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.
drywallman (351) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a June assortment pack picked up from Hy-Vee. It poured from the can into the pint glass very black with a long lasting light brown head. Aroma was of the coffee, licorice, and a little oil. Taste matched almost exactly with a little sugar caramel in the "middle" of the profile also. Hops were herbal at best, but un-noticeable. Pretty good to someone who isnt a coffee fan. I wouldnt drink more than one in a session, because of the build up in oil.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can: Thanks, Jeff. Black lagoon pour; bubbly, thick-looking with a deep tan color head that softy rests upon the colorless abyss. Spotty lacing. Straightforward but enjoyable aroma of timely roasted coffee beans with a faint, yet integral underlying creamy sweetness. Imagine some deep-ass roasted beans. No, not full city roast, or even Vienna roast. Iím talking French or Italian. Hell, maybe even Spanish roast. I mean, this fucker is roasty. BUT thereís this itty bitty titty creamy sweetness that muddles itís way on board, just in time. Like taking your burnt, charred, & oily ass black coffee, then dropping in about half a gram of sugar & a dollop of half & half. IT JUST WORKS. The palate picks up the sweetness a bit more methodically than the nose & works that to its advantage, amplifying things up a bit to display some parity between the two spectrum bookends. Aftertaste leaves your mouth tasting like what Iíd imagine a used coffee filter feels like after a freshly percolated Costa Rican blend. A bit thin on the mouth feel would be my only real complaint. Some people donít like super duper roasty... Well, I do. This was surprisingly enjoyable.
Bulk_Carrier (3013) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - SEP 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks Olivia for the can.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy brown color with a one finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light speckled lacing here and there in a messy sort of way.
The smell had some light crisp roasty coffee to some light sweet chocolate.
The taste was mainly sweet and tried to hold a respectable roastiness but somehow through this flavoring it seemed like it just wasnít balanced enough.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued and gave off a clear crisp sweetness rolling over my tongue.
Overall, kinda weird as a stout - Iím not used to having a stout of this nature. Would I have it again? Maybe...
Homer321 (2980) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Can, probably from Pepsican. Poured into a snifter. Light brown head that dies almost immediately. Aroma is moderate roast and coffee bean. Taste is watery and burnt. Full of acrid sharpness. gawd I canít drink this.
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
16 oz can purchased at the brewery. Black appearance with a fully diminshing head. Strong fresh coffee and espresso aroma. Similar flavor adding light chocolate, roasted malts and earthy bitter hops. Average body, a little thin and watery with soft carbonation.
keepersj12 (2985) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a tan head. The coffee is present in the aroma along with a hint of chocolate and some roasted barley. The flavor is sweet to start with the coffee coming through. Well balanced and very smooth.
dresden (1235) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour. Lots of strong coffee aroma. Creamy beer with almost all coffee flavour, vanilla, roast malt, but heavily coffee. Pretty good stuff
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A black stout with a couple fingers of light mocha foam and a decent lace. Smells like coffee - serious amounts of coffee. There are hints of malt, but not particularly pronounced, mostly the smell of coffee. The taste follows a bit of a different route, the coffee is more complimentary than dictatorial. There are tones of chocolate, toasted malts, some hints of oxidation, and a creamy flavor as well. This is well done in the flavor department. Medium bodied with a sincerely dry finish - surprisingly, this feels right.
A deceptive beer up front with the nose, but converges into a really nice beer. As it warms, it grows on me and as I enjoy it, the nose seems less important. If they adjusted the aromas for more interaction, I would argue this would be a world class coffee stout. Really a beer worth seeking and I plan to place on my wants list for a second round.
Serving type: can
Brandman (2516) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pitch black, brown head which disappears fast. Aroma: coffee, coffee more coffee. Chocolate, molasses. Huge coffee flavour. Palate is bit thin. Burned sugar.
AWISLguy (1967) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 8, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz can from Breeze Thru. Pours a very dark brown with a rapidly disappearing tan head leaving almost no lacing. Aroma has coffee. And coffee. Faintly some caramel. Taste is of sweet caramel, bitter espresso, and loads of roast. Medium to full bodied. Very bittersweet in that great way of a coffee stout. Subtle hints of lactose, but pretty much a straight strong coffee stout. Not a lot of depth and quite one-dimensional, but if you are going to pick a dimension, "overstrong-coffee" stout is a good one.