Red Brick Porter - Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick PorterRed Brick Porter

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BA SCORE
85
very good

164 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: aepb1 on 06-07-2010

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Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +5.3%
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 bernardus1212
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
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
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +5.3%
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 connoisseur...it's not exactly one of my favorite styles. Despite that, I still enjoyed this beer.

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 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 Lerxst
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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 +14.5%
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.

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 kevinjosephlee
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with a red hue when held to the light. A foamy thick and tan head, with great lacing

S: Not too much in this head. A bit of sweet malt; perhaps caramel and roasted malt notes.

T: Chocolately flavors that are bullied by the burnt flavors. A mild sweetness that is amply balanced by the hoppy bitterness.

M: Carbonation tingle on the tongue. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue for a good while after finishing. A slight astringency is felt throughout the mouth perhaps due to the oatmeal or the roasted malts, but this only adds to the experience. Low-medium to medium body.

Notes: A very drinkable brew. But my experience seems to reflect a general consensus that this beer is lacking in the nose character which lost it points in my book. Even with such a high gravity, the alcohol is barely noticeable. I could enjoy one of these on occasions, but its big flavor, high alcohol and mild astringency would prevent this from being a sessionable beer.
Cheers.

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

Reddish black with a short-lived white head. Smell is pretty underwhelming - sweet dark chocolate malts and musty oats. Flavor is primarily bittersweet chocolate with a noticeable hop presence and a little dark fruit. The oatmeal adds nicely to the body. Thickness is more porter than stout, yet it still has a chewy feeling and the perfect level of carbonation. This beer is a great example of oatmeal used well, adding to the flavor and feel while keeping within the porter style.

A bigger porter both flavor and body-wise, but pretty smooth drinking.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax, poured into a Unibroue tulip. Nice beige head, pinky thick, rests is laurels atop a black body...at least it appears black in low lighting. Aroma hints of chocolate, toasted malts, I suppose oatmeal and...coffee. Way more coffee than expected in a beer with several adjectives in its name and none of them being "coffee". Expected some coffee in a porter but way more than expected. The flavors all work together extremely well upon tasting, especially as this one warms up. The first signs of the weather changing in Jacksonville has put me in the mood for this beer and I'm feeling good about the decision to begin "porter season" with this really tasty treat.

Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich matte black with a soild 1/2 finger mocha head. Nice retention with streams of lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of fresh coffee, dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Very bold roasted malt here. Nice bitterness exhibited. Loads of fresh coffee, and milk chocolate. Subtle green hops in the finish. Solid as hell beer for sure.

M: Medim in body. Silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal.

D: Good. I really liked this beer. Will head back to Mellow Mushroom for another pint before it is gone.

Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth but dminished quickly. deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: dominated dark chocolate on the nose, and some sublte coffee notes

taste: chocoltae dominated flavors as expected but not overdone. Not sweet and nice dry finish on back. Very balanced and silky smooth porter. This could be their best beer in their line up. well done

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: very nice porter and good use of chocolate.

Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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 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 rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

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 gunnerman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.