creamy brown head. Lace is adequate. This beer smells awesome. Exactly the way it should. Black coffee. Spent coffee grounds. Milk chocolate. Roasted malts. A little caramel. It all comes together perfectly. First sip gives me everything the nose offered. First off, there's the coffee. Smacks you right in the face. But a nice sweetness follows that bitterness to give this beer a nice contrast of tastes. The roastiness is perfect. And the bitterness that lingers comes from the coffee and roasted malts. Goes back and forth from bitter coffee/roasted notes to sweet caramel back to coffee... Mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and smooth. Medium to medium-full body. This is one of the best "coffee" brews I've had.

Bighuge, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Winter
4.65/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours black with a thick creamy light brown head. Wonderful nose exhibits an aroma of fresh ground coffee beans, roasted malt, milk chocolate, and caramel. Delightful mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with just a touch of carbonation around the edges. It goes down so smooth, it's amazing. Initial impression of coffee emerges and is followed by a deep dark chocolate and roasted malt flavor. Middle turns dry and carries into the finish. Mild hints of fruit remind you that this is still a porter. Espresso flavor gets stronger toward the back and has some great staying power into the finish.

One of the best coffee brewed beers I have ever tasted. Tyranena is 2 for 2 with their Imperial Porters in the Brewers Gone Wild Series ("Who's Your Daddy", being the other). A strong challeger to another great coffee-oatmeal beer; Founder's Breakfast Stout. I would love to do a side-by-side pairing of these two. The Devil Made Me Do It should be added to Tyranena's permanent rotation, in addition to aforementioned Who's Your Daddy. What a great beer!

Winter, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a solid dense black with the slightest mahogany highlights when held to the light and a thick oily brown head that disappears to an oil slick of creamy patchy lacing.

S - Fresh roasted black coffee. I was almost expecting steam coming out of this one it smelled so fresh. The aroma filled the room before I had even finished pouring. Hints of chocolate and roasted malt round out the aroma.

T - Black roasted coffee, creamy espresso, roasted malts with a hint of chocolate, creme and oats in the background.

M - Creamy and smooth with a slight slickness from the oatmeal. I was expecting more body to stand up to the bold flavors but it is probably just right for a porter.

D - Would be even better if I drank coffee. This as a very tasty bold porter. Keep them coming Rob.

brewcrew76, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is overwhelmingly coffee - it brings to mind a carafe left too long in a drip coffee maker. Pours a deep black with a brown, long lasting head. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, and drinkability is high for a beer of this type.

I compared this to a Breakfast stout; this is a bit less layered, as the coffee is so prominent. But, it is an excellent, assertive porter that would go great at the end of a meal in lieu of coffee and dessert.

CH3CH2OH, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium tulip glass.
Pours a dark very dark brown color with only the slightest head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is coffee. Predominantly nothing but coffee. But it's good and no problem at all.
Taste is again very good coffee. There are some roasted flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is full, robust and pretty tasty for the amount of coffee that comes through. Has a very good taste, mouthfeel for being a porter. This could hang with most of the coffee stouts that are out there right now. Another very good, solid porter from Tyranena. It's safe to say they understand their porters!

FtownThrowDown, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of beveritt
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a stnadard pint glass. The label describes this as "a big ol' black beer with oatmeal silkiness, full bodied with soothingly rich coffee flavors." No brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, even after a hard pour. A tan ring around the glass is all I get, this sticks around for the whole beer. The beer itself is black, if you look hard enough you can just see the barest amount of light through it. Dark ruby.

Smell: Overwhelming coffee smell; a foot away from the glass. Almost a green coffee smell to it, bitter yet slightly vegetal. Hints of chocolate and soy sauce.

Taste: Once again, coffee is the overwhelming flavor here. Dark, rich roastiness, like I mixed a half beer, half coffee drink. Very little noticeable hop bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste from the coffee. Undertone of sweet, chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation. Mouthfeel is okay, maybe a little thin for an oatmeal beer.

Drinkability: A thoroughly tasty sipper.

beveritt, Mar 09, 2007
Photo of jj21
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours black, black, black with a dense HUGE head and cascades down into the body like Guinness, then lies still. Aromas of coffee are powerful. Maybe a little too much, but still delightful. Intense flavors of coffee, chocolate malts with just enough hops. Thick and rich is an understatement. This is like drinking a milkshake in a pint glass. Leaves you wanting another. This is one outstanding brew! Right up there with Founders Breakfast Stout as far as quality for the flavor profile.

jj21, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
2.35/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle received in a trade with a ratebeerian. Pours a nice black with a creamy tan head. It looks really good. The smell is very heavy on the coffee. The taste was overwhelming with coffee and not in a good way. this was so bad I had to pour out three quarters of the beer. They need to take some notes from Founder's Breakfast Stout

ArrogantB, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of BeerBelcher
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not the biggest fan of Tyranena's regular offerings, but this is the second of their "Brewer's Gone Wild" series I've tried, and thought both very good. This is a sweet but intensely roasty porter.

This beer poured an inky black and had very little head which stuck to the side of my glass. Aroma was very resiny...smelled like singed tree sap. The smell was almost like tar, which wasn't a bad thing. Taste was a sweet coffee taste up front (think coffee ice cream) with a lot of roastiness ("burned pizza crust") following at the finish. Delicious. Mouthfeel is a bit rough, but still drinkable.

BeerBelcher, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of mjsarch
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle pours to a perfect head in a typical pint glass. Opaque black appearance. Smell is redolent of chocolate malt (the barley kind) along with a little black patent, until you tip the glass, and then the mocha coffee aroma hits your nostrils. Nice lacing on the glass as I took my first sip, with a rim of foam still clinging to the glass. Slightly bitter residual coffee flavor. By the second sip, the head has settled down, but lacing still clings to the glass. (Only first two sips leave a ring). Mouthfeel is full, with that silky feeling oatmeal adds. Very full bodied, even for an "Imperial Porter". I've always understood a porter to differ from a stout in the lack of flaked barley in the mash, so I'll just assume that's the case in this recipe. Very smooth, with little hop flavor apparent. I hope this beer makes a return appearance... it's a good one.

mjsarch, Mar 03, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an oily black with no head. A black hole of carbonation.

Aroma contains a powdery cocoa with old coffee grounds and burnt coffee beans.

Flavor is bitter and dry with baker's chocolate. Extremely strong coffee grounds overwhelm the rest of the palette in interesting ways. The overly roasted flavor last long into the aftertaste.

Mouthful is very creamy, low carbonation, and medium-light weight. Not too sweet or tart.

Drinkability is ok, although maybe too unique for easy quaffing. Overall, I thought it was very interesting. I enjoy the flavor that coffee has enhanced in many beers in the past, but I'm not sure I really need to have it showcased this much. One can explore the world and all the nuances of coffee...in coffee. However, not to be a hipacrit - I'm sure the same could be said about the bourbon barrel beers I'm in love with.

terrabyte, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours into my snifter an imposing obsidian with a thick brown head. Crown slowly descends to a thin soap skim with a ring around the glass.

Strong aroma of fresh coffee with hints of vanilla, strawberries, cane sugar, and just a touch of hazelnut.

Tastes like a very nice cup of coffee sweetened with stevia. Fruity center, sweet and wet on the palate with a nice chocolate/coffee/oatmeal bitter finish that lingers and lingers. Very bitter after feel/taste. Superb feel. Light bodied, almost tangy with a carbonation bite that can’t be beaten. Trace amounts of booze. Feels pretty strong but the ABV is well hidden for the most part.

Through and through a fine beer and a great addition to the Brewer’s Gone Wild Series.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Erdinger2003
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours out a good head, the first time tonight the head actually almost poured out of the glass. As I took a drink of the overflowing head I did notice the resemblance to Founder's Breakfast Stout having had one within a month. The smell is sooo coffee filled and nice! The malts are less chocolatey than Founder's Breakfast Stout, but they are still really awsome!! The taste is very coffee, very nice. Smooth mouthfeel makes it very nice as well. There is a bit of oatmeal in the after taste. Overall this is very nice and I will enjoy the last 3 of these fine beauts. So good I had two tonight!

Erdinger2003, Feb 12, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, scooped a 4 pack at Riley's and havent seen it elsewhere yet as Spank me Baby is still overflowing the shelves.

Given that Whos Your Daddy was one of the finest beers i have ever tasted, i have high hopes for this similar sounding effort

appearance: pours into a snifter...body is absolute darkness, black as night...foamy chocolate head forms and leaves a decent lace around the rim. highly appealing

smell: fresh grounded coffee beans that comes through rather strong, vanilla, hazelnut (OMG not hazelnut!!!), light toffee, creamy chocolate covered coffee beans...dark, robust and mysterious

taste: This is quite good, but I think I wanted it to be too much like Who's Your Daddy. strong roasted coffee dominates the flavor profile - highly roasted, light burnt flavour, vanilla, hazelnut, light oak. The finish leaves a little something to desire if you ask me as it falls a little flat when the initial burst of coffee wears out. I love coffee, i love beer, so this is right up my alley

mouthfeel: smooth and creamy, strong rich coffee presence, trace booze in the finish

drinkability: pretty good

dirtylou, Feb 11, 2007
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4.97/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a couple 4-packs at Riley's here in Madison. If this is anything like their Who's Your Daddy with coffee I think I might just faint.

Pour: deep, rich coffee black under 3 fingers of chunky, thick, cocoa-tinted foam that fades to a creamy cappuccino foam leaving solid lacing down the walls of my Duvel tulip.

Nose: fresh roasted double-strength coffee, charred coffee grounds, chicory, vanilla-oak, toffee and cocoa nibs. Just a luscious aroma.

Taste: smooth espresso, vanilla creme, roasted malt, rich toffee, some sweet dark fruits, toasted grain and a lingering coffee bean/dark cocoa bitterness. Simply luxurious on the palate.

Feel: silky smooth and thinner than I expected, but that's a good thing.

Drinkability/Overall: Another Imperial Porter home run by Tyranena. A mash-up of Founders Breakfast Stout and their vanilla/hazelnut bomb, Who's your Daddy that mixes the best of both while muting their over-the-top characteristics. Two 4's are definitely not enough for this one. I will be stocking up post-haste. I'd say hurry up and get this but I want it all for myself.

Golden2wenty1, Feb 10, 2007
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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.