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

The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal PorterThe Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter
BA SCORE
93.6%
Liked This Beer
4.18 w/ 698 ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,348
Reviews:
278
Ratings:
698
Liked:
653
Avg:
4.18/5
pDev:
8.37%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
214
Gots:
74
Trade:
6
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 698 |  Reviews: 278
Photo of Warren2621
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Wasted_Youth
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Creamy coffee and with a slight bitter taste. Awesome!

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Photo of johnyb
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Diaper-Daniels
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tjk135
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bold coffe flavor with a hint of chocolate.

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Photo of tbryan5
4.12/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beefytits4
3.95/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lilsmizzul1225
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kojevergas
3.48/5  rDev -16.7%
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 sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Lucular
4.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Coldstorage
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Motor oil black pour with almost no head and what is there is gone in a blink of an eye.
S: Troublesome overly sweet coffee smell makes me brace myself for the dreaded "frappuccino beer" flavors.
T: Fears were unfounded. Massive roasted coffee flavor. A bit of cocoa and malted porter tastes pop their head in briefly.
F: Nice medium body. Coats the mouth.
O: Delicious Coffee porter avoiding most of the pitfalls associated with the style.

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Photo of mkhartnett
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of italianstallion
4.2/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Austin32
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best coffee flavored porters I have had.

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Photo of Tyecko
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jaywalsh20
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ALSAIL
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours jet black with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of tan head that slowly settles into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of creamy lacing.

Smell: A roasty and creamy dark malt driven aroma with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with good hints of coffee beans, dark chocolate, toast, smoke, oats, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet hints of molasses, vanilla, and cream. Subtle hints of dark fruit with some cherry and raisin. A very solid smell.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a roasty and creamy dark malt driven taste with big notes of coffee and chocolate. Dark roasted barley malt with upfront notes of coffee beans and dark chocolate along with some oats, smoke, toasted bread, biscuit, caramel, toffee, nuts, and yeast. Sweet taste of molasses and some creamy vanilla notes. Light dark fruit undertones of fig and cherry. Subtle earthy hops. A very good taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, silky, and pretty drying on the finish. Alcohol heat is masked well.

Overall: A very good take on a coffee beer. Big coffee and chocolate flavor with a nice creaminess.

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Photo of Franziskaner
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pitch black in color with no light penetration. A quarter inch of khaki colored head sits on top. Brussels lacing. Intense aroma of bitter roasted coffee is present. The flavor is intensely bitter dark coffee and dark malt. The mouth is thick,oily,and viscous.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.23/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - Black as night but with a solid tan head and great lacing. You can see the bobbles from the carb slightly coming to the top.
Smell - Spicy very toasted oatmeal and coffee.
Taste - Toasty sweet slightly bitter coffee and oatmeal and a spice that comes in the aftertaste.
Feel - Smooth with a medium body and mild carbonation. The spice give the tongue a little something if you wait for a min.
Overall - Great very different complex beer. The only thing I think it really needs is a little more body but it's not worth complaining about.

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Photo of Bshaw22
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at draft and vessel shorewood, wi. Super coffee flavor. Really good stuff

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Photo of StlHopHead77
4.01/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of nayelurena
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Perfect beer, it took me back to a Sunday morning whit freshly brewed coffee.

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The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 93.6% out of 100 with 698 ratings
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