Redband Stout | Great River Brewery

103 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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.

Added by Vdubb86 on 02-20-2011

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 103 | Ratings: 255
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.

 606 characters

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.

 952 characters

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...

 1,054 characters

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.

 316 characters

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.

 557 characters

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!

 528 characters

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!

 826 characters

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.

 789 characters

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.

 1,508 characters

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.

 511 characters

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

Pours black. Fairly oily and viscous. Nice frothy light brown with nice retention and lacing.

Smells of rich robust fresh dark roast coffee with a hint of chocolate.

Flavor follows the nose very well but a little better. Big burst or fresh robust coffee, cocoa and dark bitter chocolate. A bit or roasted nuttiness is nice as well. Lovely mocha coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium plus bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall this beer surprised me. Much better than anticipated. Thanks for the extra Woodchopper. A very nice coffee beer!

 549 characters

Photo of doughanson78
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

16oz can poured into a snifter. Thanks to storminspank for this one.

A: Black as night. Super thick and black pour. One plus finger creamy mocha head with great retention and lacing. The best regular stout I've seen.

S: Huge coffee, mocha coffee. Deep roasted notes. Dark, dark chocolate. Touches of milk stout aromas.

T: Dark milk chocolate upfront. Roasted coffee, not as much mocha qualities. Taste isn't as big as the nose but still good.

M: It lacks in body, being a bit thin. High carbonation makes it less creamy and more crisp.

O: It's very good. Coffee is awesome in this. The mouthfeel was disappointing.

 620 characters

Photo of n2185
3.47/5  rDev -15%
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.

 553 characters

Photo of syrupjoe
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into snifter. This pours an lalmost completely opaque dark brown/black color with a delicious looking 1.5 finger creamy light caramel head.

Nose: Dark roasted coffee, peat, dark chocolate, dairy, roasted malt, honey sweetness.

Taste: Caramel, coffee roast, dark chocolate bitterness. Clean smooth finish that leaves a pleasant bitterness.

Overall one of the best coffee stouts I've ever had. Typically Surly Coffee Bender is my go-to but this one is better. Will be buying more of this in the future and would love to try it on tap!!!

 547 characters

Photo of StlHopHead77
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours an evil,asphalt black body with 2 inches of slowly dying,light mocha foam that left wide,gooey strands of lacing on the glass.

S-Smells of strong espresso,scalded milk,burnt sugars,sweet chocolate ganache and charred malts.Very robust and fragrant.

T-High grade coffee upfront with flavors of creamy oats,sweetened milk,bittersweet chocolate and light ash.

M-Medium bodied,rich and oily with moderate sweetness and a mildly bitter/charred finish.

O-What a solid coffee stout and in a 16oz can to boot.

 513 characters

Photo of ShanePB
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

 1,187 characters

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

 972 characters

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!

 1,222 characters

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.08/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

 731 characters

Photo of yamar68
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

a - Pours a near pitch black, like a fresh cup of Kona with two to three fingers of big soft light brown head. Nice lacing.

s - FRESH coffee, I've never experienced this from a beer but this coffee smells fresh from the grinder. Some caramel, milk chocolate, cocoa powder, subtle nut notes.

t - They really nail the coffee flavors but I think it stuns the other nice stout characteristics. Really good for what it is though and that is a coffee beer. I can definitely see myself craving one of these in the future. Would be the perfect breakfast beer for camping.

m - Too thin in my opinion. It works fine but it could get beefed up a bit I think.

o - Really solid offering from Great River Brewery. I look forward to trying their other stuff.

 800 characters

Photo of psychotia
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

NBS #2; 16oz can into pint glass

A - black with a two-finger brown mocha head, which settles and disappeared by the end of the glass.

S - coffee. some chocolate notes come through as well, but it's hard to tell whether this is independent from the coffee aroma.

T - more coffee, dark roast and cocoa. this all comes together nicely! i'm used to coffee stouts being quite sweet, but this one avoids that while still maintaining a chocolately satisfaction.

M - consistent with the observation of sweetness, I feel this is a bit thinner than I would prefer. I'm not noticing excess carbonation, yet I managed a fairly aggressive pour into my pint glass.

O - a great coffee stout. i will certainly seek this out again - especially when considering the value. try it!!

 768 characters

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

Poured from the can into my Dogfish Head snifter. Much thanks to Woodychandler off we go!

A real nice light cocoa brown and creamy head is made off the pour. Good retention on this, and sitting on a dark walnut brown body. Looks fairly solid.

Simple coffee roast on the nose, a little airy malt backbone, going with a nice sense of classic light bodied coffee stout sensation coming. Still fairly solid and very enjoyable.

I really like this interesting fizz action on this for the mouthfeel. It's at first kind of jarring and I expected it to really take away from the pleasure of enjoying the beer, but it seems to enhance it. Tight fizz action seem to elevate classic char and mild roast coffee in the mid palate. It comes off as a nice coffee malted soda in a way, but still maintaining a true beer identity.

Overall very nice and more importantly, I found this beer actually quite fun to drink. Nice job!

 913 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

 398 characters

Photo of Greggy
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a rusty brown head/almost orange. Black body. Decent retention. After a couple of sips, no head but good lacing.

S- Balanced roasted coffee, chocolate, cream and a hint of smoke.

T- YUM. This delivers. Smooth rich coffee backed by great chocolate and roasted grains. Finish is long with roasty notes, chocolate and coffee.

M- Carbonation feels maybe a tiny touch too high but overall the large mouthfeel is good.

O- Great beer. A definite must try and now staple. I can get this for less than $7 bucks a 4 pack of pint cans. What a bargain for an excellent coffee stout. I will have this often.

 609 characters

Photo of MattyG85
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

 1,008 characters

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

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.