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 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 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 samie85
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours an opaque jet black with a finger and a half of light brown head.

A nice coffee aroma with some chocolate, cocoa, and some earthy hops.

Coffee is the dominant flavor here with some cocoa and dark, roasted bitterness on the finish.

The feel is very smooth at first with medium body and thins towards the back of the palate with low carbonation.

I didn't have the original iteration of this beer, so I have nothign to compare it to, however, it's a very easy drinking and delicious beer... it doesn't seem anywhere close to 9.2%. I'd peg this at 6.5% if I was blindfolded.

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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 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 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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Photo of stouts4me
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice red-brown-tan mixture. I used a pint glass. Head is full and stays for the whole while, lacing is very well pronounced.

you smell a subdued coffee aroma, very pleasing to the senses.Makes you hope the flavor is as nice.

And.... the flavor does not disappoint ! The label describes it as red ale brewed with coffee beans, I want to dig farther to find which beans, if they meld this nice with beer, they should be great on their own. Very good , no bitterness on the coffee flavor, which you taste on the way down.

smooth and silky mouthfeel, relaxing and quite tasty.

I could not feel the 9.2% in the taste, that is good for mee, could detract from the taste. For $6.99 in a bomber, very good beer.

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Photo of Etan
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle (from their anniversary series) into a Brooklyn tulip.

A: Pours a very dark brown with a decent off-white head. Red hues in the body.

S: Chocolate, rindish hops, grain, and earthy, pungent coffee grounds.

T: Rich blend of sweet chocolate and roasted coffee. Some dark fruits show up in the middle, along with a bit of mild, fruity hop bitterness.

M: A bit undercarbonated, but still has a nice, silky mouthfeel.

O: One of the best tasting, well-integrated coffee porters I've had to date. Avoids overly roasty or bitter notes in favor of richness.

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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 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 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 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 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 thydarkprevails
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber into a duvel tulip. Pours a dark brown with a inch thick tan head that fades and leaves decent lacing. Aroma is espresso, dark chocolate, and a slight hint of pine. Flavor is dark coffee, sweet cream, coco, roasted barley, and very moderate citrus bitterness. Medium to thin mouthfeel. Alcohol is slightly warming. Overall a good beer for the style.

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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 sleuthdog
3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a dark black with little to no head with moderate pour. Lacing is there but moderate at best.

S: First off is the obvious coffee. Actually what comes to mind is coffee grounds. Next I pick up some bitter chocolate notes with some faint molasses. The alcohol is apparent on the nose but not overpowering by any means. Some slight carbonation is observed.

T: as it is a coffee porter but not over the top. Nice roasted malt taste with nutty notes. The alcohol burn is evident as I swirl the beer but is well disguised at 9.2%. Some semi-sweet chocolate with dark fruit is there as well.

M: Fairly thin but creamy at the same time. This does not really coat my mouth and I would not call it chewey but the mouthfeel is nice for the style. I expected it to be a little more oily from the appearence but I am not disappointed.

O: This one is good, not really good, but good.
I enjoyed that it is a coffee porter without the coffee being too much. The other flavors were compimenting this brew nicely

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Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red Eye

Poured into a snifter @ The Roundhouse.

Very dark in color, leaving zero light transfer. A fingers worth of cream colored head. Tons of lace.

The nose has (you guessed it) coffee, roasted malts, bitter chocolate and a touch of heat.

The taste is big and robust. A lot of coffee and an abundance of bitter cocoa nibs makes up most of the taste. Tons of roasted malt. Well hidden ABV.

The mouthfeel is great. Warm and full bodied with a creamy texture. Low carbonation.

Overall, I can easily see why the demand for this beer was so high. Great flavors. A Northwind trumper for sure.

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Photo of gigaknight
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours opaque with a deep cola red at the edges in the light. Half finger head of ecru head slowly breaks down and remains as a nice ring around the edge. Mild lacing begins quickly, and tiny bubbles plop through the murky film, suggested at least some mild carbonation.

S- As one might assume, coffee greets the nose and is accompanied by a creamy lactic tanginess. Not to be confused with the somewhat astringent character of oxidized coffee, this smells nutty, creamy, and mild. Roasted malt carries the back end along with a whiff of sweet molasses.

T- Sweet and lactic coffee begins the palate very softly, then, after a moment, bigger roasty malt sweetness and bakers chocolate power through. Some herbal and molasses notes show up as well, finishing with a bit of well-integrated alcohol warmth and plenty of complex dried fruit character. Some very faint citrusy hop character seemed to augment the complexity of each flavor. I was expecting the coffee to be much more robust, and though it was indeed mild, this didn't necessarily detract from the beer. The coffee notes were well integrated, and didn't steal the spotlight from the very tasty malt bill or masterfully light hopping.

M- I think the mouthfeel is the strongest point of this already impressive beer. The very meaning of silky is exemplified in this mouthfeel, which balances an enduring yet mild mouth-coating sweetness with enough dryness to finish relatively clean. Chews spectacularly, and doesn't foam up at all when doing so. I could just bathe in this.

O- Though not much of a gobsmacker flavor-wise, the luxurious mouthfeel really bowled me over and made the palate seem fittingly relaxed, surrounding coffee with complementary flavors and textures rather than hiding everything else under the coffee. For the price and fact that it's now a limited release, I'd definitely recommend this one.

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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 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 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 customfishcom
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

No longer being made and word has it at the Tap House, it's not coming back. That's a very sad thing because as coffee porters go this was the very best. Flavors of intense coffee while being smooth as silk and exceptionally drinkable. You shall be missed on tap, Red Eye.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours near black with a very thin head. The nose is just straight, dominant coffee. A bit of roasted malt in the background. Slight hints of chocolate. The taste really brings down the coffee as well as some highly-roasted malt. Nice, dry mouthfeel with a bit of booze. Really heavy in its few flavors, but they are done well.

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