Redband Stout - Great River Brewery
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4.55/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
05-29-2012 14:10:33 | More by jmarsh123
4/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
05-22-2012 05:35:58 | More by feloniousmonk
1.8/5 rDev -55.8%
16oz. can purchased about a month ago in SD was poured into a Duvel tulip. No date on the can.
A: Slightly vigorous pour results in a huge pillow of deep tan head, about 4 fingers worth. Head settles to a a thin covering, and leaves very nice lacing.
S: Smells of bitter baker's chocolate, slightly medicinal, chalky mustiness where I expected to find the roasted coffee. There is some cheap brewed coffee as it warms.
T: Yuck, this is horrible. Acrid, soured, stale coffee grounds. This is infected or something, it is sour and extremely off-putting. The horrible metallic flavor is the final dagger in this beer being poured down the drain.
M: Creamy and oily with heavy carbonation. I didn't want it to stay in my mouth very long.
O: Poured just beautiful, but tasted absolutely hideous. I really hope this was infected and not a standard example. There is no way it can have high reviews if this is how it is supposed to taste. What a letdown.
05-06-2012 03:47:08 | More by doucmehu
4.13/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
05-04-2012 23:40:11 | More by coreyfmcdonald
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
04-29-2012 02:06:57 | More by garymuchow
4.35/5 rDev +6.9%
Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint mug. Thanks to my friends at my local beer store for recommending this!
Appearance: Midnight Black with a dark tan one finger head that dissipates to a small foamy ring that stayed until i finished.
Smell: Definitely coffee... espresso coffee at that! I do smell dark, bittersweet chocolate and a bit of roasted malts as well... smells delicious!
Taste: Wow... dark espresso coffee dominates the flavor... a little sweetness and chocolate as well, roasted smokiness also on my palate. Excellent!
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, yet very smooth and rich.. espresso, dark cocoa... very nice!
Overall: A wonderful coffee stout... actually tastes like coffee instead of just having coffee notes like most "coffee stouts". I found this to be a rich and tasty stout and will definitely have in my fridge again.
04-20-2012 23:07:02 | More by Tuey13
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
04-20-2012 17:31:01 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev +2%
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.
04-19-2012 00:58:06 | More by JayQue
3.6/5 rDev -11.5%
Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.
Pours an opaque black with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of coffee beans, coffee grounds, and brewed coffee. Taste is the same with a slightly sour acidic quality to it. There is a mild roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good coffee forward stout but the slightly sour flavor slightly detracts from the taste on this one.
04-17-2012 00:43:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.25/5 rDev -20.1%
16 oz. can poured into a British pint glass. Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this one.
Appearance - Pours black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and it only retains a bit of foam and a ring. No lacing.
Smell - Coffee. That's about it. If I struggle I can get some chocolate, but I might even be making that up.
Taste - A little better than the smell. Starts off dry and roasty that comes off very bitter. The coffee comes out and dominates the flavor. The finish is reminds me of oatmeal, but I can't find any indication of it on the label. Low bitterness and a little grainy.
Mouthfeel - Slick but not thick. The finish rests on the tongue leaving a malt flavor unlike the rest of the beer. Bitter, but only from the coffee. Medium carbonation and pretty thin.
Overall - It's a decent stout, but average in most respects. I can barely taste the stout behind the coffee, so it's tough to say it's good. Drinkable but not exciting in any way.
04-12-2012 00:18:08 | More by Alieniloquium
3.55/5 rDev -12.8%
Pours an inky-black in color, topped with a head which is dark-tan (closer to brown) and which falls after a couple of minutes, leaving a ring around the edge of the glass. Held to direct sunlight this is a deep ruby red in color. Nice first impression.
Coffee all over the nose; smells like cold press with a hint of sweet malt, dark and roast malt overtones. Very nice if you like coffee, might be a bit much if you don't.
Light smoke and bitter-sweet malt character on the first sip. A little lighter feel on the palate than some in this style, but brisk and refreshing as well, not heavy at all (which I had expected). Carbonation is fairly light, so there's almost a "flat" feel to this one by comparison to many others. A note of chocolate and a lighter note of espresso linger long after the first sip -- more bittersweet than bitter.
Quite drinkable, especially as there's less "booziness" than I was expecting.
Altogether better than average, and I'd like to try it in a blind tasting next to similar offerings from Bell's, Central Waters...
04-11-2012 22:30:46 | More by Chaz
4.23/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-11-2012 18:14:21 | More by iabeerbaron
4.08/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
04-10-2012 00:19:31 | More by Thorpe429
4.05/5 rDev -0.5%
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!
04-08-2012 01:28:50 | More by EgadBananas
2.93/5 rDev -28%
Tasted On: 03-27-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade
A: Jet black and opaque, with a tan head 3 fingers high. Good head retention and a fair level of lace.
S: Coffee and dark breads, with also an unpleasant vinegar or vegetable element.
T: Dark roasted coffee, toasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. Nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. Also get some of the vinegar flavor as in the nose.
M: Smooth and full-bodied; low to medium carbonation. Aftertastes are of dark breads, bitter chocolate, and also some of the off-tasting vegetable flavors noted in the aroma.
O: Some good qualities to the stout, but obviously something went wrong with the quality in this can when I compare my experience to other reviews.
Thanks to Duff27 for this one!
03-28-2012 03:31:10 | More by sommersb
4.28/5 rDev +5.2%
Appearance: Stout in a 16 oz. can. What a country! Poured into a snifter leaving a nice 3/4 inch mocha brown head. Body is as dark as night.
Smell: Cocoa. Espresso. Dark malts.
Taste: Coffee bitterness right out of the gate, but I kind of dig that. Fairly dry. Hints of dark chocolate and black coffee, hold the cream!
Mouthfeel: Dry. Kind of gritty like cocoa powder. It does remind me of an iced coffee drink like others have said.
I do like it. Its unlike other coffee infused stouts I've had, this is done very well. The coffee flavor blends well and I don't taste any alcohol at all. I drank it fairly warm to let all of the flavors breathe through. I think I would purchase again. First time trying anything from Great River and I will be trying some of their others real soon.
03-26-2012 23:58:40 | More by TwinButte
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