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Redhook Double Black Stout - Redhook Ale Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

337 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 282
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 28
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 RBorsato
3.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black with a LOW-moderate brown ring head that leaves sporadic lace. Very light chocolatey aroma and light coffee aroma. Roasty malt (burnt) flavor but not real coffee-ish. Medium bodied with a very dry roasty finsh; espresso-ish? Probably would have liked this one more if it wasn't for all the hype.

ABW: 6% (per bottle)

Note: this beer was #40 in Stuart Kallen's "The 50 Greatest Beers in the World"

(22oz. bottle / $2.99)

RBorsato, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of kbub6f
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought locally (Whip In coolers), a couple of days in my fridge, reviewed 45F-70F. From 45F to 55F I was ready to rate this around 3.7ish. At 55F it really bloomed, so I'm trashing my cool review and basing this review on 55F+.

There's a big, thick beige head reluctant to collapse. When it finally does, it leaves thick lacing that sticks hard to the glass. The main colors in the beer are black and black. I was able to convince myself that I saw some ruby red by holding my glass up to the landing lights on a 757.

The smell is chocolate, toffee, coffee, some sweet cream and a little bread. I'm thinking I could cover all four food groups by throwing in some ground chuck. The front is chocolatey with roasted grains, some coffee smoke. The middle adds a little toffee and cream. I wasn't expecting it to finish strongly hoppy, but what a nice addition. Overall, I really like this stout.

At cooler temps, the dark, bitter chocolate aftertaste was a little cloying, but that went away as it warmed. It also became a little sweeter and creamier. Yum.

kbub6f, Mar 19, 2003
Photo of Naerhu
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Alcohol by weight 6.0%
Tasted 20Feb03

Presentation: 650 ml black bottle with no expiration date. Blurb about a secret receipe.
Appearance: Deep black body with rapidly fading tan head. Super lacing from top to bottom of glass.
Aroma: dark espresso
Taste: This is like a creamy cold carbonated delicious espresso. I love this. Is there bitterness because this is espresso or is this bitterness because of the lovely hops.

Naerhu, Feb 26, 2003
Photo of StevieW
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.
Color darker than the inside of a stove pipe. Rich creamy soft beige head. Lots of tiny soft bubbles pop through. Moderate lacing left. One of the most attractive beers I have had in a long time.
Super rich smell of chocolate malt, roasted barley, and subtle coffee bitterness. I believe it is called blackstrap malt, whatever, it is done right.
Taste is a wonderful balance of rich chocolate malt, roasted barley, subtle coffee bitterness lingers. Sweet milk chocolate middle. Incredibly balanced flavors. Supersmooth, creamy full bodied feel. Nothing out of place. Flavors do not wavor one bit. Warmng and filling after effects. A really good stout. Maybe I can't get many outstanding ones down here in Florida, but I can't imagine many being better than this.

StevieW, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of BillyBrew
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Starbucks and Budweiser collabaration via Redhook? Yep, but at least it is a fine brew.

1000 midnight black colour with a creamy, frothy tan head that laces and swirls. Heavy dark-chocolate, caramel, coffee and roasted malt nose. Great roasted malt flavor with strong coffee, slight bittersweet chocolate and roasted barley. Hop bitterness peaks through the powerful flavors. Thick, full body that wraps the tongue with a slight coarseness.

A slight warming smooths the body and blends the flavors better. I think I may warm this one on the stove. Possibly a great, warm winter beverage.

Powerfull flavors, strong body and an eye and ear full. Enjoy. Cheers!

BillyBrew, Nov 07, 2002
Photo of beerluvr
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You'll find a massive light brown head upon pouring this into your glass, settling over a dense black brew. Nose is of roasted barley mixed with coffee. Taste is a bit light-bodied with roasted malt notes giving into an abrupt burnt malt flavor, hops are barely there...also a bit of diacietyl noted as it warms up. Finishes a bit thin and one dimensional. A nice beer, but that's about it.

beerluvr, Jul 27, 2002
Photo of Pegasus
4.63/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an absolutely jet black with a heavy, sticky dark tan froth, lots of lace. Strong and rather sweet aroma of coffee and honey. Tasting yields very strong notes of iced coffee, roasted barley, and bittersweet chocolate, with spiky hops, toffee flavor and coffee residuals at the finish. The only reservation I have about this beer is drinkability, due to its rich character, more than one in a session seems excessive, in the same way that a slice of chocolate cake is quite satisfying, but the whole cake is just too much. A fine beer, fit for the most discriminating palate.

Pegasus, Apr 21, 2002
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didnt care for the smell,somewhat mineraly,nice chocolaty head though.Was expecting a little more rich flavor though,wasnt to bad but wouldnt seek it out again.

oberon, Mar 05, 2002
Photo of John
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haven't tried the non-Starbuck's version but the old was the best in the now jaded Redhook line.

John, Oct 29, 2001
Photo of theman336
4.95/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Impressive. Even though they don't use Starbucks anymore, its still the best coffee stout i've ever had.

theman336, Oct 27, 2001
Photo of suglis
5/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely exquisite! One of my favorites. Perfect with black forest cake and a cigar.

suglis, Feb 01, 2001
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz. short brown twist. Freshness date clearly marked. Blurb about being brewed with Starbucks Coffee.

Appearance: Black, very black in colour with a huge sticky tan froth that sticks like taffy. The actual pouring of this beer had an awesome cascading affect!

Smell: Hmm ... Starbucks coffee, iced, with roasted undertones.

Taste: Potent, smooth and creamy flavours of iced Starbucks Coffee, roasted barley and hints of dark chocolate. Hop bitterness is slightly assertive along with the coffee and roasted barley. The finish is lingering coffee and sugar/honey.

Notes: Damn! What a beer! If you love stout and good coffee then this will be a "to die for" beer! The best darn coffee stout ever brewed.

BeerAdvocate, Dec 10, 1998
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Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.