Redband Stout - Great River Brewery
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2/5 rDev -50.9%
Seems to be infected. Dark fruit, slight tartness, thin, metallic. Plenty of coffee and lactose behind the off flavors. Pours with excessive head. Something decidedly off about it. Not the most brutally infected beer I've ever tried, but far from good.
08-01-2013 08:22:51 | More by largadeer
4.38/5 rDev +7.6%
From notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.
Redband has a viscous molasses color with a small dollup of a tan head on top.
The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, and espresso.
This is definitely a well made stout, if a little straight forward. The malt has a medium roast character, and there are both bitter, dark chocolate and sweet milky cocoa flavors. A bitterness is present from the start, but it grows over time. A strong espresso presence is noticeable throughout, working with the roasted malt bitterness up front and the chocolatey milkiness later in the sip in different ways. The finish is fairly clean, with a bitter flourish.
This has a medium to full body, a light, smooth, and creamy carbonation, and a texture that is viscous without ending up as overly sticky.
This is a quality coffee stout, and definitely the best beer I have had out of Iowa so far.
07-02-2013 01:49:23 | More by KickInTheChalice
3.95/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
05-12-2013 17:42:58 | More by tectactoe
Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.