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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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3.75/5  rDev -12.6%

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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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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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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, bottled April 3, 2014. Poured into an O'so snifter today, 4/20/2014.

A- Dark brown body, opaque. <1 finger offwhite head that dissipates quickly, little retention, no lacing.

S- Coffee, bourbon barrel, dark chocolates. And more coffee.. this beer is surprisingly full of coffee.

F- Coffee first with a dollop of sweet bourbon, a little bit of dark chocolate. Coffee is very forward, covers up the bourbon though. As it warms, more milk chocolate sweetness comes forward. Very delicious, if a bit lacking in bourbon barrel character.

M- Medium bodied but on the thinner end, low carbonation. Mostly bitter coffee on the aftertaste. Not hard to drink.

O- Good stuff. It's a slight improvement over Devil Made Me Do It, and on most days I'd rather drink that, but this is a real nice treat. I do think they should just make it 100% bourbon barrel aged, as while it is good on its own and presumably as the brewer envisions it, I would have liked more bourbon vanilla flavours and some more complexity to the beer to help counter the massive amounts of coffee in this one.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Tyranena snifter

A - dark brown, minimal head

S - mostly coffee, hints of vanilla from the barrel

T - coffee here as well predominantly, a little more barrel character here

M - smooth, no hint of alcohol

O - another winner from the BGW series, too bad this went so quickly

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4/5  rDev -6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

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4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very dark brown, nearly black with a little copper on the edge. Creamy tan head that left some nice lacing.

S-Strong coffee aroma with some dark chocolate and just the faintest hint of bourbon barrel. The coffee definitely overwhelms the other smells.

T-lots of coffee flavor but not quite as much as the smell. The coffee is much more blended with the other flavors. Lots of dark chocolate, a little toffee and not much bourbon. I think it could use quite a bit more bourbon. It may benefit from full barrel aging versus just 60%.

M-Medium to full bodied. Low carbonation which is typical of a heavier beer.on the sweeter side but far from sticky sweet.

O-A very good beer, well worth the price at about $10 a 4-pack. For me it could use more bourbon barrel flavor but overall a really good beer that I'd recommend to friends and buy for myself again.

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Devil Over A Barrel - Bourbon Barrel-Aged Coffee Imperial Oatmeal Porter from Tyranena Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.29 out of 5 with 557 ratings
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