Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter - Tyranena Brewing Company
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
4.75/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
05-21-2014 00:43:44 | More by deadonhisfeet
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4.45/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
04-10-2008 15:15:08 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.65/5 rDev +7.4%
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!
08-25-2008 23:44:20 | More by orbitalr0x
4.35/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
06-11-2014 11:51:34 | More by Jared14
4.2/5 rDev -3%
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.
01-23-2009 19:47:44 | More by tjthresh
4.38/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
01-29-2009 13:06:24 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
01-03-2009 04:02:21 | More by badbeer
4.1/5 rDev -5.3%
Acquired via trade
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.
08-26-2012 23:09:35 | More by ehammond1
4.83/5 rDev +11.5%
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.
06-21-2008 01:54:47 | More by rudylaw
4.55/5 rDev +5.1%
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...
08-15-2008 01:09:13 | More by FrognutUnl
4.4/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
10-03-2008 19:53:33 | More by glid02
4.43/5 rDev +2.3%
(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.
05-30-2008 19:13:25 | More by rhoadsrage
4.58/5 rDev +5.8%
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.
05-16-2008 01:10:05 | More by pwoods
4.25/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
10-28-2008 01:46:26 | More by dashirey
4/5 rDev -7.6%
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!)
08-16-2008 21:23:27 | More by NJpadreFan
Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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