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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Tyranena Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
tyranena.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
557
Reviews:
280
Avg:
4.31
pDev:
8.35%
 
 
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299
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Ratings: 557 |  Reviews: 280
Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A coffee story. Bubbly white head on black. Coffee aroma. Lace. Sour element. Bourbon is contained, more oak notes and accentuated coffee flavour. Complex, but I would like the other flavours to come through from the non-bourbon barrel such as chocolate.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Always cheery to see that bright yellow lable with grade school sketches. Great packaging and marketing. Inviting even before you know what the beer is about.

The beer pours with a very dark brown and complete opaqueness. Light on carbonation, the turbulent pour releases the daintiest foamstand that settles into a soft mousse creme, much like that of a well built espresso. Slight lacing and legging on the glass.

Strong aromas of nutty and woodsy coffees give the impression of Sumatra, Kona, and Columbian beans. Not extending into espresso aromas, but toasty and bitter throughout. Coffee notes waver at times, giving me a glimpse of strong maltiness that could be either a Porter or a Stout. Soft milky sweetness rides deep in the nose along with caramels, licorice, and raisons.

Flavors of caramel, molassas and toffee set the tone for sweetness, but the foreground doesn't last long. The roastiness of the highly kilned barley and coffee quickly impeeds upon the malty tast and give complex Stout and French Roast flavors and bitterness. Still, the esters from the yeast offer a nice, subtle, and compex fruitiness to give rise to the caramelized malts again in the end.

Silky and velvety to the mouth, and maybe thinned somewhat by the coffee bitterness and alcohol dryness; giving doubts to the self proclaimed 'imperial' notion to the beer. Very easily drinkable due to varying dryness compounds from both the arid roasted barley and the bitter coffee.

The beer could be considered a stout if not for the restraint shown not to overwhelm the great coffee nuances. Soft, creamy, and smooth despite such aggression from the coffee notes. Very well done.

Thanks JMBSH!

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Photo of emerge077
4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch black color porter with a nice thick brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bourbon and coffee is dominating. Taste is mostly dominated by some very nice dry coffee notes with hints of vanilla and some clear bourbon though no alcohol ester were showing. Body is really creamy and thick which is very enjoyable with some good carbonation and alcohol is well hidden. Very well done overall.

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Photo of largadeer
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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Photo of zestar
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mothman
4.32/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Darkness snifter.

Pours about 1/2 finger of chocolate milk colored head. Fades down quickly to a ring around the edge of the class and leaves some slight splattered lace. Color is a midnight black.

Aroma: Tons of fresh coffee beans, caramel, vanilla, chocolate, roasted malt flavors. There are some earthy hops that balance it out a bit. I am really not getting very much of the bourbon flavors here, but the aroma is simply amazing.

Taste: Coffee straight up front. Then the chocolate, caramel, and vanilla kick in with the bourbon notes. A nice amount of earthy hops again. Lots of roasted malt flavors. The taste ends with a nice oak flavor. Very nice tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy, a tad crisp. The aftertaste brings some heat along with it. Medium to full bodied with lower amount of carbonation.

Overall, a very great tasting porter. I wish I would have gotten a lot of this when it was first released. It is pretty drinkable, but at the same time pretty filling.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Azurelimits for opening this at a recent tasting. Also shared with bmanning, Amyliz4, and hhanson.

A: Pours a nice, deep black. Fairly oily. Nice tan head that thins out but always remains.

S: Loads of coffee (amazing how it's kept this for so long!), chocolate, bourbon, molasses, and roasted malt.

T: A decent amount of sweetness comes in to balance out the crazy combination of coffee, chocolate, and bourbon. Elegant complexity and the perfect balancing act between all the flavors. Nice notes of molasses and brown sugar in the background alongside a bit of roast.

M: Very nice. Medium bodied with lower carbonation leading to a nice smoothness.

D: Pretty intense all around. A great sipper.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from brdc, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep dark brown color with a thin light brown head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with roasted coffee beans, along with dark malts, toasted oats and touches of chocolate and hops.

T: The taste is creamy and full of coffee up front as you would expect. There are a lot of complimentary background flavors that come in next, oats, chocolate, bourbon and dark fruit. It's pretty complex for a coffee-flavored beer. There's a very hearty malt character and a mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style while taking the coffee-flavored beer segment to the next level, this is a very good beer to drink for a long time if you're in the mood for a coffee beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.52/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a snifter. Special thanks to HopDerek for pickng me up some of these while out in MN.

Pours black as an oil slick with a finger of creamy looking burnt mocha colored head. Fizzles down fairly quickly but then settles into a solid ring of retention that flairs up again instantaneouly when swirled, leaving a strong cascade of lace down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a mouthwatering mix of roasted coffee and zippy espresso that dominates the up front portion. Digging a little deeper, there are also some subtle notes underneath of vanilla sweetness, bourbon, and oak.

The bourbon aging is much more apparent in the taste profile, mostly taking control up front but then that sneaky delicious coffee character takes control again in the backend with a dry roasted bitter feel. Finishes on the palette with a nice blend of roasted bitterness and sweetness from the vanilla and bourbon notes. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a silky and slick feel. There is definitely a bit of a warm feel imparted from the bourbon character and overall heat presence but it never becomes distracting.

Wow! Awesome offering here from Tyranena that's so jammed packed with coffee that it would nearly work as a great drinking Coffee Porter with or without the bourbon aging mixed in. They contrast in flavors do bounce off each other very well though, with the boubon character imparting some well needed sweetness to smoothe out all that bitterness. Another great entry in the "Brewers Gone Wild" series.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of billab914
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of russpowell
4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from tpd975, Cheers Greg!

Pours mahogany with some mocha head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Coffee & a bit of vanilla

T: Coffee, roasty malt, some booze & some charred oak up front. Coffee, oak & vanilla dominate as this warms, along with some baker's chocolate. Finishes dry, with mocha

MF: Pretty smooth, moderate carbonation & nice chewy body

Drinks really easy for what it is. I'm not always wild about coffee beers, but this one kicks butt!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Deep coffee aroma with notes of dark malt, scorched cane sugar, chocolate, and (surprisingly light) bourbon.

Taste: Very robust coffee flavor upfront, a touch of vanilla, a dash of cream. Rather mellow bourbon character. It's like a great, though cold cup of coffee with a little something extra added. Chocolatey dark malts and some burnt coffee beans prior to the dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It's quite good, you should definitely give this one a try. Thanks for your cooperation.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.86/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"The Devil makes his Christmas pie of lawyers' tongues."

--English proverb

Closer to darkest mahogany than charcoal black, with copper-orange edges that are more prominent than expected. It took an increasingly vigorous pour to generate two fingers of tremendously creamy, golden brown sugar colored foam. Great job on glass decoration as well. This is outstanding looking beer.

Roasted coffee beans was the first thing to greet my nose when it approached the glass. Bourbon... not so much. I was counting on the bourbon barrel aging to distinguish this ale from my favorite Brewers Gone Wild! offering to date, The Devil Made Me Do It! Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter. Other than the java, there isn't much here that impresses.

The flavor gets things back on track, at least to some extent. My first impression is that there's no way this is one of the Top Beers on Planet Earth (#41 at the moment). It lacks the power, the depth and the complexity to pull it off. Having said that, Devil Over is still *good* beer and I'm glad that I have a few bottles left.

Iced coffee is complemented by dark chocolate, caramelized sugar, vanilla, charred oak and tangy plums. I just wish the various flavors melded more snuggly. More malt would have helped immensely. In fact, the less than rock-ribbed roasted malt backbone is probably the biggest reason why DOABBBACIOP doesn't knock my socks off. Well... maybe one sock.

Which brings us to the body/mouthfeel. Less than one year in the bottle shouldn't be long enough for body breakdown to occur in an 8.0% porter. Therefore, the malt shortage was probably present from the start. I've also noticed that, for whatever reason, quite a few barrel-aged ales lack viscosity. Better slightly too little carbonaton (as is the case here) than slightly too much.

Like most of the Brewers Gone Wild! series of beers from Tyranena, Devil Over A Barrel is good, but doesn't make it all the way to great. Still, if they'll keep brewing them, I'll keep drinking them. The Devil Made Me Do It! is still the best of the lot.

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Photo of duceswild
4.31/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mikesgroove
4.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

So we finally get a hold of this gem. I am the biggest lover of the coffee beer. The flavors are literally like heaven for me. I could not imagine a better combination, so naturally I see this one rocket towards the top I go nuts trying to find it. And find it I did, throwing one into the fridge and waiting for the right moment to try. Last night I grabbed it out and poured it into my terrapin snifter. Poured a ridiculous dark black. No light coming through on this one at all. There was a nice two finger high head of tan lace that rose up over the top and settled down just a touch, still leaving behind copious amounts of side glass webbing and stickiness. Awesome looking from the start, this is exactly what I was looking for.

The aroma was full of coffee. Super rich from the very first whiff I took. Not much bourbon noticeable right away, this was really very well hidden. A nice light coffee aroma though, sweet with hints of vanilla and lactose riddled throughout. I went in for the taste and it was just all there. Done perfectly with a rich balance of coffee and sugary notes, hints of rum sprinkled in and just a touch of an earthy and woody taste in the back. Lots of vanilla and molasses dribbled in now as well, and the overall profile was just ridiculously tight. No hint of the ABV at all, in fact I was not even sure how strong this one was. A wonderful feel, perfect actually with the little carbonation bubbles tickling through and giving it that silky dessert like feel. I literally could have drank this one forever, it was just that good. I sipped on this for several hours during the night, it was just sublime.

Overall this definitely lives up to its hype. A bourbon barrel beer that is calm and tame, go figure. This is damn good and something that needs to be sought out as it is up there with the best I have had.

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
4.31 out of 5 based on 557 ratings.
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