Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Reviews: 156
Hads: 385
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 49 | 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 malcontent:
Photo of malcontent
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a nonic, Red Eye pours an imposing black hue with only hints of ruddy rouge around the edges. The head is a good two fingers and maintains itself sturdily. Lacing is sticky and copious. Wonderful.

Certainly, coffee sits in the pole position with its roasty, bittersweet aroma taking hold upon the first sniff. A caramel/chocolate interplay surfaces upon further inspection with just a touch of earthy hop character buried beneath the layers of goodness.

Rich, chocolate/malt sweetness warmly rises above the coffee and cream body that first stands out. Lush notes of brewers' licorice and cinnamon sing out as the fuller, more pronounced aspect of the brew subside. No real hop aspect to the flavor with just a hint of alcohol (an impressive feat of subterfuge at 9.2%).

Rich silky texture with a full body and relaxed, creamy carbonation to put an emphasis on a rather luxurious beer. Well, it's just lovely and one of the finest entries into the Two Brothers Artisanal cannon. After a few misfires, the Bros. Ebel are back with a real gem. Buy it. Now.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rasputin
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of BigE90
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of Hopslayer88
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of rossracing
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a dark brownish black color with light tan head. The aroma is very faint which was disappointing. The taste picks up the pace with nice coffee and roasted malt notes. Overall, a solid imperial coffee porter.

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mlockman
3.69/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very good porter, but I did not really pick up on any strong coffee flavors or aromas.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.