Red Brick Porter | Red Brick Brewing Company

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Red Brick PorterRed Brick Porter

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Mikecap
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a deep brown with two fingers of nice khaki colored head that fades quickly, solid retention of chunky lacing.

Smell: Also solid with chocolate and smoke up front followed by ground coffee beans and more roastiness. Solid for a porter for sure.

Taste: Nice and sweet, some bitter chocolate and a nice roastiness to it. A bit of coffee flavor but not a ton, very smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with low carbonation, could perhaps benefit with a bit more body but this is smooth and creamy.

Overall: This is a very good, almost great porter from Red Brick. First of their offerings that I've tried and I would definitely pick up a bottle again.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Weep for your Northern brethren: Long winters, suspect college football, and perhaps worst of all, no Red Brick Beer. Since 1993 we've been brewing fine craft beers for the South, and only the south. We're proud to stand alongside gaits, hound dogs and mama as embodiments of the southern lifestyle. We're proud to be beer from around here." Brewed in the style of an American Porter, the brewery has been uncertain as to whether this is a winter seasonal or a year round. Either way, as this is one of their most popular releases, you can catch this in $6.99 4 packs around town, one of the best beer deals one can get for their beer money in Atlanta. Bottle date is 04/12/12.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Brick Mason snifter. Served north of 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Yields an explosive light brown crowning head of a frothy cream consistency, retains very well, sticking around for some time and thickening without hardly settling as significant time passes. Body color is a very dark mahogany brown with ruby highlights. Carbonation is very plentiful and aggressive from what I can see. It's a solid standard as far as my expectations go for appearances in an American Porter, as both the head quality and body tones are deep and appealing with no steep in quality. 4.75

(Smell) Aroma goes for light and drinkable but manages some substantial depth. Notes of bakers chocolate, bready oatmeal and medium roasted barley are most present with a moderate sweetness. A mild bitter baking chocolate note and some faint char provide a decent hop bitterness substitution, although it's a notch shy of where it should be. Despite some minimal yeast characters, this smells to be a clean, approachable and enjoyable beer. Potency is medium. Very pleasant aroma. 3.75

(Taste) Reminiscent of an Oatmeal stout; up front there is a semi-sweet milky chocolate and plentiful doughy oatmeal malt base with a mildly roasty and toasted black malt and cocoa powder character that aids in a little bit of subtle balance, still a notch short in bitterness but the age might have something to do with reducing that balance. Little to no hop presence is notable. While being naturally sweet and flavorful this beer doesn't overwhelm the palate. It's very drinkable and enjoyable. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Medium+ thickness and a bit chewy from that oatmeal with a mildly bitter finish, not from hop presence but rather a faint sourdough black malt note. Alcohol presence is surprisingly very well-concealed for a higher gravity Porter. Carbonation makes it creamy, a very good pairing for the style. Body is above medium for an American Porter, medium/heavy overall. Texture-wise, I find this much more reminiscent of a highly drinkable Oatmeal Stout, very creamy and roasty with a residual sweetness and fluffiness that makes it quite enjoyable and highly drinkable. 4.5

(Overall) I haven't seen a beer that looks this decent in quite a long time, and the taste was pretty impressive for an otherwise so-so brewery. This is certainly deserving of a bit more recognition than it has so far earned, my choice pick of all year rounds by the brewery and one of Atlanta's hidden gem beers. 4

Red Brick Brewing Company's
Red Brick Porter

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.34/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle from Bullock's (Woodstock, GA). 7.99/ 4 pack. Bottled 10/12. Served in a Red Brick snifter.

Pours ruddy dark brown with about a half finger pale tan head. Small patches of lace.

Smells of cocoa, roast malts and sugar.

Bitter bakers cocoa kicks off the flavors followed by medium roast coffee, faded burnt caramel, toffee, a hint of smoke, a little hay and just a trace of grassy hops.

Medium light body with fairly sharp carbonation. Long dry bittersweet cocoa finish that just sits on the tongue.

A solid porter but nothing here to help it stand out in a crowd of offerings other than the fact that it's local, pretty cheap and easy to find in season. If it were fuller or more bold I'd rate it higher.

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Photo of Mojo
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours up a deep deep mahogany with a nice one finger taupe head, not much retention and some nice lacing. Smell is sweet malt and chocolate, kind of subtle, but very nice. Taste is caramel, toffee, coffee, chocolate, and mild hops. Mouthfeel is fairly thick with a nice coffee aftertaste. As porters go, this one is fairly mild, but it is very drinkable.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a deep brown body.

S: oak, caramel malt and earthy hops.

T: nice smokey and mold mesquite note late in the finish. This is what a porter should taste like. Some intermixed roasted malt and earthy hops.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: closer to a brown than a porter but the mesquite and smokey notes are excellent

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Photo of Redrover
3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Red Brick Porter consumed at the Local Gastro Pub in Memphis.

Poured from a bottle into a thistle glass, the beer is dark brown with a thick tan head.

It has an aroma of charred malts, something sweet and just a whiff of wood smoke.

The taste is sweet with heavily roasted malts, a bit of dark chocolate then something slightly medicinal in the finish. Unfortunately that Band-Aid/medicinal thing dominated the taste the last 1/3rd of a beer.

The mouth could be beefed-up a bit for a bigger beer.

The beer started great but really faded at the finish.

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Photo of Porterfanatic
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from glass bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a dirty brown with minimal head and no real lacing.

Smells of roasted malts, coffee, and a certain sweetness. No hops.

Taste is very much in line with smell, with a refreshing and smooth roast malt and coffee flavor playing very nicely with a sweetness that finds it's way into the mix at the end of every drink.

Mouthfeel is pretty thin for me, more along the lines of a brown ale, but a great porter none-the-less... Plus you don't feel like you just drank a meal.

I wish it was a bit thicker with a more pronounced roast and chocolate taste, but this works very well for a nice session beer for me.

yay porter!

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Photo of AlCzerik
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am not a porter fan to begin with, but Red Brick surprised me with this one. I tried it in a glass and out of the bottle (because I am lazy).

Appearance: Poured a dark brown color with a decent foam.

Smell: Picked up a hint of chocolate notes.

Taste: Was smooth and easy to drink for a porter.

Overall: I was very impressed with this beer, I wish it came in a 6 pack and not a 4 pack. But never the less, still a good beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served on-tap @ The Alcove, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a mason jar

Pours out a color like cup-o-coffee dark brown. Pretty typical porter color, pretty typical porter viscosity. Pretty typical khaki foam sits at a pretty typical .75 fingers in size. This looks like a pretty typical porter is what I'm saying.

This smells like a porter. Not a good one. But a one. It's got coffee -- Folgers or maybe instant coffee -- aroma to spare and there's a fairly ashy roast character. Not much sweetness to the malt profile in terms of aromatics.

The taste is also underwhelming. It has an earthy flavor, but not the deep, umami earthiness of mushrooms or a minerally, silty flavor. No, this just sorta' tastes like mud. It's got a fair amount of acrid roasted malt and a good deal of coffee grounds flavor. But it's not a very satisfying beer by any means.

The mouthfeel is pretty typical for the style. It's close to being watery, but saves itself with a decent amount of carbonation. Overall, this is not what I expected. Seeing the Bros.' high score for this beer, I was absolutely stoked to try it. I love porters. This one, however, turned out to just be a pretty typical porter.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

y dark, but obviously clear brown, almost black. Very large tan head graced the top, eventually faded down to just a slight ring around the outside of the glass. No glass lace and little carbonation,.Smell very sweet, lots of caramel and roasted coffee, a touch of chocolate perhaps. Very nice light feel. Good carbonation kept it feeling alive and allowed the flavors to really pop. Nice burnt caramel sugar and a touch of chocolate. Very nice dry piney hopped finish. Very drinkable

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.39/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Lighter than I expected, Brown with light brown to dark red on the edges. From what you can see it looks well filtered. Tan head with some lacing to it.

Smell is really good. No shortage on the malt department here. Good portions of sweet fudgey chocolate and black coffee. Hints of a nutty sweetness as well, almost like almonds or glazed pecans.

Taste is equally excellent. Again with the sweet, fudge-like chocolate and dark roasted coffee, it just doesn't let up. A nice sweet roasty flavor. Some slight grain and there's a hop presence in the flavor profile, slightly earthy. A very good well rounded taste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good too. Lighter than I expected, silky smooth with a nice carbonation level. Sweet smokey feel with a snappy bitter finish, here's where you can detect the hop profile the most. Alcohol level higher than I expected at 7.7%, but I wouldn't have noticed in the taste or mouthfeel, well hidden.

This was a really really nice beer, I could totally drink it all year round. Thank you miamichael2 for a very nice extra in trade trade!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Laughing Skull pint glass at the brewery.

Relatively lively carbonation for a porter, yet smooth. Medium plus body.

Very dark reddish brown. Clear, with a thin tan head that rapidly reduces to a lasting ring. Quite nice looking but a bit light and red for a porter.

Lots of dark malt and coffee with just a hint of spicy hops.

Taste follows nose, although the coffee is less pronounced until the finish. Some dark chocolate too.

Good flavor and aroma, easy to drink, but lacking complexity and depth.

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Photo of jamescain
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks for sharing at the last Freetail bottle share.

Appearance: Dark brown with a tan head about a finger thick that leaves a lacing over the top of the beer.

Aroma: Lots of roasty notes and chocolate, but the dominate smell is coffee.

Taste: Chocolatey and roasty, not as much coffee in the taste as there was in the aroma.

Mouthfeel: Thinner then I would like in my porter, but it does make the beer more drinkable. Medium body with medium carbonation and a lingering roasty flavor.

Overall: It was good and I would probably drink again, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find one again.

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Photo of beveritt
3.15/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is the sticker type (not a fan), brown in color and contains some rambling comments about the south being better than the north but nothing about the beer. Looks like it was brewed 02/03/11. Picked this up on a recent trip to Nashville.

Appearance: Pours with just over a finger of medium tan head. This settles to a thin yet complete cap of foam leaving behind no lacing. The beer itself is a deep mahogany that is opaque except for the edges. There are a lot of suspended particles in the beer. A small amount of sediment/haze remains in the bottle.

Smell: Strong nose of roasted barley with undertones of bitter chocolate.

Taste: Acrid bite upfront with a follow on roasted barley bitterness and mild taste of chocolate malt. Finishes dry with a lingering grainy huskiness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Body is okay.

Drinkability: Drinkable, but nothing special here. While it presents a nice level of roastiness, there is essentially nothing else here to balance it out. Red Brick reminds me of the many mediocre brewpubs that popped up in the 90's; drinkable beer, but overall bland and not worth seeking out.

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Photo of brewseum
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a recent trade,and didn't expect much for a simple porter.But the further I got,I thought to myself "I need to rate this bad boy"

I don't have all the notes,because they were in my head while I carefully grilled my mesquite chicken last Saturday.

I'd seek this out.Not "sour" like some stouts or porters I've had,not overly oily or viscous,just a great beer.

Try one if you can.Tell em Barry from beeradvocate told you to.

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Photo of wo87810
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, dark but not opaque. Pours with a nice creamy head, the beer itself is not so thick though.

Smells fine, nothing too impressive here.

Taste is pretty good, I haven't had too many porters, but this one ranks right up there.

It feels thinner than you might think, but that is not bad. It is a very nice beer, the alcohol content is perfect IMO. Not so much that it is very noticeable in taste, but nice and strong none the less.

I would certainly buy again, but not before I try a few more porters.

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Photo of steeldoc36
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is to me a really great porter. The first thing to talk about is the wonderful way it smells. Reminds me of some good BBQ cooking on the grill on a cool comfortable day. That alone makes me want to drink it. The color of this beer is nice. Its hardly transparent on its pour into a glass. Holding it up to the light it has a great ruddy ruby red color. The head was a nice deep cream color. The taste is just awesome with a hint of cherries and a satisfying wood note. I even get a hint of pecan. Georgia through and through I guess! The lacing on the glass was of large bubbly spots. The mouth feel is nice with a tingle of alcohol around my gums and teeth...that was actually quite plesant! The finish was smooth with no bite! A great beer to enjoy with your favorite meal and then a choice hand rolled cigar afterwards! Good Job ATL brewery.

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Photo of shanblur
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at hop city in Atlanta on a recent trip. No freshness date on bottle. Poured from 12 oz bottle into a snifter.

A - Dark brown with a moderate head which leaves extensive lacing.

S - Mainly coffee and chocolate with faint roasted malts.

T - Rich coffee up front with a milk chocolate flavor that lingers on the palate.

M - Fairly thin and watery, with some carbonation noted.

I am glad I picked this one up. Nice to try a local brew. A fine example of a porter.

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Photo of ColSanders123
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this beer today (June 2011) at the main brewery for their trivia night. Bought a glasses and four beer tickets and ended up spending 2 of my tickets on this beer it was so good.

A- Poured a very deep brown, almost cola colored with a great head that was about 2-3 fingers thick in the pint glass.

S- Strong smell of roasted coffee and a slight hint of what I would describe as burnt chocolate

T- As expected with the coffee smell, the initial taste is very strong with coffee. The nice dark chocolate taste comes next with a very smooth finish.

M- Rather thin, but enjoyable for my taste. Rather filling but still very drinkable again and again.

Overall a very good beer. I am a little biased since I am from Atlanta and for some reason local brews just taste better to me.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark brown, more cola colored...not quite as "stout" as the carrier imply's, but perfectly fine for a good porter. Head was lighter tan, decent lace.

Lot's of sweet chocolate, some bittersweet coffee notes, and lot's of roasted malts. There's slight foral hop notes faintly in the back.

Big chocolate, roasted notes, nice coffee and a bit of floral hop bitterness again. This was a more intensified version of the aroma and it was quite nice.

As the Bros. said, this is nice and full-ish in body. Nicely creamy, low carbonation, and a clean dry finish.

Overall, this is a very good porter. Lot's of flavor and aroma, great feel, and solid drinkability. Picked this up in Florida, but we just started getting a couple Red Bricks here in Louisiana, so I'm very much looking forward to this and the rest of the bunch eventually making it's way over!

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Photo of burnheartsMKE
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Simply put - a great, no-frills porter. Done well, tastes great, nothing fancy.

Light coffee(ness), sweet with a nice round bitter bite at the end.

Not overly thin, but an easy drinker… True to style.

Feels good going down.

I could see myself putting down a few more of these next time I find myself in Atlanta.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass, the beer pours a deep brown with ruby highlights and no head to speak of. Aromas are heavy in hazelnut and coffee, a good balance of sweet and bitter. The flavor is bold and round, and it's all coffee. A good, solid blast of roasted coffee rides the robust bodied brew. The aftertaste is a coffee bitterness with only a hint of the nut sweetness. The finish is slightly dry due to the bitter flavors, despite the robust flavors. Decent brew.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thank you Double06 for providing this as an extra for my victory in his Name My Favorite Sports Team LIF. I need to start off by saying that I'm taking this beer with a grain of salt. "Suspect College Football" from up North eh? We'll just see about that.

A: Looks like a beer that could keep me warm at a nice 10 degree tailgate, surely not one that would find its way to a Southern team's tailgate where they hardly have to grab a hoodie by the end of the season. Big and black with a nicely sized very light brown head. Very creamy with nice retention and wonderful lacing.

S: The smell garners memories of strong defense, three yards and a cloud of dust. Heavy roasted malts with a bit of caramel and coffee.

T: The taste, however, is much like those Southern teams. Light and without much of a punch. The roasted malts are there, with a slight coffee finish. But overall its a bit watery and not very complex.

MF: Crisp, but a little too thin for my tastes. Medium bodied with some carbonation.

O: All jokes aside I was sort of underwhelmed by this one. Wanted a bigger roasted flavor or a fuller body. Just an average porter.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in pint glass. Deep brown body with just hint of red. Two finger head that leaves nice rings of lacing. Looks good.

The nose is a little weak. A little roasted barley, light chocolate, a hint of coffee. Not bad, but not prominent.

The flavors come through much better. Good balance of the roasted malt and the sweet chocolate. Nice mild hop bitterness that seems linked to the coffee flavors backs up the main flavors nicely.

A little thin on the mouthfeel. Overall, good offering. Could enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of PurpleCloud
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark with a hint of red when held to light. Nice tan head which disappears slowly.

S: Cocoa, coffee beans, and barley. Very pleasant, what you'd expect from a porter.

T: Strong coffee taste, not as strong cocoa taste. There's something sweet in there that isn't the cocoa, but I can't figure out what it is. It's lighter than it appears as well.

M: Quite smooth.

D: Easily drinkable. Good taste with lighter than expected body.

Overall: Red Brick Porter was good, but it didn't knock my socks off. I thought it was a good representation of a porter, and the coffee flavor was quite nice. The body was lighter than expected, but it made the beer easier to go down. Overall, not bad at all, but nothing spectacular either.

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Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
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