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

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal PorterDevil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter

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Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Imperial Oatmeal Porter. 60% Porter brewed with coffee beans and aged in bourbon barrels blended with 40% Porter brewed with coffee beans.

Added by DaPeculierDane on 04-10-2008

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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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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Discount Liquors in Milwaukee.

Served alongside the standard version.

Similar appearance to the non barrel-aged version. Dark brown with a quarter inch of beige cap that leaves sparse lacing. Nice aroma, with everything present in the original, not overpowered by bourbon. A touch of oak and light, but present bourbon. Gentle sweetness. Sweet, powerful bourbon dancing with fresh, bitter coffee beans. Delightful. Well done.

4 pack $8.49 - great price for such a high quality beer

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
4.55/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Pours pitch black with a finger and a half dark tan head after a center pour.

The aroma is fantastic, the bourbon is there with chocolate and dark fruits, a little vanilla as well.

I love the way this tastes, the bourbon flavor isn't as pronounced as some of the barrel aged beers I've been fortunate enough to have tried, but it doesn't need to be.

Perfect mouthfeel for this style of porter.

Overall, I feel fortunate that a friend gave me a bottle of this to try, I went searching high and low for more. It was only after I found a case that I found out that this beer hadn't been released for many years.

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Photo of cbutova
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Getting old saying this but once again a huge thanks to my cousin Sonny for sending this one up to me. Always been interested in Tyranena brews.

A- 12oz stubby bottle poured into a snifter with a pitch black, oily thick body. A small cap forms on the brew with a light tan hue and frothy texture. Lackluster head retention but coffee and barrels can hurt that. Small ring leaves spotty lace.

S- Dark roast coffee beans and bitterness right off the top with black grains. Cocoa powder, slight Bourbon whiskey and oak come to mind. Mostly the dark things in the beer here with just a bit of barrel.

T- The Bourbon barrel really comes into play here after being in the backdrop of the aroma. Coffee is still the dominant factor with the malts and barrel just beyond it. Dark, bitter heavily roasted beans joined by notes of dark chocolate, oats, some dark fruits, caramel, oaky vanilla sweetness, Bourbon whiskey and a medium sweetness.

MF- Thick and oily body that gets chewy with some agitation on the palate. Silky texture. Carbonation at a medium level and crisp. Finishes with a soothing warming on the palate.

A huge porter that delivers a fresh, dark roast coffee flavor melded nicely with the use of Bourbon barrels and roasted malts providing a great base. Coffee is probably the star but just behind it are the other elements and it all combines well.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.94/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass served slightly chilled.

A: Dark brown coming out of the bottle...almost black once in the glass. One finger brown head that fades to about a half finger, and then sticks around for awhile.

S: Smell is primarily coffee with a hint of bourbon and vanilla. Nice chocolate and hazelnut on the nose, as well. Smells nice.

T: Coffee dominates here. Only a trace of bourbon...kind of like bourbon soaked raisins. Definitely got the dark fruit going on, as well. More of the chocolate and nut flavor, as well. Ends slightly bitter and acidic with a linger chocolate and coffee taste.

M: Pretty thin mouthfeel for the style. Medium carbonation and pretty light body. Alcohol isn't really to prevalent, but this is "only" an 8% impy porter.

O: Pretty good all around. I like that the bourbon doesn't completely dominate like it does in other BB beers. Very heavy on the coffee, however. There are enough other subtle flavors to keep it interesting, but I would've liked just a bit less coffee. Still, this is a killer BB coffee porter at a reasonable price point ($10/4).

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Photo of scaliasux
4.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very dark brown. Appears opaque. Thin light brown head that remains only briefly.

Smell - Dark malts. Sweet caramel and toffee and, obviously, coffee.

Taste - Dark, rich, and sweet. Burnt toast, coffee, toffee, raisin. Noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel - Medium-full to full.

Overall - Rich and complex. Lots of flavors to taste here and they work together fine.

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Photo of Jared14
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A- poured black, dark brown in the light. Little head.

S- Coffee with hint bourbon

T- vanilla to chocolate and bourbon with a bitter coffee finish. Coffee comes out more with a burning finish as it warms.

M- very light. This was a great beer but the mouthfeel hurts what is otherwise a stellar BB beer. As it warms the mouthfeel actually gets ever more watery and became a chore to drink.

O- just a bit more thickness and this beer would be world-class in my opinion. Will definitely seek it out yearly now.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tyranena Devil Over a Barrel.

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery. This was a 12 ounce pour into a snifter. It arrived fairly chilled.

A) This is a very dark brown brew, nearly black. It had a rich looking tan head. Excellent retention, and nice lacing.

S) I needed to let this warm up a little bit, but luckily it was pretty warm out today sitting in the beer garden at the brewery. Any how, this had a nice coffee aroma. There was some chocolate, vanilla bean, and of course some oaky bourbon barrel.

T) It is quite near the nose. Delicious roasted coffee. Some oatmeal flavor, with a little sprinkle of brown sugar. Hint of cocoa and vanilla. Some bourbon flavor, but in reality the alcohol is very well hidden.

M) Not as thick as it looks. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Goes down smooth. Wouldn't have minded if it was a bit thicker.

O) Very enjoyable beer. The BGW series from Tyranena rarely disappoints. Probably would have ordered a few more, but the weather had me craving an IPA. In any case, I'd gladly recommend this beer.

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