Redband Stout - Great River Brewery

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 13.83%
Wants: 52
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vdubb86 on 02-20-2011

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.
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Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 Mdog
3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Black, big brown head.

Smell: Lots of coffee.

Taste: Lots of coffee, to the point where this tastes more like straight black iced coffee instead of beer with coffee infused.

Mouthfeel: Light body, like coffee.

Picked this up while in the Quad Cities. I like coffee flavors in my beer, but not to the point where it seems like the coffee overwhelms everything. That line gets crossed with this beer, just too much coffee and not enough beer.

Photo of jera1350
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Rhode17
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from woodchopper, thank you sir.

A- Pours like black coffee, mocha colored head which is easily two fingers. Super frothy and thick head.

S- Smells like great coffee, chocolate, slight nuttiness. It reminds me of my favorite coffee (Ethiopean Yirgacheffe)

T- Rich and toasty coffee, malt, chocolate and a little bit of roasted nut with just a bit of tart fruit like currant or blueberry towards the finish.

M- The only ding I have on this beer is that I want it to be just a little thicker. It just didn't have the weight I was expecting.

O- This beer was a fantastic surprise. Rich and well balanced with great aromas of coffee. Really impressed with the quality. Best canned stout I've had so far.

Photo of indiapaleale
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

POUR: pitch black, looks just like fresh-brewed French roast was poured into the glass leaving a nice, earthy-colored foamy head.

AROMA: you haven't smelled a great coffee stout until you've held a glass of this up to your nose. Wow. So much aroma of fresh roasted coffee beans, vanilla, toffee and dark chocolate malts. This definitely comes across like a coffee milkshake. Creamy, sweet with tons of bitter, coffee aromas. Absolutely incredible.

TASTE: Redband hits the palate with a taste that's smoother than a jazz song playing in your dentist's office waiting room. This is quicksilver laced with coffee gliding down your throat. Tons of great dark roast coffee flavors along with a creaminess that definitely makes this come across as the best iced coffee we've ever had! Roasty, toasty flavors without a huge ABV masking the great profiles of the malt and the hard to produce "actual" coffee taste ("18-hour cold brew extraction method"). Not the easiest coffee stout to get your hands on but if you do you will NOT be let down.

OVERALL: hands down one the best coffee beers we've ever had, be it in a can or otherwise. Such strong coffee flavors that meld so well with a equally well-produced stout. Great River Brewery has yet to do anything but impress. Very, very, very well done!

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was poured from the can into a glass stein.

Appearance- Redband Stout poured with two fingers of milk chocolate head, with decent retention. There is spidering lace on the glass where the head had been. This is truly a black body, and poured like used motor oil. Awesome.

Smell- Absolute cup fulls of coffee and coffee creamer. There is some roast to it, but it is far in the background. A slightly sweet, brown sugar quality is also here.

Taste- It leads with the roasted character and then gives way to the coffee and coffee creamer which simply take over the drink. The finish is more sweet and has a candied cherry quality to it along with the roast and coffee creamer.

Mouth feel- It is a decent feel, but a little lighter than it should be. They still manage to keep it pretty creamy on the tongue regardless.

Overall- A great stout that could do more to have the sweet and coffee notes on the nose like they are on the palate. The mouth feel is also a little too light for the brew. Otherwise, this is a great coffee stout that should be picked up and enjoyed with your morning muffin.

Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  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 emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Multiple growler pours over the course of the day. Review from written notes. Served in a Hamms goblet.

Black body with brown mahogany edges, spotty lace and a momentary head of coffee stained foam. Several pours later the head is minimal, just the spotty lace.

Rich coffee aroma, highly concentrated and pungent. If you're not a coffee drinker, forget about it. This smells better than the Italian dark roast I had earlier this morning. Smoky char, unsweetened dark chocolate, earthy tobacco.

Flavors follow suit, the coffee swallows up most of the recognizable beer characteristics. Dark roast malts, deep and earthy char, rich and bitter coffee flavor. Finishes dry, medium bodied with a slightly low level of carbonation. Easy drinking, though its a prerequisite to love coffee here. The cold pressed coffee dominates to say the least, and it's delicious.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass. The color looks sinister (I have not had a stout in forever): opaque black. Three fingers of very tan — basically brown — head dissipated slowly to leave a half-finger cap, trails of foam along the side, and then, eventually, just a ring of foam around the edge.

Smell: Lots of roasted espresso beans. (Or are they espresso beans because they are roasted? I have no clue.) The roasted coffee aroma dominates, but deep down underneath are hints of chocolate and maybe lactose from the stout the coffee is paired with.

Taste: The mouthfeel is a little thin for my stout preference, but the flavor follows the smell’s jab and delivers a vicious headshot of roasted coffee. Obviously lots of espresso, and the roasted bitterness is definitely coffee-like. As the taste buds adjust, the chocolate from the smell is evident, as well as the lactose. The lactose offers a little balance to smooth the bitterness, but not much.

Drinkability: [Crack. Pour. Inhale.] The best part of waking up is Redband Stout in your cup.

Photo of jsh420
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours dark dark brown looks black in the glass big pillowy tan mocha head with good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of coffee dark roasted malt a little chocolate

taste is absolutely amazing when did founders start canning FBS light - first let me say this might be the best tasting coffee i have ever had in a beer - coffee milk chocolate cream and sugar

mouthfeel is medium light body good amount of carbonation that makes it feel fuller

overall - how could it not be a 5 - one of the best coffee stout canned (16oz) lower abv without losing any flavor

Photo of woodychandler
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am grateful to whomever sent this to me (I think that it was GraniteSkunk, but I am unsure) in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)! I mentioned in an earlier review today that coffee and grapefruit juice really give me a re-energizing jolt on hangover mornings and I started with a grapefruit juice-like IPA and now it is time for some java.

From the CAN: "Redband Stout"; Keepin' It Local"; "Keeping the 'C' in Craft Beer"; "Legendary Craft Brews Made in the Quad Cities"; "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, resulting in a satisfying brew with intense coffee aromatics. The marriage of two of our favorite beverages." Hear, hear!

Man, oh man, you CANnot be afraid of the dark if you are having this one! The Crack & Glug looked like high viscosity motor oil flowing from the CAN and into the glass. I was faced with three fingers of high-density, deep brown head with excellent retention. The nose was deeply roasty and very coffee-like, nutty, chocolaty, intensely bitter, just the way I like my morning coffee. Cue Moe of Sam's Saloon in Oxnard, CA - "Woody likes his coffee like he likes his women - hot, black and bitter." Ha! Hey, just because my bed had resembled the United Nations over the years does not mean you gotta be hatin' on me! Color was a deep, dense black that allowed so little light retention that I could only catch some ruby highlights at the edges. The back of my skull popped off with the first sip. Holy Iced Coffee, Batman! It was as intense as any coffee stout that I had ever tasted and it was kicking my ass into high gear. Dang, but this could easily be breakfast beer! Finish was dusty, like they may have saturated the beer with coffee, not to suggest that I had a problem, just sayin'. Okay, is my heart supposed to feel like it is going to jump out of my chest? Zounds!

Final thoughts: Redband is the name of their local coffee roasters, but just like for movie trailers, this Redband is for mature drinkers only. Whew!

Photo of tvv375ia
3.26/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 16oz can into imperial pint glass

A-poured almost black with a 1 finger head that left a little lacing as it faded

S-coffee first and the is no second, all coffe smell here

T-much like the smell coffee is about all that I get for the taste also

M-carbonation is good but not as creamy as some stouts

O-ok for the coffee fan, but if you don't like coffee it may be tough to enjoy this one

Photo of Sanford
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only a mouth-full left, damn. I have really enjoyed this. It took several pours to get it to fit into a 16 ounce nonic tumbler. Beautiful rich mocha head on top of a pitch black, thick body. Subtle, but nice coffee roasty toasty nose...appealing if not quite compelling. Great balance in its flavors that mimic its nose while adding a bit of bitter hops at the end to finish each sip. Slight sweetness balanced by coffee and hop bitterness. In the mouth the stout is as it should be, if not a nice bit thicker and more viscous. Appearance score would have been higher if the beer had kept more of its head and left a bit of lace. I really enjoyed this. I drank most while cleaning; poured it and left it on the kitchen counter and took a sip each time I passed through...about an hour and a half.

cheers

Photo of bashiba
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice deep black with a thin yet sticky dark brown head.

The smell is all coffee here, very deep and strong almost espresso strength only with a bit more bitterness.

The flavor follows the smell very closely, tons of coffee flavor with a mild roasted malt backbone, a bit of astringency comes through the more you drink it and it becomes apparent that the coffee end of this beer is very good, but overwhelming the base beer a bit.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin, a bit to much coffee here lightening up the mouthfeel.

Not bad, a bit to much of the coffee and not quite enough beer, still worth a try though.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown close to black with a smallish foamy, bubbly, light, cafe colored head. Decent retention leaving patchy lace. Looks a lot like coffee. Looks pretty thick on the pour.

S - First whiff made me check that I didn't pour a can of coffee in my glass. Strong freshly brewed coffee aroma. In the back and with other sniffs, there is coffee bean/freshly ground coffee, touches of lactose sweetness, hints of cocoa and roasted malt.

T - Again, this is very strong on the coffee flavor, but the background flavors are stronger and better integrated than in the smell. Mocha with a stronger black coffee presence are the biggest flavors. Dark chocolate and hints of lactose/cream, and espresso flavors. Slightly bitter dark cocoa in the end. Lacks any of the bitter astringent coffee flavors you can get in a lot of coffee stouts. Very much like a nice iced coffee.

M - Full side of medium body. Good carbonation with a slick and slightly viscous feel. Very nice.

D - Very easy to drink. Not bitter and not too sweet. Flavors mix very well and everything is well incorporated. Could drink a number of these easily.

Notes: If you like coffee, you'll love this. Wow. This is a great coffee stout. It may be a little strong on the coffee and you'll forget you are drinking beer and think you are drinking an iced coffee, but it is delicious none the less. Completely devoid of the bitter astringency I get in some coffee beers. Just wonderful overall. Recommend getting this. I'll definitely being picking up more while I'm still in Iowa.

Photo of NStLincoln
4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a 16oz can. Black as night on the pour. Looks like motor oil. The head a dark tan and disappears fast.

Smells just like an iced coffee, and not one of those phony baloney milkshake with coffee, I'm talking real iced coffee.

Tastes like an iced coffee too. The carbonation and black licorice notes make it taste a bit like a root beer coffee mix.

A little bit thinner than I expected with some surprisingly fun bubbles. A very enjoyable beer. Kind of wish it came in a 12oz can because 16oz is a bit much to drink of this black out coffee stout. Hopefully I'm not up all night from the coffee.

Photo of rundocrun
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16-oz can into a pint glass.

A - Pours deep black and completely opaque. Has a finger of cinnamon colored head with good retention and impressive lacing.

S - Dark, rich coffee beans are expectedly a big part of the nose of this beer. I also get a hint of sharp, burnt grains and some mild caramel. No hop aroma, but that's not unheard of in many stouts.

T - Strong, french roast coffee up front. Not astringent or overly bitter like I have experienced with some coffee stouts. There is also a good backbone of lighter malt sweetness and an acidic touch toward the middle. Dark, bitter cocoa comes through in the middle and lasts through to the finish. Only critique is that I could go for even a little more coffee (then again, I'm a coffee addict, so it's probably all relative).

M - Medium body with appropriate carbonation (too much and I've noticed coffee stouts become a little sharp). Somewhat dry finish with a pleasant lingering coating of stout flavor after each sip.

Overall - excellent take on a coffee stout. The coffee was expertly integrated into this beer--great, rich aroma; not overly-sharp taste. Easily one of my favorite offerings from Great River so far.

Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Alright, this is a first. A couple of weeks ago a package arrived from cpolking including this beer. The very next day my main man, woodychandler makes an unexpected visit to my job with a bag of beers, incliding this one. I was destined to try this beer! Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a black color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of coffee, roasted malts. Taste is very espresso like, some malts, this would be great in the morning as opposed to around midnight, which is when I cracked this beer. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a high quality beer.

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another beer from a great brewery that supported the Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured into my New Holland Pint glass. Pours a jet black with a deep mocha, rocky head of about two fingers. Head is very slow to drop with some nice lacing.

Aromas of dark roast coffee, dark roast malt, dark cocoa, chocolate milk. No hops to speak of.

Flavors of dark mocha latte, coffee, cocoa and dark roast malt. Finish is medium, with milk chocolate and dark roast coffee lingering.

Mouthfeel is creamy, medium bodied, nice level of carbonation.

Overall an outstanding coffee stout.

Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Sure looks like a stout: black as a cream-less pot of joe--with a dark-brown head; decent retention and wonderful lacing

S: Is this beer? Dark smokey roasted espresso beans and hints of chocolate dominate the aromas with just a faint touch of alcohol and malted grains--possibly some dark fruits too underneath that coffee

T: This is some tasty coffee...er beer; rich and dark coffee: espresso that is a bit earthy and musty with a touch of chocolate; also some faint dark fruity elements on the back end that end up mingling nicely with the espresso beans

F: So creamy; this beer just parks and takes a nap right there in your mouth

O: What a find. What a fine coffee stout. Seriously, everyone, this is a kick ass coffee stout and it's in a can--thank you, thank you, thank you, Great River!

Photo of dgugliuzza
4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a willi glass

Pours pitch black with a drawn out cascade effect. Two inches of thick brown head. Stellar head retention. Many small bubbles interspersed within the fluffy head.

Smells of dark roasted coffee beans and sweet chocolaty malt. It resembles a chilled cappuccino. Bittersweet and deeply aromatic. One of the best coffee aromas I've ever smelled in a beer.

Roasted whole coffee beans followed by a more intense ground coffee surge. Fantastic milky sweetness balances out the bitter coffee. Sweet malt, chocolate and lactose sugar are perfectly layered in to create one of the more bold and flavorful coffee that I've had the privilege to drink.

Thick, full bodied mouthfeel that's just as creamy as an authentic Italian espresso. Moderate carbonation. The alcohol is hardly noticeable as this one goes down smooth and easy.

Redband is one of the top five coffee beers that I've had. It may even be on my all time greats list. Dark roasted coffee infused with a creamy sweet milk stout makes this beer bold, balanced and delicious. A must try for coffee beer lovers and worth seeking out whenever possible.

Photo of sneakybird
4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour is thick and opaque, nearly black with no highlights. Two fingers of brown head that quickly fade to a thin but persistent film. Minimal lacing. The aroma packs a wollop, falling somewhere between a dark roasted coffee and an iced mocha.

Almost tastes more like coffee than beer. The dark malts are there, but the coffee definitely plays center stage in this one. If there are hops here, they're well hidden; the bitterness tastes like it's all coming from the astringency of the espresso. Medium to heavy in body, though perhaps just a tad lighter than expected. The moderate carbonation really helps the strong aromatics come out.

It's good to see such a good coffee stout coming out of a local brewery, and not have to rely on super limited releases like Kentucky or Bourbon County Breakfast Stout. If they start barrel aging this stuff, I'll buy it by the case. If there's a criticism, it's that this is a beer that probably doesn't need to come in a 16 oz. can.

Photo of Slyjoker87
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours out as a luscious dark brown with a moderate head

S - Smells of coffee and dark, rich chocolate

T - I almost thought I was drinking a delicious alcoholic coffee. Thats not a bad thing, though, because the taste is incredibly delicious. It doesn't taste artificial at all; it's a perfect combination of the coffee flavors with beer

M - The carbonation doesn't jump out which lets you enjoy the flavor and helps bring the coffee feeling to the forefront.

O - This is an excellent coffee stout that is something to savor. You won't be overwhelmed by the flavor because Great River has successfully utilized the coffee without ruining the fact that you are still drinking a beer. Enjoy this if you can get ahold of it.

Photo of AmericanGothic
4.39/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Unibroue tulip.

A: Pours an opaque, dark brown with one-half finger of dark tan head. Some retention but not much lace.

S: Coffee aromas are prominent with good sweet chocolate and roasted malt behind. Smells promising.

T: Leads with dry chocolate, light but satisfying flavor, turns a bit toward coffee at the end, but the coffee does not overpower the flavor. Very tasty. Some sweetness emerges after the first few sips, also some of the citrus hops a little later.

M: Pretty smooth, not too heavy but a bit thinner than I was hoping for.

O: Really a nice beer, still trying to figure out how the coffee is so prominent in the smell without overpowering the flavor. Very glad to see this in cans, hoping Great River can continue to bring more of their beer to us this way.

Photo of Stargazer182ia
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tried this stout at a fundraiser at Niabi zoo in Coal Valley, Illinois. It was absolutely fantastic - the fundraiser AND the beer. I'm a stout fan, so this particularly attracted me at the event. As soon as it was poured I was impressed by the mocha color of the head and how absolutely jet black it was.

The coffee aroma comes through immediately in the smell and the taste and becomes a perfect partner to the roastiness of the brew. It was incredibly hot that day and I'm not entirely sure this is the best beer for hot weather. I'd like to try it again on a cooler day. Still, Great River Brewery has a new fan. I'm sending all my stout-fan friends to this beer. Thanks!

Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.