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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 areich6
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4. Excited for this one.

A: Pours very dark brown with about a half inch of head that quickly receds to leave a small bit of lacing.

S: Pretty faint, but what I can detect is very nice. Pleasant smell of vanilla and coffee beans.

T: Really nice. Great balance between the coffee and some hoppy bitterness. I wish the coffee flavor was a bit stronger, but overall well executed. I can even pick out a bit of fruitiness in the middle.

M: Very smooth with a slight bit of creaminess that goes down really easy. Quite satisfying as I continue to drink.

O: This is a well executed coffee porter that I enjoy very much. The tastes are very well balanced and at 9.2% you cannot detect the alcohol whatsoever. Solid brew.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an ebon ruby to sit extremely black and opaque with a small slimming cap of lightly tanned bubbly foam. Bits of bubbles stay around the edge and the lace is long and inky splattered and stringy with a few broken bits into spots and globs.

Aroma is favorable of chocolate laced coffee. Mildly roasty with a nice bakers chocolate loftyness with a nice fresh coffee bean ascent, cold pressed espresso and burnt cream notes too. Its not as strong on the nose as most other coffee brews I've encountered and liked but its definately solid.

Taste is smooth and soft of a wonderfully placed display of lengthy chocolate laced with coffee. Or its coffee laced with chocolate? Either way it's a very nice taster. Softly bittered in dark chocolate with a firm smack of creamed coffee, slightly roasted and burnt. The length is tone is superbly set. Dark, deep, and full of breath. The dry fluff of chocolate cake and bittering creamed coffee across the finish is quite a nice addition in its character as it finishes firm and doesn't leave for nothing.

Feel is firmly smooth and creamy and set in a nearly full on mode of chocolate and coffee and tenderized with dryish bittering of those things. The dryness of a chocolate cake or muffin lays itself lightly and lovingly across the finish with a delightful ease.

A super solid coffee brew by Two Brothers. Quite drinkable with its creamy firm attitude and lenghty palate soaking taste.

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Photo of katan
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown color with a few ruby highlights. Head formation is strong, mocha in color. Well retained with little lacing.

S - interesting smell - a combination of chocolate, and some coffee with just a nice background of chipotle peppers. More roasted notes come through as it warms, but so does the capsacium.

T - Starts off lightly sweet, little bits of roasted malts and mole' peppers. Mid-stream gets more bittersweet, light amount of roast and chocolate. I dare to say that even dates might sneak in there, dark fruits. Finishes smooth with a little bit of spiciness and a some burnt coffee flavors.

M - Smooth mouthfeel, strong bodied but light in carbonation. Comes off sugary and clingy. Alcohol warmth is present in the aftertaste.

O/D - A really great coffee porter - I wish I would have had purchased more of these. I really enjoy the combination of coffee and chocolate malts and the creation of chipotle.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. The brew smells like coffee, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate and some dark fruit. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some smoke and caramel in the taste, too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick, and it's not too light or too heavy. Also has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is great, it's very smooth and easy to drink. Overall I think this is a pretty good brew, I'd definitely pick this up again. I enjoyed this one a lot.

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Photo of larsee01
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big glass bottle poured into glass chalice

A--Nutty tan head sits atop pitch black porter. Creamy, clingy head.

S--deep, rich scent of not only coffee, but QUALITY coffee. Some dark chocolate notes. It's mild overall, with just a bit of sweet malt booziness behind as an afterthought.

T/M/D--Very well balanced. Rich and flavorful but very well-behaved. Obviously tastes like coffee. Damn good. Exceptionally smooth and 9.2% ABV is scary-hidden. Malty sweetness balances initial coffee kick...that kick is neither sour nor bitter. Just smooth and delicious. If I drank this every morning rather than the office-provided Maxwell House, things would be very different and very interesting!

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Photo of pschul4
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really excited to try this one after all the great things I've heard about it!

A- Pours very dark brown with an inch of light brown head.

S- Some decent coffee scents and some chocolate malt in the background

T- Mmmm sweet mocha coffee with some roasty notes that I love. This lives up to the hype here

M- Nice and smooth, only thing this could add is the viscosity. No one ever said it was a stout tho

O- I wish 2 bros made this all year. It's delicious. I can only wonder why it's not brewed year round

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Photo of sholland119
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a deep, rich brown to black with a bit of amber at the bottom. Fluffy tan head and good lacing.

S-Roasty coffee notes and roasted malt.

T-Malty sweetness in the front, then roasted malt and a totally unexpected smokiness in the finish, then sweet milk chocolate at the very end.

M-Rich and creamy, light for the style and ABV, coffee bitterness lasts nicely.

D-Really excellent. Great mouthfeel and blend of flavors.


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Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours the darkest of brown, on the verge of black. Nice two fingers width of mocha colored head.

S- A little one dimensional with the coffee bean aroma. There is a slight trace vanilla, but to weak to make an impact.

T- Pretty darn good. Lot of chocolate and coffee upfront. This is accompanied by a smooth vanilla flavor that lasts throughout. The beer finishes with a nice blend of vanilla and a slight bitterness from the coffee beans.

M- As it warms, it become smooth and creamy.

D- Typically porters aren't my thing, but this totally raised my expectations. This one is dangerously drinkable.

Overall, a real solid beer. Definitely will be grabbing more bottles if I see it around.

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Photo of Schmittymack
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled this one quite a few months back and didn't review it; did another one a week ago Friday and thought I'd get around to reviewing it!

Poured/sampled from a 22oz bomber, poured a fairly dark brown with a decent creamy head. Scent was coffe and roastiness. Taste was good coffee and chocolate with a smooth finish. Alcohol is very well hidden. Good job, Two Brothers. I will check into getting more of this one next time I'm in Chicago area or in more trades.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost 100% opaque black. No light through the center. Only a faint brown lighting on the outermost edge of the top. tiny tan head.

S: Smells like a strong ale x stout. Can smell a lot of booze, malty, scotch, and caramel

T: H'Awesome. All the smells manifest in the flavor with more sweet scotchy malt and less booze and caramel with a the addition of a smoke, roast and some mocha tinge. slight hop bite reveals after sometime

M: very pleasant sweet malty spreading mouthfeel

D: this is soooo good, it's a shame it's limited/brewed once.

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Photo of kkipple
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Man, this is good stuff. Almost Pablano pepper like spicyness, medium roast, lots of fresh light coffee flavor and nose. Looks good, is clear, drinks well, has a wonderful spice / coffee / roast / sweet wet dark malt complementary thing going on. Well put together, doesn't drink like 9.2% in the least - a wonderful, interesting coffee beer!

What, you wanted more? You don't get it. Go buy or trade for some of this; it is a top-notch coffee ale!

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Photo of coldmeat23
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees

Pours up just as black and dark as you'd expect it to be. Three-fingers worth of a medium brown, loosely packed, foamy head. Retention is very good, but lacing is nothing to speak of.

My glass is sitting about two feet away and I can smell this beer from here. I like that.
Big, dark roasted malts abound. A dual coffee scent of dark roasted beans and fresh grounds. Very nice. Mild hints of dark chocolates. Light notes of caramel sweetness and dark cherries/berries. A very nice, mild hint of smokiness.

This is a bit on the sweet side for a baltic porter, at least as far as my experience goes, but I like it. Loads of huge dark berry presence. Big dark roasted maltiness. Toasted caramel notes. The dark roasted coffee flavors are more muted than expected, but it totally works. The flavors just blend together really well. The coffee brings a slight bitter edge that balances out the sweetness very nicely. A mild hint of spices blends with a light smokiness. Very nice presence of sweet chocolates, on the finish.

Strong medium to almost full body on this one. Medium level of carbonation. Very smooth. Lacks the creaminess that I so enjoy, but it matches up to the style well.

I get no hint of the 9.2%ABV in this one. The flavor is very enjoyably good. I'd say that this a very nicely drinkable bottle.
Well done Two Brothers Brewing!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Never seen a bomber from two brothers so I paid the 8 dollars for one from Halftimebeverage.com

A - Look is fairly dark for a porter not pitch black but seems pretty thick. Carbonation is a bit lacking but I did get a 1/4 inch of mocha head that quickly turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Man the smell is pretty awesome. From the bottle I get a nice mocha chino like coffee and vanilla cream, then in the glass it has more of a chocolate/vanilla tone.

T - Well it is quite good and balanced, drinks almost like a mocha coffee really. Smooth chocolate undertones, nowhere near as chalky as I expected for a porter. Coffee is mild yet balanced perfectly with the hops.

M - Smooth and silky with a high ABV and a medium chewy body it's one great porter.

Overall for sure one of the best coffee porters I ever had and totally worth the 8 bucks I paid for it. Maybe someday they will put it in 4 packs (12oz) for a cheaper price. I would buy a case then!

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

22 ounce bomber bottle picked up at Abes Bottle Shop in Bethlehem for around $7. Poured into my shaker glass and appears a dark brown color with about an inch of tightly packed, creamy rich ecru foam. The foam settles to a thin layer after a minute or two leaving a thin lace on the inside of my glass. Smells of fresh roasted coffee beans and sweet molasses. Tastes of a well made iced mocha, bitter cocoa, milk chocolate, molasses, a bit more coffee and a slight hint of alcohol. Bitterness linger through the finish. A notch below full bodied with medium carbonation. Alcohol is barely present making this coffee porter, for me at least, very drinkable. Watch out for this one.

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

Dark, dusky brown, small to roasted tan head.

Roasty espresso nose. Black malt below the coffee aroma.

It's big and rich in the taste. But not too much.
Juuu-st right. Just the kiss of the coffee, but unfortuntely not quite enough of the porter. But, hold my tongue, (or typing fingers)...it's getting bigger and wider, richer and deeper.

Personally, I could go for a more robust body, but that's just me. This leaner bodied,smooth porter drinks very well and delivers the coffee flavor without becoming difficult to muster through.

I'm having this with dinner before going to work, because I know too well what would happenm if I tried to drink it when I get home at 3:45 am. I'd stay up until 6 am, try to sleep, get up at 9...and feel crappy all day, crashing long before my "bedtime".

Roasted, toasted,and just delicious stuff, recommended for all coffee lovers.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, barriques...pretty excited about this purchase after seeing its positive review here

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appearance: poured into a great dane imperial pint glass, big dark mahogany body, creamy chocolate cap and great lacing left behind - this one has the visuals of a winner

smell: not overpowering, nice current of roasted coffee and creamy chocolate, touch of vanilla

taste: this beer is quite nice - very creamy chocolate mudslide with thick waves of fresh roasted coffee...espresso bean and a nice backlash of alcohol to keep you in line. very good effort

mouthfeel: silky smooth, great balance of flavor and alcohol

drinkability: great

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Black with ruby highlights and thin brown head.

S - Strong roasted coffee aroma, roasted malt, and chocolate. Wow is that a fresh roasted coffee aroma.

T - Fresh roasted coffee and roasted malts with a touch of chocolate. Again a very fresh coffee taste just like the aroma.

M - Medium mouthfeel with low carbonation and a slight astringency.

D - Really only a baltic porter based on abv. Very smooth and tasty.

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Photo of kawilliams81
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1st review of new batch!
Served in a Alesmith Horny Devil snifter.

A- Pours dark black with 1 finger mocha head. Nice blotches of lacing remain on the glass.

S- Roasted malts, coffee, and maybe a little pine.

T- Sweet roasted malts, coffee, anise and has just enough bitterness to notice.

M- Medium body and carbonation. Nice creamy body and very, very drinkable at 9.2%.

O- Only knew I had this 3 years ago because I have the label, but very glad a picked up a few bottles. Great body and flavor that a lot of porters lack.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a thin but pretty tan head. Very pleasant lightly sweet nose of fruit and dark chocolate that gets more and more floral as the beer opens. Lovely creamy mouth feel with solid medium to heavy body and rich creamy coffee/dark chocolate flavors and lightly sweet roasted malt. Called a "coffee porter," this is one of the nicest "imperial stouts" I've tried in a long time. Appealing with layers of flavor and lots of complexities, this would go with lots of different foods and even many desserts.

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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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Photo of beerwolf77
4.23/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Andy for bringing this over last night. Poured into my pint glass the beer is dark chocolate brown with blood red edges when held to the light. The dark tan head explodes to a full three inches before cascading like rain and leaving tiny bits of lace around the glass.

The aroma is full on roast malt and black coffee. Hints of chocolate and molasses. That's about it.

The flavor is a mirror of the nose. Pure black coffee. Mild bitterness with rich roast malt and cocoa. Super smooth and drinkable.

Full body some chewwiness. Low carbonation.

Overall great coffee porter. This would be a perfect beer with some bacon and eggs.

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Photo of bakeller
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Thanks to tuo for this bomber

A: Pours pitch black with a beautiful 2 finger frothy, creamy mocha head that slowly dissipated leaving thick lacing on the glass. A nice rim follows the beer down the glass as you drink.

S: Smell is rich with coffee and dark chocolate notes predominating. There is a faint hint of sweet malt. Really has a wonderful aroma that only gets better as it warms.

T: As soon as the drink hits your tongue, the coffee stands out and coats the palate. As it washes down the throat, the sweet chocolate after taste lingers for quite a while. There is a slight bitterness to the taste but is to be expected. Overall really fantastic tasting.

M: Smooth and creamy throughout. There is mild carbonation. Really coats the mouth well and has a velvety texture. No real boozy notes but has a nice warming feeling.

D: Can certainly polish off a bomber by myself in a night but would limit it to one. The richness and heavy/creamy texture of the beer make it one to be savored.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ffejherb for sharing a bottle of this with me.

Poured a deep dark brown color with thin tan head into a goblet. OK retention left spotty lacing. Smells of coffee, caramel, roasted malt, soy sauce, leather, and smoke. Tastes of milk chocolate, caramel, dark fruits, roasted malt, coffee, and a touch of smoke mixed with some slight saltiness and earthy hop finish. Medium in body with low carbonation. Smooth and roasty. Nice balance of sweet, roasty, and salty. Easy to drink, a nice brew from Two Brothers that hides its alcohol quite well.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jungle Jims.

Poured black color with a large frothy brown head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate roasted malty and chocolate aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and flat carbonation. Medium dark chocolate and coffee bittersweet flavor with medium dark sweet finish of moderate duration.

Solid complex beer.

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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
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