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Redband Stout | Great River Brewery

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Redband StoutRedband Stout

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

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.

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Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 255
Photo of BeerNutz324
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ap- dark dark brown. some might even call it black. the head doesn't last long but the lacing makes up for it. The head is a half inch or so of off white.

Ar- coffee, coffee, and coffee. A bit or roasted malt and some chocolate too. Did I mention coffee?

T- Coffee, chocolate, roasted malts

M- Well carbonated for a stout, medium bodied, a bit on the lighter side for a stout.

O- A fine beer, I will seek this out again for sure. I love coffee and I love it even more in beer...especially at $5.99 a 4pk of 16oz' ers. The best thing to come out of Iowa since I-94!

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Photo of lnashsig
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

#BOTG 160! Getting really really close. Poured from can into Brooklyn tulip. This one looks like a big imperial stout! Really nice thick, dark, tar like pour, with about a half finger of dark tan head. Zero light gets through. Awesome looking stout. Smell- roasty Java, sweet milk chocolate. Taste- up front coffee blast, as expected. Its super roasty espresso beans, followed by some molasses and milk chocolate sweetness. This is an unexpected great coffee beer, I have never heard of it, but would place it near the top in its class.

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of dbossman
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours an opaque black color. The head is a massive two and a half inches in of dark tan foam that recedes slowly leaving stick lacing along the sides of the glass. The aroma is of espresso with some roasted malt underneath, but it is mostly espresso. The taste is more balanced between beer and coffee. There are considerable roasted malt, and chocolate notes that balance the still strong coffee component. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a velvety texture, and ample carbonation. Overall, this is a really good beer that I will surely be drinking a lot of in the future.

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Photo of Duff27
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to LaCoursiere for this can.

A: Pours a pitch black with one full finger of mocha head. The foam dissipates fairly quickly, but leave some great lacing as it drinks.

S: Dang! This beer smells of HUGE coffee, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, and caramel. If you are a coffee lover, this is your beer.

T: This beer starts off bitter, like I'm drinking a high end dark roast. The coffee notes are spot on. But this flavor transitions into a wonderful sweet, chocolatey, caramel mix. The finish is back to a quick hit of bitter coffee and then sweet chocolate.

M: Full bodied beer. Thin and bitter to start, but finishes super creamy and smooth. It's fantastic.

O: This beer is seriously great (if you love coffee). Great River is not messing around. It's like a cold mocha espresso. I think it's wonderful. It might be one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Jeremiah for the can! Poured pitch black with a thick cap of tan foam that receded slowly leaving copious, heavy lacing. Very, very nice. Smell was roasted malt, subtle chocolate and coffeehouse fresh French press coffee. Excellent. Taste was delicious coffee and roasted malt, at times almost creamy, with undertones of Wurther's chocolates..tootsie rolls..but not sweet.. Very smooth, satiny mouthfeel complimented nicely by a clean, dryish finish, exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an opaque jet black in color with just the slightest hint of dark brown when held up to the light - this beer is very thick looking when poured. The beer has a finger tall dark mocha head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of freshly roasted coffee, freshly ground coffee, and freshly brewed coffee - the smell of this beer is all about the coffee. Smells wonderful.

T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by coffee - there is the smooth flavor of freshly brewed coffee along with some hints of espresso bitterness. Additionally there are lighter flavors of dark roasted malts.

M: Full bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Thick and smooth.

O: This beer has a wonderful flavor and aroma - this beer just screams out as being perfect for a weekend brunch. I really enjoyed this beer and will be happy to drink the rest of this 4 pack in the not too distant future. Easy to drink and sessionable. I put this on par with Mikkeler Beer Geek Breakfast but is significantly cheaper...

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Photo of Tuey13
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big thanks to laymansbeerfan for this great extra. Cheers!

Appearance – Pours a pitch black into my tulip with zero light penetrating even the edges. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – A fantastic fresh roasted coffee aroma up front. Chocolate, nuttiness, char, and some cocoa.

Taste – Nothing less than wonderful. The enticing aroma led me to believe the flavor would be the same, and thankfully it is. A nice dry roasted coffee flavor mixed with a hint of chocolate and lactic flavors. Subtle earthy notes, cocoa, and caramel. Finishes with a charred characteristic.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, a bit lighter than expected, finishes dry.

Overall – A very good coffee beer. A great surprise and fantastic extra. Very happy I am enjoying this right now. Would love to do a side-by-side with FBS, this, and WnB.

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Photo of match1112
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can pours a pitch black into my pint glass.an aggressive pour results in a half finger of mocha colored head that settles to a frothy cap with tons of lacing. smells like a pot of coffee that was left out over night. roastieness, chocolate and coffee. tastes like a cold cup of joe. mouthfeel is a full bodied stout with good carbonation and a nice level of coffee bitterness on the end. this is one of the best coffee stouts out there.

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Photo of NStLincoln
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Davesway10 for sending me this in the Birthday BIF. Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Belga Café tulip.

a - Pours a pitch black color with two fingers of dark tan head and moderate carbonation evident. Head lasts for several minutes and leaves an inch of head throughout drinking it. No real lacing. An awesome looking stout.

s - Smells of coffee grinds, roasted malts, vanilla, dark bitter chocolate, toasted malts, and espresso. Really nice nose, the coffee smell is very fresh and strong.

t - Tastes of coffee grinds, espresso, vanilla and cream, roasted malts, light milk chocolate, bakers chocolate, light smoke, and light earthy notes. Coffee isn't quite as strong as the nose, but more cream/vanilla. Still very nice.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Super smooth and creamy and not too thick. Insanely easy to drink.

o - Overall I have to say, I really liked this one; I thought it was a fantastic coffee stout. Looks great and has a near perfect body. The nose is great and full of fresh coffee. While the coffee in the taste isn't as powerful as some other coffee stouts I've had, I still really liked this one. Very easy to drink and would certainly like to get more of this one. Thanks Dave!

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of ballenc
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into an imperial pint glass.

Appearance - Black as coal with a dark tan head. Minimal head that dissipates quickly leaving little to no lacing.

Smell - very heavy on the roasted coffee aroma - stronger than I even expected

Taste - again very heavy on the roasted coffee flavor with a hint of bittersweet chocolate on the back of the tongue and maybe just a wee bit of dried fruit. Definitely a malt forward brew with little indication of any hops at all.

Mouthfeel - a bit on the thin side in comparison to other coffee stouts. No lingering aftertaste other than coffee.

Overall - This is my first try with this brewery and the coffee stout is a winner. While I was hoping for a bit of a chewier mouthfeel, the smell and flavor more than makes up for it. I would recommend this beer to others interested in stouts and/or coffee stouts but who may be put off by the general heaviness of most other stouts.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

tall boy can poured into a beer stien.

Appearance: black bodied stout with a dense brown head. Leaves thin and spotty lacing everywhere on the glass.

Smell: Really roasty fresh expresso coffee and some sweet smelling malts.

Taste: Fresh roasted coffee! This beer is so roasty and not at all bitter! Its just like gourmet expresso. The malts add some sweetness to the beer. Getting just a little bit of a chocolate note. Has a nice finish just like you would get from most stouts.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy beer with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Carbonation is near perfect. Super drinkable sessionable stout.

Overall: Huge roasty coffee flavor; very mild bitterness. Easy drinking and great tasting beer! This IS my new favorite coffee beer! I am really glad this beer is found in my backyard because I see myself drinking this beer on a very regular basis. Not only that its very affordable craft beer at $8 a four pack of tall boys! Only 2 dollars a can what a great value for a premium craft beer! Go out of you way to trying this beer! It doesnt matter if your a stout lover or a coffee snob everyone will enjoy this brew. Not to mention this beer is in cans...I will be bring this beer along with me on ice fishing excursions for the convience of not having to bring bottles of beer out on the ice.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from can into a Nonic shaped pint glass

A - Beer pours with a thick oil looking appearance; forms a really nice, dark tan colored head; about 1.5 fingers in height; holds very well; great lacing formed around the edge of the glass; dark black, "lights out" colored body

S - Deep roasted coffee nose; heavy burnt malt; licorice; light scents of brown sugar; dark chocolate; some hops, faint, get covered up pretty well in the beer, definitely helps enhance the licorice scents in the beer

T - Coffee flavor, roasted coffee beans; dark chocolate; licorice; slight hop flavor at the end of the beer, citrus notes are picked up in the middle of the tongue; kind of tastes like a chocolate milkshake; lactose; brown sugar

M - Medium-to-heavy beer feel; lingering bitter burnt malt taste; coffee; nice and creamy

D - You know you're getting coffee in this drink; its almost like they ran this beer through a coffee pot; good stuff and makes a great dessert beer

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Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
4.08 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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