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Redband Stout | Great River Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States
greatriverbrewery.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,456
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
256
pDev:
13.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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52
Gots:
33
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.96/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pounder can (16 oz) sent to me as an extra from Dave, thanks! Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Thick, motor oil looking dark brown almost damn near black body coming out. A foamy, rocky medium brown head forms and leaves great lacing around the glass. Nice coating retention cap is left behind, too.

S: Fresh pressed coffee, roast, chocolate, caramel and some milled dark malts. There's a bit of bitterness that mixes with a slight sweetness. That said, it's not overly aromatic - certainly the coffee is there but it masks a lot of the other aromas.

T: Medium roast coffee beans, cream and some bitter notes up front. Dark chocolate, dark malts and a bit of sweet sugar towards the back end. This is really nice and flavorful while striking a great balance between the coffee and the stout base.

M: Nicely carbonated but not too much giving this lower ABV stout a really nice full feeling. It's creamy, smooth but very easy drinking. A little bitter in the finish but this is good stuff.

This was really nice, I found myself putting the glass down and picking it right back up. It sort of begs to keep sipping on. Certainly one you must try if coffee-infused beers are ones you enjoy.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
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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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of enelson
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Wow, you can tell from the aroma that this is a coffee beer. It smells mostly like coffee, and also some roasted malt and bittersweet chocolate. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly coffee, but there's also some roasted malt, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and it's very easy to drink. Moderate carbonation. I think this is a pretty good brew, I liked it a lot. If you like coffee beers, then you'll probably like this one. Definitely worth trying!

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
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 n2185
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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Photo of thinwhiteduke
3/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jzlyo
3.11/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Strong coffee aroma and flavor with a bit of roasted malt. Not much other than that, not much of a coffee fan but can appreciate this.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16oz can, pours black with a light brown head, decent retention and lacing. Aromas are coffee and roasted malts. Tastes are simliar - lots of roasted coffee and roasted malts with some chocolate, and oatmeal also. Mouth-feel is medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this was good, but lacks complexity. It seemed to be very one dimensional. Still worth the try id the price is right.

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Photo of egrace84
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of bpfrush
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 mynie
4.65/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

PERFECT pour. Thick and completely opaque with a wonderful, retentive brown head. This'd be a good pour for an RIS. For a medium-strength coffee stout, it's bofo.

Smells like rich, medium-acidity dark roasted coffee mixed with milk chocolate and a tiny little bit of hazelnuts. Mostly it's bitter, but that bitterness is balanced out freakin' perfectly.

Tastes wonderful--maybe a bit sweeter than I would have liked, but still an excellent balance between rich coffee, bitter barely, and chocolatey sweetness. The coffee nodes are just about as good as any other coffee beer I've ever tried, save for maybe Coffee Bender; you can actually pick out acidic fruit nodes. In other words, it tastes like nice, dark roasted coffee--not like burnt espresso.

Wowzers. It makes sense, I guess, since the coffee stout was far and away the best beer they brewed at the old Old Capitol. But this--this is a solid improvement even upon that.

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Photo of claspada
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can/extra courtesy of mcqwire756. Pours extremely dark for a standard stout - looks like an imperial stout. Pitch black with a thick tan head that leaves tons of lacing.

Aroma is fresh coffee beans, heavily roasted black malts and some light bakers chocolate. But, really, it's about the coffee. Not the craziest coffee forward aroma ever, but it's definitely top 5.

The taste has lots of coffee but also has more of the lactose sweetness which really makes this taste like an iced latte. The finish is bitter and roasty. Good flavor profile, but kind of one note.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style. Good carbonation and roasty overall. Would have liked a little more body here to make it taste more like a beer and less like straight coffee.

Overall, this was a pleasant surprise. It has a nice flavor but it relatively one noted. If you like extremely coffee forward beers you will enjoy this, especially for the low price point. Probably not in the league of Central Waters Coffee Stout or Dark Horse Tres or even Coffee Bender, but it's not far behind.

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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!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and dark black with no color coming through. Lots of rising bubbles and a huge five finger deep tan head with very good retention. Lots of lacing on the glass. Looks very impressive.

Smell: A very robust and roasty aroma. Big dark roasted malts with big hints of coffee and chocolate. Also some hints of creamy milk, nuts, and oatmeal. Smells fairly sweet, bitter, and full. Very good.

Taste: Very roasty and moderately sweet. Dark roasted malts with good notes of coffee, chocolate, nuts, oat, and milk. Also a light hint of dark cherry in the background. Finishes with a little kick of earthy hops. The coffee blends in with the other flavors and nothing stands out over the others. Full and balanced.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very rich and creamy. Slightly sticky. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter.

Overall: A very good and overlooked stout. Flavors are bold and balanced.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
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 morimech
4.48/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the pint can into a snifter. Dark black color with a large mocha colored head that has good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Plenty of lacing is left down the glass as well. Looks like one chewy stout.

Aroma is heavily influenced by the coffee. Freshly brewed and iced. Underneath the coffee there is a touch of roasted malt.

Has one of the best coffee flavors of beers that are coffee influenced. The stout area of the beer loses a little focus so I cannot give this a perfect score. Could use a little more roasted and chocolate malt flavor to compliment the coffee.

I was expecting this to feel a little thicker considering the look of the pour. Still quite large for a 6% ABV beer. A little over carbonated as well.

Arguably the best coffee flavor in a beer. Comes in cans at a great price. Definately happy to see this on local store shelves.

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Photo of bsuedekum
3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of tectactoe
3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter.

4.0 A: Black color. Two and a half fingers of frothy/foamy tan head. Retention is very good for a coffee beer.

3.5 S: Rich roastiness in here. The coffee added must have a huge hand in this. Bittersweet chocolate and not overbearing amounts of coffee.

2.5 T: The strongest flavor in the taste is a tangy, somewhat acrid old coffee. It trumps the roastiness which is second. Hints of caramel and chocolate under that. It's not horrible, but I'm not a fan.

4.0 M: Heavier medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Thick, viscous feeling without a lot of creaminess. Good here for a coffee beer.

3.0 D: The coffee really wasn't well integrated into this one. If it was, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot.

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