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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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Redband StoutRedband Stout

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BA SCORE
91
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227 Ratings
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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 48
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Cold pressed Redband Coffee Company espresso beans infused into our milk stout. A big stout where a dark rich chocolate milk meets premium cold pressed coffee.

(Beer added by: Vdubb86 on 02-20-2011)
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

02-15-2012 09:36:48 | More by bigbeers84
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huadog

California

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-25-2011 08:23:43 | More by huadog
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ironstein

Iowa

5/5  rDev +22.9%

08-16-2012 20:17:27 | More by ironstein
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sendsilk

Florida

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-18-2011 05:53:21 | More by sendsilk
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Anodontine

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

01-14-2013 00:36:20 | More by Anodontine
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randomdanger

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 16:38:26 | More by randomdanger
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laymansbeerfan

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%

12-16-2011 04:44:04 | More by laymansbeerfan
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rjacobs6

Illinois

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-15-2011 05:09:51 | More by rjacobs6
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Beerlover

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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!!!

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 06:07:55 | More by Beerlover
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Jips

Kansas

5/5  rDev +22.9%

11-23-2011 17:41:43 | More by Jips
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dave43

Minnesota

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: can

12-12-2011 00:03:50 | More by dave43
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jsh420

Illinois

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 04:45:55 | More by jsh420
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acevenom

Louisiana

4.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 19:04:12 | More by acevenom
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schoon

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-12-2012 01:12:24 | More by schoon
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somnus

California

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

03-17-2013 18:56:38 | More by somnus
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Rosquin

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-01-2013 16:04:09 | More by Rosquin
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Jwren5

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

07-30-2012 03:51:51 | More by Jwren5
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SouthSider14

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

02-24-2014 19:35:11 | More by SouthSider14
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pirmannt1

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

12-22-2011 21:20:09 | More by pirmannt1
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bainard

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

06-04-2012 07:17:45 | More by bainard
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bnes09

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

01-29-2012 01:13:09 | More by bnes09
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Stargazer182ia

Iowa

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 22:43:10 | More by Stargazer182ia
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jera1350

Minnesota

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: can

12-03-2011 01:31:56 | More by jera1350
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mynie

Indiana

4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

12-22-2011 01:06:34 | More by mynie
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am grateful to whomever sent this to me (I think that it was GraniteSkunk, but I am unsure) in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I mentioned in an earlier review today that coffee and grapefruit juice really give me a re-energizing jolt on hangover mornings and I started with a grapefruit juice-like IPA and now it is time for some java.

From the CAN: "Redband Stout"; Keepin' It Local"; "Keeping the 'C' in Craft Beer"; "Legendary Craft Brews Made in the Quad Cities"; "We love our local roaster's New Orleans Iced Coffee so much we decided to use their beans in our brew. Redband Stout is made with Indonesian and Ethiopian beans using our 18-hour cold brew extraction method, resulting in a satisfying brew with intense coffee aromatics. The marriage of two of our favorite beverages." Hear, hear!

Man, oh man, you CANnot be afraid of the dark if you are having this one! The Crack & Glug looked like high viscosity motor oil flowing from the CAN and into the glass. I was faced with three fingers of high-density, deep brown head with excellent retention. The nose was deeply roasty and very coffee-like, nutty, chocolaty, intensely bitter, just the way I like my morning coffee. Cue Moe of Sam's Saloon in Oxnard, CA - "Woody likes his coffee like he likes his women - hot, black and bitter." Ha! Hey, just because my bed had resembled the United Nations over the years does not mean you gotta be hatin' on me! Color was a deep, dense black that allowed so little light retention that I could only catch some ruby highlights at the edges. The back of my skull popped off with the first sip. Holy Iced Coffee, Batman! It was as intense as any coffee stout that I had ever tasted and it was kicking my ass into high gear. Dang, but this could easily be breakfast beer! Finish was dusty, like they may have saturated the beer with coffee, not to suggest that I had a problem, just sayin'. Okay, is my heart supposed to feel like it is going to jump out of my chest? Zounds!

Final thoughts: Redband is the name of their local coffee roasters, but just like for movie trailers, this Redband is for mature drinkers only. Whew!

Serving type: can

10-09-2011 19:31:07 | More by woodychandler
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Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.