KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 4, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a 16 oz. can into a tulip.
Redband has a viscous molasses color with a small dollup of a tan head on top.
The aroma is roasted malt, cocoa, bitter dark chocolate, and espresso.
This is definitely a well made stout, if a little straight forward. The malt has a medium roast character, and there are both bitter, dark chocolate and sweet milky cocoa flavors. A bitterness is present from the start, but it grows over time. A strong espresso presence is noticeable throughout, working with the roasted malt bitterness up front and the chocolatey milkiness later in the sip in different ways. The finish is fairly clean, with a bitter flourish.
This has a medium to full body, a light, smooth, and creamy carbonation, and a texture that is viscous without ending up as overly sticky.
This is a quality coffee stout, and definitely the best beer I have had out of Iowa so far.
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can at my folkís place, hanging out on Motherís Day, excused myself to go knock out a rating. Poured into a "beer" glass, which isnít something I would use at home, but has been serviceable enough in the past I suppose... Pours clear black, very thick and pervasive dark tan head, nice lacing, but nothing exceptional. Nose is black coffee, lots and lots of coffee, along with light roast, and a hint of something metallic, but only just the barest hint. Flavours are medium-bodied, with notes of coffee, big red berries, some red licorice, round, berryish and smooth. Solid, but not exceptional IMO.
sthlm (1270) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - MAY 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Can] Pours dark brown with a nice brown head, which diminishes to just a ring. Aroma is big on coffee with a little chocolate and barbeque sauce. The taste isnít bad. Lots of coffee, obviously, with a huge dose of chocolate as well. I got some barbeque sauce in the beginning, but it faded fairly quickly. Somewhat thin mouthfeel, smooth, long finish. Not a bad beer at all, and a pleasant surprise for me.
MacBoost (1708) - Penfield, New York, USA - MAY 7, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16oz tall boy courtesy of pepsiedcan. Pours a jet black with a seriously dark brown head. Nose is pure coffee, thatís all I get. I could throw in some other descriptors in there, but really I would be lying to you. All I smell is coffee. And... The taste follows suit... Imagine cold, carbonated coffee with a shot of vodka thrown in. Because thatís exactly what it tastes like. Exactly. Cold, carbonated, alcoholic coffee. Which isnít necessarily a bad thing... If thatís what youíre looking for. Damn. This is the most coffee-ish coffee stout I have ever encountered. Overall, not bad at all. Not bad.
demmbonz (716) - Erin, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting brew. Aroma is all coffee. Pour is near black with brown mixed in. Quite fizzy and an everlasting head. Almost tastes like you are drinking iced coffee. More sour than bitter. Effervescence is borderline harsh. You can lick the sweetness from your cheeks and gums after swallowing, which evolves into coffee bitterness.
burgy (456) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aromatics hit you right in the face with deep coffee notes. Slight astringent alcohol side note. Pours straight dark brown with deep mocha, thick, creamy, head. Lots of stout flavor with heavy coffee notes. I do taste a little bit of a sour, coffee taste on the back end. Overall, I really like this minus the sour taste....
JoePeesie (923) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - APR 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a jet black with brown head. Nose and taste are all coffee. The thing I really like about this beer us that it picked a direction (coffee) & stuck with it. It is what it is & Iím a fan.
dlinn (141) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Obvious coffee aroma. Hard to pick out anything else. Slightly sweet on the nose. A bit of tang/acidity (not really bitterness) from the coffee. Generally smooth and milky palate. Aside from the acidic coffee after effects, a decent beer.
arminjewell (9210) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - APR 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour out of 16 oz can is dark black with thin off white head, aroma has notes of big coffee, chocolate, hints of coffee grounds and caramel, hints of roast and some spice notes and a touch of earth, a bit of the wet coffee grounds. Taste is a mix of milky and dark chocolate, some nice coffee and coffee grounds, hints of caramel and biscuit notes, touch of earth and roasted malts finish a bit acidic from the coffee. Pretty decent.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.