Red Brick Porter - Red Brick Brewing Company
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3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
"Weep for your Northern brethren: Long winters, suspect college football, and perhaps worst of all, no Red Brick Beer. Since 1993 we've been brewing fine craft beers for the South, and only the south. We're proud to stand alongside gaits, hound dogs and mama as embodiments of the southern lifestyle. We're proud to be beer from around here." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, the brewery has been uncertain as to whether this is a winter seasonal or a year round. Either way, as this is one of their most popular releases, you can catch this in $6.99 4 packs around town, one of the best beer deals one can get for their beer money in Atlanta. Bottle date is 04/12/12.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Brick Mason snifter. Served north of 47º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Yields an explosive light brown crowning head of a frothy cream consistency, retains very well, sticking around for some time and thickening without hardly settling as significant time passes. Body color is a very dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Carbonation is very plentiful and aggressive from what I can see. It's a solid standard as far as my expectations go for appearances in an American Porter, as both the head quality and body tones are deep and appealing with no steep in quality. 4.75
(Smell) Aroma goes for light and drinkable but manages some substantial depth. Notes of bakers chocolate, bready oatmeal and medium roasted barley are most present with a moderate sweetness. A mild bitter baking chocolate note and some faint char provide a decent hop bitterness substitution, although it's a notch shy of where it should be. Despite some minimal yeast characters, this smells to be a clean, approachable and enjoyable beer. Potency is medium. Very pleasant aroma. 3.75
(Taste) Reminiscent of an Oatmeal stout; up front there is a semi-sweet milky chocolate and plentiful doughy oatmeal malt base with a mildly roasty and toasted black malt and cocoa powder character that aids in a little bit of subtle balance, still a notch short in bitterness but the age might have something to do with reducing that balance. Little to no hop presence is notable. While being naturally sweet and flavorful this beer doesn't overwhelm the palate. It's very drinkable and enjoyable. 3.75
(Mouthfeel) Medium+ thickness and a bit chewy from that oatmeal with a mildly bitter finish, not from hop presence but rather a faint sourdough black malt note. Alcohol presence is surprisingly very well-concealed for a higher gravity Porter. Carbonation makes it creamy, a very good pairing for the style. Body is above medium for an American Porter, medium/heavy overall. Texture-wise, I find this much more reminiscent of a highly drinkable Oatmeal Stout, very creamy and roasty with a residual sweetness and fluffiness that makes it quite enjoyable and highly drinkable. 4.5
(Overall) I haven't seen a beer that looks this decent in quite a long time, and the taste was pretty impressive for an otherwise so-so brewery. This is certainly deserving of a bit more recognition than it has so far earned, my choice pick of all year rounds by the brewery and one of Atlanta's hidden gem beers. 4
Red Brick Brewing Company's
Red Brick Porter
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2013 04:26:11 | More by Jadjunk
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4.01/5 rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of nice khaki colored head that fades quickly, solid retention of chunky lacing.
Smell: Also solid with chocolate and smoke up front followed by ground coffee beans and more roastiness. Solid for a porter for sure.
Taste: Nice and sweet, some bitter chocolate and a nice roastiness to it. A bit of coffee flavor but not a ton, very smooth.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation, could perhaps benefit with a bit more body but this is smooth and creamy.
Overall: This is a very good, almost great porter from Red Brick. First of their offerings that I've tried and I would definitely pick up a bottle again.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2013 01:21:10 | More by Mikecap
Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
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