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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Photo of Jimmys
3.54/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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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 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 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 Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of thetomG
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Ego
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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...

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.

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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of pastradul
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of Flashsp2
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Redhook double black coffee stout

A pretty hard pour produced a short lived mocha head with nice sticky
lace. Served half a bomber into a snifter.

Nose is big time roasty malts, rich espresso, and some hop flower.

Taste follows suit. Very roasty malts, iced coffee, faint powdered
cocoa, and some floral hop at the end. Finish is long and robust.
Alcohol is not noticeable even as the beer warms.

Feel is actually a little thin, but its not watery. Its a little oily
when swallowed, likely due to the coffee.

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Photo of glaze0101
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Double Black Stout is a limited release beer. It was originally created in 1995, but Redhook stopped making it in 2000. Then, in 2008, they brought it back as a limited release.

The aroma is malty with... you guessed it, coffee. Smells great. Many people have stressed the coffee part. True, it has coffee in the aroma and flavour. There is also a hint of toffee and chocolate. As an imperial stout is true to style, full bodied with a good mouthfeel. It is not creamy, it is big. There is a bitterness, almost like bitter chocolate, in the aftertaste.

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Photo of kimcgolf
4.11/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bomber to a dark brown color with thin to no tan head and absolutely no lacing. Fortunately, appearance was the only negative. Aroma is a very hearty and pleasant malt chocolate-toffee with a hint of nuts, though I can't detect coffee. Mouthfeel is just a tad on the watery side, but still tingly and pleasant. Taste takes the malt chocolate and toffee of the mouth and accentuates them, adding a hint of alcohol at mid-glass aas the beer warmed. Rounds to a nice long, smooth finish. Good job on a winter warmer by Redhook

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Photo of Minotaur
4.13/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oily black with a billowy white head. This beer is nearly opaque and even with a substantial pour has only minimal carbonation. There is no significant lacing and the head quickly fades to a halo.

The aroma is malty with a slight amount of coffee and chocolate. There is a predominant roasty sweetness.

The flavor is bitter with roasted malt, dense with java and and grainy notes. There is little hops but an ongoing bitterness from the toasted flavor. It is all counter-balanced by a very sweet milky aftertaste. The grains are somewhat dry but not mouth-puckering as are some coffee stouts.

It is very very smooth to drink and has a soft, satisfying mouthfeel.

A very drinkable and enjoyable coffee stout.

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Photo of animal69
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- batch 08-0410 dated 10/09/08, pours a dark reddish-black color w/ a thin lt. brown cap which has little to no life, very little lace as well

S- a chocolate and dark roasted grain smell, some subtle hints of coffee and vinous dark fruits present as well as some "assy" hops

T- taste is similar to smell with more chocolatey dark roasted malts in the forefront, some woody flavors blend w/ bitter coffee and dried fig, a strange almost "tangy" sour note to it all but adds instead of detracts, finish is bitter but balanced

M- a fairly dry version of an Am. RIS with a med. mouthfeel and nominal co2, kind of a thin feeling to it

D- a fairly drinkable brew, just not impressive

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Photo of JustinJTisdale
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this at the brewery (portsmouth) at the end of the tour which is short but wonderfully informative (thanks Byron). I was completely blown away. It didnt hurt that I was a few pints deep from the restaurant already.

I ended up buying a case at the store there and bringing it back home (syracuse NY).

Its been 2 weeks and its almost gone and I have to say its great for a stout. A little weak at colder temperatures but once you hit the 50 degree mark it opens up into a sweet coffee tasting almost caramel flavor with a slightly bitter hoppy finish.

It pours thick and has little head retention so presentation isnt off the charts but taste makes up for it.

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Photo of mutterfudder
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared tonight after about a year in the cellar, in to Double Bastard glasses.

Pours thick with a thin white head that didn't stick around long. Obviously, this was dark as they get. Smell of dark chocolate and fresh ground coffee. Wonderful! Taste was of dark roasted espresso beans and dark chocolate. Wonderful flavors that leaned straight to the coffee and dark chocolate. Mouthfeel was not as thick as the flavor and had a bittering aftertaste.

I enjoyed this beer a lot as a finishing the night beer. Wish I had more, would pair this with a nice desert.

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Photo of sisuspeed
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Batch 08-0410. Bottled on Oct 09 08

Picked up two bottles of this after thoroughly enjoying it at the brewery in Portsmouth. Now that I'm sitting in the quietness of my home I can really dig in and get a better appreciation for this beer.

Poured into a pint glass. Dark, dark, brown, essentially black in color with a creamy tan head on top. Lacing on the glass.

The first smell that hits my nose isn't coffee, but a robust mocha, chocolate aroma. Smells delicious. Further swirling of the glass does bring out some coffee, but cocoa and chocolate are front and center.

Like the aroma, the first sip brings out rich, smooth, chocolate. Following this is some roasted coffee, which also adds a touch of bitterness to the beer, but overall everything stays pretty smooth. I remember this being a harsher beer with more coffee flavor when I had it on tap, but this bottle is very smooth. Much more chocolate and fudge flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth with just the right amount of carbonation. Nice body, maybe a little thinner than other imperial stouts, but this leads to high drinkability. Not to mention that the delicious flavor of this beer keeps bringing my hand back to the glass.

Overall, this is the best beer I have had from Redhook so far. Rich, smooth, chocolaty, with a touch of coffee. This is one drinkable beer. I highly recommend it if you can get your hands on it.

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Photo of abuliarose
3.86/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had some at the brewery then picked up a few to go. Poured into a pint glass, revealing deep almost opaque blackish body and a decently thick tanned head. Some lacing. Smells only a little and like burnt toast and coffee with notes of soap.

Tastes very yummy despite lack of strong smells. Very roasty, slightly sweet and in the same breath slightly sour. Lots of dark malt flavor and bitterness with a little coffee thrown in. Some candied date at the beginning of everything in with the initial sweetness, but at the end there is nothing but smooth bitterness and malty goodness. Carbonation is small and mouth-filling without being abrasive. Makes the body smooth and creamy, decently heavy. Having a bitter ending but without dryness makes it very drinkable. I'd love to replace breakfast coffee with this.

Potentially my favorite Redhook brew. An admirable AIS.

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Photo of fropones
3.72/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle dated Oct 08 08. Batch 08-0410

A - Black with only the faintest hint of light coming through the corners. Very small mocha head comes from a vigorous pour and dissapears just as quickly.

S - Chocolate and dark roasted malts with a hint of coffee. A hint of dark fruits as well.

T - More burnt malt and stale coffee. The faintest hint of fusel alcohol esters as well as some dark chocolate coated figs. Not an overwhelming amount of coffee, or bitterness for that matter. Hops more than likely mellowed out over time.

M - Leaves a lot to be desired. This beer needs a much bigger body to it; it is too watery for a double stout.

D - Good, will probably finish this whole bomber in no time.

Overall, this is a good American Stout, but when we start calling it an imperial stout, it is overall lacking.

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Photo of Frosty80
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits black with a decent sized dark brown rim. thick creamy head

Smell: lots of chocolate with a hint of coffee

Taste: lots of chocolate with some coffee. finish is mostly roasted with only a slight bitterness

Mouthfeel: full body. low carbonation. creamy

Notes: this was an '08 vintage (probly early '08). i personally like lots of chocolate so this one is perfectly balanced with coffee and chocolate. im guessing the hop and roast bitterness was well mellowed out. i would be surprised if the chocolate was supposed to be as obvious as it was but it was absolutely delicious in my opinion

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Photo of OatmattStout
4.28/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice malty nose with a roasted coffee preamble of what is to come with the first sip. Pours jet black with a nice deep tan head that is thick and chunky and renders a nice lace that is very sticky.

taste is a really packed with nice dark roasted coffee and dry hops. Really nice malt sweetness to complement the coffee and the mouth feel is like velvet. Hints of chocolate are present on tounge

An excellent coffee stout at a great price of $5 for a bomber compared to many mediocre $6-$8 bomber offerings.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

From a 22oz bomber into pint.

A- A nice rich color with a thin but creamy head. Head is caramel in coloration. Par for the course, mild lacing as well.

S- Coffee! The standard malt sugary sweetness is right behind it. Smell is not too complex but is pretty inviting.

T- Pretty damn good. A rich, robust black coffee essence, moreso than most coffee stouts. The real dealmaker is on the back end when you exhale... pure coffee. That being said, this one retains the stout aspect that some others (Peche Mortel, for one) seem to lose. This is a beer first, a coffee beer second, and damn tasty any way you like it. I thought as I cracked this that I might be getting burned out from all the coffee stouts I've had recently. Nope! This one did the trick for me.

M- Fantastically coffee-d up with enough beer character to keep this thing a-rollin. A very impressive beer, thick, creamy, a bit bitter.... mmm!

D- Fairly high. A few shades lower ABV wise than most RIS/DS/IS brews, this may be the key. Not cloyingly sweet, overpowering, or any of that. I drank this one quickly, and would buy some more for sure. And at 1/2 the price of some other bombers, I have to give this one the 5 for 5 for drinkability. Really really impressed, totally not expecting this one to blow me away like it did.

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Photo of GrittyMug345
3.23/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz brown bomber, batch #08-0410. Poured into a Guinness pint. A nice two finger, light tan head dies down to a heavy lacing above a dark brown/almost black body with chestnut highlights. It smells of dark, roasted malts, hints of sweetness, not at all the coffee nose I was looking for, a little bit of bitter cocoa. Taste is more of the same, coffee bitterness is present but it lacks much coffee flavor, less complexity than I need from a coffee stout. This brew has a medium body, good carbonation. Overall this did not impress me, I wish I hadn't picked up four bottles, but I remember it being much better on tap at the brew house, so I may have just waited to long with this one.

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Redhook Double Black Stout from Redhook Ale Brewery
3.86 out of 5 based on 345 ratings.
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