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 Tilley4
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Holy smokes what a head on this thing... A vigorous pour unleashes 3 inches of creamy foamy head atop a total black brew..

Grainy malt bill mingles with slight hints of chocolate and coffee... Perhaps a touch of banana as well...

Bitter roasted coffee with a finish of light milk chocolate and the merest hint of hops... Not as creamy as I was hoping but still a hood tasting brew...

Good taste but the feel is lacking somewhat.. A bit too thin...

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass, Best By date of 5/2011.

Pours black at the thickest point, with some ruby brown showing through around the narrower sections of the glass. One-finger khaki head on top settles into a thin but fairly persistent cap, and some solid walls left after each sip.

Nose is medium roast coffee with a bit of sugar, sprinkled with a dusting of dry cocoa. Gets just a bit leafy where the hops seem to be hiding. Mellow.

Taste again rings up as mellow coffee roastiness with a hint of sugar to sweeten the deal, though the sweetness runs into a light citric note that isn't there in the nose, which fades to a low-key bitterness left lightly lingering on the palate, calling up just a barely-there burnt note after sitting there a few moments. This one is straight forward, no slight of hand to be seen, but quite enjoyable nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is crisp but with a light creaminess to it, medium-light in body, almost like a well-done-but-overly-roasty schwarzbier. Nicely drinkable, though not so much so that you get carried away.

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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 aubuc1
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip pint glass.

Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head.

Smell is roasty, sweet rich cherry and coffee.

Taste is a sharp roast with some light citrus bitter and a quickly disappearing finish. Cannot taste the 7.7% abv.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but it is very drinkable.

A big porter, but no booze present.

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

Big porter fan here. Poured from a bottle to a Sierra Nevada becker. A finger or two of creamy head formed then receded into a film leaving beautiful creamy lacing. The porter is so dark brown it looks black. Shining a bright light directly on the glass I can only see a little red on the edges.

Really smokey aroma with baking chocolate and coffee underneath. Tastes bitter and smokey on the front of my tongue. Leaves a bitter aftertaste that begs another sip/gulp. I don't care as much for sweet chocolate porters as I do those that lean towards bitter espresso, coffee, unsweetened chocolate and smoke. Red Brick Porter is really delivering a lot of what I want in a porter. The almost 8% ABV is completely hidden.

The mouth feel is medium with perfect carbonation. Not watery at all. This ale went down as easily as any beer I've had lately.

I can't believe a porter this good has been right under my nose all this time. I picked this up at Hop City down by Georgia Tech. The nice employee said it's one of Atlanta's best kept secrets and ABC just keeps getting better all the time. I paid $6.99 for a 4-pack so it's a great value too. I may have found my new favorite American porter.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #40 (May 2010):

This deep, dark brown brew has a tan lacing that sticks like a champ. The aroma is like a bucket of dark chocolate with a cup o' joe, roasty but very pleasant. The roasted charac- ter goes to work right away with its smooth, full-ish body. Cover medium-roasted coffee beans with dark unsweetened baker's chocolate, and that is where this beer lands. Clean palate. Hops, a little citrus and spice in the middle compliment the roasted flavors very well. Bitterness keeps the burnt sugar flavor in check and its semidry finish comes as a welcome surprise.

Look at ABC, kickin' ass and asking questions later. Seriously good Porter and very drink- able, as the finish goes to the dry side.

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours one shade from black with a 1.5-finger tan head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of heavily roasted malt with moderate amounts of unsweetened chocolate. Also present are mild amounts of char and very mild amounts of roasted coffee.

Tastes similar to how it smells although less complex. As with the smell the overriding influence is from heavy roasted malt flavors that kick things off. Midway through the sip unsweetened chocolate flavors work their way into things. Finally, hints of char make an appearance before fading out into a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with heavy carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without a problem however I'm not sure about another.

Overall this beer was fine enough for the first two thirds of the glass but the last third was a bit grating due to the heavy roast. A solid enough porter that is worth trying but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of Stoneyrok
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red brick porter
A - pours dark, no light through the glass in a medium lighted room. Tan head about a finger which dissipates in a few minutes. Looks inviting with the head, lacing as it dissipates, black, and porter looking. Taste buds are coming alive. Great lacing as it goes down.

Smell - sweet malt, fresh, roasted malt smell with expectation of medium body.

Taste - roasted malts, somewhat bitter aftertaste, evidence of deep dark chocolate and some coffee. Starts off with roasted malts and slight coffee, then some bitter hops, well balanced, then a thin draught type taste, finishing off with good bitterness and chocolate. The hops is not overpowering, nor is the sweetness. There is absolutely NO alcohol taste for me at all. This is my first beer tonight and 3/4 of the way through I can start to feel the alcohol, but no taste of it as it is well hidden, it is not even warming. A nice chocolate hint lingers in the aftertaste with the mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - perfect level of carbonation for me, slightly prickly, more thin than other porters and smooth, not too creamy.

Drinkability - very good if you like a few porters in a night. It is not too heavy so you can sip down several of these. I am impressed overall with this porter and fits the style well and doesn't go after the chocolate coffee flavors aggressively where a lot of others do. They seem confident making a true porter.

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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 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 TheSeeker61
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown or black with a two finger head. Great lacing. There was a smell of chocolate, dark fruit and malt. The taste was chocolate, caramel, dark fruit with a slight bitter finish which gave it balance. I really liked the taste. The mouthfeel is creamy thick, however not overdone. I could drink these on a regular basis. A very enjoyable porter.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-dark brown, almost black, nice tan head

S-a very light hint of barley and chocolate

T-the taste is much less disappointing. in fact, its quite satisfying! it tastes like chocolate bread with the after-taste focusing more on chocolate. its a pleasant lingering after-taste.

M-medium carbonation, slightly dry finish

D-very drinkable! the taste stays wonderful. it seems to be more of a dessert beer tho so i don't think i'd want to drink more than 2 at a time, not because of the ABV but because of the sweetness

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a fudge brown color capped by a reasonably solid light tan head; sticks well and leaves a few shards of lace

Smell: Roasted grain and chooolate aroma with hints of oatmeal and dark fruit

Taste: Milk chocolate and tart fruit, up front, followed by a coffee character that adds some tartness by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors meld together into a mocha finish with a charred grain aspect in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Oh, if only Red Brick didn't use the word "Double" in naming this beer it would score much higher; certainly a drinkable beer but I am not getting all of the elements I would have expected given the name

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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 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 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 Haybeerman
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark brown color. Poured a half finger tan head that dissipated to a skim around the edge. Laced in light sheets.

S: Bitter coffee and cocoa. A little caramel and earthy peat.

T: Fairly big toasted malts consistent with smell. Nice bitter in the finish for balance.

M: Light side of medium body. Low carbonation. Creamy and smooth up to a sharp bitter in the finish.

D: Liked the flavor and balance in this one. disguises the ABV fairly well.

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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 Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to ktrillionaire for sending this bottle to me.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a lot of red highlights. The head is off-white. The aroma is mainly roasted malts. I get a little chocolate but if I wasn't looking for it, I probably wouldn't notice it. The flavor is similar with light chocolate, oats and roasted malts. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I really liked this beer but I expected it to have a lot more chocolate than it did.

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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 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 aepb1
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark Brown and a light tan head, it honestly looks like rootbeer

S- Caramel malts, very rich nose

T- Strong malts throughout, caramel and chocolate primarily up front and a little hoppy bite/taste at the finish

M- Full-bodied and creamy but the finish is not real crisp or clean. Not bad by any means but it's just not as much of an "end" for the beer and lags on a bit

D- Very nice but the laggy finish would lead me to another beer after this one, but I certainly would grab this one if able!

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a huge fluffy tan head.

Smells of chocolate, coffee, and cream

Tastes of sweet chocolate mousse and cream with a little kick of sweet coffee at the back end.

Nice and creamy with light carbonation.

This was a pretty damn drinkable brew. I've done tastings of this one at work a few times and I can usually turn on some non-beer drinker with this beer. It is also surprising to them when they compare a slightly chilled bottle with one chilled like they do in commercials. This is a good intro to dark beer and "proper" serving to a non-craft drinker.

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

Thanks to gford217 for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a dark, black cherry red that looks black from an arm's length. Opaque, like it really needed to be said. My pour was vigourous, generating two plus fingers of head that laced with equal vigour.

S: Chocolate malts, as you'd expect, are abundant, with roasted sweetness in the forefront (mild bitterness on the back).

T: The oatmeal rears is creamy head immediately, adding a near-lactic sweetness the dense proceedings. Underneath the oatmeal, chocolate malts are more bitter than sweet. As the porter warms, cocoa chocolate, significantly sweeter, begins to appear. A citrus hoppiness, not overpowering, follows in short order. The finish is nondescript, lacking the chocolate that dominates mid-sip.

M: The oatmeal is a nice distraction, smoothing out the bitter chocolate before cocoa kicks in. That cocoa sweetness, with the hops, is the best feature.

D: The porter doesn't feel like it's got 7.7% behind it. A good nightcap.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, and not what little head forms quickly disappears, not leaving much lace behind. Smell is all malt, a bit muted though. Tastes good, but I'm picking up a bit too much of a coffee flavor for a porter that bills itself as double chocolate. The mouthfeel is nice definitely picking up that silky oatmeal smoothness. That said, it's a bit too highly carbonated for the style. It's not a bad beer, but doesn't leave me craving another one.

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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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