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

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497 Ratings
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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 8.37%
Wants: 237
Gots: 36 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 497 | Reviews: 274
Reviews by corey0212:
Photo of corey0212
4.27/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from Homerbag!

Pours a thick deep dark brown, nearly black, with mahogany/reddish highlights when held to light...tiny tan head fades into a foamy ring around the beer, no real lacing to speak of. Black coffee on the nose, and extremely bittersweet dark chocolate. Taste follows the nose, the bourbon is very nicely placed in the background, nothing to overpower the coffee and chocolate flavors....delicious. Pretty chewy mouthfeel, lots of lingering coffee flavors. One of the tastier coffee brews I've had.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
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

Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Background: Devil Over a Barrel is a 60/40 blend of a dry-beaned, 4 month bourbon barrel-aged coffee porter and an unaged dry-beaned coffee porter. The result is one of the more intense coffee beers I've tasted.

Sampled on tap at the brewery on the night of it's release, April 9, 2008 with Golden2wenty1.

Appearance: Dark brown with reddish hi-lights and a health but fast diminishing light brown head. Nice lacing.

Aroma: Coffee, but not like just a cup of coffee...inhaling the aroma of Devil Over a Barrel is what it must be like to get stuck on a Vietnamese or Columbian coffee freighter for a month or two as it lumbers through the Pacific. We're talking condensed and intensified coffee, the essence of a dozen kilos forced into one pint glass coffee. That's some serious coffee.

Taste: No big surprise here. Devil tastes like the aforementioned outrageously concentrated coffee. In fact, this beer tasted so strongly of wonderful fresh coffee that it got Golden2wenty1 and I wondering if it had been brewed with Kopi Luwak, the most expensive and therefore best coffee in the world - a coffee that happens to come from the partially digested scat of the Palm Civet, an Indonesian monkey-cat. After the initial waves of coffee flavor, Devil blasts the palate with a nice dose of vanilla-oak goodness. I think that this character will grown and develop as the coffee flavors mellow. It was cool to try this beer so fresh and will be even cooler see how it develops after a few months.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated, biting in the extreme, with a big twang that comes into play around the same time as the bourbon character.

Drinkability: If you like coffee, bring on a pot.

Update - 5-14-08: This beer is getting even better. I'm jacking up mouthfeel from 4.5 to 5 and aroma from 4 to 4.5 because as expected, a couple weeks has really let the subtle bourbon notes shine and Vanilla character is now playing an ever more vital and enjoyable role in this fine beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into my glass a dark black, like the night sky in the country, with just a smidge of dark brown peeking through on the edges. A creamy tan head sits atop the brew and leaves spotty lacing as it falls. Aromas start out with an intense, vibrant mix of dark roasted malts, chocolate and fresh brewed coffee. Vanilla and bourbon barrel accents seamlessly integrate into the background of the aroma. Everything comes together so well here with the coffee bean aroma being forward, really draws you in. I could just sit and smell this one.

First sip brings a smooth roasted malt upfront that quickly transitions to a blast of deep chocolate and fresh coffee. Midway through brings creamy vanilla, oatmeal and a mild woody tone as well. The brew flows down with a warming touch of bourbon and a mild bitterness. Coffee and chocolate linger on in the aftertaste. Super tasty, exceptional brew. The flavors meld together perfectly for me!

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit chewy with the oatmeal silkiness. Spot on carbonation, it flows down with ease and I find myself drinking it quite quickly. Just an awesome brew all around and easily my favorite coffee brew of the moment. I'll be sad when I run out of bottles of this gem. Cheers to Tyranena!

Photo of Jared14
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of tjthresh
4.22/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The beer pours dark brown with a nice brown head. Really a pretty wonderful aroma of chocolaty malts, oaky bourbon, and black coffee. The aromas are carried over to the flavor, and all are perfectly blended. There's a fluffy marshmallow mouthfeel and a dry finish. Damn fine beer.

Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle, thanks to dancinwillie, pours a clear and dark brown body that sits opaque in the glass, topped by a lush, light chestnut head that retains well and deposits lots of sticky lacing.

Bold aroma opens with freshly roasted coffee beans, followed by notes of malted milk chocolate balls and vanilla.

Medium full body has a silky feel from the oatmeal and a moderate carbonation.

Taste has malted milk chocolate,toasted almonds, and a generous presence of freshly roasted coffee beans. Hints of vanilla from the bourbon and some oatmeal add a nice complexity.

Really well constructed, but in the end the coffee beans become a bit overbearing. Still, this is a topnotch effort.

Photo of badbeer
4.2/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a tan head that recedes to a ring around the glass, but leaves some lacing. Smell of coffee with cream, some smoke, but I don't know if I could distinguish bouron out of it if I didn't know it was bourbon. Taste of coffee, bitter chocolate, some bourbon, a little oak and vanilla. Coffee is definitely the predominant taste, just like how it was in the fresh Devil Made Me Do It. Less than medium carbonation with a full body.

Photo of ehammond1
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle

Acquired via trade
Thanks, stig!

Black throughout with a shiny body. Small to moderate dark brown head that leaves spots of lacing down the glass. Very pretty and appropriate.

Big, rich, expressive notes of high quality coffee--like sticking your face nose-first into a bag of quality whole beans. There's a touch of barrel character, but the coffee is without a doubt the most expressive character. There's other roast characteristics, and a bit of sweetness as well.

The flavor is quite nice, again with the coffee leading the way along with some mild barrel character and mild chocolate. Moderate bitterness. This one doesn't evolve as nicely as most barrel-aged stouts as it comes to room temperature.

Medium to full bodied with low-moderate carbonation.

A terrific nightcap. I was hoping for more barrel, but this is very nice, regardless.

Photo of rudylaw
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for my first bottle.

Pitch black. Very stout-like with a wispy tan head. My nose is filled with coffee beans. Wow... very potent. I get some chocolate and oats but not so much bourbon.

God does this taste smooth. Just like coffee. I though Peche Mortel cornered the market on coffee stouts/porters... Tyranena has just bested them. Roasty coffee, malty deliciousness... and just a smattering of the bourbon they advertise on the label.

It's so creamy... so damn creamy. I've never had a better porter than this. This is just an amazing display of craftsmanship. I haven't been too impressed with Tyranena's other offerings but this one hit a grand slam. Grab some of this while it lasts... hopefully they'll decide to brew this every year.

Photo of FrognutUnl
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep cola color with a scant dark brown head that dissipates quickly leaving a foam ring around the edges of the glass. The nose on this one is magnificent, coffee and roasted oats with a touch of chocolate. The taste lives up to the smell, dark roasted coffee and toasted oats are the main players. There is also a slight oakiness and the vanilla of the bourbon starts to poke through as the glass warms up a bit. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, help along by the small amount of carbonation present, medium bodied. This is certainly one of the more drinkable and balanced beers of the genre. I wish they would brew this again and I would have loved to have tasted the unblended version, but alas on both counts I am not so lucky...

Photo of glid02
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this bad boy from the oh so generous maximum12. Thank you sir.

Pours completely black with a very thin light brown head that recedes quickly into a thin ring around the glass. Even with just the thin ring this beer manages to leave some nice lacing.

Smells very nice. Lots of bourbon and roasted malt aromas that segues into huge coffee notes as the beer warms. There's also a somewhat earthy aroma. I'm having trouble pinning any more down because every time I stick my nose in there I can't help taking a sip.

Tastes great. Lots of roasted malt flavor up front, followed by a bourbon kick, followed further by a coffee flavor that sticks around well after I've finished the sip. The mild bitterness that's there is complemented nicely by the coffee aftertaste. I have no idea of the ABV, but there's no hint of the alcohol except the slight warming sensation at the end.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a great thickness with light carbonation that does all it needs to do in bringing out the flavors. This goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability is great. I'm very grateful for the opportunity to try this, but I'm a little sad that I don't have more of these in the fridge. Really just an amazingly well-balanced beer.

Overall this beer is all that it's cracked up to be. The name seems long but every last letter is necessary to describe this beauty. Be sure to give this one a shot if you have the opportunity.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a jet black body with a few microbubbles that stick to the glass. There is a light tan head that is thick and sticks to the glass for much of the beer.

S- The smell of fresh roasted espresso beans comes through even during the pour with some pine hop hints that come through at the finish.

T- This beer has a fresh espresso bean flavor with a spicy black pepper note to it and a chocolate malt note with a soft wood quality at the finish. There is a soft mint quality to the espresso and a soft pine needle note at the finish that both come through as the beer warms. Some notes of mellow brown malt add some nice support and depth to the espresso beans.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slippery texture and no alcohol heat noticed.

D- This beer reminds me of dark chocolate covered espresso beans. Great full flavors and a nice depth of flavor that work together.

Photo of pwoods
4.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to Atron67 for this great brew. Traded at DLD.

12oz. brown bottle, poured into a snifter. No dating.

A: Deep dark brown or black pour. 1 finger of dark khaki head forms and holds. Good lacing.

S: Rich coffee notes. Very potent with a bit of milky chocolate. Coffee isn't overly bitter but is very strong. Nice bourbon.

T/M: The bourbon comes out to play for a bit. Not aggressive, but plays nice with added woody notes. More of the aggressive coffee/chocolate pairing. The strong coffee bitterness is stronger in teh taste but not overdone.

D: Very easy to drink. Too easy to drink, lol. Man, I love coffee stouts and porters. Add bourbon, MMMmmm.

Photo of dashirey
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up while in WI for the Great Taste. Great find in a small place right down the road from Tyranena.

A - It so dark in there (my glass that is). Small tan head with short retention. A small amount of lacing, but not much.

S - Two things - COFFEE with a touch of bourbon.

T - Taste confirms the smell. Big on the coffee, followed by a warming bourbon, but not really present in the smell but added is roasty/smokey flavor at the end.

M - Very smooth, creamy with a medium body, but I felt there could have been a little more body because of the alcohol presence.

D - A very smooth drinking beer, but a sipping beer. One in a sitting, whether in be a weekend morning or winding down some evening, is probably all I could handle. You must like coffee and bourbon (even though the bourbon is not overpowering) to enjoy this one (I do so I'm in the clear). This is another great offering from the folks at Tyranena. Thanks and keep up the good work.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tyranena- Devil over a barrel

Thanks to Shaebs99(Steven) for this 1!

A- Dark cola brown with a thick foamy tan head.
S- Deep roasted oats, hazelnut, and pecan.
T- Sweet nutty pecan and hazelnut with a thick dose of coffee bean, vanilla, and grassy hops. Slight charcoal bourbon finish.
M- Very sweet and dry up front with a creamy, slight alc., finish. Smooth with big roasted flavors on the tongue.

Overall- This 1 is big and bold. Solid throughout! Delicious. (Thanks Steve!)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle w/ twitst-off cap > chimay goblet

Full-on black color. Swirling bubbles in the center, very active for a rather viscous heft. The crown rises fast and is also lively but only mildly thick and dissipates pretty quick.

The aroma includes: dried corn husks, musty leather, organic chocolate, smooth grains, earthy coffee grounds and vanilla.

Oh yeah, it's got good malt complexity, smooth and heavy feel, cocoa pops-like sweetness in the malt, vanilla, mocha cappuchino with a dark, semi-bitter chocolate with more coffee. There's an amazing earthy and spicey quality in the hops and even more balance of wheat and oats. The heat is deep and on-point, right at the end. This is a full and smooth, well balanced malt bomb with a little extra complexity from the coffee beans and aging.

This is my kinda stuff.

Photo of nkersten
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle courtesy of Todd and the White Whale. Thanks! Poured into my Piraat glass with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the outside of the glass. Color is very dark yet slightly opaque, right on par with what a porter should be. Smell is almost all coffee and oak at first, almost entirely overpowering any malt that is present. There is a slight chocolate malt smell, but I had to really try hard to get anything other then the coffee. The taste is much more balanced, with some nice dark malts coming through and just the right amount of oak and very little bourbon. The coffee adds just the right amount of bitterness. The alcohol is covered up well and each sip leaves a smokey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little too thin in my opinion but suits the style well and has the silky oatmeal characteristic. Overall a very drinkable imperial brew.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Homerbag for a great trade. (Go LNBAs!)

Pours a nice impenetrable black with a very nice thick tan ice cream head. Nose is coffee ala KBS with some roastage. Taste follows with awesome coffee flavor, incredibly smooth viscous oatmeal taste, and the bourbon aging is very apparent here. Defenitely some vanilla and slight chocolate action in here as well. Mouthfeel is perfect, nice and viscous with that smooth milky oatmeal presence. Drinkability is extremely good for the style. Not sure what the abv is here, but if it is over 8% it is quite well hidden. I am very excited to see what one of these is like with a year or two on it. Truly a masterpiece of a beer, and one I will certainly trade for again. Defenitely rivals KBS for my top spot in the coffee realm, maybe even takes the cake. Fantastic beer, dont miss out on this one.

Photo of cokes
4.65/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It pours like lava fudge and its utter blackness is only betrayed by a glint of magenta under a strong light. The head is short and tan, but resides the duration as a collar.
Fresh ground coffee nose. Loud as hell. Delicious smelling beans. Sweetened and tempered a bit from original The Devil Made Me Do It with vanilla and caramel nougat and cream, but Bourbon itself goes unmarked in the aroma. This is coffee, solely, and as such, this is gourmet.
It enters with that archetypal Tyranena fudge brownie/Tootsie Roll maltiness layered with marzipan. No sooner does it unfurl its plush malted sleeping bag into the mouth and gets comfy, then the razor sharp claws of the java cougar lunge upon it and tear it to shreds. Fresh ground Sumatran. Medium Dark. Vinous more from the beans than the ABV, earthy and spicy and continually chocolately. The Bourbon-barrel traits enter deftly and subtly, and only to provide a counterpoint sweetness. It's more blended and mild in its barreled flavors than most. The beans and dark roasty, semi-sweet malts still are in command, but are offset with oaken black cherry, hazelnut, and especially vanilla. Hops bring a contiguous bitterness in tow from the coffee essence, but only a minor spruce bark bump in flavor.
As with all of the Brewer's Gone Wild. This drinks like liquid dessert. Hugely creamy, thickened, and seemingly fattening for you, like pureed cheesecake or tiramisu, but still you clamor for more. Not particularly sessionable, but rather a brew to drink one a day after day after day.
Maybe I am biased because my three favorite beverages are Coffee, Beer, and Bourbon, and this showcases all three, and brings each ones' assets to the fore.
Regardless, this may well be the best BGW series yet.

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee story. Bubbly white head on black. Coffee aroma. Lace. Sour element. Bourbon is contained, more oak notes and accentuated coffee flavour. Complex, but I would like the other flavours to come through from the non-bourbon barrel such as chocolate.

Photo of alovesupreme
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Maudite snifter this beer formed a few large bubbles which soon popped and settled to a ring around the glass.
A very complex aroma of Old coffee, bourbon, a hint of vanilla and chocolate.
A similar old coffee taste with some molasses and a hint of honey. The bourbon is present and the oatmeal contributes to a smooth but watery body. The alcohol also finds a place in the mix.
A good beer that I would like to have again but not as great I was anticipating.

Photo of dancinwillie
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Served in a chalice. Pours a very dark brown, with an inviting one and a half finger medium dark tan head that starts dissipating as soon as its poured. Looks very good so far.

S: Caramel sweetness hits me first, with a bit of bitter coffee sliding in there as well. On the second sniff, a bit of chocolate comes through too.

T: Much like in the nose, the taste of caramel, chocolate, and a bit of coffee coming through on my first sip. After a few more drinks, the coffee seems stronger, with the caramel taking a bit of a back seat. I'm assuming the caramel flavor is from the bourbon aging. And I'm also assuming the fact that this was brewed awhile ago, is what is letting the bourbon bite mellow a bit. I'm glad, as I don't really like a "bourbony" taste. I prefer these beers once they've had a chance to even out a bit. But back to this particular beer: The tastes seem to alternate from sip to sip as the dominant flavor. It's like a tennis match in my mouth, and the winner is me. Very delicious, extremely rich, and utterly delicious.

M: Creamy, with a bit of light carbonation. I would have preferred a bit more carbonation, but again, I attribute some of this to the fact that this has probably been sitting on the shelves for a while. Either way it's very good.

D: I could definitely drink more than one of these, especially during the fall or winter, but the here in the dog days of summer, maybe just one. I wish this was a seasonal, but I'm glad to have had it while I could. Perhaps I'll locate another 4-pack and cellar it until football season. Very good beer from a very good brewery.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz single, 3rd consumed out of a 4 pack

appearance: pours into a bells chalice, big black body with a creamy milk chocolate head and sticky retention - lovely

smell: dark roasted coffee, roasted oats, light bourbon, milky chocolate...a big roasty porter

taste: another sensational indulgence from tyranena...the bourbon isnt over powering and compliments the big roasted coffee flavors wonderfully. roasted oats and milk chocolate work wonders on this beer. I tend to forget i'm even drinking a porter as this tastes like it could have been crafted nearby at electric earth or barriques. gonna need more

mouthfeel: perfect, creamy and smooth

drinkability: through the roof

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
95 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.