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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
696
Reviews:
278
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good, Derek's fresh bottle. Bit of burnt coffee and molasses and chocolate malt aroma. Soft creamy and full mouthfeel, silky smooth. black,with lots of head. Well malted, milk chocolate, and gets all the bitterness down.A great representative of its style, and I wish I saved one for breakfast.
Bottle a year later not as great.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Holy cow! The coffee aroma in this beer is as strong as in any coffee beer that I have ever smelled. If the rest of the beer continues what the aroma started, I'm not getting any sleep tonight.

Very strong coffees that remind me of columbian and exotic Hawaiian and Malaysian blends despite the lables endorsement of Sumatra. Very suble malts make me think English Barleywine with their depth and robust nature. Roasty and toasty is great Stout fashion. Though nice, it seems a bit one-dimensional.

With the aggression of the roasted grains, espresso roast, and acrid bitterness; the sweetness from the malts are difficult to detect but the bready malt taste is full in force. Nutty, lightly buttery (butterscotch) and fruity with licorice, plumbs, dates, figs; even the esters have a difficult time gaining any ground because of the strong coffee taste.

Certainly a bitter Porter with all the hop additions, charred grains, and coffee oils. But the malty richness isn't far behind. Acrid and dry but only to a point. The oats and breadiness helps the beer acheive a heavy cream texture (of which, I would prefer more).

Not as chocolatey as many other Porters, which confuses a little with coffee Stouts. It's all symantics at this point, but if you like coffee and dark beers, then you will certainly find satisfaction with this beer.

Thanks Opethsprite!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Expectations are sky high given the brewery and series; I've adored past beers in the Brewers Gone Wild! lineup.

BOTTLE: Courtesy of Duff27 - thanks! 12 fl oz. Brown glass. Appealing label design. Branded maroon twist-off cap.

Served cold into a pilsner glass at low altitude in Austin, TX, and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Reviewed live as an imperial coffee oatmeal porter per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: ~1 finger wide. Khaki colour. Nice creaminess, fullness, and frothiness. Thick enough, with a coating ring of lacing forming on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes. Nice complexion. Consistency is even. Could be softer looking and darker/richer.

Retention is nice - ~4 minutes.

BODY: Predictably, it's an opaque black. There's no visible yeasty muck or anything.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a good looking imperial porter, but I wouldn't call it a unique or special appearance.

AROMA: Has some nice java/coffee character with hints of roastiness as well as near-ideal coffee bean bitterness. The coffee is complemented nicely by hints of chocolate/cocoa powder, chocolate malts, oats, muted hazelnut, and dark malts. Hints of malted milk balls/whoppers edge this closer to milk stout territory than I would have guessed, but the sweetness/bitterness balance seems right on the money. Cream and a whisper of dark fruit round out the complex aromatics.

Aromatic intensity is above average. No booziness or other off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: The coffee dominates just as it should, with rich java blends evoking roast as well as fresh coffee bean. The coffee is nicely balanced with the milk chocolate, cream, and dark malt/chocolate malt base. On the sweeter end for a coffee porter in spite of its coffee bitterness, with no real hop presence or roasted barley presence. There's a muted hint of hazelnut and maybe some dark fruit (plum?), but otherwise this is a pretty straightforward build for the style. The oats don't lend much in terms of flavour, and are instead evidenced only in the mouthfeel.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. This is a cohesive coffee porter build, but the beer isn't gestalt. There's some seamless layering of flavour (the coffee and chocolate seem inseparable), but still more intricacy would benefit the beer: vanilla bean, marshmallow, roasted barley, espresso...these would all fill it out with even more complexity. And the coffee could be far more expressive than it is; it's pretty average in its depth of flavour as-is.

TEXTURE: Smooth, creamy, wet, soft, medium-bodied, and near ideally thick and hefty on the palate. Overall presence on the palate is great, with near perfect carbonation and a somewhat silky feel. This texture coaxes out more of that malted milk ball taste, to its benefit.

This texture doesn't quite elevate the beer as a whole, but it does complement the taste nicely and helps coax out additional nuance from the flavour profile. Well-executed.

OVERALL: A nice offering from an underappreciated brewery, The Devil Made Me Do It! is a lovely imperial porter that will satisfy even the most discerning fans of the style. However, it won't impress, and isn't Tyranena's strongest work in this series. As much as I like it and will enjoy finishing it, I'd sooner reach for more widely available offerings like Ballast Point's Victory At Sea in the imperial porter category. An inspired effort, and absolutely worth trying - but not a world-class offering, nor a paragon in its style. Highly drinkable.

High B-

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Photo of emerge077
4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite the fine porter, i'm skewed toward the coffee persuasion though.

Black oily pour into a snifter, nice lace is left. Foam bubbles up then settles. Aroma of roast ground coffee. Smooth, not harsh or overdone.

Roasty with mild bitterness, bakers chocolate and coffee. Oatmeal lends itself to a silky mouthfeel, smooth though not chewy like a stout. Some may say it's thin, I say it's just right. Imperial Porters don't always have to rival an RIS to hold their own. Seems to pack a punch with it's hidden ABV and caffeination.

Overall impression is that this is mighty close to Founders Breakfast Stout, with a few nuanced differences.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Moejuck: Poured a deep black color porter with a small foamy head with average retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry coffee is dominating but not in an exceeding way which sometime render coffee flavoured beer a bit gross. Taste of medium roasted malt with subtle bitter notes with some coffee which brings dry notes. I would have preferred a bit more chocolate notes and maybe a touch of sweetness to balance the dryness of the coffee but this beer is still very enjoyable. Full body with some light carbonation which fits the style.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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

Poured int New Belgium Globe Glass.

Color is basically black. 1 Finger tan head that thins down quickly. Good lacing.

Aroma is a lot of coffee/mocha. Wow, it smells just like a coffee shop. Very malty.

Taste is of malts and coffee. Some earthy hops are slightly present. This tastes almost more like coffee then it does beer. Stunning.

Mouthfeel starts out slightly bitter and then gets really refreshing. Clean aftertaste. Great mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Very tasty and great mouthfeel. I could easily enjoy another. I highly recommend!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a near black color with a thin mocha head. The nose brings quite a bit of coffee as well as roasted malt. Some hints of chocolate. The taste is about the same, with the addition of a nice creamy mouthfeel. Good roasted coffee notes and some pretty deep malt. Mild amounts of chocolate in the background. Quite smooth and easy drinking. A good winter brew.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There's a little bit of spicy, cut green pepper character to the remarkably realistic espresso-like nose of Tyranena's "The Devil Made Me Do It!". Not that that's a bad thing because it's not... I'm not sure where it comes from, but I've smelled the same thing in fresh, deeply roasted coffee beans. Apart from that, there's a little bit of softly sweet dark chocolate underneath, an edge of burnt brown sugar, and a bit of nuttiness. Not surprisingly, all of these follow through into the flavor which is pretty much just as rich and intense. It doesn't taste like espresso though, although it's close. The bitterness isn't THAT bold, and it's richer, fuller, and sweeter with the chocolatey dark malts coming through nicely. The bitterness is bold but far from brash, and it's just not needed as the roastiness lends it a bit of an edge. Some hops seem to sneak around in the background - a little bit grassy, earthy, and leafy - but they never really show up on their own. It finishes dry and roasty with lots of lingering coffee and a touch of sweetish vanilla and some nuts to boot (hazelnuts, walnuts, filberts) - maybe even some maple syrup. The alcohol is remarkably well hidden until the end of the glass, but the caffeine is not! I could feel my heartbeat picking up a notch halfway into it! Impressive! It's exciting, rich, engaging, and satiating. Very nicely done! The best coffee beer I've had to date. Certainly worth trying!

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Photo of jlindros
4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Levifunk.

A snowy, cold, windy afternoon, and I'm home working on the house. This seemed like the perfect afternoon beer to keep me awake and warm.

Pours super dark and syrupy looking, with a very light brown head covering, for what shows up fades pretty quickly.The beer is thick and pitch black, and leaves nice long legs on the sides of the glass.

Nose is beautiful, tons of chocolate, a bit of baker's chocolate, little dark, some chocolate milk, and even hot cocoa. SOme oatmeal behind that add a nice heavy feel for the aroma too. Some light roast and a bit of coffee under that, but not as much as I expected for coffee at least. A bit of a powdered like aroma, like powdered chocolate. Some dark malts, a bit of caramel, and even vanilla. No real booze either, which I almost wish this had a little more boozy aroma. As it warms I'm starting to get more coffee grinds, ground into a fine powder like.

Taste starts thick and luscious and quickly coats the mouth, more of the powdered chocolate and powdered coffee grinds. A little bit of a burnt coffee taste. The chocolate comes out a lot too, but a little less than the aroma, bringing more cocoa and chocolate milk, but a bit of baker's chocolate. Some espresso flavors, and plenty of roasted malt. A bit of baked chocolate brownie even. Fairly sweet but just dancing on the boarder of not enough and too much, and pretty thick. The oatmeal flavor comes out a bit, but it really comes out on the feel. Some bitterness, but not overly, and just a hint of a acidic acrid burnt coffee flavor. Finish lasts a while as the mouth coating doesn't break down quickly. It dries a bit, but not a lot, and leaves a slight sticky mouth feel since it's so thick. A bit of the chocolate lingers, with some roast and a hint of coffee, and the bitterness comes through more, bitterness from roasted malts mostly, but I get a hint of earthy and spicy hops.

Mouth is very thick, rich, a little velvety and pretty smooth, no real boozy effect either, with lower carbonation, but decent for the style. The oatmeal in full effect here.

Drinkability is pretty good, it does coat the mouth and leave a slight sticky resin behind which slows down the drinking a bit. No real booze though, which I kinda wish this did have a bit more boozy feel, but the effect it gets without that booze is great. A bit more carbonation, and a nice head, would have made this beer amazing!

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4.15/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color short light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of roasted coffee, smoky malts, chocolate and just a touch of hops.

T: The taste is rich roasted coffee & oats along with dark malts, chocolate and a touch of dark fruit. There's isn't much of a hops presence but it really isn't needed here. The after-taste is smoky and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium-to-heavy body, light-to-medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, slightly filling, very good representation of style, decent kick, this is a very nice beer to chill out with for a little while, it might fill you up a bit after a few of them but it's very enjoyable.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown (almost seems like a murkier ruby at times if you hold it the right way), with a finger of foamy mocha head. This dissipates quickly, leaving back a light foaminess around the edges and some gentle spotty lace down the sides of the glass. Coffee sits with some presence in the aroma, and even though it seems to have mellowed a bit, this still gives off a flavorful burnt roastiness. This is balanced in the nose by notes of chocolate, caramel, and green citric hops, which all combine to give this an underlying roasty tang.

The coffee still has a bitter and burnt bite left to it in the taste as well, backed up by leafy citric hops and then balanced across the back of the profile by a sticky mix of cocoa and toffee. Espresso sticks hard to the tongue in the finish, with a smoky acrid bitterness that is hard to shake. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and initially prickly in the mouth, but then achieves more of a creamy chewiness the longer it sits in the mouth. This actually gets downright oily by the time it nears the back of the throat and combines with a well hid ABV to leave a smooth final impression.

I'm not sure of the age of this bottle (when I bought it up in WI last summer, it already gave me the impression that it had been sitting on the shelf for a while) but I was pleased to find that the coffee character was still going strong here. It had mellowed a bit but seemed to have integrated itself in well with those additional notes of sweet malt and lightly faded citric hop character. I'm hoping that they brew this one again. I'd love to have a fresh bottle to compare.

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4.2/5  rDev +0.7%

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