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

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Reviews: 278
Hads: 540
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 8.33%
Wants: 300
Gots: 32 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by sfoley333:
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4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle thanks to Oribtalr0x. Poured into a New Beligum snifter, pours a blackish brown color similar to brewed coffee with a brown head about a finger thick. Hit by the smell of coffee right off the bat, then followed by roasted malt and slight bourbon oak overtones. Taste is again coffee on the main stage, but also a beatiful vanilla flavor comes through with a bitter chocolate aftertaste and a little bourbon oak tannins does pull through but not much. Mouthfeel is fullbody almost to the point of passing porter status to stout status with a very mild carbonation. If you like coffee than this beer is for you, I wish it was more available around me for sure.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -6.7%
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

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3.69/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark brown with no signs of life. Flat, no head, no bubbles on swirling, no lacing.

S: Roast, light coffee, no particular bourbon notes. A little bit of prune as it warms up.

T: Rich chocolate and coffee, somewhat bready. Still nothing to really suggest bourbon barreling.

F: LIght medium body, extremely low carbonation, moderate linger.

O: A decent beer, certainly wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but underwhelming considering where it stands on the Top 250 currently.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.45/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of tjk135
4.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mild barrel with great coffee flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.31/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Jared14
4.35/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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4.22/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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4.14/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.46/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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.

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.35/5  rDev +0.7%

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.