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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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Reviews: 162 | Ratings: 412
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - a very dark pour, a thin finger of creamy mocha foam on top. Nice layers of lace. The darkness is broken up only by some reddish hues around the bottom of the glass.

Aroma - light roastiness, not real intense but decent. A touch of coffee.

Taste - nice opening of roasted grain, slightly sweet. The coffee presence really comes on at the swallow, along with some dark chocolate. A bite of hops, just for balance. Ends with intense roasty and cocoa flavor. Lengthy coffee notes, impressive.

Mouthfeel - semi-smooth, average carbonation. Good body.

Drinkability - a fine coffee porter!

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Photo of dukedevil0
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few bombers for trade and one for me at Binny's Niles.

A: Pours dark dark brown almost black with a boatload of tan frothy head. As it settles down to a some froth around the edges it laces the glass very attractively.

S: Smells pleasant with coffee, light roastiness, surprisingly a little bit of hops, breadiness - the only knock here is that i smell a sweetness that is reminiscent of fake sweetener like aspartame.

T: Similar to the smell but the sweetness isn't a negative to me anymore as it really seems to complement the other flavors - coffee, light roast, a little tinge of hops - it goes down super fast and easy

M: It might be a tad thin for what I would want in a great porter, but it's still good and the thinner body helps this go down really easy. Lighter and smooth carbonation.

D: I'm really digging this beer and while it's not highly regarded, it's a coffee beer I can definitely keep coming back to. The coffee is well integrated in this beer and unlike so many BITTER coffee beers, this is more of a balanced or sweeter version. Good flavor, goes down easy, and 9.2%? sure doesn't feel like it, except for when I empty the bottle!

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Photo of prototypic
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Eye pours a very dark mahogany color. It's nearly opaque, but a there's a little light slicing through at the edges revealing nice burgundy highlights. A fluffy tan head stand two fingers tall and is extremely slow to dissipate. Thick, sticky waves of lace clung to the glass.

The nose is weak and only above average. I really want it to be better than it is. Hopefully it will open up as it warms. Edit: A little warming goes a long way. It does feature roasted coffee. Roasted malts are noted and are the primary feature here. Perhaps some light bittersweet chocolate makes its way into the mix. Molasses and brown sugar are secondary and add quality depth. Alcohol is easily noticeable on the tail.

The flavor is a step above the nose and dramatically improves as it warms a little. Roasted malts are the primary flavor up front. They mix with bittersweet chocolate to complete a nice overall malt profile. Roasted coffee emerges and really drives the flavor. That flavor tastes really nice (if you're into coffee). It seems somewhat acidic and bitter. Hardly a negative since it's consistent with the style. Brown sugar and molasses are indeed secondary components. They add quite a bit of character and depth. Tastes like they're might be some light hopping on the tail. Alcohol is noted, but isn't overly noticeable for 9.2%. It's nowhere near warm or hot. Finishes bitter and slightly acidic.

Red Eye's body is too thin and that tarnishes the overall experience a little. It comes across as anemic and is crying out for more body. Edit: It seems to thicken as it warms and a bump in score is warranted. Carbonation is very light. It's smooth, but needs a little more body to accomplish more. Drinkability is good. For a sizeable beer, it doesn't smell, taste, or feel nearly as big as it is. This bomber's disappearing pretty fast if that's any indication. It's still strong enough to command your respect. Good, it is.

Two Brothers did a nice job with Red Eye. It's overall a very enjoyable beer. A couple of tweaks could improve it. The nose needs a little work and a more substantial body would improve the overall experience. But, it's more than a solid beer and will appeal to any coffee fan. That being said, it's not so coffee heavy that others wouldn't enjoy it. Definitely worth picking up irrespective of whether or not you're a coffee fan.

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Photo of chicagoanbeerone
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is one of the 15 series really great tasting i was not disspointed by this beer at all. It had a very deep coffee aroma, smell and taste of malts, it tasted like it was oaked aged with the smoothness it had, it is a great beer with a nice kick, good like bourbon county but lighter overall i would definity have this beer again

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this brew from pochman for winning SNF Squares/Week 11, Thanks Ed!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

Pitch black with a creamy beige head that left a bunch of lacing.
Coffee beans fill my nose.
Taste is mostly coffee with a light touch of espresso-like bitterness on the finish.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.
A good drinkable porter.

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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.


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Photo of dbrauneis
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface. The beer has a thin tan head that very quickly reduces to a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts with some stronger notes of coffee.

T: The flavors start out with dark roasted malts and light amounts of creaminess. Then the coffee flavors really take over, strong coffee tastes. There is some subtle vanilla sweetness in the finish.

M: Medium bodied with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: Alcohol is very well hidden in this big beer (9.2% ABV) - cannot detect it at all. I really enjoyed that this kept true to the porter flavors and enhanced it with the coffee. A very nice sipping beer.

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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 stonequarrywest
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 poured into my breakfast Stout Pint..

Good black color with 1 finger thick head that was dirty brown... Lacing is there.

Smells of fresh roasted coffee...

really taste like a freshed roasted chilled coffee..and for a coffee lover that is great..little chocolate and raosted malts. Tiny hint of alcohol at first. but when it warms its really there.

Mouthfell is very nice with a carbonation that dances on the tongue. Very very drinkable..I think Ill have another..

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Photo of BigPlay1824
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a deep black with a two finger head that is medium mocha in color and lingers beautifully. the texture is quite creamy with nice large bubbles on top. dissipates leaving a ton of lacing on the glass
S: really delicious scent with plenty of roasted coffee malt notes and a slight sweetness like that of dark chocolate
T: begins with a really nice chocolate note which is not overpowering or too deep, nicely sweet, through he middle it mellows out a bit with gentle malt notes, but the finish, my god the finish is wonderful. pure and clean coffee, like just black coffee which is delicious and probably the closest note ive found in beer to actual coffee
M: medium high carbonation tingle, nicely thick on the palate but creamy enough, leaves the mouth feeling almost burnt, not dry but reminiscent of a bon fire
O: really delicious porter, quite drinkable and with phenomenal coffee notes, another good one from two brothers

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Photo of hawks10
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at the Two Brothers Tap House yesterday, served it in a snifter.

Pours dark black, at first I thought they accidently poured me a Northwind Imperial Stout.

Smells of coffee coffee coffee...first few sips were mostly just coffee...the more I sipped though, the more I really liked this beer, coffee taste gave way to a more sweet/malty and balanced brew as it warms.

Thick and creamy mouthfeel with the alcohol being very well hidden...was quite suprised to learn this brew is 9.2%...felt no alcohol burn and would definately want to drink a few more of these.

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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 bluemoonswoon
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A: Nice thick inch and a half head toffee colored head, deep brown liquid nearly black with touches of scarlet. Lacing is quite plentiful, with a long lasting head. Doesn't look as viscous as other Baltic porters, but still a damn fine looking beer.

S: Dry and leafy hops, a surprisingly restrained amount of coffee aroma which is nice to see and does not overpower the subtler aspects of this beer, which displays touches of dark chocolate, toffee and hazelnut. This beer is a pleasure to smell.

T/MF: Here is where the coffee is, rich and roasty with a raspy kind of dry/chocolaty bitterness, finish gets a bit sweeter, a bit fruitier with a dollop of chocolate sauce and caramel tossed on top. Feel is pretty light for a Baltic porter, carbonation is great, soft and chewy with a nice, coating thickness but is still light enough to dance across the palate.

D: This is a damn tasty beer that Two Brothers is offering up, a great use of coffee in a beer, but in terms of fitting a style this one seems a bit too distant from the Baltic porter style to make it truly great in that area. As a coffee beer it's top notch.

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently enjoyed the Hop Juice by Two Brothers, and this is their Coffee Porter. Here is my review:

A: Pours a pitch black color. Stout black. Head is actually a lighter tan than expected. Lacing is present.

S: Coffee is the main component. Lots of roast. Smells very good.

T: Again, lots and lots of coffee. Very fresh, roasted coffee. A little acidic as well. Lots of roasted malts. Tastes like a really nice Imperial Coffee Stout.

M: Tastes like a stout, feels like a porter. This is probably the weakest point of the beer in my opinion. Medium bodied and not creamy like I was expecting. Still good though.

D: Drinks very smoothly, and with the lighter body, not as filling as one might expect.

I have had a few of the lower ABV Two Brothers beers, and wasn't too impressed. After trying a couple of their Imperial Ales, my opinion of the brewery took a 180 turn. Not the best coffee stout/porter I have had, but still very solid and worth seeking out.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 2012 edition, poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark chocolate brown, nearing black, topped with a finger of creamy tan head, decent retention, awesome lacing.

S- Lots of coffee right off the bat, dark chocolate, some molasses and charred grain.

T- Blend of strong coffee and dark chocolate notes, the coffee is super roasted and on the astringent side, but th chocolate does a good job balancing it. Has a bit of fruit and molasses in there, some citric, piney hops just barely detectable in the background. Finishes with light coffee and milk chocolate sweetness.

M- Medium-bodies, very very smooth and creamy feel. Coats the palate with velvety goodness.

O- A very tasty coffee porter, flavors are great and the feel /drinkability is just as good, definitely give this a try.

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Photo of emmasdad
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dan for bringing this one over the other night. A very enjoyable beer, and looking back now, I am surprised that this one was over 9 percent. A very smooth and easy to drink beer, the alcohol is hidden behind a good front of roasted malts, good roasted coffee beans, vanilla, dark chocolate and just a little cream. One of the better coffee porters I've had.

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Photo of kegger22
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with a moderate head that dissipated to a thin skin. The aroma coffee. The taste was coffee and chocolate. Red Eye calls itself a coffee porter but drank like a stout. There was also a nice malt sweetness. The feel is full bodied with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability was pretty good for a 9+ ABV. Kind of a wolf in sheep's clothing. Good Beer.

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Photo of bonkers
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was my Easter morning brew, which I split with my cousin. I poured from a 22 ounce bottle into 2 coffee cups. It was a dark/black brew with an ample tan head. Sweet coffee and chocolate ruled the nose. It has a nice coffee flavor, sweet and creamy. The finish lingers, slightly bitter. It was real creammy and had a nice full mouth feel. The carbonation was average to high. I felt it had exceptional drinkability for a coffee porter, highly recomend it. Thanks to Dunt for the bottle.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brass Rail Deli, Campbelltown, PA on 3/30/09.

A - Poured an earthy brown body with burgundy highlights around the bottom and one-finger creamy tan head that settled to a quarter inch of retention and left adequate lacing around the glass.

S - Coffee and sweet cream with a prevalent chocolate presence and milky character. Subtle earthy hops appear in the back, and some mild alcohol crept into the mix, especially as it warmed up a bit.

T - Flavor combines milk chocolate with coffee and a touch of sweet cream, then gradually segues into a more semi-sweet chocolate character, which adds a dose of bitterness to the flavor profile. Finishes with a moderate earthy bitter aspect.

M - Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy yet slightly oily texture and soft carbonation. Finishes with a subtle bitterness on the palate.

D - The 9.2% ABV remained well-concealed except for a touch of heat in the nose as it warmed up. I found this to be a very drinkable porter that was actually a bit more heavy on the chocolate rather than the coffee.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark. Opaque. Tan head. Hefty lacing.

S: Chocolate. Coffee. Fantastic malts.

T: Wow. Right in line with nose. Nice chocolate coffee and caramel flavors.

M: Full-bodied thick. Just right on the carbonation.

D: 10% ABV makes this more of a sipper. But what a sipper!!!

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a snifter at Two Bros.

Great looking porter- this is practically opaque. The lighting inside of Two Bros. was not that intense but I couldn't see any peeking through this one. Nice thick and foamy head that is colored like a heavily creamed coffee... imagine that.

Obviously... coffee, in a good way. There is a slight detection of alcohol, but not overwhelming in any way.

This is one of the more unique tasting porters I've had, simply delicious. To beat a dead horse... more coffee. Roasted malt is heavy as well combined with chocolate, almost like a chocolate mocha, but with alcohol. Yes, the alcohol is present, but not to the extent you would think at 9.2%.

The mouthfeel was good, but I was not overly impressed as I was in the taste. It starts creamy but finishes with a little bite in the carbonation that put me off just a little.

Drinkability is where this one takes a hit. It's best attribute (taste) is also it's downfall. This is a good beer to have as an after dinner liquid dessert but I can't see drinking it consistantly.

I've had this one from a bomber as well and it is smoother on tap.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A true taste of how far my palate has come. I loved this one long ago.

Pours black with a thin wispy tan head.

Smells predominantly of coffee with a little smoke and chocolate.

Taste follows although without as much smoke. The coffee isn't quite as strong as other coffee beers I've had. A little chocolately sweetness at the end.

Good medium thick mouthfeel. Good for a porter. Medium-low carbonation. Didn't realize how strong it was until I checked the label. Definitely smooth for 9.2%

A pretty solid beer although short of world class. There are lots of good subtle flavors in this, but it's lacking that oomph to put it over the edge. Still very glad they brewed this again and will be enjoying it again if possible.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber into a snifter

Pours black in color, actually a very dark mahogany-ruby when held up to the light. A one inch tan head forms on top then falls to a skim which stays throughout. Mild lacing is left on the glass.

Aroma is mostly of coffee, a bit of dark chocolate, and a hint of some cherry and berries. A very light alcohol too.

Taste is of chocolate with a sweet kick up front with some of the cherry and mixed berries fruit character in the middle. Coffee comes out most towards the finish but it's not acrid in any way, very smooth bitterness going down.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, great creamy texture, quite drinkable.

Not my favorite coffee beer but a very good one either way. Definitely recommend picking up a bottle if you like coffee.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. Pours near black with a faint hue of brown near the edge of the glass....pretty much black. Huge tan head with great retention and lacing. Aromas are fruity with coffee and hints of chocolate and malts. Mouth-feel is medium and coats the palate well. Definitely coffee is up front, and in the middle, and in the finish. As far as other flavors go, mild malt, little bit of chocolate, slight roast for bitterness. There is a lot of coffee going on. I did expect this given the name, but I was hoping for more of the porter to come through. Alcohol is well concealed at 9.2%. As it warms, the porter qualities are starting to come through. Alcohol is warming; it is also malty and sweet. Better balance with the coffee. Worth a try and recommendable.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 412 ratings.
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