emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 4, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can to glass. Deep brown/black pour with tan head. Deep coffee and sweet chocolate aromas. This has a great coffee finish. I really like this beer. My buddy is from the Quad Cities and I would always make him bring some GR back, but thank goodness we get it in MN now
bluejacket74 (1129) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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, itís mostly coffee, but thereís also some roasted malt, milk chocolate and bittersweet chocolate flavors noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and itís 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 youíll probably like this one. Definitely worth trying!
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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 lactose sweetness and bakers chocolate. But, really, itís about the coffee.
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.
The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style. Good carbonation and roasty overall.
Iíve a huge fan of coffee stouts, so I really enjoyed this one. Probably not in the league of Central Waters Coffee Stout but itís not far behind.
Sabine (2) - - DEC 27, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite beers. Coffee flavor complements the stout but is not overpowering.
nbondi (197) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with almost no brown creamy head. Could be a problem with the pour... Very roasty nose with some smoke, burnt coffee, and light caramel. Velvety body with good carbonation. Bitter coffee and roastiness overwhelm taste. Dry, drinkable, decent. Ok.
Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(can) Pours jet black with a large dark tan head that retains pretty well and leaves some nice lacing. I wasnít expecting too much out of this beer, and the aroma confirmed my low expectations. Dull, stale, and sour cold-pressed coffee scents waft out of the glass. The smell is really off-putting. There are faint glimmers of good coffee here, with slight peanut-buttery kicks of what Iím guessing are Sumatra beans. Thereís also a pleasant undertone of chocolate, but that soured spent grounds scent overrides these positives.
The flavor, however, is a complete 180 from the aroma and the coffee is really well integrated and maintains a semblance of freshness. The flavor is very smoothly roasted and coupled with a strong undercurrent of dark chocolate. Thereís some elements of roasted nuts here and the sourness detected on the nose is present, but faintly so. The finish has a lingering roasty flavor. Mouthfeel is a touch too high with the carb, which interrupts the smooth and somewhat full body of the beer. No alcohol detected at all. Overall, this is a decent beer that superbly integrated the coffee in the flavor, but failed to translate that integration over to the aroma.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Poured an opaque black color with a thin brown head. Pleasant aroma profile that included the likes of toffee, dark chocolate, coffee, and vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with flavor mirroring the nose. Good stuff.
Narnad (1373) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep black with a kick ass creamy, tan head that leaves a ton of lacing. Aroma has a great dark coffee presence with a smooth chocolate malt presence later to add a little sweetness to the heavy roasted nose. Flavor has a very strong coffee flavor but unlike a lot of coffee flavored stouts, itís not the sole flavor found in it. Later in the tasting a light caramel and chocolate malt sweetness seems to take the bitter coffee edge off of it. Body is of modest density with a lot of fine carbonation and a slight creamy feeling too it. Overall a fantastic brew. Typically coffee stouts arenít my thing but this one was exceptionally well done.
BVery (5129) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Great River on Nov. 26, 2011. Very dark pour with a small reddish head. Super rich coffee and not a lot of bitterness. This is terrific.
DrnkMcDermott (2716) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On the menu board as Espresso Stout, sold in cans as Redband. Thereís just something about the brewpubs in the Quad Cities that they wall want to have a coffee stout on tap. Even from a taster glass, this one has a lotta lotta coffee nose. Definitely espresso in the smell, matched by a solid black body and some fizzy foam. Taste most like a cool, admittedly fizzy, shot of espresso as any coffee beer. In this sampler glass, it looks like a shot of espresso (fool your co-workers!).