Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company

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Reviews: 273
Hads: 510
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 5.99%
Wants: 264
Gots: 36 | FT: 5
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Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 04-10-2008

Imperial Oatmeal Porter. 60% Porter brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels blended with 40% Porter brewed with coffee beans.
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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: deep dark black very little head

S: light coffee, some roast, tobacco

T: lots of coffee some nice roast a little chocolate maybe a very very faint bourbon taste and some nice oat tastes.

M: Very thin almost a little watery but the taste lingers which is nice

O: this beer has a great taste but the bourbon is almost nonexistent. The body is thin too but it really tastes good that coffee maybe muted with the bourbon makes this so mellow (482 characters)

Photo of Barnoloid
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional BA Imperial Porter. Has a creamy mouthfeel - without being too heavy or syrupy. Aroma is vanilla bean and mocha. An outstanding beer with chewy oats and a warm bourbon barrel afterglow. This is excellent, from the opening of the bottle to the last sip. (264 characters)

Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Nice beer, not too heavy for the style, some nice, malt flavors of coffee and chocolate, with a hint of toffee sweetness. mildly boozy, slight bitterness at the end. very interesting take on the style. definitely worth trying. (226 characters)

Photo of kkleu357
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/9/14

Poured from a bottle. I wish they would go to pop top caps. Dark medium viscosity body. Huge coffee aroma. I thought the taste was a little mild, but very drinkable. Then I realized it was a porter not a stout so the heavy roasted sweetness missing is normal. Pretty good. Could really easily drink a lot of this. (336 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz, "03APR14 bottling"
A 4 - near black with a thin tan head
S 4.25 - coffee, dark chocolate, boozy bourbon, vanilla
T 4.5 - coffee front-and-center with bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, roasted barley; sweet but nicely balanced
M 4.5 - very smooth, full body, boozy
O 4.25 - excellent blend here. I'm surprised it's only 8% ABV because it seems like it should be more - tastes fairly boozy, very rich, very delicious. (426 characters)

Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Dark brown in color. Still a bit translucent. Forms a very minimal bit of head - really not much there. No lacing. Aroma is mostly deeply roasted malts with strong notes of coffee. Lesser notes of chocolate, earth, and raisin. Taste is also strongly of roasted malts. Again there is coffee, but this time there is oak, chocolate, and a slight hint of vanilla in the mix as well. On the heavier side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Very little alcohol. A fine, and quite approachable, barrel aged beer. (502 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff for always providing the goods. 12oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours pitch black and viscous with no head but big, thick, oily legs. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Certainly looks promising.

Nose is chocolate, liquorice, mocha coffee, fudge, roasted malt, and booze... almost all my favorites start out this way!

Opens chocolate, molasses and roast. Coffee, fudge and smoke in the middle with a sweet bourbon backbone. A light coffee tartness towards the end mixed with more fudge and dark chocolate. Slightly boozy and coffee finish. Great balance. Mellow but full of flavor at the same time.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and goes down with some light bubbles. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. A bit light, but given that this is a porter, really solid.

The non-barrel-aged version of this beer disappointed a little bit but this really blew me away. Just thick enough with great complexity and balance. Definitely worth trying. (1,029 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was black with brown hues mixed into the blackness. The head was an off-white color.

Smell - The main ingredients in the aroma are the coffee and bourbon notes. The bourbon notes come with hints of vanilla.

Taste - There truly is a lot going on here. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and bourbon mesh together. The bourbon is accompanied by woody notes and vanilla. After the first initial bliss, the beer does not continue with quite the same potency. It is still very enjoyable as the dark chocolate and bourbon linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is spot-on for a porter. I only wish it was a stout so it could last longer.

Overall - I have a new favorite from Tyranena. (720 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as a trade extra from I forget who. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with some light showing through on the pour but not in the glass, with a small khaki brown head. Huge earthy spicy coffee aroma, sweet lactose and chocolate. Flavor is a rush vanilla coffee combo, very smooth and decadent, without the harsh coffee spice. Wow this is very smooth. Not much bourbon, just a hint of oakiness. Medium bodied and very silky, low plus carbonation, lasting chocolate coffee finish on the tongue. Very nice. (509 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle (twist off?) poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Beer comes out dark brown and has slightly lighter edges wherever the liquid gets a little more shallow. Looks closer to black as it rises in the glass. Very thin tan head with small bubbles. It doesn't stick around long and not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is freaking awesome. Lots of roasted grain, but the dominant feature is the coffee. I love coffee so I'm a big fan of this. According to the bottle, 60% of the batch was brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels and the other 40% was just brewed with coffee. The coffee is robust but blends quite well with the barrel. The bourbon provides a nice vanilla oak aroma but isn't too sweet.

Taste is equally as great, completely on par with the smell. Rich roasted dark grain and even a touch of hops noticed in the flavor. The coffee flavors are wonderful, its a medium roast yet still strong enough to be considered "robust" in my opinion Bourbon certainly pleasant, but it's mild, the vanilla oak flavors that come about aren't too strong, but everything meshes really well together.

Mouthfeel is good. A heavy medium feel overall, let's you know it's there, but not too heavy. Nice and silky smooth with a bitterness just before the end and a slightly warm finish. I wouldn't call it hot, but the bourbon provides an appropriate amount of heat. One thing I gotta say about this beer is that it's so dangerously drinkable. I can't believe how much flavor it packs while being so easy drinking. My first of hopefully many from this brewery. Thanks Matt for the killer extra. (1,608 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep opaque brown. Maybe one finger of head. Looks inviting.

Aroma is pronounced. Coffee beans. A soft bourbon vanilla sweetness. Nutty chocolate.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. Well executed coffee notes with subtle bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and well integrated BA coffee porter. (365 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee.

Served alongside the standard version.

Similar appearance to the non barrel-aged version. Dark brown with a quarter inch of beige cap that leaves sparse lacing. Nice aroma, with everything present in the original, not overpowered by bourbon. A touch of oak and light, but present bourbon. Gentle sweetness. Sweet, powerful bourbon dancing with fresh, bitter coffee beans. Delightful. Well done.

4 pack $8.49 - great price for such a high quality beer (497 characters)

Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Pours pitch black with a finger and a half dark tan head after a center pour.

The aroma is fantastic, the bourbon is there with chocolate and dark fruits, a little vanilla as well.

I love the way this tastes, the bourbon flavor isn't as pronounced as some of the barrel aged beers I've been fortunate enough to have tried, but it doesn't need to be.

Perfect mouthfeel for this style of porter.

Overall, I feel fortunate that a friend gave me a bottle of this to try, I went searching high and low for more. It was only after I found a case that I found out that this beer hadn't been released for many years. (663 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Getting old saying this but once again a huge thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending this one up to me. Always been interested in Tyranena brews.

A- 12oz stubby bottle poured into a snifter with a pitch black, oily thick body. A small cap forms on the brew with a light tan hue and frothy texture. Lackluster head retention but coffee and barrels can hurt that. Small ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Dark roast coffee beans and bitterness right off the top with black grains. Cocoa powder, slight Bourbon whiskey and oak come to mind. Mostly the dark things in the beer here with just a bit of barrel.

T- The Bourbon barrel really comes into play here after being in the backdrop of the aroma. Coffee is still the dominant factor with the malts and barrel just beyond it. Dark, bitter heavily roasted beans joined by notes of dark chocolate, oats, some dark fruits, caramel, oaky vanilla sweetness, Bourbon whiskey and a medium sweetness.

MF- Thick and oily body that gets chewy with some agitation on the palate. Silky texture. Carbonation at a medium level and crisp. Finishes with a soothing warming on the palate.

A huge porter that delivers a fresh, dark roast coffee flavor melded nicely with the use of Bourbon barrels and roasted malts providing a great base. Coffee is probably the star but just behind it are the other elements and it all combines well. (1,363 characters)

Photo of TTAmod
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass served slightly chilled.

A: Dark brown coming out of the bottle...almost black once in the glass. One finger brown head that fades to about a half finger, and then sticks around for awhile.

S: Smell is primarily coffee with a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Nice chocolate and hazelnut on the nose, as well. Smells nice.

T: Coffee dominates here. Only a trace of bourbon...kind of like bourbon soaked raisins. Definitely got the dark fruit going on, as well. More of the chocolate and nut flavor, as well. Ends slightly bitter and acidic with a linger chocolate and coffee taste.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel for the style. Medium carbonation and pretty light body. Alcohol isn't really to prevalent, but this is "only" an 8% impy porter.

O: Pretty good all around. I like that the bourbon doesn't completely dominate like it does in other BB beers. Very heavy on the coffee, however. There are enough other subtle flavors to keep it interesting, but I would've liked just a bit less coffee. Still, this is a killer BB coffee porter at a reasonable price point ($10/4). (1,108 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown. Appears opaque. Thin light brown head that remains only briefly.

Smell - Dark malts. Sweet caramel and toffee and, obviously, coffee.

Taste - Dark, rich, and sweet. Burnt toast, coffee, toffee, raisin. Noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full to full.

Overall - Rich and complex. Lots of flavors to taste here and they work together fine. (375 characters)

Photo of Jared14
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- poured black, dark brown in the light. Little head.

S- Coffee with hint bourbon

T- vanilla to chocolate and bourbon with a bitter coffee finish. Coffee comes out more with a burning finish as it warms.

M- very light. This was a great beer but the mouthfeel hurts what is otherwise a stellar BB beer. As it warms the mouthfeel actually gets ever more watery and became a chore to drink.

O- just a bit more thickness and this beer would be world-class in my opinion. Will definitely seek it out yearly now. (511 characters)

Photo of RoamingGnome
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tyranena Devil Over a Barrel.

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery. This was a 12 ounce pour into a snifter. It arrived fairly chilled.

A) This is a very dark brown brew, nearly black. It had a rich looking tan head. Excellent retention, and nice lacing.

S) I needed to let this warm up a little bit, but luckily it was pretty warm out today sitting in the beer garden at the brewery. Any how, this had a nice coffee aroma. There was some chocolate, vanilla bean, and of course some oaky bourbon barrel.

T) It is quite near the nose. Delicious roasted coffee. Some oatmeal flavor, with a little sprinkle of brown sugar. Hint of cocoa and vanilla. Some bourbon flavor, but in reality the alcohol is very well hidden.

M) Not as thick as it looks. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth. Wouldn't have minded if it was a bit thicker.

O) Very enjoyable beer. The BGW series from Tyranena rarely disappoints. Probably would have ordered a few more, but the weather had me craving an IPA. In any case, I'd gladly recommend this beer. (1,045 characters)

Photo of Lorianneb
4.31/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a teku glass. A nice two finger head that hangs on for a couple of minutes. Jet black color. Nice lacing. Smells of coffee, toasted oak and a hint of vanilla. Slight bourbon nose. Medium body and carbonation. I was expecting something a bit chewier because of the oatmeal. Taste is nice and roasty, with a good amount of coffee and oak. Bourbon is present without making it boozy.

Overall, I could drink this every day. Excellent beer. Thanks to jrocco2021 for this gem (494 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a MadTree snifter. The pour is very dark, not too viscous, and sports an impressive head for a (partially) barrel-aged beer. The nose is very much like that of "The Devil Made Me Do It". I get lots of roasty notes and delightful, rich coffee aromas.

Medium body with a wonderful rich flavor. You're greeted with some toasted malt, toffee, and treacle up front and just a bit of roast. When the coffee arrives, you think you've died and gone to Heaven. It's deep and rich, not acidic and bitter. It blends with the sweetness and roastiness of the malt to create a baker's-chocolate-like flavor. Right at the back of the palate, that tiny bit of barrel character comes through and provides a sweet, oaky, vanilla flavor to the profile. No booziness at all and a rich coffee flavor lingers on the finish. Extremely drinkable. Never seems to wander into stout territory.

I have had the pleasure of trying Tyranena's "The Devil Made Me Do It" and I loved it. I thought it was roasty, complex, and as good a porter as any I had tried. This one surpasses it in many ways, making it the best American Porter I have had yet. The coffee strikes me as less bitter and the barrel character just adds an entirely new dimension to the flavor profile. It has a flavor profile very similar to KBS, except it's a porter and has a fraction of the body. Still, nobody should be offended if Tyranena was to call this beer KBP (Kentucky Breakfast Porter).

This stuff is killer. Don't tell Michael Bloomberg about this beer. He'll want to protect us all from it. (1,570 characters)

Photo of bnes09
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black. Mostly opaque. Finger of head lasts a little while. Small patches of lacing.

Nice roasted aroma with bold espresso notes. Hints of toffee, almond and oak as well.

Flavor is highly roasted as expected. Wheat toast and almond comes to mind. Bold coffee. Maple sweetness. Touch off earth hop character. Very well balanced.

Medium bodied. Smooth mid drink with a semi dry finish. Malty, grainy texture in the end.

Great example of a barrel aged, flavored porter. (473 characters)

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz stubby bottle with a bright yellow label that is sealed with tyranena logo twist cap.

Vintage 2014(batch 2).

poured into HF wine stem.

Appearance: black bodied beer with a full finger of beige almost brown head. Drops down to a thin ring and leaves spotty lace after each sip.

Smell: milk chocolates and vanilla with nutty and slightly roasty coffee notes. Hint of mellow bourbon and charred oak. The coffee is so nutty that it takes on a peanut butter note as it warms up.

Taste: Big coffee notes that are moderately roasty. Mild almost moderate sweetness that tastes of bourbon, vanilla, and lots of milk chocolates. Mellow oakiness that likes to linger in the back of the beer. As the beer warms up that coffee note gets much stronger and the milk chocolate notes turn into more of a bakers cocoa flavor.

Mouthfeel: lower end of a medium bodied beer and low carbonation levels. Slightly creamy mouthfeel that is also slightly thin, but not too thin. Very drinkable. Not boozey at all. Fantastic smoothness.

Overall: Such a great beer to revisit! I loved batch 1 of Devil over a barrel and batch # 2 is just a fantastic as I remember batch 1 to be. Devil over the Barrel is also a beer that was one of the first brewer gone wild series beer that I got to try when I was fairly new to craft beer. I always look for these Tyranena BGW releases, this beer makes me a tyranena homer. Rob and crew at Tyranena are always doing great things with the BGW series barrel aged stouts and porters! Not to mention that the price point is normally less than 10 bucks for a 4 pack of a quality barrel aged beer. This is one of my favorite beers from the BGW series along side Doubly Down and Even Dirtier. (1,708 characters)

Photo of gueuzedreg
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Deep dark black hole, thinnest of lacing, vanilla in color no legs

S- Oatmeal porter first, then some barrel characteristic. Charred dark fruit/fig

T- Follow the nose with the oatmeal porter and barrel following. The barrel is not as aggressive as other Tyranena brews.

M- Kinda thin, appropriate amount of carb. But still thin.

O- I have had better Tyranena beers that are rated lower. I enjoy all of their beers though. (430 characters)

Photo of jegross2
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing the Devil Over A Barrel from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. This beer is an imperial oatmeal porter brewed with coffee, 60% of which is barrel aged and then blended.

Score: 93

2014 vintage screw cap bottle served in a Schramm's Mead snifter and enjoyed on 05/07/14. Thank you Eric for the hookup!

Appearance: Pours a black coffee color with a thin layer of tan head that quickly settles to a ring around the glass. Good lacing and retention. 4/5

Smell: Big roastiness, plus coffee and chocolate and a light amount of vanilla. The nose is more defined by a roastiness than a coffee character. 4.5/5

Taste: Roasted coffee, followed by a bourbon flavored finish that is flavorful, but not intense. No booziness here. Has a lovely residual chocolate flavor with a kiss of brown sugar. Good balance between the coffee bitterness and bourbon flavored sweetness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: I get that this is a porter, but the body is still pretty thin relative to the robust flavor profile present here. This bottle was a touch overcarbonated, but that was easily solved by some swirling and patience. Watery mouthfeel, with a bitter leaning balance. Again, I get that this is a porter, but a more viscous body would have done this beer wonders. 3/5

Overall: Although not 100% barrel aged, this beer tastes a lot like how KBS used to taste several years back -- albeit with a touch less bourbon character and a substantially thinner body. The coffee and bourbon characters are nicely present on the taste -- the barrel does not outshine the chocolate, the coffee does not overpower the bourbon, and everything mixes together in a nice harmony that has a lovely kiss of vanilla underlying it. The mouthfeel is sadly watery, though, and this somewhat undermines an otherwise delicious brew. Seek this one out fresh, while the coffee character is still robustly present!

Cost: $10 for a four pack of 12 oz bottles. (1,937 characters)

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Devil Over a Barrel pours a black color with a very small non lacing head. There is a strong coffee and oatmeal aroma. The taste has a nice roasted aroma, bold coffee flavors, very creamy oatmeal flavors, and hints of vanilla and chocolate, with a just noticeable sweet bourbon like alcohol warmth. Perfect blend of flavors, nice strong alcohol warmth, and a great bourbon aftertaste. Overall WOW, a perfect blend of flavors, for a nice bold beer. (447 characters)

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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