Redband Stout - Great River Brewery
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Reviews by jmarsh123:
4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
16 oz can as my breakfast beer at the Indy 500.
Coal black with a tan head. Not proper glassware so can't really comment on retention or lacing.
Aroma features strong coffee presence, other roasted malts and milk chocolate.
Rich bitter coffee dominates the flavor too. There is a certain underlying milk flavor, but coffee definitely takes center stage.
Mouthfeel is where the milk stout part of this shines. Thicker bodied with medium carbonation levels create a coffee smoothie feel.
I really enjoyed this beer as a completely off the radar treat. Warning though this one is not for coffee haters. It is definite the strong flavor which I personally enjoy especially at 9 am.
05-29-2012 14:10:33 | More by jmarsh123
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3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
Thanks to Jeff for this one. Pours out like a black lagoon, bubbly and thick looking with a deep-tan colored can that rests softly on top of the black abyss. The head fades within a few minutes to a gentle skin atop the brew, with some marginal and spotty lacing left near the top of the glass.
Redband Stout has a fairly straightforward aroma profile that's primarily made up of two things: super heavy roasted coffee and a more laid-back, underlying creamy sweetness. The coffee beans I'm picking up are roasted to hell; scorched, burnt, and oily. The creamy sweetness is a bit more subtle, but balances well with some light, milk and sugar proponents, and even a mild touch of cocoa from the malt. For being so simple, it's actually quite robust on the nostrils, but then again, I'm biased to over-roasted coffee stouts.
It's a little thinner on the palate than you'd expect given the way it pours into the glass, but it still has a reasonably nice, slick mouth feel all around. Believe it or not, the first thing I taste is NOT the coffee - rather it's the nice, creamy sweetness of the malt, somewhat sugary and plopped with a bit of milk chocolate. While the coffee doesn't join until about midway through, it makes up for its immediate absence by lasting well into the aftertaste. Roasted coffee beans and grinds with a mild bitterness in the finish, dark, robust, charred, and a bit ashy. I'm not picking up any direct hop flavors - they are probably being washed out by the roast.
Nice stout here that'll be great for lovers of bitter-roasted coffee beans and whatnot. Enjoyable, albeit slightly one-dimensional and a little lackluster in terms of mouth feel. But considering the low ABV, it's got a very nice and full aroma and flavor profile. Definitely something I'd keep in the fridge to enjoy whenever I felt like kicking back an easy-drinking yet flavorful stout.
05-12-2013 17:42:58 | More by tectactoe
4.45/5 rDev +9.3%
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a deep and dark black with no color coming through. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger deep tan head with very good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Looks very impressive.
Smell: A very robust and roasty aroma. Big dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Also some hints of creamy milk, nuts, and oatmeal. Smells fairly sweet, bitter, and full. Very good.
Taste: Very roasty and moderately sweet. Dark roasted malts with good notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, oat, and milk. Also a light hint of dark cherry in the background. Finishes with a little kick of earthy hops. The coffee blends in with the other flavors and nothing stands out over the others. Full and balanced.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich and creamy. Slightly sticky. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter.
Overall: A very good and overlooked stout. Flavors are bold and balanced.
02-08-2012 05:42:23 | More by MattyG85
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
Tried this stout at a fundraiser at Niabi zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois. It was absolutely fantastic - the fundraiser AND the beer. I'm a stout fan, so this particularly attracted me at the event. As soon as it was poured I was impressed by the mocha color of the head and how absolutely jet black it was.
The coffee aroma comes through immediately in the smell and the taste and becomes a perfect partner to the roastiness of the brew. It was incredibly hot that day and I'm not entirely sure this is the best beer for hot weather. I'd like to try it again on a cooler day. Still, Great River Brewery has a new fan. I'm sending all my stout-fan friends to this beer. Thanks!
08-01-2011 22:43:10 | More by Stargazer182ia
4.43/5 rDev +8.8%
#BOTG 160! Getting really really close. Poured from can into Brooklyn tulip. This one looks like a big imperial stout! Really nice thick, dark, tar like pour, with about a half finger of dark tan head. Zero light gets through. Awesome looking stout. Smell- roasty Java, sweet milk chocolate. Taste- up front coffee blast, as expected. Its super roasty espresso beans, followed by some molasses and milk chocolate sweetness. This is an unexpected great coffee beer, I have never heard of it, but would place it near the top in its class.
09-24-2012 23:43:27 | More by lnashsig
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
Pours black. Fairly oily and viscous. Nice frothy light brown with nice retention and lacing.
Smells of rich robust fresh dark roast coffee with a hint of chocolate.
Flavor follows the nose very well but a little better. Big burst or fresh robust coffee, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate. A bit or roasted nuttiness is nice as well. Lovely mocha coffee aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with medium carbonation.
Overall this beer surprised me. Much better than anticipated. Thanks for the extra Woodchopper. A very nice coffee beer!
03-20-2012 23:25:33 | More by MrVonzipper
4.4/5 rDev +8.1%
A: Sure looks like a stout: black as a cream-less pot of joe--with a dark-brown head; decent retention and wonderful lacing
S: Is this beer? Dark smokey roasted espresso beans and hints of chocolate dominate the aromas with just a faint touch of alcohol and malted grains--possibly some dark fruits too underneath that coffee
T: This is some tasty coffee...er beer; rich and dark coffee: espresso that is a bit earthy and musty with a touch of chocolate; also some faint dark fruity elements on the back end that end up mingling nicely with the espresso beans
F: So creamy; this beer just parks and takes a nap right there in your mouth
O: What a find. What a fine coffee stout. Seriously, everyone, this is a kick ass coffee stout and it's in a can--thank you, thank you, thank you, Great River!
08-31-2011 23:47:36 | More by dbossman
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
16 oz. can poured into a British pint glass. Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this one.
Appearance - Pours black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and it only retains a bit of foam and a ring. No lacing.
Smell - Coffee. That's about it. If I struggle I can get some chocolate, but I might even be making that up.
Taste - A little better than the smell. Starts off dry and roasty that comes off very bitter. The coffee comes out and dominates the flavor. The finish is reminds me of oatmeal, but I can't find any indication of it on the label. Low bitterness and a little grainy.
Mouthfeel - Slick but not thick. The finish rests on the tongue leaving a malt flavor unlike the rest of the beer. Bitter, but only from the coffee. Medium carbonation and pretty thin.
Overall - It's a decent stout, but average in most respects. I can barely taste the stout behind the coffee, so it's tough to say it's good. Drinkable but not exciting in any way.
04-12-2012 00:18:08 | More by Alieniloquium
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
Poured a nice deep black with a thin yet sticky dark brown head.
The smell is all coffee here, very deep and strong almost espresso strength only with a bit more bitterness.
The flavor follows the smell very closely, tons of coffee flavor with a mild roasted malt backbone, a bit of astringency comes through the more you drink it and it becomes apparent that the coffee end of this beer is very good, but overwhelming the base beer a bit.
The mouthfeel is a bit thin, a bit to much coffee here lightening up the mouthfeel.
Not bad, a bit to much of the coffee and not quite enough beer, still worth a try though.
09-27-2011 13:29:20 | More by bashiba
4.47/5 rDev +9.8%
Poured from the pint can into a snifter. Dark black color with a large mocha colored head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass as well. Looks like one chewy stout.
Aroma is heavily influenced by the coffee. Freshly brewed and iced. Underneath the coffee there is a touch of roasted malt.
Has one of the best coffee flavors of beers that are coffee influenced. The stout area of the beer loses a little focus so I cannot give this a perfect score. Could use a little more roasted and chocolate malt flavor to compliment the coffee.
I was expecting this to feel a little thicker considering the look of the pour. Still quite large for a 6% ABV beer. A little over carbonated as well.
Arguably the best coffee flavor in a beer. Comes in cans at a great price. Definately happy to see this on local store shelves.
12-11-2011 17:30:11 | More by morimech
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