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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

240 Ratings
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Ratings: 240
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 51
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Wow, you can tell from the aroma that this is a coffee beer. It smells mostly like coffee, and also some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly coffee, but there's also some roasted malt, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and it's very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, I liked it a lot. If you like coffee beers, then you'll probably like this one. Definitely worth trying!

Photo of Duff27
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a one inch tall dark(!) mocha head on a dark brown/black body. Wonderful lacing and well above average head retention. This is one beautiful looking stout!

S- Straight roasted coffee aroma...mmm yeah roasty!

T- Coffee is prominent but in no way overwhelming or overpowering...may be the perfect amount in a non-imperial stout. Small hints of chocolate. Drinks right at its 6%abv.

M- Full mouthful, very creamy. Good carbonation.

D/O- Safe to say I've found my new go-to coffee stout. What's that? Sixteen ounce cans? Sign me up. Added bonus: I think the can is pretty damn cool looking as well. Wonderful job Great River.

Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours black with a light brown head, decent retention and lacing. Aromas are coffee and roasted malts. Tastes are simliar - lots of roasted coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate, and oatmeal also. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was good, but lacks complexity. It seemed to be very one dimensional. Still worth the try id the price is right.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -26.1%

Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of smithj4
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of mynie
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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!

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of tommyguz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of morimech
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.03/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of jera1350
4.63/5  rDev +14%
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!

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tall boy can poured into a beer stien.

Appearance: black bodied stout with a dense brown head. Leaves thin and spotty lacing everywhere on the glass.

Smell: Really roasty fresh expresso coffee and some sweet smelling malts.

Taste: Fresh roasted coffee! This beer is so roasty and not at all bitter! Its just like gourmet expresso. The malts add some sweetness to the beer. Getting just a little bit of a chocolate note. Has a nice finish just like you would get from most stouts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy beer with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Carbonation is near perfect. Super drinkable sessionable stout.

Overall: Huge roasty coffee flavor; very mild bitterness. Easy drinking and great tasting beer! This IS my new favorite coffee beer! I am really glad this beer is found in my backyard because I see myself drinking this beer on a very regular basis. Not only that its very affordable craft beer at $8 a four pack of tall boys! Only 2 dollars a can what a great value for a premium craft beer! Go out of you way to trying this beer! It doesnt matter if your a stout lover or a coffee snob everyone will enjoy this brew. Not to mention this beer is in cans...I will be bring this beer along with me on ice fishing excursions for the convience of not having to bring bottles of beer out on the ice.

Photo of msubulldog25
4.03/5  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.

Photo of harrymel
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of GbVDave
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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!

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.4/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 240 ratings.