JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - MAY 29, 2017 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.
Nearly black body with a dense, tight bubbled brown head. Roasted malts, coffee, chicory, mesquite, dark chocolate, and hints of molasses and herbal hops wander about in the nose. Flavors are lighter and sweeter than the aroma suggests. Coffee and roasted malt dominate. Some light veggies or green coffee work their way in. 8/13
ghostbeer (215) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 7, 2016
Powerful coffee and coffee bitterness. It really tasted like iced coffee, next time I might pour some milk in it. And there will be a next time. amaka (1) - - DEC 16, 2015 does not count
Deep, rich, bitter coffee flavor. Awesome! I would could drink all four!This is a great beer! drywallman (364) - Lake in the Hills, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2014
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
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. I’m talking French or Italian. Hell, maybe even Spanish roast. I mean, this fucker is roasty. BUT there’s this itty bitty titty creamy sweetness that muddles it’s 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 I’d 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 don’t like super duper roasty... Well, I do. This was surprisingly enjoyable.
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - SEP 14, 2014
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 wasn’t 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 - I’m not used to having a stout of this nature. Would I have it again? Maybe... Homer321 (5072) - Melboring, Florida, USA - APR 24, 2014
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 can’t drink this. ajnepple (6622) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 25, 2014
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 (3117) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 16, 2014
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 (1581) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - DEC 30, 2013
Black pour. Lots of strong coffee aroma. Creamy beer with almost all coffee flavour, vanilla, roast malt, but heavily coffee. Pretty good stuff