Redhook Double Black Stout | Redhook Ale Brewery

Redhook Double Black StoutRedhook Double Black Stout
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 drseamus
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 08-0410. I got it right as it came into the store apparently.

A: For a beer named double black, it is not nearly dark enough. I can see a bright rich ruby color when held to the light. Nice light mocha head that fell fast. Ultimately though, no light should penetrate a "double black" beer.

S: Nice roasty aroma although I'd like it a touch bolder. There is some good coffee and chocolate in the background.

T: Wow, the flavor is nice and bold but it doesn't quite show itself in the aroma. The sweetness is a bit too much perhaps, but there is a good roast character behind it. A nice caramel note also and a touch of coffee.

M: Nice and thick but not used oil. Medium to heavy.

D: Pretty good, especially for Redhook which I feel has fallen off lately.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 picked up as a complete surprise today at New Vintage in Meridian... $5 .... I noticed this brew was going to be re-released a couple of weeks back label says batch: 08-0410 ... there is some other cryptic print immediately above that says OCT 08 08 3_62

I was amazed to see it in Boise.. We never had any of the Treblehook... Wow! a new brew... here we go.... Poured into my Smokestack goblet.

1" lite tan head.. tight lacing.. very pretty.. the brew is expected black.

The initial aroma reminds me more of coffee than beer.. not a bad thing.. French roast with a little bit background cocoa.. some char..

Flavor is also coffee.. and fairly big bittersweet chocolate.. this brew is an unapologetic American Stout... I would hesitate to call it Imperial.. but the label wants it that way.. so does the older batch.... Reminds me alot of Rogue Shakespeare without so much hop flavor.. fairly dry roasted/coffee finish.. very nice..

I put this brew in the American Double/IS category.. but if I had my druthers.. it would be an American Stout.. just too much coffee and not enough sweetness/big malts to be in the RIS category.

for my palate.. I could use a little bit more sweetness to tie things together.. but all and all.. this is a fantastic brew.


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Photo of brewandbbq
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, Vintage 1997

Pours inky black, with subdued carbonation struggling out of solution.
Fine, tan, head of tight bubbles doesn't stay long, and reveals a placid, oily surface, surrounded by a halo of foam.
Small, brown particulates stay in suspension in the body of the brew.
Aromatics are largely dark roasted coffee, accented with bitter chocolate and roasted barely.
A slight vineous note is barely there, along with some dark fruit and smoke.
Mouthfeel is slick, oily, and tacky. A residual drying bitterness as from coffee grounds. On the thick side of medium, a bit thin for a stout.
The pallet is a great balance of strong coffee, burnt caramel, and dark chocolate bits.
Finishes slightly bitter, with lingering roast and a hint of vanilla.

Nine years old and doing real well, more complex than a fresher example, and no signs of oxidation, only a restrained carbonation level.

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Photo of Biggness
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This used to be my favorite beer in college, the only problem is I can never find this anymore. It is one of the barkest tasting beers and oh is it smooth and good. The Redhook Brewery really hit the spot with this one. I will continue to search for this beer and always thought it was so good that it would become a staple beer for Redhook.... here is to hoping! I hope to run into this beer again, if you ever see this stuff it is a must try!

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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 woemad
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

30 NOV, 2008
With Redhook's re-release of this beer, an update is in order.

Bomber purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $4.69. It's dated "Oct 30 08", but there's no explanation as to whether it was bottled then or meant to be drunk by then. It's only recently shown up at Huckleberry's though.

Poured a coal-black color with an inch of tan foam perched on top. Streaks and spots of lace. The head didn't stick around for long but was easily re-agitated into existence.

The nose is of bitter cocoa, and brown sugar, with a faint scent of raisins.

The taste falls short. There's a mild, bitter chocolate flavor and the taste of burnt malts, but it seems underdeveloped. In the background is a coffee-like flavor, but it too fails to effectively rise out of the blandness.

Slick, slightly oily mouthfeel, but the body seems too thin for a big stout.

As I feared, the memory doesn't match the reality - unless Redhook couldn't resist duming this down. But I suppose is most likely is that I've just moved on, and have tried too many outstanding stouts in the interval between bottles of this beer.

I'm reviewing this from memory (sadly), so bear with me.

I first had this on tap at the brewery in Woodinville, WA in 1997. Afterwards, I bought it on several occasions when I encountered it in grocery stores (which was not every day). Whenever I would see it in a store, it was always being sold in bombers (which was fine by me).

It poured a black-as crude-oil color. There was always a big, off-white head and lots of lacing.

Smell was of rich coffee-bitterness and dark chocolate.
At the time I had this, it was the most "dark" smelling beer I had ever had.

Taste was a cornucopia of flavor (compared to what I had had up to that time). There was rich roast coffee, dark chocolate, thick smoky flavors, and the taste of dark fruits such as figs and plums. I was amazed at what I was encountering. The only stout I had encountered up to this point was Guinness, and this was way beyond Guinness.

This was enormously thick in the best way. It reminded me of any rich dessert that I wasn't quite able to finish, so yes it was quite thick.

This is #1 on my list of discontinued beers that I would love to see emerge again. If only Redhook was more interested in beer fans than sales...

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this brew just looks awesome. pours a dark as night black with a nice tan, full head which dissolves down to a nice lacing about a few minutes into the brew. smells of caramel with hints of coffee and a bit of malt roastiness. there is a milky taste here. like the smell, this brew has a malty taste with said hints of coffee and caramel. a nice subtle sweetness. this is a very smooth brew. also, it is thick and heavy, but it is also quite light at the same time. don't know if that makes sense...but it is. yum.

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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 RBorsato
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
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)

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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 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 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 BillyBrew
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
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!

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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.

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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 oberon
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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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.

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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 douglisbeck
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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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