Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of GeezLynn
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours coffee black with a dainty, light tan head. Musty earthy malt aromas - chocolate and coffee - with a little vanilla smell also. Flavor is sweet and a little tangy, bittersweet chocolate with dark fruits. Mild coffee finish. Lacking the smoky flavor you expect from the style, but tasty the same. More of a RIS flavorwise, although the thinner mouthfeel suggests porter. Not the best porter or coffee stout, but as a whole, a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of cvfish
4.68/5  rDev +16.1%
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

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Nice thick inch and a half head toffee colored head, deep brown liquid nearly black with touches of scarlet. Lacing is quite plentiful, with a long lasting head. Doesn't look as viscous as other Baltic porters, but still a damn fine looking beer.

S: Dry and leafy hops, a surprisingly restrained amount of coffee aroma which is nice to see and does not overpower the subtler aspects of this beer, which displays touches of dark chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. This beer is a pleasure to smell.

T/MF: Here is where the coffee is, rich and roasty with a raspy kind of dry/chocolaty bitterness, finish gets a bit sweeter, a bit fruitier with a dollop of chocolate sauce and caramel tossed on top. Feel is pretty light for a Baltic porter, carbonation is great, soft and chewy with a nice, coating thickness but is still light enough to dance across the palate.

D: This is a damn tasty beer that Two Brothers is offering up, a great use of coffee in a beer, but in terms of fitting a style this one seems a bit too distant from the Baltic porter style to make it truly great in that area. As a coffee beer it's top notch.

Photo of akorsak
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.43/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I like Two Brothers beer and have a high opinion of Cane & Ebel, Opus 10, and Heavy Handed. This beer wasn't bad, but didn't really meet my expectation. The combination of this brewer, the look of the packaging, and the claims the packaging copy made all conspired to create this expectation that this beer was something BIG and extreme, and I didn't find it to be that exactly. The beer is what it says it is - it's a porter with some coffee flavor. But I didn't find much big/extreme in the bottle. The color is a translucent coffee color. The head is plentiful. The aroma is of coffee, but not terribly intense. Flavor is of a not-very-roasty porter, overlaid with a fair amount of somewhat sweet coffee flavor (which is also not very roasty). For a beer that is 9%+ ABV, I didn't detect any booziness. Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side.

Not bad, but not extreme, which is what I was expecting. At $6.99 a bottle, this is worth a try, but the next time I have access to beer shopping where Two Brothers are available, I will probably purchase something else from their brewery.

I bought this bottle at Sam's Liquor in Chicago.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Photo of Deuane
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan head that holds on fairly well and leaves decent lace.

S-Bitter, cold coffee with a sweet creaminess and a light roasted malt aroma.

T-Rather simplistic but it works....Bitter cold coffee and roasted malt. Not much else going on but I am a fan of quality coffee and this takes like a nice glass of cooled java.

M-Medium body with decent lingering bitterness all in a fairly smooth package. Touch of lactose sweetness in the finish.

D-Good stuff. Certainly does not blow you away with the coffee falvour but it is present and tasty. An easy to drink and pleasant brew.

Photo of sulldaddy
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark pour, a thin finger of creamy mocha foam on top. Nice layers of lace. The darkness is broken up only by some reddish hues around the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - light roastiness, not real intense but decent. A touch of coffee.

Taste - nice opening of roasted grain, slightly sweet. The coffee presence really comes on at the swallow, along with some dark chocolate. A bite of hops, just for balance. Ends with intense roasty and cocoa flavor. Lengthy coffee notes, impressive.

Mouthfeel - semi-smooth, average carbonation. Good body.

Drinkability - a fine coffee porter!

Photo of Bighuge
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed the Hop Juice by Two Brothers, and this is their Coffee Porter. Here is my review:

A: Pours a pitch black color. Stout black. Head is actually a lighter tan than expected. Lacing is present.

S: Coffee is the main component. Lots of roast. Smells very good.

T: Again, lots and lots of coffee. Very fresh, roasted coffee. A little acidic as well. Lots of roasted malts. Tastes like a really nice Imperial Coffee Stout.

M: Tastes like a stout, feels like a porter. This is probably the weakest point of the beer in my opinion. Medium bodied and not creamy like I was expecting. Still good though.

D: Drinks very smoothly, and with the lighter body, not as filling as one might expect.

I have had a few of the lower ABV Two Brothers beers, and wasn't too impressed. After trying a couple of their Imperial Ales, my opinion of the brewery took a 180 turn. Not the best coffee stout/porter I have had, but still very solid and worth seeking out.

Photo of mikey711
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle in a trade with beersis81.

I poured into a pint glass. Very day with an off white two finger head. Not as viscous as expected, but the lacing was decent.

It smelled like coffee, hazelnut, bitter chocolate, and a mild roastiness. Ok but nothing to boast about.

The first sip was great. Very creamy and light for such a big beer/ The coffee flavor was present but not overpowering and more sweetness came throughthan I expected. It was almost like drinking a chocolate milk.

The mouthfeel was light and refreshing, with no harshness. The alcohol is hidden well and I easily finished the bomber and felt i could have had more.

Photo of JamnesCameron
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pured from a 22oz bomber into a Two Brothers pint glass.

Pours with a thick, tan, marshmellow fluff head that disappears quickly. Leaves tons of lace on the glass.

Do not get the expressive malt aromas of most baltic porters. Some malt is there, as well as coffee. Some roast is evident.

Taste was even more subdued then the smell. I'm used to baltic porters giving me a malt explosion in the taste. Faintly sweet with coffee and roasted notes. Misses the style on taste.

Mouthfeel is slick and creamy...mouth coating. Chewy beer. Very nice.

Although a little off the style (ignoring the coffee aspect), this is a great beer. Nice for sitting around the fire with come aged cheese, or chocolate, or a cigar. Will go back for more.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up just as black and dark as you'd expect it to be. Three-fingers worth of a medium brown, loosely packed, foamy head. Retention is very good, but lacing is nothing to speak of.

My glass is sitting about two feet away and I can smell this beer from here. I like that.
Big, dark roasted malts abound. A dual coffee scent of dark roasted beans and fresh grounds. Very nice. Mild hints of dark chocolates. Light notes of caramel sweetness and dark cherries/berries. A very nice, mild hint of smokiness.

This is a bit on the sweet side for a baltic porter, at least as far as my experience goes, but I like it. Loads of huge dark berry presence. Big dark roasted maltiness. Toasted caramel notes. The dark roasted coffee flavors are more muted than expected, but it totally works. The flavors just blend together really well. The coffee brings a slight bitter edge that balances out the sweetness very nicely. A mild hint of spices blends with a light smokiness. Very nice presence of sweet chocolates, on the finish.

Strong medium to almost full body on this one. Medium level of carbonation. Very smooth. Lacks the creaminess that I so enjoy, but it matches up to the style well.

I get no hint of the 9.2%ABV in this one. The flavor is very enjoyably good. I'd say that this a very nicely drinkable bottle.
Well done Two Brothers Brewing!

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted notes. Flavor is sweet vanilla initially with roasted malt in the finish. Light sweetness, on the borderline of too sweet...A bit boring, but not bad per se. A mediocre imperial porter.

Photo of HopDerek
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Poured a deep dark brown color with thin tan head into a goblet. OK retention left spotty lacing. Smells of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, soy sauce, leather, and smoke. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of smoke mixed with some slight saltiness and earthy hop finish. Medium in body with low carbonation. Smooth and roasty. Nice balance of sweet, roasty, and salty. Easy to drink, a nice brew from Two Brothers that hides its alcohol quite well.

Photo of roadhouse
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of Slatetank
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Photo of GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of bakeller
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Thanks to tuo for this bomber

A: Pours pitch black with a beautiful 2 finger frothy, creamy mocha head that slowly dissipated leaving thick lacing on the glass. A nice rim follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

S: Smell is rich with coffee and dark chocolate notes predominating. There is a faint hint of sweet malt. Really has a wonderful aroma that only gets better as it warms.

T: As soon as the drink hits your tongue, the coffee stands out and coats the palate. As it washes down the throat, the sweet chocolate after taste lingers for quite a while. There is a slight bitterness to the taste but is to be expected. Overall really fantastic tasting.

M: Smooth and creamy throughout. There is mild carbonation. Really coats the mouth well and has a velvety texture. No real boozy notes but has a nice warming feeling.

D: Can certainly polish off a bomber by myself in a night but would limit it to one. The richness and heavy/creamy texture of the beer make it one to be savored.

Photo of rhinos00
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours the darkest of brown, on the verge of black. Nice two fingers width of mocha colored head.

S- A little one dimensional with the coffee bean aroma. There is a slight trace vanilla, but to weak to make an impact.

T- Pretty darn good. Lot of chocolate and coffee upfront. This is accompanied by a smooth vanilla flavor that lasts throughout. The beer finishes with a nice blend of vanilla and a slight bitterness from the coffee beans.

M- As it warms, it become smooth and creamy.

D- Typically porters aren't my thing, but this totally raised my expectations. This one is dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a real solid beer. Definitely will be grabbing more bottles if I see it around.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Photo of caminiti
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.