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Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Reviews: 150
Hads: 371
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 40
Gots: 48 | 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: 150 | Hads: 371
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (268 characters)

Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a thin tan head that dissipated very quickly, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of coffee beans in the nose; these grow a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of coffee beans along with hints of cocoa nibs and chocolate. No bitterness is detectable and there are very slight hints of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some slight hints of warming from the alcohol as the beer warms up.
O: This beer is very easy to drink; no traces of alcohol are noticeable in the taste. It seems to be a bit heavier compared to other porters and closer resembles a lighter-bodied stout. (842 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a very thin head. The nose is just straight, dominant coffee. A bit of roasted malt in the background. Slight hints of chocolate. The taste really brings down the coffee as well as some highly-roasted malt. Nice, dry mouthfeel with a bit of booze. Really heavy in its few flavors, but they are done well. (348 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown with the vaguest of ruby highlights; the beige cap sticks nicely and leaves a few shards

Smell: A meaty aroma with hints of sweet chocolate and coffee

Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with dark fruit and chocolate flavors that are joined by some earthy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee elements arrive to join the fruit and carry through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The big surprise is the fruity element which nicely complements the chocolate and coffee

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the chance to revisit the anniversary edition in Oct 2012 - liked it a lot better the second time around (704 characters)

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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... (687 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 TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass.

Lotta hooplah surrounding the return o' this stuff. Let's see if it was warranted: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of caramelized tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, mild roasted malts, and a touch of dark chocolate. The taste generally follows, though the coffee and the chocolate seem to mellow each other out, to the detriment of both (imagine two punk rockers who decide to collaborate and all of a sudden come out with a Seals and Crofts-esque album...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thin, meek feel. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, but one that comes off as too mellow and too thin to really be fully expressive of itself. I really hope that makes sense... (760 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (642 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 800th review-Cheers!
I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli. Poured chilled into a Nonic, shared w/ octopus87.

A - Completely black -opaque w/ only a slight garnet color escaping at the base of the glass when held to the light. There is a dense thick 2 finger medium brown band that creates splattered lace on the glass. The bead is very fine

S - A roasted aroma w/ earthy sweet coffee aroma and slight beany scent along with a mild caramel note

M - Slightly spicy feel, mildly bitter w/ creamy sweet texture that finishes on the roasty side

T - A creamy flavor w/ sweet caramel maltiness and mild roasted coffee flavor. The taste of citrus hops and a malty and smooth taste w/ coffee bean taste and texture. Mocha flavors -chocolate malt + coffee taste w/a nice mellow hop taste and mild alcohol flavor.

D - A very drinkable ale, nice mild coffee flavor and very tasty w/ balance. I could handle a few of these since the caffeine was not very high and it keeps the porter flavor w/ out the coffee obscuring the malt in the taste. (1,036 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dusky brown, small to roasted tan head.

Roasty espresso nose. Black malt below the coffee aroma.

It's big and rich in the taste. But not too much.
Juuu-st right. Just the kiss of the coffee, but unfortuntely not quite enough of the porter. But, hold my tongue, (or typing fingers)...it's getting bigger and wider, richer and deeper.

Personally, I could go for a more robust body, but that's just me. This leaner bodied,smooth porter drinks very well and delivers the coffee flavor without becoming difficult to muster through.

I'm having this with dinner before going to work, because I know too well what would happenm if I tried to drink it when I get home at 3:45 am. I'd stay up until 6 am, try to sleep, get up at 9...and feel crappy all day, crashing long before my "bedtime".

Roasted, toasted,and just delicious stuff, recommended for all coffee lovers. (873 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,262 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a thin tan head that very quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some stronger notes of coffee.

T: The flavors start out with dark roasted malts and light amounts of creaminess. Then the coffee flavors really take over, strong coffee tastes. There is some subtle vanilla sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden in this big beer (9.2% ABV) - cannot detect it at all. I really enjoyed that this kept true to the porter flavors and enhanced it with the coffee. A very nice sipping beer. (783 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Boulevard Smokestack Glass

Color is a deep deep brown, basically black. Pours ½ finger of tan head that fades down quickly. Leaves some splattered lace.

Aroma: Chocolate, coffee, and that is pretty much it. I am really not getting a lot out of the smell, but I do like what is there.

Taste: Rich and robust. Very malty. A ton of coffee and chocolate with some earthy hops and vanilla in the background.

Mouthefeel: Smooth, rich, and creamy a little crisp. Decent amount of carbonation and full bodied. Ends with a big malty aftertaste, slightly dry.

Overall, not a bad beer. I like the way the coffee is blended in. I shouldn't have a tough time finishing this bomber as it isn't that strong. I would get more of this. 4 (739 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -12%
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. (884 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -17%
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. (970 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 from Stubone.. Thanks Allen. Poured into MNFG..

2 finger light tan head... The beer is pretty damn black until held to a light and the deepest of rubies show.

Nose is a pretty standard big porter.. dark grains.. toasted elements.. coffee is surprisingly light..

A bunch more coffee shows in the flavor.. still not as much as the label made me think.. chocolate essence shows mid palate.. with a bit of lightly bitter coffee elements... the body is a solid medium with a bit bigger carbonation that sorta detracts from the mouthfeel..

Ehh... okay to pretty good.. depending on the sip.. I guess I expected alot more given the big ABV. (643 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (386 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 cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -13.5%
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. (252 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (386 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 bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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. (611 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown nearly black with a good one finger creamy mocha head that fades to leave a nice thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice solid black coffee aroma, not too overpowering or assertive. Getting some light roast, but not much else.

T - Hmm...Nice black coffee flavours, slightly bitter but still fresh. Some nice malty sweetness and roast. Theres some nice bitterness on the end and almost a sweet sugary vanilla on the end somewhere. Would like abit of chocolate in this, perhaps rounded out a bit more?

M - Love this mouthfeel. Carbonation is nice, actually a bit sharper than one expects with a porter. This is smooth but not quite velvety. Super drinkable, ABV not there.

O - Overall this is a solid beer. Semi one note, but that note is done well. Wouldnt mind some of the porter notes to come out more but the coffee is definitely nice. (932 characters)

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.