Redhook Double Black Stout | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout
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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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Photo of Beaver13
2.09/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz bottle, batch 08-0410, dated Oct 08 08. Pours brown with a smallish dark brown head that quickly diminishes.

The aroma is very subdued - sweet chocolate and grains with a touch of coffee (probably because I'm looking for it).

The flavor is sweet bakers chocolate and roasted malts with some chalky acidic bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

Overall, this is not very good. It has a bunch of off-notes, and where's the coffee? I can maybe find a little, but only because I'm looking so hard.

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Photo of Crosling
2.27/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours dark brown in color, with an initially large, but quickly diminishing light tan head. Nose is very simplistic, but actually shows some complexity in the coffee addition, providing hints of chocolate, mocha and espresso. Flavor is lacking body, malt complexity and just seems very simple, filtered and dead. The flavor is completely dominated by the coffee addition, but it isn't as complex as the nose. This beer basically sucks, lacks depth and balance, is filtered to death, poorly balanced and has no malt complexity.

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Photo of avisong
2.5/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of GRG1313
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours black with a dark tan head. A malt/simple coffee nose. Not much in the mouthfeel or flavor department on this one - medium simple coffee flavors, although with a nice hop character. Short finish of simple coffee. A bit thin all around - nothing special.

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Photo of nick76
2.7/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The aroma is fantastic with coffee, chocolate, and toasted malt. The appearance is dark brown with a nice foamy head. The taste is not exactly like the aroma there are the same elements but it's burnt and bitter. The palate is almost thin for an Imperial Stout. Overall it's not that good to me.

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Photo of jsh420
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

pours the deepest darkest brown without being black 1.5 finger tan head that leaves some nice lacing all down the glass.

smell is coffee and milk chocolate not very strong for a beer with double in the name

taste/mouthfeel - well this and guinness are battling it out for the thinest stouts i have had for date and redhooks is bad because this is a double stout??? the flavor however is much better coffee and light chocolate but still just too watered down.

mouthfeel - for a double just too thin 0 the carbonation was good and the finish was very creamy

drinkability is high due to the fact this will not way you down.

i have had a few of these over the past few months and even though i compared it to guinness in how thin it is it blows guinness out of the water in terms of flavor. i just cant buy this as an imperial stout. i would have rated it high just as a regular stout.

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Photo of enso
2.79/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bottle served at my cellar temp (50F) in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance: Nearly opaque black with just barely perceivable auburn highlights can be detected at the edges of the glass. One and a half finger head slowly settles to a delicate dusting of foam. Nice cresting lacing.

Aroma: Sour tang and a bit of a coppery metallic smell jump out. Not really any coffee aromas to be found.

Flavor: Pretty dry for an imperial stout. Could use some more residual sweetness. to temper the intense roast characters. Some initial sweetness on the tip of the tongue quickly succumbs to intense roastiness that then intensifies further to a charred carbon character. A bit of sweetness is found in the middle in the form of slight bready toast which also becomes burnt toast in nature. A taste of over-extracted dark roast coffee that has sat too long on the warmer. Acrid. A bit of the sourness in the aroma carries through to the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and nicely carbonated. Drying quality on the tongue.

Overall: Disappointed. Not very impressed. I have not had any Imperial coffee stouts and was expecting something else. I love a good cup of dark roast coffee and also a good imperial stout. This satisfied neither category. A bit too heavy a hand on the roast barley and possibly over-extracted/burnt coffee (if it was brewed rather than cold-extracted.) Perhaps would have been different with a bit more sweetness to bring balance to the bitter qualities of the roasted grains. The overpowering nature of the roast grains seems to be possibly covering some off-flavors. A bit of lactic tang is nice in a stout but there seems to be something else lurking in the shadows. Not very drinkable overall perhaps if it were more balanced. Could better highlight the coffee as well. As it stands it is just acrid roastiness with none of the fruity rich complexity coffee could bring to the palate.

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Photo of SeattleAdam
2.81/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours like ruby red/black Coca-Cola. Head quickly fades to side of glass leaving some bubbles on top.

S- Smells like chocolate with some booze. I'm not getting any coffee.

T- Dark Malts, no coffee, lightly boozy. Little smokey at the end, too.

M- Feels great. Full bodied. Good carbonation despite head-free. Finshes clean.

D- It's nothing amazing. There just isn't that much to this beer. And maybe that's ok. The label reads like a fun beer, though. You got double, you got black, you got coffee, you got 7% ABV...but it just comes up short. It is quite drinkable for an Imperial Stout, though. I wouldn't want another one but I could handle two bombers if it's all I had.

***WAIT! As gross as this sounds, and I'm sorry for what I'm about to say, but I just burped and tasted some coffee. THERE IT IS!

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
2.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served cool in a Boston Lager glass.

Pours thickly, generating almost imperceptible head and leaving essentially no lacing. Very dark ruby, nearly black, but also poor clarity, hazy.

Aroma is strong with cardboard backed by stale coffee and, thankfully, a little bit of welcome maltiness. I'm not picking up any real complexity.

Taste is like bitter coffee. Trying to imagine some malt or caramel or chocolate, but it's just not there. Some woodiness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is bitter and dry. It doesn't feel as heavy as it looked in the pour.

Drinkability is OK. The "average" mark I give it is against all beers in the world. Amongst Imperial Stouts which tend to be really superior, it's not competitive and well below average. I'm finishing it instead of pouring it out, but wouldn't serve it to guests. Hint: drink it warm. Gets a little better as it approaches room temperature.

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Photo of blakesell
2.91/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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

Appearance- Beer pours reddish black like a porter with a hefty two finger head of foam that clings to the sides of the glass. Lacing is sticky and not unlike a spider web. The beer is strangely clear and visible when held to the light.

Smell- Dry roasty malts with a lot of lighter base malt aromas, very smooth smelling like an English brown and a bit thin on aroma. Hardly any coffee and a slight chocolate aroma. Light prunes also linger as the beer warms.

Taste- Light and not overly substantial. Munich dark malts, light roasts, hints of sulfur, and a hop spicyness. Tastes like a munich dunkel, porter, stout blend, and while this sounds good in my mind, makes for a more watery beer in reality.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, medium in carbonation, thin, a bit tingling on the tongue, not warming.

Drinkability- Goes down smooth enough, but there really isn't anything striking or coffee like that would have me coming back for more. Sorry Red Hook, you're on your own with this one.

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Photo of BigMike
2.95/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.96/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A--Very bubbly black color with a finger of quickly receding head in my small snifter. A little bit of lacing is left behind.

S--Bready malts, caramel, coffee is relatively faint. Standard stout smell.

T--Coffee comes through slightly more on the palate but is still just complementary to the other flavors. Unfortunately, everything is fairly muted here considering this is supposed to be an imperial stout. There is much too say about this, it is quite average.

M--On the thin side of medium bodied, this might even be thin for a regular stout let alone an imperial.

D--Unimpressive beer, no reason to buy this even once. There are too many good beers in the world to waste time drinking this.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.99/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer to be very unimaginative. Just coffee and little else. 22oz bottle.

Poured black, opaque, bubbly with a tall tan head that lasts. Good lacing.

Aroma was of coffee and a touch of roasted malt. Also a hint of alcohol.

Flavor was coffee, coffee, and roasted malt. Maybe a touch of chocolate. Booze was well hidden but at 7% that makes sense. The flavor was boring. I could steep an oz of black patent malt in a pot of Folgers and get the same result.

Body was thin, correct for the style that this should be classified under (some kind of dry stout and not double/imperial) but too thin for imperial in my opinion. Good CO2 levels, very drinkable for anyone that likes coffee. I'll point out here that while I hate coffee, the other 4 people that tried it are all both coffee and stout lovers and they agreed with my opinion on the flavor, aroma, and body.

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Photo of bespin15
3/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of fermentedbarley
3/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

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Photo of biglite351
3.01/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of SrMonkey
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ah, an old favorite from back when it was made with Starbucks. I don't recall it being called an imperial back then, so let's see how the reincarnation holds up.

Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a nice cappuccino head that leaves some lacing.

Not picking up a whole lot of aroma, some darkroast coffee, maybe a little molasses.

Some molasses malt upfront, followed by hop bitterness and acidic coffee in the finish. Fairly dry, and the coffee flavor was rather muted and tasted like it had been on the burner for awhile.

Very watery, with none of the viscosity I associate with higher ABV and impy stouts in particular. I guess that would make it easier to drink, but again not what I really want in a strong stout.

Reminded me of Beamish without the nitrogen. Not a great value at the >$5 a bomber I paid.

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Photo of rudzud
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
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.

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Photo of bkilpatr
3.13/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a mug. 01/06/09. Batch 08-0410, "Oct 08 08" is printed on the label.

Pours nearly pitch black with hints of brown around the edges. About a finger of brown head quickly dropped to a thin layer. Aroma is toasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and barely any coffee. The aroma seems fairly plain and subdued for a stout, let alone a coffee stout.

Taste is full of roasted (burnt) malt and dark chocolate flavors, with a nice coffee backbone. The coffee flavor doesn't jump out in the taste, it's much more noticeable in the aftertaste. The finish is bitter with coffee and hops. The taste is very burnt and bitter.

Feel is light-medium body with plenty of carbonation. It's smooth and slightly creamy. It's a bit thin for being a double stout. Drinkability is decent but not great. The bitterness makes it less drinkable than it could be.

Overall, a decent stout. For a "stout with coffee" it doesn't really deliver on the coffee part. This is easily the best beer I've had from Red Hook, but there are other coffee stouts that are much better than this.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber. Deep dark brown pour that borders on black with a quarter inch of light tan bubbles atop the brew that quickly becomes a ring. Aromas of somewhat astringent roasted malt that has a grainy quality to it. The bitter coffee comes through nicely along with a hint of cocoa, vanilla and a mild nutty quality. Not as forward or robust as I was expecting.

First sip brings a dark roasted grain malt upfront that moves into notes of cocoa and a subtle fruitiness as well. The bitter coffee moves in and makes itself known along with a nutty accent and a touch of caramel and vanilla. Hits with a kick of bitterness on the finish and lingering coffee. A tad bit astringent in the flavor as well.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side for an imperial stout, however it has a good creaminess from the carbonation. The body has a slightly rough graininess to it that I don't find too enjoyable. Overall, it's near the bottom of the pile of coffee stouts for me. I doubt I would drink it again.

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Photo of Mdog
3.15/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.16/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown color with a large, fine-bubbled light brown head. Nice retention but poor lacing.

Nose is somewhat fruity - strawberries, cantaloupe and a touch of plum. There is some malted chocolate in here, but I do not get any of the supposed coffee additions. Has an English stout nose similar to a Samuel Smith's.

Coffee flavors come out more in the taste, but it tastes like a cheap can of Wal-Mart coffee grounds...a rough, roasty astringent taste. The fruitiness I noticed in the nose is completely gone in the flavor, leaving this a thin, watery uninteresting 7% stout. It is not like this is a bad beer, but compared to the multitude of delicious stouts America has to offer, this one is not a standout by any means.

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Photo of Bung
3.18/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Clear black pour, small brownish head. Some roast malt, coffee and mocha in the nose. Really kind of thin bodied. OK roast malt, mocha, coffee flavors. Everything rather subdued. Nothing lingering and a bit watery of a finish. I'd say it is very drinkable though. Probably the best from Red Hook, but I don't care for that many of their brews. I think this is a bit poorly classified. Almost more of a black lager or light American stout

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Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
Beer rating: 69.6% out of 100 with 345 ratings
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