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

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

Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 557 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of jscottmacc
2.18/5  rDev -49.2%

Photo of craytonic
2.5/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Deep black, the thickness makes me think of oatmeal in motor oil

Smell: Used and burnt coffee grounds. I smell no bourbon.

Taste: Same; used and burnt coffee grounds. I taste no bourbon. Perhaps a hint of chocolate mocha. Perhaps the bitterness of blackstrap molasses without the cane sugar sweetness.

Mouthfeel: yuck.

Drinkability: Never noticed the bourbon; it is a coffee beer and that is it. Shame too; I love bourbon. It was a chore to drink and I didn't finish it; will avoid having another.

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Photo of chippo33
2.65/5  rDev -38.2%
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 Crosling
2.75/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Dark brown color, with a very light tan head. Espresso nose, lacking depth. Dark roast coffee up front, with a light note of caramel as well. No barrel character. Not much in terms of malt depth. My main complaint though, it's filtered to death and not bottle conditioned....just tastes dead, which leads to a poor mouth feel as well.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A wall of deeply roasted coffee aromatics hits my nostrils as I vigorously pour this into my 25cl tulip. The head initially forms a fat, three-finger thick, creamy, brownish, dark tan colored head. The beer is a deep black color that shows flashes of burnt ruby if held up directly to the light. A more focused inspection of the aroma yields more coffee; sour, burnt and charcoal like at first, but then some toasted bread notes, dark chocolate, spicy oak, a slight mustiness and ample, dusty, almost astringent, burnt grain husk aromas. Actual Bourbon notes are hard to pick out from the aroma, but it is hard to really tell with all of the roasted grain and coffee notes here. This has an interesting aroma, it is a bit too dominated by the coffee, which at times can make this seem a bit one-dimensional. There is a lot going on in the aroma though, you just need to dig around for it.

Creamy tasting up front, with a rich, dark malt, light sweetness. The finish washes the sweetness and richness out of my mouth though with its sour burnt focus, huge dark-roast coffee notes and just plain down right astringent, roasted bitterness. The bitterness from the coffee and grain here is huge and quite unbalanced. The finish actually makes me grimace a bit; this is mostly due to the overly roasted character, but some tannic, oak notes also contribute to the astringency of the finish. In the middle there is actually some nice, dark chocolate flavors and maybe a touch of vanillin, but this is fleeting. Boozy, somewhat hot, alcohol notes seem the biggest Bourbon contribution; while not overwhelming the alcohol definitely seems a bit more noticeable than I would expect from an 8% brew. Some toasted malt notes add a bit to this brew and there is of course a huge, dark coffee flavor here. Tastes a bit like drinking concentrated, slightly stale, long cold, black coffee, especially in the finish.

The flavors in this are huge, I can see how this is so likeable by those who like extremes, but there is just no finesse here, no real semblance of balance. This ends up being much more of a chore to drink than it should be & I am now regretting that I chose to write about this beer instead of just cracking open a Blind Pig. I feel really bad about it, but this beer just sucks; this is actually objectionable (especially towards the finish) and as such achieves something that is quite rare in a beer for me. Actually if it wasn't for the harsh finish, this wouldn't be all that bad.

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Photo of demcorhip
2.87/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Looks decent, but not great. Half finger tan head formed on a fairly vigorous pour and quickly vanished, no traces left. Despite the whoosh upon popping the cap it is very mildly carbonated. There will be no lacings...

Things pick up a bit in the nose. Dark fruits, bourbon with its hint of vanilla from the barrel, some creamy grains with a touch of oats, and some metallic oxidzed coffee. I had high hopes for this brew based on the reviews and how amazing a cellared Dirty Old Man turned out, but unless things pick up dramatically on the tasting this one will be disappointing. An earthy leafiness is present from the mild touch of hops.

Things are picking up slightly, although the booziness is detracting slightly. Nougat, oats and roasted grains with nuances of cocoa and slightly oxidized coffee. Big bourbon presence, hint of vanilla, and pronounced booziness with a detracting amount of alcohol heat.

The carbonation is lacking, for an imperial oatmeal porter there should be more presence and not a slightly smooth and creamy almost light bodied brew. The bourbon is quite prominent, and thanks to the lack of presence and body it almost overwhelms the brew, especially with its detracting amount of alcohol.

Not very drinkable, the wood alcohols will probably give me a headache by the time i finish my glass. I have a few more bottles and will revisit this and edit the review if my second impression is significantly different from my first. But for now i will on ly recommend this brew to those who want a good example of barrel aging gone wrong, and enjoy their brews with a hot alcohol presence.

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Photo of incubuscience
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of cl3
3/5  rDev -30.1%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass. Generously sent by unclejedi. Thanks, Jim! Re-written on 4/7/10.

A: Pours jet black with translucent maroon edges. Its short-lived half-inch mocha colored head recedes into a mild collar and some swirls of wispy bubbles. No lacing.

S: Wet cardboard and cooked vegetables. Definitely oxidized. Seems to be a common feature of this beer due to the twist-off caps.

T: After an initial burst of wet cardboard, the rest of the flavor comes through nicely. Vanilla, bourbon, some oak, a sour grainy bitterness, toffee. Coffee and chocolate came later, but in a more subdued afterthought than a main component of the flavor profile. It's definitely bourbon-forward, but not to the point where it obliterates other characteristics of the beer.

M: Medium-bodied and fairly creamy due to the low-medium carbonation that worked well for the style. Had a slight tingle to it.

D: Tasted pretty good. I normally don't review clearly oxidized bottles, but my thinking here is that people like to see how the beer is doing, and a fresh review helps that. It's still doing fine, but I'd drink up sooner rather than later.

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Photo of shbobdb
3.11/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. Just, you know, one of those Starbucks stouts. A pretty good one at that. If you like beers like Peche Mortal, Kentucky Breakfast Stout, and so on, you'll really like this one. A lot of sweet coffee blending with a nice, light vanilla from the bourbon. The finish is slightly acrid, like coffee that has been out for too long, but the sweetness of the finish helps cover that up. The oats create a nice thick mouthfeel, so it really does have the same texture as a latte.

It certainly isn't bad, but if this is what I wanted I'd head over to the nearest coffee shop. A well made beer, sure, but not my cup of tea. Or coffee, for that matter.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Dave2234
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of zeledonia
3.25/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Tasted 27 April 2014.

Pours dark brown, almost black. Just a skim of medium tan head, essentially no head at all. Okay lacing. Meh.

Smell is bright coffee goodness. I get little of the porter, and none of the barrel. While I like it, I could be sniffing coffee with a dash of beer.

Taste is decent, though it's hampered by the feel (see below). But again, I get almost nothing beyond the coffee. To be fair, the coffee is really nice. But there should be more going on in here. The porter brings a touch of char, the barrel is nowhere to be found. What's up here? If they told me it was a coffee brown ale, I might be more convinced. There's just a whole lot missing for a beer that apparently has so much in it.

Mouthfeel is the real problem. It's flat. And I mean flat like the syrup you add to carbonated water to get soda is flat. It comes off oily and stagnant, and I just don't like it. If I swish it around my mouth, I can coax some bubbles out, but only enough to make it bearable.

Perhaps I got a bad bottle. I could see this beer being really really good, I guess. Some carbonation would help. So would the beer having any backbone, or the barrel actually showing up for the game. As it is, I'll pass.

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Photo of Murphious
3.45/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Black pour with barely there, thin, tan head--probably due to twist-top seepage? Standard oatmeal porter/stout aroma of roasted malt/coffee. Guinness has more of what I call a coffee aroma than this one brewed "with coffee beans". Taste is of dark roasted malts with some bitterness. Maybe just a hint of bourbon at first when the glass warms to 50 degrees or above. Then I read the ingredient label and see it is a blend of two porters. That's probably why less bourbon hint and costs much less than most B-barrel aged 4packs. Mouth-feel seems a bit thin for a porter. Overall, it's a good porter but only "okay" as a "bourbon barrel aged" brew.

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Photo of uncccegr
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of hansenm72
3.5/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of kscaldef
3.69/5  rDev -14%
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 nkersten
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from a bottle courtesy of Todd and the White Whale. Thanks! Poured into my Piraat glass with a very thin tan head that dissipates quickly leaving a small ring around the outside of the glass. Color is very dark yet slightly opaque, right on par with what a porter should be. Smell is almost all coffee and oak at first, almost entirely overpowering any malt that is present. There is a slight chocolate malt smell, but I had to really try hard to get anything other then the coffee. The taste is much more balanced, with some nice dark malts coming through and just the right amount of oak and very little bourbon. The coffee adds just the right amount of bitterness. The alcohol is covered up well and each sip leaves a smokey aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a little too thin in my opinion but suits the style well and has the silky oatmeal characteristic. Overall a very drinkable imperial brew.

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to maximum12 for this brew! Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a small snifter.

A: Black with a nice collar that keeps me hopeful about the carbonation in this.

S: Coffee, smoked wood, and more coffee. The bourbon aroma has worn off completely.

T: Really good coffee beans, pure organic steel-cut oats, and a tad bit of oak from the bourbon barrels. I feel like the complexity of this beer has faded with age.

M: This category held up just fine - the carbonation is on par. As with most beers with oatmeal, this one is smooth.

D: Aged in bourbon barrels? You can't even tell at this point. You can take this one down with a nice porterhouse steak or kobe beef burger.

Overall, a good beer but I feel the same as previous reviews state; the bourbon barrel aging has faded.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.71/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of Jaycase
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of CaptainNomihodai
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of geuze_gone_wild
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of KevinL
3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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