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Red Eye Coffee Porter | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States
twobrosbrew.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
162
Ratings:
412
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
16.58%
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
60
For Trade:
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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 412
Photo of Beginner2
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Having been re-released after a 3 year hiatus, I can understand why enthusiasts for coffee-in-their-porter couldn't wait... and probably bugged Two Brothers for the re-release.
I give it special point for being in the extreme level, but still balanced. The malt is burnt, but not too much. The hops are their, but don't get in the way of tasting the malt. While perhaps a little thin in the mouth, the aftertaste proves that this has balance.

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Photo of sposter4
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours black with a foamy white tan head that lingers about a quarter inch thick. Smells of malt and dark fruit. Taste is similar with a coffee back end

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Photo of Ri0
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured 22oz bottle into snifter. Dark coffee brown with a 1.5 finger tan head. Excellent retention that leaves a fat collar and good amounts of lacing on my glass. Wafts of nice roasted coffee and dark chocolate are the biggest aromas. Hints of caramel and even some vanilla. It is a porter with superb coffee flavor and notes of caramel, vanilla that are blended back to the original coffee porter. Wonderful dark chocolate on the finish. Great carbonation for the style, smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is medium in body. This is very good with a wonderful coffee and chocolate flavor.

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Photo of glass_house
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the better coffee beers--and porters in general--I've tried lately. Dark cola brown with one finger of creamy mocha head. smells like dark dark French roast with some underlying sweetness of molasses, vanilla, and toffee. Taste is mild espresso with a splash of hazlenut creamer. Dark and roasty, but well balanced with the sweetness. The mouthfeel really makes this one for me. Not heavy, but smooth and creamy. Plenty of dark roasty flavors, but manages to avoid that burnt coffee bitterness that sometimes turns me off in coffee beers. Will definitely grab another bottle asap.

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Photo of bwood06
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

500mL bottle into a pint glass

A - Dark tan colored head that is very creamy and dissipates nice and slowly. Head has some larger bubbles to it and is less than a finger thick even with a very hard pour. Beer itself is pitch black. 4.25/5

S -Extremely malt forward with a rich malty sweetness. So sweet that toffee comes to mind, possibly even molasses. Dark, espresso bitterness as well that accentuates that sweetness. Dark chocolate note pairs with the espresso. 4/5

T - Dark and roasty up front immediately followed by a dark malty graininess and a toffee/molasses sweetness. Espresso does not show up as much as expected. Bitterness shows up on the rear end of the tasting profile as either an espresso or a hops note (somewhat hard to tell here because the beer finishes so clean with very little lingering flavor or feel to it). Bitterness is not very pronounced, it's almost more of an afterthought. Slight booziness at the very end which is expected with the high ABV. 4/5

M - Rich, smooth, and chewy. Very full bodied porter. Does not linger in the mouth upon swallowing but also does not have a drying astringency either. Maintains almost a milk stout consistency at times throughout the tasting. 4.25/5

O - High ABV is balanced out with a rich malty sweetness and a lightly bitter back end to the beer. Transitions between flavors are pronounced and easy to follow. Much sweeter than expected since it is advertised a being more of an espresso based porter which lends the drinker to expect more bitter and less sweet. Quite the opposite holds true here but that is not a bad thing, just simply surprising. 4/5

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid porter. Not overly sweet. Good bittersweet chocolate flavor on the taste. I can smell some coffee, but I wish there was more in the taste. Good beer. Worth a try for sure.

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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 arizcards
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber in mid-August from TW Arrowhead for $8.99. No visible bottling date.

Beer poured dark brown with a nice tan head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose has hints of coffee and light roasted malts.

Taste is well balanced between the light roasted malts and hops with a dash of coffee.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, smooth and very satisfying.

Overall a very solid beer and could be bordering on world class if it was more coffee forward.

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Photo of laketang
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured out maple syrup color with burnt butter head

Malty waft with a scent of flat cola

Good, not great porter that was not as sweet as expected, maybe a good thing, I dont know

Heavy feel with flat cola aftertaste

Not MY best porter, revolution Eugene porter one of my favorites, but okay by me

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Photo of uvachief
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a craft pint glass. Deep dark chocolate brown color with a thin finger of tan head that dissolved quickly. Only a little lacing throughout the drink. Smell is not a lot there: chocolate and roasted maltiness. Hint of vanilla. Mild coffee aroma. Taste is much like the smell with roasted malts dominating. Not a lot of vanilla or coffee. Chewy and nice thickness in the mouth. Not bitter. Not hot either. Weird carbonated fizziness on the back of the tongue. Good porter. Needs more flavor though. Little dissapointing.

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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 barczar
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is somewhat subtle, but chocolate definitely dominates roasty malt and coffee.

Flavor is slightly sweet, nutty, roasty but not harsh, and chocolatey. I don't comment much on mouthfeel, but this one is rich and smooth, full. Just perfect for the style. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown-black, solid opaque, and a short, tight tan head. Some small bubble lacing.

S - Once warmed, this beer offers a definite malt and coffee hit. Very quiet, but also a note of warm alcohol, as well.

T - Deliver the fine coffee front, a big malty core, and a acidic and slightly bitter but pleasant close.

M - Moderate weight, pretty typical of a porter, with good carbonation and a very light close that keeps you ready for more. ABV is well hidden, as this drinks at well below its 9.2% punch.

O - Delicious, mild coffee porter, drinkable and full flavor both. Not ashy or harsh in the close, it makes for a rock solid porter.

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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 Prager62
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It's back after a three year hiatus so I figured I'd revisit what I remember being a solid beer. Label states it's now brewed with their very own Stomping Ground Espresso.

Look- Pours a thin brown color with some frothy tan foam.

Smell- A bit of roast and a hint of smoke, not much else.

Taste- Dark chocolate, a little smoke, and a bit of oak.

Feel- A thin body and very dry finish.

Overall- A decent enough beer for under ten bucks, but I was a little let down by the lack of a giant coffee presence. Possibly the use of espresso imparted more dark chocolate and wood characteristics than coffee. If my memory serves me right, the last batch tasted more like iced coffee.

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Photo of matjack85
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I tried this at the Two Brother's Roundhouse Cafe in Aurora, IL while waiting for a train. They had it on tap and served it in a pint glass.

The beer poured a dark brown color with just a thin tan rim for a head. It did produce a few rings of lacing.

The smell was a mix of chocolate and coffee with some vanilla underneath. There's some nice roasted malt in there as well.

Lots of dark roasted coffee flavor along with sweet chocolate and a touch of vanilla. Pretty much follows the nose.

Smooth and not quite medium in body with moderate carbonation.

Delicious.

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Photo of babaracas
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear dark brown with light brown head settling to a thin ring, spray of lace on the glass. It's a nice baltic porter: mild roast, tons of black plum, some caramel and earthiness. Coffee character is lacking, or maybe it's intended for the espresso to blend in without standing out at all. Body is a little light for the style. Finish at least emphasizes roast and earth, fitting the "espresso is in this" line. Nice but not outstanding baltic porter; not terribly good coffee porter.

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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 Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from the 22 oz bomber in a snifter. This FINE porter pours a thick brownish black with a sizeable light tan head of foam that dissipates to a thin layer, thick ring, and awesome sudsy lacing. Nose of dark chocolates, espresso, and deeply roasted malts. Flavors follow the nose with aplomb. Dark bakers chocolate flavors follow brash lightly bitter coffee, followed by some toffee notes to the rear. Outstanding. Smooth mouth feel, decent carbonation, and a moderately bitter coffee note makes for an outstanding brew. Substantial and beefy. Nice!

Cheers

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Photo of paddymac
5/5  rDev +23.8%

A: Dark dark dark dark dark. pour hard!! Out of tap, growler or bomber.

S: coffee heavy. malt 2nd

T: Smooth coffee flavor.. no alcohol taste. Dangerous!

M: thick yet smooth.

O: One of the best around. Luck to have tried the 1st batch and the limited release. Bring this back!!!

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Dark brown, almost black. Hard to produce a head. Looks kinda oily. Not much effervescence. Sediment is suspended throughout it.

S: Faint, but coffee, chocolate, and dark malt is present.

T: Coffee, dark malt. Nice and dark. Overall bitter, faint but lasting finish. Alcohol is nowhere to be found.

M: Smooth, mouth-coating, verging on oily.

O: It's pretty good, nothing that amazing, but I'm glad to have had it.

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None, but "049 A202" stamped on bottle
Glass: Tulip

Review from notes -- opened bottle roughly a year ago.

Pours a 1cm head of dark tan foam with average to below average retention, lasting under one minute. The foam fades to a ring around the glass with an island of residuum atop the body of the beer. Lacing is present, though bordering on modest, some good, large streaks and dots, but other areas of the glass have little to nothing. Body is an opaque dark brown to black color, light bringing out ruby highlights around the edges of the beer.

Smells like a coffee doughnut at first, gradually warming up to some blackened malt with associated sweetness and perhaps a touch of cinnamon.

Taste puts this definitely in the porter style, with strong coffee bean notes alongside chocolate and semi-sweet roasted barley with a slight acrid component that is often played up in North American baltic porters. Pleasant slightly bitter coffee aftertaste, some dried fruit esters, perhaps akin to chocolate-covered prunes.

Body is medium to medium-heavy, with low to medium-low levels of carbonation. This results in a smooth and creamy mouthfeel that perhaps sits a bit too much on the palate. Ethanol heat felt just a bit in the nostrils and back of the throat near the end of a sip, but generally well hidden. Closes dry, with a sticky residue on the palate.

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Red Eye pours a very dark brown with a tiny tan head. A few spots of lace cling to the glass.

The aroma has lots of coffee some dark fruits and alcohol. Hints of vanilla and cherry (oak?) too.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is smooth and oily with light carbonation. The flavor has nice rich malt notes with coffee mixed in. It begins with chocolate, vanilla and hints of roasted malt. Towards the end the coffee moves it before a nutty and grassy mildly bitter finish. Once gone the chocolate and vanilla lingers on the palate.

Very tasty and easy to drink. Coffee doesn't dominate and blends nicely with the other flavors.

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Photo of TheSSG
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slight, tan head with just a touch of lacing. Black color. Deep toasted malt in the aroma with the fruity brightness of coffee. There is a rich, black olive aroma underneath it all; slightly sweet and fruity. Flavor is intense, fruity, and acidic as the coffee dominates the front. There is a nice, bright, fruity-floral hop bitterness that peaks in the middle, and the toasted malt sits into the finish nicely. You don't much notice the booze (9.2%ABV), just the warming effect. A nice, viscous mouthfeel.

This is very, very good. If you like your coffee bright and floral, this is a coffee bier for you!
I think I may prefer the NG Coffee Stout, and Central Waters Peruvian Morning (both of which are a more toasty, deep flavor [which reflects my coffee choice; opposite of my chocolate]), but this is stunning as well. Sure beats Founders Coffee Stout in my book!

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Photo of champ103
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dublin O'Neil's in Champaign, IL. I think this is part of the Retro Release Series, but I am not sure what number?

A: Pours a dark, nearly opaque black color. A two finger khaki colored head forms with excellent retention. Rings of lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: At first a buttery, nutty aroma. Then bread and biscuit aromas. Toasted malts, chocolate, light smoke. Finishes with just a hint of peppery spice.
T: Again up front is a buttery, nutty flavor that almost overwhelms everything. As the beer warms that fades and much more nuanced flavors come out. Toasted malt, milk chocolate, baked bread. A lingering spiciness on the tongue. Excellent.
M/D: A medium to full body. Moderate carbonation that is ultra smooth and creamy. The alcohol is nowhere to be seen, except for a wonderful warming. A very nice sipper.

Two Borthers always does rye right. I am a big fan. Lots of subtle complexities here that makes for a very enjoyable sipper. Something I highly recommend.

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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