The Devil Made Me Do It
Tasting: May 23, 2015
Style: Oatmeal Porter
The Devil Made Me Do It is part of Tyranena’s Brewers Gone Wild series. This cola brown beer is classified as a porter and checks in with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 7.5%. My friend Craig picked up this single bottle up as part of his Indiana beer expedition and its been lurking in the back of my beer fridge for a few months. I’ve made a concerted effort to clear out the fridge as my friend Mike and I have made it a goal to have ample supply of Heady Topper all summer long. We have about five irons in the fire and our first dividend is expected in a few days with a case each coming from one of Mike’s friends (yippee!).
The brewery’s website explains that Tyranena -pronounced “tie-rah-nee-nah” is taken from the name of a lake named by an ancient tribe. The meaning of Tyranena is unknown but this foreign tribe built stone effigy mounds on the shores of the lake and today these mounds are perfectly preserved under water in what is now Wisconsin’s Rock Lake.
The Devil Made Me Do It is coffee dominant in aroma and flavor. It’s an oatmeal porter and the oatmeal’s lipids provide a creamy base. Underneath the coffee and creaminess is a mellow sweetness some chocolate and a vegetative taste – like figs actually. Beautiful job from this Wisconsin brewer – 91 points.