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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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Reviews: 102
Hads: 247
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 21.32%
Wants: 52
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vdubb86 on 02-20-2011

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.
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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to LaCoursiere for this can.

A: Pours a pitch black with one full finger of mocha head. The foam dissipates fairly quickly, but leave some great lacing as it drinks.

S: Dang! This beer smells of HUGE coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and caramel. If you are a coffee lover, this is your beer.

T: This beer starts off bitter, like I'm drinking a high end dark roast. The coffee notes are spot on. But this flavor transitions into a wonderful sweet, chocolatey, caramel mix. The finish is back to a quick hit of bitter coffee and then sweet chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. Thin and bitter to start, but finishes super creamy and smooth. It's fantastic.

O: This beer is seriously great (if you love coffee). Great River is not messing around. It's like a cold mocha espresso. I think it's wonderful. It might be one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a massive two and a half inches in of dark tan foam that recedes slowly leaving stick lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of espresso with some roasted malt underneath, but it is mostly espresso. The taste is more balanced between beer and coffee. There are considerable roasted malt, and chocolate notes that balance the still strong coffee component. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I will surely be drinking a lot of in the future.

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Photo of jera1350
4.63/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

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Photo of morimech
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/foamy tan head. Retention is very good for a coffee beer.

3.5 S: Rich roastiness in here. The coffee added must have a huge hand in this. Bittersweet chocolate and not overbearing amounts of coffee.

2.5 T: The strongest flavor in the taste is a tangy, somewhat acrid old coffee. It trumps the roastiness which is second. Hints of caramel and chocolate under that. It's not horrible, but I'm not a fan.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Thick, viscous feeling without a lot of creaminess. Good here for a coffee beer.

3.0 D: The coffee really wasn't well integrated into this one. If it was, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot.

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Photo of jsh420
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
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

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Photo of msubulldog25
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Full coffee aroma-ground coffee aroma. Not much else. Good for what it is.
Dark head that is smallish at first and then settles to to a very long lasting thin layer. Small temporary lacing after each drink. Body is pitch black.
Coffee taste with an oily quality that holds a bitterness, tartness and an occasional sweetness. Long semi-dry finish as though the coffee grounds are laying on the tongue. In there seems to be some nice roast from the grains. The grains seem to add some caramel type flavor too.
Body is moderate to a tad thin, but it seems right in this drink. Really increases the drinkabilty of a beer that would otherwise be too much richness.
I don't really have any complaints. Full flavor, nice body and drinks well. Nicely done. This beer really grows on a guy. The more I drink it the more enjoyable it gets.

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Photo of harrymel
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned: unk

A black stout with a couple fingers of light mocha foam and a decent lace. Smells like coffee - serious amounts of coffee. There are hints of malt, but not particularly pronounced, mostly the smell of coffee. The taste follows a bit of a different route, the coffee is more complimentary than dictatorial. There are tones of chocolate, toasted malts, some hints of oxidation, and a creamy flavor as well. This is well done in the flavor department. Medium bodied with a sincerely dry finish - surprisingly, this feels right.

A deceptive beer up front with the nose, but converges into a really nice beer. As it warms, it grows on me and as I enjoy it, the nose seems less important. If they adjusted the aromas for more interaction, I would argue this would be a world class coffee stout. Really a beer worth seeking and I plan to place on my wants list for a second round.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 64oz growler into multiple glasses. Thanks to Matt for sharing!

A: Pours a pretty typical stout black with slight lightening at the edges. Head struggled to grow more than a finger thick, but that is probably due to the growler serving (not can or draft)

S: Incredible coffee aroma. Fresh, french press coffee that refused to leave my nose. I couldn't stop drawing the glass close for another whiff. Picked up some chocolate and lightly burnt malt.

T: See above. Absolutely wonderful coffee flavors that weave around bakers chocolate, charred malt, and unsweetened cocoa.

M: I actually found this to be a little on the thin side. This is probably tempurature related (the growler came right from the fridge to a shady backyard where the temps struggled to crack 60 degrees) and I'd love to try this again in a slightly warmer environment.

O: This was a supremely drinkable coffee stout. Straight up french press/cold press coffee without a trace of burnt grounds, tartness, or cloying sweetness. A hell of a beer!

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Photo of JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of n2185
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa up front followed by sweet, creamy coffee aromas.

T: Bitter roasted malts up front with roasted coffee flavors following. The finish has a charred character to it, reminiscent of burnt coffee.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and lively without being too watery.

O: A decent beer overall, though the burnt coffee flavors are a bit of a deterrent. I'd also like a bit more complexity.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown close to black with a smallish foamy, bubbly, light, cafe colored head. Decent retention leaving patchy lace. Looks a lot like coffee. Looks pretty thick on the pour.

S - First whiff made me check that I didn't pour a can of coffee in my glass. Strong freshly brewed coffee aroma. In the back and with other sniffs, there is coffee bean/freshly ground coffee, touches of lactose sweetness, hints of cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Again, this is very strong on the coffee flavor, but the background flavors are stronger and better integrated than in the smell. Mocha with a stronger black coffee presence are the biggest flavors. Dark chocolate and hints of lactose/cream, and espresso flavors. Slightly bitter dark cocoa in the end. Lacks any of the bitter astringent coffee flavors you can get in a lot of coffee stouts. Very much like a nice iced coffee.

M - Full side of medium body. Good carbonation with a slick and slightly viscous feel. Very nice.

D - Very easy to drink. Not bitter and not too sweet. Flavors mix very well and everything is well incorporated. Could drink a number of these easily.

Notes: If you like coffee, you'll love this. Wow. This is a great coffee stout. It may be a little strong on the coffee and you'll forget you are drinking beer and think you are drinking an iced coffee, but it is delicious none the less. Completely devoid of the bitter astringency I get in some coffee beers. Just wonderful overall. Recommend getting this. I'll definitely being picking up more while I'm still in Iowa.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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!

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Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +22.5%
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!!!

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Photo of zeledonia
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I love coffee stouts, and I love beer in cans. So I couldn't really pass this one up.

Pours black, quite a bit darker than any non-imperial stout I can recall, but still moderately thin. Massive head erupts almost out of the glass - had to slow, then stop, my pour. That pillowy mocha-colored head sticks around for a looong time, gradually developing craters and pockets visible from the side. Wow.

Smell is rather faint, but has a lovely smooth coffee aroma. Smells like cold press - all of the flavor, none of the bitterness or harshness that coffee sometimes gives. Strangely lacking the biggest thing I picked up in the flavor...

Taste is a serious disappointment. It tastes burnt. Like either the coffee or some of the grains were seriously over-roasted. This is not good. That charred flavor overwhelms everything else. I can pick out some coffee, and some faint chocoalte. But mostly I feel like I'm chewing on charcoal. I do not like it. This might be a drainpour.

Mouthfeel is decent - medium-bodied, as expected, with pretty high carbonation for a stout (especially when it first hits the tongue). Mid-length finish - just as I start to think it's going to carry on for a long time, it's gone.

Seriously, wtf is up with this beer? I've heard lots of people raving about it, but it just tastes bad to me. Like a burned coffee stout. Very unpleasant degree of char. I'll probably give it another shot on the chance this is a bad batch. But if it's like this, I won't be drinking any more of it.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a pitch black into my tulip with zero light penetrating even the edges. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – A fantastic fresh roasted coffee aroma up front. Chocolate, nuttiness, char, and some cocoa.

Taste – Nothing less than wonderful. The enticing aroma led me to believe the flavor would be the same, and thankfully it is. A nice dry roasted coffee flavor mixed with a hint of chocolate and lactic flavors. Subtle earthy notes, cocoa, and caramel. Finishes with a charred characteristic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit lighter than expected, finishes dry.

Overall – A very good coffee beer. A great surprise and fantastic extra. Very happy I am enjoying this right now. Would love to do a side-by-side with FBS, this, and WnB.

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Photo of ms11781
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of brystmar
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of robwestcott
4.08/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
3.13/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Lots of coffee.

Taste: Lots of coffee, to the point where this tastes more like straight black iced coffee instead of beer with coffee infused.

Mouthfeel: Light body, like coffee.

Picked this up while in the Quad Cities. I like coffee flavors in my beer, but not to the point where it seems like the coffee overwhelms everything. That line gets crossed with this beer, just too much coffee and not enough beer.

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Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.