Redband Stout - Great River Brewery
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5/5 rDev +22.9%
pours thick and creamy like a stout should. smells like strong/sweet coffee. tastes overwhelmingly like stong coffee with sweetness enforcing the malty flavors. this is the perfect blend of coffee and stout. i have tried a half dozen or more coffee stouts and cant find one that comes close to this (okay maybe the great divide espresso yeti, but the $$$ of redband blows that one outta the water!!). if you even have an inkling to try this beer DO IT, dont hesitate!!!
06-29-2012 06:07:55 | More by Beerlover
4.88/5 rDev +19.9%
Has nice lacing and is a tad over carbonated. That said the aroma is incredible. Heavy coffee and chocolate. Tastes like it smells with a nice creamy vanilla flavor. This beer is close to surly coffee bender and founders breakfast stout but costs quite a bit less. Put Iowa on the map!
12-12-2011 00:03:50 | More by dave43
4.78/5 rDev +17.4%
pours dark dark brown looks black in the glass big pillowy tan mocha head with good retention and left lacing all down the glass
smells of coffee dark roasted malt a little chocolate
taste is absolutely amazing when did founders start canning FBS light - first let me say this might be the best tasting coffee i have ever had in a beer - coffee milk chocolate cream and sugar
mouthfeel is medium light body good amount of carbonation that makes it feel fuller
overall - how could it not be a 5 - one of the best coffee stout canned (16oz) lower abv without losing any flavor
10-26-2011 04:45:55 | More by jsh420
4.78/5 rDev +17.4%
Thanks to EgadBananas for providing this can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a creamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head recedes. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Espresso hits the tongue up front and the dark roasted malts help balance some of the coffee bitterness. There is some milk flavor in this stout as well, but it is subdued. There is a strong bitter character to this beer due to the coffee. This is a coffee lover's dream beer. This is a full bodied stout with moderate carbonation. It has a creamy mouthfeel and the drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent stout. If you're a coffee lover and can find this beer, give it a try.
06-02-2012 19:04:12 | More by acevenom
4.65/5 rDev +14.3%
Pitch black brew with a finger's worth of peanut-colored head. Head maintains itself well and produces some lacing.
Just smells like fresh, smooth coffee. Not much else to say. Roasty and inviting.
Flavor is malty with toasted, wheat bread notes. Roasted almonds. Mild earthy hop flavor compliments the roasted character. Make way for the coffee! Rich, dark, smooth, flavorful coffee dominates the flavor from there on out and I am perfectly ok with that.
Surprisingly light mouthfeel. Low to average carbonation. Super smooth texture. Usually not a fan of lighter stouts but in this case it worked well.
Truly an exceptional coffee stout. Just leaves you feeling satisfied. You can't help but feel good when you are drinking one of these.
01-29-2012 01:13:09 | More by bnes09
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
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
This stuff has the looks of an imperial stout! Rich and thick solid black body that reminds one of used motor oil. The head is a cocoa color, massively thick and retains well. Plenty of lacing also.
A very robust roasted coffee scent fills the nose. There are even some cream notes in there. Some cola and chocolate notes as well.
Wow, this is very tasty. Lots of coffee flavor, but not an overpowering roasty/toasty taste. It's coffee, but it has a sweetness to balance it. The flavor is very long and pleasing. Much like and iced coffee with cream. From the reading on the can, that's what they intended and it sure worked.
Has a medium feel that is quite slick on the tongue. Finishes up dry and roasty. Nice carbonation feel also. It's lower and soft, just right.
This is just a fine, fine beer. Scores very well in all areas and is just a pleasure to drink. I would for sure put this in my top three for coffee focused beers. A must try!
12-03-2011 01:31:56 | More by jera1350
4.63/5 rDev +13.8%
PERFECT pour. Thick and completely opaque with a wonderful, retentive brown head. This'd be a good pour for an RIS. For a medium-strength coffee stout, it's bofo.
Smells like rich, medium-acidity dark roasted coffee mixed with milk chocolate and a tiny little bit of hazelnuts. Mostly it's bitter, but that bitterness is balanced out freakin' perfectly.
Tastes wonderful--maybe a bit sweeter than I would have liked, but still an excellent balance between rich coffee, bitter barely, and chocolatey sweetness. The coffee nodes are just about as good as any other coffee beer I've ever tried, save for maybe Coffee Bender; you can actually pick out acidic fruit nodes. In other words, it tastes like nice, dark roasted coffee--not like burnt espresso.
Wowzers. It makes sense, I guess, since the coffee stout was far and away the best beer they brewed at the old Old Capitol. But this--this is a solid improvement even upon that.
12-22-2011 01:06:34 | More by mynie
Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.