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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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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

315 Ratings
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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 143
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 40
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 GRG1313
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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 TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice jet black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Scent is all coffee. Smells like a fresh pot of gourmet coffee. I'm a big fan of coffee beers and coffee, so this was a huge plus for me.

T: Once again, very heavy on the coffee notes, some sweet undertones. Coffee is followed by a hints of dark chocolate. Tastes like a delicious iced coffee. The 9.2% abv is very well masked by the bold coffee flavors. The porter maltiness complements the coffee flavors well. This is delicious!

M: Medium body, with an increasingly velvety texture as it warms.

D: This is an excellent combination of coffee and beer. It is now among my favorite coffee beers.

Photo of caminiti
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee.
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.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler pint. 23.3 degrees plato, 40 IBUs, and 9.2% ABV, but no date. Thanks to Todd for helping drinking this one!

A - Pours almost black with dark brown-ruby colored highlights. The dark tan head is bigger than three fingers and cascades down beautifully. Great retention and stages of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of roasted malts with a big coffee nose and a chocolate compliment. Very good but to totally one-dimensional. I love the black coffee nose in the aroma.

T - The roasted malts butst out with force and coat the tongue with a low sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, and lots of dark, bitter coffee. Very flavorful.

M - Completely full-bodied and rich with a smooth, velvet-like feel and a dry, bitter finish. Lots of balance with a good carbonation level.

D - At 9.2%, the alcohol is very well hidden and it's just a well rounded beer with a great flavor. A must-drink for a coffee-beer lover. A bit less coffee than I expected in the flavor but still very awesome!

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. Dark brown pour with some ruby edges. A finger of cream head. Wouldn't say it laced to much, but retention was ok.

Aroma has a hefty dose of chocolate and caramel, some peat and a hint of roast malt and coffee. Smells great really.

Taste is equally nice. Earthy and roast coffee notes are stronger in the flavor, to accompany the caramel, chocolate and toffee. Finishes with a nice dose of chocolate coffee.

Good solid medium body. Alcohol is not present and quite surprising that it is 9%? Is that right?
Thought this one was a home run, if you like coffee or not. A great Porter, more Baltic than American.

Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight, tan head with just a touch of lacing. Black color. Deep toasted malt in the aroma with the fruity brightness of coffee. There is a rich, black olive aroma underneath it all; slightly sweet and fruity. Flavor is intense, fruity, and acidic as the coffee dominates the front. There is a nice, bright, fruity-floral hop bitterness that peaks in the middle, and the toasted malt sits into the finish nicely. You don't much notice the booze (9.2%ABV), just the warming effect. A nice, viscous mouthfeel.

This is very, very good. If you like your coffee bright and floral, this is a coffee bier for you!
I think I may prefer the NG Coffee Stout, and Central Waters Peruvian Morning (both of which are a more toasty, deep flavor [which reflects my coffee choice; opposite of my chocolate]), but this is stunning as well. Sure beats Founders Coffee Stout in my book!

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich extremely brown-to-black body with a thick finger of mocha tan froth; good lacing and moderate duration. Lush coffee and chocolate aromas, roasted and nutty coffee with chocolate; terrific. Coffee certainly leads the way in the flavor, but milk chocolate and a bit of sweet berry in the finish have me thoroughly impressed.

Good texture, smooth and easy-going as porter should be. This was a real treat, easily one of the very best Two Brothers makes. Excellent porter, no question about it.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Charred coffee bean mahogany with meager highlights of cranberry red and 24-karat gold. The three finger head is an appealing shade of golden brown sugar beige and is immensely creamy. It's also doing a great job festooning the pint glass with a surprisingly generous amount of 'frost on a windowpane' lace.

TBBC calls this offering 'an Imperial Baltic porter' brewed with fair trade coffee. Whether Baltic or American makes no difference in the end because this is wonderful smelling beer. The java isn't overwhelming, which allows the chocolatiness of the roasted malts to come through loud and clear.

Red Eye Coffee Porter is one of this brewery's finest ales. As in the nose, the flavor is a near perfect melding of dark malt and coffee. There's still some hoppiness hanging around as well (February release), which adds another layer of deliciousness. Yet another positive is that alcohol is barely noted... its effect on the central nervous system notwithstanding.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, roasted coffee beans, a surprising amount of grapefruit citrusiness and a wee splash of vanilla. What was a 4.0 for flavor in the top half of the bomber might just make it to 4.5 once the bottom half arrives. This is compulsively drinkable beer.

Even though the mouthfeel is slightly small for the style and the ABV, it's as smooth as silk and is built for speed. The laid back carbonations is right up my big beer alley.

With the possible exception of Cane & Ebel, Red Eye Coffee Porter is the best and most drinkable Two Brothers beer to have entered my glass. The combination of roasted and chocolate malts, coffee and citrusy hops is very well done. I'll be on the lookout for more of this outstanding ale on all future trips through the Chicago area. Highly recommended.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*2012 Update*

After longing for this beer for years I was quite suprised to see it on a shelf in NYC last week. I bought the bottle and prepares to see how my palate has changed. I won't do a full review, because the specific sentiments remain unchanged.
I will say that it tastes even better now than it did then (and I really liked it back then). It is smooth, tasty, well-balanced, and allows ALL the flavours to shine. Its no coffee bomb like so many others. I'm raising my overall score to reflect this opinion. Once again, good job 2bros; don't make us wait so long for this beer again.

Split a 1.5 year-old 22oz bomber. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Very pretty beer! Pours a very dark ruby and even with the age forms an impressive three fingered latte-coloured head. Looks a lot like FBS. The head shrinks soon, but leaves good lacing.

S: Robust oats and sweetness; a hint of coffee.

T: The smooth blend of a Baltic porter come through first and then the robust espresso follows, leaving a black coffee aftertaste.

D: Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but the alcohol is clearly present. However, its gives off a warming effect, and coupled with the creamy smoothness of the brew, it makes this a very satisfying drink.

Overall: This is an tasty beer! It is robust and bursting with flavour. Not the end-all of coffee porters/stouts, but a delicious brew that is both smooth and soothing. I do believe that the year and a half have helped develop its character and would definitely buy again. Recommended!

Photo of areich6
4.38/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ebon ruby to sit extremely black and opaque with a small slimming cap of lightly tanned bubbly foam. Bits of bubbles stay around the edge and the lace is long and inky splattered and stringy with a few broken bits into spots and globs.

Aroma is favorable of chocolate laced coffee. Mildly roasty with a nice bakers chocolate loftyness with a nice fresh coffee bean ascent, cold pressed espresso and burnt cream notes too. Its not as strong on the nose as most other coffee brews I've encountered and liked but its definately solid.

Taste is smooth and soft of a wonderfully placed display of lengthy chocolate laced with coffee. Or its coffee laced with chocolate? Either way it's a very nice taster. Softly bittered in dark chocolate with a firm smack of creamed coffee, slightly roasted and burnt. The length is tone is superbly set. Dark, deep, and full of breath. The dry fluff of chocolate cake and bittering creamed coffee across the finish is quite a nice addition in its character as it finishes firm and doesn't leave for nothing.

Feel is firmly smooth and creamy and set in a nearly full on mode of chocolate and coffee and tenderized with dryish bittering of those things. The dryness of a chocolate cake or muffin lays itself lightly and lovingly across the finish with a delightful ease.

A super solid coffee brew by Two Brothers. Quite drinkable with its creamy firm attitude and lenghty palate soaking taste.

Photo of katan
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 larsee01
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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!

Photo of pschul4
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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

Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep, rich brown to black with a bit of amber at the bottom. Fluffy tan head and good lacing.

S-Roasty coffee notes and roasted malt.

T-Malty sweetness in the front, then roasted malt and a totally unexpected smokiness in the finish, then sweet milk chocolate at the very end.

M-Rich and creamy, light for the style and ABV, coffee bitterness lasts nicely.

D-Really excellent. Great mouthfeel and blend of flavors.

HV

Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Schmittymack
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one quite a few months back and didn't review it; did another one a week ago Friday and thought I'd get around to reviewing it!

Poured/sampled from a 22oz bomber, poured a fairly dark brown with a decent creamy head. Scent was coffe and roastiness. Taste was good coffee and chocolate with a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Good job, Two Brothers. I will check into getting more of this one next time I'm in Chicago area or in more trades.

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost 100% opaque black. No light through the center. Only a faint brown lighting on the outermost edge of the top. tiny tan head.

S: Smells like a strong ale x stout. Can smell a lot of booze, malty, scotch, and caramel

T: H'Awesome. All the smells manifest in the flavor with more sweet scotchy malt and less booze and caramel with a the addition of a smoke, roast and some mocha tinge. slight hop bite reveals after sometime

M: very pleasant sweet malty spreading mouthfeel

D: this is soooo good, it's a shame it's limited/brewed once.

Photo of kkipple
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this is good stuff. Almost Pablano pepper like spicyness, medium roast, lots of fresh light coffee flavor and nose. Looks good, is clear, drinks well, has a wonderful spice / coffee / roast / sweet wet dark malt complementary thing going on. Well put together, doesn't drink like 9.2% in the least - a wonderful, interesting coffee beer!

What, you wanted more? You don't get it. Go buy or trade for some of this; it is a top-notch coffee ale!

Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
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 DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +7%
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!

Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Abes Bottle Shop in Bethlehem for around $7. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a dark brown color with about an inch of tightly packed, creamy rich ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin layer after a minute or two leaving a thin lace on the inside of my glass. Smells of fresh roasted coffee beans and sweet molasses. Tastes of a well made iced mocha, bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses, a bit more coffee and a slight hint of alcohol. Bitterness linger through the finish. A notch below full bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is barely present making this coffee porter, for me at least, very drinkable. Watch out for this one.

Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.