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Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States | website

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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103
Ratings:
255
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
13.73%
 
 
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Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can to an imperial pint. Purcahsed 8/16/2012 while traveling in Albert Lea, MN. No date.

A: Very dark, opaque brown. Nearly black. Thick, foamy, dark cocoa head. Looks like a proper stout!

S: Very strong coffee aroma with hints of chocolate, roasted malts, and bitter hops.

T: A very distinct flavor to this one. Dark roast coffee is very prevalent. Milk chocolate, in fact somewhat of a chocolate milk flavor, backs up the coffee, with a trace of bitter hops at the finish.

M: A bit thinner than I like my stouts, but nice creaminess and smoothness. A bit of a lingering bitterness beyond what you might expect from a coffee stout.

O: Very nice coffee flavor, the coffee stout lovers should definitely try this one. An interesting milkiness to this one as well. In the end, just a bit too bitter or sour and a little thin to be truly great, but a nice entry no doubt.

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Photo of metter98
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass and some wispy lacing on the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of roasted coffee beans in the nose.
T: Flavors of coffee and espresso really stand out in the taste of this beer—it’s kind of like drinking an iced coffee made with dark roasted beans. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink for having an intense flavor of coffee—it’s neither very bitter nor full-bodied.

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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 BigRedN
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from the 16 oz can into a pint glass. The beer is thick looking, black in color (reminds me a bit of motor oil). My Pour produces a thick brown head that is nearly 2 inches in height. Head slowly fades to a solid cover on the beer that leaves a little lacing.

Smell: If IPA's can be described as a "hop-bomb", then this could be described as a "malt-bomb" or perhaps "coffee-bomb". The beer smells like the can says - stout with coffee added, it does not lie. Nice roasted malts, with an solid roasted coffee aroma that mixes well.

Taste: Straight in line with the scent, which a good beer should be. This is like a good cup of coffee, only its a beer. Wonderful roasted malt, with the previously mentioned roasted coffee bean. The tastes are not overpowering, but just right. The only bitterness comes from the roasted malt and a bit of bitter coffee taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, no other way to put it. Thick, rich, yet goes down smooth. There appears to be minimal carbonation, yet the beer does not suffer.

Overall: A wonderful beer drinking experience. This is a well crafted stout. Purchased a 4-pack of pint cans for $6.49. Well worth the price. I'll purchase this again.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler thanks to GraniteSkunk. Poured into a Founders snifter also compliments of GraniteSkunk. Thanks a ton Granite!

A- Pours a dark opaque black with a slight purplish brown ring to it. A very thin layer of creamy mocha brown head when first poured that quickly dissipated to leave a flat glossy top. Some small carbonation bubbles here and there.

S- Espresso beans, roasted malts, some lactose sugars and a little bit of black licorice. A little bit above average aroma strength and high on the roastiness.

T- Espresso, roasted malts, dark chocolate, lactose sugars, finishes a little bit bitter with hints of dark licorice and roasted malts that linger. Nicely balanced and flavorful.

M- A little bit thin for a stout, very smooth, not too much carbonation (could have lost a little bit in the growler), easy to drink.

O- This was definitely a very good stout. Definitely one of the better ones that I've had, but not in the top echelon. It could have used a little bit more espresso in the taste and been a little bit more creamier. Other then that it was very good. I would definitely have this again and thank you Granite for sending it my way it was definitely enjoyed!

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Photo of Beerlover
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

pours thick and creamy like a stout should. smells like strong/sweet coffee. tastes overwhelmingly like stong coffee with sweetness enforcing the malty flavors. this is the perfect blend of coffee and stout. i have tried a half dozen or more coffee stouts and cant find one that comes close to this (okay maybe the great divide espresso yeti, but the $$$ of redband blows that one outta the water!!). if you even have an inkling to try this beer DO IT, dont hesitate!!!

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Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EgadBananas for providing this can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours dark chocolate brown with a creamy dark tan head that dissipates slowly. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head recedes. The aroma is of dark roasted barley malt with dark roasted coffee and milk chocolate. Espresso hits the tongue up front and the dark roasted malts help balance some of the coffee bitterness. There is some milk flavor in this stout as well, but it is subdued. There is a strong bitter character to this beer due to the coffee. This is a coffee lover's dream beer. This is a full bodied stout with moderate carbonation. It has a creamy mouthfeel and the drinkability is high. Overall, this is an excellent stout. If you're a coffee lover and can find this beer, give it a try.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can as my breakfast beer at the Indy 500.

Coal black with a tan head. Not proper glassware so can't really comment on retention or lacing.

Aroma features strong coffee presence, other roasted malts and milk chocolate.

Rich bitter coffee dominates the flavor too. There is a certain underlying milk flavor, but coffee definitely takes center stage.

Mouthfeel is where the milk stout part of this shines. Thicker bodied with medium carbonation levels create a coffee smoothie feel.

I really enjoyed this beer as a completely off the radar treat. Warning though this one is not for coffee haters. It is definite the strong flavor which I personally enjoy especially at 9 am.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here we go, another beer that proves that Iowa doesn't suck. It's just a coincidence that the Mississippi river flows southernly in it's direction. RedBand Coffee Stout from Great River Brewing of Davenport, Iowa, and the notes go here:

Great River RedBand Stout Brewed with Coffee.

Full-on blackness in this stout. Full head drifts down and departs, finishing as a tight cocoa-tinged ring.

Fresh coffee notes in the aroma, some hints of cocoa, dry and richly roasty.

Taste: Impeccable. Full-bodied, flush with coffee flavor. Long finish. Not a thing lacking in this. What more to say, what to say, what to say…there's a stout, it's full of coffee, the coffee is a little sweet, and a little bitter, and wonderfully balanced.

Never too this, not a bit too that. Floats down the throat with ease, only thing to watch out for is the caffeine. Little bit of blackberry and other fruit in the flavor, small sweetness turns dry and roasty with a quickness.

Nothing shy, nothing held back, all good in the neighborhood.

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Photo of doucmehu
1.9/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

16oz. can purchased about a month ago in SD was poured into a Duvel tulip. No date on the can.

A: Slightly vigorous pour results in a huge pillow of deep tan head, about 4 fingers worth. Head settles to a a thin covering, and leaves very nice lacing.

S: Smells of bitter baker's chocolate, slightly medicinal, chalky mustiness where I expected to find the roasted coffee. There is some cheap brewed coffee as it warms.

T: Yuck, this is horrible. Acrid, soured, stale coffee grounds. This is infected or something, it is sour and extremely off-putting. The horrible metallic flavor is the final dagger in this beer being poured down the drain.

M: Creamy and oily with heavy carbonation. I didn't want it to stay in my mouth very long.

O: Poured just beautiful, but tasted absolutely hideous. I really hope this was infected and not a standard example. There is no way it can have high reviews if this is how it is supposed to taste. What a letdown.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a tulip

A: Absolutely pitch black with two fingers of dense brown head. Even opaque on the way out of the can. I'm impressed.

S: Strong robust coffee aroma with dark chocolate and a bit of milk chocolate to balance. Roasted malts in the background.

T: Roasted malts dominate this beer with smooth yet robust coffee flavor in the background. Not much sweetness in the beer with the coffee a bit on the raw and over-roasted side, but extremely flavorful and quite nice.

M: On the heavy side with creamy carbonation.

O: This is a great stout, a bit on the raw side, but very flavorful and quite smooth. There is a ton of flavor packed into this stout and it's very enjoyable.

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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 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 drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 JayQue
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good One!!! Thanks to Woodchopper, who included it in a trade. Pours a dense dark brown color with absolutely no light getting through. A hard pour yields a medium size light brown head. Head retention is good, lacing is minimal.

Smell is the best part. Big coffee aroma...very pronounced...very good.

Tastes pretty good as well. Big coffee flavor, a little on the sweet side..either sweet cream or maybe a little milk chocolate.

Mouthfeel is impressive as well. The can calls it a Milk Stout. I figured it was either a Milk Stout or an Oatmeal Stout because it is incredibly smooth. Goes down real easy.

Overall, a much better than average stout. I would drink one again if it was available.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
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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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.23/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can poured into a British pint glass. Thanks to GraniteSkunk for this one.

Appearance - Pours black with a small mocha head. Not much retention and it only retains a bit of foam and a ring. No lacing.

Smell - Coffee. That's about it. If I struggle I can get some chocolate, but I might even be making that up.

Taste - A little better than the smell. Starts off dry and roasty that comes off very bitter. The coffee comes out and dominates the flavor. The finish is reminds me of oatmeal, but I can't find any indication of it on the label. Low bitterness and a little grainy.

Mouthfeel - Slick but not thick. The finish rests on the tongue leaving a malt flavor unlike the rest of the beer. Bitter, but only from the coffee. Medium carbonation and pretty thin.

Overall - It's a decent stout, but average in most respects. I can barely taste the stout behind the coffee, so it's tough to say it's good. Drinkable but not exciting in any way.

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Photo of Chaz
3.55/5  rDev -13%
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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Photo of iabeerbaron
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very proud of this fantastic Iowa brew! This coffee stout pour a dark black, with a nice brown/tan head. Definitely could float a bottle cap on it. Aroma of coffee, sugar, and malts. Flavor is very similar, bitterness from the coffee and a little sweetness to round it out. Very impressive beer; always in my fridge.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to doughofthefuture for sending a can of this out my way. Served in a SAVOR wine glass.

Pours near-black with a huge mocha head with quite the retention time and some nice ringy lacing as it finally subsides to a thin cap. The nose brings loads of coffee and a touch of cream, with some dark chocolate in the background. Flavor has a nice combo of heavy coffee upfront, followed up with some nice roast and chocolate character. Body is medium to full with a nice creaminess and a touch of dryness in the finish. Really a nice brew. Thanks again.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, this is a beautiful looking stout. It's black as can be, with a rich dark mocha colored head. Poured very viscous. Doesn't get much better than this!

Aroma is nice roasted coffee, slight cocoa powder, and a predominant roasted malt note.

Nice roasted coffee bitterness, with some creamy cocoa, and rich maltiness. Finishes nicely dry.

Has a nice creaminess on the palate. Full bodied and rich for an American Stout. Rather enjoyable.

Overall, great stout. Would definitely drink this on the regular...go cans!

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Photo of sommersb
2.91/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 03-27-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 16 oz. can
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Jet black and opaque, with a tan head 3 fingers high. Good head retention and a fair level of lace.

S: Coffee and dark breads, with also an unpleasant vinegar or vegetable element.

T: Dark roasted coffee, toasted malts, and bittersweet chocolate. Nicely balanced between bitter and sweet. Also get some of the vinegar flavor as in the nose.

M: Smooth and full-bodied; low to medium carbonation. Aftertastes are of dark breads, bitter chocolate, and also some of the off-tasting vegetable flavors noted in the aroma.

O: Some good qualities to the stout, but obviously something went wrong with the quality in this can when I compare my experience to other reviews.

Thanks to Duff27 for this one!

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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 zeledonia
2.78/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I love coffee stouts, and I love beer in cans. So I couldn't really pass this one up.

Pours black, quite a bit darker than any non-imperial stout I can recall, but still moderately thin. Massive head erupts almost out of the glass - had to slow, then stop, my pour. That pillowy mocha-colored head sticks around for a looong time, gradually developing craters and pockets visible from the side. Wow.

Smell is rather faint, but has a lovely smooth coffee aroma. Smells like cold press - all of the flavor, none of the bitterness or harshness that coffee sometimes gives. Strangely lacking the biggest thing I picked up in the flavor...

Taste is a serious disappointment. It tastes burnt. Like either the coffee or some of the grains were seriously over-roasted. This is not good. That charred flavor overwhelms everything else. I can pick out some coffee, and some faint chocoalte. But mostly I feel like I'm chewing on charcoal. I do not like it. This might be a drainpour.

Mouthfeel is decent - medium-bodied, as expected, with pretty high carbonation for a stout (especially when it first hits the tongue). Mid-length finish - just as I start to think it's going to carry on for a long time, it's gone.

Seriously, wtf is up with this beer? I've heard lots of people raving about it, but it just tastes bad to me. Like a burned coffee stout. Very unpleasant degree of char. I'll probably give it another shot on the chance this is a bad batch. But if it's like this, I won't be drinking any more of it.

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Photo of brystmar
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

16oz can with no freshness date. Silky black body, minimal head, poor retention.

Incredible coffee aroma resonates from my glass, supported by roasty malts, toffee, and more fresh coffee. Can't believe I'm about to say this: Redband rivals Coffee Bender in aroma!

Nice and stouty taste with more roasted malts here than in the nose. Chocolatey, a touch sweet, then bitter coffee kicks in to finish things off. Thick, chewy body. And this baby is sessionable. An excellent great example of great beer in a can.

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Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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