Red Brick Winter Brew | Red Brick Brewing Company

Red Brick Winter BrewRed Brick Winter Brew
45 Ratings
Red Brick Winter BrewRed Brick Winter Brew

Brewed by:
Red Brick Brewing Company
Georgia, United States

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. Now available year-round as Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter. Replaced as a winter beer by a Belgian style dark ale.

Added by Todd on 02-15-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 45 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by meechum:
Photo of meechum
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass. Pour was black with a little bit of red highlights. A nice fluffy tan head that fell slowly leaving a bit of lace down the glass

S - A nice coffee and caramel smells along with a just a bit of hops in the end..kind of grassy smell

T/M - The taste started with a big roasted barley statement with a hint of bitter chocolate and coffee and then blossomed with a finish of grfassy hops

D - A very drinkable beer and very enjoyable

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More User Reviews:
Photo of blitz134
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one on-tap at the brewery on their weekly Thursday "tours" that the owner, Greg Kelly, gives. In talking to Greg it seems this beer had been kicked up a notch since last year to 7.5% with the change of the Ga beer laws.

This beer poured black with some light penetration showing burgandy red around the edges. The head was light tan, probably a half inch in height. The aroma of this beer didn't leave me with anything overly memorable, just the smell of toasted malts with a slight bit of sweetness. Flavor in this beer followed suit with the toasted malt theme and hint of alcohol. I did enjoy not having to fight through the sometimes over powering burnt flavor which some porters/stouts have which really helped this beer in the drinkability department. The flavor stuck around for just long enough to allow for enjoyment and no longer, overall it was a touch thin.

This would be a good session beer as evident by the swarms of people requesting this at the tap bar. The flavor isn't overpowering and sits light enough in the stomach to allow someone to handle a few of these. Overall, much better than last years offering and probably the best beer which ABC makes. Its worth a try for 5 bucks and a pint glass on Friday nights.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.09/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beernut7 for this hand-off...
Dark chestnut in color with a huge foamy head rising quickly as I pour this brew ever so gently.
Nose is distracted by the overcarbonation...some roasted malt, vanilla and faint milk chocolate as well.
Taste is what saves this beer, but just barely.
A boat load of chocolate, some molasses, brown sugar and a gentle touch of espresso. The carbonation actually helps this brew's sweetness in check...a hefty dose of malt that could have pushed this one over the top. Actually catching some fruity hops, but the aerated finish soon takes over.
Not sure of the abv...not tasting any alcohol.
Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but it's the carbo that kills the drinkability.
Tasty nonetheless...another brew I'd enjoy on tap.

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Photo of awester462
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got to taste this beer when I toured the brewery.

The beer poured dark brown/black with a thick head with lots of laces.

Due to the amount of people around me I could not get much scent.

But the taste was very good, this double chocolate beer really impressed me.

I had to drink 3 or 4, it was great, definately reccomend.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very enjoyable though highly bitter chocolate porter. Think baking chocolate here. Bottle from recent Atlanta trip. Beautiful black with foaming brown mocha head. Really drinkable and smoothc ontrol of all the elements.Suitable carbonation. kick arse porter.

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Photo of Jredner
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is chocolatey with some old coffe grounds in the mix and slight almost vanilla tinged sweetness. Black color with a firm mocha head that compressed into pinky thin tan line. Fore is espresso bitter, but a little stale. Sweeter chocolate/vanilla laced oatmeal flavors follow toward a tangy ripe finish like chocolate gone bad. There are some good flavors here and some off ones. The good outweighs the bad, but the tangy/stale flavors detract a bit. Allowing it to warm doesn’t lessen the off flavors, but it does bring out more roastiness.

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Photo of BeerSox
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Very opaque porter, more like a stout. A one finger light tan head develops that slowly settles to a razor thin film. Spotty and stringy lacing.

Dark roasted malts, and not much else that I could find.

Some dark chocolate flavors mixed with the dark bitter malts. Medium bodied and smooth. The finish has some lingering hop bitterness (although not much), and mostly contains bitter malts.

It's a good beer but not as advertised. There wasn't much chocolate to be had. Still, as a porter, it's about what you expect. Nothing too special.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was thrilled to death to get a bottle of this one. I had been looking forward to trying this big stout as I had heard the buzz around this one. Served chilled and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/21/2009.

The pour was decent enough with a nearly black color coming through with no light shining at all. Nice head of light tan raised up around an inch before settling down into a nice veil across the top. The aroma was soo rich and full of chcolate I nearly got knocked back down in my seat. Rich milk chocolate and cocoa, nearly overpowering anything else. Rich roasted malts and full bodied feel gave this one a thick dessert like flavor. Very sweet, with just a touch of alcohol coming through at the end. Overall not bad at all and one of the better beer from ABC and a fine winter edition overall. I would have no issue with this one at all.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

enjoyed on tap at Trappeze Pub in athens, ga

dark brown color, poured into a pint glass. about a half inch tan head, however it stayed around for the whole glass.

aroma was of smoke. smoke, and roasted meat.

flavor was awesome. it was very smokey, with a very pronounced roast beef flavor. that might sound weird, but it was a good thing. there was also some honey, and caramel flavors that balanced the smoke and roasted character.

an outstanding porter, i was very impressed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired from unclejedi through the Little Guy BIF, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very dark reddish brown color with a thin tan head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of creamy chocolate, roasted oats, caramelized malt and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste is malty, very smoky and kind of complex with flavors of dark chocolate, roasted coffee beans, oatmeal, vanilla, a touch of dark fruit and creaminess along with a tiny bit of hops. There’s also a hint of either whiskey or bourbon barrel aging in the background, which adds an extra twist to the taste. The after-taste is bitter-sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium carbonation, medium-to-heavy body, dry and sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down ok, a little bit filling, this one kind of blurs the boundary lines between American Porter and Oatmeal Stout and represents both nicely. It’s a good beer but definitely a sipper.

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Photo of aracauna
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This lacked the traditional wet dog taste of more of ABC's beers. In fact, this possibly could have been a good beer. Chocolate, hardwoods, coffee and a nice fruitiness (cherry dominate) are the basis of a nice robust porter or stout. It's possible that Atlanta Brewing Company brewed that wonderful stout, decided the people of Georgia weren't ready for such a wondrous lesson on the greatness of the black malts and cut it with water. Whatever happened, this beer is only a shadow of it's potential. While there's nothing wrong with the flavor, it's thin and watery. The same goes for the mouthfeel, thin and watery and a bit flat. The body is a deep blood mahogany verging on black that's actually a nice color, but the head is a bit fizzy (artificially carbonated?) and subsides quickly. Probably their best beer, but still a disapointment.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a tulip snifter glass.
The beer is courtesy of Ding through Secret Santa '07. Thanks!

The beer pours a rich deep cola brown with only splinters of light passing through the edges of the glass revealing the ruby highlights.
There is a fizzy beige head of .5 cm that fades to a clingy and creamy edge layer of finely packed foam.

Aroma is roasted malt and chocolate, some dark fruit like plums but also a bit of doughy yeast scent mixed in.

First sip reveals an average body with fine spacious carbonation. the bubbles are quite tingly on my palate.

Flavor is sweet chocolate and brown sugar up front, rolls to a gentle bitterness of roasted malt and coffee notes, finishes with some lingering bite but also grainy and drying notes.

The beer is very drinkable and the flavor is enjoyable, I dont detect any hints of the ABV anywhere on this brew. Quite a nice sample from down south.

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Photo of sfoley333
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to shp555 from Ratebeer for this beer as an extra. Poured from 12 oz bottle into Delirium tremens snifter. Poured a dark brown with a slight reddish tone as the liquid poured in mid air to the snifter. The head kicked up a light tan color that faded rather quickly. Smell is chocolate with a burnt coffee smell. Taste is again slightly burnt with bakers chocolate and a semi sweet coffee aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a full body but a little thin with a nice carbonation level. While a fan of stouts and Porters this one doesnt excite me that much its strong burnt coffee flavor makes its a little one sided for dinkability.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter" The name just implied yummy goodness. Pouring into the glass, it promises a silky, velvety, viscous feel, wrapped around chocolate, coffee, and nut flavors. Smells bold with the chocolate and coffee with a slight lacto character and mild tartness. Tastes expectedly sweet with rich malts, bold roasted coffee, and milk chocolate. Lightly hopped for more of an English Porter taste and delicate balance. The body falls a bit into the finish, but remains creamy and smooth. Later the alcohol presence increases to heated levels. This is a very nice brew. Some age will improve it. Thanks again Ding!

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Photo of Robyn
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, courtesy of bobbyc881.

Clear, deep, dark brown, almost opaque. Mocha colored head, quite large. Nice lacing as I worked my way through the glass. Beer is further described as a double chocolate, oatmeal porter.

Scents of raisins and plums, oatmeal and spices. Alcohol/phenolic notes are pretty mild initially, and come on much stronger as it warms. Never reach level of obnoxious, though. Chocolate pretty hard to find in aroma. Very slight plastic smell s a negative.

Taste was all about roast and coffee. Just a touch of medicinal character in there. Chocolate there, but more like a 1/2 chocolate porter, rather than a double. Finish with a nice bit of hop balance (herbal).

Medium to heavy in body. Medium + carbonation with worked well with the weight of the beer. Somewhat drying.

I enjoyed this quite a bit. I would have liked it more if they would have dialed up the chocolate and spices a bit, but a nice solid porter as it stands. This is the second beer I have enjoyed from this brewery, and they have both been well done.

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Photo of planetscott
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at ABC.

A - Nice, dark, but not totally black. Like a porter should be. Thin head, but not absent of foam.

S - Roasty, toasty and caramel notes. Slight chocolate as well. Slight, minty hop aroma.

T - Strong, but not over powering roast malt flavor along with caramel and some chocolate. Like a poter should be.

M - Creamy goodness!

D - Although not a huge beer like most winter beers are, this one is bigger then the average beer, so any more then two for me is a stretch. With that said, two of these makes for a fine two beer session.

I like porters and am happy to see that someone makes a winter seasonal porter. So many of the other brewers make stouts as their winter beer.

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Photo of gbarron
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle. 2006 Winter Brew, a "double" chocolate (double the chocolate malt?) oatmeal porter. Just brewed an oatmeal porter myself.

A - pitch black and opaque. Is on the darker side for a porter; stout-like darkness. Head is minimal with not much but a tannish collar around the edge of the glass and a little bit of whispy puddles on top. Very little lacing. Very little head to retain.

S - dark, bitter coffee aromas predominate. Smells like dark roasted grains, burnt toast. Little bit of tangy hop, too, but not a lot. Little bit of alcohol.

T - dark chocolate, bitter roast coffee beans, black patent and maybe even some roasted malt. Roastiness is almost a little over the top. Significant hop and roasted malt bitterness and astringency. Hop flavors are primarily in the earthy, grassy class. Not detecting much oily/silkyness from the oatmeal here.

M - a little tingly, carbonation seems too high and above average for the style. Body is average, slightly sticky.

D - decent porter. Strong hop and roasty malt flavors seem a little too big for the average body of this beer. Give it a try, but not my favorite porter ever.

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Photo of JDV
3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with ruby edges and a moderately lasting creamy tan head. Smell is light chocolate, roast malt and a touch of coffee. Mild nose, overall. Taste is roasty, some light chocolate and perhaps some ashy flavors. Light bitter roasty finish. Medium body and carbonation level. Decent, but not as good as I expected from the reviews.

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Photo of NClifestyle
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

seems a bit more like a stout, but pretty tasty.

pitch black, think tan head of large bubbles.
smells of malt, coffee and caramel.
taste is bitter, chocolate coffee and a hint of cinnamon.
mouthfeel is medium to full. smooth, little carbonation.
not bad drinkability. maybe a touch too bitter for my taste, but not bad in general. i would have a few, and seek out this beer again.


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Photo of Big78CJ
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My initial impression with this beer waned by the time I got to the third bottle (of the six pack, not of the night) so my review is less enthusiastic than I intially was when drinking it the first time...

Appearance: Very dark brown with a creamy tan head that settles to a nice pillowy appearance. Dark ruby/amber hues become visible when it is held in front of a light. Some carbonation visible along the edge of the glass.

Smell: When first poured it releases an aroma of rich, dark roasted chocolate that mellows as it breathes. Is there coffee in here too?

Taste: The carbonation rushes in with roasted malt close on its heels. The flavor seems to mellow as chocolate and caramel undertones begin to surface. There may be some dried darker fruit presence as well (raisins?)

Mouthfeel: The carbonation accelarates this beer a little more than it should as the only lasting impression I am left with is a somewhat dry, sticky mouth and the taste of burnt malt.

Drinkability: Although the mouthfeel wasn't the greatest it isn't as thick as one might expect from a double chocolate oatmeal porter. I could see myself drinking a couple of these in an evening.

Serving: Bottle poured into a tulip shapped (bolleke?) Brugse Zot glass.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Taco Mac in Tucker, and I was surprised at how fresh and tasty this still was. Pours a very dark brown, approaching black, with a healthy head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some pretty good lacing. Smells slightly sweet, slightly grainy, and with some prune and plum. Pretty nice. The taste is also quite pleasant. Medium bodied but with a nice balance of malt and fruit, plus a little hop bitterness. Slight sweet chocolate flavors develop with a background of hoppiness that is delicious. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and balanced. Very drinkable. It's been awhile since I've had an Atlanta Brewing Company beer. If this beer is any indication, its improved a great deal.

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Photo of turbine2475
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mhewes for this brew:
A - Pours an opaque black with a tall dense cream colored head that disipated slowly leaving a heavy lacing.
S - Smells of burnt coffee, mocha, and some roasted grains.
T - Very bitter coffee, some grains, and chocolate are present, but the coffee is definately at the forefront.
M - Smooth with a moderate carbonation. Oatmeal contributes more to the mouthfeel then the flavor.
D - Not bad, don't know if the bitter coffee is due to the age or if this was the original intent of the brewers. Worth a try though.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
2.38/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This years 2006 version say's on the package "double oatmeal chocolate porter". The abv is 7.5% and the cool part of this highgravity 6 pk. is the price! same as the regular redbrick ale.
But on a sad note the name is much more interesting than the beer. The beers pours with almost no head.Very low carbonation almost flat tasting. The oatmeal part is no where to be found?
The mouthfeel is week. The mid palate taste like a flat generic cola.
and at the finish you get a little hint of chocolate. Greg Kelly does brew some good beer but this one needs some tweakin'.

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Photo of armock
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a very dark brown with a tan head that leaves lacing

S - Roasted malt chocolate and coffee scents

T - Is good malt and chocolate stand out

M - This one is good creamy and smooth

D - ABC got their seasonal right this is the best beer from them that I've had this is a good winter warmer

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