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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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Redband StoutRedband Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

230 Ratings
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Ratings: 230
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 13.51%
Wants: 49
Gots: 25 | 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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coz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

05-10-2012 00:41:37 | More by coz
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doucmehu

Wisconsin

1.8/5  rDev -55.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-06-2012 03:47:08 | More by doucmehu
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coreyfmcdonald

Georgia

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
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
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garymuchow

Minnesota

4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2012 02:06:57 | More by garymuchow
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egrace84

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-24-2012 03:14:51 | More by egrace84
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fuzzcherry

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-21-2012 07:17:54 | More by fuzzcherry
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Tuey13

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 23:07:02 | More by Tuey13
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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
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JayQue

Virginia

4.15/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 00:58:06 | More by JayQue
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.6/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 00:43:48 | More by UCLABrewN84
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AndrewK

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-16-2012 03:48:31 | More by AndrewK
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muddyh2oblues

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

04-15-2012 20:43:21 | More by muddyh2oblues
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MITCHELLMPLS

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-13-2012 03:20:07 | More by MITCHELLMPLS
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:18:08 | More by Alieniloquium
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Chaz

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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...

Serving type: can

04-11-2012 22:30:46 | More by Chaz
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iabeerbaron

Iowa

4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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
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nkp765

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

04-09-2012 21:19:30 | More by nkp765
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.05/5  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!

Serving type: can

04-08-2012 01:28:50 | More by EgadBananas
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nesarebad

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

04-01-2012 22:11:54 | More by nesarebad
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sommersb

Tennessee

2.93/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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!

Serving type: can

03-28-2012 03:31:10 | More by sommersb
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TwinButte

South Dakota

4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: can

03-26-2012 23:58:40 | More by TwinButte
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zeledonia

Minnesota

2.68/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

Serving type: can

03-23-2012 02:57:34 | More by zeledonia
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brystmar

Texas

4.1/5  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.

Serving type: can

03-21-2012 03:09:24 | More by brystmar
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MrVonzipper

California

4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
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
Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 230 ratings.