Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Reviews: 147
Hads: 355
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: 147 | Hads: 355
Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -14%
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. (836 characters)

Photo of eclipse54
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,503 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 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 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)

Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.18/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

Cheers! (808 characters)

Photo of sweethome
3.03/5  rDev -25.6%
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. (478 characters)

Photo of fvernon
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (944 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (727 characters)

Photo of katan
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (954 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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (953 characters)

Photo of vic21234
3.59/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (766 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 stouts4me
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice red-brown-tan mixture. I used a pint glass. Head is full and stays for the whole while, lacing is very well pronounced.

you smell a subdued coffee aroma, very pleasing to the senses.Makes you hope the flavor is as nice.

And.... the flavor does not disappoint ! The label describes it as red ale brewed with coffee beans, I want to dig farther to find which beans, if they meld this nice with beer, they should be great on their own. Very good , no bitterness on the coffee flavor, which you taste on the way down.

smooth and silky mouthfeel, relaxing and quite tasty.

I could not feel the 9.2% in the taste, that is good for mee, could detract from the taste. For $6.99 in a bomber, very good beer. (725 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (from their anniversary series) into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent off-white head. Red hues in the body.

S: Chocolate, rindish hops, grain, and earthy, pungent coffee grounds.

T: Rich blend of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Some dark fruits show up in the middle, along with a bit of mild, fruity hop bitterness.

M: A bit undercarbonated, but still has a nice, silky mouthfeel.

O: One of the best tasting, well-integrated coffee porters I've had to date. Avoids overly roasty or bitter notes in favor of richness. (578 characters)

Photo of areich6
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4. Excited for this one.

A: Pours very dark brown with about a half inch of head that quickly receds to leave a small bit of lacing.

S: Pretty faint, but what I can detect is very nice. Pleasant smell of vanilla and coffee beans.

T: Really nice. Great balance between the coffee and some hoppy bitterness. I wish the coffee flavor was a bit stronger, but overall well executed. I can even pick out a bit of fruitiness in the middle.

M: Very smooth with a slight bit of creaminess that goes down really easy. Quite satisfying as I continue to drink.

O: This is a well executed coffee porter that I enjoy very much. The tastes are very well balanced and at 9.2% you cannot detect the alcohol whatsoever. Solid brew. (757 characters)

Photo of pschul4
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this one after all the great things I've heard about it!

A- Pours very dark brown with an inch of light brown head.

S- Some decent coffee scents and some chocolate malt in the background

T- Mmmm sweet mocha coffee with some roasty notes that I love. This lives up to the hype here

M- Nice and smooth, only thing this could add is the viscosity. No one ever said it was a stout tho

O- I wish 2 bros made this all year. It's delicious. I can only wonder why it's not brewed year round (510 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2012 edition, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown, nearing black, topped with a finger of creamy tan head, decent retention, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of coffee right off the bat, dark chocolate, some molasses and charred grain.

T- Blend of strong coffee and dark chocolate notes, the coffee is super roasted and on the astringent side, but th chocolate does a good job balancing it. Has a bit of fruit and molasses in there, some citric, piney hops just barely detectable in the background. Finishes with light coffee and milk chocolate sweetness.

M- Medium-bodies, very very smooth and creamy feel. Coats the palate with velvety goodness.

O- A very tasty coffee porter, flavors are great and the feel /drinkability is just as good, definitely give this a try. (798 characters)

Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into an oversized snifter

Pours an opaque dark brown to black with brownish amber hues around the edges as light filters through. A one to one and a half cream-colored head forms but quickly dissolves to form a thin foam ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing present. The aroma of coffee and roasted malt rises from the glass. It's inviting but certainly not overpowering. Coffee greets the tastebuds immediately, transitions to sweet roasted malt, returns to coffee and finishes with roasted malt with just a touch of bitterness. Pleasant mouthfeel, light cola-like carbonation with a medium body that at times seems to drink a bit heavier than that. Very silky. Welcome back, Red Eye. A solid coffee American/Imperial Porter, and still one of Two Brothers' better brews. (801 characters)

Photo of Jaycase
3.58/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours black-brown. with very little (mocha) head

s: roasted malts. some chocolate. yeah the coffee is there but it's rather weak which is disappointing given the word 'coffee' in the name.

t: roasted malts with some nuttiness present. semi sweet chocolate. coffee is present, certainly moreso than in the aroma, but more of a complimentary flavor rather than driving the direction.

m: silky smooth & creamy. low carbonation. somewhat thin. coats the mouth & finishes well. mouthfeel is very nice.

o: This is a good beer, but not a great beer. Incredibly drinkable for 9.2%. Great mouthfeel, which I think is the best aspect of this beer. The coffee aspects were disappointing but I would choose this over northwind any day of the week. I recommend trying this at least once. (783 characters)

Photo of thydarkprevails
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a dark brown with a inch thick tan head that fades and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of pine. Flavor is dark coffee, sweet cream, coco, roasted barley, and very moderate citrus bitterness. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly warming. Overall a good beer for the style. (363 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 sleuthdog
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a dark black with little to no head with moderate pour. Lacing is there but moderate at best.

S: First off is the obvious coffee. Actually what comes to mind is coffee grounds. Next I pick up some bitter chocolate notes with some faint molasses. The alcohol is apparent on the nose but not overpowering by any means. Some slight carbonation is observed.

T: Ok...coffee as it is a coffee porter but not over the top. Nice roasted malt taste with nutty notes. The alcohol burn is evident as I swirl the beer but is well disguised at 9.2%. Some semi-sweet chocolate with dark fruit is there as well.

M: Fairly thin but creamy at the same time. This does not really coat my mouth and I would not call it chewey but the mouthfeel is nice for the style. I expected it to be a little more oily from the appearence but I am not disappointed.

O: This one is good, not really good, but good.
I enjoyed that it is a coffee porter without the coffee being too much. The other flavors were compimenting this brew nicely (1,046 characters)

Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.