Red Brick Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter | Atlanta Brewing Company

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Atlanta Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-14-2009

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by greenjeff4141:
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4.54/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a creamy, dark brown--almost black. Nice 2-3 finger head with decent retention.

S: Smell is like caramel, hops and fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. Very buttery and rich.

T: Very flavorful. No sweetness, but dark roasted goodness, chocolate, hops, a smidgen of alcohol and ends with a nice bitter bite.

M: Very smooth and a good carbonation gives the beer a nice balance.

D: Extremely drinkable. I could down a four pack easily although I would surely pay for it with the well hidden ABV.

A very nice porter. I go back and forth between IPAs and Porters for my favorite style and this is definitely one of my fav porters.

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Photo of brownbeer
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pours deep mahogany with deep red highlights and a thick, light brown head that leaves substantial lacing throughout.

Appetizing aroma of oatmeal and chocolate with light roasty notes. Fairly simple, but it has a hearty breakfast-like vibe about it.

The taste pretty much lives up to expectation, not much to get excited about, chocolate, a hint of smoke, and a roasty finish.

Nice, full, body with a light alcohol presence, overall, a tasty brew that is well worth trying, especially with bacon and eggs.

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Photo of iemailjack
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single bottle from ABC Liquors in Tampa.

Poured into a small ale glass. A dark brown brew, with a great deal of visible carbonation. Thin tan head, with some noticeable retention. Looks a great deal like coke.

Nose is malty with notes of coffee and bitter chocolate.

A pretty tasty porter, but the name really gave this brew expectations it couldn't live up to. A brew that boasts to be a "double chocolate oatmeal porter" should really be more robust. As it stands, it was merely a good porter, with notes of roasted malt and chocolate. Expected it to be a lot more like Young's, I suppose.

Thin, with spritzy carbonation.

Despite my disappointment, this was a tasty little brew, easy to drink. I just think the bar was set too high with the naming.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a jet black body with a light tan head in a big bubbly cloud.
S- There is a tartness with oatmeal notes followed by a roasted chocolate bitterness hint in the finish.
T- This beer has a tart roasted chocolate note with a soft char note with some coffee roast qualities. There is a bitterness in the finish that is almost inky with a roasted flavor that lingers along with the bitterness.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a soft nice fizz finish and a faint alcohol warmth.
D- There is a nice oatmeal flavor with a nice full roasted note and some chocolate flavors are present but soft aswell. No a lot of depth but taste non the less.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, shipped by borat in what will go down as the most porters ever shipped in one foam box

appearance: served in a great dane imperial pint, dark mahogany body, creamy tan head, pretty nice lacing

smell: big bold aroma - cocoa nibs, french roast, roasted malt, creamy and chocolatey, oatmeal

taste: doesnt hit on the same level as the aroma, but good - heavy roasted malt, moderate bitterness, dry dark chocolate, roasted coffee, earthy peat presence

mouthfeel: dry, roasty, lingering bitterness

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of ximarealboy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass. paid $5 for a 4 pack on sale.

appearance: poured a thick off white head that didnt stick around too long. very dark, let some light through when backlit. decent lacing.

smell: smells wonderful. chocolate, coffee, and toffee, stick out the most. a faint smokiness lingering in the background.

taste: for a double chocolate oatmeal porter, the chocolate is pretty tame. i thought the chocolate would have been the highlight, but its actually more coffee than chocolate. not bad, but left me looking for more. short finish with chocolate and coffee lingering for about a minute.

mouthefeel: medium bodied, silky mouthfeel. carbonation is spot on.

drinkability: could probably drink 2-3 in a session. very smooth beer.

overall: it was an overall pleasurable experience. its not worth $10 though. luckily i got it on sale for $5 for a 4 pack. if i want a chocolate beer, im going to stick with left hand milk chocolate stout. dont get me wrong though, it is a pretty good beer. ill give it a 7.5/10 just a little better than average.

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Photo of Thur123
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a Coca Cola color with one small finger of light khaki head that fades slowly into a thin layer. The carbonation seems pretty full and quick and it rushes to the top of the glass. The smell is light chocolate and an effervescent cream smell that's just slightly roasted from the oatmeal.

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The flavor at first is light and is the followed by big bitter chocolate which is in turn followed by a lighter more cocoa powder like taste. The mouth feel is full and creamy and delivers the pretty single minded chocolate flavor with a creaminess that really makes this a good brew. Overall a great offering from just a good brewer IMO. Will get again. Also no alcohol taste at all.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 48 degrees into a snifter.

A: It pours black but lets a little light through and has a finger of off-white head that holds and laces well.

S: Milk chocolate, light roastiness, and some oatmeal. There is not a whole lot going on.

T: More milk chocolate, caramel, and light roastiness.

M: The body is much lighter than I expected with average carbonation and a weak finish.

D: Tastewise, this is better than Terrapin Moo-Hoo Stout. If only they would make it thicker and stronger...

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Photo of Bung
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. A nice dark brown pour with an overly bubbly dark cream colored head. WAY overly bubbly.

Aroma is fairly roasty. Chocolate, peat accent.

Taste is a pleasant roasty malt and dark chocolate with cocoa. Finishes a bit dry cocoa and very light roast espresso.

Unfortunately it is a bit over-carbonated. Heavy light body, a tad thin and a tad watery. Alcohol well hidden, drinkability is good once you get around the carbonation.

EDIT: 2nd and 3rd bottles I had were not nearly as carbonated and it really seemed to even this out and thicken up the body. 4th bottle was very carbonated again, not sure what could be causing that.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rich tan colored head that reached a height of at least two inches before settling down to a respectable inch of head that did not go away. Lots of chocolate and coffee leading the way here. Hints of molasses as well. Huge flavor here, maybe the best tasting porter I have come across. Lots of cocoa and chocolate, rich, huge flavor with a smooth creaminess that was second to none in my eyes. Really fantastic balance here as the chocolate really starts to come out as it warms. Lots of flavor here with a ton of mellow notes that were just all over the place. Nice tight, dry finish

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Photo of mullenite
4.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Glassware - Over-sized Brandy Snifter

Nose - As the name implies the smell has a lot of chocolate and oats, with some dark fruits in there as well. A little bit of alcohol but it's a nice note in the background, not overpowering or dominant in anyway.

Taste - Very chocolaty taste, with all the other flavors in the background (as they should be with the name.) The chocolate is the star and everything else is there for balance. Very nice, very smooth. This would be an awesome beer to pair with a tart desert dish and it isn't so sweet that pairing it with something sweet would make it cloying. Very, very tasty.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finish is long and sweet.

Overall - Awesome beer and I couldn't ask for anything more. Very tasty and very drinkable. This will be a part of my regular rotation.

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Photo of JayS2629
1.84/5  rDev -51.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A- I thought I must have gotten a bad batch, but after reading other reviews the overwhelming head must be a characteristic of the beer. A characteristic I'm not fond of. When I poured it the head took up 90% of the glass, and I poured slow. When I uncapped it it began to foam out. It took 10 minutes for the foam to die down enough for me to drink it. The foam reminded me of a root beer float. Thick tan creamy head. Too much. The color is dark brown coffee.

S- The bottle says robust, but the smell is faint. Slight chocolate and coffee tones. Do I smell dish soap? Maybe thats where all the suds came from.

T- Black licorice. To be called a "double chocolate" was overhype. There is a faint unsweetened cocoa flavor. An almost rotten taste. Vinegar. Old coffee undertones. Nothing complex. Bland and offensive.

M- Creamy with a boozy burn.

D- Not very. I'm not sure I can finish this. If you have the patience to wait for the foam to die down to a point you can actually drink it you won't be rewarded.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up in a 4 pack outside of Atlanta during a recent trip. I think it was $10 a 4 pack.

A- Typical porter dark look. Very nice lacing on the glass.

S- Once again, screams porter at me! Looks and smells pretty promising. Roasty char and chocolate smells.

T- It's pretty nice, a little bit charred tasting, kind of like chocolate that has been slightly burnt (but not really in a bad way). Pretty typical porter, I wish the chocolate had come out a little more, I mean let's face it, when you call something 'Double Chocolate' I kind of expect it to taste chocolatey.

M- Fairly highly carbonated. Could be a little thicker.

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Photo of Kerne
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mavajo for the extra!

Poured into a tulip pint: Dark but translucent brown with deep ruby highlights under a massive (4-5 fingers), light brown, aggressively rising head with a consistency like souffle, glistening & lovely. Looks good, but I'd like to finish pouring my bottle, please. Head drops to about half a finger, but still retains well.

At first I got some strongly sweet cocoa & coffee smells, like frozen mocha with some chocolate syrup. These are soon accompanied by light hops & a milky quality (lactose?).

Chocolate syrup in flavor, followed by a restrained hoppy bitterness, a little citrus zest, & a moderate roast, like mild coffee. Aftertaste is dark chocolate & roast bitterness for a long while. A little heat shows up later in the game, but subtly.

Medium-full bodied (I really had to wade through the head at first), with a little bite from booze & hops. The roast lingers & really dries things out.

Interesting composition to this: it started off sweet & gained in bitterness & roast. Usually I find it the other way around, with a beer showing its more challenging components up front & mellowing out. A flavorful, inviting beer that's got a lot to offer. I bet this would be great on draft.

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Not much head forms on the pour, which reveals a dark brown brew with a deep translucence that borders on, but does not achieve, opaqueness. A firm whiff brings large quantities of roast, of chocolate, and even a decent amount of alcohol, with coffee notes sticking their heads in from the wings. A taste confirms these olfactory rumors, with the coffee and oats dancing amidst a sea of chocolatey goodness. A heavily medium body coupled with a divine smoothness allows the tastes to comfortably envelope the tongue. Though the somewhat high and evident alcohol may dissuade some from continuous enjoyment, others will welcome this delightfully dark concoction as a constant companion.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.24/5  rDev -67.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Mike for this beer he included as an extra in our recent trade.

A: The pour is a dark brown color with some notes of red in the right light. The head fills up about 90% of the glass and takes several minutes to die down before I can drink the beer. I should have taken this as a warning, but I guess I'm not quite that intelligent.

S: The aroma of this beer is simply repulsive. Vinegar, ammonia, acetone, wood stain, rotten fruit, and garbage are among the descriptors I have decided are appropriate.

T: You'd think the appearance and aroma would have been enough to keep me from drinking any of this, but no...Again, I question my decision making skills. Alcohol, rotten cherries, spoiled chocolate, vinegar, and fruit punch (of all things) make up the flavor profile. Mmmmm.

M: The body, well, let's call it light to medium. The carbonation was simply excessive and if nothing else, did a good job of scouring my tongue.

D: Simply dreadful. Obviously infected, but this is easily one of the worst instances of a beer becoming infected that I've come across. Step your game up, Red Brick.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Portertime
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

When I bought this beer I thoguht, double chocolate oatmeal porter, who can go wrong? Poured into me favorite Warsteiner stein slightly chilled. I looked thick and chewy except for a thin watery likeness around the rim kind of like a cheap wine but still did not deter me. Nice almost two finger milk chocolate brown head that held its own for a while. First whiff bursted with milk chocolate, faint coffee, sweet oatmeal and some spicey hops jumping up and down trying to get my attention in the back. First sip was creamy with the mocha/oatey goodness then that water like ring poked out and left a thinning of the taste. Didn't have that chewiness that I like in a porter with all of those ingredients on the label. The finish was well balanced with a twinge of piney hops in the end. Drinkable as a chocolate shake but a tad bit to thin for me. Just get rid of that ring red brick!

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - It pours a deep teak-brown-black hue, translucent, but so dark that light does not travel far through it. Perched upon it is a luxurious off-white cap of foam that leaves splats of lace everywhere.

S - Has a very good and rich Porter nose; by the smell of it, you can tell this is not a Stout wrapped in a porter label, as is so common these days. Suggestions of rich dark bread and dried dark fruit are available, as well as a healthy dose of roasty oxidation

T - The taste is of earthy hops and deeply toasted grain. Surprisingly hoppy and clean, most of the flavors come through towards the end... finishes somewhat bitter with notes of coffee, hops, and finally bitter chocolate.

M - Feel is medium-bodied, well-carbonated, and bright, with a long hoppy-cocoa finish.

D - I really like this beer. It is very well-balanced.

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Photo of Buebie
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to gford217 for this one, always like trying out non-hyped locals that I cant get my hands on.

A just arrived at my doorstep box, chilled by mother nature. Poured the 12 oz brown bottle into a pint glass. A semi soft pour produced an almost two inch light brown head. The kind of head that just sits there and sits there, annoying the consumer yet pleasing him visually.
Lace is thin and wispy, color of the beer appears black from far, and dark brown from close, hold it to light and it has some glowing deep reddish hues.

Aroma is not super forward in this one, it takes a swirl of the glass and a deep inhale to come up with a strong oder. Although odor exists as it sits its not leaping out at me like I would expect a beer brewed with chocolate grains to do.
So I let it warm up a little bit....
Now at almost room (still havnt taken a sip yet) the grain aroma has become much more pronounced. Smelling of special b, coffee, bitter chocolate grains, quite malty actually and robust. Not a whole lot of sweet chocolate like I was expecting, its the extra roasty grain type.
A mild sweetness detected, almost vanilla maple like.

Mouthfeel is filled with carbonation and a thicker creaminess. The two battle each other in a break dance fight on my tongue. No one actually wins, but they make their presence known. Its a good feeling beer, true to the style.

Taste is a beer mullet, business up front party in the back. Its strictly malt up front and no frills. As it develops on the pellet more coffee, roasty grains, bittersweet bakers chocolate, powdered cocoa and pancake batter all party together, in the back....
Finishing with an earthy hop that bitters lightly. Hops are there, detectable, but not the main event. Good beer for the style. Glad I got to try it.

Thanks Grant

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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