Red Brick Porter | Red Brick Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
165 Ratings
Red Brick PorterRed Brick Porter
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States
atlantabrewing.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by aepb1 on 06-07-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
165
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 165 |  Reviews: 97
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 ktrillionaire
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Across the board, this is one of the most solid porters I've had, albeit not the most straightforward.

A: This beer is more black than my soul. Viscous, but not motor oil status. Nice taupe head with good retention and sticky lacing.

S: Smell is of cocoa and buttery richness with a slight hint of Maduro leaf.

T: Oatrageously smoky, rich and delicious. The chocolate flavor is more of an aromatic than an actual taste, but it has a nice impact nonetheless. The bitter hop melds with the chocolate; the result is a great balance of complementing and contrasting elements.

M: Silky and yet well-carbonated. Thick enough to carry the roasted character, effervescent enough to showcase a mildly bitter hop.

D: This is on-tap at the tavern down the street. Every time I go there, I try to order something else, but I always end up drinking a few of these. So it is eminently drinkable.

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

a: poured into the MUG nice hard pour at 45, good a nice 1 inch head, its dark coffee color a hint of things to come.

s: coffee, chocolate and malt and some honey backed with a trace of citrus hops.

t: nice, coffee front end as expected, toffee and chocolate back end, malt with the oatmeal grain makes it smooth as silk. no alchemy bite at all. really nice porter.

m: thick and rich like candy almost but its liquid bread/gold if your into this style.

D: yes please can I have another and I am glad I got 2 4 packs.

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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.
Cheers.

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

Reddish black with a short-lived white head. Smell is pretty underwhelming - sweet dark chocolate malts and musty oats. Flavor is primarily bittersweet chocolate with a noticeable hop presence and a little dark fruit. The oatmeal adds nicely to the body. Thickness is more porter than stout, yet it still has a chewy feeling and the perfect level of carbonation. This beer is a great example of oatmeal used well, adding to the flavor and feel while keeping within the porter style.

A bigger porter both flavor and body-wise, but pretty smooth drinking.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax, poured into a Unibroue tulip. Nice beige head, pinky thick, rests is laurels atop a black body...at least it appears black in low lighting. Aroma hints of chocolate, toasted malts, I suppose oatmeal and...coffee. Way more coffee than expected in a beer with several adjectives in its name and none of them being "coffee". Expected some coffee in a porter but way more than expected. The flavors all work together extremely well upon tasting, especially as this one warms up. The first signs of the weather changing in Jacksonville has put me in the mood for this beer and I'm feeling good about the decision to begin "porter season" with this really tasty treat.

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Photo of tpd975
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice rich matte black with a soild 1/2 finger mocha head. Nice retention with streams of lace down the glass.

S: Aromas of fresh coffee, dark roasted malt and chocolate.

T: Very bold roasted malt here. Nice bitterness exhibited. Loads of fresh coffee, and milk chocolate. Subtle green hops in the finish. Solid as hell beer for sure.

M: Medim in body. Silky mouthfeel from the oatmeal.

D: Good. I really liked this beer. Will head back to Mellow Mushroom for another pint before it is gone.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: loaded head and creamy froth but dminished quickly. deep dark black, pure ebony

smell: dominated dark chocolate on the nose, and some sublte coffee notes

taste: chocoltae dominated flavors as expected but not overdone. Not sweet and nice dry finish on back. Very balanced and silky smooth porter. This could be their best beer in their line up. well done

mouthfeel: medium to full bodied

drinkability: very nice porter and good use of chocolate.

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Photo of nickfl
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of light tan head on an opaque black body with minor, ruby highlights. The foam settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - A nice roast malt aroma of coffee, chocolate, and chicory. Notes of licorice, caramel, and espresso with a hint of pine hops.

T - Caramel and coffee malt flavors up front with cinnamon and clove notes. Dry roast malt flavors of cola and licorice in the middle. Finishes with strong roast grain character and mild pine hop flavor and bitterness. Lingering chicory and licorice; turkish coffee flavor.

M - Medium-thick, oily body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - Pretty nice. The malt combination gives the beer a strange, spicy character, which is odd since I don't have the impression that it was brewed with any actual spices. The roasted character seems to me like it is as much about coffee as chocolate and I think it would be just as well described as a mocha porter. Either way, it is a nice, drinkable beer and while, at this strength, it certainly isn't a session beer, a four-pack wouldn't last long in my fridge.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottles received from RustyDiamond, much appreciated. This beer is dark brown color, opaque except for just a little light which sifts through, I guess strongly translucent with extremely low light transmission. Tan frothy foam that laces in stringy pieces onto the glass. The aroma is very nice, chocolate and roasted coffee beans, rich and promising. Luckily the taste delivers, dark chocolate with espresso, some roasted malt bitterness in the aftertaste. This is very good, among the most flavorful stouts I've had. The only potential ding is the mouthfeel, which is a tad light compared with the intense flavors, but this IS a porter and not a stout so I think it's about right. Highly reccomended.

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Photo of corby112
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, almost pitch black and completely opaque with only the faintest of mahogany edges when held to a light source and a .5 finger tan head that quickly fades into a thin ring that lasts, leaving sporadic splotches of lacing.

Roasty, smokey malt aroma with hints of bitter dark chocolate, oatmeal, toffee, hazelnut, subtle hops and toast.

Full-bodied chewy mouthfeel that's not watered down at all. Very roasted and bitter with some silky chocolate maltiness. Slightly sweet with a bitter dark chocolate finish. Very nice chocolate flavor with hints of oatmeal, roasted malt, slight burnt toast. Nice and toasty with some slight smokiness in the finish which is a nice compliment to the bitter dark chocolate. Very good.

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

A: Deep mahogany brown body. Thin, creamy tan head. Head retention and lacing are limited.
S: Aromas of fudge and bittersweet chocolate.
T: Rich but not overly malty. There's an undercurrent of dark fruitiness beneath multiple layers of chocolate and cocoa; and a thin edge of dark malt acidity as well. Leafy and grassy hops appear mid-palate and linger into the dry finish. A delicate spritz of alcohol helps the solid bitterness to dry it. An edge of dark roastiness lingers.
M: Medium-full with a dextrinous edge, and creamy smooth with a moderate carbonation level.
D: Much more of a desert beer or night-cap sipper, I don't think of it in terms of "drinkability" as much as 'enjoyability'.

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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 rtratzlaff
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep black with hints of ruby around the rim of my glass. A tan head sticks around leaving good lacing.
Aromas are roasted malt and chocolate. Maybe some hop character just in the far off background.

Flavors are what I expected roasty and chocolaty malt. This is definitely a porter and not a stout as there is more bitterness and less sweetness and fullness of body.

Moderate carbonation and medium mouthfeel on this one.
Decent drinkability though the 7.7 abv hurts it a bit.

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Photo of thryn
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a dark, dark brown. It's opaque in the glass and looks nearly black. A finger of creamy, off-white head fades to a millimeter or so of still creamy foam. Leaves some nice lace

Wonderfully roasty nose, with some coffee notes and a ton of chocolate. The roasty character dominates.

Not quite as put together in the mouth. Bitterness up front, with a bit of coffee. Then some chocolate comes through, and the finish is roasty and smoky, with some milky character as well. It's roasted, bitter chocolate, and I ought to like that quite well, but the flavors don't seem to mesh quite right. Alcohol is fairly well hidden, though there is a hint of warmth to it.

It's medium-to thin bodied and creamy, with ample carbonation. A bit slick.

A decent beer, but there are other porters I'd reach for first.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very dark brownish black color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma is filled with dark roasted malts and chocolate along with some coffee. Very nice aroma!

T- The taste starts out with a nice smoothness and is quickly followed by a good amount of roasted malts and chocolate along with some bitter coffee flavors in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is in between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a solid brew that I really did enjoy. It is a beer that I would definitely purchase again. Recommended!

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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 Drew966
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red Brick Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter pours a dark brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is chocolatey and also caramel. The flavor is similar, bittersweet chocolate and caramel dominate. The mouthfeel is a bit on the thin side. Overall, pretty enjoyable.

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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 IBUnit63
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well, this certainly sounds interesting. Kicking off the 4th of July holiday with this nugget of Southern hospitality from everetends. Dropping the contents of this 12 oz. into the Portsmouth snifter.

Wow - nice, chunky 2 ½-finger head - maple/ginger/Quaker Oats color. It has layers, muffin tunnels and a chunky seam, with pretty excellent lacing and retention. Body viscosity isn't incredibly huge - it pours with a Coke or root beer (Coke - it's from Atlanta) color and body. After a few minutes the head starts to resemble that of an ice cream float. Pretty solid carbonation, too.

Nice semblance of soft patent tannins along with roasted chocolatey malt. Hop character is pine; there's a slight metallic Porter tinge to it. Oats soften this up pretty nicely. Not the thickest scent but very good for style.

The weight comes about on the taste - this has a very nice strength to it. Patent tannins mesh nicely with a grassy-pine hop profile and bittersweet chocolate. Oats again make this slightly sweet and very enjoyable - nice residual sugars in here but not too much to be offensive. This is quite good. Slight char and smokiness to it - very latent and slate-like.

Extremely well-balanced with a nice, slightly hot finish. Ideal weight class for what is an increasingly smoky, chocolatey offering. I do like the softness of the oatmeal here - it really works.

Something a little off the beaten path - I dig trade extras like this. Very grateful to 'tends for the opportunity to check this deal out. Excellent stuff.

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

Dark chocolate brown with generous highlights of russet and burnt orange. Backlighting reveals a lack of opacity, which is a minor sin in a 7.7% 'robust' porter. The coffee-with-cream colored crown is mousse-like and does a pretty good job laying down lace. Since there's a huge amount of glass coverage in the end, I'll forgive the beer's lightness.

The aroma is solid as well. Each sniff delivers melted Hershey's kisses, vanilla beans and coffee, in order from most prominent to least. A lack of hoppiness isn't bothersome at all. I'm expecting good things when the glass is upended.

RBDCOP is good beer, even though it isn't as robust as the brewers think it is. There's a good amount of roasted maltiness and there's no shortage of accessory flavors, so that's all that really matters. The ABV is hidden pretty well too.

Flavors mirror aromas, for the most part. Bittersweet chocolate dominates and is followed by dark caramel, vanilla and a small splash of espresso. Fruity esters are minimal. There's a nice bitter char from the roasted malt and a moderate amount of bitterness that's probably hop-related. Sweet and bitter fight to a draw, with a lactose-like tang bringing up the rear.

Sorry, but the mouthfeel doesn't quite cut it. It's too light for the ABV. If you're going to put the word 'Robust' on the label, then you'd damn sure better add enough barley. The oats add some creamy smoothness and the carbonation is fine and dandy: low end and soft.

Along with Winter Brew (another relatively big porter), Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter is the best beer that I've had yet from Atlanta Brewing Company. I'd love to see what these guys could do with a 10.0% American double stout.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single obtained by buying another locals cellar when he was moving. Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown that appears almost black. Ruby highlights around the edge when held up to the light. I was a bit aggressive with the pour and it was a mistake. The head was so huge I couldn't finish pouring the bottle. It has a big frothy tan head. As the head slowly settled there was huge clumps of lacing. A very nice looking brew.

S: The chocolate really stands out in the aroma as you expect based on the name of the brew. There isn't a lot else going on but the chocolate aroma is very nice.

T: Like in the aroma, the chocolate comes out to play first. It is mixed in with a nice roasted malt flavor. The finish has just a tiny bit of bitterness that helps to balance the overall sweet flavor profile of this one.

M: It feels a little thin for the style for me, but the carbonation helps improve its creaminess and smoothness.

D: This one goes down pretty easy. The sweetness that is not cloying at all and is balanced well with a very slightly bitter finish makes for an easy drinker.

This is definitely the best beer I have had by ABC.

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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 atsprings
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip pours an almost opaque black with slight ruby highlights and a nice frothy khaki head that lasts as a thin layer and leaves great lacing. Aroma is a nice amount of chocolate and roasted oats. The taste is a nice smooth amount of chocolate, no where near as much as Dos Cocoas, but still a respectable amount. The beer is on the light side of medium with a nice smoothness and slight carbonation. This one is quite enjoyable.

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

Got this as an extra with Wespatrick (I think) in a recent trade. Served in my FOBAB taster glass.

A - One finger of late-rising tan foam that dissipates slowly and leaves some attractive lacing. Dark brown color with some raisin highlights at the fringes. I'm kind of lukewarm to the color - wish it were a bit darker. There's some visible carbonation too.

S - Baker's chocolate, roast malt, some caramel - the nose is pretty light on this one, even when it warmed up I had to jam my nose in the glass to get much of anything.

T - Chocolate, roast malt, a hint of caramel - there's a bit more intensity than the smell but it's still very mild. Not much depth here, but fairly nice taste.

M - Fairly high carbonation, a little watery, some nice oatmeal smoothness - pretty standard for a porter with some positives and negatives.

D - You can't taste the 7.7% at all, although this might be the least intense tasting 7.7% brew I've ever tasted. The carbonation has a little too much burn for this to be a quick chugger too.

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Red Brick Porter from Red Brick Brewing Company
3.82 out of 5 based on 165 ratings.
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