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:
698
Reviews:
278
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.39%
 
 
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214
Gots:
74
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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of ditka311
4.72/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. This is my first review so I will get the nuances down later but I will put this up with Founders Breakfast any day.

Appearance (4) - Opaque with a minimal tan head.

Smell (4.5) - Coffee and more coffee. Should have poured this into a mug for breakfast

Taste (5) - Sweet malts balanced by hops and more coffee bitterness. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel (4) - medium to full bodied.

Overall - Can't say enough about this beer. I came up to the WI Northwoods looking to bring back NG beers but glad I got this one. Gonna replace all of the average NG beers with this and bring back Black Top and as much of this as I can find.

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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

Awesome extra sent by Aaron (thanks man!) poured into a Snake River pint glass...

A: Very dark pour, opaque brown with a light tan head.

S: Big coffee and coffeehouse aromas right upfront...fresh and strong. Touch of smokiness and faint burnt malt? Lots of roast and roasted malt as well.

T: Follows the nose, same big coffee flavors with a hefty roasted malt backbone. Very light underlying mocha. Finishes with espresso bitterness - this is not a sweet beer.

MF: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Good beer, and definitely a coffee-lovers porter. Oatmeal characteristics seemed a bit tame.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.69/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Deep black color with an average sized, creamy, meringue, cafe colored head. Average retention leaving a nice lacing on the finish.

S - Wonderful aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans, dark baker's chocolate, and roasted oat. Not a sharp, astringent burnt aroma but a very smooth, slightly sweet aroma. It even smells like it will be a creamy, coffee treat. Very enticing.

T - Follows the nose. Starts with a very strong roasted coffee bean flavor. That quickly gives way to the dark, slightly bitter chocolate, roasted oat, earthy flavors. This provides a flavorful, savory/earthy flavor with the coffee in the background. Finally, there is a slightly sweet chocolate, mocha flavor on the finish. Hints of bittersweet chocolate linger on the tongue after the sip. Very tasty.

M - Medium body with just a touch below average carbonation. Velvety and creamy feel with just a touch of chewiness.

D - Very easy to drink beer. Works well as a beer to sip on, but I keep coming back for another sip right after I finish savoring its predecessor. Great balance between a slight sweetness, bitterness, and earthiness. No astringency or harshness. Just bold flavors that meld together very well.

Notes: Wonderful coffee porter. Loads of roasted coffee flavor but no astringency or undue bitterness. I love the combination of oatmeal and coffee when done right in beers (and for breakfast) and this was done right. Flavors blend together perfectly with no off-putting aspects. Definitely rivals Founder's Breakfast Stout for a beautiful, dark, breakfast beer. Well done.

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3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this over in a trade.

A: Pours an opaque black with browning on the edges when held to light, and 1 fingers width of light mocha colored head. Leaves a good amount of streaky lacing.

S: Coffee, heavy cream, roasted malt. Very nice, but not a lot going on.

T: Dark fruits upfront, followed by a big creamed coffee flavor on that back end. Medicinal phenolic notes. A flat-cola like character. Coffee lingers for a long time after each sip.

M/D: Very heavily carbonated, which I do not like. Rather thin mouthfeel. ABV completely masked. Drinkability is good, but limited by the heavy carbonation.

O: Overall, a decent beer. Simple yet nice aroma. Some astringent phenolic characters in the taste and a thin and over carbonated mouthfeel pull the rating down a bit. Worth a try but not FBS or Wake N Bake.

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4/5  rDev -4.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of BrownAleMale
4.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Gulden Draak tulip glass

Appearance- Black in color with 2 fingers of brownish head. The head dissipates to about a fingers worth. In the center the head resembles a rootbeer float and whats left of the ice cream. Nice sticky lacing!

Smell- Mounds of coffee, chocolate, coco and sweet goodness. A slight hop hint is present.

Taste- So good ecspecially if you are a chocolate lover. Hershey chocolate, fresh coffee, and a tiny coffee bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel- Thick, almost chocolate milk like. A nice quick dry finish that leaves me wanting more!

Overall- I was amazed with the ability to make such a delish beer with basically no hop balance. This is a smack in the mouth of chocolate and coffee that leaves me wanting more.Really think Southern Tier Choklat with less biterness and more sweetness.

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4.75/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of emyers
4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The first time a tried this beer it impressed me so much that I had to do a side-by-side comparison with my all-time favorite for the style - Founders Breakfast Stout. While Tyranena came up short, the fact that I felt compelled to do the comparison to FBS, which I have an admittedly somewhat unhealthy obsession with, speaks volumes to the quality of this beer.

A - Dark brown with tan lacing. Very little head retention.

S - All freshly brewed coffee. Excellent. The aroma is what really stands out about this beer, and athough it doesn't have the complexity of the chocolate-coffee combo of FBS, I would put the two beers on the same level in the smell department. It really captures that freshly brewed coffee smell.

T - Coffee up front, with more coffee on the finish. There are hints of chocolate and nuts, but this is really all about the coffee. Mild bitterness. When compared to FBS it's a bit one dimensional, but that one dimension is very, very good. Where a lot of coffee beers can come off a bit artificial, this really nails that fresh coffee flavor.

F - Medium body, smooth. A bit too much bite from the carbonation, but still a good mouthfeel.

O - Excellent example of the style, and a beer every coffee-lover should try. While it doesn't achieve the greatness of FBS, I would say it's in the upper echelon of the coffee stout world.

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5/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of GeezLynn
4.04/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep impenetrable black with a slight, goopy tan head and a few yeasties slowly settling out.
S: Rich, heavily roasted malts, earthy coffee, and herbal hops. Musty.
T: Dark roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate (bittersweet/baker’s) and prominent earthy hop presence. Definitely more of an ashy, earthy flavor. Seems to have a touch of lactose. Finishes dry with a flurry of bitterness.
M: full bodied with plenty of fine carbonation that gives it a full mouthfeel.

Overall, not my favorite Tyranena beer on account of the somewhat rough coffee flavor, but a good stout nonetheless.

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Photo of jegross2
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company out of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Tyranena makes some of the finest porters in the country. If you have not tried the other beers in their Brewers Gone Wild! imperial series, then you are missing out.

Score: 96

Bottled 10/26/12. Served in a Leinekugel's Big Eddy snifter and enjoyed on 12/08/12.

Appearance: Black as ink. Pours a finger of tan head that recedes to a thin ring around the glass and patchy fog that covers most of the top of the glass. Above average lacing, good retention. 4/5

Smell: Tons of roasted coffee, hot cocoa, dark chocolate, oatmeal and raw coffee beans. There is some "molasses" that reminds me more of the complexities of the Diablo roast coffee from Intelligensia than actual, straight up molasses. Absolutely wonderful nose; rivals Founders Breakfast Stout in my opinion. 4.5/5

Taste: Tastes almost exactly like it smells, with a strong lingering coffee finish. There's a smooth unsweetened chocolate backbone behind the coffee. There is only a hint of that "molasses" character that I detected in the nose. Some 20 or 30 seconds after the swallow, there is still some coffee breath flavor floating on the palate. This one does everything you could possibly want in an oatmeal porter, and it does it excellently. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Just shy of full bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Slightly chewy, modestly dry finish. Slightly acidic, modestly bitter. Not overly so of either. 5/5

Overall: This one gives Founders Breakfast Stout and Terrapin Wake-n-Bake a serious run for their money. Cheers to yet another outstanding porter, Tyranena!

Recommendation: Fans of oatmeal stouts and coffee beers need to seek this one out while it's still on the shelf.

Pairings: Cranberry walnut biscotti.

Cost: $10 for a four pack.

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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 698 ratings.
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