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

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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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Reviews: 278 | Ratings: 694
Photo of Stevedore
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, bottled 25 Oct 2013 that I picked up today at Riley's to try before the recently released Devil over a Barrel (the partially BA version of this beer). Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/17/2014.

A- Opaque dark cola brown body. Doesn't illuminate at all. Comes with a one finger off-white head. Good retention, halfway sticky lacing.

S- Lots of rich black coffee, baker's chocolate, roast malt. Milk chocolate sweetness, almost like a lactose addition. Smells better than I expected.

F- Black drip coffee, milk chocolate, roast malts and a rich nuttiness that complements the coffee well. A lactose-like sweetness balances the coffee bitterness on the backend.

M- Medium bodied, on the thinner side as it is slightly watery in feel, but not in flavour. Good carbonation, expected for the style. Finish is nicely balanced- not too dry nor is it watery, but it is also simultaneously sweet (milk chocolate sweetness) and bitter (black coffee). Would have liked the body to be more substantial, especially as this has adjunct oatmeal.

O- Very good imperial porter with a very rich malt profile that blends coffee in very well. A very good buy at $10/4-pack. Looking forward to trying the partially BA version of this.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Black, with dark brown highlights, and short head of light tan, and slight lacing.

S - Mostly roasty, but with some coffee.

T - Fat coffee and roasted malts and toasted grains. Mid-point is bright, with a subtle sourness and coffee acidity. Close runs out with a bitter line, and lovely, abiding toasted malt.

M - Moderate feel, silky, but still fairly light.

O - A rock solid porter with a big coffee bite. Tasty and fun, a delicious brew that makes me wish it were part of Tyranena's standard line-up.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

The Devil made me do it pours a black color with a small, but long lasting and lacing head. There is a huge rich, and creamy coffee aroma. The taste has a nice bold coffee flavor, but is very creamy and has a nice oatmeal flavor. Very drinkable, good flavors, just the smallest bit watery. Overall a very rich and creamy coffee beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L - rigorous pour reveals a syrupy dark brown ale topped with a thinner tan head
S - rich aroma of coffee, chocolate, oats, roasted barley
T - coffee, chocolate, oats, roasty, very rich, caramel
F - super creamy, full body, easy to drink
O - excellent beer, but it does remind me of a certain other popular coffee chocolate oatmeal stout. This is very good nonetheless.

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Photo of OldRickSputin
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The cap is a twist off- just FYI?

Underrated beer IMO. There are a lot of nice flavors going on here without getting too crazy. Obviously coffee is the primary tone.

This is one I always make sure to have on hand. Perfect for mornings with a little oatmeal.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Brown, near black body that swallows all light. Honeycomb-like composition to the bubbles in the tan, creamy head. Sticky lacing. Label is uninspiring, tacky, but the product itself looks nice.

S: Coffee bean, chocolate. Quite bitter. Rich and deep.

T: Coffee, chocolate, burnt malts. Pretty bitter, without any sweetness to balance- but that is coffee for ya.

M: Velvety and smooth, carbonation is present but somehow stays in the background to only provide zest.

O: It'll bring the coffee.

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Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked a 4-pack of this up when I trekked back to the Midwest region over the holidays.

A: Poured a pitch black color (or lack thereof), with a slight mocha head that was a mere shade or two lighter than the liquid below it.

S: Not espresso, more like mocha, but damn good. Soft, Frapuccino-esque flair on the nose.

T: Mocha buttercream. One would have to have a microscope to detect any roast on this porter, but it was still damn tasty. So, so, so smooth!

M: Only a few lines of lacing left settling on the glass, this wasn't over carbonated in any way, and the coffee wasn't bitter at all, quite the contrary.

O: I actually had a Founders Breakfast Stout right before this and I actually prefer this one. I'll let that endorsement speak for itself.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours thicker and richer than I expected. One finger khaki head.

Aroma is full a black coffee. Robust sweetness.

Tastes of rich black coffee. Long big and roasty finish. Fairly bitter with just enough sweetness.

Coating creamy mouthfeel.

Great coffee beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Stone IRS snifter. This imperial coffee oatmeal porter pours out very dark and opaque with a finger of fairly long-lasting light tan head. The nose has some really nice roasted malt and coffee notes without being a ``coffee bomb''. I also detect a creamy sweetness underneath.

Nice medium-full body and a real ``roast-forward'' flavor. Up front I get dark chocolate and some rich, nutty malt. At mid-palate lots of appetizing bitterness from the coffee and the roasted malt comes in and adds a nice complexity to the flavor. The underlying sweetness stays on the palate, smooths it out, and brings it together nicely, but overall the beer has a characteristic rich, porter-like roastiness. The coffee and roast linger on the finish, especially the coffee, which leaves behind a rich ``cold press'' coffee flavor dripping from the roof of your mouth.

A superb porter. I spend so much time with IPAs and Imperial Stouts that I often forget just how much I enjoy this style. This one is very traditional in its feel, flavor, and body and is as good as a porter gets. I'd love to someday conduct side-by-side comparisons with this one, Founders Porter, and GL Edmund Fitzgerald. Right now, I'd rank this one ahead of Founders without a second thought. It would be a toss-up as to whether it finished ahead of Edmund Fitzgerald.

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Photo of jhartley
4.6/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet. Bottled on November 18, 2013.

A-Pours a beautiful deep brown to black body. 1/2 finger tan head. Held up to the light it has a slight cola look to it around the edges.

S-COFFEE! Some roasted malts. This is just awesome smells. You know you're going to be drinking a coffee porter.

T/M-Awesome flavors of coffee, smooth and rounded out with a slight carbonation and the oatmeal gives the body a nice smoothness. Nice and easy drinker.

O-Loved this beer! Coffee stouts/porters I am a sucker for and anything brewed with oatmeal too. Love that smoothness that it adds to a beer. If you can find or get this beer I suggest you do, I was lucky enough to receive this as a gift from lonewolfcry and I am glad he sent it!

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Photo of toolbrew
4.51/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a North Coast tulip. Dark with a good tan head. Some lacing down the glass. Coffee aroma. Bitter dark chocolate taste and some coffee. The oatmeal gives this a thicker mouthfeel. Overall a great beer. If it had a higher abv I would lay it down to age.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very small caramel head which did not stick around to long, light lacing

Smell is coffee, coffee, espresso, roasted notes, dark chocolate

Taste is bitter black coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, roasted malt, cappuccino, espresso, light earthy hop note, a little sweet vanilla like flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium full, silky carbonation, finishes dryish just like a cup of coffee

Wow, Tyranena really hits it out of the park with there dark beers, a lot of flavor for a reasonable abv! Get it if you can, on par with FBS if not a notch above.

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Photo of bound4er
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A. Dark brown with a nice two finger tan head. Average amount of lacing.

S. Not the most expressive nose - some coffee and roasted malt lead the way.

T. Loads of roasted malt and coffee with a nice lingering, coffee infused semi-bitter finish.

M. Medium bodied with just a hint of carbonation. Could use a bit more creaminess.

O. This is a great tasting and easy to drink coffee porter. Not the most complex beer you'll stumble across but it is tasty and at $8.50 a 4-pack it is a great deal too. Worth seeking out.

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Photo of Florida9
4.12/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color, but still a little translucent. Forms a small tan colored head. Some light lacing. Aroma is strongly of coffee and coffee ground with some woodsy, earthy notes in the mix. Maybe just a hint of citrus. Taste is similar with a moderate sweetness, more coffee, and some roasted malts. Heavy-medium body. Coffee-like bitterness. A more than decent brew.

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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 beatenbyjacks
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark, no light coming through and pours with an inch thick head. No lacing which would have given it higher rating.

Smell - coffee, coffee, coffee.... Rich bitter coffee is all over this one!

Taste - rich smooth bitter coffee. Almost a cold espresso beer and delicious.

Mouthfeel - malty rich that leaves you tongue with a iced coffee type flavor

Overall - wow is this a great coffee beer. Quite delicious. Glad I got to try this one via a trade!

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Photo of joe1510
4.5/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Bottle
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor Madison

The Devil Made Me Do It poured a black hole into my snifter. This beer does not let one bit of light shine through. I think it's actually making the room darker. A one finger tan head formed and quickly fell to a thick ring of head with a floating island of chunk. Leaves chunky lacing after each sip. This is one of those beers that looks like it'll be packed with flavor.

This beer smells great. Mounds of the finest freshly ground coffee beans greet the nose. Roasted malts are there along with a shot of cream and 2 cubes of sugar. Smells like a quality freshly brewed cup of coffee.

Again, a freshly brewed cup of coffee as soon as this beer hits the tongue. Mild vanilla and cream add a nice sweetness that accompanies the coffee perfectly. Moderate coffee bitterness on the swallow that's always welcome.

Creamy mouthfeel from the addition of oatmeal. Actually has a little prickliness in there that awakens the tongue and really lets the flavors take hold.

This is a highly drinkable beer. I can see myself drinking this anytime of the day whether it's with breakfast or after dinner.

Tyranena makes some great beers and this is no exception. A porter that's missing the porter aspect and filled with roasty delicious coffee.

Reviewed: 5/12/07

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Photo of rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A-Black in the glass and while pouring. One finger off white head.

S-Woah. Loads of coffee, balanced out with oats and roasted malt. Slight dark chocolate.

T-Starts with lots of coffee, has roasted malt and oats. Dark chocolate is very slight. Mild bitterness in the finish.

M-Medium bodied, smooth yet a tad creamy.

O-Another solid BGW beer from them. Can't believed I waited so long to pick up a bottle. Easily worth a try.

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Photo of BobZ
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a De Struise Cervoise. (Thanks to GHB for the extra!)

Appearance: Dark brown a nice 1" head that recedes to cap, nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted coffee lots of roasted coffee.

Taste: Very rich for a porter, a nice surprise. Strong roasted coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Pleasantly smooth, well carbonated, again good body especially for a porter, and clean on the palate.

Overall: This was a very, very, good coffee porter. Very enjoyable with a nice creamy consistency.

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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 Knapp85
4.16/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a deep brownish black color with a fizzy tan head on top. The retention is minimal but leaves a film on top. No real lacing. The smell of there is loaded with coffee and chocolate. The taste of the beer has a very nice coffee, roasted bitterness and creamy finish. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated and smooth, rich creamy finish. Overall very nice.

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Photo of TheSSG
3.97/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an immense, super dense, tan head that is surprisingly persistent with a touch of lacing. Amazing aroma of coffee; roasted, floral, and acidic. Pitch black. Whoa. This starts toasted, acidic, slighty sweet. There is a soft hop bitterness behind the assertive coffee acidity. As the bitterness subsides, it becomes noticeably fruitier as the coffee takes hold. That lighter consistency than a stout is here, and works well. The finish is a nice medley of chocolate, coffee, and roasted malt. As the acidity vanishes, I begin to love the flavors.

Not too bad, overall. I'm still not a huge fan of porters, but I think if you were, this would be amazing.

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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 jmarsh123
4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours black and pretty opaque. Small beige head recedes quickly. Slight lacing and little retention.

Nice roasted coffee aroma backed by chocolate and cocoa. Not terribly complex, but solid.

Similar flavor. Tug of war between the coffee and cocoa mostly with chocolate in the background. Coffee element seems stronger while it's cold and as it approaches room temperature cocoa and chocolate come more to the forefront. Whichever flavors are more prevalant, a nice roasty bitterness pervades.

Medium bodied. Decent carbonation.

Not the most complex beer I've ever had, but still a very tasty one and well made. Good yin and yang between the roastiness and maltiness.

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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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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 694 ratings.
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