The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter | Tyranena Brewing Company

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal PorterThe Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Coffee beans used are a blend of Costa Rican and Sumatran from Berres Brothers Coffee Roasters in Watertown, Wi.

Added by Winter on 02-10-2007

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from zrab11 (sweet extra!). No bottling date. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours dark, near black, brown with a thick half finger of khaki head. A decent bit of lacing.

Smells of rich coffee, sweet cream and roasty malt.

Big, bitter burnt coffee is bold and out front. Other flavors include dark cocoa powder, burnt caramel, smoked oats and faint sweet cream.

Smooth, creamy medium body with just a bit too much carbonation. Long coffee-infused finish.

Very in-your-face coffee taste and silky smooth feel but little else going on to seperate this good brew from herd and make it great. I'm a sucker for imperial coffee stouts/porters and as such I'd definately enjoy this again. But it can't quite compete with upper echelon in the style.

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Photo of baconsausage
3.64/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So it is 11am, I have nothing better to do and no job to go to. Lets have a coffee beer. This ones been kicking around the fridge for a while now.
Pours a dark brown with wispy tan bubbles floating around on top. Nose is faint sweet malts and cold coffee, with a bit of wet earth. It is apperant that this has some age on it, but may have been good to mellow out the flavors described in other reviews. Taste is a nice roasty porter, some vanilla notes mingle with the cold coffee bitterness. Avery faint sourness, that is now aperent in the nose, probably due to the age as well. A little dry for the style imo. also a little thin in the mouth, does not coat the palate. Over all a good beer to have with my brunch, and possibly my favorite in this series.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.65/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours black with hardly any head. Aroma of coffee of course and some sweet malt and molasses. Flavor is quite loaded with coffee with some sweet oatmeal. Palate is a little thin, I think a coffee imperial porter needs to be a bit more robust. I preferred Devil over a barrel over this original version. It was certainly good, but not as great as I had expected.

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Photo of raznug
3.66/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: This porter pours a black color and is topped with 1” of tan colored head that has great retention.
Smell: The roastiness of this porter is very evident once you pour and the coffee just blasts your nose like a gun.
Taste: The taste is not quite what I was expecting it has a bit of coffee flavor but it lacks in any depth, there is just nothing else there like I was hoping.
Mouthfeel: It is a bit thin bodied but it makes it easy drinking, too bad the flavor lacks.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to Jeff for this one. 12oz. bottle into a Cigar City snifter.

Pours pitch black with just the thinnest mocha head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is stringy, spotty and sparse. No legs. Pretty average.

Nose is molasses, chocolate, roasted malt, cocoa and liquorice. Moderately aromatic. Good.

Opens roasted malt, chocolate and cocoa. Coffee and espresso in the middle with some molasses and more dark chocolate towards the end. Finishes roasty with a light tartness. Coffee and chocolate finish. Pretty straightforward but tasty.

Medium bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slightly prickly but smooth in the mouth and silky going down. Messy finish with a lingering, filmy aftertaste. Solid.

A pretty middle of the road porter that... to its credit, is very quaffable. Certainly worth having and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.71/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass, the porter was a nice black color with no head to measure. A slight mocha lacing surrounded the sides of the glass. The aroma demonstrates big coffee. One can almost visualize coffee grounds from the smell. In the initial taste, one gets smokey coffee, a smooth miky texture, and dark chocolate. It has a nice smoothness, but it is certainly not overwhelmingly smooth and creamy. In the aftertaste, one detects a grainy dark chocolate note and very slight warming aftertaste. I generally find the Brewers Gone Wild line to be exciting and interesting. The Devil Made Me Do It! is a pretty middle of the packet coffee porter. There is nothing exceptionally wild about it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.78/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a nonic)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thick creamy head of light tan that last for the full beer and does a bit of lacing after each sip. No sign of light or carbonation in this body.

S- The smell of cold coffee grounds is soft when the beer is cold but comes through when it is warm. There is a slight earthy note to the dark malt in the background but it is pretty light.

T- This beer has a dark roasted malt flavor with a softer coffee ground flavor followed by a light hint of soy sauce. There is a soft hint of wet wood and a tart earthy note to the malt.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a slight chewy texture.

D- This beer has some big coffee notes but I don't taste any imperial qualities, but there are some oatmeal qualities that are nice.

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Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours nearly opaque black, with just a hint of brown around the edges. A two finger tan head forms, and gently recedes in a minute. Plenty of lace is left behind.
S: Big roasted coffee beans up front and center. Bittersweet chocolate, toasted malts. Very nice.
T: Again, roasted coffee beans are big and take over from beginning to end. A bit of bitter chocolate and toasted malts. Finishes bitter and slightly acrid.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. I wish the oatmeal would smooth this out more. As is, a rough and kind of grainy mouthfeel. Not hard to drink. I think if this was more rounded and smooth, I could drink this in a second.

A nice coffee stout, but I wish this was more rounded and the acrid coffee less sharp. Founder's Breakfast Stout has this beat on all counts, but I still like it. Not the masterpiece I was hoping this to be, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.8/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into snifter, poured at a bit below cellar temp and allowed to warm before reviewing. Beer peaked at warmer (i.e., room) temps. Bottled on date of 9/08. Another thanks to Dev (buckeyesox) for the bottle!

Pours black, showing brown around the edges, with some cola-like bubbles around the edge. Not the most impressive looking stout, really looks like extra black cola more than beer.

Nose is strong on the espresso, though more in a slightly organic coffee beans sort of way, a bit vegetal. Kind of thin smelling.

Taste is very lightly acidic up front, a bit thin, but with nice molasses, cocoa, and (most prominently) roasty coffee notes. Some caramelized brown sugar in there as well, which is quite nice. Medium thinnish body. Really nice finish though, that shows some pleasant coffee and even cocoa notes and carries through to a great exhale.

Mouthfeel was, again, a bit thin in body, but with a nice, light, fluffy carbonation.

Drinkability isn't bad. The lighter body actually may make this one even more quaffable. Still decently pleasant, but you can tell that it was once, and should be still, a bit better than it is.

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Photo of CH3CH2OH
3.81/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is overwhelmingly coffee - it brings to mind a carafe left too long in a drip coffee maker. Pours a deep black with a brown, long lasting head. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, with just enough hop bitterness to balance. Mouthfeel is thick and slick, and drinkability is high for a beer of this type.

I compared this to a Breakfast stout; this is a bit less layered, as the coffee is so prominent. But, it is an excellent, assertive porter that would go great at the end of a meal in lieu of coffee and dessert.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tytoanderso for this one.

This beer pours a dark brown that glows a foggy ruby russet when held to the light. The head is a thin collar of dirty tan.

Smells of 2% milk, smooth coffee, red licorice and canned mandarin oranges all pleasantly blended together.

Tastes a little more dry with the same coffee and milk but with a hint of bourbon in the background that pulls out some of the dryer coffee notes and a touch of pungent rye. Finishes with a numbing bourbon sting and dry coffee.

Feels a tad heavy with a micro-carbonation that thickens this one up quite a bit.

This one's tasty and I appreciate drinking it, but it may just be a little too busy for its own good.

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Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brixie's. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a thick tan head forming on the pour. The head has nice retention and leaves nice splotchy lace behind.

S: Coffee grounds up front with a little bitter roast. Some milk chocolate as well. Toasted cereal grains in the periphery.

T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Pure coffee beans, lingering chocolate and some toasted grains. A little roasted malts with a slight astringency to it.

M: Pretty thin with a medium coffee presence on the finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A little to thin for me overall. It detracted from the drinkability somewhat. Nice flavors overall though.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks again ThirstyBird. Served in a tulip. Poured two shades shy of black with an off-white head that didn't really linger very long. Nose was decaying coffee grounds - somewhat vegetal. Taste, however, was definitely coffee, as well as a hint of oats. Mouthfeel was medium and lightly effervescent. Alcohol was well-hidden. All and all, a very nice porter; however, I preferred Devil Over a Barrel.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.87/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours seal brown with no head whatsoever--a remarkably flat pour. Aroma features a blast of black coffee, along with some roasted malt and burnt toast. The persistence of the coffee in the nose is quite impressive, as it reasserts its presence with every sip.

The taste features a comparable barrage of coffee up front before revealing complementary flavors of brown sugar, oats, and molasses. Hops are wholly of the earthy variety, offering a bite that melds nicely with the acrid bitterness of the coffee. The finish is especially enjoyable, as the various components reach the height of their synergy. Warming reveals some nutty aspects as well. Medium body and negligible carbonation yield a silky smooth mouthfeel, though a touch more substance would be nice for a bigger beer such as this. In spite of the low carbonation, a modest tingle manages to subsist on the tip of the tongue, while trace sugars linger on the lips.

Overall, this is a smooth, full-flavored brew that doesn’t rest on its coffee laurels. Normally I’d shy away from a beer with such a pronounced black coffee flavor, but the hefty dose of malt sweetness and appropriate hopping keep this one on the level. It’s also the best dark beer I’ve had from Tyranena.

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a black color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into a quarter inch cap of foam. The aroma is coffee grounds with hints of roasted malt underneath, but mostly in is very one dimensional. The taste has more malt than the aroma, which is refreshing. There is still a lot of coffee, but the malt really adds some depth. The mouthfeel is medium-full bodied with a velvety texture, and nice, low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice coffee porter that I will certainly drink again.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.89/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a FFF tulip

A - Dark brown and opaque. One finger of mocha colored head settles down to foam only on the sides of the glass.

S - An amazing nose with vanilla, sweet coffee, light milk chocolate, slight hazelnut, and sweet cream. Very strong and great nose on thising his one.

T - Dark chocolate up front with slight vanilla sweetness. There is a lot of bitter and roasted coffee and malt in the finish as well as slight cream. While this is good, there is not as much flavor as I'd hope from the nose. It's actually a bit thin in the flavor profile.

MF - Light body and a bit watery. Finish is slightly astringent as the coffee rules this part.

O - This is a solid beer with an amazing nose. If it tasted like it smelled, it'd be amazing but unfortunately, it doesn't. It's also a bit too thin for my tastes. I heard some people call this a KBS killer but not even close in my opinion.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Massive thanks goes out to cmrillo who shared this one with the group at the "Evening Wood" tasting graciously hosted by cmrillo! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller flute. Poured a deep red brown with a minimal cream colored head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, and big peppercorn. The flavor was of sweet malt, slight roasted malt, cream, and slight peppercorn. It had a heavy feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty good brew. This is one of the first Porters I've come across where I got peppercorn on it. It was a pretty nice touch if I am completely honest. The aroma wasn't very complex which was a letdown, but the flavor was a little bit to help make up for that fact. A pretty well done brew.

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Photo of bnes09
3.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark chocolate brown color. Weak head with minimal retention and no lacing.

Roasted, spicy, coffee, oatmeal and chile pepper aroma.

Moderately bitter roasted malt with coffee added. Oats mellow the palate. Hot chile peppers in the back of the mouth.

Medium bodied. Well carbonated. Coarse texture.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my Delirium tulip glass.
Pours a dark very dark brown color with only the slightest head that quickly recedes to nothing.
Smell is coffee. Predominantly nothing but coffee. But it's good and no problem at all.
Taste is again very good coffee. There are some roasted flavors coming through. The mouthfeel is full, robust and pretty tasty for the amount of coffee that comes through. Has a very good taste, mouthfeel for being a porter. This could hang with most of the coffee stouts that are out there right now. Another very good, solid porter from Tyranena. It's safe to say they understand their porters!

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks for Tyler for this one. 'Devil' pours a dark dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a very thin head. Smells strongly of coffee. Tastes strongly of coffee (but not too strongly) and a healthy dose of roasted malt and (as it warms up) a bit of charred flavor. Could use just a tad more carbonation I think, but a nice creamy feel for a porter. Solid beer.

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Photo of jaasen64
3.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into Lawson's snifter. Thanks Josh (thebigredone) for this one!

A- Pours an opaque dark black with a very thin layer of mocha brown head that recedes very fast. Fairly low carbonation, but consistent sporadic bubbles. Light lacing.

S- Coffee, roasted espresso beans, dark chocolate. Decently aromatic, coffee smell is slightly stale (imagine it was probably a tiny bit better a little bit fresher).

T- Coffee (like smell not the freshest), dark bitter chocolate, lightly creamy, roasted espresso beans. Good for an imperial oatmeal porter, however I felt like the coffee taste was slightly stale in it. Not as rich or fresh tasting as other coffee porters I've had.

M- Medium bodied, decent carbonation, easy drinking, slightly velvety, decent feel for a porter.

O- This was a decent coffee oatmeal porter, however I wasn't a huge fan of how the coffee tasted in it. Overall it was well done, but I felt like the coffee taste wasn't as good as other coffee porters I've had. I'd recommend checking this out, you probably won't be disappointed.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, bottled on 11/6/08. Thank you for the extra, Craig.

There was a big pop hiss when I twisted off the cap, but that appears to been about the sum of CO2 for this one. It poured an amazingly still very dark, almost obsidian brown. There is no head, just occasional bubbles surfacing. I was going for a 2.5, but after two years, three months I'll give it a small break.

Coffee aroma has held up, dark roast beans are mixed up with soy sauce and patent malt. There's a chocolate presence too.

The flavors continue on in the same vein. Slightly salty chocolate covering espresso beans and almonds. Some soy sauce, oxidation, and sweetened espresso. A good dose of roast with more of a charred bitterness.

The lack of carbonation is not at all a problem on the palate. The oatmeal grants it a full, smooth body even though it looks like it's filtered. It is not flat, some small bubbles remain and probably keep the finish from being too sweet and sticky.

I'm not sure I would be able to tell that this is over two years old. The coffee is still a central feature and nice, though at the level of the top coffee Stouts/Porters/Brown Ales. I suppose it's not available anymore, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of beveritt
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a stnadard pint glass. The label describes this as "a big ol' black beer with oatmeal silkiness, full bodied with soothingly rich coffee flavors." No brewed on date.

Appearance: Pours with very little head, even after a hard pour. A tan ring around the glass is all I get, this sticks around for the whole beer. The beer itself is black, if you look hard enough you can just see the barest amount of light through it. Dark ruby.

Smell: Overwhelming coffee smell; a foot away from the glass. Almost a green coffee smell to it, bitter yet slightly vegetal. Hints of chocolate and soy sauce.

Taste: Once again, coffee is the overwhelming flavor here. Dark, rich roastiness, like I mixed a half beer, half coffee drink. Very little noticeable hop bitterness, slight bitter aftertaste from the coffee. Undertone of sweet, chocolatey malt.

Mouthfeel: Slightly lower than average carbonation. Mouthfeel is okay, maybe a little thin for an oatmeal beer.

Drinkability: A thoroughly tasty sipper.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle provided by CrellMoset... split it with dkachur

A: Deep chocolatey brown, but with a bit of a short head. Leaves a nice little trim around the edges of the glass.

S + T: Deep roasted malts, and a slightly sweetened coffee flavour. Cocoa and a nice oatmeal smoothness that I often overlook in oatmeal brews.

M + D: Soft smoothness in the body, with a moderate bit of carbonation. A feeling of alcohol warmth on the way down, so I don't imagine the ABV is low.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This isn't an overly complex beer as coffee and chocolate dominate the flavor. It really works well though as this is a great, easy drinking coffee beer. The coffee taste and smell are the most dominant things in this beer and the coffee is just the right mix of being bold but not overpowering. I thought it compared favorably to Founders Breakfast Stout which is great because that beer is pretty highly respected.

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
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