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Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 37
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009)
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Reviews by roadhouse:
Photo of roadhouse
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours black in color, actually a very dark mahogany-ruby when held up to the light. A one inch tan head forms on top then falls to a skim which stays throughout. Mild lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, and a hint of some cherry and berries. A very light alcohol too.

Taste is of chocolate with a sweet kick up front with some of the cherry and mixed berries fruit character in the middle. Coffee comes out most towards the finish but it's not acrid in any way, very smooth bitterness going down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great creamy texture, quite drinkable.

Not my favorite coffee beer but a very good one either way. Definitely recommend picking up a bottle if you like coffee.

roadhouse, May 27, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev -0.7%

DaftPatrick, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of Rasputin
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Rasputin, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of Skye1024
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Skye1024, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of BigE90
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

BigE90, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

bsp77, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of xdefeatsy
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

xdefeatsy, Jun 01, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of vfalstad
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

vfalstad, May 17, 2012
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

rhoadsrage, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

acurtis, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of Brenden
3.93/5  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.

Brenden, May 19, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Hopslayer88, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Sammy, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of Oboogie
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Oboogie, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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

dirtylou, Mar 27, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

WoodBrew, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

prototypic, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

tempest, May 11, 2010
Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

mikey711, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of Ralphs66
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Ralphs66, Jun 15, 2014
Photo of zoolou
4/5  rDev -0.7%

zoolou, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Vonerichs, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

thagr81us, Jun 03, 2012
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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.