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Red Brick Winter Brew - Red Brick Brewing Company

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Red Brick Brewing Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. Now available year-round as Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. Replaced as a winter beer by a Belgian style dark ale.

(Beer added by: Todd on 02-15-2003)
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Dansting

Kansas

3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Poured a blackish-brown color with a medium light-brown head. Nice lacing. Strong aroma of coffee and chocolate. Mouthfeel is good. Flavor was very chocolatey, with a coffee kick to the finish. I liked this beer, but it didn't set itself apart from other porters.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 04:21:57 | More by Dansting
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to death to get a bottle of this one. I had been looking forward to trying this big stout as I had heard the buzz around this one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/21/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a nearly black color coming through with no light shining at all. Nice head of light tan raised up around an inch before settling down into a nice veil across the top. The aroma was soo rich and full of chcolate I nearly got knocked back down in my seat. Rich milk chocolate and cocoa, nearly overpowering anything else. Rich roasted malts and full bodied feel gave this one a thick dessert like flavor. Very sweet, with just a touch of alcohol coming through at the end. Overall not bad at all and one of the better beer from ABC and a fine winter edition overall. I would have no issue with this one at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 02:23:14 | More by mikesgroove
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hellbilly

Arizona

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle by way of thebeersommelier (or whatever moniker he's going by these days!)

pours medium to dark brown with brick-ish red hues and a small sandy white head. horizontal trails of lace show up on the glass.

surprisingly musty aroma (i'm finding this more with old/aged porters with coffee) and sourness lurk under fudgey chocolate, sour cream, stick-like woodiness and spice... odd but not off putting.

a pleasant sourness lies under flavors of chocolate, faint ashy char, caramel cheesecake with graham cracker crust, spent coffee and a dry mildly bitter finish with lots of spice. coffee sticks around for the aftertaste and is joined by some of that char. medium body. soft creamy carbonation makes the mouth feel silky and velvety.
7/3/7/4/16/3.7

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 20:11:42 | More by hellbilly
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adamette

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at The Brick Store in Decatur, GA into a clean, clear glass pint.

A Dark, no light body with one cm head. It was a bit difficult to see, however, at the Brick Store since the lights were low.

S Barley, malt but no hops.

T Big, chocolate and malty taste, very sweet and busy. Very little if any hops bitterness.

M Full for sure.

D Not great due to bigness of taste and ABV.

Notes. My first Atlanta Brewing Company beer and it is a good one. A really nice Winter Warmer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2008 05:31:34 | More by adamette
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes out of the tap a rich opaque sable with a decent tan head. Aroma is rich and smoky with a chocolate undertone and a hint of coffee. Flavor is thick and mouth-filling, smoky, chocolaty and coffee-ish, with a whisper of sweetness. Texture is smooth and lively, and aftertaste is delicious and like any good stout.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 01:24:24 | More by Cyberkedi
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turbine2475

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for this brew:
A - Pours an opaque black with a tall dense cream colored head that disipated slowly leaving a heavy lacing.
S - Smells of burnt coffee, mocha, and some roasted grains.
T - Very bitter coffee, some grains, and chocolate are present, but the coffee is definately at the forefront.
M - Smooth with a moderate carbonation. Oatmeal contributes more to the mouthfeel then the flavor.
D - Not bad, don't know if the bitter coffee is due to the age or if this was the original intent of the brewers. Worth a try though.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 23:17:09 | More by turbine2475
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable though highly bitter chocolate porter. Think baking chocolate here. Bottle from recent Atlanta trip. Beautiful black with foaming brown mocha head. Really drinkable and smoothc ontrol of all the elements.Suitable carbonation. kick arse porter.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 03:28:31 | More by Sammy
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JDV

Texas

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with ruby edges and a moderately lasting creamy tan head. Smell is light chocolate, roast malt and a touch of coffee. Mild nose, overall. Taste is roasty, some light chocolate and perhaps some ashy flavors. Light bitter roasty finish. Medium body and carbonation level. Decent, but not as good as I expected from the reviews.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 18:33:10 | More by JDV
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planetscott

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at ABC.

A - Nice, dark, but not totally black. Like a porter should be. Thin head, but not absent of foam.

S - Roasty, toasty and caramel notes. Slight chocolate as well. Slight, minty hop aroma.

T - Strong, but not over powering roast malt flavor along with caramel and some chocolate. Like a poter should be.

M - Creamy goodness!

D - Although not a huge beer like most winter beers are, this one is bigger then the average beer, so any more then two for me is a stretch. With that said, two of these makes for a fine two beer session.

I like porters and am happy to see that someone makes a winter seasonal porter. So many of the other brewers make stouts as their winter beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2008 13:48:32 | More by planetscott
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Taco Mac in Tucker, and I was surprised at how fresh and tasty this still was. Pours a very dark brown, approaching black, with a healthy head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some pretty good lacing. Smells slightly sweet, slightly grainy, and with some prune and plum. Pretty nice. The taste is also quite pleasant. Medium bodied but with a nice balance of malt and fruit, plus a little hop bitterness. Slight sweet chocolate flavors develop with a background of hoppiness that is delicious. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and balanced. Very drinkable. It's been awhile since I've had an Atlanta Brewing Company beer. If this beer is any indication, its improved a great deal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2008 02:32:39 | More by Georgiabeer
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sfoley333

Brazil

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shp555 from Ratebeer for this beer as an extra. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Delirium tremens snifter. Poured a dark brown with a slight reddish tone as the liquid poured in mid air to the snifter. The head kicked up a light tan color that faded rather quickly. Smell is chocolate with a burnt coffee smell. Taste is again slightly burnt with bakers chocolate and a semi sweet coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a full body but a little thin with a nice carbonation level. While a fan of stouts and Porters this one doesnt excite me that much its strong burnt coffee flavor makes its a little one sided for dinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 07:42:10 | More by sfoley333
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sleazo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A_Pours a very dark brown with bits of ruby that can be seen when held to the light. A off white head starts out fluffy but fades rather quickly to a wisp. Lacing is decent.

S_Smells sweet at first with chocolate coming to the forefront. Beyond that there is a bit of cola like bitterness and some ripe red fruits. A twinge of alcohol can be detected as well.

T_Mildly sweet with a bit of chocolate up front. This is followed by a coffee like bitterness which is mild and not overwhelming.

M_Medium bodied which is perfect for a porter. Mild carbonation.

D_Solid, very drinkable porter. Thanks to Uncle Jedi for the taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 00:46:26 | More by sleazo
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OutlawJoseyWales

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed on tap at Trappeze Pub in athens, ga

dark brown color, poured into a pint glass. about a half inch tan head, however it stayed around for the whole glass.

aroma was of smoke. smoke, and roasted meat.

flavor was awesome. it was very smokey, with a very pronounced roast beef flavor. that might sound weird, but it was a good thing. there was also some honey, and caramel flavors that balanced the smoke and roasted character.

an outstanding porter, i was very impressed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2008 21:27:02 | More by OutlawJoseyWales
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NitroGen

Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

P: 12 oz. 2007 Longneck bottle courtesy of MSchae1017 in a trade...Thank You!

A: Pours a slightly thick Coca-Cola colored pour with a small tan cover that settles to a scant cover and foam ring with minimal lacing.

S: Roasted grains, chocolate, roasted coffee and dark sweet caramel.

T: Nice creamy, yet robust, taste of dark chocolate, slight coffee with a clean yet sweet finish for the palate and tongue. While I was expecting a Porter that is rather 'thin' this really has a nice body, this was a really great tasting!

M: Really well balanced from start to finish! I really enjoyed sipping this one and experiencing it as it warmed from the 55 F start to room temperature finish.

D: Not sure of the ABV but I highly recommend this one if you see it available, as it is a great mouth treat.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 02:16:27 | More by NitroGen
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown, near black body with a frothy, light tan head.

Smell: Predominately roasty, black malt aroma with lesser notes of bittersweet chocolate, oats, and spice.

Taste: Substantial black malt flavor and accompanying bitterness. Hints of scorced coffee and unsweetened chocolate. Spicy, herbal hop bitterness. Dry, roasty finish with a light astringency.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent roast-forward porter from ABC. Definitely one of their stronger beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 01:13:17 | More by ChainGangGuy
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armock

New York

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt chocolate and coffee scents

T - Is good malt and chocolate stand out

M - This one is good creamy and smooth

D - ABC got their seasonal right this is the best beer from them that I've had this is a good winter warmer

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 22:59:54 | More by armock
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip snifter glass.
The beer is courtesy of Ding through Secret Santa '07. Thanks!

The beer pours a rich deep cola brown with only splinters of light passing through the edges of the glass revealing the ruby highlights.
There is a fizzy beige head of .5 cm that fades to a clingy and creamy edge layer of finely packed foam.

Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, some dark fruit like plums but also a bit of doughy yeast scent mixed in.

First sip reveals an average body with fine spacious carbonation. the bubbles are quite tingly on my palate.

Flavor is sweet chocolate and brown sugar up front, rolls to a gentle bitterness of roasted malt and coffee notes, finishes with some lingering bite but also grainy and drying notes.

The beer is very drinkable and the flavor is enjoyable, I dont detect any hints of the ABV anywhere on this brew. Quite a nice sample from down south.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:55:27 | More by sulldaddy
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meechum

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pour was black with a little bit of red highlights. A nice fluffy tan head that fell slowly leaving a bit of lace down the glass

S - A nice coffee and caramel smells along with a just a bit of hops in the end..kind of grassy smell

T/M - The taste started with a big roasted barley statement with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee and then blossomed with a finish of grfassy hops

D - A very drinkable beer and very enjoyable

Serving type: on-tap

12-28-2007 18:41:34 | More by meechum
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Vancer

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brew courtesy of the CEO / Old farters BIF from unclejedi = Salud! And holy crap, a limited release, only 2 reviews!

Unbelievable foamy beer, more head than brew. DOWN, big fellow, DOWN !

Winter spice and malty brew aroma, can’t drink this yet as I wait for 3 inches of head to settle. This “double chocolate, oatmeal porter” has plenty of this, but with a great dose of hoppy goodness to really round ‘er out.

GEE Gods, this a foamer – only drawback.

This is a MUCH different brew from what the other 2 reviewers said. Not seeing any abv on the label.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 20:03:20 | More by Vancer
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brewcrew76

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep ruby/brownish black with a huge 4 finger head even with the most gentle of pours. A soapy patch of brown skim remains.

S - Bitter chocolate, coffee, oats and a slight hop citrus.

T - Bitter chocolate and coffee, somewhat astringent. Creamy oats in the middle. Slightly sweet chocolate in the finish.

M - Medium body and creamy but feels heavy due to too much carbonation.

D - I like the thought of a double chocolate coffee oatmeal porter but the high carbonation really detracts from this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 00:48:51 | More by brewcrew76
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted oats, caramelized malt and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, very smoky and kind of complex with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of dark fruit and creaminess along with a tiny bit of hops. There’s also a hint of either whiskey or bourbon barrel aging in the background, which adds an extra twist to the taste. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, dry and sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, a little bit filling, this one kind of blurs the boundary lines between American Porter and Oatmeal Stout and represents both nicely. It’s a good beer but definitely a sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 06:23:57 | More by TheManiacalOne
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to pugman for this "bonus" bottle. Poured into my Imperial pint glass and served at 48°F. Appears a very dark brown color with about two fingers of tan head. Minimal lacing left on the glass. Smells of mildly toasted malts, cocoa powder, and coffee that's a step away from going stale. Tastes initially of sweet mocha with an emphasis on the chocolate that gives way to a dry, bittersweet chocolate finish. This beer has a satisfying body that is a notch above medium with moderate carbonation. I'm going to enjoy the last half of my glass with some dark chocolate kisses.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2007 01:57:21 | More by ClockworkOrange
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warriorsoul

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beernut7 for this hand-off...
Dark chestnut in color with a huge foamy head rising quickly as I pour this brew ever so gently.
Nose is distracted by the overcarbonation...some roasted malt, vanilla and faint milk chocolate as well.
Taste is what saves this beer, but just barely.
A boat load of chocolate, some molasses, brown sugar and a gentle touch of espresso. The carbonation actually helps this brew's sweetness in check...a hefty dose of malt that could have pushed this one over the top. Actually catching some fruity hops, but the aerated finish soon takes over.
Not sure of the abv...not tasting any alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but it's the carbo that kills the drinkability.
Tasty nonetheless...another brew I'd enjoy on tap.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 00:24:05 | More by warriorsoul
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awester462

Georgia

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got to taste this beer when I toured the brewery.

The beer poured dark brown/black with a thick head with lots of laces.

Due to the amount of people around me I could not get much scent.

But the taste was very good, this double chocolate beer really impressed me.

I had to drink 3 or 4, it was great, definately reccomend.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2007 23:21:45 | More by awester462
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Roasted walnut brown with orange and amber highlights. Even though bright sunlight is just barely visible on the opposite side of the pint glass, the beer is, for all intents and purposes, opaque. The buttered wheat toast brown head looks great. It's thickly creamy and sports a dimpled, pie crust-like outer edge. Barely broken sheets of lace look good as well.

Winter Ale smells like a classic porter. ABC describes it as a 'double chocolate oatmeal porter'. I'll buy that. Actually, I traded for it (thanks jrdegriselles). Aromas of roasted coffee beans, bittersweet chocolate and a whiff of vanilla greet my nose. I have no idea if spices are present, although I doubt it.

I wanted something bigger and richer and creamier. Having said that, I certainly can't quarrel with the flavor, either in terms of amount or character. If I was the marketing department, I would have tried to sneak the word 'coffee' into the description along the bottom of the label (between chocolate and oatmeal perhaps) because well-roasted beans are the star of the show.

Winter Brew delivers both plenty of sweetness and plenty of bitterness. If a beer is going to err (and I don't believe this one has) I prefer it to err on the side of bombast rather than on the side of wimpiness. The flavors that are present on the palate are the same as those listed for the nose. I have to believe coffee was added since I've never known a beer to taste this coffee-like from black and/or roasted malt alone.

I've already lodged my complaint about the mouthfeel. Really though, for the style, it isn't that bad. It's just that I expected more from a 7.5% ABV winter porter. Just a hint of alcoholic spiciness peeks through on the finish, but it isn't the least bit bothersome.

I had no real idea what to expect from Winter Brew since I've never had an Atlantic Brewing Company beer before. It's good stuff and I'd easily spring for a sixer if it was available locally. I don't like it *because* I like coffee. I like it in spite of the fact that I *don't* like coffee. That should tell you how well-brewed this ABC beer is.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 16:41:01 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Red Brick Winter Brew from Red Brick Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.