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Redhook Double Black Stout - Redhook Ale Brewery

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Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout

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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 kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Dec 22, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +3.6%

ROGUE16, Dec 06, 2011
Photo of bespin15
3/5  rDev -22.3%

bespin15, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.6%

rab53, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of LostHighway
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

LostHighway, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of FreshmanPour77
4/5  rDev +3.6%

FreshmanPour77, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%

brandoman63, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of HungarianCount
4/5  rDev +3.6%

HungarianCount, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +3.6%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of mikeseattle
5/5  rDev +29.5%

mikeseattle, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
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.

emmasdad, May 10, 2011
Photo of rudzud
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.

rudzud, Mar 23, 2011
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.

Mdog, Feb 26, 2011
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.

Jimmys, Feb 23, 2011
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.

BigMike, Jan 19, 2011
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.

biglite351, Nov 26, 2010
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.

brdc, Nov 21, 2010
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.

Wasatch, Oct 22, 2010
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.

thetomG, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of Ego
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

eyes...
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...

nose...
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.

verdict?
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.

Ego, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of Bookseeb
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.

Bookseeb, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of dtivp
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.

dtivp, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of pastradul
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.

pastradul, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
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.

KTCamm, Mar 27, 2010
Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.