Devil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Porter
Tyranena Brewing Company

Devil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal PorterDevil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Porter
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American Imperial Porter
Ranked #21
Ranked #857
4.31 | pDev: 8.12%
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Devil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal PorterDevil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Porter
Notes: Imperial Oatmeal Porter. 60% Porter brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels blended with 40% Porter brewed with coffee beans.
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Photo of GuyFawkes
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 vintage; drank 9/30/14 @ the Bad Apple.

Brown/black hue.

Tan head; decent lace.

Roasted coffee beans & milk chocolate nose.

Medium thick mouthfeel.

Milk chocolate flavor with mild coffee bean flavor; spice heat on the lips.

I bet this was amazing fresh....

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.92/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a fairly dark black color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells roasted coffee beans and espresso, milk chocolate, oak, smoke, and bourbon, with a touch of a vegetal aroma.

This is solid up front, but there's this odd and stale vegetal taste on the back end that seems to be the beginnings of the coffee turning towards the dreaded green pepper phase. Fortunately, up front the coffee flavor is nice, lightly smokey and roasty, a nice chocolatey porter base. There's a little bit of bourbon, and it's melded into the flavor nicely and doesn't dominate or stick out too boozily.

This is medium bodied, fairly creamy, and surprisingly rich for the ABV and style. It's fairly drinkable.

This has a slight off-flavor on the back end, but it's otherwise a solid beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

What do you do when you are awash in beer & Tavour keeps sending more? Hold everything in abeyance on station until Late Night New Beer Sunday (LNNBS) (Week 711)!

From the Bottle: "Sinful …"; "Brand: Devil Over A Barrel[,] Style: Imperial Oatmeal Porter brewed with Coffee Beans & aged in Bourbon Barrels[,] Statement of Composition: 60% Porter brewed with Coffee Beans and aged in Bourbon Barrels, 40% Porter brewed with Coffee Beans"; "Brewers Gone Wild! A series of big, bold, ballsy beers".

I am up late (or early) & now it is time for some coffee! I Pop!ped the cap & began a C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. I was dissatisfied with its initial production of head so I performed a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, deep-tan/light-brown head with moderate retention, leaving loads of lacing in its wake. Color was Black/Opaque (SRM = 44), allowing ZERO light penetration. Nose was redolent with coffee & it was like I was mansplaining on F night - Porters might be close to Stouts, but they do have differences & Porters often recieve adjuncts as a result of their receptiveness, coffee & fruits being the most prevalent. The nose also had a light wafting of coconut which I now recognize as Bourbon-Bbl. aging. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. I allowed it to warm in my mouth, on my tongue & coating my palate, all bringing out a rich Bourbon flavor underlain by dark, black coffee! Mmm. Cigars with coffee infused with a shot of bourbon on the fantail of the SDTS ... I was not happy with my shore duty assignment to an underway vessel, but being that it was mostly silly-vilians, things were more relaxed. This beer was evocative of those evenings, anchored or moored in the lee sides of the Channel Islands. I no longer smokes cigars, thanks to adult-onset asthma, but I miss the heck out of them, especially when drinking something like this. I have never been a huge fan of Bourbon, preferring the minty spiciness of Rye, but beer seems to love being aged in Bourbon Bbls. In turn, I love the aged beer, Finish was dry and boozy, but that was okay by me since they copped to it on the label. I just dislike getting blindsided.

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Photo of beergoot
4.11/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown body; dense, creamy, light tan head. Roasted grain scent; some coffee elements. Rich chocolate flavor enhanced with notes of coffee; a bit sweet, a bit bitter; very slight presence of alcohol. Smooth and creamy texture on the palate; deep sweetness offset with charred grain dryness.

A rich and complex beer, lots of layers of flavor.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.3/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau BA glass.

Look is completely opaque black with zero highlights and a thin tan head.

Arom is rich roasted chocolate with a hint of bourbon.

With the taste you get each of the individual flavors, chocolate, coffee and bourbon.


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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I usually have a few bottles of these in the cellar, not only are Wisconsin people some of the friendliest, but Wisconsin traders are some of the most generous. Suck it fibs.

Pours a black color, you've seen darker SRMs, but this is almost equal parts porter so it makes sense its not the deepest darkest of blacks. Light brown head 1/4". Aroma is mild bourbon, mild coffee. Not problematic mild, fitting actually, this is an 8% porter. Its got a good roasted base, not excessive bitterness or hopped up beyond where it should be. Mild vanilla, everything is mild and appropriate. I'd way rather pay $5 for a bottle of this instead of $20-25 for Eclipse.

Really smooth stuff, the oats and around 100 days in barrel make this a nice chill excursion with even a little bit of tobacco note creeping in towards the end of the bottle. We need more barrel aged bangers that are cheap and not double digit alcohol, nor used motor oil sludge. I approve. Would bang over and over.

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Photo of colts9016
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have wanted this beer for five-plus years. When I had a chance to get this beer I bought it. The beer is 53 degrees and served in a tulip glass. A hard pour on the beer produced a one finger medium tan head. The head has little retention and fizzled. The beer is SRM 37 nearly black. The clarity is opaque. The beer does present with a few carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass. The head did not produce lacing on the glass.

Rich dark roasted coffee, dark chocolate, citrus, wood, vanilla, grain, burnt sugar, molasses, bourbon, yeast, earthy, caramel, toasted malt, roasted malt, and char for the aromas.

Dark chocolate, rich roasted coffee, vanilla, grains, oatmeal, bourbon, vanilla, caramel, char, roasted malt, toasted malt, yeasty, bready, and wood for the flavors.
The mouthfeel of the beer is creamy and rich.
The body of the beer is medium-plus, medium carbonation, and the finish is full.
This beer is outrageous. The porter come through perfectly yet subtly full body. The harmony and the balance of the beer are nearly perfect.

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Photo of BSiegs
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep black pour, one finger of light brown head. Retention and lacing are good for the style. Aroma is a nice combination of bourbon, oak, dark roast coffee. Notes of roast, caramel, and vanilla. On taste, again, a blend of bourbon, oak, chocolate, coffee. Slight vanilla and roast on the after taste. Medium-full body, moderate carbonation, slight bitter, dry finish. A good to very good bourbon barrel coffee stout.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist-top bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a small fizzy khaki colored head that reduces quickly and eventually disappears completely, leaving nothing behind

S- aroma is a mix of dark chocolate and coffee with highlights of caramel, oats, licorice & a hint of vanilla. Subtle bourbon with some charred wood

T- fresh coffee mixes with dark chocolate malt up front, producing flavors of mocha fudge brownie, black licorice, and smoky malt. The barrel presence is subtle, but does show up near the finish, providing notes of oak, vanilla & caramel

M- medium-thin body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into a slick finish, ABV is hidden well

O- high drinkability and doesn't sacrifice the flavor

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Photo of RAlmeida77
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 with minimal head
S:Coffee, roastiness....subtle bourbon
T:Coffee, roasted malt, some chocolate and bourbon. Very good.
M:Touch on the thin side. Wanted it to be a bit thicker due to it being an oatmeal porter.
O:This beer is very good. What a pleasant surprise. Wasn't expecting much since I had never heard of them but was very pleased with this.

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Photo of chippo33
2.65/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Very thin -no coffee or bourbs on the nose. This beer is flat, has no bourbon taste, has a dead weak coffee flavor. A new beer to the top 250 simply due to the new equation for the top 250 beers list on this site. Probably an ok beer when fresh, but not now.

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

another phenomenal beer from tyranena. these guys do a lot really well, and have gotten great at barrel aging. the blend is very nice so the coffee isnt overpowering, but enough to complement flavors.

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Photo of kscaldef
3.69/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours dark brown with no signs of life. Flat, no head, no bubbles on swirling, no lacing.

S: Roast, light coffee, no particular bourbon notes. A little bit of prune as it warms up.

T: Rich chocolate and coffee, somewhat bready. Still nothing to really suggest bourbon barreling.

F: LIght medium body, extremely low carbonation, moderate linger.

O: A decent beer, certainly wouldn't hesitate to drink it again, but underwhelming considering where it stands on the Top 250 currently.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into snifter

A: deep dark black very little head

S: light coffee, some roast, tobacco

T: lots of coffee some nice roast a little chocolate maybe a very very faint bourbon taste and some nice oat tastes.

M: Very thin almost a little watery but the taste lingers which is nice

O: this beer has a great taste but the bourbon is almost nonexistent. The body is thin too but it really tastes good that coffee maybe muted with the bourbon makes this so mellow

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Photo of Barnoloid
4.56/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional BA Imperial Porter. Has a creamy mouthfeel - without being too heavy or syrupy. Aroma is vanilla bean and mocha. An outstanding beer with chewy oats and a warm bourbon barrel afterglow. This is excellent, from the opening of the bottle to the last sip.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.
(A)- Pours a pitch black color with a small tan colored head with some good retention behind it.
(S)- Big aromas of coffee grounds and a slightly creamy cocoa and oatmeal grain. Very subtle and sexy barrel aromas.
(T)- A very smooth combo of coffee, cocoa, and subtle barrel and oatmeal flavors.
(M)- A mellow carbonation level and smooth richness overall. Not overly sweet or boozy. Great balance.
(O)- If you ever wanted a great barrel-aged stout with great drinkability; this is it. One of Tyranena's best offerings to date

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Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -7.2%

Nice beer, not too heavy for the style, some nice, malt flavors of coffee and chocolate, with a hint of toffee sweetness. mildly boozy, slight bitterness at the end. very interesting take on the style. definitely worth trying.

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Photo of kkleu357
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From notes on 5/9/14

Poured from a bottle. I wish they would go to pop top caps. Dark medium viscosity body. Huge coffee aroma. I thought the taste was a little mild, but very drinkable. Then I realized it was a porter not a stout so the heavy roasted sweetness missing is normal. Pretty good. Could really easily drink a lot of this.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.36/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz, "03APR14 bottling"
A 4 - near black with a thin tan head
S 4.25 - coffee, dark chocolate, boozy bourbon, vanilla
T 4.5 - coffee front-and-center with bourbon, vanilla, oak, dark chocolate, roasted barley; sweet but nicely balanced
M 4.5 - very smooth, full body, boozy
O 4.25 - excellent blend here. I'm surprised it's only 8% ABV because it seems like it should be more - tastes fairly boozy, very rich, very delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Dark brown in color. Still a bit translucent. Forms a very minimal bit of head - really not much there. No lacing. Aroma is mostly deeply roasted malts with strong notes of coffee. Lesser notes of chocolate, earth, and raisin. Taste is also strongly of roasted malts. Again there is coffee, but this time there is oak, chocolate, and a slight hint of vanilla in the mix as well. On the heavier side of medium. Moderate bitterness. Very little alcohol. A fine, and quite approachable, barrel aged beer.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A big thanks to Jeff for always providing the goods. 12oz bottle into a Founders snifter.

Pours pitch black and viscous with no head but big, thick, oily legs. Lacing is spotty and sparse with little cling. Certainly looks promising.

Nose is chocolate, liquorice, mocha coffee, fudge, roasted malt, and booze... almost all my favorites start out this way!

Opens chocolate, molasses and roast. Coffee, fudge and smoke in the middle with a sweet bourbon backbone. A light coffee tartness towards the end mixed with more fudge and dark chocolate. Slightly boozy and coffee finish. Great balance. Mellow but full of flavor at the same time.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth in the mouth and goes down with some light bubbles. Finishes messy with a lingering, sticky aftertaste. A bit light, but given that this is a porter, really solid.

The non-barrel-aged version of this beer disappointed a little bit but this really blew me away. Just thick enough with great complexity and balance. Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
4.51/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - The beer was black with brown hues mixed into the blackness. The head was an off-white color.

Smell - The main ingredients in the aroma are the coffee and bourbon notes. The bourbon notes come with hints of vanilla.

Taste - There truly is a lot going on here. Notes of coffee, dark chocolate, tobacco, and bourbon mesh together. The bourbon is accompanied by woody notes and vanilla. After the first initial bliss, the beer does not continue with quite the same potency. It is still very enjoyable as the dark chocolate and bourbon linger in the finish.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is spot-on for a porter. I only wish it was a stout so it could last longer.

Overall - I have a new favorite from Tyranena.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle as a trade extra from I forget who. Thanks! Pours dark brown to black with some light showing through on the pour but not in the glass, with a small khaki brown head. Huge earthy spicy coffee aroma, sweet lactose and chocolate. Flavor is a rush vanilla coffee combo, very smooth and decadent, without the harsh coffee spice. Wow this is very smooth. Not much bourbon, just a hint of oakiness. Medium bodied and very silky, low plus carbonation, lasting chocolate coffee finish on the tongue. Very nice.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.41/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle (twist off?) poured into a Duvel tulip style glass. Beer comes out dark brown and has slightly lighter edges wherever the liquid gets a little more shallow. Looks closer to black as it rises in the glass. Very thin tan head with small bubbles. It doesn't stick around long and not much in the way of lacing.

Smell is freaking awesome. Lots of roasted grain, but the dominant feature is the coffee. I love coffee so I'm a big fan of this. According to the bottle, 60% of the batch was brewed with coffee and aged in bourbon barrels and the other 40% was just brewed with coffee. The coffee is robust but blends quite well with the barrel. The bourbon provides a nice vanilla oak aroma but isn't too sweet.

Taste is equally as great, completely on par with the smell. Rich roasted dark grain and even a touch of hops noticed in the flavor. The coffee flavors are wonderful, its a medium roast yet still strong enough to be considered "robust" in my opinion Bourbon certainly pleasant, but it's mild, the vanilla oak flavors that come about aren't too strong, but everything meshes really well together.

Mouthfeel is good. A heavy medium feel overall, let's you know it's there, but not too heavy. Nice and silky smooth with a bitterness just before the end and a slightly warm finish. I wouldn't call it hot, but the bourbon provides an appropriate amount of heat. One thing I gotta say about this beer is that it's so dangerously drinkable. I can't believe how much flavor it packs while being so easy drinking. My first of hopefully many from this brewery. Thanks Matt for the killer extra.

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Photo of Powderhornphil
4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep opaque brown. Maybe one finger of head. Looks inviting.

Aroma is pronounced. Coffee beans. A soft bourbon vanilla sweetness. Nutty chocolate.

Taste follows the nose for the most part. Well executed coffee notes with subtle bourbon, vanilla and chocolate.

Medium mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.

Very drinkable and well integrated BA coffee porter.

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Devil Over A Barrel Bourbon Barrel-Aged Imperial Coffee Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 580 ratings