Redhook Double Black Stout | Redhook Ale Brewery

very good
345 Ratings
Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout

Brewed by:
Redhook Ale Brewery
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed with coffee.

Added by Todd on 12-10-1998

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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.

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

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5/5  rDev +29.5%

Photo of theman336
4.94/5  rDev +28%
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.

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Photo of Sturgeon
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.1%

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.7/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All right, I will start out by saying that stouts are not my favorite beer style. However, this one was exceptional.

It poured a rich clear black color with a HUGE and long-lasting dark head. Gorgeous.

The aroma was of, well, coffee. Hints of hoppiness, but the coffee was the most pronounced. There may have been some black malt at the edge of detection, but my nose had a hard time separating the roasted scents.

The taste was exquisite... bitter, deeply roasted, with a long pronounced coffee aftertaste. I am not a coffee drinker... I prefer to get my morning caffeine from cola... but this was a truly inspired balance.

I can only hope that the brewery will reconsider their decision and release this lovely brew yet again. It is by far the best beer of theirs I have had.

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Photo of livingregret
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Serving Type: Growler I picked up after a tour of Redhook. Let me tell you...if you get the chance...go. It's a whopping $1 and you get about 2-3 pints of beer for that price. Funny and plenty of good beer to try

Appearance: Pours a wonderfully beautiful black w/ a lovely 2 finger head I was not expecting having poured it from my Growler. The head lasted a good long time and plenty of lacing. Wonderful...simply wonderful

Smell: A lovely coffee w/ subtle roasted tone underneath. Very Nice

Taste/Mouthfeel: When you take a sip you get a strong hop pop in your mouth followed by a smooth coffee and roasted chocolate taste. Very pleasing and enjoyable on the palate. A touch of vanilla undertone and a slightly sticky sweet aftertaste

Drinkability: I only regret only picking up 1 Growler and not more. Seriously this beer is great

Notes: This beer has a very high rating from me and I really recommend this beer to anyone who likes coffee/strong beers. My wife loves this beer as well and just everything about it screams perfection.

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Photo of StevieW
4.66/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.65/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is quite strong and very inviting, like a fine coffee with hints of smoke and toffee, and just a touch of chocolate. Pours a rich opaque sable with a fairly thick dark tan head. Flavor does not disappoint, mouth-filling and surprisingly chocolaty, more like coffee mixed with cocoa than mocha. It has a good smoky overtone and hints of toffee and just a little bit of hop bitterness. It goes down smoothly and leaves a slightly sweet, chocolaty aftertaste.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ironbike1
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.

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

Pours a very nice dark black/brown color with excellent initial head and some very nice lacing. Great scent, very deep and dark, nice burnt grains with a fantastic coffee aroma, but not overpowering like so many other coffee stouts. Same for the taste, a well blended, very nice coffee flavor, with a great malt/hop balance. It goes down smooth, just just a little alcohol warmth, and sits well on the tongue.

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A midnight black color, but a dark brown tone can be seen around the edge of the glass. Not a large head, but there is good retention, with some light lacing. Nothing fancy; simple and solid.

Smell: Roasted malt, coffee. A simple and inspiring aroma.

Taste: This is where this beer really impressed me. Strong chocolate and coffee malt flavor complements the added coffee perfectly. There is almost no transition between the roasted malt and coffee flavors and the hops, which are barely noticeable. Such a strong, smooth flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, but the intense creamy feeling makes for an incredibly smooth feel.

Drinkability: Given how smooth Double Black Stout is, I would have no qualms making this a strong session beer. A few of these would go down easily with a nice dessert as well.

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Photo of dmarch
4.52/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin tan head that leaves a fair amount of lace. The Starbucks coffee that it's brewed with is immediately apparent in the aroma. Tasting reveals a more chocolatey taste along with the coffee. Next time I find this I'm stocking up. A wonderful stout.

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Photo of GilGarp
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!

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Photo of DOCRW
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of Naerhu
4.48/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Tone
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown color. 3/4 inch head of a rich tan color. Good retention and good lacing present. Smells strongly of roasted malts, coffee, and sweet chocolate aromas. Fits the style of an American Double/Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is very smooth and slightly thick. Bitterness is present, but not too strong. Average carbonation levels present. Tastes of strong roasted malts upfront and throughout. Coffee flavor in the background, not weak, but also not overpowering. Slight hops noticeable. Overall, great on the palate, good carbonation level, and decent appearance. Definitely worth a try!

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4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. Purchased at Gary's beverages in Portsmouth,NH. So this is most assuredly from the brewery down the road from said location.

A: Deep, Dark, and BLACK!

S: Roast Coffee, a bit o' Chocolate

T: Rich Dark Chocolate, followed by a lingering taste of roast coffee. Perhaps a bit or caramel-like malts.

M: Creamy, but not the absolute smoothest.

D: Very much so. One of the best stouts I've ever had the pleasure to imbibe!

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Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
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