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

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Ratings: 407
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 220
Gots: 35 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Oatmeal Porter. 60% Porter brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels blended with 40% Porter brewed with coffee beans.

(Beer added by: DaPeculierDane on 04-10-2008)
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Photo of ATLbeerDog


4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pitch black, almost opaque with no head whatsoever. Smells equally of coffee and bourbon with some chocolate notes in the nose. First sip is coffee, bitter dark chocolate complimented by the bourbon flavor. WOW. Certainly under carbonated like many barrel aged brews that are not bottle conditioned. As it warms, some vanilla appears. A great beer. World Class!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 00:51:13 | More by ATLbeerDog
Photo of Reagan1984


4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big Thanks for Avalon68 for providing this in a trade as an extra!! Frigging NICE Extra!!!

At first no head forms on the pour, then at the last moment a finger of thick creamy tan head forms and sticks around for almost the duration.... Pretty much Jet black in color....

Coffee and vanilla aroma. Some grains... A bit of sweetness. Not too much...way way behind you can sense the bourbon.. but it really seems to lie with some vanilla aroma up front.

WOW, this is a great beer. Some black licorice, vanilla, maple? Coffee.... Slight sweetness.. Some roasted malt... Smooth front to back.

Delicate carbonation brings life to the flavor and the body is rather bold....Silky smooth and just shy of creamy.

I need to figure out how to get more of this... Really really nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 22:15:22 | More by Reagan1984
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4.2/5  rDev -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.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 19:47:44 | More by tjthresh
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and coffee is dominating. Taste is mostly dominated by some very nice dry coffee notes with hints of vanilla and some clear bourbon though no alcohol ester were showing. Body is really creamy and thick which is very enjoyable with some good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Very well done overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 04:09:28 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mnstorm99


4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great black oily pour with a nice tan head that sticks around very well, this is a beautiful beer in my darkness tulip.
Aroma is very nice with a definate coffee aroma, with a nice background of bourbon barrels and some roasted malts.
Taste is of coffee up front, but as it warms the bourbon comes through well, and just a nice touch of oak to round out a nice porter malt, dark and roasty.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, creamy and chewy, while the drinkability is off the charts, maybe even a little too easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2009 14:17:54 | More by mnstorm99
Photo of barefootbrewer


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick black color with a nice lacy light brown head. The aroma is initially very coffee like yielding to vanilla, cherry and molasses notes. The taste is very malty with a strong coffee flavor. The mouthfeel is full and lush. Carbonation dances across the tongue. The alcohol has a warming effect, but does not detract from the overall impression. This is a delicious brew, I hope to be lucky enough to run across this one again.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 22:59:07 | More by barefootbrewer
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle into tulip glass on 1/9/09 (although it was probably 1/10/09 by now)! Thanks again to Deuane for supplying me with this one.

A - Poured a dark brown/black body with thin beige head that receded to a thin ring of retention and left a bit of spotty lacing.

S - Smells like refridgerated chocolate coffee with a distinctive icy aroma, if you can imagine. Lots of dark roasted malt and coffee in the aroma as well as some more subtle oaky notes.

T - Dark roasted malt, chocolate and coffee up front that gives way to a more iced coffee flavor in the middle and through the finish. The malt and coffee character is paired with some woody, oaky notes and an earthy hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Medium body with a smooth texture and pretty soft carbonation. Finishes with a mild earthy bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate.

D - Nice iced coffee character with plenty of woody notes and ample hop bitterness. Quite drinkable, flavorful and unique!

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 17:19:00 | More by ffejherb
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4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 04:02:21 | More by badbeer
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Rhode Island

4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ThirstyBird for sharing this treasure. Served in a tulip. Poured a deep brown with broken swirls of foam and a few ringlets. Nose was coffee grounds. More coffee flavor revealed in the taste as well as malt - nice balance without being harsh. Didn't really pick up on any barrel character. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with light carbonation forming the backdrop. Incredibly smooth and easy drinking coffee porter. As previously mentioned, I didn't feel like much of the barrel was imparted, but this is a great porter nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 14:37:19 | More by Jwale73
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter.

A-Very black and very opaque. A small dark brown head arose with a vigorous pour, but reduced quickly to nothing. Some occasional swirling produces a temporary bubbles, to my pleasure.

S-Earthy with hints of bourbon. Coffee and heavy roasted malts with hints of chocolate. This beer is thick with aroma.

T-A baseball bat of roasted malt hits a pop fly, landing in a glove of soft coffee flavors, running rampant. Hints of choco-coffee make an appearance, as well as slight, smooth alcohol flavors. A hint of bourbon appears and lingers into the dry, coffee finish.

M-Very smooth, attributable to the oats, with silky and creamy carbonation. Full bodied as it looks. Some alcoholic warmth going down and lingering nicely.

D-High drinkability. Good beer, complex flavors, enjoyable to all the senses. Since I tend toward the blacker beers, this one is even more of a treat!

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 18:37:40 | More by CHSLBrew
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4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Akorsak for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Brother Thelonious (thanks Sanford) goblet. The glass tagline is "straight, no chaser". I thought it was appropriate for a bourbon beer. This beer poured a cola brown with a effervescent head that disappear as quickly as it was poured, leaving no lacing, just spots on the glass. The aroma is coffee. Coffee, coffee, and coffee. The oak comes out much more in the nose then the bourbon. The flavor is much more complicated. Definite notes of coffee, but also vanilla, toffee, oak, and what reminds me of Hershey's chocolate syrup straight from the bottle. The mouthfeel is smooth and silky, leaving a nice oily coating in your mouth. This is a great beer. I can completely understand why it gets so much praise.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2008 17:36:16 | More by hwwty4
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District of Columbia

2.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep black, the thickness makes me think of oatmeal in motor oil

Smell: Used and burnt coffee grounds. I smell no bourbon.

Taste: Same; used and burnt coffee grounds. I taste no bourbon. Perhaps a hint of chocolate mocha. Perhaps the bitterness of blackstrap molasses without the cane sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: yuck.

Drinkability: Never noticed the bourbon; it is a coffee beer and that is it. Shame too; I love bourbon. It was a chore to drink and I didn't finish it; will avoid having another.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2008 16:12:48 | More by craytonic
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4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yet another beer I got in the Secret Santa 08 bif from hwwty4. Thanks Bill.

A dark brown to black body that is completely opaque. Good sized brown head that settles down to a ring and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Another fantastic smelling porter from tyranena. Fresh coffee, roasted malts, and hints of oak and bourbon.

Reminds me a lot of a the devil made me do it, which I guess shouldn't be a surprise. Big bourbon and oak notes in this one that shine throughout from the beginning to end. Roasted malt, sweet caramel malt, some choclate flavor. Lots of coffee.

Another big creamy porter here. Smooth, velvety, medium carbonation.

This is a great beer. The big bourbon notes are balanced well by the coffee and roasted malt making it a beer that I drank entirely too fast. Definitely something I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 12:48:05 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Wisconsin


4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black body with a medium head that dissipates to a nice lace. This beer is completely black and is thick as syrup.

S - Smells like rich coffee beans and some maltiness.

T - It tastes like it smells. Lots of dark thick coffee flavor hits you right in the mouth. Some bitterness towards the end.

M - Sharp, rich coffee flavor hits your mouth right away with some bitterness standing out towards the end.

D - This is a great beer overall but it would be hard to drink more than a couple of these in a sitting. This is a very intense and rich beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 03:21:49 | More by Wisconsin
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you to adamharbaugh for sending me this brew in the "One of Each" BIF. I've been looking for this one for some time now. Served this devilish brew at cellar temperature, in a pint glass, from a stubby twelve ounce bottle.

Appearance: Devil Over a Barrel pours out a very deep brown, almost black color. No light can penetrate this beer. A somewhat hard pour resulted in a thin, mocha brown, two finger head. Head dissapated quickly, leaving a ring of foam around the glass. Some thin dots of tan lace were left clinging to the glass.

Smell: Definitely some coffee in this porter. Big roasted/toasted malt aromas hit the nose next. I do manage to pick out some wood and bourbon through all the coffee. Touches of brown sugar and molasses deep in the background. Quite a strong nose on this beer.

Taste: Wow! There's the bourbon flavor I was looking for. And talk about coffee! Fresh roasted black coffee. Thick oat/malt flavor that lends a nice roastiness to the flavor. Slight hints of wood shine through. Almost taste a bit of chocolate. Bits of sweet brown sugar are noticed as well. Finishes slightly boozy and dry. Gives you another kick of coffee and bourbon as well. Thick rich flavor is packed into this brew.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is thick and full bodied. Almost creamy, and coats the mouth nicely. Moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: Decent drinkability. The thick rich flavors make drinkability suffer a bit. A great brew overall. Thanks again adamharbaugh!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2008 01:49:34 | More by jaxon53
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4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Genog for the bottle. Been looking forward to this one for a while.

Appearance: It pours a very dark chocolate brown color. It's nearly black. There's no discernible light getting through, even around the edges. The head (if you can call it that) appears to be a mocha brown color. But, a strong pour only yielded a light layer of froth just on the top. Retention was very short and lacing was spotty and thin.

Smell: Bourbon hits this nose first. It smells really nice. While it appears to be prominent and the focal point, there's plenty of other scents to be noted. Roasted malts and coffee seem to be the most prevalent aromas otherwise. It smells sweet and the coffee really works well, at least on the nose. Vanilla's very much in the mix. There's some chocolate malts that add some more sweetness and depth. Alcohol is noted, but doesn't come across as too strong. On the tail, a nice oak smell shines through. Very deep and complex. Impressive.

Taste: The flavor profile is consistent with the nose, but unfolds a little differently. It's every bit as good though. Roasted malts and chocolate malts kick it off. The roasted variety is stronger, but it's a great mix. Coffee is a little more subdued than it was on the nose, but it's easily noted and adds a lot of flavor. Bourbon is noteable, but it's a complementary flavor and doesn't steal the spotlight. Very fitting for my taste. There is a nice infusion of vanilla that adds a great deal of character. I like that a lot. The oak flavor is nicely done. It simply adds more depth and character to what's an already very impressive beer. Alcohol is noted, but is blended and masked well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's on the lighter side of medium. A little too thin in my opinion. Despite its lighter feel, it is smooth. Carbonation is very low. Just enough to keep it above flat. That helps, but more body would improve this quite a bit. Drinkability is good. It might be limited a little by the 8% abv, but not much. 8% doesn't scare anyone does it?

Devil Over a Barrel is impressive. Very impressive. There's a great deal of depth and flavor crammed into this bottle. The only glaring flaw is its body. A thicker body would do a lot to improve it. Having said that, it is very good as it is and is certainly worth seeking out. Thanks, Adam.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2008 03:08:56 | More by prototypic
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4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to EGledhill who threw this in when I picked up a 6er of Troeg's Scratch #15 for this. Completely awesome and unexpected.

A-Body is a completely opaque, dark, deep brown, nearly black color. Beautiful body...but...where is the head? A tiny fizzy <1/2 finger brown head emerges for a few seconds then quickly disappears.

S-Perfect. Exactly what I would want and more in this brew. The nose is on the sweeter side but mixes roasted coffee bitterness, bourbon sweetness, with and added extra hint of vanilla and toffee to top it all off. Smells like a perfectly blended flavored coffee with a shot of bourbon in it?

T-Wonderful. The oak really comes out upfront as well as a big roasted malt background. Its actually much more bitter upfront than at the finish. The bitterness tapers off for the finish where the bourbon and vanilla oak characters really come through. A wonderfully balanced blend of roasted malt, vanilla, toffee, oak, and bourbon flavors linger and a wrapped in a soft warm alcohol blanket.

M-Good, but not as impressive as the taste and smell. Medium to high carbonation and a quite smooth medium weight body. A bit of alcohol comes through in the body.

D-The ABV in this brew is there but pretty well hidden. Overall this is a wonderfully blended beer and probably the best porter that I have ever had. I would trade for it again without hesitation. A really big thanks to EGledhill for this one!

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2008 04:23:52 | More by PittBeerGirl
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4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to MasterSki for this one! I've been waiting for this one for a long time. Poured a nice deep solid black with a one inch cocoa head. Really a thing of beauty. The smell is dark roast coffee. It's intense but not in a bad way(especially if you like good coffee). The taste is impressive. The barrel aging subdues the coffee so it's not crazy intense. The mouhtfeel is solid. Not to thin or under carbonated which can sometimes be the case in aged beers. But overall this was a very good beer. There's a lot going on in that little 12oz bottle and I'd be interested to see what happens to it a year or two down the road.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2008 03:39:11 | More by PretzelCity
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4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received this bottle as an extra from brdc, a very cool move on his part! The beer was dark brown with some reddish edges, almost no head. The smell was off-the-charts good, coffee, bourbon, sweet malt, biscuit malt. The taste is similar to Kentucky Breakfast Stout, but maybe a little tastier, I guess from a sweeter aftertaste. The body's a little lighter than you'd hope for from all the flavors, but that maybe helps it to be so drinkable. A very good beer that I'm glad I could try.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 03:41:31 | More by TurdFurgison
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4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Thanks to kryptic for the bottle.

Appears opaque black in color with a half inch thick tan head. It sinks down to a skim and leaves a bit of spotty lacing.

Aroma is strongly dominated by the coffee with light notes of bourbon, dark chocolate, and a light hint of vanilla.

The taste begins with a nice dose of coffee and chocolate but is quickly joined by the wonderful flavors of bourbon and oak with a hint of vanilla. The bourbon is somewhat subtle, but it works well.

Mouthfeel is medium, perhaps a bit too thin, but the carbonation is nice and creamy.

This was a very good beer that was perfect on this blisteringly cold night. The only real downside to this is the somewhat thin mouthfeel. Ironically, this actually makes it more drinkable. I need more.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 05:50:20 | More by roadhouse
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4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Jeff (Faro), you are the man! Off the "wants" list...as an extra! Poured from a 12 oz. bottle in to a pint glass.

A- Dark brown, almost black. Tan, finger sized head formed and dissipated quickly.

S- Roasted coffee beans were definitely at the forefront. Was able to detect a hint of vanilla and chocolate, but just barely.

T- Coffee beans and a slight chocolate sweetness first hit the palate. As the beer settled on the tongue, slight vanilla, oak flavors barely pushed through and then were capped off by a hoppy bitterness.

M- I wish that other beers would have the texture of this one. Just thick enough to give the texture some substance, but not so much that it felt like sludge in the mouth. Lubricated the tongue well and had a light feel to it. Perfect in my book.

D- Highly drinkable! Even though the taste and smell were somewhat of a let down, the consistency of the beer is enough to overlook this. Hardly noticed the ABV, until I felt a slight burn in the chest.

Overall, an awesome brew sent as an awesome extra by an awesome BA. I was slightly disappointed in the fact that the bourbon and barrel aged characteristics were hardly detectable. However, this is still a must try.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2008 04:31:01 | More by rhinos00
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4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, this brew pours a thick dark brown with an aggressive tan head that disappears extremely quickly. On the nose at first is coffee with sugar and cream, but eventually the hops shine through. The taste is intense, with espresso and vanilla on the front, but finishes soft with a light hop bitterness. Full bodied, and uniquely flavored, this porter is still quite approachable. Quite a bit better than it's parent brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2008 05:01:09 | More by WYVYRN527
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2.78/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, with a very light tan head. Espresso nose, lacking depth. Dark roast coffee up front, with a light note of caramel as well. No barrel character. Not much in terms of malt depth. My main complaint though, it's filtered to death and not bottle conditioned....just tastes dead, which leads to a poor mouth feel as well.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:29:27 | More by Crosling
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4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Have not had a really interesting porter in a bit, so I am hoping this one lives up to the hype. Thanks to jonstubb for this bad ass extra. Poured in to a snifter a pitch black syrupy consistency, with a small tan laced head. Definitely can smell bourbon in the nose, as well as some chocolate, black coffee, bit of cola....sort of reminds me of chocolate chip cookies. Taste is big and in your face with rich chocolate, bits of bitter coffee, bourbon that manages to remain just in the background, not overdone at all. Body is thick as hell, probably the chunkiest porter I have ever had, which I guess can be attributed to the addition of oatmeal. It might be bordering on Imperial Stout in some places. Drinking this is insanely easy.Texture is silky smooth and very complex. Awesome beer, I was not disappointed. Cannot wait to try their Hop Whore DIPA. Cheers

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 00:32:11 | More by jamie2dope
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4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bourbon-aged porter? What could be better? Thanks to Team Cincinnati in the Triple Trouble BIF for this.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a deep brown with a small light tan head. It drops instantaneously to a medium collar with some hazy bubbles floating across the surface.

SMELL: Whoa. The awesome aroma of bourbon lets me know just what I'm in for. Vanilla notes come out quite a bit from the wood-aging. Of all things, the porter definitely seems to be in the background, but as it warms the rich chocolate and caramel come out a lot more. This smells incredible.

TASTE: Amazing. It's a porter first and foremost without letting the barrel-aging overwhelm it. Rich, luxurious chocolate and toffee hit you right up front with some of the bourbon flavor coming on at the finish. Just a perfectly tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and silky smooth. The body doesn't actually seem all that big, but the oats add such a nice dimension to this. Carbonation is on the lower end where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. It makes me want to cry that I only have 12 ounces of this wonderful nectar.

I need more of this somehow. It's not a simple beer by any stretch, but it's not too often that something blows you away like Devil Over A Barrel does.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 20:41:00 | More by jmalex
Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
96 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.