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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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158 Reviews
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Reviews: 158
Hads: 393
Avg: 4.04
pDev: 16.83%
Wants: 42
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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: 158 | Hads: 393
Photo of shand
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a nonic.

This beer pours out a very deep brown with a smaller head. The aroma is full of coffee, sweet chocolate, vanilla, and roasted malts. The taste is robust, with a full chocolate and vanilla taste at first. There's a bit of coffee that gets amplified on the finish, riding out with vanilla and roasted malts. The mouthfeel is full and lightly carbonated, and the drinkability is good. Overall, this is a good coffee porter. I'd like more coffee flavor - that might be found in a fresher batch though.

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Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head which fades quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma has espresso, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Smells very nice. There is no one aroma which overwhelms the others.

Espresso is front and center when I taste the beer, followed by the dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. The taste is not as balanced as the aroma, but still is nice. Mostly bitter without much sweetness for balance. Given a name like Red Eye Coffee Porter, I am not surprised.

On the light side of medium bodied, with low carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is a coffee bitterness aftertaste. Overall a nice Porter, which I am glad I had a chance to try.

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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 jjanega08
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Retro Release 1 of 15
No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice thick black color with a super thin brown head on it and very little lacing. Looks very much like I would expect only very little head.

S= Smells of heavy coffee. Nice robust almost woody coffee. A strong malt character in it as well.

T= Tastes of coffee and a little malty sweetness. Nice roasty coffee but actually very smooth coffee. A nice roast was used. Not overly acidic in the coffee.

M= The mouth is silky smooth and easy drinking.

O= This is a solid brew. Worth buying but not the most interesting or over the top coffee beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and the coffee is smooth.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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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 DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a bomber from two brothers so I paid the 8 dollars for one from Halftimebeverage.com

A - Look is fairly dark for a porter not pitch black but seems pretty thick. Carbonation is a bit lacking but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Man the smell is pretty awesome. From the bottle I get a nice mocha chino like coffee and vanilla cream, then in the glass it has more of a chocolate/vanilla tone.

T - Well it is quite good and balanced, drinks almost like a mocha coffee really. Smooth chocolate undertones, nowhere near as chalky as I expected for a porter. Coffee is mild yet balanced perfectly with the hops.

M - Smooth and silky with a high ABV and a medium chewy body it's one great porter.

Overall for sure one of the best coffee porters I ever had and totally worth the 8 bucks I paid for it. Maybe someday they will put it in 4 packs (12oz) for a cheaper price. I would buy a case then!

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Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a two finger head that is medium mocha in color and lingers beautifully. the texture is quite creamy with nice large bubbles on top. dissipates leaving a ton of lacing on the glass
S: really delicious scent with plenty of roasted coffee malt notes and a slight sweetness like that of dark chocolate
T: begins with a really nice chocolate note which is not overpowering or too deep, nicely sweet, through he middle it mellows out a bit with gentle malt notes, but the finish, my god the finish is wonderful. pure and clean coffee, like just black coffee which is delicious and probably the closest note ive found in beer to actual coffee
M: medium high carbonation tingle, nicely thick on the palate but creamy enough, leaves the mouth feeling almost burnt, not dry but reminiscent of a bon fire
O: really delicious porter, quite drinkable and with phenomenal coffee notes, another good one from two brothers

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber bottle. I don't see a date other than the 2012 on the label. Poured into a Victory tulip

A: Pours a really dark brown. There are some reddish hues around the edges of the glass. Not a ton of head. Thin layer of off white head. Leaves a touch of lacing.

S: You get the coffee but it's definitely the flat beans. It's not strong roast coffee. Almost like the beans hadn't be ground, but just added during the boil.

T: Nice dry coffee bitterness on the front of the tongue. It's more coffee than you smelled on the nose for sure. You also get a touch of rich chocolate in the mid palate. It's a nice smooth transition from coffee to roast to chocolate. Easy on the taste buds. I really like this one.

M: It's a medium but a light medium. It's rightly a porter.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle of the 2012 re-release, sent by the always-generous fvernon; thanks! Release #1 of the 15-part "Retro Release" celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the company (according to the label). Split into snifters.

Pours black with a thin khaki head. The primary mass dissipates quickly, but there is an eternal ring of head surrounding the surface; scattered patches of bubbles on the glass serve as lacing. Pretty good looking overall, but I wish the main head had stuck around a tad longer.

The aroma is of cane sugar, toasted malt, coffee grounds, faint milk chocolate, caramel, and sweet dark fruits. It’s actually much sweeter than anticipated, and there’s very little in the way of roasted scents. Some vanilla on the back end as well.

The taste follows suit, being relatively sweet. Cane sugar, vanilla, rich caramel, and milk chocolate seem to jump right out. The coffee is certainly there, but in a subdued, smooth sort of way as opposed to a stand-out bitter presence. Sweet fruits, date, dark cherry, and even a touch of orange seem to lend some bright esters as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth through and through, and the carbonation works well to lighten its effect on the tongue. It still manages to coat the palate, and leaves a thin sugary coating that produces a dry finish.

Overall, this is a good coffee porter that I’m really enjoying. It’s a lot sweeter than I would have expected, but it seems to work pretty well here. I’d happily have this one again.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A wealth of raisin, nuts, molasses, and subtle coffee.

(T)- A good profile of roasted coffee grounds. It has an interesting subtle smokiness with a bit of raisin as well.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lots of raisin with a subtle smokiness.

(D)- A solid porter with the nice coffee addition. Not too strong or unbalanced, but almost stout-like in its feel.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter; shared with jtclockwork (from RB) at the Ginger Man in Manhattan.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights. Thin, fine brown head. Not much in the way of retention, and spotty lace. Pretty average.

S: Stale coffee, chocolate, and a breadiness that resembles a multigrain bagel. Disappointing.

T: A little better here, with some nutty, caramelized sweetness offsetting the staleness of the coffee. Grainy, bittersweet finish with some coffee on the aftertaste. Better than average, but far from impressive.

M: Medium body and lively, smooth carbonation. Very good.

O: While not horrible, this one was pretty disappointing. Perhaps the bottle had been behind the bar for a few months too long, but with no date to be seen I can't be sure. I won't be seeking it out again.


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Photo of sweethome
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is dark as night. Light tan head.

Nose of dirt - a bit funky, spent coffee grounds, roast malts.

Entry is rather dry, builds out to a dry stout profile. Mid mouth, a funk takes over. Dirt, funk, wormy taste. Not enjoyable flavor. Finshes with coffee dryness.

Several aspects I like, but my goodness...this is the worst flavor profile I have had witha Two Brothers beer - this was hard for me to finish- last half of bottle was a drain pour. Laxks a "good" coffee flavor.

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Photo of fvernon
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a Deschutes tulip pint... possibly poured too cold, i think my beer fridge is holding at 40 degrees for some reason.

Pours a nice mahogany brown with almost no head, although a bit of a swirl brings on an oil-slick of coffee ice cream-colored bubbles. The aroma is sort of like that - coffee ice cream, roasted malts, a bit of burnt brown sugar and a hint of something spicy in the back.

Sips like a coffee milkshake - incredibly smooth, almost nitro-casked in mouthfeel. The coffee comes forward late, the front end is smooth and full of roasted malt and cream. As it warms the coffee comes through stronger, leaving a lasting bitterness.

This is a nice porter - the color and mouthfeel would have me thinking stout, but the malt character is all porter here - still, this is the smoothest coffee porter i think i've ever had the pleasure of drinking. Very nice, especially for the price - something I'd reach for again.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true taste of how far my palate has come. I loved this one long ago.

Pours black with a thin wispy tan head.

Smells predominantly of coffee with a little smoke and chocolate.

Taste follows although without as much smoke. The coffee isn't quite as strong as other coffee beers I've had. A little chocolately sweetness at the end.

Good medium thick mouthfeel. Good for a porter. Medium-low carbonation. Didn't realize how strong it was until I checked the label. Definitely smooth for 9.2%

A pretty solid beer although short of world class. There are lots of good subtle flavors in this, but it's lacking that oomph to put it over the edge. Still very glad they brewed this again and will be enjoying it again if possible.

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Photo of katan
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights. Head formation is strong, mocha in color. Well retained with little lacing.

S - interesting smell - a combination of chocolate, and some coffee with just a nice background of chipotle peppers. More roasted notes come through as it warms, but so does the capsacium.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, little bits of roasted malts and mole' peppers. Mid-stream gets more bittersweet, light amount of roast and chocolate. I dare to say that even dates might sneak in there, dark fruits. Finishes smooth with a little bit of spiciness and a some burnt coffee flavors.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, strong bodied but light in carbonation. Comes off sugary and clingy. Alcohol warmth is present in the aftertaste.

O/D - A really great coffee porter - I wish I would have had purchased more of these. I really enjoy the combination of coffee and chocolate malts and the creation of chipotle.

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Photo of samie85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kawilliams81 for picking this bottle up for me!

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a thin white cap that settles into a few large bubbles on top of the beer. Thin lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: coffee forward nose complimented by sweet malts, some chocolate, and a hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Moderately bitter coffee notes, cocoa, really subtle milk chocolates, and fruity notes mingle throughout the porter. Finish and aftertaste has a mild bitterness from the coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Wish the was a little thicker and creamier. The impressive part of this beer is its drinkability. This beer drinks like it 5% when it just over 9%.

Overall: This beer has decent flavor and its really drinkable. Only had a few brews from two brothers, but this is my favorite offering from thiem so far. Mostly because I like coffee beers and porters.

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Photo of vic21234
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. First batch of the re-release...

A- Pours very cola-like. It is more thin than I would have thought. A small amount of off-white head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Very dark but some light can be seen along the top.

S- Heavy coffee aromas, as one would expect. Some chocolatey malt characters as well.

T- Starts off rather flat before the coffee takes over. This thing is all coffee and I really don't get anything else.

M- Light mouthfeel, pours and feels very thin. Great coffee flavor.

It's a good beer, but doesn't live up to all the hype since it went on hiatus in late 2009. I liked it in 2009 and still like it today, but I've had plenty of other coffee-flavored beers that are just as good, if not better.

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.