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 MbpBugeye
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another cool little Georgia local sent to me by gford217.

S- Quite a nutty and chocolatey smelling beer. Dark, very bitter chocolate, roasted malts and grassy hops are the main components of the aroma of this porter.

T- Black coffee comes out in the taste. There is a defined earthy, nuttiness and some grassy, bittering hops.

In all this was a pretty average porter. I finished the bottle, but only just.

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Photo of bernardus1212
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Knightly spirits always coming through. THank you Chris. Poured into a ST. Bernardus non challis style glass. Nice brick red color on the bottom. THe beer gradually gets darker as it goes up the glass. Creamy white head. There was some lacing left over. THe nose was not very good. I was a little nervous to drink it after I smelled it to be honest, but the taste was satisfying. Nice and creamy but not too much. The Oatmeal really stands out. A dash of malt and spice in the middle. The beer finishes with the chocolate. A medium porter at best.

"Drink what you like, and don't let anyone tell you any diffrent."

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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 Bierguy5
3.07/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, 7.7% ABV. Pours a dark brown color, with some chestnut edges. Thin white head disappears very quickly.

Chocolate and fudge come to mind first in the nose. Slightly roasty, with some caramel notes rounding things off. Very nice aroma, without being overbearing.

Malt character seems a bit thin and lifeless. A slight hint of chocolate and not much else. Mouthfeel is very thin, not even any texture from the oatmeal. This really fell flat after the nose. Not sure what happened.

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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 stakem
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle care of Cashew70, thanks! There appears to be some unreadable ink on the neck of the bottle so I have no idea of the freshness of this one.

Cap pops with a big hiss of carbonation and it pours with a rediculous amount of tan head that takes up more than half the pint glass. Appears a clear brown color that when held to the light displays some ruby hues. As the head slowly fades big patches of lace cling to the glassware.

Aroma of this brew has notes of coffee and cocoa with some mineral quality about the smell as well. Taking a sip reveals quite a bit of yeast character like homebrew that is "green" or young. It has a light feel with a high level of carbonation. Flavors of coffee and cocoa meet the mineral character indicated by the nose and quite a bit of yeast flavor even though almost 1/2 the beer is still in the bottle. Slight bitter hop character with a mild amount of dark grain flavor that lingers in the mouth with a mix of coffee and chocolate flavor. Also noted is a bit of tobacco like flavor left in the mouth. For nearly 8% alcohol it is hidden quite well except for it's increasing warming quality as you take more sips.

Overall it doesn't taste that bad, I just think maybe it was rushed or bottled prematurely due to the amount of yeast flavor in it. The yeast flavor and the unusually high level of carb makes the drinkability of this one suffer.

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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 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 merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a skimpy beige head that quickly vanishes. Minimal spotty lacing.

Aroma is faint, even after it warms to room temperature. Some dark roasty notes of coffee and dark chocolate and a hint of earthy hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with some oatmeal silkiness. Carbonation is too high and very prickly.

Taste has a dominant dark roasty malt bitterness with hints of dark chocolate or old coffee. Some earthy hops add their own bitter note. The high carbonation keeps the various components from meshing. It'a a bit better after sitting at room temperature for an hour but this shouldn't be necessary.

I was looking forward to this one but it just doesn't work for me. The flavors are simply not integrated very well.

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Photo of biglite351
3.37/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - considerable red-brown light coming through the glass, but no light through the middle of the glass. Some cloudiness. Tall whit head that leaves significant lacing.

S - roasted malts with some chocolate. Very nice, but a bit light.

T - smokey malts with mild coffers and chocolate. Coffee acidic flavor in the after taste.

M - light coating and no real tingle. Mild tingle in the repatriation in the after taste.

D - the flavor provides plenty of reason to drink this.

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Photo of johnd513
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes to MSchae1017 for this one. This beer pours a dark brown coor with an offwhite head that quickly disappears. Smells of chocolate malts but is a bit lacking from what I would expect from an oatmeal stout of this size. Taste is similar to the smell. Decent, but is lacking the big flavors that a highish abv stout should have. Mouthfeel seems a little thin and not as creamy as I would like. Overall, not bad but did not knock my socks off.

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Photo of afordney
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

really thin head, dark brown that gained a reddish color up to the light.

sweet roasted malts, a little sour aroma

taste had coffee and sweet malt notes, sour finish

good balance, not too thick and a litle bitterness in the finish.

A good version, true to style but not one that I felt really stood out.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with no freshness information received from yesac in trade. thanks again!

A- this beer comes out a dark brown, nearly black, colored body. hints of ruby can be seen around the edges of the glass. there is a small creamy looking khaki colored head that sticks around for a while and leaves spotty lacing.

S- roasted malts and milk chocolate up front. very sweet and almost tootsie roll pop like. theres some coffee at the end. pretty subdued odor overall.

T- alot more coffee and less chocolate than i was expecting. very dark and roasted. some milk and dark chocolate. pretty dry and bitter at the end.

M- alot lighter in body that i was expecting. a very high level of carbonation for this style.

D- one bottle is enough. not really something im that into. glad i got to try it, i probably wont be chasing this one down again anytime soon.

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Photo of kevinjosephlee
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark color with a red hue when held to the light. A foamy thick and tan head, with great lacing

S: Not too much in this head. A bit of sweet malt; perhaps caramel and roasted malt notes.

T: Chocolately flavors that are bullied by the burnt flavors. A mild sweetness that is amply balanced by the hoppy bitterness.

M: Carbonation tingle on the tongue. The bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue for a good while after finishing. A slight astringency is felt throughout the mouth perhaps due to the oatmeal or the roasted malts, but this only adds to the experience. Low-medium to medium body.

Notes: A very drinkable brew. But my experience seems to reflect a general consensus that this beer is lacking in the nose character which lost it points in my book. Even with such a high gravity, the alcohol is barely noticeable. I could enjoy one of these on occasions, but its big flavor, high alcohol and mild astringency would prevent this from being a sessionable beer.

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Photo of GallowsThief
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A - Deep brown to light black pour with a nice creamy off white head. Good solid sticky lacing.

S - Big smell of mocha comes out immediately. Just a bit of sweetness as well. Dark chocolate.

T - Like the smell the first thing you taste is the mocha and chocolate. Fair amount of good roasty flavoring. It is really reserved on sweetness but it is there. Finishes with just a touch of bitterness.

M - Thinner then it looks. Low on carbonation and light bodied. Finishes dry.

D - Yep sure go for it. This is a drinkable porter in every way. ABV is well hidden on it but it is there.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle $2 at Beverage World in Ft. Oglethorpe. Dark black-brown, which is it? Smells roasty and in line with the style. Taste was rich, almost sweet, too much alcohol for a porter in my opinion but this was still not a chore to drink and tasted just fine. I would just prefer a porter at 5% abv so I can have more than one.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, semi-translucent, chocolaty mahogany with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a bit. Aroma is mainly of molasses with a smoky undertone. Flavor is malty and a bit sweet with hints of molasses, nuts and caramel. Texture is silky-smooth and leaves behind a nice, firm tingle.

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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 Lerxst
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark brown with a thick mocha head that faded quickly and left some lacing. Looks pretty good. The aroma is primarily that of dark roast coffee with a bit of chocolate and charred malt. It smells good, but I was expecting more of a chocolate nose given the name. Taste is more dark roast coffee up front with bitter/dark chocolate at the back along with the roasted malt. Its not bad at all, just nothing great either. Mouthfeel was a medium body. Carb level was not too heavy, just right actually. Drinkability is good, a few are certainly doable.

Overall, a solid beer though nothing world class. Still, its worth a try.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good porter, nothing extraordinary but pleasing all in all.

Presentation: 12 oz capped brow bottle. Simple brown label noting the name of the brew, and with a Redbrick layout around a paragraph bragging about its Southern pride.Notes Alc. by Vol. (7.7%) Served in a tulip glass.

A - Black pour with dark brown edges, rich light brown head with good retention, fair surface memory, and a lacing that slides and does not stick until halfway through.

S - Nutty nose, roasted malt, a bit faint, coffee, touch of chocolate.

T - In sync with the nose malty and roasted sense, nutty, coffee, a bit burnt... Bitter burnt coffee after the hoppy touch. dash of chocolate.

M - Medium body with medium/light carbonation. There a strange watery sense early on that is rescued adequately by the carbonation in the finish.

D - If one does not run into this without much expectations this is quite drinkable. Pleasing porter.

Notes: First Red Brick I tried, really looking forward to it as one of the options in Atlanta. Nothing remarkable about it but it passes well above the average offering and is a quality take.

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

Poured into a pint glass, pours a rustic brown with minimal head. Smell is of toasted oats and grain with hints of chocolate and spice. This beer had a bunch of flavor it was just all over the place, chocolate with a slight hop bitterness and a tea like quality, slick and smooth finish. Overall a pretty good offering and one that I would purchase again.

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

I have high hopes when I read 'Double' and 'Chocolate' when describing dark beers. I expect a smooth creaminess from the oatmeal and I hope to taste the softer coffee flavors of a Porter. But do we get any of that....?

A froathy dark brown beer releases a lightly tanned head and leaving a lot of lacing behind. A short statured head shows great staying power with a soft creme swirling about. Moderate haze keeps the beer from clarity.

Mild chocolate malt works well with soft nutty notes, mild coffees, light toffees, and a genuine malt aroma. Though nice and favorable, the beer doesn't yet show the chocolate character that I want.

Again, a flavorful brown malt taste gives moderate notes of cocoa/chocolate, nutty, and mild coffee. But none of the 'double' or 'chocolate' flavors are exhibited in enough intensity to boast about it so much on the lable. Even the Porter character seems more similar to an American Brown Ale with only moderate chocolates, bolder nutty flavor, assertive hop flavor/bitterness, and timid coffees.

Though malty and creamy throughout, the oat character doesn't seem to add any more character than I would have expected from a standard properly malted barley-based beer. A typical mouthfeel for an English Brown or a small Porter.

This Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter winds up becomming a tasty and flavorful beer, but is nowhere near the quality or intensity that is advertised- in this regard, it might be a bit of a letdown.

Thanks RomaniTeDomum

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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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