Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 358
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 40
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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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: 149 | Hads: 358
Photo of RobeyStreet
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Two Bothers Tap House over the weekend. Beautiful color, exceptional taste. If you are into porters, I highly recommend this. Very smooth, with a rich taste. Many people note the hints of coffee, but I tasted more of a smoky flavor. An all around excellent beer! (287 characters)

Photo of paddymac
5/5  rDev +22.9%

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!!! (287 characters)

Photo of customfishcom
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No longer being made and word has it at the Tap House, it's not coming back. That's a very sad thing because as coffee porters go this was the very best. Flavors of intense coffee while being smooth as silk and exceptionally drinkable. You shall be missed on tap, Red Eye. (272 characters)

Photo of cvfish
4.69/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer poured a cloudy brown color that produced a fluffy tan head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer were, of course, rich coffee, some roasted dark malts

T - The taste of this beer was unlike my favorite Porter, the Edmund Fitzgerald, but that takes nothing away from this wonderful flavor of dark roasted malts and premium (real premium, not McDonalds here!) coffee

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a creamy, medium body with a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - This was a great beer, I highly recommend this Porter to all dark beer lovers, I can almost guarantee you will be impressed with this beer (691 characters)

Photo of malcontent
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
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. (1,062 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4.59/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter at Two Brothers 2/21/09. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a shade of obsidian with a slight reddening at the edges. Very creamy, coffee crema colored head that leaves a surplus of specky lace in the glass.

S: OMG! COFFEE! Huge coffee aroma. Fresh ground, dark-roast french press coffee and/or espresso, brown sugar, and blackened malt. The beer menu didn't say what coffee was used (other than that the coffee used is organic and roasted about three miles from the brewery) but a look at the food menu says that they use coffee from local roaster Arbor Vitae.

T: See above. Incredible fresh roasted coffee flavor. There's not much more I can say about it.

M: Chewy and creamy. Pleasant bitterness (coffee/hop) with a coating body. Not a trace of the supposed 9.2% abv is to be found.

D: My new absolute favorite coffee porter. This is so good, I'd love to try the base Baltic Porter without the coffee addition. just to get a handle on how good the starting point beer is. (1,010 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straight black with no real highlights or other colors to speak of. No real head to speak of either. Looks a lot like...coffee. The aroma is mostly coffee, but still ha a ver noticeable sophistication. Black coffee aroma thats so good, it has its own faint creamy aroma and very complex roastiness. The alcohol rounds the aroma out with a thoughtful integration. The taste has premium dark roast coffee beans that get some half & half in the middle of the palate. Gives a velvety texture at that point. The finish is strong and roasty and the abv. adds depth to the creaminess of this coffee. The coffee flvor stays consistant throughout all 22 oz. t gets more complex and refined at the middle and finish of the palate. A very awesome beer from the brothers. (767 characters)

Photo of brokenleadedcask
4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this one for a while, finally picked one up. Interesting take to use coffee in a porter instead of a stout. Typical MO for a porter, pitch brown body with creamy light brown head. Smells great, fresh coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, licorice and molasses. Nice sharp fair trade coffee or espresso taste with some faint hop presence. If it was a blind tasting, I'd be able to tell it was a porter and not a stout, it's got that distinct porter taste. Thick, bitter aftertaste but it didn't take away from the experience, it added to it. I drank the bomber by myself, so one was max, but enjoyed every sip. (625 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with hints of dark reddish-brown on the edges. Nice big foamy light-brown head.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee beans.

Tastes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a nice creamyness to it. The taste has a real interesting mix of sweet and bitter that is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is great. I wish I had bought more than one of these... (410 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich coffee. Taste is sweet coffee from start to finish, with alcohol warming at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Scary easy to drink this one. (443 characters)

Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque jet black with a finger and a half of light brown head.

A nice coffee aroma with some chocolate, cocoa, and some earthy hops.

Coffee is the dominant flavor here with some cocoa and dark, roasted bitterness on the finish.

The feel is very smooth at first with medium body and thins towards the back of the palate with low carbonation.

I didn't have the original iteration of this beer, so I have nothign to compare it to, however, it's a very easy drinking and delicious beer... it doesn't seem anywhere close to 9.2%. I'd peg this at 6.5% if I was blindfolded. (580 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I sampled at room temp poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a dark chocolate borwn with creamy tan head of 2 cm foaming up and fading very gradually, leaving a sturdy surface layer throughout.
Aroma is baker's chocolate and some coffee beans. First sip reveals a creamy soft body with fine rolling carbonation. Flavor is brown sugar and roasted malt with some coffee bean notes. NO hops and well hidden alcohol make this an easy drinking and robust porter. QUite a nice beer. (479 characters)

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my midwest connection akokandy for this nice little treat. I can't get enough coffee stouts/porters...

Pours pitch black as night with a nice coffee colored head that dissipates leaving something similar to a ridiculously strong shot of espresso sitting atop this beer.

The smell of this is outstanding, it really comes across like a slap of fresh roasted coffee across your face. It really is amazing smelling. That awesome coffee presence combines with some dark chocolate/cocoa and a small amount of brown sugar as well. Good stuff.

Taste is absolutely heavenly. Lots of fresh roasted coffee goodness along with malty sweetness. Just about perfect as far as coffee beers go. The dark coffee bitterness is so well done in this beer as well as the nice malt back to balance it out, its almost like that first time you had a super hoppy yet balanced dIPA. This is very well balanced.

The creamy mouthfeel and sheer enjoyment of drinking this beer make me wish I could get a six pack of it nearby. I'll enjoy this bomber and seek out some more probably. Awesome job TB. (1,082 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at the Auld Dubliner in Bolingbrook, IL on 4/24/09. I poured this one from a brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a super dark black-brown with zero light penetration and a beautiful 2" dense creamy tan head. The head dropped slowly and evetually settled to a thin but solid cap. Some decent spotty lace present.

S= Smell was dominated by roasted grains and coffee beans, with sweetness and chocolate present too.

T= Delicious blend of roasty sweet/bitter malt, espresso, treacle, chocolate, and faint earthy hops. All killer no filler. Finish was mildly dry and left an incredible aftertaste. Alcohol was very much subdued despite the abv.

MF= Slightly heavier than medium bodied, with a soft carbonation level and creamy mouthfeel.

D= Totally drinkable, almost dangerously so. Easily of of the best coffee infused beers I have had to date. (890 characters)

Photo of Rasputin
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (1,749 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice jet black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Scent is all coffee. Smells like a fresh pot of gourmet coffee. I'm a big fan of coffee beers and coffee, so this was a huge plus for me.

T: Once again, very heavy on the coffee notes, some sweet undertones. Coffee is followed by a hints of dark chocolate. Tastes like a delicious iced coffee. The 9.2% abv is very well masked by the bold coffee flavors. The porter maltiness complements the coffee flavors well. This is delicious!

M: Medium body, with an increasingly velvety texture as it warms.

D: This is an excellent combination of coffee and beer. It is now among my favorite coffee beers. (669 characters)

Photo of caminiti
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee.
Cant describe this beer without that word, for sure. Im a big fan of the coffee stouts, and this was better than most of those. Picked up a bomber at Halftime in Poughkeepsie, poured into a stolen pint glass, dark, with a small head that sticks around for a while. Smell of malts but mainly coffee, of all the beers Ive had, this had the most coffee taste. Felt a little sticky or gummy, an odd feeling, in the mouth. On the whole, a fantastic beer and worth trying. (474 characters)

Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz bottle all to myself.

Pours a dark but clear brown and develops a very thin tan head that maintains a rim through consumption.

Very nice strong coffee aroma. Interesting because too strong an aroma would be a negative, but in this case there is something attractive about the deepness of this coffee aroma.

Coffee is there in the flavor in the perfectly balanced amount.

Four sips in on the second time drinking this and I'll claim it's the best Two Brothers beer I've had. Admittedly, I've had some let downs and average experiences. This one has me adjusting my expectations - up.

Silky smooth with a hit of coffee on the finish. Also picking up what I believe is roasted or chocolate malt on the finish.

A surprising "eye opener" of a beer. (783 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (1,036 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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! (875 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich extremely brown-to-black body with a thick finger of mocha tan froth; good lacing and moderate duration. Lush coffee and chocolate aromas, roasted and nutty coffee with chocolate; terrific. Coffee certainly leads the way in the flavor, but milk chocolate and a bit of sweet berry in the finish have me thoroughly impressed.

Good texture, smooth and easy-going as porter should be. This was a real treat, easily one of the very best Two Brothers makes. Excellent porter, no question about it. (497 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred coffee bean mahogany with meager highlights of cranberry red and 24-karat gold. The three finger head is an appealing shade of golden brown sugar beige and is immensely creamy. It's also doing a great job festooning the pint glass with a surprisingly generous amount of 'frost on a windowpane' lace.

TBBC calls this offering 'an Imperial Baltic porter' brewed with fair trade coffee. Whether Baltic or American makes no difference in the end because this is wonderful smelling beer. The java isn't overwhelming, which allows the chocolatiness of the roasted malts to come through loud and clear.

Red Eye Coffee Porter is one of this brewery's finest ales. As in the nose, the flavor is a near perfect melding of dark malt and coffee. There's still some hoppiness hanging around as well (February release), which adds another layer of deliciousness. Yet another positive is that alcohol is barely noted... its effect on the central nervous system notwithstanding.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, roasted coffee beans, a surprising amount of grapefruit citrusiness and a wee splash of vanilla. What was a 4.0 for flavor in the top half of the bomber might just make it to 4.5 once the bottom half arrives. This is compulsively drinkable beer.

Even though the mouthfeel is slightly small for the style and the ABV, it's as smooth as silk and is built for speed. The laid back carbonations is right up my big beer alley.

With the possible exception of Cane & Ebel, Red Eye Coffee Porter is the best and most drinkable Two Brothers beer to have entered my glass. The combination of roasted and chocolate malts, coffee and citrusy hops is very well done. I'll be on the lookout for more of this outstanding ale on all future trips through the Chicago area. Highly recommended. (1,806 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*2012 Update*

After longing for this beer for years I was quite suprised to see it on a shelf in NYC last week. I bought the bottle and prepares to see how my palate has changed. I won't do a full review, because the specific sentiments remain unchanged.
I will say that it tastes even better now than it did then (and I really liked it back then). It is smooth, tasty, well-balanced, and allows ALL the flavours to shine. Its no coffee bomb like so many others. I'm raising my overall score to reflect this opinion. Once again, good job 2bros; don't make us wait so long for this beer again.

Split a 1.5 year-old 22oz bomber. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Very pretty beer! Pours a very dark ruby and even with the age forms an impressive three fingered latte-coloured head. Looks a lot like FBS. The head shrinks soon, but leaves good lacing.

S: Robust oats and sweetness; a hint of coffee.

T: The smooth blend of a Baltic porter come through first and then the robust espresso follows, leaving a black coffee aftertaste.

D: Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but the alcohol is clearly present. However, its gives off a warming effect, and coupled with the creamy smoothness of the brew, it makes this a very satisfying drink.

Overall: This is an tasty beer! It is robust and bursting with flavour. Not the end-all of coffee porters/stouts, but a delicious brew that is both smooth and soothing. I do believe that the year and a half have helped develop its character and would definitely buy again. Recommended! (1,535 characters)

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.