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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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 from Stubone.. Thanks Allen. Poured into MNFG..

2 finger light tan head... The beer is pretty damn black until held to a light and the deepest of rubies show.

Nose is a pretty standard big porter.. dark grains.. toasted elements.. coffee is surprisingly light..

A bunch more coffee shows in the flavor.. still not as much as the label made me think.. chocolate essence shows mid palate.. with a bit of lightly bitter coffee elements... the body is a solid medium with a bit bigger carbonation that sorta detracts from the mouthfeel..

Ehh... okay to pretty good.. depending on the sip.. I guess I expected alot more given the big ABV.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.83/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 800th review-Cheers!
I picked this up at Brass Rail Deli. Poured chilled into a Nonic, shared w/ octopus87.

A - Completely black -opaque w/ only a slight garnet color escaping at the base of the glass when held to the light. There is a dense thick 2 finger medium brown band that creates splattered lace on the glass. The bead is very fine

S - A roasted aroma w/ earthy sweet coffee aroma and slight beany scent along with a mild caramel note

M - Slightly spicy feel, mildly bitter w/ creamy sweet texture that finishes on the roasty side

T - A creamy flavor w/ sweet caramel maltiness and mild roasted coffee flavor. The taste of citrus hops and a malty and smooth taste w/ coffee bean taste and texture. Mocha flavors -chocolate malt + coffee taste w/a nice mellow hop taste and mild alcohol flavor.

D - A very drinkable ale, nice mild coffee flavor and very tasty w/ balance. I could handle a few of these since the caffeine was not very high and it keeps the porter flavor w/ out the coffee obscuring the malt in the taste.

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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 Redrover
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

For my 1,000th review, I thought I would do a local beer.

Poured into an imperial pint, the beer is dark brown bordering on black with a massive tan head. It leaves some real nice lacing on the glass.

It has an inviting aroma of raisins, molasses, bakers chocolate roasted grains and coffee.

The beer leads with a blast of cold coffee that reminds me of those old percolators that you used to see in Church basements, the pta meeting, etc. There is also some dark fruit, dark brown sugar, chocolate and something a bit chalky.

The mouth is spot on for a porter. It is slightly thick but not oily. This would be a once in a while beer for me. The coffee flavor could be a bit better integrated, but it was still easy to finish the bomber.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown. Quite opaque. Thin brown head. Lacing is minimal. Aroma is reminiscent of a coffee flavored vanilla milkshake. Really nice the way the mocha and vanilla blend. Flavor is bitter coffee. Not really a lot of depth. Slight chocolate and some brown malt. LIngering coffee bitterness. Light carbonation. Medium bodied at best. Decent coffee beer, but not up with the best of them.

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Photo of rudzud
3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Received this as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep dark brown nearly black with a good one finger creamy mocha head that fades to leave a nice thick creamy blanket.

S - Nice solid black coffee aroma, not too overpowering or assertive. Getting some light roast, but not much else.

T - Hmm...Nice black coffee flavours, slightly bitter but still fresh. Some nice malty sweetness and roast. Theres some nice bitterness on the end and almost a sweet sugary vanilla on the end somewhere. Would like abit of chocolate in this, perhaps rounded out a bit more?

M - Love this mouthfeel. Carbonation is nice, actually a bit sharper than one expects with a porter. This is smooth but not quite velvety. Super drinkable, ABV not there.

O - Overall this is a solid beer. Semi one note, but that note is done well. Wouldnt mind some of the porter notes to come out more but the coffee is definitely nice.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating but this was pretty recent(15th anniversary bottling). Pours pitch black color with a dense 1-2 finger tan head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of chocolate, coffee beans, roasted malt, caramel, toast, biscuit, molasses, light herbal, and light nuttiness. Pretty nice and balanced aromas; but are not nearly as strong as I was expecting. Taste of milk chocolate, roasted malt, biscuit, toast, caramel, nuttiness, coffee, molasses, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of milk chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, biscuit, molasses, nuttiness, toast, coffee, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Nice robust and balanced flavor profile with minimal cloying sweetness; but not nearly as much coffee flavor as I was expecting. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial porter. Nice robust flavor and balance; and very easy to drink. Nowhere near worthy of being called a coffee porter; but still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice darkness, with a nice little tan head. Some ruby highlights. Bitter, roasted aroma, though it's slight Nice coffee still, with a good bit of chocolate and roasted finish. Nice full body.

This may be a bit old, but it was damn decent. Betcha it was awesome fresh...

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Photo of hoppymcgee
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a big-ass mug.

A: The best feature of this beer. When they say "black" ale they mean black. Produces a beautifully creamy tan colored head that sticks around 'til the end. It's great because you wouldn't think such a dark beer could produce a light colored head.

S: Nothing special. Unroasted coffee beans, malts, some chocolate, and perhaps some barley.

T: Sips with the perfect blend of roastiness, bitterness, and sweetness...but finishes with a weird aspartame-like taste. Otherwise, it's nice and chocolately with a good coffee balance.

M: Carbonation wears off after the beer warms up, but it does retain enough so as not to be flat. Otherwise, it's a medium-bodied beer.

D: Pretty good for 9.2% ABV. I had no problem finishing off this bomber.

Overall, a great representation of a Coffee Porter. I would suggest drinking this as quick as possible after you take it out of the fridge. It's not that good when it warms up.

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Photo of chanokokoro
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into an oversized snifter

Pours an opaque dark brown to black with brownish amber hues around the edges as light filters through. A one to one and a half cream-colored head forms but quickly dissolves to form a thin foam ring around the edge of the glass. No lacing present. The aroma of coffee and roasted malt rises from the glass. It's inviting but certainly not overpowering. Coffee greets the tastebuds immediately, transitions to sweet roasted malt, returns to coffee and finishes with roasted malt with just a touch of bitterness. Pleasant mouthfeel, light cola-like carbonation with a medium body that at times seems to drink a bit heavier than that. Very silky. Welcome back, Red Eye. A solid coffee American/Imperial Porter, and still one of Two Brothers' better brews.

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Photo of beagle75
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Opaque, dark brown color with less than one finger of diminishing light beige foam head. Light lacing remain on the glass.

S: A blend of dark unctuous qualities and rye-derived brine. Cherry liqueur emerges as it warms, but does not turn boozy.

T: Begins very off-dry, with refined malt and rye that tastes like a spiced cookie. Acidity is moderate but easy, enhancing the effect of the rye. Dark flavors are more influential into the second half of the profile, although detectable coffee presence is questionable. Bitterness is mild in the finish, where a doughy quality is more defining. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, very slick on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This strong porter is more focused on the rye than the top-billed coffee it was brewed with. This results in an interesting collection of qualities for the style. It is remarkably approachable for a beer of over 9% abv.

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

Pour was deep brown with a nice foam head. Smelled of faint coffees, more malty and dark fruits though. Taste was immediately too sweet with a distinct syrupy character, dried cherries and other dark fruit. Not much coffee here. Getting a bit overwhelmed by the cherry syrupy characteristics. I was expecting a flavorful coffee porter but that's not what I tasted here. Too sweet for me.

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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 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 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 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 GStone899
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Chocolate caramel and coffee notes. Bit of an alcohol taste up front; more than I'd want. Not as full bodied as I thought by the ratings. There definitely could have been more coffee flavor. Decent beer but not a 90 rating.

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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 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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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 414 ratings.
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