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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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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 38
Gots: 34 | 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 kegger22
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a moderate head that dissipated to a thin skin. The aroma coffee. The taste was coffee and chocolate. Red Eye calls itself a coffee porter but drank like a stout. There was also a nice malt sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for a 9+ ABV. Kind of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Good Beer.

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 Vonerichs
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Two Bros.

Great looking porter- this is practically opaque. The lighting inside of Two Bros. was not that intense but I couldn't see any peeking through this one. Nice thick and foamy head that is colored like a heavily creamed coffee... imagine that.

Obviously... coffee, in a good way. There is a slight detection of alcohol, but not overwhelming in any way.

This is one of the more unique tasting porters I've had, simply delicious. To beat a dead horse... more coffee. Roasted malt is heavy as well combined with chocolate, almost like a chocolate mocha, but with alcohol. Yes, the alcohol is present, but not to the extent you would think at 9.2%.

The mouthfeel was good, but I was not overly impressed as I was in the taste. It starts creamy but finishes with a little bite in the carbonation that put me off just a little.

Drinkability is where this one takes a hit. It's best attribute (taste) is also it's downfall. This is a good beer to have as an after dinner liquid dessert but I can't see drinking it consistantly.

I've had this one from a bomber as well and it is smoother on tap.

Photo of Etan
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark. Opaque. Tan head. Hefty lacing.

S: Chocolate. Coffee. Fantastic malts.

T: Wow. Right in line with nose. Nice chocolate coffee and caramel flavors.

M: Full-bodied thick. Just right on the carbonation.

D: 10% ABV makes this more of a sipper. But what a sipper!!!

Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for bringing this one over the other night. A very enjoyable beer, and looking back now, I am surprised that this one was over 9 percent. A very smooth and easy to drink beer, the alcohol is hidden behind a good front of roasted malts, good roasted coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate and just a little cream. One of the better coffee porters I've had.

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my Easter morning brew, which I split with my cousin. I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into 2 coffee cups. It was a dark/black brew with an ample tan head. Sweet coffee and chocolate ruled the nose. It has a nice coffee flavor, sweet and creamy. The finish lingers, slightly bitter. It was real creammy and had a nice full mouth feel. The carbonation was average to high. I felt it had exceptional drinkability for a coffee porter, highly recomend it. Thanks to Dunt for the bottle.

Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA on 3/30/09.

A - Poured an earthy brown body with burgundy highlights around the bottom and one-finger creamy tan head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and left adequate lacing around the glass.

S - Coffee and sweet cream with a prevalent chocolate presence and milky character. Subtle earthy hops appear in the back, and some mild alcohol crept into the mix, especially as it warmed up a bit.

T - Flavor combines milk chocolate with coffee and a touch of sweet cream, then gradually segues into a more semi-sweet chocolate character, which adds a dose of bitterness to the flavor profile. Finishes with a moderate earthy bitter aspect.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy yet slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a subtle bitterness on the palate.

D - The 9.2% ABV remained well-concealed except for a touch of heat in the nose as it warmed up. I found this to be a very drinkable porter that was actually a bit more heavy on the chocolate rather than the coffee.

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

So this was an unplanned finding. red eye coffee porter? i was sort of identified being hospital staff. so i took it.

Pour is nice looking but unexceptional. it was dark and cloudy, yada yada yada, thin tan head so it's there. in a goblet. poorly carbonated, i do not discard it is intentional.

Smell is nice. strong coffee feel (guess that's what they're aiming for!) like "tinto" (black coffee) with tonnes of sugar. somewhat chocolatey. malty roasted sweetness. but that's still digging in too deep.

Taste is dark chocolate. 60, 80 or whatever percent- this is like hershey's dark chocolate all over again. nice nonetheless for beer. an improvement from facticious styles. burnt malty sweetness tackled by a metallic bitterness suite. very nice ensemble by all means.

And decent bodied. undoubtedly a fabulous drink.

Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Pours near black with a faint hue of brown near the edge of the glass....pretty much black. Huge tan head with great retention and lacing. Aromas are fruity with coffee and hints of chocolate and malts. Mouth-feel is medium and coats the palate well. Definitely coffee is up front, and in the middle, and in the finish. As far as other flavors go, mild malt, little bit of chocolate, slight roast for bitterness. There is a lot of coffee going on. I did expect this given the name, but I was hoping for more of the porter to come through. Alcohol is well concealed at 9.2%. As it warms, the porter qualities are starting to come through. Alcohol is warming; it is also malty and sweet. Better balance with the coffee. Worth a try and recommendable.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of bruachan
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on tap at the source

little head in my classy little snifter, but others seemed to have it better so i will grant some leeway

i smell heat, heavy roasts, fusel and coffee

rich, chocolatey, coffee, roasty, smooth: oatmeal? some bitterness. strong bitterness in fact, but could use some harsher roasting to help keep the things (sweetness) in check. this thing is frickin sweet and to give you a sense of the degree: it both smells and tastes like chocolate syrup. not really sure that's a great thing but the moral is...(drumroll, please)...SWEET-ass beer

Photo of younger35
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this from Binny's many moons ago for like $5.99. I love anything with coffee in it and hopefully even Two Brothers can't screw that up. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Dark black with extremely dark brown highlights around the edges with a dirty tan one finger head. A spotty cap and thin collar remain leaving very little in the way of lacing.
Smell- Full of dark roasted malts with a dry very bitter kiln to it. Smells a bit roasted for its own good. A bit of chocolate and caramel keep this thing sorta familiar. Some coffee does come through but not as much as I was hoping. Some vanilla and/or cream seems to show more as it warms.
Taste- Starts very chocolaty with a Tootsie Roll like milk chocolateness and some sweet caramel. Not as roasted as the nose led me to believe but there is still a definite deep dark char that is sort of acidic. More of that vanilla and cream that I got in the nose and it's a great ying to the chocolate yang. A long lingering bit of caramel and vanilla last and last. Notice the lack of coffee in the description of the taste...
Mouthfeel- Very rich and creamy and full of goodness. Definitely the best part about the beer. Velvety smooth and rich as pie.
Drinkability- As a coffee beer, this fails. As a beer, this thing rocks. I guess I get some hints of coffee as the beer warms but with coffee on the label, it should play a more integral part. Maybe it chilled out some in the bottle and was a bit more coffee-e fresh. Either way the beer is really good. Just take coffee off the label. Ha!

Photo of shand
4.08/5  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.

Photo of gigaknight
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours opaque with a deep cola red at the edges in the light. Half finger head of ecru head slowly breaks down and remains as a nice ring around the edge. Mild lacing begins quickly, and tiny bubbles plop through the murky film, suggested at least some mild carbonation.

S- As one might assume, coffee greets the nose and is accompanied by a creamy lactic tanginess. Not to be confused with the somewhat astringent character of oxidized coffee, this smells nutty, creamy, and mild. Roasted malt carries the back end along with a whiff of sweet molasses.

T- Sweet and lactic coffee begins the palate very softly, then, after a moment, bigger roasty malt sweetness and bakers chocolate power through. Some herbal and molasses notes show up as well, finishing with a bit of well-integrated alcohol warmth and plenty of complex dried fruit character. Some very faint citrusy hop character seemed to augment the complexity of each flavor. I was expecting the coffee to be much more robust, and though it was indeed mild, this didn't necessarily detract from the beer. The coffee notes were well integrated, and didn't steal the spotlight from the very tasty malt bill or masterfully light hopping.

M- I think the mouthfeel is the strongest point of this already impressive beer. The very meaning of silky is exemplified in this mouthfeel, which balances an enduring yet mild mouth-coating sweetness with enough dryness to finish relatively clean. Chews spectacularly, and doesn't foam up at all when doing so. I could just bathe in this.

O- Though not much of a gobsmacker flavor-wise, the luxurious mouthfeel really bowled me over and made the palate seem fittingly relaxed, surrounding coffee with complementary flavors and textures rather than hiding everything else under the coffee. For the price and fact that it's now a limited release, I'd definitely recommend this one.

Photo of BigBry
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at th e Clark Street Alehouse in Chicago, served in a 12 oz tulip snifter.
The darkest brown liquid with an inch of creamy tan head. Long lasting foam, very nice looking lace. Nice legs coating the glass. The first smell is cold pressed coffee, also some cocoa present. Creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. Semi-sweet bitter chocolate taste to finish. Lots of rich roast malt flavors hold eveything together. Some warming sensation, but no alcohol burn even as it warmed up. Coffee was still the dominant flavor.
Medium to full bodied (thick mouthfeel, but not as much as an oatmeal stout) with a smooth, creamy texture. Low carbonation keeps it smooth, slightly oily coating left on the tongue. Very drinkable for a strong 9.2% porter.

Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Eye

Poured into a snifter @ The Roundhouse.

Very dark in color, leaving zero light transfer. A fingers worth of cream colored head. Tons of lace.

The nose has (you guessed it) coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a touch of heat.

The taste is big and robust. A lot of coffee and an abundance of bitter cocoa nibs makes up most of the taste. Tons of roasted malt. Well hidden ABV.

The mouthfeel is great. Warm and full bodied with a creamy texture. Low carbonation.

Overall, I can easily see why the demand for this beer was so high. Great flavors. A Northwind trumper for sure.

Photo of emerge077
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Spotty latte foam, creamy texture on the surface. Nearly opaque in the center of the glass, with a scarlet auburn highlight at the meniscus of the glass. The head fades into a lacy ring. Rich coffee aroma, balanced and mellow, not acidic. Notes of chocolate and caramel. Full mouthfeel that really makes or breaks this style. The coffee notes linger into the aftertaste, robust yet clean. Slight bitterness, full flavored without any acidity or harsh elements. Not sure what type of coffee was used, but I like it. Not over the top, definitely doesn't feel like 9.2%, there was a slight fusel whiff at first, but it seems to fade away quickly. Another solid hit for the artisan series...

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.

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.

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on a pleasant Sunday afternoon reading a book.

A-Black beer, opaque as all hell. Solid tan head, nicely sustaining, reduced down to a slim layer.

S-A bit of roasted malt, with big coffee aromas and a hint of chocolate.

T-Coffee off the bat, as expected, then a chocolate enters with a nice bitterness, a mix of the coffee flavor/bitter with a hoppy bitterness. Finishes with hints of coffee beans mixed in a chocolate maltiness and roasty bitter.

M-Medium carbonation. Medium body, slick. Surprisingly, a bit warming, with the alcohol otherwise very well hidden.

D-A very nice coffee character, assertive but far from overwhelming. Very good, and easy to drink, despite the higher ABV.

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