Red Brick Porter - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick PorterRed Brick Porter

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BA SCORE
86
very good

163 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 9
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: aepb1 on 06-07-2010)
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Photo of MbpBugeye
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another cool little Georgia local sent to me by gford217.

S- Quite a nutty and chocolatey smelling beer. Dark, very bitter chocolate, roasted malts and grassy hops are the main components of the aroma of this porter.

T- Black coffee comes out in the taste. There is a defined earthy, nuttiness and some grassy, bittering hops.

In all this was a pretty average porter. I finished the bottle, but only just.

Photo of TheSeeker61
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown or black with a two finger head. Great lacing. There was a smell of chocolate, dark fruit and malt. The taste was chocolate, caramel, dark fruit with a slight bitter finish which gave it balance. I really liked the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy thick, however not overdone. I could drink these on a regular basis. A very enjoyable porter.

Photo of AdamBear
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, almost black, nice tan head

S-a very light hint of barley and chocolate

T-the taste is much less disappointing. in fact, its quite satisfying! it tastes like chocolate bread with the after-taste focusing more on chocolate. its a pleasant lingering after-taste.

M-medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

D-very drinkable! the taste stays wonderful. it seems to be more of a dessert beer tho so i don't think i'd want to drink more than 2 at a time, not because of the ABV but because of the sweetness

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a reasonably solid light tan head; sticks well and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Roasted grain and chooolate aroma with hints of oatmeal and dark fruit

Taste: Milk chocolate and tart fruit, up front, followed by a coffee character that adds some tartness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together into a mocha finish with a charred grain aspect in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Oh, if only Red Brick didn't use the word "Double" in naming this beer it would score much higher; certainly a drinkable beer but I am not getting all of the elements I would have expected given the name

Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good porter, nothing extraordinary but pleasing all in all.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brow bottle. Simple brown label noting the name of the brew, and with a Redbrick layout around a paragraph bragging about its Southern pride.Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.7%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich light brown head with good retention, fair surface memory, and a lacing that slides and does not stick until halfway through.

S - Nutty nose, roasted malt, a bit faint, coffee, touch of chocolate.

T - In sync with the nose malty and roasted sense, nutty, coffee, a bit burnt... Bitter burnt coffee after the hoppy touch. dash of chocolate.

M - Medium body with medium/light carbonation. There a strange watery sense early on that is rescued adequately by the carbonation in the finish.

D - If one does not run into this without much expectations this is quite drinkable. Pleasing porter.

Notes: First Red Brick I tried, really looking forward to it as one of the options in Atlanta. Nothing remarkable about it but it passes well above the average offering and is a quality take.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-translucent, chocolaty mahogany with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is mainly of molasses with a smoky undertone. Flavor is malty and a bit sweet with hints of molasses, nuts and caramel. Texture is silky-smooth and leaves behind a nice, firm tingle.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $2 at Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorpe. Dark black-brown, which is it? Smells roasty and in line with the style. Taste was rich, almost sweet, too much alcohol for a porter in my opinion but this was still not a chore to drink and tasted just fine. I would just prefer a porter at 5% abv so I can have more than one.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color. Poured a half finger tan head that dissipated to a skim around the edge. Laced in light sheets.

S: Bitter coffee and cocoa. A little caramel and earthy peat.

T: Fairly big toasted malts consistent with smell. Nice bitter in the finish for balance.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth up to a sharp bitter in the finish.

D: Liked the flavor and balance in this one. disguises the ABV fairly well.

Photo of stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle care of Cashew70, thanks! There appears to be some unreadable ink on the neck of the bottle so I have no idea of the freshness of this one.

Cap pops with a big hiss of carbonation and it pours with a rediculous amount of tan head that takes up more than half the pint glass. Appears a clear brown color that when held to the light displays some ruby hues. As the head slowly fades big patches of lace cling to the glassware.

Aroma of this brew has notes of coffee and cocoa with some mineral quality about the smell as well. Taking a sip reveals quite a bit of yeast character like homebrew that is "green" or young. It has a light feel with a high level of carbonation. Flavors of coffee and cocoa meet the mineral character indicated by the nose and quite a bit of yeast flavor even though almost 1/2 the beer is still in the bottle. Slight bitter hop character with a mild amount of dark grain flavor that lingers in the mouth with a mix of coffee and chocolate flavor. Also noted is a bit of tobacco like flavor left in the mouth. For nearly 8% alcohol it is hidden quite well except for it's increasing warming quality as you take more sips.

Overall it doesn't taste that bad, I just think maybe it was rushed or bottled prematurely due to the amount of yeast flavor in it. The yeast flavor and the unusually high level of carb makes the drinkability of this one suffer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
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 BEERchitect
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have high hopes when I read 'Double' and 'Chocolate' when describing dark beers. I expect a smooth creaminess from the oatmeal and I hope to taste the softer coffee flavors of a Porter. But do we get any of that....?

A froathy dark brown beer releases a lightly tanned head and leaving a lot of lacing behind. A short statured head shows great staying power with a soft creme swirling about. Moderate haze keeps the beer from clarity.

Mild chocolate malt works well with soft nutty notes, mild coffees, light toffees, and a genuine malt aroma. Though nice and favorable, the beer doesn't yet show the chocolate character that I want.

Again, a flavorful brown malt taste gives moderate notes of cocoa/chocolate, nutty, and mild coffee. But none of the 'double' or 'chocolate' flavors are exhibited in enough intensity to boast about it so much on the lable. Even the Porter character seems more similar to an American Brown Ale with only moderate chocolates, bolder nutty flavor, assertive hop flavor/bitterness, and timid coffees.

Though malty and creamy throughout, the oat character doesn't seem to add any more character than I would have expected from a standard properly malted barley-based beer. A typical mouthfeel for an English Brown or a small Porter.

This Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter winds up becomming a tasty and flavorful beer, but is nowhere near the quality or intensity that is advertised- in this regard, it might be a bit of a letdown.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum

Photo of biglite351
3.38/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - considerable red-brown light coming through the glass, but no light through the middle of the glass. Some cloudiness. Tall whit head that leaves significant lacing.

S - roasted malts with some chocolate. Very nice, but a bit light.

T - smokey malts with mild coffers and chocolate. Coffee acidic flavor in the after taste.

M - light coating and no real tingle. Mild tingle in the repatriation in the after taste.

D - the flavor provides plenty of reason to drink this.

Photo of aepb1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
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 RomaniIteDomum
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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 akorsak
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
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 axeman9182
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, and not what little head forms quickly disappears, not leaving much lace behind. Smell is all malt, a bit muted though. Tastes good, but I'm picking up a bit too much of a coffee flavor for a porter that bills itself as double chocolate. The mouthfeel is nice definitely picking up that silky oatmeal smoothness. That said, it's a bit too highly carbonated for the style. It's not a bad beer, but doesn't leave me craving another one.

Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +5%
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 bernardus1212
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knightly spirits always coming through. THank you Chris. Poured into a ST. Bernardus non challis style glass. Nice brick red color on the bottom. THe beer gradually gets darker as it goes up the glass. Creamy white head. There was some lacing left over. THe nose was not very good. I was a little nervous to drink it after I smelled it to be honest, but the taste was satisfying. Nice and creamy but not too much. The Oatmeal really stands out. A dash of malt and spice in the middle. The beer finishes with the chocolate. A medium porter at best.

"Drink what you like, and don't let anyone tell you any diffrent."

Photo of Gtreid
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle obtained as part of the BA Bowling winning hauls.

A: Opaque, deep, dark brown. The pour drops a nickel size tan head, that receedes quickly and leaves some spotty lace.

A: Sweet chocolate and dark, dried fruit. Maybe some cherry tartness and molasses, with fig and vanilla.

T: Chocolate all the way here. I do get the dark fruit and some roasted malt as well. The brew finishes chocolaty sweet and slightly bitter from the earthy hops.

M: Medium to full body. Pretty good amount of carbonation makes for a sharp feel.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is high with this one. Really nice sweetness and manageable ABV means I could have a couple of these. Overall I really like this brew. Because it was brewed with oats, I thought it could've been a bit smoother, but nonetheless a fine example of an American Porter. Skal.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours very dark brown with a big four-finger beige head that leaves tons of lacing and retains a nice cap all the way down the glass.

Aroma is roasted malts with a little chocolate and bitter coffee, aroma overall is not that strong.

Flavor, on the other hand, is quite strong, lots of roasted malts and sweet chocolate, some coffee, changes a lot as it warms with the chocolate becoming even more apparent, towards the end picks up some astringency. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel is smooth in very typical oatmeal fashion, but also rather carbonated.

Overall an excellent beer.

Photo of Mavajo
4/5  rDev +5%
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 connoisseur...it's not exactly one of my favorite styles. Despite that, I still enjoyed this beer.

Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
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 DarrellK
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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 Lerxst
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thick mocha head that faded quickly and left some lacing. Looks pretty good. The aroma is primarily that of dark roast coffee with a bit of chocolate and charred malt. It smells good, but I was expecting more of a chocolate nose given the name. Taste is more dark roast coffee up front with bitter/dark chocolate at the back along with the roasted malt. Its not bad at all, just nothing great either. Mouthfeel was a medium body. Carb level was not too heavy, just right actually. Drinkability is good, a few are certainly doable.

Overall, a solid beer though nothing world class. Still, its worth a try.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board, this is one of the most solid porters I've had, albeit not the most straightforward.

A: This beer is more black than my soul. Viscous, but not motor oil status. Nice taupe head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smell is of cocoa and buttery richness with a slight hint of Maduro leaf.

T: Oatrageously smoky, rich and delicious. The chocolate flavor is more of an aromatic than an actual taste, but it has a nice impact nonetheless. The bitter hop melds with the chocolate; the result is a great balance of complementing and contrasting elements.

M: Silky and yet well-carbonated. Thick enough to carry the roasted character, effervescent enough to showcase a mildly bitter hop.

D: This is on-tap at the tavern down the street. Every time I go there, I try to order something else, but I always end up drinking a few of these. So it is eminently drinkable.

Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.