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Redhook Double Black Stout - Redhook Ale Brewery

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very good

333 Ratings

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 27
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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Photo of Proteus93


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

A: Poured into a Delerium Tremens snifter - an odd combination, perhaps, but it worked out alright. A nice black pour with a creamy light brown head that leaves behind strips of lace as if to leave markers for each sip taken.

S: Coffee aromas are not as rich and full as some of the coffee stouts I've enjoyed. They are certainly still there, though... just subtle and more delicate, paired with a roasted maltiness.

T: Like the aroma, a modest flavour of coffee and roasted malts, balanced together quite nicely. It finishes with a nice touch of bitterness.

M: Good carbonation... for being a little heavier in body, it's remarkably crisp and smooth.

D: I never had the opportunity to try this beer when it was originally released, with Starbucks coffee. What they have come up with now is quite a tasty beer, though, and one of the better values in term of cost. No complaints there. I'll be revisiting this a few times, most certainly.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 03:19:10 | More by Proteus93
Photo of ironbike1

New York

4.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

First time trying this. Must start off by saying why dont they brew this on a regular basis. Excellent stout.

Color is dark black, with a dark brown head, very thin that laces all the way through this beer. Mouth feel is on the lighter side for a stout but that is why I rate it so high on drinkability, extremyl smooth. Very easy to drink with a great array of flavors. Has just a hint of coffee which makes it perfect. Smell is wonderfully hinted with coffee aswell as fruit & licorice scents.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 01:57:22 | More by ironbike1
Photo of likestoswallow


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

650 ml bottle from Beverages4less in santee. Pours an opaque black color with an ample tan head that has good retention and leaves plenty of lacing. The aroma is rich with dark chocolate, mocha coffee, and anise. The flavor features a good dose of black licorice in the forefront with dark fruits and coffee rounding out the sides. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, full almost to the point of being chewy. The finish is long with lingering anise. This is by far and away the best offering yet from Redhook. Recommended try.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 00:35:21 | More by likestoswallow
Photo of pokesbeerdude


4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was kind of a rare find in a podunk little liquor store in a very small town in Wyoming. I bought the last two for $3 a piece.

A: pours a deep brown with an off white head, about half an inch thick, reduces down to a film with spotty patches of carbonation leaving somewhat of an impression of mold. mostly opaque with a few brown accents towards the sides. very small bubbles are left in the lacing.

S: the coffee is very present in the nose on this beer, a very dark roast, some burnt malt smells as well, deeper down there are some dark chocolate scents in there with a few hoppy accents as well. hops are somewhat hidden, but are piney and clean in character, but the coffee is the overwhelming character in the nose.

T: the first thing on the tongue is a nice dark chocolate, with a few hints of vanilla as well, that is quickly pushed out of the way by dark roasted coffee which dominates the flavor throughout the rest of the beer, nice hoppy kick at the end, pretty piney, it comes out nicely as the beer warms.

M: a little thin in the mouth compared to other imperial stouts, but not bad, a fair bit of carbonation, pretty smooth, and very little alcohol burn.

D: hands down the most sessionable imperial stout i've ever tried, relatively low alcohol, nice smooth character. this beer is really nice i wish i could have picked up a few more and let them age. nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 16:21:38 | More by pokesbeerdude
Photo of froghop


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

pours a dark black with a slight red tint, medium size tan head, good lacing.

smell of coffee, sour malt.

taste is of strong coffee, sour malt, dark and bitter chocolate, touch of vanilla, end is dry and nicely bitter.

overall a good beer, better than most from redhook.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 13:58:14 | More by froghop
Photo of erosier


4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a deep black color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laves the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smell is of deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and mainly coffee aromas.
T: Tastes a lot like the nose. Deep roasted malts, hints of chocolate, and then a big coffee flavor.
M: This was lighter than it looked, but not a lot lighter. Good amount of carbonation, very warming too.
D: Very drinkable, I liked it very much and it had nice balance of the malt and coffee flavors.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 13:48:46 | More by erosier
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
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4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a small, short lived light tan head and good lacing.

Scent of roasted malts, coffee and chocolate. Nothing to really make it stand out, but it is balanced and somewhat strong.

Taste of roasted malts, coffee, chocolate and a hint of raisins. Finishes nicely with roasted malts and coffee. A good representation of the style, and very much worth the $3.50 I paid.

Mouthfeel is smooth and somewhat heavy with a nice bite. Good, not overly heavy keeping the drinkability up.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:50:45 | More by paco1029384756
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4.18/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a few of these up at the Portsmouth brewery last month. 22 oz bottle into an over sized snifter.

Pours a dense black with a finger of foamy mocha colored tan head. Retains with some big creamy bunching around the edges and some thin wisps in the center. This flares up nicely, leaving a creamy cascade of streaky lacing behind. The aroma is rich with dark roasted coffee that seems to dominate the nose with some additional roasted malt character, chocolate sweetness, and a touch of dark fruit tang in the back.

The taste is a nice bitter mix of dark roasted malts and zippy coffee character that leaves a good lingering bitterness in the mouth. This is evened out by chocolate and caramel sweetness, as well as a touch of dark fruits and citric tang. The mouthfeel si medium bodied with a moderately creamy carbonation. The overall feel could probably go a bit deeper but this drinks very well for the size.

I kept my expectations in check with this one and was pleasantly surprised. Like some other reviewers have noted, this feels more like Double Stout territory to me, as opposed to Imperial Stout but this packed enough coffee and dark roasted character to keep me thoroughly interested while I partook in the glass. I'm looking forward to a couple more bottles of this over the course of the winter.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 22:19:43 | More by Kegatron
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3.05/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear but dark auburn color, opaque dark brown in the glass with a substantial light tan head, plenty of lace and good head retention. Solid.

Smell: The faintest hint of coffee, a bit chalky. Where's the aroma? I'm not getting much of anything, good or bad.

Taste & mouthfeel: Charred bread and coffee beans. Plenty of roasted malt flavor, but lacking in body and depth. A bit thin on the palate, one-dimensional and lacking in that one dimension. Could use more malt and more coffee - Founders Breakfast Stout this ain't. Roasty bitterness in the finish along with a trace of bittering hops. Decent stuff I suppose, but I wouldn't go out of my way to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 06:04:45 | More by largadeer
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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, nearing black, glowing a light caramel coffee color at the edges. A two-finger head bubbles up on a vigorous pour and fades quickly, leaving behind some ample yet fairly thin lacing.

Aroma of molasses, caramel, toffee, and some coffee. Smells like molasses inside of a dirty coffee grinder. Some cocoa notes, and a touch of bitter citrus hops rounds it out nicely.

Tastes like a decent stout, heavy on the sweet molasses and dark coffee. Burnt bitter coffee? Not getting as much coffee as I'd hoped... even when warm. As it warms up, the sweetness increases, verging on cloying at moments. Flavor on the whole isn't as powerful as I'd anticipated for a double/imperial.

Mouthfeel is fair with moderate carbonation. It has a smoothness, although a bit thin and the smooth is on the verge of slick. A bit of coffee oiliness lingers, keeping the flavors on the tongue. It's on the lighter side of the strong stout spectrum.

I was a bit underwhelmed. Maybe the hype and excitement had gotten my hopes too high. Or maybe this is just a slightly underwhelming stout. It had decent aroma, descent taste, and a fairly good mouthfeel, but I was hoping for more, stronger, and lots of coffee. It just fell a bit short. If it was a slightly lower price point, I'd probably rate drinkability higher, but there are so many other stouts out there, I'm just not crazy about this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 20:13:58 | More by djeucalyptus
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4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Little brown head that fades fast, lacing that is surprisingly persistent. Very little carbonation. Not as thick as I would hope for from a stout.

Strong coffee flavor mingles well with smokey stoutness. Not as much bitterness as I would expect from an "Imperial" stout.

I could drink a couple of these if I didn't need to drive, and a couple more if I didn't have anything to do but sleep in the morning...

Surprise find at a Fred Meyer grocery store in Kirkland, but I guess it's not a total shock, since the Redhook brewery is about five miles away.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:19:06 | More by snaotheus
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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided to enjoy this one with the new Black Keys DVD tonight. First the beer review...

Pours a very dark brown, not entirely black as there are brown edges but it's close enough. Nice inch or so of off-white head. Retention is fair but lacing is good.

Aroma is sweet and roasty with coffee in the forefront.

Flavor is very well done with dark roasted coffee, mild chocolate, roasted malts, and a touch of bitterness from hops. Nice balance to it with just enough sweetness to balance the dark roasty character.

Mouthfeel is very good, not too heavy, medium plus body, good levels of carbonation, and friendly.

Drinkability is good too in that it's not too overbearing or heavy in alcohol. One can enjoy this beer from start to finish and feel good along the way.

One of the best examples of a coffee stout.

As for the Black Keys, rockin' as always!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 00:14:45 | More by GilGarp
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3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown, almost black, with tan head. Aroma is a bit musty, with some strong coffee roastiness, molasses, and chalky chocolate notes. Flavor is rather bitter, with a fair bit of burnt malt and chalky chocolate notes. Not much in the way of sweetness up front, but some semi-sweet chocolate notes take hold after it warms up a little. The coffee notes emerge with some oily bitterness- very nice. A little bit of prickly carbonation and some stickiness in the palate. Not bad, and semi-original, but not enough quite enough complexity for an Impy.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 00:59:06 | More by lordeche
Photo of Halcyondays


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

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a dark brown with a firm tan head, good retention and lacing.

S: Coffee grinds, some milk chocolate, burnt toast.

T: Roasted malt and coffee are presented in a good balance. Middle is nutty, almost reminiscent of a brown ale, sweet finish like a milk stout.

M: Would like a bit more body on a big stout, but not bad. Slightly oily, bitter, medium-bodied, low carbonation.

D: This is what I've been waiting for from Redhook. Really good beer, I read about it in Michael Jackson's books, but I haven't gotten a chance to try it until now. Pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2008 02:33:38 | More by Halcyondays
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3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11/16/08- Purchased at Ledger's in Berkeley, CA. $4.99 price tag.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with a born on date imprinted on the label. Poured into my Stone Ruination mug.

Appearance- Off black colored pour. Good sized one inch plus a bit dirty head which is slow receeding. Leaves a slight rim and also leaves some small wisps and patches of lace.

Smell- Deeper roasted malt with a light campfire smoke scent. Mild bitter hop fumes and some coffee grounds.

Taste- About the body and flavor expected from the abv. Lots of coffee notes. Mostly grounds and coffee that has been sitting on the burner a bit long. Mild dark chocolate base. Light cola flavoring.

Mouthfeel- Medium body with a bit overcarbonated feel. Calms down a bit towards the end of the bottle. Nice coffee bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Not bad at all. Definitely worth the $5 for a try. Not saying I will buy it again, but it was quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 05:04:52 | More by GClarkage
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New Hampshire

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

heard about this coming back out after a long hiatus. don't recall it from it's "production" days. So, how did redhook do reviving a living legend?

A - pitch black, nice khaki head
S - roasted grains, espresso, bakers chocolate
T - espresso, bakers chocolate, roasted grains, molasses
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth with a roasty lingering note
D - flavorfull, no hint of the abv with a solid coffee roasty punch from start to finish.

a solid brew which must have been way ahead of it's day 10 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:20:52 | More by barleywinebrewer
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3.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Really seems to be lacking a big coffee punch, which is not bad, but not really what I was expecting from a beer that has "with coffee" in the title of the beer. Smells just the slightest bit like chocolate cotton candy. I'll let this warm up a bit and see what happens then. Still pours a nice deep black and topped with a nice, healthy looking one inch head. Tastes like a stout, not an imperial stout though. Very roasty, bit of coffee bitterness but the malt bill really dominates here. Nice and chewy, not thick or viscous, but chewy and sweet. Moving in halfway to the beer the aroma stays more or less the same. Slightly watery, roasted, slightly smoky maltiness. Taste just seems lack luster. Not bad for a strong stout, but considering all the other imperial stouts available today this one seems about average. Drinkability is pretty decent considering how smooth this beer is, nice, solid mouthfeel adds to this and a 5 dollar price tag for a bomber makes it an easy pickup if you are looking to try something new.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 02:15:01 | More by bluemoonswoon
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4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours opaque black, tan head, and beautifully black.

Nose is roasty, whopper nougat like, and faint coffee paper filter aroma.

Palate is roasty, coffee grounds (not coffee like in most coffee stouts). It's a rather true to taste of coffee.

Medium to light bodied, and finishes with coffee to the end. Reminds me of wet coffee filter after brewing a pot of coffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2008 01:45:44 | More by yemenmocha
Photo of jaxon53


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 08-0410, Dated October 9, 2008

Finally, The stout I've been waiting for from Red Hook. I've been waiting for this for sometime now. Hope it's worth the wait...
Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass, from a twenty two ounce brown bottle.

Appearance: Red Hook's Double Black pours out a deep dark black, with an almost oily look to it. Not a single ray of light could pass through it. A vigorous pour yielded about two fingers of solid, tight, tannish brown head. Head faded a bit on the quick side into a thick gob of foam atop the beer. Some decent, thick tan lace was left behind on the glass.

Smell: Nice roasty nose. Coffee definitely dominates the nose. Burnt black coffee, milk chocolate, and toffee linger not too far in the background. Huge roasted/toasted malt aromas also make themselves known. Almost reminds me of fresh baked chocolate chocolate chip cookies. Great nose on this one.

Taste: Big flavors here. Tons of roasted coffee is the first flavor to hit you. Slightly smokey roasted/toasted malt flavors. Hints of semi-sweet chocolate enhance the flavor more. Noted some toffee in the background with a touch of alcohol. Some pretty bold flavors.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel was a bit thinner than I had expected. Just a step below creamy. Perfectly carbonated in my opinion. Quite smooth overall with a somewhat slick feel.

Drinkability: Pretty drinkable stout in my opinion. The huge flavors do get to be a bit much after a while. A great offering from Red Hook. Hoping they make this a yearly release!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 21:54:56 | More by jaxon53
Photo of Tolann


4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark. Double black is a good way to put it. Some coffee colored head that is thin and doesn't seem to leave a lacing. Can't hide the coffee even in appearance.

S - Sweet and roasted coffee. Some cocoa sweetness. the coffee is obvious.

T - Coffee. Sweet, wonderful coffee. Roasted up, just a little sweet. Reminds me of eating chocolate coated coffee beans.

M - smooth and nice medium body feel. not too much carbonation which is good for the style. Little after taste, but in a good way.

D - Not too sweet, not too bitter, no big alcohol feel. Very nice to drink. This is really what I've been in the mood for in the past few weeks. Yes sir, I'd like another! I give a '5' here just cuz I love coffee beers and I have access to this one. My absolute favorite coffee beer, Surly Coffee Bender, is not available for distribution. This Double Black is worthy of a few more points that are better than a 4.5.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 04:27:44 | More by Tolann
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4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. brown bomber with a date on front label: OCT 08 08 and Batch : 08-0410. This black beauty pours a dark ebony with a 1/2" of cocoa creamy froth. Good carbonation, the head fades to a ring and surface patch.

The smell is faintly sweet and very roasty of espresso beans. Smells just like a cup of black espresso that fades to a slight dark fruit.

The flavor is big and coffee infused with lots of bitterness that is just off-set by a touch of chocolate sweetness. Very roasty and toasty. It almost needs some cream and sugar to make the perfect cup of coffee...it's that bitter. This is a beautiful breakfast stout that wakes you up.

A solid medium-plus body, with the 7.0% ABV being virtually undetectable, and that all adds up to a very easy to drink stout. Nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 17:15:40 | More by scottoale
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4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured a bomber into my Tripel Karmeliet tulip. This beer pours a shade lighter then black with a huge head that leaves sticky lacing. The head is really interesting. It reminds me of a latte. There are 2 layers of head, each with its own color. There is a darker beige layer sitting onto the beer with a light tan layer on top of that. This is the first time I have ever seen this on a beer. It's pretty cool. The aroma is astringent coffee with just a bit of cream, and chocolate malts. The taste is astringent espresso, sweet cream and chocolate. The mouthfeel is full and creamy. This is an absolutely wonderful beer and I can see why it has a cult following.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 04:25:02 | More by hwwty4
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4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The wife got this for me as an early birthday present. I'm pretty excited about this one too.

A- Very dark dark brown, almost super black. The head was nice and frothy. Looks a lot like it was a nitro pour. Looks tasty.

S- This has a great smell. Chocolate, vanilla, and coffee. The roasted malts are coming though in a great way. Nice and tasty.

T- There is a tasty coffee taste that is very robust, yet dry and pungent. The chocolate taste is very faint, yet there. There is a slight hop taste there was well, but it is more so there in the after taste. Nice taste, something is there that I can't quite put my finger on.

M- This has a great thick, yet thin feel in the mouth. The carbination is very welcoming in this beer. Very much like a good porter more so then a stout.

D- This is very drinkable, nice feel in the mouth, and I'm glad they brought this one back.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 01:00:45 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of Overlord


4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Excited to see this on the shelves at the Lake Forest Bevmo.

Pours a blackish brown with ... carnelian highlights? Huh? Guess I'm use to syrupy, jet-black heavy stouts. Boisterous light foam head. Smells like coffee and cocoa. Not a real heavy aroma. Just pleasant.

Nice taste. The coffee isn't overwhelmingly, espresso-ey blasty, and the chocolate is definitely more on the cocoa/milk chocolate versus a heavy bitter or dark component. Even some dark fruits ... maybe raisins. Chewy, but not overwhelmingly thick.

I enjoyed this quite a bit, but it's kind of a strange animal. I wouldn't guess it was a Double Stout, nor an RIS ... I suppose an American Stout or even a real heavy porter would come to mind. It's ABV and mouthfeel is manageable, while still having a real strong flavor.

The real reason why this is a winner, though, is the price. At 5.00, it's just right.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 07:22:24 | More by Overlord
Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.