deyholla (7460) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle at freetail release. Pours a clear brown with a thick tan head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a nice roasted malt note with some backing coffee and toast. Flavor is begins full of roasted malts with some backing toast and alcohol comes out in the finish.
Earlier Rating: 4/7/2010 Total Score: 3.4
Bottle. Pours near black with a slight red hue and the head is dissipating quickly brown head. Aroma has strong notes of chocolate with underlying oats and roasted malts. Flavor builds with a bitter chocolate flavor. The flavor began a bit sweet with more of an oat flavor. Nice and smooth on the tongue.
EithCubes (5151) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 28, 2013 Bottle from jrob_21 - thanks, Jonathan! My 50th porter. Dark chocolate aroma with a smattering of aroma hops. Touch of biscuit, too, along with a hint of coffee and what I know to be oatmeal. Coke-colored pour with a light-brown head (and good, lasting retention). Dry, roasted taste with the oily, slightly acidic undertones I’ve come to love in oatmeal stouts; also reminds of coffee without the burnt espresso roast. Only lightly bitter, and then only a times, with just a bit more sweetness. Touch of wood. Watery body with just a little bit of crackle; aftertaste is dry and roasted and leaning pleasantly toward an ashen feel. Alcohol very well hidden. Basically a thinned version of the Dark Horse stouts I love, with the "oatmeal" coming through much more than the "double chocolate". Hugely drinkable. Pleasant, well-made porter! [5/6/2008: 3.8]
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a scant beige head. Nose is strong dark chocolate and roast, looks like this is one of the men rather than the boys. Deep, dry roast with choco and even tobacco leaf. Bitter with huge malt, hops are prickling and provide excellent balance. Medium body is anything but dull. Among the darker, roastier porters, this offering excels. [9/8/2011: 3.8]
NachlamSie (2880) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 13, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2013 Picked up a few of these bad boys at Midtown. I actually didn’t realize I hadn’t had this before, confusing it with the winter porter. This is a solid brew for sure. It’s very heavy on the seaweed/tobacco flavor. It reminds me of Bells porter, which is one of my all time favorites. The finish is semi-sweet with some hints at dark chocolate and tree bark. I am enjoying this.
Earlier Rating: 1/6/2007 Total Score: 3.8
Bottle. Pours pretty near black with a firm tan head. The aroma is chocolatey, oaty, with some coffee as well. Yeah, pretty much what I was hoping for and very well balanced too. The flavor is awesome. There is a robust presence of oats and a slightly bitter ashiness that nips my tongue throughout. The finish balances things out with rich chocolate and well rounded smokiness. Excellent stuff, despite the grievous misspelling of "espresso" in the commercial description.
beernovice39 (3223) - Montana, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brewers Pizza. Deep red pour with a tan head. Scent is roasty, coffee and chocolate. Taste is coffee, roasted malts, and dark chocolate.
Earlier Rating: 2/26/2011 Total Score: 3.5
Bottle pours a deep ruby red with a fluffy tan head. Scent is malty and sweet chocolate. Taste is roasted malt, coffee and chocolate.
MmmcKay (1052) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - JUL 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good enough porter. Very roasty with plenty of dark chocolate and coffee aromas. Palate pretty good but I found the flavor to be lacking just a little in comparison to the aromas. Still a pretty darn good porter that has nothing to be ashamed of.
nick76 (4299) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is exactly right for the style with coffee, burnt malt, chocolate, and a touch of hops. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma but not as good. There is a definite astringency and dirty finish. The palate is average for the style but slightly thin. Overall a fairy average porter.
Earlier Rating: 6/3/2009 Total Score: 2.5
The aroma is papery but has chocolate, coffee, heavily toasted malt, and cream. The appearance is dark brown with a tan head. The flavor is astringent but like the aroma. The palate is average. Overall a pretty average beer. But I dislike the long burnt finish.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: dark brown under a thick khaki head both foamy and bubbly. Head crawls up sides of glass while a flat foamy bubbly head lingers. Swirls with rich pockets of lace.
Nose: roasty and toasty. Smores – burnt marshmallow, burnt black chocolate bars, and burnt graham crackers. Touch of tar and char and black root – subtly weaves in and out. Smoldering woods. Ashen cinderblocks and old fireplaces.
Palate: toasted, roasted, burnt, bitter, barky, and grassy. Not as complex as nose implied. Burnt ash and cinders. Brittle chocolates. Lingering nondescript dryness. Burnt caramel and black bark.
Final Thoughts: if only the Porter from Red Brick had tasted as well as it smelled I might have enjoyed it more. The potential was there but far short of what I expect out of the classic porter.
Earlier Rating: 8/1/2010 Total Score: 1.9
Dark brown with a khaki head that sticks like glue to the sides of my glass, he fades in big blotchy splotches as I gaze through his clear depths. Yes Virginia, beer can be dark and see-through at the same time. Wafting my way is a nose of licorice root, black fruit juice with a tart nip through&through (prunes especially), black plums, and grapes of all varieties. Underneath I find brittle baker’s chocolate along with fig bread and graham crackers. Intriguing, though not quite what I was expecting. My first quaff is quite interestingly tart. Remember the prune juice that was quite prominent in the nose; well, so too in his palate. Massive black fruits all end with a tart twang. Weaving in and out of the tart dark fruits are black licorice root while brittle baker’s chocolate offers a solid ground upon which the Red Brick Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter stands. Right about now I am struggling with what my expectations were based on the beer style description and what in reality I taste. I rather enjoy his palate, but it is nowhere near double chocolaty nor smooth and creamy with oats. The dark fruits make sense seeing as he is a porter in origin, but with a far more pervasive tart dark fruitiness than one typically expects. Fig filled breads come round in the finish, and the rest is simply quaff and repeat.
Not bad, not great, and especially different. For my first foray into Red Brick Brewing territory, I’m not quite sure what to think. I’d say give the Double Chocolate Oatmeal Porter a whirl around the ol’ tastebuds and decide for yourself whether you like it or not.
Chipalsa (1311) - Florida, USA - JUN 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice dark body, and with a thin head. Aromas were of strong coffee, chocolate and toffee. This porter was a little on the sweet-chocolate side. Twas’ earthy, with notes of smokiness and some bitter hops. There was a bitter sweet mouth feel in the finish that was a little assertive, making this one a sipper.
anders37 (18351) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUN 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a black color with a small off-white head. Has a roasted malty chocolate aroma with hints of caramel. Raosted malty chocolate and coffee flavor. Has a roasted malty chocolate finish.
coolpop (1394) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JUN 10, 2011
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark mahogany with a medium-sized off-white head. Aroma is great: roasted malt, lots of coffee and chocolate, slightly sweet. Flavor is quite different. Coffee, chocolate, roast malt, but emphasis is on tart licorice. Fairly light palate; some astringency.