Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 342
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 41
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009

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Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a hint of red around the edges of the glass in the light. Little ring of brown head. This is a well-crafted porter, very solid. Mediocre 'smell' 'taste' and 'mouthfeel' scores reflect the general lack of coffee in this brew. Again, VERY well-made Imperial Porter. Heavy Hitter. You may be a bit disappointed, as I was, by the lack of coffee presence.

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This FINE porter pours a thick brownish black with a sizeable light tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer, thick ring, and awesome sudsy lacing. Nose of dark chocolates, espresso, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with aplomb. Dark bakers chocolate flavors follow brash lightly bitter coffee, followed by some toffee notes to the rear. Outstanding. Smooth mouth feel, decent carbonation, and a moderately bitter coffee note makes for an outstanding brew. Substantial and beefy. Nice!

Cheers

Photo of paddymac
5/5  rDev +24.4%

A: Dark dark dark dark dark. pour hard!! Out of tap, growler or bomber.

S: coffee heavy. malt 2nd

T: Smooth coffee flavor.. no alcohol taste. Dangerous!

M: thick yet smooth.

O: One of the best around. Luck to have tried the 1st batch and the limited release. Bring this back!!!

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, almost black. Hard to produce a head. Looks kinda oily. Not much effervescence. Sediment is suspended throughout it.

S: Faint, but coffee, chocolate, and dark malt is present.

T: Coffee, dark malt. Nice and dark. Overall bitter, faint but lasting finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Smooth, mouth-coating, verging on oily.

O: It's pretty good, nothing that amazing, but I'm glad to have had it.

Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, but "049 A202" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes -- opened bottle roughly a year ago.

Pours a 1cm head of dark tan foam with average to below average retention, lasting under one minute. The foam fades to a ring around the glass with an island of residuum atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though bordering on modest, some good, large streaks and dots, but other areas of the glass have little to nothing. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color, light bringing out ruby highlights around the edges of the beer.

Smells like a coffee doughnut at first, gradually warming up to some blackened malt with associated sweetness and perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste puts this definitely in the porter style, with strong coffee bean notes alongside chocolate and semi-sweet roasted barley with a slight acrid component that is often played up in North American baltic porters. Pleasant slightly bitter coffee aftertaste, some dried fruit esters, perhaps akin to chocolate-covered prunes.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. This results in a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that perhaps sits a bit too much on the palate. Ethanol heat felt just a bit in the nostrils and back of the throat near the end of a sip, but generally well hidden. Closes dry, with a sticky residue on the palate.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red Eye pours a very dark brown with a tiny tan head. A few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has lots of coffee some dark fruits and alcohol. Hints of vanilla and cherry (oak?) too.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and oily with light carbonation. The flavor has nice rich malt notes with coffee mixed in. It begins with chocolate, vanilla and hints of roasted malt. Towards the end the coffee moves it before a nutty and grassy mildly bitter finish. Once gone the chocolate and vanilla lingers on the palate.

Very tasty and easy to drink. Coffee doesn't dominate and blends nicely with the other flavors.

Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight, tan head with just a touch of lacing. Black color. Deep toasted malt in the aroma with the fruity brightness of coffee. There is a rich, black olive aroma underneath it all; slightly sweet and fruity. Flavor is intense, fruity, and acidic as the coffee dominates the front. There is a nice, bright, fruity-floral hop bitterness that peaks in the middle, and the toasted malt sits into the finish nicely. You don't much notice the booze (9.2%ABV), just the warming effect. A nice, viscous mouthfeel.

This is very, very good. If you like your coffee bright and floral, this is a coffee bier for you!
I think I may prefer the NG Coffee Stout, and Central Waters Peruvian Morning (both of which are a more toasty, deep flavor [which reflects my coffee choice; opposite of my chocolate]), but this is stunning as well. Sure beats Founders Coffee Stout in my book!

Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dublin O'Neil's in Champaign, IL. I think this is part of the Retro Release Series, but I am not sure what number?

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque black color. A two finger khaki colored head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: At first a buttery, nutty aroma. Then bread and biscuit aromas. Toasted malts, chocolate, light smoke. Finishes with just a hint of peppery spice.
T: Again up front is a buttery, nutty flavor that almost overwhelms everything. As the beer warms that fades and much more nuanced flavors come out. Toasted malt, milk chocolate, baked bread. A lingering spiciness on the tongue. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is ultra smooth and creamy. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, except for a wonderful warming. A very nice sipper.

Two Borthers always does rye right. I am a big fan. Lots of subtle complexities here that makes for a very enjoyable sipper. Something I highly recommend.

Photo of chicagoanbeerone
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of the 15 series really great tasting i was not disspointed by this beer at all. It had a very deep coffee aroma, smell and taste of malts, it tasted like it was oaked aged with the smoothness it had, it is a great beer with a nice kick, good like bourbon county but lighter overall i would definity have this beer again

Photo of Vierenner
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully and the aroma is wonderful ... chocolate and coffee similar to Big John from Goose Island. But the taste is an entirely different story ... rather weak in my opinion. Like it's watered down or something. I was hoping for robust, thick flavor but got slightly bitter averageness. I wish they'd pick one flavor and make it big!!

Photo of JackieTH
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour was deep brown with a nice foam head. Smelled of faint coffees, more malty and dark fruits though. Taste was immediately too sweet with a distinct syrupy character, dried cherries and other dark fruit. Not much coffee here. Getting a bit overwhelmed by the cherry syrupy characteristics. I was expecting a flavorful coffee porter but that's not what I tasted here. Too sweet for me.

Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remain on the glass.

S: A blend of dark unctuous qualities and rye-derived brine. Cherry liqueur emerges as it warms, but does not turn boozy.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined malt and rye that tastes like a spiced cookie. Acidity is moderate but easy, enhancing the effect of the rye. Dark flavors are more influential into the second half of the profile, although detectable coffee presence is questionable. Bitterness is mild in the finish, where a doughy quality is more defining. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, very slick on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong porter is more focused on the rye than the top-billed coffee it was brewed with. This results in an interesting collection of qualities for the style. It is remarkably approachable for a beer of over 9% abv.

Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a very deep brown with a smaller head. The aroma is full of coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste is robust, with a full chocolate and vanilla taste at first. There's a bit of coffee that gets amplified on the finish, riding out with vanilla and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a good coffee porter. I'd like more coffee flavor - that might be found in a fresher batch though.

Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head which fades quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma has espresso, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Smells very nice. There is no one aroma which overwhelms the others.

Espresso is front and center when I taste the beer, followed by the dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. The taste is not as balanced as the aroma, but still is nice. Mostly bitter without much sweetness for balance. Given a name like Red Eye Coffee Porter, I am not surprised.

On the light side of medium bodied, with low carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is a coffee bitterness aftertaste. Overall a nice Porter, which I am glad I had a chance to try.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Lakeview Liquors. A well integrated coffee oriented beer even for a non coffee drinker, speaking about myself. Good roasted malt, choice and use of chocolate with an anise kiss. Above average mouthfeel, great drinkability. Coffee aroma is not overwhelming.

Photo of jjanega08
3.52/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Retro Release 1 of 15
No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice thick black color with a super thin brown head on it and very little lacing. Looks very much like I would expect only very little head.

S= Smells of heavy coffee. Nice robust almost woody coffee. A strong malt character in it as well.

T= Tastes of coffee and a little malty sweetness. Nice roasty coffee but actually very smooth coffee. A nice roast was used. Not overly acidic in the coffee.

M= The mouth is silky smooth and easy drinking.

O= This is a solid brew. Worth buying but not the most interesting or over the top coffee beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and the coffee is smooth.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating but this was pretty recent(15th anniversary bottling). Pours pitch black color with a dense 1-2 finger tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, light herbal, and light nuttiness. Pretty nice and balanced aromas; but are not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, toast, caramel, nuttiness, coffee, molasses, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, toast, coffee, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice robust and balanced flavor profile with minimal cloying sweetness; but not nearly as much coffee flavor as I was expecting. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial porter. Nice robust flavor and balance; and very easy to drink. Nowhere near worthy of being called a coffee porter; but still a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few from Two Brothers' Retro Series releases, and thusfar have enjoyed them all, from the Mild Bitter to the Pillar of Salt. I hope this release, the first of their series, measures up to the others.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours very much like a stout would; dark liquid, a 1/4" tan head that dissipates, leaving a thin collar that clings to the sides , witha small island of thin head in the middle, punctuated only by the ocassional larger bubble that pops off the side.

Has a rich, creamy oaty aroma, with notes of vanilla, toffee, hints of bourbon, and maple. Oddly, though this is called a "coffee porter", I get no coffee or mocha smells.

The taste, however, is a different story. Has a weak coffee mocha start, with creamy oats, a leafy geen taste, and a mildly coffee bitter finish. Think an iced coffee that's had whole cream added and minimal sweetener, but maltier, with a definite hop finish.

Medium to full bodied, it feels more like a milk stout than a porter. THere's a creaminess and lack of bitter bite that you associate more with the milk stout than a true porter.

This ale hides its alchohol well; this clocks in at 9%, but has more of a 5% feel to it. Creamy and tasty, with a nice aroma profile and decent oat taste, this is an enjoyable brew. While ther are coffee notes there, however, many RIS and other porters have more of a coffee flavor than this does. Perhpas the distinction is that this is brewed with coffee beansm and those are brewed with malts and hops that give it a coffee flavor. Indeed, this has some of the same flavors I love from teh Hoppin' Frog Boris stout that is filterd through their coffee bean tower. A nice ale and one worth trying if you can find it.

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Near black with thin tan head.

Smell: As expected - molasses, coffee and chocolate.

Taste: Espresso and cream, molasses and chocolate, char and smoke. Not harsh at all, pretty mellow actually despite everything going on.

Feel: Lighter than expected body. Pretty smooth with moderate carbonation. Alcohol is masked.

Overall: A nice Coffee Porter that I guess is Imperial (based on the abv), but doesn't taste or feel that way. Very good overall.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a bomber from two brothers so I paid the 8 dollars for one from Halftimebeverage.com

A - Look is fairly dark for a porter not pitch black but seems pretty thick. Carbonation is a bit lacking but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Man the smell is pretty awesome. From the bottle I get a nice mocha chino like coffee and vanilla cream, then in the glass it has more of a chocolate/vanilla tone.

T - Well it is quite good and balanced, drinks almost like a mocha coffee really. Smooth chocolate undertones, nowhere near as chalky as I expected for a porter. Coffee is mild yet balanced perfectly with the hops.

M - Smooth and silky with a high ABV and a medium chewy body it's one great porter.

Overall for sure one of the best coffee porters I ever had and totally worth the 8 bucks I paid for it. Maybe someday they will put it in 4 packs (12oz) for a cheaper price. I would buy a case then!

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Rudzud for sharing.

Very small fizzy head, dark ruby red light almost black color.

nose fresh coffee, coffee beans, light roast and dark chocolate, bit of caramel, light oatmeal.

taste is more of the same, chalky powdered chocolate, light creamy, light caramel, bit of roast, nice fresh coffee roast and coffee beans, mostly dry. Dark chocolate. Finish is fairly bitter with some earthy hops, bitterness from the roast, lingering coffee and dark chocolate.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb, hint of warning booze.

Overall not bad, nice flavors, booze is hidden fairly well but nothing too special, also nothing wrong.

Photo of BigPlay1824
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a two finger head that is medium mocha in color and lingers beautifully. the texture is quite creamy with nice large bubbles on top. dissipates leaving a ton of lacing on the glass
S: really delicious scent with plenty of roasted coffee malt notes and a slight sweetness like that of dark chocolate
T: begins with a really nice chocolate note which is not overpowering or too deep, nicely sweet, through he middle it mellows out a bit with gentle malt notes, but the finish, my god the finish is wonderful. pure and clean coffee, like just black coffee which is delicious and probably the closest note ive found in beer to actual coffee
M: medium high carbonation tingle, nicely thick on the palate but creamy enough, leaves the mouth feeling almost burnt, not dry but reminiscent of a bon fire
O: really delicious porter, quite drinkable and with phenomenal coffee notes, another good one from two brothers

Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. I don't see a date other than the 2012 on the label. Poured into a Victory tulip

A: Pours a really dark brown. There are some reddish hues around the edges of the glass. Not a ton of head. Thin layer of off white head. Leaves a touch of lacing.

S: You get the coffee but it's definitely the flat beans. It's not strong roast coffee. Almost like the beans hadn't be ground, but just added during the boil.

T: Nice dry coffee bitterness on the front of the tongue. It's more coffee than you smelled on the nose for sure. You also get a touch of rich chocolate in the mid palate. It's a nice smooth transition from coffee to roast to chocolate. Easy on the taste buds. I really like this one.

M: It's a medium but a light medium. It's rightly a porter.

Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to pmoney for sending this one as an extra in a recent glassware trade! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, and subtle oatmeal. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream, coffee, oatmeal, and subtle milk chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one was pretty much spot on for the most part. The coffee aspect was quite nice on this one, but it definitely wasn’t the dominate factor going on. Definitely worth trying if the opportunity presents itself.

Photo of eclipse54
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle of the 2012 re-release, sent by the always-generous fvernon; thanks! Release #1 of the 15-part "Retro Release" celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the company (according to the label). Split into snifters.

Pours black with a thin khaki head. The primary mass dissipates quickly, but there is an eternal ring of head surrounding the surface; scattered patches of bubbles on the glass serve as lacing. Pretty good looking overall, but I wish the main head had stuck around a tad longer.

The aroma is of cane sugar, toasted malt, coffee grounds, faint milk chocolate, caramel, and sweet dark fruits. It’s actually much sweeter than anticipated, and there’s very little in the way of roasted scents. Some vanilla on the back end as well.

The taste follows suit, being relatively sweet. Cane sugar, vanilla, rich caramel, and milk chocolate seem to jump right out. The coffee is certainly there, but in a subdued, smooth sort of way as opposed to a stand-out bitter presence. Sweet fruits, date, dark cherry, and even a touch of orange seem to lend some bright esters as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth through and through, and the carbonation works well to lighten its effect on the tongue. It still manages to coat the palate, and leaves a thin sugary coating that produces a dry finish.

Overall, this is a good coffee porter that I’m really enjoying. It’s a lot sweeter than I would have expected, but it seems to work pretty well here. I’d happily have this one again.

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 342 ratings.