Red Eye Coffee Porter | Two Brothers Brewing Company

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Red Eye Coffee PorterRed Eye Coffee Porter

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Two Brothers Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Rotating

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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 charlesw
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Well. After all of the unbalanced IS and RIS of these last weeks, it's refreshing to get something so balanced. Yeah, yeah, not the same style and all, but, sheesh. There's balance and there's balance. I mean, seriously.

So, dark. Smallish head of dark bubbles. My beer is still almost covered and it's been in the glass (waiting patiently for me) for nearly 15 minutes. That rocks. It would be perfect if it were a touch higher.

Smells of dry smoked malts. Par for the style.

Those 15 minutes let it warm and now it's tasting quite different than it did drinking it straight cold. Interesting. A lot more chocolate milk going on. Still, nothing like Founders BS, eh? Light coffee, that chocolate milk, a creeping bitterness (the longer you keep it in your mouth the more it comes on. Weird. Cool. Weird!). Nothing really hits you - just a nice balance. My complaint is that the mouthfeel and flavor come across as a little thin - it could be better if it were just a touch thicker in taste and mouth. The same flavors, mind you, just a touch more. Raising the mash temp could surely help.

I suppose I'd drink a lot of this if it were available.

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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 CHSLBrew
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed on a pleasant Sunday afternoon reading a book.

A-Black beer, opaque as all hell. Solid tan head, nicely sustaining, reduced down to a slim layer.

S-A bit of roasted malt, with big coffee aromas and a hint of chocolate.

T-Coffee off the bat, as expected, then a chocolate enters with a nice bitterness, a mix of the coffee flavor/bitter with a hoppy bitterness. Finishes with hints of coffee beans mixed in a chocolate maltiness and roasty bitter.

M-Medium carbonation. Medium body, slick. Surprisingly, a bit warming, with the alcohol otherwise very well hidden.

D-A very nice coffee character, assertive but far from overwhelming. Very good, and easy to drink, despite the higher ABV.

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Photo of hopdog
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle.

Poured a dark black color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of coffee/coffee grounds, roastiness, and some chocolate. Tastes of coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel, and vanilla. The coffee was stronger in the aromas. The body was a tad on the thinner side with the alcohol content well hidden.

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

On tap at th e Clark Street Alehouse in Chicago, served in a 12 oz tulip snifter.
The darkest brown liquid with an inch of creamy tan head. Long lasting foam, very nice looking lace. Nice legs coating the glass. The first smell is cold pressed coffee, also some cocoa present. Creamy chocolate and coffee flavors. Semi-sweet bitter chocolate taste to finish. Lots of rich roast malt flavors hold eveything together. Some warming sensation, but no alcohol burn even as it warmed up. Coffee was still the dominant flavor.
Medium to full bodied (thick mouthfeel, but not as much as an oatmeal stout) with a smooth, creamy texture. Low carbonation keeps it smooth, slightly oily coating left on the tongue. Very drinkable for a strong 9.2% porter.

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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 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 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 brokenleadedcask
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've had my eye on this one for a while, finally picked one up. Interesting take to use coffee in a porter instead of a stout. Typical MO for a porter, pitch brown body with creamy light brown head. Smells great, fresh coffee grounds, dark roasted malt, licorice and molasses. Nice sharp fair trade coffee or espresso taste with some faint hop presence. If it was a blind tasting, I'd be able to tell it was a porter and not a stout, it's got that distinct porter taste. Thick, bitter aftertaste but it didn't take away from the experience, it added to it. I drank the bomber by myself, so one was max, but enjoyed every sip.

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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 ppoitras
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle obtained in the No BS 4 BIF via dirtylou. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" brown head over the opaque dark brown/black brew. Head is quickly down to a swirly skim, with leggy slow-falling lace. Aroma is rich coffee. Taste is sweet coffee from start to finish, with alcohol warming at the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is excellent. Scary easy to drink this one.

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pitch black with a couple of inches of dark tan head. Head dissipates quickly

S: Coffee, chocolate, and smokey, roasted malts, though the aromas are somewhat muted and not very pronounced.

T: Very clean taste at first, then moves into coffee flavors, finish is complex. A slight coffee bitterness (as opposed to a hop bitterness) coats the back of the tongue. Very much like a chilled, alcoholic coffee.

M: Medium body, light carbonation. Again, a slight bitterness on the tongue and sides of mouth.

D: Overall, a good, but not great, beer. Would have expected the aromas to be a little more pronounced. However, this is pleasant, drinkable beer, though I don't think I could drink more than one in a sitting.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a straight black with no real highlights or other colors to speak of. No real head to speak of either. Looks a lot The aroma is mostly coffee, but still ha a ver noticeable sophistication. Black coffee aroma thats so good, it has its own faint creamy aroma and very complex roastiness. The alcohol rounds the aroma out with a thoughtful integration. The taste has premium dark roast coffee beans that get some half & half in the middle of the palate. Gives a velvety texture at that point. The finish is strong and roasty and the abv. adds depth to the creaminess of this coffee. The coffee flvor stays consistant throughout all 22 oz. t gets more complex and refined at the middle and finish of the palate. A very awesome beer from the brothers.

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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 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 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 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)'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 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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Photo of KarlHungus
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing (which is adequate for a coffee beer). The aroma is of roasted malt and coffee. The aroma is rather simple, not overpowering, but nice nonetheless. The taste has more malty complexity than the aroma with coffee around the edges, and hints of chocolate. The mouthfeel is full bodied with a silky texture, and appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty beer that I will surely drink again. It might not be the most robust, or complex coffee porter/stout I've tasted, but it has enough good things going for it that every sip is interesting.

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Photo of BacklitAvenger
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Presentation - Brown 1 pint 6 oz bottle with catchy red orange and yellow label. Pours into my German stein, stein is bigger than 1 pint 6 oz, cool!

Appearance - Dark brown, with a luscious frothy tan head that rapidly rises to about a finger and remains for quite a long while. This stuff isn't a black color so much as very deep deep dark chocolate colored. Or for that matter very dark espresso. Mahogany around the edges. Lacing goes allll the way up, remaining with me the whole drink.

Smell - Not so much here, there's some malty smell, perhaps a cream note, and a coffee smell. To my surprise the coffee isn't all-consuming, blotting out the beer smells. Toffee maybe too?

Taste - This is a somewhat constrained porter, and the coffee is restrained even more so. This almost could pass as an oatmeal stout, in that it is strongly flavored, but gentle nonetheless. I had not drank this for a while, expecting it to be super rough and not mellow at all, but this is mellow if nothing else. First note is a roasty MALT taste, rather than coffee. There's then a pleasant coffee appearance, not bitter at all, but flavorful, although a bit one dimensional in its (non) complexity. Then there's the toffee and caramel that the porter needs followed by a HUGE wash of sweetness and chocolate, borne on a bed tasting slightly of cream. Then warm alcohol tones and then a roasty, almost crisp finish. This is an awfully sweet beer for such a crisp finish, but it works well for me.

Mouthfeel - Remember I said it could pass for an oatmeal stout? Well it's creamy as an oatmeal stout too, if not even more so. Basically imagine the high viscosity of a strong imperial porter married to the silkiness of an oatmeal stout, all the while buttressed by a thick ass fluffy head and low but adequate carbonation.

Drinkability - Lowered the score here just because this is thick shit, but not easy drinking thick shit. More like sip and savor. Too sweet to drink in any quantity I feel. Not a session brew. Add the caffeine to that and yeah, not a session beer.

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Photo of jwinship83
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my nonic.

A- very dark brown colored pour with only a small amount of red around the edges where the light can penetrate. small quickly falling coffee colored head with loads of sticky lace.

S- roasted malts and bitter coffee come through the most on this one. bakers chocolate is detected as well. no trace of alcohol.

T- dark and roasted malts up first. lots of milk and dark chocolate in the middle, and a great bitter rush of coffee and hops at the end. the alcohol is well hidden.

M- full bodied and rather thick. extremely smooth. slight warming from the alcohol on its way down.

D- very easy to finish, and something i can see myself having pretty often. glad to see two brothers tackle another style, and do it well. check this out if you get the chance.

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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 malcontent
4.63/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Into a nonic, Red Eye pours an imposing black hue with only hints of ruddy rouge around the edges. The head is a good two fingers and maintains itself sturdily. Lacing is sticky and copious. Wonderful.

Certainly, coffee sits in the pole position with its roasty, bittersweet aroma taking hold upon the first sniff. A caramel/chocolate interplay surfaces upon further inspection with just a touch of earthy hop character buried beneath the layers of goodness.

Rich, chocolate/malt sweetness warmly rises above the coffee and cream body that first stands out. Lush notes of brewers' licorice and cinnamon sing out as the fuller, more pronounced aspect of the brew subside. No real hop aspect to the flavor with just a hint of alcohol (an impressive feat of subterfuge at 9.2%).

Rich silky texture with a full body and relaxed, creamy carbonation to put an emphasis on a rather luxurious beer. Well, it's just lovely and one of the finest entries into the Two Brothers Artisanal cannon. After a few misfires, the Bros. Ebel are back with a real gem. Buy it. Now.

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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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