Redhook Double Black Stout | Redhook Ale Brewery

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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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Reviews: 280 | Ratings: 345
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 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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Photo of TwinSox33
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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Photo of Billolick
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 08-0410, 22 ounce bomber. Pours near black, mocha head, creamy and lasting, leaves plenty of fine lacing, as well as tons of spotty lace upon a gentle swirl. The expected coffee in the nose, also some sweet malts and vanilla come through. Yum yum notes, of course, vanilla, smoke, oak, sweet malts, bananas, tobacco, sweet, smooth, silky in the mouth and over the tongue and thoroughly enjoyable. Great as a starter stouts for newbies, as a cold weather sipper, as a marinade component. I really enjoyed this one, highly recommended.

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

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. Batch 08-0410, Oct 09 08.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" brown head over the almost opaque dark brown brew. Thick head lasts and lasts, with dense frothy lace. Aroma is sweet dark grains and coffee. Taste starts with the roasted malt sweetness, goes lightly bitter in the middle, and then the coffee controls the close. Mouthfeel is velvety smooth, and drinkability is high. I think this may not be as double or imperial as some in the style, but this one puts it all together, in a pleasing, approachable package. Great stuff.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.38/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Buebie
4.37/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber with 10/8/08 freshness date. Batch code of 08-0410.
This bottle features a new lable design as well.

Presentation is black alright, no light penetration. Big frothy 3 finger light brown head. Leaving retention of many different sized bubbles and a layer of foam.
Lace is spotty as most of what was big covering slowly slides down.
No alcahol warming to be found at the nose or in the pallet.

Loads of coffee at the nose, in a fresh brewed dark roast aroma. Not just raw ground coffee beans, but the aroma of just brewing it!
Dark chocolate grains in there as well. A bit of whole milk like sweetness, some mild amoky aroma.

Damn this is thick!
Some carbonation up front, switching to super thick creamy silky smooth mouthfeel.
Dark bittersweet chocolate grain flavor, some buttery notes. Becomming more coffee like in flavor. Finish is dry with a dominating coffee flavor, some chocolate and more buttery dairy flavors. All the way through thick and creamy.

This is terrific. Much better then what I thought it would be. I almost didnt buy this, but the cost was low and the alch seemed pretty nice at 7% for $4 how could I go wrong? I sure as hell didnt go wrong.

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4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A rich warm pitch black with a roasty mountainous tan head. Sticky film of lacing left behind.

S: A very roasty coffee aroma with sweet chocolate notes. Small hints of Earthy and Pine hoppy goodness.

T: Coffee gives this brew a nice smooth bitter taste. Sweet chocolate taste and a side of earthy/pine hops. Alcohol is not a big flavor, but provides a nice "warming" sensation

MF: Smooth yet Syrupy. Didn't drink as heavy as other big stouts.

D: A very drinkable imperial coffee stout. Great bitterness from the coffee and hops, but not over the top. Drinks very smooth and is a treat to enjoy. Goes well with a desert or as a desert.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

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Photo of iceball585
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pitch black color, non-transparent, one finger thick tan color head that faded slowly

S- Dark chocolate, roasted malts, dark roast coffee beans, hint of smoke

T- Black coffee, creamy, roasted barley, dark malts, dark chocolate, slightly sweet finish

M- Medium/heavy body, medium carbonation, smooth, chewy, dry bitter finish

D- Definitely worth trying

If you fan of stouts then you should definitley give this one a try. Good coffee flavor with a nice complement of dark chocolate.

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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.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.35/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a nearly opaque, wood stain brown with a thin head of maple syrup-colored foam. The retention was decent and the lacing very good in slightly broken bands like thin garters (yum...). The aroma was of roasted malt, coffee and chocolate with some floral hops notes repressed beneath the heavier smells. The flavors were at first of roasted malt and chocolate malt sweetness followed by roasted coffee bean bitterness. The coffee had layers to it, first like a standard morning blend, then more mocha-esque and finally like an espresso. The finish was slightly slick and pleasantly bitter and acidic. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body rich and full and the carbonation soft but appropriate.

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Photo of Slats
4.33/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite chalice and a sampling of dark organic chocolate(70%). As dark as you would expect with "Double Black" in the name. Good head that lasts to the end with nice thick lacing.

Smells like coffee, surprise, but leans more to the roasty and not the nutty side of coffee. Some hop character but you have to search for it a bit.

Yum sums it up. Sweet roasted malts with a kick from the coffee flavors to really add to the complexity. Lots of chocolate on the finish. Hops provides a good balance and helps keep the sweetness from becoming cloying.

Creamy and smooth without much noticeable alcohol warmth.

Overall I love the flavors and the balance of power between sweet and roasted notes. A must drink if you can track it down. Adding in some good chocolate after the first few sips will put you into a happy place you don't want to leave.

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Photo of bum732
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark black thick consistency. Chocolately head, disappearing leaving a white ring of foam around the glass. Smells of chocolate, coffee, toffee, a great fruity hop presence. Great roasty flavor followed by a nice mellow coffee taste. Mixed in is a well balanced dark fruit bitterness that melds great with the roasty character. Finishes a little chalky and quite dry.

A great beer, i love the fruity bitterness from the hops that is unusual for such a roasty stout. Everything goes together great creating a delicious comfortable stout.

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