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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
Reviews:
276
Ratings:
681
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
13.43%
 
 
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216
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70
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Photo of aasher
4.15/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm glad to see this one finally make it to Indiana. The Devil Made Me Do It pours a medium bodied dark chocolate brown in color with a one finger khaki head. The nose features bitter baking chocolate, roasted dark malts, coffee bean, some light dark chocolate, and a moderate bitterness. It smells like a poor mans Breakfast Stout, fitting since this isn't a stout. The flavors are nice and complex. It has all you would expect, the coffee ground, bitter yet slightly sweet chocolate, smooth malts. It drinks medium in body and is easy to drink for being 7.5%. Overall this is a fine porter. I would say that it is most comparable to Terrapins Wake N Bake. This beer is definitely worth trying, especially fresh!

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Photo of Wasatch
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to BAs ThomasHardy and flybison for the brew's.

Pours a nice dark brown/black color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, not much sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is big time coffee, malty, there's also some toffee/caramel thrown in. The taste is also a big coffee flavor at the get go, slightly sweet/bitter afterwards, nice touch of malts as well. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome tasting brew, highly recommended.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a Penn Pilsner pint glass. Got this as an extra in a recent trade. My 2nd offering from this series of beers.

A-The devil pours a deep bold black color. With a sturdy hard pour I only got a minimal light tan head that left before I was finishing pouring the bottle. A few brush strokes of tan color are seen at certain places around the black surface. Very minimal lacing.

S- Devil smells the part with a nice amount of coffee bean aroma but seems muted probably faded with some age, this probably smelled excellent when bottled. The coffee that is their is pleasant. Big roasty malts along with something resembling oatmeal. A bit of chocolate creeps in as well and nothing in terms of hop aroma, again probably faded.

T- This devil is delicious with the coffee being nicely pronounced. Not sure of the blend but I would like some for the morning. A deep roasty factor is up front as well with some of the malts giving a chocolate sense. I guess they have good grains up their in WI as the oatmeal is great. Alcohol not a problem in this 7.5%er. They need to consider to brew this again.

M- A great mouth on this porter and on point for the style with the roast coming through. This devil is slick and smooth with a nice over medium mouth and some carbonation felt under the tounge. Not getting any alcohol but the roast may be off putting to some, not me though. Pretty much a creamy esque feel to it.

D- Not sessionable in alcohol volume but all day and night for the taste. I would polish off a 4-pack of this no problem in a sitting. Too bad I don't live in WI. Would love for this to be brewed again to see what a fresh version has in store but this will do for now. If you like smooth coffee this one is a no brainer.

Impressed with this series so far, the brewers need to go wild some more and brew some more goodness.

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Photo of biegaman
4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a viscous, oily looking black colour with copper shades (straight out blood red when you swirl it). You can swirl the glass once or twice and just watch the head rise long after. The head exists in a rustic, tawny brown. Great looking. Leaves a coating of dots as lacing. The aroma is a straight up astringent, roasted (nay, burnt) coffee that's been sitting out for some time; it's both very aggressive and astringent. The mouthfeel continues to be increasingly, more and more aggressively astringent.The tastes coat the mouth with evolving flavours long after the finish. A light bitterness with some creamy texture. The oatmeal is there, the malts are there (in full robust roasted form) and there is no shortage of flavour. In all honesty I'm ensure where to place this one... it's lovely and tasteful. But also, as a non-coffee drinker I find it a little astringent and aggressive (which I like...)
Bottom line: yea, this is damn good stuff. SINFULLY good. DAMN good. Once again the devil gets the cooler of things. Thanks Harry!

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Photo of Derek
4.34/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Black, tan head, no retention, some lace.

S: Dark chocolate, espresso, molases.

T: Plenty of coffee, with underlying flavours of brown sugar, dark chocolate, roasted nuts and a slight orange zest.

M: Moderate to full body is smooth. Carbonation is lower than average.

D: Good.

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Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice dark brown nearly black hue with a thin half finger mocha head that fades to leave a thin, creamy blanket and light light lacing.

S - Aromas of creamy oats, roasted malts, darker chocolate, BIG espresso notes, lightly sweet, not really bitter on the finish.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice roast malts, darker chocolate, oats, BIG big bold espresso. Shocked at how much coffee is in this considering its not exactly fresh. Bitter coffee ground finish, no alcohol.

M - Mouthfeel is super smooth and creamy, faint faint alcohol burn.

O - Overall this was a very coffee forward beer. Very drinkable even though its in the middle of some summer heat.

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Photo of corby112
4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark pitch black color with a thick foamy beige head. Good retention and nice lacing. Dark roasted coffee aroma with hints of chocolate maltiness, oatmeal and toffee. Roasted oatmeal chocolate maltiness with a nice roasted coffee flavor. Hints of toffee, nut and very subtle hops with a dry finish. Very smooth because the roasted coffee flavor is not overwhelming. Extremely quaffable and delicious.

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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 akorsak
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz stubby bottle from a trade with CH3CH2OH.

A: The ale pours a dark, DARK color of night, a night without the glorious benefit of the monn of course. Consistent with the black of night, light does not escape this ale. The head that rests atop it was around a finger and a half on pour and has left hints of lacing throughout the glass.

S: The nose is a subtle coffee aroma, much paler than the Kona Pipeline Porter than preceded it. Despite that, the aroma is quite strong with a slight bitterness. Some vanilla and oatmeal sweetness add to the mix as well.

T: The beer has a distinct bitterness, taking a position close to that of a good porter with a clear roasted body. This one, however, throws things for a loop by tossing in a strong coffee taste. Unlike the nose, which paled vs. Pipeline, this one shines. The coffee is strong and dominant over the beer as a whole. It does get a run for its money from the oatmeal sweetness that nicely complinents the bitterness and maintains the drinkability. The finish transitions from oatmeal sweet to porter roasted grains rather nicely.

M: Oatmeal! Coffee! Imperial! Porter! Did four words ever taste so well together? I am sure that, in the miserable annals of the Earth, four words did, but this is one fine drink.

D: This is an awesome drink. The oatmeal and coffee shine atop a deliciously roasted malt porter body. Well done by the Tyranena crew. Get your hands on a bottle if you can.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.82/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with kmpitz2. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" dark brown head above the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head hangs on, with leggy average lace. Aroma is lightly smoky, roasty dark malt. Taste is sweet coffee upfront, the faintest twinge of fruit in the middle, and an oaty close that allows the alcohol to peek through a bit. Mouthfeel way smooth and creamy, and drinkability is incredible for the style. Find it. Drink it. Yum.

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

Aroma is roasty and coffee laden, with nutty oatmeal notes.

Flavor is fairly chocolatey, lightly sweet initially, with coffee hitting mid palate and carrying into a roasty, moderately bitter finish. Just a hint of acidity.

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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 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured into a tulip.

Vintage 2012.

Appearance: light black bodied beer with 1 finger of light mocha head. Drops quickly to no head at all.

Smell: This smells like super concentrated expresso. Just like a gourmet coffee bean is being roasted in your beer glass! Yeah the nose is a bit one demensional, but its working for me!

Taste: moderate bitterness upfront. Big roasty expresso that just goes on forever and ever! Also borderline on burnt versus being super roasty. The coffee taste like its super fresh. Not for the faint of heart! For beer nerds that love coffee beers here is a word of warning- you need this beer...

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with low end of moderate carbonation. This beer is really drinkable despite the huge roasty coffee flavor in this beer. Nice silky feel to it. Not a hint of alcohol in this beer at all.

Overall: Honestly, I like this better than Founders Breakfast Stout because the coffee notes are just out of control and it so drinkable. Tyranena you guys are awesome; keep on rolling with the BGW series! Everytime you guys have a fresh BGW beer released...I always gotta get a few 4 packs!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle received from nflmvp as an extra. Thanks, Steve! It's Thanksgiving day and I haven't had my cup of coffee yet, maybe this will do the trick? Bottled 2nd Feb 2007.

A: Poured into my snifter, this beer is tar-black with dark brown highlights. Despite a hard pour, there's only a very thin dark brown head that recedes to a ring very quickly. Swirling it around kicks up a bit of a very nascent head.

S: I won't mind less than gorgeous beers if they all smelt as good as this one does. Wonderful dark roasted coffee, very clean in aroma with a mild burnt aroma. Sniffing towards the edge of the glass reveals some cream, dark chocolate and definitely some oatmeal. Pretty freaking good!

T: On the palate, this is all coffee. Dark roasted with some dark chocolate bitterness. Mild oatmeal flavor but the base beer is good and allows the coffee to shine. Plus, this beer opens up the world of coffee that I'd describe as succulent. Excellent

M: Just a little more carbonated than I'd like but the oatmeal slickness and the dry, bitter coffee finish is awesome. Plus the slight heft in body does add to the brew.

D: This is wonderful stuff, I wish i had more.

** 06 August 2009**
I got to try this again, from the November 2008 release thanks to Faro. The appearance on this batch is a lot better, with excellent retention and some lacework. I've upped the score here, but otherwise, the rest of my thoughts stand.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.18/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Bottled Feb 2, 2007.

(A)- Pours a dark black color that produced a good foaming light brown head with decent retention. Left a bit of lacing behind.

(S)- Smells like moldy cheese with bits of molasses & raisin.

(T)- The same moldy cheese with some bits of chocolate coated oatmeal & molasses. Seriously moldy.

(M)- A good carbonation level. its just not right with the mold aspect to it.

(D)- Had promise, but clearly has something wrong with it. It couldnt be too old. . an infection issue?

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

Hooked up via BC2 by JeffKrenner and bax72!

Pours a deep dark black, no light escapes, huge thick light brown head forms, settles to a thin layer, massive lacing, really nice looking. Smell is insane, I could smell it as soon as I cracked the bottle, tons of chocolate, coffee roast, toffee, toasty, bit of alcohol, very rich. Taste is very rich too, coffee and chocolate, oatmeal, toast, really nice roasty character, some caramel, super smooth flavour, bit of alcohol in the finish, I get almost a lactic sourness in the finish as well, really nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, silky smooth carbonation, really just slides down. Awesome beer, tons of flavour and insanely drinkable. Thanks Jeff and Chris!

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

Black beer. Thin creamy brown head. Lace is adequate. This beer smells awesome. Exactly the way it should. Black coffee. Spent coffee grounds. Milk chocolate. Roasted malts. A little caramel. It all comes together perfectly. First sip gives me everything the nose offered. First off, there's the coffee. Smacks you right in the face. But a nice sweetness follows that bitterness to give this beer a nice contrast of tastes. The roastiness is perfect. And the bitterness that lingers comes from the coffee and roasted malts. Goes back and forth from bitter coffee/roasted notes to sweet caramel back to coffee... Mouthfeel is luxuriously creamy and smooth. Medium to medium-full body. This is one of the best "coffee" brews I've had.

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Photo of Bung
4.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. From the Beerman7s, thanks Steve.
A dark brown pour with just a smidgen of off white bubbles. Fairly viscous looking, not a ton sticking though.
Aroma is solid porter, sweeter malt, caramel, peatyness and light chocolate.
Taste has more roast showing up, including the coffee. It is an accessory though with the malt, caramel and earthy smoked peat. A real great balance and blending of flavors. Coffee and caramel linger nicely through the finish. Especially the coffee.
A bit lighter bodied than you would expect, but it drinks extreamly well. Borders on creamy with the oats. Abv just mid by nowadays standards is non-existant.
Waiting for a little while for this one, though not going out of my way to find, deserving of a high place in the standard American porter ranks.

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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 drpimento
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Unusual beer; bordering on Is it genius or is it just being exteme---- Anyway, this beer poured with a nicely textured light tan head and some lace. Opaque. Intense ripe fruit with some chocolate, lots going on - maybe too much. Not too sure about the ripe dark fruit matched with the coffee either, offhand I'd proly choose another. Interesting exercise in extremeism.

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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 TurdFurgison
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up as $2.79 singles in St Paul last week. The beer is dark brown to black color with a thin dark tan wet head. The smell is coffee and malt, very similar to Breakfast Stout. The taste is also similar to some other good coffee beers, but keeps a little originality: Loads of coffee, maybe greater than Breakfast Stout but less than Peche Mortel. Much more malty sweetness than either of these competitors, enough so that this is preferable to my tastes. The body is thicker than I'd expect for a porter, with creamy presence probably due to the oatmeal. This is fantastic, a top tier beer from Tyranena.

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Photo of maximum12
3.49/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Avery IPA glass just to make the beer a little uncomfortable.

Black black black with 100% light-blocking powers & a tiny head which vanished betwixt the kitchen & the keyboard.

Smells just like my wife's Columbian grounds. I love the smell of coffee, but not the taste. Speaking of which, The Devil Made Me Do It! didn't wow me, especially compared to Tyranena's other fine brews. It weighs in too heavy for a porter for my taste, going more like a sipping stout.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied & taking up a lot of bandwidth in along the teeth & gums. Drinkability is average, I'd much rather follow this up with the regular old Tyranena Porter or something a little heavier.

Dang. I really like their porter & had high hopes for this one. Pretty good, but didn't meet my expectations.

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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 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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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.17 out of 5 based on 681 ratings.
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