Red Brick Porter - Red Brick Brewing Company

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164 Ratings

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 10
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: aepb1 on 06-07-2010

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Reviews by JohnQVegas:
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, Best By date of 5/2011.

Pours black at the thickest point, with some ruby brown showing through around the narrower sections of the glass. One-finger khaki head on top settles into a thin but fairly persistent cap, and some solid walls left after each sip.

Nose is medium roast coffee with a bit of sugar, sprinkled with a dusting of dry cocoa. Gets just a bit leafy where the hops seem to be hiding. Mellow.

Taste again rings up as mellow coffee roastiness with a hint of sugar to sweeten the deal, though the sweetness runs into a light citric note that isn't there in the nose, which fades to a low-key bitterness left lightly lingering on the palate, calling up just a barely-there burnt note after sitting there a few moments. This one is straight forward, no slight of hand to be seen, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp but with a light creaminess to it, medium-light in body, almost like a well-done-but-overly-roasty schwarzbier. Nicely drinkable, though not so much so that you get carried away.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Mellow Mushroom here in G-boro.Poured a deep garnet color with a large fluffy,slight off white head.Deep roast in the nose along with some molasses,and bitter chocolate,the roast is real big.Roast is the main component flavor wise as well,deep dark roast coffee,mixed with bitter chocolate,and molasses.If your into big roasty porters than this is for you,I liked it.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

This deep, dark brown brew has a tan lacing that sticks like a champ. The aroma is like a bucket of dark chocolate with a cup o' joe, roasty but very pleasant. The roasted charac- ter goes to work right away with its smooth, full-ish body. Cover medium-roasted coffee beans with dark unsweetened baker's chocolate, and that is where this beer lands. Clean palate. Hops, a little citrus and spice in the middle compliment the roasted flavors very well. Bitterness keeps the burnt sugar flavor in check and its semidry finish comes as a welcome surprise.

Look at ABC, kickin' ass and asking questions later. Seriously good Porter and very drink- able, as the finish goes to the dry side.

Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a skimpy beige head that quickly vanishes. Minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma is faint, even after it warms to room temperature. Some dark roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some oatmeal silkiness. Carbonation is too high and very prickly.

Taste has a dominant dark roasty malt bitterness with hints of dark chocolate or old coffee. Some earthy hops add their own bitter note. The high carbonation keeps the various components from meshing. It'a a bit better after sitting at room temperature for an hour but this shouldn't be necessary.

I was looking forward to this one but it just doesn't work for me. The flavors are simply not integrated very well.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a lot of red highlights. The head is off-white. The aroma is mainly roasted malts. I get a little chocolate but if I wasn't looking for it, I probably wouldn't notice it. The flavor is similar with light chocolate, oats and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I really liked this beer but I expected it to have a lot more chocolate than it did.

Photo of wo87810
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, dark but not opaque. Pours with a nice creamy head, the beer itself is not so thick though.

Smells fine, nothing too impressive here.

Taste is pretty good, I haven't had too many porters, but this one ranks right up there.

It feels thinner than you might think, but that is not bad. It is a very nice beer, the alcohol content is perfect IMO. Not so much that it is very noticeable in taste, but nice and strong none the less.

I would certainly buy again, but not before I try a few more porters.

Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Laughing Skull pint glass at the brewery.

Relatively lively carbonation for a porter, yet smooth. Medium plus body.

Very dark reddish brown. Clear, with a thin tan head that rapidly reduces to a lasting ring. Quite nice looking but a bit light and red for a porter.

Lots of dark malt and coffee with just a hint of spicy hops.

Taste follows nose, although the coffee is less pronounced until the finish. Some dark chocolate too.

Good flavor and aroma, easy to drink, but lacking complexity and depth.

Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malt with moderate amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Also present are mild amounts of char and very mild amounts of roasted coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells although less complex. As with the smell the overriding influence is from heavy roasted malt flavors that kick things off. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors work their way into things. Finally, hints of char make an appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer was fine enough for the first two thirds of the glass but the last third was a bit grating due to the heavy roast. A solid enough porter that is worth trying but not worth seeking out.

Photo of DarrellK
4.14/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The look of the pour is kind of a black coffee in a glass container. Dark but not toally opaque, which is fine for a Porter. The nose for this semi-robust brew is too subdued and the head is a little thin for the sytle.

Otherwise, the mouth is reasonably viscous and the finish is clearly coffee and somewhat burnt, not much on the oatmeal side.

Overall a good brew what will please those who want a fairly high gravity Porter.

Photo of azorie
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: poured into the MUG nice hard pour at 45, good a nice 1 inch head, its dark coffee color a hint of things to come.

s: coffee, chocolate and malt and some honey backed with a trace of citrus hops.

t: nice, coffee front end as expected, toffee and chocolate back end, malt with the oatmeal grain makes it smooth as silk. no alchemy bite at all. really nice porter.

m: thick and rich like candy almost but its liquid bread/gold if your into this style.

D: yes please can I have another and I am glad I got 2 4 packs.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany brown body. Thin, creamy tan head. Head retention and lacing are limited.
S: Aromas of fudge and bittersweet chocolate.
T: Rich but not overly malty. There's an undercurrent of dark fruitiness beneath multiple layers of chocolate and cocoa; and a thin edge of dark malt acidity as well. Leafy and grassy hops appear mid-palate and linger into the dry finish. A delicate spritz of alcohol helps the solid bitterness to dry it. An edge of dark roastiness lingers.
M: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a moderate carbonation level.
D: Much more of a desert beer or night-cap sipper, I don't think of it in terms of "drinkability" as much as 'enjoyability'.

Photo of steeldoc36
4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is to me a really great porter. The first thing to talk about is the wonderful way it smells. Reminds me of some good BBQ cooking on the grill on a cool comfortable day. That alone makes me want to drink it. The color of this beer is nice. Its hardly transparent on its pour into a glass. Holding it up to the light it has a great ruddy ruby red color. The head was a nice deep cream color. The taste is just awesome with a hint of cherries and a satisfying wood note. I even get a hint of pecan. Georgia through and through I guess! The lacing on the glass was of large bubbly spots. The mouth feel is nice with a tingle of alcohol around my gums and teeth...that was actually quite plesant! The finish was smooth with no bite! A great beer to enjoy with your favorite meal and then a choice hand rolled cigar afterwards! Good Job ATL brewery.

Photo of cjgator3
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is filled with dark roasted malts and chocolate along with some coffee. Very nice aroma!

T- The taste starts out with a nice smoothness and is quickly followed by a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate along with some bitter coffee flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid brew that I really did enjoy. It is a beer that I would definitely purchase again. Recommended!

Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown, virtually black with ruby garnett hi-lites. Creamy off-white head. Taste and aroma are primarily coffee and chocolate, with a bit of roastiness. Mouthfeel has appropriate carbonation, and gives way to an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel. I found this brew a bit more robust than I've typically come to expect from a porter, which is quite okay in my book. Drinkable is typical of the style - slightly easier drinking than a stout.

All in all, probably one of the best porters I've had - but I'm hardly a porter's not exactly one of my favorite styles. Despite that, I still enjoyed this beer.

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge fluffy tan head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and cream

Tastes of sweet chocolate mousse and cream with a little kick of sweet coffee at the back end.

Nice and creamy with light carbonation.

This was a pretty damn drinkable brew. I've done tastings of this one at work a few times and I can usually turn on some non-beer drinker with this beer. It is also surprising to them when they compare a slightly chilled bottle with one chilled like they do in commercials. This is a good intro to dark beer and "proper" serving to a non-craft drinker.

Photo of beveritt
3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is the sticker type (not a fan), brown in color and contains some rambling comments about the south being better than the north but nothing about the beer. Looks like it was brewed 02/03/11. Picked this up on a recent trip to Nashville.

Appearance: Pours with just over a finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete cap of foam leaving behind no lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany that is opaque except for the edges. There are a lot of suspended particles in the beer. A small amount of sediment/haze remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong nose of roasted barley with undertones of bitter chocolate.

Taste: Acrid bite upfront with a follow on roasted barley bitterness and mild taste of chocolate malt. Finishes dry with a lingering grainy huskiness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but nothing special here. While it presents a nice level of roastiness, there is essentially nothing else here to balance it out. Red Brick reminds me of the many mediocre brewpubs that popped up in the 90's; drinkable beer, but overall bland and not worth seeking out.

Photo of aepb1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown and a light tan head, it honestly looks like rootbeer

S- Caramel malts, very rich nose

T- Strong malts throughout, caramel and chocolate primarily up front and a little hoppy bite/taste at the finish

M- Full-bodied and creamy but the finish is not real crisp or clean. Not bad by any means but it's just not as much of an "end" for the beer and lags on a bit

D- Very nice but the laggy finish would lead me to another beer after this one, but I certainly would grab this one if able!

Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to gford217 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark, black cherry red that looks black from an arm's length. Opaque, like it really needed to be said. My pour was vigourous, generating two plus fingers of head that laced with equal vigour.

S: Chocolate malts, as you'd expect, are abundant, with roasted sweetness in the forefront (mild bitterness on the back).

T: The oatmeal rears is creamy head immediately, adding a near-lactic sweetness the dense proceedings. Underneath the oatmeal, chocolate malts are more bitter than sweet. As the porter warms, cocoa chocolate, significantly sweeter, begins to appear. A citrus hoppiness, not overpowering, follows in short order. The finish is nondescript, lacking the chocolate that dominates mid-sip.

M: The oatmeal is a nice distraction, smoothing out the bitter chocolate before cocoa kicks in. That cocoa sweetness, with the hops, is the best feature.

D: The porter doesn't feel like it's got 7.7% behind it. A good nightcap.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, more cola colored...not quite as "stout" as the carrier imply's, but perfectly fine for a good porter. Head was lighter tan, decent lace.

Lot's of sweet chocolate, some bittersweet coffee notes, and lot's of roasted malts. There's slight foral hop notes faintly in the back.

Big chocolate, roasted notes, nice coffee and a bit of floral hop bitterness again. This was a more intensified version of the aroma and it was quite nice.

As the Bros. said, this is nice and full-ish in body. Nicely creamy, low carbonation, and a clean dry finish.

Overall, this is a very good porter. Lot's of flavor and aroma, great feel, and solid drinkability. Picked this up in Florida, but we just started getting a couple Red Bricks here in Louisiana, so I'm very much looking forward to this and the rest of the bunch eventually making it's way over!

Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

y dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable

Photo of Bierguy5
3.07/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 7.7% ABV. Pours a dark brown color, with some chestnut edges. Thin white head disappears very quickly.

Chocolate and fudge come to mind first in the nose. Slightly roasty, with some caramel notes rounding things off. Very nice aroma, without being overbearing.

Malt character seems a bit thin and lifeless. A slight hint of chocolate and not much else. Mouthfeel is very thin, not even any texture from the oatmeal. This really fell flat after the nose. Not sure what happened.

Photo of wcudwight
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown in color with a small creamy tan colored head. What the head lacks in stature it makes up in endurance as the head lasted until the glass was empty.
Aroma of chocolate and toffee. I do wish the aroma was a little stronger, but it's good none the less.
The flavor is where this beer shines as it really suprised me. This is a good beer. Rich dark chocolate notes with a healthy dose of dark chocolate bitterness. Nice roastiness to round it all out. Pretty one demensional but I don't mind one demensional if that demension is good. It's heavy on the chocolate but with out being over-kill. No hint of the alcohol.
Nice creamy silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal. The mouthfeel really adds to the flavor from the beer.
Best offering from ABC. I'll probably pick some more up to trade as this beer is worthy to be shared.

Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: nonic pint, deep chestnut colored ale with a nice layering of cream colored foam on the surface, nice retention

s: nose of full roasts, dark chocolate, creamy oatmeal, really nice porter aroma

m: smooth, moderate carbonation on a silky medium-full body

t: medium roasts with a strong current of dark chocolate underneath, low dark sugars, earthy hop flavor in the finish with a mild bitterness, french roast lingers, just a touch of sweet booze

d: easy, especially given the elevated abv

single from Bruisin' Ales, Asheville

Photo of airheadmtrcycle
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big porter fan here. Poured from a bottle to a Sierra Nevada becker. A finger or two of creamy head formed then receded into a film leaving beautiful creamy lacing. The porter is so dark brown it looks black. Shining a bright light directly on the glass I can only see a little red on the edges.

Really smokey aroma with baking chocolate and coffee underneath. Tastes bitter and smokey on the front of my tongue. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that begs another sip/gulp. I don't care as much for sweet chocolate porters as I do those that lean towards bitter espresso, coffee, unsweetened chocolate and smoke. Red Brick Porter is really delivering a lot of what I want in a porter. The almost 8% ABV is completely hidden.

The mouth feel is medium with perfect carbonation. Not watery at all. This ale went down as easily as any beer I've had lately.

I can't believe a porter this good has been right under my nose all this time. I picked this up at Hop City down by Georgia Tech. The nice employee said it's one of Atlanta's best kept secrets and ABC just keeps getting better all the time. I paid $6.99 for a 4-pack so it's a great value too. I may have found my new favorite American porter.

Photo of scottyshades
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours the deepest, richest brown you can imagine. Almost appears black. The head is small and off-white, dissipates quickly, decent lacing.

S: Roasted, roasted, roasted. Roasted malts, caramel, molasses, and roasted chocolate. Nice nose, sweet and toasty.

T: Again, burnt malts, chocolate, caramel, coffee, toffee

MF/D: Medium/full in body, thick and creamy mouthfeel. Finishes a little dry and bitter.

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Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
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