Red Eye Coffee Porter - Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 358
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 8.6%
Wants: 40
Gots: 47 | FT: 1
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Two Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  9.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009

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Reviews: 149 | Hads: 358
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass.

Lotta hooplah surrounding the return o' this stuff. Let's see if it was warranted: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of caramelized tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, mild roasted malts, and a touch of dark chocolate. The taste generally follows, though the coffee and the chocolate seem to mellow each other out, to the detriment of both (imagine two punk rockers who decide to collaborate and all of a sudden come out with a Seals and Crofts-esque album...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thin, meek feel. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, but one that comes off as too mellow and too thin to really be fully expressive of itself. I really hope that makes sense... (760 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

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

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

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

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

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

Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of gigaknight
4.07/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,881 characters)

Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1st review of new batch!
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours dark black with 1 finger mocha head. Nice blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a little pine.

T- Sweet roasted malts, coffee, anise and has just enough bitterness to notice.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy body and very, very drinkable at 9.2%.

O- Only knew I had this 3 years ago because I have the label, but very glad a picked up a few bottles. Great body and flavor that a lot of porters lack. (529 characters)

Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice darkness, with a nice little tan head. Some ruby highlights. Bitter, roasted aroma, though it's slight Nice coffee still, with a good bit of chocolate and roasted finish. Nice full body.

This may be a bit old, but it was damn decent. Betcha it was awesome fresh... (271 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of customfishcom
4.8/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No longer being made and word has it at the Tap House, it's not coming back. That's a very sad thing because as coffee porters go this was the very best. Flavors of intense coffee while being smooth as silk and exceptionally drinkable. You shall be missed on tap, Red Eye. (272 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a very thin head. The nose is just straight, dominant coffee. A bit of roasted malt in the background. Slight hints of chocolate. The taste really brings down the coffee as well as some highly-roasted malt. Nice, dry mouthfeel with a bit of booze. Really heavy in its few flavors, but they are done well. (348 characters)

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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! (1,535 characters)

Photo of Schmittymack
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (368 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just found my notes from quite a while ago.

The color is a thick dark brown with ruby red highlights. A small light brown head forms and fades rather quickly, leaving very little lacing behind, though a thick foam does remain.
Malts and coffee meld together on the nose, with some roasted notes apparent. I find myself wondering if chocolate malts we used. There's also something like a lactose note in the aroma.
This one's got a sturdy coffee flavor behind a decent porter with a creamy sweetness lingering underneath. Light notes of roasted barley and chocolate linger. Alcohol is noticeable but well-masked considering. There's a light acidic note in the finish.
This one's very smooth though not as rich and bold as could be, perhaps a bit light for the style.
This beer is tasty and easily drinkable other than the fact that one too many would put you down. (866 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Abe's for about $7. My glass was black with a tan head that could last for hours. There was a rich ground coffee bean aroma, but the flavor is more subdued. It reminded me more of a milk stout with java hints. Very smooth overall, but I'd expect a more flavorful character. (295 characters)

Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +2%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Bung
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (618 characters)

Photo of Dotcubed
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I love a good cup of joe, and dark beers are to my liking.

Made a decent head, smells good.

Flavor unlike anything else i've had that has been coffee'd.
Bitter robust dryness. The heft of a warm porter & taste of a good dark roast. It almost needs sugar or a bit of cream.

If you don't like coffee this could be a problem.

Looks like a porter, tastes like you need some eggs with it.

Might be a challenge to finish consuming without bacon too. (463 characters)

Photo of Andreji
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of dukedevil0
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bombers for trade and one for me at Binny's Niles.

A: Pours dark dark brown almost black with a boatload of tan frothy head. As it settles down to a some froth around the edges it laces the glass very attractively.

S: Smells pleasant with coffee, light roastiness, surprisingly a little bit of hops, breadiness - the only knock here is that i smell a sweetness that is reminiscent of fake sweetener like aspartame.

T: Similar to the smell but the sweetness isn't a negative to me anymore as it really seems to complement the other flavors - coffee, light roast, a little tinge of hops - it goes down super fast and easy

M: It might be a tad thin for what I would want in a great porter, but it's still good and the thinner body helps this go down really easy. Lighter and smooth carbonation.

D: I'm really digging this beer and while it's not highly regarded, it's a coffee beer I can definitely keep coming back to. The coffee is well integrated in this beer and unlike so many BITTER coffee beers, this is more of a balanced or sweeter version. Good flavor, goes down easy, and 9.2%? sure doesn't feel like it, except for when I empty the bottle! (1,170 characters)

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a big-ass mug.

A: The best feature of this beer. When they say "black" ale they mean black. Produces a beautifully creamy tan colored head that sticks around 'til the end. It's great because you wouldn't think such a dark beer could produce a light colored head.

S: Nothing special. Unroasted coffee beans, malts, some chocolate, and perhaps some barley.

T: Sips with the perfect blend of roastiness, bitterness, and sweetness...but finishes with a weird aspartame-like taste. Otherwise, it's nice and chocolately with a good coffee balance.

M: Carbonation wears off after the beer warms up, but it does retain enough so as not to be flat. Otherwise, it's a medium-bodied beer.

D: Pretty good for 9.2% ABV. I had no problem finishing off this bomber.

Overall, a great representation of a Coffee Porter. I would suggest drinking this as quick as possible after you take it out of the fridge. It's not that good when it warms up. (965 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours an espresso brown with the vaguest of ruby highlights; the beige cap sticks nicely and leaves a few shards

Smell: A meaty aroma with hints of sweet chocolate and coffee

Taste: Starts out rather sweet, with dark fruit and chocolate flavors that are joined by some earthy hops at mid-palate; after the swallow, the chocolate and coffee elements arrive to join the fruit and carry through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The big surprise is the fruity element which nicely complements the chocolate and coffee

Thanks, bobertkuekn, for the chance to revisit the anniversary edition in Oct 2012 - liked it a lot better the second time around (704 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.32/5  rDev +6.1%
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! (448 characters)

Photo of sidetracked
4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with hints of dark reddish-brown on the edges. Nice big foamy light-brown head.

Smells strongly of roasted coffee beans.

Tastes of roasted coffee and bitter chocolate with a nice creamyness to it. The taste has a real interesting mix of sweet and bitter that is very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated.

Drinkability is great. I wish I had bought more than one of these... (410 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (1,806 characters)

Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.