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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

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 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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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

For my 700th beer (not counting dupes), I saved this one for the occasion. It is worthy...

Appearance - I started pouring this into a tasting glass and didn't see much head forming. SO, I went a bit rougher on the pour and noticed the start of the volcano...uh-oh. I stopped pouring with room to spare in the glass but the foam was rising with momentum. To prevent a mess, well, I had to do the right thing and take in a fat mouthful of foam. I'll get to that part in a minute, but as for the beer, it is almost completely dark except for some burgundy touches at the bottom edge of the glass. The huge mocha cap settles down, looking like melted ice cream. It has this dense, smooth look to it and lays a full layer of suds around the glass as it recedes.

Aroma - awesome rich coffee nose. Like coffee ice cream and with great resilience.

On the pour, I got my first taste rather unexpectedly. I sucked in the blooming foam to prevent the impending mess. It was like having a mouthful of melted cappucino ice cream. Incredibly flavorful, it hit every part of my taste buds at once. That set the stage for the actual beer sampling.

Taste - roasty malts underneath robust chocolate and intense coffee flavors that are nothing short of dazzling. The swallow has a touch of alcohol, followed by more layers of roasted coffee beans. Balancing hops on the aftertaste, barely, providing some drying and clarifying the grains a bit. A long, long finish, the flavors resonate for a minute at least. An absolute gem.

Mouthfeel - the oatmeal makes for one silky smooth delivery. Heavy, creamy, muted carbonation.

Drinkability - high fives all around for this one. Major props to both thefatkid13 and Erdinger2003 for bringing me some of this at Dark Lord Day '07.

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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 Grundle20
4.27/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

It's another one of those stout/porters that definitely falls in the motor oil category, thick, black, and viscous. There's a minimal tan head to the beer that has a delayed appearance from a rough pour.

Big and malty smells build the nose. Coffee grounds, dark chocolate, baker's chocolate, and just a touch of cherry cordials.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
This beer is ridiculously thick, porter you eat with a spoon so to speak. Up front there's big malty flavors, kind of like super bitter chocolate but I'm actually leaning more towards charred pork. Mid drink some fruity tones of raisins and black cherries pop up but they are quickly consumed by a wave of milk chocolate flavor. This finish is expectedly dirty and there's a strong malt presence long in to the aftertaste.

I don't think that term really applies here, I believe edible is far more befitting of this beer. This beer is thick and foody like no beer I have ever had. Highly sustaining although I don' think I could put down too many of these in a sitting.

Bottom Line:
Stout and porter fans bow down, this beer is crazy. This is seriously a wet dream for you darkies out there so I highly suggest you snag this up.

Brew compliments of WankerWeasel and the Brews-N-Tunes BIF summer '07.

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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 trevorwideman
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass, thanks to demcorhip for this one.

Pours completely opaque black with a 3/4 inch tan head that leaves a good bit of lace, medium carbonation. Aroma is simply delicious, and exactly as advertised. Tons of roasted Coffee with a bit of mocha sweetness, some buttery notes, some dark chocolate, brown sugar and vanilla. Very rich aroma.

Taste is sweeter than I imagined it would be, molasses, brown sugar, milk chocolate and vanilla all in the forefront. Tons of espresso bean flavour, with cocoa and a nutty malt flavour back it up, and a slight lactic acidity keeping things in check. Alcohol is evident in the flavour as well. Mouthfeel is oatmeal-smooth but not overly thick which is really nice. Carbonation is medium, and there's a pretty acidic bite about it, but it dries nicely and gets sticky going down. This is a drinkable brew, very flavourful, and a little boozy-seeming, but one more couldn't hurt....

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

Pours an opaque darkness with a full finger tan head that resists fading. Some lacing present.

The smell reminds me of a Dunken' Donuts Iced Coffee beverage. A highly roasted character with a hint of chocolate (actually that's probably the oatmeal at work toning things down). A little bit Porter- frightening; maybe someday there will be a Coffee-Porter or a more general Flavored-Porter category. Otherwise i'd score it "4.0".

Full bodied, the mouth feel is quite creamy. Adequately carbonated, the texture from the oatmeal offsets what might otherwise be a bitter coffee nature. Finishes with a really minor coffee, and some, after taste.

Everything up front is very suggestive of a strong coffee beverage, but the flavor stays between the 'porter' lines in my opinion. I think the oatmeal is successfully intervening here with respect to the coffee.

Drinkability - This is a good drinker. Many cues had me thinking that this would be another product overwhelmed by a coffee character, but thankfully it isn't. Scoring complexity points. Well done interpretation; wish i could expect these to be around during the cooler months.

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Photo of aforbes10
4.62/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought just a single bottle of this at Discount in Milwaukee...and should have bought many many more. Pours almost black with only a hint of light making it through the ink. Huge lacing and a big brown head that disappates as i drink. SMells of expresso beans, warm caramel, and dark chocolate. Creamy cappuchino/expresso milkshake flavor. Smooth and milky, but also bitter and coffee like on the finish. Flavor lingers and thats a good (great) thing. A fantastic beer, warming and full bodied. Comforting.

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Photo of blitz134
4.42/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pure black body. Quarter inch of light brown head. Reduced to only a skim layer of bubbles though with a ring around the glass. Not really any lacing.

Aroma is strong with dark chocolate, dry coffee grounds, toffee, a little charred wood and a slightest touch of caramel.

Taste is much the same as the aroma. I wouldn't describe it any differently really except that the oatmeal "graininess"/astringincy comes out. A bit of earthy hops as well. Very nice.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. A little carbonation adds a touch of tingle on the tongue. Coats the mouthwell. Has a bit of a dry finish.

A very nice beer, no doubt. Lots of nice stouty/porter flavors. I'd love to have this more often. I like the dark charred characteristics and the coffee is in the right proportion. A must try for dark beer lovers.

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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 BeerTruth
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to EliteDigger for this as an extra!!!

Poured a 12 oz. stubby bottle into a nonic.

Complete darkness, how this style should be! Very nice fluffy two finger tan head that slowly dies down to a nice lacing. Stickiness is all over the glass, won't let go. Smell is of what else, fresh ground coffee beans. Smooth, malty goodness tingles the nose. I sense no alcohol at all in the nose. Taste is basically the same. Coffee, caramel, toasted nuts, and chocolate...god this is delicious. I bet they could subsitute this at Starbucks and not many would notice. Mouthfeel is medium body with little carbonation, very smooth going down. I would love to find out what the abv on this one is because I haven't the slightest. Drinkability is way too good. If you're a coffee drinker, get your hands on this for sure. If you just love good beer, pick this up now!

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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 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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Photo of ncvbc
4.64/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark, near black. A little dark for a porter with a thin tan head. Minimal carbonation and not much lacing. Just a potent looking porter.
Smell was mostly of coffee, sweetened a little bit with oatmeal and chocolate. I can't wait to take the first sip, seeing that I'm a coffee lover.
Taste is freaking excellent. Haven't seen many 5's but I can't give it less. Even though it's listed under a different style, this rivals Breakfast Stout in terms of taste. Sweet flavors of chocolate and possibly a hint of caramel. Strong sweet coffee then comes through. Lovely!
Mouthfeel is excellent. Near medium with just the right carbonation. I'm sure I'll be tasting coffee until I fall asleep. Silky and creamy.
Drinkability is very high. This is an interesting porter for sure and stands up to the best of them. I honestly think this is very similar to BS and can't even decide which one I'd prefer.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glossy motor oil black that permits almost no light to penetrate its edges. The pour produces an expansive crown of whipped creamy foam that is the exact color of German chocolate cake. In spite of a near glacial rate of descent, the head is beginning to deposit a thin veil of mocha colored lace. This is pretty much how an Imperial porter ought to look.

If you're a fan of strong, roasted coffee, then you'll be a huge fan of The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Please Mr. Devil, don't make me type that entire name every time. Like many smoked or coffee-brewed porters and stouts, there's very little porter or stout personality emanating from the beer. Even though I'm not a java fan, the nose does what it's supposed to do.

TDMMDICIOP is good beer whether you love both beer and coffee or whether you love the first and tolerate the second, like me. It isn't as overwhelmingly coffee-saturated as Peche Mortel, but then what is? (with the possible exception of a pint glass of espresso to which a thimbleful of stout has been added).

Underneath the huge roastiness of the Sumatran and Costa Rican beans is a large splash of melted bittersweet chocolate and a slightly smaller splash of dark caramel... and perhaps a hint of sugared vanilla bean. Without those additional flavor elements, this beer wouldn't be nearly as delicious.

Keeping style firmly in mind, the mouthfeel hits the exact center of the bull's eye. It's full and supremely smooth without the slightly bit of chalkiness. This is a big beer that I could drink a lot of based on mouthfeel alone. Assuming the 7.5% ABV didn't get me first.

The Devil Made Me Do It! is the best beer that I've had yet from the Tyranena Brewers Gone Wild! series. What's the deal with these guys and exclamation points?! For a hophead, that's saying something. The brewery is crazy if they don't release this one on a regular basis.

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

Big ups to flyingbison for including this extra in our last trade. Poured into my nonic, this is one deep, dark porter. Almost entirely black the whole way through, save for a slight ring of cherrywood-hued light coming through around the bottom of the glass. Nice, big, fluffy sand-colored head, too. Nose is vanilla, cocoa powder, sourish black malts, and, yes, plenty of coffee. The taste and mouthfeel are hard to separate for me here. This is like drinking a mocha milkshake in it's beer disguise. This must be absolutely the thickest, most viscous porter to ever have crossed my lips. Silky smooth oatiness, coffee aftertaste lingering. Chocolate truffles infused with raisin and espresso essence. An interesting experience for sure, and in the end rather enjoyable. However, it's not something I'd reach for on a regular basis. An outstanding hybrid, all the same.

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle acquired from grynder33; my second try from this brewery and first from the "Brewers Gone Wild" series. Bottled on: 02Feb07, consumed 10May07.

A: Viscous black pour with trails of copper-orange behind it. Only a thin 1/4 creamy tan head. When held to light, beer is very dark brown with red-orange highlights, and many streams of tiny carbonation. Lace left behind in small sticky bands.

S: Huge coffee aroma...strong from 3 feet away. Besides roasted beans, there's fudgy chocolate-dipped raisins and a subtle rolled oat aroma. A little vinous, astringent tingle in the nose, like freshly ground coffee - very appealing aroma.

T: Flavor is dominated by coffee beans with hints of vanilla, oak tannin, and sour/lactic dark chocolate. As a fan of black coffee, I really enjoyed this...

M: Silky and a little slick/oily with a building bitterness that fills the mouth, coats the teeth and grips the tongue. Mouthfeel is full and carbonation is moderate.

D: A very tasty beer, fantastic coffee flavor. But as good as it is for a try, it was somewhat one-dimensional...good to sip on and have on occasion, maybe not a beer I'd want too often though...thanks again, Tom.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.67/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter"; I believe it to be impossible that these words can be spoken in any manner that does not sound delicious to me. Needless to say I had high hopes for this beer, and it did not disappoint.

It pours deep black/brown with amber highlights. The light brown head recedes in a minute with a little lace.

The aroma is simply phenomenal. Heavy notes of dark cocoa, and deep earthy French roasted coffee. The flavor is heavily bitter dark chocolate with a great bold coffee finish that lingers well. Not terribly complex but what it does it does well, that's for sure. Its much of what I expected but even more so.

Extremely flavorful; milky and deep. Dark cocoa and roasted malt. Less coffee than would be expected from the nose, but not missed.

The mouthfeel is dense and smooth; dessert-like. It leaves a great thickness on the palate. A MUST try beer.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, part of the Brewers Gone Wild Series. Solid black in color, no highlights at all. Thick tan creamy head, which holds together very nicely. A great looking beer in all.

Nice roast coffee aroma, leaning towards espresso, with hints of milk chocolate following. Not much in the way of hops.

Sharp, dry, roasty flavor up front, with some lingering milk chocolate. The espresso kicks in near the end.

Very smooth, creamy feel to it, although the body only seems to be about medium rather than full. Lower carbonation. Overall, some great coffee flavor. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of oakbluff
4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark pour- some hints of garnite when put to light. Chocolate milk head with good retention.
Smell- espresso and chocolate. Yum!
Taste- very coffee forward with dark chocolate riding shotgun. Roast is smoootthh. Gotta be the oatmeal! No cloying or sweetness which is much appreciated. Hops are present but more in the background. The porter is style works well with the coffee - nice change over a big stout. A beer with such strong coffee needs a solid malt base, and this has it. Great drinkability and tasty as all hell. Fastastic brew!

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

got this one from autumnaldave. thanks dave!

12oz bottle, bottled 02FEB07.

pours very dark brown, not quite black. a dense light brown head forms, then quickly fades to a ring around the glass. bit of spotty lace.

aroma is nice. coffee and dark chocolate. bit of roast. light caramel sweetness. bready malt. a bit fruity too, almost smells like cherries.

taste is great. coffee and bittersweet chocolate. light roast. bit of caramel. bit of alcohol. bready malt.

mouthfeel is great. silky smooth. light well integrated carbonation. above average body that works well.

drinkability is good. balanced and quite enjoyable.

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

Pours black to cola brown around the edges, a faint light tan head dissipates quickly. Deliciously rich coffee and sweetness in the aroma. Twangy roastiness and soft vanilla also in the aroma. Flavor shows a nice acidic tanginess from the roast flavors mixing with a milky hit of alcohol and a cola-like sweetness. Medium to heavy in body from the malty sugars a hint of a tingle on the tongue fades to a small amount of dryness in the finish with a roasted coffee aftertaste. Outstanding and quite easy to drink, I'd guess the alcohol in the 7% range as there is just a hint in the taste and the beer goes down easy with little damage. Very nice, but I am a sucker for (well done) coffee beers.

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

I'm not a big coffee/java beer guy but this is quite impressive.
A big ol black pour...amber head...

It has a massive aroma or coffee grounds but also has a roasted maltiness to the smell as well.

Taste begins heavy with the coffee, but what is impressive is the way it softly blends in with a flavorfull roasted malt/milk chocolate flavor..

Body is medium...creamy and smooth...no lingering bitterness...not particularly dry...

This is one of the best coffee/java beers I have tried...this would be perfect with some fried eggs and sausage while camping in the northwoods of Wisconsin or Minnesota...this is a dandy...and if you like this type of beer I'm guessing you will be in Nirvanna

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Photo of dfried
4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I must say the name of this beer is a little wordy, but damn it caught my eye. Pretty mush jet black, just a tiny deep brown can be seen when held to a light. The head was spectacular, creme brule colored, tiny bubbles and it lasted as a perfect half centimeter cap until there was no more black underneath it. The aroma had a lot going on, the first thing I noticed was rich creamy milk and dark chocolate, which was surprising considering the slap in the face of fresh ground coffee and espresso beans that jumped out at me next. Charred malty grains provided some sweetness and the oatmeal showed some milky sweetness as well. Outstanding aroma.

The taste is medium to full bodied upfront, and slides down smooth and silky like. Good use of oatmeal so smooth it out. dry, charred flavors remain in the aftertaste, plenty of coffee flavor more than in a lot of coffee beers, and other charred malty, chocolaty, grains. Some hops linger in the background and never become too obvious, partly because the coffee itself is quite bitter. The mouthfeel ends up kind of sticky from a more sugary sweetness from the oatmeal I think than a malty sweetness from barley like in stouts.

Overall: this beer was very aesthetically pleasing, it looked and smelled awesome. The taste was really good two, coffee oatmeal porter, so simple but so genius. A lot of caffeine, to the drinkability takes a hit, but I was very impressed with this beer overall.

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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 677 ratings.
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