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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5/5  rDev +16%

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Photo of GbVDave
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Val-Dieu goblet. Thanks to neubernie for the hook up!

A: Pours a satanic looking shade of black-not one ray of light getting through this, even at the edges. Capping this is a creamy, dark-khaki, one-finger head that leaves considerable lace.

S: Coffee, front and center! Espresso, french press, dark roast, whatever. Quite possibly the most delicious aroma of coffee to eminate from a beer! Along with the coffee there are notes of dark fruit, brown sugar, dark chocolate, vanilla, dark roasted malt, and a touch of bourbon.

T: Once again, coffee takes center stage. Fresh, pure, espresso roast. Incredible! Blackened malt, molassas, bitter dark chocolate, sweet rolled oats, oaky vanilla, bourbon, a hint of coconut, rum soaked plum, sweet lactose, and bitter hops.

M: Incredibly full and creamy with just the right amount of sweetness and dry bitterness to hold everything together. Perfection!

D: I was blown away by this beer. I was expecting some rather intrusive bourbon chacteristics, but was delighted by how restrained it was. No syrup-y bourbon taste, no nose-hair-curling boozy bourbon smell. Just the seemingly simple, yet certainly complex, layering of so many different things that could easily go horribly wrong, but ended up perfectly right!

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of ZAP
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A flat-out classic and I don't even like coffee style beers to start with.

Black with a whisp of a brown/red head...

Aroma is big-time coffee beans...kind of like putting some coffee beans in a plastic bag and then jamming your head into the bag and smelling them....Also some vanilla and fudge...the bourbon notes are not singularly evident on the nose.

Creamy, rich, big in body and smooth...great feel to this as I drink it.

The taste is rich and flavorful with the fudge, vanilla, caramel and finally the coffee beans blending perfectly. The aroma led me to think there would be a huge coffee taste but the blend with the vanilla, caramel and fudge is a work of art.

This may be the best Tyranena beer I have had and I am a big fan of this brewery. A beer I would love to have for breakfast will out in the woods frying some eggs by the of these would be the perfect start to the day.

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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5/5  rDev +16%

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4.98/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of akorsak
4.94/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A 12 oz bottle courtesy of gford217.

A: The ale is dark as the darkest night, pitch black with no ruby, no garnet, no nothing. For a porter, this one has the look of an imperial stout. Not much head in the snifter but there was indication of carbonation as I poured.

S: Coffee, coffee and more coffee. The nose is stronger than a cup of Starbucks' best offering. Mixed with the coffee is roasted porter and some (I stress some) bourbon, although not as much as I expected.

T: Coffee and oatmeal swirl together, bitter and sweet. The coffee is acrid and concentrated, a hell of a lot of beans went into that cold toddy. The oatmeal has a lactic sweetness what pairs incredibly well with the coffee. Vanilla is the sole hint of the bourbon barrel, quite restrained when you figure that 60% of the beer was aged in bourbon. The vanilla and roasted coffee are lasting flavors, leaving a cold java sweetness in the tongue.

M: The pairing of coffee and oatmeal defies description, they meld perfectly together. The addition of vanilla from the bourbon adds a level of deeper flavor without the boozy warmth that a barrel can bring to an ale.

D: The alcohol level isn't listed but it certainly never rears its head throughout the glass. The flavors go so well together that it is hard to believe. This just cracked my top ten list.

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4.92/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark coffee brown with ruby highlights and a frothy beige head that descends rather quickly but thoroughly dots the chalice

Smell: Espresso, charcoal, fruity dark chocolate and lots of oak

Taste: Espresso, at first, with a building coffee and charcoal flavor that moves in a fruity chocolate direction by mid-palate; after the swallow, the coffee flavor burst to the fore, but the oak and vanilla come on toward the end to mellow out the other flavors

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body, somewhat creamy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: If I had extras, I would love to put this up against KBS and Bourbon County; as such, I'm just enjoying the heck out of this robustly flavored brew

Thanks, ipa2xs, for the opportunity

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4.89/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ok this is my first beer review so bare with me if I get some stuff wrong. But this beer is Fantastic! I mean its so good it converted my wife who only drank Miller lite, to the the dark side!

When you crack the bottle open and start to pour the black gold into your pint you instantly smell the coffee and hints of the bourbon. It tastes smooth,chocolatly, and of course coffee. when you drink it you dont even want to take your lips off the glass, just keep your nose there and inhale.

this is a great beer right on the same block as KBS.

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4.88/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Devil Over a Barrel pours a black color with a very small non lacing head. There is a strong coffee and oatmeal aroma. The taste has a nice roasted aroma, bold coffee flavors, very creamy oatmeal flavors, and hints of vanilla and chocolate, with a just noticeable sweet bourbon like alcohol warmth. Perfect blend of flavors, nice strong alcohol warmth, and a great bourbon aftertaste. Overall WOW, a perfect blend of flavors, for a nice bold beer.

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4.85/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

thanks to my brah Onslow for a badass BGW...

this amazing brew pours up solid black color with a nice tan head. the nose is symphony of bourbon, oatmeal, big roasted malts. the taste is composed of coffee, sweet roasty malts, chocolate, vanilla, bourbon, wood, delicious...full bodied, low carbo, insane...

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4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to brandoman63 for my first bottle.

Pitch black. Very stout-like with a wispy tan head. My nose is filled with coffee beans. Wow... very potent. I get some chocolate and oats but not so much bourbon.

God does this taste smooth. Just like coffee. I though Peche Mortel cornered the market on coffee stouts/porters... Tyranena has just bested them. Roasty coffee, malty deliciousness... and just a smattering of the bourbon they advertise on the label.

It's so creamy... so damn creamy. I've never had a better porter than this. This is just an amazing display of craftsmanship. I haven't been too impressed with Tyranena's other offerings but this one hit a grand slam. Grab some of this while it lasts... hopefully they'll decide to brew this every year.

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4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pitch black in color. The head doesn't rise very high and settles pretty quickly, leaving a trail of lace on the way down.

Smell: Dark roasted whole coffee beans at the forefront. Vanilla and caramel from the bourbon. Charred grain. Wow, this is mesmerizing.

Taste/mouthfeel: Similar to the nose and every bit as good. Chocolate-covered coffee beans, caramel, vanilla. Dry, bitter and roasty in the finish. Medium-bodied and ridiculously smooth. Incredible complexity and balance.

Drinkability: Quaffable as hell for the style - I had a hard time savoring this stuff.

Notes: Wow, what a beer. Similar to Kentucky Breakfast Stout but arguably better. This is one of the best beers I've had so far this year.

Revisited this beer May 2010, it has dropped off in a big way. Still decent but nowhere near what it once was. Hopefully they rebrew this.

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4.82/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams glass from a 12oz bottle, no freshness dates seen, but bought in March 2008, this is there current release for the gone wild series.

This is a beer for the ages, or at least top of the ratings. Pours with a creamy tan head, black like a stout.

Huge coffee nose, a bit sweet, just delicious.

Big creamy taste of roasted coffee, a bit of chocolate in the middle, goes down too easy.

Full excellent mouthfeel, creamy and smooth, nicely carbonated.

Very drinkable, must be around 8-9% abv, but hard to tell, too easy to drink, made the mistake of having a Bells Oberon after this, it tasted like water, must find more of these...

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4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to Mhewes for this brew:

A - Pour an opaque black with a small tan head that disipated into nothingness leaving no lace.

S - Coffee, Coffee, and more coffee. Little bit of vanilla, but espresso dominates.

T - Lots of different coffees, espresso, mocha, and dark roasts all coming together around some creamy vanilla and roasted oak.

M - Creamy with a good carbonation.

D - Great brew! Thanks Michael for the oppurtunity to try this. I will definately be seeking more in the future!

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4.81/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to bassmantin for a sample of this brew!

The smell is intense and very desirable. Coffee and bourbon make up this wonderful delight. The taste is nothing short of amazing. It's very stouty...where is the line drawn?

Coffee, bourbon, and vanilla are all mixed very well. I loved the base beer and this is a kicked up, kick ass version.

Overall, this is a fucking kick ass beer and I'm going to start my search for a 4 pack.


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4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Jet black with froathy brown head.

The aroma alone is worth opening this one for. Roasty malt and oats with a balance of bourbon that does not overdo it. Taste is unreal. Sweet chocolate, rich and roasty oats with a frame of fine bourbon. Complex and enjoyable.

I not a big fan of the bourbon barrell trend right now because a lot of the beers over do it and leave me with a feeling that I just had a boilermaker. This one should be the benchmark of the style that the rest are compared to. Tyranena does it again.

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4.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A bourbon-aged porter? What could be better? Thanks to Team Cincinnati in the Triple Trouble BIF for this.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Delirium tulip a deep brown with a small light tan head. It drops instantaneously to a medium collar with some hazy bubbles floating across the surface.

SMELL: Whoa. The awesome aroma of bourbon lets me know just what I'm in for. Vanilla notes come out quite a bit from the wood-aging. Of all things, the porter definitely seems to be in the background, but as it warms the rich chocolate and caramel come out a lot more. This smells incredible.

TASTE: Amazing. It's a porter first and foremost without letting the barrel-aging overwhelm it. Rich, luxurious chocolate and toffee hit you right up front with some of the bourbon flavor coming on at the finish. Just a perfectly tasting beer.

MOUTHFEEL: Rich and silky smooth. The body doesn't actually seem all that big, but the oats add such a nice dimension to this. Carbonation is on the lower end where it should be.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. It makes me want to cry that I only have 12 ounces of this wonderful nectar.

I need more of this somehow. It's not a simple beer by any stretch, but it's not too often that something blows you away like Devil Over A Barrel does.

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