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Red Brick Porter - Red Brick Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

157 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 157
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.07%
Wants: 8
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aepb1 on 06-07-2010)
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nickfl

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

A - One finger of light tan head on an opaque black body with minor, ruby highlights. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice roast malt aroma of coffee, chocolate, and chicory. Notes of licorice, caramel, and espresso with a hint of pine hops.

T - Caramel and coffee malt flavors up front with cinnamon and clove notes. Dry roast malt flavors of cola and licorice in the middle. Finishes with strong roast grain character and mild pine hop flavor and bitterness. Lingering chicory and licorice; turkish coffee flavor.

M - Medium-thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Pretty nice. The malt combination gives the beer a strange, spicy character, which is odd since I don't have the impression that it was brewed with any actual spices. The roasted character seems to me like it is as much about coffee as chocolate and I think it would be just as well described as a mocha porter. Either way, it is a nice, drinkable beer and while, at this strength, it certainly isn't a session beer, a four-pack wouldn't last long in my fridge.

10-12-2009 07:08:18 | More by nickfl
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.28/5  rDev +12.3%

Bottles received from RustyDiamond, much appreciated. This beer is dark brown color, opaque except for just a little light which sifts through, I guess strongly translucent with extremely low light transmission. Tan frothy foam that laces in stringy pieces onto the glass. The aroma is very nice, chocolate and roasted coffee beans, rich and promising. Luckily the taste delivers, dark chocolate with espresso, some roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. This is very good, among the most flavorful stouts I've had. The only potential ding is the mouthfeel, which is a tad light compared with the intense flavors, but this IS a porter and not a stout so I think it's about right. Highly reccomended.

10-12-2009 00:23:14 | More by TurdFurgison
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black and completely opaque with only the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a .5 finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin ring that lasts, leaving sporadic splotches of lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, hazelnut, subtle hops and toast.

Full-bodied chewy mouthfeel that's not watered down at all. Very roasted and bitter with some silky chocolate maltiness. Slightly sweet with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Very nice chocolate flavor with hints of oatmeal, roasted malt, slight burnt toast. Nice and toasty with some slight smokiness in the finish which is a nice compliment to the bitter dark chocolate. Very good.

10-01-2009 05:13:57 | More by corby112
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

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'.

09-07-2009 13:21:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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merlin48

Kentucky

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

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.

08-30-2009 22:17:45 | More by merlin48
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rtratzlaff

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1%

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby around the rim of my glass. A tan head sticks around leaving good lacing.
Aromas are roasted malt and chocolate. Maybe some hop character just in the far off background.

Flavors are what I expected roasty and chocolaty malt. This is definitely a porter and not a stout as there is more bitterness and less sweetness and fullness of body.

Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel on this one.
Decent drinkability though the 7.7 abv hurts it a bit.

08-20-2009 13:49:47 | More by rtratzlaff
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thryn

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

This pours a dark, dark brown. It's opaque in the glass and looks nearly black. A finger of creamy, off-white head fades to a millimeter or so of still creamy foam. Leaves some nice lace

Wonderfully roasty nose, with some coffee notes and a ton of chocolate. The roasty character dominates.

Not quite as put together in the mouth. Bitterness up front, with a bit of coffee. Then some chocolate comes through, and the finish is roasty and smoky, with some milky character as well. It's roasted, bitter chocolate, and I ought to like that quite well, but the flavors don't seem to mesh quite right. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though there is a hint of warmth to it.

It's medium-to thin bodied and creamy, with ample carbonation. A bit slick.

A decent beer, but there are other porters I'd reach for first.

08-14-2009 06:28:26 | More by thryn
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cjgator3

Florida

4.3/5  rDev +12.9%

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!

08-05-2009 05:10:48 | More by cjgator3
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gunnerman

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a rustic brown with minimal head. Smell is of toasted oats and grain with hints of chocolate and spice. This beer had a bunch of flavor it was just all over the place, chocolate with a slight hop bitterness and a tea like quality, slick and smooth finish. Overall a pretty good offering and one that I would purchase again.

07-22-2009 11:45:49 | More by gunnerman
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Drew966

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Red Brick Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is chocolatey and also caramel. The flavor is similar, bittersweet chocolate and caramel dominate. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Overall, pretty enjoyable.

07-20-2009 00:40:48 | More by Drew966
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Bierguy5

Ohio

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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.

07-17-2009 19:42:14 | More by Bierguy5
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IBUnit63

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Well, this certainly sounds interesting. Kicking off the 4th of July holiday with this nugget of Southern hospitality from everetends. Dropping the contents of this 12 oz. into the Portsmouth snifter.

Wow - nice, chunky 2 ½-finger head - maple/ginger/Quaker Oats color. It has layers, muffin tunnels and a chunky seam, with pretty excellent lacing and retention. Body viscosity isn't incredibly huge - it pours with a Coke or root beer (Coke - it's from Atlanta) color and body. After a few minutes the head starts to resemble that of an ice cream float. Pretty solid carbonation, too.

Nice semblance of soft patent tannins along with roasted chocolatey malt. Hop character is pine; there's a slight metallic Porter tinge to it. Oats soften this up pretty nicely. Not the thickest scent but very good for style.

The weight comes about on the taste - this has a very nice strength to it. Patent tannins mesh nicely with a grassy-pine hop profile and bittersweet chocolate. Oats again make this slightly sweet and very enjoyable - nice residual sugars in here but not too much to be offensive. This is quite good. Slight char and smokiness to it - very latent and slate-like.

Extremely well-balanced with a nice, slightly hot finish. Ideal weight class for what is an increasingly smoky, chocolatey offering. I do like the softness of the oatmeal here - it really works.

Something a little off the beaten path - I dig trade extras like this. Very grateful to 'tends for the opportunity to check this deal out. Excellent stuff.

07-03-2009 20:54:59 | More by IBUnit63
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Dark chocolate brown with generous highlights of russet and burnt orange. Backlighting reveals a lack of opacity, which is a minor sin in a 7.7% 'robust' porter. The coffee-with-cream colored crown is mousse-like and does a pretty good job laying down lace. Since there's a huge amount of glass coverage in the end, I'll forgive the beer's lightness.

The aroma is solid as well. Each sniff delivers melted Hershey's kisses, vanilla beans and coffee, in order from most prominent to least. A lack of hoppiness isn't bothersome at all. I'm expecting good things when the glass is upended.

RBDCOP is good beer, even though it isn't as robust as the brewers think it is. There's a good amount of roasted maltiness and there's no shortage of accessory flavors, so that's all that really matters. The ABV is hidden pretty well too.

Flavors mirror aromas, for the most part. Bittersweet chocolate dominates and is followed by dark caramel, vanilla and a small splash of espresso. Fruity esters are minimal. There's a nice bitter char from the roasted malt and a moderate amount of bitterness that's probably hop-related. Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with a lactose-like tang bringing up the rear.

Sorry, but the mouthfeel doesn't quite cut it. It's too light for the ABV. If you're going to put the word 'Robust' on the label, then you'd damn sure better add enough barley. The oats add some creamy smoothness and the carbonation is fine and dandy: low end and soft.

Along with Winter Brew (another relatively big porter), Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter is the best beer that I've had yet from Atlanta Brewing Company. I'd love to see what these guys could do with a 10.0% American double stout.

06-23-2009 12:57:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
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GatorBeerNerd

Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

12 oz single obtained by buying another locals cellar when he was moving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown that appears almost black. Ruby highlights around the edge when held up to the light. I was a bit aggressive with the pour and it was a mistake. The head was so huge I couldn't finish pouring the bottle. It has a big frothy tan head. As the head slowly settled there was huge clumps of lacing. A very nice looking brew.

S: The chocolate really stands out in the aroma as you expect based on the name of the brew. There isn't a lot else going on but the chocolate aroma is very nice.

T: Like in the aroma, the chocolate comes out to play first. It is mixed in with a nice roasted malt flavor. The finish has just a tiny bit of bitterness that helps to balance the overall sweet flavor profile of this one.

M: It feels a little thin for the style for me, but the carbonation helps improve its creaminess and smoothness.

D: This one goes down pretty easy. The sweetness that is not cloying at all and is balanced well with a very slightly bitter finish makes for an easy drinker.

This is definitely the best beer I have had by ABC.

06-12-2009 02:36:48 | More by GatorBeerNerd
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jwinship83

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%

12oz bottle with no freshness information received from yesac in trade. thanks again!

A- this beer comes out a dark brown, nearly black, colored body. hints of ruby can be seen around the edges of the glass. there is a small creamy looking khaki colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

S- roasted malts and milk chocolate up front. very sweet and almost tootsie roll pop like. theres some coffee at the end. pretty subdued odor overall.

T- alot more coffee and less chocolate than i was expecting. very dark and roasted. some milk and dark chocolate. pretty dry and bitter at the end.

M- alot lighter in body that i was expecting. a very high level of carbonation for this style.

D- one bottle is enough. not really something im that into. glad i got to try it, i probably wont be chasing this one down again anytime soon.

05-23-2009 04:25:46 | More by jwinship83
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atsprings

North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip pours an almost opaque black with slight ruby highlights and a nice frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of chocolate and roasted oats. The taste is a nice smooth amount of chocolate, no where near as much as Dos Cocoas, but still a respectable amount. The beer is on the light side of medium with a nice smoothness and slight carbonation. This one is quite enjoyable.

05-04-2009 09:04:56 | More by atsprings
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MasterSki

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Got this as an extra with Wespatrick (I think) in a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB taster glass.

A - One finger of late-rising tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some attractive lacing. Dark brown color with some raisin highlights at the fringes. I'm kind of lukewarm to the color - wish it were a bit darker. There's some visible carbonation too.

S - Baker's chocolate, roast malt, some caramel - the nose is pretty light on this one, even when it warmed up I had to jam my nose in the glass to get much of anything.

T - Chocolate, roast malt, a hint of caramel - there's a bit more intensity than the smell but it's still very mild. Not much depth here, but fairly nice taste.

M - Fairly high carbonation, a little watery, some nice oatmeal smoothness - pretty standard for a porter with some positives and negatives.

D - You can't taste the 7.7% at all, although this might be the least intense tasting 7.7% brew I've ever tasted. The carbonation has a little too much burn for this to be a quick chugger too.

05-02-2009 01:34:21 | More by MasterSki
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jdubjacket

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%

Poured a bottle of this last night after picking up a 4-pack. Pours a light brown with a strong head and only some lacing. Smell is dark, dark, dark chocolate. Taste is similar in that dark chocolate is prevalent, but the oatmeal is much more obvious in the taste. It also seems as though there is a slightly smokey overtone to the brew. Overall, a good beer. It's a little sweet, but definitely a good one to try out.

04-27-2009 03:29:52 | More by jdubjacket
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scottyshades

Florida

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

04-23-2009 01:38:22 | More by scottyshades
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spointon

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

Received this in a trade with the mighty BA everetends (thanks Gilly!). I poured this one from a 12oz brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a dark cola brown color with lots of carbonation release and a 1" fluffy tan head. The head dropped to a thin cap and left just a few spots of lace on my glass.

S= Like any good porter, the aroma was full of malty sweetness and bittersweet chocolate. I also found the barest hint of smoke, and some faint alcohol.

T= Big sweet malt blast up front, with some dark chocolate and roasted grain flavor in there too. Smoke flavor was buried deep but still noticeable. The bitterness of the roasted grain and faint hops carried through to the finish and bitter chocolate aftertaste.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied with a very active yet relatively balanced carbonation and a creamy mouthfeel.

D= A solid porter here, with a couple of interesting flavor twists. I really appreciated the bit of smoke in there. The fact that the ABV is so well hidden makes this a damn drinkable (and dangerous) porter.

04-16-2009 03:40:58 | More by spointon
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jfunkk79

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Acquired as an extra in a trade (Thanks jophish17)

A: Pours a very dark brown, almost black with fine beige head into my Harpoon pint glass.

S: Aroma is very cocoa, sweet, smells like a chocolate milkshake, mmmm

T: Pretty malty with some nice roastiness in there too. Has a nice little bite on the finish that ends pretty clean.

M: Pretty mellow mouthfeel with just enough creaminess to make it work. Very nice.

Overall I like this one. The 7% is very well hidden and pretty tasty. Very drinkable.

04-14-2009 04:37:13 | More by jfunkk79
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to Jophish17 for this extra in a trade.

Pours a clear dark brown with purple highlights. Two fingers of foamy orangish tan head has good retention and leaves some lacing. Smells of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, fruit, and cream. Tastes of lactose, chocolate, caramel, roasted malt, a hint of smoke, some ripe fruits, coffee, and a touch of citrus. Medium in body with low but pleasant carbonation. Smooth and creamy with a nice slickness and good chocolate notes. Easy to drink, very flavorful. Hides alcohol very well, definitely sessionable on a cooler evening.

04-08-2009 01:31:03 | More by HopDerek
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Big thanks to Bhalter8 for providing this as an extra in a trade. He's a great trading partner!

Nice 2 fingers of creamy head with excellent retention. Deep leather brown colored beer. Lacing sticks everywhere.

Aroma is a combination of light chocolate and some roasted grains... As it warms a bit you can smell a hint of fruit.

Flavor is very nice and well balanced. Certainly milk chocolate out of the shoot. Smokey and then a mild bitterness to finish.. A combo of roasted charcoal bitter and some hops. Wow, this is 7.7% abv... really well hidden. Just a touch of heat that is hiding amongst the roasted flavors.

Creamy mouth feel and a touch of subtle carbonation.

Very drinkable. Almost quaffable.

Very glad that I got a chance to try this one.

04-05-2009 23:27:35 | More by Reagan1984
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

I got 2 bottles of this brew in a trade with oconman, Thanks John!

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - black in color with a tan head that started out creamy but thinned to a layer that left a few spots of lacing behind.

S - heavy roasted malt aroma, notes of coffee and dark chocolate.

T - rich roasted flavors jump out, coffee, chocolate and oatmeal, bitterness is mild on the finish.

F - medium/full bodied with a creamy smooth feel.

D - goes down smooth and easy.

03-09-2009 22:02:00 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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everetends

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle out of a four pack I picked up at Tower Beverage in Atlanta, GA. Served up in a Terrapin pint glass. Been intrigued by this one, lets do it.

A: Pours a really dark, almost black color. Really deep brown color lets little light through. When held to a bright light, a nice mahogany color with nice deep garnet reds coming out at the top and bottom of the pour. A really nice tan head comes in at about a finger, but it doesn't hold very well. Head falls to a thin white ring with a coin of foam floating in the center of the glass. What foam is there creates some decent brown lace on the glass. Pretty decent looking porter.

S: Well, the smell is . . . how do I put this . . . WEAK! Get just a touch of dry oatmeal and a bit of bitter black coffee. That's it. I want to say some chocolate is sitting in there with the coffee smells, but I am not getting too much. A bit disappointing and I may have been generous by giving it a score of 3.

T: Taste makes up for it in a big way. Really nice, chunky oatmeal flavors come out first and foremost. Then there are some nice coffee and cream flavors. This tastes like breakfast. There is also on the finish a really nice milk chocolate flavor that really sits in the aftertaste. Very rich chocolate flavor. Very nice flavors, but it would be nicer if the malts and hops came out a bit more. Even though, damned tasty.

M: Medium to full in body with a really nice richness. Really nice creaminess to it that really seems to help the creamy flavors going on in there. ABV is low and really doesn't bring any heat to the palate at all. Aftertaste is just a really nice milk chocolate that sits on the palate and engulfs it.

D: Very nice porter. Yeah, it has a bit of a sweetness to it, but I don't think they went overboard. The bitterness from the coffee and I imagine from some dark chocolate, really keeps the sweetness in check. ABV is low enough so you can easily drink a couple of these in a sitting. Really nice brew from Atlanta Brewing. Enjoyable and will buy again, nice that it is a regular, year around brew now.

02-21-2009 04:43:29 | More by everetends
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