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Redband Stout | Great River Brewery

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Redband StoutRedband Stout

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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.

Added by Vdubb86 on 02-20-2011

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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 104
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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

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

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Photo of stompilator
3.27/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of GregSVT
3.28/5  rDev -19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16oz can into a tulip

A: Pours very dark brown almost black with a decent mocha brown head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass. Impressively dark for a 6% stout.

S: The nose is dominated by the coffee...it's all I can smell at first. Very earthy but I can detect some vanilla in there as well.

T: The taste is also mostly coffee with a slight vanilla flavor. It's almost like a watered down iced coffee.

M: Feel is thin and watery.

O: I wanted to love this one after reading reviews and especially since I love WnB and a few other coffee stouts but this one was a bit of a let down. If you're looking for all coffee and little stout this is definetly your beer.

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3.47/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours black with three fingers of dark tan head that fades into a thin ring with a little lacing.

S: Roasted malts with sweet cocoa up front followed by sweet, creamy coffee aromas.

T: Bitter roasted malts up front with roasted coffee flavors following. The finish has a charred character to it, reminiscent of burnt coffee.

M: Medium-thick body with medium carbonation, this beer is nice and lively without being too watery.

O: A decent beer overall, though the burnt coffee flavors are a bit of a deterrent. I'd also like a bit more complexity.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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...

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3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. A new one to me, my first beer from Great River Brewery, acquired a single can of this stuff as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. "Stout with coffee added", brewed using 'an 18 hour cold brew extraction method' per the can.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours an attractive brown-black body, not opaque, with notes of brown showing near the surface. Over a finger of frothy khaki-tan head that leaves big fluffy scattered lacing on the way down. Looks good for what it is.

S - Aroma doesn't quite hit it: lots of earthy, burnt, roasty, twiggy malt presence. An earthy musty yeast profile. Notes of dark roast & char, but not indicative of coffee bean roast or freshly grinded coffee in any way really. There is even a slight tinge of fruity hop presence on the back end, i do believe. Was expecting a coffee bomb.

T - Taste is the same: lots of burnt malt, roast, & char, but not indicative of coffee beans or freshly grinded creamy coffee in any way. No overt notes of milk chocolate, cream, vanilla, or smooth creamy coffee. Just straight-up dark roasty charred malt, with again a slight piney / bitter American hop note on the end.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, dark, bitter, roasty. Medium-bodied, perhaps even slightly watery at times. Feels a lot more roasty and bitter than 36 IBU but what do i know.

Overall, this beer has high ratings and a nice premise so i had high hopes for it; was expecting greatness in coffee beer form somewhere along the lines of Surly Coffee Bender, but this one missed the mark for me. Would be interested in trying more from this brewery.

Great River Brewery Redband Stout -----3.5/5

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3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Robbie for this can. Poured in to tulip.

A - Poured dark black with one finger of cocoa brown head.

S - Big bitter coffee aroma up front with roast and sweet molasses notes.

T - Lots of roast and dark roasted coffee. Fairly big sweetness with hints of molasses and chocolate. The finish is dry and bitter.

M - Medium body. Creamy. Light carbonation.

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3.62/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned: unk

A black stout with a couple fingers of light mocha foam and a decent lace. Smells like coffee - serious amounts of coffee. There are hints of malt, but not particularly pronounced, mostly the smell of coffee. The taste follows a bit of a different route, the coffee is more complimentary than dictatorial. There are tones of chocolate, toasted malts, some hints of oxidation, and a creamy flavor as well. This is well done in the flavor department. Medium bodied with a sincerely dry finish - surprisingly, this feels right.

A deceptive beer up front with the nose, but converges into a really nice beer. As it warms, it grows on me and as I enjoy it, the nose seems less important. If they adjusted the aromas for more interaction, I would argue this would be a world class coffee stout. Really a beer worth seeking and I plan to place on my wants list for a second round.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 256 ratings
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