Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 346
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.95%
Wants: 41
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
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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Reviews by blakesell:
Photo of blakesell
3.55/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a weizen style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours very dark creamy black with a solid and thick 3 finger tan head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Light red hues are around the sides and tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Roasted malts and light hops, not much coffee in the nose, as the beer warms the coffee scent does become more apparent. Light chocolate tones, a bit of diacetyl. Some phenolic alcohols.

Taste- slick, slightly buttery, yeasty phenolic, coffee is in there, but more on the finish than upfront. There's something just acidic and astringent on the tongue. A light peanut butteriness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- This is where the beer comes up short overall. The coffee flavor is there, but the warming, slick acidity is not a pleasurable mouthfeel at all. Low in carbonation, medium full bodied.

Drinkability- It seems less and less drinkable as it goes on. I like it OK, but I won't repeat it again soon, even though I do have another bottle, it will wait a few years and we'll see.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rasputin
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Binny's in Skokie.

A - beer looks great. I'm not much of an appearance guy.

S - great coffee aromas

T - like review #1 above, very reminiscent of iced coffee. I like iced coffee, and I loved this. Coffee is strong, but not overpowering. Sweet, but not inappropriately so.

M - velvety smooth.

D - this is 9%? You'd never know. Goes down smooth.

This is one of the top coffee-based brews I've ever had. Highly recommended to anyone who's ever enjoyed the style. Seems to be pretty well-caffeinated, wouldn't suggest drinking the whole bomber shortly before bed.

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 rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin wisp of tan head swirling around on top and no carbonation can be seen through the body.

S- The aroma of cold coffee has a dark roasted malt quality in the background. The finish has a light kitty litter aroma that is a bit like clay with a faint floral yeasty note. For the most part the cold coffee dominates.

T- This beer has a big coffee flavor with some dark roasted malt with a coffee grounds flavor to follow. The finish is a soft roasted bitterness with a tartness note that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed and a nice soft carbonation in the finish.

D- There are no off-flavors to this beer but it is a bit pedestrian. The coffee flavors are ok but there is not a lot of support from malts and nothing to really balance the coffee either.

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just found my notes from quite a while ago.

The color is a thick dark brown with ruby red highlights. A small light brown head forms and fades rather quickly, leaving very little lacing behind, though a thick foam does remain.
Malts and coffee meld together on the nose, with some roasted notes apparent. I find myself wondering if chocolate malts we used. There's also something like a lactose note in the aroma.
This one's got a sturdy coffee flavor behind a decent porter with a creamy sweetness lingering underneath. Light notes of roasted barley and chocolate linger. Alcohol is noticeable but well-masked considering. There's a light acidic note in the finish.
This one's very smooth though not as rich and bold as could be, perhaps a bit light for the style.
This beer is tasty and easily drinkable other than the fact that one too many would put you down.

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 dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, barriques...pretty excited about this purchase after seeing its positive review here

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appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass, big dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate cap and great lacing left behind - this one has the visuals of a winner

smell: not overpowering, nice current of roasted coffee and creamy chocolate, touch of vanilla

taste: this beer is quite nice - very creamy chocolate mudslide with thick waves of fresh roasted coffee...espresso bean and a nice backlash of alcohol to keep you in line. very good effort

mouthfeel: silky smooth, great balance of flavor and alcohol

drinkability: great

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

Dark brown. Quite opaque. Thin brown head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is reminiscent of a coffee flavored vanilla milkshake. Really nice the way the mocha and vanilla blend. Flavor is bitter coffee. Not really a lot of depth. Slight chocolate and some brown malt. LIngering coffee bitterness. Light carbonation. Medium bodied at best. Decent coffee beer, but not up with the best of them.

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

Red Eye pours a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but a there's a little light slicing through at the edges revealing nice burgundy highlights. A fluffy tan head stand two fingers tall and is extremely slow to dissipate. Thick, sticky waves of lace clung to the glass.

The nose is weak and only above average. I really want it to be better than it is. Hopefully it will open up as it warms. Edit: A little warming goes a long way. It does feature roasted coffee. Roasted malts are noted and are the primary feature here. Perhaps some light bittersweet chocolate makes its way into the mix. Molasses and brown sugar are secondary and add quality depth. Alcohol is easily noticeable on the tail.

The flavor is a step above the nose and dramatically improves as it warms a little. Roasted malts are the primary flavor up front. They mix with bittersweet chocolate to complete a nice overall malt profile. Roasted coffee emerges and really drives the flavor. That flavor tastes really nice (if you're into coffee). It seems somewhat acidic and bitter. Hardly a negative since it's consistent with the style. Brown sugar and molasses are indeed secondary components. They add quite a bit of character and depth. Tastes like they're might be some light hopping on the tail. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly noticeable for 9.2%. It's nowhere near warm or hot. Finishes bitter and slightly acidic.

Red Eye's body is too thin and that tarnishes the overall experience a little. It comes across as anemic and is crying out for more body. Edit: It seems to thicken as it warms and a bump in score is warranted. Carbonation is very light. It's smooth, but needs a little more body to accomplish more. Drinkability is good. For a sizeable beer, it doesn't smell, taste, or feel nearly as big as it is. This bomber's disappearing pretty fast if that's any indication. It's still strong enough to command your respect. Good, it is.

Two Brothers did a nice job with Red Eye. It's overall a very enjoyable beer. A couple of tweaks could improve it. The nose needs a little work and a more substantial body would improve the overall experience. But, it's more than a solid beer and will appeal to any coffee fan. That being said, it's not so coffee heavy that others wouldn't enjoy it. Definitely worth picking up irrespective of whether or not you're a coffee fan.

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Abe's for about $7. My glass was black with a tan head that could last for hours. There was a rich ground coffee bean aroma, but the flavor is more subdued. It reminded me more of a milk stout with java hints. Very smooth overall, but I'd expect a more flavorful character.

Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle in a trade with beersis81.

I poured into a pint glass. Very day with an off white two finger head. Not as viscous as expected, but the lacing was decent.

It smelled like coffee, hazelnut, bitter chocolate, and a mild roastiness. Ok but nothing to boast about.

The first sip was great. Very creamy and light for such a big beer/ The coffee flavor was present but not overpowering and more sweetness came throughthan I expected. It was almost like drinking a chocolate milk.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing, with no harshness. The alcohol is hidden well and I easily finished the bomber and felt i could have had more.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Two Bros.

Great looking porter- this is practically opaque. The lighting inside of Two Bros. was not that intense but I couldn't see any peeking through this one. Nice thick and foamy head that is colored like a heavily creamed coffee... imagine that.

Obviously... coffee, in a good way. There is a slight detection of alcohol, but not overwhelming in any way.

This is one of the more unique tasting porters I've had, simply delicious. To beat a dead horse... more coffee. Roasted malt is heavy as well combined with chocolate, almost like a chocolate mocha, but with alcohol. Yes, the alcohol is present, but not to the extent you would think at 9.2%.

The mouthfeel was good, but I was not overly impressed as I was in the taste. It starts creamy but finishes with a little bite in the carbonation that put me off just a little.

Drinkability is where this one takes a hit. It's best attribute (taste) is also it's downfall. This is a good beer to have as an after dinner liquid dessert but I can't see drinking it consistantly.

I've had this one from a bomber as well and it is smoother on tap.

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 bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Nice thick inch and a half head toffee colored head, deep brown liquid nearly black with touches of scarlet. Lacing is quite plentiful, with a long lasting head. Doesn't look as viscous as other Baltic porters, but still a damn fine looking beer.

S: Dry and leafy hops, a surprisingly restrained amount of coffee aroma which is nice to see and does not overpower the subtler aspects of this beer, which displays touches of dark chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. This beer is a pleasure to smell.

T/MF: Here is where the coffee is, rich and roasty with a raspy kind of dry/chocolaty bitterness, finish gets a bit sweeter, a bit fruitier with a dollop of chocolate sauce and caramel tossed on top. Feel is pretty light for a Baltic porter, carbonation is great, soft and chewy with a nice, coating thickness but is still light enough to dance across the palate.

D: This is a damn tasty beer that Two Brothers is offering up, a great use of coffee in a beer, but in terms of fitting a style this one seems a bit too distant from the Baltic porter style to make it truly great in that area. As a coffee beer it's top notch.

Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin but pretty tan head. Very pleasant lightly sweet nose of fruit and dark chocolate that gets more and more floral as the beer opens. Lovely creamy mouth feel with solid medium to heavy body and rich creamy coffee/dark chocolate flavors and lightly sweet roasted malt. Called a "coffee porter," this is one of the nicest "imperial stouts" I've tried in a long time. Appealing with layers of flavor and lots of complexities, this would go with lots of different foods and even many desserts.

Photo of Jaycase
3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours black-brown. with very little (mocha) head

s: roasted malts. some chocolate. yeah the coffee is there but it's rather weak which is disappointing given the word 'coffee' in the name.

t: roasted malts with some nuttiness present. semi sweet chocolate. coffee is present, certainly moreso than in the aroma, but more of a complimentary flavor rather than driving the direction.

m: silky smooth & creamy. low carbonation. somewhat thin. coats the mouth & finishes well. mouthfeel is very nice.

o: This is a good beer, but not a great beer. Incredibly drinkable for 9.2%. Great mouthfeel, which I think is the best aspect of this beer. The coffee aspects were disappointing but I would choose this over northwind any day of the week. I recommend trying this at least once.

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!


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

22 oz. Dark brown pour with some ruby edges. A finger of cream head. Wouldn't say it laced to much, but retention was ok.

Aroma has a hefty dose of chocolate and caramel, some peat and a hint of roast malt and coffee. Smells great really.

Taste is equally nice. Earthy and roast coffee notes are stronger in the flavor, to accompany the caramel, chocolate and toffee. Finishes with a nice dose of chocolate coffee.

Good solid medium body. Alcohol is not present and quite surprising that it is 9%? Is that right?
Thought this one was a home run, if you like coffee or not. A great Porter, more Baltic than American.

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purcahsed at the Andersons on Monroe in Toledo, OH.

A: The porter is an appropriately dark brown cola color, looking black even up close. An off-white head approached a finger and a half before fading away. No trace of lacing.

S: The porter element is upfront followed by a robust coffee blast. The porter has chocolate and roasted grains; the coffee has a mild undertone that has an au lait finish.

T: The coffee lacks the crispness that a cold toddy imparts, so its tastes like the beans were added directly into the mash. The java is smooth with a lactic finish. The porter is roasted and helped out by the coffee, also sweetened with extra chocolate and cocoa powder. Overall, the porter is okay, nothing great but the coffee is a plus.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, cutting nicely into the fuller porter flavors. The coffee is a welcome touch.

D: Drinkable enough, especially because the higher alcohol doesn't really come through. Decent.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotty latte foam, creamy texture on the surface. Nearly opaque in the center of the glass, with a scarlet auburn highlight at the meniscus of the glass. The head fades into a lacy ring. Rich coffee aroma, balanced and mellow, not acidic. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Full mouthfeel that really makes or breaks this style. The coffee notes linger into the aftertaste, robust yet clean. Slight bitterness, full flavored without any acidity or harsh elements. Not sure what type of coffee was used, but I like it. Not over the top, definitely doesn't feel like 9.2%, there was a slight fusel whiff at first, but it seems to fade away quickly. Another solid hit for the artisan series...

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some smoke and caramel in the taste, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick, and it's not too light or too heavy. Also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again. I enjoyed this one a lot.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler pint. 23.3 degrees plato, 40 IBUs, and 9.2% ABV, but no date. Thanks to Todd for helping drinking this one!

A - Pours almost black with dark brown-ruby colored highlights. The dark tan head is bigger than three fingers and cascades down beautifully. Great retention and stages of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of roasted malts with a big coffee nose and a chocolate compliment. Very good but to totally one-dimensional. I love the black coffee nose in the aroma.

T - The roasted malts butst out with force and coat the tongue with a low sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, and lots of dark, bitter coffee. Very flavorful.

M - Completely full-bodied and rich with a smooth, velvet-like feel and a dry, bitter finish. Lots of balance with a good carbonation level.

D - At 9.2%, the alcohol is very well hidden and it's just a well rounded beer with a great flavor. A must-drink for a coffee-beer lover. A bit less coffee than I expected in the flavor but still very awesome!

Photo of charlesw
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well. After all of the unbalanced IS and RIS of these last weeks, it's refreshing to get something so balanced. Yeah, yeah, not the same style and all, but, sheesh. There's balance and there's balance. I mean, seriously.

So, dark. Smallish head of dark bubbles. My beer is still almost covered and it's been in the glass (waiting patiently for me) for nearly 15 minutes. That rocks. It would be perfect if it were a touch higher.

Smells of dry smoked malts. Par for the style.

Those 15 minutes let it warm and now it's tasting quite different than it did drinking it straight cold. Interesting. A lot more chocolate milk going on. Still, nothing like Founders BS, eh? Light coffee, that chocolate milk, a creeping bitterness (the longer you keep it in your mouth the more it comes on. Weird. Cool. Weird!). Nothing really hits you - just a nice balance. My complaint is that the mouthfeel and flavor come across as a little thin - it could be better if it were just a touch thicker in taste and mouth. The same flavors, mind you, just a touch more. Raising the mash temp could surely help.

I suppose I'd drink a lot of this if it were available.

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a big-ass mug.

A: The best feature of this beer. When they say "black" ale they mean black. Produces a beautifully creamy tan colored head that sticks around 'til the end. It's great because you wouldn't think such a dark beer could produce a light colored head.

S: Nothing special. Unroasted coffee beans, malts, some chocolate, and perhaps some barley.

T: Sips with the perfect blend of roastiness, bitterness, and sweetness...but finishes with a weird aspartame-like taste. Otherwise, it's nice and chocolately with a good coffee balance.

M: Carbonation wears off after the beer warms up, but it does retain enough so as not to be flat. Otherwise, it's a medium-bodied beer.

D: Pretty good for 9.2% ABV. I had no problem finishing off this bomber.

Overall, a great representation of a Coffee Porter. I would suggest drinking this as quick as possible after you take it out of the fridge. It's not that good when it warms up.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice darkness, with a nice little tan head. Some ruby highlights. Bitter, roasted aroma, though it's slight Nice coffee still, with a good bit of chocolate and roasted finish. Nice full body.

This may be a bit old, but it was damn decent. Betcha it was awesome fresh...

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 346 ratings.