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Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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Redband StoutRedband Stout

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

239 Ratings
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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 13.79%
Wants: 50
Gots: 28 | 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 Beerlover
5/5  rDev +23.2%
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!!!

Beerlover, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of marine1975
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

marine1975, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of SaxmanRick
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

SaxmanRick, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of bainard
4.75/5  rDev +17%

bainard, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of JMBSH
4/5  rDev -1.5%

JMBSH, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of acevenom
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EgadBananas for providing this can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a creamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head recedes. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Espresso hits the tongue up front and the dark roasted malts help balance some of the coffee bitterness. There is some milk flavor in this stout as well, but it is subdued. There is a strong bitter character to this beer due to the coffee. This is a coffee lover's dream beer. This is a full bodied stout with moderate carbonation. It has a creamy mouthfeel and the drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent stout. If you're a coffee lover and can find this beer, give it a try.

acevenom, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

jmarsh123, May 29, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

feloniousmonk, May 22, 2012
Photo of bismarksays
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

bismarksays, May 12, 2012
Photo of coz
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

coz, May 10, 2012
Photo of doucmehu
1.8/5  rDev -55.7%
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.

doucmehu, May 06, 2012
Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

coreyfmcdonald, May 05, 2012
Photo of garymuchow
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

garymuchow, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

egrace84, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

fuzzcherry, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Tuey13
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Tuey13, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  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.

JayQue, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.6/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 17, 2012
Photo of AndrewK
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

AndrewK, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

muddyh2oblues, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of MITCHELLMPLS
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

MITCHELLMPLS, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.25/5  rDev -20%
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.

Alieniloquium, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -12.6%
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...

Chaz, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of iabeerbaron
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

iabeerbaron, Apr 11, 2012
Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.