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Redhook Double Black Stout - Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout

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very good

329 Ratings

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery visit their website
United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Stout |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed with coffee.

(Beer added by: Todd on 12-10-1998)
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3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not an official review as I did not have my notebook with me. Had on tap at the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth, NH.

A: Black opaque with a coffee colored thick head. Head was present for most of the beer on the way down. some slight lacing.

S: Coffee and Dark roasted malts. Smells like espresso roasted coffee beans (which I found out later were cold brewed into this beer, go figure).

T: Theres that dark roasted coffe/espresso beans mixed with lots of roasted barley (possible some black patent in there?) great hop bitterness that backs up and balances the malty roastedness that is obviously the showcase for this beer.

M: Smooth and full feeling in the mouth. Lasts a long time after you swallow.

D: Could (dangerously) drink a few of these without realizing how powerful they really are. They go down so well I could easily have 3-4 in a row without thinking about it until I stood up and then I may end up on my butt.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 11:12:23 | More by tkeHijacker
Photo of dnichols


3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was served a chilled pint glass at Brick House Pizza in West Richland, Washington.

A: It poured a dark body that was ruby red when back lit. It had a one finger coco colored head composed of large sticky bubbles. The head receded to a light cover over the surface. There was a dense and lingering lacing.

S: It had a sweet roasted malt aroma with a chocolate and espresso back aroma.

T: It began with a burnt roasted malt flavor that was diluted and slightly sweet. The chocolate was bitter and dry and the coffee was bitter. The alcohol was well hidden. There was a lingering aftertaste that lasted long after the drink was done.

M: It was medium bodied and somewhat watery with very light carbonation. It had a bitter aftertaste.

D: It was a decent brew but fell short of an Imperial Stout. It's body was thin, the flavors were diluted and not well balanced and it was on the short side of being a strong, bold stout.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 05:58:07 | More by dnichols
Photo of czechsaaz


4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(New batch, no longer with Starbucks but Lighthouse a local roastery.)

Big roast malt notes almost smokey. Light coffee aroma in the background. A little fruity fermentaion esters too.

Black with a thin tan head that leaves a ton of lacing.

Big rich stout flavors of roast malt and deep fruit like prunes. Nice bitterness level but a good sweet base malt too. Coffee flavor is really light but it is there.

Smooth carbonation level and kind of thick in the mouth which is good for a big stout.

Nice beer. Good approachable stout. Lots of flavors and strength but not a huge sipping beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 08:05:43 | More by czechsaaz
Photo of Jason


3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber with a freshness date. Blueline series label.

Stout black color, decent tan lacing. Fresh brewed ice coffee, roasted grain, burnt bread, mild molasses and a hint of dark fruit and alcohol in the aroma. Deep smoothness and a little creamy, big roasted flavor open up with each sip. Coffee is layered throughout with hints of dark chocolate and with a hint of alcohol it is almost reminiscent of a tiramisu flavor. Modest hopping, hint of dried dark fruit and charred wood. Finishes roasty with coffee tone, lands semi-dry.

Almost a cup a joe, well done Redhook ... would love to have this brew once in a while when I am hankering for a coffee beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 02:32:13 | More by Jason
Photo of Murrhey


3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber to pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live. Bottled on Oct. 8, 2012.

A- One-finger mocha head with rapidly eroding retention. Coal-black color with a nice mocha ring around the top.

S- Coffee, chocolate and roast malts. Warm and toasty.

T- Coffee, fruity and roasty. Quite a nice flavor.

M- Light bodied and finishes fairly wet.

O- Quite a good beer. A new thing in my opinion about Red Hook.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 03:08:40 | More by Murrhey
Photo of hreb


3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber from RedHook's Blueline series claims to have been bottled on Oct 8, 2012. Served cold in a pint glass. Beer pours a rich dark brown, nearly black, and forms a thin head momentarily. Beer sits quite opaque in the glass. Aroma is similarly rich and smells of mocha. Sweet, not like candy, but definitely a treat.

Flavor-wise this beer is all about the coffee. Brewed coffee blends with coffee notes in the heavily roasted malts. But there's no mistaking this for a flavored beer, it's clearly a porter. Peak Organic Espresso Amber Ale comes to mind, though in porter form. The beer is balanced by a bitterness which seems to come from hops more than beans. Overall, this porter is a nice cup of coffee but as a beer it may get old. Still I give it high marks for great flavor and composition. Unfortunately I don't recall how it compares to the older non-Blueline (and non-Caffé Vita) db (Double Black) Red Hook.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 03:14:39 | More by hreb
Photo of henrysunset


4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a recreation of their Double Black beer, but with a new coffee source - Café Vita. This beer is part of their blueline series, available on tap or in 22oz bottles.

Beautifully dark brew, which I enjoyed at the taproom a couple weeks ago, and again at home from a 22oz bottle. Smell is rich and roasty, lightly smoky, and sweet.

Flavor is a great balance of the coffee bitterness, the brewed sweetness and a nutty, chocolatey quality that comes out in the end. Flavor rounds off to a pleasant finish, almost like a rye bread.

I like this style in general (ex: Pipeline Porter), but this is the best example I've tried. I think it is slightly better in the bottle than on draft.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

12-06-2012 03:57:34 | More by henrysunset
Photo of BigPlay1824

New York

4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2008 bottle into a tulip glass

A: pours a deep deep black with a finger of coffee mocha brown colored head that is very frothy and lingers just a little while before leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass 4
S: very nice malts, pure mocha and coffee with just the slightest milk chocolate at the end 4
T: begins with a nice mocha taste which slides into chocolate notes, the end is where the money is made, it finnishes just slightly sweet and then, after a few seconds, an incredible coffee taste slides back in which is very nice and lingers on the palate for a long time. 4.
M: smooth, very gentle carbonation, creamy and just slightly thin 3.5
O: a nice drinking imperial stout, alcohol has leveled out with time and the coffee notes have really pushed forwards which really makes it alot better, quite happy I let this one get some legs on it 4

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

03-21-2012 01:33:50 | More by BigPlay1824
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3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Vintage bottle given for free at Beer Geek Christmas. Pours a dark brown/black color with a slight tan head that collars around the glass. Mocha chocolate in the nose with some minimal residual coffee notes. Surprised how much chocolate is in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. This reminds me surprisingly like a weaker version of ST Chocolate but with more bitter roast notes in the end. LIght chocolate notes upfront with a roast coffee finish that isn’t too overpowering. Overall, pretty decent.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

12-22-2011 23:19:51 | More by kbutler1
Photo of emmasdad


3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Added from an older notebook. Picked up at BevMo for 5 bucks or so. Poured a medium black color with a decent tan head. Supposedly brewed with Starbucks coffee, and coffee is present on both the nose and on the palate, along with roasted malt and dark chocolate. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

05-10-2011 21:18:35 | More by emmasdad
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3.1/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Found a bottle of this at Russell's in Amherst, bottled 10/9/08 for $4.99. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a deep dark brown/black colour with a nice mocha one finger head that leaves a fair amound of lacing and hardly fades over time.

S - Big, bold coffee notes as well as some roasty sweet malts and light chocolate. Interwoven throughout the nose though was some odd dark fruits. Interesting.

T - Not really the typical stout. Theres some coffee and sweet, roasted malts and very light chocolate notes. The dominant flavour for me though is dark fruits. Tastes more like a quad.

M - Not nearly as thick feeling as a stout should be. A bit fizzy/thin.

O - This stuff is okay. Not sure if age has killed this or if it was always this mediocre. Still though for the price I suppose it wasnt bad. I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

03-23-2011 03:14:34 | More by rudzud
Photo of Mdog


3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very dark brown, ok head.

Smell: Coffee, some molasses.

Taste: Hits with bitter black coffee like chewing on some coffee grounds. Later drinks the stout roasted sweetness makes a token appearance.

Drinkability: I finished the bomber but it's not one I'll return to.

Picked this up on sale, probably should have looked at the bottling date before purchasing since it says Oct 2008. So this was distributor-warehouse aged. The coffee flavors didn't fade over time in this, but they may have shifted to a more bitter/astringent tone.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

02-26-2011 00:10:25 | More by Mdog
Photo of Jimmys


3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: really dark brown. fluffy, dense latte colored head. appears to be some sediment/yeast on the bottom of my glass.

S: milk chocolate and sweet figs move into roasted premium coffee.

T: slightly acidic, slightly lactic. starts with the acid from the roast as well as the coffee, moves into a middle ground of solid delicious roast, and finishes with a solid coffee backbone and a touch of alcohol. chocolate milk resides on the palate after consumption.

M: a touch too fizzy. actually distracts from some of the nuances in the flavor.

D: brewed 10/08/2008. bottle looks through it was dragged through a pile of shit (btw this was a straggler bottle in a mystery box). not entirely sure of the conditions this puppy has been through, but i cant notice any discernible defects. overall a tasty brew (im a sucker for the style), but there are others that i find better.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

02-23-2011 01:29:52 | More by Jimmys
Photo of BigMike


2.9/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a dark brown with some red around the edges. A light tan head of a finger tops it off.

S: Lots of roasted malts. Some dark chocolate and dark roasted coffee.

T: Coffee in the forefront. The roastedness and chocolte kick in. There's a bit to much acidity from the coffee. Tons of bitterness.

M: A bit thin on the feel. Definitely not imperial. Decen carbonation. Somewhat difficult to drink with the acidity.

Overall: An average coffee stout. Definitely alot better examples of the style out there.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

01-19-2011 23:18:33 | More by BigMike
Photo of biglite351


3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - a good bit of red around the edges, more than I expected. Tall creamy off-white head leaving some lacing.

S - roasted malts with a little coffee and some bitterness.

T - malts with coffee, a good deal of bitterness in the mix.

M - solid coating with a medium amount I'd tingle on sides and under tongue.

D - Not bad, but better options out there.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

11-26-2010 02:09:25 | More by biglite351
Photo of brdc


3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks garlicfire for this one.
Large capped bottle poured into a snifter.

Nearly pitch black, some faint highlights on the edges. Thin head, minimal retention, almost no lacing.
Faint aroma, mostly roasted, some burnt. Coffee, chocolate, but nothing particularly comes to mind other than burnt malts after a while.
Medium bodied, well below what I had hoped for on the palate. Flavors are not particularly substantial, lacking depth and yet offering too much burtn flavors and not enough cooffee or chocolate. Disappointing.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

11-21-2010 23:02:39 | More by brdc
Photo of Wasatch


3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to garlicfire for this beer.

22oz. Bomber
Batch: 08-0410
Oct 09 08

Poured into a chalice a nice black color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger fizzy light tan head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some nice chocolate/coffee notes, slight vanilla, slightly roasty. The taste is malty, sweet, nice chocolate/coffee notes, and some vanilla. Medium body. Drinkable, a nice brew.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

10-22-2010 22:41:11 | More by Wasatch
Photo of thetomG


3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark brown (almost black) pour with a very impressive & large bubbly foamy tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind good lacing all around the glass. Nose has a slightly acidic/chemical scent to it - not one of the stronger points of this beer.

Flavor is much better with some tasty bitter cocoa notes on top of the malty & sweet backbone. Slight bitterness in the finish.

Could be a bit more smooth and creamy, but good drinkability overall.

A little disappointing in that I'm not really getting any coffee flavors here, but overall a very solid beer.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

07-23-2010 03:33:30 | More by thetomG
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New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

crackling semi cocoa head roils to a finger and a half but settles down rather quickly, the head recedes into an o-ring within a minute, lacing is good, as far as hue, well... it's black! huge surprise there, I was expecting straw yellow... I picked the wrong week to stop huffing glue...

somewhat chemical cocoa tone, dark roast, some chocolate notes, the coffee becomes more assertive over a few minutes of quaffing.. pretty nice.

taste etc...
medium bodied, easy drinking, king of more like a stout-light, it has the flavors you would expect but they seem "light", there is just nothing that "pops" here, just sort of pedestrian, not bad by any stretch... the nose and taste are pretty much in sync.

coffee stout? I suppose, this isn't bad, it isn't great, if you are a coffee head you probably will be dissapointed, but for stout fans this offers a smidge more flavor than some stouts, worth a try for the price.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

06-24-2010 03:20:43 | More by Ego
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance as it says is black with a thin creamy dark tan head with minimal lace. Smell of sweet lightly roasted malts, prunes and light coffee. Taste has a somewhat mellow in flavor with the dark malts and fruits, mellow hop and considering the alchohol it's hidden very nicely. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Not a whole lot of character, but a good stout, where as for me the aroma stands out the most.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

06-18-2010 02:14:01 | More by Bookseeb
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown nearly black with a small mocha head that dissipated very quickly with some lacing.
Aroma of dark coffee, roasted malts and some dark chocolate.
Taste was dominated by coffee almost espresso with roasted malt.
Very smooth and creamy with a bitterness at the end
A very nice stout.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

06-09-2010 01:41:29 | More by dtivp
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3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this in the fridge for a bit and decided to pop it open.

Poured into a tulip stout glass. Pours very dark, held it up to the window and couldn't get a ray of light through it. Has a fantastic head on it Very thick and creamy in appearence.

Smell is more of a sweet porter then an imperial of double stout. Good amount of coffee and chocolate come through.

Taste is much sweeter then I would think it would be. Again this is becuase itis labels as an imperial stout. A light amount of malt and a small hit of coffee and chocolate.

the after taste is mostly coffee, very nice in the middle of a slow relaxing afternoon.

For the most part this beer is a great beer. I would classify more along the lines of a coffee porter then an american imperial porter.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

04-17-2010 23:22:10 | More by pastradul
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber purchased at the NH brewery into a pint glass.

Pours jet black, complete darkness. Nice building brown head. Laces.

Smells initially more chocolately, though darker, than coffee. Roasted notes. Smell matures into espreso over time.

Taste is a really nicely balanced malt with a hop that builds as the beer progresses. Taste morphs into black coffee over time - starts like a stout, warms to a coffee, if that makes any sense.

Smooth and creamy in the mouth. Bitterness builds.

Solid stout, good drinkabiliy.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

03-27-2010 10:12:29 | More by KTCamm
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New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook double black coffee stout

A pretty hard pour produced a short lived mocha head with nice sticky
lace. Served half a bomber into a snifter.

Nose is big time roasty malts, rich espresso, and some hop flower.

Taste follows suit. Very roasty malts, iced coffee, faint powdered
cocoa, and some floral hop at the end. Finish is long and robust.
Alcohol is not noticeable even as the beer warms.

Feel is actually a little thin, but its not watery. Its a little oily
when swallowed, likely due to the coffee.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

03-15-2010 21:47:20 | More by Flashsp2
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Black Stout is a limited release beer. It was originally created in 1995, but Redhook stopped making it in 2000. Then, in 2008, they brought it back as a limited release.

The aroma is malty with... you guessed it, coffee. Smells great. Many people have stressed the coffee part. True, it has coffee in the aroma and flavour. There is also a hint of toffee and chocolate. As an imperial stout is true to style, full bodied with a good mouthfeel. It is not creamy, it is big. There is a bitterness, almost like bitter chocolate, in the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle
@ Redhook Ale Brewery, 14300 NE 145th St, Woodinville

03-02-2010 02:22:27 | More by glaze0101
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