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Redband Stout | Great River Brewery

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4.05/5
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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:
#3,505
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
256
pDev:
13.83%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
33
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 256 |  Reviews: 104
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of tito42
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

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4.05/5  rDev 0%
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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
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 +11.1%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of jaasen64
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of Can_if_you_can
5/5  rDev +23.5%
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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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of acevenom
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
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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4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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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4/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Redband Stout from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 4.05 out of 5 with 256 ratings
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