Red Eye Coffee Porter | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
415
Reviews:
163
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my midwest connection akokandy for this nice little treat. I can't get enough coffee stouts/porters...

Pours pitch black as night with a nice coffee colored head that dissipates leaving something similar to a ridiculously strong shot of espresso sitting atop this beer.

The smell of this is outstanding, it really comes across like a slap of fresh roasted coffee across your face. It really is amazing smelling. That awesome coffee presence combines with some dark chocolate/cocoa and a small amount of brown sugar as well. Good stuff.

Taste is absolutely heavenly. Lots of fresh roasted coffee goodness along with malty sweetness. Just about perfect as far as coffee beers go. The dark coffee bitterness is so well done in this beer as well as the nice malt back to balance it out, its almost like that first time you had a super hoppy yet balanced dIPA. This is very well balanced.

The creamy mouthfeel and sheer enjoyment of drinking this beer make me wish I could get a six pack of it nearby. I'll enjoy this bomber and seek out some more probably. Awesome job TB.

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Photo of JxExM
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrWalterWhite
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Stevie_Janowski
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of spointon
4.48/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this one at the Auld Dubliner in Bolingbrook, IL on 4/24/09. I poured this one from a brown bomber bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This ale poured a super dark black-brown with zero light penetration and a beautiful 2" dense creamy tan head. The head dropped slowly and evetually settled to a thin but solid cap. Some decent spotty lace present.

S= Smell was dominated by roasted grains and coffee beans, with sweetness and chocolate present too.

T= Delicious blend of roasty sweet/bitter malt, espresso, treacle, chocolate, and faint earthy hops. All killer no filler. Finish was mildly dry and left an incredible aftertaste. Alcohol was very much subdued despite the abv.

MF= Slightly heavier than medium bodied, with a soft carbonation level and creamy mouthfeel.

D= Totally drinkable, almost dangerously so. Easily of of the best coffee infused beers I have had to date.

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Photo of Rasputin
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at Binny's in Skokie.

A - beer looks great. I'm not much of an appearance guy.

S - great coffee aromas

T - like review #1 above, very reminiscent of iced coffee. I like iced coffee, and I loved this. Coffee is strong, but not overpowering. Sweet, but not inappropriately so.

M - velvety smooth.

D - this is 9%? You'd never know. Goes down smooth.

This is one of the top coffee-based brews I've ever had. Highly recommended to anyone who's ever enjoyed the style. Seems to be pretty well-caffeinated, wouldn't suggest drinking the whole bomber shortly before bed.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had a few from Two Brothers' Retro Series releases, and thusfar have enjoyed them all, from the Mild Bitter to the Pillar of Salt. I hope this release, the first of their series, measures up to the others.

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized snifter. Pours very much like a stout would; dark liquid, a 1/4" tan head that dissipates, leaving a thin collar that clings to the sides , witha small island of thin head in the middle, punctuated only by the ocassional larger bubble that pops off the side.

Has a rich, creamy oaty aroma, with notes of vanilla, toffee, hints of bourbon, and maple. Oddly, though this is called a "coffee porter", I get no coffee or mocha smells.

The taste, however, is a different story. Has a weak coffee mocha start, with creamy oats, a leafy geen taste, and a mildly coffee bitter finish. Think an iced coffee that's had whole cream added and minimal sweetener, but maltier, with a definite hop finish.

Medium to full bodied, it feels more like a milk stout than a porter. THere's a creaminess and lack of bitter bite that you associate more with the milk stout than a true porter.

This ale hides its alchohol well; this clocks in at 9%, but has more of a 5% feel to it. Creamy and tasty, with a nice aroma profile and decent oat taste, this is an enjoyable brew. While ther are coffee notes there, however, many RIS and other porters have more of a coffee flavor than this does. Perhpas the distinction is that this is brewed with coffee beansm and those are brewed with malts and hops that give it a coffee flavor. Indeed, this has some of the same flavors I love from teh Hoppin' Frog Boris stout that is filterd through their coffee bean tower. A nice ale and one worth trying if you can find it.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A nice jet black with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly.

S: Scent is all coffee. Smells like a fresh pot of gourmet coffee. I'm a big fan of coffee beers and coffee, so this was a huge plus for me.

T: Once again, very heavy on the coffee notes, some sweet undertones. Coffee is followed by a hints of dark chocolate. Tastes like a delicious iced coffee. The 9.2% abv is very well masked by the bold coffee flavors. The porter maltiness complements the coffee flavors well. This is delicious!

M: Medium body, with an increasingly velvety texture as it warms.

D: This is an excellent combination of coffee and beer. It is now among my favorite coffee beers.

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Photo of caminiti
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Coffee.
Cant describe this beer without that word, for sure. Im a big fan of the coffee stouts, and this was better than most of those. Picked up a bomber at Halftime in Poughkeepsie, poured into a stolen pint glass, dark, with a small head that sticks around for a while. Smell of malts but mainly coffee, of all the beers Ive had, this had the most coffee taste. Felt a little sticky or gummy, an odd feeling, in the mouth. On the whole, a fantastic beer and worth trying.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz bottle all to myself.

Pours a dark but clear brown and develops a very thin tan head that maintains a rim through consumption.

Very nice strong coffee aroma. Interesting because too strong an aroma would be a negative, but in this case there is something attractive about the deepness of this coffee aroma.

Coffee is there in the flavor in the perfectly balanced amount.

Four sips in on the second time drinking this and I'll claim it's the best Two Brothers beer I've had. Admittedly, I've had some let downs and average experiences. This one has me adjusting my expectations - up.

Silky smooth with a hit of coffee on the finish. Also picking up what I believe is roasted or chocolate malt on the finish.

A surprising "eye opener" of a beer.

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Photo of AuntBea
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle shared and poured into an American Tumbler pint. 23.3 degrees plato, 40 IBUs, and 9.2% ABV, but no date. Thanks to Todd for helping drinking this one!

A - Pours almost black with dark brown-ruby colored highlights. The dark tan head is bigger than three fingers and cascades down beautifully. Great retention and stages of thick lacing on the glass.

S - Tons of roasted malts with a big coffee nose and a chocolate compliment. Very good but to totally one-dimensional. I love the black coffee nose in the aroma.

T - The roasted malts butst out with force and coat the tongue with a low sweetness, semi-sweet chocolate, and lots of dark, bitter coffee. Very flavorful.

M - Completely full-bodied and rich with a smooth, velvet-like feel and a dry, bitter finish. Lots of balance with a good carbonation level.

D - At 9.2%, the alcohol is very well hidden and it's just a well rounded beer with a great flavor. A must-drink for a coffee-beer lover. A bit less coffee than I expected in the flavor but still very awesome!

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

22 oz. Dark brown pour with some ruby edges. A finger of cream head. Wouldn't say it laced to much, but retention was ok.

Aroma has a hefty dose of chocolate and caramel, some peat and a hint of roast malt and coffee. Smells great really.

Taste is equally nice. Earthy and roast coffee notes are stronger in the flavor, to accompany the caramel, chocolate and toffee. Finishes with a nice dose of chocolate coffee.

Good solid medium body. Alcohol is not present and quite surprising that it is 9%? Is that right?
Thought this one was a home run, if you like coffee or not. A great Porter, more Baltic than American.

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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 Gehrig
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich extremely brown-to-black body with a thick finger of mocha tan froth; good lacing and moderate duration. Lush coffee and chocolate aromas, roasted and nutty coffee with chocolate; terrific. Coffee certainly leads the way in the flavor, but milk chocolate and a bit of sweet berry in the finish have me thoroughly impressed.

Good texture, smooth and easy-going as porter should be. This was a real treat, easily one of the very best Two Brothers makes. Excellent porter, no question about it.

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

Charred coffee bean mahogany with meager highlights of cranberry red and 24-karat gold. The three finger head is an appealing shade of golden brown sugar beige and is immensely creamy. It's also doing a great job festooning the pint glass with a surprisingly generous amount of 'frost on a windowpane' lace.

TBBC calls this offering 'an Imperial Baltic porter' brewed with fair trade coffee. Whether Baltic or American makes no difference in the end because this is wonderful smelling beer. The java isn't overwhelming, which allows the chocolatiness of the roasted malts to come through loud and clear.

Red Eye Coffee Porter is one of this brewery's finest ales. As in the nose, the flavor is a near perfect melding of dark malt and coffee. There's still some hoppiness hanging around as well (February release), which adds another layer of deliciousness. Yet another positive is that alcohol is barely noted... its effect on the central nervous system notwithstanding.

Specifics include bittersweet chocolate, dark caramel, roasted coffee beans, a surprising amount of grapefruit citrusiness and a wee splash of vanilla. What was a 4.0 for flavor in the top half of the bomber might just make it to 4.5 once the bottom half arrives. This is compulsively drinkable beer.

Even though the mouthfeel is slightly small for the style and the ABV, it's as smooth as silk and is built for speed. The laid back carbonations is right up my big beer alley.

With the possible exception of Cane & Ebel, Red Eye Coffee Porter is the best and most drinkable Two Brothers beer to have entered my glass. The combination of roasted and chocolate malts, coffee and citrusy hops is very well done. I'll be on the lookout for more of this outstanding ale on all future trips through the Chicago area. Highly recommended.

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Photo of stephensinner
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

*2012 Update*

After longing for this beer for years I was quite suprised to see it on a shelf in NYC last week. I bought the bottle and prepares to see how my palate has changed. I won't do a full review, because the specific sentiments remain unchanged.
I will say that it tastes even better now than it did then (and I really liked it back then). It is smooth, tasty, well-balanced, and allows ALL the flavours to shine. Its no coffee bomb like so many others. I'm raising my overall score to reflect this opinion. Once again, good job 2bros; don't make us wait so long for this beer again.

Split a 1.5 year-old 22oz bomber. Poured into a tumbler.

A: Very pretty beer! Pours a very dark ruby and even with the age forms an impressive three fingered latte-coloured head. Looks a lot like FBS. The head shrinks soon, but leaves good lacing.

S: Robust oats and sweetness; a hint of coffee.

T: The smooth blend of a Baltic porter come through first and then the robust espresso follows, leaving a black coffee aftertaste.

D: Drinkability is good for a beer of this strength, but the alcohol is clearly present. However, its gives off a warming effect, and coupled with the creamy smoothness of the brew, it makes this a very satisfying drink.

Overall: This is an tasty beer! It is robust and bursting with flavour. Not the end-all of coffee porters/stouts, but a delicious brew that is both smooth and soothing. I do believe that the year and a half have helped develop its character and would definitely buy again. Recommended!

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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 leg0pc
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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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Red Eye Coffee Porter from Two Brothers Brewing Company
4.04 out of 5 based on 415 ratings.
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