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Devil Over a Barrel by Tyranena Brewing Company
American Porter
8.00 % ABV

Review by joe1510 on 11/03/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 2 12 17 4 8 0
12oz Stubby
$8.99 4-Pack
Steve's Liquor, Madison

I've really enjoyed the Brewers Gone Wild Series so far so I've been looking forward to this one. Devil Over a Barrel pours an impenetrable black. Not a hint of light can fight its way through. Wait, there is a touch of shoe leather brown when directly backlit but I have to look awfully hard. The head falls to a thick cap and leaves some wide, webbed lacing on its way down. Good start.

The aroma is incredible. I've fallen for these coffee infused beers and can't get enough of them. With the head down to a cap deep dark chocolate keeps up with the freshly brewed coffee. Each swirl brings huge amounts of coffee, by huge I mean waking up to freshly brewed coffee huge. This stuff makes me want to dive right in. The aroma is on par with KBS.

The bourbon isn't noticeable in the aroma but hits quickly but mildly as soon as this beer hits my tongue. Sweet roasty malts and dark chocolate combine with top quality, freshly brewed coffee. A touch of bourbon heat rolls through on the swallow. This really is an excellent beer and probably my favorite from the series.

The body is medium and grows in heft to lean toward the heavier side of the spectrum on the swallow. My only complaint, and it's a little one, would be the body is a touch thin but then I remember I'm drinking a porter. There is a great this beer gets close to room temperature the mouthfeel becomes tremendous. The body got became more viscous just like I hoped for and the silky smoothness just hits the spot.

The drinkability is outstanding. I'm not sure of the abv in this beer because the alcohol is almost nonexistent but I could see this beer getting myself in trouble. I find myself taking drink after drink.

Wow! This is a great beer from the guys at Tyranena and my favorite from their lineup. One of the best coffee beers I've had to date. Devil Over a Barrel is an enjoyable experience to say the least. I can never wait to get my hands on the newest Brewers Gone Wild series.

Price: $8.99 Served In: Bottle

Review by mar on 02/13/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
bottle thanks to Tip Top. pitch black pour with no head. nose of coffee, roasted malts and some bourbon. great on the palate with a heavy fresh coffee flavor and a bourbon finish.

Served In: Snifter

Review by mr. furley on 01/18/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 10 18 4 9 2008
just wanted to get down on paper that i think this is my favorite beer currently. always been more of a malty beer guy but i haven't been able to find a regularly drinkable stout/porter that i love which doesn't trash me after one bottle.

smooth, great and consistent taste. has held up well.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 11/15/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 11 19 4 9 2008
Grazi to TipTop for the bopple.

Very dark brown, practically opaque, little to no head. Aroma or roasted malt, cocoa, whiffs of bourbon, and a background underlying oatmeal. Nice.

Ideal blending of barrel character with the underlying brew. This is how it should be done. Starts with roasty toasty chocolatey slightly sweet porter notes, like a good robust porter should be - then add in hints of vanilla, smoke, some slight oiliness (oatmeal hard at work), just a beautifully balanced brew. The faint alcohol comes in at the end, warming but not overbearing. Mouthfeel starts out slightly tingly, then mellows nicely. As it warms (I love seeing what flavors come out in big porters as they warm towards room temp) the coffee emerges - somehow it remained in the background when cold, but warm? There it is, rounding things out. Beautiful.

Tried a bot of good dark chocolate with this. Amazing. just a kickass brew from the good folks at Tyranena.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Kegergator on 09/14/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
88 3 11 18 4 8 2008
I think thanks goes to flyingbison for this brew. :unsure:

A- Nice looking brew. Barely a head after the poor but a nice dark tan creamy one forms as it sits.

S- Rich stout like aroma. Chocolate, the nice roasted malts. Light, sweet bourbon notes. If the taste is like this, it should blend out well.

T- NICE. One of the more balanced use of bourbon barrel aging yet. Very smooth, warms the belly. Light chocolate, witht he malts and oatmeal taking hold.

M- Very nice, and well crafted

O- A very nice brew that makes perfect use out of barrel aging.

Served In: Bottle

Review by SAP on 08/09/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
50 3 7 8 3 4 2008
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.

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 06/30/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 18 5 10 2008
Firstly, when i first had this it was on-tap at Happy Gnome and totally thru me for a loopy evening. So I had to search it out on the shelves. Alas, easily and happily enough found it.
Pours dark brown, settles quite black in the glass with a quick tanned, bubbly, spongey foam sitting about a finger high which fades fast to leave long stringy lacing stretched about.

Aroma is delecatablely yummy with strong yet well rounded coffee; cordailly bittered, roasted, and fully enveloped in creamy vanilla, chocolate and oatmeal cookies. The bourbon hint from the aging seaps in there after once it warms and adds one fine and thickly set touch to the aroma. Beautiful!

Taste is so smooth and creamy with quickly dry oat malt and semi sweet chocolate sweetness. Vanilla, cream, and deeper, darker set chocolate sweep in towards the finish as does the roasted scoop of coffee beans. Finish is tender and thickly rich with leftover chocolate notes drying along with oat sweetness and one liquidy center of creamy goodness. Very light touches of the bourbon and coffee interlace throughout each sip bringing a little different nuance each time.

Liquid chocolate mouthfeel on this yummy bad boy is outstanding delish. Lush, thickly set, creamy, easy going, tender, ungodly smooth, and with a tone all of its own that sets a mood quickly with sweet chocolatey lighting and aromas of roasted coffee.

I can and have drank a ton of this. And more will be on the bill any time I can find it. Drinkability is off the charts, but will sink in eventually...oh well, just as any great beer will do. But so worth it. I find this to be the little brother to the Goose Island Bourbon Cnty Stout and cousin to Founder's Kentucky Breakfast. A very fun family to be in I think!

Served In: Bottle

Review by tangfoot on 06/04/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 11 19 4 10 2008
I must be on a coffee bender lately, because I've been LOVING me some java beers.

Poured out very dark, but I see some red highlights in it. Not quite black, but well dark enough for a porter. There's some boozy hot alcohol, and caramels in there too.

I've had the Devil Made Me Do It, and this is an amazing improvement to it. The fact that it is a porter keeps it from getting overly chewy/thick, and that works very well for this beer. It's all about the flavor here; coffee, vanilla, chocolate, damn...

Mouthfeel is just a notch from perfect, but don't let that discourage you, this is a beer that every coffee fan needs to try.

Served In: Pint Glass

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