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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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310 Ratings
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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.66%
Wants: 37
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009)
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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.

akorsak, Sep 20, 2009
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.

BeerBelcher, Sep 02, 2009
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

mothman, Sep 02, 2009
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.

Deuane, Sep 01, 2009
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.

sulldaddy, Aug 08, 2009
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!

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 03, 2009
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.

Bighuge, Aug 01, 2009
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.

bluejacket74, Jul 31, 2009
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.

OldSchoolGamer, Jul 25, 2009
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.

mikey711, Jul 09, 2009
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.

JamnesCameron, Jun 22, 2009
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!

coldmeat23, Jun 18, 2009
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.

LilBeerDoctor, Jun 09, 2009
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.

HopDerek, Jun 09, 2009
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.

roadhouse, May 27, 2009
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.

Slatetank, May 19, 2009
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.

GRG1313, May 14, 2009
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.

bakeller, May 10, 2009
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.

rhinos00, May 05, 2009
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.

Yetiman420, May 05, 2009
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.

caminiti, May 03, 2009
Photo of larsee01
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big glass bottle poured into glass chalice

A--Nutty tan head sits atop pitch black porter. Creamy, clingy head.

S--deep, rich scent of not only coffee, but QUALITY coffee. Some dark chocolate notes. It's mild overall, with just a bit of sweet malt booziness behind as an afterthought.

T/M/D--Very well balanced. Rich and flavorful but very well-behaved. Obviously tastes like coffee. Damn good. Exceptionally smooth and 9.2% ABV is scary-hidden. Malty sweetness balances initial coffee kick...that kick is neither sour nor bitter. Just smooth and delicious. If I drank this every morning rather than the office-provided Maxwell House, things would be very different and very interesting!

larsee01, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of prototypic
4.22/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Eye pours a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but a there's a little light slicing through at the edges revealing nice burgundy highlights. A fluffy tan head stand two fingers tall and is extremely slow to dissipate. Thick, sticky waves of lace clung to the glass.

The nose is weak and only above average. I really want it to be better than it is. Hopefully it will open up as it warms. Edit: A little warming goes a long way. It does feature roasted coffee. Roasted malts are noted and are the primary feature here. Perhaps some light bittersweet chocolate makes its way into the mix. Molasses and brown sugar are secondary and add quality depth. Alcohol is easily noticeable on the tail.

The flavor is a step above the nose and dramatically improves as it warms a little. Roasted malts are the primary flavor up front. They mix with bittersweet chocolate to complete a nice overall malt profile. Roasted coffee emerges and really drives the flavor. That flavor tastes really nice (if you're into coffee). It seems somewhat acidic and bitter. Hardly a negative since it's consistent with the style. Brown sugar and molasses are indeed secondary components. They add quite a bit of character and depth. Tastes like they're might be some light hopping on the tail. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly noticeable for 9.2%. It's nowhere near warm or hot. Finishes bitter and slightly acidic.

Red Eye's body is too thin and that tarnishes the overall experience a little. It comes across as anemic and is crying out for more body. Edit: It seems to thicken as it warms and a bump in score is warranted. Carbonation is very light. It's smooth, but needs a little more body to accomplish more. Drinkability is good. For a sizeable beer, it doesn't smell, taste, or feel nearly as big as it is. This bomber's disappearing pretty fast if that's any indication. It's still strong enough to command your respect. Good, it is.

Two Brothers did a nice job with Red Eye. It's overall a very enjoyable beer. A couple of tweaks could improve it. The nose needs a little work and a more substantial body would improve the overall experience. But, it's more than a solid beer and will appeal to any coffee fan. That being said, it's not so coffee heavy that others wouldn't enjoy it. Definitely worth picking up irrespective of whether or not you're a coffee fan.

prototypic, Apr 28, 2009
Photo of charlesw
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well. After all of the unbalanced IS and RIS of these last weeks, it's refreshing to get something so balanced. Yeah, yeah, not the same style and all, but, sheesh. There's balance and there's balance. I mean, seriously.

So, dark. Smallish head of dark bubbles. My beer is still almost covered and it's been in the glass (waiting patiently for me) for nearly 15 minutes. That rocks. It would be perfect if it were a touch higher.

Smells of dry smoked malts. Par for the style.

Those 15 minutes let it warm and now it's tasting quite different than it did drinking it straight cold. Interesting. A lot more chocolate milk going on. Still, nothing like Founders BS, eh? Light coffee, that chocolate milk, a creeping bitterness (the longer you keep it in your mouth the more it comes on. Weird. Cool. Weird!). Nothing really hits you - just a nice balance. My complaint is that the mouthfeel and flavor come across as a little thin - it could be better if it were just a touch thicker in taste and mouth. The same flavors, mind you, just a touch more. Raising the mash temp could surely help.

I suppose I'd drink a lot of this if it were available.

charlesw, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

spointon, Apr 25, 2009
Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.