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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 13.48%

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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Photo of feloniousmonk


4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go, another beer that proves that Iowa doesn't suck. It's just a coincidence that the Mississippi river flows southernly in it's direction. RedBand Coffee Stout from Great River Brewing of Davenport, Iowa, and the notes go here:

Great River RedBand Stout Brewed with Coffee.

Full-on blackness in this stout. Full head drifts down and departs, finishing as a tight cocoa-tinged ring.

Fresh coffee notes in the aroma, some hints of cocoa, dry and richly roasty.

Taste: Impeccable. Full-bodied, flush with coffee flavor. Long finish. Not a thing lacking in this. What more to say, what to say, what to say…there's a stout, it's full of coffee, the coffee is a little sweet, and a little bitter, and wonderfully balanced.

Never too this, not a bit too that. Floats down the throat with ease, only thing to watch out for is the caffeine. Little bit of blackberry and other fruit in the flavor, small sweetness turns dry and roasty with a quickness.

Nothing shy, nothing held back, all good in the neighborhood.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2012 05:35:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of rundocrun


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16-oz can into a pint glass.

A - Pours deep black and completely opaque. Has a finger of cinnamon colored head with good retention and impressive lacing.

S - Dark, rich coffee beans are expectedly a big part of the nose of this beer. I also get a hint of sharp, burnt grains and some mild caramel. No hop aroma, but that's not unheard of in many stouts.

T - Strong, french roast coffee up front. Not astringent or overly bitter like I have experienced with some coffee stouts. There is also a good backbone of lighter malt sweetness and an acidic touch toward the middle. Dark, bitter cocoa comes through in the middle and lasts through to the finish. Only critique is that I could go for even a little more coffee (then again, I'm a coffee addict, so it's probably all relative).

M - Medium body with appropriate carbonation (too much and I've noticed coffee stouts become a little sharp). Somewhat dry finish with a pleasant lingering coating of stout flavor after each sip.

Overall - excellent take on a coffee stout. The coffee was expertly integrated into this beer--great, rich aroma; not overly-sharp taste. Easily one of my favorite offerings from Great River so far.

Serving type: can

09-04-2011 01:47:28 | More by rundocrun
Photo of gford217


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can.

Pours extremely dark for a standard stout - looks like an imperial stout. Pitch black with a thick tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is fresh coffee beans, heavily roasted black malts and some light lactose sweetness and bakers chocolate. But, really, it's about the coffee.

The taste has lots of coffee but also has more of the lactose sweetness which really makes this taste like an iced latte. The finish is bitter and roasty.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style. Good carbonation and roasty overall.

I've a huge fan of coffee stouts, so I really enjoyed this one. Probably not in the league of Central Waters Coffee Stout but it's not far behind.

Serving type: can

12-29-2011 03:20:35 | More by gford217
Photo of msubulldog25


4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz. can, picked up at John's in Iowa City in late August - a beer purchase I'd have likely skipped, if not for BA at the fingertips! Poured to a pint glass.

Around the rim of the can: 'Redband Stout --- Keepin' It Local --- Keepin' the "C" in Craft Beer'

"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"

A: Very, very dark - 'black' essentially. Head is a leathery tan, creamy and a little fluffy - it doesn't hold very long, withdrawing to a crescent ring and dimpled skim. freckles and flecks of lace and a little froth.

S: Oh, wow - SO MUCH COFFEE! Beany roast, quite pungent. Cocoa, vanilla and dark chocolate are sweeter, there's even a slight lemony/citrus squeeze. It's a potent and pleasant aroma... I could sniff this all afternoon!

T: Rich coffee roast and dark, slightly smoky malt offer plenty of dark chocolate bittering and a creeping sweetness. The dark roasted beans avoid a 'burnt' flavor, and a nice vanilla/caramel sugariness lend balance. Long-lasting dry roast finish, a little mineral-ly/sooty and oxidized.

M: Hmmmm--- for all the terrific aromas and flavors, the body here is lacking, it's low on carbonation. The flatness translates to an underwhelming feel. On the plus side, coffee roast is 'perfect' and the bitter/sweet balance is among the best I've had from this style. I searched, to no avail, for a freshness date on the can - thinking maybe the beer is old (purchase date was approximately 6 weeks ago - it has been refrigerated almost ever since).

O: Very enjoyable stout, lots of coffee and chocolate. I wish the mouthfeel had been a little sturdier, but it's overall very easy to drink and has flavors that should entice any lover of coffee and beer. Very happy to have chosen this one and wish I'd have brought back a couple more.

Serving type: can

10-13-2012 23:35:56 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of smakawhat


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into my Dogfish Head snifter. Much thanks to Woodychandler off we go!

A real nice light cocoa brown and creamy head is made off the pour. Good retention on this, and sitting on a dark walnut brown body. Looks fairly solid.

Simple coffee roast on the nose, a little airy malt backbone, going with a nice sense of classic light bodied coffee stout sensation coming. Still fairly solid and very enjoyable.

I really like this interesting fizz action on this for the mouthfeel. It's at first kind of jarring and I expected it to really take away from the pleasure of enjoying the beer, but it seems to enhance it. Tight fizz action seem to elevate classic char and mild roast coffee in the mid palate. It comes off as a nice coffee malted soda in a way, but still maintaining a true beer identity.

Overall very nice and more importantly, I found this beer actually quite fun to drink. Nice job!

Serving type: can

02-10-2012 04:44:28 | More by smakawhat
Photo of EgadBananas


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is a beautiful looking stout. It's black as can be, with a rich dark mocha colored head. Poured very viscous. Doesn't get much better than this!

Aroma is nice roasted coffee, slight cocoa powder, and a predominant roasted malt note.

Nice roasted coffee bitterness, with some creamy cocoa, and rich maltiness. Finishes nicely dry.

Has a nice creaminess on the palate. Full bodied and rich for an American Stout. Rather enjoyable.

Overall, great stout. Would definitely drink this on the regular...go cans!

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:28:50 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of drabmuh


4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Thorpe, beer served in a snifter. beer is black with a thin tan head, low carbonation, some lacing, low retention.

Aroma is coffee and a little sweet.

Beer is medium in body, creamy on the palate, a nice coffee flavor and a nice finish overall. Interesting beer. Another coffee stout, how inventive.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 17:31:01 | More by drabmuh
Photo of metter98

New York

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Flavors of coffee and espresso really stand out in the taste of this beer—it’s kind of like drinking an iced coffee made with dark roasted beans. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for having an intense flavor of coffee—it’s neither very bitter nor full-bodied.

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 03:59:39 | More by metter98
Photo of beagle75


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip pint glass.

A: Opaque black color with over one finger of beige foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: A balanced blend of roasted grain and minerality is accompanied by lesser unctuous chocolate and a trace of carbon dioxide.

T: Begins off-dry, with dark fermented tobacco and chocolate. Acidity is very mild into the middle, where coffee is restrained and complementary in the presence of other qualities. The finish sneaks by fairly quickly, just leaving a hint of bitterness and a whiff of husky roasted malt to linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet and slick on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This stout deserves the favorable reputation that it has begun to cultivate, comparing favorably in terms of interest and drinkability to any other export-strength stout worth recollecting. The flavor profile is most noteworthy in its focus on derived tobacco notes, rather than predictably tasting of coffee in a straightforward way. While not especially substantial in texture, it slips effortlessly across the palate to the benefit of overall drinkability. The complexity cultivated in this stout of modest strength is really remarkable.

Serving type: can

01-20-2012 00:28:31 | More by beagle75
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can/extra courtesy of mcqwire756. Pours extremely dark for a standard stout - looks like an imperial stout. Pitch black with a thick tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is fresh coffee beans, heavily roasted black malts and some light bakers chocolate. But, really, it's about the coffee. Not the craziest coffee forward aroma ever, but it's definitely top 5.

The taste has lots of coffee but also has more of the lactose sweetness which really makes this taste like an iced latte. The finish is bitter and roasty. Good flavor profile, but kind of one note.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style. Good carbonation and roasty overall. Would have liked a little more body here to make it taste more like a beer and less like straight coffee.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. It has a nice flavor but it relatively one noted. If you like extremely coffee forward beers you will enjoy this, especially for the low price point. Probably not in the league of Central Waters Coffee Stout or Dark Horse Tres or even Coffee Bender, but it's not far behind.

Serving type: can

01-21-2012 14:02:56 | More by claspada
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: can

03-20-2012 23:25:33 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of Thorpe429


4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to doughofthefuture for sending a can of this out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a huge mocha head with quite the retention time and some nice ringy lacing as it finally subsides to a thin cap. The nose brings loads of coffee and a touch of cream, with some dark chocolate in the background. Flavor has a nice combo of heavy coffee upfront, followed up with some nice roast and chocolate character. Body is medium to full with a nice creaminess and a touch of dryness in the finish. Really a nice brew. Thanks again.

Serving type: can

04-10-2012 00:19:31 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of TMoney2591


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

Thanks to VDubb86 for sharing this random growler!

Brewed with a local coffee. Right on. it pours a straight onyx topped by a finger of light tan foam. The nose comprises a beastly amount of coffee and a side dish of roasted malts. That is it. Straight up. The taste doesn't really bring anything new to the table, though it seems like the roasted malts have developed a sort of rudimentary collective backbone (though are still held in perpetual check by the coffee), and some light dark chocolate seems to have wormed its way in the door. The body is a hefty medium, with a light carbonation and a rather smooth feel. Overall, a nice coffee stout, though the coffee comes across to me as slightly o'erpowering. This isn't that bad a situation, but I'm not as big a coffee fan as others.

Serving type: growler

02-20-2011 23:55:01 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of brystmar


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can with no freshness date. Silky black body, minimal head, poor retention.

Incredible coffee aroma resonates from my glass, supported by roasty malts, toffee, and more fresh coffee. Can't believe I'm about to say this: Redband rivals Coffee Bender in aroma!

Nice and stouty taste with more roasted malts here than in the nose. Chocolatey, a touch sweet, then bitter coffee kicks in to finish things off. Thick, chewy body. And this baby is sessionable. An excellent great example of great beer in a can.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 03:09:24 | More by brystmar
Photo of jaasen64


4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to GraniteSkunk. Poured into a Founders snifter also compliments of GraniteSkunk. Thanks a ton Granite!

A- Pours a dark opaque black with a slight purplish brown ring to it. A very thin layer of creamy mocha brown head when first poured that quickly dissipated to leave a flat glossy top. Some small carbonation bubbles here and there.

S- Espresso beans, roasted malts, some lactose sugars and a little bit of black licorice. A little bit above average aroma strength and high on the roastiness.

T- Espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lactose sugars, finishes a little bit bitter with hints of dark licorice and roasted malts that linger. Nicely balanced and flavorful.

M- A little bit thin for a stout, very smooth, not too much carbonation (could have lost a little bit in the growler), easy to drink.

O- This was definitely a very good stout. Definitely one of the better ones that I've had, but not in the top echelon. It could have used a little bit more espresso in the taste and been a little bit more creamier. Other then that it was very good. I would definitely have this again and thank you Granite for sending it my way it was definitely enjoyed!

Serving type: growler

07-26-2012 01:45:55 | More by jaasen64
Photo of Rhode17

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from woodchopper, thank you sir.

A- Pours like black coffee, mocha colored head which is easily two fingers. Super frothy and thick head.

S- Smells like great coffee, chocolate, slight nuttiness. It reminds me of my favorite coffee (Ethiopean Yirgacheffe)

T- Rich and toasty coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of roasted nut with just a bit of tart fruit like currant or blueberry towards the finish.

M- The only ding I have on this beer is that I want it to be just a little thicker. It just didn't have the weight I was expecting.

O- This beer was a fantastic surprise. Rich and well balanced with great aromas of coffee. Really impressed with the quality. Best canned stout I've had so far.

Serving type: can

12-01-2011 05:45:47 | More by Rhode17
Photo of robwestcott


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to lusciousjackson for this one.

poured cold and black as night to a dogfish head shaped pint with a a two and a half finger, foamy, big bubbled dark mocha head

aroma of creamy espresso and a big hunk of chocolate.

thick, creamy sweetened coffee, dark toffee and a wee bit of bitter after

medium bodied, big carbonation, sweet up front, bitter following up.

overall, a great example of style. way above par.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 01:17:15 | More by robwestcott
Photo of coreyfmcdonald


4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a tulip

A: Absolutely pitch black with two fingers of dense brown head. Even opaque on the way out of the can. I'm impressed.

S: Strong robust coffee aroma with dark chocolate and a bit of milk chocolate to balance. Roasted malts in the background.

T: Roasted malts dominate this beer with smooth yet robust coffee flavor in the background. Not much sweetness in the beer with the coffee a bit on the raw and over-roasted side, but extremely flavorful and quite nice.

M: On the heavy side with creamy carbonation.

O: This is a great stout, a bit on the raw side, but very flavorful and quite smooth. There is a ton of flavor packed into this stout and it's very enjoyable.

Serving type: can

05-04-2012 23:40:11 | More by coreyfmcdonald
Photo of doughanson78


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Thanks to storminspank for this one.

A: Black as night. Super thick and black pour. One plus finger creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing. The best regular stout I've seen.

S: Huge coffee, mocha coffee. Deep roasted notes. Dark, dark chocolate. Touches of milk stout aromas.

T: Dark milk chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee, not as much mocha qualities. Taste isn't as big as the nose but still good.

M: It lacks in body, being a bit thin. High carbonation makes it less creamy and more crisp.

O: It's very good. Coffee is awesome in this. The mouthfeel was disappointing.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 21:30:46 | More by doughanson78
Photo of JayQue


4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good One!!! Thanks to Woodchopper, who included it in a trade. Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light getting through. A hard pour yields a medium size light brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is minimal.

Smell is the best part. Big coffee aroma...very pronounced...very good.

Tastes pretty good as well. Big coffee flavor, a little on the sweet side..either sweet cream or maybe a little milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is impressive as well. The can calls it a Milk Stout. I figured it was either a Milk Stout or an Oatmeal Stout because it is incredibly smooth. Goes down real easy.

Overall, a much better than average stout. I would drink one again if it was available.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:58:06 | More by JayQue
Photo of Scotchboy


4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes, reviewed 1/7/12.

A surprising extra from a great trader, Redband Stout poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours extremely dark and a little viscous, opaque body with a very dark brown head that sticks around awhile.

S: Very pleasant coffee aromas, some bitterness and astringency, with some nice roasted malt characters but this beer is mostly about the coffee.

T: More coffee and bitter roasted characters here. Pretty balanced and not overwhelming while still staying coffee-forward. Maybe some milky chocolate as well.

MF: Smooth. Fuller, creamy mouthfeel.

O: Again, great light astringent coffee notes. Probably my 2nd favorite coffee stout behind FBS.

Serving type: can

01-09-2012 14:06:32 | More by Scotchboy
Photo of Sanford


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only a mouth-full left, damn. I have really enjoyed this. It took several pours to get it to fit into a 16 ounce nonic tumbler. Beautiful rich mocha head on top of a pitch black, thick body. Subtle, but nice coffee roasty toasty nose...appealing if not quite compelling. Great balance in its flavors that mimic its nose while adding a bit of bitter hops at the end to finish each sip. Slight sweetness balanced by coffee and hop bitterness. In the mouth the stout is as it should be, if not a nice bit thicker and more viscous. Appearance score would have been higher if the beer had kept more of its head and left a bit of lace. I really enjoyed this. I drank most while cleaning; poured it and left it on the kitchen counter and took a sip each time I passed through...about an hour and a half.


Serving type: can

09-29-2011 18:19:58 | More by Sanford
Photo of WYVYRN527


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16-ounce can poured into a snifter.

A: Pitch black with about 3/4 of an inch of tan head, which has very decent retention. Froth remains on the surface and leaves nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S: A bit put off by the smell at first. mainly just coffee and black dirt. Not bad, but I expected more.

T: Wow! Intense coffee up front, with hints of chocolate, dark fruit, and potting soil, followed with a dry bitter chocolate finish.

Notes: Pretty full-bodied, and flavor is quite complex. This beer has exceptional drinkability, yet it's still a sipper. I'm liking it more and more with each sip. Definitely worth trying.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 05:18:40 | More by WYVYRN527
Photo of ms11781


4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to brydeen. 16oz can poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a solid black with a healthy 2 finger brown head. The head dwindles to a cap that has excellent retention and leaves some nice foamy lacing on the glass.

The nose is full of some nice coffee notes, chocolate and big roasty aromas. The coffee comes on first and it's fairly strong, not overwhelming but it's a good dose of it. There is a touch of some sweet milk chocolate and then some big roasted notes.

The taste follows along with the nose, perhaps it's a bit bolder. The coffee flavors still the dominant flavor but it's really well done. Not too little, not too strong. Some nice milk chocolate notes come through in the middle of each sip, with the emphasis on the milk more than the chocolate. There seems to be an underlying roasted character that is present throughout each sip. It's not as pronounced as in the nose as the beer is a bit sweeter in the taste, but it is still roasty.

The body is on the higher end of medium with carbonation on the lower end. It's not quite a full mouthfeel but it's close. It's definitely got a nice creamy feel to it as well.

I must admit that I was surprised by this under the radar stout. It's an excellent example of a coffee stout that doesn't have the bitterness from either the coffee or the roast. The flavors and aromas mesh together very well and it's not too big. Definitely a beer I will seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2012 02:36:50 | More by ms11781
Photo of iabeerbaron


4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very proud of this fantastic Iowa brew! This coffee stout pour a dark black, with a nice brown/tan head. Definitely could float a bottle cap on it. Aroma of coffee, sugar, and malts. Flavor is very similar, bitterness from the coffee and a little sweetness to round it out. Very impressive beer; always in my fridge.

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 18:14:21 | More by iabeerbaron
Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.