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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 | website

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
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276
Ratings:
675
Avg:
4.17
pDev:
8.63%
 
 
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Photo of BasterdInABasket
4.14/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into New Belgium Globe Glass
A- Opaque black in color, one finger light brown head dissipates quickly, little retention and lacing
S- Sweet chocolate, roasted coffee, chocolate dominates more as it warms, overall good aroma but not much depth
T- Dominated by coffee and cocoa taste, good balance between the two, roasted and and slight bitterness
M- Medium body, nice creaminess, pretty smooth, some carbonation
O- I remember this being a big coffee bomb when it was realeased (early Nov I believe?), chocolate and roasted malt character seems more prevalant now, overall a very good but not great coffee beer three months old.

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Photo of AlexFields
4.06/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pour very dark brown, almost ebony color. Fairly thin head.

Smells excellent, all coffee and sweet malt. I don't know when this was bottled exactly but I was surprised to get so much coffee out of it still.

Flavor is also very good, wonderful coffee taste, wonderful sweetness. There's enough of a roasted backbone to carry the sweetness and abv level without it being cloying, and the coffee obviously helps. Really good balance between sweetness and coffee.

Mouthfeel is excellent, super creamy. The silky effect from the oatmeal is pronounced and obvious.

This is a great beer, I'm picky about imperial porters as I often find them too sweet, but this one had great balance and I really enjoyed it, finished it wanting more.

8.1/10

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a silky dark black with a nice light mocha head. The aroma is heavy with dark chocolate and coffee, with some slight roasted malts. The taste is very much like the aroma, with some bitterness from the dark chocolate and coffee. The mouthfeel is right on for a porter, medium bodied with good carbonation.

A surprisingly nice oatmeal porter, must say I'm impressed with Tyranena, this is my first beer I've had of theirs.

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Photo of Jayman931
4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a "Raise Your Pints Mississippi" snifter. Only the best for my beer!

Appearance- Dark and opaque. No light coming through it at all. Black Gold

Smell-Lots of Chocolate...backed up by a nice coffee scent....waiting a bit to let it warm up a little...to cold at the moment....

Smell Part Deux-Smells have calmed down alittle but it still is a very good dark beer which I love drinking on a winter night.

The beer is waaayyyy better than the Bowl Game I am watching.... Kent St vs Arkansas St...how is this the 2nd to last bowl game? Anyways...The beer should alwasys be better than the game!

Taste-Nice....just like the smell....nice cocoa taste finishing with coffe....little bitterness due to the coffee and cocoa. Not getting much of the Oatmeal...as it is a Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Still it is very good.

Mouthfeel- I like it....I would say its medium. Might be heavy to some. For those of you who have had FFF Baller Stout it would be a light mouth feel...but the mouthfeel suites this beer perfectly. I actually just bumped my rating of Mouthfeel up to 4.5

Overall: Would buy this beer again in an instant. Very Solid. As far as Porters go I think it is well above average.

Cheers

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

Pours a pitch black, with nice, thick, and sturdy head of slowly-dissipating tan bubbles. Beautiful web-lattice lace.

Immediate aroma of coffee and a hint of mocha. Delectable!

Taste is smooth and creamy coffee and more mocha-cocoa tones. With some room-temperature warming, I get some fruity character, too.

While Tyranena is pretty reliable in creating some worthy brews, this one is world class, with plenty of complexity and easy drinkability. A home run here, and this is perhaps my favorite Tyranena brew yet!

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Photo of scaliasux
4.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown - might be a touch of red. Pretty dark, but appears clear. Thin light brown head with little persistence.

Smell - Rich dark roast malt aroma. Chocolate and coffee dominate. A little raisin too.

Taste - Sweet dark malt and coffee. Rich malty sweetness - toast, chocolate, raisin. Coffee character is quite prominent (and slightly bitter) and melds nicely with malt flavors. A hint of vanilla too? Not noticing any alcohol flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full. Smooth.

Overall - Dark and rich, perfect for our bitter Midwestern winters (at least this year so far). Flavors work together nicely, a satisfying slow sippin' treat.

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Photo of Treebs
3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Brixie's. Served in a snifter.

A: Pours a jet black with a thick tan head forming on the pour. The head has nice retention and leaves nice splotchy lace behind.

S: Coffee grounds up front with a little bitter roast. Some milk chocolate as well. Toasted cereal grains in the periphery.

T: The taste is pretty similar to the nose. Pure coffee beans, lingering chocolate and some toasted grains. A little roasted malts with a slight astringency to it.

M: Pretty thin with a medium coffee presence on the finish. Medium carbonation.

O: A little to thin for me overall. It detracted from the drinkability somewhat. Nice flavors overall though.

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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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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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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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Photo of zac16125
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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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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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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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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Photo of DocJitsu
4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque, very dark brown with a taupe head. The head attenatues quickly with very little sudsy residue on the glass. Not much beyond coffee on the nose. Some oats. But, of course, who can fault them for that, given the name of the beer. Nice smooth, slick, and wet mouthfeel. There's quite a bit going on with the flavors. A lot more than the nose would lead one to expect. Coffee up front, but the flavor begins to become much milder as it advances. It finishes with a little dark ripe fruit and some salty watermelon. Incredibly interesting. Usually, a coffee stout finishes with coffee flavor and coffee acidity. Impressively engineered, but not my favorite.

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Photo of hardy008
3.6/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a two finger tan head with very good retention and lacing. Smells like coffee, dark roasted malt, cocoa, and earth. The earth smell reminds me of the inside of a cave.

tastes like coffee, dark roasted malt, and oats. I am not picking up the cocoa I found in the aroma. There is no sweetness, but there is plenty of bitterness from the coffee and dark roasted malt. Tastes pretty good, but lacks sweetness to balance the bitterness. Tastes pretty much one dimensional.

Less than medium bodied with below average carbonation, and a bitter, almost burnt aftertaste. Not a bad beer by any means, but not top notch either.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
3.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Brugge in Indy. Went pretty nicely with my duck confit and frites.

Appearance is a pretty solid porter. A bit 'lighter' looking than I expected from an imperial coffee named beer. The smell is very roasty and the coffee clearly comes through. The taste is also dominated by roasted coffee. Too much so, for my tastes. More like a cup of coffee than a malty beer. The theme continues in the mouthfeel, as it's a little thin and more coffee-like. Overall, I enjoyed this beer, but I would have preferred more malt flavor and body.

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Photo of yamar68
4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark coffee brown body, a bunch of little bastard swimming around in there... thick khaki head, good lacing.

Beautiful roasty coffee qualities, brownie, vanilla, bittersweet... really nice smelling beer.

Creamy mellow coffee flavors, oatmeal cookies, milk chocolate, just an awesome use of the coffee bean... I think in hindsight I'd prefer this to FBS.

Perfect mouthfeel.

Delightful stuff.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.95/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Freetail 2012 shaker pint glass.

My own personal speculation leads me to believe the devil ain't too bad a guy after all... Anyway, this stuff pours a deep black-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose is dominated by coffee, but some minor roasted malts and toasted oats come through at times, as well. Still, pretty damn enjoyable. The taste brings in more of the same, though the toast and roast come through a bit stronger, and a few shavings of bitter dark chocolate appear, too. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Frankly, it seems to be leaning a bit toward the watery side, just a bit too thin. Still, overall, this is a fine coffee porter, indeed.

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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 BarryMFBurton
4.29/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After 400 reviews, I feel like trying something different – nothing too crazy, just a switch up. As opposed to the standard ASTMO style, this review is in the same vein as Stone Brewmaster Mitch Steele.

Brewed three weeks before the date of this tasting (“BOTTLED ON 26OCT12”).

Appearance: Dark coffee brown, opaque body with just traces of fizzy head; glittery golden-brown color to what little foam remains. Small globs of lacing dot the glass.

Aroma: Deep roasted malt, spent coffee grounds, luscious chocolate truffle, and faint black cherry. A coffee-forward nose backed by a creamy cinnamon oatmeal base.

Taste: Front end is loaded with slick porter chocolate tastes and roasted coffee kicks, lush caramel, maple, and vanilla under a smoky blanket of burnt toast and mocha. Coffee is acidic enough to always be present, drying for the duration; fortunately, hearty fruit flavors of raisin and dried cherries fill in the gaps, keeping each sip as full as the last. Finishes with dry cola and toast tastes, a good representation of both this beer’s sweetness and its coffee character.

Palate: Classic porter smoothness augmented with a touch of oatmeal, but with coarse, delicious coffee depth (especially toward the front of the profile). Never goes down cloying, though it does have the pleasing sweetness of fine chocolates to each sip.

Overall: Best beer Tyranena has released so far, in my opinion (of the ones I’ve tried). The coffee really makes this one, so I doubt it would age well – still, there’s a big yeast slug in the bottom of the bottle, so it’s a possibility. Each sip melds sweet and roasty flavors in essentially equal portions, making this one beer uniquely satisfying. To other beers like this, the coffee may seem timid, but that’s what makes it so balanced and enjoyable to me.

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Photo of zeledonia
2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Tasted 18 November 2012, reviewed from notes.

Pours black in the glass. It might have some color, but I can't see it. Half-finger of medium tan head, okay retention, little lacing. Okie dokie, but not great. Where's the head?

Smell initially reminds me of FBS, though it doesn't take long before that impression fades. The coffee is sharper, the oatmeal less rich. The coffee is really dominant, and it's not bad, but it's definitely very dark roast, which makes me worried about the flavors it'll bring.

Yeah, taste is pretty much what I was expecting; the main surprise is that it's a lot lighter-flavored than I thought it would be. The malts feel more like those of a black ale than a porter or stout. And I'm getting only the faintest hint of the oatmeal. Mostly I get watery slightly-over-roasted coffee. A whole lot of dark bitter, from the coffee and malts, and I have to guess the hops. Low on rich and sweet, and I really want more of those.

Mouthfeel is a problem. It's watery, undercarbonated, and just very little like a porter. What went wrong here? This has oatmeal in it? Where's the body? I'm displeased.

This beer is okay, but it's so much less than it could be. The mouthfeel is thin, the flavor is dominated by not-so-good coffee, and there's not a whole lot redeeming about it. That initial comparison to FBS is looking way off base.

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Photo of popery
4.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic beer. It pours coffee black with a thick brown head. It looks like a black coffee with foamed milk floated on the top. Great lacing. Lots of bubbles sticking to the glass. Aroma is wonderfully rich. It's a big mix of chocolate, roast, vanilla, caramel and a complex coffee note. The coffee aroma is about medium strong and blends well into the beer flavors. The vanilla is particularly nice. Taste-wise, the sweetness is significantly toned down. There's a good dose of coffee bitterness and roast. The sweet chocolate and vanilla still show up but take a bit of a back seat. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft. A lot of coffee beers seem to thin out, but the oats are clearly working here. This is an excellent porter, one of my very favorites. Tyranena hit this one out of the park, and I hope that they don't wait so long again to make the next batch.

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.
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