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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

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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 stakem
4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paper notes from quite awhile back. Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this 12oz with me. Poured into a snifter, the brew appears a dark brown to black with some lighter brown clarity around the edges. A creamy brown head more than a finger strong sits atop with solid retaining powers. As the cap fades, it leaves spots of lacing effect on the glass.

The smell is strong with a fresh oat inclusion. This is surprising considering this brew is 4 years old at the time of consumption. There is a tangy hint of alcohol along with some roast like chocolate and a raisony edge of dark fruit.

The taste is toasty with a sweet oat inclusion that blends into chocolate and coffee. A solid caramel malt inclusion as well as hints of vanilla from the barrel aging. There is a bourbon kick to the alcohol inclusion. Bitter chocolate is an afterthought that lasts into the aftertaste with a bit of dark fruits like raison.

This is a medium bodied brew with a smooth feel that is very easy drinking for 8%. I never had the chance to try this brew fresh but I cam firmly state that the 4 years this has spent in the bottle is starting to show with the tangy alcohol inclusion and dark fruited flavors being at the helm. Regardless this was a solid brew that I really enjoyed.

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Photo of jwc215
4.12/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wasatch for this!

Pours black with a brown head - nice retention. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of roasted coffee, bourbon/vanilla - a nice bourbon with chocolate, licorice and earthy tones. Nice complexity.

The taste is of roasted coffee, chocolate/licorice, and bourbon. It has an ashy character with a roasted earthy/herbal bitterness.

The body could use a touch more velvety texture and fullness, but I'm far from complaining, as it is very good as is. A roasty, bitterish porter with a nice touch of bourbon...A great sipping brew with a wonderful aroma!

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

Blackest black...roasty brown head.

Fantastic aromatics, huge roasty lively rich and fresh coffee aroma...wow! Wow! For 6 am, this is an ideal beer! and then there's the whiff of the whiskey, lingering below. Earthy and alive...amazing.

Drinking it...Chocolate pops up, and the smooth, silky oatmeal feel...coffee comes back, and then comes the sweet bourbon. Good Lord, it's decadent! Sweet, slick, rich, bittersweet, a mystical elixir.
Jumps up and sips sweet succor into the mouth again and again, flavors joust and jockey for their place in the senses.
This is one of those rare beers that puts everything I like in one place. It sets me up just to knock me down. I'm gonna have to stock up on this one!

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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 MasterSki
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to d0b for trading me a bottle of this stuff.
Bottled April 9th, 2008.

A - Pours a dark chocolate brown - nearly opaque. Only the slightest bit of mocha head that dissipates quickly and leaves a creamy film at the top of the brew. You can see a little of the carbonation when you take a sip.

S - Coffee! Whiskey, chocolate and malt in the background, although I can't pick out the oatmeal suggested by the beer name. Delicious!

T - Even more coffee at first, the dissipates into a tingly bourbon sensation. More bourbon comes out as the brew warms up. Hints of chocolate and hazelnut, although I'm still not getting any of the aforementioned oatmeal.

M - More carbonated than I expected - the tingle complements the bourbon nicely. Smooth and creamy, with just the right viscosity. Far more interesting than some other porters I've recently had.

D - Not sure of the ABV, but there's only good alcohol taste here (think bourbon, not rubbing alcohol). Light enough texture that I could drink more than one 12 oz bottle, but the coffee is so powerful that I'd probably stop at two - a bomber would be the perfect size.

This beer really blurs the line between porters and stouts - it's got a lot in common with KBS. Kudos to Tyranena - now if only they could get larger distribution!

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Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Acadia Cafe, served in a Duvel tulip.

This beer is basically a really good coffee beer. The description of the beer, however, promises me so much more with the oats and bourbon-barrel aging. Now both of the elements I mentioned no doubt add the the beer's smooth mouthfeel and flavor, however, the coffee undoubtedly dominates the beer with a hint of bourbon around the edges. It's big, rich, coffee flavor, maybe the best coffee beer I've ever had, but I want more complexity, especially bourbon and barrel-aged character. Definitely worth trying.

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

Thanks goes out to brandoman63 for this brew.

Poured into my Surly glass, a very nice thick black color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy tan head, with some sticky lacing. The nose is big on malts/coffee/chocolate/toffee, some hints of vanilla, bourbon. The taste is awesome, malty, lots of chocolate/coffee/toffee, very nice smooth creamy texture, nice little touch of vanilla and bourbon. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an exceptional brew, thanks Brandon, highly recommended.

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

12oz bottle into a Lancaster brewing pint glass. Thanks to Thomashardy for the bottle. My 3rd in this series.

A- DOAB pours out like the rest in the series with a deep dark black color. Even up to light this is black with some brown spots towards the top. Minimal bubbles making an appearance on the top. A tan ring around the glass, no lacing.

S- Deep sweet roasted coffee blends up front with some warming, very inviting. Not much on the bourbon side which hopefully comes in taste. A backing of roasted malts which does not hold a candle to the coffee. Some sweet vanilla. This had more of a java scent than "the devil".

T- A nice bit of vanilla backs up the tremendous roasted dark coffee that is abound. I'm surprised that the coffee in this has held up this long. What type of coffee beans they used, I don't know, but they are strong. Getting nice faint chocolate notes as well with some malts in the back. The bourbon is there in spirit but does not make a dent, but some warmness comes from this.

M- A medium to slighty full bodied brew with flavors that last forever. Some bitterness invades the tounge after some oz's go bye but not due to any hops but more to the dank coffee blend used. I like the way this glides around the mouth being persistant leaving it's mark.

D- Not sure of the ABV on this but I can feel it. One bottle is plenty for me at this sitting but I would love more. If this is ever brewed again I would seek out a case and have it shipped and keep em cold as im sure the bourbon has faded tremendously. Either way I love this beer

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -35.5%
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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3.82/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz supplied by Inflatablechair ... Thanks Sammy!!

Thin dark tan head.. the brew is definitely black... only hints of lacing and the retention is pretty poor.

Nose is thick bourbon... pretty powerful even after all this time... the traditional roasty elements are there, but are blown out of the water by the whiskey.

Flavor has better implementation of the barrels.. dark fruit whaffs come and go.. but there is certainly a nice lite cocoa element.. the bourbon shows as more vanilla with some lite cherry essence and bits of tannic wood... there is still coffee in there, but it seems pretty faded and I am trying to pick it out.. could really use more of a real "malty" presence mid palate to tie things together..

There seemed to be some sorta breakdown in the coffee component... It's there, but the barrels just roll over it with no problem.. I had to really try to pull out coffee and for that matter roasty parts.

The body seems a tad thin... carbonation was about right, I guess.

Overall... good verging on just okay... Maybe this just didn't age too well, but I am underwhelmed.

Thanks Sammy!! I know that I (and I assume we) have had this brew before, but I can't find any notes.... and I truly appreciate being able to sample such a sought after beer after all this time.


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Photo of John_M
4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dyan for this new to me brewery and beer.

The beer pour a very dark brown color with fair head retention and lacing. On the nose this beer is pretty impressive, with an intermix of cola, coffee, vanilla and cherry. However, not surprisingly, the predominant aroma is one of coffee. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except they are even more pronounced. There is also some chocolate flavor on the palate, but once again the dominant flavor is coffee. In fact, I literally get a coffee ground finish to this beer, which in this beer is intriguing.

What really makes this beer exceptional IMO, is just how light and drinkable it tastes. I read that the abv. is 8%, but you'd never know it. The mouthfeel reminds me of the cadillac mountain stout, and I would have guessed a similar abv. This beer is very smooth and supple, and very, very easy to drink.

Not like any porter I've ever tasted previously. Quite impressive.

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