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Red Eye Coffee Porter | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009

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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 412
Photo of sweethome
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour is dark as night. Light tan head.

Nose of dirt - a bit funky, spent coffee grounds, roast malts.

Entry is rather dry, builds out to a dry stout profile. Mid mouth, a funk takes over. Dirt, funk, wormy taste. Not enjoyable flavor. Finshes with coffee dryness.

Several aspects I like, but my goodness...this is the worst flavor profile I have had witha Two Brothers beer - this was hard for me to finish- last half of bottle was a drain pour. Laxks a "good" coffee flavor.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.16/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to nkersten for this beer via Coffee BIF. Served slightly below cellar temp, around 50F. Pours from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass a nearly opaque black with black grape colored highlights along the edges and around the bottom of the glass. The beer is topped by an enormous tan head that remains intact for quite a while. Generous portion of lacing veil the side of the glass.

The aroma was sweet and alcoholic with no coffee at all in the nose. The nose was a bit disappointed as I was looking for more coffee or atleast some roastiness, even though this is a porter. Dark fruits, raisins, alcohol.

The flavor profile matched the nose very well. Sweet, fruity, malty, slight bit of chocolate with a small roast character. Quite bready.

Full on the tongue. Overly sweet I think. No coffee to be seen in this one which disappoints me. This would certainly be closer to a Baltic Porter due to the sweetness and high abv. Really full bodied and sticky sweet. A certain sipper but too sweet for me. One bomber over two hours is plenty for me. Thanks for the beer Nate.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bomber into a snifter; shared with jtclockwork (from RB) at the Ginger Man in Manhattan.

A: Black body with clear brown highlights. Thin, fine brown head. Not much in the way of retention, and spotty lace. Pretty average.

S: Stale coffee, chocolate, and a breadiness that resembles a multigrain bagel. Disappointing.

T: A little better here, with some nutty, caramelized sweetness offsetting the staleness of the coffee. Grainy, bittersweet finish with some coffee on the aftertaste. Better than average, but far from impressive.

M: Medium body and lively, smooth carbonation. Very good.

O: While not horrible, this one was pretty disappointing. Perhaps the bottle had been behind the bar for a few months too long, but with no date to be seen I can't be sure. I won't be seeking it out again.


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Photo of akorsak
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 650 mL bomber purcahsed at the Andersons on Monroe in Toledo, OH.

A: The porter is an appropriately dark brown cola color, looking black even up close. An off-white head approached a finger and a half before fading away. No trace of lacing.

S: The porter element is upfront followed by a robust coffee blast. The porter has chocolate and roasted grains; the coffee has a mild undertone that has an au lait finish.

T: The coffee lacks the crispness that a cold toddy imparts, so its tastes like the beans were added directly into the mash. The java is smooth with a lactic finish. The porter is roasted and helped out by the coffee, also sweetened with extra chocolate and cocoa powder. Overall, the porter is okay, nothing great but the coffee is a plus.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy smooth, cutting nicely into the fuller porter flavors. The coffee is a welcome touch.

D: Drinkable enough, especially because the higher alcohol doesn't really come through. Decent.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with a small tan head. Aroma of sweet malt and roasted notes. Flavor is sweet vanilla initially with roasted malt in the finish. Light sweetness, on the borderline of too sweet...A bit boring, but not bad per se. A mediocre imperial porter.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.41/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I like Two Brothers beer and have a high opinion of Cane & Ebel, Opus 10, and Heavy Handed. This beer wasn't bad, but didn't really meet my expectation. The combination of this brewer, the look of the packaging, and the claims the packaging copy made all conspired to create this expectation that this beer was something BIG and extreme, and I didn't find it to be that exactly. The beer is what it says it is - it's a porter with some coffee flavor. But I didn't find much big/extreme in the bottle. The color is a translucent coffee color. The head is plentiful. The aroma is of coffee, but not terribly intense. Flavor is of a not-very-roasty porter, overlaid with a fair amount of somewhat sweet coffee flavor (which is also not very roasty). For a beer that is 9%+ ABV, I didn't detect any booziness. Mouthfeel was a touch on the thin side.

Not bad, but not extreme, which is what I was expecting. At $6.99 a bottle, this is worth a try, but the next time I have access to beer shopping where Two Brothers are available, I will probably purchase something else from their brewery.

I bought this bottle at Sam's Liquor in Chicago.

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Photo of sleuthdog
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a dark black with little to no head with moderate pour. Lacing is there but moderate at best.

S: First off is the obvious coffee. Actually what comes to mind is coffee grounds. Next I pick up some bitter chocolate notes with some faint molasses. The alcohol is apparent on the nose but not overpowering by any means. Some slight carbonation is observed.

T: Ok...coffee as it is a coffee porter but not over the top. Nice roasted malt taste with nutty notes. The alcohol burn is evident as I swirl the beer but is well disguised at 9.2%. Some semi-sweet chocolate with dark fruit is there as well.

M: Fairly thin but creamy at the same time. This does not really coat my mouth and I would not call it chewey but the mouthfeel is nice for the style. I expected it to be a little more oily from the appearence but I am not disappointed.

O: This one is good, not really good, but good.
I enjoyed that it is a coffee porter without the coffee being too much. The other flavors were compimenting this brew nicely

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a couple of inches of dark tan head. Head dissipates quickly

S: Coffee, chocolate, and smokey, roasted malts, though the aromas are somewhat muted and not very pronounced.

T: Very clean taste at first, then moves into coffee flavors, finish is complex. A slight coffee bitterness (as opposed to a hop bitterness) coats the back of the tongue. Very much like a chilled, alcoholic coffee.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Again, a slight bitterness on the tongue and sides of mouth.

D: Overall, a good, but not great, beer. Would have expected the aromas to be a little more pronounced. However, this is pleasant, drinkable beer, though I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a pitch black color. Minimal tan froth.

(S)- A wealth of raisin, nuts, molasses, and subtle coffee.

(T)- A good profile of roasted coffee grounds. It has an interesting subtle smokiness with a bit of raisin as well.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Lots of raisin with a subtle smokiness.

(D)- A solid porter with the nice coffee addition. Not too strong or unbalanced, but almost stout-like in its feel.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks goes out to pmoney for sending this one as an extra in a recent glassware trade! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured pitch black with a half finger light tan head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, roasted malt, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, coffee, and subtle oatmeal. The flavor was of sweet malt, roasted malt, milk chocolate, cream, coffee, oatmeal, and subtle milk chocolate. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. For the style this one was pretty much spot on for the most part. The coffee aspect was quite nice on this one, but it definitely wasn’t the dominate factor going on. Definitely worth trying if the opportunity presents itself.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap at Oblivion in Orlando. Pours a dark brownish black color with light tan head. The aroma is very faint which was disappointing. The taste picks up the pace with nice coffee and roasted malt notes. Overall, a solid imperial coffee porter.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Retro Release 1 of 15
No other freshness dating.

A= Pours a nice thick black color with a super thin brown head on it and very little lacing. Looks very much like I would expect only very little head.

S= Smells of heavy coffee. Nice robust almost woody coffee. A strong malt character in it as well.

T= Tastes of coffee and a little malty sweetness. Nice roasty coffee but actually very smooth coffee. A nice roast was used. Not overly acidic in the coffee.

M= The mouth is silky smooth and easy drinking.

O= This is a solid brew. Worth buying but not the most interesting or over the top coffee beer. The alcohol is very well hidden and the coffee is smooth.

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Photo of Mikus
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a hint of red around the edges of the glass in the light. Little ring of brown head. This is a well-crafted porter, very solid. Mediocre 'smell' 'taste' and 'mouthfeel' scores reflect the general lack of coffee in this brew. Again, VERY well-made Imperial Porter. Heavy Hitter. You may be a bit disappointed, as I was, by the lack of coffee presence.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Very dark brown, almost black. Tan head, leaving pretty nice lacing.
S- Honestly there is not much here. Slight roasted malt scent, maybe a little coffee. I'm let down by the nose, I expect more from a bomber.
T- Roasted malts, dark chocolate, hint of coffee. I really expected more coffee taste from a bomber labeled coffee porter.
M- Thick and smooth, heavy body. Good for a porter.
O- A decent porter, but I wish there were more of a coffee presence, especially for a beer labeled coffee porter.

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Photo of blakesell
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a weizen style glass.

Appearance- Beer pours very dark creamy black with a solid and thick 3 finger tan head. Lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Light red hues are around the sides and tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Smell- Roasted malts and light hops, not much coffee in the nose, as the beer warms the coffee scent does become more apparent. Light chocolate tones, a bit of diacetyl. Some phenolic alcohols.

Taste- slick, slightly buttery, yeasty phenolic, coffee is in there, but more on the finish than upfront. There's something just acidic and astringent on the tongue. A light peanut butteriness on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel- This is where the beer comes up short overall. The coffee flavor is there, but the warming, slick acidity is not a pleasurable mouthfeel at all. Low in carbonation, medium full bodied.

Drinkability- It seems less and less drinkable as it goes on. I like it OK, but I won't repeat it again soon, even though I do have another bottle, it will wait a few years and we'll see.

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Photo of Vierenner
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours beautifully and the aroma is wonderful ... chocolate and coffee similar to Big John from Goose Island. But the taste is an entirely different story ... rather weak in my opinion. Like it's watered down or something. I was hoping for robust, thick flavor but got slightly bitter averageness. I wish they'd pick one flavor and make it big!!

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Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a dark brown, almost black color with a small tan head which fades quickly leaving no lacing. The aroma has espresso, dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. Smells very nice. There is no one aroma which overwhelms the others.

Espresso is front and center when I taste the beer, followed by the dark chocolate, and dark roasted malt. The taste is not as balanced as the aroma, but still is nice. Mostly bitter without much sweetness for balance. Given a name like Red Eye Coffee Porter, I am not surprised.

On the light side of medium bodied, with low carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden, and there is a coffee bitterness aftertaste. Overall a nice Porter, which I am glad I had a chance to try.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a jet black body with a thin wisp of tan head swirling around on top and no carbonation can be seen through the body.

S- The aroma of cold coffee has a dark roasted malt quality in the background. The finish has a light kitty litter aroma that is a bit like clay with a faint floral yeasty note. For the most part the cold coffee dominates.

T- This beer has a big coffee flavor with some dark roasted malt with a coffee grounds flavor to follow. The finish is a soft roasted bitterness with a tartness note that grows as the beer warms.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed and a nice soft carbonation in the finish.

D- There are no off-flavors to this beer but it is a bit pedestrian. The coffee flavors are ok but there is not a lot of support from malts and nothing to really balance the coffee either.

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Photo of Jaycase
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a: pours black-brown. with very little (mocha) head

s: roasted malts. some chocolate. yeah the coffee is there but it's rather weak which is disappointing given the word 'coffee' in the name.

t: roasted malts with some nuttiness present. semi sweet chocolate. coffee is present, certainly moreso than in the aroma, but more of a complimentary flavor rather than driving the direction.

m: silky smooth & creamy. low carbonation. somewhat thin. coats the mouth & finishes well. mouthfeel is very nice.

o: This is a good beer, but not a great beer. Incredibly drinkable for 9.2%. Great mouthfeel, which I think is the best aspect of this beer. The coffee aspects were disappointing but I would choose this over northwind any day of the week. I recommend trying this at least once.

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Photo of vic21234
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into a snifter. First batch of the re-release...

A- Pours very cola-like. It is more thin than I would have thought. A small amount of off-white head quickly fades to the sides of the glass. Very dark but some light can be seen along the top.

S- Heavy coffee aromas, as one would expect. Some chocolatey malt characters as well.

T- Starts off rather flat before the coffee takes over. This thing is all coffee and I really don't get anything else.

M- Light mouthfeel, pours and feels very thin. Great coffee flavor.

It's a good beer, but doesn't live up to all the hype since it went on hiatus in late 2009. I liked it in 2009 and still like it today, but I've had plenty of other coffee-flavored beers that are just as good, if not better.

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Photo of tempest
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber at Abe's for about $7. My glass was black with a tan head that could last for hours. There was a rich ground coffee bean aroma, but the flavor is more subdued. It reminded me more of a milk stout with java hints. Very smooth overall, but I'd expect a more flavorful character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a wine glass.

Lotta hooplah surrounding the return o' this stuff. Let's see if it was warranted: It pours a dark black-brown topped by a finger or so of caramelized tan foam. The nose comprises sweet coffee, mild roasted malts, and a touch of dark chocolate. The taste generally follows, though the coffee and the chocolate seem to mellow each other out, to the detriment of both (imagine two punk rockers who decide to collaborate and all of a sudden come out with a Seals and Crofts-esque album...). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thin, meek feel. Overall, a pretty nice coffee porter, but one that comes off as too mellow and too thin to really be fully expressive of itself. I really hope that makes sense...

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Photo of garymuchow
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta like Big Top Liquors. $3.99 bomber.
Rather non-distinct aroma for a beer this size. Some coffee and a sticky slightly sweet bit and some neutral yeast qualities.
Nice dark head caps a very dark body with brown highlights.
A porter with a smooth roast but not strong on coffee. Nicely balanced roast bitterness and malty sweetness leaning towards darker toffee. Finish lays on the tongue softly but nicely with roast and sweet and bitter. Kinda' sharp on the tongue. This is one weird texture - kinda' grainy and prickly simultaneously.
Appropriately sized moderate. On the more side of carbonation but not excessive.
Some funkier tastes appear in time. Some alcohol appears.
I'm a bit underwhelmed. It's okay, but nothing to seek out.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle of the 2012 re-release, sent by the always-generous fvernon; thanks! Release #1 of the 15-part "Retro Release" celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the company (according to the label). Split into snifters.

Pours black with a thin khaki head. The primary mass dissipates quickly, but there is an eternal ring of head surrounding the surface; scattered patches of bubbles on the glass serve as lacing. Pretty good looking overall, but I wish the main head had stuck around a tad longer.

The aroma is of cane sugar, toasted malt, coffee grounds, faint milk chocolate, caramel, and sweet dark fruits. It’s actually much sweeter than anticipated, and there’s very little in the way of roasted scents. Some vanilla on the back end as well.

The taste follows suit, being relatively sweet. Cane sugar, vanilla, rich caramel, and milk chocolate seem to jump right out. The coffee is certainly there, but in a subdued, smooth sort of way as opposed to a stand-out bitter presence. Sweet fruits, date, dark cherry, and even a touch of orange seem to lend some bright esters as well.

Mouthfeel is very smooth through and through, and the carbonation works well to lighten its effect on the tongue. It still manages to coat the palate, and leaves a thin sugary coating that produces a dry finish.

Overall, this is a good coffee porter that I’m really enjoying. It’s a lot sweeter than I would have expected, but it seems to work pretty well here. I’d happily have this one again.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kawilliams81 for picking this bottle up for me!

poured into oversized snifter.

Appearance: dark black bodied beer with a thin white cap that settles into a few large bubbles on top of the beer. Thin lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell: coffee forward nose complimented by sweet malts, some chocolate, and a hint of fruitiness.

Taste: Moderately bitter coffee notes, cocoa, really subtle milk chocolates, and fruity notes mingle throughout the porter. Finish and aftertaste has a mild bitterness from the coffee notes.

Mouthfeel: Low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. Wish the was a little thicker and creamier. The impressive part of this beer is its drinkability. This beer drinks like it 5% when it just over 9%.

Overall: This beer has decent flavor and its really drinkable. Only had a few brews from two brothers, but this is my favorite offering from thiem so far. Mostly because I like coffee beers and porters.

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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